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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933734/improved-quality-of-life-in-asthma-patients-under-long-term-therapy-assessed-by-ahq-japan
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Yuji Tohda, Takashi Iwanaga, Hiroyuki Sano, Hiroaki Kume, Kazuto Hirata, Noriyuki Ohkura, Isao Tachibana, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Hisako Matsumoto, Yoshiaki Minakata, Masanori Yoshikawa, Masaki Fujimura
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Assessment of the effects of long-term management on patient quality of life (QOL) would be extremely useful for determining asthma treatment strategies. However, no studies have evaluated QOL over an extended period of time. This study evaluated the changes in QOL, drug management and disease severity in the same asthma patients at an interval of approximately 9 years. METHODS: We re-surveyed asthma patients enrolled in a survey conducted in 2004 to evaluate the effects of approximately a decade of treatment on disease severity and QOL assessed by the Japanese Asthma Health Questionnaire (AHQ-JAPAN)...
December 9, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933686/risk-of-incident-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-nationwide-population-based-study-in-south-korea
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S N Hong, H J Kim, K H Kim, S-J Han, I M Ahn, H S Ahn
BACKGROUND: The low incidence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and lack of adequate controls have prevented researchers from estimating tuberculosis (TB) risk in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients. AIM: To evaluate the risk of incident TB among IBD patients. METHODS: Using the 2011-2013 data of the South Korean National Health Insurance (NHI) system, we calculated the incidence rates (IRs), standardised incidence ratio (SIR) and number needed to screen (NNS) for incident TB in IBD patients compared to the general population in terms of subtype, age, gender and IBD medications...
January 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933639/assessment-of-left-atrial-volume-and-function-by-real-time-three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-obese-patients
#3
Julide Yagmur, Mehmet Cansel, Ertugrul Kurtoglu, Siho Hidayet, Nusret Acıkgoz, Necip Ermis, Fatma Ozyalin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate left atrial (LA) volume and functions in obese subjects using real time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) and also the relationship between LA mechanical functions and N-terminal pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (NT-proANP). METHODS: This study included 40 obese (26 females and 14 males, mean age 51.9 years) and 40 normal weight subjects (23 females and 16 males, mean age 53.5 years) with normal coronary angiograms. All the study participants underwent RT3DE to assess LA volume and mechanical function...
December 9, 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933572/relation-between-the-stability-of-dental-implants-and-two-biological-markers-during-the-healing-period-a-prospective-clinical-study
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Choknapa Tirachaimongkol, Peraphan Pothacharoen, Peter A Reichart, Pathawee Khongkhunthian
OBJECTIVES: The purposes of this study were to examine the correlation between the stability of dental implants and bone formation markers during the healing period and to monitor the stability of dental implants using the resonance frequency analysis (RFA) method. The null hypothesis of the study is no correlation between the stability of dental implant and bone formation markers. METHODS: The study is a prospective clinical study during the 3-month healing period of implant...
December 2016: International Journal of Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933473/high-percentage-of-ibd-patients-with-indefinite-fecal-calprotectin-levels-additional-value-of-a-combination-score
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Alexander G L Bodelier, Daisy Jonkers, Tim van den Heuvel, Evelien de Boer, Wim Hameeteman, Ad A M Masclee, Marie J Pierik
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Monitoring mucosal inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is of major importance to prevent complications and improve long-term disease outcome. The correlation of clinical activity indices with endoscopic disease activity is, however, moderate. Fecal calprotectin (FC) is a better predictor of mucosal inflammation, but values between 100 and 250 µg/g are difficult to interpret in clinical practice. We aimed to evaluate the occurrence of indefinite FC levels in a real-life IBD cohort and study the additional value of a combination of biochemical markers and clinical activity indices...
