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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102883/exploring-prognostic-factors-for-her2-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-a-major-swiss-hospital
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Lilian Bringolf, Bernhard Pestalozzi, Daniel Fink, Konstantin Dedes
BACKGROUND: Trastuzumab (Herceptin®, Roche) has significantly improved the prognosis of patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. Some patients remain in remission for many years. However, there are no prognostic markers associated with long-term survival. This study aimed to analyse treatment patterns of HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer at a single institution and explore prognostic factors for long-term survival after HER2-targeted treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of all patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer receiving first-line treatment with HER2-targeted therapy between 2004 and 2014 at the University Hospital of Zurich (n = 81)...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102617/feasibility-of-a-psychosis-information-intervention-to-improve-mental-health-literacy-for-professional-groups-in-contact-with-young-people
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Marie Sutton, Donal O'Keeffe, Timothy Frawley, Kevin Madigan, Felicity Fanning, Elizabeth Lawlor, Eric Roche, Aine Kelly, Niall Turner, Arielle Horenstein, Eadbhard O'Callaghan, Mary Clarke
The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of a psychosis information intervention for professionals in contact with young people in Ireland. A quasi-experimental pre- and post-intervention design was used. One thousand and thirty-two professionals received an information intervention designed to improve mental health literacy (MHL) and confidence in providing help to people with psychosis. Seven hundred and fifty-five participants completed the Psychosis Information and Confidence Questionnaire pre- and post-intervention...
January 19, 2017: Early Intervention in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102056/asthma-related-outcomes-in-patients-initiating-extrafine-ciclesonide-or-fine-particle-inhaled-corticosteroids
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Dirkje S Postma, Richard Dekhuijzen, Thys van der Molen, Richard J Martin, Wim van Aalderen, Nicolas Roche, Theresa W Guilbert, Elliot Israel, Daniela van Eickels, Javaria Mona Khalid, Ron M C Herings, Jetty A Overbeek, Cristiana Miglio, Victoria Thomas, Catherine Hutton, Elizabeth V Hillyer, David B Price
PURPOSE: Extrafine-particle inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) have greater small airway deposition than standard fine-particle ICS. We sought to compare asthma-related outcomes after patients initiated extrafine-particle ciclesonide or fine-particle ICS (fluticasone propionate or non-extrafine beclomethasone). METHODS: This historical, matched cohort study included patients aged 12-60 years prescribed their first ICS as ciclesonide or fine-particle ICS. The 2 cohorts were matched 1:1 for key demographic and clinical characteristics over the baseline year...
March 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100834/soft-robotic-sleeve-supports-heart-function
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Ellen T Roche, Markus A Horvath, Isaac Wamala, Ali Alazmani, Sang-Eun Song, William Whyte, Zurab Machaidze, Christopher J Payne, James C Weaver, Gregory Fishbein, Joseph Kuebler, Nikolay V Vasilyev, David J Mooney, Frank A Pigula, Conor J Walsh
There is much interest in form-fitting, low-modulus, implantable devices or soft robots that can mimic or assist in complex biological functions such as the contraction of heart muscle. We present a soft robotic sleeve that is implanted around the heart and actively compresses and twists to act as a cardiac ventricular assist device. The sleeve does not contact blood, obviating the need for anticoagulation therapy or blood thinners, and reduces complications with current ventricular assist devices, such as clotting and infection...
January 18, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100714/the-dynamics-of-the-pulmonary-microbiome-during-mechanical-ventilation-in-the-intensive-care-unit-and-the-association-with-occurrence-of-pneumonia
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Tetyana Zakharkina, Ignacio Martin-Loeches, Sébastien Matamoros, Pedro Povoa, Antoni Torres, Janine B Kastelijn, Jorrit J Hofstra, B de Wever, Menno de Jong, Marcus J Schultz, Peter J Sterk, Antonio Artigas, Lieuwe D J Bos
RATIONALE: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the most common nosocomial infections in patients admitted to the ICU. The adapted island model predicts several changes in the respiratory microbiome during intubation and mechanical ventilation. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesised that mechanical ventilation and antibiotic administration decrease the diversity of the respiratory microbiome and that these changes are more profound in patients who develop VAP. METHODS: Intubated and mechanically ventilated ICU-patients were included...
