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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087255/unknown-face-of-known-drugs-what-else-can-we-expect-from-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors
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Anna Wzgarda, Robert Kleszcz, Monika Prokop, Katarzyna Regulska, Milosz Regulski, Jaroslaw Paluszczak, Beata J Stanisz
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is one of important systems among homeostatic mechanisms that controls the function of cardiovascular, renal and adrenal systems. As RAS has a very complex nature, it has been also found as related to the control of cell migration and apoptosis. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) are drugs most commonly used in the modulation of RAS activity. ACEI have been extensively described as effective in the treatment of hypertension among adults, but also as drugs delaying progression in diabetic nephropathy and reducing mortality in left ventricular dysfunction and congestive heart failure...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075197/validation-of-an-established-prognostic-score-after-re-irradiation-of-recurrent-glioma
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Kerstin A Kessel, Josefine Hesse, Christoph Straube, Claus Zimmer, Friederike Schmidt-Graf, Jürgen Schlegel, Bernhard Meyer, Stephanie E Combs
BACKGROUND: Re-irradiation (Re-RT) is offered widely in clinical routine, and has been established as a key element in the treatment of recurrent gliomas. At our center, generally re-resection is performed widely by an experienced neurosurgical team. Thus, Re-RT mostly offered to patients with macroscopic residuals or irresectable lesions, is applied later compared to other centers. Therefore, we sought to validate the Combs Prognostic Score developed in 2012 using our independent patient cohort...
January 11, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074593/microtubule-associated-protein-map-1b-novel-paraneoplastic-biomarker-running-head-map-1b-igg-novel-paraneoplastic-biomarker
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Avi Gadoth, Thomas J Kryzer, Jim Fryer, Andrew McKeon, Vanda A Lennon, Sean J Pittock
To report the identification of microtubule associated protein (MAP)1B as the antigen of the previously described PCA-2 antibody, its frequency and clinical, oncological and serological associations. Methods Archival serum or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens were available from 96 of 118 consecutive PCA-2-IgG-seropositive patients identified 1993-2016. The autoantigen, defined in mouse brain lysate by western blot and mass spectrometry, was confirmed by dual immunohistochemical staining using commercial antibodies...
January 11, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039364/leptomeningeal-metastases-a-rano-proposal-for-response-criteria
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Marc Chamberlain, Larry Junck, Dieta Brandsma, Riccardo Soffietti, Roberta Rudà, Jeffrey Raizer, Willem Boogerd, Sophie Taillibert, Morris D Groves, Emilie Le Rhun, Julie Walker, Martin van den Bent, Patrick Y Wen, Kurt A Jaeckle
Leptomeningeal metastases (LM) currently lack standardization with respect to response assessment. A Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO) working group with expertise in LM developed a consensus proposal for evaluating patients treated for this disease. Three basic elements in assessing response in LM are proposed: a standardized neurological examination, cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) cytology or flow cytometry, and radiographic evaluation. The group recommends that all patients enrolling in clinical trials undergo CSF analysis (cytology in all cancers; flow cytometry in hematologic cancers), complete contrast-enhanced neuraxis MRI, and in instances of planned intra-CSF therapy, radioisotope CSF flow studies...
December 29, 2016: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032249/anxiety-and-depressive-symptoms-among-two-seriously-medically-ill-populations-and-their-family-caregivers-a-comparison-and-clinical-implications
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Kelly M Shaffer, Jamie M Jacobs, Jessica N Coleman, Jennifer S Temel, Jonathan Rosand, Joseph A Greer, Ana-Maria Vranceanu
BACKGROUND: Anxiety and depression are common among patients with acute illness and their families. In oncology, psychosocial services addressing these symptoms are increasingly part of regular practice. Less is known about psychiatric distress among patients with acute neurological injury (ANI) and their family caregivers. To highlight this inequity in psychosocial intervention across medical services, we compared anxiety and depressive symptomatology shortly following diagnosis among patients facing incurable cancer or ANI and their family caregivers...
December 28, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988342/prognostic-factors-in-patients-with-spinal-metastasis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Panya Luksanapruksa, Jacob M Buchowski, William Hotchkiss, Sasima Tongsai, Sirichai Wilartratsami, Areesak Chotivichit
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Incidence of symptomatic spinal metastasis has increased due to improvement in treatment of the disease. One of the key factors that influences decision-making is expected patient survival. To our knowledge, no systematic reviews or meta-analysis have been conducted which review independent prognostic factors in spinal metastases PURPOSE: To determine independent prognostic factors that affect outcome in patients with metastatic spine disease. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic literature review and meta-analysis of publications for prognostic factors in spinal metastatic disease...
