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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161640/aging-schwann-cells-mechanisms-implications-future-directions
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REVIEW
Michio Wendell Painter
The aging peripheral nervous system (PNS) is prone to a number of disorders, including the development of neuropathies and increased regenerative failure. Although the basic mechanisms of the aging PNS are still rather murky, recent work has revealed that 'old' Schwann cells acquire a number of dysfunctions in mammals. This review will assess our current knowledge about aging Schwann cells while emphasizing where gaps exist. Indeed, as our understanding of how these peripheral glia contribute to the development, maintenance and regeneration of the PNS becomes increasingly refined, we should also turn our attention to questions of escalating importance in our rapidly greying society: how do Schwann cells change with aging, how might these changes contribute to dysfunction and disease, and what, if anything, might this tell us about the aging central nervous system?...
November 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161237/bilateral-visual-field-defects-in-a-patient-treated-with-the-mek-and-braf-inhibitors-trametinib-and-dabrafenib-for-melanoma-of-unknown-origin
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Jakob Siedlecki, Marc Mackert, Armin Wolf, Carola Berking, Siegfried G Priglinger, Kirsten Eibl-Lindner
INTRODUCTION: Although the introduction of BRAF and MEK inhibitors has greatly enhanced treatment possibilities in advanced BRAFV600-mutated melanoma, class-related toxicities are rather frequent and often involve the eye. Ophthalmologic side effects most commonly include central/diffuse serous retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion. Affection of the optic nerve head however has not been described clinically. CASE REPORT: A 29-year-old man presented in our eye clinic with bilateral blurred vision...
April 17, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160836/an-in-vitro-study-of-the-photodynamic-effectiveness-of-go-ag-nanocomposites-against-human-breast-cancer-cells
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Fozia Shaheen, Muhammad Hammad Aziz, Muhammad Fakhar-E-Alam, Muhammad Atif, Mahvish Fatima, Riaz Ahmad, Atif Hanif, Saqib Anwar, Fatima Zafar, Ghazanfar Abbas, Syed Mansoor Ali, Mukhtar Ahmed
Graphene-based materials have garnered significant attention because of their versatile bioapplications and extraordinary properties. Graphene oxide (GO) is an extremely oxidized form of graphene accompanied by the functional groups of oxygen on its surface. GO is an outstanding platform on which to pacify silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs), which gives rise to the graphene oxide-silver nanoparticle (GO-Ag) nanocomposite. In this experimental study, the toxicity of graphene oxide-silver (GO-Ag) nanocomposites was assessed in an in vitro human breast cancer model to optimize the parameters of photodynamic therapy...
November 21, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160561/can-overnight-stenting-be-safely-eliminated-following-a-pharyngeal-flap-a-matched-comparison-study
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Andre M Wineland, Jareen Meinzen-Derr, Paul Willging
OBJECTIVE: Determine if overnight stenting is warranted after pharyngeal flap for management of velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) in pediatric patients METHODS: This is a retrospective age-matched cohort study from a single tertiary pediatric facility. Patients who underwent a posterior pharyngeal flap for VPI from January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2016, were included. Two equal groups were constructed based on when their nasal stents were removed, that is, postoperative day (POD) 0 or POD 1...
