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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641322/scuba-diving-and-otology-a-systematic-review-with-recommendations-on-diagnosis-treatment-and-post-operative-care
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Devon M Livingstone, Kristine A Smith, Beth Lange
Scuba diving is a popular recreational and professional activity with inherent risks. Complications related to barotrauma and decompression illness can pose significant morbidity to a diver's hearing and balance systems. The majority of dive-related injuries affect the head and neck, particularly the outer, middle and inner ear. Given the high incidence of otologic complications from diving, an evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and treatment of otic pathology is a necessity. We performed a systematic and comprehensive literature review including the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of otologic pathology related to diving...
June 2017: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641159/a-model-to-calculate-the-progression-of-the-centre-of-pressure-under-the-foot-during-gait-analysis
#2
Melissa Gar Yee Louey, Anita Mudge, Elizabeth Wojciechowski, Morgan Sangeux
Pedobarography and the centre of pressure (COP) progression is useful to understand foot function. Pedobarography is often unavailable in gait laboratories or completed asynchronously to kinematic and kinetic data collection. This paper presents a model that allows calculation of COP progression synchronously using force plate data. The model is an adjunct to Plug-In-Gait and was applied to 49 typically developing children to create reference COP data. COP progressions were noted to spend 8% of stance behind the ankle joint centre, traverse lateral of the longitudinal axis of the foot through the midfoot for 76% of stance and finishing past the second metatarsal head on the medial side for 16% of stance...
June 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641025/relationship-between-length-and-width-of-the-purple-line-and-foetal-head-descent-in-active-phase-of-labour
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Morvarid Irani, Masoumeh Kordi, Habibollah Esmaily
Purple line is one of the non-invasive methods to assess the progress of labour. This longitudinal observational study was performed on 350 women during the active phase of labour. We assessed the relationship between length and width of the purple line and foetal head descent. Women were examined in the lateral position and researcher recorded the presence or absence of the line before each vaginal examination. Where present length and width of the line was measured using a disposable tape measure. The purple line appeared in 75...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640950/development-of-a-monte-carlo-multiple-source-model-for-inclusion-in-a-dose-calculation-auditing-tool
#4
Austin M Faught, Scott E Davidson, Jonas Fontenot, Stephen F Kry, Carol Etzel, Geoffrey S Ibbott, David S Followill
PURPOSE: The Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core Houston (IROC-H) (formerly the Radiological Physics Center) has reported varying levels of agreement in their anthropomorphic phantom audits. There is reason to believe one source of error in this observed disagreement is the accuracy of the dose calculation algorithms and heterogeneity corrections used. To audit this component of the radiotherapy treatment process an independent dose calculation tool is needed. METHODS: Monte Carlo multiple source models for Elekta 6MV and 10MV therapeutic x-ray beams were commissioned based on measurement of central axis depth dose data for a 10 x 10 cm(2) field size and dose profiles for a 40 x 40 cm(2) field size...
June 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640948/high-level-%C3%AE-iii-tubulin-overexpression-occurs-in-most-head-and-neck-cancers-but-is-unrelated-to-clinical-outcome
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Julie C Nienstedt, Alexander Gröbe, Till Clauditz, Ronald Simon, Adrian Muenscher, Rainald Knecht, Guido Sauter, Christoph Moebius, Marco Blessmann, Max Heiland, Christina Pflug
BACKGROUND: βIII-tubulin (TUBB3) is an isotype of microtubules, which are involved in crucial cellular roles including maintenance of cell shape, intracellular transport, and mitosis. Overexpression of TUBB3 was found to be associated with poor prognosis and resistance to tubulin-binding drugs and in several solid tumors including head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC). Considering the potential high importance of a prognostic biomarker in these cancers, the present study aimed to investigate the clinical relevance of immunohistochemical TUBB3 expression in HNSCC...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640868/functional-metabolomics-as-a-tool-to-analyze-mediator-function-and-structure-in-plants
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Celine Davoine, Ilka N Abreu, Khalil Khajeh, Jeanette Blomberg, Brendan N Kidd, Kemal Kazan, Peer M Schenk, Lorenz Gerber, Ove Nilsson, Thomas Moritz, Stefan Björklund