December 14, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960646/varicella-in-pediatric-oncology-patients-in-the-post-vaccine-era-analysis-of-routine-hospital-data-from-bavaria-germany-2005-2011
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Andrea Streng, Verena Wiegering, Johannes G Liese
Varicella in oncology patients can result in serious complications. We analyzed trends in hospitalization rates and characteristics of pediatric oncology and non-oncology patients hospitalized with varicella during the first 7 years after introduction of routine varicella vaccination. Our data included children <17 years of age with an International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision (ICD-10) main or secondary discharge diagnosis of varicella identified by annual database queries in 22-29 pediatric hospitals in Bavaria (Germany) in 2005-2011...
October 2016: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27951723/-a-patient-with-primary-intraventricular-gliosarcoma-and-long-term-survival-a-case-report
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O Kalita, M Zlevorová, M Megová, M Vaverka, R Trojanec, L Tučková
BACKGROUND: Gliosarcoma is a rare, malignant CNS tumor with a very poor prognosis. Gliosarcoma is a variant of glioblastoma multiforme, which is characterized by the presence of both glial and mesenchymal components. The treatment strategy for gliosarcomas has not yet been determined clearly. CASE PRESENTATION: This case report presents a 23-year-old female patient who complained of increasing headaches, nausea and vomiting, and slight motor weakness in her left arm...
2016: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921213/pediatric-intracranial-primary-anaplastic-ganglioglioma
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Wolf Lüdemann, Rouzbeh Banan, Christian Hartmann, Helmut Bertalanffy, Concezio Di Rocco
BACKGROUND: Primary intracranial anaplastic gangliogliomas are rare tumors in the pediatric patient group. Most of them present with symptoms of elevated pressure or symptomatic epilepsy. Extraaxial location is far more common than axial location. On MRI examination, they mimic pilocytic astrocytomas. The outcome after surgery depends mainly on the possible amount of surgical resection, and oncological therapy is necessary to prevent recurrence of the disease. CASE REPORT: An 11-year-old boy presented with headache and double vision due to obstructive hydrocephalus...
December 5, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914151/-analysis-of-the-cochrane-review-portion-package-or-tableware-size-for-changing-selection-and-consumption-of-food-alcohol-and-tobacco-cochrane-database-syst-rev-2015-09-cd011045
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Gonçalo S Duarte, Filipe Brogueira Rodrigues, João Costa, António Vaz-Carneiro
Some of the main causes of mortality and morbidity among the developed countries - such as the cardiovascular, neurological and oncologic diseases - are deeply associated with modifiable risk factors. Primordial/primary prevention strategies that alter our environment can have an impact on these risk factors. The authors of this Cochrane systematic review sought evidence from randomized controlled trials to study the effect of the size of portions, packages, dishes and cups, as well as their respective formats, on the consumption and selection of food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and tobacco products...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912991/malignant-spinal-cord-compression-adapting-conventional-rehabilitation-approaches
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REVIEW
Lisa Marie Ruppert
Spinal tumors are classically grouped into 3 categories: extradural, intradural extramedullary, and intradural intramedullary. Spinal tumors may cause spinal cord compression and vascular compromise resulting in pain or neurologic compromise. They may also alter the architecture of the spinal column, resulting in spinal instability. Oncologic management of spinal tumors varies according to the stability of the spine, neurologic status, and presence of pain. Treatment options include surgical intervention, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and hormonal manipulation...
February 2017: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911674/cross-sectional-imaging-anatomy-and-pathologic-conditions-affecting-thoracic-nerves
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Kristopher W Cummings, Sreevathsan Sridhar, Matthew S Parsons, Cylen Javidan-Nejad, Sanjeev Bhalla
While in many cases they are not directly visualized, awareness of the thoracic nerves and their courses at cross-sectional imaging is important for radiologists. An understanding of the normal function of each nerve is important, as many patients present with neurologic signs and symptoms that can be used to reinforce search patterns for disease and detection of supportive radiologic abnormalities. In the case of primary neoplasms, understanding the expected presence of a nerve in the location of a mass can enhance and improve the accuracy of differential diagnoses...
