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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913043/evaluation-of-the-genexpert-mtb-rif-assay-on-extrapulmonary-and-respiratory-samples-other-than%C3%A2-sputum-a-low-burden-country-experience
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Sushil Pandey, Jacob Congdon, Bradley McInnes, Alina Pop, Christopher Coulter
The aim of this study was to assess the performance of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay on extrapulmonary (EP) and respiratory (non-sputum) clinical samples of patients suspected of having tuberculosis (TB) from Queensland, Australia. A total of 269 EP and respiratory (non-sputum) clinical samples collected from Qld patients who were suspected of having TB were subjected to the GeneXpert MTB/RIF analysis, Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) staining, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) culture and drug susceptibility testing. Phenotypic and genotypic data were compared...
November 29, 2016: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905672/oral-astragalus-huang-qi-for-preventing-frequent-episodes-of-acute-respiratory-tract-infection-in-children
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REVIEW
Guobin Su, Xiankun Chen, Zhuangzhu Liu, Lihong Yang, La Zhang, Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg, Zehuai Wen, Xinfeng Guo, Xindong Qin, Jueyao Liang, Xusheng Liu
BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) are common in children and can involve both upper and lower airways. Many children experience frequent ARTI episodes or recurrent respiratory tract infections (RRTIs) in early life, which creates challenges for paediatricians, primary care physicians, parents and carers of children.In China, Astragalus (Huang qi), alone or in combination with other herbs, is used by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners in the form of a water extract, to reduce the risk of ARTIs; it is believed to stimulate the immune system...
December 1, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904119/an-autopsy-case-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-with-diaphragm-pacing
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Hisashi Ito, Tetsumasa Kamei, Sanae Odake, Masayuki Nakano, Riki Okeda, Shunsaku Kohriki, Jun Kawachi, Raymond P Onders, Fumihito Yoshii
Respiratory insufficiency is a critical problem in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. We herein present the case of an autopsied patient with sporadic ALS who underwent diaphragm pacing (DP). The pathology showed several localized adhesions with a markedly atrophied diaphragm. A marked loss of motor neurons with Bunina bodies and phosphorylated TDP-43 positive inclusions was found in the spinal cord and primary motor cortex. Mild hyalinization and a few multinucleated giant cells were present around the electrode tracks in the diaphragm...
2016: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903931/comparison-of-perioperative-outcomes-in-endovascular-versus-open-repair-for-juxtarenal-and-pararenal-aortic-aneurysms-a-propensity-matched-analysis
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Nathan T Orr, Daniel L Davenport, David J Minion, Eleftherios S Xenos
OBJECTIVE: Endoluminal aortic aneurysm repair is suitable within certain anatomic specifications. This study aims to compare 30-day outcomes of endovascular versus open repairs for juxtarenal and pararenal aortic aneurysms (JAA/PAAs). METHODS: The ACS-NSQIP database was queried from 2012 to 2015 for JAA/PAA repairs. Procedures characterized as emergent were included in the study; however, failed prior repairs and ruptured aneurysms were excluded. The preoperative and perioperative patient characteristics, operative techniques, and outcome variables were compared between the open aortic repair and the endovascular aortic repair groups...
November 30, 2016: Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900370/a-patient-with-multisystem-dysfunction-carries-a-truncation-mutation-in-human-slc12a2-the-gene-encoding-the-na-k-2cl-cotransporter-nkcc1
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Eric Delpire, Lynne Wolfe, Bianca Flores, Rainelli Koumangoye, Cara C Schornak, Salma Omer, Barbara Pusey, Christopher Lau, Thomas Markello, David R Adams
This study describes a 13-yr-old girl with orthostatic intolerance, respiratory weakness, multiple endocrine abnormalities, pancreatic insufficiency, and multiorgan failure involving the gut and bladder. Exome sequencing revealed a de novo, loss-of-function allele in SLC12A2, the gene encoding the Na-K-2Cl cotransporter-1. The 11-bp deletion in exon 22 results in frameshift (p.Val1026Phefs*2) and truncation of the carboxy-terminal tail of the cotransporter. Preliminary studies in heterologous expression systems demonstrate that the mutation leads to a nonfunctional transporter, which is expressed and trafficked to the plasma membrane alongside wild-type NKCC1...
