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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820134/patterns-of-human-plague-in-uganda-2008-2016
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Joseph D Forrester, Titus Apangu, Kevin Griffith, Sarah Acayo, Brook Yockey, John Kaggwa, Kiersten J Kugeler, Martin Schriefer, Christopher Sexton, C Ben Beard, Gordian Candini, Janet Abaru, Bosco Candia, Jimmy Felix Okoth, Harriet Apio, Lawrence Nolex, Geoffrey Ezama, Robert Okello, Linda Atiku, Joseph Mpanga, Paul S Mead
Plague is a highly virulent fleaborne zoonosis that occurs throughout many parts of the world; most suspected human cases are reported from resource-poor settings in sub-Saharan Africa. During 2008-2016, a combination of active surveillance and laboratory testing in the plague-endemic West Nile region of Uganda yielded 255 suspected human plague cases; approximately one third were laboratory confirmed by bacterial culture or serology. Although the mortality rate was 7% among suspected cases, it was 26% among persons with laboratory-confirmed plague...
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820012/effect-of-rotational-prosthetic-alignment-variation-on-tibiofemoral-contact-pressure-distribution-and-joint-kinematics-in-total-knee-replacement
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Xin Xie, Roy Rusly, John D DesJardins, Frank Voss, Kim Chillag, Martine LaBerge
In total knee replacement surgery, implant alignment is one of the most important criteria for successful long-term clinical outcome. During total knee replacement implantation, femoral and tibial alignment are determined through appropriate bone resections, which could vary based on patient anatomy, implant design and surgical technique and further influence loading conditions and clinical outcomes. The current research focused on three critical alignment parameters for total knee replacement insertion: femoral component internal/external (I/E) rotation, varus-valgus tibiofemoral angulation and posterior tibial slope...
August 1, 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818643/combined-effects-of-oil-exposure-temperature-and-ultraviolet-radiation-on-buoyancy-and-oxygen-consumption-of-embryonic-mahi-mahi-coryphaena-hippurus
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Christina Pasparakis, Lauren E Sweet, John D Stieglitz, Daniel Benetti, Conrad T Casente, Aaron P Roberts, Martin Grosell
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred in the summer of 2010 and coincided with the spawning window of the ecologically and economically important pelagic fish mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus). During summer months, early life stage mahi-mahi were likely also exposed to other naturally occurring stressors such as increased temperature and ultraviolet radiation (UV). Previous research has shown that co-exposure to oil and additional natural stressors can affect the timing and duration of negative buoyancy in mahi-mahi embryos...
August 5, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818518/seladelpar-mbx-8025-a-selective-ppar-%C3%AE-agonist-in-patients-with-primary-biliary-cholangitis-with-an-inadequate-response-to-ursodeoxycholic-acid-a-double-blind-randomised-placebo-controlled-phase-2-proof-of-concept-study
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David Jones, Pol F Boudes, Mark G Swain, Christopher L Bowlus, Michael R Galambos, Bruce R Bacon, Yvonne Doerffel, Norman Gitlin, Stuart C Gordon, Joseph A Odin, David Sheridan, Markus-Alexander Wörns, Virginia Clark, Linsey Corless, Heinz Hartmann, Mark E Jonas, Andreas E Kremer, George F Mells, Peter Buggisch, Bradley L Freilich, Cynthia Levy, John M Vierling, David E Bernstein, Marek Hartleb, Ewa Janczewska, Fedja Rochling, Hemant Shah, Mitchell L Shiffman, John H Smith, Yun-Jung Choi, Alexandra Steinberg, Monika Varga, Harinder Chera, Robert Martin, Charles A McWherter, Gideon M Hirschfield
BACKGROUND: Many patients with primary biliary cholangitis have an inadequate response to first-line therapy with ursodeoxycholic acid. Seladelpar is a potent, selective agonist for the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-delta (PPAR-δ), which is implicated in bile acid homoeostasis. This first-in-class study evaluated the anti-cholestatic effects and safety of seladelpar in patients with an inadequate response to ursodeoxycholic acid. METHODS: The study was a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 2 trial of patients with alkaline phosphatase of at least 1·67 times the upper limit of normal (ULN) despite treatment with ursodeoxycholic acid...
