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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628594/telehealth-wearable-sensors-and-the-internet-will-they-improve-stroke-outcomes-through-increased-intensity-of-therapy-motivation-and-adherence-to-rehabilitation-programs
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Jane H Burridge, Alan Chong W Lee, Ruth Turk, Maria Stokes, Jill Whitall, Ravi Vaidyanathan, Phil Clatworthy, Ann-Marie Hughes, Claire Meagher, Enrico Franco, Lucy Yardley
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stroke, predominantly a condition of older age, is a major cause of acquired disability in the global population and puts an increasing burden on health care resources. Clear evidence for the importance of intensity of therapy in optimizing functional outcomes is found in animal models, supported by neuroimaging and behavioral research, and strengthened by recent meta-analyses from multiple clinical trials. However, providing intensive therapy using conventional treatment paradigms is expensive and sometimes not feasible because of social and environmental factors...
July 2017: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621025/dorsal-root-ganglion-stimulation-as-a-salvage-treatment-for-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-refractory-to-dorsal-column-spinal-cord-stimulation-a-case-series
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Ajax Yang, Corey W Hunter
OBJECTIVE: The efficacy of traditional spinal cord stimulation (t-SCS) tends to decay over time in patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). While it has been shown that dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation is extremely effective in t-SCS-naïve patients with CRPS, its efficacy in patients who had previously failed t-SCS is unknown. Given that DRG-SCS and t-SCS target different spinal pathways, a failure with t-SCS should not automatically preclude a patient from attempting DRG-SCS...
June 16, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619391/pharmacists-attitudes-regarding-provision-of-sexual-and-reproductive-health-services
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Austin T Hilverding, Natalie A DiPietro Mager
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to assess attitudes from Ohio pharmacists about contraceptive authority. Secondary objectives included determining pharmacists' perceptions of benefits, barriers, and preparedness for offering such services and examining attitudes about and experiences with other reproductive health topics to inform future research. METHODS: An anonymous 26-question Institutional Review Board-approved electronic survey was developed and distributed via Qualtrics to a random sample of 500 licensed pharmacists in Ohio...
June 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617420/mirna-mediated-post-transcriptional-silencing-of-transgenes-leads-to-increased-adeno-associated-viral-vector-yield-and-targeting-specificity
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C A Reid, S L Boye, W W Hauswirth, D M Lipinski
The production of high titer recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vector is essential for treatment of genetic diseases affecting the retina and choroid, where anatomical constraints may limit injectable volumes. Problematically, cytotoxicity arising from over-expression of the transgene during vector production frequently leads to a reduction in vector yield. Herein, we evaluate the use of micro-RNA (miRNA) mediated silencing to limit over-expression of cytotoxic transgenes during packaging as a method of increasing vector yield...
June 15, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614795/a-3d-microfluidic-model-for-preclinical-evaluation-of-tcr-engineered-t-cells-against-solid-tumors
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Andrea Pavesi, Anthony T Tan, Sarene Koh, Adeline Chia, Marta Colombo, Emanuele Antonecchia, Carlo Miccolis, Erica Ceccarello, Giulia Adriani, Manuela T Raimondi, Roger D Kamm, Antonio Bertoletti
The tumor microenvironment imposes physical and functional constraints on the antitumor efficacy of adoptive T cell immunotherapy. Preclinical testing of different T cell preparations can help in the selection of efficient immune therapies, but in vivo models are expensive and cumbersome to develop, while classical in vitro 2D models cannot recapitulate the spatiotemporal dynamics experienced by T cells targeting cancer. Here, we describe an easily customizable 3D model, in which the tumor microenvironment conditions are modulated and the functionality of different T cell preparations is tested...
June 15, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609782/influence-of-dna-sequence-on-the-structure-of-minicircles-under-torsional-stress
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Qian Wang, Rossitza N Irobalieva, Wah Chiu, Michael F Schmid, Jonathan M Fogg, Lynn Zechiedrich, B Montgomery Pettitt
The sequence dependence of the conformational distribution of DNA under various levels of torsional stress is an important unsolved problem. Combining theory and coarse-grained simulations shows that the DNA sequence and a structural correlation due to topology constraints of a circle are the main factors that dictate the 3D structure of a 336 bp DNA minicircle under torsional stress. We found that DNA minicircle topoisomers can have multiple bend locations under high torsional stress and that the positions of these sharp bends are determined by the sequence, and by a positive mechanical correlation along the sequence...
