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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145688/is-primary-aldosteronism-still-largely-unrecognized
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Fabrizio Buffolo, Silvia Monticone, Jacopo Burrello, Martina Tetti, Franco Veglio, Tracy Ann Williams, Paolo Mulatero
Primary aldosteronism (PA) was first reported by Jerome W. Conn in 1954 when it was considered a rare disorder, only suspected in cases of hypertension and spontaneous hypokalemia. Over the last 30 years, with the wide application of the plasma aldosterone to plasma renin activity ratio as screening test, the clinical spectrum of PA has dramatically changed. Different studies displayed significant differences in term of patients investigated, diagnostic criteria and hormonal assays; however, large prospective studies with robust diagnostic criteria indicated that the prevalence of PA is around 6% of the general hypertensive population and 11% of the patients referred to hypertension centers...
November 16, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145614/methionine-and-choline-deficient-mcd-model-in-predicting-adverse-drug-reactions-in-human-nash
#2
Hui Li, Erica Toth, Nathan J Cherrington
In the past few decades, great conceptual and technological advances have been made in the field of toxicology, but animal model-based research still remains one of the most widely-used and readily available tools for furthering our current knowledge. However, animal models are not perfect in predicting all systemic toxicity in humans. Extrapolating animal data to accurately predict human toxicities remains a challenge, and researchers are obligated to question the appropriateness of their chosen animal model...
November 14, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145543/association-of-ipilimumab-with-safety-and-antitumor-activity-in-women-with-metastatic-or-recurrent-human-papillomavirus-related-cervical-carcinoma
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Stephanie Lheureux, Marcus O Butler, Blaise Clarke, Mihaela C Cristea, Lainie P Martin, Katia Tonkin, Gini F Fleming, Anna V Tinker, Hal W Hirte, Daliah Tsoref, Helen Mackay, Neesha C Dhani, Prafull Ghatage, Johanne Weberpals, Stephen Welch, Nhu-An Pham, Vinicius Motta, Valentin Sotov, Lisa Wang, Katherine Karakasis, Smitha Udagani, Suzanne Kamel-Reid, Howard Z Streicher, Patricia Shaw, Amit M Oza
Importance: Based on evidence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-induced immune evasion, immunotherapy may be an attractive strategy in cervical cancer. Ipilimumab is a fully humanized monoclonal antibody that blocks cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4), which acts to downregulate the T-cell immune response. Objective: To assess the safety and antitumor activity of ipilimumab in recurrent cervical cancer. Design, Setting, and Participants: A multicenter trial was designed for patients with metastatic cervical cancer (squamous cell carcinoma or adenocarcinoma) with measurable disease and progression after at least 1 line of platinum chemotherapy...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145302/burkitt-lymphoma-and-cavernous-sinus-syndrome-with-breast-uptake-on-18f-fdg-pet-ct-a-case-report
#4
Florette Reyneke, Neo Mokgoro, Mariza Vorster, Mike Sathekge
RATIONALE: Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that arises in the B-cells. Cavernous sinus involvement is rare, especially in adults. Here we report an unusual case of a 30-year-old HIV-positive woman with BL and cavernous sinus syndrome who also had intense bilateral breast uptake, related to menstrual cycle. Fluorine-18 2-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has been found to be useful in the management of BL. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 30-year old female patient presented with a history of diplopia and headache...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145187/diogenes-syndrome
#5
Frédéric Assal
Diogenes syndrome (DS) is not a specific disease but a real neurobehavioral syndrome, characterized by severe domestic squalor, pathological hoarding, lack of insight into the condition, and no need for help. DS can be secondary when associated to psychosis or bipolar disorder, or primary when it occurs as a single entity, usually in the elderly. DS is a clinically complex transnosographic syndrome for which multidimensional approaches need to be considered: medical, psychiatric, neurological, social, scientific, and ethical...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145093/proteomic-profile-and-toxicity-pathway-analysis-in-zebrafish-embryos-exposed-to-bisphenol-a-and-di-n-butyl-phthalate-at-environmentally-relevant-levels
#6
Xing Dong, Xuchun Qiu, Shunlong Meng, Hai Xu, Xiangyang Wu, Ming Yang
Bisphenol A (BPA) and di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) are well-known endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that have human health risks. Chronic exposure to BPA and DBP increases the occurrence of human disease. Despite the potential for exposure in embryonic development, the mechanism of action of BPA and DBP on vertebrate development and disease still remains unclear. In the present study, we identified proteins and protein networks that are perturbed by BPA and DBP during zebrafish (Danio rerio) development. Zebrafish embryos were exposed to environmentally relevant levels of BPA (10 μg/L) and DBP (50 μg/L) for 96 h...
