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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884946/analysis-of-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-innate-immune-response-to-coxiella-burnetii
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James M Battisti, Lance A Watson, Myo T Naung, Adam M Drobish, Ekaterina Voronina, Michael F Minnick
The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is well established as a system for characterization and discovery of molecular mechanisms mediating microbe-specific inducible innate immune responses to human pathogens. Coxiella burnetii is an obligate intracellular bacterium that causes a flu-like syndrome in humans (Q fever), as well as abortions in domesticated livestock, worldwide. Initially, when wild type C. elegans (N2 strain) was exposed to mCherry-expressing C. burnetii (CCB) a number of overt pathological manifestations resulted, including intestinal distension, deformed anal region and a decreased lifespan...
November 24, 2016: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858785/monitoring-micropollutants-in-the-swist-river-basin
#2
Ekkehard Christoffels, Andrea Brunsch, Jens Wunderlich-Pfeiffer, Franz Michael Mertens
Micropollutant pathways were studied for the Swist river basin (Western Germany). The aim was to verify the effectiveness of a monitoring approach to detect micropollutants entering the river. In a separate sewer system, water was frequently found to be contaminated with micropollutants. Improper connections of sewage canals to the stormwater network seemed to be the cause of pollution. Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) exerted the largest influence on micropollutants for the receiving river. During a flu outbreak, antibiotics in the Swist stemming from WWTPs increased remarkably...
November 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836209/-extracorporeal-co2-removal-as-life-support-system-for-a-severe-organizing-pneumonia
#3
G Rival, O Millet, G Capellier
INTRODUCTION: Acute lung injuries are usually found in intensive care unit. The diffuse alveolar damage (DAD) is the associated histological pattern and the most severe end-stage of the disease. Organizing pneumonia (OP), for which corticosteroids are the reference therapy, can mimic DAD. While postponing the response to treatment, to limit mechanical ventilation side effects, extracorporeal membrane oxygene can be proposed. We present a case of a severe OP for which extracorporeal CO2 removal (ECCO2R) is used as a bridge to recovery under corticosteroid therapy...
November 8, 2016: Revue de Pneumologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825520/versatility-of-a-localized-surface-plasmon-resonance-based-gold-nanoparticle-alloyed-quantum-dot-nanobiosensor-for-immunofluorescence-detection-of-viruses
#4
Kenshin Takemura, Oluwasesan Adegoke, Naoto Takahashi, Tatsuya Kato, Tian-Cheng Li, Noritoshi Kitamoto, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Tetsuro Suzuki, Enoch Y Park
Flu infection, caused by the influenza virus, constitutes a serious threat to human lives worldwide. A rapid, sensitive and specific diagnosis is urgently needed for point-of-care treatment and to control the rapid spread of this disease. In this study, an ultrasensitive, rapid and specific localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR)-induced immunofluorescence nanobiosensor has been developed for the influenza virus based on a gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-induced quantum dot (QD) fluorescence signal. Alloyed quaternary CdSeTeS QDs were synthesized via the hot-injection organometallic route and were subsequently capped with l-cysteine via a ligand exchange reaction...
October 20, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818548/rhombencephalitis-pictorial-essay
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Líllian Gonçalves Campos, Régis Augusto Reis Trindade, Ângela Faistauer, Juliano Adams Pérez, Leonardo Modesti Vedolin, Juliana Ávila Duarte
The term rhombencephalitis refers to inflammatory diseases affecting the hindbrain (brainstem and cerebellum). Rhombencephalitis has a wide variety of etiologies, including infections, autoimmune diseases, and paraneoplastic syndromes. Infection with bacteria of the genus Listeria is the most common cause of rhombencephalitis. Primary rhombencephalitis caused by infection with Listeria spp. occurs in healthy young adults. It usually has a biphasic time course with a flu-like syndrome, followed by brainstem dysfunction; 75% of patients have cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis, and nearly 100% have an abnormal brain magnetic resonance imaging scan...
September 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798510/infections-in-de-novo-kidney-transplant-recipients-treated-with-the-rankl-inhibitor-denosumab
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Marco Bonani, Diana Frey, Olivier de Rougemont, Nicolas J Mueller, Thomas F Mueller, Nicole Graf, Rudolf P Wüthrich
BACKGROUND: Infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in kidney allograft recipients. In this posthoc analysis of a randomized clinical trial which tested the effect of denosumab on bone mineral density we assessed the impact of this drug on the incidence and severity of infections in the first year after kidney transplantation. METHODS: In this clinical trial we randomized 90 de novo kidney transplant recipients shortly after transplantation to either denosumab on top of standard treatment (calcium and vitamin D) (n=46), or to standard treatment alone (n=44)...
