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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334183/engineering-polymersomes-for-diagnostics-and-therapy
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REVIEW
Jiayu Leong, Jye Yng Teo, Vinay K Aakalu, Yi Yan Yang, Hyunjoon Kong
Engineered polymer vesicles, termed as polymersomes, confer a flexibility to control their structure, properties, and functionality. Self-assembly of amphiphilic copolymers leads to vesicles consisting of a hydrophobic bilayer membrane and hydrophilic core, each of which is loaded with a wide array of small and large molecules of interests. As such, polymersomes are increasingly being studied as carriers of imaging probes and therapeutic drugs. Effective delivery of polymersomes necessitates careful design of polymersomes...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333895/childhood-adversity-and-hazardous-drinking-the-mediating-role-of-attachment-insecurity
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Thao Lan Le, Robert D Levitan, Robert E Mann, Robert G Maunder
BACKGROUND: Harmful alcohol use is associated with disease and mortality. Identifying new determinants of harmful drinking may aid the 16.3 million adults who have alcohol use disorders. Childhood adversity is associated with alcohol use, but is not amenable to change. Attachment insecurity (anxiety and avoidance) may be associated with alcohol use and may be a target for modification or used to personalize interventions. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to (a) identify the association between attachment insecurity and harmful drinking, (b) determine if attachment insecurity may mediate between childhood adversity and harmful drinking, and (c) test sex as a moderator between attachment insecurity and harmful drinking in the mediation relationship...
January 15, 2018: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333835/-an-unintended-diagnosis-serotonergic-toxicity-secondary-to-drug-interactions-case-reports
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Elda G Cargnel, Patricia C Cardoso, Julián Irigoyen, Sol García Puglisi
Serotonin toxicity is a potentially life-threatening condition associated with increased serotonergic activity in the central nervous system. It is seen with therapeutic medication use, intentional self-poisoning and inadvertent interactions (SSRI-isoniazid). Although this pathology is increasingly common, it is not well recognized by physicians and manifestations may be wrongly attributed to another cause. The aim of this paper is to describe the clinical picture of a patient, to collaborate on diagnosis and to improve medical care of these patients...
February 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333521/nanomaterials-for-convection-enhanced-delivery-of-agents-to-treat-brain-tumors
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Young-Eun Seo, Tom Bu, W Mark Saltzman
Nanomaterials represent a promising and versatile platform for the delivery of therapeutics to the brain. Treatment of brain tumors has been a long-standing challenge in the field of neuro-oncology. The current standard of care - a multimodal approach of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy - yields only a modest therapeutic benefit for patients with malignant gliomas. A major obstacle for treatment is the failure to achieve sufficient delivery of therapeutics at the tumor site. Recent advances in local drug delivery techniques, along with the development of highly effective brain-penetrating nanocarriers, have significantly improved treatment and imaging of brain tumors in preclinical studies...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333514/what-is-the-fate-of-artificial-urinary-sphincters-among-men-undergoing-repetitive-bladder-cancer-treatment
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S Mitchell Heiner, Boyd R Viers, Marcelino E Rivera, Brian J Linder, Daniel S Elliott
Purpose: Functional characteristics and durability of the artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) among patients who develop bladder cancer has been poorly characterized. We sought to evaluate AUS outcomes among patients subsequently diagnosed with bladder cancer, in order to describe device survivability when subject to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as cystoscopy, transurethral resection, and cystectomy. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 1,803 male patients treated with AUS surgery at a single institution between 1983-2014...
January 2018: Investigative and Clinical Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332637/pilot-rct-of-an-integrative-group-therapy-for-patients-with-refractory-irritable-bowel-syndrome-isrctn02977330
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S Berens, E Stroe-Kunold, F Kraus, J Tesarz, A Gauss, B Niesler, W Herzog, R Schaefert
OBJECTIVE: Different forms of psychotherapeutic treatments have been proven effective in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but disorder-oriented and integrative concepts are still rare. Therefore, we implemented and evaluated an integrative group therapeutic concept within an interdisciplinary tertiary care clinic for functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs). AIMS: present our integrative group concept, assess feasibility issues, and evaluate efficacy. METHODS: A pilot-RCT with a randomized controlled wait-listed group design was conducted...
February 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332515/vasoplegia-in-patients-with-sepsis-and-septic-shock-pathways-and-mechanisms
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A-M Burgdorff, M Bucher, J Schumann
Sepsis is one of the most frequent causes of death among patients in intensive care units. Many therapeutic strategies have been assessed without the desired success rates. A key risk factor for death is hypotension due to vasodilatation with vascular hyposensitivity. However, the pathways underlying this process remain unclear. Endotoxemia induces inflammatory mediators, and this is followed by vasoplegia and decreased cardiac contractility. Although inhibition of these mediators diminishes mortality rates in animal models, this phenomenon has not been confirmed in humans...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332322/tumor-immunology-and-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Chi Young Jung, Scott J Antonia
Lung cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Although progress in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has been made over the past decade, the 5-year survival rate in patients with lung cancer remains only 10%-20%. Obviously, new therapeutic options are required for patients with advanced NSCLC and unmet medical needs. Cancer immunotherapy is an evolving treatment modality that uses a patient's own immune systems to fight cancer...