August 14, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818389/common-and-variable-clinical-histological-and-imaging-findings-of-recessive-ryr1-related-centronuclear-myopathy-patients
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Osorio Abath Neto, Cristiane de Araújo Martins Moreno, Edoardo Malfatti, Sandra Donkervoort, Johann Böhm, Júlio Brandão Guimarães, A Reghan Foley, Payam Mohassel, Jahannaz Dastgir, Diana Xerxes Bharucha-Goebel, Soledad Monges, Fabiana Lubieniecki, James Collins, Līvija Medne, Mariarita Santi, Sabrina Yum, Brenda Banwell, Emmanuelle Salort-Campana, John Rendu, Julien Fauré, Uluc Yis, Bruno Eymard, Chrystel Cheraud, Raphaël Schneider, Julie Thompson, Xaviere Lornage, Lilia Mesrob, Doris Lechner, Anne Boland, Jean-François Deleuze, Umbertina Conti Reed, Acary Souza Bulle Oliveira, Valérie Biancalana, Norma B Romero, Carsten G Bönnemann, Jocelyn Laporte, Edmar Zanoteli
Mutations in RYR1 give rise to diverse skeletal muscle phenotypes, ranging from classical central core disease to susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia. Next-generation sequencing has recently shown that RYR1 is implicated in a wide variety of additional myopathies, including centronuclear myopathy. In this work, we established an international cohort of 21 patients from 18 families with autosomal recessive RYR1-related centronuclear myopathy, to better define the clinical, imaging, and histological spectrum of this disorder...
May 30, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815660/absorption-and-tolerability-of-taste-masked-hydrocortisone-granules-in-neonates-infants-and-children-under-6-years-of-age-with-adrenal-insufficiency
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Uta Neumann, Martin J Whitaker, Susanna Wiegand, Heiko Krude, John Porter, Madhu Davies, Dena Digweed, Bernard Voet, Richard J Ross, Oliver Blankenstein
OBJECTIVES: There is no licensed, dose-appropriate formulation of hydrocortisone for children with adrenal insufficiency (AI) and patients rely on compounded adult medication. The aim of this study was to evaluate the absorption, palatability and safety of Infacort(®) , an immediate-release, granule formulation of hydrocortisone with taste masking. STUDY DESIGN: Single site with satellites attended by a "flying" doctor from investigator site. Open-label, single-dose study in three consecutive child cohorts (n=24) with AI; Cohort 1, children aged 2 to <6 years (n=12); Cohort 2, infants aged 28 days to <2 years (n=6); Cohort 3, neonates aged 1 to <28 days (n=6)...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815363/the-use-of-natural-language-processing-on-pediatric-diagnostic-radiology-reports-in-the-electronic-health-record-to-identify-deep-venous-thrombosis-in-children
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Jorge A Gálvez, Janine M Pappas, Luis Ahumada, John N Martin, Allan F Simpao, Mohamed A Rehman, Char Witmer
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a potentially life-threatening condition that includes both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. We sought to improve detection and reporting of children with a new diagnosis of VTE by applying natural language processing (NLP) tools to radiologists' reports. We validated an NLP tool, Reveal NLP (Health Fidelity Inc, San Mateo, CA) and inference rules engine's performance in identifying reports with deep venous thrombosis using a curated set of ultrasound reports...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815316/health-related-quality-of-life-associated-with-regorafenib-treatment-in-refractory-advanced-gastric-adenocarcinoma
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Andrew J Martin, Emma Gibbs, Katrin Sjoquist, Nick Pavlakis, John Simes, Tim Price, Jenny Shannon, Sanjeev Gill, Vikram Jain, Geoffrey Liu, George Kannourakis, Yeul Hong Kim, Jin Won Kim, David Goldstein
BACKGROUND: The INTEGRATE phase II multinational randomized controlled trial demonstrated the activity of regorafenib on progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with refractory advanced gastric adenocarcinoma. We sought to evaluate whether these PFS gains had the potential to be offset by quality of life (QoL) impacts from treatment side effects and to thereby determine the appropriateness of continuing development to phase III. METHODS: QoL was assessed in INTEGRATE at baseline and at each 4 weeks thereafter, until discontinuation of study treatment, using the QLQ-C30, STO22, and EQ-5D questionnaires...