January 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901038/burden-assessment-in-caregivers-of-patients-with-home-artificial-nutrition-a-need-and-a-challenge
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R Villar-Taibo, M A Martínez-Olmos, D Bellido-Guerrero, A Calleja-Fernández, R Peinó-García, A Martís-Sueiro, E Camarero-González, V Ríos-Barreiro, P Cao-Sánchez, R Durán-Martínez, M-J Rodríguez-Iglesias, B Rodríguez-Blanco, J Rojo-Valdés
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Caregiving can be a stressful task with severe consequences on caregivers' health. Our aim was to evaluate the profile and the burden of caregivers of patients with home artificial nutrition (HAN) in our area. SUBJECTS/METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study of patients who had started HAN over a period of a year (n=573) and their home caregivers (n=103). Epidemiological characteristics of the patients and the type of HAN were registered...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896519/image-guidance-technology-and-the-surgical-resection-of-spinal-column-tumors
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REVIEW
Bhargav Desai, Jonathan Hobbs, Grant Hartung, Guoren Xu, Ziya L Gokaslan, Andreas Linninger, Ankit I Mehta
Precision imaging is paramount to achieving success in surgical resection of many spinal tumors, whether the goal involves guiding a surgical cure for primary tumors or improving neurological decompression for metastatic lesions. Pre-operatively, image visualization is intimately involved with defining a clear target and surgical planning. Intra-operatively, image-guidance technology allows for surgeons to maximize the probability for gross total resection of spinal cord tumors and minimize damage to adjacent structures...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882761/-paraneoplastic-neurological-syndromes-in%C3%A2-gynecological-malignancies
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L Janzová, L Minář, P Praksová, L Frola, P Ventruba
OBJECTIVE: The demonstration of life-threatening paraneoplastic syndrome with dominant neurological symptomatology in germinal ovarian malignancy. DESIGN: Literature review with case report. SETTING: Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Faculty of Medicine Masaryk University and University Hospital Brno. METHODS: The review outlines the issue of paraneoplastic syndromes. It describes the etiopathogenesis, the range of clinical symptoms, the diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities, along with a relevant case study which focuses on the paraneoplastic neurological symptoms in malignant germinal ovarian tumor...
2016: Ceská Gynekologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865537/metastases-in-the-cervical-spine-from-primary-head-and-neck-cancers-current-concepts-of-diagnosis-and-management
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S D Colbert, S Ramakrishna, J R Harvey, P A Brennan
Vertebral metastases from primary head and neck cancers are uncommon, and so there are no clear guidelines about management. The spinal cord can be compressed by a vertebral fracture or invasion of a tumour, and may present as an oncological and spinal emergency. The goals of treatment are to relieve pain and maintain neurological function. However, surgical treatments in this group of patients have not been defined, and primary operative treatment of spinal metastases remains controversial. Here we discuss their contemporary management...
November 16, 2016: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865250/are-children-as-relatives-our-responsibility-how-nurses-perceive-their-role-in-caring-for-children-as-relatives-of-seriously-ill-patients
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Marie Golsäter, Maria Henricson, Karin Enskär, Susanne Knutsson
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to elucidate how nurses perceive their role in caring for children as relatives to a parent with a serious physical illness. METHOD: A qualitative explorative design with focus group interviews was used. In total, 22 nurses working at one neurological, one haematological and two oncological wards were interviewed. The transcripts from the interviews were analysed in steps in accordance with inductive qualitative content analysis...
December 2016: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858404/advances-in-multimodal-molecular-imaging
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Luigi Auletta, Matteo Gramanzini, Sara Gargiulo, Sandra Albanese, Marco Salvatore, Adelaide Greco
Preclinical molecular imaging is an emerging field. Improving the ability of scientists to study the molecular basis of human pathology in animals is of the utmost importance for future advances in all fields of human medicine. Moreover, the possibility of developing new imaging techniques or of implementing old ones adapted to the clinic is a significant area. Cardiology, neurology, immunology and oncology have all been studied with preclinical molecular imaging. The functional techniques of photoacoustic imaging (PAI), fluorescence molecular tomography (FMT), positron emission tomography (PET), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in association with each other or with the anatomic reference provided by computed tomography (CT) as well as with anatomic and functional information provided by magnetic resonance (MR) have all been proficiently applied to animal models of human disease...
March 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856317/drug-delivery-by-erythrocytes-primum-non-nocere
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REVIEW
Carlos H Villa, Jerard Seghatchian, Vladimir Muzykantov
Red blood cells (RBCs) are naturally capable of transporting diverse cargoes throughout the circulatory system, both loaded to their surface or within their inner volume. Starting largely from the 1970s, diverse approaches for encapsulation into, and surface coupling onto, RBCs have been investigated as potential drug delivery systems. In the last decade, these efforts have yielded diverse strategies to load drugs and nanocarriers to RBCs, and to optimize their pharmacokinetics, distribution, and effects in the body...
December 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843912/are-intensive-cares-worthwhile-for-breast-cancer-patients-the-experience-of-an-oncological-icu
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Virginie Destrebecq, Ameye Lieveke, Thierry Berghmans, Marianne Paesmans, Jean-Paul Sculier, Anne-Pascale Meert
PURPOSE: One among seven women will present with breast cancer for which major therapeutic advances led to a significant increase in survival and cure rates. During or after cancer treatment, severe complications may occur requiring admission in intensive care unit (ICU). Intensivists could be reluctant for accepting cancer patients in the ICU, and there are very few data about causes of admission and prognosis of patients with breast cancer admitted in the ICU for an acute complication...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
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