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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792727/added-value-of-including-entire-brain-on-body-imaging-with-fdg-pet-mri
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Ana M Franceschi, Robert Matthews, Lev Bangiyev, Nand Relan, Ammar Chaudhry, Dinko Franceschi
OBJECTIVE: FDG PET/MRI examination of the body is routinely performed from the skull base to the mid thigh. Many types of brain abnormalities potentially could be detected on PET/MRI if the head was included. The objective of this study was therefore to identify and characterize brain findings incidentally detected on PET/MRI of the body with the head included. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively identified 269 patients with FDG PET/MRI whole-body scans that included the head...
May 24, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788956/building-bridges-paediatric-palliative-care-in-belgium-a-secondary-data-analysis-of-annual-paediatric-liaison-team-reports-from-2010-to-2014
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Marie Friedel, Bénédicte Brichard, Christine Fonteyne, Marleen Renard, Jean-Paul Misson, Els Vandecruys, Corinne Tonon, Françoise Verfaillie, Georgette Hendrijckx, Nathalie Andersson, Ilse Ruysseveldt, Katrien Moens, Jean-Marie Degryse, Isabelle Aujoulat
BACKGROUND: Although continuity of care in paediatric palliative care (PPC) is considered to be an essential element of quality of care, it's implementation is challenging. In Belgium, five paediatric liaison teams (PLTs) deliver palliative care. A Royal Decree issued in 2010 provides the legal framework that defines the PLTs' missions, as ensuring continuity of curative and palliative care between the hospital and home for children diagnosed with life-limiting conditions. This national study describes how PLTs ensure continuity of care by describing their activities and the characteristics of the children they cared for from 2010 to 2014...
May 22, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788429/corticosteroid-use-endpoints-in-neuro-oncology-response-assessment-in-neuro-oncology-working-group
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Nils D Arvold, Terri S Armstrong, Katherine E Warren, Susan M Chang, Lisa M DeAngelis, Jaishri Blakeley, Marc C Chamberlain, Erin Dunbar, Herbert H Loong, David R Macdonald, David A Reardon, Michael A Vogelbaum, Ying Yuan, Michael Weller, Martin van den Bent, Patrick Y Wen
Background: Corticosteroids are the mainstay of treatment for peritumor edema but are often associated with significant side effects. Therapies that can reduce corticosteroid use would potentially be of significant benefit to patients. However, currently there are no standardized endpoints evaluating corticosteroid use in neuro-oncology clinical trials. Methods: The Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO) Working Group has developed consensus recommendations for endpoints evaluating corticosteroid use in clinical trials in both adults and children with brain tumors...
May 18, 2018: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761126/seronegative-antibody-mediated-neurology-after-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
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Robert Wilson, David A Menassa, Alexander J Davies, Sophia Michael, Joanna Hester, Wilhelm Kuker, Graham P Collins, Judith Cossins, David Beeson, Neil Steven, Paul Maddison, Simon Rinaldi, Saiju Jacob, Sarosh R Irani
Checkpoint inhibitor medications have revolutionized oncology practice, but frequently induce immune-related adverse events. During autoimmune neurology practice over 20 months, we prospectively identified four patients with likely antibody-mediated neurological diseases after checkpoint inhibitors: longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and myasthenia gravis. All patients shared three characteristics: symptoms commenced 4 weeks after drug administration, responses to conventional immunotherapies were excellent, and autoantibodies traditionally associated with their syndrome were absent...
May 2018: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753542/children-with-chronic-disease-bear-the-highest-burden-of-pediatric-sepsis
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Andrew J Prout, Victor B Talisa, Joseph A Carcillo, Florian B Mayr, Derek C Angus, Christopher W Seymour, Chung-Chou H Chang, Sachin Yende
OBJECTIVE: To describe the contemporary epidemiology of pediatric sepsis in children with chronic disease, and the contribution of chronic diseases to mortality. We examined the incidence and hospital mortality of pediatric sepsis in a nationally representative sample and described the contribution of chronic diseases to hospital mortality. STUDY DESIGN: We analyzed the 2013 Nationwide Readmissions Database using a retrospective cohort design. We included non-neonatal patients <19 years of age hospitalized with sepsis...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751111/2017-in-review-fda-approvals-of-new-molecular-entities
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Michael S Kinch, Rebekah H Griesenauer
An overview of drugs approved by the FDA in 2017 reflected a reversion to the mean after a low number of NME approvals in 2016. This reversal was largely driven by the largest number of biologics-based NMEs recorded to date, which offset an average number of small-molecule approvals. Oncology indications continued to dominate followed by novel treatments for infectious, immunologic and neurologic diseases. From a mechanistic standpoint, the industry has continued a trend of target diversification, reflecting advances in scientific understanding of disease processes...
