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Low level light therapy

Christos P Tsametis, Andrea M Isidori
The finding of low circulating testosterone level in men is relatively frequent. The symptoms of hypogonadism are very frequent in the aging men. However, the diagnosis of hypogonadism is often neglected and the opportunity to replace low testosterone in older men is highly debated. The aim of this narrative review is to summarize the steps necessary to formulate a proper diagnosis and to guide toward an individualized treatment. While universally recognized the need to treat the young adults with known causes of pituitary or testicular failure, there are controversies on the cost-benefit of treating testosterone deficiency in older men...
March 9, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Eli Muchtar, Morie A Gertz, Shaji K Kumar, Grace Lin, Barry Boilson, Alfredo Clavell, Martha Q Lacy, Francis K Buadi, Suzanne R Hayman, Prashant Kapoor, David Dingli, S Vincent Rajkumar, Angela Dispenzieri, Martha Grogan
AIM: Digoxin is considered contraindicated in light-chain (AL) amyloidosis, given reports of increased toxicity published 30-50 years ago. We sought to determine the frequency of digoxin toxicity in patients with AL. METHODS: We identified 107 patients with AL amyloidosis who received digoxin between 2000 and 2015. RESULTS: The median age was 65 and the median digoxin dose and estimated glomerular filtration rate were 0.125 mg/d and 55 ml/min/1...
March 12, 2018: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
Chia-Ming Chang, Yi-Hsin Lin, Abhishek Kumar Srivastava, Vladimir Grigorievich Chigrinov
Photobiomodulation or low-level light therapy (LLLT) has extensive applications based on light-induced effects in biological systems. Photobiomodulation remains controversial because of a poorly understood biochemical mechanism limited by the well-known biphasic dose response or Arndt-Schulz curve. The Arndt-Schulz curve states that an optimal dose of light is a key factor for realizing a therapeutic effect. In this report, we demonstrate a tunable optical system for photobiomodulation to aid physicians in overcoming the constraints of light due to biphasic dose response...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Li Yin, Guangxian Pang, Chao Niu, Maidina Habasi, Jun Dou, Haji Akber Aisa
As an active compound, psoralen is present in various Chinese herbal medicines and has exhibited significant activity in skin disease treatment. Its derivative 8-methoxypsoralan (8-MOP) is the most commonly used drug to induce repigmentation of vitiligo. In our previous screening assays, 4-methyl-6-phenyl-2H-furo[3,2-g]chromen-2-one (MPFC), a psoralen derivative, was identified as more effective tyrosinase and melanin activator than the positive control 8-MOP in consideration of low doses, as well as low toxicity...
March 2, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Min Yang, Yuehua Feng, Cuihua Yue, Bin Xu, Lujun Chen, Jingting Jiang, Binfeng Lu, Yibei Zhu
OBJECTIVE: Lung cancer is one of the deadliest malignancies. The immune checkpoint-blockade (ICB) tumor therapy has led to striking improvement of long-term survival for some lung cancer patients. However, the response rate of immunotherapy is still low for lung cancer. Studying the tumor microenvironment (TME) should shed light on improvement of immunotherapy of lung cancer. Interleukin-33 (IL-33), an "alarmin" cytokine, has been implicated in tumor associated immune responses and inflammatory diseases of the lung...
2018: PloS One
Hasan Norouzi, Karim Khoshgard, Fatemeh Akbarzadeh
Hyperthermia is an anti-cancer treatment in which the temperature of the malignant tumor is increased more than other adjacent normal tissues. Microwave, ultrasound, laser, and radiofrequency sources have been used for hyperthermia of cancerous tissues. In the past decade, near-infrared (NIR) laser for cancer therapy, known as photo-thermal therapy (PTT), was expanded in which the photo-sensitizer agent converts the light photon energy to heat. The heat following PTT can destroy cancer cells. There are some photo-sensitizer agents which have been used for PTT; however, owing to recent advances in nanotechnology, noble metal nanoparticles like gold (Au) nanoparticles (GNPs) have been used successfully in PTT...
