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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915474/racial-differences-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-prostate-cancer
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REVIEW
Giuliano Di Pietro, Ganna Chornokur, Nagi B Kumar, Chemar Davis, Jong Y Park
Disparities between African American and Caucasian men in prostate cancer (PCa) diagnosis and treatment in the United States have been well established, with significant racial disparities documented at all stages of PCa management, from differences in the type of treatment offered to progression-free survival or death. These disparities appear to be complex in nature, involving biological determinants as well as socioeconomic and cultural aspects. We present a review of the literature on racial disparities in the diagnosis of PCa, treatment, survival, and genetic susceptibility...
November 2016: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915422/state-of-the-art-review-of-the-right-ventricle-in-copd-patients-it-is-time-to-look-closer
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REVIEW
Daniela Graner Schuwartz Tannus-Silva, Marcelo Fouad Rabahi
Since the first description of pulmonary circulation in the 16th century, the knowledge of the complex interaction between the heart and lungs has greatly improved. Hypoxemia plays a classical role in the development of complications such as pulmonary hypertension and right ventricle (RV) dysfunction in patients presenting with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, more recent results have revealed the presence of RV vascular structural and functional changes even in patients with mild COPD, without hypoxemia or pulmonary hypertension at rest...
December 3, 2016: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915421/the-frequency-and-treatment-of-pneumothorax-associated-with-pulmonary-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-infection
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Masaki Ikeda, Koji Takahashi, Teruya Komatsu, Toru Tanaka, Tatsuo Kato, Takuji Fujinaga
OBJECTIVES: Characteristics of pneumothorax associated with nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) infection are rarely reported, especially in terms of surgical treatments. Our objectives were to show the tendency and clinical courses of pneumothorax due to NTM and discuss the way of therapy in our hospital. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 557 patients with NTM infection over a period of 5 years at the Nagara Medical Center. RESULTS: A total of 12 out of the 557 patients (2...
December 3, 2016: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915404/is-there-any-influence-of-humeral-component-retroversion-on-range-of-motion-and-clinical-outcome-in-reverse-shoulder-arthroplasty-a-clinical-study
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F A de Boer, P M van Kampen, P E Huijsmans
PURPOSE: Reverse shoulder arthroplasty becomes more widely used as treatment for patients with complex cuff arthropathy. Theoretically, a higher retroversion of the humeral component leads to an increase in external rotation ROM and a decrease in internal rotation ROM. There is no consensus in optimal retroversion orientation. We retrospectively describe the effect of retroversion of the humeral component. We hypothesize that 20° humeral retroversion improves postoperative ROM, strength or clinical outcome scores compared to neutral retroversion...
December 3, 2016: Musculoskeletal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915393/role-of-prothrombin-complex-concentrate-pcc-in-acute-intracerebral-hemorrhage-with-positive-cta-spot-sign-an-institutional-experience-at-a-regional-and-state-designated-stroke-center
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Razia Rehmani, Angela Han, Jawaad Hassan, Jeffrey Farkas
PURPOSE: Our objective is to identify the effect of prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) in acute intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) by evaluating intraparenchymal hematoma expansion between initial and follow-up head CT at 5-24 h, in those with positive CTA spot sign (CTASS). CTASS is an independent predictor of hematoma growth (1). Acute ICH, regardless of etiology, can present with quick mental status decline often resulting in irreversible brain damage. Hematoma expansion appears to be a modifiable predictor of clinical outcome and an appropriate target for medical therapy...
December 3, 2016: Emergency Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915307/diversity-and-antifungal-drug-susceptibility-of-cryptococcus-isolates-in-thailand
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Navaporn Worasilchai, Marut Tangwattanachuleeporn, Kornvalee Meesilpavikkai, Claudia Folba, Mourine Kangogo, Uwe Groß, Michael Weig, Oliver Bader, Ariya Chindamporn
Yeasts of the Cryptococcus species complex are the causative agent of cryptococcosis, especially in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive individuals. Cerebral or disseminated cryptococcosis has a very high mortality rate worldwide, including in Thailand. Additionally, an increasing rate of antifungal drug resistant cryptococcal isolates has been reported in several neighboring countries, complicating therapeutic approaches. To understand the situation of this infection in Thailand, we retrospectively investigated the molecular epidemiology and antifungal drug resistance in a collection of 74 clinical, 52 environmental and two veterinary isolates using the URA5-RFLP for typing and the EUCAST guideline for susceptibility testing...
December 3, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915303/candida-species-isolated-from-different-body-sites-and-their-antifungal-susceptibility-pattern-cross-analysis-of-candida-albicans-and-candida-glabrata-biofilms
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Valentina Cataldi, Emanuela Di Campli, Paolo Fazii, Tonino Traini, Luigina Cellini, Mara Di Giulio
Candida species are regular commensal in humans, but-especially in immunocompromised patients-they represent opportunistic pathogens giving rise to systemic infection. The aim of the present work was to isolate and characterize for their antifungal profile Candida species from different body sites and to analyze the biofilms produced by C. albicans and C. glabrata isolates. Eighty-one strains of Candida species from 77 patients were identified. Epidemiological study showed that the most isolated species were C...
