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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242401/eboni-a-tool-for-automated-quantification-of-bone-metastasis-load-in-psma-pet-ct
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Jochen Hammes, Philipp Täger, Alexander Drzezga
PSMA PET/CT has a high diagnostic accuracy for lesion detection in metastatic prostate cancer (MPC), including bone metastases. Novel therapeutic approaches require valid biomarkers for standardized disease staging, progression and therapy response. Here, we introduce EBONI (Evaluation of Bone Involvement), a software to automatically quantify bone metastasis load in PSMA PET/CT. Lesion quantity, mean and maximum lesional standardized uptake value (SUV), Z-Score and percentage of affected bone volume are determined...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237450/adding-chinese-herbal-medicine-to-conventional-therapy-brings-cognitive-benefits-to-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-a-retrospective-analysis
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Jing Shi, Jingnian Ni, Tao Lu, Xuekai Zhang, Mingqing Wei, Ting Li, Weiwei Liu, Yongyan Wang, Yuanyuan Shi, Jinzhou Tian
BACKGROUND: Conventional therapy (CT) such as donepezil and memantine are well-known short-term treatments for the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The efficacy of them, however, drops below baseline level after 9 months. In China, herbal therapy as a complementary therapy is very popular. Should conventional therapy combined with herbal therapy (CT + H) make add-on benefit? METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, 344 outpatients diagnosed as probable dementia due to AD were collected, with the treatment of either CT + H or CT alone in clinical settings...
December 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234674/microrna-in-glioblastoma-an-overview
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REVIEW
Barbara Banelli, Alessandra Forlani, Giorgio Allemanni, Anna Morabito, Maria Pia Pistillo, Massimo Romani
Glioblastoma is the most aggressive brain tumor and, even with the current multimodal therapy, is an invariably lethal cancer with a life expectancy that depends on the tumor subtype but, even in the most favorable cases, rarely exceeds 2 years. Epigenetic factors play an important role in gliomagenesis, are strong predictors of outcome, and are important determinants for the resistance to radio- and chemotherapy. The latest addition to the epigenetic machinery is the noncoding RNA (ncRNA), that is, RNA molecules that are not translated into a protein and that exert their function by base pairing with other nucleic acids in a reversible and nonmutational mode...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234418/effects-of-acupuncture-on-alzheimer-s-disease-in-animal-based-research
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REVIEW
Sunjung Park, Jun-Hwan Lee, Eun Jin Yang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disease characterized by the accumulation of amyloid beta (Aβ) plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, and severe functional deficits in the brain. The pathogenesis and treatment of AD remain topics of investigation and significant global socioeconomic issues. The effect of complementary medicine has been investigated in managing AD. Acupuncture, a form of therapy practiced for more than 3000 years, has shown positive effects on several neurological disorders including AD...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233927/comprehensive-mutation-and-copy-number-profiling-in-archived-circulating-breast-cancer-tumor-cells-documents-heterogeneous-resistance-mechanisms
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Costanza Paoletti, Andi K Cani, Jose M Larios, Daniel H Hovelson, Kimberly Aung, Elizabeth P Darga, Emily M Cannell, Paul J Baratta, Chia-Jen Liu, David Chu, Maryam Yazdani, Allen R Blevins, Valeria Sero, Nahomi Tokudome, Dafydd G Thomas, Christina Gersch, Anne F Schott, Yi-Mi Wu, Robert Lonigro, Dan R Robinson, Arul M Chinnaiyan, Farideh Z Bischoff, Michael D Johnson, Ben Ho Park, Daniel F Hayes, James M Rae, Scott A Tomlins
Addressing drug resistance is a core challenge in cancer research, but the degree of heterogeneity in resistance mechanisms in cancer is unclear. In this study, we conducted next-generation sequencing (NGS) of circulating tumor cells (CTC) from patients with advanced cancer, to assess mechanisms of resistance to targeted therapy and reveal opportunities for precision medicine. Comparison of the genomic landscapes of CTC and tissue metastases is complicated by challenges in comprehensive CTC genomic profiling and paired tissue acquisition, particularly in patients who progress after targeted therapy...
December 12, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231290/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-clinical-performance-of-somatostatin-receptor-positron-emission-tomography-in-cardiac-sarcoidosis
#6
Carmen Pizarro, Folke Kluenker, Darius Dabir, Daniel Thomas, Florian C Gaertner, Markus Essler, Christian Grohé, Georg Nickenig, Dirk Skowasch
AIMS: Cardiac affection constitutes a major limiting condition in systemic sarcoidosis. The primary objective of this study was to investigate the persistence rate of cardiac sarcoid involvement by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in patients diagnosed with cardiac sarcoidosis (CS). Moreover, we examined the additional insights into myocardial damage's characteristics gained by somatostatin receptor scintigraphy. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a pilot study, we had previously identified cardiac involvement-diagnosed by CMR imaging-to be present in 29 of 188 patients (15...
