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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823077/comparison-of-physical-function-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-treated-with-biologics-for-1%C3%A2-year-who-achieved-clinical-remission-or-low-disease-activity
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Yosuke Hattori, Daihei Kida, Atsushi Kaneko
This study aimed to evaluate whether targeting clinical remission is appropriate for suppressing physical dysfunction in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Subjects were all 75 early RA patients (within 2 years of onset) who were continuously treated with biologics for 12 months at our hospital. We evaluated the Simplified Disease Activity Index (SDAI) and Disability Index of the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ-DI) at 3, 6, and 12 months from the initiation of biologics therapy. Rates of functional remission (HAQ-DI ≤ 0...
August 19, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823060/cardiac-death-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-aneurysm-remodeling-and-myocardial-viability-by-gated-99m-tc-mibi-spect-and-gated-18-f-fdg-pet
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Weixue Wang, Xiang Li, Congna Tian, Shihua Zhao, Marcus Hacker, Xiaoli Zhang
(1) To evaluate the prognostic value of LV remodeling parameters in patients with LV aneurysm by gated SPECT (GSPECT), gated PET (GPET) and CMR; (2) to evaluate the impact of myocardial viability and LV remodeling on the long-term cardiac survival in patients with LV aneurysm. One hundred and twenty-six consecutive patients underwent GPET, GSPECT and CMR within two weeks, with a mean follow-up of 3.9 ± 1.5 years. End-diastolic volume (EDV, mL) and end-systolic volume (ESV, mL) measured by GPET, GSPECT and CMR and corrected for BSA; EDVI and ESVI were calculated...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822996/examining-bias-in-studies-of-statin-treatment-and-survival-in-patients-with-cancer
#3
Louise Emilsson, Xabier García-Albéniz, Roger W Logan, Ellen C Caniglia, Mette Kalager, Miguel A Hernán
Importance: Patients with cancer who use statins appear to have a substantially better survival than nonusers in observational studies. However, this inverse association between statin use and mortality may be due to selection bias and immortal-time bias. Objective: To emulate a randomized trial of statin therapy initiation that is free of selection bias and immortal-time bias. Design, Setting, and Participants: We used observational data on 17 372 patients with cancer from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare database (2007-2009) with complete follow-up until 2011...
August 20, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822860/phloretin-loaded-fast-dissolving-nanofibers-for-the-locoregional-therapy-of-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#4
Suyeong Nam, Song Yi Lee, Hyun-Jong Cho
Fast dissolving nanofiber (NF) composed of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol succinate (TPGS) was developed for locoregional delivery of phloretin to oral cancers. PVA/TPGS/phloretin NF with 321nm mean diameter and >90% drug entrapment efficiency was fabricated by an electrospinning method. Transformation of drug from crystalline to amorphous state was identified by solid-state studies. NF structure was changed to nanoparticles after its dispersing in the aqueous medium. PVA/TPGS/phloretin NF exhibited fast wetting property and smaller hydrodynamic size of dispersion, compared with PVA/phloretin NF...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822745/discordant-perceptions-of-prognosis-and-treatment-options-between-physicians-and-patients-with-advanced-heart-failure
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Amrut V Ambardekar, Jennifer T Thibodeau, Adam D DeVore, Michelle M Kittleson, Rhondalyn C Forde-McLean, Maryse Palardy, Maria M Mountis, Linda Cadaret, Jeffrey J Teuteberg, Salpy V Pamboukian, Rongbing Xie, Lynne W Stevenson, Garrick C Stewart
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed patient and physician perceptions of heart failure (HF) disease severity and treatment options. BACKGROUND: The prognosis for ambulatory patients with advanced HF on medical therapy is uncertain, yet has important implications for decision making regarding transplantation and left ventricular assist device (LVAD) placement. METHODS: Ambulatory patients with advanced HF (New York Heart Association functional class III to IV, Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support profiles 4 to 7) on optimized medical therapy were enrolled across 11 centers...
