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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087381/prevalence-risk-factors-and-clinical-outcomes-of-atopic-and-nonatopic-asthma-among-rural-children
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Joshua A Lawson, Luan M Chu, Donna C Rennie, Louise Hagel, Chandima P Karunanayake, Punam Pahwa, James A Dosman
BACKGROUND: Because of time and cost constraints, objective classification of atopic and nonatopic asthma has been limited in large epidemiologic studies. However, as we try to better understand exposure-outcome associations and ensure appropriate treatment of asthma, it is important to focus on phenotype-defined asthma classification. OBJECTIVE: To compare atopic and nonatopic asthma in rural children with regard to risk factors and clinical outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, in 2011...
January 10, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086849/successful-outcome-following-pneumonectomy-in-a-teenage-boy-with-cystic-fibrosis-a-case-report
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Zheyi Liew, Santosh Mallikarjuna, Asif Hasan, F Kate Gould, Su Bunn, Matthew F Thomas, Jim L Lordan, Christopher O'Brien, Malcolm Brodlie
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis lung disease is generally a diffuse process however rarely one lung may become particularly damaged through chronic collapse and consolidation resulting in end-stage bronchiectasis with relative sparing of the contralateral lung. This clinical situation is sometimes referred to as "destroyed lung". Lung resection surgery is seldom indicated in cystic fibrosis and the associated medical literature is relatively sparse. CASE PRESENTATION: A 14 year old boy was referred to our centre for lung transplantation assessment...
January 13, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086778/diabetes-does-not-impact-the-diagnostic-performance-of-contrast-based-fractional-flow-reserve-insights-from-the-contrast-study
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Giuseppe Gargiulo, Eugenio Stabile, Marco Ferrone, Emanuele Barbato, Frederik M Zimmermann, Julien Adjedj, Barry Hennigan, Mitsuaki Matsumura, Nils P Johnson, William F Fearon, Allen Jeremias, Bruno Trimarco, Giovanni Esposito
BACKGROUND: Adenosine-free coronary pressure wire metrics have been proposed to test the functional significance of coronary artery lesions, but it is unexplored whether their diagnostic performance might be altered in patients with diabetes. METHODS: We performed a post-hoc analysis of the CONTRAST study, which prospectively enrolled an international cohort of patients undergoing routine fractional flow reserve (FFR) assessment for standard indications. Paired, repeated measurements of all physiology metrics (Pd/Pa, iFR, contrast-based FFR, and FFR) were made...
January 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081038/impact-of-hiv-infection-and-antiretroviral-treatment-on-n-terminal-prohormone-of-brain-natriuretic-peptide-as-surrogate-of-myocardial-function
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Christopher Schuster, Christina Binder, Robert Strassl, Maximilian C Aichelburg, Emma Blackwell, Noemi Pavo, Michael Ramharter, Martin Hülsmann, Katharina Grabmeier-Pfistershammer, Armin Rieger, Georg Goliasch
OBJECTIVE: Vasoactive cardiovascular hormones such as the N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) are produced upon ventricular stretch and play a central role in neurohumoral pathways of the heart regulating cardiovascular remodeling and volume homeostasis. The impact of HIV infection on these neurohumoral pathways of the heart and its potential reversibility by combinations of antiretroviral therapies remain unclear. METHODS: We assessed serum levels of NT-proBNP in 219 antiretroviral therapy-naïve HIV-infected patients with a normal cardiac and renal status at treatment initiation and after attainment of viremic control...