November 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899005/angle-%C3%AE-of-greater-than-80%C3%A2-at-the-start-of-spirometry-may-identify-high-quality-flow-volume-curves
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Ningfang Lian, Li Li, Weiying Ren, Zhilong Jiang, Lei Zhu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) emphasize a satisfactory start in maximal expiratory flow-volume (MEFV) curves and highlight subjective parameters: performance without hesitation and expiration with maximum force. We described a new parameter, angle β for characterization of the start to the MEFV curve. METHODS: Subjects completed the MEFV curve at least three times and at least two curves met ATS/ERS quality...
November 29, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897995/monitoring-of-physiological-parameters-to-predict-exacerbations-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-a-systematic-review
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Ahmed M Al Rajeh, John R Hurst
INTRODUCTION: The value of monitoring physiological parameters to predict chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations is controversial. A few studies have suggested benefit from domiciliary monitoring of vital signs, and/or lung function but there is no existing systematic review. OBJECTIVES: To conduct a systematic review of the effectiveness of monitoring physiological parameters to predict COPD exacerbation. METHODS: An electronic systematic search compliant with Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines was conducted...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889330/use-of-biologics-to-treat-acute-exacerbations-and-manage-disease-in-asthma-copd-and-ipf
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REVIEW
Lynne A Murray, Chris Grainge, Peter A Wark, Darryl A Knight
A common feature of chronic respiratory disease is the progressive decline in lung function. The decline can be indolent, or it can be accelerated by acute exacerbations, whereby the patient experiences a pronounced worsening of disease symptoms. Moreover, acute exacerbations may also be a marker of insufficient disease management. The underlying cause of an acute exacerbation can be due to insults such as pathogens or environmental pollutants, or the cause can be unknown. For each acute exacerbation, the patient may require medical intervention such as rescue medication, or in more severe cases, hospitalization and ventilation and have an increased risk of death...
November 24, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889092/current-quality-measurement-tools-are-insufficient-to-assess-complications-in-orthopedic-surgery
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Arjun S Sebastian, Stephanie F Polites, Amy E Glasgow, Elizabeth B Habermann, Robert R Cima, Sanjeev Kakar
PURPOSE: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (ACS-NSQIP) is a clinically-derived, validated tool to track outcomes in surgery. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Indicators (AHRQ-PSI) are a set of computer algorithms run on administrative data to identify adverse events. The purpose of this study is to compare complications following orthopedic surgery identified by ACS-NSQIP and AHRQ-PSI. METHODS: Patients between 2010 and 2012 who underwent orthopedic procedures (arthroplasty, spine, trauma, foot and ankle, hand, and upper extremity) at our tertiary-care, academic institution were identified (n = 3,374)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885658/early-skin-to-skin-contact-for-mothers-and-their-healthy-newborn-infants
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REVIEW
Elizabeth R Moore, Nils Bergman, Gene C Anderson, Nancy Medley
BACKGROUND: Mother-infant separation post birth is common. In standard hospital care, newborn infants are held wrapped or dressed in their mother's arms, placed in open cribs or under radiant warmers. Skin-to-skin contact (SSC) begins ideally at birth and should last continually until the end of the first breastfeeding. SSC involves placing the dried, naked baby prone on the mother's bare chest, often covered with a warm blanket. According to mammalian neuroscience, the intimate contact inherent in this place (habitat) evokes neuro-behaviors ensuring fulfillment of basic biological needs...
November 25, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877098/accidental-epidural-injection-of-rocuronium-in-a-pediatric-patient-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Ting-Ting Wu, David S Hoff
Accidental administration of non-epidural drugs into the epidural or subarachnoid spaces may be associated with unexpected pain, morbidity, adverse effects, increased level of care, prolonged hospital stay, and mortality. We describe a 12-month-old admitted for secondary-stage hypospadias reconstruction. General anesthesia was induced with sevofiurane and a peripheral catheter was placed. Instead of ropivacaine, rocuronium (80 mg; 6.3 mg/kg) was injected into the epidural space by the caudal route. Surgery was uneventful and was completed 160 minutes after rocuronium was given...
