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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346705/performance-of-a-polymer-coated-silicon-microarray-for-simultaneous-detection-of-food-allergen-specific-ige-and-igg4
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Steven Sievers, Marina Cretich, Paola Gagni, Birgit Ahrens, Galina Grishina, Hugh Sampson, Bodo Niggemann, Marcella Chiari, Kirsten Beyer
BACKGROUND: Microarray-based component-resolved diagnostics (CRD) has become an accepted tool to detect allergen specific IgE-sensitization towards hundreds of allergens in parallel from one drop of serum. Nevertheless specificity and sensitivity as well as a simultaneous detection of allergen specific IgG4, as a potential parameter for tolerance development, remain to be optimized. OBJECTIVE: We applied the recently introduced silicon chip coated with a functional polymer named copoly(DMA-NAS-MAPS) to the simultaneous detection of food allergen specific IgE and IgG4, and compared it with ImmunoCAP and ImmunoCAP ISAC...
March 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345181/hbsag-kinetics-during-treatment-with-nucleos-t-ides-analogues-in-patients-with-hbeag-negative-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Athanasia Striki, Spilios Manolakopoulos, Melanie Deutsch, Anastasia Kourikou, George Kontos, Hariklia Kranidioti, Emilia Hadziyannis, George Papatheodoridis
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Serum HBsAg levels might be used as predictor of virological breakthrough or of sustained off-treatment virological response in HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. We evaluated the changes of HBsAg in those patients under nucleos(t)ide analogue(s) [NA(s)] therapy for ≥12 months. METHODS: We included 99 HBeAg-negative CHB patients treated with low-genetic barrier NA(s) for a mean of 66 months (lamivudine: 66, adefovir: 6, lamivudine plus adefovir: 11, telbivudine: 16) and 86 HBeAg-negative CHB patients under entecavir or tenofovir for a mean of 30 months as the comparison group...
March 26, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335504/diagnosis-of-breast-cancer-tissues-using-785-nm-miniature-raman-spectrometer-and-pattern-regression
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Qingbo Li, Can Hao, Zhi Xu
For achieving the development of a portable, low-cost and in vivo cancer diagnosis instrument, a laser 785 nm miniature Raman spectrometer was used to acquire the Raman spectra for breast cancer detection in this paper. However, because of the low spectral signal-to-noise ratio, it is difficult to achieve high discrimination accuracy by using the miniature Raman spectrometer. Therefore, a pattern recognition method of the adaptive net analyte signal (NAS) weight k-local hyperplane (ANWKH) is proposed to increase the classification accuracy...
March 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330627/nutritional-assessment-score-a-new-tool-derived-from-subjective-global-assessment-for-hospitalized-adults
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Jaqueline da Silva Fink, Elza Daniel de Mello, Mariur Gomes Beghetto, Vivian Cristine Luft, Stela Maris de Jezus Castro, Paula Daniel de Mello
BACKGROUND & AIMS: There is no method to be used as a reference standard for nutritional assessment. This study aims to develop and verify the performance of a new tool, based on the Item Response Theory (IRT), from the Subjective Global Assessment (SGA) questionnaire, in hospitalized adult patients. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study, composed by secondary database, formed by patients included from October 2005 to June 2006. The new tool presented was developed through the usage of cumulative models from the IRT...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327878/social-networks-in-nursing-work-processes-an-integrative-literature-review
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Ana Cláudia Mesquita, Cristina Mara Zamarioli, Francine Lima Fulquini, Emilia Campos de Carvalho, Emilia Luigia Saporiti Angerami
OBJECTIVE: To identify and analyze the available evidence in the literature on the use of social networks in nursing work processes. METHOD: An integrative review of the literature conducted in PubMed, CINAHL, EMBASE and LILACS databases in January 2016, using the descriptors social media, social networking, nursing, enfermagem, redes sociais, mídias sociais, and the keyword nursing practice, without year restriction. RESULTS: The sample consisted of 27 international articles which were published between 2011 and 2016...
March 20, 2017: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323124/cd44-is-a-key-player-in-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis
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Stéphanie Patouraux, Déborah Rousseau, Stéphanie Bonnafous, Cynthia Lebeaupin, Carmelo Luci, Clémence M Canivet, Anne-Sophie Schneck, Adeline Bertola, Marie-Christine Saint-Paul, Antonio Iannelli, Jean Gugenheim, Rodolphe Anty, Albert Tran, Béatrice Bailly-Maitre, Philippe Gual
BACKGROUND: CD44 is expressed on many immune cells that contribute to inflammation. It has been shown, mainly through animal data, that CD44 regulates adipose tissue inflammation in obesity and hepatic leukocyte recruitment in a lithogenic context. However, its role in hepatic inflammation in a mouse model of steatohepatitis and its relevance in humans have not yet been investigated. METHODS: The role of CD44 was evaluated in CD44-/- mice and after injections of an αCD44 antibody in Wild-type mice challenged with a methionine- and choline-deficient diet (MCDD)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322895/baicalin-benefits-the-anti-hbv-therapy-via-inhibiting-hbv-viral-rnas
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Hai Huang, Wei Zhou, Haiyan Zhu, Pei Zhou, Xunlong Shi
BACKGROUND: Although current antiviral treatments (nucleoside analogs, NAs) for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection are effective in suppressing HBV-DNA replication, their clinical outcomes can be compromised by the increasing drug resistance and the inefficiency in promoting HBsAg/HBeAg seroconversion. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we will explore possible effects and mechanism of a natural product baicalin (BA) with the anti-HBV efficacy of entecavir (ETV), a first-line anti-HBV drug, in HBV-DNA, HBsAg/HBeAg seroconversion and drug-resistance...
