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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214654/programmed-cell-death-protein-1-pd-1-inhibitor-therapy-in-patients-with-advanced-melanoma-and-preexisting-autoimmunity-or-ipilimumab-triggered-autoimmunity
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Ralf Gutzmer, Anika Koop, Friedegund Meier, Jessica C Hassel, Patrick Terheyden, Lisa Zimmer, Lucie Heinzerling, Selma Ugurel, Claudia Pföhler, Anja Gesierich, Elisabeth Livingstone, Imke Satzger, Katharina C Kähler
AIM: Programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) inhibitors are a common treatment strategy for metastatic melanoma and other tumour entities. Clinical trials usually exclude patients with preexisting autoimmune diseases, thus experience with PD-1 inhibitor (PD-1i) in this patient population is limited. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Metastatic melanoma patients with preexisting autoimmune disorders or previous ipilimumab-triggered immune-related adverse events (irAE) undergoing treatment with PD-1i from seven German skin cancer centres were evaluated retrospectively with regard to flare of the preexisting autoimmunity and development of new, not preexisting irAE as well as response to PD-1i therapy...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214184/-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-lymphopenia-clinical-and-pathophysiological-features
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M Martin, A Guffroy, X Argemi, T Martin
Lymphopenia is frequent in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and profound (<500/mm(3)) in 10% of cases. T lymphocytes, especially CD4+, are more affected than B cells. The pathophysiological mechanisms are complex, involving lymphocytotoxic antibodies, excess of apoptosis, increased susceptibility of T cells to complement mediated cytolysis, as well as lymphopoiesis impairment and lymphocyte sequestration. Lymphopenia in SLE is independent from other cytopenia and immunosuppressive drug regiments, and associated with disease activity, risk of flare and damage scores...
February 14, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213697/danger-of-injudicious-use-of-tui-na-therapy-in-ankylosing-spondylitis
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Gen Zou, Guyi Wang, Jinxiu Li, Guobao Wu, Jia Huang, Siyang Huang
Tui-na is a very important component of Chinese medicine. It is a well-respected treatment modality known to be helpful and safe for a wide range of conditions. It can be considered as a certain kind of massage which is performed at acupoints, meridians, and collaterals by pushing, finger twisting, grasping thumb waving pressing, patting, palm twisting, and other manipulation techniques. At present, it is extensively used for relieving pain and stiffness associated with ankylosing spondylitis in China, even though there is a lack of evidence to support its validation and feasibility...
February 17, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210077/clinical-impact-of-immunomonitoring-in-the-treatment-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Donal Tighe, Deirdre McNamara
Despite improvement in outcomes, loss of response (LOR) to tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFα) therapies is a big concern in the management of inflammatory bowel disease. LOR is associated with flares of disease, increased hospitalisation rates, need for surgical interventions, and decline in quality of life. LOR may be multifactorial, but immunogenicity makes a significant contribution. Traditionally doses of anti-TNFα have been adjusted based on clinical response, using a standard approach. Immunomonitoring involves the measurement of anti-TNFα trough and antibody levels...
January 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208898/to-study-the-efficacy-of-difluprednate-ophthalmic-emulsion-and-prednisolone-acetate-ophthalmic-suspension-on-post-operative-inflammation-in-cataract-surgery
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Punita Garg, Nupur Tuteja, Shazia Qayum
INTRODUCTION: Senile cataract is the most common cause of visual impairment. Removal of cataract and implantation of intraocular lens implantation (IOL) is the main surgical approach for cataract. The major block in quick visual rehabilitation of the patient is post-operative inflammation. To limit post-operative inflammation corticosteroids drugs are used in routine prophylactically. Topical prednisolone acetate 1% and betamethasone 0.1% remain gold standard to control post-operative inflammation but newer drugs like difluprednate, loteprednol are also effective in controlling inflammation...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208086/measuring-of-quality-of-life-in-autoimmune-blistering-disorders-in-poland-validation-of-disease-specific-autoimmune-bullous-disease-quality-of-life-abqol-and-the-treatment-autoimmune-bullous-disease-quality-of-life-tabqol-questionnaires
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Agnieszka Kalinska-Bienias, Beata Jakubowska, Cezary Kowalewski, Dedee F Murrell, Katarzyna Wozniak
PURPOSE: Autoimmune bullous dermatoses (AIBD) are rare, severe diseases resulting from some antibodies activity against the different adhesion structures within the skin and/or mucosa. Few studies investigated quality of life (QOL) in AIBD by generic and dermatology-specific instruments, all reporting strong impact on QOL. Recently, disease-specific measurement tools have been developed: Autoimmune Bullous Disease Quality of Life (ABQOL) and Treatment of Autoimmune Bullous Disease Quality of Life (TABQOL) questionnaires...