December 8, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933450/effects-of-exercise-intervention-in-breast-cancer-patients-is-mobile-health-mhealth-with-pedometer-more-effective-than-conventional-program-using-brochure
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Kyeong Eun Uhm, Ji Sung Yoo, Seung Hyun Chung, Jong Doo Lee, Ilkyun Lee, Joong Il Kim, Se Kyung Lee, Seok Jin Nam, Yong Hyun Park, Ji Youl Lee, Ji Hye Hwang
PURPOSE: To investigate and compare the effects of mobile health (mHealth) and pedometer with conventional exercise program using a brochure on physical function and quality of life (QOL). METHODS: The study was a prospective, quasi-randomized multicenter trial where 356 patients whose cancer treatment had been terminated were enrolled. All patients were instructed to perform a 12-week regimen of aerobic and resistance exercise. The mHealth group received a pedometer and a newly developed smartphone application to provide information and monitor the prescribed exercises...
December 8, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933445/correlation-of-crevicular-fluid-and-serum-levels-of-retinol-binding-protein-4-and-leptin-in-chronic-periodontitis-and-obesity
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Dharmendra Kanoriya, A R Pradeep, A Mallika, Sandeep Singhal, Vibhuti Garg
OBJECTIVE: Retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4) and leptin are both adipokines and involved in the pathophysiology of different vascular and inflammatory diseases and selectively elevated in patients with obesity. The aim of the present study was to determine and correlate the levels of RBP4 and leptin in gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) and serum in patients with chronic periodontitis (CP) and obesity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 70 patients with age group 25 to 45 years were divided into four groups based on gingival index (GI), probing depth (PD), clinical attachment level (CAL), body mass index (BMI) and radiographic evidence of bone loss...
December 8, 2016: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933435/ranolazine-promotes-muscle-differentiation-and-reduces-oxidative-stress-in-c2c12-skeletal-muscle-cells
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Terruzzi Ileana, Montesano Anna, Senesi Pamela, Vacante Fernanda, Benedini Stefano, Luzi Livio
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to investigate Ranolazine action on skeletal muscle differentiation and mitochondrial oxidative phenomena. Ranolazine, an antianginal drug, which acts blocking the late INaL current, was shown to lower hemoglobin A1c in patients with diabetes. In the present study, we hypothesized an action of Ranolazine on skeletal muscle cells regeneration and oxidative process, leading to a reduction of insulin resistance. METHODS: 10 μM Ranolazine was added to C2C12 murine myoblastic cells during proliferation, differentiation and newly formed myotubes...
December 8, 2016: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933429/establishing-the-values-for-patient-engagement-pe-in-health-related-quality-of-life-hrqol-research-an-international-multiple-stakeholder-perspective
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Kirstie Haywood, Anne Lyddiatt, Samantha J Brace-McDonnell, Sophie Staniszewska, Sam Salek
PURPOSE: Active patient engagement is increasingly viewed as essential to ensuring that patient-driven perspectives are considered throughout the research process. However, guidance for patient engagement (PE) in HRQoL research does not exist, the evidence-base for practice is limited, and we know relatively little about underpinning values that can impact on PE practice. This is the first study to explore the values that should underpin PE in contemporary HRQoL research to help inform future good practice guidance...
December 8, 2016: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933391/-tapering-and-termination-of-immunosuppressive-treatment-in-spondyloarthritides-including-psoriatic-arthritis
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REVIEW
G Scholz, B Möller
BACKGROUND: Immunomodulatory long-term treatment has also become the standard treatment for spondyloarthritides (SpA), including psoriatic arthritis (PsA); however, uncertainty exists about dose reduction or termination of treatment after remission or low disease activity. OBJECTIVE: When is it possible to reduce medication or terminate treatment for SpA? MATERIAL AND METHODS: An extensive non-systematic literature search was performed focusing on practice guidelines, systematic meta-analyses and clinical trials on medicinal long-term treatment and voluntary medication reduction in axial and peripheral SpA, including PsA...
