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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458193/attenuation-of-neuro-inflammation-improves-survival-and-neurodegeneration-in-a-mouse-model-of-severe-neonatal-hyperbilirubinemia
#1
Simone Vodret, Giulia Bortolussi, Alessandra Iaconcig, Elena Martinelli, Claudio Tiribelli, Andrés F Muro
All pre-term newborns and a high proportion of term newborns develop neonatal jaundice. Neonatal jaundice is usually a benign condition and self-resolves within few days after birth. However, a combination of unfavorable complications may lead to acute hyperbilirubinemia. Excessive hyperbilirubinemia may be toxic for the developing nervous system leading to severe neurological damage and death by kernicterus. Survivors show irreversible neurological deficits such as motor, sensitive and cognitive abnormalities...
February 16, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458156/how-to-isolate-identify-and-determine-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-anaerobic-bacteria-in-routine-laboratories
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REVIEW
Elisabeth Nagy, Lyudmila Boyanova, Ulrik S Justesen
BACKGROUND: There has been an increased interest in the study of anaerobic bacteria, which cause human infection during the past decade. Many new genera and species have been described by to use 16S rRNA gene sequencing of clinical isolates obtained from different infection sites with commercially available special culture media to support the growth of anaerobes. Several systems, such as anaerobic pouches, boxes, jars and chambers provide suitable anaerobic culture conditions to isolate even strict anaerobic bacteria successfully from clinical specimens...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458095/rapid-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-detection-of-coeliac-disease-risk-alleles
#3
Michael Erlichster, Jason A Tye-Din, Michael D Varney, Efstratios Skafidas, Patrick Kwan
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genotyping has become a useful investigation in the diagnostic work-up of coeliac disease (CD), with utility in risk stratification and screening. However, broad application of this technology has been hindered by the cost and time burden of conventional laboratory-based assays. We have developed and validated CD-loop-mediated isothermal amplification (CD-LAMP), a LAMP assay, which enables rapid identification of the signature CD risk genotypes, HLA-DQ2.5, HLA-DQ8, HLA-DQ2.2, and HLA-DQA1*05...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457869/assessment-of-the-spectrum-of-hepatic-encephalopathy-a-multi-center-study
#4
Bradley Reuter, Kara Walter, Julien Bissonnette, Michael D Leise, Jennifer Lai, Puneeta Tandon, Patrick S Kamath, Scott W Biggins, Christopher F Rose, James B Wade, Jasmohan S Bajaj
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a major cause of morbidity in cirrhosis. However its severity assessment is often subjective, which needs to be studied systematically. AIM: To determine how accurately trainee and non-trainee practitioners grade and manage HE patients throughout its severity. METHODS: We performed a survey study using standardized simulated patient videos at 4 US and 3 Canadian centers. Participants were trainees (gastroenterology/hepatology fellows) and non-trainees (faculty, nurse practitioners, physician assistants)...
February 19, 2018: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456949/clarithromycin-in-the-management-of-chronic-rhinosinusitis-preliminary-results-of-a-possible-its-new-use
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F Sireci, R Speciale, S Gallina, R Sorrentino, F R Canevari
The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of prolonged therapy with low-dose clarithromycin in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with polyps (CRSwP) after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). A total of 10 patients with CRSwP were identified and subjected to bilateral ESS. In post-operative patients they were treated with nasal wash with saline solution and steroid sprays (beclomethasone). During follow-up, after 30-40 days after the operation (M = 35.4 SD = +4.33), patients reported a worsening of symptoms with onset of nasal obstruction; reduction/loss of smell; headache; onset of viscous secretions and therefore all patients continued therapy with saline nasal irrigation, topical steroid therapy and started macrolide (clarithromycin 500 mg/pill: 1 pill/day for 3 days a week for 1 month)...
