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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339329/pituitary-size-alteration-and-adverse-effects-of-radiation-therapy-performed-in-9-dogs-with-pituitary-dependent-hypercortisolism
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Harumi Sawada, Akihiro Mori, Peter Lee, Shiho Sugihara, Hitomi Oda, Toshinori Sako
The purpose of this study was to determine the therapeutic and/or adverse effects of radiation therapy (RT) against pituitary tumors in dogs with pituitary-dependent hypercortisolism, as monitored by frequent post-RT detailed MRI examinations, clinical signs, and changes in hormone concentrations. Nine dogs with an adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-secreting pituitary mass diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) underwent RT for 4weeks (total of 48Gy in 4-Gy fractions). Pituitary height/brain area (P/B) value, clinical signs, basal plasma ACTH concentrations, serum cortisol concentrations (pre- and post-ACTH stimulation test) and adverse effects of RT were evaluated before and post-RT...
January 10, 2018: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338891/gray-and-white-matter-changes-and-their-relation-to-illness-trajectory-in-first-episode-psychosis
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Alejandro Keymer-Gausset, Anna Alonso-Solís, Iluminada Corripio, Rosa B Sauras-Quetcuti, Edith Pomarol-Clotet, Erick J Canales-Rodriguez, Eva Grasa-Bello, Enric Álvarez, Maria J Portella
Previous works have studied structural brain characteristics in first-episode psychosis (FEP), but few have focused on the relation between brain differences and illness trajectories. The aim of this study is to analyze gray and white matter changes in FEP patients and their relation with one-year clinical outcomes. A sample of 41 FEP patients and 41 healthy controls (HC), matched by age and educational level was scanned with a 3T MRI during the first month of illness onset. One year later, patients were assigned to two illness trajectories (schizophrenia and non-schizophrenia)...
January 12, 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338016/ultrasound-mediated-delivery-and-distribution-of-polymeric-nanoparticles-in-the-normal-brain-parenchyma-of-a-metastatic-brain-tumour-model
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Habib Baghirov, Sofie Snipstad, Einar Sulheim, Sigrid Berg, Rune Hansen, Frits Thorsen, Yrr Mørch, Catharina de Lange Davies, Andreas K O Åslund
The treatment of brain diseases is hindered by the blood-brain barrier (BBB) preventing most drugs from entering the brain. Focused ultrasound (FUS) with microbubbles can open the BBB safely and reversibly. Systemic drug injection might induce toxicity, but encapsulation into nanoparticles reduces accumulation in normal tissue. Here we used a novel platform based on poly(2-ethyl-butyl cyanoacrylate) nanoparticle-stabilized microbubbles to permeabilize the BBB in a melanoma brain metastasis model. With a dual-frequency ultrasound transducer generating FUS at 1...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337140/characteristics-and-prognostic-factors-for-patients-with-her2-overexpressing-breast-cancer-and-brain-metastases-in-the-era-of-her2-targeted-therapy-an-argument-for-earlier-detection
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Aki Morikawa, Rui Wang, Sujata Patil, Adi Diab, Jonathan Yang, Clifford A Hudis, Heather L McArthur, Kathryn Beal, Andrew D Seidman
BACKGROUND: Although brain metastases (BM) are associated with poor prognosis, patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) overexpressing (HER2+) breast cancer (BC) with BM who are treated with anti-HER2 therapy have a relatively longer survival after BM diagnosis compared with other subtypes and HER2+ patients previously untreated with anti-HER2 therapy. It is unclear if previously reported prognostic factors are applicable to patients with HER2+ BC in the era of HER2-targeted therapy...
December 21, 2017: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336348/optimizing-highly-noncoplanar-vmat-trajectories-the-novo-method
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Marco Langhans, Jan Unkelbach, Thomas Bortfeld, David Craft
We introduce a new method called NoVo (Noncoplanar VMAT Optimization) to produce volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) treatment plans with noncoplanar trajectories. While the use of noncoplanar beam arrangements for intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and in particular high fraction stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), is common, noncoplanar beam trajectories for VMAT are less common as the availability of treatment machines handling these is limited. For both IMRT and VMAT, the beam angle selection problem is highly nonconvex in nature, which is why automated beam angle selection procedures have not entered mainstream clinical usage...
January 16, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335830/from-imaging-to-biology-of-glioblastoma-new-clinical-oncology-perspectives-to-the-problem-of-local-recurrence
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REVIEW
A Zygogianni, M Protopapa, A Kougioumtzopoulou, F Simopoulou, S Nikoloudi, V Kouloulias
GBM is one of the most common and aggressive brain tumors. Surgery and adjuvant chemoradiation have succeeded in providing a survival benefit. Although most patients will eventually experience local recurrence, the means to fight recurrence are limited and prognosis remains poor. In a disease where local control remains the major challenge, few trials have addressed the efficacy of local treatments, either surgery or radiation therapy. The present article reviews recent advances in the biology, imaging and biomarker science of GBM as well as the current treatment status of GBM, providing new perspectives to the problem of local recurrence...