September 2016: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876398/dropped-head-congenital-muscular-dystrophy-caused-by-de-novo-mutations-in-lmna
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Pakize Karaoglu, Nicolas Quizon, Matthias Pergande, Haicui Wang, Ayşe Ipek Polat, Ayca Ersen, Erdener Özer, Lena Willkomm, Semra Hiz Kurul, Raúl Heredia, Uluç Yis, Duygu Selcen, Sebahattin Çirak
BACKGROUND: Dropped head syndrome is an easily recognizable clinical presentation of Lamin A/C-related congenital muscular dystrophy. Patients usually present in the first year of life with profound neck muscle weakness, dropped head, and elevated serum creatine kinase. CASE DESCRIPTION: Two patients exhibited head drop during infancy although they were able to sit independently. Later they developed progressive axial and limb-girdle weakness. Creatine kinase levels were elevated and muscle biopsies of both patients showed severe dystrophic changes...
November 19, 2016: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875542/educational-outreach-with-an-integrated-clinical-tool-for-nurse-led-non-communicable-chronic-disease-management-in-primary-care-in-south-africa-a-pragmatic-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Lara R Fairall, Naomi Folb, Venessa Timmerman, Carl Lombard, Krisela Steyn, Max O Bachmann, Eric D Bateman, Crick Lund, Ruth Cornick, Gill Faris, Thomas Gaziano, Daniella Georgeu-Pepper, Merrick Zwarenstein, Naomi S Levitt
BACKGROUND: In many low-income countries, care for patients with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health conditions is provided by nurses. The benefits of nurse substitution and supplementation in NCD care in high-income settings are well recognised, but evidence from low- and middle-income countries is limited. Primary Care 101 (PC101) is a programme designed to support and expand nurses' role in NCD care, comprising educational outreach to nurses and a clinical management tool with enhanced prescribing provisions...
November 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875025/adherence-and-barriers-to-hyperinsufflation-in-children-with-congenital-muscular-dystrophy
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John E Pascoe, Hemant Sawnani, Oscar H Mayer, Keith McConnell, Joseph M McDonough, Cynthia White, Anne M Rutkowski, Raouf S Amin, Avani C Modi
BACKGROUND: Congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) is a rare, inherited neuromuscular disease characterized by progressive muscle weakness, thoracic insufficiency, and ultimately respiratory failure. Adherence to respiratory therapies in children with neuromuscular disorders is unknown. This study examined the multimodal assessment of adherence and barriers to 15 min, twice daily hyperinsufflation in children with CMD. Adherence was hypothesized to be greater than 50% and discomfort, embarrassment, and difficulty finding time were hypothesized to be barriers...
November 22, 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866722/effectiveness-of-traffic-related-elements-in-tree-bark-and-pollen-abortion-rates-for-assessing-air-pollution-exposure-on-respiratory-mortality-rates
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Regiani Carvalho-Oliveira, Luís F Amato-Lourenço, Tiana C L Moreira, Douglas R Rocha Silva, Bruna D Vieira, Thais Mauad, Mitiko Saiki, Paulo H Nascimento Saldiva
The majority of epidemiological studies correlate the cardiorespiratory effects of air pollution exposure by considering the concentrations of pollutants measured from conventional monitoring networks. The conventional air quality monitoring methods are expensive, and their data are insufficient for providing good spatial resolution. We hypothesized that bioassays using plants could effectively determine pollutant gradients, thus helping to assess the risks associated with air pollution exposure. The study regions were determined from different prevalent respiratory death distributions in the Sao Paulo municipality...