February 28, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
Vesselina Goranova-Marinova, Marianna Yaneva, Tanya Deneva, Stefan Goranov, Dubravka Mužina Mišić
There is a small but well recognized group of patients with multiple myeloma (MM), characterized by multiple bone lesions and low tumor burden, the so-called macrofocal form of MM (MF-MM). The aim of the study was to analyze the incidence, clinical manifestation, therapeutic outcome and prognosis of patients with MF-MM treated with bortezomib-based therapy and radiotherapy, in comparison to classic MM. There were 148 MM patients treated with bortezomibbased regimens, with 15 (10.1%) of them meeting the criteria for MF-MM...
June 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Fernanda Rossi Paolillo, Alessandra Rossi Paolillo, Jessica Patrícia João, Daniele Frascá, Marcelo Duchêne, Herbert Alexandre João, Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato
This study evaluated the synergistic effects of ultrasound (US) and low-level laser therapy (LLLT) with or without therapeutic exercises (TE) in women with knee osteoarthritis. Forty-two Caucasian women with knee osteoarthritis were allocated into three groups: (1) the placebo group who did not perform TE, but the prototype without emitting light or ultrasonic waves was applied, (2) the US + LLLT group in which only the prototype was applied and (3) the TE + US + LLLT group that performed TE before the prototype was applied...
February 26, 2018: Rheumatology International
Le Han, Ben Liu, Xianyan Chen, Haiyan Chen, Wenjia Deng, Changsheng Yang, Bin Ji, Miaojian Wan
Activation of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway plays an important role in hair follicle morphogenesis and hair growth. Recently, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) was evaluated for stimulating hair growth in numerous clinical studies, in which 655-nm red light was found to be most effective and practical for stimulating hair growth. We evaluated whether 655-nm red light + light-emitting diode (LED) could promote human hair growth by activating Wnt/β-catenin signaling. An in vitro culture of human hair follicles (HFs) was irradiated with different intensities of 655-nm red light + LED, 21 h7 (an inhibitor of β-catenin), or both...
February 21, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
Jorge Plutzky, Katherine P Liao
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lipid levels are dynamic and can fluctuate along with changes in inflammation. A reduction in inflammation, most commonly as a result of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy, is associated with increases in total cholesterol (TC) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). In this review, we discuss new evidence shedding light on the potential mechanism underlying changes in lipid levels observed with changes in inflammation...
February 21, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
Baraa Alghalyini, Said El Shamieh, Ali Salami, Sophie Visvikis Siest, Hana M Fakhoury, Rajaa Fakhoury
Background Statin therapy used to lower cholesterol levels results in a substantial reduction in cardiovascular complications. Previous observations in different ethnic populations showed that rs2306283A>G, p.Asn130Asp and rs4149056T>C, p.Val174Ala in solute carrier organic anion transporter 1B1 (SLCO1B1) gene encoding the organic transporter protein may be responsible for statin uptake, thus explaining the majority of statin-associated symptoms. In addition to the genetic component, vitamin D (vit D) deficiency is common in Saudi Arabia and worldwide and may cause muscle dysfunction and ache...
February 8, 2018: Drug Metabolism and Personalized Therapy
Gwangseong Kim, Mahsa Karbaschi, Marcus Cooke, Angelo Gaitas
Light of certain wavelengths can be used to inactivate pathogens. Whole blood is opaque, thus the penetration of light is reduced. Here, we overcame this limitation by using a thin transparent tube that is illuminated from all angles. Three light-based techniques were evaluated: photodynamic therapy (PDT) using a 660-nm light and antibody-photosensitizer conjugates, ultraviolet, and violet light. We observed a reduction of 55-71% of Staphylococcus aureus after 5 h of exposure (starting concentration 107 CFU/mL), and an 88-97% reduction in Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) (starting 104 CFU/mL)...
