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Jozef Kováčik, Sławomir Dresler, Petr Babula
Short-term (24 h) responses of Cladonia arbuscula subsp. mitis (formerly known as Cladina and this name is used to distinguish the tested species) and Cladonia furcata to nickel (Ni2+ ) excess (10 or 100 μM) were compared. Cladonia accumulated more Ni at higher Ni dose (1.717 mg total Ni/g DW), K amount was unaffected and Ca amount decreased in Cladina only. Fluorescence microscopy detection of total/general ROS and hydrogen peroxide showed Ni-stimulated increase in both species being more pronounced in Cladonia and in mycobiont partner mainly...
March 6, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
C Wilson, R Bell, S Hinsley, H Marshall, J Brown, D Cameron, D Dodwell, R Coleman
The fracture impact of adjuvant bisphosphonates in breast cancer is not defined with most trials reporting changes in bone mineral density as a surrogate. The AZURE trial (ISRCTN79831382) evaluated the impact of adjuvant zoledronic acid (ZOL) on fractures. The AZURE trial is an academic, multi-centre, randomised phase III study evaluating the addition of ZOL 4 mg to standard therapy (neo/adjuvant chemotherapy and/or endocrine therapy) for 5 years (administered by intravenous (iv) infusion every 3-4 weeks for 6 doses, then 3 monthly × 8 and 6 monthly × 5) in patients with stage II/III early breast cancer...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
V Moreno, J Bach, M Zarroca, Ll Font, C Roqué, R Linares
Radon levels in the soil and groundwater in the North Maladeta Fault area (located in the Aran Valley sector, Central Pyrenees) are analysed from both geological and radiation protection perspectives. This area is characterized by the presence of two important normal faults: the North Maladeta fault (NMF) and the Tredós Fault (TF). Two primary aspects make this study interesting: (i) the NMF shows geomorphic evidence of neotectonic activity and (ii) the presence of a thermal spa, Banhs de Tredós, which exploits one of the several natural springs of the area and needs to be evaluated for radiation dosing from radon according to the European regulation on basic safety standards for protection against ionizing radiation...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Eun-Ji Choi, Je-Hwan Lee, Jung-Hee Lee, Han-Seung Park, Sun-Hye Ko, Eun-Hye Hur, Juhyun Moon, Bon-Kwan Goo, Yeonhee Kim, Miee Seol, Young-Shin Lee, Young-Ah Kang, Mijin Jeon, Ji Min Woo, Kyoo-Hyung Lee
This retrospective analysis compared anthracyclines (as part of an induction regimen) in 128 newly diagnosed FLT3-ITD-mutated AML patients. Induction regimens comprised high-dose daunorubicin (HD-DN; 90 mg/m2 /d × 3d; n = 44), standard-dose daunorubicin (SD-DN; 45 mg/m2 /d × 3d; n = 51), or idarubicin (IDA; 12 mg/m2 /d × 3d; n = 33) in combination with cytarabine (100-200 mg/m2 /d × 7d). Fifty-three patients showing persistent leukemia on interim bone marrow examination received a second course of induction chemotherapy comprising 2 days of daunorubicin (45 mg/m2 /d) or IDA (8 or 12 mg/m2 /d) in addition to 5 days of cytarabine...
March 8, 2018: Leukemia Research
Amanda N Seddon, Joshua Chaim, Oguz Akin, Esther Drill, Angela G Michael, Nelly Adel, Martin S Tallman
BACKGROUND: The current standard of care for the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an anthracycline plus cytarabine. Both anthracyclines and cytarabine have been associated with the development of typhlitis, a serious adverse event characterized by inflammation of the bowel wall in patients with profound neutropenia, diagnosed by abdominal CT imaging and clinical symptoms. Given the paucity of available data, the aim of our study was to determine the incidence of typhlitis among AML patients receiving induction chemotherapy with idarubicin 12 mg/m2 (IDA), daunorubicin 60 mg/m2 (DNA60), or daunorubicin 90 mg/m2 (DNA90)...
March 8, 2018: Leukemia Research
Carol Kelly, James D Chalmers, Iain Crossingham, Nicola Relph, Lambert M Felix, David J Evans, Stephen J Milan, Sally Spencer
BACKGROUND: Bronchiectasis is a chronic respiratory disease characterised by abnormal and irreversible dilatation and distortion of the smaller airways. Bacterial colonisation of the damaged airways leads to chronic cough and sputum production, often with breathlessness and further structural damage to the airways. Long-term macrolide antibiotic therapy may suppress bacterial infection and reduce inflammation, leading to fewer exacerbations, fewer symptoms, improved lung function, and improved quality of life...