November 17, 2016: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865221/-massive-upper-airway-bleeding-a-rare-case-of-aortobronchial-fistula
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Paola Gudiel Arriaza, Amparo Sánchez Serrano, Jorge Marques do Vale, Isabel Gil Pereira, António Simões Torres, Maria José Martín Sánchez
Clinical presentation of haemoptysis and haematemesis often generates confusion, becoming a difficult task to determine the source of upper airway bleeding. Aortobronchial fistula is a rare entity, but has been a reported complication in patients that have undergone aortic vascular surgery. A high clinical suspicion is fundamental to making this diagnosis. A 69 year old male, with a previous diagnosis of chronic gastritis, is admitted to the emergency room for vomiting blood. In the first 24 hours after admission, the patient develops respiratory insufficiency after an episode of massive bleeding from his mouth...
June 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863379/targeted-next-generation-sequencing-identifies-two-novel-mutations-in-sepn1-in-rigid-spine-muscular-dystrophy-1
#17
Yi Dai, Shengran Liang, Yan Huang, Lin Chen, Santasree Banerjee
Rigid spine muscular dystrophy 1 (RSMD1) is a neuromuscular disorder, manifested with poor axial muscle strength, scoliosis and neck weakness, and a variable degree of spinal rigidity with an early ventilatory insufficiency which can lead to death by respiratory failure. Mutations of SEPN1 gene are associated with autosomal recessive RSMD1. Here, we present a clinical molecular study of a Chinese proband with RSMD1. The proband is a 17 years old male, showing difficulty in feeding, delayed motor response, problem in running with frequent fall down, early onset respiratory insufficiency, general muscle weakness and rigid cervical spine...
November 14, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862019/bent-spine-syndrome-as-the-initial-symptom-of-late-onset-pompe-disease
#18
Nicolas Taisne, Claude Desnuelle, Raul Juntas Morales, Xavier Ferrer Monasterio, Sabrina Sacconi, Fanny Duval, Guilhem Sole, René Marc Flipo, Arnaud Lacour, Patrick Vermersch, Thierry Cardon
INTRODUCTION: Late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD) is a rare disorder characterized by progressive proximal muscle weakness and early respiratory insufficiency, for which enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) is available. METHODS: Having diagnosed a case of LOPD presenting with bent spine syndrome, we conducted a brief survey in the French centers involved in management of Pompe disease, from which we collected data on 3 other cases. RESULTS: The patients (3 women and 1 man) had a mean age of 64 years (range 51-77 years) and a delay in diagnosis of approximately 10 years (range 8-42 years)...
November 15, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859573/intra-and-inter-observer-reliability-estimates-for-identification-and-grading-of-upper-respiratory-tract-abnormalities-recorded-in-horses-at-rest-and-during-overground-endoscopy
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C L McGivney, J Sweeney, F David, J M O'Leary, E W Hill, L M Katz
BACKGROUND: Previous studies support good intra- and inter-observer agreements for endoscopic evaluation of various upper respiratory tract (URT) diseases in horses. However, these studies mainly assessed resting endoscopic examination videos and/or focussed on a single URT abnormality. OBJECTIVES: To estimate intra- and inter-observer agreement for identification and grading of all URT abnormalities from resting and overground endoscopy (OGE) videos of Thoroughbreds...
November 14, 2016: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855487/transfer-of-therapeutic-genes-into-fetal-rhesus-monkeys-using-recombinant-adeno-associated-type-i-viral-vectors
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Thomas J Conlon, Cathryn S Mah, Christina A R Pacak, Mary B Rucker Henninger, Kirsten E Erger, Marda L Jorgensen, Charles C Lee, Alice F Tarantal, Barry J Byrne
Neuromuscular disorders such as Pompe disease (glycogen storage disease, type II), result in early and potentially irreversible cellular damage with a very limited opportunity for intervention in the newborn period. Pompe disease is due to deficiency in acid α-glucosidase (GAA) leading to lysosomal accumulation of glycogen in all cell types, abnormal myofibrillogenesis, respiratory insufficiency, neurological deficits, and reduced contractile function in striated muscle. Previous studies have shown that fetal delivery of recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) encoding GAA to the peritoneal cavity of Gaa-/- mice resulted in high-level transduction of the diaphragm...
November 17, 2016: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
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