Mediator is a multiprotein transcriptional co-regulator complex composed of four modules; Head, Middle, Tail, and Kinase. It conveys signals from promoter-bound transcriptional regulators to RNA polymerase II and thus plays an essential role in eukaryotic gene regulation. We describe subunit localization and activities of Mediator in Arabidopsis through metabolome and transcriptome analyses from a set of Mediator mutants. Functional metabolomic analysis based on the metabolite profiles of Mediator mutants using multivariate statistical analysis and heat-map visualization shows that different subunit mutants display distinct metabolite profiles, which cluster according to the reported localization of the corresponding subunits in yeast...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640776/early-fever-after-trauma-does-it-matter
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Holly E Hinson, Susan Rowell, Cynthia Morris, Amber L Lin, Martin A Schreiber
BACKGROUND: Fever is strongly associated with poor outcome after traumatic brain injury (TBI). We hypothesized that early fever is a direct result of brain injury and thus would be more common in TBI than in patients without brain injury, and associated with inflammation. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled patients with major trauma with and without TBI from a busy level I trauma center ICU. Patients were assigned to one of four groups based on their presenting Head Abbreviated Injury Severity Scale scores (HAIS): Polytrauma: Head AIS score >2, one other region>2, Isolated Head: Head AIS score>2, all other regions <3, Isolated Body: One region >2, excluding Head/Face, Minor Injury: No region with AIS>2...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640732/do-nurse-staffing-levels-affect-patient-mortality-in-acute-secondary-care
#8
Barry Hill
This systematic literature review explores and considers whether registered nurse staffing levels affect patient mortality in acute secondary care settings. A discussion makes particular reference to the philosophical foundations of contrasting research approaches used within the literature. At the time of writing, the author was a modern matron for surgery, managing the ear, nose and throat; head and neck; airway; and reconstructive plastic surgery services in a large acute teaching hospital in central London...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637151/work-related-experiences-of-head-and-neck-cancer-survivors-an-exploratory-and-descriptive-qualitative-study
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Carolyn S Dewa, Lucy Trojanowski, Sietske J Tamminga, Jolie Ringash, Maurene McQuestion, Jeffrey S Hoch
PURPOSE: This exploratory and descriptive study contributes to the growing knowledge about the return-to-work (RTW) experience of head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors. Viewing RTW as a process, participants were asked to consider the work-related experience with HNC at different phases: (1) at diagnosis/pre-treatment, (2) working during treatment (if the respondent did not take a work disability leave), and (3) post-treatment/RTW (if the respondent took a work disability leave). METHODS: Data were gathered in nine individual semi-structured in-depth interviews with patients receiving treatment at a quaternary cancer center's HNC clinic in Ontario, Canada...
February 25, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637118/asymptomatic-chiari-type-i-malformation-should-patients-be-advised-against-participation-in-contact-sports
#10
Robert Spencer, Paul Leach
BACKGROUND: Chiari type I malformation (CM-I) is characterised by caudal displacement of the cerebellar tonsils through the foramen magnum, crowding the craniocervical junction. It is being increasingly diagnosed in asymptomatic patients due to the widespread availability of MRI, and there are case reports of these patients suffering sudden death or neurological injury following head or neck trauma, raising the issue of whether they should be prohibited from contact sport participation, given the likelihood of frequent trauma...
March 2, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637013/akt-can-modulate-the-in-vitro-response-of-hnscc-cells-to-irreversible-egfr-inhibitors
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Renato José Silva-Oliveira, Matias Melendez, Olga Martinho, Maicon F Zanon, Luciano de Souza Viana, André Lopes Carvalho, Rui Manuel Reis
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is overexpressed in up to 90% of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) tumors. Cetuximab is the first targeted (anti-EGFR) therapy approved for the treatment of HNSCC patients. However, its efficacy is limited due to primary and secondary resistance, and there is no predict biomarkers of response. New generation of EGFR inhibitors with pan HER targeting and irreversible action, such as afatinib and allitinib, represents a significant therapeutic promise. In this study, we intend to compare the potential cytotoxicity of two anti-EGFR inhibitors (afatinib and allitinib) with cetuximab and to identify potential predictive biomarkers of response in a panel of HNSCC cell lines...
