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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904656/the-berlin-treatment-algorithm-recommendations-for-tailored-innovative-therapeutic-strategies-for-multiple-sclerosis-related-fatigue
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Christian Veauthier, Helge Hasselmann, Stefan M Gold, Friedemann Paul
More than 80% of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients suffer from fatigue. Despite this, there are few therapeutic options and evidence-based pharmacological treatments are lacking. The associated societal burden is substantial (MS fatigue is a major reason for part-time employment or early retirement), and at least one out of four MS patients view fatigue as the most burdensome symptom of their disease. The mechanisms underlying MS-related fatigue are poorly understood, and objective criteria for distinguishing and evaluating levels of fatigue and tiredness have not yet been developed...
2016: EPMA Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903191/cost-effectiveness-of-stereotactic-radiosurgery-versus-whole-brain-radiation-therapy-for-up-to-10-brain-metastases
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Nataniel H Lester-Coll, Arie P Dosoretz, William J Magnuson, Maxwell S Laurans, Veronica L Chiang, James B Yu
OBJECTIVE The JLGK0901 study found that stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a safe and effective treatment option for treating up to 10 brain metastases. The purpose of this study is to determine the cost-effectiveness of treating up to 10 brain metastases with SRS, whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT), or SRS and immediate WBRT (SRS+WBRT). METHODS A Markov model was developed to evaluate the cost effectiveness of SRS, WBRT, and SRS+WBRT in patients with 1 or 2-10 brain metastases. Transition probabilities were derived from the JLGK0901 study and modified according to the recurrence rates observed in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 9508 and European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) 22952-26001 studies to simulate the outcomes for patients who receive WBRT...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900341/subventricular-zone-associated-glioblastoma-a-call-for-translational-research-to-guide-clinical-decision-making
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Andrew W Smith, Bhupesh Parashar, A Gabriella Wernicke
Glioblastoma (GBM) is both the most common and the most devastating primary cancer of the central nervous system, with an expected overall survival in most patients of about 14 months. Despite extensive research, outcomes for GBM have been largely unchanged since the introduction of temozolomide in 2005. We believe that in order to achieve a breakthrough in therapeutic management, we must begin to identify subtypes of GBM, and tailor treatment to best target a particular tumor's vulnerabilities. Our group has recently produced an examination of the clinical outcomes of radiation therapy directed at tumors that contact the subventricular zone (SVZ), the 3-5 mm lateral border of the lateral ventricles that contains the largest collection of neural stem cells in the adult brain...
2016: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899404/tapping-big-data-to-help-little-patients
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Through a large-scale tumor-sequencing effort for pediatric brain cancer, researchers hope to bring personalized care to young patients.
November 29, 2016: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889394/nanotechnology-based-drug-delivery-systems-for-alzheimer-s-disease-management-technical-industrial-and-clinical-challenges
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REVIEW
Ming Ming Wen, Noha S El-Salamouni, Wessam M El-Refaie, Heba A Hazzah, Mai M Ali, Giovanni Tosi, Ragwa M Farid, Maria J Blanco-Prieto, Nashiru Billa, Amira S Hanafy
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease with high prevalence in the rapidly growing elderly population in the developing world. The currently FDA approved drugs for the management of symptomatology of AD are marketed mainly as conventional oral medications. Due to their gastrointestinal side effects and lack of brain targeting, these drugs and dosage regiments hinder patient compliance and lead to treatment discontinuation. Nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems (NTDDS) administered by different routes can be considered as promising tools to improve patient compliance and achieve better therapeutic outcomes...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886461/biomaterial-based-implantable-devices-for-cancer-therapy
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Sue Anne Chew, Serena Danti
This review article focuses on the current local therapies mediated by implanted macroscaled biomaterials available or proposed for fighting cancer and also highlights the upcoming research in this field. Several authoritative review articles have collected and discussed the state-of-the-art as well as the advancements in using biomaterial-based micro- and nano-particle systems for drug delivery in cancer therapy. On the other hand, implantable biomaterial devices are emerging as highly versatile therapeutic platforms, which deserve an increased attention by the healthcare scientific community, as they are able to offer innovative, more effective and creative strategies against tumors...
November 25, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875990/inverse-relationship-between-alzheimer-s-disease-and-cancer-and-other-factors-contributing-to-alzheimer-s-disease-a-systematic-review
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Ovais Shafi
BACKGROUND: The AD etiology is yet not properly known. Interactions among environmental factors, multiple susceptibility genes and aging, contribute to AD. This study investigates the factors that play role in causing AD and how changes in cellular pathways contribute to AD. METHODS: PUBMED database, MEDLINE database and Google Scholar were searched with no date restrictions for published articles involving cellular pathways with roles in cancers, cell survival, growth, proliferation, development, aging, and also contributing to Alzheimer's disease...