May 8, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742889/intraoperative-neurophysiological-monitoring-a-review-of-techniques-used-for-brain-tumor-surgery-in-children
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Keewon Kim, Charles Cho, Moon-Suk Bang, Hyung-Ik Shin, Ji-Hoon Phi, Seung-Ki Kim
Intraoperative monitoring (IOM) utilizes electrophysiological techniques as a surrogate test and evaluation of nervous function while a patient is under general anesthesia. They are increasingly used for procedures, both surgical and endovascular, to avoid injury during an operation, examine neurological tissue to guide the surgery, or to test electrophysiological function to allow for more complete resection or corrections. The application of IOM during pediatric brain tumor resections encompasses a unique set of technical issues...
May 2018: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29732436/the-c7-pedicle-as-a-superior-fixation-point-in-spinal-stabilization-for-spinal-metastatic-disease
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Harjot Thind, Andrew J Fabiano
Spinal metastatic disease (SMD) often requires spinal stabilization; however, the cervicothoracic junction can be a challenging area to instrument. An anterior approach may require division of the sternum. A posterior or posterolateral approach may rely on cervical lateral mass screws for superior construct fixation that are more prone to pullout than screws placed in a pedicle. The C7 pedicle is able to support pedicle screw fixation in most instances based on morphological features of the vertebra. When the C7 pedicle is used as a superior fixation point, it aligns with the thoracic pedicles below to create a streamlined posterior construct...
March 2018: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29725717/highlights-of-the-30th-annual-congress-of-the-eanm-vienna-2017-yes-we-can-make-nuclear-medicine-great-again
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REVIEW
Stefano Fanti, Rachele Bonfiglioli, Clemens Decristoforo
The 30th Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) was held in Vienna, Austria, from 21 to 25 October 2017 under the chairmanship of Professor Francesco Giammarile. As always, the Congress was a great success: more than 6,379 participants came from 90 countries from all continents. Participants were presented with an excellent programme consisting of symposia, and scientific and featured sessions, CME sessions, and plenary lectures. These lectures were devoted to nuclear medicine imaging and therapy, including hybrid imaging and molecular life sciences...
May 3, 2018: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29719137/real-time-imaging-of-brain-tumor-for-image-guided-surgery
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REVIEW
Shuang Hu, Homan Kang, Yoonji Baek, Georges El Fakhri, Anren Kuang, Hak Soo Choi
The completion of surgical resection is a key prognostic factor in brain tumor treatment. This requires surgeons to identify residual tumors in theater as well as to margin the proximity of the tumor to adjacent normal tissue. Subjective assessments, such as texture palpation or visual tissue differences, are commonly used by oncology surgeons during resection to differentiate cancer lesions from normal tissue, which can potentially result in either an incomplete tumor resection, or accidental removal of normal tissue...
May 2, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29714556/juvenile-animal-testing-assessing-need-and-use-in-the-drug-product-label
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Paul Baldrick
BACKGROUND: Juvenile animal testing has become an established part of drug development to support safe clinical use in the human pediatric population and for eventual drug product label use. METHODS AND RESULTS: A review of European Paediatric Investigation Plan decisions showed that from 2007 to mid-2017, 229 drugs had juvenile animal work requested, almost exclusively incorporating general toxicology study designs, in rat (57.5%), dog (8%), mouse (4.5%), monkey (4%), pig (2%), sheep (1%), rabbit (1%), hamster (0...
January 1, 2018: Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29704209/neurologic-manifestations-of-elderly-patients-with-cancer
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Bernardo Cacho-Díaz, Nydia A Lorenzana-Mendoza, Gervith Reyes-Soto, José A Ávila-Funes, Ana P Navarrete-Reyes
BACKGROUND: The incidence of cancer is an age-related phenomenon; therefore, the interest on clinical manifestations, diagnostic approach and treatment strategies for older patients diagnosed with cancer has increased lately. Neurologic symptoms are one of the main reasons for consultation and a common cause of decreased quality of life among cancer patients. AIMS: To identify the neurologic manifestations of patients ≥ 65 years of age diagnosed with cancer and compare them to those presented by a younger population...
April 27, 2018: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29703767/encephalitis-with-mglur5-antibodies-symptoms-and-antibody-effects
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Marianna Spatola, Lidia Sabater, Jesús Planagumà, Eugenia Martínez-Hernandez, Thaís Armangué, Harald Prüss, Takahiro Iizuka, Ruben L Caparó Oblitas, Jean-Christophe Antoine, Richard Li, Nicholas Heaney, Niall Tubridy, Elvira Munteis Olivas, Myrna R Rosenfeld, Francesc Graus, Josep Dalmau
OBJECTIVE: To report the clinical features of 11 patients with metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5) antibody-associated encephalitis, immunoglobulin G (IgG) subclass, and effects of the antibodies on neuronal mGluR5 clusters. METHODS: Clinical information was retrospectively obtained from referring physicians. Antibodies to mGluR5 and IgG subclasses were determined with brain immunohistochemistry and cell-based assays. The effects of the antibodies were examined on rat hippocampal neurons with reported techniques...
