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Weiming Tang, Wen Chen, Ali Amini, Debi Boeras, Jane Falconer, Helen Kelly, Rosanna Peeling, Olivia Varsaneux, Joseph D Tucker, Philippa Easterbrook
BACKGROUND: Although direct-acting antivirals can achieve sustained virological response rates greater than 90% in Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infected persons, at present the majority of HCV-infected individuals remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated. While there are a wide range of HCV serological tests available, there is a lack of formal assessment of their diagnostic performance. We undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate he diagnostic accuracy of available rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) and laboratory based EIA assays in detecting antibodies to HCV...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108961/rare-ovarian-tumours-epidemiology-treatment-challenges-in-and-outside-a-network-setting
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I Ray-Coquard, AnnaLisa Trama, M J Seckl, C Fotopoulou, P Pautier, S Pignata, G Kristensen, G Mangili, H Falconer, L Massuger, J Sehouli, E Pujade-Lauraine, D Lorusso, F Amant, E Rokkones, I Vergote, J A Ledermann
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: More than 50% of all gynaecological cancers can be classified as rare tumours (defined as an annual incidence of <6 per 100,000) and such tumours represent an important challenge for clinicians. RECENT FINDINGS: Rare cancers account for more than one fifth of all new cancer diagnoses, more than any of the single common cancers alone. Reviewing the RARECAREnet database, some of the tumours occur infrequently, whilst others because of their natural history have a high prevalence, and therefore appear to be more common, although their incidence is also rare...
November 3, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057123/four-factor-prothrombin-complex-concentrate-reduces-time-to-procedure-in-vitamin-k-antagonist-treated-patients-experiencing-gastrointestinal-bleeding-a-post-hoc-analysis-of-two-randomized-controlled-trials
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Majed A Refaai, Truptesh H Kothari, Shana Straub, Jacob Falcon, Ravi Sarode, Joshua N Goldstein, Andres Brainsky, Laurel Omert, Martin L Lee, Truman J Milling
INTRODUCTION: To investigate the impact of a 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (4F-PCC [Beriplex®/Kcentra®]) versus plasma on "time to procedure" in patients with acute/severe gastrointestinal bleeding requiring rapid vitamin K antagonist (VKA) reversal prior to invasive procedure. METHODS: A post hoc analysis of two phase III trials of 4F-PCC versus plasma in patients with acute/severe gastrointestinal bleeding. The treatment arms were compared for study treatment volume, infusion times, and time from start of study treatment to procedure...
2017: Emergency Medicine International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056609/adjunctive-avatar-therapy-for-mentalization-based-treatment-of-borderline-personality-disorder-a-mixed-methods-feasibility-study
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Caroline J Falconer, Penny Cutting, E Bethan Davies, Chris Hollis, Paul Stallard, Paul Moran
BACKGROUND: Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterised by severe instability in emotions, identity, relationships and impulsive behaviour. One contributing factor to BPD is deficient mentalizing-our ability to understand the mental states of others and ourselves. Psychotherapies can be effective at reducing symptoms of BPD but effects are small. Innovative ways of enhancing existing therapies are therefore essential. OBJECTIVE: In a mixed-methods, feasibility and acceptability study, we adjuncted conventional mentalization-based treatment (MBT) for BPD with avatar software (avatar-MBT)...
October 22, 2017: Evidence-based Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045529/impact-of-genetic-variations-in-the-mapk-signaling-pathway-on-outcome-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-patients-treated-with-first-line-folfiri-and-bevacizumab-data-from-fire-3-and-tribe-trials
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M D Berger, S Stintzing, V Heinemann, D Yang, S Cao, Y Sunakawa, Y Ning, S Matsusaka, S Okazaki, Y Miyamoto, M Suenaga, M Schirripa, S Soni, W Zhang, A Falcone, F Loupakis, H-J Lenz
Background: The MAPK-interacting kinase 1 (MKNK1) is localized downstream of the RAS/RAF/ERK and the MAP3K1/MKK/p38 signaling pathway. Through phosphorylation MKNK1 regulates the function of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E, a key player in translational control, whose expression is often upregulated in metastatic colorectal cancer patients (mCRC). Preclinical data suggest that MKNK1 increases angiogenesis by upregulating angiogenic factors. We therefore hypothesize that variations in the MKNK1 gene predict outcome in mCRC patients treated with first-line FOLFIRI and bevacizumab (bev)...