August 16, 2017: Gastric Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814969/the-role-of-open-abdomen-in-non-trauma-patient-wses-consensus-paper
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Federico Coccolini, Giulia Montori, Marco Ceresoli, Fausto Catena, Ernest E Moore, Rao Ivatury, Walter Biffl, Andrew Peitzman, Raul Coimbra, Sandro Rizoli, Yoram Kluger, Fikri M Abu-Zidan, Massimo Sartelli, Marc De Moya, George Velmahos, Gustavo Pereira Fraga, Bruno M Pereira, Ari Leppaniemi, Marja A Boermeester, Andrew W Kirkpatrick, Ron Maier, Miklosh Bala, Boris Sakakushev, Vladimir Khokha, Manu Malbrain, Vanni Agnoletti, Ignacio Martin-Loeches, Michael Sugrue, Salomone Di Saverio, Ewen Griffiths, Kjetil Soreide, John E Mazuski, Addison K May, Philippe Montravers, Rita Maria Melotti, Michele Pisano, Francesco Salvetti, Gianmariano Marchesi, Tino M Valetti, Thomas Scalea, Osvaldo Chiara, Jeffry L Kashuk, Luca Ansaloni
The open abdomen (OA) is defined as intentional decision to leave the fascial edges of the abdomen un-approximated after laparotomy (laparostomy). The abdominal contents are potentially exposed and therefore must be protected with a temporary coverage, which is referred to as temporal abdominal closure (TAC). OA use remains widely debated with many specific details deserving detailed assessment and clarification. To date, in patients with intra-abdominal emergencies, the OA has not been formally endorsed for routine utilization; although, utilization is seemingly increasing...
2017: World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813461/epidemiology-of-clostridium-difficile-in-infants-in-oxfordshire-uk-risk-factors-for-colonization-and-carriage-and-genetic-overlap-with-regional-c-difficile-infection-strains
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Nicole Stoesser, David W Eyre, T Phuong Quan, Heather Godwin, Gemma Pill, Emily Mbuvi, Alison Vaughan, David Griffiths, Jessica Martin, Warren Fawley, Kate E Dingle, Sarah Oakley, Kazimierz Wanelik, John M Finney, Melina Kachrimanidou, Catrin E Moore, Sherwood Gorbach, Thomas V Riley, Derrick W Crook, Tim E A Peto, Mark H Wilcox, A Sarah Walker
BACKGROUND: Approximately 30-40% of children <1 year of age are Clostridium difficile colonized, and may represent a reservoir for adult C. difficile infections (CDI). Risk factors for colonization with toxigenic versus non-toxigenic C. difficile strains and longitudinal acquisition dynamics in infants remain incompletely characterized. METHODS: Predominantly healthy infants (≤2 years) were recruited in Oxfordshire, UK, and provided ≥1 fecal samples. Independent risk factors for toxigenic/non-toxigenic C...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812661/human-population-growth-offsets-climate-driven-increase-in-woody-vegetation-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Martin Brandt, Kjeld Rasmussen, Josep Peñuelas, Feng Tian, Guy Schurgers, Aleixandre Verger, Ole Mertz, John R B Palmer, Rasmus Fensholt
The rapidly growing human population in sub-Saharan Africa generates increasing demand for agricultural land and forest products, which presumably leads to deforestation. Conversely, a greening of African drylands has been reported, but this has been difficult to associate with changes in woody vegetation. There is thus an incomplete understanding of how woody vegetation responds to socio-economic and environmental change. Here we used a passive microwave Earth observation data set to document two different trends in land area with woody cover for 1992-2011: 36% of the land area (6,870,000 km(2)) had an increase in woody cover largely in drylands, and 11% had a decrease (2,150,000 km(2)), mostly in humid zones...
