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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141313/-tocilizumab-for-refractory-systemic-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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J M Lai, F Q Wu, Z X Zhou, M Kang, X L Huang, G X Su, S N Li, J Zhu, X N Wang
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and side effects of tocilizumab for the treatment of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Method: In this prospective self case-control study, the children diagnosed with refractory systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis admitted to Department of Rheumatism and Immunology of Children's Hospital Affiliated to Capital Institute of Pediatrics from December 2013 to June 2016 were enrolled and information before and after treatment of tocilizumab was analyzed. The tocilizumab was introvenously guttae in a dose of 8-12 mg/kg every 2 weeks...
November 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141242/chloroquine-autophagic-inhibition-rebalances-th17-treg-mediated-immunity-and-ameliorates-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Ning An, Yanwen Chen, Chao Wang, Chen Yang, Zhi-Hong Wu, Jing Xue, Lin Ye, Shujun Wang, Hua-Feng Liu, Qingjun Pan
BACKGROUND: Imbalanced cellular immunity is critical to the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Recently, autophagy has emerged as a key homeostatic mechanism in T lymphocytes. This study was conducted to explore the impact of autophagy on the Th17/ regulatory T (Treg) immune imbalance in SLE. METHODS: Peripheral Th17 and Treg cells from newly diagnosed patients with SLE and healthy controls were detected by flow cytometry. Additionally, the effects of chloroquine (CQ) autophagic inhibition on the Th17/Treg immune response were investigated in vitro...
November 14, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141136/systemic-mrna-delivery-to-the-lungs-by-functional-polyester-based-carriers
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Yunfeng Yan, Hu Xiong, Xinyi Zhang, Qiang Cheng, Daniel John Siegwart
Messenger RNA (mRNA) has recently come into focus as an emerging therapeutic class with great potential for protein replacement therapy, cancer immunotherapy, regenerative medicine, vaccines, and gene editing. However, the lack of effective and safe delivery methods impedes the broad application of mRNA-based therapeutics. Here, we report a robust approach to develop efficient polymeric delivery carriers for mRNA. Lead polyesters were identified by in vitro screening of a 480-member combinatorially modified poly(trimethylolpropane allyl ether-co-suberoyl chloride) library for the delivery of luciferase encoding mRNA (Luc mRNA) to IGROV1 cells...
November 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141129/recent-trends-in-salmonella-outbreaks-and-emerging-technology-for-biocontrol-of-salmonella-using-phages-in-foods-a-review
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REVIEW
Jun-Hyun Oh, Mi-Kyung Park
Salmonella is one of the principal causes of foodborne outbreaks. As traditional control methods have shown efficacy against emerging Salmonella serotypes or antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella, new approaches have been attempted. The use of lytic phages for the biocontrol of Salmonella in food industry has become an attractive method owing to the many advantages offered by the use of phages as biocontrol agents. Phages are natural alternatives to traditional antimicrobial agents; they have proven effective in the control of bacterial pathogens in food industry, which has led to the development of different phage products...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141124/the-effects-of-valbenazine-in-participants-with-tardive-dyskinesia-results-of-the-1-year-kinect-3-extension-study
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Stewart A Factor, Gary Remington, Cynthia L Comella, Christoph U Correll, Joshua Burke, Roland Jimenez, Grace S Liang, Christopher F O'Brien
BACKGROUND: Valbenazine, a highly selective vesicular monoamine transporter 2 inhibitor, is approved for the treatment of tardive dyskinesia. This is the first report of long-term effects in adults with tardive dyskinesia. METHODS: Participants with a DSM-IV diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or a mood disorder who completed the 6-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled period of KINECT 3 were eligible to enter the 42-week valbenazine extension (VE) period and subsequent 4-week washout period...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140767/genomic-medicine-without-borders-which-strategies-should-developing-countries-employ-to-invest-in-precision-medicine-a-new-fast-second-winner-strategy
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Konstantinos Mitropoulos, David N Cooper, Christina Mitropoulou, Spiros Agathos, Jürgen K V Reichardt, Fatima Al-Maskari, Wasun Chantratita, Ambroise Wonkam, Collet Dandara, Theodora Katsila, Catalina Lopez-Correa, Bassam R Ali, George P Patrinos
Genomic medicine has greatly matured in terms of its technical capabilities, but the diffusion of genomic innovations worldwide faces significant barriers beyond mere access to technology. New global development strategies are sorely needed for biotechnologies such as genomics and their applications toward precision medicine without borders. Moreover, diffusion of genomic medicine globally cannot adhere to a "one-size-fits-all-countries" development strategy, in the same way that drug treatments should be customized...
