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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223050/a-simple-rapid-and-stability-indicating-validated-method-for-quantification-of-lamotrigine-in-human-plasma-and-dry-plasma-spot-using-lc-esi-ms-ms-application-in-clinical-study
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Kuldeep Kumar Namdev, Jaya Dwivedi, Deepak Chandra Chilkoti, Swapnil Sharma
Lamotrigine (LTZ) is a phenyltriazine derivative which belongs to anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) class and prescribed as mono- or adjunctive-therapy in treatment of epilepsy. Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of AEDs provides a valid clinical tool in optimization of overall therapy. However, TDM is challenging due to the high biological samples (plasma/blood) storage/shipment costs and the limited availability of laboratories providing TDM services. Sampling in the form of dry plasma spot (DPS) or dry blood spot (DBS) are suitable alternative to overcome these issues...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222603/adequacy-of-planctomycetes-as-supplementary-food-source-for-daphnia-magna
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M C Marinho, O M Lage, José Catita, S C Antunes
The nutritional quality of daphnids diet can influence their growth, reproduction and survival. In aquatic ecosystems, bacteria can contribute significantly to Daphnia diet by supporting, for instances, their high needs for phosphorus. The laboratory feeding of the model organisms Daphnia spp. is algal based, but should be improved to allow their better performance. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential of two planctomycetes, Gemmata obscuriglobus and Rhodopirellula rubra, from exponential and stationary growth phases as alternative or supplementary food source for Daphnia magna...
December 8, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222573/incidence-and-causes-of-overdiagnosis-of-optic-neuritis
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Leanne Stunkel, Nathan H Kung, Bradley Wilson, Collin M McClelland, Gregory P Van Stavern
Importance: Diagnostic error is an important source of medical error. Overdiagnosis of optic neuritis may prompt unnecessary and costly diagnostic tests, procedures, and treatments. Objective: To assess the incidence of and characterize factors contributing to overdiagnosis of acute optic neuritis. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this retrospective clinic-based cross-sectional study of new patient encounters, 122 patients referred for acute optic neuritis at a university-based Midwestern neuro-ophthalmology clinic between January 2014 and October 2016 were studied...
December 7, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222451/alternate-partial-root-zone-drip-irrigation-improves-water-and-nitrogen-use-efficiencies-of-sweet-waxy-maize-with-nitrogen-fertigation
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Fengbei Fu, Fusheng Li, Shaozhong Kang
Alternate partial root-zone drip irrigation (ADI) or fertigation has favorable effect on crop water- and nitrogen- use efficiencies (WUE and NUE). However, the advantage of combined application of ADI and nitrogen fertigation on crop WUE and NUE remains unclear. A pot experiment was conducted to investigate the impact of three irrigation methods (CDI conventional drip irrigation (both halves of pot irrigated), ADI (both halves of pot alternatively irrigated) and FDI fixed partial root-zone drip irrigation (fixed half of pot irrigated)) and five nitrogen treatments (F0 no N supplied, F1-F4 0...
December 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222420/effect-of-high-pressure-treatment-and-short-term-storage-on-changes-in-main-volatile-compounds-of-chinese-liquor
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Menglong Xu, Songming Zhu, Hosahalli S Ramaswamy, Yong Yu
Changes in main volatile compounds of Chinese liquor after high pressure (HP) treatment and following short term storage were investigated. 400 MPa-15 min & 400 MPa-30 min were applied to young liquor. Results from gas chromatography (GC) analysis revealed decreasing trends in alcohols, aldehydes and ethyl acetate immediately after HP treatments, which was in consistent with those in natural aging process; but no significant change was found in acids. However, differences in main volatile compounds between young liquor and pressurized liquors disappeared after two to six months of storage...