March 2018: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456501/recommendations-for-the-design-of-serious-games-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
#6
Grégory Ben-Sadoun, Valeria Manera, Julian Alvarez, Guillaume Sacco, Philippe Robert
The use of Serious Games (SG) in the health domain is expanding. In the field of Neurodegenerative Diseases (ND) such as Alzheimer's Disease, SG are currently employed to provide alternative solutions for patients' treatment, stimulation, and rehabilitation. The design of SG for people with ND implies collaborations between professionals in ND and professionals in SG design. As the field is quite young, professionals specialized in both ND and SG are still rare, and recommendations for the design of SG for people with ND are still missing...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455279/divergent-selection-of-pattern-recognition-receptors-in-mammals-with-different-ecological-characteristics
#7
Ran Tian, Meixiu Chen, Simin Chai, Xinghua Rong, Bingyao Chen, Wenhua Ren, Shixia Xu, Guang Yang
Pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) are specialized receptors that represent a key component of the host innate immune system. Whether molecular evolutionary history of different PRR classes have involved different genetic mechanisms underlying diverse pathogen environment in mammals, and whether distinct ecology of mammals may have imposed divergent selective pressures on the evolution of the PRRs, remained unknown. To test these hypotheses, we investigated the characterization of 20 genes belonging to four PRR classes in mammals...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455021/effect-of-dopamine-receptor-d4-drd4-haplotypes-on-general-psychopathology-in-patients-with-eating-disorders
#8
Guillermo Gervasini, Luz M González, Carmen Gamero-Villarroel, Sonia Mota-Zamorano, Juan Antonio Carrillo, Isalud Flores, Angustias Garcia-Herráiz
Among the many candidate genes analyzed in eating disorder (ED) patients, those involved in dopaminergic functions may be of special relevance, as dopamine is known to play a significant role in feeding behavior, the distortion of body image, hyperactivity and reward and reinforcement processes. We aimed to determine the effect of functional polymorphisms and haplotypes in the Dopamine Receptor D4 (DRD4) gene on general psychopathological symptoms in ED patients. Two-hundred-and-seventy-three ED patients [199 with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and 74 with Bulimia Nervosa (BN)] completed the SCL-90R inventory and were genotyped for four functional, clinically relevant DRD4 polymorphisms: three variants in the promoter region [120-bp tandem repeat (TR, long vs...
February 15, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454876/the-development-and-psychometric-validation-of-an-instrument-to-evaluate-nurses-attitudes-towards-communication-with-the-patient-aco
#9
María Del Carmen Giménez-Espert, Vicente Javier Prado-Gascó
BACKGROUND: Patient communication is a key skill for nurses involved in clinical care. Its measurement is a complex phenomenon that can be addressed through attitude evaluation. OBJECTIVES: To develop and psychometrically test a measure of nurses' attitudes towards communication with patients (ACO), to study the relationship between these dimensions, and to analyse nursing attitudes. DESIGN: To develop and psychometrically test the ACO questionnaire...
February 7, 2018: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454661/rethinking-phagocytes-clues-from-the-retina-and-testes
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REVIEW
Kristen K Penberthy, Jeffrey J Lysiak, Kodi S Ravichandran
Specialized phagocytes are a newly appreciated classification of phagocyte that currently encompasses Sertoli cells (SCs) of the testes and the retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE) of the retina. While these cells support very different tissues, they have a striking degree of similarity both as phagocytes and in ways that go beyond cell clearance. The clearance of apoptotic germ cells, cell debris, and used photoreceptor outer segments are critical functions of these cells, and the unique nature of their clearance events make specialized phagocytes uniquely suited for studying the larger implications of cell clearance in vivo...
February 14, 2018: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454289/walking-speed-measurement-with-an-ambient-measurement-system-ams-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-and-walking-impairment
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Francois Bethoux, Jonathan S Varsanik, Timothy W Chevalier, Elkan F Halpern, Darlene Stough, Zebadiah M Kimmel
BACKGROUND: Walking speed is an important measure of gait impairment in multiple sclerosis (MS). The clinical assessment of walking speed requires dedicated time, space, and personnel, and may not accurately gauge real-world performance. The term "Ambient Measurement System" (AMS) refers to a new class of device that passively measures walking speed at home, without the need for dedicated space or specialized setup. This study compared an AMS, Echo5D, versus in-clinic standard measures of walking speed on a straight path...
February 8, 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453495/comparison-of-concentrations-of-drugs-between-blood-samples-with-and-without-fluoride-additive-important-findings-for-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-and-amphetamine
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Christopher Wiedfeld, Julia Krueger, Gisela Skopp, Frank Musshoff
Fluoride is a common stabilizing agent in forensic toxicology to avoid the frequent problem of degradation of drugs in blood samples especially described for cocaine. In cases only samples with addition of fluoride are available, it is a crucial question if also concentrations of common drugs other than cocaine (amphetamines, opiates and cannabinoids) are affected by fluoride. So far, there are only rare literature data available on discrepant results especially for Δ 9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In this study, comparative analysis of positive tested paired routine plasma/serum samples (n = 375), collected at the same time point (one device with and one without fluoride), was carried out with special focus on cannabinoids...
February 17, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452625/knowledge-regarding-noncytotoxic-medication-extravasation-among-registered-nurses-working-in-western-saudi-arabia
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Mo'men Sisan, Ahmad Rayan, Soha Elmorsy, Hamza Elyan, Mosab Salahat
Extravasation and infiltration are among the most common intravenous therapy complications. For noncytotoxic agents, the incidence of extravasation remains unknown. There has been little research into extravasation due to ethical considerations limiting controlled research; most evidences are based on small, uncontrolled trials or case reports. The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge level regarding noncytotoxic medications extravasation and its associated factors among staff nurses.A descriptive correlational design using self-administered questionnaire was employed...