November 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043154/taking-care-of-suicidal-patients-with-new-technologies-and-reaching-out-means-in-the-post-discharge-period
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Giulia Falcone, Adele Nardella, Dorian A Lamis, Denise Erbuto, Paolo Girardi, Maurizio Pompili
Suicide is a global public health problem with over one million people dying by suicide each year worldwide. Research efforts have focused on developing and testing novel suicide prevention strategies employing recent technological advances. In order to provide a review regarding the role of new technologies (e.g., postcards/letters, text messages, crisis cards, telephone contacts, online interventions) in suicide prevention, we searched PubMed, ScienceDirect, ResearchGate, and Crisis to identify all papers in English from 1977 to 2016...
September 22, 2017: World Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988160/effect-of-mri-on-preterm-infants-and-their-families-a-randomised-trial-with-nested-diagnostic-and-economic-evaluation
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A David Edwards, Maggie E Redshaw, Nigel Kennea, Oliver Rivero-Arias, Nuria Gonzales-Cinca, Phumza Nongena, Moegamad Ederies, Shona Falconer, Andrew Chew, Omar Omar, Pollyanna Hardy, Merryl Elizabeth Harvey, Oya Eddama, Naomi Hayward, Julia Wurie, Denis Azzopardi, Mary A Rutherford, Serena Counsell
BACKGROUND: We tested the hypothesis that routine MRI would improve the care and well-being of preterm infants and their families. DESIGN: Parallel-group randomised trial (1.1 allocation; intention-to-treat) with nested diagnostic and cost evaluations (EudraCT 2009-011602-42). SETTING: Participants from 14 London hospitals, imaged at a single centre. PATIENTS: 511 infants born before 33 weeks gestation underwent both MRI and ultrasound around term...
October 7, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978915/neural-activity-in-macaque-medial-frontal-cortex-represents-others-choices
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Rossella Falcone, Rossella Cirillo, Stefano Ferraina, Aldo Genovesio
Predicting the behavior of others is a fundamental skill in primate social life. We tested the role of medial frontal cortex in the prediction of other agents' behavior in two male macaques, using a monkey-human interactive task in which their actor-observer roles were intermixed. In every trial, the observer monitored the actor's choice to reject it for a different one when he became the actor on the subsequent trial. In the delay period preceding the action, we identified neurons modulated by the agent's identity, as well as a group of neurons encoding the agent's future choice, some of which were neurons that showed differential patterns of activity between agents...
October 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923050/dry-needling-in-a-manual-physiotherapy-and-therapeutic-exercise-protocol-for-patients-with-chronic-mechanical-shoulder-pain-of-unspecific-origin-a-protocol-for-a-randomized-control-trial
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Emma Tejera-Falcón, Nuria Del Carmen Toledo-Martel, Francisco Manuel Sosa-Medina, Fátima Santana-González, Miriam Del Pino Quintana-de la Fe, Tomás Gallego-Izquierdo, Daniel Pecos-Martín
BACKGROUND: Shoulder pain of musculoskeletal origin is the main cause of upper limb pain of non-traumatic origin. Despite being one of the most common reasons for consultation, there is no established protocol for treatment due to the complexity of its etiology. However, it has been shown that the presence of myofascial trigger points on the shoulder muscles is a common condition associated with patients suffering from shoulder pain. This protocol has been created which describes the design of a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the inclusion of dry needling (DN) within a protocol of manual physiotherapy and therapeutic exercise in the treatment of chronic shoulder pain of unspecific origin...
