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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526893/do-we-need-3d-tube-current-modulation-information-for-accurate-organ-dosimetry-in-chest-ct-protocols-dose-comparisons
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Xochitl Lopez-Rendon, Guozhi Zhang, Walter Coudyzer, Wim Develter, Hilde Bosmans, Federica Zanca
OBJECTIVES: To compare the lung and breast dose associated with three chest protocols: standard, organ-based tube current modulation (OBTCM) and fast-speed scanning; and to estimate the error associated with organ dose when modelling the longitudinal (z-) TCM versus the 3D-TCM in Monte Carlo simulations (MC) for these three protocols. METHOD: Five adult and three paediatric cadavers with different BMI were scanned. The CTDIvol of the OBTCM and the fast-speed protocols were matched to the patient-specific CTDIvol of the standard protocol...
May 19, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526883/openspritzer-an-open-hardware-pressure-ejection-system-for-reliably-delivering-picolitre-volumes
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C J Forman, H Tomes, B Mbobo, R J Burman, M Jacobs, T Baden, J V Raimondo
The ability to reliably and precisely deliver picolitre volumes is an important component of biological research. Here we describe a high-performance, low-cost, open hardware pressure ejection system (Openspritzer), which can be constructed from off the shelf components. The device is capable of delivering minute doses of reagents to a wide range of biological and chemical systems. In this work, we characterise the performance of the device and compare it to a popular commercial system using two-photon fluorescence microscopy...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526721/health-care-resource-utilization-and-associated-costs-among-metastatic-cutaneous-melanoma-patients-treated-with-ipilimumab-intuition-study
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Grant A McArthur, Peter Mohr, Paolo Antonio Ascierto, Ana Arance, Ana Banos Hernaez, Peter Kaskel, Michael Weichenthal, Reshma Shinde, Kendall Stevinson
BACKGROUND: There are limited real-world data on health care resource utilization (HCRU) among advanced melanoma patients. The objective of this study was to describe HCRU and health care costs associated with the management of advanced melanoma patients receiving ipilimumab. METHODS: This retrospective multinational, observational study included advanced melanoma patients from Australia, Germany, Italy, and Spain who had received at least 1 dose of ipilimumab. Data extracted from medical charts included inpatient admissions, outpatient visits, surgical procedures, laboratory investigations, radiation therapy, imaging studies, and concomitant medications...
May 19, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526719/management-of-treatment-related-adverse-events-with-agents-targeting-the-mapk-pathway-in-patients-with-metastatic-melanoma
#4
Adil Daud, Katy Tsai
Tremendous progress has been made in the clinical landscape of advanced-stage BRAF V600-mutant melanoma treatment over the past 5 years. Targeted therapies that inhibit specific steps of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway have been shown to provide significant overall treatment benefit in patients with this difficult-to-treat disease. Combination therapy with BRAF and MEK inhibitors (dabrafenib plus trametinib or vemurafenib plus cobimetinib, respectively) has become standard of care. These agents are administered until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity occurs; thus, some patients may remain on maintenance therapy for an extended period of time, while toxicities may result in early discontinuation in other patients...
May 18, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526616/stereotactic-ablative-radiotherapy-in-treatment-of-early-stage-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-unsolved-questions-and-frontiers-ahead
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Jingze Zhang, Li Kong, Qinghua Jiao, Minghuan Li, Jingming Yu
Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) has been recognized as a standard alternative treatment to surgery for inoperable early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Guaranteed local control rates over 90% makes oncologists wonder whether SABR is qualified enough to challenge surgery in operable patients. The role of SABR for centrally located lesions would be another question because of the increased risk of severe toxic effect. Plenty of studies suggest that optimization of dose regimen and appropriate case selection would be helpful...
May 16, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526486/plasma-concentrations-of-transdermal-fentanyl-and-buprenorphine-in-pigs-sus-scrofa-domesticus
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Suzanne Osorio Lujan, Walid Habre, Youssef Daali, Zhaoxin Pan, Peter W Kronen
OBJECTIVE: To determine the absorption characteristics of fentanyl and buprenorphine administered transdermally in swine. STUDY DESIGN: A randomized comparative experimental trial. ANIMALS: Twenty-four Yorkshire gilts weighing 27.8±2.2 kg (mean±standard deviation). METHODS: Animals were randomly assigned to different doses of transdermal patches (TPs) of fentanyl (50 μg hour(-1), 75 μg hour(-1) and 100 μg hour(-1)) or buprenorphine (35 μg hour(-1) and 70 μg hour(-1)), once or twice...
