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Ana Paula Trussardi Fayh, Agnes Denise de Lima Bezerra, Rogerio Friedman
INTRODUCTION: Malnutrition in children with cancer is a significant risk factor for negative outcomes, but in the clinical practice setting, it is difficult to pinpoint which factors operate to cause substantial weight loss and malnutrition in a given patient. Appetite-related hormones like ghrelin and leptin are among possible mediators. However, only few studies have examined the role of these hormones in pediatric patients with cancer to date. Thus, the purpose of this study was to systematically review possible changes in the levels of appetite hormones, specially leptin and ghrelin, in pediatric patients with cancer...
January 19, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Zeinab El-Taher Hassan, Nehad M Farag, Wael M Elshemey
This work aims at designing a computer program to calculate the necessary amount of shielding for a given or proposed linear accelerator room design in radiotherapy. The program (Shield Calculation in Radiotherapy, SCR) is developed using Microsoft Visual Basic. It applies the treatment room shielding calculations of the NCRP report no. 151 to calculate proper shielding thicknesses for a given linear accelerator treatment room design. The program is composed of six main user-friendly interfaces. The first one enables the user to upload whatever treatment room design of his choice and to measure the distances required for shielding calculations...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
Kerstin Zwirner, Daniela Thorwarth, René M Winter, Stefan Welz, Jakob Weiss, Nina F Schwenzer, Holger Schmidt, Christian la Fougère, Konstantin Nikolaou, Daniel Zips, Sergios Gatidis
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of voxel-wise multiparametric characterization of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) using hybrid multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography with [18 F]-fluorodesoxyglucose (FDG-PET/MRI) in a radiation treatment planning setup. METHODS: Ten patients with locally advanced HNSCC were examined with a combined FDG-PET/MRI in an irradiation planning setup...
March 21, 2018: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
Yari Gvion, Yossi Levi-Belz
Background: One of the main obstacles in studying suicide risk factors is the difference between cases in which the individual died by suicide and those in which the individual engaged in suicidal behavior. A promising strategy that overcomes this obstacle is the study of survivors of serious suicide attempt (SSA), i.e., an attempt that would have been lethal had it not been for the provision of rapid and effective emergency treatment. Serious suicide attempters are epidemiologically very much like those who died by suicide, and thus may serve as valid proxies for studying suicides...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Jatin P Shah
With advancing knowledge and new data available, periodic revisions in the TNM staging system is essential. In addition, new disease entities entering in the spectrum of neoplastic diseases demand that a staging system be developed to facilitate their treatment algorithms and outcomes. The most recent revisions in the AJCC/UICC staging system were published in the eighth edition of the AJCC staging manual. This presentation gives a historical background on the AJCC/UICC staging process and highlights major changes introduced in the eighth edition for cancers of the head and neck...
March 2018: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
Gang Chen, Lingmin Wu, Lihui Zheng, Ligang Ding, Tom Wong, Shu Zhang, Yan Yao
This study aimed to prospectively evaluate the safety and efficacy of a new developed method that uses percutaneous ultrasound-guided hematoma aspiration followed by targeted localized manual compression for treatment of femoral artery pseudoaneurysm after cardiac catheterization, which obviates thrombin use, surgery, and long-time compression.From January 2007 to July 2014, 32 patients (17 women; mean age, 55.3 ± 11.5 years) out of 8,725 consecutive cases undergoing cardiac catheterization via femoral access developed one pseudoaneurysm each ranging in size from 21 × 11 mm to 72 × 39 mm...
March 20, 2018: International Heart Journal
Bhavik N Modi, Kalpa De Silva, Ronak Rajani, Nick Curzen, Divaka Perera
Importance: Ischemia-guided revascularization is the cornerstone of contemporary management of coronary artery disease and has evolved from noninvasive functional evaluation to real-time assessment with invasive physiological indices during diagnostic catheterization. However, serial/diffuse disease is common, and revascularization decisions often need to be made about individual lesions within the same vessel. It is unclear whether current physiological techniques, such as fractional flow reserve, can be reliably used to discern the individual contribution of lesions within a serially diseased vessel with erroneous measurements, potentially leading to suboptimal revascularization decisions...
