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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319688/attenuated-dhea-and-dhea-s-response-to-acute-psychosocial-stress-in-individuals-with-depressive-disorders
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Xiaoling Jiang, Wen Zhong, Haiyan An, Mingyu Fu, Yuanyuan Chen, Zhenggang Zhang, Zhongju Xiao
BACKGROUND: In recent years, a relationship between depression and basal dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) levels has frequently been suggested, but responses of these adrenal steroids to psychosocial stress have not been examined in individuals with depressive disorders. In this study, we examined salivary DHEA, DHEA-S, and cortisol/DHEA response to the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) in individuals with depressive disorders and in healthy controls to discover whether the responses of DHEA and DHEA-S to acute psychosocial stress could be a more sensitive marker of HPA dysfunction in depressive disorders...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317798/nontuberculous-mycobacterial-species-and-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-coinfection-in-patients-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-dr-soetomo-hospital-surabaya-indonesia
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Ni Made Mertaniasih, Deby Kusumaningrum, Eko Budi Koendhori, Tutik Kusmiati, Desak Nyoman Surya Suameitria Dewi
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to analyze the detection of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) species derived from sputum specimens of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) suspects. Increasing prevalence and incidence of pulmonary infection by NTM species have widely been reported in several countries with geographical variation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 2014 and September 2015, sputum specimens from chronic pulmonary TB suspect patients were analyzed...
January 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317563/epidemiology-of-oral-and-maxillofacial-infections
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REVIEW
Arvind Babu Rajendra Santosh, Orrett E Ogle, Dwight Williams, Edward F Woodbine
Dental caries and periodontal disease are the most common dental infections and are constantly increasing worldwide. Distribution, occurrence of dental caries, gingivitis, periodontitis, odontogenic infections, antibiotic resistance, oral mucosal infections, and microbe-related oral cancer are important to understand the public impact and methods of controlling such disease. Distribution of human papilloma virus and human immunodeficiency virus -related oral cancers in the US population is presented.
April 2017: Dental Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317454/comparison-of-methods-for-estimating-glomerular-filtration-rate-in-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-treated-with-cisplatin
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Lotte Lindberg, Kasper Brødbæk, Erik G Hägerström, Jens Bentzen, Bent Kristensen, Bo Zerahn
Cisplatin is a chemotherapeutic agent widely used in the treatment of various solid tumors. Cisplatin induces nephrotoxicity and may lead to long-term reduction of kidney function. Consequently, determination of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is used to monitor potential kidney damage. This study aimed to compare two commonly used algorithms for estimating GFR (eGFR) from plasma creatinine (PCr) with (51)Cr-EDTA clearance (CrCl) as a reference method. This was a retrospective single center study of 94 head and neck cancer patients treated with cisplatin...
March 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315724/molecular-detection-of-six-virulence-genes-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-isolates-detected-in-children-with-urinary-tract-infection
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Ali Badamchi, Hossein Masoumi, Shima Javadinia, Ramin Asgarian, Azardokht Tabatabaee
Although a vast majority of Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by E. coli, epidemiological reports have indicated an increasing rate of such infections caused by some other opportunistic organisms including Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Antimicrobial susceptibility and pathogenesis mechanisms of P. aeruginosa are poorly understood. The aim of this study was to detect some virulence factor genes and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of P. aeruginosa isolates detected in patients with UTI, in children hospital of Tehran, Tehran, Iran...
March 15, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315652/detection-and-elimination-of-corynebacterium-bovis-from-barrier-rooms-by-using-an-environmental-sampling-surveillance-program
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Christopher A Manuel, Umarani Pugazhenthi, Shannon P Spiegel, Jori K Leszczynski
Rodent health-monitoring programs based on sampling an IVC system's exhaust air dust (EAD) has enhanced and even replaced traditional sentinels for some rodent pathogens. EAD testing by qPCR assay is an optimal surveillance method for the rapid detection of Corynebacterium bovis-infected immunodeficient mice. Here we demonstrate that an active EAD surveillance program for C. bovis can be used to maintain nude mice C. bovis-free after the transition from historically enzootically infected colonies. During 3 events over 3 y, rapid detection of infection, elimination of infected mice, aggressive quarantine measures, and local decontamination prevented the spread of C...
March 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314862/epidemiology-and-prognosis-of-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-in-returning-soldiers-a-cohort-study
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Karen Schwab, Heidi P Terrio, Lisa A Brenner, Renee M Pazdan, Henry P McMillan, Margaret MacDonald, Sidney R Hinds, Ann I Scher
OBJECTIVE: Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI; concussion) is common in returning service members yet limited definitive evidence exists on its prognosis. METHODS: Almost 25,000 non-medically evacuated soldiers returning from Afghanistan or Iraq to 2 military bases between 2009 and 2014 were screened for mTBI. We invited a random sample to participate in the present study, oversampling those screening positive, resulting in 557 mTBI cases and 1,010 controls, of whom 366 cases and 599 controls completed 3-month follow-up evaluations...
