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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936854/-thinking-on-development-of-shanxi-astragali-radix-industry
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Xue-Mei Qin, Ai-Ping Li, Ke Li, An-Ping Li, Lu-Hong Ning
Shanxi, a traditional production area to produce genuine Astragali Radix of high quality, has experienced major changes in the pattern of resources. This area once accounted for half of Astragali Radix industry, but now only serves as the largest supply area of traditional wild Astragali Radix. Furthermore, the strategic position of Shanxi Astragali Radix industry will become more prominent and more important to economic and social development in face of the diversity of market demands, especially for the strong demands of high-end Astragali Radix...
December 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934994/comparison-of-methods-for-estimating-contemporary-costs-an-application-to-liver-transplantation-in-the-united-kingdom
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Jeshika Singh, Louise Longworth
OBJECTIVES: Our study addresses the important issue of estimating treatment costs from historical data. It is a problem frequently faced by health technology assessment analysts. We compared four approaches used to estimate current costs when good quality contemporary data are not available using liver transplantation as an example. METHODS: First, the total cost estimates extracted for patients from a cohort study, conducted in the 1990s, were inflated using a published inflation multiplier...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931653/combined-ox40l-and-mtor-blockade-controls-effector-t-cell-activation-while-preserving-treg-reconstitution-after-transplant
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Victor Tkachev, Scott N Furlan, Benjamin Watkins, Daniel J Hunt, Hengqi Betty Zheng, Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Kayla Betz, Melanie Brown, John B Schell, Katie Zeleski, Alison Yu, Ian Kirby, Sarah Cooley, Jeffrey S Miller, Bruce R Blazar, Duncan Casson, Phil Bland-Ward, Leslie S Kean
A critical question facing the field of transplantation is how to control effector T cell (Teff) activation while preserving regulatory T cell (Treg) function. Standard calcineurin inhibitor-based strategies can partially control Teffs, but breakthrough activation still occurs, and these agents are antagonistic to Treg function. Conversely, mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibition with sirolimus is more Treg-compatible but is inadequate to fully control Teff activation. In contrast, blockade of OX40L signaling has the capacity to partially control Teff activation despite maintaining Treg function...
September 20, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922902/from-directed-donation-to-kidney-sale-does-the-argument-hold-up
#4
James Stacey Taylor
The UCLA Medical Center has initiated a "voucher program" under which a person who donated a kidney would receive a voucher that she could provide to someone of her choosing who could then use it to move to the top of the renal transplantation waiting list. If the use of such vouchers as incentives for donors is morally permissible, then cash payments for kidneys are also morally permissible. But, that argument faces five objections. First, there are some goods whose nature allows them to be exchanged for similar goods but renders them monetarily inalienable...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922238/primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma-time-for-diagnostic-biomarkers-and-biotherapies
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Louis Royer-Perron, Khê Hoang-Xuan, Agusti Alentorn
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) is a rare cancer with a somber prognosis in older patients, which it affects predominantly. Only in recent years have molecular alterations characterizing PCNSL been thoroughly described. This opens possibilities for the use of targeted therapies. Developments in imaging and biomarkers have also great potential to help clinicians faced with diagnostic and prognostic uncertainties. RECENT FINDINGS: Several biomarkers for PCNSL, such as different microRNAs, which could be tested in cerebrospinal fluid and vitreous fluid, and IL-10, which has been shown to have excellent sensitivity and specificity in the cerebrospinal fluid, have emerged in the last years...
September 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921783/barriers-to-listing-for-hiv-infected-patients-being-evaluated-for-kidney-transplantation
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Dong Heun Lee, Suzanne M Boyle, Gregory E Malat, Christopher Kern, Charles Milrod, Shannon DeBellis, Meera N Harhay, Karthik Ranganna, Stephen Guy, Sindhura Talluri, Tiffany Bias, Alden Doyle
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients have excellent outcomes following kidney transplantation (KT) but still might face barriers in the evaluation and listing process. The aim of this study was to characterize the patient population, referral patterns, and outcomes of HIV-infected patients who present for KT evaluation. METHODS: We performed a single-center retrospective cohort study of HIV-infected patients who were evaluated for KT...
