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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329901/-pathophysiology-of-headaches
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Charly Gaul, Karl Meßlinger, Dagny Holle-Lee, Lars Neeb
Pathophysiological concepts of primary headache diseases have been developed significantly in the last decades. Nevertheless pathophysiology of single diseases is unexplained. Migraine headache arises from activation and sensibilization of trigeminal nociceptors, essential processes are located at the meninges and the meningeal vessels. Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) seems to have essential importance concerning migraine and cluster headache. Mechanisms leading to peripheral and central sensitization are relevant in chronification of migraine and tension-type headache...
March 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328837/atypical-presentation-of-paroxysmal-nocturnal-hemoglobinuria-treated-by-eculizumab-a-case-report
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Anne Quinquenel, Quentin Maestraggi, Carinne Lecoq-Lafon, Peffault de Latour Régis, Alain Delmer, Amélie Servettaz
RATIONALE: Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a nonmalignant acquired hematopoietic stem cell disease, which can be revealed by hemolytic anemia, thromboembolism, or bonemarrow failure. Thrombosis can occur at any site, but coronary thrombosis is extremely rare. Controlled trials have demonstrated that eculizimab, an inhibitor of the terminal complement cascade, was able to reduce both hemolysis and thrombosis, but its efficacy in cases of PNH with coronary thrombosis is unknown...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326964/adrenal-histologic-stress-related-changes-in-third-trimester-stillbirth
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Suzanne M Jacques, Faisal Qureshi
Adrenal histologic changes, including compact cell change (CCC), cystic change (CYC), and adrenal hemorrhage (AH), and their clinical correlations have only infrequently been investigated in stillbirth. We evaluated 75 third trimester singleton stillborns with complete autopsies (30 term and 45 preterm). A total of 58 had unexplained stillbirth and 17 had clinical placental abruption. The mothers were predominantly African-American (89%). CCC and CYC were diagnosed as cytoplasmic eosinophilia and cystic cavities in the definitive cortex, respectively...
March 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326802/the-relationship-between-beliefs-about-emotions-and-quality-of-life-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Hannah Bowers, Abigail Wroe, Tamar Pincus
Suppression of undesirable emotions, as well as beliefs about the unacceptability of experiencing and expressing emotions, have both been shown to be related to poorer health-related outcomes in several clinical groups. Potential models through which these variables relate have yet to be tested in those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and are therefore examined in the current article. Online questionnaires were administered to people with IBS (n = 84) to test a mediation model in which beliefs about the unacceptability of emotions are associated with greater emotional suppression, which in turn relates to increased affective distress and consequently poorer quality of life...
March 22, 2017: Psychology, Health & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326082/neonatal-group-b-streptococcal-disease-in-otherwise-healthy-infants-failure-of-specific-neonatal-immune-responses
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Alessandro Borghesi, Mauro Stronati, Jacques Fellay
Only a small proportion of newborn infants exposed to a pathogenic microorganism develop overt infection. Susceptibility to infection in preterm infants and infants with known comorbidities has a likely multifactorial origin and can be often attributed to the concurrence of iatrogenic factors, environmental determinants, underlying pathogenic processes, and probably genetic predisposition. Conversely, infection occurring in otherwise healthy full-term newborn infants is unexplained in most cases. Microbial virulence factors and the unique characteristics of the neonatal immune system only partially account for the interindividual variability in the neonatal immune responses to pathogens...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322263/causal-mechanisms-of-seismo-em-phenomena-during-the-1965-1967-matsushiro-earthquake-swarm
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Yuji Enomoto, Tsuneaki Yamabe, Nobuo Okumura
The 1965-1967 Matsushiro earthquake swarm in central Japan exhibited two unique characteristics. The first was a hydro-mechanical crust rupture resulting from degassing, volume expansion of CO2/water, and a crack opening within the critically stressed crust under a strike-slip stress. The other was, despite the lower total seismic energy, the occurrence of complexed seismo-electromagnetic (seismo-EM) phenomena of the geomagnetic intensity increase, unusual earthquake lights (EQLs) and atmospheric electric field (AEF) variations...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321346/a-perplexing-case-of-abdominal-pain-that-led-to-the-diagnosis-of-zollinger-ellison-syndrome
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Adrienne Lenhart, Mona Hassan, Alireza Meighani, Omar Sadiq, Yousuf Siddiqui
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (ZES) is a rare clinical disorder, characterized by hypersecretion of gastric acid and multiple ulcers distal to the duodenal bulb. This occurs via the release of gastrin by neuroendocrine tumors known as gastrinomas. Patients with ZES present with nonspecific GI symptoms, which often leads to a delay in diagnosis. Our patient is a 55-year-old female with chronic abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea. She underwent EGD, EUS, MRCP, CT scans, and cholecystectomy, which did not reveal the cause of her symptoms...