March 18, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321615/nitrate-reduction-in-haloferax-alexandrinus-the-case-of-assimilatory-nitrate-reductase
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Volkan Kilic, Gözde Aydoğan Kilic, Hatice Mehtap Kutlu, Rosa María Martínez-Espinosa
Haloferax alexandrinus Strain TM JCM 10717(T) = IFO 16590(T) is an extreme halophilic archaeon able to produce significant amounts of canthaxanthin. Its genome sequence has been analysed in this work using bioinformatics tools available at Expasy in order to look for genes encoding nitrate reductase-like proteins: respiratory nitrate reductase (Nar) and/or assimilatory nitrate reductase (Nas). The ability of the cells to reduce nitrate under aerobic conditions was tested. The enzyme in charge of nitrate reduction under aerobic conditions (Nas) has been purified and characterised...
March 21, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320034/variations-in-infant-cyp2b6-genotype-associated-with-the-need-for-pharmacological-treatment-for-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-in-infants-of-methadone-maintained-opioid-dependent-mothers
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Helen Mactier, Poppy McLaughlin, Cheryl Gillis, Michael David Osselton
Background Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in infants of methadone-maintained opioid-dependent (MMOD) mothers cannot be predicted in individual cases. We investigated whether variation in infant genotype is associated with severity of NAS. Methods This is a pilot observational cohort study of 21 MMOD mothers and their newborns. Infant buccal swabs were obtained soon after delivery, together with a maternal blood sample for the determination of maternal plasma methadone concentration. Genomic variation in five opioid-related genes (ABCB1, COMT, CYP2B6, CYP2D6, and OPRM1) was ascertained from infant buccal swabs and related to need for pharmacological treatment of NAS...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319602/low-hepatic-tissue-copper-in-pediatric-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#10
Michael Mendoza, Shelley Caltharp, Ming Song, Lindsay Collin, Juna V Konomi, Craig J McClain, Miriam B Vos
OBJECTIVE: Animal models and studies in adults have demonstrated that copper restriction increases severity of liver injury in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This has not been studied in children. We aimed to determine if lower tissue copper is associated with increased NAFLD severity in children. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of pediatric patients who had a liver biopsy including a hepatic copper quantitation. The primary outcome compared hepatic copper concentration in NAFLD versus non-NAFLD...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317472/psychological-health-of-caregivers-and-association-with-functional-status-of-stroke-patients
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Serda Em, Mehtap Bozkurt, Mehmet Caglayan, Figen Ceylan Cevik, Cemal Kaya, Pelin Oktayoglu, Kemal Nas
OBJECTIVE: Stroke does not only affect the physical state of patients but also the emotional state of their relatives, most effectively their caregivers. The study aims to examine the mood of caregivers experienced with care for patients with stroke who are highly dependent on the assistance and also to establish the relationship between the emotional state of caregivers and the severity of disability of the patients. METHODS: This study contained a total of 76 patients with sufficient cognitive functions and severe physical disabilities with hemiplegia caused by a cerebrovascular accident and their caregivers and 94 controls...
March 20, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317397/nucleos-t-ide-analogues-for-preventing-hbv-reactivation-in-immunosuppressed-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-a-network-meta-analysis
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Min-Yue Zhang, Gui-Qi Zhu, Ji-Na Zheng, Zhang Cheng, Sven Van Poucke, Ke-Qing Shi, Hong-Hui Huang, Fang-Yuan Chen, Ming-Hua Zheng
Abstracts Background: We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of five oral nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs), including lamivudine, entecavir, adefovir, telbivudine and tenofovir, for the prevention of hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation and HBV-related complications in chronic hepatitis B virus (CHB) infected patients with hematological malignancies receiving chemotherapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) by network meta-analysis. METHODS: The search identified 28 articles involving 5 different prophylactic regimens covering 1478 participants...
March 20, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314140/an-investigation-of-the-immunotoxicity-of-oil-sands-processed-water-and-leachates-in-trout-leukocytes
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F Gagné, A Bruneau, P Turcotte, C Gagnon, E Lacaze
Increased oil sands (OS) mining activity has raised concerns about impacts on aquatic organisms. This study sought to examine the effects of single representative compounds from OS (benzo(a)pyrene, naphthalene), a mixture of naphthenic acids (NAs), OS-processed water (OSPW) and OS leachate (OSL) extracts on rainbow trout leukocytes. Primary cultures of trout leukocytes were exposed to increasing concentrations of benzo(a)pyrene, naphthalene, NAs, OSPW and OSL for 48h at 18°C. Immunocompetence was followed by measuring changes in lymphocyte and macrophage viability and phagocytosis...