November 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159946/extracellular-volume-with-bolus-only-technique-in-amyloidosis-patients-diagnostic-accuracy-correlation-with-other-clinical-cardiac-measures-and-ability-to-track-changes-in-amyloid-load-over-time
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Giulia Zumbo, Sharon V Barton, Douglas Thompson, Min Sun, Amna Abdel-Gadir, Thomas A Treibel, Daniel Knight, Ana Martinez-Naharro, Lane Thirusha, Julian D Gillmore, James C Moon, Philip N Hawkins, Marianna Fontana
BACKGROUND: Extracellular volume (ECV) by T1 mapping requires the contrast agent distribution to be at equilibrium. This can be achieved either definitively with a primed contrast infusion (infusion ECV), or sufficiently with a delay postbolus (bolus-only ECV). For large ECV, the bolus-only approach measures higher than the infusion ECV, causing some uncertainty in diseases such as amyloidosis. PURPOSE: To characterize the relationship between the bolus-only and current gold-standard infusion ECV in patients with amyloidosis...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159797/correlation-of-opioid-mortality-with-prescriptions-and-social-determinants-a-cross-sectional-study-of-medicare-enrollees
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Christos A Grigoras, Styliani Karanika, Elpida Velmahos, Michail Alevizakos, Myrto-Eleni Flokas, Christos Kaspiris-Rousellis, Ioannis-Nektarios Evaggelidis, Panagiotis Artelaris, Constantinos I Siettos, Eleftherios Mylonakis
BACKGROUND: The opioid epidemic is an escalating health crisis. We evaluated the impact of opioid prescription rates and socioeconomic determinants on opioid mortality rates, and identified potential differences in prescription patterns by categories of practitioners. METHODS: We combined the 2013 and 2014 Medicare Part D data and quantified the opioid prescription rate in a county level cross-sectional study with data from 2710 counties, 468,614 unique prescribers and 46,665,037 beneficiaries...
November 20, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159183/patients-affected-by-unmethylated-o-6-methylguanine-dna-methyltransferase-glioblastoma-undergoing-radiochemotherapy-may-benefit-from-moderately-dose-escalated-radiotherapy
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Paolo Tini, Valerio Nardone, Pierpaolo Pastina, Giuseppe Battaglia, Clelia Miracco, Lucio Sebaste, Giovanni Rubino, Alfonso Cerase, Luigi Pirtoli
Purpose: To compare the therapeutic results of two radiotherapy (RT) dose schedules in combined temozolomide- (TMZ-) RT treatment in newly diagnosed glioblastoma (GB), according to the O(6)-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) methylation status. Material and Method: Patients received either standard (60 Gy) or moderately escalated dose (70 Gy) radiotherapy (RT) with concomitant and adjuvant TMZ between June 2006 and October 2013. We retrospectively evaluated the therapeutic effectiveness of RT schedules in terms of Overall Survival (OS) and Progression-Disease Free Survival (PDFS) analyzing the MGMT methylation status...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158796/radiotherapy-alone-or-concurrent-chemoradiation-for-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-elderly-patients
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Lina Zhao, Yongchun Zhou, Haitao Pan, Yutian Yin, Guangjin Chai, Yunfeng Mu, Feng Xiao, Steven H Lin, Mei Shi
Purpose: The reported data of elderly ESCC are rather limited and there is a lack of information to guide treatment decisions for elderly patients with esophageal cancer. This study aims to identify the efficacy and factors for optimal treatment approaches for elderly esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) treated with radiotherapy (RT) alone or concurrent chemoradiation (CCRT). Methods: This study included 184 I-III elderly ESCC patients aged ≥70 years treated by oral single agent CCRT (sCCRT) or double agents CCRT (dCCRT) or RT alone at a single institution in China...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158782/a-phase-ii-trial-of-preoperative-concurrent-chemotherapy-and-dose-escalated-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-imrt-for-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer
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Jeremy Tey, Cheng Nang Leong, Wai Kit Cheong, Tay Guan Sze, Wei Peng Yong, Ivan Weng Keong Tham, Khai Mun Lee
Objectives: To determine the pathological response rates and toxicity and in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer treated with concurrent capecitabine and dose escalated intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) Methods: Patients with stage II or III adenocarcinoma of the rectum were treated with preoperative concurrent capecitabine and IMRT. Dose of capecitabine was 825mg/m(2), 5 days a week for 5 weeks. IMRT was used to deliver a dose of 45Gy in 25 fractions (1.8Gy per fraction daily, 5 days a week over 5 weeks) to the regional lymphatics and areas at risk of harbouring microscopic disease...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158367/safety-pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-and-antitumor-activity-of-necuparanib-combined-with-nab-paclitaxel-and-gemcitabine-in-patients-with-metastatic-pancreatic-cancer-phase-i-results
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Eileen M O'Reilly, James Roach, Paul Miller, Kenneth H Yu, Catherine Tjan, Molly Rosano, Silva Krause, William Avery, Julie Wolf, Keith Flaherty, Darrell Nix, David P Ryan
LESSONS LEARNED: Despite the compelling preclinical rationale of evaluating the genetically engineered heparin derivative, necuparanib, combined with standard therapy in metastatic pancreas adenocarcinoma, the results were ultimately disappointing.Safety was documented, although dose escalation was limited by the number of subcutaneous injections, the potential for skin toxicity (cellulitis), and low-level anticoagulant effect. Nonetheless, the hypothesis of targeting prothrombotic pathways in pancreas adenocarcinoma remains compelling...