November 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145036/liver-immunotolerance-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patho-physiological-mechanisms-and-therapeutic-perspectives
#7
REVIEW
Gaël S Roth, Thomas Decaens
At the moment of the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), 70% of patients have only access to palliative treatments, with very few therapeutic options. Liver immunology is very specific, and liver immunotolerance is particularly developed because of the constant and massive influx of antigens. Deregulation of hepatic immunotolerance is implicated in chronic liver diseases development and particularly in liver carcinogenesis. For these reasons, HCC may be an excellent candidate for anticancer immunotherapies such as immune checkpoint inhibitors targeting CTLA-4 and PD-L1/PD-1...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144890/comprehensive-analysis-of-patients-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-nmosd-combined-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-chb-infection-and-seropositive-for-anti-aquaporin-4-antibody
#8
Jia Liu, Li Xu, Zhuo-Lin Chen, Min Li, Huan Yi, Fu-Hua Peng
Previous research indicated the association between hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection/vaccination and the onset of demyelinating diseases. However, most of these studies were single case reports, and comprehensive data are still scarce. Here we present a comprehensive analysis of 10 patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) combined with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection and seropositive for anti-aquaporin-4 antibody (AQP4-Ab). Demographic, clinical, laboratory, neuroimaging, outcome, and follow-up data of the 10 patients were retrospectively analyzed...
November 16, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144514/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-elderly-population
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Josef Kautzner, Petr Peichl, Marek Sramko, Robert Cihak, Bashar Aldhoon, Dan Wichterle
Background: Although elderly patients have been included in published series of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF), clinical benefit and safety remain still less defined in this population. A retrospective analysis of the results of catheter ablation for AF in a large volume center focused on comparison of elderly patients with the rest of the patient cohort was conducted in this study. Methods: Consecutive patients who underwent catheter ablation for AF between January 2001 and December 2016 were analysed...
September 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144412/pancreatic-cancer-chemoresistance-to-gemcitabine
#10
REVIEW
Manoj Amrutkar, Ivar P Gladhaug
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), commonly referred to as pancreatic cancer, ranks among the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the Western world due to disease presentation at an advanced stage, early metastasis and generally a very limited response to chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Gemcitabine remains a cornerstone of PDAC treatment in all stages of the disease despite suboptimal clinical effects primarily caused by molecular mechanisms limiting its cellular uptake and activation and overall efficacy, as well as the development of chemoresistance within weeks of treatment initiation...
November 16, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144219/trypanosoma-sp-diversity-in-amazonian-bats-chiroptera-mammalia-from-acre-state-brazil
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Francisco C B Dos Santos, Cristiane V Lisboa, Samanta C C Xavier, Maria A Dario, Rair de S Verde, Armando M Calouro, André Luiz R Roque, Ana M Jansen
Bats are ancient hosts of Trypanosoma species and their flying ability, longevity and adaptability to distinct environments indicate that they are efficient dispersers of parasites. Bats from Acre state (Amazon Biome) were collected in four expeditions conducted in an urban forest (Parque Zoobotânico) and one relatively more preserved area (Seringal Cahoeira) in Rio Branco and Xapuri municipalities. Trypanosoma sp. infection was detected by hemoculture and fresh blood examination. Isolated parasite species were identified by the similarity of the obtained DNA sequence from 18S rDNA polymerase chain reaction and reference strains...
November 16, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144216/the-truth-about-in-vitro-culture-of-cryptosporidium-species
#12
Panagiotis Karanis
Cryptosporidium research has focused on the development of infection control, and effective therapy that has thus far been hampered by the inability to culture Cryptosporidium in vitro. Other limitations include inadequate animal models, cumbersome screening procedures for chemotherapeutic approaches and a lack of tools for genetic manipulation. These limitations can, however, be eased by the improvement and focused development of in vitro cultivation. The ability to culture relevant Cryptosporidium isolates in vitro and to propagate the life cycle stages that are responsible for causing disease in an infected host is still a critical link...
November 16, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143969/the-molecular-basis-of-cytotoxicity-of-%C3%AE-spinasterol-from-ganoderma-resinaceum-induction-of-apoptosis-and-overexpression-of-p53-in-breast-and-ovarian-cancer-cell-lines
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Nada K Sedky, Zaynab El Gammal, Amir E Wahba, Eman Mosad, Zahraa Y Waly, Amira Ali El-Fallal, Reem K Arafa, Nagwa El-Badri
OBJECTIVES: Despite advances in therapy of breast and ovarian cancers, they still remain among the most imperative causes of cancer death in women. The first can be considered one of the most widespread diseases among females, while the latter is more lethal and needs prompt treatment. Thus, the research field can still benefit from discovery of new compounds that can be of potential use in management of these grave illnesses. We hereby aimed to assess the antitumor activity of the phytosterol α-spinasterol isolated from Ganoderma resinaceum mushroom on human breast cancer cell lines (MCF-7, MDA-MB-231), as well as, on human ovarian cancer cell line (SKOV-3)...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143933/long-term-effectiveness-of-tocilizumab-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-stratified-by-number-of-previous-treatment-failures-with-biologic-agents-results-from-the-german-rabbit-cohort
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Lisa Baganz, Adrian Richter, Jörn Kekow, Arnold Bussmann, Andreas Krause, Carsten Stille, Joachim Listing, Angela Zink, Anja Strangfeld
In Germany, Tocilizumab (TCZ) is used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis both in biologic-naïve patients and those with previous failures of biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs). The long-term effectiveness and retention rates of TCZ in patients with different numbers of prior bDMARD failures has rarely been investigated. We included 885 RA patients in the analyses, enrolled with the start of TCZ between 2009 and 2015 in the German biologics register RABBIT. Patients were stratified according to prior bDMARD failures: no prior bDMARD or 1, 2 or ≥ 3 bDMARD failures...