August 3, 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822659/incidence-and-risk-factors-of-groin-lymphocele-formation-after-venoarterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-cardiogenic-shock-patients
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Michael Salna, Hiroo Takayama, Arthur R Garan, Paul Kurlansky, Maryjane A Farr, Paolo C Colombo, Thomas Imahiyerobo, Nicholas Morrissey, Yoshifumi Naka, Koji Takeda
OBJECTIVE: Venous-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) is a well-established therapy for refractory cardiopulmonary failure. Femoral cannulation offers a quick and effective means of providing circulatory support but is not without complication. Inflammation or lymphatic disruption at the site of cannulation can cause the formation of lymphoceles, leading to the patient's discomfort and possibly necessitating intervention. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence of in-hospital lymphocele formation in VA-ECMO patients and to identify predictors for their development...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822604/volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-vmat-for-whole-brain-radiotherapy-not-only-for-hippocampal-sparing-but-also-for-reduction-of-dose-to-organs-at-risk
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Sumit Sood, Damodar Pokhrel, Christopher McClinton, Christopher Lominska, Rajeev Badkul, Hongyu Jiang, Fen Wang
A prospective clinical trial, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 0933, has demonstrated that whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) using conformal radiation delivery technique with hippocampal avoidance is associated with less memory complications. Further sparing of other organs at risk (OARs) including the scalp, ear canals, cochleae, and parotid glands could be associated with reductions in additional toxicities for patients treated with WBRT. We investigated the feasibility of WBRT using volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) to spare the hippocampi and the aforementioned OARs...
August 16, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822563/effect-of-pericardial-fat-volume-and-density-on-markers-of-insulin-resistance-and-inflammation-in-patients-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection
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Chris T Longenecker, Seunghee Margevicius, Yiying Liu, Mark D Schluchter, Chun-Ho Yun, Hiram G Bezerra, Grace A McComsey
Treated human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is characterized by ectopic fat deposition, a persistent inflammatory state, and increased cardiometabolic risk. In this secondary analysis of a placebo controlled trial of rosuvastatin among 147 HIV+ subjects (median age 46; 78% men) on stable antiretroviral therapy, we aimed to evaluate longitudinal associations between computed tomography (CT) measures of pericardial fat (PCF) volume and density, insulin resistance, and inflammation. We measured PCF volume and density (mean attenuation in Hounsfield units) by noncontrast gated CT at baseline and week 96...
July 24, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822391/the-impact-of-hemodynamic-transesophageal-echocardiography-on-the-use-of-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-in-trauma
#9
Madison Griffin, Brett Howard, Sam Devictor, Josh Ferenczy, Frances Cobb, D Benjamin Christie
Post-traumatic fluid management is a widely debated topic. No best-practice consensus exists. Adverse outcomes such as acute kidney injury or volume overload are common. Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is an adjunct therapy for severe acute renal failure and volume overload, but is costly and not without risk. Hemodynamic transesophageal echocardiography (hTEE) is widely accepted as a reliable way to monitor volume status of intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Although data exist evaluating hTEE and CRRT independently, there is a lack of research mutually inclusive of the two...
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822231/preoperative-halo-gravity-traction-for-severe-thoracic-kyphoscoliosis-patients-from-tibet-radiographic-correction-pulmonary-function-improvement-nursing-and-complications
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Xiaojin Li, Liwen Zeng, Xiaoyin Li, Xuexia Chen, Caixia Ke
BACKGROUND This study investigated the outcomes of preoperative HGT as an adjunct treatment for severe thoracic kyphoscoliosis, its role in radiographic correction, and pulmonary function improvement, together with nursing strategy and incidence of complications. MATERIAL AND METHODS Eleven patients with a mean age of 18.8 years were retrospectively reviewed. Inclusion criteria were: patients with severe kyphoscoliosis (coronal Cobb angle and kyphosis angle ≥80°); duration of HGT ≥8 weeks; patients undergoing HGT for at least 12 h per day; traction weight no less than 40% of body weight; and patients not receiving physical therapies...
