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Effects Of Prenatal Exposure To Bisphenol A On Fetal Lung Development, Ayten Hijazi 2016 The University of Western Ontario

Effects Of Prenatal Exposure To Bisphenol A On Fetal Lung Development, Ayten Hijazi

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Prenatal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), one of the most prevalent endocrine disrupting chemicals, is associated with lung dysfunction and diseases in later life. However, it is unknown if this association has a fetal origin. In this thesis, a series of in vivo and in vitro experiments were conducted to determine the effects of prenatal exposure to BPA on fetal lung development, and define the underlying molecular mechanisms. Environmentally relevant doses of BPA were administered to pregnant mice via diet from embryonic day (E) 7.5 to 18.5. Fetal lungs were analyzed at E18.5 for changes in structure ...


The Effect Of Mobile Self-Monitoring On Self-Care Behaviors In Heart Failure And Copd Patients: A Feasibility Study, Elizabeth Chin, Kristen Sethares, Paul Fortier, Benjamin Viall 2016 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

The Effect Of Mobile Self-Monitoring On Self-Care Behaviors In Heart Failure And Copd Patients: A Feasibility Study, Elizabeth Chin, Kristen Sethares, Paul Fortier, Benjamin Viall

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Exacerbations of heart failure (HF) and chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) are among the most costly illnesses. Patient recognition of changes in symptoms cueing imminent exacerbation is poor. Innovative strategies to improve patient symptom recognition, self-care behaviors and treatment seeking are necessary to improve overall health outcomes.

The aim of this pilot study was to test the feasibility of a wireless health monitoring device and cell phone app in 10 patients (5 with COPD and 5 with HF). This collaborative multidisciplinary study is innovative in its inclusion of the patient as an active partner in the use of technology to ...


Sustained Expression With Partial Correction Of Neutrophil Defects 5 Years After Intramuscular Raav1 Gene Therapy For Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Terence R. Flotte, Christian Mueller, Gwladys Gernoux, Alisha Gruntman, Jeffrey D. Chulay, David R. Knop, Noel G. McElvaney, Martha Campbell-Thompson, James M. Wilson 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Sustained Expression With Partial Correction Of Neutrophil Defects 5 Years After Intramuscular Raav1 Gene Therapy For Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Terence R. Flotte, Christian Mueller, Gwladys Gernoux, Alisha Gruntman, Jeffrey D. Chulay, David R. Knop, Noel G. Mcelvaney, Martha Campbell-Thompson, James M. Wilson

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is a common monogenic disorder resulting in emphysema, which is currently treated with weekly infusions of protein replacement. We previously reported achieving plasma wild-type (M) AAT concentrations at 2.5-3.8% of the therapeutic level at 1 year after intramuscular (IM) administration of 6×1012vg/kg of a recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 1 (rAAV1)-AAT vector in AAT-deficient patients, with an associated regulatory T cell (Treg) response to AAV1 capsid epitopes in the absence of any exogenous immune suppression. Here, we report sustained expression at greater than 2% of the therapeutic level for 5 years after ...


Characterization Of Respiratory Phenotype In Very Long-Chain Acyl-Coa Dehydrogenase Deficient Mice., Allison M. Keeler, Kaitlyn Desrochers, Mai K. Elmallah 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Characterization Of Respiratory Phenotype In Very Long-Chain Acyl-Coa Dehydrogenase Deficient Mice., Allison M. Keeler, Kaitlyn Desrochers, Mai K. Elmallah

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Rationale: Very Long-chain Acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (VLCAD) deficiency the most common inherited long-chain fatty acid disorder. The VLCAD enzyme catalyzes the first step of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation and loss of the enzyme results in energy deficiency as well as accumulation of long chain fatty acids. Recently, a related enzyme, Long-chain Acyl-CoA dehydrogensase (LCAD), which unlike VLCAD is not highly expressed in metabolic tissues like liver, heart and skeletal muscle, was found to be expressed in the lung and surfactant and lung dysfunction were observed in LCAD deficient mice. Respiratory distress syndrome has been described in other fatty acid oxidation disorders ...