March 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301068/characteristics-of-communication-with-older-people-in-home-care-a-qualitative-analysis-of-audio-recordings-of-home-care-visits
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Dorte Vesterager Kristensen, Annelie J Sundler, Hilde Eide, Linda Hafskjold, Iren Ruud, Inger K Holmström
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To describe the characteristics of communication practice in home care visits between older people (over 65 years old) and nurse assistants (NAs) and to discuss the findings from a person-centered perspective. BACKGROUND: The older population is increasing worldwide, along with the need for health care services in the person's home. To achieve high-quality care, person-centered communication is crucial. DESIGN: A descriptive design with a qualitative inductive approach was used...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301034/professional-nursing-practice-in-critical-units-assessment-of-work-environment-characteristics
#15
Luiz Felipe Sales Maurício, Meiry Fernanda Pinto Okuno, Cássia Regina Vancini Campanharo, Maria Carolina Barbosa Teixeira Lopes, Angélica Gonçalves Silva Belasco, Ruth Ester Assayag Batista
Objective: assess the autonomy, control over environment, and organizational support of nurses' work process and the relationships between physicians and nurses in critical care units. Method: cross-sectional study conducted with 162 nurses working in the intensive care units and emergency service of a university hospital. The workers' satisfaction with their work environment was assessed using Brazilian Nursing Work Index - Revised, translated and adapted for the Brazilian culture...
March 2, 2017: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301031/management-changes-resulting-from-hospital-accreditation
#16
João Lucas Campos de Oliveira, Carmen Silvia Gabriel, Hosanna Pattrig Fertonani, Laura Misue Matsuda
Objective: to analyze managers and professionals' perceptions on the changes in hospital management deriving from accreditation. Method: descriptive study with qualitative approach. The participants were five hospital quality managers and 91 other professionals from a wide range of professional categories, hierarchical levels and activity areas at four hospitals in the South of Brazil certified at different levels in the Brazilian accreditation system. They answered the question "Tell me about the management of this hospital before and after the Accreditation"...
March 2, 2017: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300730/the-enrichment-of-hbv-immune-escape-mutations-during-nucleoside-nucleotide-analogue-therapy
#17
Menglin Shan, Zhen Shen, Hua Sun, Jianghua Zheng, Min Zhang
BACKGROUND: Drug-resistant HBV mutants frequently arise during nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs) therapy, while the resistance mutations on polymerase also have consequent changes in the S protein. Besides, the enrichment of immune-escape mutations was negatively correlated with HBsAg clearance under NAs therapy. This study aims to characterize the variability of hepatitis B virus polymerase and surface antigen in patients with virologic breakthrough under nucleos(t)ide analogues therapy...
March 16, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297795/-the-potential-use-of-serum-hbv-rna-to-guide-the-functional-cure-of-chronic-hepatitis-b
#18
F M Lu, J Wang, X M Chen, J N Jiang, W H Zhang, J M Zhao, H Ren, J L Hou, N S Xia
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) in infected hepatocytes is the main cause of off-therapy viral rebound. The half-life of cccDNA is only 33-50 days, so the conversion of newly synthesized rcDNA to cccDNA in the nucleus is essential for the maintenance of cccDNA pool in infected hepatocytes. Though not directly targeting the existing cccDNA, current nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs) may exhaust the cccDNA reservoir by blocking the rcDNA formation. Indeed, a prolonged consolidation therapy post loss of serum HBV DNA can achieve sustained remission and thus safe drug discontinuation in a small proportion of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients...
February 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297788/-advances-in-clinical-research-on-rta181-mutation-in-hepatitis-b-virus
#19
X L Gong, R Liu, Y X Liu, Y Zhang
Nowadays, nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs) are important drugs for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B and can suppress the virus through inhibiting the activity of hepatitis B virus (HBV) polymerase. However, rtA181 mutation in HBV can reduce the sensitivity of HBV to various NAs, which brings new challenges to antiviral therapy. This article briefly introduces the research advances in the clinical detection rate of rtA181 mutation and its influence on therapeutic effect and prognosis.
January 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292309/elimination-of-hepatitis-b-is-it-a-mission-possible
#20
REVIEW
Tai-Chung Tseng, Jia-Horng Kao
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global public health issue. Although the disease cannot be cured effectively, disease management has been improved over the past decade. The introduction of potent nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs) to suppress viral replication represented a giant leap in the control of this disease. It has been shown that tenofovir treatment, a potent NA, complements current immunoprophylaxis to diminish mother-to-infant transmission in pregnant women with a high viral load. For patients with chronic HBV infection, quantitative hepatitis B surface antigen is a useful tool to define inactive carriers and to guide antiviral therapy...
March 15, 2017: BMC Medicine
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