2017: Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319992/organizational-and-community-factors-associated-with-magnet-status-of-u-s-hospitals
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Teresa Wai Chi Tai, Sherry I Bame
The Magnet Recognition Program for healthcare organizations promotes excellence in nursing services and professional practices. However, organizational and community characteristics that contribute to the adoption of Magnet status remain unexplained. Investigating organizational and community factors will help determine systematic structural and contextual dimensions of Magnet hospitals previously shown to be more cost-effective in comparison with non-Magnet hospitals. Using the baseline 2005 database of all Magnet hospitals in the United States, the authors selected a matched sample to determine key organizational and community characteristics associated with Magnet adoption while controlling for regional and local factors...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318537/cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-suspected-blunt-cardiac-injury-a-prospective-pilot-cohort-study
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Aidan Jc Burrell, David M Kaye, Mark C Fitzgerald, David J Cooper, James L Hare, Benedict T Costello, Andrew J Taylor
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence and severity of blunt cardiac injury (BCI) as determined by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR), and to compare this to currently used diagnostic methods in severely injured patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective, pilot cohort study of 42 major trauma patients from July 2013 to Jan 2015. The cohort underwent CMR within 7 days, enrolling 21 patients with evidence of chest injury and an elevated Troponin I compared to 21 patients without chest injury who acted as controls...
February 27, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317055/electronic-and-relativistic-contributions-to-ion-pairing-in-polyoxometalate-model-systems
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Dylan J Sures, Stefano A Serapian, Károly Kozma, Pedro I Molina, Carles Bo, May Nyman
Ion pairs and solubility related to ion-pairing in water influence many processes in nature and in synthesis including efficient drug delivery, contaminant transport in the environment, and self-assembly of materials in water. Ion pairs are difficult to observe spectroscopically because they generally do not persist unless extreme solution conditions are applied. Here we demonstrate two advanced techniques coupled with computational studies that quantify the persistence of ion pairs in simple solutions and offer explanations for observed solubility trends...
March 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317048/acth-producing-neuroendocrine-tumor-of-the-pancreas-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Justin Byun, Sung Hyun Kim, Hyang Sook Jeong, Yumie Rhee, Woo Jung Lee, Chang Moo Kang
Tumors that arise from the endocrine pancreas, or the islets of pancreas, are called pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). Pancreatic NET have an incidence of <0.1 per one million persons, and can lead to secretion of ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). Herein, we presented a case of patient with Cushing's syndrome as a result of ACTH-producing pancreatic NET, who underwent successful laparoscopic distal pancreatosplenectomy. A 40-year-old Korean female patient with ophthalmologic discomfort, osteoporosis, and unexplained hypokalemia was admitted to our hospital...
February 2017: Ann Hepatobiliary Pancreat Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316770/exaggerated-cph-methylation-in-the-autism-affected-brain
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Shannon E Ellis, Simone Gupta, Anna Moes, Andrew B West, Dan E Arking
BACKGROUND: The etiology of autism, a complex, heritable, neurodevelopmental disorder, remains largely unexplained. Given the unexplained risk and recent evidence supporting a role for epigenetic mechanisms in the development of autism, we explored the role of CpG and CpH (H = A, C, or T) methylation within the autism-affected cortical brain tissue. METHODS: Reduced representation bisulfite sequencing (RRBS) was completed, and analysis was carried out in 63 post-mortem cortical brain samples (Brodmann area 19) from 29 autism-affected and 34 control individuals...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314831/childhood-onset-leber-hereditary-optic-neuropathy
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Anna Majander, Richard Bowman, Joanna Poulton, Richard J Antcliff, M Ashwin Reddy, Michel Michaelides, Andrew R Webster, Patrick F Chinnery, Marcela Votruba, Anthony T Moore, Patrick Yu-Wai-Man
BACKGROUND: The onset of Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is relatively rare in childhood. This study describes the clinical and molecular genetic features observed in this specific LHON subgroup. METHODS: Our retrospective study consisted of a UK paediatric LHON cohort of 27 patients and 69 additional cases identified from a systematic review of the literature. Patients were included if visual loss occurred at the age of 12 years or younger with a confirmed pathogenic mitochondrial DNA mutation: m...