January 11, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526383/effect-of-magnesium-supplementation-on-insulin-resistance-in-humans-a-systematic-review
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Jennifer Beatriz Silva Morais, Juliana Soares Severo, Geórgia Rosa Reis de Alencar, Ana Raquel Soares de Oliveira, Kyria Jayanne Clímaco Cruz, Dilina do Nascimento Marreiro, Betânia de Jesus E Silva de Almendra Freitas, Cecília Maria Resende de Carvalho, Maria do Carmo de Carvalho E Martins, Karoline de Macedo Gonçalves Frota
OBJECTIVES: Recent studies have demonstrated that minerals play a role in glucose metabolism disorders in humans. Magnesium, in particular, is an extensively studied mineral that has been shown to function in the management of hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, and insulin resistance (IR) action. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of magnesium supplementation on IR in humans via systematic review of the available clinical trials. METHODS: This review was conducted in accordance with Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) recommendations...
June 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526192/comparison-of-spinal-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-sbrt-planning-techniques-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-modulated-arc-therapy-and-helical-tomotherapy
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Jina Kim, Hong Seok Jang, Yeon Sil Kim, Byung Ock Choi, Young-Nam Kang
Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) delivers a highly conformal, hypofractionated radiation dose to a small target with minimal radiation applied to the surrounding areas. Therefore, using the proper treatment planning techniques for SBRT is important. Intensity modulation techniques, such as static intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), modulated arc therapy (mARC), and helical tomotherapy (HT), are useful for spinal SBRT because of a rapid dose fall-off and spinal cord avoidance. This study compared the planning characteristics for hypofractionated spinal SBRT administered using 3 treatment techniques...
May 16, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525908/mri-based-radiotherapy-planning-method-using-rigid-image-registration-technique-combined-with-outer-body-correction-scheme-a%C3%A2-feasibility-study
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Ki Mun Kang, Hoon Sik Choi, Bae Kwon Jeong, Jin Ho Song, In-Bong Ha, Yun Hee Lee, Chul Hang Kim, Hojin Jeong
An alternative pseudo CT generation method for magnetic resonance image (MRI)-based radiotherapy planning was investigated in the work. A pseudo CT was initially generated using the rigid image registration between the planning MRI and previously acquired diagnostic CT scan. The pseudo CT generated was then refined to have the same morphology with that of the referenced planning image scan by applying the outer body correction scheme. This method was applied to some sample of brain image data and the feasibility of the method was assessed by comparing dosimetry results with those from the current gold standard CT-based calculations...
May 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525903/polymorphisms-in-methotrexate-transporters-and-their-relationship-to-plasma-methotrexate-levels-toxicity-of-high-dose-methotrexate-and-outcome-of-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#10
Shu-Guang Liu, Chao Gao, Rui-Dong Zhang, Xiao-Xi Zhao, Lei Cui, Wei-Jing Li, Zhen-Ping Chen, Zhi-Xia Yue, Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Min-Yuan Wu, Jian-Xiang Wang, Zhi-Gang Li, Hu-Yong Zheng
High-dose methotrexate (HDMTX) plays an important role in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) although there is great inter-patient variability in the efficacy and toxicity of MTX. The relationship between polymorphisms in genes encoding MTX transporters and MTX response is controversial. In the present study, 322 Chinese children with standard- and intermediate-risk ALL were genotyped for 12 polymorphisms. SLCO1B1 rs10841753 showed a significant association with plasma MTX levels at 48 h (P = 0...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525370/mathematical-modelling-for-phase-i-cancer-trials-a-study-of-metronomic-vinorelbine-for-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-and-mesothelioma-patients
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Fabrice Barlesi, Diane-Charlotte Imbs, Pascale Tomasini, Laurent Greillier, Melissa Galloux, Albane Testot-Ferry, Mélanie Garcia, Xavier Elharrar, Annick Pelletier, Nicolas André, Céline Mascaux, Bruno Lacarelle, Raouf El Cheikh, Raphaël Serre, Joseph Ciccolini, Dominique Barbolosi
