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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458195/human-dorsal-root-ganglion-pulsed-radiofrequency-treatment-modulates-cerebrospinal-fluid-lymphocytes-and-neuroinflammatory-markers-in-chronic-radicular-pain
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Basabjit Das, Melissa Conroy, David Moore, Joanne Lysaght, Connail McCrory
Radicular pain is a common cause of disability. Traditionally treatment has been either epidural steroid injection providing short-term relief or surgery with associated complications. Pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) applied to the Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) is a minimally invasive day-care treatment, which is gaining significant clinical acceptance in a selective group of patients with pure radicular pain. Greater insights into the immunomodulatory effects of this procedure may help to further optimise its application and find alternative treatment options...
February 16, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458074/subthalamic-nucleus-stimulation-dopaminergic-treatment-and-impulsivity-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Frédérique Fluchère, Borís Burle, Franck Vidal, Wery van den Wildenberg, Tatiana Witjas, Alexandre Eusebio, Jean-Philippe Azulay, Thierry Hasbroucq
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN DBS) is known to increase response speed and lower response accuracy in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. It has been proposed that this speed-accuracy tradeoff is due to enhanced sensitivity of the motor system to sensory information. An alternative possibility is that this effect is due to weakened suppressive processes. The two alternative interpretations can be tested by analyzing the electromyographic activity (EMG) of the response agonists when the patients perform conflict reaction time tasks...
February 16, 2018: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457709/hybrid-donor-acceptor-polymer-particles-with-amplified-energy-transfer-for-detection-and-on-demand-treatment-of-breast-cancer
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Elizabeth G Graham-Gurysh, Sneha Kelkar, Eleanor McCabe-Lankford, Narayanan Kuthirummal, Theodore Brown, Nancy Kock, Aaron M Mohs, Nicole Levi-Polyachenko
Judicious combination of semiconducting polymers with alternating electron donor (D) and acceptor (A) segments created hybrid nanoparticles with amplified energy transfer and red-shifted emission, while simultaneously providing photothermal capabilities. Hybrid D-A polymer particles (H-DAPPs) passively localized within orthotopic breast tumors, serving as bright fluorescent beacons. Laser stimulation induced heat generation on par with gold nanorods, resulting in selective destruction of the tumor. H-DAPPs can also undergo multiple thermal treatments, with no loss of fluorescence intensity or photothermal potential...
February 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456648/immunosuppressive-effects-of-hydroxychloroquine-and-artemisinin-combination-therapy-via-the-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-in-lupus-nephritis-mice
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Ning Liang, Yanchun Zhong, Jie Zhou, Bihao Liu, Ruirui Lu, Yezhi Guan, Qi Wang, Chunlin Liang, Yu He, Yuan Zhou, Jianping Song, Jiuyao Zhou
Lupus nephritis (LN) is one of the most common and severe manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus, leading to permanent renal damage and chronic kidney disease. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) serves a protective role against lupus-associated clinical manifestations and medical complications; however, it results in numerous adverse reactions, limiting its long-term use. The aim of the present study was to investigate the combined effect of HCQ and artemisinin (ART) on LN, and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456529/challenges-and-opportunities-for-biomarkers-of-clinical-response-to-ahsct-in-autoimmunity
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Kristina M Harris, Tingting Lu, Noha Lim, Laurence A Turka
Autoimmunity represents a broad category of diseases that involve a variety of organ targets and distinct autoantigens. For patients with autoimmune diseases who fail to respond to approved disease-modifying treatments, autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) after high-dose immunosuppressive therapy provides an alternative strategy. Although more than 100 studies have been published on AHSCT efficacy in autoimmunity, the mechanisms that confer long-term disease remission as opposed to continued deterioration or disease reactivation remain to be determined...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456527/light-as-a-broad-spectrum-antimicrobial
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Peter J Gwynne, Maurice P Gallagher
Antimicrobial resistance is a significant and growing concern. To continue to treat even simple infections, there is a pressing need for new alternative and complementary approaches to antimicrobial therapy. One possible addition to the current range of treatments is the use of narrow-wavelength light as an antimicrobial, which has been shown to eliminate a range of common pathogens. Much progress has already been made with blue light but the potential of other regions of the electromagnetic spectrum is largely unexplored...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456501/recommendations-for-the-design-of-serious-games-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Grégory Ben-Sadoun, Valeria Manera, Julian Alvarez, Guillaume Sacco, Philippe Robert
The use of Serious Games (SG) in the health domain is expanding. In the field of Neurodegenerative Diseases (ND) such as Alzheimer's Disease, SG are currently employed to provide alternative solutions for patients' treatment, stimulation, and rehabilitation. The design of SG for people with ND implies collaborations between professionals in ND and professionals in SG design. As the field is quite young, professionals specialized in both ND and SG are still rare, and recommendations for the design of SG for people with ND are still missing...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456409/recombinant-expressed-vasoactive-intestinal-peptide-analogue-ameliorates-tnbs-induced-colitis-in-rats
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Chun-Lan Xu, Yu Guo, Lei Qiao, Li Ma, Yi-Yi Cheng
AIM: To investigate the modulatory effect of recombinant-expressed vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) analogue (rVIPa) on trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis in rats. METHODS: Forty-eight rats were randomized into six groups: normal control group (Control), model control group (TNBS), ethanol treatment group (ETOH), and VIP treatment groups with different dosage (rVIPa1nmol , rVIPa2nmol , rVIPa4nmol ). Diarrhea and bloody stool were observed. Colonic damage was evaluated histologically...
