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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550480/characteristics-associated-with-quality-of-life-among-people-with-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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Leone Ridsdale, Gabriella Wojewodka, Emily Robinson, Sabine Landau, Adam Noble, Stephanie Taylor, Mark Richardson, Gus Baker, Laura H Goldstein
Quality of Life (QoL) is the preferred outcome in non-pharmacological trials, but there is little UK population evidence of QoL in epilepsy. In advance of evaluating an epilepsy self-management course we aimed to describe, among UK participants, what clinical and psycho-social characteristics are associated with QoL. We recruited 404 adults attending specialist clinics, with at least two seizures in the prior year and measured their self-reported seizure frequency, co-morbidity, psychological distress, social characteristics, including self-mastery and stigma, and epilepsy-specific QoL (QOLIE-31-P)...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549878/outbreak-of-imipenem-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-in-different-wards-at-a-regional-hospital-related-to-untrained-bedside-caregivers
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Ching-Hsun Wang, Jin-Feng Li, Li-Yueh Huang, Fu-Mei Lin, Ya-Sung Yang, L Kristopher Siu, Feng-Yee Chang, Jung-Chung Lin
BACKGROUND: This study describes an outbreak caused by imipenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (IRAB) involving 2 general wards at the Penghu branch of Tri-Service General Hospital. METHODS: Clinical data obtained from the patients with IRAB during an outbreak from May 2014-October 2014 were reviewed. Microbiologic sampling from the environment and the hands of health care workers (HCWs) was performed. Clinical isolates from case patients were genotyped using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE)...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549580/hyperkalemia-and-cardiac-arrest-associated-with-glucose-replacement-in-a-patient-on-spironolactone
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Ryan Offman, Amanda Paden, Adam Gwizdala, James Fletcher Reeves
We present a case of hypoglycemia, which after intravenous glucose replacement, led to cardiac arrest secondary to a profound extracellular potassium shift. The patient was on spironolactone therapy which is known to cause aldosterone resistance (which inhibits the body's ability to prevent potassium shifts) [1]. Physicians typically review medications that cause hypoglycemia, but other medications may interfere with potassium homeostasis with administration of glucose. Knowledge of this case may prompt further monitoring, repeat lab testing, and careful medication reconciliation before discharging a patient with risk for aldosterone resistance...
May 11, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545831/pre-post-evaluation-of-effects-of-a-titanium-dioxide-coating-on-environmental-contamination-of-an-intensive-care-unit-the-titanic-study
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B de Jong, A M Meeder, K W A C Koekkoek, M A Schouten, P Westers, A R H van Zanten
BACKGROUND: Among patients admitted to European hospitals or intensive care units (ICUs), 5.7% and 19.5% will encounter healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), respectively, and antimicrobial resistance is emerging. As hospital surfaces are contaminated with potentially pathogenic bacteria, environmental cleanliness is an essential aspect to reduce HAIs. AIM: To address the efficacy of a titanium dioxide coating in reducing the microbial colonization of environmental surfaces in an ICU...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543695/mechanisms-and-strategies-to-overcome-resistance-to-molecularly-targeted-therapy-for-melanoma
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Su Yin Lim, Alexander M Menzies, Helen Rizos
The identification of driver mutations in melanoma has changed the field of cancer treatment. BRAF and NRAS mutations are predominant in melanoma and lead to overactivation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (AKT) signaling pathways. Selective inhibitors targeting key effectors of the MAPK pathway have revolutionized the treatment of patients with advanced metastatic BRAF-mutant melanoma. However, resistance to therapy is almost universal and remains a major challenge in clinical care, with the majority of patients progressing within 1 year...
June 1, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543410/the-diagnosis-of-equine-insulin-dysregulation
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F R Bertin, M A de Laat
Insulin dysregulation is the hallmark of Equine Metabolic Syndrome and has received attention because of its direct association with laminitis. In the absence of an adequate treatment for laminitis, a focus on prophylaxis is needed, making early detection of individuals at risk of developing laminitis one of the main challenges in equine endocrinology. Recent studies have shown that insulin dysregulation goes beyond tissue insulin resistance and it is now demonstrated that the equine enteroinsular axis plays a major role in insulin secretion and equine hyperinsulinaemia...