March 6, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812589/connecting-earth-observation-to-high-throughput-biodiversity-data
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Alex Bush, Rahel Sollmann, Andreas Wilting, Kristine Bohmann, Beth Cole, Heiko Balzter, Christopher Martius, András Zlinszky, Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer, Christina A Cobbold, Terence P Dawson, Brent C Emerson, Simon Ferrier, M Thomas P Gilbert, Martin Herold, Laurence Jones, Fabian H Leendertz, Louise Matthews, James D A Millington, John R Olson, Otso Ovaskainen, Dave Raffaelli, Richard Reeve, Mark-Oliver Rödel, Torrey W Rodgers, Stewart Snape, Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, Alfried P Vogler, Piran C L White, Martin J Wooster, Douglas W Yu
Understandably, given the fast pace of biodiversity loss, there is much interest in using Earth observation technology to track biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services. However, because most biodiversity is invisible to Earth observation, indicators based on Earth observation could be misleading and reduce the effectiveness of nature conservation and even unintentionally decrease conservation effort. We describe an approach that combines automated recording devices, high-throughput DNA sequencing and modern ecological modelling to extract much more of the information available in Earth observation data...
June 22, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812242/physiologie-humaine-appliqu%C3%A3-e-2nde-%C3%A3-dition-claude-martin-bruno-riou-beno%C3%A3-t-vallet-editions-arnette-john-libbey-eurotext-paris-2017-isbn-978-2-7184-1421-8
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Athanase Courbe
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August 15, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811957/mapping-the-human-t-cell-repertoire-to-recurrent-driver-mutations-in-myd88-and-ezh2-in-lymphoma
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Julie S Nielsen, Andrew R Chang, Darin A Wick, Colin G Sedgwick, Zusheng Zong, Andrew J Mungall, Spencer D Martin, Natalie N Kinloch, Susann Ott-Langer, Zabrina L Brumme, Steven P Treon, Joseph M Connors, Randy D Gascoyne, John R Webb, Brian R Berry, Ryan D Morin, Nicol Macpherson, Brad H Nelson
Oncogenic "driver" mutations are theoretically attractive targets for the immunotherapy of lymphoid cancers, yet the proportion that can be recognized by T cells remains poorly defined. To address this issue without any confounding effects of the patient's immune system, we assessed T cells from 19 healthy donors for recognition of three common driver mutations in lymphoma: MYD88(L265P), EZH2(Y641F) , and EZH2(Y641N) . Donors collectively expressed the 10 most prevalent HLA class I alleles, including HLA-A*02:01...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808668/physician-preferences-for-aggressive-treatment-at-the-end-of-life-and-area-level-health-care-spending-the-johns-hopkins-precursors-study
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Joseph J Gallo, Martin S Andersen, Seungyoung Hwang, Lucy Meoni, Ravishankar Jayadevappa
Objective: To determine whether physician preferences for end-of-life care were associated with variation in health care spending. Method: We studied 737 physicians who completed the life-sustaining treatment questionnaire in 1999 and were linked to end-of-life care data for the years 1999 to 2009 from Medicare-eligible beneficiaries from the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care (in hospital-related regions [HRRs]). Using latent class analysis to group physician preferences for end-of-life treatment into most, intermediate, and least aggressive categories, we examined how physician preferences were associated with health care spending over a 7-year period...
January 2017: Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808058/reductions-in-the-mitochondrial-abc-transporter-abcb10-affect-the-transcriptional-profile-of-heme-biosynthesis-genes
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Alexandra Seguin, Naoko Takahashi-Makise, Yvette Y Yien, Nicholas C Huston, Jared C Whitman, Gabriel Musso, Jared A Wallace, Thomas Bradley, Hector Bergonia, Martin D Kafina, Mitsuyo Matsumoto, Kazuhiko Igarashi, John D Phillips, Barry H Paw, Jerry Kaplan, Diane M Ward
ATP-binding cassette subfamily B member 10 (Abcb10) is a mitochondrial ABC transporter that complexes with mitoferrin1 and ferrochelatase to enhance heme biosynthesis in developing red blood cells. Reductions in Abcb10 levels have been shown to reduce mitoferrin1 protein levels and iron import into mitochondria resulting in reduced heme biosynthesis. As an ABC transporter, Abcb10 binds and hydrolyzes ATP, but its transported substrate is unknown. Here, we determined that decreases in Abcb10 did not result in protoporphyrin IX accumulation in morphant treated zebrafish embryos nor in differentiated Abcb10-specific shRNA murine Friend erythroleukemia (MEL) cells in which Abcb10 was specifically silenced with shRNA...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807718/autonomic-regulation-of-systemic-inflammation-in-humans-a-multi-center-blinded-observational-cohort-study
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Gareth L Ackland, Gary Minto, Martin Clark, John Whittle, Robert Cm Stephens, Thomas Owen, Pradeep Prabhu, Ana Gutierrez Del Arroyo
OBJECTIVE: Experimental animal models demonstrate that autonomic activity regulates systemic inflammation. By contrast, human studies are limited in number and exclusively use heart rate variability (HRV) as an index of cardiac autonomic regulation. HRV measures are primarily dependent on, and need to be corrected for, heart rate. Thus, independent autonomic measures are required to confirm HRV-based findings. Here, the authors sought to replicate the findings of preceding HRV-based studies by using HRV-independent, exercise-evoked sympathetic and parasympathetic measures of cardiac autonomic regulation to examine the relationship between autonomic function and systemic inflammation...