March 2018: Journal of Vascular Nursing: Official Publication of the Society for Peripheral Vascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452353/a-diagnostic-germ-cell-score-for-immature-testicular-tissue-at-risk-of-germ-cell-loss
#14
L Heckmann, D Langenstroth-Röwer, T Pock, J Wistuba, J-B Stukenborg, M Zitzmann, S Kliesch, S Schlatt, N Neuhaus
STUDY QUESTION: Can a systematic scoring procedure provide crucial information on the status of highly heterogeneous immature human testicular tissues in the context of cryopreservation for fertility preservation? SUMMARY ANSWER: We developed a systematic histological score as a novel diagnostic tool which differentiates the patient cohort according to the status of germ cell differentiation and number of spermatogonia (normal, diminished and absent), and which could be relevant in the fertility clinic...
February 14, 2018: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452112/molecular-diagnosis-of-protozoan-parasites-by-recombinase-polymerase-amplification
#15
A Castellanos-Gonzalez, A C White, P Melby, B Travi
Infections caused by protozoan parasites affect millions of people around the world. Traditionally, diagnosis was made by microscopy, which is insensitive and in some cases not specific. Molecular methods are highly sensitive and specific, but equipment costs and personnel training limit its availability only to specialized centers, usually far from populations with the highest risk of infection. Inexpensive methods that can be applied at the point of care (POC), especially in places with limited health infrastructure, would be a major advantage...
February 13, 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450792/examination-of-long-term-visual-memorization-capacity-in-the-clark-s-nutcracker-nucifraga-columbiana
#16
Muhammad A J Qadri, Kevin Leonard, Robert G Cook, Debbie M Kelly
Clark's nutcrackers exhibit remarkable cache recovery behavior, remembering thousands of seed locations over the winter. No direct laboratory test of their visual memory capacity, however, has yet been performed. Here, two nutcrackers were tested in an operant procedure used to measure different species' visual memory capacities. The nutcrackers were incrementally tested with an ever-expanding pool of pictorial stimuli in a two-alternative discrimination task. Each picture was randomly assigned to either a right or a left choice response, forcing the nutcrackers to memorize each picture-response association...
February 15, 2018: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448816/using-cartilage-mri-t2-mapping-to-analyze-early-cartilage-degeneration-in-the-knee-joint-of-young-professional-soccer-players
#17
Leonie Waldenmeier, Christoph Evers, Michael Uder, Rolf Janka, Frank Friedrich Hennig, Milena Liese Pachowsky, Götz Hannes Welsch
Objective To evaluate and characterize the appearance of articular cartilage in the tibiofemoral joint of young professional soccer players using T2-relaxation time evaluation on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Design In this study, we included 57 male adolescents from the youth academy of a professional soccer team. The MRI scans were acquired of the knee joint of the supporting leg. An "early unloading" (minute 0) and "late unloading" (minute 28) T2-sequence was included in the set of images...
February 1, 2018: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448634/comparison-of-the-off-target-effects-among-one-base-to-three-base-mismatched-targets-of-grna-using-a-blue-to-white-assay
#18
Qian Wang, Li Xiao, Lin Zhou, Wanping Sun, Chungen Xing, Kai Li, Nongyue He
The present study was designed to test a new strategy for comparing the off-target effects of CRISPR/cas9 employing a blue/white colony based assay. Eight types of AmpR plasmids with matched, one base mismatched, two bases mismatched and three bases mismatched targets were constructed. The wild typed alpha peptide of the beta-glactosidase gene and some with mutations, chosen as the targets, were successfully subcloned into the plasmids in an inframe pattern. The relevant gRNA and cas9 were subcloned into the ChloR plasmid...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448239/bioaccessibility-and-bioavailability-of-environmental-semi-volatile-organic-compounds-via-inhalation-a-review-of-methods-and-models
#19
REVIEW
Wenjuan Wei, Nathalie Bonvallot, Åsa Gustafsson, Gaëlle Raffy, Philippe Glorennec, Annette Krais, Olivier Ramalho, Barbara Le Bot, Corinne Mandin
Semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) present in indoor environments are known to cause adverse health effects through multiple routes of exposure. To assess the aggregate exposure, the bioaccessibility and bioavailability of SVOCs need to be determined. In this review, we discussed measurements of the bioaccessibility and bioavailability of SVOCs after inhalation. Published literature related to this issue is available for 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin and a few polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, such as benzo[a]pyrene and phenanthrene...
February 12, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447545/effects-of-wearing-lower-leg-compression-sleeves-on-locomotion-economy
#20
Eduard Kurz, Christoph Anders
The purpose of this investigation was to assess the effect of compression sleeves on muscle activation cost during locomotion. Twenty-two recreationally active men (age: 25 ± 3 years) ran on a treadmill at four different speeds (ordered sequence of 2.8, 3.3, 2.2, and 3.9 m/s). The tests were performed without (control situation, CON) and while wearing specially designed lower leg compression sleeves (SL). Myoelectric activity of five lower leg muscles (tibialis anterior, fibularis longus, lateral and medial head of gastrocnemius, and soleus) was captured using Surface EMG...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
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