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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822063/mind-body-therapies-in-cancer-what-is-the-latest-evidence
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Linda E Carlson, Erin Zelinski, Kirsti Toivonen, Michelle Flynn, Maryam Qureshi, Katherine-Ann Piedalue, Rachel Grant
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Many people living with cancer use complementary therapies, and some of the most popular are mind-body therapies (MBTs), including relaxation and imagery, hypnosis, yoga, meditation, tai chi and qigong, and art therapies. The efficacy of these modalities was reviewed by assessing recent findings in the context of cancer care. RECENT FINDINGS: These therapies show efficacy in treating common cancer-related side effects, including nausea and vomiting, pain, fatigue, anxiety, depressive symptoms and improving overall quality of life...
August 18, 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821974/mri-histogram-analysis-enables-objective-and-continuous-classification-of-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
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Christian Waldenberg, Hanna Hebelka, Helena Brisby, Kerstin Magdalena Lagerstrand
PURPOSE: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the best diagnostic imaging method for low back pain. However, the technique is currently not utilized in its full capacity, often failing to depict painful intervertebral discs (IVDs), potentially due to the rough degeneration classification system used clinically today. MR image histograms, which reflect the IVD heterogeneity, may offer sensitive imaging biomarkers for IVD degeneration classification. This study investigates the feasibility of using histogram analysis as means of objective and continuous grading of IVD degeneration...
August 18, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821582/identification-of-%C3%AE-enolase-as-a-prognostic-and-diagnostic-precancer-biomarker-in-oral-submucous-fibrosis
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Swarnendu Bag, Debabrata Dutta, Amrita Chaudhary, Bidhan Chandra Sing, Mousumi Pal, Ajoy Kumar Ray, Rita Banerjee, Ranjan Rashmi Paul, Amit Basak, Amit Kumar Das, Jyotirmoy Chatterjee
AIMS: Diagnostic ambiguities regarding the malignant potentiality of oral submucous fibrosis (OSF), an oral precancerous condition having dysplastic and non-dysplastic isoforms are the major failure for early intervention of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) patients. Our goal is to identify proteomic signatures from biopsies that can be used as precancer diagnostic marker for patient suffering from OSF. METHODS: The high throughput techniques adopting de novo peptide sequencing (1D SDS-PAGE coupled nanoLC MALDI tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS)-based peptide mass fingerprint), immunohistochemistry (IHC), Western blot (WB) and real-time PCR (RT-PCR) analysis are considered for such biomarker identification and multilevel validations...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821424/the-effect-of-postsurgical-pain-on-attentional-processing-in-horses
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Louise Dodds, Laura Knight, Kate Allen, Joanna Murrell
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of postsurgical pain on the performance of horses in a novel object and auditory startle task. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective clinical study. ANIMALS: Twenty horses undergoing different types of surgery and 16 control horses that did not undergo surgery. METHODS: The interaction of 36 horses with novel objects and a response to an auditory stimulus were measured at two time points; the day before surgery (T1) and the day after surgery (T2) for surgical horses (G1), and at a similar time interval for control horses (G2)...
May 5, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805581/nonmotor-parkinson-s-and-future-directions
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Nataliya Titova, K Ray Chaudhuri
Nonmotor symptoms (NMS) of Parkinson's disease (PD) are integral to the condition largely regarded as a motor syndrome. A range of NMS underpin the prodromal stage of Parkinson's and are present with variable frequency, range, and nature across the whole journey of a patient with Parkinson's from the onset of the motor disease to palliative stage. These symptoms also are key determinants of quality of life of the patient as well as the carer. Despite this, recognition management and focused treatment of NMS of PD remain poor...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803495/molecular-signature-of-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-crps-and-its-analysis
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Simone König, Tanja Schlereth, Frank Birklein
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a rare, but often disabling pain disease. Biomarkers are lacking, but several inflammatory substances have been associated with the pathophysiology. This review outlines the current knowledge with respect to target biomolecules and the analytical tools available to measure them. Areas covered: Targets include cytokines, neuropeptides and resolvins; analysis strategies are thus needed for different classes of substances such as proteins, peptides, lipids and small molecules...