December 12, 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231062/promising-immunotherapy-for-prostate-cancer
#7
John C Henegan, Guru Sonpavde
Sipuleucel-T is the only currently approved immunotherapy for the management of prostate cancer. However, other immunotherapy agents have recently shown activity in prostate cancer and are being developed alone or in combination with other agents. Areas covered: This article provides a review of positive or encouraging clinical trials of agents under development including vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, immune modulators, gene-mediated cytotoxic immunotherapy and chimeric antigen receptor-modified 'designer' T cells in patients with prostate cancer...
December 12, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225198/perspective-in-optimization-of-stem-cell-therapies-for-heart-regeneration
#8
Paulina Gapska, Maciej Kurpisz
There is a variety of mechanisms(s) factor(s) that may influence stem cell therapies for heart regeneration. Among the best candidates for stem cell source are: mesenchymal stem cells (also those isolated from adipose tissue), cardiac cell progenitors (CPC) and descendants of iPSC cells. iPSC/s can be potentially beneficial although their pluripotent induction has been still in question due to: low propagation efficacy, danger of genomic integration/instability, biological risk of current vector system teratoma formation etc...
December 7, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223449/anti-hsv-2-activity-of-peganum-harmala-l-and-isolation-of-the-active-compound
#9
Roudaina Benzekri, Lamjed Bouslama, Adele Papetti, Majdi Hammami, Abderrazak Smaoui, Ferid Limam
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Nucleoside analogues such as acyclovir (ACV) are the usual therapy for treating HSV infection. However, the overuse of this drug has led to the emergence of resistant strains. Therefore, the search for new alternative or complementary molecules to overcome this obstacle is needed. In this objective, Peganum harmala was investigated for its HSV-2 activity. The organic extracts of the different plant organs were evaluated for their cytotoxicity on Vero cells by the MTT test and anti HSV-2 activity by plaque reduction assay...
December 6, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221475/a-critical-realist-evaluation-of-a-music-therapy-intervention-in-palliative-care
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Sam Porter, Tracey McConnell, Mike Clarke, Jenny Kirkwood, Naomi Hughes, Lisa Graham-Wisener, Joan Regan, Miriam McKeown, Kerry McGrillen, Joanne Reid
BACKGROUND: Music therapy is increasingly used as an adjunct therapy to support symptom management in palliative care. However, studies to date have paid little attention to the processes that lead to changes in patient outcomes. To fill this gap, we examined the processes and experiences involved in the introduction of music therapy as an adjunct complementary therapy to palliative care in a hospice setting in the United Kingdom (UK). METHODS: Using a realistic evaluation approach, we conducted a qualitative study using a variety of approaches...
December 8, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218277/effect-of-multimedia-self-care-education-on-quality-of-life-in-burn-patients
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Fatemeh Mohaddes Ardebili, Tahereh Najafi Ghezeljeh, Mehri Bozorgnejad, Mohammadreza Zarei, Hooman Ghorbani, Farzad Manafi
BACKGROUND: Burn injuries can have adverse effects on quality of life of patients and can disturb their physiological, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. This study aimed to investigate the effect of multimedia self-care program on quality of life in burn patients. METHODS: This Randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted from November 2015 to December 2016. The samples were hospitalized burn patients with 10% to 45% of 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns of total body surface area (TBSA)...
September 2017: World Journal of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218270/anatomic-functional-and-molecular-imaging-in-lung-cancer-precision-radiation-therapy-treatment-response-assessment-and-radiation-therapy-personalization
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REVIEW
Michael MacManus, Sarah Everitt, Tanja Schimek-Jasch, X Allen Li, Ursula Nestle, Feng-Ming Spring Kong
This article reviews key imaging modalities for lung cancer patients treated with radiation therapy (RT) and considers their actual or potential contributions to critical decision-making. An international group of researchers with expertise in imaging in lung cancer patients treated with RT considered the relevant literature on modalities, including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET). These perspectives were coordinated to summarize the current status of imaging in lung cancer and flag developments with future implications...
December 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216365/tyrosyl-dna-phosphodiesterases-rescuing-the-genome-from-the-risks-of-relaxation
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Ajinkya S Kawale, Lawrence F Povirk
Tyrosyl-DNA Phosphodiesterases 1 (TDP1) and 2 (TDP2) are eukaryotic enzymes that clean-up after aberrant topoisomerase activity. While TDP1 hydrolyzes phosphotyrosyl peptides emanating from trapped topoisomerase I (Top I) from the 3' DNA ends, topoisomerase 2 (Top II)-induced 5'-phosphotyrosyl residues are processed by TDP2. Even though the canonical functions of TDP1 and TDP2 are complementary, they exhibit little structural or sequence similarity. Homozygous mutations in genes encoding these enzymes lead to the development of severe neurodegenerative conditions due to the accumulation of transcription-dependent topoisomerase cleavage complexes underscoring the biological significance of these enzymes in the repair of topoisomerase-DNA lesions in the nervous system...