December 8, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933371/phase-i-clinical-and-pharmacokinetic-study-of-s-1-plus-oral-leucovorin-in-patients-with-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
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Takayuki Yoshino, Ichinosuke Hyodo, Tomohiro Nishina, Hiroyuki Narahara, Naotoshi Sugimoto, Kunihiro Yoshisue, Narikazu Boku
PURPOSE: S-1 has shown a response rate of 35% in chemonaïve patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Leucovorin enhances the antitumor activity of 5-fluorouracil, and concurrent oral administration of S-1 and leucovorin may represent a more active treatment option for mCRC. METHODS: S-1 (35 mg/m(2)) and leucovorin (25 mg/body) were orally administered twice daily to chemonaïve patients with mCRC. Predefined dose (schedule)-limiting toxicities (DLTs) during the first course and treatment continuity during the first two courses were evaluated during three periods of treatment with S-1 plus leucovorin (level 0, 2 weeks; level 1, 3 weeks; and level 2, 4 weeks), each followed by a 2-week rest...
December 8, 2016: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933336/shp-1-activation-inhibits-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-and-intimal-hyperplasia-in-a-rodent-model-of-insulin-resistance-and-diabetes
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Weier Qi, Qian Li, Chong Wee Liew, Christian Rask-Madsen, Samuel M Lockhart, Lars Melholt Rasmussen, Yu Xia, Xuanchun Wang, Mogher Khamaisi, Kevin Croce, George L King
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Accelerated migration and proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) enhances arterial restenosis after angioplasty in insulin resistance and diabetes. Elevation of Src homology 2-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase 1 (SHP-1) induces apoptosis in the microvasculature. However, the role of SHP-1 in intimal hyperplasia and restenosis has not been clarified in insulin resistance and diabetes. METHODS: We used a femoral artery wire injury mouse model, rodent models with insulin resistance and diabetes, and patients with type 2 diabetes...
December 9, 2016: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933314/tunneling-nanotubes-an-alternate-route-for-propagation-of-the-bystander-effect-following-oncolytic-viral-infection
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Justin Ady, Venugopal Thayanithy, Kelly Mojica, Phillip Wong, Joshua Carson, Prassanna Rao, Yuman Fong, Emil Lou
Tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) are ultrafine, filamentous actin-based cytoplasmic extensions which form spontaneously to connect cells at short and long-range distances. We have previously described long-range intercellular communication via TNTs connecting mesothelioma cells in vitro and demonstrated TNTs in intact tumors from patients with mesothelioma. Here, we investigate the ability of TNTs to mediate a viral thymidine kinase based bystander effect after oncolytic viral infection and administration of the nucleoside analog ganciclovir...
2016: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933313/genetic-engineering-of-chimeric-antigen-receptors-using-lamprey-derived-variable-lymphocyte-receptors
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Robert Moot, Sunil S Raikar, Lauren Fleischer, Melissa Querrey, Daniel E Tylawsky, Hirotomo Nakahara, Christopher B Doering, H Trent Spencer
Chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) are used to redirect effector cell specificity to selected cell surface antigens. Using CARs, antitumor activity can be initiated in patients with no prior tumor specific immunity. Although CARs have shown promising clinical results, the technology remains limited by the availability of specific cognate cell target antigens. To increase the repertoire of targetable tumor cell antigens we utilized the immune system of the sea lamprey to generate directed variable lymphocyte receptors (VLRs)...