Immune Features That Afford Protection From Clinical Disease Versus Sterilizing Immunity To Bordetella Pertussis Infection In A Nonhuman Primate Model Of Whooping Cough, Keith A. Reimann, Aaron J. Belli, Sarah Fulco, Jason M. Warfel, Rijian Wang, Lisa Cavacini, James F. Papin, Steven F. Merkel, Tod J. Merkel, Mark S. Klempner 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Immune Features That Afford Protection From Clinical Disease Versus Sterilizing Immunity To Bordetella Pertussis Infection In A Nonhuman Primate Model Of Whooping Cough, Keith A. Reimann, Aaron J. Belli, Sarah Fulco, Jason M. Warfel, Rijian Wang, Lisa Cavacini, James F. Papin, Steven F. Merkel, Tod J. Merkel, Mark S. Klempner

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

The respiratory bacterial infection caused by Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) is the only vaccine-preventable disease whose incidence has been increasing over the last 3 decades. To better understand the resurgence of this infection, a baboon animal model of pertussis infection has been developed. Naïve baboons that recover from experimental pertussis infection are resistant both to clinical disease and to airway colonization when re-challenged. In contrast, animals vaccinated with acellular pertussis vaccine and experimentally challenged do not develop disease, but airways remain colonized for 4-6 weeks. We explored the possibility that the IgG antibody response to pertussis infection is qualitatively different ...


Clinical Approach To Nonresponsive Pneumonia In Adults Diagnosed By A Primary Care Clinician: A Retrospective Study, Kiley B. Vander Wyst, Jessica J. F. Kram, Dennis J. Baumgardner 2016 Center for Urban Population Health; Aurora Health Care

Clinical Approach To Nonresponsive Pneumonia In Adults Diagnosed By A Primary Care Clinician: A Retrospective Study, Kiley B. Vander Wyst, Jessica J. F. Kram, Dennis J. Baumgardner

Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews

Purpose

Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is commonly diagnosed in the primary care setting. Management of nonresponsive pneumonia (NRP), i.e. failure to respond to CAP treatment, is not clearly understood. The purpose of this study was to describe the initial work-up and treatment of CAP in the ambulatory primary care setting and to determine relative proportion of, diagnostic approach to and treatment of NRP.

Methods

We retrospectively studied adult patients diagnosed with CAP within our large, integrated health care system from October 2006 through July 2013. Cases were defined as patients with CAP who worsened after 4 days, or did not ...


Is 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (Pcv13) Combined With 23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (Ppsv23) Superior To Ppsv23 Alone For Reducing Incidence Or Severity Of Pneumonia In Older Adults? A Clin-Iq, Starla Hayward, Lou Ann Thompson, Andrea McEachern 2016 OSU Medical Center

Is 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (Pcv13) Combined With 23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (Ppsv23) Superior To Ppsv23 Alone For Reducing Incidence Or Severity Of Pneumonia In Older Adults? A Clin-Iq, Starla Hayward, Lou Ann Thompson, Andrea Mceachern

Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews

Pneumonia infection is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In addition to the public health concerns, pneumonia also accounts for a significant cost to the health care system. Currently there are two leading vaccines targeted against Streptococcus pneumoniae: 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13). Until recently, the recommendation for adult pneumonia vaccination has been a single dose of PPSV23 for all adults aged 65 years or older. However, concerns were raised regarding the vaccine’s efficacy due to the persistent burden of pneumococcal disease in the elderly population. This paper focuses on two ...


Aligning Asthma Education Across The Continuum Of Physician Education: Impact On Clinical Metrics, Lisa Sullivan Vedder, Deborah Simpson, Jacob L. Bidwell, John R. Brill, Theresa Frederick 2016 Department of Family Medicine, Aurora UW Medical Group

Aligning Asthma Education Across The Continuum Of Physician Education: Impact On Clinical Metrics, Lisa Sullivan Vedder, Deborah Simpson, Jacob L. Bidwell, John R. Brill, Theresa Frederick

Lisa Sullivan Vedder, MD

Background: All trainees entering family medicine residency training programs after June 1, 2012, must complete the same American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements as practicing physicians. These shared requirements provide an opportunity to align physician education initiatives across the continuum focused around a clinical care topic to improve health care system metrics.