June 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608503/acute-radiation-oesophagitis-associated-with-2-deoxy-2-18f-fluoro-d-glucose-uptake-on-positron-emission-tomography-ct-during-chemo-radiation-therapy-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Sarah Everitt, Jason Callahan, Eman Obeid, Rodney J Hicks, Michael Mac Manus, David Ball
INTRODUCTION: Acute radiation oesophagitis (ARO) is frequently experienced by patients receiving concurrent chemo-radiation therapy (cCRT) for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We investigated ARO symptoms (CTCAE v3.0), radiation dose and oesophageal FDG PET/CT uptake. METHOD: Candidates received cCRT (60 Gy, 2 Gy/fx) and sequential FDG PET/CT (baseline FDG0 , FDGwk2 and FDGwk4 ). Mean and maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmean and SUVmax) and radiation dose (Omean and Omax ) were calculated within the whole oesophagus and seven sub-regions (5-60 Gy)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608305/quality-assurance-of-the-preopanc-trial-2012-003181-40-for-preoperative-radiochemotherapy-in-pancreatic-cancer-the-dummy-run
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Eva Versteijne, Eelco Lens, Astrid van der Horst, Arjan Bel, Jorrit Visser, Cornelis J A Punt, Mustafa Suker, Casper H J van Eijck, Geertjan van Tienhoven
BACKGROUND: The Dutch Pancreatic Cancer Group initiated the national, multicentre, controlled PREOPANC trial, randomising between preoperative radiochemotherapy and direct explorative laparotomy for patients with (borderline) resectable pancreatic cancer. The aim of this dummy run is to evaluate compliance with the radiotherapy protocol of this trial, and the quality of delineation and radiation plans. METHODS: Eleven radiation oncology departments open for accrual of patients in the PREOPANC trial were provided with all necessary information of a selected 'dummy' patient...
June 12, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606052/targeting-the-tumor-microenvironment-by-intervention-in-interleukin-1-biology
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Elena Voronov, Ron N Apte
The importance of anti-tumor immunity in the outcome of cancer is now unequivocally established and recent achivements in the field have stimulated the development of new immunotherapeutical approaches. In invasive tumors, widespread inflammation promotes invasiveness and concomitantly also inhibits anti-tumor immune responses. We suggest that efficient tumor treatment should target both the malignant cells and the tumor microenvironment. Interleukin-1 (IL-1) is a pro-inflammatory as well as an immunostimulatory cytokine that is abundant in the tumor microenvironment...
June 12, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597693/the-effects-of-mental-practice-combined-with-modified-constraint-induced-therapy-on-corticospinal-excitability-movement-quality-function-and-activities-of-daily-living-in-persons-with-stroke
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Hee Kim, Eun-Young Yoo, Min-Ye Jung, Jongbae Kim, Ji-Hyuk Park, Dae-Hyuk Kang
PURPOSE: Studies on to what extent the combined therapy of modified constraint-induced movement therapy and mental practice is more effective than modified constraint-induced movement therapy alone are lacking. This study aims to compare the effects of the combined therapy with modified constraint-induced movement therapy alone on corticospinal excitability, quality of the movement of the affected upper extremity, upper motor functions, and performance of the affected arm in daily life of hemiplegic stroke patients...
June 9, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595611/video-game-rehabilitation-for-outpatient-stroke-vigorous-protocol-for-a-multi-center-comparative-effectiveness-trial-of-in-home-gamified-constraint-induced-movement-therapy-for-rehabilitation-of-chronic-upper-extremity-hemiparesis
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Lynne V Gauthier, Chelsea Kane, Alexandra Borstad, Nancy Strahl, Gitendra Uswatte, Edward Taub, David Morris, Alli Hall, Melissa Arakelian, Victor Mark
BACKGROUND: Constraint-Induced Movement therapy (CI therapy) is shown to reduce disability, increase use of the more affected arm/hand, and promote brain plasticity for individuals with upper extremity hemiparesis post-stroke. Randomized controlled trials consistently demonstrate that CI therapy is superior to other rehabilitation paradigms, yet it is available to only a small minority of the estimated 1.2 million chronic stroke survivors with upper extremity disability. The current study aims to establish the comparative effectiveness of a novel, patient-centered approach to rehabilitation utilizing newly developed, inexpensive, and commercially available gaming technology to disseminate CI therapy to underserved individuals...
June 8, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589066/differences-in-parotid-dosimetry-and-expected-normal-tissue-complication-probabilities-in-whole-brain-radiation-plans-covering-c1-versus-c2
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Andrew Orton, John Gordon, Tyler Vigh, Allison Tonkin, George Cannon
OBJECTIVES: There is no consensus standard regarding the placement of the inferior field border in whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) plans, with most providers choosing to cover the first versus (vs.) second cervical vertebrae (C1 vs. C2). We hypothesize that extending coverage to C2 may increase predicted rates of xerostomia. METHODS: Fifteen patients underwent computed tomography (CT) simulation; two WBRT plans were then produced, one covering C2 and the other covering C1...
May 3, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587341/histological-and-functional-assessment-of-the-efficacy-of-constraint-induced-movement-therapy-in-rats-following-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-injury
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Hyunha Kim, Min Jae Kim, Young Soo Koo, Hae In Lee, Sae-Won Lee, Myung Jun Shin, Soo-Yeon Kim, Yong Beom Shin, Yong-Il Shin, Byung Tae Choi, Young Ju Yun, Hwa Kyoung Shin
Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) is used in stroke rehabilitation to promote recovery of upper limb motor function. However, its efficacy in improving functional outcomes in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy has not been clearly determined in clinical or experimental research. The aim of our study was to assess the efficacy of a new experimental model of CIMT, evaluated in terms of mortality, stress, motor and cognitive function in rats having undergone a neonatal hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury...
