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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107663/antibacterial-anti-oxidant-electroactive-injectable-hydrogel-as-self-healing-wound-dressing-with-hemostasis-and-adhesiveness-for-cutaneous-wound-healing
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Xin Zhao, Hao Wu, Baolin Guo, Ruonan Dong, Yusheng Qiu, Peter X Ma
Injectable self-healing hydrogel dressing with multifunctional properties including anti-infection, anti-oxidative and conductivity promoting wound healing process will be highly desired in wound healing application and its design is still a challenge. We developed a series of injectable conductive self-healed hydrogels based on quaternized chitosan-g-polyaniline (QCSP) and benzaldehyde group functionalized poly(ethylene glycol)-co-poly(glycerol sebacate) (PEGS-FA) as antibacterial, anti-oxidant and electroactive dressing for cutaneous wound healing...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107457/novel-analysis-of-immune-cells-from-nasal-microbiopsy-demonstrates-reliable-reproducible-data-for-immune-populations-and-superior-cytokine-detection-compared-to-nasal-wash
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Simon P Jochems, Katherine Piddock, Jamie Rylance, Hugh Adler, Beatriz F Carniel, Andrea Collins, Jenna F Gritzfeld, Carole Hancock, Helen Hill, Jesus Reiné, Alexandra Seddon, Carla Solórzano, Syba Sunny, Ashleigh Trimble, Angela D Wright, Seher Zaidi, Stephen B Gordon, Daniela M Ferreira
The morbidity and mortality related to respiratory tract diseases is enormous, with hundreds of millions of individuals afflicted and four million people dying each year. Understanding the immunological processes in the mucosa that govern outcome following pathogenic encounter could lead to novel therapies. There is a need to study responses at mucosal surfaces in humans for two reasons: (i) Immunological findings in mice, or other animals, often fail to translate to humans. (ii) Compartmentalization of the immune system dictates a need to study sites where pathogens reside...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107423/characterization-of-the-drug-resistance-profiles-of-patients-infected-with-crf07_bc-using-phenotypic-assay-and-ultra-deep-pyrosequencing
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Szu-Wei Huang, Wei-You Li, Wen-Hung Wang, Yu-Ting Lin, Chih-Hung Chou, Marcelo Chen, Hsien-Da Huang, Yen-Hsu Chen, Po-Liang Lu, Sheng-Fan Wang, Shinichi Oka, Yi-Ming Arthur Chen
The usefulness of ultra-deep pyrosequencing (UDPS) for the diagnosis of HIV-1 drug resistance (DR) remains to be determined. Previously, we reported an explosive outbreak of HIV-1 circulating recombinant form (CRF) 07_BC among injection drug users (IDUs) in Taiwan in 2004. The goal of this study was to characterize the DR of CRF07_BC strains using different assays including UDPS. Seven CRF07_BC isolates including 4 from early epidemic (collected in 2004-2005) and 3 from late epidemic (collected in 2008) were obtained from treatment-naïve patient's peripheral blood mononuclear cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107409/targeted-deletion-of-a-plasmodium-site-2-protease-impairs-life-cycle-progression-in-the-mammalian-host
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Konstantinos Koussis, Evi Goulielmaki, Anna Chalari, Chrislaine Withers-Martinez, Inga Siden-Kiamos, Kai Matuschewski, Thanasis G Loukeris
Site-2 proteases (S2P) belong to the M50 family of metalloproteases, which typically perform essential roles by mediating activation of membrane-bound transcription factors through regulated intramembrane proteolysis (RIP). Protease-dependent liberation of dormant transcription factors triggers diverse cellular responses, such as sterol regulation, Notch signalling and the unfolded protein response. Plasmodium parasites rely on regulated proteolysis for controlling essential pathways throughout the life cycle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107385/evaluating-the-significance-of-viscoelasticity-in-diagnosing-early-stage-liver-fibrosis-with-transient-elastography