February 14, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456380/moxibustion-artemisia-plant-at-acupuncture-point-as-alternative-therapy-in-hypertension-a-promising-approach
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Mohammad Jamshed Siddiqui, Mohamad Fadly Bin Kamarudin, Abdul Kareem Mohammed Al-Shami, Siti Zaiton Mat So'ad, Shazia Qasim Jamshed
Hypertension is a pathological condition in which the blood pressure is higher than under normal physiological conditions, i.e., 140/90 mmHg or higher. Blood pressure is measured as the force exerted by the blood pumped by the heart against the walls of arteries (aorta) and distributed throughout the body. Use of complementary and alternative medicine as a cure for hypertension is a common phenomenon because of the high risk of cardiovascular complications and kidney diseases caused by conventional Western medicine...
October 2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456053/conjoint-analysis-of-treatment-preferences-for-nondisplaced-scaphoid-fractures
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Ronnie L Shammas, Nathan Mela, Scott Wallace, Betty C Tong, Joel Huber, Suhail K Mithani
PURPOSE: We used conjoint analysis to assess the relative importance of factors that influence a patient's decision between surgical or nonsurgical management of a nondisplaced scaphoid fracture. Our hypothesis was that out-of-pocket costs will have a greater influence on decision making than the time spent in a cast or brace, degree of soreness, or the risk of treatment failure. METHODS: Two-hundred and fifty participants were recruited using Amazon Mechanical Turk and asked to assume that they had experienced a nondisplaced scaphoid waist fracture...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456019/exosomes-serve-as-nanoparticles-to-deliver-anti-mir-214-to-reverse-chemoresistance-to-cisplatin-in-gastric-cancer
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Xinyi Wang, Haiyang Zhang, Ming Bai, Tao Ning, Shaohua Ge, Ting Deng, Rui Liu, Le Zhang, Guoguang Ying, Yi Ba
Chemoresistance is one of the causes of adverse effects in gastric cancer, including a poor response to cisplatin (DDP). Exosomes loaded with microRNA (miRNA), mRNA, and other non-coding RNAs could regulate drug resistance. Exo-anti-214 was extracted and verified. A Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8) cell viability assay, flow cytometry, and transwell and immunofluorescence assays were performed to determine whether exo-anti-214 could sensitize cells to DDP in vitro. A combination of intravenously injected exo-anti-214 and intraperitoneal DDP was utilized in vivo...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455840/cardiac-surgery-outcomes-in-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Yuanjia Zhu, Andrew J Toth, Ashley M Lowry, Eugene H Blackstone, Brian T Hill, Stephanie L Mick
BACKGROUND: Surgical outcomes of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) undergoing cardiac surgery are limited. Our objectives were to investigate hospital morbidity and mortality after open cardiac surgery in CLL versus non-CLL patients. METHODS: From May 1995 to May 2015, 157 patients with CLL and 55,917 without and older than 47 years underwent elective cardiac surgery at Cleveland Clinic. By Rai criteria, 79 CLL patients (56%) were low risk (class 0), 13 (9...
