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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348111/leveraging-social-networking-sites-for-an-autoimmune-hepatitis-genetic-repository-pilot-study-to-evaluate-feasibility
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Megan Comerford, Rachel Fogel, James Robert Bailey, Prianka Chilukuri, Naga Chalasani, Craig Steven Lammert
BACKGROUND: Conventional approaches to participant recruitment are often inadequate in rare disease investigation. Social networking sites such as Facebook may provide a vehicle to circumvent common research limitations and pitfalls. We report our preliminary experience with Facebook-based methodology for participant recruitment and participation into an ongoing study of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH). OBJECTIVE: The goal of our research was to conduct a pilot study to assess whether a Facebook-based methodology is capable of recruiting geographically widespread participants into AIH patient-oriented research and obtaining quality phenotypic data...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335689/psoriasis-a-review-of-systemic-comorbidities-and-dental-management-considerations
#2
John K Brooks
OBJECTIVE: There is a growing body of evidence to substantiate that cutaneous psoriasis is associated with an increased risk for a multitude of systemic disorders. Although there is an extensive array of medical publications regarding psoriasis, the dental literature has almost exclusively been focused on erythema migrans and occasionally, with oral psoriatic mucositis, chronic periodontitis, and psoriatic arthritis of the temporomandibular joint. This report will review the diversity of systemic comorbidities, namely cardiovascular, neurologic, renal, liver, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, endocrine, ocular, arthritic (including temporomandibular joint), nail, cutaneous, and psychologic (including suicide) disorders; neoplasia; infection; dyslipidemia; vitamin D deficiency; substance abuse; higher mortality; and oral mucosal involvement...
January 15, 2018: Quintessence International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316259/fatal-outcome-after-reactivation-of-inherited-chromosomally-integrated-hhv-6a-icihhv-6a-transmitted-through-liver-transplantation
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P Bonnafous, J Marlet, D Bouvet, E Salamé, A-C Tellier, S Guyetant, A Goudeau, H Agut, A Gautheret-Dejean, C Gaudy-Graffin
HHV-6A and HHV-6B are found as inherited and chromosomally integrated forms (iciHHV-6A and -6B) into all germinal and somatic cells and vertically transmitted in a Mendelian manner in about 1% of the population. They were occasionally shown to be horizontally transmitted through hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Here, we present a clinical case of horizontal transmission of iciHHV-6A from donor to recipient through liver transplantation. Molecular analysis performed on three viral genes (7.2 kb) in the recipient and donor samples supports transmission of iciHHV-6A from the graft...
January 9, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302565/candidate-for-a-live-vaccine
#4
Justin Ralph Abbatemarco, Alan Taege
Immune dysfunction is a well-known phenomenon in end-stage liver disease (ESLD). The pretransplant period offers a unique window for primary care physicians to optimize the transplant's vaccine protection before antirejection medications are initiated. Live vaccinations are selected cautiously but the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) vaccine, Zostavax, is recommended for pretransplant candidates. This case highlights an ESLD patient who developed disseminated cutaneous VZV within 30 days of vaccination.
April 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302503/celiac-disease-in-south-jordan
#5
Eyad Altamimi
Purpose: Celiac disease, an autoimmune enteropathy triggered by exposure to gluten, is not uncommon in South Jordan. However, its prevalence is underestimated due to lack of physician awareness of the diversity of disease presentation. The clinical spectrum includes classic gastrointestinal manifestations, as well as rickets, iron-deficiency anemia, short stature, elevated liver enzymes, and edema. Our goal was to evaluate celiac disease presentation in clinically diagnosed children. Methods: Retrospective study included all children diagnosed with celiac disease between September 2009 and September 2015...
December 2017: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297288/deep-learning-architectures-for-multi-label-classification-of-intelligent-health-risk-prediction
#6
Andrew Maxwell, Runzhi Li, Bei Yang, Heng Weng, Aihua Ou, Huixiao Hong, Zhaoxian Zhou, Ping Gong, Chaoyang Zhang
BACKGROUND: Multi-label classification of data remains to be a challenging problem. Because of the complexity of the data, it is sometimes difficult to infer information about classes that are not mutually exclusive. For medical data, patients could have symptoms of multiple different diseases at the same time and it is important to develop tools that help to identify problems early. Intelligent health risk prediction models built with deep learning architectures offer a powerful tool for physicians to identify patterns in patient data that indicate risks associated with certain types of chronic diseases...
December 28, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290508/the-emergency-medicine-evaluation-and-management-of-the-patient-with-cirrhosis
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REVIEW
Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Cirrhosis is a significant cause of death in the U.S. and has a variety of causes, most commonly Hepatitis C and alcohol. Liver fibrosis and nodule formation result in significant complications due to portal system hypertension. There are several deadly complications emergency physicians must consider. OBJECTIVE OF THE REVIEW: Provide an evidence-based update for the resuscitation of decompensating cirrhotic patients and an overview of cirrhosis complications...