INTRODUCTION: Using mathematical modelling allows to select a treatment's regimen across infinite possibilities. Here, we report the phase I assessment of a new schedule for metronomic vinorelbine in treating refractory advanced NSCLC and mesothelioma patients. RESULTS: Overall, 13 patients were screened and 12 were treated (50% male, median age: 68yrs), including 9 NSCLC patients. All patients received at least one week (3 doses) of treatment. At data cut-off, the median length of treatment was 6...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524699/comparison-of-ambulatory-blood-pressure-lowering-effects-of-higher-doses-of-different-calcium-antagonists-in-uncontrolled-hypertension-the-calcium-antagonist-controlled-release-high-dose-therapy-in-uncontrolled-refractory-hypertensive-patients-carillon-study
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Hiroyuki Mizuno, Satoshi Hoshide, Naoko Tomitani, Kazuomi Kario
BACKGROUND: Data are sparse regarding ambulatory blood pressure (BP) reduction of up-titration from a standard dose to a high dose in both nifedipine controlled-release (CR) and amlodipine. This was a prospective, randomized, multicenter, open-label trial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-one uncontrolled hypertensives medicated by two or more antihypertensive drugs including a renin-angiotensin system inhibitor and a calcium antagonist were randomly assigned to either the nifedipine CR (80 mg)/candesartan (8 mg) group or the amlodipine (10 mg)/candesartan (8 mg) group...
May 19, 2017: Blood Pressure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524398/anti-inflammatory-and-analgesic-activities-of-terminalia-muelleri-benth-combretaceae
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Nouran M Fahmy, Eman Al-Sayed, Mohamed M Abdel-Daim, Abdel Nasser Singab
Preclinical Research The anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities of a polyphenol-rich fraction (TMEF) obtained from Terminalia muelleri Benth. were measured. The analgesic activity of TMEF was tested using acetic acid-induced writhing and hot plate models in mice. The anti-inflammatory activity was assessed using carrageenan-induced paw edema model by measuring PGE2 , TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6 plasma levels as well as the paw thickness. TMEF was tested at doses of 100, 200, and 400 mg/kg p.o. and diclofenac sodium was used as a standard (100 mg/kg) in all experiments...
May 19, 2017: Drug Development Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523965/safety-evaluation-of-an-oat-grain-alkaloid-gramine-by-genotoxicity-assays
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Manash Pratim Pathak, Rudragoud S Policegoudra, Danswrang Goyary, Aparoop Das, Santa Mandal, Srijita Chakraborti, Nilutpal Sharma Bora, Johirul Islam, Pompy Patowary, P Srinivas Raju, Pronobesh Chattopadhyay
Gramine is a natural indole alkaloid that has been isolated from different raw plants occurring mainly in Avena sativa, etc. The study was aimed to investigate the possible in vitro antioxidant, in vitro mutagenic, in vitro antimutagenic, and in vivo genotoxic activity of gramine using ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP) assay, Metal chelating, Ames bacterial reverse mutation test, and the mouse bone marrow micronucleus assay as well as chromosomal aberration. Four concentrations of gramine viz. 250, 500, 1000, and 2000 μg/mL were evaluated for its antioxidant activity in FRAP Assay and Metal Chelating Test...
May 19, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523354/investigation-of-reference-levels-and-radiation-dose-associated-with-abdominal-evar-endovascular-aneurysm-repair-procedures-across-several-european-centres
#15
E Tuthill, L O'Hora, M O'Donohoe, S Panci, P Gilligan, D Campion, R Trenti, E Fox, D Catania, L Rainford
OBJECTIVES: Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is considered the treatment of choice for abdominal aortic aneurysms with suitable anatomy. In order to improve radiation safety, European Directive (2013/59) requires member states to implement diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) in radio-diagnostic and interventional procedures. This study aimed to determine local DRLs for EVAR across five European centres and identify an interim European DRL, which currently remains unestablished. METHODS: Retrospective data was collected for 180 standard EVARs performed between January 2014 and July 2015 from five specialist centres in Ireland (n=2) and Italy (n=3)...