January 2018: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332231/stage-specific-therapeutic-strategies-of-medication-related-osteonecrosis-of-the-jaws-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-drug-suspension-protocol
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Luca Ramaglia, Agostino Guida, Vincenzo Iorio-Siciliano, Alessandro Cuozzo, Andrea Blasi, Anton Sculean
OBJECTIVE: The most debated topic about medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (MRONJ) is its therapy, as there are no definitive guidelines. The aims of this systematic review were (a) to outline the best therapeutic approach according to the stage at diagnosis and (b) to perform a meta-analysis to assess whether the drug-holiday protocol may be or not an effective method in the management of MRONJ patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The systematic review was performed following the PRISMA principles...
January 13, 2018: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332052/when-art-meets-gardens-does-it-enhance-the-benefits-the-nancy-hypothesis-of-care-for-persons-with-alzheimer-s-disease
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Thérèse Rivasseau Jonveaux, Reinhard Fescharek
The creation of healing gardens for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related diseases (ADRD) offers vast potential. They can play a role in the scaffolding of cognitive disorders, emotional stress, sensory processing, sense of harmony, and appeasement. These effects are achieved through a distributed interplay of psychological functions with the immediate environment and local culture on the one hand, and dialogue on the other. The garden, a natural canvas created by man, shares with art the ability to foster an esthetic sense for which the perception can be measured by functional neurological imaging exploration...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331944/liver-sampling-a-vital-window-into-hbv-pathogenesis-on-the-path-to-functional-cure
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REVIEW
Upkar S Gill, Laura J Pallett, Patrick T F Kennedy, Mala K Maini
In order to optimally refine the multiple emerging drug targets for hepatitis B virus (HBV), it is vital to evaluate virological and immunological changes at the site of infection. Traditionally liver biopsy has been the mainstay of HBV disease assessment, but with the emergence of non-invasive markers of liver fibrosis, there has been a move away from tissue sampling. Here we argue that liver biopsy remains an important tool, not only for the clinical assessment of HBV but also for research progress and evaluation of novel agents...
January 13, 2018: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331580/local-delivery-of-mometasone-furoate-from-an-eluting-endotracheal-tube
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Abu Ammar Aiman, Maayan Gruber, Patrick Martin, Ohad Stern, Forsan Jahshan, Offir Ertracht, Eyal Sela, Samer Srouji, Eyal Zussman
Laryngeal and tracheal morbidity is a common complication of endotracheal tube (ETT)-based airway management, and manifests as local irritation, inflammation, and edema. Systemic corticosteroids are commonly administered to manage these conditions; however, their efficacy is inadequate and limited by potential severe side effects. In the present study, a steroid delivery system for local therapy was developed to generate relatively high local drug concentrations and to improve drug efficacy. ETTs were coated with electrospun poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanofibers loaded with mometasone furoate (MF), creating a microscale thick layer...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331524/strategies-and-technical-challenges-for-imaging-oligometastatic-disease-recommendations-from-the-european-organisation-for-research-and-treatment-of-cancer-imaging-group
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REVIEW
Nandita M deSouza, Yan Liu, Arturo Chiti, Daniela Oprea-Lager, Géraldine Gebhart, Bernard E Van Beers, Ken Herrmann, Frederic E Lecouvet
Patients with oligometastatic disease (OMD) often have controllable symptoms, and cures are possible. Technical improvements in surgery and radiotherapy have introduced the option of metastasis-directed ablative therapies as an adjunct or alternative to standard-of-care systemic therapies. Several clinical trials and registries are investigating the benefit of these therapeutic approaches across several cancer sites. This requires that patients are correctly included and followed with appropriate imaging. This article discusses the evidence and offers recommendations for the implementation of standard-of-care (Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumours measurements on computed tomography [CT], magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] and bone scintigraphy) and advanced imaging modalities (functional, metabolic and radionuclide targeted) for identifying and following up patients with OMD...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331482/genetic-basis-of-hearing-loss-in-spanish-hispanic-and-latino-populations
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REVIEW
Rahul Mittal, Amit P Patel, Desiree Nguyen, Debbie R Pan, Vasanti M Jhaveri, Jason R Rudman, Arjuna Dharmaraja, Denise Yan, Yong Feng, Prem Chapagain, David J Lee, Susan H Blanton, Xue Zhong Liu
Hearing loss (HL) is the most common neurosensory disorder affecting humans. The screening, prevention and treatment of HL require a better understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms. Genetic predisposition is one of the most common factors that leads to HL. Most HL studies include few Spanish, Hispanic and Latino participants, leaving a critical gap in our understanding about the prevalence, impact, unmet health care needs, and genetic factors associated with hearing impairment among Spanish, Hispanic and Latino populations...