March 15, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Jeff M Michalski, Jennifer Moughan, James Purdy, Walter Bosch, Deborah W Bruner, Jean-Paul Bahary, Harold Lau, Marie Duclos, Matthew Parliament, Gerard Morton, Daniel Hamstra, Michael Seider, Michael I Lock, Malti Patel, Hiram Gay, Eric Vigneault, Kathryn Winter, Howard Sandler
Importance: Optimizing radiation therapy techniques for localized prostate cancer can affect patient outcomes. Dose escalation improves biochemical control, but no prior trials were powered to detect overall survival (OS) differences. Objective: To determine whether radiation dose escalation to 79.2 Gy compared with 70.2 Gy would improve OS and other outcomes in prostate cancer. Design, Setting, and Participants: The NRG Oncology/RTOG 0126 randomized clinical trial randomized 1532 patients from 104 North American Radiation Therapy Oncology Group institutions March 2002 through August 2008...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Oncology
Mario Silva, Cornelia M Schaefer-Prokop, Colin Jacobs, Giovanni Capretti, Francesco Ciompi, Bram van Ginneken, Ugo Pastorino, Nicola Sverzellati
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) and visual reading for the detection of subsolid nodules (SSNs) in volumetrl measuremic low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for lung cancer screening. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective visual detection (VD) and manuaent of SSN were performed in the 2303 baseline volumetric LDCTs of the Multicenter Italian Lung Detection trial. Baseline and 2- and 4-year LDCTs underwent retrospective CAD analysis, subsequently reviewed by 2 experienced thoracic radiologists...
March 14, 2018: Investigative Radiology
Haiyan Wang, Linyi Li, Ling Ling Qin, Yanan Song, Josep Vidal-Alaball, Tong Hua Liu
BACKGROUND: Vitamin B12 deficiency is common, and the incidence increases with age. Most people with vitamin B12 deficiency are treated in primary care with intramuscular (IM) vitamin B12 . Doctors may not be prescribing oral vitamin B12 formulations because they may be unaware of this option or have concerns regarding its effectiveness. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of oral vitamin B12 versus intramuscular vitamin B12 for vitamin B12 deficiency. SEARCH METHODS: We searched CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, and LILACS, as well as the WHO ICTRP and ClinicalTrials...
March 15, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Geraldine Dowling, Pierce V Kavanagh, Hans-Georg Eckhardt, Brendan Twamley, Gary Hessman, Gavin McLaughlin, John O' Brien, Simon D Brandt
Nitrazolam and clonazolam are two designer benzodiazepines that are available from internet retailers and there is growing evidence suggesting that such compounds have the potential to cause severe adverse events. Information about tolerability in humans is scarce but typically, low doses can be difficult to administer for users when handling bulk material and variability of the active ingredient in tablet formulations can also be of a concern. Customs, toxicology and forensic laboratories are increasingly encountering designer benzodiazepines, both in tablet and powdered forms, and the unavailability of reference standards can impact on the ability to identify these compounds...
March 15, 2018: Drug Testing and Analysis
Alexander Buchholz, Laura Ueberham, Kaja Gorczynska, Borislav Dinov, Sebastian Hilbert, Nikolaos Dagres, Daniela Husser, Gerhard Hindricks, Andreas Bollmann
BACKGROUND: Apixaban is a non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant and has been approved for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Current labelling recommends dose reduction based on patients age, weight and renal function. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to analyze adherence to current labeling instructions concerning initial apixaban dosing in clinical practice and to identify factors associated with inappropriate dose reduction...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Daniel Geh, Caroline Gordon
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multi-system autoimmune disease. There are three drugs licensed for the treatment of lupus: corticosteroids, hydroxychloroquine and belimumab. Immunosuppressants such as azathioprine, methotrexate and mycophenolate are also used. Despite these treatments there is still considerable morbidity. New treatments are needed for the management of active lupus. Epratuzumab a humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody that targets CD22 resulting in selective B cell modulation that has been considered a potential treatment for SLE...