December 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222319/hits-and-misses-in-100-years-of-heparin
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REVIEW
Lawrence Rice
Heparin was discovered 100 years ago, and the heparin-induced thrombocytopenia syndrome was described 40 years ago. That the most powerful anticoagulant of the last century can also produce the most extreme prothrombotic diathesis is but one of the paradoxes that surround heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Standard treatment is alternative anticoagulation. Advances continue to be made regarding pathophysiology, prevention, and treatment. Currently, an epidemic of overdiagnosis threatens the well-being of patients, so efforts to educate clinicians on when and how to make this diagnosis are pressing...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222310/novel-alternate-hemostatic-agents-for-patients-with-inhibitors-beyond-bypass-therapy
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REVIEW
Margaret V Ragni
Inhibitor formation is among the most severe complications of hemophilia treatment. With a cumulative incidence of ∼30% in those with severe hemophilia A and ∼3% in those with severe hemophilia B, inhibitors are caused by a T-cell response directed against infused coagulation factor; these inhibitors neutralize factor VIII or IX activity and disrupt normal hemostasis. Inhibitor patients become unresponsive to standard factor treatment and, as an alternative, use bypass treatment (eg, recombinant factor VIIa or factor VIII inhibitor bypass activity)...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222293/current-treatment-algorithm-for-the-management-of-lower-risk-mds
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REVIEW
Aristoteles Giagounidis
Lower risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), defined as MDS with a Revised International Prognostic Scoring System score ≤3.5 points, will remain a challenging entity in 2018. Supportive care continues to be the linchpin of treatment, although the options to reduce transfusion needs are broadening. To achieve red blood cell transfusion independence in non-del(5q) patients, erythropoiesis-stimulating agents remain a mainstay of therapy as long as endogenous erythropoietin levels are <500 U/L (and preferably <200 U/L)...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222267/new-therapeutic-targets-in-transfusion-dependent-and-independent-thalassemia
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REVIEW
M Domenica Cappellini, Irene Motta
β-Thalassemias are characterized by reduced production of β-globin chain, resulting in α/β-chain unbalance and precipitation of α-globin-heme complexes and determining ineffective erythropoiesis. Ineffective erythropoiesis, chronic hemolytic anemia, and compensatory hematopoietic expansion are the disease hallmarks, and they are related to the severity of the chain unbalance. Several clinical forms of β-thalassemia, including the coinheritance of β-thalassemia with hemoglobin E resulting in hemoglobin E/β-thalassemia, have been described...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222242/treatment-of-inherited-bone-marrow-failure-syndromes-beyond-transplantation
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REVIEW
Rodrigo T Calado, Diego V Clé
Despite significant progress in transplantation by the addition of alternative hematopoietic stem cell sources, many patients with inherited bone marrow failure syndromes are still not eligible for a transplant. In addition, the availability of sequencing panels has significantly improved diagnosis by identifying cryptic inherited cases. Androgens are the main nontransplant therapy for bone marrow failure in dyskeratosis congenita and Fanconi anemia, reaching responses in up to 80% of cases. Danazol and oxymetholone are more commonly used, but virilization and liver toxicity are major adverse events...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222224/subthalamotomy-for-parkinson-s-disease-clinical-outcome-and-topography-of-lesions
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Rafael Rodriguez-Rojas, Maylen Carballo-Barreda, Lazaro Alvarez, Jorge Guridi, Nancy Pavon, Ivan Garcia-Maeso, Raul Macías, Maria C Rodriguez-Oroz, Jose Angel Obeso
OBJECTIVE: Subthalamotomy is an effective alternative for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). However, uncertainty about the optimal target location and the possibility of inducing haemichorea-ballism have limited its application. We assessed the correlation between the topography of radiofrequency-based lesions of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) with motor improvement and the emergence of haemichorea-ballism. METHODS: Sixty-four patients with PD treated with subthalamotomy were evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively using the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale motor score (UPDRSm), MRI and tractography...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222205/novel-use-of-a-trabecular-metal-spacer-in-the-treatment-of-a-long-standing-ulnar-fracture-non-union
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Oluwatobi O Onafowokan, Julian S H Gaskin, Rory G Middleton, Mark R Norton
The use of trabecular metal (TM) implants in spine and joint surgery is well documented. However, their use has yet to be reported as an alternative to either allograft or autograft in the management of fracture non-unions. We present our experience in using a TM implant for treating a patient with a long-standing ulnar fracture non-union. Excision of devitalised bone resulted in a 17 mm defect which the TM implant was used to infill. The defect was then bridged with a locking plate. At 2-year clinical and radiographic review, bony union and a pain-free return to full function was noted...
December 7, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222135/ambulatory-versus-inpatient-management-of-severe-nausea-and-vomiting-of-pregnancy-a-randomised-control-trial-with-patient-preference-arm
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Nicola Mitchell-Jones, Jessica Alice Farren, Aurelio Tobias, Tom Bourne, Cecilia Bottomley
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether ambulatory (outpatient (OP)) treatment of severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) is as effective as inpatient (IP) care. DESIGN: Non-blinded randomised control trial (RCT) with patient preference arm. SETTING: Two multicentre teaching hospitals in London. PARTICIPANTS: Women less than 20 weeks' pregnant with severe NVP and associated ketonuria (>1+). METHODS: Women who agreed to the RCT were randomised via web-based application to either ambulatory or IP treatment...
December 5, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222042/antiangiogenic-compounds-well-established-drugs-versus-emerging-natural-molecules
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Andreia Ribeiro, Rui M V Abreu, Madalena M Dias, Maria Filomena Barreiro, Isabel C F R Ferreira
Angiogenesis is the natural and physiologic process of growing blood vessels from pre-existing ones. Pathological angiogenesis occurs when the precise balance of all the molecular pathways that regulate angiogenesis is disrupted, and this process is a critical step in many diseases, including cancer. A limited number of antiangiogenic synthetic drugs have been developed. However, due to toxicity and side effects issues, the search for alternative to existing drugs is ongoing. In this sense, natural molecules obtained from plants or macrofungi, have demonstrated extraordinary potential in the treatment of angiogenesis-related pathologies, specially taking into consideration its absence or very low toxicity, when compared to synthetic drugs...