February 15, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455686/cost-utility-analysis-of-private-contracting-to-reduce-public-waiting-times-for-joint-replacement-surgery
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Jonathan Karnon, Bahareh Mesgarian Haghighi, Babu Sajjad, Sokunthea Yem, Anuji Gamage, Aaron Thorpe
OBJECTIVES: Earlier treatment of publicly funded patients may achieve health gains that justify the additional costs of reducing waiting times. This study reports on the cost-effectiveness of implementing a private contracting model to meet alternative maximum waiting time targets for publicly funded patients undergoing total knee replacement surgery in Australia. METHODS: A linked decision tree and cohort Markov model was developed and populated and validated using secondary data sources to represent the pathways, costs, and quality adjusted life-years (QALYs) gained of non-urgent patients with alternative waiting times for total knee replacement surgery to a maximum age of 100 years...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455675/the-function-and-therapeutic-targeting-of-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-alk-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc
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REVIEW
Brandon Golding, Anita Luu, Robert Jones, Alicia M Viloria-Petit
Lung cancer is the leading cause of death by cancer in North America. A decade ago, genomic rearrangements in the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) receptor tyrosine kinase were identified in a subset of non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) patients. Soon after, crizotinib, a small molecule ATP-competitive ALK inhibitor was proven to be more effective than chemotherapy in ALK-positive NSCLC patients. Crizotinib and two other ATP-competitive ALK inhibitors, ceritinib and alectinib, are approved for use as a first-line therapy in these patients, where ALK rearrangement is currently diagnosed by immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455672/non-abl-directed-inhibitors-as-alternative-treatment-strategies-for-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
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REVIEW
Michele Massimino, Stefania Stella, Elena Tirrò, Chiara Romano, Maria Stella Pennisi, Adriana Puma, Livia Manzella, Antonino Zanghì, Fabio Stagno, Francesco Di Raimondo, Paolo Vigneri
The introduction of ABL Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors (TKIs) has significantly improved the outcome of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) patients that, in large part, achieve satisfactory hematological, cytogenetic and molecular remissions. However, approximately 15-20% fail to obtain optimal responses according to the current European Leukemia Network recommendation because of drug intolerance or resistance.Moreover, a plethora of evidence suggests that Leukemic Stem Cells (LSCs) show BCR-ABL1-independent survival...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455659/receptor-tyrosine-kinases-and-downstream-pathways-as-druggable-targets-for-cancer-treatment-the-current-arsenal-of-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Wagner Ricardo Montor, Andrei Ronaldo Oliveira Silva Escartin Salas, Fabiana Henriques Machado de Melo
Searching for targets that allow pharmacological inhibition of cell proliferation in over-proliferative states, such as cancer, leads us to finely understand the complex mechanisms orchestrating the perfect control of mitosis number, frequency and pace as well as the molecular arrangements that induce cells to enter functional quiescence and brings them back to cycling in specific conditions. Although the mechanisms regulating cell proliferation have been described several years ago, never before has so much light been shed over this machinery as during the last decade when therapy targets have been explored and molecules, either synthetic or in the form of antibodies with the potential of becoming cancer drugs were produced and adjusted for specific binding and function...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455653/novel-targeted-therapies-and-immunotherapy-for-advanced-thyroid-cancers
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REVIEW
George E Naoum, Michael Morkos, Brian Kim, Waleed Arafat
Thyroid cancer is a frequently encountered endocrine malignancy. Despite the favorable prognosis of this disease, 15-20% of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) cases and most anaplastic types, remain resistant to standard treatment options, including radioactive iodine (RAI). In addition, around 30% of medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) cases show resistance after surgery. The evolving understanding of disease-specific molecular therapeutic targets has led to the approval of two targeted therapies (Sorafenib and Lenvatinib) for RAI refractory DTC and another two drugs (Vandetanib and Cabozantinib) for MTC...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455650/management-of-acquired-resistance-to-egfr-tki-targeted-therapy-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#18
REVIEW
Shang-Gin Wu, Jin-Yuan Shih
Recent advances in diagnosis and treatment are enabling a more targeted approach to treating lung cancers. Therapy targeting the specific oncogenic driver mutation could inhibit tumor progression and provide a favorable prognosis in clinical practice. Activating mutations of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are a favorable predictive factor for EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) treatment. For lung cancer patients with EGFR-exon 19 deletions or an exon 21 Leu858Arg mutation, the standard first-line treatment is first-generation (gefitinib, erlotinib), or second-generation (afatinib) TKIs...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455486/-anterior-cervical-hybrid-surgical-treatment-for-multilevel-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
#19
Bi-Shui Zhan, Xue-Sheng Jiang, Guo-Shun Zhou, Ya-Feng Ji
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical results of anterior cervical discectomy and reconstruction with a self-locking cage and internal fixation with short segmental plate for multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy. METHODS: From January 2012 to June 2015, a total of 106 patients received anterior cervical discectomy and reconstruction with a self-locking cage and internal fixation with short segmental plate were followed up. There were 71 males and 35 females, aged from 42 to 74 years old with an average of(55...
September 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455437/live-donor-liver-transplantation-for-acute-liver-failure-a-single-center-experience
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Siddharth Mehrotra, Naimish Mehta, Prashantha S Rao, Shailendra Lalwani, Vivek Mangla, Samiran Nundy
INTRODUCTION: Acute liver failure (ALF) is an indication for emergency liver transplantation (LT). Although centers performing only deceased donor liver transplants (DDLT) have shown improved outcomes in this situation, they still have relatively long waiting lists. An alternative would be living donor liver transplantation (LDLT), which has shown equivalent outcomes in the elective situation but there is limited evidence of its results in ALF. AIM: The purpose of this study was to assess the outcomes in patients with ALF undergoing emergency LDLT in our center in Delhi, India...
February 17, 2018: Indian Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
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