January 28, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080924/selected-plasma-biochemistry-analytes-of-healthy-captive-sulcata-african-spurred-tortoises-centrochelys-sulcata
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David Eshar, Ady Y Gancz, Nili Avni-Magen, Effi Wagshal, Lisa M Pohlman, Mark A Mitchell
The sulcata or African spurred tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata) is a large tortoise species that is commonly kept in zoologic collections and as a pet. The objectives of this study were to establish reference intervals for selected biochemical analytes in clinically healthy captive sulcata tortoises and to evaluate the impact of blood sampling site and sex. Blood samples were collected from 60 tortoises from either the dorsal coccygeal (tail) vein or the subcarapacial venous plexus based on their body size. The packed cell volume and refractometric total solids (TS) were determined...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080899/health-and-nutritional-assessment-of-free-ranging-eastern-indigo-snakes-drymarchon-couperi-in-georgia-united-states
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S Emmanuelle Knafo, Terry M Norton, Mark Mitchell, Dirk J Stevenson, Natalie Hyslop, Robert Poppenga, Marcie Oliva, Tai Chen, Carolyn Cray, Samantha E J Gibbs, Lance Durden, Nancy Stedman, Stephen Divers, Ellen Dierenfeld
Clinical pathology and nutritional parameters are useful in evaluating and monitoring threatened and endangered wildlife populations, but reference ranges for most snake species are lacking. From 2001 to 2005, health assessments were performed on 58 eastern indigo snakes (EIS) (Drymarchon couperi) captured in the wild in southeastern Georgia, United States. Health and nutritional assessments performed included hematology, serum biochemistry, fat-soluble vitamins, heavy metals, pesticide contaminants, parasitology, and surveys of other pathogens...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079660/anesthetic-management-of-a-child-with-jeune-syndrome-for-tracheotomy-a-case-report
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Masakazu Kotoda, Tadahiko Ishiyama, Katsumi Okuyama, Takashi Matsukawa
Jeune syndrome is a rare autosomal-recessive skeletal disorder. Anesthetic management of these patients is often difficult because of thoracic and lung hypoplasia. A 5-month-old boy with Jeune syndrome was scheduled to undergo a tracheotomy. Despite 5-minute preoxygenation with continuous positive airway pressure, the patient's oxygen saturation rapidly dropped during the induction of anesthesia. The continuous positive airway pressure should have been titrated to effective tidal volume during preoxygenation to recruit the patient's functional residual capacity and to prevent desaturation...
January 11, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077133/t1-and-t2-mapping-for-evaluation-of-myocardial-involvement-in-patients-with-anca-associated-vasculitides
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Simon Greulich, Agnes Mayr, Daniel Kitterer, Joerg Latus, Joerg Henes, Hannah Steubing, Philipp Kaesemann, Alexandru Patrascu, Andreas Greiser, Stefan Groeninger, Niko Braun, M Dominik Alscher, Udo Sechtem, Heiko Mahrholdt
BACKGROUND: Myocardial involvement in AAV patients might be silent, presenting with no or nonspecific symptoms, normal ECG, and preserved left-ventricular ejection fraction (LV-EF). Since up to 50% of deaths in these patients may be due to myocardial involvement, a reliable diagnostic tool is warranted. In contrast to LGE-CMR, which has its strengths in detecting focal inflammatory or fibrotic processes, recent mapping techniques are able to detect even subtle, diffuse inflammatory or fibrotic processes...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075072/use-of-erythrocyte-indicators-of-health-and-condition-in-vertebrate-ecophysiology-a-review-and-appraisal
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Christopher P Johnstone, Alan Lill, Richard D Reina
We review evidence for and against the use of erythrocyte indicators of health status and condition, parasite infection level and physiological stress in free-living vertebrates. The use of indicators that are measured directly from the blood, such as haemoglobin concentration, haematocrit and erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and parameters that are calculated from multiple measured metrics, such as mean cell volume, mean cell haemoglobin content or mean cell haemoglobin concentration is evaluated. The evidence for or against the use of any given metric is equivocal when the relevant research is considered in total, although there is sometimes strong support for using a particular metric in a particular taxon...