November 16, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143906/surgery-for-diverticular-disease-results-in-a-higher-hernia-rate-compared-to-colorectal-cancer-a-population-based-study-from-ontario-canada
#15
E S Tang, D I Robertson, M Whitehead, J Xu, S F Hall
BACKGROUND: Incisional hernias are a well described complication of abdominal surgery. Previous studies identified malignancy and diverticular disease as risk factors. We compared incisional hernia rates between colon resection for colorectal cancer (CRC) and diverticular disease (DD). STUDY DESIGN: We performed a retrospective, population-based, matched cohort study. Provincial databases were linked through the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. These databases include all patients registered under the universal Ontario Health Insurance Plan...
November 16, 2017: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143894/mechanism-of-resistance-in-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors
#16
E Tamborini
Imatinib has revolutionized the treatment of GIST since this drug is able to inhibit tumoral growth by blocking the activity of receptor tyrosine kinases, KIT or PDGFRA, that in these tumors are constitutively activated because of the presence of mutations that alters their catalytic activity. However, despite this enormous improvement in the RFS and OS and in the quality of life of GIST patients, imatinib is not able to eradicate the disease: recurrences occur and acquired resistance is a common event which develops during targeted treatments...
November 17, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143497/detection-and-monitoring-of-driver-mutations-by-next-generation-sequencing-in-squamous-cell-lung-cancer-patient-and-possible-predictive-biomarker-of-third-generation-egfr-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors
#17
Xiaoyan Shen, Jie Shen, Hang Zhang, Yuxin Cheng, Yang Yang, Jiahui Gao, Yu Zhang, Rutian Li, Baorui Liu, Lifeng Wang
Driver mutation detection and the development of targeted drugs have significantly improved survival of advanced lung adenocarcinoma patients with driver mutations. However, we still lack understanding of druggable mutations in patients with advanced squamous cell lung cancer (SQCLC). Less than 10% of SQCLC patients have EGFR gene mutations, thus we have limited knowledge of biological molecular changes with first generation EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) resistance. We report a case of an SQCLC patient treated with first-line platinum-doublet chemotherapy...
November 16, 2017: Thoracic Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143487/nurses-implementation-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-prevention-guidelines-an-observational-study-in-jordan
#18
Sami M Aloush
BACKGROUND: Ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Thoracic Society, and the Institute for Health Care and Improvement have been published to reduce the rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia in the clinical settings; however, nurses' compliance with these guidelines is still questionable. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to assess nurses' compliance with ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention guidelines and the factors that influence their compliance...
November 15, 2017: Nursing in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143414/central-pain-processing-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-pain-free-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#19
Alessandro Tessitore, Antonio Russo, Rosa De Micco, Michele Fratello, Giuseppina Caiazzo, Alfonso Giordano, Mario Cirillo, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Fabrizio Esposito
BACKGROUND: Despite its clinical relevance, the pathophysiology of pain in Parkinson's disease (PD) is still largely unknown, and both central and peripheral mechanisms have been invoked. OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether central pain processing is altered in "drug-naive" pain-free PD (dnPD) patients. METHODS: Using event-related functional MRI (fMRI), functional response to forearm heat stimulation (FHS) at two different intensities (41°C and 53°C) was investigated in 20 pain-free dnPD patients, compared with 18 healthy controls (HCs)...
November 15, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143368/re-thinking-the-role-of-radiometal-isotopes-towards-a-future-concept-for-theranostic-radiopharmaceuticals
#20
Johannes Notni, Hans-Jürgen Wester
The potential and future role of certain metal radionuclides, for example, (44) Sc, (89) Zr, (86) Y, (64) Cu, (68) Ga, (177) Lu, (225) Ac, (213) Bi, and several terbium isotopes has been controversely discussed in the past decades. Furthermore, the possible benefits of "matched pairs" of isotopes for tandem applications of diagnostics and therapeutics (theranostics) have been emphasized, while such approaches still haven't made their way into routine clinical practice. Analysis of bibliographical data illustrates how popularity of certain nuclides has been promoted by cycles of availability and applications...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
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