March 17, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314837/risk-reducing-strategies-for-ovarian-cancer-in-brca-mutation-carriers-a-balancing-act
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Roi Tschernichovsky, Annekathryn Goodman
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to review the role of bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy in BRCA mutation (mBRCA) carriers and alternative interventions in risk reduction of ovarian cancer (OC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic review using PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane library was conducted to identify studies of different strategies to prevent OC in mBRCA carriers, including bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, prophylactic salpingectomy with delayed oophorectomy, intensive surveillance, and chemoprevention...
March 17, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314541/risk-of-subsequent-primary-kidney-cancer-after-another-malignancy-a-population-based-study
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Omar Abdel-Rahman
BACKGROUND: Population-based data on the development of kidney cancer as a second malignant neoplasm following the diagnosis of other common malignancies are rare. This clinical scenario has been evaluated within the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The SEER-9 database (1973-2013) was queried using the SEER*Stat program to determine the standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) of kidney cancer development following each one of 10 common invasive malignancies (colorectal, breast, prostate, lung, thyroid, corpus uteri, urinary bladder, kidney/renal pelvis, cutaneous melanoma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma)...
February 27, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306589/older-adult-kidney-function-assessment-and-rounding-creatinine-led-to-medication-dosing-error
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Timothy Nguyen, Yanique Foster, Shpres Cekaj
BACKGROUND/AREAS OF UNCERTAINTY: Kidney function assessment in older adults can be unreliable because of many factors, and inaccurate assessment can lead to medication dosing error. Practitioners may have adopted the method of rounding creatinine to an arbitrary number 1.0 because of change in muscle mass and age-related change. This has in fact proven to cause more harm than good, potentially leading to underdosing of many medications. DATA SOURCES: A literature search performed using PubMed with the following key words (rounding serum creatinine, rounding serum creatinine AND pharmacist or pharmacy, rounding serum creatinine AND doctor or physician or healthcare, rounding serum creatinine AND kidney function) with no restrictions (dates or any other requirement)...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304360/traffic-related-air-pollution-and-childhood-asthma-recent-advances-and-remaining-gaps-in-the-exposure-assessment-methods
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REVIEW
Haneen Khreis, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen
Background: Current levels of traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) are associated with the development of childhood asthma, although some inconsistencies and heterogeneity remain. An important part of the uncertainty in studies of TRAP-associated asthma originates from uncertainties in the TRAP exposure assessment and assignment methods. In this work, we aim to systematically review the exposure assessment methods used in the epidemiology of TRAP and childhood asthma, highlight recent advances, remaining research gaps and make suggestions for further research...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303826/prevalence-of-pneumococcal-serotypes-in-adults-%C3%A2-50-years-of-age
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Chand Wattal, Neeraj Goel, S P Byotra
CONTEXT: Currently, majority of studies on antibiotic resistance and serotype prevalence in Streptococcus pneumoniae are in paediatric population and there is limited epidemiologic data pertaining to elderly Indian population. AIMS: This study was undertaken to assess antibiotic resistance pattern and the coverage of the polysaccharide vaccine 23 (PPV23) in the elderly population. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This was a prospective 2-year pneumococcal surveillance study in patients with community-acquired pneumococcal infections of ≥50 years' age group on fifty isolates of S...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303813/molecular-typing-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-an-overview
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REVIEW
Jyoti Rawre, Deepak Juyal, Benu Dhawan
Urogenital infection due to Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) is one of the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and is a major public health problem worldwide. Molecular characterisation of CT is important for understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms of chlamydial disease and its transmission dynamics in sexual networks. Traditionally, strain typing of CT was based on serotyping methods characterising the major outer membrane protein (MOMP). With the advent of polymerase chain reaction and sequencing the era of molecular typing began...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303559/-thoracic-outlet-syndrome
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Sven Seifert, Pavel Sebesta, Marian Klenske, Mirko Esche
Introduction Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is one of the most extensively discussed diagnoses. There is neither a clear and homogenous clinical presentation nor an accepted definition. The term describes a complex of symptoms and complaints caused by the compression of nerves and vascular structures at one of the three defined constrictions of the upper thoracic aperture. Methods Based on a comprehensive literature review, this article presents the etiology, epidemiology and clinical diagnostics as well as the possibilities and outcomes of surgical treatment...