November 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158359/are-cocaine-seeking-habits-necessary-for-the-development-of-addiction-like-behavior-in-rats
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Bryan F Singer, Monica Fadanelli, Alex B Kawa, Terry E Robinson
Drug self-administration models of addiction typically require animals to make the same response (e.g., a lever-press or nose-poke) over and over to procure and take drugs. By their design, such procedures often produce behavior controlled by stimulus-response (S-R) habits. This has supported the notion of addiction as a "drug habit", and has led to considerable advances in our understanding of the neurobiological basis of such behavior. However, for addicts to procure drugs, like cocaine, often requires considerable ingenuity and flexibility in seeking behavior, which, by definition, precludes the development of habits...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158037/quantitative-imaging-dosimetry-and-metrology-where-do-national-metrology-institutes-fit-in
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A J Fenwick, J L Wevrett, K M Ferreira, A M Denis-Bacelar, A P Robinson
In External Beam Radiotherapy, National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) play a critical role in the delivery of accurate absorbed doses to patients undergoing treatment. In contrast for nuclear medicine the role of the NMI is less clear and although significant work has been done in order to establish links for activity measurement, the calculation of administered absorbed doses is not traceable in the same manner as EBRT. Over recent decades the use of novel radiolabelled pharmaceuticals has increased dramatically...
November 11, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157527/catheter-directed-therapy-for-pulmonary-embolism-patient-selection-and-technical-considerations
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REVIEW
Bedros Taslakian, Akhilesh K Sista
Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is the third most common cause of death among hospitalized patients. Treatment escalation beyond anticoagulation therapy is necessary in patients with cardiogenic shock and may be of benefit in select normotensive patients with right heart strain. Percutaneous catheter-based techniques (catheter-directed mechanical thrombectomy, clot maceration, and/or pharmacologic thrombolysis) as an alternative or adjunct to systemic thrombolysis can rapidly debulk central clot in patients with shock...
January 2018: Interventional cardiology clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157363/detecting-structural-progression-in-glaucoma-with-optical-coherence-tomography
#14
Andrew J Tatham, Felipe A Medeiros
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is increasingly used to obtain objective measurements of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL), optic nerve head, and macula for assessing glaucoma progression. Although OCT has been adopted widely in clinical practice, uncertainty remains concerning its optimal role. Questions include: What is the best structure to measure? What quantity of change is significant? Are structural changes relevant to the patient? How are longitudinal measurements affected by aging? How can changes resulting from aging be differentiated from true progression? How best should OCT be used alongside visual fields, and how often should OCT be performed? Recent studies have addressed some of these questions...
