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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205533/a-data-driven-approach-for-evaluating-multi-modal-therapy-in-traumatic-brain-injury
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Jenny Haefeli, Adam R Ferguson, Deborah Bingham, Adrienne Orr, Seok Joon Won, Tina I Lam, Jian Shi, Sarah Hawley, Jialing Liu, Raymond A Swanson, Stephen M Massa
Combination therapies targeting multiple recovery mechanisms have the potential for additive or synergistic effects, but experimental design and analyses of multimodal therapeutic trials are challenging. To address this problem, we developed a data-driven approach to integrate and analyze raw source data from separate pre-clinical studies and evaluated interactions between four treatments following traumatic brain injury. Histologic and behavioral outcomes were measured in 202 rats treated with combinations of an anti-inflammatory agent (minocycline), a neurotrophic agent (LM11A-31), and physical therapy consisting of assisted exercise with or without botulinum toxin-induced limb constraint...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174390/-surgical-regeneration-therapy-using-myoblast-sheets-for-severe-heart-failure
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Yoshiki Sawa
Heart failure is a life-threatening disorder worldwide, and the current end-stage therapies for severe heart failure are replacement therapies such as ventricular-assist devices and heart transplantation. Although these therapies have been reported to be useful, there are many issues in terms of the durability, complications, limited donors, adverse effect of continuous administration of immunosuppressive agents, and high costs involved. Recently, regenerative therapy based on genetic, cellular, or tissue engineering techniques has gained attention as a new therapy to overcome the challenges encountered in transplantation medicine...
January 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161770/posterior-ventricular-restoration-treatment-for-heart-failure-a-review-past-present-and-future-aspects
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REVIEW
Tadashi Isomura, Yasuhisa Fukada, Takuya Miyazaki, Minoru Yoshida, Akimasa Morisaki, Masahiro Endo
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is one of the major causes of death and occurs in more than 15,000,000 patients worldwide. The incidence is expected to increase in parallel with the aging population. Most current therapies for CHF are medications, and biventricular pacing implantation as appropriated by cardiologists, or surgical interventions. The heart transplantation for indicated patients is still gold standard surgery although the 10-year survival rate is approximately 60% based on the worldwide data. However, the cardiac transplantation remains epidemiologically insignificant because of donor pool limitations...
February 4, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157145/current-perspectives-on-therapy-dog-welfare-in-animal-assisted-interventions
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REVIEW
Lisa Maria Glenk
Research into the effects of animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) has primarily addressed human health outcomes. In contrast, only few publications deal with the therapy dog experience of AAIs. This paper provides an overview on potential welfare threats that therapy dogs may encounter and presents the results of a review of available studies on welfare indicators for therapy dogs during AAIs. Previous investigations used physiological and behavioral welfare indicators and dog handler surveys to identify work-related stress...
February 1, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147365/measurement-of-fibrosis-in-crohn-s-disease-strictures-with-imaging-and-blood-biomarkers-to-inform-clinical-decisions
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REVIEW
Peter D R Higgins
BACKGROUND: Distinguishing fibrosis from inflammation in an intestinal stricture in Crohn's disease is quite difficult. The absence of signs of inflammation on CT or MRI does not prove the absence of inflammation, as most strictures have a mix of fibrosis and inflammation. Identifying refractory fibrosis and distinguishing the patients who will respond to anti-inflammatory therapy from those who will require surgery are important clinical requirements, and several new technologies in imaging and serum biomarkers are being applied to this problem...
2017: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107849/attitudes-to-and-beliefs-about-animal-assisted-therapy-for-children-with-disabilities
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Esther Yap, Adam Scheinberg, Katrina Williams
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the attitudes and beliefs surrounding animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for the rehabilitation of children with disabilities at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), focusing specifically on cerebral palsy (CP), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and acquired brain injury (ABI). This was an initial step to inform future AAT research and to understand the feasibility of interventions. DESIGN/SETTING/OUTCOME MEASURES: An online survey asking participants their opinions about the inclusion of AAT, and potential barriers to its introduction in a tertiary hospital setting was advertised on the RCH Intranet from 3 March 2015 to 3 April 2015...