May 22, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542441/dot-or-sat-for-rifampicin-resistant-tuberculosis-a-non-randomized-comparison-in-a-high-hiv-prevalence-setting
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Erika Mohr, Johnny Daniels, Busisiwe Beko, Petros Isaakidis, Vivian Cox, Sarah Jane Steele, Odelia Muller, Leigh Snyman, Virginia De Azevedo, Amir Shroufi, Laura Trivino Duran, Jennifer Hughes
BACKGROUND: Daily directly-observed therapy (DOT) is recommended for rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB) patients throughout treatment. We assessed the impact of self-administered treatment (SAT) in a South African township with high rates of RR-TB and HIV. METHODS: Community-supported SAT for patients who completed the intensive phase was piloted in five primary care clinics in Khayelitsha. We compared final treatment outcomes among RR-TB patients initiating treatment before (standard-of-care (SOC)-cohort, January 2010-July 2013) and after the implementation of the pilot (SAT-cohort, January 2012-December 2014)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542123/malaria-surveillance-united-states-2014
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Kimberly E Mace, Paul M Arguin
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Malaria in humans is caused by intraerythrocytic protozoa of the genus Plasmodium. These parasites are transmitted by the bite of an infective female Anopheles mosquito. The majority of malaria infections in the United States occur among persons who have traveled to regions with ongoing malaria transmission. However, malaria is occasionally acquired by persons who have not traveled out of the country through exposure to infected blood products, congenital transmission, laboratory exposure, or local mosquitoborne transmission...
May 26, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540898/assessment-of-quality-of-life-in-children-with-nephrotic-syndrome-at-a-teaching-hospital-in-south-india
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Sonia Agrawal, Sriram Krishnamurthy, Bijaya Nanda Naik
This study was conducted to assess the quality of life (QOL) in children between 2 and 18 years of age with primary idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (NS) using Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL 4.0 Generic Core Scales). This cross-sectional comparative study was conducted at a tertiary care hospital in South India between December 2014 and February 2015. In this questionnaire-based study, 50 children with primary idiopathic NS and an equal number of age-matched controls with other chronic ailments were recruited...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540871/clinico-mycological-study-of-dermatophytic-infections-and-their-sensitivity-to-antifungal-drugs-in-a-tertiary-care-center
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Soniya Mahajan, Ragini Tilak, Satyendra K Kaushal, Rabindra N Mishra, Shyam S Pandey
BACKGROUND: Worldwide, dermatophytic infections are running a chronic course either due to ineffective treatment or emerging drug resistance. In the past three decades, there has been an increase in incidence and non-responsiveness to conventional antifungals, which suggests that there is a need of antifungal sensitivity testing. AIMS: This study was aimed at identifying clinico-mycological pattern of dermatophytic infections in patients attending thedermatology outpatient department of a tertiary care hospital, and to obtain the sensitivity pattern of isolates against six commonly used oral antifungals (fluconazole, terbinafine, itraconazole, ketoconazole, griseofulvin and voriconazole)...
May 22, 2017: Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539111/written-versus-verbal-consent-a-qualitative-study-of-stakeholder-views-of-consent-procedures-used-at-the-time-of-recruitment-into-a-peripartum-trial-conducted-in-an-emergency-setting
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J Lawton, N Hallowell, C Snowdon, J E Norman, K Carruthers, F C Denison
BACKGROUND: Obtaining prospective written consent from women to participate in trials when they are experiencing an obstetric emergency is challenging. Alternative consent pathways, such as gaining verbal consent at enrolment followed, later, by obtaining written consent, have been advocated by some clinicians and bioethicists but have received little empirical attention. We explored women's and staff views about the consent procedures used during the internal pilot of a trial (GOT-IT), where the protocol permitted staff to gain verbal consent at recruitment...
May 24, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539069/real-world-challenges-for-hepatitis-c-virus-medications-a-critical-overview
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Imran Shahid, Waleed Hassan AlMalki, Sajida Hassan, Muhammad Hassan Hafeez
From 2010, the landscape of hepatitis C therapeutics has been changed rapidly, and today we are standing at a cusp of a pharmacological revolution where highly effective and interferon (IFN)-free direct acting antivirals (DAAs) are already on the market. Such treatment paradigms attain 90-95% sustained virologic response (SVR; undetectable viral load at week 12 or 24 at the end of therapy) rates in treated individuals compared to 50-70% with treatment completion of dual-therapy-pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) and ribavirin (RBV)...
May 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538851/-antimicrobial-sensitivity-of-the-environmental-microbiota-in-the-intensive-care-units-of-a-peruvian-hospital
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José Díaz-Tello, Jesús Rojas-Jaimes, Jimmy Ibarra-Trujillo, Delza Tárraga-Gonzales
The objective was to detect Gram-negative bacilli and Gram-positive cocci isolated from the environmental microbiota of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) departments of Neonatology, Pediatrics, and Transplants (kidney, liver, and general) in a Lima hospital and determine their antimicrobial sensitivity. Eighty samples were obtained from inanimate surfaces using a wet swab. A total of 61 bacterial strains were identified, including Staphylococcus epidermis (46.0%), Alcaligenes sp. (21.3%), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (16...
