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Camila V Ventura, Maria Paula Fernandez, Ivan A Gonzalez, Delia M Rivera-Hernandez, Roberto Lopez-Alberola, Maria Peinado, Angelica A Floren, Patricia A Rodriguez, Basil K Williams, Gabriela de la Vega Muns, Ana J Rodriguez, Catherin Negron, Brenda Fallas, Audina M Berrocal
A 6-day-old female baby with known diagnosis of congenital Zika infection was referred for ophthalmologic examination. The mother (37 years old) was referred for a pruritic rash, conjunctival hyperemia, and malaise at 12 weeks of gestation while still living in Venezuela. Upon arrival to Miami, Zika virus (ZIKV) exposure was confirmed during prenatal screening. At birth, due to the known exposure, a complete congenital ZIKV workup was performed, including brain ultrasound and MRI, which disclosed calcifications in the frontal lobe...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Giuseppe Pastura, Tadeu Takao Almodovar Kubo, Maria Angélica Regalla, Cíntia Machado Mesquita, Gabriel Coutinho, Emerson Leandro Gasparetto, Otávio Figueiredo, Paulo Mattos, Alexandra Prüfer de Queiroz Campos Araújo
Objective: To perform a pilot study to investigate the association between working memory and cortical thickness in a sample of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) children. Methods: Seventeen children aged 7-10 years diagnosed with ADHD and 16 healthy children underwent a magnetic resonance scan for cortical thickness measurements. Data was correlated with working memory performance using the Backwards Digit Span subtest of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children...
October 2016: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
Ioannis Christakis, Angelica M Silva, Lily Joy Kwatampora, Carla L Warneke, Callisia N Clarke, Michelle D Williams, Elizabeth G Grubbs, Jeffrey E Lee, Naifa L Busaidy, Nancy D Perrier
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Parathyroid carcinoma (PC) is rare but potentially lethal. No standardized staging system or treatment guidelines have been established. We aimed to determine whether management of PC and patient outcomes have changed at our institution over the past 35 years. METHODS: Retrospective review of patients with PC at our institution between 1980 and 2015. Patients were grouped by date of initial surgery: group 1, 1980-2001; group 2, 2002-2015...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Valentina Giuffra, Simona Minozzi, Angelica Vitiello, Antonio Fornaciari
OBJECTIVES: Throughout history, gout has been referred to as the "disease of the kings", and has been clearly associated with the lifestyle of the aristocratic social classes. According to the written sources, several members of the famous Medici family of Florence suffered from an arthritic disease that contemporary physicians called "gout". A paleopathological study carried out on the skeletal remains of some members of the family, exhumed from their tombs in the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence, offered a unique opportunity to directly investigate the evidence of the arthritic diseases affecting this elite group...
September 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Clizia Chinello, Vincenzo L'Imperio, Martina Stella, Andrew James Smith, Giorgio Bovo, Angelica Grasso, Marco Grasso, Francesca Raimondo, Marina Pitto, Fabio Pagni, Fulvio Magni
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most fatal of the common urologic cancers, with approximately 35% of patients dying within 5 years following diagnosis. Therefore, there is a need for non-invasive markers that are capable of detecting and determining the severity of small renal masses at an early stage in order to tailor treatment and follow-up. Proteomic studies have proved to be very useful in the study of tumors. Areas covered: In this review, we will detail the current knowledge obtained by the different proteomic approaches, focusing on MS-based strategies, used to investigate RCC biology in order to identify diagnostic, prognostic and predictive biomarkers on tissue, cultured cells and biological fluids...
October 17, 2016: Expert Review of Proteomics
Angelica Giancaspro, Stefania L Giove, Daniela Zito, A Blanco, Agata Gadaleta
Fusarium head blight (scab) is one of the most widespread and damaging diseases of wheat, causing grain yield and quality losses and production of harmful mycotoxins. Development of resistant varieties is hampered by lack of effective resistance sources in the tetraploid wheat primary gene pool. Here we dissected the genetic basis of resistance in a new durum wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. durum) Recombinant inbred lines (RILs) population obtained by crossing an hexaploid resistant line and a durum susceptible cultivar...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Miguel Motola-Kuba, Angélica Escobedo-Arzate, Félix Tellez-Avila, José Altamirano, Nancy Aguilar-Olivos, Alberto González-Angulo, Felipe Zamarripa-Dorsey, Misael Uribe, Norberto C Tapia
:  Background. The Rockall, Glasgow-Blatchford, and AIMS65 are useful and validated scoring systems for predicting the outcomes of patients with nonvariceal gastrointestinal bleeding. However, there are no validated evidence for using them to predict outcomes on variceal bleeding. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the prognostic accuracy of different nonvariceal bleeding scores with other liver-specific scoring systems in cirrhotic patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective multicenter study that included 160 cirrhotic patients with acute variceal bleeding...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Angélica Adam Barth, Bruna Dorfey Weigel, Claus Dieter Dummer, Kelly Campara Machado, Taís Montagner Tisott
OBJECTIVE: To identify and stratify the main stressors for the relatives of patients admitted to the adult intensive care unit of a teaching hospital. METHODS: Cross-sectional descriptive study conducted with relatives of patients admitted to an intensive care unit from April to October 2014. The following materials were used: a questionnaire containing identification information and demographic data of the relatives, clinical data of the patients, and 25 stressors adapted from the Intensive Care Unit Environmental Stressor Scale...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
Luana Soriano Mota, Claudia Maria Costa de Oliveira, Francisco Martho Leal Pinheiro, Larissa Costa de Oliveira Santos, Danilo Gonçalves Nóbrega, Paula Fbc Fernandes, Alda Angélica de Melo Costa, Sônia Leite da Silva
Introduction: Kidney transplants with expanded criteria donor have been associated with improved patient survival compared to those who remain on dialysis. Objective: To compare renal function and survival of the kidney graft of deceased donor with expanded criteria and standard criteria over a year in a single transplant center. Methods: 255 kidney transplant recipients with deceased donor were included in the study between the years 2011 to 2013 and they were separated into two groups according to the type of donor (expanded criteria donor - ECD - and standard criteria donor - SCD)...