December 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157145/clostridium-difficile-treatment-in-neutropenic-patients-clinical-outcomes-of-metronidazole-vancomycin-combinations-and-switch-therapy
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Jennifer D Tieu, Sarah A Schmidt, Jamie L Miller, Katherine E Kupiec, Grant H Skrepnek, Connie Liu, Winter J Smith
Background Clostridium difficile infection treatment guidelines exist for immunocompetent patients; however, there is a paucity of data evaluating clinical outcomes and time to C. difficile-associated diarrhea resolution in neutropenic patients. Objective To assess clinical outcomes in neutropenic patients treated with metronidazole, oral vancomycin, the combination of metronidazole plus oral vancomycin, and switch of metronidazole to oral vancomycin. Methods This retrospective, observational cohort study assessed adult neutropenic inpatients with C...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157069/tumor-volume-regression-during-preoperative-chemoradiotherapy-for-rectal-cancer-a-prospective-observational-study-with-weekly-mri
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Robbe Van den Begin, Jean-Paul Kleijnen, Benedikt Engels, Marielle Philippens, Bram van Asselen, Bas Raaymakers, Onne Reerink, Mark De Ridder, Martijn Intven
PURPOSE: Few data is available on rectal tumor shrinkage during preoperative chemoradiotherapy (CRT). This regression pattern is interesting to optimize timing of dose escalation on the tumor. METHODS: Gross tumor volumes (GTV) were contoured by two observers on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) obtained before, weekly during, 2-4 weeks after, and 7-8 weeks after a 5-week course of concomitant CRT for rectal cancer. RESULTS: Overall, 120 MRIs were acquired in 15 patients...
November 20, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154173/prognostic-value-of-tumour-infiltrating-lymphocytes-in-small-her2-positive-breast-cancer
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Carmen Criscitiello, Vincenzo Bagnardi, Giancarlo Pruneri, Andrea Vingiani, Angela Esposito, Nicole Rotmensz, Giuseppe Curigliano
BACKGROUND: The standard treatment for patients with small, node-negative, human epidermal growth factor receptor type 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer (BC) is still controversial. Our aim was to assess the prognostic role of tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in patients with stage pT1a-b HER2-positive BC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Haematoxylin and eosin slides from node-negative, pT1a-b HER2-positive BC surgical specimens were retrieved from pathology archives to assess TILs and their association with outcome...
November 15, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154003/tracing-the-role-of-endogenous-carbon-in-denitrification-using-wine-industry-by-product-as-an-external-electron-donor-coupling-isotopic-tools-with-mathematical-modeling
#18
R Carrey, P Rodríguez-Escales, A Soler, N Otero
Nitrate removal through enhanced biological denitrification (EBD), consisting of the inoculation of an external electron donor, is a feasible solution for the recovery of groundwater quality. In this context, liquid waste from wine industries (wine industry by-products, WIB) may be feasible for use as a reactant to enhance heterotrophic denitrification. To address the feasibility of WIB as electron donor to promote denitrification, as well as to evaluate the role of biomass as a secondary organic C source, a flow-through experiment was carried out...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153866/a-phase-i-trial-of-the-pi3k-inhibitor-buparlisib-combined-with-capecitabine-in-patients-with-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Autumn J McRee, Paul K Marcom, Dominic T Moore, William C Zamboni, Zachary A Kornblum, Zhiyuan Hu, Rachel Phipps, Carey K Anders, Katherine Reeder-Hayes, Lisa A Carey, Karen E Weck, Charles M Perou, E Claire Dees
BACKGROUND: Buparlisib is an oral pan-class I phosphotidyinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor. The present phase I study evaluated the safety, pharmacokinetics, and efficacy of buparlisib with capecitabine in patients with metastatic breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients received buparlisib once daily (range, 50 to 100 mg) for 3 weeks with capecitabine twice daily (range, 1000 to 1250 mg/m(2)) for 2 weeks with a 1-week break. Dose escalation used a traditional "3 + 3" design with standard definitions of dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) and maximum tolerated dose...
October 28, 2017: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153466/focal-boost-to-residual-gross-tumor-volume-in-brachytherapy-for-cervical-cancer-a-feasibility-study
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Niluja Thiruthaneeswaran, Nicki Groom, Gerry Lowe, Linda Bryant, Peter J Hoskin
PURPOSE: Image-guided plan optimization with MRI and CT for interstitial and intracavitary brachytherapy is an established technique in treating cervical cancer. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of boosting the dose to the residual gross tumor volume (GTV-Tres) to 140% of the high-risk clinical target volume (HR-CTV) prescription. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Brachytherapy plans from 50 consecutive patients were analyzed in this study. All received external beam radiotherapy followed by brachytherapy (6 Gy × 4 fraction or 7 Gy × 4 fraction to HR-CTV)...
November 15, 2017: Brachytherapy
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