September 16, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918973/atypical-features-and-systemic-associations-in-extensive-cases-of-grover-disease-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Madeleine Gantz, Daniel Butler, Matthew Goldberg, Jubin Ryu, Timothy McCalmont, Kanade Shinkai
BACKGROUND: Grover disease is an acantholytic disorder that typically occurs on the trunk of older individuals, primarily white men, in association with heat and xerosis. Cases with extensive and/or atypical distributions have been reported. OBJECTIVE: To review the literature characterizing the population, morphology, associations, and disease course of extensive or atypical eruptions of Grover disease. METHODS: A systematic literature review identified 50 articles with 69 cases...
September 14, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904322/a-preliminary-study-of-effects-of-low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound-lipus-irradiation-on-dentoalveolar-ankylosis
#8
Tomoyasu Kiyokawa, Mitsuru Motoyoshi, Mizuki Inaba, Remi Sano, Akari Saiki, Go Torigoe, Masatake Asano, Noriyoshi Shimizu
The purpose of this experiment was to investigate whether low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) irradiation can inhibit dentoalveolar ankylosis in transplanted rat teeth. LIPUS irradiation (the pulsed ultrasound signal had a frequency of 3.0 MHz, a spatial average intensity of 30 mW/cm(2), and a pulse ratio of 1:4) was performed on the face over the re-planted teeth of rats for 4 weeks. After the rats were euthanized, we measured mobility (Periotest value [PTV]) of the transplanted and control teeth using a Periotest...
2017: Journal of Oral Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888310/role-of-facial-vascularized-composite-allotransplantation-in-burn-patients
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REVIEW
Deepak Bharadia, Indranil Sinha, Bohdan Pomahac
Face transplantation can provide improved quality of life to patients with extensive burn injuries. Facial vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA) offers a new paradigm of treatment options, serving as a powerful reconstructive tool to restore facial form and function. Although currently facial VCA patients must follow a lifelong regimen of immunosuppression medications and suffer a risk of rejection, in properly selected patients, facial VCA can be a transformative operation and can improve quality of life...
October 2017: Clinics in Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887858/liver-transplantation-equity-supply-demand-and-access
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EDITORIAL
David Axelrod, Heidi Yeh
Despite advances in treatment for end stage liver disease (ESLD), death from cirrhosis and chronic liver disease remains a major source of morbidity and mortality, particularly in younger patients. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that the years of life lost prior to age 75 due to ESLD has increased from 164.1 per 100,000 in 2000 to 190.3 in 2015, exceeding life years lost from cerebrovascular disease (161.0), colorectal cancer (123.3), and HIV (50.4).(1) Liver transplantation is the sole treatment for patients with decompensated liver failure, with exceptional success among patients who make it through transplant...
September 9, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885198/engineering-of-cell-laden-gelatin-based-microcapsules-for-cell-delivery-and-immobilization-in-regenerative-therapies
#11
Anna Blocki, Farina Löper, Nino Chirico, Axel T Neffe, Friedrich Jung, Christof Stamm, Andreas Lendlein
Cell-based therapies often face the challenge of low cell retention and viability upon transplantation. Hence, biomaterials, which can immobilize transplanted cells, while at the same time support cell viability, are essential for successful clinical application. Noteworthy, biomaterials in the micrometer range such as microcapsules have the advantage of a minimally invasive introduction into tissue.Hence, we established an approach to generate gelatin-based cell carriers in the form of microspherical hydrogels...
September 4, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871936/xanthoma-like-skin-changes-in-an-elderly-woman-with-a-normal-lipid-profile
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Piotr Nockowski, Zdzisław Woźniak, Adam Reich, Joanna Maj
Dear Editor, An 83-year-old woman developed yellow-brownish infiltrates, nodules, and tumors mimicking xanthomas, mostly involving the periorbital and chest area within three months (Figure 1). She had no abnormalities in serum cholesterol or triglycerides levels. A detailed laboratory analysis revealed the presence of mild monoclonal gammopathy with a presence of immunoglobulin G (IgG) kappa light chains; however, according to hematologist consultation, it did not require medical intervention. Imaging assessment and ultrasound examination did not show any specific involvement of internal organs...
July 2017: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870982/understanding-the-effect-of-corticosteroid-pretreatment-in-brain-dead-organ-donors-new-mechanistic-insights-for-improvement-of-organ-quality-in-liver-transplantation
#13
Carola Dahrenmöller, Raymond Reding
Transplant surgeons are currently faced with the challenge to accept marginal liver transplants due to steatosis or old age. Improving organ quality by implementing a selective organ protective donor management could be the first step towards a graft of enhanced quality. However, the molecular mechanisms of such treatments are still poorly understood. Glucocorticoid medication in donor medicine has been carried out and discussed for a long time. In a recent study published in Clinical Science, Jiménez-Castro et al...