May 18, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522645/real-life-gh-dosing-patterns-in-children-with-ghd-ts-or-born-sga-a-report-from-the-nordinet%C3%A2-international-outcome-study
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Oliver Blankenstein, Marta Snajderova, Joanne C Blair, Effie Pournara, Birgitte Tønnes Pedersen, Isabelle Oliver Petit
OBJECTIVE: To describe real-life dosing patterns in children with growth hormone deficiency (GHD), born small for gestational age (SGA) or with Turner syndrome (TS) receiving growth hormone (GH) and enrolled in the NordiNet® International Outcome Study (IOS; NCT00960128) between 2006 and 2016. DESIGN: This non-interventional, multicentre study included paediatric patients diagnosed with GHD (isolated [IGHD] or multiple pituitary hormone deficiency [MPHD]), born SGA or with TS and treated according to everyday clinical practice from the Czech Republic (IGHD/MPHD/SGA/TS: n=425/61/316/119), France (n=1404/188/970/206), Germany (n=2603/351/1387/411) and the UK (n=259/60/87/35)...
May 18, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522373/population-pharmacokinetics-of-carvedilol-enantiomers-and-their-metabolites-in-type-2-diabetes-and-healthy-subjects
#17
Glauco H B Nardotto, Vera L Lanchote, Eduardo B Coelho, Oscar Della Pasqua
Carvedilol, a drug available as a racemic mixture, is eliminated as hydroxyphenylcarvedilol (OHC) by CYP2D6 and O-desmethylcarvedilol (DMC) by CYP2C9 followed by conjugation to glucuronides. In contrast to other β-adrenergic receptor antagonists, carvedilol does not induce insulin resistance or worsen glycaemic control in the diabetic hypertensive patients. This study aims to investigate the implications of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) on the pharmacokinetics of carvedilol enantiomers using an integrated population pharmacokinetic modelling approach...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522280/primary-spinal-glioma-in-children-results-from-a-referral-pediatric-institution-in-shanghai
#18
J Khalil, Z Chuanying, Z Qing, Y Belkacémi, J Mawei
PURPOSE: Primary spinal cord glioma is a rare entity especially in children; accounting for less than 10% of all central nervous system tumors. Low grade is the most reported subtype. Treatment modalities have largely evolved; large improvements have been made in the surgical field but also in both of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Nevertheless, the optimal treatment is yet to be defined. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A chart review of 11 pediatric patients with a diagnosis of low grade spinal cord glioma at Xhinhua hospital in Shanghai was conducted...
May 15, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522077/treatment-of-restless-legs-syndrome-with-the-selective-ampa-receptor-antagonist-perampanel
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Diego Garcia-Borreguero, Irene Cano, Juan Jose Granizo
OBJECTIVES: Perampanel is a selective, noncompetitive α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor (AMPA) antagonist that has been approved for the treatment of partial seizures. Here we report on the first open study evaluating its efficacy in idiopathic restless legs syndrome (RLS). METHODS: The study was designed as a prospective two-month open trial. Twenty-two previously untreated patients diagnosed with idiopathic RLS began treatment with 2 mg perampanel, which was increased to 4 mg at week four if clinically necessary...
June 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521371/evaluation-of-biological-effects-of-hydroalcoholic-extract-of-hibiscus-rosa-sinensis-flowers-on-alloxan-induced-diabetes-in-rats
#20
Mohan Pethe, Samir Yelwatkar, Smita Manchalwar, Vijay Gujar
Aim and Objective The current study sought to investigate antidiabetic, hypolipidimic, antioxidant and histopathological effects of floral extract of Hibiscus rosa sinensis in Alloxan induced Diabetes in rats. Materials and Methods Study was conducted on 6 groups with 6 wistar rats in each group for the period of 4 weeks. Group I: served as normal control (NC), rats administered with gum acacia 1 ml daily, group II: consider as diabetic control (DC) treated with alloxon 150 mg/kg body wt. Whereas Hibiscus rosa-sinensis flower extract was given orally in group III (DE1), group IV (DE2), group V (DE3) at doses of 50, 100 and 200 mg/kg body weight dissolved in distilled water respectively...
May 18, 2017: Drug Research
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