June 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587050/application-of-critical-volume-dose-constraints-for-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-in-nrg-radiation-therapy-trials
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EDITORIAL
Timothy A Ritter, Martha Matuszak, Indrin J Chetty, Charles S Mayo, Jackie Wu, Puneeth Iyengar, Michael Weldon, Clifford Robinson, Ying Xiao, Robert D Timmerman
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May 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581397/thyroid-v40-predicts-primary-hypothyroidism-after-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-for-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Kiattisa Sommat, Whee Sze Ong, Ashik Hussain, Yoke Lim Soong, Terence Tan, Joseph Wee, Kam Weng Fong
PURPOSE: To investigate the various clinical and thyroid dosimetric parameters that could predict the risk of primary hypothyroidism (HT) after intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and to determine useful thyroid dose constraints to guide radiation therapy planning. METHODS AND MATERIALS: From September 2009 to August 2012, 102 clinically euthyroid NPC patients were included in this study. All patients were treated with IMRT and randomized to induction chemotherapy followed by concurrent chemo-IMRT or concurrent chemo-IMRT alone...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579951/communicative-pragmatic-assessment-is-sensitive-and-time-effective-in-measuring-the-outcome-of-aphasia-therapy
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Benjamin Stahl, Bettina Mohr, Felix R Dreyer, Guglielmo Lucchese, Friedemann Pulvermüller
A range of methods in clinical research aim to assess treatment-induced progress in aphasia therapy. Here, we used a crossover randomized controlled design to compare the suitability of utterance-centered and dialogue-sensitive outcome measures in speech-language testing. Fourteen individuals with post-stroke chronic non-fluent aphasia each received two types of intensive training in counterbalanced order: conventional confrontation naming, and communicative-pragmatic speech-language therapy (Intensive Language-Action Therapy, an expanded version of Constraint-Induced Aphasia Therapy)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579017/whole-breast-nodal-irradiation-using-supine-vmat-and-prone-3d-planning-a-case-study
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Ashley Coffey, Lisa Renucci, Ashley Hunzeker, Nishele Lenards
The purpose of this study was to compare the variations in doses to the ipsilateral lung and heart between the supine whole breast and nodal volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) technique and the prone 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT) technique. In this study, 3 patients who were simulated in the prone and supine positions were planned using supine VMAT and prone 3DCRT techniques to compare planning target volume (PTV) coverage as well as dose to organs at risk (ORs), including the heart and ipsilateral lung...
May 31, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573246/the-effect-of-body-awareness-therapy-and-aerobic-exercises-on-pain-and-quality-of-life-in-the-patients-with-tension-type-headache
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Meral Sertel, Yeşim Bakar, Tülay Tarsuslu Şimşek
BACKGROUND: This study is to investigate the effect of Body Awareness Therapy (BAT) and Aerobic Exercises on pain and quality of life in patients with Tension-Type Headache (TTH). MATERIALS AND METHOD: Sixty individuals with TTH diagnosis who referred Neurologist were incorporated into study. The individuals were randomly grouped into 3 as BAT (n=20), aerobic exercise (n=20) and control group (n=20). Pain severity of the individuals was evaluated by Visual Analog Scale (VAS) and pain diary, disability with ache; by Pain Disability Index (PDI) and Headache Impact Tests (HIT) and quality of life was evaluated by SF-36...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572764/the-effects-of-modified-constraint-induced-movement-therapy-in-acute-subcortical-cerebral-infarction
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Changshen Yu, Wanjun Wang, Yue Zhang, Yizhao Wang, Weijia Hou, Shoufeng Liu, Chunlin Gao, Chen Wang, Lidong Mo, Jialing Wu
Background: Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) promotes upper extremity recovery post stroke, however, it is difficult to implement clinically due to its high resource demand and safety of the restraint. Therefore, we propose that modified CIMT (mCIMT) be used to treat individuals with acute subcortical infarction. Objective: To evaluate the therapeutic effects of mCIMT in patients with acute subcortical infarction, and investigate the possible mechanisms underlying the effect. Methods: The role of mCIMT was investigated in 26 individuals experiencing subcortical infarction in the preceding 14 days...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571708/quality-assurance-of-the-jaws-only-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-plans-for-head-and-neck-cancer
#20
Duong Thanh Tai, Nguyen Dong Son, Truong Thi Hong Loan, H P W Anson
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is a treatment technique which has become routine in developed countries. In most centers this technique is delivered with multi-leaf collimators (MLCs). However, the use of MLCs is not mandatory. Several oncology centres in developing countries are still using linear accelerators (LINAC) without MLCs, and can potentially deliver IMRT plans with the use of collimator jaws. In this report, we present the results of quality assurance of this Jaws-Only-IMRT (JO-IMRT) technique in treating nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients...
June 2017: Physica Medica: PM
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