November 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140684/janus-gold-nanoplatform-for-synergetic-chemoradiotherapy-and-computed-tomography-imaging-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Zheng Wang, Dan Shao, Zhimin Chang, Mengmeng Lu, Yingshuai Wang, Juan Yue, Dian Yang, Mingqiang Li, Qiaobing Xu, Wenfei Dong
There is a pressing need to develop nanoplatforms that integrate multimodal therapeutics to improve treatment responses and prolong the survival of patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Mesoporous silica-coated gold nanomaterials have emerged as a novel multifunctional platform combining tunable surface plasmon resonance and mesoporous properties that exhibit multimodality properties in cancer theranostics. However, their reduced radiation-absorption efficiency and limited surface area hinder their further radiochemotherapeutic applications...
November 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140508/interactions-with-the-healthcare-system-influence-advance-care-planning-activities-results-from-a-representative-survey-in-11-developed-countries
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Alex Sable-Smith, Kelly R Arnett, Molly A Nowels, Kathryn Colborn, Hillary D Lum, David Nowels
Aim: To identify factors associated with completion of Advance Care Planning (ACP) by patients seen in primary care in developed countries. We hypothesized that the quality of primary care is associated. Method: We analysed respondent reported individual and healthcare utilization factors associated with the completion of ACP activities from the 2014 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults in 11 Countries. The primary outcome is the combined number of ACP activities completed...
November 13, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140493/a-comprehensive-definition-for-integrative-oncology
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Claudia M Witt, Lynda G Balneaves, Maria J Cardoso, Lorenzo Cohen, Heather Greenlee, Peter Johnstone, Ömer Kücük, Josh Mailman, Jun J Mao
Background: Integrative oncology, which is generally understood to refer to the use of a combination of complementary medicine therapies in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments, has been defined in different ways, but there is no widely accepted definition. We sought to develop and establish a consensus for a comprehensive definition of the field of integrative oncology. Methods: We used a mixed-methods approach that included a literature analysis and a consensus procedure, including an interdisciplinary expert panel and surveys, to develop a comprehensive and acceptable definition for the term "integrative oncology...
November 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140463/anatomic-investigation-of-the-trajectory-for-stereotactic-laser-amygdalohippocampectomy
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Vanessa M Holanda, Abuzer Gungor, Serhat Baydin, Erik H Middlebrooks, Shabbar F Danish
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) has emerged as a promising treatment for mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. Surgeons must understand the relevant anatomy that is traversed by the catheter and affected by ablation. OBJECTIVE: To study the anatomic structures crossed by the LITT catheter until it reaches the amygdala. METHODS: Three human cadaveric heads were implanted with catheters using a frameless stereotactic technique...
November 11, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140309/biosensors-to-diagnose-chagas-disease-a-brief-review
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REVIEW
María-Isabel Rocha-Gaso, Luis-Jesús Villarreal-Gómez, Denis Beyssen, Frédéric Sarry, Marco-Antonio Reyna, Carlos-Napoleón Ibarra-Cerdeña
Chagas disease (CD), which mostly affects those living in deprived areas, has become one of Latin America's main public health problems. Effective prevention of the disease requires early diagnosis, initiation of therapy, and regular blood monitoring of the infected individual. However, the majority of the Trypanosoma cruzi infections go undiagnosed because of mild symptoms, limited access to medical attention and to a high variability in the sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tests. Consequently, more affordable and accessible detection technologies capable of providing early diagnosis and T...
November 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140185/thrombolysis-improving-door-to-needle-times-for-ischemic-stroke-treatment-a-narrative-review
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Noreen Kamal, Eric E Smith, Thomas Jeerakathil, Michael D Hill
Background The effectiveness of thrombolysis is highly time dependent. For this reason, short target times have been set to reduce time to treatment from hospital arrival, which is called door-to-needle time. Summary of review There has been considerable work done at single centers and across multiple hospitals to improve door-to-needle time. There have been reductions of 8 to 47 min when applying one or more improvement strategies at single centers, and there have been many multi-hospital initiatives. The delays to treatment have been attributed to both patient and hospital factors, and strategies to address these delays have been proven to reduce door-to-needle time...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140125/diabetes-area-patent-participation-analysis-part-ii-years-2011-2016
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Markus Boehm, Matthew Crawford, Jamie E Moscovitz, Philip A Carpino
Diabetes is a metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of plasma glucose. When untreated, diabetes increases the risk of developing co-morbidities such as cardiovascular disease. Several drugs, often used as part of combination therapies, have been approved to treat the disease, but these drugs will eventually fail to effectively control blood glucose levels, at which point insulin replacement therapy is required. A medical need exists for new anti-diabetic drugs that exhibit good efficacy with improved safety/toleration profiles and can be added on top of existing therapies, or that can provide additional benefits beyond glucose lowering such as pancreatic beta (β)-cell protection...