June 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636985/changes-in-programmed-death-ligand-1-expression-during-cisplatin-treatment-in-patients-with-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Chan-Young Ock, Sehui Kim, Bhumsuk Keam, Soyeon Kim, Yong-Oon Ahn, Eun-Jae Chung, Jin-Ho Kim, Tae Min Kim, Seong Keun Kwon, Yoon Kyung Jeon, Kyeong Chun Jung, Dong-Wan Kim, Hong-Gyun Wu, Myung-Whun Sung, Dae Seog Heo
Programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression is regarded as a predictive marker for anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapy. The purpose of study was to explore the changes in PD-L1 expression in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) during treatment. Paired HNSCC tissues prior to and after cisplatin-based treatment were evaluated to determine PD-L1 protein expression by immunohistochemistry. Among the 35 HNSCC patient samples, PD-L1 expression status changed after treatment in 37.1% (13/35) of samples. Among the 13 patients whose baseline PD-L1 was negative, PD-L1 expression was increased in 9 cases (69...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636956/elicitation-of-robust-tier-2-neutralizing-antibody-responses-in-nonhuman-primates-by-hiv-envelope-trimer-immunization-using-optimized-approaches
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Matthias Pauthner, Colin Havenar-Daughton, Devin Sok, Joseph P Nkolola, Raiza Bastidas, Archana V Boopathy, Diane G Carnathan, Abishek Chandrashekar, Kimberly M Cirelli, Christopher A Cottrell, Alexey M Eroshkin, Javier Guenaga, Kirti Kaushik, Daniel W Kulp, Jinyan Liu, Laura E McCoy, Aaron L Oom, Gabriel Ozorowski, Kai W Post, Shailendra K Sharma, Jon M Steichen, Steven W de Taeye, Talar Tokatlian, Alba Torrents de la Peña, Salvatore T Butera, Celia C LaBranche, David C Montefiori, Guido Silvestri, Ian A Wilson, Darrell J Irvine, Rogier W Sanders, William R Schief, Andrew B Ward, Richard T Wyatt, Dan H Barouch, Shane Crotty, Dennis R Burton
The development of stabilized recombinant HIV envelope trimers that mimic the virion surface molecule has increased enthusiasm for a neutralizing antibody (nAb)-based HIV vaccine. However, there is limited experience with recombinant trimers as immunogens in nonhuman primates, which are typically used as a model for humans. Here, we tested multiple immunogens and immunization strategies head-to-head to determine their impact on the quantity, quality, and kinetics of autologous tier 2 nAb development. A bilateral, adjuvanted, subcutaneous immunization protocol induced reproducible tier 2 nAb responses after only two immunizations 8 weeks apart, and these were further enhanced by a third immunization with BG505 SOSIP trimer...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636917/kinesin-processivity-is-determined-by-a-kinetic-race-from-a-vulnerable-one-head-bound-state
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Keith J Mickolajczyk, William O Hancock
Kinesin processivity, defined as the average number of steps that occur per interaction with a microtubule, is an important biophysical determinant of the motor's intracellular capabilities. Despite its fundamental importance to the diversity of tasks that kinesins carry out in cells, no existing quantitative model fully explains how structural differences between kinesins alter kinetic rates in the ATPase cycle to produce functional changes in processivity. Here we use high-resolution single-molecule microscopy to directly observe the stepping behavior of kinesin-1 and -2 family motors with different length neck-linker domains...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636909/electric-field-induced-protein-translocation-via-a-conformational-transition-in-secdf-an-md-study
#15
Emel Ficici, Daun Jeong, Ioan Andricioaei
SecDF is an important component of the Sec protein translocation machinery embedded in the bacterial membrane, which is associated with many functions, such as stabilizing other Sec translocon components within the membrane, maintaining the transmembrane (TM) potential, and facilitating the ATP-independent stage of the translocation mechanism. Related studies suggest that SecDF undergoes functionally important conformational changes that involve mainly its P1-head domain and that these changes are coupled with the proton motive force (Δp)...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636876/tissue-alignment-enhances-remodeling-potential-of-tendon-derived-cells-lessons-from-a-novel-microtissue-model-of-tendon-scarring
#16
Jasper Foolen, Stefania L Wunderli, Sandra Loerakker, Jess G Snedeker
Tendinopathy is a widespread and unresolved clinical challenge, in which associated pain and hampered mobility present a major cause for work-related disability. Tendinopathy associates with a change from a healthy tissue with aligned extracellular matrix (ECM) and highly polarized cells that are connected head-to-tail, towards a diseased tissue with a disorganized ECM and randomly distributed cells, scar-like features that are commonly attributed to poor innate regenerative capacity of the tissue. A fundamental clinical dilemma with this scarring process is whether treatment strategies should focus on healing the affected (disorganized) tissue or strengthen the remaining healthy (anisotropic) tissue...
