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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339429/comparing-the-efficacy-of-surgery-and-medical-therapy-for-pain-management-in-endometriosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Shahla Chaichian, Ali Kabir, Adolfazl Mehdizadehkashi, Khaled Rahmani, Mehrdad Moghimi, Bahram Moazzami
BACKGROUND: Pain is considered as one of the main symptoms of endometriosis. The treatment for endometriosis remains controversial. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to compare the effect of medical or surgical treatments for pain-relief in patients with endometriosis. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. SETTING: Published papers about evaluating pain treatment in endometriosis in PubMed, Scopus, and Google Scholar...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335541/effects-of-forest-therapy-on-depressive-symptoms-among-adults-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Insook Lee, Heeseung Choi, Kyung-Sook Bang, Sungjae Kim, MinKyung Song, Buhyun Lee
This study systematically reviewed forest therapy programs designed to decrease the level of depression among adults and assessed the methodological rigor and scientific evidence quality of existing research studies to guide future studies. This systematic review was conducted in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines. The authors independently screened full-text articles from various databases using the following criteria: (1) intervention studies assessing the effects of forest therapy on depressive symptoms in adults aged 18 years and older; (2) studies including at least one control group or condition; (3) peer-reviewed studies; and (4) been published either in English or Korean before July 2016...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324966/random-forests-to-predict-tumor-recurrence-following-cervical-cancer-therapy-using-pre-and-per-treatment-18-f-fdg-pet-parameters
#3
Geoffrey Roman-Jimenez, Oscar Acosta, Julie Leseur, Anne Devillers, Henri Der Sarkissian, Lina Guzman, Eloi'se Grossiord, Juan-David Ospina, Renaud De Crevoisier
The ability to predict tumor recurrence after chemoradiotherapy of locally advanced cervical cancer is a crucial clinical issue to intensify the treatment of the most high-risk patients. The objective of this study was to investigate tumor metabolism characteristics extracted from pre- and per-treatment (18)F-FDG PET images to predict 3-year overall recurrence (OR). A total of 53 locally advanced cervical cancer patients underwent pre- and per-treatment (18)F-FDG PET (respectively PET1 and PET2). Tumor metabolism was characterized through several delineations using different thresholds, based on a percentage of the maximum uptake, and applied by region-growing...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318951/a-comprehensive-analysis-of-programmed-cell-death-ligand-1-expression-with-the-clone-sp142-antibody-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer%C3%A2-patients
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Kazuki Takada, Gouji Toyokawa, Tatsuro Okamoto, Mototsugu Shimokawa, Yuka Kozuma, Taichi Matsubara, Naoki Haratake, Takaki Akamine, Shinkichi Takamori, Masakazu Katsura, Fumihiro Shoji, Yoshinao Oda, Yoshihiko Maehara
BACKGROUND: Programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) and programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) have been identified as novel targets for immunotherapy, with anti-PD-1 therapy currently the standard treatment for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients after the failure of first-line chemotherapy treatment. The recent phase II POPLAR and phase III OAK studies showed that atezolizumab, a representative PD-L1 inhibitor, exhibited a survival benefit compared with standard therapy in patients with NSCLC...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315379/magnetic-nanoparticles-for-efficient-cell-transduction-with-semliki-forest-virus
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Baiba Kurena, Aleksandra Vežāne, Dace Skrastiņa, Olga Trofimova, Anna Zajakina
Semliki Forest virus (SFV) is a potential cancer gene therapy vector capable of providing high and transient expression of heterologous proteins in mammalian cells. However, SFV has shown suboptimal transduction levels in several cancer cell types as well as wide biodistribution of SFV has been observed after in vivo applications. Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have been shown to increase cell transduction with several viral vectors in vitro under an external magnetic field and enhance magnetically guided viral vector delivery...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282392/predictive-value-of-initial-fdg-pet-features-for-treatment-response-and-survival-in-esophageal-cancer-patients-treated-with-chemo-radiation-therapy-using-a-random-forest-classifier