January 2017: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538648/less-is-more-antibiotic-duration-and-outcomes-in-fournier-s-gangrene
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Margaret Lauerman, Olga Kolesnik, Kinjal Sethuraman, Ronald Rabinowitz, Manjari Joshi, Emily Clark, Deborah Stein, Thomas Scalea, Sharon Henry
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic management of Fournier's gangrene (FG) is without evidence-based guidelines, and is based on expert opinion. The effect of duration of antibiotic therapy on outcomes in FG is unknown. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of FG patients from 2012-2015 at a single institution. Patients were managed by our institutional practice of complete primary wound closure as possible, with antibiotic duration according to physician judgement. Patients were stratified into multiple durations of antibiotic administration...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537931/the-network-of-dab2ip-mir-138-in-regulating-drug-resistance-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-associated-with-stem-like-phenotypes
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Eun-Jin Yun, Jiancheng Zhou, Chun-Jung Lin, Shan Xu, John Santoyo, Elizabeth Hernandez, Chih-Ho Lai, Ho Lin, Dalin He, Jer-Tsong Hsieh
Targeted therapy is a standard of care for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) but the response rate is not overwhelmed, which only prolongs a short survival of patients due to the onset of therapeutic resistance. Although the mechanisms are not fully understood, the presence of cancer initiating cells (CIC) may underlie the drug resistance. Nevertheless, identifying CIC phenotypes with its biomarkers in RCC appear to be diverse and controversial from many reports. In this study, we took a different approach to focus on the regulatory mechanism in RCC-CIC and unveil DAB2IP-mediated miR-138 expression that plays a critical role in modulating stem-like phenotypes in RCC via targeting the ABC transporter (ABCA13) as well as oncogenic histone methyltransferase EZH2 while down regulation of miR-138 gene expression in RCC is due to epigenetic gene silencing by DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1)...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537748/pesticide-interactions-mechanisms-benefits-and-risks
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John E Casida
Interactions between pesticides at common molecular targets and detoxification systems often determine their effectiveness and safety. Compounds with the same mode of action or target are candidates for cross resistance and restrictions in their recommended uses. Discovery research is therefore focused on new mechanisms and modes of action. Interactions in detoxification systems also provide cross resistance and synergist and safener mechanisms illustrated with serine hydrolases and inhibitors, cytochrome P450s and insecticide synergists, and glutathione S-transferases and herbicide safeners...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536381/antibody-drug-conjugates-for-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Adam C Parslow, Sagun Parakh, Fook-Thean Lee, Hui K Gan, Andrew M Scott
Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) take advantage of the specificity of a monoclonal antibody to deliver a linked cytotoxic agent directly into a tumour cell. The development of these compounds provides exciting opportunities for improvements in patient care. Here, we review the key issues impacting on the clinical success of ADCs in cancer therapy. Like many other developing therapeutic classes, there remain challenges in the design and optimisation of these compounds. As the clinical applications for ADCs continue to expand, key strategies to improve patient outcomes include better patient selection for treatment and the identification of mechanisms of therapy resistance...
July 11, 2016: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536277/3d-mathematical-modeling-of-glioblastoma-suggests-that-transdifferentiated-vascular-endothelial-cells-mediate-resistance-to-current-standard-of-care-therapy
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Huaming Yan, Mónica Romero-López, Lesly I Benitez, Kaijun Di, Hermann B Frieboes, Christopher C W Hughes, Daniela A Bota, John S Lowengrub
Glioblastoma (GBM), the most aggressive brain tumor in human patients, is decidedly heterogeneous and highly vascularized. Glioma stem/initiating cells (GSC) are found to play a crucial role by increasing cancer aggressiveness and promoting resistance to therapy. Recently, crosstalk between GSC and vascular endothelial cells has been shown to significantly promote GSC self-renewal and tumor progression. Further, GSC also transdifferentiate into bona-fide vascular endothelial cells (GEC), which inherit mutations present in GSC and are resistant to traditional anti-angiogenic therapies...
May 23, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536210/systemic-inflammatory-response-syndrome-sirs-and-a-left-bundle-branch-block-lbbb-due-to-nitrofurantoin
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Susheer Dilbagh Gandotra, Mariola A Smotrys, Darshan B Patel, Akash Chadha
We present a case of a 74-year-old woman, who was on nitrofurantoin treatment for urinary tract infection (UTI), with fever and chills 7 hours after taking nitrofurantoin. She was hospitalised and evaluated for worsening UTI and sepsis. Initially, it appeared to be secondary to post-UTI sepsis because of possible resistant infection or conditions like pulmonary embolism or acute hepatitis. The patient also developed systemic inflammatory response syndrome, left bundle branch block (LBBB), thrombocytopaenia and transaminitis...
May 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535790/clonal-replacement-of-epidemic-kpc-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-a-hospital-in-china
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Yuying Liang, Xiuyun Yin, Lijun Zeng, Shuiping Chen
BACKGROUND: Klebsiella pneumoniae is a frequent nosocomial pathogen causing difficult-to-treat infections worldwide. The prevalence of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC)-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-KP) is increasing in China. The aim of this study was to investigate the molecular epidemiology of KPC-KP in a nosocomial outbreak. METHODS: Fifty-four KPC-KP isolates were consecutively collected between November 2013 and August 2014 during a KPC-KP outbreak in a tertiary care hospital in Beijing, China...
May 23, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
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