August 11, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806082/the-discovery-of-novel-antimalarial-aminoxadiazoles-as-a-promising-nonendoperoxide-scaffold
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Elena Sandoval, María José Lafuente-Monasterio, María J Almela, Pablo Castañeda, María Belén Jiménez Díaz, María S Martínez-Martínez, Jaume Vidal, Íñigo Angulo-Barturen, Paul Bamborough, Jeremy Burrows, Nicholas Cammack, María J Chaparro, José M Coterón, Cristina de Cozar, Benigno Crespo, Beatriz Díaz, Gerard Drewes, Esther Fernández, Santiago Ferrer-Bazaga, María Teresa Fraile, Francisco J Gamo, Sonja Ghidelli-Disse, Rubén Gómez, John Haselden, Sophie Huss, María Luisa León, Jaime de Mercado, Simon J F Macdonald, José Ignacio Martín Hernando, Sara Prats, Margarita Puente, Anne Rodríguez, Juan C de la Rosa, Lourdes Rueda, Carolyn Selenski, Paul Willis, David M Wilson, Michael Witty, Félix Calderón
Since the appearance of resistance to the current front-line antimalarial treatments, ACTs (artemisinin combination therapies), the discovery of novel chemical entities to treat the disease is recognized as a major global health priority. From the GSK antimalarial set, we identified an aminoxadiazole with an antiparasitic profile comparable with artemisinin (1), with no cross-resistance in a resistant strains panel and a potential new mode of action. A medicinal chemistry program allowed delivery of compounds such as 19 with high solubility in aqueous media, an acceptable toxicological profile, and oral efficacy...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800727/a-phased-snp-based-classification-of-sickle-cell-anemia-hbb-haplotypes
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Elmutaz M Shaikho, John J Farrell, Abdulrahman Alsultan, Hatem Qutub, Amein K Al-Ali, Maria Stella Figueiredo, David H K Chui, Lindsay A Farrer, George J Murphy, Gustavo Mostoslavsky, Paola Sebastiani, Martin H Steinberg
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell anemia causes severe complications and premature death. Five common β-globin gene cluster haplotypes are each associated with characteristic fetal hemoglobin (HbF) levels. As HbF is the major modulator of disease severity, classifying patients according to haplotype is useful. The first method of haplotype classification used restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) to detect single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the β-globin gene cluster. This is labor intensive, and error prone...
August 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800031/risk-factors-for-development-of-melanoma-brain-metastasis-and-disease-progression-a-single-center-retrospective-analysis
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Laura J Gardner, Morgan Ward, Robert H I Andtbacka, Kenneth M Boucher, Glen M Bowen, Tawnya L Bowles, Adam L Cohen, Kenneth Grossmann, Ying J Hitchcock, Sheri L Holmen, John Hyngstrom, Hung Khong, Martin McMahon, Marcus M Monroe, Carolyn B Ross, Gita Suneja, David Wada, Douglas Grossman
Melanoma metastasis to the brain is associated with a poor prognosis. We sought to determine patient demographics and primary tumor factors associated with the development of brain metastasis (BM) and survival. We also investigated whether the BM detection setting (routine screening vs. symptomatic presentation) affected clinical outcomes. A database of melanoma patients seen from 1999 to 2015 at our institution was reviewed to identify patients who developed BM. Patients with BM were matched by initial stage with patients who did not develop BM as a control group...
August 10, 2017: Melanoma Research
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