March 15, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
Vicente Ruiz-García, Eduardo López-Briz, Rafael Carbonell-Sanchis, Sylvia Bort-Martí, José Luis Gonzálvez-Perales
In 1993, megestrol acetate (MA) was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of anorexia, cachexia, or unexplained weight loss in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The mechanism by which MA increases appetite is unknown, and its effectiveness for anorexia and cachexia in neoplastic, elderly, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients is under investigation. This is an updated version of a Cochrane systematic review first published in 2005 and later updated in 2013 entitled 'Megestrol acetate for the treatment of anorexia-cachexia syndrome'...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
Jarkko Mäntylä, Tuuli Thomander, Auli Hakulinen, Kaarina Kukkonen, Kati Palosuo, Helena Voutilainen, Anna Pelkonen, Paula Kauppi
INTRODUCTION: The standard care of severe food allergy in both adults and children means avoidance of allergens. In recent years promising results of oral immunotherapy (OIT) have been reported in children. In adults, information on OIT in severe food allergy is very limited. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to study if OIT is possible in adults. METHODS: We report OIT results in 10 adult patients with milk OIT, nine adult patients with peanut OIT, and four adult patients with egg OIT...
March 15, 2018: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
Raquel M Schears, Zainab Farzal, Zehra Farzal, Anne C Fischer
BACKGROUND: The actual baseline of radiation exposure used in evaluating pediatric trauma is not known and has relied on estimates in the literature that may not reflect clinical reality. Our objectives were to determine the baseline amount of radiation delivered in a pediatric trauma evaluation and correlate radiation exposure with trauma activation status to identify the cohort most at risk. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated trauma patients (N = 1050) at an independent Level I children's hospital for each level of trauma activation (consults, alerts, stats) from June 2010 to January 2011...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Dorota Nieoczym, Katarzyna Socała, Piotr Wlaź
Ursolic acid (UA) is a plant derived compound which is also a component of the standard human diet. It possesses a wide range of pharmacological properties, i.e., antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antitumor, which have been used in folk medicine for centuries. Moreover, influence of UA on central nervous system-related processes, i.e., pain, anxiety and depression, was proved in experimental studies. UA also revealed anticonvulsant properties in animal models of epilepsy and seizures. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of UA on seizure thresholds in three acute seizure models in mice, i...
March 14, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Georg Böning, Willie M Lüdemann, Julius Chapiro, Martin Jonczyk, Bernd Hamm, Rolf W Günther, Bernhard Gebauer, Florian Streitparth
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT)-based real-time 3-D guidance of TIPSS placement and its positioning compared to standard guiding methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a prospective, randomized, consecutive study design from 2015 to 2017, we included 21 patients in the CBCT guided group and 15 patients in the ultrasound (US) guided group. The prospective groups were compared in terms of success rate of intervention, portal vein puncture/procedure time, number of puncture attempts and applied dose...
March 14, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Doron Feinsilber, Roberto J Leoni, Duminda Siripala, Julianne Leuck, Katrina A Mears
The pharmacological and medical management of complex chemotherapy regimens are vast and complex, requiring an intimate understanding of physiology, particularly when novel biologic agents are utilized with commonly used regimens. The molecular classification in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is multifaceted, particularly with the expansion of novel molecular targets. The pharmacological and medical management of hematologic malignancies with a tendency to have central nervous system (CNS) involvement is complex and requires an understanding of physiology and pharmacology...
January 8, 2018: Curēus
Ken Sasaki, Yasuto Uchikado, Itaru Omoto, Masahiko Amatatsu, Koichi Megumi, Hiroshi Okumura, Kosei Maemura, Shoji Natsugoe
Standard treatment strategies have not yet been established for primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus (PMME), and far much less for recurrent disease. There are no reports of anti-programmed death-1 antibody treatment of recurrent PMME. A 60-year-old Japanese man was diagnosed with a primary malignant melanoma in the lower esophagus. The patient underwent mediastinoscope-assisted subtotal esophagectomy, and two nodal involvements were detected in the lymph nodes (LN)s along the left gastric artery. Paclitaxel and oral fluoropyrimidine were administered for 2 months as adjuvant treatment based on results of a histoculture drug response assay...
April 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Takuya Oikawa, Yasuhiko Sakata, Kotaro Nochioka, Masanobu Miura, Kanako Tsuji, Takeo Onose, Ruri Abe, Shintaro Kasahara, Masayuki Sato, Takashi Shiroto, Jun Takahashi, Satoshi Miyata, Hiroaki Shimokawa
BACKGROUND: The beneficial prognostic impact of statins has been established in patients with ischemic heart disease but not in those with heart failure (HF). In addition, it is still unclear whether patients benefit from statins regardless of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined 2444 consecutive stage C or D HF patients with ischemic heart disease registered in CHART-2 (Chronic Heart Failure Registry and Analysis in the Tohoku District 2), a multicenter, prospective, observational cohort study in Japan...
March 14, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
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