December 23, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277955/tick-borne-illness-after-transplantation-case-and-review
#8
Tresa Reena Mascarenhas, Randi S Silibovsky, Pooja Singh, Katherine Belden
Tick-borne infections in solid organ transplant recipients are an infrequent and difficult diagnostic challenge owing to multiple routes of acquisition and unusual presentations. A 67-year-old male recipient of a combined liver and kidney transplant presented with recurrent fevers following surgery. Standard microbiologic workup was non-diagnostic. Shortness of breath, confusion, lethargy, and hypotension developed along with progressive anemia, requiring multiple blood transfusions. Workup suggested hemolysis and review of the peripheral smear was diagnostic for Babesia microti infection...
December 26, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243547/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-quality-of-life-and-the-subjective-experience-in-liver-transplant-recipients
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Paslakis Georgios, Beckmann Mingo, Beckebaum Susanne, Klein Christian, Gräf Jan, Erim Yesim
OBJECTIVE: A high prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms among transplant recipients has been associated with a low adherence to treatment and poor survival. It is crucial to detect and prevent the development of posttraumatic stress in transplant settings. METHODS: We examined the prevalence of posttraumatic stress symptoms in 3 liver transplant recipients by means of the Essen Trauma Inventory (ETI), a self-report questionnaire. The Short Form-36 was used to assess the perceived health-related quality of life...
January 1, 2017: Progress in Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240674/evaluation-of-the-cytotoxicity-and-genotoxicity-of-flavonolignans-in-different-cellular-models
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Michal Bijak, Ewelina Synowiec, Przemyslaw Sitarek, Tomasz Sliwiński, Joanna Saluk-Bijak
Flavonolignans are the main components of silymarin, which represents 1.5-3% of the dry fruit weight of Milk thistle (Silybum marianum L. Gaernt.). In ancient Greece and Romania, physicians and herbalists used the Silybum marianum to treat a range of liver diseases. Besides their hepatoprotective action, silymarin flavonolignans have many other healthy properties, such as anti-platelet and anti-inflammatory actions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the toxic effect of flavonolignans on blood platelets, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and human lung cancer cell line-A549-using different molecular techniques...
December 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230133/invasive-insular-thyroid-carcinoma-presenting-as-nonparalytic-dysphonia
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Blake S Raggio, Blair M Barton, Maria C Grant, Judith A Fornadley, Jeffrey P Marino
Background: Patients with suspected thyroid malignancy often undergo preoperative laryngeal examination with a focus on vocal fold mobility. We present the unique case of a patient with invasive thyroid carcinoma who presented with dysphonia despite intact vocal fold motion. Case Report: A 73-year-old female with a remote thyroid lobectomy presented with dysphonia. Thyroid ultrasound and fine-needle aspiration revealed a 1.1-cm nodule consistent with a colloid cyst...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225869/spontaneous-tumor-lysis-syndrome-in-colon-cancer-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#12
David Sommerhalder, Amol M Takalkar, Rodney Shackelford, Prakash Peddi
Although tumor lysis syndrome is well described, it is rarely seen or suspected in solid malignancies. Early recognition of this entity is paramount in reducing morbidity and mortality. Treating physicians should be aware of this possibility in solid tumor patients with either bulky disease or extensive liver involvement.
December 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224108/negative-impact-of-testosterone-deficiency-and-5%C3%AE-reductase-inhibitors-therapy-on-metabolic-and-sexual-function-in-men
#13
Abdulmaged M Traish
Androgens are steroid hormones with pleotropic and diverse biochemical and physiological functions, and androgen deficiency exerts a negative impact on human health. Testosterone (T) either directly or via its transformation into the more potent metabolite 5α-dihydrotestosterone (5α-DHT) or via aromatization into estradiol (E2) modulates important biochemical signaling pathways of human physiology and plays a critical role in the growth and/or maintenance of functions in a host of tissues and organs. T and 5α-DHT play an important role in regulating physiology of the muscle, adipose tissue, liver, bone, and central nervous system, as well as reproductive and sexual functions...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192364/liver-metastases-from-prostate-cancer-at-11c-choline-pet-ct-a-multicenter-retrospective-analysis
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Pietro Ghedini, I Bossert, L Zanoni, F Ceci, T Graziani, P Castellucci, V Ambrosini, F Massari, E Nobili, B Melotti, A Musto, S Zoboli, L Antunovic, M Kirienko, A Chiti, C Mosconi, A Ardizzoni, R Golfieri, S Fanti, C Nanni
AIM: During our daily clinical practice using 11C-Choline PET/CT for restaging patients affected by relapsing prostate cancer (rPCa) we noticed an unusual but significant occurrence of hypodense hepatic lesions with a different tracer uptake. Thus, we decided to evaluate the possible correlation between rPCa and these lesions as possible hepatic metastases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled 542 patients diagnosed with rPCa in biochemical relapse after a radical treatment (surgery and/or radiotherapy)...