December 2, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915164/can-the-cerebral-regional-oxygen-saturation-be-a-perfusion-parameter-in-shock
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Ashraf Al Tayar, Amr Abouelela, Khaja Mohiuddeen
INTRODUCTION: Shock, defined as a state of tissue hypoperfusion and the tissues reperfusion, is the main goal of management of shock. Increase in central venous saturation (CvSo2) and decrease in blood lactate level are useful in assessment of adequacy of tissue perfusion. Near-infrared spectroscopy is a noninvasive way to observe real-time changes in regional cerebral saturation and has been used in patients with different brain diseases. There is a small body of literature suggesting that cerebral regional oxygen saturation (CrSo2) monitoring added a value in assessment and management of intensive care unit (ICU) patients...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915084/predicting-hospitalization-and-mortality-in-patients-with-heart-failure-the-bardiche-index
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Nicole H M K Uszko-Lencer, Lutz Frankenstein, Martijn A Spruit, Micha T Maeder, Marc Gutmann, Stefano Muzzarelli, Stefan Osswald, Matthias E Pfisterer, Christian Zugck, Hans-Peter Brunner-La Rocca
BACKGROUND: Prediction of events in chronic heart failure (CHF) patients is still difficult and available scores are often complex to calculate. Therefore, we developed and validated a simple-to-use, multidimensional prognostic index for such patients. METHODS: A theoretical model was developed based on known prognostic factors of CHF that are easily obtainable: Body mass index (B), Age (A), Resting systolic blood pressure (R), Dyspnea (D), N-termInal pro brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) (I), Cockroft-Gault equation to estimate glomerular filtration rate (C), resting Heart rate (H), and Exercise performance using the 6-min walk test (E) (the BARDICHE-index)...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915073/a-mathematical-model-of-reward-and-executive-circuitry-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Anca Raˇdulescu, Rachel Marra
The neuronal circuit that controls obsessive and compulsive behaviors involves a complex network of brain regions (some with known involvement in reward processing). Among these are cortical regions, the striatum and the thalamus (which compose the CSTC pathway), limbic areas such as the amygdala and the hippocampus, and well as dopamine pathways. Abnormal dynamic behavior in this brain network is a hallmark feature of patients with increased anxiety and motor activity, like the ones affected by OCD. There is currently no clear understanding of precisely what mechanisms generate these behaviors...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914968/segmenting-high-cost-medicare-patients-into-potentially-actionable-cohorts
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Karen E Joynt, Jose F Figueroa, Nancy Beaulieu, Robert C Wild, E John Orav, Ashish K Jha
BACKGROUND: Providers are assuming growing responsibility for healthcare spending, and prior studies have shown that spending is concentrated in a small proportion of patients. Using simple methods to segment these patients into clinically meaningful subgroups may be a useful and accessible strategy for targeting interventions to control costs. METHODS: Using Medicare fee-for-service claims from 2011 (baseline year, used to determine comorbidities and subgroups) and 2012 (spending year), we used basic demographics and comorbidities to group beneficiaries into 6 cohorts, defined by expert opinion and consultation: under-65 disabled/ESRD, frail elderly, major complex chronic, minor complex chronic, simple chronic, and relatively healthy...
November 30, 2016: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914923/alloantigen-gene-transfer-to-hepatocytes-promotes-tolerance-to-pancreatic-islet-graft-by-inducing-cd8-regulatory-t-cells
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Valentin Le Guen, Jean-Paul Judor, Françoise Boeffard, Vanessa Gauttier, Nicolas Ferry, Jean-Paul Soulillou, Sophie Brouard, Sophie Conchon
BACKGROUND & AIM: Induction of donor-specific immune tolerance is a good alternative to chronic life-long immunosuppression for transplant patients. Donor major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules represent the main targets of the allogeneic immune response of transplant recipients. Liver-targeted gene transfer with viral vectors induces tolerance toward the encoded antigen. The aim of this work was to determine whether alloantigen gene transfer to hepatocytes induces tolerance and promotes graft acceptance...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914862/neurotensin-regulation-induces-overexpression-and-activation-of-egfr-in-hcc-and-restores-response-to-erlotinib-and-sorafenib
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Zherui Wu, Antoine Galmiche, Jin Liu, Nicolas Stadler, Dominique Wendum, Evelyne Segal-Bendirdjian, Valerie Paradis, Patricia Forgez
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of death from cancer due to the combination of late diagnosis and a lack of curative treatments. The identification of factors which promote tumor aggressiveness, and those that predict treatment responses, are a means to optimize the management of HCC patients. The complex of Neurotensin (NTS) and its high affinity receptor (NTSR1) has been shown to induce tumor growth and metastasis process in various cancers. In this paper, we propose that NTS and NTSR1 can assist in the management of HCC...