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Jingxin Zhao, Fei Zhai, Jun Cheng, Qiong He, Jianwen Luo, Xueping Yang, Jinhua Shao, Huichun Xing
Transient elastography quantifies the propagation of a mechanically generated shear wave within a soft tissue, which can be used to characterize the elasticity and viscosity parameters of the tissue. The aim of our study was to combine numerical simulation and clinical assessment to define a viscoelastic index of liver tissue to improve the quality of early diagnosis of liver fibrosis. This is clinically relevant, as early fibrosis is reversible. We developed an idealized two-dimensional axisymmetric finite element model of the liver to evaluate the effects of different viscoelastic values on the propagation characteristics of the shear wave...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107375/narcolepsy-type-1-is-associated-with-a-systemic-increase-and-activation-of-regulatory-t-cells-and-with-a-systemic-activation-of-global-t-cells
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Michel Lecendreux, Guillaume Churlaud, Fabien Pitoiset, Armelle Regnault, Tu Anh Tran, Roland Liblau, David Klatzmann, Michelle Rosenzwajg
Narcolepsy is a rare neurologic disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy and disturbed nocturnal sleep patterns. Narcolepsy type 1 (NT1) has been shown to result from a selective loss of hypothalamic hypocretin-secreting neurons with patients typically showing low CSF-hypocretin levels (<110 pg/ml). This specific loss of hypocretin and the strong association with the HLA-DQB1*06:02 allele led to the hypothesis that NT1 could be an immune-mediated pathology. Moreover, susceptibility to NT1 has recently been associated with several pathogens, particularly with influenza A H1N1 virus either through infection or vaccination...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107367/first-molecular-characterization-of-feline-immunodeficiency-virus-in-domestic-cats-from-mainland-china
#7
Jilei Zhang, Liang Wang, Jing Li, Patrick Kelly, Stuart Price, Chengming Wang
The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a retrovirus of the Lentivirus genus that was initially isolated from a colony of domestic cats in California in 1986 and has now been recognized as a common feline pathogen worldwide. To date, there is only one recent serology-based report on FIV in mainland China which was published in 2016. We designed this study to investigate the molecular prevalence and diversity of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in domestic cats from mainland China. We studied the prevalence of FIV in whole blood samples of 615 domestic cats in five cities (Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai and Yangzhou) of mainland China and examined them using FRET-PCR (Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer-Polymerase Chain Reaction) and regular PCRs for the gag and env genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107204/non-invasive-blood-glucose-detection-system-based-on-conservation-of-energy-method
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Yang Zhang, Jian-Ming Zhu, Yong-Bo Liang, Hong-Bo Chen, Shi-Min Yin, Zhen-Cheng Chen
The most common method used for minimizing the occurrence of diabetes complications is frequent glucose testing to adjust the insulin dose. However, using blood glucose (BG) meters presents a risk of infection. It is of great importance to develop non-invasive BG detection techniques. To realize high-accuracy, low-cost and continuous glucose monitoring, we have developed a non-invasive BG detection system using a mixed signal processor 430 (MSP430) microcontroller. This method is based on the combination of the conservation-of-energy method with a sensor integration module, which collects physiological parameters, such as the blood oxygen saturation (SPO2), blood flow velocity and heart rate...