February 8, 2018: Photochemistry and Photobiology
Andrew E Arrant, Vincent C Onyilo, Daniel E Unger, Erik D Roberson
Loss-of-function mutations in progranulin, a lysosomal glycoprotein, cause neurodegenerative disease. Progranulin haploinsufficiency causes frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and complete progranulin deficiency causes CLN11 neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL). Progranulin replacement is a rational therapeutic strategy for these disorders, but there are critical unresolved mechanistic questions about a progranulin gene therapy approach, including its potential to reverse existing pathology. Here, we address these issues using an AAV vector (AAV- Grn ) to deliver progranulin in Grn -/- mice (both male and female), which model aspects of NCL and FTD pathology, developing lysosomal dysfunction, lipofuscinosis, and microgliosis...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Reza Vaghardoost, Mahnoush Momeni, Nooshafarin Kazemikhoo, Soheila Mokmeli, Mostafa Dahmardehei, Fereshteh Ansari, Mohammad Ali Nilforoushzadeh, Parisa Sabr Joo, Sara Mey Abadi, Soheila Naderi Gharagheshlagh, Saeed Sassani
Skin graft is a standard therapeutic technique in patients with deep ulcers, but managing donor site after grafting is very important. Although several modern dressings are available to enhance the comfort of donor site, using techniques that accelerate wound healing may enhance patient satisfaction. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been used in several medical fields, including healing of diabetic, surgical, and pressure ulcers, but there is not any report of using this method for healing of donor site in burn patients...
January 24, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
André Ramon, Amélie Bohm-Sigrand, Pierre Pottecher, Pascal Richette, Jean-Francis Maillefert, Herve Devilliers, Paul Ornetti
The aim of this systematic review was to determine the potential role of dual-energy CT in the diagnosis and follow-up of gout with regard to the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) filter. A systematic analysis of the literature was conducted using the MEDLINE and Cochrane databases and published abstracts of international congresses, according to the criteria of the OMERACT filter: feasibility, reproducibility, validity versus laboratory (serum urate, MSU synovial fluid aspirate) and other imaging modalities for gout, and its sensitivity to change in patients on urate lowering therapy (ULT)...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Mustafa Kemal Ruhi, Ayşe Ak Can, Murat Gülsoy
The Food and Drug Administration-approved Indocyanine Green can be used as a photosensitizer to kill cancer cells selectively. Although indocyanine green is advantageous as a photosensitizer in terms of strong absorption in the near-infrared region, indocyanine green-based cancer treatment is still not approved as a clinical method. Some reasons for this are aggregation at high concentrations, rapid clearance of the photosensitizer from the body, low singlet oxygen quantum yield, and the uncertainty concerning its action mechanism...
January 12, 2018: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
Elena Z Golukhova, Marina V Grigoryan, Mariya N Ryabinina, Naida I Bulaeva, Victor L Serebruany
BACKGROUND: High residual platelet reactivity (HRPR) during dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) may impact clinical outcomes following percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). However, whether any biomarkers assessed before PCI at DAPT loading may predict delayed maintenance HRPR is not clear. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether conventional clinical or laboratory indices at loading before stenting may predict HRPR at 6 months of maintenance DAPT...
January 16, 2018: Cardiology
Vittorio Moraschini, Larissa Salina da Costa, Gustavo Oliveira Dos Santos
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review is to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis comparing the effectiveness of in-home or in-office treatments for dentin hypersensitivity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An electronic search without restriction on dates or languages was performed in four electronic databases until March 2017. In addition, hand-searches in regular journals and in the gray literature were also conducted. To develop the search strategy, clinical questions were formulated using the PICOS method...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Oral Investigations
William Alexander, Nelson Low, George Pratt
While still a rare entity, acute lumbar paraspinal compartment syndrome has an increasing incidence. Similar to other compartment syndromes, acute lumbar paraspinal compartment syndrome is defined by raised pressure within a closed fibro-osseous space, limiting tissue perfusion within that space. The resultant tissue ischaemia presents as acute pain, and if left untreated, it may result in permanent tissue damage. A literature search of 'paraspinal compartment syndrome' revealed 21 articles. The details from a case encountered by the authors are also included...
January 8, 2018: ANZ Journal of Surgery
Lile Dong, Guanming Ji, Yu Liu, Xia Xu, Pengpeng Lei, Kaimin Du, Shuyan Song, Jing Feng, Hongjie Zhang
Photothermal therapy (PTT) has attracted increasing interest and become widely used in cancer therapy owing to its noninvasiveness and low level of systemic adverse effects. However, there is an urgent need to develop biocompatible and multifunctional PTT agents with high photothermal conversion efficiency. Herein, biocompatible Cu-Ag2 S/PVP nanoparticles (NPs) with strong near-infrared absorption and high photothermal conversion efficiency were successfully synthesized for high-performance photoacoustic (PA) imaging-guided PTT in vivo...
January 3, 2018: Nanoscale
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