January 18, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100595/determinants-of-viral-oncogenes-e6-e7-mrna-over-expression-in-a-population-based-large-sample-of-women-infected-by-high-risk-hpv-types
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Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Simonetta Bisanzi, Elena Allia, Alessandra Mongia, Francesca Carozzi, Anna Gillio-Tos, Laura De Marco, Guglielmo Ronco, Daniela Gustinucci, Annarosa Del Mistro, Helena Frayle, Anna Iossa, Giulia Fantacci, Giampaolo Pompei, Elena Cesarini, Simonetta Bulletti, Basilio Passamonti, Martina Rizzi, Maria Gabriella Penon, Alessandra Barca, Maria Benevolo
Cervical cancer screening by HPV-DNA testing with cytology triage is more effective than cytology testing. Compared to cytology, the HPV-DNA test higher sensitivity, that allows better protection with longer intervals, makes it necessary to triage the women with a positive result to compensate its lower specificity.We are conducting a large randomized clinical trial (New Technologies for Cervical Cancer 2, NTCC2) within organized population-based screening programs in Italy using HPV-DNA as primary screening test, to evaluate, by Aptima HPV Assay (Hologic), HPV E6-E7 mRNA as triage test in comparison to cytology...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100494/quantification-of-bk-virus-standards-by-quantitative-real-time-pcr-and-droplet-digital-pcr-is-confounded-by-multiple-virus-populations-in-the-who-bkv-international-standard
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Allen C Bateman, Alexander L Greninger, Ederlyn E Atienza, Ajit P Limaye, Keith R Jerome, Linda Cook
BACKGROUND: The WHO recently released a BK virus (BKV) international standard. This study evaluated the WHO international standard and commercially available BKV standards by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) and droplet digital PCR (ddPCR). METHODS: WHO, Exact Diagnostics, Acrometrix, and Zeptometrix BKV standards were tested by qPCR and ddPCR. Two preparations of NIST BKV clones were also tested. Nucleic acid was extracted with the Roche MP96 and MPLC, followed by quantification in duplicate...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100212/the-effects-of-breakfast-on-short-term-cognitive-function-among-chinese-white-collar-workers-protocol-for-a-three-phase-crossover-study
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Zhenchuang Tang, Na Zhang, Ailing Liu, Dechun Luan, Yong Zhao, Chao Song, Guansheng Ma
BACKGROUND: As the first meal of the day, breakfast plays an important role in supplying energy and nutrients, which are critical to working and learning activities. A three-phase crossover study was designed to investigate the effects of breakfast on cognitive function among Chinese white-collar workers. The planned study protocol is presented. METHODS: A total of 264 participants aged 25-45 years will be recruited from Shenyang and Chongqing. Self-administered questionnaires will be used to collect information on age, gender, marital status, education level, occupation, smoking habits, drinking habits, and breakfast behaviours...
January 18, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099609/premature-ventricular-contractions-associated-with-isotretinoin-use
#9
Sevil Alan, Betül Ünal, Aytül Yildirim
Isotretinoin has been considered a unique drug for acne treatment. However, it is associated with numerous adverse effects. Isotretinoin can trigger premature ventricular contractions. This report describes a 33-year-old-woman who presented with palpitations for 1 week while undergoing 1-month isotretinoin treatment for mild-moderate facial acne. An electrocardiogram and Holter monitoring showed premature ventricular contractions during isotretinoin (Roaccutane, Roche) treatment. Isotretinoin-related premature ventricular contractions were strongly suggested in this case due to the existence of documented premature ventricular contractions on electrocardiograms and the disappearance of these premature ventricular contractions two weeks after termination of the treatment To the authors' knowledge, there has been 1 reported case of premature ventricular contractions linked to isotretinoin use; this report describes a second such case...