June 18, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636854/cluster-randomized-crossover-trial-of-head-positioning-in-acute-stroke
#17
Craig S Anderson, Hisatomi Arima, Pablo Lavados, Laurent Billot, Maree L Hackett, Verónica V Olavarría, Paula Muñoz Venturelli, Alejandro Brunser, Bin Peng, Liying Cui, Lily Song, Kris Rogers, Sandy Middleton, Joyce Y Lim, Denise Forshaw, C Elizabeth Lightbody, Mark Woodward, Octavio Pontes-Neto, H Asita De Silva, Ruey-Tay Lin, Tsong-Hai Lee, Jeyaraj D Pandian, Gillian E Mead, Thompson Robinson, Caroline Watkins
BACKGROUND: The role of supine positioning after acute stroke in improving cerebral blood flow and the countervailing risk of aspiration pneumonia have led to variation in head positioning in clinical practice. We wanted to determine whether outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke could be improved by positioning the patient to be lying flat (i.e., fully supine with the back horizontal and the face upwards) during treatment to increase cerebral perfusion. METHODS: In a pragmatic, cluster-randomized, crossover trial conducted in nine countries, we assigned 11,093 patients with acute stroke (85% of the strokes were ischemic) to receive care in either a lying-flat position or a sitting-up position with the head elevated to at least 30 degrees, according to the randomization assignment of the hospital to which they were admitted; the designated position was initiated soon after hospital admission and was maintained for 24 hours...
June 22, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636741/adenoid-cystic-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck-area-oncologic-treatment-and-plastic-reconstructive-options
#18
Johannes A Veit, Julia Thierauf, Thomas K Hoffmann, Jens Greve, Nicole Rotter, Patrick J Schuler, Marc O Scheithauer
Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the head and neck area is a rare malignant tumor with acceptable short-term but mediocre long-term prognosis. Radical tumor excision with clear resection margins, and sometimes resection of the facial nerve due to perineural growth, remains the fundamental therapy. We present 3 distinct clinical cases and discuss the current therapeutic options with special focus on plastic-reconstructive techniques. For reconstruction, the full armament of local and free flaps, as well as prosthetics, may be necessary...
June 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636734/is-computed-tomography-perfusion-a-useful-method-for-distinguishing-between-benign-and-malignant-neck-masses
#19
Fatih Düzgün, Serdar Tarhan, Gülgün Yılmaz Ovalı, Görkem Eskiizmir, Yüksel Pabuşçu
Evaluation of neck masses is frequent in ear, nose, and throat clinics. Successful outcomes associated with neck mass are directly related to rapid diagnosis and accurate treatment for each patient. Late diagnosis of a malignant mass increases the magnitude of morbidity and the rate of mortality of the disease. Although magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography (CT) examinations are important tools for evaluating head and neck pathologies, they do not allow functional evaluation. For this reason, CT perfusion (CTP) as a method of functional evaluation for distinguishing benign from malignant masses is gaining attention...
June 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636547/hnscc-subverts-pbmcs-to-secrete-soluble-products-that-promote-tumor-cell-proliferation
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Marcell Costa de Medeiros, Rajat Banerjee, Min Liu, Giovana Anovazzi, Nisha J D'Silva, Carlos Rossa Junior
The immune system detects shifts from homeostasis and eliminates altered cells. However, neoplastic cells can modulate the host response to escape immunosurveillance thereby allowing tumor progression. Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is one of the most immunosuppressive cancers but its role in co-opting the immune system to actively promote tumor growth has not been investigated. In this study, we investigated the influence of soluble factors secreted by HNSCC and non-neoplastic epithelial cells on proliferation, apoptosis, activation, cytokine gene expression and phenotypic polarization of immune cells of healthy donors...
June 15, 2017: Oncotarget
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