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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636311/insights-into-integrated-lead-generation-and-target-identification-in-malaria-and-tuberculosis-drug-discovery
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John Okombo, Kelly Chibale
New, safe and effective drugs are urgently needed to treat and control malaria and tuberculosis, which affect millions of people annually. However, financial return on investment in the poor settings where these diseases are mostly prevalent is very minimal to support market-driven drug discovery and development. Moreover, the imminent loss of therapeutic lifespan of existing therapies due to evolution and spread of drug resistance further compounds the urgency to identify novel effective drugs. However, the advent of new public-private partnerships focused on tropical diseases and the recent release of large data sets by pharmaceutical companies on antimalarial and antituberculosis compounds derived from phenotypic whole cell high throughput screening have spurred renewed interest and opened new frontiers in malaria and tuberculosis drug discovery...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633331/does-timing-of-antiretroviral-treatment-influence-treatment-outcomes-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-northwest-ethiopia
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Endashaw M Aderie, Ermias Diro, Rony Zachariah, Marcio Silveira da Fonseca, Charles Abongomera, Bethabile L Dolamo, Koert Ritmeijer
Background: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) patients with HIV co-infection should receive antiretroviral treatment (ART). However, the best timing for initiation of ART is not known. Among such individuals, we assessed the influence of ART timing on VL outcomes. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was conducted in Northwest Ethiopia among VL patients starting ART between 2008 and 2015. VL outcomes were assessed by the twelfth month of starting ART, within 4 weeks of VL diagnosis or thereafter...
March 1, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630037/a-mobile-app-for-the-self-management-of-type-1-diabetes-among-adolescents-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Shivani Goyal, Caitlin A Nunn, Michael Rotondi, Amy B Couperthwaite, Sally Reiser, Angelo Simone, Debra K Katzman, Joseph A Cafazzo, Mark R Palmert
BACKGROUND: While optimal blood glucose control is known to reduce the long-term complications associated with type 1 diabetes mellitus, adolescents often struggle to achieve their blood glucose targets. However, their strong propensity toward technology presents a unique opportunity for the delivery of novel self-management interventions. To support type 1 diabetes self-management in this population, we developed the diabetes self-management app bant, which included wireless blood glucose reading transfer, out-of-range blood glucose trend alerts, coaching around out-of-range trend causes and fixes, and a point-based incentive system...
June 19, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627837/natural-antioxidant-vitamins-status-in-pregnancies-complicated-with-intrauterine-growth-restriction
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Amita K Gadhok, Tarun K Sharma, Maheep Sinha, Rakesh Khunteta, Satish K Vardey, Poonam Sahni, Manisha Sankhla
BACKGROUND: The weight of the infant at birth is a powerful predictor of infant growth and survival and is dependent on maternal health and nutrition during pregnancy. Pregnant women have a defense mechanism against increased oxidative stress composed of antioxidant enzymes and natural antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C and E. Therefore, we evaluated whether differences exist in serum levels of vitamin C and E in pregnant women complicated with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR)...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625700/the-effectiveness-of-sterilization-for-flexible-ureteroscopes-a-real-world-study
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Cori L Ofstead, Otis L Heymann, Mariah R Quick, Ellen A Johnson, John E Eiland, Harry P Wetzler
BACKGROUND: There are no guidelines or quality benchmarks specific to ureteroscope reprocessing, and patient injuries and infections have been linked to ureteroscopes. This prospective study evaluated ureteroscope reprocessing effectiveness. METHODS: Reprocessing practices at 2 institutions were assessed. Microbial cultures, biochemical tests, and visual inspections were conducted on sterilized ureteroscopes. RESULTS: Researchers examined 16 ureteroscopes after manual cleaning and sterilization using hydrogen peroxide gas...
May 4, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624811/altered-erythropoiesis-and-decreased-number-of-erythrocytes-in-children-with-neuroblastoma
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Fabio Morandi, Sebastiano Barco, Sara Stigliani, Michela Croce, Luca Persico, Corrado Lagazio, Francesca Scuderi, Maria Luisa Belli, Mariapina Montera, Giuliana Cangemi, Sarah Pozzi, Valentina Rigo, Paola Scaruffi, Loredana Amoroso, Giovanni Erminio, Vito Pistoia, Silvano Ferrini, Maria Valeria Corrias
Neuroblastoma (NB) is a pediatric tumor presenting at diagnosis either as localized or metastatic disease, which mainly involves the bone marrow (BM). The physical occupancy of BM space by metastatic NB cells has been held responsible for impairment of BM function. Here, we investigated whether localized or metastatic NB may alter hematopoietic lineages' maturation and release of mature cells in the periphery, through gene expression profiling, analysis of BM smears, cell blood count and flow cytometry analysis...