September 18, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902525/lurasidone-efficacy-and-safety-in-the-treatment-of-psychotic-and-mood-disorders
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Maurizio Pompili, Claudio Verzura, Giada Trovini, Andrea Buscajoni, Giulia Falcone, Stefano Naim, Adele Nardella, Serena Sorice, Ross J Baldessarini, Paolo Girardi
Lurasidone ([3aR,4S,7R,7aS]-2-[(1R,2R)-2-[4-(1,2-benzisothiazol-3-yl)piperazin-1yl-methyl] cyclohexylmethyl]-hexahydro-4,7-methano-2H-isoindole-1,3-dione hydrochloride; Latuda® [LRSD]) is a novel benzisothiazole, second-generation antipsychotic drug developed by Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Corporation in Japan. Similar to other atypical antipsychotics it has a distinctive pharmacodynamic profile, Areas covered: This review updates reported research findings on the efficacy, safety and tolerability of LRSD for treatment of psychotic and major affective disorders, with meta-analyses...
September 13, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854716/livebirth-and-utero-placental-insufficiency-in-papio-hamadryas-baboons-with-uterus-angiosome-perfused-by-bilateral-utero-ovarian-microsurgical-anastomoses-alone
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B Beran, K Arnolds, M Shockley, K Rivas, M Medina, P F Escobar, A Tzakis, T Falcone, M L Sprague, S Zimberg
STUDY QUESTION: Can the baboon uterus support a gestation to livebirth with an angiosome using microsurgically anastomosed utero-ovarian vessels and lacking uterine arteries and veins? SUMMARY ANSWER: Our angiosome model allows healthy livebirth albeit with risk of fetal growth restriction and stillbirth. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Uterine transplant can provide livebirth in humans, but requires a living donor to undergo a prolonged laparotomy for hysterectomy...
September 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832354/autologous-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-of-mantle-cell-lymphoma-emerging-trends
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Umberto Falcone, John Kuruvilla
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The management of mantle cell lymphoma has changed significantly with the adoption of immunochemotherapy and dose intensive treatment strategies in specific patient populations. Randomized controlled trials have established the role of rituximab-based treatments and autologous stem cell transplantation as standards of care. Novel therapeutics are also being integrated into these treatment strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: Rituximab-based primary treatment has been shown to significantly improve complete remission rates...
November 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790042/multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-to-investigate-the-usefulness-of-continuous-pneumatic-regulation-of-tracheal-cuff-pressure-for-reducing-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-mechanically-ventilated-severe-trauma-patients-the-agate-study-protocol
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Nicolas Marjanovic, Denis Frasca, Karim Asehnoune, Catherine Paugam, Sigismond Lasocki, Carole Ichai, Jean-Yves Lefrant, Marc Leone, Claire Dahyot-Fizelier, Julien Pottecher, Dominique Falcon, Benoit Veber, Jean-Michel Constantin, Sabrina Seguin, Jérémy Guénézan, Olivier Mimoz
INTRODUCTION: Severe trauma represents the leading cause of mortality worldwide. While 80% of deaths occur within the first 24 hours after trauma, 20% occur later and are mainly due to healthcare-associated infections, including ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Preventing underinflation of the tracheal cuff is recommended to reduce microaspiration, which plays a major role in the pathogenesis of VAP. Automatic devices facilitate the regulation of tracheal cuff pressure, and their implementation has the potential to reduce VAP...
August 7, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758799/single-tracheal-inoculation-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-conidia-induced-aspergillosis-in-juvenile-falcons-falco-spp
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Dominik Fischer, Lieven Van Waeyenberghe, Klaus Failing, An Martel, Michael Lierz
Aspergillosis is a common and life-threatening respiratory disease in raptors with acute and chronic courses. Among raptors, gyr falcons (Falco rusticolus) and their hybrids are often declared to be highly susceptible with juvenile individuals being the most susceptible. However, species and age specific experimental studies are lacking and minimal infective doses for Aspergillus spp. conidia are unknown. Therefore, 8-week old, healthy gyr hybrid falcons (F. rusticolus X F. cherrug) (N=18) were experimentally infected with Aspergillus fumigatus using a single intratracheal inoculation with varying dosages of conidia (10(2) to 10(7) conidia)...