March 21, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
Eran Ben-Arye, Yaron River, Yael Keshet, Ofer Lavie, Pesi Israeli L, Noah Samuels
OBJECTIVE: Peripheral neuropathy is a common complication of cancer treatment impairing quality of life and function. This study explored the impact of a complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) program on taxane-induced peripheral neuropathy (TIPN). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Taxane-treated female patients with breast and gynecological cancer reporting TIPN-related symptoms were referred to an integrative physician, followed by patient-tailored CIM treatments (acupuncture with/without other modalities)...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
G Tsoucalas, T G Papaioannou, G V Papatheodoridis, M Karamanou
Known since antiquity, rectal prolapse was first studied systematically by Hippocrates (460-377 BC) who recognized the predisposing factors and proposed several therapeutic approaches such as defecation positions, manual retraction and specific herbal or mineral based anti-haemorrhagic and pain-killing poultices. Hippocratic medicine avoided invasive surgical procedures probably due to a lack of knowledge in human anatomy. However, Hippocrates' views astonishingly lasted in time, presenting similarities to current medical theories on rectal prolapse...
July 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Roxanne Saucier, Daniel Wolfe, Nabarun Dasgupta
INTRODUCTION: An extended-release injectable naltrexone suspension (Vivitrol® ) was approved in USA in 2010 for the prevention of relapse to opioid dependence. Concerns, raised at the time of approval, about rebound overdose risk following the last dose, have not been adequately studied. We sought to determine the time period of concern for fatal overdose associated with Vivitrol. METHODS: We performed a retrospective case review of Vivitrol spontaneous reports (October 2010-March 2016) in the US Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System via the Freedom of Information Act...
March 20, 2018: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
Tobias M R Houlton, Caroline Wilkinson
Shrunken heads are a mummification phenomenon unique to South America. Ceremonial tsantsa are ritually reduced heads from enemy victims of the Shuar, Achuar, Awajún (Aguaruna), Wampís (Huambisa), and Candoshi-Shapra cultures. Commercial shrunken heads are comparatively modern and fraudulently produced for the curio-market, often using stolen bodies from hospital mortuaries and graves. To achieve shrinkage and desiccation, heads undergo skinning, simmering (in water) and drying. Considering the intensive treatments applied, this research aims to identify how the facial structure can alter and impact identification using post-mortem depiction...
March 6, 2018: Forensic Science International
Tim L Wigal, Jeffrey H Newcorn, Nelson Handal, Sharon B Wigal, Ioulietta Mulligan, Virginia Schmith, Eric Konofal
BACKGROUND: Mazindol is under investigation for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) because of its alertness-enhancing properties. A novel controlled-release (CR) formulation of mazindol was developed to allow once-daily dosing. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of mazindol CR in adults with ADHD. DESIGN: We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled 6-week trial. METHODS: Subjects diagnosed with ADHD using the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Structured Interview (MINI) and with an ADHD Rating Scale, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition (ADHD-RS-DSM5) score ≥ 28 were randomized to receive placebo or 1-3 mg/day of mazindol for 6 weeks...
March 19, 2018: CNS Drugs
Jan C van der Meijden, Michelle E Kruijshaar, Laurike Harlaar, Dimitris Rizopoulos, Nadine A M E van der Beek, Ans T van der Ploeg
OBJECTIVES: Pompe disease is a progressive metabolic myopathy for which enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) was approved in 2006. While various publications have examined the effects of ERT in classic-infantile patients and in adults, little has been published on ERT in children with non-classic presentations. STUDY DESIGN: This prospective study was conducted from June 1999 to May 2015. Seventeen patients from various countries participated. Outcome measures comprised muscle function (6-minute walk test, quick motor-function test (QMFT)), muscle strength (hand-held dynamometry; manual muscle testing), and lung function (FVC sitting and supine)...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
D E Bauer, A Hingsammer, P Schenk, L Vlachopoulos, M A Imam, P Fürnstahl, D C Meyer
PURPOSE: The indication for operative treatment of displaced midshaft clavicle fractures remains controversial. However, if plate fixation is considered, implant prominence and skin irritation are the most common causes for re-operation. Low profile implants as well as closely contouring plates to the individual anatomy may reduce these complications. The aim of this study was to compare the fitting accuracy and implant prominence of 3.5mm pelvic reconstruction plates (PRP) with pre-contoured anatomical clavicle plates (PACP) for midshaft clavicle fractures...