January 15, 2018: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333521/nanomaterials-for-convection-enhanced-delivery-of-agents-to-treat-brain-tumors
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Young-Eun Seo, Tom Bu, W Mark Saltzman
Nanomaterials represent a promising and versatile platform for the delivery of therapeutics to the brain. Treatment of brain tumors has been a long-standing challenge in the field of neuro-oncology. The current standard of care - a multimodal approach of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy - yields only a modest therapeutic benefit for patients with malignant gliomas. A major obstacle for treatment is the failure to achieve sufficient delivery of therapeutics at the tumor site. Recent advances in local drug delivery techniques, along with the development of highly effective brain-penetrating nanocarriers, have significantly improved treatment and imaging of brain tumors in preclinical studies...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333357/salvage-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-multiple-brain-recurrences-how-much-is-enough
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Fred Hsu
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) can be used as a salvage treatment in selected patients with recurrent brain metastases after previous brain radiation. We report the case of a patient with metastatic lung adenocarcinoma who experienced recurrence numerous times in the brain and was successfully treated each time with SRS. For this patient, brain imaging surveillance helped identify metastases early for salvage SRS. We have also included a discussion of published literature regarding the neurocognitive toxicity of repeated courses of SRS...
November 10, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333126/impact-on-radiation-dose-and-volume-v57-gy-of-the-brain-on-recurrence-and-survival-of-patients-with-glioblastoma-multiformae
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Igor Stojkovski, Valentina Krstevska, Snezhana Smichkoska
Background: The aim of the study was to analyze impact of irradiated brain volume V57 Gy (volume receiving 57 Gy and more) on time to progression and survival of patients with glioblastoma. Patients and methods: Dosimetric analysis of treatment plan data has been performed on 70 patients with glioblastoma, treated with postoperative radiochemotherapy with temozolomide, followed by adjuvant temozolomide. Patients were treated with 2 different methods of definition of treatment volumes and prescription of radiation dose...
December 2017: Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332078/magnetic-resonance-guided-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-for-treating-movement-disorders
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Young Goo Kim, Eun Jung Kweon, Won Seok Chang, Hyun Ho Jung, Jin Woo Chang
Transcranial magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) surgery has recently gained favor as a novel, noninvasive alternative to conventional neurosurgery. In contrast to traditional ablative interventions, transcranial MRgFUS surgery is entirely imaging-guided and uses continuous temperature measurements at the target and surrounding tissue taken in real-time. Unlike Gamma Knife radiosurgery, MRgFUS surgery can make a lesion immediately and does not use ionizing radiation. Moreover, since no metallic device is implanted, MR imaging-based diagnosis is not restricted throughout life...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328365/nuclear-gsk3%C3%AE-induces-dna-double-strand-break-repair-by-phosphorylating-53bp1-in-glioblastoma
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Yong Yang, Tiantian Lei, Suya Du, Rongsheng Tong, Hailian Wang, Jiao Yang, Juan Huang, Minghan Sun, Yi Wang, Zhi Dong
Glioblastoma is the most malignant and lethal subtype brain tumors with high risk of recurrence and therapeutic resistance. Emerging evidence has indicated that glycogen synthesis kinase 3 (GSK3)β plays oncogenic roles in multiple tumor types; however, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. It has also been demonstrated that p53 binding protein 1 (53BP1) plays a central role in DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair. This study aimed to reveal the significance of GSK3β translocation from the cytoplasm to the nucleus, and to determine whether GSK3β induces DNA DSB repair in the nuclei of glioblastoma cells via phospho-53BP1...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327059/immunotherapy-and-symptomatic-radiation-necrosis-in-patients-with-brain-metastases-treated-with-stereotactic-radiation
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Allison M Martin, Daniel N Cagney, Paul J Catalano, Brian M Alexander, Amanda J Redig, Jon D Schoenfeld, Ayal A Aizer
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January 11, 2018: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324911/psychological-consideration-in-patients-with-cerebral-gliomas-candidates-for-intra-operative-radiation-therapy-based-on-tumor-location
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Tohid Emami Meybodi, Masoumeh Najafi, Ali Keipourfard, Amir Nikouei, Afsoun Seddighi
OBJECTIVE: Intra-operative Radiation Therapy (IORT) is gaining popularity as an adjuvant option to surgical resection, in treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) for increasing survival rate, which a highly aggressive cerebral tumor with poor prognosis. Τhe authors plan to investigate the effects of IORT combined with surgical resection on the psychological status of these patients based on tumor location. SUBJECT AND METHODS: From December 2013 to February 2017, we have enrolled 109 patients with high grade cerebral gliomas, documented by Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)...
September 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324910/deep-brain-nucleus-targeting-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-essential-tremor-by-image-guided-surgery-using-neuronavigation-system-with-tractography-and-volume-of-tissue-of-activated-assessment
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Amir Nikouei, Pooya Torkian, Tohid Emami Meybodi, Arash Javad Mousavi, Amir Saied Seddighi
OBJECTIVE: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is an effective surgical approach for treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD), dystonia and essential tremor (ET). Traditionally, DBS is performed using frame-based stereotactic technique. Recently, image guided surgery (IGS) using neuronavigation has gained popularity in neurosurgical procedures. We aim to investigate whether DBS using neuronavigation is capable of improving patient's outcome and minimize its complications. SUBJECT AND METHODS: From February 2011 to October 2016, 20 patients with PD and 6 patients with ET were enrolled in the study...