August 14, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802926/nonmotor-symptoms-and-natural-history-of-parkinson-s-disease-evidence-from-cognitive-dysfunction-and-role-of-noninvasive-interventions
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Roberta Biundo, Eleonora Fiorenzato, Angelo Antonini
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder, characterized by motor and nonmotor symptoms (NMS). Several subsequent studies substantiate the great functional burden related to NMS, their progression, and negative effect on quality of life in PD. Additional evidence indicates interesting relationships between striatal dopaminergic function and NMS. The basal ganglia are implicated in the modulation and integration of sensory information and pain, bladder function is under control of both inhibitory (D1) and facilitatory (D2) dopaminergic inputs, finally reduced dopaminergic activity in the mesocortical and mesolimbic pathways is involved in the development of several NMS including mood, motivational, and cognitive alterations...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797868/neuropathic-pain-and-nerve-growth-factor-in-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-prospective-clinical-pathological-study
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R Velasco, X Navarro, M Gil-Gil, M Herrando-Grabulosa, A Calls, J Bruna
CONTEXT: Neuropathic pain can be present in patients developing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). Nerve growth factor (NGF) is trophic to small sensory fibers and regulates nociception. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the changes in serum NGF and intraepidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD) in skin biopsies of cancer patients receiving neurotoxic chemotherapy in a single-center prospective observational study. METHODS: Patients were evaluated before and after chemotherapy administration...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797546/cell-free-deoxyribonucleic-acid-as-a-prognostic-marker-of-bowel-ischemia-in-patients-with-small-bowel-obstruction
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Uri Netz, Zvi Perry, Solly Mizrahi, Boris Kirshtein, David Czeiger, Gilbert Sebbag, Avraham Reshef, Amos Douvdevani
BACKGROUND: Patients with strangulation small bowel obstruction are at a high risk for serious morbidity and mortality due to ischemic bowel. Measuring serum, cell-free deoxyribonucleic acid levels could help recognize early cell death. Our hypothesis was that small bowel ischemia or necrosis is associated with increases in serum cell-free deoxyribonucleic acid and that recovery is associated with a decrease in cell-free deoxyribonucleic acid levels. METHODS: A prospective cohort study in addition to standard treatment of patients admitted with a diagnosis of small bowel obstruction...
August 7, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796136/local-and-systemic-expression-of-immunomodulatory-factors-in-chronic-pancreatitis
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Hannah M Komar, Phil A Hart, Zobeida Cruz-Monserrate, Darwin L Conwell, Gregory B Lesinski
Inflammatory and fibrotic events that drive chronic pancreatitis (CP) are likely orchestrated via signaling of soluble cytokines and chemokines systemically and within the pancreas. However, a comprehensive summary of the expression of such factors during CP has not been reported to date. This information is important given continued interest in targeting cytokines that influence CP pathogenesis. Reported data on the expression change of soluble immunomodulatory factors in human CP patients were identified via a literature search using a single search term...
September 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790875/diarrhea-predominant-irritable-bowel-syndrome-creation-of-an-electronic-version-of-a-patient-reported-outcome-instrument-by-conversion-from-a-pen-and-paper-version-and-evaluation-of-their-equivalence
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Leticia Delgado-Herrera, Benjamin Banderas, Oluwafunke Ojo, Ritesh Kothari, Bernhardt Zeiher
BACKGROUND: Subjects with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) experience abdominal cramping, bloating, pressure, and pain. Due to an absence of clinical biomarkers for IBS-D severity, evaluation of clinical therapy benefits depends on valid and reliable symptom assessments. A patient-reported outcome (PRO) instrument has been developed, comprising of two questionnaires - the IBS-D Daily Symptom Diary and IBS-D Symptom Event Log - suitable for clinical trials and real-world settings...
2017: Patient related Outcome Measures
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776360/biomarkers-imaging-and-disease-activity-indices-in-patients-with-early-axial-spondyloarthritis-the-italian-arm-of-the-spondyloarthritis-caught-early-space-study
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M Lorenzin, A Ortolan, S Vio, M Favero, F Oliviero, M Zaninotto, C Cosma, C Lacognata, L Punzi, R Ramonda
The study aimed to evaluate biomarkers facilitating early diagnosis of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) and correlations between them and disease activity parameters and imaging indexes. Patients with low back pain (LBP) (≥3 months, ≤2 years, onset ≤45 years) participating in the Italian arm of the SpondyloArthritis-Caught-Early SPACE study underwent a physical examination, questionnaires, laboratory tests, X-rays and MRI of the spine and sacroiliac joints (SIJ). An expert rheumatologist formulated axSpA diagnosis in accordance with Assessment of SpondyloArthritis International Society (ASAS) criteria...
August 3, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771550/gdf-15-predicts-cardiovascular-events-in-acute-chest-pain-patients
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Stergios Tzikas, Lars Palapies, Constantinos Bakogiannis, Tanja Zeller, Christoph Sinning, Stephan Baldus, Christoph Bickel, Vassilios Vassilikos, Karl J Lackner, Andreas Zeiher, Thomas Münzel, Stefan Blankenberg, Till Keller
BACKGROUND: Treatment of patients presenting with possible acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is based on timely diagnosis and proper risk stratification aided by biomarkers. We aimed at evaluating the predictive value of GDF-15 in patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of AMI. METHODS: Consecutive patients presenting with suspected AMI were enrolled in three study centers. Cardiovascular events were assessed during a follow-up period of 6 months with a combined endpoint of death or MI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767621/the-ute-disc-sign-on-mri-a-novel-imaging-biomarker-associated-with-degenerative-spine-changes-low-back-pain-and-disability
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Henry Pang, Cora Bow, Jason Pui Yin Cheung, Uruj Zehra, Arijitt Borthakur, Jaro Karppinen, Nozomu Inoue, Hai-Qiang Wang, Keith D K Luk, Kenneth M C Cheung, Dino Samartzis
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional. OBJECTIVE: To assess the distribution of the ultra-short time-to-echo (UTE) Disc Sign (UDS).and its association with disc degeneration, other MRI phenotypes, pain and disability profiles. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Disc degeneration has been conventionally assessed by T2-weighted (T2W) signal intensity on MRI; however, its clinical utility has been questionable. UTE MRI assesses short T2 components. The authors have identified a new imaging biomarker on UTE - the UDS...