October 28, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793910/highly-halaven-resistant-kbv20c-cancer-cells-can-be-sensitized-by-co-treatment-with-fluphenazine
#7
Ji Hyun Cheon, Byung Mu Lee, Hyung Sik Kim, Sungpil Yoon
AIM: To identify conditions that induce an increase in the sensitivity of highly Halaven (HAL)-resistant cancer cells compared to sensitive cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We observed that drug-resistant KBV20C cells are highly resistant to HAL compared to other antimitotic drugs. The concentration required to treat KBV20C cells was almost 500-fold higher than that used to treat sensitive parent KB cells. In order to increase sensitization, HAL-treated KBV20C cells were co-treated with the repositioned drug, fluphenazine (FLU)...
November 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785049/preventive-effect-of-zoledronic-acid-on-aromatase-inhibitor-associated-bone-loss-for-postmenopausal-breast-cancer-patients-receiving-adjuvant-letrozole
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Shengliang Sun, Fuchao Wang, Honglei Dou, Longqiang Zhang, Jiwen Li
BACKGROUND: This study aims to compare the efficacy and safety between zoledronic acid combined with calcium and calcium alone to prevent aromatase inhibitor-associated bone loss for postmenopausal breast cancer patients receiving adjuvant letrozole. METHODS: One hundred twenty patients were randomly divided into two groups, A and B. Patients in group A (n=60) received modified radical mastectomy or breast-conserving surgery + four cycles of AC followed by T regimen (optional) + radiotherapy (optional) + letrozole 2...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27778002/novel-magnetic-relaxation-nanosensors-an-unparalleled-spin-on-influenza-diagnosis
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Tyler Shelby, Tuhina Banerjee, Jyothi Kallu, Shoukath Sulthana, Irene Zegar, Santimukul Santra
Rapid detection and diagnosis of pathogenic strains of influenza is necessary for expedited treatment and quicker resolutions to the ever-rising flu pandemics. Considering this, we propose the development of novel magnetic relaxation nanosensors (MRnS) for the rapid detection of influenza through targeted binding with hemagglutinin. 2,6- and 2,3-sialic acid ligands and entry blocker peptides are conjugated to iron oxide nanoparticles to create functional MRnS. Positive detection of various hemagglutinin variants (H1 and H5) is possible with protein concentrations as little as 1...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777760/a-mixed-methods-study-to-understand-patient-expectations-for-antibiotics-for-an-upper-respiratory-tract-infection
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Christina Gaarslev, Melissa Yee, Georgi Chan, Stephanie Fletcher-Lartey, Rabia Khan
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance is a public health challenge supplemented by inappropriate prescribing, especially for an upper respiratory tract infection in primary care. Patient/carer expectations have been identified as one of the main drivers for inappropriate antibiotics prescribing by primary care physicians. The aim of this study was to understand who is more likely to expect an antibiotic for an upper respiratory tract infection from their doctor and the reasons underlying it...
2016: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777394/systemic-lupus-erythematosus-presenting-as-refractory-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-a-diagnostic-and-management-challenge-a-case-report-and-concise-review-of-the-literature
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Mohammad Abu-Hishmeh, Alamgir Sattar, Fnu Zarlasht, Mohamed Ramadan, Aisha Abdel-Rahman, Shante Hinson, Caroline Hwang
BACKGROUND Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is one of the thrombotic microangiopathic (TMA) syndromes, caused by severely reduced activity of the vWF-cleaving protease ADAMTS13. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), on the other hand, is an autoimmune disease that affects various organs in the body, including the hematopoietic system. SLE can present with TMA, and differentiating between SLE and TTP in those cases can be very challenging, particularly in patients with no prior history of SLE. Furthermore, an association between these 2 diseases has been described in the literature, with most of the TTP cases occurring after the diagnosis of SLE...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733806/socio-demographic-study-on-extent-of-knowledge-awareness-attitude-and-risks-of-zoonotic-diseases-among-livestock-owners-in-puducherry-region
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K Rajkumar, A Bhattacharya, S David, S Hari Balaji, R Hariharan, M Jayakumar, N Balaji
AIM: This study was conducted to assess the extent of knowledge, awareness, attitude, and risks of zoonotic diseases among livestock owners in Puducherry region. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 250 livestock farmers were selected randomly from eight revenue villages. And each farmer was interviewed with a questionnaire containing both open- and close-ended questions on various aspects of zoonotic diseases, a total of 49 questionnaires were framed to assess the source and transmission of infection to the farmers and to test their knowledge and awareness about zoonotic diseases...
September 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733789/degree-of-corneal-anesthesia-after-topical-application-of-0-4-oxybuprocaine-ophthalmic-solution-in-normal-equids
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Erika Little, Kathy Yvorchuk-St Jean, William Little, Fortune Sithole, Guy St Jean
Oxybuprocaine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution has been widely used off-label in horses and donkeys, despite lack of data demonstrating efficacy and safety in these species. The objective of this study was to assess anesthetic efficacy of 0.4% oxybuprocaine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution in horses (n = 5) and donkeys (n = 24) and compare the effects with 0.5% proparacaine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution. The baseline corneal touch threshold (CTT) was measured with a Cochet-Bonnet esthesiometer. Donkeys (n = 12) and horses (n = 5) in group A received sterile ophthalmic solutions 0...