February 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074322/decreased-survival-in-glioblastomas-is-specific-to-contact-with-the-ventricular-subventricular-zone-not-subgranular-zone-or-corpus-callosum
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Akshitkumar M Mistry, Michael C Dewan, Gabrielle A White-Dzuro, Philip R Brinson, Kyle D Weaver, Reid C Thompson, Rebecca A Ihrie, Lola B Chambless
The clinical effect of radiographic contact of glioblastoma (GBM) with neurogenic zones (NZ)-the ventricular-subventricular (VSVZ) and subgranular (SGZ) zones-and the corpus callosum (CC) remains unclear and, in the case of the SGZ, unexplored. We investigated (1) if GBM contact with a NZ correlates with decreased survival; (2) if so, whether this effect is associated with a specific NZ; and (3) if radiographic contact with or invasion of the CC by GBM is associated with decreased survival. We retrospectively identified 207 adult patients who underwent cytoreductive surgery for GBM followed by chemotherapy and/or radiation...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074321/predictive-factors-of-early-distant-brain-failure-after-gamma-knife-radiosurgery-alone-in-patients-with-brain-metastases-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Young Cheol Na, Hyun Ho Jung, Hye Ryun Kim, Byoung Chul Cho, Jin Woo Chang, Yong Gou Park, Won Seok Chang
The objective of this study was to elucidate the predictive factors for early distant brain failure in patients with brain metastases of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who were treated with gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS) without previous whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) or surgery. We retrospectively reviewed clinical and imaging data of 459 patients with brain metastases of NSCLC who underwent GKRS from June 2008 to December 2013. The primary end-point was early distant brain failure, defined as the detection of newly developed metastatic lesions on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 3 months after GKRS...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073806/functional-tricuspid-regurgitation-caused-by-chronic-atrial-fibrillation-a-real-time-3-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-study
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Hiroto Utsunomiya, Yuji Itabashi, Hirotsugu Mihara, Javier Berdejo, Sayuki Kobayashi, Robert J Siegel, Takahiro Shiota
BACKGROUND: Functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR) with a structurally normal tricuspid valve (TV) may occur secondary to chronic atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the clinical and echocardiographic differences according to functional TR subtypes are unclear. Therefore, characterization of functional TR because of chronic AF (AF-TR) remains undetermined. METHODS AND RESULTS: To investigate the prevalence of AF-TR, 437 patients with moderate to severe TR underwent 3-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography...
January 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073791/rapid-deployment-aortic-replacement-radar-registry-in-spain-a-protocol
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Victor Bautista-Hernandez, Natalia Cal-Purriños, Jose M Arribas-Leal, Manuel Carnero-Alcazar, Jose F Gutierrez-Diez, Jose J Cuenca-Castillo
INTRODUCTION: Rapid deployment valves (RDV) represent a newly introduced approach to aortic valve replacement which facilitates surgical implantation and minimally invasive techniques, shortens surgical times and shows excellent haemodynamic performance. However, evidence on their safety, efficacy and potential complications is mostly fitted with small-volume and retrospective studies. Moreover, no current guidelines exist. To improve our knowledge on this technology, The Rapid Deployment Aortic Replacement (RADAR) Registry will be established across Spain with the aim of assessing RDV outcomes in the real-world setting...
January 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073702/serum-progranulin-as-an-indicator-of-neutrophilic-airway-inflammation-and-asthma-severity
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So Young Park, Gyong Hwa Hong, Sunjoo Park, Bomi Shin, Sun-Young Yoon, Hyouk-Soo Kwon, Tae-Bum Kim, Hee-Bom Moon, You Sook Cho
BACKGROUND: Progranulin, a protein secreted from the airway epithelium, is known to attenuate the downstream cascade of neutrophilic inflammation in particular. We hypothesized that progranulin may have a role in inflammatory regulation in asthma. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between serum progranulin levels and various clinical features in patients with asthma. METHODS: Serum samples and clinical data of 475 patients with asthma and 35 healthy controls at a tertiary referral hospital and its affiliated health promotion center were collected...
December 2016: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073368/advanced-knee-structure-analysis-aksa-a-comparison-of-bone-mineral-density-and-trabecular-texture-measurements-using-computed-tomography-and-high-resolution-peripheral-quantitative-computed-tomography-of-human-knee-cadavers
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Torsten Lowitz, Oleg Museyko, Valérie Bousson, Christine Chappard, Liess Laouisset, Jean-Denis Laredo, Klaus Engelke
BACKGROUND: A change of loading conditions in the knee causes changes in the subchondral bone and may be a cause of osteoarthritis (OA). However, quantification of trabecular architecture in vivo is difficult due to the limiting spatial resolution of the imaging equipment; one approach is the use of texture parameters. In previous studies, we have used digital models to simulate changes of subchondral bone architecture under OA progression. One major result was that, using computed tomography (CT) images, subchondral bone mineral density (BMD) in combination with anisotropy and global homogeneity could characterize this progression...