March 17, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314809/goodpasture-s-disease-with-late-presentation-of-renal-abnormality-and-anti-gbm-autoantibody
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Emily Ann Boardman, Sameira Sohail, Rajesh Yadavilli
Goodpasture's disease without circulating autoantibodies is a rare presentation of a rare diagnosis. We present the case of a man aged 17 years who had 3 hospital admissions over a 2-month period with haemoptysis and shortness of breath. Throughout his first 2 admissions, his renal function was normal and anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) antibodies were negative. CT pulmonary angiogram during his second admission revealed florid and diffuse alveolar infiltrates. However, high-resolution CT chest performed 4 weeks later showed complete resolution of these changes...
March 17, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301769/reconstructing-ancient-proteins-to-understand-the-causes-of-structure-and-function
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Georg K A Hochberg, Joseph W Thornton
A central goal in biochemistry is to explain the causes of protein sequence, structure, and function. Mainstream approaches rationalize sequence and structure by how they determine function and compare related proteins to find mechanisms underlying their functional differences. Although productive, both strategies suffer from intrinsic limitations that have left important aspects of many proteins unexplained. These limits can be overcome by reconstructing ancient proteins, experimentally characterizing their properties, and retracing their evolution through time...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299718/have-the-causes-of-revision-for-total-and-unicompartmental-knee-arthroplasties-changed-during-the-past-two-decades
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Gro S Dyrhovden, Stein Håkon L Lygre, Mona Badawy, Øystein Gøthesen, Ove Furnes
BACKGROUND: Revisions after knee arthroplasty are expected to increase, and the epidemiology of failure mechanisms is changing as new implants, technology, and surgical techniques evolve. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) Was there improvement in survival for TKA and unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) when comparing two consecutive 11-year periods with similar followups in a national registry? (2) Were there changes in the causes of revision during the two times? (3) Could the changes in revision causes be attributed to patient or implant characteristics? METHODS: A total of 60,623 TKAs (2426 revisions) and 7648 UKAs (725 revisions) were selected from the Norwegian Arthroplasty Register and analyzed based on year of primary surgery: 1994 to 2004 (Period 1) and 2005 to 2015 (Period 2)...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298843/ictal-asystole-a-rare-cardiac-manifestation-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-treated-with-epilepsy-surgery
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Shreyas Hasmukh Ravat, Amit Ashok Bhatti, Mansi Viraj Shah, Dattatraya P Muzumdar, Sangeeta Hasmukh Ravat
Seizures are associated with fascinatingly varied cardiac and autonomic manifestations, of which ictal tachycardia is common, and asystole and bradycardia are rare. Ictal asystole (IA), an often unsought autonomic phenomenon, occurs most commonly with temporal followed by frontal lobe seizures. Prolonged IA may lead to cerebral anoxic ischemia. As the mysteries of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy are unraveled, it is quite possible that the key to it lays within these seizure-induced cardiac rhythm abnormalities...
January 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298668/unexplained-obstruction-of-an-integrated-cardiotomy-filter-during-cardiopulmonary-bypass
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Cory M Alwardt, Donald S Wilson, Octavio E Pajaro
Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) is considered relatively safe in most cases, yet is not complication free. We present a case of an integrated cardiotomy filter obstruction during CPB, requiring circuit reconfiguration. Approximately an hour after uneventful initiation of CPB the integrated cardiotomy filter became obstructed over several minutes, requiring circuit reconfiguration using an external cardiotomy filter to maintain functionality. Following reconfiguration, CPB was maintained with a fully functional circuit allowing safe patient support throughout the remainder of CPB...
March 2017: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298469/the-king-of-snakes-performance-and-morphology-of-intraguild-predators-lampropeltis-and-their-prey-pantherophis
#19
David A Penning, Brad R Moon
Across ecosystems and trophic levels, predators are usually larger than their prey, and when trophic morphology converges, predators typically avoid predation on intraguild competitors unless the prey is notably smaller in size. However, a currently unexplained exception occurs in kingsnakes in the genus Lampropeltis Kingsnakes are able to capture, constrict and consume other snakes that are not only larger than themselves but that are also powerful constrictors (such as ratsnakes in the genus Pantherophis)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298354/determinants-of-reflux-induced-chronic-cough
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Thomas V K Herregods, Ans Pauwels, Jafar Jafari, Daniel Sifrim, Albert J Bredenoord, Jan Tack, André J P M Smout
OBJECTIVE: Gastro-oesophageal reflux is considered to be an important contributing factor in chronic unexplained cough. It remains unclear why some reflux episodes in the same patient causes cough while others do not. To understand more about the mechanism by which reflux induces cough, we aimed to identify factors which are important in triggering cough. DESIGN: In this multicentre study, 49 patients with reflux-associated chronic cough were analysed using 24-hour pH-impedance-pressure monitoring...
March 15, 2017: Gut
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