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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918613/predicting-time-to-reflux-of-children-with-antenatal-hydronephrosis-a-competing-risks-approach
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Maryam Nazemipour, Abdol-Mohammad Kajbafzadeh, Kazem Mohammad, Abbas Rahimi Foroushani, Mahmood Mahmoudi
The aim of this study was describing methodological aspects and applying a trivariate Weibull survival model using the competing risks concept to predict time to occurrence different types of reflux (unilateral (left, right) or bilateral) in children with antenatal hydronephrosis. Data from 333 children in Pediatric Urology Research Center of Children's Hospital Medical Center, affiliated with Tehran University of Medical Sciences was used. The effect of some demographic and clinical factors on child's reflux was studied...
July 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918603/tumor-markers-of-uterine-cervical-cancer-a-new-scenario-to-guide-surgical-practice
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REVIEW
Gaetano Valenti, Salvatore Giovanni Vitale, Alessandro Tropea, Antonio Biondi, Antonio Simone Laganà
Since the introduction of Pap smear screening, the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer (CC) have been reduced drastically in USA and in other western states. Nevertheless, CC still remains the main cause of death from gynecological cancer in developing countries where screening programs are scant or inexistent. This evidence highlights the efficacy of screening, and the wide use of Human Papilloma Viruses (HPV) vaccines in developed countries. More and more people are, consequentially, undergoing a screening procedure, usually combined with HPV DNA test, increasing the early diagnosis of intraepithelial HPV-related lesions...
September 16, 2017: Updates in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918589/isolated-pancreas-rejections-do-not-have-an-adverse-impact-on-kidney-graft-survival-whereas-kidney-rejections-are-associated-with-adverse-pancreas-graft-survival%C3%A2-in-simultaneous-pancreas-kidney-transplantation
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Irfan Moinuddin, Muhammad Sohail Yaqub, Tim Taber, John Powelson, Jonathan Fridell, Asif Sharfuddin
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Diabetic Kidney Disease is associated with excessive mortality and morbidity. Simultaneous pancreas kidney transplantation (SPK) significantly improves quality of life and increases life expectancy of uremic diabetic patients. It is not known whether pancreas and kidney rejections in these transplant patients is concordant or discordant. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, AND MEASUREMENTS: We analyzed clinical data on all SPK transplants performed between 2003 and 2014 at Indiana University to assess the impact of isolated or combined pancreas and kidney rejections on patient and allograft outcomes...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918555/prognostic-factors-for-mortality-in-middle-aged-and-older-hemodialysis-patients-a-5-year-observational-study
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Kojiro Nagai, Motokazu Matsuura, Kenji Tsuchida, Hiro-Omi Kanayama, Toshio Doi, Jun Minakuchi
Clinical guidelines for hemodialysis therapy have been described in an evidence-based manner with most evidence from randomized control trials or retrospective studies in which all generations of the hemodialysis patients were enrolled. Therefore, the question still remains whether these guidelines can be applied to increasing older patients. This study is an observational study, including 735 patients who received maintenance hemodialysis in April 2006. At baseline, the participants' age was 62.1 ± 12...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918529/anatomic-repair-of-congenitally-corrected-transposition-of-the-great-arteries-single-center-intermediate-term-experience
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Shagun Sachdeva, Roni M Jacobsen, Ronald K Woods, Michael E Mitchell, Joseph R Cava, Nancy S Ghanayem, Peter C Frommelt, Peter J Bartz, James S Tweddell
We present our experience for patients who have undergone an anatomic repair (AR) for congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (CCTGA) at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. A retrospective chart review of patients who underwent AR for CCTGA from 2001 to 2015 was performed. The cohort consisted of 15 patients (74% male). Median age of anatomic repair was 15 months (range 4.5-45.6 months). Four patients had a bidirectional Glenn (BDG) prior to AR. At the time of AR,-9 (60%) underwent Senning/Rastelli procedure, 4 (26...
September 16, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918511/the-role-of-major-virulence-factors-of-aiec-involved-in-inflammatory-bowl-disease-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Yuqian Yang, Yuexia Liao, Yan Ma, Weijuan Gong, Guoqiang Zhu
Adherent-invasive Escherichia coli (AIEC) has recently attracted more attention because it is closely related to the pathogenicity of human inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). AIEC possesses a multitude of virulence factors. Considering these virulence factors belonging to various virulence groups, including adhesins, invasins, toxins, protectins, and siderophore-mediated iron acquisition, this review summarizes the current knowledge of how the major virulence factors assisting in AIEC survive in, adhere to, and invade host cells...
September 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918459/hla-class-i-expression-predicts-prognosis-and-therapeutic-benefits-from-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors-in-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-patients
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Jiajun Wang, Li Liu, Yang Qu, Wei Xi, Yu Xia, Qi Bai, Ying Xiong, Qilai Long, Jiejie Xu, Jianming Guo
PURPOSE: Classical HLA class I antigen is highly involved in antigen presentation and adaptive immune response against tumor. In this study, we explored its predictive value for treatment response and survival in metastatic renal-cell carcinoma (mRCC) patients. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: A TKI cohort of 111 mRCC patients treated with sunitinib or sorafenib and a non-TKI cohort of 160 mRCC patients treated with interleukin-2 or interferon-α-based immunotherapy at a single institution were retrospectively enrolled...