February 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042343/limited-tumor-tissue-drug-penetration-contributes-to-primary-resistance-against-angiogenesis-inhibitors
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Szilvia Torok, Melinda Rezeli, Olga Kelemen, Akos Vegvari, Kenichi Watanabe, Yutaka Sugihara, Anna Tisza, Timea Marton, Ildiko Kovacs, Jozsef Tovari, Viktoria Laszlo, Thomas H Helbich, Balazs Hegedus, Thomas Klikovits, Mir Alireza Hoda, Walter Klepetko, Sandor Paku, Gyorgy Marko-Varga, Balazs Dome
Resistance mechanisms against antiangiogenic drugs are unclear. Here, we correlated the antitumor and antivascular properties of five different antiangiogenic receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (RTKIs) (motesanib, pazopanib, sorafenib, sunitinib, vatalanib) with their intratumoral distribution data obtained by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI-MSI). In the first mouse model, only sunitinib exhibited broad-spectrum antivascular and antitumor activities by simultaneously suppressing vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR2) and desmin expression, and by increasing intratumoral hypoxia and inhibiting both tumor growth and vascularisation significantly...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033726/optimization-of-desferrioxamine-e-production-by-streptomyces-parvulus
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Tamás Gáll, Gábor Lehoczki, Gyöngyi Gyémánt, Tamás Emri, Zsuzsa M Szigeti, György Balla, József Balla, István Pócsi
Siderophores are produced by a number of microbes to capture iron with outstandingly high affinity, which property also generates biomedical and industrial interests. Desferrioxamine E (DFO-E) secreted by streptomycetes bacteria can be an ideal candidate for iron chelation therapy, which necessitates its cost-effective production for in vitro and animal studies. This study focused on the optimization of DFO-E production by Streptomyces parvulus CBS548.68. Different combinations of various carbon and nitrogen sources as well as the addition of 3-morpholinopropane-1-sulfonic acid (MOPS) markedly affected DFO-E yields, which were attributed, at least in part, to the higher biomass productions found in MOPS-supplemented cultures...
December 2016: Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027138/animal-assisted-therapy-for-inpatient-adults
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Angela Phung, Colleen Joyce, Shirley Ambutas, Melissa Browning, Louis Fogg, Beth-Anne Christopher, Suzanne Flood
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018848/mitochondrial-transfer-implications-for-assisted-reproductive-technologies
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REVIEW
A S Reznichenko, C Huyser, M S Pepper
The use of mitochondrial transfer as a clinic procedure is drawing closer to reality. Here we provide a detailed overview of mitochondrial transfer techniques - both established and recent - including pronuclear, spindle, ooplasmic and blastomere transfer. Reasons as to why some techniques are more suitable for the prevention of mitochondrial DNA disease than others, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each methodology, are discussed. The possible clinical introduction of these techniques has raised concerns about the adverse effects they may have on resultant embryos and offspring...
December 2016: Applied & Translational Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009676/effectiveness-of-meaningful-occupation-interventions-for-people-living-with-dementia-in-residential-aged-care-a-systematic-review
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Catherine Travers, Deborah Brooks, Sonia Hines, Maria O'Reilly, Mitchell McMaster, Wei He, Margaret MacAndrew, Elaine Fielding, Lina Karlsson, Elizabeth Beattie
BACKGROUND: The ability to participate in valued activities, whether for work, leisure or family, is an important aspect of personal identity. In dementia, progressive memory loss means that abilities developed over a lifetime begin to be lost as well, contributing to the loss of self and identity. Some studies have reported that activities or interventions tailored to be meaningful to the person with dementia (defined as any activity important to the individual) are more effective in addressing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) and improving quality of life (QoL) than those that are not so tailored...
December 2016: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009627/ect-related-anxiety-a-systematic-review
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Jasmien Obbels, Esmée Verwijk, Filip Bouckaert, Pascal Sienaert
BACKGROUND: A significant proportion of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)-treated patients experience anxiety anticipating the treatment, often to such an extent that they refuse or discontinue a much-needed treatment. Despite its great impact on treatment adherence, anxiety in patients receiving ECT is underexposed in the scientific literature. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to review the prevalence and specific subjects of ECT-related anxiety and therapeutic interventions to reduce it...
December 21, 2016: Journal of ECT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990301/robotic-seals-as-therapeutic-tools-in-an-aged-care-facility-a-qualitative-study
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Melanie Birks, Marie Bodak, Joanna Barlas, June Harwood, Mary Pether
Robots, including robotic seals, have been used as an alternative to therapies such as animal assisted therapy in the promotion of health and social wellbeing of older people in aged care facilities. There is limited research available that evaluates the effectiveness of robot therapies in these settings. The aim of this study was to identify, explore, and describe the impact of the use of Paro robotic seals in an aged care facility in a regional Australian city. A qualitative, descriptive, exploratory design was employed...
2016: Journal of Aging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959442/lung-cancer-gene-therapy-transferrin-and-hyaluronic-acid-dual-ligand-decorated-novel-lipid-carriers-for-targeted-gene-delivery
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Bin Zhang, Yueying Zhang, Dongmei Yu
To achieve lung cancer gene therapy, nanocarriers decorated with different ligands were used. Surface decoration and nanoparticulate system will assist in targeting the gene to specific cells and tissues, such as cancers and diseased organs. The aim of this research was to develop a dual ligand-decorated nanocarriers, which could target the tumor cells through receptor-mediated pathways to increase the uptake of genetic materials. Transferrin (Tf) and hyaluronic (HA) containing polyethylene glycol-distearoylphosphatidylethanolamine (Tf-PEG-DSPE and HA-PEG-DSPE) ligands were synthesized...