March 16, 2018: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
Shayne P Bisetto, Cristiano F Melo, Adriano B Carregaro
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate dexmedetomidine, midazolam and dexmedetomidine-midazolam for sedation and antinociception in tegus. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, crossover, randomized, blinded study. ANIMALS: Six healthy tegus (Salvator merianae) weighing 1.6±0.3 kg. METHODS: Tegus were administered intramuscularly saline (0.5 mL; CON), dexmedetomidine (0.2 mg kg-1 ; DX), midazolam (1 mg kg-1 ; MZ) and dexmedetomidine-midazolam (same doses; DM)...
January 17, 2018: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
Khaled Abu El Aish, Raed Tafish, Haly Zourob
BACKGROUND: Finding appropriate analgesics is important for a mother's recovery after a caesarean section. The aim of this study was to compare the analgesic effect of spinal morphine and fentanyl for women undergoing a caesarean section. METHODS: In this randomised, unmasked, parallel-group, controlled trial, eligible participants were women undergoing caesarean section with spinal anaesthetic at the Al-Helal Al-Emirati Hospital, Rafah, Gaza Strip, occupied Palestinian territory...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Hiroyuki Awano, Chieko Itoh, Yasuhiro Takeshima, Tomoko Lee, Masaaki Matsumoto, Akihiro Kida, Toshihiko Kaise, Takeo Suzuki, Masafumi Matsuo
INTRODUCTION: Few long-term cohort studies have addressed changes in the ambulatory capacity of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), and no reports have evaluated the factors associated with ambulatory capacity in Japanese. METHODS: The longitudinal changes in 10-meter run/walk ability and associated factors were retrospectively investigated using general practice data. The factors associated with loss of this ability before the age of 10 years were explored by logistic regression analysis using parameters of genetic mutations, corticosteroid use, the manual muscle test (MMT), and the joint range of motion (ROM)...
March 15, 2018: Brain & Development
Shu-Jun Lin, Lu-Xi Cao, Shao-Bing Cheng, Qiu-Fu Dai, Ji-Huan Lin, Liu Pu, Wei-Hao Chen, Yu-Juan Zhang, Shu-Lian Chen, Yi-Min Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of acupuncture on the TLR2/4-NF-κB signalling pathway in the cortex of Sprague-Dawley rats following traumatic brain injury (TBI), and investigate the possible mechanism underlying the effects of acupuncture on scar repair. METHODS: TBI was established using Feeney's free-falling epidural percussion model. In total, 108 rats were randomly divided into a normal group (n=18), untreated TBI model group (TBI group, n=36) and manual acupuncture-treated TBI group (TBI+MA, n=36)...
March 17, 2018: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
C Laurel Franklin, Amanda M Raines, Jessica L Chambliss, Jessica L Walton, Kelly P Maieritsch
BACKGROUND: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2013) includes Other- and Unspecified- Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders to capture subthreshold Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms. However, the DSM-5 does not specify the number or type of symptoms needed to assign them. The purpose of the current study was to extend our understanding of subthreshold PTSD by comparing four commonly used definitions adapted to the DSM-5 PTSD criteria in an outpatient treatment-seeking sample...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
John D Koerner, Dessislava Z Markova, Greg D Schroeder, Brian P Calio, Anuj Shah, Corbin W Brooks, Alexander R Vaccaro, D Greg Anderson, Chris K Kepler
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The systemic response regarding cytokine expression after application of recombinant human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 (rhBMP-2) in a rat spinal fusion model has recently been defined1 , but the local response has not. Defining the local cytokine and growth factor response at the fusion site will help explain the roles of these molecules in the fusion process, as well as that of rhBMP-2. Our hypothesis is that application of rhBMP-2 to the fusion site will alter the local levels of cytokines and growth factors throughout the fusion process, in a manner that is different than the systemic response given the tissue-specific effects of rhBMP-2...
March 14, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
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