December 5, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221990/molecular-and-cellular-mechanisms-of-chemoresistance-in-pancreatic-cancer
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REVIEW
Aleksandra Adamska, Omar Elaskalani, Aikaterini Emmanouilidi, Minkyoung Kim, Norbaini Binti Abdol Razak, Pat Metharom, Marco Falasca
Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the most chemoresistant cancers, and current therapies targeting cancer-associated molecular pathways have not given satisfactory results, owing in part to rapid upregulation of alternative compensatory pathways. Most of the available treatments are palliative, focussing on improving the quality of life. At present, available options are surgery, embolization, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and use of other more targeted drugs. In this review, we describe the cellular and molecular effects of current chemotherapy drugs such as gemcitabine, FOLFIRINOX (5-fluorouracil [5-FU], oxaliplatin, irinotecan, and leucovorin) and ABRAXANE (nab-Paclitaxel), which have shown a survival benefit, although modest, for pancreatic cancer patients...
November 22, 2017: Advances in Biological Regulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221943/religious-hospital-policies-on-reproductive-care-what-do-patients-want-to-know
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Lori R Freedman, Luciana E Hebert, Molly F Battistelli, Debra B Stulberg
BACKGROUND: Religious hospitals are a large and growing part of the American healthcare system. Patients who receive obstetric and other reproductive care in religious hospitals may face religiously-based restrictions on the treatment their doctor can provide. Little is known about patients' knowledge or preferences regarding religiously restricted reproductive healthcare. OBJECTIVE(S): We aimed to assess women's preferences for knowing a hospital's religion and religiously-based restrictions before deciding where to seek care and the acceptability of a hospital denying miscarriage treatment options for religious reasons, with and without informing the patient that other options may be available...
December 5, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221920/treatment-of-infected-aneurysm-with-combined-endovascular-aneurysm-repair-and-abscess-drainage
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Ken Nakajima, Noriyuki Kato, Takashi Hashimoto, Shuji Chino, Takatoshi Higashigawa, Takafumi Ouchi, Toshiya Tokui, Yoichiro Miyake, Hajime Sakuma
PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical utility of combination therapy with endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and abscess drainage for the treatment of infected aneurysms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between July 2009 and May 2015, 8 patients underwent combination therapy with EVAR and abscess drainage. There were 5 men and 3 women, with a mean age of 75 years ± 7. Aneurysms were of the thoracic aorta in 5 patients, the abdominal aorta in 2, and the internal iliac artery in 1...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221836/efficacy-versus-complications-in-arterial-thrombolysis
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H P Ebben, M V van Burink, V Jongkind, D E Mouwen, J Udding, W Wisselink, J K Kievit, A M Wiersema, K K Yeung
BACKGROUND: Acute peripheral arterial occlusions threaten life and limb. Thrombolysis is an established, minimally invasive alternative treatment for surgical thromboembolectomy. Yet, there is no consensus regarding an optimal thrombolysis protocol and current knowledge is largely based on studies from the 1990's. This study reviews a contemporary cohort of patients treated with thrombolysis and aims to evaluate the treatment results and to identify possible predictors for outcome and (bleeding) complications...
December 5, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221795/comparison-of-local-anesthetic-efficiency-of-tramadol-hydrochloride-and-lidocaine-hydrochloride
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Bilal Ege, Metin Calisir, Yahya Al-Haideri, Miray Ege, Metin Gungormus
PURPOSE: This study investigated the local anesthetic efficiency of tramadol versus lidocaine hydrochloride in maxillary infiltration anesthesia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was a randomized double-blinded study involving 50 healthy volunteers. In the experimental part of this study, each volunteer received 1 buccal 0.5-mL injection of tramadol hydrochloride 25 mg on one side and 1 buccal 0.5-mL injection of vasoconstrictor-free lidocaine hydrochloride 20 mg on the other side...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221786/access-to-excluded-structures-after-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-experience-in-a-high-level-bariatric-center-without-a-technical-platform-for-endoscopic-retrograde-cholangiopancreatography
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D Verscheure, D Gianfranco, P Tammaro, J L Dumont, J P Marmuse, K Arapis
BACKGROUND: Rapid weight loss after bariatric surgery is associated with a high prevalence of gallstone formation. In laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP), the bypassed segment is not readily available for endoscopic or radiographic examination. We propose a laparoscopic Janeway gastrostomy for secondary access to excluded structures in bariatric centers with no mandatory technical equipment in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), double-balloon ERCP or spiral enteroscopy...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Visceral Surgery
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