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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346828/dynamic-posterior-stabilization-versus-posterior-lumbar-intervertebral-fusion-a-matched-cohort-study-based-on-the-spine-tango-registry
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Kathrin S Bieri, Kelly Goodwin, Emin Aghayev, Hans-Joachim Riesner, Ralph Greiner-Perth
PURPOSE:  The primary aim of dynamic stabilization is to stabilize the spine and preserve function without overstressing adjacent segments, which is a potential risk of fusion surgery. However, direct comparative analyses of the two approaches are still limited, and little is known about the association of patient-reported outcomes with these treatment options. OBJECTIVE:  To compare the clinical outcomes of dynamic posterior stabilization using the DSS Stabilization System (Paradigm Spine, LLC, New York, New York, United States) versus posterior lumbar intervertebral fusion (PLIF) based on data from a spine registry...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346621/assessing-polymyalgia-rheumatica-activity-when-c-reactive-protein-is-unavailable-or-uninterpretable
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Valérie Devauchelle-Pensec, Lea Saraux, Jean Marie Berthelot, Michel De Bandt, Divi Cornec, Dewi Guellec, Thierry Marhadour, Sandrine Jousse-Joulin, Maelenn Gouillou, Alain Saraux
Objective: The PMR activity score (PMR-AS) includes the CRP value, which may be lacking or invalid owing to anti-IL-6 therapy. Our objective was to develop alternatives to PMR-AS that do not require CRP. Methods: We used the Club Rhumatisme et Inflammation (CRI; 89 patients with PMR) and the Tolerance and Efficacy of tocilizumab iN pOlymyalgia Rheumatica (TENOR; 20 patients with recent-onset PMR naive to glucocorticoid who received three tocilizumab infusions, at weeks 0, 4 and 8, followed by prednisone from weeks 12 to 24) cohorts...
January 15, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346274/irf4-mediates-the-oncogenic-effects-of-stat3-in-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphomas
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Cecilia Bandini, Aldi Pupuleku, Elisa Spaccarotella, Elisa Pellegrino, Rui Wang, Nicoletta Vitale, Carlotta Duval, Daniela Cantarella, Andrea Rinaldi, Paolo Provero, Ferdinando Di Cunto, Enzo Medico, Francesco Bertoni, Giorgio Inghirami, Roberto Piva
Systemic anaplastic large cell lymphomas (ALCL) are a category of T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas which can be divided into anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) positive and ALK negative subgroups, based on ALK gene rearrangements. Among several pathways aberrantly activated in ALCL, the constitutive activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is shared by all ALK positive ALCL and has been detected in a subgroup of ALK negative ALCL. To discover essential mediators of STAT3 oncogenic activity that may represent feasible targets for ALCL therapies, we combined gene expression profiling analysis and RNA interference functional approaches...
January 18, 2018: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346209/the-society-of-thoracic-surgeons-the-society-of-cardiovascular-anesthesiologists-and-the-american-society-of-extracorporeal-technology-clinical-practice-guidelines-anticoagulation-during-cardiopulmonary-bypass
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Linda Shore-Lesserson, Robert A Baker, Victor A Ferraris, Philip E Greilich, David Fitzgerald, Philip Roman, John W Hammon
Despite more than a half century of "safe" cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), the evidence base surrounding the conduct of anticoagulation therapy for CPB has not been organized into a succinct guideline. For this and other reasons, there is enormous practice variability relating to the use and dosing of heparin, monitoring heparin anticoagulation, reversal of anticoagulation, and the use of alternative anticoagulants. To address this and other gaps, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, and the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology developed an Evidence Based Workgroup...
February 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346013/purification-of-lymphocytes-by-acoustic-separation-in-plastic-microchannels
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Charles Lissandrello, Ryan Dubay, Kenneth T Kotz, Jason Fiering
Emerging cell therapies have created new demands for instruments that will increase processing efficiency. Purification of lymphocytes prior to downstream steps of gene transfer currently relies on centrifugal separation, which has drawbacks in output sample purity and process automation. Here, we present an alternative approach to blood cell purification using acoustic forces in plastic microchannels. We provide details regarding the system's ability to purify lymphocytes relative to other blood cell types while maintaining a high overall recovery, testing performance starting from leukapheresis product, buffy coat, and whole blood...
January 1, 2018: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345843/does-the-use-of-epiduroscopic-lysis-of-adhesions-reduce-the-need-for-spinal-cord-stimulation-in-failed-back-surgery-syndrome-a-short-term-pilot-study
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S J Tuijp, J Van Zundert, P De Vooght, M Puylaert, R Mestrum, R Heylen, P Vanelderen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Persistent low back pain after initially successful surgery that is not attributed to structural deficits, is called failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). When conservative and minimal invasive therapy fail, the recommended treatment is spinal cord stimulation (SCS). Because epidural fibrosis can be a contributing factor in the majority of FBSS patients, lumbosacral epiduroscopic lysis of adhesions may be considered as a less invasive alternative treatment option. We hypothesized that the use of epiduroscopic lysis of adhesions could reduce the need for SCS...