January 10, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073049/iodine-nutritional-status-and-thyroid-effects-of-exposure-to-ethylenebisdithiocarbamates
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Emanuela Medda, Ferruccio Santini, Simona De Angelis, Fabrizio Franzellin, Carla Fiumalbi, Andrea Perico, Enzo Gilardi, Maria Teresa Mechi, Alessandro Marsili, Angela Citroni, Adaniele Leandri, Alberto Mantovani, Paolo Vitti, Antonella Olivieri
INTRODUCTION: Italy is still characterized by a mild iodine deficiency and is among the most intensive users of chemical products for agriculture in Europe. The aim of this study was i) to evaluate thyroid effects of exposure to mancozeb, a fungicide widely used in agriculture, in a sample of Italian grapevine workers, and ii) to verify whether the iodine intake may modulate the risk of thyroid disruption due to the mancozeb metabolite ethylenthiourea (ETU). METHODS: One hundred seventy-seven occupationally exposed male workers (29 from Chianti, a mild iodine deficient area, and 148 from Bolzano an iodine sufficient province) and 74 non-occupationally exposed male controls (34 from Chianti and 40 from Bolzano) were enrolled in the study...
January 7, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072621/risk-stratification-of-pediatric-patients-with-neuroblastoma-using-volumetric-parameters-of-18f-fdg-and-18f-dopa-pet-ct
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Chia-Ju Liu, Meng-Yao Lu, Yen-Lin Liu, Chi-Lun Ko, Kuan-Yin Ko, Kai-Yuan Tzen, Hsiu-Hao Chang, Yung-Li Yang, Shiann-Tarng Jou, Wen-Ming Hsu, Ruoh-Fang Yen
PURPOSE: This study determined the prognostic value of volumetric parameters derived from pretreatment F-FDG and F-DOPA PET/CT of neuroblastoma and their correlation with clinical and histopathologic features. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 25 children with neuroblastoma underwent pretreatment F-FDG and F-DOPA PET/CT within 4 weeks. The SUVmax of primary tumors on F-FDG and F-DOPA PET were recorded as SUVFDG and SUVDOPA, respectively. For volumetric parameters of primary tumors, 40% of SUVmax was used to generate volume of interest...
January 9, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070645/middle-cerebral-artery-aneurysms-with-intracerebral-hematoma-the-impact-of-side-and-volume-on-final-outcome
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Ondrej Navratil, Kamil Duris, Vilem Juran, Eduard Neuman, Karel Svoboda, Martin Smrcka
BACKGROUND: Middle cerebral artery aneurysms (MCA aneurysms) belong to the most frequent type of intracranial aneurysms forming an intracerebral hematoma. The consequences of the hematoma-the laterality, the impact of ICH volume and size of the aneurysm with the final outcome of these patients had not been studied in detail in this location, and we focused on the analysis of these factors. METHODS: Patients with MCA aneurysms and associated intracerebral hematomas with a volume ≥10 ml were studied; these were treated from January 2006 to December 2015...
January 9, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068491/bioavailabilty-of-nutrients-and-micronutrients-advances-in-modeling-and-in-vitro-approaches
#19
Sébastien Marze
The bioavailability of food nutrients and microconstituents is recognized as a determinant factor for optimal health status. However, human and animal studies are expensive and limited by the large amount of potential food bioactive compounds. The search for alternatives is very active and raises many questions.Onone hand, in vitro digestion systems are good candidates, but to date only bioaccessibility has been correctly assessed. To go further, to what degree should natural processes be reproduced? What techniques can be used to measure the changes in food properties and structures in situ in a noninvasive way? On the other hand, modeling approaches have good potential, but their development is time-consuming...
January 4, 2017: Annual Review of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068308/the-association-between-weight-height-and-head-circumference-reconsidered
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Christiane Scheffler, Holle Greil, Michael Hermanussen
BACKGROUND: Under normal nutritional and health conditions, body height, weight and head circumference are significantly related. We hypothesize that the apparent general association between weight, height and head circumference of the growing child might be misleading. METHODS: We re-analyzed data of 7444 boys and 7375 girls measured in East-Germany between 1986 and 1990, aged from 0 to 7 years with measurements of body length/height, leg length, sitting height, biacromial shoulder breadth, thoracic breadth, thoracic depth, thoracic circumference, body weight, head volume, percentage of body fat, and hip skinfold vertical, using principal component analysis...
January 9, 2017: Pediatric Research
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