Purpose: To assess the initial effectiveness of an ABFM Asthma Part IV approved MOC module, aligned to meet residency and medical student program accreditation requirements, on health care system metrics.

Methods: An ABFM Asthma Part IV MOC module was implemented for family medicine ...


"Mi Niño Con Asma": Hispanic/Latina Mothers, Environmental Justice, And Photovoice At The Front Lines Of The Asthma Epidemic, Robin A. Evans-Agnew RN, PhD, Julie Postma RN, PhD, Lee Sledd M. Ed 2016 University of Washington Tacoma

"Mi Niño Con Asma": Hispanic/Latina Mothers, Environmental Justice, And Photovoice At The Front Lines Of The Asthma Epidemic, Robin A. Evans-Agnew Rn, Phd, Julie Postma Rn, Phd, Lee Sledd M. Ed

Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice

Asthma is an important environmental justice concern for first generation Mexican-Americans. Families experience disparities in housing conditions, access to care, and legal marginalization. Little is known about how Hispanic/Latina mothers of children with asthma navigate these oppressions.

Problem: The purpose of this paper is to describe the discourses of environmental justice of a group Hispanic/Latina caregivers of children with asthma.

Method: A photovoice design was used with Hispanic/Latina mothers (n=11) in Tacoma, Washington, to take, discuss, select and display phototexts to policymakers that communicated their experiences and opinions in managing asthma for their child. Using critical ...


Aligning Asthma Education Across The Continuum Of Physician Education: Impact On Clinical Metrics, Lisa Sullivan Vedder, Deborah Simpson, Jacob L. Bidwell, John R. Brill, Theresa Frederick 2016 Department of Family Medicine, Aurora UW Medical Group

Aligning Asthma Education Across The Continuum Of Physician Education: Impact On Clinical Metrics, Lisa Sullivan Vedder, Deborah Simpson, Jacob L. Bidwell, John R. Brill, Theresa Frederick

Deborah Simpson, PhD

Background: All trainees entering family medicine residency training programs after June 1, 2012, must complete the same American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements as practicing physicians. These shared requirements provide an opportunity to align physician education initiatives across the continuum focused around a clinical care topic to improve health care system metrics.

Purpose: To assess the initial effectiveness of an ABFM Asthma Part IV approved MOC module, aligned to meet residency and medical student program accreditation requirements, on health care system metrics.

Methods: An ABFM Asthma Part IV MOC module was implemented for family medicine ...


High Levels Of Anti-Tuberculin (Igg) Antibodies Correlate With The Blocking Of T-Cell Proliferation In Individuals With High Exposure To Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, E. J. Feris, L. Encinales, C. Awad, J. N. Stern, I. Tabansky, L. Jimenez-Alvarez, G. Ramirez-Martinez, A. Cruz-Lagunas, K. Bobadilla, E. Marquez, +6 additional authors 2016 Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

High Levels Of Anti-Tuberculin (Igg) Antibodies Correlate With The Blocking Of T-Cell Proliferation In Individuals With High Exposure To Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, E. J. Feris, L. Encinales, C. Awad, J. N. Stern, I. Tabansky, L. Jimenez-Alvarez, G. Ramirez-Martinez, A. Cruz-Lagunas, K. Bobadilla, E. Marquez, +6 Additional Authors

Journal Articles

OBJECTIVES: To determine the effect of anti-tuberculin antibodies in the T-cell proliferation in response to tuberculin and Candida antigens in individuals with different levels of tuberculosis (TB) risk. METHODS: Sixteen high-risk TB individuals, 30 with an intermediate TB risk (group A), and 45 with a low TB risk (group B), as well as 49 control individuals, were studied. Tuberculin skin test (TST) results were analyzed and serum levels of antibodies (IgG and IgM) against purified protein derivative (PPD) were measured by ELISA. Tuberculin and Candida antigens were used to stimulate T-cell proliferation in the presence of human AB serum or ...


Lung Cancer And Mesothelioma, Jeffrey A. Gordon, Elizabeth Kurian, Arash Bedayat, Ali Akalin, Karl Uy, Richard S. Pieters 2015 UMass Memorial Health Care

Lung Cancer And Mesothelioma, Jeffrey A. Gordon, Elizabeth Kurian, Arash Bedayat, Ali Akalin, Karl Uy, Richard S. Pieters

Cancer Concepts: A Guidebook for the Non-Oncologist

This chapter in Cancer Concepts: A Guidebook for the Non-Oncologist presents an overview of lung cancer and mesothelioma, including epidemiology, etiology, screening, pathology, staging, and treatment.