January 10, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331385/guidelines-of-care-for-the-management-of-basal-cell-carcinoma
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Christian Baum, Jeremy S Bordeaux, Marc Brown, Klaus J Busam, Daniel B Eisen, Vivek Iyengar, Clifford Lober, David J Margolis, Jane Messina, Alexander Miller, Stanley Miller, Eliot Mostow, Christen Mowad, Kishwer Nehal, Kristi Schmitt-Burr, Aleksandar Sekulic, Paul Storrs, Joyce Teng, Siegrid Yu, Conway Huang, Kevin Boyer, Wendy Smith Begolka, Murad Alam, John Y S Kim, Jeffrey H Kozlow, Bharat Mittal, Jeffrey Moyer, Thomas Olencki, Phillip Rodgers
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of human cancer, with a continually increasing annual incidence in the United States. When diagnosed early, the majority of BCCs are readily treated with office-based therapy, which is highly curative. In these evidence-based guidelines of care, we provide recommendations for the management of patients with BCC, as well as an in-depth review of the best available literature in support of these recommendations. We discuss biopsy techniques for a clinically suspicious lesion and offer recommendations for the histopathologic interpretation of BCC...
January 3, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331185/-patients-and-caregivers-in-the-treatment-of-addictions
#16
Anne Coppel
Since the 1980s, risk and harm reduction has been a public health issue in the area of addictions. A new approach has been adopted with drug users, who are considered as patients like any other and players in their own health care. The therapeutic alliance with the caregiver is therefore essential.
January 2018: Revue de L'infirmière
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330585/potentially-inappropriate-medications-in-community-dwelling-older-adults-undertaken-as-a-comprehensive-geriatric-risk-assessment
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Sharmin S Bala, Sujita W Narayan, Prasad S Nishtala
PURPOSE: The prescription of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) is associated with an increase in adverse events, prescribing cascades, high health-care costs, morbidity, and mortality in the elderly. The overarching objective of this study is to examine the prevalence of PIMs in the elderly, applying the 2012 American Geriatrics Society Beers criteria for the study period 2012-2014, and the updated 2015 Beers criteria for 2015. METHODS: The study population (N = 70,479) included a continuously recruited national cohort of community-dwelling older (aged ≥ 65 years) New Zealanders who had undertaken the International Resident Assessment Instrument-Home Care (interRAI-HC) assessments between September 2012 and October 2015...
January 12, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330466/target-engagement-imaging-of-parp-inhibitors-in-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Brandon Carney, Susanne Kossatz, Benjamin H Lok, Valentina Schneeberger, Kishore K Gangangari, Naga Vara Kishore Pillarsetty, Wolfgang A Weber, Charles M Rudin, John T Poirier, Thomas Reiner
Insufficient chemotherapy response and rapid disease progression remain concerns for small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). Oncologists rely on serial CT scanning to guide treatment decisions, but this cannot assess in vivo target engagement of therapeutic agents. Biomarker assessments in biopsy material do not assess contemporaneous target expression, intratumoral drug exposure, or drug-target engagement. Here, we report the use of PARP1/2-targeted imaging to measure target engagement of PARP inhibitors in vivo. Using a panel of clinical PARP inhibitors, we show that PARP imaging can quantify target engagement of chemically diverse small molecule inhibitors in vitro and in vivo...
January 12, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330175/development-and-validation-of-an-instrument-for-measuring-the-burden-of-medicine-on-functioning-and-well-being-the-medication-related-burden-quality-of-life-mrb-qol-tool
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Mohammed A Mohammed, Rebekah J Moles, Sarah N Hilmer, Lisa Kouladjian O'Donnel, Timothy F Chen
OBJECTIVE: Medication-related burden (MRB) is a negative experience with medicine, which may impact on psychological, social, physical and financial well-being of an individual. This study describes the development and initial validation of an instrument specifically designed to measure MRB on functioning and well-being-the Medication-Related Burden Quality of Life (MRB-QoL) tool. METHODS: An initial pool of 76-items for MRB-QoL was generated. The link to MRB-QoL survey was sent to a sample of consumers living with at least one chronic medical condition and taking ≥3 prescription medicines on a regular basis...
January 11, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329796/the-evolving-face-of-myocardial-reperfusion-in-acute-coronary-syndromes-a-primer-for-the-internist
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REVIEW
R Jay Widmer, Peter M Pollak, Malcolm R Bell, Bernard J Gersh, Nandan S Anavekar
Acute coronary syndromes (ACSs) account for a large proportion of disease burden in the United States and worldwide, and our understanding of ACS management continues to evolve. In this review we take a practical approach to evaluating and treating a patient with ACS, focusing on the optimal timing and methods of coronary reperfusion. Beginning with initial assessment and risk stratification, a provider managing the patient with ACS must be able to expeditiously decide on and implement the correct guideline-directed pathway to optimize outcomes...
January 9, 2018: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
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