November 30, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914848/falls-cognitive-impairment-and-gait-performance-results-from-the-good-initiative
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Gilles Allali, Cyrille P Launay, Helena M Blumen, Michele L Callisaya, Anne-Marie De Cock, Reto W Kressig, Velandai Srikanth, Jean-Paul Steinmetz, Joe Verghese, Olivier Beauchet
OBJECTIVES: Falls are highly prevalent in individuals with cognitive decline. The complex relationship between falls and cognitive decline (including both subtype and severity of dementia) and the influence of gait disorders have not been studied. This study aimed to examine the association between the subtype (Alzheimer disease [AD] versus non-AD) and the severity (from preclinical to moderate dementia) of cognitive impairment and falls, and to establish an association between falls and gait parameters during the course of dementia...
November 30, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914843/hemiarthroplasty-for-the-treatment-of-distal-humeral-fractures-midterm-clinical-results
#15
Mark Schultzel, Karl Scheidt, Christopher C Klein, Steven J Narvy, Brian K Lee, John M Itamura
BACKGROUND: Total elbow arthroplasty is a treatment for unreconstructable distal humeral fractures; however, longevity of the implant remains a concern in younger, more active patients. Distal humeral hemiarthroplasty (DHH) offers an alternative with multiple advantages. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of 10 patients who underwent DHH for distal humeral fractures during a 4-year period (2008-2012) by a single surgeon. Patients underwent testing of range of motion, Mayo Elbow Performance Score, Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder and Hand, visual analog scale, Single Assessment Numeric Evaluation, and American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons scores...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914779/what-do-radiation-oncologists-require-for-future-advancements-in-lung-sbrt
#16
REVIEW
Umberto Ricardi, Serena Badellino, Andrea Riccardo Filippi
Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) is a well established therapeutic option for patients affected with peripheral early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), given the positive clinical evidence accumulated so far on its efficacy and safety. SBRT is regarded as the best choice for inoperable patients, and could also be offered as an alternative to surgery to selected operable patients. More recently, its use for lung metastases progressively increased, and SBRT is now regarded as a low toxic and highly effective local therapy for lung oligometastases from different primary tumors, especially colorectal cancer...
November 30, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914683/paediatric-cutaneous-adnexal-tumours-a-study-of-559-cases
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Amanda M Ireland, Nathan T Harvey, Bligh D Berry, Benjamin A Wood
Cutaneous adnexal tumours encompass a wide group of lesions with apocrine, eccrine, follicular, sebaceous and mixed differentiation. The large majority are benign and represent sporadic lesions, though malignant forms are occasionally encountered and some cases develop in the setting of inherited tumour syndromes. Accurate histological classification can be difficult as there are numerous histological appearances, many of which are individually uncommon, and complex, overlapping and historically variable nomenclature is typical...
November 30, 2016: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914655/crohn-s-disease
#18
REVIEW
Joana Torres, Saurabh Mehandru, Jean-Frédéric Colombel, Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet
Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, with increasing incidence worldwide. Crohn's disease might result from a complex interplay between genetic susceptibility, environmental factors, and altered gut microbiota, leading to dysregulated innate and adaptive immune responses. The typical clinical scenario is a young patient presenting with abdominal pain, chronic diarrhoea, weight loss, and fatigue. Assessment of disease extent and of prognostic factors for complications is paramount to guide therapeutic decisions...
November 30, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914627/comparison-of-in-vivo-measured-loads-in-knee-hip-and-spinal-implants-during-level-walking
#19
Philipp Damm, Ines Kutzner, Georg Bergmann, Antonius Rohlmann, Hendrik Schmidt
Walking is a task that we seek to understand because it is the most relevant human locomotion. Walking causes complex loading patterns and high load magnitudes within the human body. This work summarizes partially published load data collected in earlier in vivo measurement studies on 9 patients with telemeterized knee endoprostheses, 10 with hip endoprostheses and 5 with vertebral body replacements. Moreover, for the 19 endoprosthesis patients, additional simultaneously measured and previously unreported ground reaction forces are presented...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914497/acute-management-of-stroke-patients-taking-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-addressing-real-world-anticoagulant-management-issues-in-stroke-aramis-registry-design-and-rationale
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Ying Xian, Adrian F Hernandez, Tina Harding, Gregg C Fonarow, Deepak L Bhatt, Robert E Suter, Yosef Khan, Lee H Schwamm, Eric D Peterson
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban) have been increasingly used as alternatives to warfarin for stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation. Yet there is substantial lack of information on how patients on NOACs are currently treated when they have an acute ischemic stroke and the best strategies for treating intracerebral hemorrhage for those on chronic anticoagulation with warfarin or a NOAC. These are critical unmet needs for real world clinical decision making in these emergent patients...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
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