April 27, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29682064/awake-craniotomy-with-noninvasive-brain-mapping-by-3-tesla-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-excision-of-low-grade-glioma-a-case-of-a-young-patient-from-pakistan
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Atta Ul Aleem Bhatti, Nasir Khan Jakhrani, Maria Adnan Parekh
The past few years have seen increasing support for gross total resection in the management of low-grade gliomas (LGGs), with a greater extent of resection correlated with better overall survival, progression-free survival, and time to malignant transformation. There is consistent evidence in literature supporting extent of safe resection as a good prognostic indicator as well as positively affecting seizure control, symptomatic relief in pressure symptoms, and longer progression-free and total survival. The operative goal in most LGG cases is to maximize the extent of resection for these benefits while avoiding postoperative neurologic deficits...
April 2018: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29682024/adjuvant-radiation-therapy-and-temozolomide-in-gliosarcoma-is-it-enough-case-series-of-seven-patients
#15
Himanshu Srivastava, Abhinav Dewan, Surender Kumar Sharma, Preety Negi, Ajay Kumar Dewan, Sunil Pasricha, Krati Mehrotra
Objective: We present our experience of gliosarcoma (GSM) in oncology tertiary care center over the last 5 years. Materials and Methods: We carried out a retrospective analysis of seven patients with GSM diagnosed between April 2008 and December 2012. Demographic data, clinicopathological data, treatment strategies employed, details of recurrence, and survival patterns were reviewed. Results: The median age at diagnosis was 54 years, ranging between 34 and 63 years with a female predominance (57...
April 2018: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676695/huge-heterogeneity-in-survival-in-a-subset-of-adult-patients-with-resected-wild-type-isocitrate-dehydrogenase-status-who-grade-ii-astrocytomas
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Gaëtan Poulen, Catherine Gozé, Valérie Rigau, Hugues Duffau
OBJECTIVE World Health Organization grade II gliomas are infiltrating tumors that inexorably progress to a higher grade of malignancy. However, the time to malignant transformation is quite unpredictable at the individual patient level. A wild-type isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH-wt) molecular profile has been reported as a poor prognostic factor, with more rapid progression and a shorter survival compared with IDH-mutant tumors. Here, the oncological outcomes of a series of adult patients with IDH-wt, diffuse, WHO grade II astrocytomas (AII) who underwent resection without early adjuvant therapy were investigated...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660410/the-spatial-and-developmental-expression-of-mouse-vwa8-von-willebrand-domain-containing-protein-8
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Brian S Grewe, Janet E Richmond, David E Featherstone
The Drosophila gene c12.2 was isolated in a screen examining mRNA binding proteins. Drosophila c12.2 is the mouse Vwa8 homolog. Various genome-wide associated studies have linked human Vwa8 to both neurological and oncological pathologies, which include autism, bipolar disorder, comorbid migraine, and acute myeloid leukemia, however, the function and role of the VWA8 protein remain poorly understood. To further analyze the Vwa8 gene in mouse, gene structure, protein homology modeling, and gene expression patterns were examined throughout mouse development...
April 13, 2018: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649847/-special-palliative-care-in-patients-with-non-oncological-diseases
#18
Claudia Bausewein
Palliative medicine has become an integral part of the German healthcare system in recent years. However, patients with non-malignant diseases have less access to palliative care than patients with oncological diseases. These patients comprise a heterogeneous group of chronic lung and heart diseases, neurological and geriatric diseases. Their symptom burden and their palliative care needs are similar to those of oncological patients, but earlier in the disease process. Physical aspects of the disease process are different from psychological, social and spiritual aspects...
April 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644808/prognostic-evaluation-of-neurological-assessment-of-the-neuro-oncology-scale-in-glioblastoma-patients
#19
Jiwook Lee, Sung Hyun Park, Young Zoon Kim
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to investigate the role of the Neurological Assessment of Neuro-Oncology (NANO) scale in predicting the prognosis of patients with glioblastoma, and compare these results to predicted data of the Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS), and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG)/World Health Organization (WHO) performance status. Additionally, we examined other prognostic factors in glioblastoma patients. METHODS: The medical records of 76 patients with a new diagnosis of histologically ascertained glioblastoma in the period from January 2002 to December 2015 at the authors' institution were retrospectively reviewed...
April 2, 2018: Brain Tumor Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29623849/cardiac-imaging-in-systemic-diseases-what-the-clinician-should-know
#20
Cesar J Herrera, Pamela Pina Santana, Jorge Martinez, Mario J Garcia
IMPORTANCE: Systemic diseases that affect the cardiovascular system constitute a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge for all specialists involved; imaging tools along with clinical suspicion play an essential role in their evaluation. These entities share neurological, immunological, renal, hematologic, oncologic, infectious and endocrine processes, all of which may have associated cardiac involvement. OBSERVATIONS: Recent advances in cardiac ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and nuclear scintigraphy have impacted the management of these conditions when involving the heart since they provide valuable anatomical and functional information while avoiding the use of invasive techniques...
April 5, 2018: Current Cardiology Reviews
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