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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351081/osteoarthritis-patients-experiences-of-pharmacotherapy-for-pain-management-in-iran-a-qualitative-study
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Vahid Zamanzadeh, Fazlollah Ahmadi, Mozhgan Behshid, Alireza Irajpoor, Parvin Zakeri-Milani
Despite the effectiveness of pharmacotherapy for pain management in patients with osteoarthritis (OA), personal biases in the selection, administration, and continuation of pharmacotherapy challenge the proper management of symptoms and the effectiveness of the therapy. This study was conducted to carry out an in-depth examination of the experiences of patients with OA about their use of pharmacotherapy for the OA pain management and the existing challenges. The present qualitative study was conducted on 17 patients with OA, 5 of their family members and 8 healthcare personnel using a conventional content analysis approach...
March 28, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351064/the-early-tech-development-course-experiential-commercialization-education-for-the-medical-academician
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Jonathan Servoss, Connie Chang, Jonathan Fay, Kevin Ward
PROBLEM: Research produced by medical academicians holds promise for developing into biomedical innovations in therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, and health care information technology; however, the road to biomedical innovation is fraught with risk, including the challenge of moving from basic research insight onto a viable commercialization path. Compounding this challenge is the growing demand on medical academicians to be more productive in their clinical, teaching, and research duties within a resource-constrained environment...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351054/drug-delivery-to-the-posterior-segment-of-the-eye
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Elad Moisseiev, Anat Loewenstein
Drug delivery into the posterior segment of the eye is complicated by the existence of the blood-ocular barrier. Strategies for delivering drugs to the posterior segment include systemic administration, modification of the barrier, and local drug delivery (including transcorneal, transscleral, and intravitreal). The most commonly used method for drug delivery into the posterior segment is by intravitreal injection. Other routes that can be used to achieve therapeutic drug levels in the posterior segment include topical, iontophoretic, and juxtascleral delivery...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351052/diabetic-macular-edema
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Francesco Bandello, Maurizio Battaglia Parodi, Paolo Lanzetta, Anat Loewenstein, Pascale Massin, Francesca Menchini, Daniele Veritti
Diabetic macular edema (DME), defined as a retinal thickening involving or approaching the center of the macula, represents the most common cause of vision loss in patients affected by diabetes mellitus. In the last few years, many diagnostic tools have proven to be useful in the detection and the monitoring of the features characterizing DME. On the other hand, several therapeutic approaches can now be proposed on the basis of the DME-specific characteristics. The aim of the present chapter is to thoroughly delineate the clinical and morphofunctional characteristics of DME and its current treatment perspectives...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351051/insights-into-the-physiopathology-of-inflammatory-macular-edema
#5
Marc D de Smet
Macular edema is one of the most common causes of permanent vision loss in patients with uveitis. The current understanding of water balance and metabolism within the retina has given us better insight into the mechanisms underlying macular edema arising from both acute and chronic inflammation. Uveitic macular edema (UME) occurs when the equilibrium between water influx and efflux is lost, and more importantly when compensatory mechanisms are overwhelmed. While in the acute setting, control of inflammation can reestablish homeostasis, chronic inflammation can lead to alternate pathways to establish a water balance...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351048/retinitis-pigmentosa-and-other-dystrophies
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Sarah Mrejen, Isabelle Audo, Sébastien Bonnel, José-Alain Sahel
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a heterogeneous group of inherited retinal degenerations characterized by progressive degeneration of rod and cone cells that affects predominantly peripheral visual fields. Macular edema may cause additional central visual acuity decrease. Cystoid macular edema (CME) is one of the few treatable causes of visual loss in RP. The prevalence of CME in RP has been found to be between 10 and 20% on fluorescein angiography-based studies, and as high as 49% on reports based on optical coherence tomography...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351042/intracellular-edema
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Raja Narayanan, Baruch D Kuppermann
The macula is predisposed to edema in various retinal conditions, even when the insult is remote from the macula. The various factors that may predispose the macula to edema include high metabolic activity, radial arrangement of the Henle's layer, lack of inner layers at the fovea, and lack of blood supply at the fovea. The edema is most pronounced in the outer plexiform layer (Henle's layer). Alteration in the blood-retinal barrier and ischemia cause disturbances in vascular permeability as well as with the function of Müller cells...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351039/prognostic-value-of-the-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-in-newborns-with-hypoxic-ischaemic-encephalopathy-treated-with-therapeutic-hypothermia
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Eva-Marie Heursen, Amaya Zuazo Ojeda, Isabel Benavente Fernández, Gema Jimenez Gómez, Rosalía Campuzano Fernández-Colima, José Paz-Expósito, Simón Pedro Lubián López
BACKGROUND: Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) quantification has been proven to be of prognostic value in term newborns with hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) who were treated under normothermia. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prognostic value of ADC in standardized brain regions in neonates with HIE who were treated with therapeutic hypothermia (TH). METHODS: This prospective cohort study included 54 term newborns who were admitted with HIE and treated with TH...