September 16, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918429/synergy-of-dendritic-cell-vaccines-and-avasimibe-in-treatment-of-head-and-neck-cancer-in-mice
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Xin Chen, Qibin Song, Leiming Xia, Ximing Xu
BACKGROUND The main purpose of this study was to explore the antitumor effect and mechanisms of ACAT1 inhibitor combined with CSCs-DC vaccine. MATERIAL AND METHODS We isolated HNSCC CSCs and gained CSCs antigens, then used CSCs antigens to load dendritic cells (DC) and generated a CSCs-DC vaccine. We treated mice after surgical excision of established SCC7 tumors with CSCs-DC vaccine and/or ACAT1 inhibitor, and recorded local tumor relapse and host survival. T cells and B cells were harvested from mice treated with CSCs-DC vaccine and/or ACAT1 inhibitor...
September 17, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918426/aortic-isthmus-flow-recording-predicts-the-outcome-of-the-recipient-twin-after-laser-coagulation-in-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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France Leduc, Amélie Delabaere, Roxanne Gendron, Florent Fuchs, Sandrine Wavrant, Marie-Josée Raboisson, Jean-Claude Fouron, François Audibert
INTRODUCTION: The objective was to assess the prognostic value of the systolic flow through the aortic isthmus in monochorionic pregnancies complicated by twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) treated by placental laser ablation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fetal echocardiography and outcome data of 105 cases of TTTS treated by laser photocoagulation of placental anastomoses were reviewed. Hemodynamic parameters were collected before and after treatment. The isthmic systolic index (ISI) was calculated as the peak systolic velocity/systolic nadir ratio...
September 16, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918425/definitive-chemoradiotherapy-for-anal-carcinoma-long-term-results-based-on-consistent-time-to-event-endpoints
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Francesca De Felice, Maria Teresa Martinetti, Simone Orelli, Nadia Bulzonetti, Daniela Musio, Vincenzo Tombolini
AIM: To report the long-term results after definitive chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for anal carcinoma, using consistent time-to-event endpoints. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Anal carcinoma patient charts were reviewed. All patients received definitive CRT. Overall survival (OS), local failure-free survival (LFFS), locoregional failure-free survival (LRFFS), distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS), and anal dysfunction-free survival (ADFS) were estimated. RESULTS: In total, 65 patients were included...
September 16, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918424/systemic-inflammatory-response-is-a-prognostic-marker-in-hiv-infected-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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David J Pinato, Marco Merli, Alessia Dalla Pria, Shiraz Jamshaid, Kizzy Parker, Nicole Pagani, Hamid Hasson, Caterina Uberti Foppa, Emanuela Messina, Rohini Sharma, Mark Nelson, Mark Bower
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is increasingly prevalent in people living with HIV. Systemic inflammation is a prognostic factor requiring validation in HIV-associated HCC. AIMS: Using a multi-centre database of consecutive HCC cases, we investigated the prognostic role of a panel of inflammatory markers, including neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR), using univariate and multivariate survival analyses. RESULTS: Fifty-nine patients with HIV-associated HCC secondary to hepatitis C (69%) or B virus infection (32%) were identified...
September 16, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918350/expression-and-functional-characterization-of-the-bnip3-protein-in-renal-cell-carcinomas
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Stephan Macher-Goeppinger, Martina Keith, Gencay Hatiboglu, Markus Hohenfellner, Peter Schirmacher, Wilfried Roth, Katrin E Tagscherer
BNIP3 (Bcl-2/adenovirus E1B 19-kDa interacting protein 3) is a BH3-only protein that regulates apoptosis and autophagy. BNIP3 plays also an important role in hypoxia-induced cell response and is regulated by HIF1. Here, we studied a possible association of BNIP3 expression and the prognosis of patients with renal cell carcinomas (RCCs) and examined the functional relevance of BNIP3 in the regulation of cell survival and apoptosis of renal carcinoma cells. BNIP3 expression was determined by immunohistochemistry in RCC tumor tissue samples of 569 patients using a tissue microarray...
September 14, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918312/-reinforcement-learning-to-forage-optimally
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REVIEW
Nils Kolling, Thomas Akam
Foraging effectively is critical to the survival of all animals and this imperative is thought to have profoundly shaped brain evolution. Decisions made by foraging animals often approximate optimal strategies, but the learning and decision mechanisms generating these choices remain poorly understood. Recent work with laboratory foraging tasks in humans suggest their behaviour is poorly explained by model-free reinforcement learning, with simple heuristic strategies better describing behaviour in some tasks, and in others evidence of prospective prediction of the future state of the environment...