September 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323217/node-of-ranvier-as-an-array-of-bio-nanoantennas-for-infrared-communication-in-nerve-tissue
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Andrea Zangari, Davide Micheli, Roberta Galeazzi, Antonio Tozzi
Electromagnetic radiation, in the visible and infrared spectrum, is increasingly being investigated for its possible role in the most evolved brain capabilities. Beside experimental evidence of electromagnetic cellular interactions, the possibility of light propagation in the axon has been recently demonstrated using computational modelling, although an explanation of its source is still not completely understood. We studied electromagnetic radiation onset and propagation at optical frequencies in myelinated axons, under the assumption that ion channel currents in the node of Ranvier behave like an array of nanoantennas emitting in the wavelength range from 300 to 2500 nm...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317239/protective-effect-of-mitochondrial-targeted-antioxidant-mitoq-against-iron-ion-56fe-radiation-induced-brain-injury-in-mice
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Lu Gan, Zhenhua Wang, Jing Si, Rong Zhou, Chao Sun, Yang Liu, Yancheng Ye, Yanshan Zhang, Zhiyuan Liu, Hong Zhang
Exposure to iron ion 56Fe radiation (IR) during space missions poses a significant risk to the central nervous system and radiation exposure is intimately linked to the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). MitoQ is a mitochondria-targeted antioxidant that has been shown to decrease oxidative damage and lower mitochondrial ROS in a number of animal models. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate role of the mitochondrial targeted antioxidant MitoQ against 56Fe particle irradiation-induced oxidative damage and mitochondria dysfunction in the mouse brains...
January 6, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316969/proton-and-helium-ion-radiotherapy-for-meningioma-tumors-a-monte-carlo-based-treatment-planning-comparison
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Thomas Tessonnier, Andrea Mairani, Wenjing Chen, Paola Sala, Francesco Cerutti, Alfredo Ferrari, Thomas Haberer, Jürgen Debus, Katia Parodi
BACKGROUND: Due to their favorable physical and biological properties, helium ion beams are increasingly considered a promising alternative to proton beams for radiation therapy. Hence, this work aims at comparing in-silico the treatment of brain and ocular meningiomas with protons and helium ions, using for the first time a dedicated Monte Carlo (MC) based treatment planning engine (MCTP) thoroughly validated both in terms of physical and biological models. METHODS: Starting from clinical treatment plans of four patients undergoing proton therapy with a fixed relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of 1...
January 9, 2018: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316943/are-prognostic-indices-for-brain-metastases-of-melanoma-still-valid-in-the-stereotactic-era
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Harun Badakhshi, Fidelis Engeling, Volker Budach, Pirus Ghadjar, Sebastian Zschaeck, David Kaul
BACKGROUND: Malignant melanoma brain metastases (MBM) are the third most common cause for brain metastases (BM). Historically Whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) was considered the goldstandard of treatment even though melanoma cells are regarded as very radioresistant. Therapeutic possibilities have fundamentally changed since the availability of stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), where it is possible to apply high ablative doses in a very precise manner. In this work we analyze prognostic factors of overall survival (OS) after SRT in patients with MBM and evaluate the applicability of popular prognostic indices that mainly stem from the WBRT-era...
January 10, 2018: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310710/photobiomodulation-using-low-level-laser-therapy-lllt-for-patients-with-chronic-traumatic-brain-injury-a-randomized-controlled-trial-study-protocol
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Guilherme da Cruz Ribeiro Poiani, Ana Luiza Zaninotto, Ana Maria Costa Carneiro, Renato Amaro Zangaro, Afonso Shiguemi Inoue Salgado, Rodolfo Borges Parreira, Almir Ferreira de Andrade, Manoel Jacobsen Teixeira, Wellingson Silva Paiva
BACKGROUND: Photobiomodulation using low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been tested as a new technique to optimize recovery of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The aim of this study is to evaluate inhibitory attentional control after 18 sessions of active LLLT and compare with the placebo group (sham LLLT). Our exploratory analysis will evaluate the efficacy of the active LLLT on verbal and visuospatial episodic memory, executive functions (working memory, verbal and visuospatial fluency, attentional processes), and anxiety and depressive symptoms compared to the sham group...
January 8, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310661/temperature-elevation-in-the-human-brain-and-skin-with-thermoregulation-during-exposure-to-rf-energy
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Sachiko Kodera, Jose Gomez-Tames, Akimasa Hirata
BACKGROUND: Two international guidelines/standards for human protection from electromagnetic fields define the specific absorption rate (SAR) averaged over 10 g of tissue as a metric for protection against localized radio frequency field exposure due to portable devices operating below 3-10 GHz. Temperature elevation is suggested to be a dominant effect for exposure at frequencies higher than 100 kHz. No previous studies have evaluated temperature elevation in the human head for local exposure considering thermoregulation...
January 8, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
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