March 29, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350989/mir-219-cooperates-with-mir-338-in-myelination-and-promotes-myelin-repair-in-the-cns
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Haibo Wang, Ana Lis Moyano, Zhangyan Ma, Yaqi Deng, Yifeng Lin, Chuntao Zhao, Liguo Zhang, Minqing Jiang, Xuelian He, Zhixing Ma, Fanghui Lu, Mei Xin, Wenhao Zhou, Sung Ok Yoon, Ernesto R Bongarzone, Q Richard Lu
A lack of sufficient oligodendrocyte myelination contributes to remyelination failure in demyelinating disorders. miRNAs have been implicated in oligodendrogenesis; however, their functions in myelin regeneration remained elusive. Through developmentally regulated targeted mutagenesis, we demonstrate that miR-219 alleles are critical for CNS myelination and remyelination after injury. Further deletion of miR-338 exacerbates the miR-219 mutant hypomyelination phenotype. Conversely, miR-219 overexpression promotes precocious oligodendrocyte maturation and regeneration processes in transgenic mice...
March 27, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350952/future-advances-in-spine-surgery-the-aospine-north-america-perspective
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Michael G Fehlings, Christopher S Ahuja, Thomas Mroz, Wellington Hsu, James Harrop
This focus issue highlights state-of-the-art techniques, equipment, and practices in the modern era of spine surgery while providing a glimpse into the next generation of patient care. A broad range of topics are presented to cover the full spectrum of the field. Degenerative diseases are discussed in a series of 3 articles on (1) pathophysiology, management, and surgical approaches to degenerative cervical myelopathy; (2) novel approaches to degenerative thoracolumbar disease (eg, interspinous process spacers, minimally invasive/endoscopic approaches); and (3) animal models and emerging therapeutics in degenerative disk disease...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350947/traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-repair-and-regeneration
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Christopher S Ahuja, Satoshi Nori, Lindsay Tetreault, Jefferson Wilson, Brian Kwon, James Harrop, David Choi, Michael G Fehlings
BACKGROUND: Traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCI) have devastating consequences for the physical, financial, and psychosocial well-being of patients and their caregivers. Expediently delivering interventions during the early postinjury period can have a tremendous impact on long-term functional recovery. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY: This is largely due to the unique pathophysiology of SCI where the initial traumatic insult (primary injury) is followed by a progressive secondary injury cascade characterized by ischemia, proapoptotic signaling, and peripheral inflammatory cell infiltration...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350945/intervertebral-disk-degeneration-and-repair
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James Dowdell, Mark Erwin, Theodoe Choma, Alexander Vaccaro, James Iatridis, Samuel K Cho
Intervertebral disk (IVD) degeneration is a natural progression of the aging process. Degenerative disk disease (DDD) is a pathologic condition associated with IVD that has been associated with chronic back pain. There are a variety of different mechanisms of DDD (genetic, mechanical, exposure). Each of these pathways leads to a final common result of unbalancing the anabolic and catabolic environment of the extracellular matrix in favor of catabolism. Attempts have been made to gain an understanding of the process of IVD degeneration with in Vitro studies...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350890/quantification-of-motor-network-dynamics-in-parkinson-s-disease-by-means-of-landscape-and-flux-theory
#13
Han Yan, Jin Wang
The basal ganglia neural circuit plays an important role in motor control. Despite the significant efforts, the understanding of the principles and underlying mechanisms of this modulatory circuit and the emergence of abnormal synchronized oscillations in movement disorders is still challenging. Dopamine loss has been proved to be responsible for Parkinson's disease. We quantitatively described the dynamics of the basal ganglia-thalamo-cortical circuit in Parkinson's disease in terms of the emergence of both abnormal firing rates and firing patterns in the circuit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350874/snon-upregulation-ameliorates-renal-fibrosis-in-diabetic-nephropathy
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Lirong Liu, Mingjun Shi, Yuanyuan Wang, Changzhi Zhang, Bo Su, Ying Xiao, Bing Guo
Progressive reduction of SnoN is associated with gradual elevation of TGF-β1 during diabetic nephropathy progression, suggesting SnoN to be a possible mediator of TGF-β1 signaling, with potential therapeutic benefits against TGF- β1 -induced renal fibrosis. To characterize SnoN for its role in renal fibrosis, we assessed SnoN expression patterns in response to high glucose stress, and evaluated the effects of upregulating SnoN on renal fibrosis. High glucose stress induced significantly elevated SnoN, TGF-β1, and Arkadia transcription; however, significantly reduced SnoN protein levels were observed under these conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350865/multi-drug-loaded-micelles-delivering-chemotherapy-and-targeted-therapies-directed-against-hsp90-and-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway-in-prostate-cancer