November 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099525/polyethylene-glycol-camouflaged-earthworm-hemoglobin
#10
Vivek P Jani, Alborz Jelvani, Selamawit Moges, Parimala Nacharaju, Camille Roche, David Dantsker, Andre Palmer, Joel M Friedman, Pedro Cabrales
Nearly 21 million components of blood and whole blood and transfused annually in the United States, while on average only 13.6 million units of blood are donated. As the demand for Red Blood Cells (RBCs) continues to increase due to the aging population, this deficit will be more significant. Despite decades of research to develop hemoglobin (Hb) based oxygen (O2) carriers (HBOCs) as RBC substitutes, there are no products approved for clinical use. Lumbricus terrestris erythrocruorin (LtEc) is the large acellular O2 carrying protein complex found in the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099122/parathormone-stability-in-hemodialyzed-patients-and-healthy-subjects-comparison-on-non-centrifuged-edta-and-serum-samples-with-second-and-third-generation-assays
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Marie-Louise Schleck, Jean-Claude Souberbielle, Pierre Delanaye, Mario Plebani, Etienne Cavalier
BACKGROUND: Parathyroid hormone (PTH) stability is important. Many studies have shown divergent results between EDTA and serum, which are mainly linked to differences in protocols or cut-offs used to determine whether or not PTH remained stable. No studies have yet compared PTH stability as measured by second- and third-generation assays on the same samples in hemodialyzed patients and healthy subjects. METHODS: Five pairs of samples (EDTA and gel tubes) were obtained in 10 hemodialyzed patients before a dialysis session and in 10 healthy subjects...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096516/newborn-sequencing-in-genomic-medicine-and-public-health
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Jonathan S Berg, Pankaj B Agrawal, Donald B Bailey, Alan H Beggs, Steven E Brenner, Amy M Brower, Julie A Cakici, Ozge Ceyhan-Birsoy, Kee Chan, Flavia Chen, Robert J Currier, Dmitry Dukhovny, Robert C Green, Julie Harris-Wai, Ingrid A Holm, Brenda Iglesias, Galen Joseph, Stephen F Kingsmore, Barbara A Koenig, Pui-Yan Kwok, John Lantos, Steven J Leeder, Megan A Lewis, Amy L McGuire, Laura V Milko, Sean D Mooney, Richard B Parad, Stacey Pereira, Joshua Petrikin, Bradford C Powell, Cynthia M Powell, Jennifer M Puck, Heidi L Rehm, Neil Risch, Myra Roche, Joseph T Shieh, Narayanan Veeraraghavan, Michael S Watson, Laurel Willig, Timothy W Yu, Tiina Urv, Anastasia L Wise
The rapid development of genomic sequencing technologies has decreased the cost of genetic analysis to the extent that it seems plausible that genome-scale sequencing could have widespread availability in pediatric care. Genomic sequencing provides a powerful diagnostic modality for patients who manifest symptoms of monogenic disease and an opportunity to detect health conditions before their development. However, many technical, clinical, ethical, and societal challenges should be addressed before such technology is widely deployed in pediatric practice...
January 17, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094323/gene-set-based-association-analyses-for-the-wssv-resistance-of-pacific-white-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei
#13
Yang Yu, Jingwen Liu, Fuhua Li, Xiaojun Zhang, Chengsong Zhang, Jianhai Xiang
White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) is regarded as a virus with the strongest pathogenicity to shrimp. For the threshold trait such as disease resistance, marker assisted selection (MAS) was considered to be a more effective approach. In the present study, association analyses of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located in a set of immune related genes were conducted to identify markers associated with WSSV resistance. SNPs were detected by bioinformatics analysis on RNA sequencing data generated by Illimina sequencing platform and Roche 454 sequencing technology...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091532/development-of-the-neuroimmune-modulator-ibudilast-for-the-treatment-of-alcoholism-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-human-laboratory-trial
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Lara A Ray, Spencer Bujarski, Steve Shoptaw, Daniel Jo Roche, Keith Heinzerling, Karen Miotto
Current directions in medication development for alcohol use disorder (AUD) emphasize the need to identify novel molecular targets and efficiently screen new compounds aimed at those targets. Ibudilast (IBUD) is a neuroimmune modulator that inhibits phosphodiesterases -4 and -10 and macrophage migration inhibitory factor and was recently found to reduce alcohol intake in rats by approximately 50%. To advance medications development for AUD, the present study consists of a randomized, crossover, double-blind, placebo-controlled laboratory study of IBUD in non-treatment seeking individuals with current (ie, past month) mild-to-severe AUD...