July 31, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704584/patient-reported-outcomes-from-synergy-a-randomized-double-blind-multicenter-study-evaluating-combinations-of-mirabegron-and-solifenacin-compared-with-monotherapy-and-placebo-in-oab-patients
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Dudley Robinson, Con Kelleher, David Staskin, Elizabeth R Mueller, Christian Falconer, Jianye Wang, Arwin Ridder, Matthias Stoelzel, Asha Paireddy, Rob van Maanen, Zalmai Hakimi, Sender Herschorn
AIMS: To evaluate patient-reported outcomes (PROs) of combinations of solifenacin and mirabegron compared with solifenacin and mirabegron monotherapy and with placebo in patients with overactive bladder (OAB) from the SYNERGY trial. METHODS: Following a 4-week placebo run-in, period patients (≥18 years) with OAB were randomized 2:2:1:1:1:1 to receive solifenacin 5 mg + mirabegron 25 mg (combination 5 + 25 mg), solifenacin 5 mg + mirabegron 50 mg, (combination 5 + 50 mg), solifenacin 5 mg, mirabegron 25 mg, mirabegron 50 mg or placebo for 12 weeks, followed by a 2-week washout period...
July 13, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694338/no-effect-of-commercial-cognitive-training-on-brain-activity-choice-behavior-or-cognitive-performance
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Joseph W Kable, M Kathleen Caulfield, Mary Falcone, Mairead McConnell, Leah Bernardo, Trishala Parthasarathi, Nicole Cooper, Rebecca Ashare, Janet Audrain-McGovern, Robert Hornik, Paul Diefenbach, Frank J Lee, Caryn Lerman
Increased preference for immediate over delayed rewards and for risky over certain rewards has been associated with unhealthy behavioral choices. Motivated by evidence that enhanced cognitive control can shift choice behavior away from immediate and risky rewards, we tested whether training executive cognitive function could influence choice behavior and brain responses. In this randomized controlled trial, 128 young adults (71 male, 57 female) participated in 10 weeks of training with either a commercial web-based cognitive training program or web-based video games that do not specifically target executive function or adapt the level of difficulty throughout training...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659432/a-novel-theranostic-strategy-for-mmp-14-expressing-glioblastomas-impacts-survival
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Suchismita Mohanty, Zixin Chen, Kai Li, Goreti Ribeiro Morais, Jessica Klockow, Ketan Yerneni, Laura Pisani, Frederick T Chin, Siddharta Mitra, Samuel Cheshier, Edwin Chang, Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, Jianghong Rao, Paul M Loadman, Robert A Falconer, Heike E Daldrup-Link
Glioblastoma (GBM) has a dismal prognosis. Evidence from preclinical tumor models and human trials indicates the role of GBM-initiating cells (GIC) in GBM drug resistance. Here, we propose a new treatment option with tumor enzyme-activatable, combined therapeutic and diagnostic (theranostic) nanoparticles, which caused specific toxicity against GBM tumor cells and GICs. The theranostic cross-linked iron oxide nanoparticles (CLIO) were conjugated to a highly potent vascular disrupting agent (ICT) and secured with a matrix-metalloproteinase (MMP-14) cleavable peptide...