November 22, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875627/immunotherapy-approaches-in-the-treatment-of-malignant-brain-tumors
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REVIEW
Anastasie M Dunn-Pirio, Gordana Vlahovic
Glioblastoma is the most common malignant primary brain tumor. Despite standard-of-care treatment, consisting of maximal surgical resection followed by chemoradiation, both morbidity and mortality associated with this disease remain very poor. Therefore, there is an urgent need for more efficacious and well tolerated therapies. Advancing knowledge of the intricate interplay between malignant gliomas and the immune system, coupled with the recent launch of immunotherapy research for other cancers, has led to a veritable increase in immunotherapy investigation for glioblastoma and other malignant gliomas...
November 22, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873078/advances-in-decoding-breast-cancer-brain-metastasis
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Chenyu Zhang, Dihua Yu
The past decade has witnessed impressive advances in cancer treatment ushered in by targeted and immunotherapies. However, with significantly prolonged survival, upon recurrence, more patients become inflicted by brain metastasis, which is mostly refractory to all currently available therapeutic regimens. Historically, brain metastasis is an understudied area in cancer research, partly due to the dearth of appropriate experimental models that closely simulate the special biological features of metastasis in the unique brain environment and to the sophistication of techniques required to perform in-depth studies of the extremely complex and challenging brain metastasis...
November 21, 2016: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867917/health-related-quality-of-life-in-brain-tumor-patients-treated-with-surgery-preliminary-result-of-a-single-institution
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Chang-Wook Kim, Jin-Deok Joo, Young-Hoon Kim, Jung Ho Han, Chae-Yong Kim
BACKGROUND: Alongside the extent of removal and patients' survival in the management of brain tumors, health-related quality of life (HRQOL) has become an important consideration. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the change of HRQOL in brain tumor patients before and after surgery and to assess the associated factors that contribute to the change of HRQOL. METHODS: A total of 258 patients who underwent surgical treatment were enrolled in this study. The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire 30 (EORTC QLQ-C30) and the 20-item EORTC QLQ-Brain Neoplasm (QLQ-BN20) were used to assess HRQOL...
October 2016: Brain Tumor Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861763/assessment-of-the-treatment-approach-and-survival-outcomes-in-a-modern-cohort-of-patients-with-atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumors-using-the-national-cancer-database
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Benjamin W Fischer-Valuck, Ishita Chen, Amar J Srivastava, John M Floberg, Yuan James Rao, Allison A King, Eric T Shinohara, Stephanie M Perkins
BACKGROUND: Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors (ATRTs) are rare brain tumors that occur primarily in children under the age of 3 years. This report evaluates the treatment approach and survival outcomes in a large cohort of patients treated in the United States. METHODS: Using the National Cancer Database, the analysis included all ATRT patients aged 0 to 18 years who were diagnosed between 2004 and 2012 and had complete treatment data. RESULTS: Three hundred sixty-one ATRT patients were evaluated...
November 2, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837318/astrocytes-in-migration
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Jiang Shan Zhan, Kai Gao, Rui Chao Chai, Xi Hua Jia, Dao Peng Luo, Guo Ge, Yu Wu Jiang, Yin-Wan Wendy Fung, Lina Li, Albert Cheung Hoi Yu
Cell migration is a fundamental phenomenon that underlies tissue morphogenesis, wound healing, immune response, and cancer metastasis. Great progresses have been made in research methodologies, with cell migration identified as a highly orchestrated process. Brain is considered the most complex organ in the human body, containing many types of neural cells with astrocytes playing crucial roles in monitoring normal functions of the central nervous system. Astrocytes are mostly quiescent under normal physiological conditions in the adult brain but become migratory after injury...
November 11, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836863/checkpoint-proteins-in-pediatric-brain-and-extracranial-solid-tumors-opportunities-for-immunotherapy
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Eric K Ring, James M Markert, G Yancey Gillespie, Gregory K Friedman
Pediatric brain and extracranial solid tumors are a diverse group of malignancies that represent almost half of pediatric cancers. Standard therapy includes various combinations of surgery, cytotoxic chemotherapy and radiation, which can be very harmful to a developing child, and survivors carry a substantial burden of long term morbidities. While these therapies have improved survival rates for children with solid tumors, outcomes still remain extremely poor for subsets of patients. Recently, immunosuppressive checkpoint molecules that negatively regulate immune cell function have been described...
November 10, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834624/novel-biodegradable-nanocarriers-for-enhanced-drug-delivery
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Mariacristina Gagliardi
With the refinement of functional properties, the interest around biodegradable materials, in biorelated applications and, in particular, in their use as controlled drug-delivery systems, increased in the last decades. Biodegradable materials are an ideal platform to obtain nanoparticles for spatiotemporal controlled drug delivery for the in vivo administration, thanks to their biocompatibility, functionalizability, the control exerted on delivery rates and the complete degradation. Their application in systems for cancer treatment, brain and cardiovascular diseases is already a consolidated practice in research, while the bench-to-bedside translation is still late...