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Paul Desbordes, Su Ruan, Romain Modzelewski, Pascal Pineau, Sébastien Vauclin, Pierrick Gouel, Pierre Michel, Frédéric Di Fiore, Pierre Vera, Isabelle Gardin
PURPOSE: In oncology, texture features extracted from positron emission tomography with 18-fluorodeoxyglucose images (FDG-PET) are of increasing interest for predictive and prognostic studies, leading to several tens of features per tumor. To select the best features, the use of a random forest (RF) classifier was investigated. METHODS: Sixty-five patients with an esophageal cancer treated with a combined chemo-radiation therapy were retrospectively included. All patients underwent a pretreatment whole-body FDG-PET...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277892/development-of-optimized-inhalable-gemcitabine-loaded-gelatin-nanocarriers-for-lung-cancer
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Susanne R Youngren-Ortiz, David B Hill, Peter R Hoffmann, Kenneth R Morris, Edward G Barrett, M Gregory Forest, Mahavir B Chougule
BACKGROUND: Aerosol delivery of chemotherapeutic nanocarriers represents a promising alternative for lung cancer therapy. This study optimized gemcitabine (Gem)-loaded gelatin nanocarriers (GNCs) cross-linked with genipin (Gem-GNCs) to evaluate their potential for nebulized lung cancer treatment. METHODS: Gem-GNCs were prepared by two-step desolvation and optimized through Taguchi design and characterized for physicochemical properties. Particle size and morphology were confirmed by scanning and transmission electron microscopy...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274258/the-performance-scales-disability-measure-for-multiple-sclerosis-use-and-sensitivity-to-clinically-important-differences
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REVIEW
Carolyn E Schwartz, Victoria E Powell
BACKGROUND: In 1993, the Performance Scales© was created to assess multi-dimensional disability in multiple sclerosis (MS). This tool has been used in a variety of settings and study designs internationally. The present work provides an overview of the history and psychometric characteristics of the Performance Scales©, reviews its use over the past two decades, and summarizes its responsiveness to subgroup differences. METHODS: A Google Scholar and Ovid search yielded 230 articles citing the Performance Scales©, of which 82 studies used the tool in empirical research...
March 9, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266080/efficacy-comparison-of-six-chemotherapeutic-combinations-for-osteosarcoma-and-ewing-s-sarcoma-treatment-a-network-meta-analysis
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Tao Zhang, Song Zhang, Feifei Yang, Lili Wang, Sigang Zhu, Bing Qiu, Shunhua Li, Zhongliang Deng
This study aimed to address the insufficiency of traditional meta-analysis and provide improved guidelines for the clinical practice of osteosarcoma treatment. The heterogeneity of the fixed-effect model was calculated, and when necessary, a random-effect model was adopted. Furthermore, the direct and indirect evidence was pooled together and exhibited in the forest plot and slash table. The surface under the cumulative ranking curve (SUCRA) value was also measured to rank each intervention. Finally heat plot was introduced to demonstrate the contribution of each intervention and the inconsistency between direct and indirect comparisons...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256961/gemcitabine-mono-therapy-versus-gemcitabine-plus-targeted-therapy-in-advanced-pancreatic-cancer-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-phase-iii-trials
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Alessandro Ottaiano, Monica Capozzi, Chiara De Divitiis, Alfonso De Stefano, Gerardo Botti, Antonio Avallone, Salvatore Tafuto
BACKGROUND: Prognosis of advanced pancreatic cancer is dismal and the novel targeted therapies, albeit successfully used to treat many advanced tumors, have shown modest results. We performed a meta-analysis in order to quantify the effect size on survival of adding targeted therapy to single agent gemcitabine. METHODS: Randomized phase III trials comparing gemcitabine mono-therapy versus gemcitabine plus a targeted agent in first-line treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer designed on survival as primary outcome were selected...