May 30, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619115/effectiveness-of-a-physical-activity-program-on-cardiovascular-disease-risk-in-adult-primary-health-care-users-the-pas-a-pas-community-intervention-trial
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Victoria Arija, Felipe Villalobos, Roser Pedret, Angels Vinuesa, Mercé Timón, Teresa Basora, Dolors Aguas, Josep Basora
BACKGROUND: Physical activity is a major, modifiable, risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) that contributes to the prevention and management of CVD. The aim of this study was to assess the short- and medium-term effectiveness of 9 months of a supervised physical activity program, including sociocultural activities, on CVD risk in adults. METHODS: Multicentered, randomized, controlled community intervention involving 364 patients in four primary care centers...
June 15, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616435/impact-of-pharmacist-intervention-on-appropriate-insulin-pen-use-in-older-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-a-rural-area-in-iran
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Aida Sefidani Forough, Parsa Riazi Esfahani
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of pharmacist-conducted educational intervention on reducing errors related to inappropriate insulin pen use. METHODS: This was a prospective, before-after study with an educational intervention component. The study was conducted on 122 elderly diabetic patients. Data were collected through interviews using researcher-administered questionnaires as well as patients' medical records. Patients were asked about the preparation, injection, and storage techniques, they followed when using insulin pens...
April 2017: Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615013/short-term-poor-glycemic-control-and-retinal-microvascular-changes-in-pediatric-type-1-diabetes-patients-in-singapore-a-pilot-study
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Ling-Jun Li, Ecosse Lamoureux, Tien Yin Wong, Ngee Lek
BACKGROUND: Poor glycemic control in Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) patients is strongly associated with an increased risk of diabetes-related microvascular complications later in life, but it is unclear whether short period of poor glycemic control in children with T1D can cause evident microvascular morphological changes long before any pathological manifestation. Our study aimed to investigate the longitudinal association between poor glycemic control and subsequent changes in retinal microvasculature, in a pilot study of 55 pediatric T1D patients from Singapore after a one-year follow-up...
June 15, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611578/prefrontal-hemodynamics-in-toddlers-at-rest-a-pilot-study-of-developmental-variability
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Afrouz A Anderson, Elizabeth Smith, Fatima A Chowdhry, Audrey Thurm, Emma Condy, Lauren Swineford, Stacy S Manwaring, Franck Amyot, Dennis Matthews, Amir H Gandjbakhche
Functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a non-invasive functional neuroimaging modality. Although, it is amenable to use in infants and young children, there is a lack of fNIRS research within the toddler age range. In this study, we used fNIRS to measure cerebral hemodynamics in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in 18-36 months old toddlers (n = 29) as part of a longitudinal study that enrolled typically-developing toddlers as well as those "at risk" for language and other delays based on presence of early language delays...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605777/racial-differences-in-the-relationship-of-glucose-concentrations-and-hemoglobin-a1c-levels
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Richard M Bergenstal, Robin L Gal, Crystal G Connor, Rose Gubitosi-Klug, Davida Kruger, Beth A Olson, Steven M Willi, Grazia Aleppo, Ruth S Weinstock, Jamie Wood, Michael Rickels, Linda A DiMeglio, Kathleen E Bethin, Santica Marcovina, Andreana Tassopoulos, Sooji Lee, Elaine Massaro, Suzan Bzdick, Brian Ichihara, Eileen Markmann, Paul McGuigan, Stephanie Woerner, Michelle Ecker, Roy W Beck
Background: Debate exists as to whether the higher hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels observed in black persons than in white persons are due to worse glycemic control or racial differences in the glycation of hemoglobin. Objective: To determine whether a racial difference exists in the relationship of mean glucose and HbA1c. Design: Prospective, 12-week observational study. Setting: 10 diabetes centers in the United States...
June 13, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599394/pulmo-uterinus-a-history-of-ideas-on-fetal-respiration
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REVIEW
Michael Obladen
Theories about fetal respiration began in antiquity. Aristotle characterized pneuma as warm air, but also as the enabler of vital functions and instrument of the soul. In Galen's system of physiology, the vital spirit was carried by the umbilical arteries, the nutrients by the umbilical vein from the placenta to the fetus. In 1569 Aranzio postulated that the maternal and fetal vasculatures are distinct. From 1670 to 1690, a century before the discovery of oxygen, researchers understood that during respiration some form of exchange with the air must occur, naming the substance biolychnium, phlogiston, sal-nitro, or nitro-aerial particles...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590768/effect-of-hydroalcoholic-extract-of-capsella-bursa-pastoris-on-early-postpartum-hemorrhage-a-clinical-trial-study
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Sahar Ghalandari, Nourossadat Kariman, Zohre Sheikhan, Faraz Mojab, Moghadameh Mirzaei, Hadis Shahrahmani
OBJECTIVES: Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is one of three main causes of maternal mortality and a life-threatening condition throughout the world. PPH can have irreversible complications for the mother even if it does not lead to death. This study was conducted to determine the effect of hydroalcoholic extract of Capsella bursa pastoris on early PPH. DESIGN: The present study was a single-blinded, randomized, clinical trial. SETTING: The study was conducted in Afzalipour Hospital of Kerman in 2015...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589217/a-prospective-randomized-comparison-of-micropercutaneous-nephrolithotomy-microperc-and-retrograde-intrarenal-surgery-rirs-for-the-management-of-lower-pole-kidney-stones
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Abdulkadir Kandemir, Selcuk Guven, Mehmet Balasar, Mehmet Giray Sonmez, Hakan Taskapu, Recai Gurbuz
OBJECTIVE: To make a comparison between the safety and efficacy of micropercutaneous nephrolithotomy (microperc) and retrograde intrarenal surgery (RIRS) for the management of lower pole kidney stones up to 15 mm. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 60 patients presenting with solitary lower pole kidney stones up to 15 mm were included in the study between March 2013 and December 2015. Patients were randomized into Microperc or RIRS groups with computer-generated numbers. RESULTS: The mean stone size was 10...