August 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763247/capillary-blood-for-point-of-care-testing
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Ruihua Tang, Hui Yang, Jane Ru Choi, Yan Gong, MinLi You, Ting Wen, Ang Li, XiuJun Li, Bo Xu, Sufeng Zhang, Qibing Mei, Feng Xu
Clinically, blood sample analysis has been widely used for health monitoring. In hospitals, arterial and venous blood are utilized to detect various disease biomarkers. However, collection methods are invasive, painful, may result in injury and contamination, and skilled workers are required, making these methods unsuitable for use in a resource-limited setting. In contrast, capillary blood is easily collected by a minimally invasive procedure and has excellent potential for use in point-of-care (POC) health monitoring...
August 1, 2017: Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761676/characterisation-of-clot-microstructure-properties-in-stable-coronary-artery-disease
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Ahmed Sabra, Matthew James Lawrence, Robert Aubrey, Daniel Obaid, Alexander Chase, Dave Smith, Phillip Thomas, Sharon Storton, Gareth R Davies, Karl Hawkins, Phylip Rhodri Williams, Keith Morris, Phillip Adrian Evans
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is associated with an increased prothrombotic tendency and is also linked to unfavourably altered clot microstructure. We have previously described a biomarker of clot microstructure (df) that is unfavourably altered in acute myocardial infarction. The df biomarker assesses whether the blood will form denser or looser microstructures when it clots. In this study we assessed in patients with stable chest pain whether df can differentiate between obstructed and unobstructed CAD...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756278/effects-of-dietary-weight-loss-with-and-without-exercise-on-interstitial-matrix-turnover-and-tissue-inflammation-biomarkers-in-adults-with-knee-osteoarthritis-the-intensive-diet-and-exercise-for-arthritis-trial-idea
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R F Loeser, D P Beavers, A C Bay-Jensen, M A Karsdal, B J Nicklas, A Guermazi, D J Hunter, S P Messier
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of dietary weight loss, with and without exercise, on selected soluble biomarkers in overweight and obese older adults with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN: Blood samples were analyzed from 429 participants in the Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis (IDEA) trial randomized to either an 18 month exercise control group (E), weight loss diet (D), or D + E. C1M, C2M, C3M and CRPM biomarkers and interleukin-6 (IL-6) were quantitated using ELISAs...
July 27, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755495/identification-of-good-candidates-for-valgus-bracing-as-a-treatment-for-medial-knee-osteoarthritis
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Allison L Clouthier, Elizabeth A Hassan, Scott Ce Brandon, Aaron Campbell, Michael J Rainbow, Kevin J Deluzio
Valgus unloader braces are a conservative treatment option for medial compartment knee osteoarthritis that aim to unload the damaged medial compartment through application of an external abduction moment. Patient response to bracing is highly variable, however. While some experience improvements in pain, function, and joint loading, others receive little to no benefit. The objective of this work was to analyze clinical measures and biomechanical characteristics of unbraced walking to identify variables that are associated with the mechanical effectiveness of valgus unloader bracing...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753805/the-urinary-tract-microbiome-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Isabel M Aragón, Bernardo Herrera-Imbroda, María I Queipo-Ortuño, Elisabeth Castillo, Julia Sequeira-García Del Moral, Jaime Gómez-Millán, Gozde Yucel, María F Lara
CONTEXT: The urinary tract, previously considered a sterile body niche, has emerged as the host of an array of bacteria in healthy individuals, revolutionizing the urology research field. OBJECTIVE: To review the literature on microbiome implications in the urinary tract and the usefulness of probiotics/prebiotics and diet as treatment for urologic disorders. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A systematic review was conducted using PubMed and Medline from inception until July 2016...
November 14, 2016: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743489/lipid-profiling-of-the-filarial-nematodes-onchocerca-volvulus-onchocerca-ochengi-and-litomosoides-sigmodontis-reveals-the-accumulation-of-nematode-specific-ether-phospholipids-in-the-host
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Vera Wewer, Benjamin L Makepeace, Vincent N Tanya, Helga Peisker, Kenneth Pfarr, Achim Hoerauf, Peter Dörmann
Onchocerciasis, a neglected tropical disease prevalent in western and central Africa, is a major health problem and has been targeted for elimination. The causative agent for this disease is the human parasite Onchocerca volvulus. Onchocerca ochengi and Litomosoides sigmodontis, infectious agents of cattle and rodents, respectively, serve as model organisms to study filarial nematode infections. Biomarkers to determine infection without the use of painful skin biopsies and microscopic identification of larval worms are needed and their discovery is facilitated by an improved knowledge of parasite-specific metabolites...
July 23, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
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