March 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252215/comparison-of-the-efficacy-between-two-micro-operative-therapies-of-old-patients-with-osteoporotic-vertebral-compression-fracture-a-network-meta-analysis
#11
Yilong Zhang, Litao Shi, Peifu Tang, Lihai Zhang
BACKGROUND: Osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture (OVCF) afflicts most aged people, Except for conservative therapy (CT), percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) and percutaneous kyphoplasty (PKP) are another two the common choices, but current evaluation of their efficacy is not performed. METHODS: All the trial data were originated from electronic database including PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library. Four indicators with mean difference (MD) or odd ratio (OR) with their 95% credible interval (95% CrI) were analyzed to evaluate the efficacy, including the value of visual analogue scale (VAS), Oswestry disability index (ODI), relieving kyphotic angle (KA) and rate of fracture...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251916/genetic-heterogeneity-of-motor-neuropathies
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Boglarka Bansagi, Helen Griffin, Roger G Whittaker, Thalia Antoniadi, Teresinha Evangelista, James Miller, Mark Greenslade, Natalie Forester, Jennifer Duff, Anna Bradshaw, Stephanie Kleinle, Veronika Boczonadi, Hannah Steele, Venkateswaran Ramesh, Edit Franko, Angela Pyle, Hanns Lochmüller, Patrick F Chinnery, Rita Horvath
OBJECTIVE: To study the prevalence, molecular cause, and clinical presentation of hereditary motor neuropathies in a large cohort of patients from the North of England. METHODS: Detailed neurologic and electrophysiologic assessments and next-generation panel testing or whole exome sequencing were performed in 105 patients with clinical symptoms of distal hereditary motor neuropathy (dHMN, 64 patients), axonal motor neuropathy (motor Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease [CMT2], 16 patients), or complex neurologic disease predominantly affecting the motor nerves (hereditary motor neuropathy plus, 25 patients)...
March 1, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244220/study-of-structure-active-relationship-for-inhibitors-of-hiv-1-integrase-ledgf-p75-interaction-by-machine-learning-methods
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Yang Li, Yanbin Wu, Aixia Yan
HIV-1 integrase (IN) is a promising target for anti-AIDS therapy, and LEDGF/p75 is proved to enhance the HIV-1 integrase strand transfer activity in vitro. Blocking the interaction between IN and LEDGF/p75 is an effective way to inhibit HIV replication infection. In this work, 274 LEDGF/p75-IN inhibitors were collected as the dataset. Support Vector Machine (SVM), Decision Tree (DT), Function Tree (FT) and Random Forest (RF) were applied to build several computational models for predicting whether a compound is an active or weakly active LEDGF/p75-IN inhibitor...
February 28, 2017: Molecular Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227014/random-forests-to-predict-tumor-recurrence-following-cervical-cancer-therapy-using-pre-and-per-treatment-18-f-fdg-pet-parameters
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Geoffrey Roman-Jimenez, Oscar Acosta, Julie Leseur, Anne Devillers, Henri Der Sarkissian, Lina Guzman, Eloi'se Grossiord, Juan-David Ospina, Renaud De Crevoisier, Geoffrey Roman-Jimenez, Oscar Acosta, Julie Leseur, Anne Devillers, Henri Der Sarkissian, Lina Guzman, Eloi'se Grossiord, Juan-David Ospina, Renaud De Crevoisier, Oscar Acosta, Julie Leseur, Juan-David Ospina, Geoffrey Roman-Jimenez, Henri Der Sarkissian, Renaud De Crevoisier, Anne Devillers, Eloise Grossiord, Lina Guzman
The ability to predict tumor recurrence after chemoradiotherapy of locally advanced cervical cancer is a crucial clinical issue to intensify the treatment of the most high-risk patients. The objective of this study was to investigate tumor metabolism characteristics extracted from pre- and per-treatment (18)F-FDG PET images to predict 3-year overall recurrence (OR). A total of 53 locally advanced cervical cancer patients underwent pre- and per-treatment (18)F-FDG PET (respectively PET1 and PET2). Tumor metabolism was characterized through several delineations using different thresholds, based on a percentage of the maximum uptake, and applied by region-growing...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223022/early-identification-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-using-incomplete-random-forest-robust-support-vector-machine-and-fdg-pet-imaging
#15
Shen Lu, Yong Xia, Weidong Cai, Michael Fulham, David Dagan Feng
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia and will be an increasing health problem in society as the population ages. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is considered to be a prodromal stage of AD. The ability to identify subjects with MCI will be increasingly important as disease modifying therapies for AD are developed. We propose a semi-supervised learning method based on robust optimization for the identification of MCI from [18F]Fluorodeoxyglucose PET scans. We extracted three groups of spatial features from the cortical and subcortical regions of each FDG-PET image volume...