October 2016: Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, Revue Canadienne de Recherche Vétérinaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729839/identification-of-suitable-natural-inhibitor-against-influenza-a-h1n1-neuraminidase-protein-by-molecular-docking
#14
Maheswata Sahoo, Lingaraja Jena, Surya Narayan Rath, Satish Kumar
The influenza A (H1N1) virus, also known as swine flu is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality since 2009. There is a need to explore novel anti-viral drugs for overcoming the epidemics. Traditionally, different plant extracts of garlic, ginger, kalmegh, ajwain, green tea, turmeric, menthe, tulsi, etc. have been used as hopeful source of prevention and treatment of human influenza. The H1N1 virus contains an important glycoprotein, known as neuraminidase (NA) that is mainly responsible for initiation of viral infection and is essential for the life cycle of H1N1...
September 2016: Genomics & Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717945/-what-do-we-konw-about-the-zika-virus
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Wojciech Kwaśniewski, Norbert Stachowicz, Aleksandra Stupak, Anna Kwaśniewska, Anna Goździcka-Jozefiak
Zika virus (HIV) was first identified in 1947 and upto 2007 the infections in humans have been reported sporadically. Currently, the World Health Organization warns that the rapid spread of the virus Zika in both Americas and an increase in the number of children born with microcephaly in these regions begins to be a serious epidemiological problem. Known ways of spreading this RNA virus of the Flaviviridae family is: with blood, sexual, vertical and even breast feeding. Currently used diagnostic tests are not entirely perfect, as they can detect infections by other viruses in this group but they are available in Poland...
2016: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27702768/2014-2015-influenza-vaccine-effectiveness-in-the-united-states-by-vaccine-type
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Richard K Zimmerman, Mary Patricia Nowalk, Jessie Chung, Michael L Jackson, Lisa A Jackson, Joshua G Petrie, Arnold S Monto, Huong Q McLean, Edward A Belongia, Manjusha Gaglani, Kempapura Murthy, Alicia M Fry, Brendan Flannery
BACKGROUND:  The circulating A/H3N2 influenza viruses drifted significantly after the selection of strains for the 2014-2015 influenza vaccines. Also in 2014-2015, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended preferential use of live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) over inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) among children 2-8 years old. METHODS:  Vaccine effectiveness (VE) across age groups and vaccine types was examined among individuals seeking outpatient treatment for acute respiratory illness from 5 U...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695075/risk-factors-for-poor-adherence-to-betaferon%C3%A2-treatment-in-patients-with-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-or-clinically-isolated-syndrome
#17
Łukasz Jernas, Jacek Wencel, Andrzej Wiak, Marek Bieniek, Halina Bartosik-Psujek
INTRODUCTION: Adherence to treatment, including early treatment discontinuation, in patients with multiple sclerosis or clinically isolated syndrome can be affected by: treatment tolerability, route of drug administration, patient age, disease duration, comorbidities, medical care, and support from their caregivers. AIM: This study aimed to identify the risk factors for poor adherence to Betaferon® treatment, including early discontinuation and omitting doses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 852 adult patients treated with Betaferon participated in this 24-month study...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693366/exploring-optimal-control-strategies-in-seasonally-varying-flu-like-epidemics
#18
Sunmi Lee, Gerardo Chowell
The impact of optimal control strategies in the context of seasonally varying infectious disease transmission remains a wide open area of research. We investigate optimal control strategies for flu-like epidemics using an SIR (susceptible-infectious-recovered) type epidemic model where the transmission rate varies seasonally together with treatment and vaccination strategies. Specifically, we explore optimal control strategies using time-dependent treatment and vaccination as control functions alone or in combination...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27676732/total-hip-arthroplasty-infection-due-to-mycobacterium-bovis-after-bcg-therapy
#19
Alban Fouasson-Chailloux, Benoit Metayer, Pierre Menu, Lydie Khatchatourian, Joelle Glemarec, Marc Dauty
OBJECTIVE: The loosening of total joint replacement is a frequent complication after total hip arthroplasty (THA). Septic osteolysis should always be feared. We report here a rare case of hip arthroplasty infection due to Mycobacterium bovis after Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) therapy in a context of bladder cancer. OBSERVATIONS: A 70-year-old man was referred to the department of rheumatology in September 2015, because of a total functional disability of the left lower limb...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27662261/children-s-medicine-what-do-consumers-really-want-to-know
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Clara Crunkhorn, Mieke van Driel, Van Nguyen, Treasure McGuire
AIM: This study explored consumer knowledge gaps and concerns regarding medication use in children. METHODS: Calls concerning or made by people under 18 to the pharmacist-operated, national consumer medicines call centre National Prescribing Service Medicines Line (2002 to June 2010) were analysed. Calls were classified and narratively explored by age group: <1, 1-4, 5-14 and 15-17 years. Consumer Medication Information (CMI) and evidence-based resources were examined to determine information concordance for common questions...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
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