Pulmonary Imaging To Better Understand Asthma, Sarah Svenningsen 2015 The University of Western Ontario

Pulmonary Imaging To Better Understand Asthma, Sarah Svenningsen

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Asthma is characterized using the spirometry measurement of the forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1). Simple and inexpensive, FEV1 provides a global estimate of lung function but this metric cannot regionally identify airways responsible for airflow limitation, asthma symptoms or control. Work that brought about an understanding that airway abnormalities are heterogeneously distributed within the lung in asthma patients has motivated the development of pulmonary imaging approaches, such as hyperpolarized helium-3 (3He) and xenon-129 (129Xe) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These methods provide a way to visualize and quantify lung regions accessed by gas during a ...


Aligning Asthma Education Across The Continuum Of Physician Education: Impact On Clinical Metrics, Lisa Sullivan Vedder, Deborah Simpson, Jacob L. Bidwell, John R. Brill, Theresa Frederick 2015 Department of Family Medicine, Aurora UW Medical Group

Aligning Asthma Education Across The Continuum Of Physician Education: Impact On Clinical Metrics, Lisa Sullivan Vedder, Deborah Simpson, Jacob L. Bidwell, John R. Brill, Theresa Frederick

Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews

Background: All trainees entering family medicine residency training programs after June 1, 2012, must complete the same American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements as practicing physicians. These shared requirements provide an opportunity to align physician education initiatives across the continuum focused around a clinical care topic to improve health care system metrics.

Purpose: To assess the initial effectiveness of an ABFM Asthma Part IV approved MOC module, aligned to meet residency and medical student program accreditation requirements, on health care system metrics.

Methods: An ABFM Asthma Part IV MOC module was implemented for family medicine ...


Cotton Rat Immune Responses To Virus-Like Particles Containing The Pre-Fusion Form Of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Fusion Protein, Lori McGinnes Cullen, Jorge C. G. Blanco, Trudy G. Morrison 2015 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Cotton Rat Immune Responses To Virus-Like Particles Containing The Pre-Fusion Form Of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Fusion Protein, Lori Mcginnes Cullen, Jorge C. G. Blanco, Trudy G. Morrison

Open Access Articles

BACKGROUND: Virus-like particles (VLPs) based on Newcastle disease virus (NDV) core proteins, M and NP, and containing two chimera proteins, F/F and H/G, composed of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) fusion protein (F) and glycoprotein (G) ectodomains fused to the transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains of the NDV F and HN proteins, respectively, stimulate durable, protective anti-RSV neutralizing antibodies in mice. Furthermore, immunization of mice with a VLP containing a F/F chimera protein with modifications previously reported to stabilize the pre-fusion form of the RSV F protein resulted in significantly improved neutralizing antibody titers over VLPs containing the ...


Burden Of Asthma Among Children In A Developing Megacity: Childhood Asthma Study, Pakistan., Adeel Khan, Sana Tanzil, Tanzil Jamali, Afshan Shahid, Shahla Naeem, Ambreen Sahito, Anwar Siddiqui, Asaad Nafees, Zafar Fatmi 2015 Aga Khan University

Burden Of Asthma Among Children In A Developing Megacity: Childhood Asthma Study, Pakistan., Adeel Khan, Sana Tanzil, Tanzil Jamali, Afshan Shahid, Shahla Naeem, Ambreen Sahito, Anwar Siddiqui, Asaad Nafees, Zafar Fatmi

Zafar Fatmi

OBJECTIVES: Global burden of childhood asthma has increased in the past few decades, particularly in low-income countries. In Pakistan, there is a lack of community-based epidemiological studies estimating the burden of asthma among children. This study determined the prevalence and predictors of asthma among children 3-17 years of age in Karachi, Pakistan. METHODS: A two-stage community-based representative cross-sectional survey was conducted in Karachi from March 2012 to April 2013 comprising 1046 children aged 3-17 years. Of 7500 clusters, 80 were randomly selected, and of these, 15 children per cluster were enrolled randomly. A translated and pre-tested version of International Study ...