2016: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933284/-we-sometimes-hold-on-to-ours-professionals-views-on-factors-that-both-delay-and-facilitate-transition-to-adult-care
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Susie Aldiss, Hilary Cass, Judith Ellis, Faith Gibson
BACKGROUND: The transition from child to adult services is a crucial time in the health of young people who may potentially fall into a poorly managed "care gap." Health service provision, which fails to meet the needs of young people and families at this time of significant change, may result in deterioration in health or disengagement with services, which can have negative long-term consequences. Developing transitional care packages has become a focus of activity in the United Kingdom and elsewhere...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933281/pet-imaging-of-urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-receptor-upar-in-prostate-cancer-current-status-and-future-perspectives
#16
REVIEW
Dorthe Skovgaard, Morten Persson, Andreas Kjaer
Overexpression of urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptors (uPAR) represents an important biomarker for aggressiveness in most common malignant diseases, including prostate cancer (PC). Accordingly, uPAR expression either assessed directly in malignant PC tissue or assessed directly in plasma (intact/cleaved forms)-provides independent additional clinical information to that contributed by PSA, Gleason score, and other relevant pathological and clinical parameters. In this respect, non-invasive molecular imaging by positron emission tomography (PET) offers a very attractive technology platform, which can provide the required quantitative information on the uPAR expression profile, without the need for invasive procedures and the risk of missing the target due to tumor heterogeneity...
2016: Clinical and Translational Imaging: Reviews in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933277/lectins-from-synadenium-carinatum-scll-and-artocarpus-heterophyllus-artinm-are-able-to-induce-beneficial-immunomodulatory-effects-in-a-murine-model-for-treatment-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
#17
Eliézer L P Ramos, Silas S Santana, Murilo V Silva, Fernanda M Santiago, Tiago W P Mineo, José R Mineo
Infection by Toxoplasma gondii affects around one-third of world population and the treatment for patients presenting toxoplasmosis clinically manifested disease is mainly based by a combination of sulfadiazine, pyrimethamine, and folinic acid. However, this therapeutic protocol is significantly toxic, causing relevant dose-related bone marrow damage. Thus, it is necessary to improve new approaches to investigate the usefulness of more effective and non-toxic agents for treatment of patients with toxoplasmosis...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933276/acinetobacter-baumannii-isolated-from-lebanese-patients-phenotypes-and-genotypes-of-resistance-clonality-and-determinants-of-pathogenicity
#18
Elias Dahdouh, Micheline Hajjar, Monica Suarez, Ziad Daoud
Introduction:Acinetobacter baumannii is a nosocomial pathogen that usually affects critically ill patients. High mortality rates have been associated with MDR A. baumannii infections. Carbapenem resistance among these isolates is increasing worldwide and is associated with certain International Clones (ICs) and oxacillinases (OXAs). Moreover, this organism possesses a wide range of virulence factors, whose expression is not yet fully understood. In this study, clinical A. baumannii isolates are characterized in terms of antibiotic resistance, mechanisms of carbapenem resistance, clonality, and virulence...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933259/deformity-correction-and-extremity-lengthening-in-the-lower-leg-comparison-of-clinical-outcomes-with-two-external-surgical-procedures
#19
Eugen Reitenbach, Robert Rödl, Georg Gosheger, Björn Vogt, Frank Schiedel
OBJECTIVE: Distraction osteogenesis is a method of stimulating the growth of new bone tissue in order to lengthen the extremities or bridge resected bone defects. In addition to the now-established intramedullary procedures, two different fixator systems are in use. The present study investigated the classical Ilizarov ring fixator (IRF) and a hexapod to assess the precision of lower-leg lengthening and complications classified using the Paley criteria for problems, obstacles, and complications...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933229/mid-term-shoulder-functional-and-quality-of-life-outcomes-after-shoulder-replacement-in-obese-patients
#20
Heather K Vincent, Aimee M Struk, Austin Reed, Thomas W Wright
BACKGROUND: Shoulder pain and loss of function are directly associated with obesity. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: We hypothesized that significant interactions would exist between total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) and obesity status on functional and quality of life (QOL) outcomes over the long term. Clinical and QOL outcomes (American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Evaluation form, Shoulder Pain and Disability Index, University of California at Los Angeles Shoulder Rating scale, Medical Outcomes Short Form 12 (SF-12), range of motion (ROM), and strength) were longitudinally compared in patients with low and high body mass index (BMI) after a TSA or a RSA...
2016: SpringerPlus
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