September 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658205/mtorc1-dependent-amd1-regulation-sustains-polyamine-metabolism-in-prostate-cancer
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Amaia Zabala-Letona, Amaia Arruabarrena-Aristorena, Natalia Martín-Martín, Sonia Fernandez-Ruiz, James D Sutherland, Michelle Clasquin, Julen Tomas-Cortazar, Jose Jimenez, Ines Torres, Phong Quang, Pilar Ximenez-Embun, Ruzica Bago, Aitziber Ugalde-Olano, Ana Loizaga-Iriarte, Isabel Lacasa-Viscasillas, Miguel Unda, Verónica Torrano, Diana Cabrera, Sebastiaan M van Liempd, Ylenia Cendon, Elena Castro, Stuart Murray, Ajinkya Revandkar, Andrea Alimonti, Yinan Zhang, Amelia Barnett, Gina Lein, David Pirman, Ana R Cortazar, Leire Arreal, Ludmila Prudkin, Ianire Astobiza, Lorea Valcarcel-Jimenez, Patricia Zuñiga-García, Itziar Fernandez-Dominguez, Marco Piva, Alfredo Caro-Maldonado, Pilar Sánchez-Mosquera, Mireia Castillo-Martín, Violeta Serra, Naiara Beraza, Antonio Gentilella, George Thomas, Mikel Azkargorta, Felix Elortza, Rosa Farràs, David Olmos, Alejo Efeyan, Juan Anguita, Javier Muñoz, Juan M Falcón-Pérez, Rosa Barrio, Teresa Macarulla, Jose M Mato, Maria L Martinez-Chantar, Carlos Cordon-Cardo, Ana M Aransay, Kevin Marks, José Baselga, Josep Tabernero, Paolo Nuciforo, Brendan D Manning, Katya Marjon, Arkaitz Carracedo
Activation of the PTEN-PI3K-mTORC1 pathway consolidates metabolic programs that sustain cancer cell growth and proliferation. Here we show that mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) regulates polyamine dynamics, a metabolic route that is essential for oncogenicity. By using integrative metabolomics in a mouse model and human biopsies of prostate cancer, we identify alterations in tumours affecting the production of decarboxylated S-adenosylmethionine (dcSAM) and polyamine synthesis. Mechanistically, this metabolic rewiring stems from mTORC1-dependent regulation of S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase 1 (AMD1) stability...
July 6, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655802/benefits-and-limitations-of-text-messages-to-stimulate-higher-learning-among-community-providers-participants-views-of-an-mhealth-intervention-to-support-continuing-medical-education-in-vietnam
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Lora L Sabin, Anna Larson Williams, Bao Ngoc Le, Augusta R Herman, Ha Viet Nguyen, Rebecca R Albanese, Wenjun Xiong, Hezekiah Oa Shobiye, Nafisa Halim, Lien Thi Ngoc Tran, Marion McNabb, Hai Hoang, Ariel Falconer, Tam Thi Thanh Nguyen, Christopher J Gill
BACKGROUND: A randomized controlled trial was conducted in 2015 to evaluate a mobile continuing medical education (mCME) intervention that provided daily text messages to community-based physicians' assistants (CBPAs) in Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam. Although the intervention failed to improve medical knowledge over a 6-month period, a companion qualitative study provided insights on the views and experiences of intervention participants. METHODS: We conducted focus group discussions (FGDs) and in-depth interviews (IDIs) among participants randomized to receive text messages containing either simple medical facts or quiz questions...
June 27, 2017: Global Health, Science and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632725/the-role-of-primary-tumour-sidedness-egfr-gene-copy-number-and-egfr-promoter-methylation-in-ras-braf-wild-type-colorectal-cancer-patients-receiving-irinotecan-cetuximab
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Laura Demurtas, Marco Puzzoni, Riccardo Giampieri, Pina Ziranu, Valeria Pusceddu, Alessandra Mandolesi, Chiara Cremolini, Gianluca Masi, Fabio Gelsomino, Carlotta Antoniotti, Cristian Loretelli, Fausto Meriggi, Alberto Zaniboni, Alfredo Falcone, Stefano Cascinu, Mario Scartozzi
BACKGROUND: The data from randomised trials suggested that primary tumour sidedness could represent a prognostic and predictive factor in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients, particularly during treatment with anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) therapy. However, an in-deep molecular selection might overcome the predictive role of primary tumour location in this setting. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis in which tumour samples from RAS/BRAF wild-type (WT) metastatic CRC patients treated with second-third-line irinotecan/cetuximab were analysed for EGFR gene copy number (GCN) and promoter methylation...
July 25, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
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