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Bao Le, Ginny L Powers, Yu Tong Tam, Nicholas Schumacher, Rita L Malinowski, Laura Steinke, Glen Kwon, Paul C Marker
BACKGROUND: Advanced prostate cancers that are resistant to all current therapies create a need for new therapeutic strategies. One recent innovative approach to cancer therapy is the simultaneous use of multiple FDA-approved drugs to target multiple pathways. A challenge for this approach is caused by the different solubility requirements of each individual drug, resulting in the need for a drug vehicle that is non-toxic and capable of carrying multiple water-insoluble antitumor drugs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350845/abnormal-expression-of-mrna-microrna-alteration-and-aberrant-dna-methylation-patterns-in-rectal-adenocarcinoma
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Yang Hua, Xiukun Ma, Xianglong Liu, Xiangfei Yuan, Hai Qin, Xipeng Zhang
AIM: Rectal adenocarcinoma (READ) is a malignancy cancer with the high morbidity and motility worldwide. Our study aimed to explore the potential pathogenesis of READ through integrated analysis of gene expression profiling and DNA methylation data. METHODS: The miRNA, mRNA expression profiling and corresponding DNA methylation data were downloaded from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database. Differentially expressed mRNAs/ miRNAs/methylated regions (DEmRNA/DEmiRNAs) were identified in READ...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350842/combination-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-injection-with-icariin-for-the-treatment-of-diabetes-associated-erectile-dysfunction
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Xiyou Wang, Chuanhai Liu, Yong Xu, Ping Chen, Yue Shen, Yansheng Xu, Yubo Zhao, Weihao Chen, Xinyu Zhang, Yun Ouyang, Yi Wang, Changliang Xie, Maojun Zhou, Cuilong Liu
The present study was aimed to examine whether icariin, a traditional Chinese medicine, could improve therapeutic effects of adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) for diabetes-associated erectile dysfunction (DMED). DMED were induced in rats by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin and confirmed by erectile function measurement. Then, rats of diabetic ED were randomly divided to receive the treatment of saline, ADSCs, icariin or ADSCs combined with icariin respectively. Compared with the treatment by ADSCs or icariin alone, intracavernosum injection of ADSCs combined with the following daily gastric gavage of icariin significantly augmented the value of ICP and ICP/MAP (p<0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350827/time-spent-by-belgian-hospital-pharmacists-on-supply-disruptions-and-drug-shortages-an-exploratory-study
#18
Elfi De Weerdt, Thomas De Rijdt, Steven Simoens, Minne Casteels, Isabelle Huys
INTRODUCTION: Supply problems of drugs are an increasing and worldwide problem, also in Belgium. Hospital pharmacists try to manage drug supply problems to minimize the impact on patient care. This study aims to quantify in a detailed manner how much time employees of 17 Belgian hospital pharmacies spend on drug supply problems. METHODS: During six months, employees of Belgian hospital pharmacies filled in the daily time spent on drug supply problems using a template containing all steps which can be executed to manage drug supply problems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350803/pharmacogenomic-identification-of-small-molecules-for-lineage-specific-manipulation-of-subventricular-zone-germinal-activity
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Kasum Azim, Diane Angonin, Guillaume Marcy, Francesca Pieropan, Andrea Rivera, Vanessa Donega, Claudio Cantù, Gareth Williams, Benedikt Berninger, Arthur M Butt, Olivier Raineteau
Strategies for promoting neural regeneration are hindered by the difficulty of manipulating desired neural fates in the brain without complex genetic methods. The subventricular zone (SVZ) is the largest germinal zone of the forebrain and is responsible for the lifelong generation of interneuron subtypes and oligodendrocytes. Here, we have performed a bioinformatics analysis of the transcriptome of dorsal and lateral SVZ in early postnatal mice, including neural stem cells (NSCs) and their immediate progenies, which generate distinct neural lineages...
March 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350685/inadequate-enoxaparin-dosing-predicts-90-day-venous-thromboembolism-risk-among-plastic-surgery-inpatients-an-examination-of-enoxaparin-pharmacodynamics
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Christopher J Pannucci, W Bradford Rockwell, Maureen Ghanem, Kory I Fleming, Arash Momeni, Jayant Agarwal
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based plastic surgery guidelines support the effectiveness of once-daily enoxaparin prophylaxis. Despite prophylaxis, one in 25 highest risk patients has a venous thromboembolism event. The authors examined the pharmacodynamics of standard enoxaparin doses in plastic surgery patients to examine whether patient-level factors predict enoxaparin metabolism, whether inadequate enoxaparin dose predicts downstream venous thromboembolism events, and whether a pharmacist-driven dose-adjustment protocol was effective...
April 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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