February 7, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216066/the-potential-effect-of-oral-microbiota-in-the-prediction-of-mucositis-during-radiotherapy-for-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#16
Xiao-Xia Zhu, Xiao-Jun Yang, Yi-Lan Chao, Hui-Min Zheng, Hua-Fang Sheng, Hai-Yue Liu, Yan He, Hong-Wei Zhou
BACKGROUND: Oral mucositis is probably the most debilitating complication that can arise in treating a patient with head and neck cancer. Little is known about the impacts of oral microbiota on the initiation and progression of mucositis. METHODS: Based on 16S rRNA gene sequencing, dynamic changes in oral bacterial profile as well as correlations between the severity of mucositis and bacterial shifts during radiotherapy were investigated. FINDINGS: Our results revealed that bacterial community structure altered progressively during radiation therapy, in parallel with a marked increase in the relative abundance of some Gram-negative bacteria...
February 7, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179322/plasma-metabolites-and-risk-of-radiation-induced-esophagitis-a-secondary-analysis-from-a-prospective-study
#17
Daniel J Tandberg, Tracy Holt, Chris R Kelsey
AIM: Metabolic profiling was performed on plasma samples obtained prior to and during radiation therapy (RT) for locally advanced lung cancer to identify metabolites predictive of RT-induced esophagitis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients received cisplatin/etoposide with RT as part of a prospective dose-escalation study (n=24). Plasma samples were collected at baseline, weeks 2 and 5 during RT, and 6 weeks post-RT. Metabolites were measured by ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectroscopy at each time-point...
2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123600/activation-or-suppression-of-the-immune-response-mediators-in-biliary-tract-cancer-btc-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
Ying Wang, Min Ding, Qian Zhang, Jinghan Wang, Xijing Yang, Fuping Zhou, Linfang Li, Zhengang Yuan, Huajun Jin, Qijun Qian
Background: Infiltration of immune cells and immune microenvironment determine the proliferative activity of the tumor and metastasis. The aim of this study was to analyze the influence of activation or suppression of the immune response mediators on the prognosis of biliary tract cancer (BTC). Methods: We searched Pubmed, Web of Science, Embase and The Cochrane Library for relevant literatures until June 2016. The quality of studies was assessed by QUADAS-2 and NOS tools. Forest and funnel plots and all statistical analyses were generated by using Review Manager 5...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113827/high-accuracy-classification-of-parkinson-s-disease-through-shape-analysis-and-surface-fitting-in-123i-ioflupane-spect-imaging
#19
R Prashanth, Sumantra Dutta Roy, Pravat K Mandal, Shantanu Ghosh
Early and accurate identification of parkinsonian syndromes (PS) involving presynaptic degeneration from non-degenerative variants such as Scans Without Evidence of Dopaminergic Deficit (SWEDD) and tremor disorders, is important for effective patient management as the course, therapy and prognosis differ substantially between the two groups. In this study, we use Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) images from healthy normal, early PD and SWEDD subjects, as obtained from the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) database, and process them to compute shape- and surface fitting-based features for the three groups...
March 29, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098631/after-the-fall-the-tapestry-of-disturbance-and-recovery
#20
Nalini M Nadkarni
On July 3, 2015, Nalini Nadkarni, a world-renowned ecologist who had been studying the biologic processes of ecosystem disturbance and recovery, sustained a catastrophic 50-foot free-fall from the top of the rainforest canopy to the forest floor at her remote field research site. She lost consciousness in shock and sustained life-threatening injuries. Her accompanying students hiked out, radio-called 911, and the Harborview Medical Center (Seattle) Medivac team arrived 4 hours later to rescue her. Her prognosis was extremely grim; her family gathered in anticipation of her death as she underwent four operations during her 10 days in the ICU...
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
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