January 16, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090683/similar-but-not-consistent-revisiting-the-pitfalls-of-measuring-igg-subclasses-with-different-assays
#15
Beatrice Ludwig-Kraus, Frank Bernhard Kraus
BACKGROUND: Laboratory quantification of IgG subclasses (IgGSc) is a well-established second-line tool for differential diagnosis of immune deficiencies. However, so far there is still no internationally approved standard available for IgGSc, and different assays are prone to produce divergent results. In this study, we evaluated the comparability and equivalence of two commercially available IgGSc assays, one being the Siemens IgGSc assay on a BN ProSpec analyzer and the other being The Binding Site (TBS) IgGSc assay on a Roche cobas c502 analyzer...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089822/micrornas-in-pituitary-tumors
#16
Anne Wierinckx, Magali Roche, Catherine Legras-Lachuer, Jacqueline Trouillas, Gérald Raverot, Joël Lachuer
Since the presence of microRNAs was first observed in normal pituitary, the majority of scientific publications addressing their role and the function of microRNAs in the pituitary have been based on pituitary tumor studies. In this review, we briefly describe the involvement of microRNAs in the synthesis of pituitary hormones and we present a comprehensive inventory of microRNA suppressors and inducers of pituitary tumors. Finally, we summarize the functional role of microRNAs in tumorigenesis, progression and aggressiveness of pituitary tumors, mechanisms contributing to the regulation (transcription factors, genomic modifications or epigenetic) or modulation (pharmacological treatment) of microRNAs in these tumors, and the interest of thoroughly studying the expression of miRNAs in body fluids...
January 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089668/ebio-does-not-induce-cardiomyogenesis-in-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-but-modulates-cardiac-subtype-enrichment-by-lineage-selective-survival
#17
Monica Jara-Avaca, Henning Kempf, Michael Rückert, Diana Robles-Diaz, Annika Franke, Jeanne de la Roche, Martin Fischer, Daniela Malan, Philipp Sasse, Wladimir Solodenko, Gerald Dräger, Andreas Kirschning, Ulrich Martin, Robert Zweigerdt
Subtype-specific human cardiomyocytes (CMs) are valuable for basic and applied research. Induction of cardiomyogenesis and enrichment of nodal-like CMs was described for mouse pluripotent stem cells (mPSCs) in response to 1-ethyl-2-benzimidazolinone (EBIO), a chemical modulator of small-/intermediate-conductance Ca(2+)-activated potassium channels (SKs 1-4). Investigating EBIO in human pluripotent stem cells (PSCs), we have applied three independent differentiation protocols of low to high cardiomyogenic efficiency...
January 4, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088881/an-industry-update-the-latest-developments-in-therapeutic-delivery
#18
Iain Simpson
This Industry Update covers the period from 1 October through to 31 October 2016, and is based on information sourced from company press releases, scientific literature, patents and various news websites. The month saw several news items covering drug-delivery devices, including a new sensor to monitor and support the use of inhalers; launch in the UK of a new autoinjector for Cimzia(®), UCB's rheumatoid arthritis drug; and approval of Roche's Lucentis(®) in a prefilled syringe. Research was also published to show the value of continuous blood pressure monitoring in dementia management...
February 2017: Therapeutic Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088407/far-off-and-close-up-dry-matter-intake-modulate-indicators-of-immunometabolic-adaptations-to-lactation-in-subcutaneous-adipose-tissue-of-pasture-based-transition-dairy-cows
#19
M Vailati-Riboni, G Farina, F Batistel, A Heiser, M D Mitchell, M A Crookenden, C G Walker, J K Kay, S Meier, J R Roche, J J Loor
The common practice of increasing dietary energy density during the close-up dry period (last ∼3 wk prepartum) has been recently associated with a higher incidence of metabolic disorders after calving. Despite these reports, over-feeding of metabolizable energy (ME) during the far-off, nonlactating period is a common management policy aimed at achieving optimum calving body condition score (BCS) in pasture-based systems, as cows are generally thinner than total mixed ration cows at the end of lactation. Our hypothesis was that both far-off and close-up overfeeding influence the peripartum adipose tissue changes associated with energy balance and inflammatory state...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087371/use-of-the-heart-pathway-with-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponins-a-secondary-analysis
#20
Simon A Mahler, Jason P Stopyra, Fred S Apple, Robert F Riley, Gregory B Russell, Brian C Hiestand, James W Hoekstra, Cedric W Lefebvre, Bret A Nicks, David M Cline, Kim L Askew, David M Herrington, Gregory L Burke, Chadwick D Miller
OBJECTIVES: The HEART Pathway combines a decision aid and serial contemporary cardiac troponin I (cTnI) measures to achieve >99% sensitivity for major adverse cardiac events (MACE) at 30days and early discharge rates >20%. However, the impact of integrating high-sensitivity troponin (hs-cTn) measures into the HEART Pathway has yet to be determined. In this analysis we compare test characteristics of the HEART Pathway using hs-cTnI, hs-cTnT, or cTnI. DESIGN & METHODS: A secondary analysis of participants enrolled in the HEART Pathway RCT was conducted...
January 10, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
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