February 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303255/active-use-of-electronic-health-records-ehrs-and-personal-health-records-phrs-for-epidemiologic-research-sample-representativeness-and-nonresponse-bias-in-a-study-of-women-during-pregnancy
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Julie K Bower, Claire E Bollinger, Randi E Foraker, Darryl B Hood, Abigail B Shoben, Albert M Lai
INTRODUCTION: With the growing use of electronic medical records, electronic health records (EHRs), and personal health records (PHRs) for health care delivery, new opportunities have arisen for population health researchers. Our objective was to characterize PHR users and examine sample representativeness and nonresponse bias in a study of pregnant women recruited via the PHR. DESIGN: Demographic characteristics were examined for PHR users and nonusers. Enrolled study participants (responders, n=187) were then compared with nonresponders and a representative sample of the target population...
2017: EGEMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303176/abundance-distributions-for-tree-species-in-great-britain-a%C3%A2-two-stage-approach-to-modeling-abundance-using-species-distribution-modeling-and-random-forest
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Louise Hill, Andy Hector, Gabriel Hemery, Simon Smart, Matteo Tanadini, Nick Brown
High-quality abundance data are expensive and time-consuming to collect and often highly limited in availability. Nonetheless, accurate, high-resolution abundance distributions are essential for many ecological applications ranging from species conservation to epidemiology. Producing models that can predict abundance well, with good resolution over large areas, has therefore been an important aim in ecology, but poses considerable challenges. We present a two-stage approach to modeling abundance, combining two established techniques...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301925/retrospective-molecular-epidemiology-study-of-pd-l1-expression-in-patients-with-egfr-mutant-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Jong Ho Cho, Wei Zhou, Yoon-La Choi, Jong-Mu Sun, Hyejoo Choi, Tae-Eun Kim, Marisa Dolled-Filhart, Kenneth Emancipator, Mary Anne Rutkowski, Jhingook Kim
Purpose: Data are limited on PD-L1 expression in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutant non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Materials and Methods: We retrospectively evaluated the relationship between PD-L1 expression and recurrence-free (RFS) and overall survival in 319 patients with EGFR-mutant NSCLC who were treated at Samsung Medical Center from 2006 to 2014. Membranous PD-L1 expression on tumor cells was measured using the PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx antibody and reported as tumor proportion score (TPS)...
March 17, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299976/leukocyte-telomere-length-is-inversely-associated-with-post-load-but-not-with-fasting-plasma-glucose-levels
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Mykola Khalangot, Dmytro Krasnienkov, Alexander Vaiserman, Ivan Avilov, Volodymir Kovtun, Nadia Okhrimenko, Alexander Koliada, Victor Kravchenko
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is characterized by shorter leukocyte telomere length, but the relationship between leukocyte telomere length and type 2 diabetes mellitus development is rather questioned. Fasting and post-load glycaemia associated with different types of insulin resistance and their relation with leukocyte telomere length remains unknown. We compared leukocyte telomere length and fasting or post-load glucose levels in persons who do not receive glucose lowering treatment. For 82 randomly selected rural residents of Ukraine, aged 45+, not previously diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus, the WHO oral glucose tolerance test and anthropometric measurements were performed...
April 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299033/the-association-of-age-and-gender-with-risk-factors-of-noncommunicable-diseases-among-employees-in-west-of-iran
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Nahid Khademi, Mehran Babanejad, Atefeh Asadmobini, Hossein Karim
BACKGROUND: The relationships that age and gender share with risk factors (RFs) of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) were assessed among a large-scale employ in Western Iran. METHODS: In this epidemiologic cross-sectional study, 7129 employees from Kermanshah Province were assessed using a census method in 2012. Data on RFs of NCD were collected using a standard questionnaire. Demographic information, diet, physical activity, tobacco use, and history of hypertension, history of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and cancer were studied...
2017: International Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298472/clinical-manifestations-treatment-and-diagnosis-of-tropheryma-whipplei-infections
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REVIEW
Ruben A V Dolmans, C H Edwin Boel, Miangela M Lacle, Johannes G Kusters
Whipple's disease is a rare infectious disease that can be fatal if left untreated. The disease is caused by infection with Tropheryma whipplei, a bacterium that may be more common than was initially assumed. Most patients present with nonspecific symptoms, and as routine cultivation of the bacterium is not feasible, it is difficult to diagnose this infection. On the other hand, due to the generic symptoms, infection with this bacterium is actually quite often in the differential diagnosis. The gold standard for diagnosis used to be periodic acid-Schiff (PAS) staining of duodenal biopsy specimens, but PAS staining has a poor specificity and sensitivity...
April 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
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