February 13, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208004/a-novel-partially-covered-self-expandable-metallic-stent-with-proximal-flare-in-patients-with-malignant-gastric-outlet-obstruction
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Naminatsu Takahara, Hiroyuki Isayama, Yousuke Nakai, Shuntaro Yoshida, Tomotaka Saito, Suguru Mizuno, Hiroshi Yagioka, Hirofumi Kogure, Osamu Togawa, Saburo Matsubara, Yukiko Ito, Natsuyo Yamamoto, Minoru Tada, Kazuhiko Koike
Background/Aims: Endoscopic placement of self-expandable metal stents (SEMSs) has emerged as a palliative treatment for malignant gastric outlet obstruction (GOO). Although covered SEMSs can prevent tumor ingrowth, frequent migration of covered SEMSs may offset their advantages in preventing tumor ingrowth. Methods: We conducted this multicenter, single-arm, retrospective study at six tertiary referral centers to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a partially covered SEMS with an uncovered large-bore flare at the proximal end as an antimigration system in 41 patients with symptomatic malignant GOO...
February 17, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207531/delayed-effort-induced-swelling-with-myofasciitis-and-systemic-manifestations-a-so-far-unrecognized-type-of-pressure-induced-urticaria
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Anne-Claire Bursztejn, Dan Lipsker
Diseases characterized by recurrent symptoms with prolonged intervals without any clinical manifestations can pose diagnostic difficulties. Some diagnoses will be obvious but other situations can be very challenging.To nosologically delineate a new entity characterized by recurrent flares of induration of the forearms and legs with swelling of the extremities accompanied by intense fatigue and variable other symptoms.Retrospective observational study of patients recorded from 2000 to 2015. All patients included were seen during a consultation at the Dermatology Department of the University Hospital of Strasbourg, France...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205564/elevated-serum-interferon-%C3%AE-induced-protein-10-kda-is-associated-with-tafro-syndrome
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Noriko Iwaki, Yuka Gion, Eisei Kondo, Mitsuhiro Kawano, Taro Masunari, Hiroshi Moro, Koji Nikkuni, Kazue Takai, Masao Hagihara, Yuko Hashimoto, Kenji Yokota, Masataka Okamoto, Shinji Nakao, Tadashi Yoshino, Yasuharu Sato
Multicentric Castleman disease (MCD) is a heterogeneous lymphoproliferative disorder. It is characterized by inflammatory symptoms, and interleukin (IL)-6 contributes to the disease pathogenesis. Human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) often drives hypercytokinemia in MCD, although the etiology of HHV-8-negative MCD is idiopathic (iMCD). A distinct subtype of iMCD that shares a constellation of clinical features including thrombocytopenia (T), anasarca (A), fever (F), reticulin fibrosis (R), and organomegaly (O) has been reported as TAFRO-iMCD, however the differences in cytokine profiles between TAFRO-iMCD and iMCD have not been established...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199034/hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-reduction-by-switching-from-long-term-nucleoside-nucleotide-analog-administration-to-pegylated-interferon
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Nobuharu Tamaki, Masayuki Kurosaki, Atsunori Kusakabe, Etsuro Orito, Kouji Joko, Yuji Kojima, Hiroyuki Kimura, Yasushi Uchida, Chitomi Hasebe, Yasuhiro Asahina, Namiki Izumi
Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) reduction during nucleoside/nucleotide analog (NA) therapy is slow and an alternative strategy for patients receiving ongoing NA to facilitate HBsAg reduction is required. We investigated whether switching to pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) after long-term NA administration enhances HBsAg reduction. Forty-nine patients who switched from long-term NA to 48 weeks of PEG-IFN alfa-2a were studied. The mean duration of previous NA was 48 months (sequential group). A total of 147 patients who continued NA and matched for baseline characteristics were analyzed for comparison (NA continuation group)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197814/choroidal-thickness-changes-determined-by-edi-oct-on-acute-anterior-uveitis-in-patients-with-hla-b27-positive-ankylosing-spondylitis
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Berna Basarir, Ugur Celik, Cigdem Altan, Nimet Burcu Celik
PURPOSE: To evaluate the choroidal thickness on acute anterior uveitis in patients with HLA-B27-positive ankylosing spondylitis. METHODS: In this study, 32 eyes of 16 HLA-B27 positive AS patients with anterior uveitis and age-matched 19 eyes for control group were analyzed between January 2014 and April 2015. Assessment criteria were uveitis activity, visual acuity, flare existence, subfoveal choroidal thickness and central macular thickness measurements. RESULTS: The mean subfoveal choroidal thicknesses in affected eye group (Group 1), unaffected eye group (Group 2) and control group (Group 3) were 348...