November 11, 2016: Therapeutic Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832665/cell-of-origin-of-glioma-biological-and-clinical-implications
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Sheila R Alcantara Llaguno, Luis F Parada
The cellular origin of gliomas remains a topic of controversy in cancer research. Advances in neurobiology, molecular genetics, and functional genomics have ushered new insights through exploiting the development of more sophisticated tools to address this question. Diverse distinct cell populations in the adult brain have been reported to give rise to gliomas, although how these studies relate physiologically to mechanisms of spontaneous tumour formation via accumulation of tumour-initiating mutations within a single cell are less well developed...
November 10, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831631/stem-cells-differentiation-and-probing-their-therapeutic-applications-in-hematological-disorders-a-critical-review
#16
F Ali, S Taresh, M Al-Nuzaily, P L Mok, A Ismail, S Ahmad
Numerous lines of evidence support that bone marrow is a rich source of stem cells that can be used for research purposes and to treat some complex blood diseases and cancers. Stem cells are a potential source for regenerative medicine and tissue replacement after injury or disease, and mother cells that possess the capacity to become any type of cell in the body. They are cells without specific structure and characterized by their ability to self-renew or multiply while maintaining the potential to develop into other types of cells...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830712/a-dynamic-in-vivo-like-organotypic-blood-brain-barrier-model-to-probe-metastatic-brain-tumors
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Hui Xu, Zhongyu Li, Yue Yu, Saman Sizdahkhani, Winson S Ho, Fangchao Yin, Li Wang, Guoli Zhu, Min Zhang, Lei Jiang, Zhengping Zhuang, Jianhua Qin
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) restricts the uptake of many neuro-therapeutic molecules, presenting a formidable hurdle to drug development in brain diseases. We proposed a new and dynamic in vivo-like three-dimensional microfluidic system that replicates the key structural, functional and mechanical properties of the blood-brain barrier in vivo. Multiple factors in this system work synergistically to accentuate BBB-specific attributes-permitting the analysis of complex organ-level responses in both normal and pathological microenvironments in brain tumors...
November 10, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804866/therapeutic-potential-future-perspective-and-challenges-of-cancer-stem-cells-in-translational-oncology-a-critical-review
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Gaurav Shukla, Amit Kumar Srivastava, Rahul Patidar, Piush Khare, Rajiv Saxena
Stem cell research is a rapidly developing field that offers effective treatment for a variety of malignant and non-malignant diseases. Stem cell is a regenerative medicine associated with the replacement, repair, and restoration of injured tissue. Stem cell research is a promising field having maximum therapeutic potential. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are the cells within the tumor that posse's capacity of self-renewal and have root cause for the failure of traditional therapies leading to re-occurrence of cancer...
October 28, 2016: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803067/large-scale-radiomic-profiling-of-recurrent-glioblastoma-identifies-an-imaging-predictor-for-stratifying-anti-angiogenic-treatment-response
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Philipp Kickingereder, Michael Götz, John Muschelli, Antje Wick, Ulf Neuberger, Russell T Shinohara, Martin Sill, Martha Nowosielski, Heinz-Peter Schlemmer, Alexander Radbruch, Wolfgang Wick, Martin Bendszus, Klaus H Maier-Hein, David Bonekamp
PURPOSE: Antiangiogenic treatment with bevacizumab, a mAb to the VEGF, is the single most widely used therapeutic agent for patients with recurrent glioblastoma. A major challenge is that there are currently no validated biomarkers that can predict treatment outcome. Here we analyze the potential of radiomics, an emerging field of research that aims to utilize the full potential of medical imaging. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: A total of 4,842 quantitative MRI features were automatically extracted and analyzed from the multiparametric tumor of 172 patients (allocated to a discovery and validation set with a 2:1 ratio) with recurrent glioblastoma prior to bevacizumab treatment...
December 1, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798860/histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-a-novel-therapeutic-weapon-against-medullary-thyroid-cancer
#20
REVIEW
Christos Damaskos, Serena Valsami, Eleftherios Spartalis, Efstathios A Antoniou, Periklis Tomos, Stefanos Karamaroudis, Theofano Zoumpou, Vasilios Pergialiotis, Konstantinos Stergios, Constantinos Michaelides, Konstantinos Kontzoglou, Despina Perrea, Nikolaos Nikiteas, Dimitrios Dimitroulis
BACKGROUND/AIM: Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) is highly malignant, metastatic and recurrent, remaining generally incurable, and responsible for approximately 14% of all thyroid carcinoma-related deaths. MTC can metastasize to lymph nodes, trachea and distant organs, such as brain, lungs, liver and bones. MTC cells are resistant to chemotherapy and traditional external therapies are not showing definite clinical benefits. Scientists are trying to understand the molecular background of carcinogenesis and histone deacetylase (HDAC) seems to play a potential role to gene transcription...
October 2016: Anticancer Research
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