January 18, 2018: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345594/should-stemi-patients-receive-opiate-analgesia-the-morphine-paradox
#7
Mohamed Farag, Nikolaos Spinthakis, Manivannan Srinivasan, Diana Adrienne Gorog
BACKGROUND: The very significant benefit of P2Y12 receptor inhibitor administration in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in reducing future ischaemic events and stent thrombosis, is undisputed. Morphine analgesia is very frequently co-administered to these patients for pain relief, along with antiplatelet therapy, at the time of presentation, and prior to reperfusion with primary percutaneous coronary intervention. METHODS: Research and online content related to opiates use in STEMI was reviewed...
January 17, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345374/ship-negatively-regulates-type-ii-immune-responses-in-mast-cells-and-macrophages
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REVIEW
Peter Dobranowski, Laura M Sly
SHIP is a hematopoietic-specific lipid phosphatase that dephosphorylates PI3K-generated PI(3,4,5)-trisphosphate. SHIP removes this second messenger from the cell membrane blunting PI3K activity in immune cells. Thus, SHIP negatively regulates mast cell activation downstream of multiple receptors. SHIP has been referred to as the "gatekeeper" of mast cell degranulation as loss of SHIP dramatically increases degranulation or permits degranulation in response to normally inert stimuli. SHIP also negatively regulates Mϕ activation, including both pro-inflammatory cytokine production downstream of pattern recognition receptors, and alternative Mϕ activation by the type II cytokines, IL-4, and IL-13...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345225/indications-for-the-surgical-management-of-benign-goiter-in-adults
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Detlef K Bartsch, Markus Luster, Heinz J Buhr, Dietmar Lorenz, Christoph-Thomas Germer, Peter E Goretzki
BACKGROUND: Thyroidectomy is still three to six times more common in Germany than in the USA, Great Britain, and the Scandinavian countries. Thus, the question is often asked whether thyroidectomy in Germany is being performed for the correct indications. METHODS: This review is based on studies and guidelines containing information on the indications for surgery in benign goiter and Graves' disease; these publications were retrieved by a systematic literature search in the Medline and Cochrane Library databases (1990-2016)...
January 8, 2018: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345211/developing-single-entity-theranostic-drug-based-fluorescent-nanoclusters-with-augmented-cytotoxicity
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Bandhan Chatterjee, Asif Raza, Siddhartha Sankar Ghosh
AIM: To develop methotrexate (MTX) templated luminescent gold nanoclusters (NCs) as a single unit nanotheranostic for cancer therapy and to assess its potential as an alternative to the parent drug, for drug delivery vehicles (DDVs). METHODS: Theranostics were synthesized and extensively characterized. The stability of the theranostic and its bioimaging aptitude were evaluated. The antiproliferative propensity of the theranostic was gauged with cell viability assays and was supplemented with cytometry-based assays...
January 18, 2018: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344982/experience-with-pharmacologic-leeching-with-bivalirudin-for-adjunct-treatment-of-venous-congestion-of-head-and-neck-reconstructive-flaps
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Aisha Harun, Rachel M Kruer, Andrew Lee, Kofi Boahene, Patrick J Byrne, Jeremy D Richmon
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to review the feasibility of local bivalirudin injection for adjunct treatment of venous congestion of head and neck reconstructive flaps. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of patients who underwent bivalirudin treatment for venous congestion of head and neck reconstructive flaps in a single institution from September 1, 2012 to September 1, 2015 was undertaken. Individuals were treated with variable number of intradermal injections directly into the flap followed by a small skin incision to allow extended passive bleeding...
January 18, 2018: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344893/profiling-tumor-infiltrating-immune-cells-with-cibersort
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Binbin Chen, Michael S Khodadoust, Chih Long Liu, Aaron M Newman, Ash A Alizadeh
Tumor infiltrating leukocytes (TILs) are an integral component of the tumor microenvironment and have been found to correlate with prognosis and response to therapy. Methods to enumerate immune subsets such as immunohistochemistry or flow cytometry suffer from limitations in phenotypic markers and can be challenging to practically implement and standardize. An alternative approach is to acquire aggregative high dimensional data from cellular mixtures and to subsequently infer the cellular components computationally...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344364/novel-dry-cryotherapy-system-for-cooling-the-equine-digit
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Jessica Morgan, Darko Stefanovski, Margret Lenfest, Sraboni Chatterjee, James Orsini
Objectives: Digital cryotherapy is commonly used for laminitis prophylaxis and treatment. Currently validated methods for distal limb cryotherapy involve wet application or compression technology. There is a need for a practical, affordable, dry cryotherapy method that effectively cools the digit. The objective of this study was to evaluate the hoof wall surface temperatures (HWSTs) achieved with a novel dry cryotherapy technology. Design: Repeated-measures in vivo experimental study...