January 20, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107168/the-natriuretic-peptide-mr-proanp-predicts-all-cause-mortality-and-adverse-outcome-in-community-patients-a-10-year-follow-up-study
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Jonas Odermatt, Lara Hersberger, Rebekka Bolliger, Lena Graedel, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Matthias Briel, Heiner C Bucher, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
BACKGROUND: The precursor peptide of atrial natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP) has a physiological role in fluid homeostasis and is associated with mortality and adverse clinical outcomes in heart failure patients. Little is known about the prognostic potential of this peptide for long-term mortality prediction in community-dwelling patients. We evaluated associations of MR-proANP levels with 10-year all-cause mortality in patients visiting their general practitioner for a respiratory tract infection...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106703/clinical-application-of-a-pedicled-forearm-flap-in-the-reconstruction-after-oral-cancer-resection
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Xiaoqiang Zhao, Youmei Zhang, Shuai Fu, Changbin Zhang, Ming Li, Yong Wu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical application of a pedicled forearm flap in the reconstruction of soft tissue defects after oral cancer resection. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on 31 patients with oral cancer in the Affiliated Stomatology Hospital of Kunming Medical University. The patients underwent repair of soft tissue defects, resulting from oral cancer resection, using a pedicled forearm flap. Patients were followed up for 3 months to 3 years to observe the survival rate of the pedicled forearm flap and the recovery of the patient's appearance and oral function...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106651/evaluating-the-impact-of-intraoperative-surgical-team-handoffs-on-patient-outcomes
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Lauren E Giugale, Sarah Sears, Erin S Lavelle, Charelle M Carter-Brooks, Michael Bonidie, Jonathan P Shepherd
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the impact of intraoperative personnel handoffs on clinical outcomes in patients undergoing minimally invasive sacrocolpopexy (SCP). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed SCPs performed at an academic center between 2009 and 2014. We analyzed the number of staff handoffs, defined as any instance a scrub technician (tech) or circulating nurse handed off responsibility for a break or shift change. Outcomes included operative (OR) time and composite variables for major complications (conversion to an open procedure, bladder injury, bowel injury, blood transfusion, infection, ileus, bowel obstruction, readmission, or mesh complication) and prolapse recurrence (prolapse at or beyond the hymen or retreatment)...
January 18, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106253/massive-plasmablast-response-elicited-in-the-acute-phase-of-hantavirus-pulmonary-syndrome
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Marina García, Ayelén Iglesias, Verónica I Landoni, Carla Bellomo, Agostina Bruno, María Teresa Córdoba, Luciana Balboa, Gabriela C Fernández, María Del Carmen Sasiain, Valeria P Martínez, Pablo Schierloh
Beside its key diagnostic value, the humoral immune response is thought to play a protective role in Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). However, little is known about the cell source of these antibodies during ongoing human infection. Herein we characterized B cell subsets circulating in Andes virus-infected patients. A notable potent plasmablast (PB) response that increased 100-fold over the baseline levels was observed around one week after the onset of symptoms. These PB present a CD3(neg) CD19(low) CD20(neg) CD38(hi) CD27(hi) CD138(+/-) IgA(+/-) surface phenotype together with the presence of cytoplasmic functional immunoglobulins...
January 20, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106022/complicated-left-sided-infective-endocarditis-in-chronic-hemodialysis-patients-a-case-report
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Öykü Gülmez, Mehtap Aydın
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a serious infectious condition with high morbidity and mortality in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). It has been particularly associated with recurrent bacteremia due to vascular access via lumen catheters. The most common pathogen is Staphylococcus (S.) aureus, and most affected valve is mitral valve, which frequently calcified. Two patients with ESRD who received hemodialysis treatment via tunneled catheters, aged 56 and 88 years, were admitted with fever and high troponin level...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105986/canagliflozin-dapagliflozin-and-empagliflozin-monotherapy-for-treating-type-2-diabetes-systematic-review-and-economic-evaluation
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Rhona Johnston, Olalekan Uthman, Ewen Cummins, Christine Clar, Pamela Royle, Jill Colquitt, Bee Kang Tan, Andrew Clegg, Saran Shantikumar, Rachel Court, J Paul O'Hare, David McGrane, Tim Holt, Norman Waugh
BACKGROUND: Most people with type 2 diabetes are overweight, so initial treatment is aimed at reducing weight and increasing physical activity. Even modest weight loss can improve control of blood glucose. If drug treatment is necessary, the drug of first choice is metformin. However, some people cannot tolerate metformin, which causes diarrhoea in about 10%, and it cannot be used in people with renal impairment. This review appraises three of the newest class of drugs for monotherapy when metformin cannot be used, the sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors...