August 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822020/polysomnographic-determinants-of-requirement-for-advanced-positive-pressure-therapeutic-options-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Anupama Gupta, Garima Shukla
BACKGROUND: A small percentage of adult patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been recognized to be extraordinarily difficult to treat with conventional continuous or Bi-level positive airway pressure (together referred to as PAP) therapy. AIM AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine polysomnographic (PSG) characteristics, which may help predict the requirement for advanced therapeutic options for OSA. METHODS: Consecutive patients who underwent PAP titration at our sleep laboratory over a 2-year period were included...
August 18, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822002/food-insecurity-hiv-disease-progression-and-access-to-care-among-hiv-infected-russians-not-on-art
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Bulat Idrisov, Karsten Lunze, Debbie M Cheng, Elena Blokhina, Natalia Gnatienko, Gregory J Patts, Carly Bridden, Ronald E Kleinman, Sheri D Weiser, Evgeny Krupitsky, Jeffrey H Samet
Food insecurity (FI) has been associated with HIV disease progression among people on antiretroviral therapy (ART), presumably a consequence of poor medication adherence. We assessed whether there is a longitudinal association between FI and two primary outcomes reflecting on HIV disease progression (i.e., CD4 count and time to ART initiation) among people not on ART. Analyses used linear mixed effects and Cox models controlling for confounders. In this cohort (n = 310) FI was common (53%). Most (71.3%) reported past month heavy alcohol use and 37...
August 18, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821988/presentation-and-management-of-symptomatic-central-bone-cement-embolization
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Ahmed Samir Barakat, Tamer Owais, Mohamed Alhashash, Mootaz Shousha, Hesham El Saghir, Bernward Lauer, Heinrich Boehm
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: With more cement augmentation procedures done, the occurrence of serious complications is also expected to rise. Symptomatic central cement embolization is a rare but very serious complication. Moreover, the pathophysiology and treatment of intrathoracic cement embolism remain controversial. PURPOSE: In this case series, we are trying to identify various presentations and suggest our emergent management scheme for symptomatic central cement embolization...
August 18, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821888/risk-factors-for-epistaxis-in-patients-followed-in-general-practices-in-germany
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D U Seidel, L Jacob, K Kostev, A M Sesterhenn
<p>BACKGROUND: The goal of the present study was to analyze the risk factors for epistaxis in patients followed in general practices in Germany.</p> <p>METHODS: The current study sample included patients aged 18 years or older who received a first epistaxis diagnosis between January 2012 and December 2016 (index date). Epistaxis patients and controls without epistaxis were matched (1:1) on the basis of age, gender, insurance status and physician. </p> <p>RESULTS: A total of 16,801 patients with epistaxis and 16,801 control subjects were included in this study...
August 19, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821777/decompressive-craniectomy-in-the-management-of-intracranial-hypertension-after-traumatic-brain-injury-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Danfeng Zhang, Qiang Xue, Jigang Chen, Yan Dong, Lijun Hou, Ying Jiang, Junyu Wang
We aim to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the prognostic value of decompressive craniectomy (DC) in patients with traumatic intracranial hypertension. PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, Web of Science, http://clinicaltrials.gov/ were searched for eligible studies. Ten studies were included in the systematic review, with four randomized controlled trials involved in the meta-analysis, where compared with medical therapies, DC could significantly reduce mortality rate [risk ratio (RR), 0...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821685/nivolumab-related-myasthenia-gravis-with-myositis-and-myocarditis-in-japan
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Shigeaki Suzuki, Nobuhisa Ishikawa, Fumie Konoeda, Nobuhiko Seki, Satoshi Fukushima, Kikuko Takahashi, Hisashi Uhara, Yoshikazu Hasegawa, Shinichiro Inomata, Yasushi Otani, Kenji Yokota, Takashi Hirose, Ryo Tanaka, Norihiro Suzuki, Makoto Matsui
OBJECTIVE: To report the clinical features of myasthenia gravis (MG) induced by treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors using 2-year safety databases based on postmarketing surveys in Japan. METHODS: We studied 10,277 patients with cancer who had received monotherapy with either nivolumab or ipilimumab between September 2014 and August 2016. As the control group, 105 patients with idiopathic MG were used. RESULTS: There were 12 MG cases (0...