2018: Veterinary Record Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344306/131i-labeled-copper-sulfide-loaded-microspheres-to-treat-hepatic-tumors-via-hepatic-artery-embolization
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Qiufang Liu, Yuyi Qian, Panli Li, Sihang Zhang, Jianjun Liu, Xiaoguang Sun, Michael Fulham, Dagan Feng, Gang Huang, Wei Lu, Shaoli Song
Purpose: Transcatheter hepatic artery embolization therapy is a minimally invasive alternative for treating inoperable liver cancer but recurrence is frequent. Multifunctional agents, however, offer an opportunity for tumor eradication. In this study, we were aim to synthesized poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres encapsulating hollow CuS nanoparticles (HCuSNPs) and paclitaxel (PTX) that were then labeled with radioiodine-131 (131I) to produce 131I-HCuSNPs-MS-PTX. This compound combines the multi-theranostic properties of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and photothermal therapy...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344299/enhanced-synergism-of-thermo-chemotherapy-for-liver-cancer-with-magnetothermally-responsive-nanocarriers
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Minghua Li, Wenbo Bu, Jie Ren, Jianbo Li, Li Deng, Mingyuan Gao, Xiaolong Gao, Peijun Wang
A combination of magnetic hyperthermia and magnetothermally-facilitated drug release system was developed as a promising strategy for liver cancer therapy. The thermosensitive copolymer, 6sPCL-b-P(MEO2MA-co-OEGMA) shows a good temperature-controlled drug release response. Mn-Zn ferrite magnetic nanoparticles (MZF-MNPs) exhibit a strong magnetic thermal effect with an alternating magnetic field (AMF). Owing to its high magnetic sensitivity, the magnetothermally-responsive nanocarrier/doxorubicin (MTRN/DOX) can be concentrated in the tumor site efficiently through magnetic targeting...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344207/novel-homobarringtonie-containing-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-primary-acute-myeloid-leukemia-that-are-resistant-to-conventional-therapy
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Jingsong He, Li Li, Jingjing Zhu, Weiyan Zheng, Wenjun Wu, Yanlong Zheng, Xiujin Ye
The current study investigated the efficacy and safety of a novel treatment regime consisting of homobarringtonie, cytosine arabinoside and etoposide (HCE) for the treatment of primary acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In the present study, 141 patients diagnosed with AML were divided into the HCE (n=47) and the conventional AML therapy, consisting of idamycin combined with cytarabine (IA; n=94), treatment groups. The measured patient outcome parameters were the emission and response rates, as well as medication-induced adverse events, with a median follow-up time of 28 months...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343934/a-comparative-study-on-the-effects-of-vintage-nonpharmacological-techniques-in-reducing-myopia-bates-eye-exercise-therapy-vs-trataka-yoga-kriya
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Komal Krishna Tiwari, Rahul Shaik, B Aparna, Rajesh Brundavanam
Background: Human eye captures light rays as they come and fall on the retina and convert them into an image. However, in myopia, light rays fall in front of retina, causing blurring of image. Correction of this is generally done using correcting devices such as corrective glasses and contact lenses. Existence of some alternative therapies is also noticed in literature. Aim: To compare the effects of Bates eye exercises and Trataka Yoga Kriya on myopia. Materials and Methodology: Ethical clearance was obtained from the institution, and informed consent was taken from participants...
January 2018: International Journal of Yoga
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343931/effect-of-modified-slow-breathing-exercise-on-perceived-stress-and-basal-cardiovascular-parameters
#18
G Sunil Naik, G S Gaur, G K Pal
Context: Different types of breathing exercises have varied effects on cardiovascular parameters and the stress levels in an individual. Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the effect of a modified form of isolated alternate nostril, slow breathing exercise on perceived stress, and cardiovascular parameters in young, male volunteers. Settings and Design: This was a randomized control study carried out at Advanced Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research, Department of Physiology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry in 2014...
January 2018: International Journal of Yoga
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343927/yoga-into-cancer-care-a-review-of-the-evidence-based-research
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REVIEW
Ram P Agarwal, Adi Maroko-Afek
To cope with cancer and its treatment-related side effects and toxicities, people are increasingly using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Consequently, integrative oncology, which combines conventional therapies and evidence-based CAM practices, is an emerging discipline in cancer care. The use of yoga as a CAM is proving to be beneficial and increasingly gaining popularity. An electronic database search (PubMed), through December 15, 2016, revealed 138 relevant clinical trials (single-armed, nonrandomized, and randomized controlled trials) on the use of yoga in cancer patients...
January 2018: International Journal of Yoga
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343582/hiv-replication-and-latency-in-a-humanized-nsg-mouse-model-during-suppressive-oral-combinational-art
#20
Sangeetha Satheesan, Haitang Li, John C Burnett, Mayumi Takahashi, Shasha Li, Shiny Xiaqin Wu, Timothy W Synold, John J Rossi, Jiehua Zhou
Although current combinatorial antiretroviral therapy (cART) is therapeutically effective in the majority of HIV patients, interruption of therapy can cause a rapid rebound in viremia, demonstrating the existence of a stable reservoir of latently infected cells. HIV latency is therefore considered a primary barrier to HIV eradication. Identifying, quantifying, and purging the HIV reservoir is crucial to effectively curing patients and relieving them from the lifelong requirement for therapy. Latently infected transformed cell models have been used to investigate HIV latency; however, they cannot accurately represent the quiescent cellular environment of primary latently infected cells in vivo...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
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