November 30, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185250/management-of-hepatitis-c-in-decentralised-versus-centralised-drug-substitution-programmes-and-minimally-invasive-point-of-care-tests-to-close-gaps-in-the-hcv-cascade
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Andrea Bregenzer, Anna Conen, Jürg Knuchel, Andrée Friedl, Franz Eigenmann, Martin Näf, Peter Ackle, Martin Roth, Christoph Andreas Fux
BACKGROUND: In Switzerland, intravenous drug use accounts for the majority of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. Early HCV treatment prevents further transmissions and reduces morbidity and mortality due to decompensated liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Nevertheless, patients in drug substitution programmes are often insufficiently screened and treated. AIM: The aim was to compare the current state of HCV management in centralised and decentralised drug substitution programmes of the canton Aargau...
November 29, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181702/geoepidemiology-of-primary-biliary-cholangitis-lessons-from-switzerland
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Benedetta Terziroli Beretta-Piccoli, Guido Stirnimann, Andreas Cerny, David Semela, Roxane Hessler, Beat Helbling, Felix Stickel, Carolina Kalid-de Bakker, Florian Bihl, Emiliano Giostra, Magdalena Filipowicz Sinnreich, Carl Oneta, Adriana Baserga, Pietro Invernizzi, Marco Carbone, Joachim Mertens
No data on primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) are available in Switzerland. We established a national patient cohort to obtain information on PBC phenotypes and disease course in Switzerland. Local databases in all university hospitals and in two large secondary centers were searched for case finding. In addition, all primary care physicians, gastroenterologists, rheumatologists, and dermatologists were invited to contribute patients from their own medical records. PBC diagnosis was centrally reviewed. Five hundred one PBC patients were identified, 474 were included in data analysis, and 449 of them were enrolled by tertiary centers...
November 27, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181456/a-review-of-excessive-sugar-metabolism-on-oral-and-general-health
#17
Kai Foo Chow
Stomatologists and dental practitioners, as they are called in different parts of the world according to tradition and history, are basically physicians who specialise in the study and treatment of diseases of the mouth and surrounding structures. They have always been outstanding in advocating the reduction of sugar consumption, mainly due to its direct connection to the pathogenesis of dental caries. Increasingly, it has come to the attention of researchers, epidemiologists and many healthcare workers and professionals that excessive consumption of sugar is also closely tied to the increase in tandem of our current major health issues like obesity, diabetes, heart, liver and kidney disease, and a host of other associated ailments...
2017: Chinese Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181081/care-of-cancer-patients-with-liver-and-bone-metastases-the-place-of-pharmaceutical-care-in-a-balanced-plan-focused-on-the-patient-s-needs-and-goals
#18
Katarzyna A Rygiel, Mariola Drozd, Lucyna Bułaś
Metastatic cancer, especially in the growing population of geriatric patients, presents a big challenge to these patients, as well as to treatment teams and the entire health care system. This article describes some common medical problems faced by patients with metastases to liver and bone, and presents a diagnostic approach, and therapeutic management of various symptoms, relevant to advanced stages of the malignant disease. The article highlights the importance of patient education on various aspects of metastatic cancer, and underscores the unique position of pharmacists practicing pharmaceutical care, which is particularly beneficial in this group of patients with advanced malignancy...
October 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177608/identification-of-educational-gaps-among-oncologists-who-manage-patients-with-pancreatic-cancer
#19
Justin A Barnes, Melissa L Ellis, Sharon Hwang, Joan Emarine, Patti Merwin, Gregory D Salinas, Benjamin L Musher
INTRODUCTION: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) is associated with poor outcomes and presents oncologists with a myriad of clinical challenges. This study was conducted to assess oncologists' practice patterns and to identify the greatest areas of need for future PDA continuing medical education (CME) programs. METHODS: Case vignettes have been validated as an effective tool to assess how physicians approach and treat a wide array of diseases. In order to assess practice patterns for resectable, locally advanced unresectable, and metastatic PDA, an online case vignette survey was distributed to practicing medical oncologists...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163964/occult-liver-disease-burden-analysis-from-a-large-general-practitioners-database
#20
Andrea Martini, Elena Ceranto, Angelo Gatta, Paolo Angeli, Patrizia Pontisso
Background: Cirrhosis represents the end stage of chronic liver disease, characterized by high mortality and morbidity. The prevalence of liver disease is difficult to assess, given its clinical latency up to the late stage. Objective: We aimed to assess the prevalence of unrecognized chronic liver disease and cirrhosis using surrogate indicators from medical records of family physicians. Methods: Medical records of 139,104 subjects, collected from 99 family physicians of the Veneto region, were used...
November 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
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