Hyperpolarized 129xe Magnetic Resonance Imaging Of Radiation-Induced Lung Injury, Ozkan Doganay 2015 The University of Western Ontario

Hyperpolarized 129xe Magnetic Resonance Imaging Of Radiation-Induced Lung Injury, Ozkan Doganay

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Lung cancer is the largest contributor to cancer-related mortality worldwide. Only 20% of stage III non-small cell lung cancer patients survive after 5-years post radiation therapy (RT). Although RT is an important treatment modality for lung cancer, it is limited by Radiation-Induced Lung Injury (RILI). RILI develops in two phases: (i) the early phase (days-weeks) referred to radiation pneumonitis (RP), and (ii) the late phase (months). There is a strong interest in early detection of RP using imaging to improve outcomes of RT for lung cancer. This thesis describes a promising approach based on 129Xe gas as a contrast ...


Solid Fuel Use Is A Major Risk Factor For Acute Coronary Syndromes Among Rural Women: A Matched Case Control Study, Zafar Fatmi, D. Coggon, A. Kazi, M. Kadir, N. Sathiakumar 2015 Aga Khan University

Solid Fuel Use Is A Major Risk Factor For Acute Coronary Syndromes Among Rural Women: A Matched Case Control Study, Zafar Fatmi, D. Coggon, A. Kazi, M. Kadir, N. Sathiakumar

Zafar Fatmi

OBJECTIVES: Almost half of the world's population uses solid fuel for cooking, exposing women to high levels of particulate pollution in indoor air. The risk of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) was assessed among rural women, according to their use of solid fuel.STUDY DESIGN: Matched case control study.METHODS: Data were collected at a public tertiary care hospital in a rural district of Pakistan. Seventy-three women with ACS were compared with controls, individually matched for sex and age (± 5 years), who were admitted to hospital for other reasons. Fuels used for cooking and exposures to potentially confounding variables were ...


Indoor Air Pollution (Pm2.5) Due To Secondhand Smoke In Selected Hospitality And Entertainment Venues Of Karachi, Pakistan, Asaad Nafees, Tahir Taj, Muhammad Kadir, Zafar Fatmi, Kiyoung Lee, Nalini Sathiakumar 2015 Aga Khan University

Indoor Air Pollution (Pm2.5) Due To Secondhand Smoke In Selected Hospitality And Entertainment Venues Of Karachi, Pakistan, Asaad Nafees, Tahir Taj, Muhammad Kadir, Zafar Fatmi, Kiyoung Lee, Nalini Sathiakumar

Zafar Fatmi

Objective : To determine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 μm (PM2.5) levels at various hospitality and entertainment venues of Karachi, Pakistan. Methods : This was a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted at various locations in Karachi, during July 2009. Sampling was performed at 20 enclosed public places, including hospitality (restaurants and cafés) and entertainment (snooker/billiard clubs and gaming zones) venues. PM2.5 levels were measured using an aerosol monitor. Results : All entertainment venues had higher indoor PM2.5 levels as compared to the immediate outdoors. The indoor PM2.5 levels ranged from 25 to 390 μg/m3 and the outdoor ...


Situation Analysis Of Child Labour In Karachi, Pakistan: A Qualitative Study, Asaad Nafees, Kausar Khan, Zafar Fatmi, Mubashir Aslam 2015 Aga Khan University

Situation Analysis Of Child Labour In Karachi, Pakistan: A Qualitative Study, Asaad Nafees, Kausar Khan, Zafar Fatmi, Mubashir Aslam

Zafar Fatmi

In Karachi, large employment opportunities, burgeoning population and the availability of cheap labour might be the contributing factors for the increasing prevalence of child labour. A literature review was conducted in 2007 that included published and unpublished literature since 2000. Various organizations working in the field were also covered, while the perception of the child labourers was covered through three focus group discussions. Common health issues among the child labourers in Karachi included respiratory illnesses, fever and generalised pains, as well as drug and sexual abuse. Organisations working for child labour could be broadly categorised into those working for legal ...


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