February 14, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197718/adaptation-of-the-osteoarthritis-specific-quality-of-life-scale-the-oaqol-for-use-in-germany-hungary-italy-spain-and-turkey
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Jeanette Wilburn, Stephen P McKenna, Şehim Kutlay, Tamas Bender, Jürgen Braun, Concepcion Castillo-Gallego, Marta Favero, Pal Geher, Uta Kiltz, Emilio Martin-Mola, Roberta Ramonda, Matthew Rouse, Alan Tennant, Ayşe A Küçükdeveci
The Osteoarthritis Quality of Life scale (OAQoL) is specific to individuals with osteoarthritis. The present study describes the adaptation of the OAQoL for use in the following five European languages: German, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish and Turkish. The study involved three stages in each language; translation, cognitive debriefing (face and content validity) and validation. The validation stage assessed internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha), reproducibility (test-retest reliability using Spearman's rank correlations), convergent and divergent validity (correlations with the Health Assessment Questionnaire, The Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Index of osteoarthritis and Nottingham Health Profile) and known group validity...
February 15, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196699/-sarcoidosis-flare-after-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-an-immune-paradox
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A Marchal, F Charlotte, P Maksud, J Haroche, F Lifferman, M Miyara, S Choquet, Z Amoura, F Cohen Aubart
INTRODUCTION: Sarcoidosis is a systemic granulomatous disorder of unknown cause. Apparition or flare of previously diagnosed sarcoidosis following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has rarely been reported. OBSERVATION: We report a 62-year-old woman who presented a radiological flare of sarcoidosis post-autologous stem cell transplantation for a POEMS syndrome. Imaging findings and lymph node histology, which revealed non-caseating granuloma, were consistent with the sarcoidosis diagnosis...
February 10, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196504/significant-pain-variability-in-persons-with-or-at-high-risk-of-knee-osteoarthritis-preliminary-investigation-based-on-secondary-analysis-of-cohort-data
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Emma Parry, Reuben Ogollah, George Peat
BACKGROUND: While knee osteoarthritis (OA) is characterised as a slowly progressive disease, acute flares, episodes of severe pain, and substantial fluctuations in pain intensity appear to be part of the natural history for some patients. We sought to estimate what proportion of symptomatic community-dwelling adults might be affected, and to identify patient and problem characteristics associated with higher risk of such variability in pain. METHODS: We analysed data collected at baseline, 18, 36, 54, and 72 month follow-up of a prospective cohort of symptomatic adults aged over 50 years with current/recent knee pain...
February 14, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196208/effect-of-radiotherapy-on-painful-bone-metastases-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-ncic-clinical-trials-group-symptom-control-trial-sc-23
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Rachel McDonald, Keyue Ding, Michael Brundage, Ralph M Meyer, Abdenour Nabid, Pierre Chabot, Genevieve Coulombe, Shahida Ahmed, Joda Kuk, A Rashid Dar, Aamer Mahmud, Alysa Fairchild, Carolyn F Wilson, Jackson S Y Wu, Kristopher Dennis, Carlo DeAngelis, Rebecca K S Wong, Liting Zhu, Stephanie Chan, Edward Chow
Importance: Many studies that found improved quality of life (QOL) after radiotherapy of bone metastases have small sample sizes and do not use specific questionnaires. How soon after radiotherapy one can expect an improvement in QOL is unknown. Objective: To investigate QOL at days 10 and 42 after radiotherapy with a bone metastases-specific QOL tool. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this secondary analysis of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group Symptom Control Trial SC...