July 2016: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
Inalda Angélica de Souza Ramos, Rafael José da Silva, Thiago Arcoverde Maciel, José Augusto Bastos Afonso da Silva, Otavio Luiz Fidelis, Pierre Castro Soares, Rosangela Zacarias Machado, Marcos Rogério André, Carla Lopes de Mendonça
The transplacental transmission is the primary route of Neospora caninum infection in bovine herds around the world. This study aimed to determine the frequency of transplacental transmission of the parasite in dairy cattle of Agreste region of Pernambuco through serological tests (IFAT and ELISA). Three hundred sixteen serum samples from cows and heifers and their offspring were analyzed. The transplacental transmission rate was 72.22% (13/18) for cows and 69.23% (9/13) for heifers by IFAT. ELISA test showed transplacental transmission rate of 43...
October 10, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
Nora Angélica Núñez Guzmán, Daniel Ruiz Molina, Benigno Figueroa Núñez, Juan Carlos Soto-Sosa, Jorge Eduardo Herrera Abarca
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this clinical trial was to establish the bioequivalence of two tablets containing acetaminophen 650 mg (reference) and acetaminophen 650 mg plus caffeine 65 mg (test), administered orally, in fasting conditions in healthy Mexican volunteers. METHODS: Blood samples were taken from 21 male and five female individuals, during a 24-h period, to characterize the pharmacokinetic profile of acetaminophen. Plasma samples were quantified by ultra-performance liquid chromatography, tandem mass spectrometry...
October 12, 2016: Drugs in R&D
Yu-Hui Yan, Shao-Heng Li, Hong-Yan Li, Ying Lin, Jing-Xian Yang
In recent years, neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation has been widely explored as a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases. NSCs are special cells that have some capacity for self-renewal and the potential to differentiate into multiple cell types. However, the inflammatory environment of diseased tissue is not conducive to the survival of transplanted cells. Osthole (Ost) is a principal bioactive component of Fructus Cnidii, Radix Angelicae Pubescentis and other traditional Chinese medicines. Ost has a wide range of pharmacological activities, such as anti-inflammation, immunomodulation, and neuroprotection...
October 12, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Ernest H Law, Melissa Badowski, Yu-Ting Hung, Kimberly Weems, Angelica Sanchez, Todd A Lee
OBJECTIVE: Microscopic colitis (MC) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the colon that is characterized by chronic, watery, nonbloody diarrhea. Concern regarding a potential association between proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) and MC has recently emerged. We sought to systematically review and summarize the evidence for the potential association between PPIs and MC. DATA SOURCES: We systematically searched EMBASE, MEDLINE, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, and Google Scholar using the terms proton-pump inhibitors (omeprazole, lansoprazole, dexlansoprazole, rabeprazole, pantoprazole, or esomeprazole), microscopic colitis, collagenous colitis, and lymphocytic colitis STUDY SELECTION: Full-text, English-language reports of case reports/series, observational studies, experimental studies, and systematic reviews/meta-analyses published between January 2000 to August 2016 were included...
October 12, 2016: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Aurora Ibarra-Arce, Tania Albavera-Giles, Beatriz Zavaleta-Villa, Gabriela Ortiz de Zárate-Alarcón, Laura Flores-Peña, María Del Carmen Sierra-Romero, Mirza Romero-Valdovinos, Angélica Olivo-Díaz
OBJECTIVE: Non-syndromic cleft lip/palate malformation (CL/P) is one of the most common birth defects in humans and has a complex etiology involving genetic and environmental factors. Mutations in the MSX1 gene are critical during craniofacial development. The purpose of this study was to investigate the contribution of MSX1 gene polymorphisms to the risk of developing CL/P in a sample of Mexican patients. METHODS: The sample consisted of 282 subjects (69 cases and 213 relatives)...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Andrea Maria Mess, Ana Claudia Oliveira Carreira, Cláudia Marinovic de Oliveira, Paula Fratini, Phelipe Oliveira Favaron, Rodrigo da Silva Nunes Barreto, Christiane Pfarrer, Flávio Vieira Meirelles, Maria Angelica Miglino
Reproductive technologies are widely used in cattle, although many are associated with high-embryonic mortality, especially during early gestation, when the yolk sac undergoes macroscopic changes in structure. We hypothesized that vasculogenesis and angiogenesis are affected, thereby affecting embryonic and placental differentiation. To test this, we studied yolk sac development and gene expression of the vascular endothelial growth factor system (VEGF-A, VEGFR-1/Flt-1, VEGFR-2/KDR). Samples from Days 25 to 40/41 of pregnancy from control cattle (n = 8) and from pregnancies established with IVF, (n = 7) or somatic cell nuclear transfer/clones (n = 5) were examined by histology, immunohistochemistry, and quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR...