January 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105733/vitamin-d-supplementation-for-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Htoo Htoo Kyaw Soe, Adinegara Bl Abas, Nan Nitra Than, Han Ni, Jaspal Singh, Abdul Razzak Bin Mohd Said, Ifeyinwa Osunkwo
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease is a genetic chronic haemolytic and pro-inflammatory disorder. The clinical manifestations of sickle cell disease result from the presence of mutations on the beta globin genes that generate an abnormal haemoglobin product (called haemoglobin S) within the red blood cell. Sickle cell disease can lead to many complications such as acute chest syndrome, stroke, acute and chronic bone complications (including painful vaso-occlusive crisis, osteomyelitis, osteonecrosis and osteoporosis)...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105624/-clinical-research-of-delta-shaped-anastomosis-technology-in-laparoscopic-distal-gastrectomy-and-digestive-tract-reconstruction
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Bo Gao, Qingxing Huang, Jianhong Dong
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility and safety of the delta-shaped anastomosis in laparoscopic distal gastrectomy and digestive tract reconstruction. METHODS: Clinical data of 34 gastric cancer patients undergoing laparoscopic distal gastrectomy with the delta-shaped anastomosis for digestive tract reconstruction (delta-shaped group) and 83 gastric cancer patients undergoing laparoscopic distal gastrectomy with Billroth I( for digestive tract reconstruction (Billroth group) by same surgeon team from July 2013 to July 2015 at the Department of Digestive Surgery, Affiliated Tumor Hospital of Shanxi Medical University were retrospectively analyzed...
January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105610/antithyroid-drug-induced-agranulocytosis-state-of-the-art-on-diagnosis-and-management
#17
Nuno Vicente, Luís Cardoso, Luísa Barros, Francisco Carrilho
Agranulocytosis is a rare but serious complication of antithyroid drug therapy, and an up-to-date understanding of this topic is important. Both direct toxicity and immune-mediated responses have been described as possible mechanisms. Some major susceptibility loci have recently been identified, which may lead the diagnosis of agranulocytosis into a genomic era. Onset is acute and patients present with symptoms and signs of infection together with high fever. Clinical suspicion is pivotal and should prompt blood sampling...
January 19, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105179/change-in-number-and-size-of-circulating-tumor-cells-with-high-telomerase-activity-during-treatment-of-patients-with-gastric-cancer
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Hiroaki Ito, Noriko Yamaguchi, Manabu Onimaru, Satoshi Kimura, Tohru Ohmori, Fumihiro Ishikawa, Jun Sato, Shun Ito, Haruhiro Inoue
Detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in peripheral blood is useful for estimating the prognosis of patients with cancer. We previously reported the detection of CTCs by OBP-401, a telomerase-specific, replication-selective, oncolytic adenoviral agent carrying the green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene. We demonstrated that the number of large (L)-GFP+ cells (≥7.735 µm in diameter) in peripheral blood samples correlated significantly with the prognosis of treatment-naïve gastric cancer patients, whereas the number of small (S)-GFP+ cells (<7...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104952/pitfalls-in-interpretation-of-fdg-pet-ct-septic-pulmonary-emboli-mimicking-metastases-in-a-case-of-gastric-carcinoma
#19
Harkirat Singh, Aftab Alam, T V S V G K Tilak, Prateek Kinra, Brijesh K Soni
Inflammatory lesions may sometimes show intense tracer uptake and mimic neoplastic lesions on (18) F-fluoro-deoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT). We report one such false positive case on FDG PET/CT, where septic pulmonary emboli (SPE) mimicked pulmonary metastases. A 45-year-old man with stomach cancer had an indwelling central venous catheter (CVC) in situ while on neoadjuvant chemotherapy. He underwent FDG PET/CT scan for response assessment and the images revealed multiple, intensely FDG avid, peripheral, lung nodules with feeding vessels, which were suspicious for pulmonary metastases...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104570/high-risk-injecting-behaviour-among-people-who-inject-pharmaceutical-opioids-in-australia
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Jenny Iversen, George Dertadian, Louise Geddes, Lisa Maher
BACKGROUND: Use of opioid analgesic medicines has doubled globally over the past decade, with a concomitant increase in prevalence of injection of pharmaceutical opioids (PO), including in Australia. This study investigates types of PO injected, methods used to prepare PO for injection and correlates of recent (last 6 months) PO injection among a large national sample of people who inject drugs (PWID). METHODS: The Australian NSP Survey (ANSPS), conducted annually at ∼50 NSP services across Australia, consists of a brief self-administered questionnaire and provision of a capillary dried blood spot for HIV and hepatitis C antibody testing...
January 16, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
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