September 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918304/haploidentical-transplantation-for-older-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-and-myelodysplastic-syndrome
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Stefan O Ciurea, Mithun V Shah, Rima M Saliba, Sameh Gaballa, Piyanuch Kongtim, Gabriela Rondon, Julianne Chen, Whitney Wallis, Kai Cao, Marina Konopleva, Naval Daver, Jorge Cortes, Farhad Ravandi, Amin Alousi, Sairah Ahmed, Uday Popat, Simrit Parmar, Qaiser Bashir, Oran Betul, Chitra Hosing, Elizabeth J Shpall, Katayoun Rezvani, Issa F Khouri, Partow Kebriaei, Richard E Champlin
Allogeneic stem cell transplant (ASCT) with HLA matched donors is increasingly used for older patients with AML/MDS. It remains unclear if haploidentical transplantation (haploSCT) is a suitable option for older patients with this disease. We analyzed 43 patients with AML/MDS (median age 61 years) who underwent a haploSCT at our institution. All the patients received a fludarabine-melphalan-based reduced-intensity conditioning regimen and post-transplant cyclophosphamide-based GVHD prophylaxis. Except one patient who had early death, the remaining 42 patients (98%) engrafted donor cells...
September 13, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918263/dna-nanotechnology-based-composite-type-gold-nanoparticle-immunostimulatory-dna-hydrogel-for-tumor-photothermal-immunotherapy
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Tomoya Yata, Yuki Takahashi, Mengmeng Tan, Hirotaka Nakatsuji, Shozo Ohtsuki, Tatsuya Murakami, Hiroshi Imahori, Yuka Umeki, Tomoki Shiomi, Yoshinobu Takakura, Makiya Nishikawa
Success of tumor photothermal immunotherapy requires a system that induces heat stress in cancer cells and enhances strong anti-tumor immune responses. Here, we designed a composite-type immunostimulatory DNA hydrogel consisting of a hexapod-like structured DNA (hexapodna) with CpG sequences and gold nanoparticles. Mixing of the properly designed hexapodna and oligodeoxynucleotide-modified gold nanoparticles resulted in the formation of composite-type gold nanoparticle-DNA hydrogels. Laser irradiation of the hydrogel resulted in the release of hexapodna, which efficiently stimulated immune cells to release proinflammatory cytokines...
September 9, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918255/microglia-mediated-baff-baffr-ligation-promotes-neuronal-survival-in-brain-ischemia-injury
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Kai Li, Wei Yu, Rangjuan Cao, Zhihua Zhu, Guoqing Zhao
The innate immune responses of brain to vascular occlusion are primarily orchestrated by activated microglia. However, the roles of microglia in inflammatory responses to brain ischemic injuries are controversial. Here, we report a new mechanism by which microglia confer protective effects on ischemic neuronal cells. We found that under ischemic condition, the B-cell activating factor (BAFF) was vastly upregulated in microglia and this upregulation could at least be attributed to JAK-STAT signaling pathway activated by IFN-γ and IL-10, which were spatio-temporally enriched in I/R injured brain as well...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918243/homeostatic-systems-biocybernetics-and-autonomic-neuroscience
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REVIEW
David S Goldstein, Irwin J Kopin
In this review we describe a series of major concepts introduced during the past 150years that have contributed to our current understanding about how physiological processes required for well-being and survival are regulated. One can theorize that hierarchical networks involving input-output relationships continuously orchestrate and learn adaptive patterns of observable behaviors, cognition, memory, mood, and autonomic systems. Taken together, these networks function as "good regulators" determining levels of internal variables and act as if there were homeostatic comparators ("homeostats")...
September 5, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918185/isolated-limb-perfusion-for-locally-advanced-angiosarcoma-in-extremities-a-multi-centre-study
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E A Huis In 't Veld, D J Grünhagen, C Verhoef, H G Smith, A C J van Akkooi, R Jones, F van Coevorden, A J Hayes, W J van Houdt
BACKGROUND: Angiosarcomas are rare and aggressive soft-tissue sarcomas. The only potential curative treatment is complete surgical excision. This study reports the outcome of isolated limb perfusion (ILP) with high-dose melphalan and tumour necrosis factor α for locally advanced angiosarcoma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All patients who underwent an ILP for angiosarcomas between 1991 and 2016 in three tertiary referral centres were identified from prospectively maintained databases...
September 14, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918183/survival-after-surgery-for-oral-cancer-a-30-year-experience
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T K Ong, C Murphy, A B Smith, A N Kanatas, D A Mitchell
Oral squamous cell carcinoma is the most common intraoral malignancy, for which we advocate radical primary resection with adjuvant treatment where indicated. The main aims of this paper are to identify the overall survival of a consecutive series of patients and to relate survival to clinical and pathological factors. Kaplan-Meier curves were produced for site, sex, TNM status, and use of postoperative radiotherapy. The data were analysed using IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows and probabilities of less than 0...
September 13, 2017: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918176/ninety-day-mortality-after-radical-radiotherapy-for-head-and-neck-cancer
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L Dixon, K Garcez, L W Lee, A Sykes, N Slevin, D Thomson
AIMS: Treatment for head and neck cancers using definitive radiotherapy, with or without chemotherapy, is associated with significant acute toxicity. Our aim was to assess 90 day mortality after radical radiotherapy. A further aim was to identify patient, tumour or treatment factors associated with early death after treatment and whether these could be used to predict outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, 1116 patients with squamous cell pharyngeal and larynx cancer between January 2011 and December 2015 were included...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
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