February 9, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194809/prodromal-symptoms-in-hidradenitis-suppurativa
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H C Ring, P Theut Riis, K Zarchi, I M Miller, D M Saunte, G B Jemec
BACKGROUND: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease, which presents as recurrent nodules and sinus tracts (tunnels) with subsequent scarring, predominantly involving the intertriginous regions. Although prodromal symptoms (i.e. various symptoms preceding the eruption of the HS lesions) are often mentioned, there have been no formal investigations into this aspect. Insight into prodromal symptoms may enable patients with HS or dermatologists in choosing a more targeted treatment at a much earlier stage, potentially increasing treatment efficacy and quality of life...
February 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193173/cytomegalovirus-colitis-in-hospitalized-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-in-taiwan-a-referral-center-study
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Meng-Tzu Weng, Chien-Chih Tung, Yi-Shuan Lee, Yew-Loong Leong, Ming-Jium Shieh, Chia-Tung Shun, Cheng-Yi Wang, Jau-Min Wong, Shu-Chen Wei
BACKGROUND: Colitis is exacerbated in patients with concurrent cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We assessed the prevalence and clinical features of CMV colitis in hospitalized IBD patients. METHODS: A retrospective study reviewed the data from January 1, 1998 through December 31, 2013 compiled at the National Taiwan University Hospital. The CMV colitis patients' demographic data, clinical information, treatment regimens, pathologic findings, and outcome were analyzed...
February 13, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193027/fluorescence-imaging-of-intracellular-telomerase-activity-using-enzyme-free-signal-amplification
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Min Hong, Lidan Xu, Qingwang Xue, Lu Li, Bo Tang
A novel enzyme-free signal amplification-based assay for highly sensitive in situ fluorescence imaging and detection of intracellular telomerase activity was developed by using a gold nanoflare probe-triggered mimic-hybridization chain reaction (mimic-HCR) coupled with a graphene oxide (GO) surface-anchored fluorescence signal readout pathway. The nanoflare probe consists of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) functionalized with a dense shell of nucleic acid sequences by Au-S bond formation. The nucleic acid sequence is composed of three segments: a long thiol-labeled sequence (HS-DNA) and two short sequences (a telomerase primer sequence, "Primer-DNA", and an FAM-terminated reporter sequence, "Flare-DNA"), both of which are complementary to HS-DNA...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191884/dynamics-of-the-human-gut-microbiome-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Jonas Halfvarson, Colin J Brislawn, Regina Lamendella, Yoshiki Vázquez-Baeza, William A Walters, Lisa M Bramer, Mauro D'Amato, Ferdinando Bonfiglio, Daniel McDonald, Antonio Gonzalez, Erin E McClure, Mitchell F Dunklebarger, Rob Knight, Janet K Jansson
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterized by flares of inflammation with a periodic need for increased medication and sometimes even surgery. The aetiology of IBD is partly attributed to a deregulated immune response to gut microbiome dysbiosis. Cross-sectional studies have revealed microbial signatures for different IBD subtypes, including ulcerative colitis, colonic Crohn's disease and ileal Crohn's disease. Although IBD is dynamic, microbiome studies have primarily focused on single time points or a few individuals...
February 13, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191596/efficacy-and-safety-of-rituximab-in-comparison-with-common-induction-therapies-in-pediatric-active-lupus-nephritis
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Biswanath Basu, Birendranath Roy, Binu George Babu
BACKGROUND: Childhood-onset lupus nephritis (LN) is one of the most severe manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Despite treatment-related toxicities, cyclophosphamide (CYC) and glucocorticoid-based treatment protocols are still considered standard therapy in managing this multisystem disorder. An effective and safe alternative induction regimen is needed. METHODS: Forty-four pediatric patients with active LN aged 3.5-13.8 (median 8.4) years, of whom 32 entered the study at diagnosis of SLE, were followed over 36 months...
February 12, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
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