November 15, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140107/a-cross-sectional-study-of-ethnicity-based-differences-in-treatment-seeking-for-symptoms-of-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Emma Iacoe, Pamela A Ratner, Sabrina T Wong, Martha H Mackay
BACKGROUND: Patient-related delays in acquiring medical care for symptoms of acute coronary syndrome remain unacceptably long. Many clinical and sociodemographic characteristics associated with treatment-seeking delay are known; however, ethnicity has not been extensively evaluated. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine ethnicity-based differences in the time-to-treatment-seeking intervals of patients experiencing symptoms of acute coronary syndrome...
November 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139652/liposarcoma-of-the-spermatic-cord-%C3%A2-a-rare-pathological-entity
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Nikola Radović, Arianna Bizatzki, Rajka Turner
Liposarcoma of the spermatic cord is a very rare neoplasm with fewer than 200 cases recorded in world literature. This report describes a case of liposarcoma of the spermatic cord which developed after radical prostatectomy and salvage radiotherapy for prostate cancer treatment. Four years following surgical treatment of the primary neoplasm and one year following radiotherapy, the 67 –year –old patient was referred to the urology clinic for the emergence of a mass in the right hemiscrotum region. Ultrasonography revealed a homogenous isodense mass measuring 4...
March 2017: Collegium Antropologicum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139564/incident-diuretic-drug-use-and-adverse-respiratory-events-among-older-adults-with-copd
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Nicholas T Vozoris, Xuesong Wang, Peter C Austin, Denis E O'Donnell, Shawn D Aaron, Teresa M To, Andrea S Gershon
AIMS: Diuretic drugs may theoretically improve respiratory health outcomes in COPD through several possible mechanisms, but they might also lead to respiratory harm. We evaluated the association of incident oral diuretic drug use with respiratory-related morbidity and mortality among older adults with COPD. METHODS: This was a population-based, retrospective cohort study using health administrative data from Ontario, Canada, for the period 2008-2013. We identified adults aged 66 years and older with non-palliative COPD using a validated algorithm...
November 15, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139554/immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-new-strategies-to-checkmate-cancer
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REVIEW
Ruairi A M Wilson, T R Jeffry Evans, Alasdair R Fraser, Robert J B Nibbs
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) targeting Cytotoxic T-Lymphocyte-Associated protein 4 (CTLA-4) or Programmed cell Death protein 1 (PD-1) receptors have demonstrated remarkable efficacy in subsets of patients with malignant disease. This emerging treatment modality holds great promise for future cancer treatment and has engaged pharmaceutical research interests in tumour immunology. While ICIs can induce rapid and durable responses in some patients, identifying predictive factors for effective clinical responses has proven challenging...
November 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139364/advanced-management-of-severe-keloids
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REVIEW
Thomas Hagele, Hoka Nyanda, Nishit Patel, Nicole Russell, George Cohen, Christopher Nelson
Keloids negatively impact the health and quality of life of many affected dermatologic patients. Treating keloids is often difficult, and suboptimal responses are frequent. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available to the clinician that may lead to improved clinical outcomes. We present a review of currently available therapeutic options. Intralesional steroid injection remains the first-line treatment for keloids. Imiquimod, direct interferon therapy, or intralesional 5-flurouracil may alleviate the need for excessive corticosteroid therapy...
2017: Skinmed
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138849/elevated-serum-levels-of-lipoprotein%C3%A2-associated-phospholipase%C3%A2-a2-predict-mortality-rates-in-patients-with-sepsis
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Zhongwei Huang, Haiyan Jiang, Xiaohui Cui, Guiwen Liang, Yu Chen, Ting Wang, Zhichao Sun, Lei Qi
Sepsis remains one of the leading contributors to mortality rates in the intensive care unit (ICU) and emergency intensive care unit (EICU). Therefore, any treatments against the agents which produce sepsis in a medical emergency, are welcome. Elevated serum levels of lipoprotein‑associated phospholipase A2 (Lp‑PLA2) have been reported in a small cohort of patients with inflammation. The present study evaluated serum levels of Lp‑PLA2 in patients with sepsis and investigated the role of Lp‑PLA2 in sepsis...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138801/vitamin-d-receptor-activation-influences-the-erk-pathway-and-protects-against-neurological-deficits-and-neuronal-death
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Jie Yuan, Xin Guo, Zhengang Liu, Xiuqin Zhao, Yan Feng, Sixin Song, Changmeng Cui, Pei Jiang
Previous studies have demonstrated that global cerebral ischemia (GCI) causes neurological deficits and neuronal cell apoptosis. Calcitriol, a biologically active metabolite of vitamin D, exerts its endocrinological influence via nuclear vitamin D receptor. It is being assessed as an emerging therapeutic strategy in models of various medical conditions, including acute brain injury. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the neuroprotective effects of calcitriol on GCI and further refine the potential underlying mechanisms...
November 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
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