June 6, 2017: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587646/trends-in-sex-differences-in-the-receipt-of-quality-of-care-indicators-among-adults-with-diabetes-united-states-2002-2011
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Joni S Williams, Kinfe G Bishu, Alessandra St Germain, Leonard E Egede
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests disparities in quality of care (QoC) indicators based on sex exist in adults diagnosed with diabetes; however, this research is limited. Therefore, the objective of this research study was to assess differences in QOC indicators in a nationally representative sample of men and women with diabetes. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of 17,702 men and women (≥18 years of age) with diabetes from the 2002-2011 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component...
June 6, 2017: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586621/evaluating-the-use-of-electronic-health-records-for-type-2-diabetes-surveillance-in-2-california-counties-2010-2014
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Maxwell J Richardson, Stephen K Van Den Eeden, Eric Roberts, Assiamira Ferrara, Susan Paulukonis, Paul English
OBJECTIVES: Electronic health records (EHRs) and electronic laboratory records (ELRs) are increasingly seen as a rich source of data for performing public health surveillance activities and monitoring community health status. Their potential for surveillance of chronic illness, however, may be underused. Our objectives were to (1) evaluate the use of EHRs and ELRs for diabetes surveillance in 2 California counties and (2) examine disparities in diabetes prevalence by geography, income, and race/ethnicity...
January 1, 2017: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578840/acute-kidney-injury-after-first-stage-joint-revision-for-infection-risk-factors-and-the-impact-of-antibiotic-dosing
#17
Jeffrey A Geller, Gregory Cunn, Thomas Herschmiller, Taylor Murtaugh, Antonia Chen
BACKGROUND: Scarce literature exists regarding risk factors associated with postoperative acute kidney injury (AKI) after first-stage revision procedures. The purpose of this study was to determine risk factors for AKI and the efficacy of intra-articular antibiotics in infection eradication. METHODS: We retrospectively identified 247 patients who underwent a 2-stage revision procedure for the treatment of hip or knee periprosthetic joint infection. We applied previously published diagnostic criteria for AKI to determine its incidence and risk factors for its development...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577647/foxo3-gene-expression-and-oxidative-status-in-beta-thalassemia-minor-subjects
#18
Sandra Stella Lazarte, María Eugenia Mónaco, Magdalena María Terán, Ana Cecilia Haro, Miryam Emilse Ledesma Achem, Blanca Alicia Issé
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress may aggravate symptoms of hemolytic anemias such as beta-thalassemia. FoxO3 activation results in resistance to oxidative stress in fibroblasts and neuronal cell cultures. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this research was to study FoxO3 gene expression and oxidative status in beta-thalassemia minor individuals. METHODS: Sixty-three subjects (42 apparently healthy individuals and 21 with beta-thalassemia minor) were analyzed at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina, between September 2013 and June 2014...
April 2017: Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575471/serum-cotinine-and-hemoglobin-a1c-among-a-national-sample-of-adolescents-without-known-diabetes
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Ashley L Merianos, Md Monir Hossain, Jane C Khoury, Georg E Matt, E Melinda Mahabee-Gittens
Introduction: National data suggests tobacco smoke is positively associated with higher glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) among adults. Our objective was to examine the association between serum cotinine and HbA1c among adolescents without known diabetes. Methods: We assessed adolescents 12-19 years old (N=11,550) who participated in the 1999-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. We applied sampling weights while performing multiple linear regression analyses...
June 1, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574979/antenatal-corticosteroids-and-cardio-metabolic-outcomes-in-adolescents-born-with-very-low-birth-weight
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Lisa K Washburn, Patricia A Nixon, Beverly M Snively, Gregory B Russell, Hossam A Shaltout, Andrew M South, T Michael O'Shea
BACKGROUND: Exposure to antenatal corticosteroids (ANCS) is associated with adverse cardio-metabolic outcomes in animal models; however long-term outcomes in clinical studies are not well characterized. We hypothesized that exposure to ANCS would be associated with markers of increased cardio-metabolic risk in adolescents born with very low birth weight (VLBW). METHODS: In an observational cohort of 186 VLBW 14-year-old adolescents we measured resting blood pressure (BP), BP response to cold, ambulatory BP, and anthropometrics; performed dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry; and analyzed blood samples for uric acid, cholesterol, glycated hemoglobin, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein...
June 2, 2017: Pediatric Research
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