September 15, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870919/the-impact-of-environmental-light-intensity-on-experimental-tumor-growth
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Mark A Suckow, William R Wolter, Giles E Duffield
BACKGROUND/AIM: Cancer research requires for consistent models that minimize environmental variables. Within the typical laboratory animal housing facility, animals may be exposed to varying intensities of light as a result of cage type, cage position, light source, and other factors; however, studies evaluating the differential effect of light intensity during the light phase on tumor growth are lacking. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effect of cage face light intensity, as determined by cage rack position was evaluated with two tumor models using the C57Bl/6NHsd mouse and transplantable B16F10 melanoma cells or Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) cells...
September 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859349/from-expert-protocols-to-standardized-management-of-infectious-diseases
#15
Jean-Christophe Lagier, Camille Aubry, Marion Delord, Pierre Michelet, Hervé Tissot-Dupont, Matthieu Million, Philippe Brouqui, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola
We report here 4 examples of management of infectious diseases (IDs) at the University Hospital Institute Méditerranée Infection in Marseille, France, to illustrate the value of expert protocols feeding standardized management of IDs. First, we describe our experience on Q fever and Tropheryma whipplei infection management based on in vitro data and clinical outcome. Second, we describe our management-based approach for the treatment of infective endocarditis, leading to a strong reduction of mortality rate...
August 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856823/talking-with-caregivers-of-children-living-in-the-community-with-ventricular-assist-devices
#16
Courtney Petruik, Cheryl Mack, Jennifer Conway, Holger Buchholz, Michael van Manen
A VAD is a mechanical pump used to support the functioning of a failing heart. As a pediatric therapy, a VAD is used as a temporary solution for poor heart function, a bridge to transplantation or recovery, or a destination therapy. The goal of this qualitative study was to explore the perspectives of family and professional caregivers of children who are supported by VADs in outpatient settings. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 22 caregivers of school-aged children discharged home on VAD support...
August 29, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852290/the-science-and-art-of-eyebrow-transplantation-by-follicular-unit-extraction
#17
Jyoti Gupta, Amrendra Kumar, Kavish Chouhan, C Ariganesh, Vinay Nandal
Eyebrows constitute a very important and prominent feature of the face. With growing information, eyebrow transplant has become a popular procedure. However, though it is a small area it requires a lot of precision and knowledge regarding anatomy, designing of brows, extraction and implantation technique. This article gives a comprehensive view regarding eyebrow transplant with special emphasis on follicular unit extraction technique, which has become the most popular technique.
April 2017: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845920/ethical-issues-in-pediatric-face-transplantation
#18
Ana-Gabriela Benghiac, Jeremy R Garrett, Brian S Carter
Facial transplantation has become a reality in adult medicine. Children are subject to congenital craniofacial differences, disease-related, traumatic, or thermochemical craniofacial changes and might be suitable for face transplantation. This manuscript addresses unique ethical issues in considering potential pediatric face transplant. These challenges are operant at the individual, technologic, and psychosocial level for clinicians, investigators, and society.
August 28, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845376/sirolimus-associated-pruritus-case-report-and-review
#19
Joyce Y Cheng, Philip R Cohen
Sirolimus is an immunosuppressant drug used to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients. We describe a man with sirolimus-associated pruritus and review the features of this adverse event in other individuals receiving this drug. The patient was a 67-year-old heart transplant recipient receiving sirolimus as part of his immunosuppressive regimen. He developed severe pruritus over the distal extremities, face, and earlobes six months after starting the drug. The symptoms became progressively worse as he continued to receive this medication...
June 27, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843422/redirecting-t-cells-with-chimeric-antigen-receptor-car-for-the-treatment-of-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#20
REVIEW
Andrea Biondi, Chiara F Magnani, Sarah Tettamanti, Giuseppe Gaipa, Ettore Biagi
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common cancer in children. Nowadays the survival rate is around 85%. Nevertheless, an urgent clinical need is still represented by primary refractory and relapsed patients who do not significantly benefit from standard approaches, including chemo-radiotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). For this reason, immunotherapy has so far represented a challenging novel treatment opportunity, including, as the most validated therapeutic options, cancer vaccines, donor-lymphocyte infusions and tumor-specific immune effector cells...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
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