August 18, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821631/6-methoxyethylamino-numonafide-inhibits-hepatocellular-carcinoma-xenograft-growth-as-a-single-agent-and-in-combination-with-sorafenib
#17
Yanning Liu, Guohua Lou, John T Norton, Chen Wang, Irawati Kandela, Shuai Tang, Nathaniel I Shank, Pankaj Gupta, Min Huang, Michael J Avram, Richard Green, Andrew Mazar, Daniel Appella, Zhi Chen, Sui Huang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading form of cancer worldwide, and its incidence is increasing rapidly in the United States, tripling over the past 3 decades. The current chemotherapeutic strategies against localized and metastatic HCC are ineffective. Here we report that 6-methoxyethylamino-numonafide (MEAN) is a potent growth inhibitor of murine xenografts of 2 human HCC cell lines. At the same dose and with the same treatment strategies, MEAN was more efficacious in inhibiting tumor growth in mice than sorafenib, the only approved drug for HCC...
August 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821628/frontline-adapt-therapy-to-treat-patients-with-symptomatic-m2-and-m3-occlusions-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-initial-experience-with-the-penumbra-ace-and-3max-reperfusion-system
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Jens Altenbernd, Oliver Kuhnt, Svenja Hennigs, Ruediger Hilker, Christian Loehr
BACKGROUND: After a series of positive studies for mechanical thrombectomy in large vessel occlusion acute ischemic stroke, the question remains, can symptomatic patients with distal vessel occlusion benefit from mechanical thrombectomy? PURPOSE: To assess the safety and efficacy of the 3MAX reperfusion system as frontline therapy for M2 and M3 occlusions. METHODS: This study retrospectively collected data on 58 patients treated for M2 and M3 occlusions between January and September 2016...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821450/carvedilol-abrogates-hypoxia-induced-oxidative-stress-and-neuroinflammation-in-microglial-bv2-cells
#19
Xiujuan Gao, Bin Wu, Zhijian Fu, Zongwang Zhang, Guangjun Xu
Microglia initially undergo rapid activation in response to injury and stressful stimuli, such as hypoxia. Oxidative stress and the inflammatory response play critical roles in hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. Carvedilol is a β-blocker used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. In this study, we investigated whether carvedilol had a protective effect against hypoxia-induced oxidative stress and inflammation in microglial BV2 cells. Our results indicate that hypoxic exposure significantly reduced mean cell viability of BV2 microglia, which was significantly restored by carvedilol (10 and 50μM)...
August 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821438/effect-of-lipid-emulsion-infusion-on-paliperidone-pharmacokinetics-in-the-acute-overdose-rat-model-a-potential-emergency-treatment-for-paliperidone-intoxication
#20
Tomoyuki Enokiya, Erquan Zhang, Kenji Ikemura, Yuichi Muraki, Yoshiaki Iwashita, Takuya Iwamoto, Hiroshi Imai, Kazuo Maruyama, Masahiro Okuda
Paliperidone prolongs cardiac repolarization in a concentration-dependent manner. Meanwhile, continuous infusion of intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) has been established as a detoxification therapy for lipophilic drugs. However, this change in pharmacokinetics of various drugs following ILE administration remains to be clarified. Our objective is to clarify the effect of continuous intravenous infusion of lipid emulsion (ILE) on the pharmacokinetics of overdosed paliperidone in rats. Paliperidone (20mg/kg) was administered orally to free-moving male Wistar rats...
August 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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