September 13, 2016: Theriogenology
Georgina M Hosang, Alastair G Cardno, Daniel Freeman, Angelica Ronald
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to test the validity of using the Hypomania Checklist-16 [HCL-16] to measure hypomania in a British adolescent community sample. Limited research is available concerning the characterization of hypomania among community adolescent samples, particularly in the UK, despite its potential importance for early intervention policy development. METHOD: To explore the structure and characterization of hypomania in a British adolescent nonclinical cohort, over 1400 17 year olds (Mean=17...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Beatriz B Lustosa, Bertha Polegato, Marcos Minicucci, Bruna Rafacho, Priscila P Santos, Ana Angélica Fernandes, Katashi Okoshi, Diego Batista, Pamela Modesto, Andrea Gonçalves, Elenize J Pereira, Vanessa Pires, Sergio Paiva, Leonardo Zornoff, Paula S Azevedo
BACKGROUND: Considering the high morbidity and mortality after myocardial infarction (MI), the study of compounds with potential benefits for cardiac remodeling is reasonable. Green tea (GT) (Cammellia sinensis) is the most consumed beverage in the world. The potential action mechanisms of GT include anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, antioxidant, and lipid-lowering properties. OBJECTIVE: This study analyzed the effects of GT on cardiac remodeling following coronary occlusion in rats...
October 2, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Albert Farre, Kaline Soarez, Rachel A Briggs, Angelica Balanta, David M Benoit, Amadeu Bonet
The generation of in situ sp2-sp3 diboron adducts has revolutionised the synthesis of organoboranes. Organocatalytic diboration reactions have represented a milestone in terms of unpredictable reactivity of these adducts. However, current methodologies have limitations in terms of substrate scope, selectivity and functional group tolerance. Here we report a new methodology based on the use of simple amines as catalyst. This methodology provides a completely selective transformation overcoming current substrate scope and functional/protecting group limitations...
October 10, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Terry Trinh, Christine T Shiner, Angelica G Thompson-Butel, Penelope A McNulty
PURPOSE: Post-stroke hemiparesis may manifest as asymmetric gait, poor balance, and inefficient movement patterns. We investigated improvements in lower-limb muscle activation and function during Wii-based Movement Therapy (WMT), a rehabilitation program specifically targeting upper-limb motor-function. METHODS: Electromyography (EMG) was recorded bilaterally from tibialis anterior (TA) in 20 stroke patients during a 14-day WMT program. EMG amplitude and burst duration were analyzed during stereotypical movement sequences of WMT activities...
October 9, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Angelica Macauda, Diego Calvetti, Giuseppe Maccari, Kari Hemminki, Asta Försti, Hartmut Goldschmidt, Niels Weinhold, Richard Houlston, Vibeke Andersen, Ulla Vogel, Gabriele Buda, Judit Varkonyi, Anna Sureda, Joaquin Martinez Lopez, Marzena Watek, Aleksandra Butrym, Maria Eugenia Sarasquete, Marek Dudziński, Artur Jurczyszyn, Agnieszka Druzd-Sitek, Marcin Kruszewski, Edyta Subocz, Mario Petrini, Elzbieta Iskierka-Jażdżewska, Malgorzata Raźny, Gergely Szombath, Herlander Marques, Daria Zawirska, Dominik Chraniuk, Janusz Halka, Svend Erik Hove Jacobsen, Grzegorz Mazur, Ramón García Sanz, Charles Dumontet, Victor Moreno, Anna Stępień, Katia Beider, Matteo Pelosini, Rui Manuel Reis, Malgorzata Krawczyk-Kulis, Marcin Rymko, Hervé Avet-Loiseau, Fabienne Lesueur, Norbert Grząśko, Olga Ostrovsky, Krzysztof Jamroziak, Annette J Vangsted, Andrés Jerez, Waldemar Tomczak, Jan Maciej Zaucha, Katalin Kadar, Juan Sainz Pérez, Arnon Nagler, Stefano Landi, Federica Gemignani, Federico Canzian
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a malignancy of plasma cells usually infiltrating the bone marrow, associated with the production of a monoclonal immunoglobulin (M protein) which can be detected in the blood and/or urine. Multiple lines of evidence suggest that genetic factors are involved in MM pathogenesis, and several studies have identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with the susceptibility to the disease. SNPs within miRNA-binding sites in target genes (miRSNPs) may alter the strength of miRNA-mRNA interactions, thus deregulating protein expression...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
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