December 4, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216273/isoniazid-concentrations-in-hair-and-plasma-area-under-the-curve-exposure-among-children-with-tuberculosis
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Vidya Mave, Aarti Kinikar, Anju Kagal, Smita Nimkar, Hari Koli, Sultanat Khwaja, Renu Bharadwaj, Roy Gerona, Anita Wen, Geetha Ramachandran, Hemanth Kumar, Peter Bacchetti, Kelly E Dooley, Nikhil Gupte, Amita Gupta, Monica Gandhi
We measured hair and plasma concentrations of isoniazid among sixteen children with tuberculosis who underwent personal or video-assisted directly observed therapy and thus had 100% adherence. This study therefore defined typical isoniazid exposure parameters after two months of treatment among fully-adherent patients in both hair and plasma (plasma area under the concentration-time curve, AUC, estimated using pharmacokinetic data collected 0, 2, 4, and 6 hours after drug administration). We found that INH levels in hair among highly-adherent individuals did not correlate well with plasma AUC or trough concentrations, suggesting that each measure may provide incremental and complementary information regarding drug exposure in the context of TB treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214873/a-highly-sensitive-mir-195-nanobiosensor-for-early-detection-of-parkinson-s-disease
#15
Zahra Aghili, Navid Nasirizadeh, Adeleh Divsalar, Shahram Shoeibi, Parichehreh Yaghmaei
Early detection of Parkinson's disease (PD), as a dangerous neurodegenerative disease, is a key factor in the therapy or prevention of further development of this disease. We developed an electrochemical nanobiosensor for early detection of PD based on the quantification of circulating biomarker, miR-195. Exfoliated graphene oxide (EGO) and gold nanowires (GNWs) were used to modify the surface of screen-printed carbon electrode. A single-strand thiolated probe was designed for specific hybridization with target miRNA (miR-195), and doxorubicin was used as an electrochemical indicator for differential pulse voltammetry measurements...
December 7, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214694/myelodysplastic-syndromes-2018-update-on-diagnosis-risk-stratification-and-management
#16
Guillermo Montalban-Bravo, Guillermo Garcia-Manero
DISEASE OVERVIEW: The myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a very heterogeneous group of myeloid disorders characterized by peripheral blood cytopenias and increased risk of transformation to acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). MDS occurs more frequently in older males and in individuals with prior exposure to cytotoxic therapy. DIAGNOSIS: Diagnosis of MDS is based on morphological evidence of dysplasia upon visual examination of a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy. Information obtained from additional studies such as karyotype, flow cytometry or molecular genetics is usually complementary and may help refine diagnosis...
January 2018: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212428/book-review-complementary-and-integrative-therapies-for-mental-health-and-aging-lavretsky-h-sajatovic-m-reynolds-c-iii-eds-2016-complementary-and-integrative-therapies-for-mental-health-and-aging-new-york-ny-oxford-university-press-571-pp-125-isbn-978-0199380862
#17
Nora Rye, Tess Schleitwiler, Keith A Anderson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210673/detecting-beta-amyloid-aggregation-from-the-time-resolved-emission-spectra
#18
Abeer Alghamdi, Vladislav Vyshemirsky, David J S Birch, Olaf J Rolinski
Aggregation of beta-amyloids is one of key processes responsible for the development of Alzheimer's desease. Early molecular-level detection of beta-amyloid oligomers may help in early diagnosis and in the development of new intervention therapies. Our previous studies on changes in beta-amyloid's single tyrosine intrinsic fluorescence response during aggregation demonstrated a four-exponential fluorescence intensity decay, and that the ratio of the pre-exponential factors indicated the extent of aggregation in the early stages of the process before the beta-sheets are formed...
December 6, 2017: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209794/advances-in-therapeutic-bacterial-antisense-biotechnology
#19
REVIEW
John P Hegarty, David B Stewart
Antisense therapeutics are a biotechnological form of antibiotic therapy using chemical analogues of short single-stranded nucleic acid sequences modified to form stable oligomers. These molecules are termed antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) because their sequence is complementary, via Watson-Crick specific base pairing, to their target messenger RNA (mRNA). ASOs modify gene expression in this sequence-dependent manner by binding to its complementary mRNA and inhibiting its translation into protein through steric blockage and/or through RNase degradation of the ASO/RNA duplex...
December 5, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207881/sickle-cell-disease-a-malady-beyond-a-hemoglobin-defect-in-cerebrovascular-disease
#20
Junaid Ansari, Youmna E Moufarrej, Rafal Pawlinski, Felicity N E Gavins
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a devastating monogenic disorder that presents as a multisystem illness and affects approximately 100,000 individuals in the United States alone. SCD management largely focuses on primary prevention, symptomatic treatment and targeting of hemoglobin polymerization and red blood cell sickling. Areas covered: This review will discuss the progress of SCD over the last few decades, highlighting some of the clinical (mainly cerebrovascular) and psychosocial challenges of SCD in the United States...
December 5, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
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