February 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931505/phase-iii-clinical-trial-assessing-safety-and-efficacy-of-umbilical-cord-blood-mononuclear-cell-transplant-therapy-of-chronic-complete-spinal-cord-injury
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Hui Zhu, Waisang Poon, Yansheng Liu, Gilberto Ka-Kit Leung, Yatwa Wong, Yaping Feng, Stephanie C P Ng, Kam Sze Tsang, David T F Sun, David K Yeung, Caihong Shen, Fang Niu, Zhexi Xu, Pengju Tan, Shaofeng Tang, Hongkun Gao, Yun Cha, Kwok-Fai So, Robert Fleischaker, Dongming Sun, John Chen, Jan Lai, Wendy Cheng, Wise Young
Umbilical cord blood-derived mononuclear cell (UCB-MNC) transplants improve recovery in animal spinal cord injury (SCI) models. We transplanted UCB-MNCs into 28 patients with chronic complete SCI in Hong Kong (HK) and Kunming (KM). Stemcyte Inc. donated UCB-MNCs isolated from human leukocyte antigen (HLA 4:6)-matched UCB units. In HK, four patients received four 4-l injections (1.6 million cells) into dorsal entry zones above and below the injury site, and another four received 8-l injections (3.2 million cells)...
November 2016: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895150/effects-of-va-facility-dog-on-hospitalized-veterans-seen-by-a-palliative-care-psychologist-an-innovative-approach-to-impacting-stress-indicators
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Cheryl A Krause-Parello, Cari Levy, Elizabeth Holman, John E Kolassa
The United States is home to 23 million veterans. In many instances, veterans with serious illness who seek healthcare at the VA receive care from a palliative care service. Animal-assisted intervention (AAI) is gaining attention as a therapeutic stress reducing modality; however, its effects have not been well studied in veterans receiving palliative care in an acute care setting. A crossover repeated-measures study was conducted to examine the effects of an animal-assisted intervention (AAI) in the form of a therapy dog on stress indicators in 25 veterans on the palliative care service at the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System in Denver, CO...
November 28, 2016: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863605/perceptions-of-a-hospital-based-animal-assisted-intervention-program-an-exploratory-study
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Kathleen Abrahamson, Yun Cai, Elizabeth Richards, Krista Cline, Marguerite E O'Haire
Research has shown that there are multiple benefits of animal assisted interventions for patients. However, the impact of interaction with these animals in staff is understudied, particularly in the acute care setting, and is thus a novel contribution to the literature on human-animal interaction. The purpose of this qualitative pilot study was to contribute to the body of knowledge surrounding the experiences and perceptions of hospital staff who have participated in a hospital-based animal assisted intervention program...
November 2016: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810365/treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease-in-rats-by-nrf2-transfection-using-mri-guided-focused-ultrasound-delivery-of-nanomicrobubbles
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Ling Long, Xiaodong Cai, Ruomi Guo, Ping Wang, Lili Wu, Tinghui Yin, Siyuan Liao, Zhengqi Lu
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a very common neurological disorder. However, effective therapy is lacking. Although the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) protects the brain, it prevents the delivery of about 90% of drugs and nucleotides into the brain, thereby hindering the development of gene therapy for PD. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided focused ultrasound delivery of microbubbles enhances the delivery of gene therapy vectors across the BBB and improves transfection efficiency. In the present study, we delivered nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2, NFE2L2) contained in nanomicrobubbles into the substantia nigra of PD rats by MRI-guided focused ultrasound, and we examined the effect of Nrf2 over-expression in this animal model of PD...
January 1, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754874/resolution-of-alliance-ruptures-the-special-case-of-animal-assisted-psychotherapy
#19
Sigal Zilcha-Mano
Many therapists regard alliance ruptures as one of the greatest challenges therapists face in the therapy room. Alliance ruptures has been previously defined as breakdowns in the process of negotiation of treatment tasks and goals and a deterioration in the affective bond between patient and therapist. Alliance ruptures have been found to predict premature termination of treatment and poor treatment outcomes. But ruptures can also present important opportunities for gaining insight and awareness and for facilitating therapeutic change...
January 2017: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746677/more-than-just-a-break-from-treatment-how-substance-use-disorder-patients-experience-the-stable-environment-in-horse-assisted-therapy
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Ann Kern-Godal, Ida Halvorsen Brenna, Espen Ajo Arnevik, Edle Ravndal
Inclusion of horse-assisted therapy (HAT) in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment is rarely reported. Our previous studies show improved treatment retention and the importance of the patient-horse relationship. This qualitative study used thematic analysis, within a social constructionist framework, to explore how eight patients experienced contextual aspects of HAT's contribution to their SUD treatment. Participants described HAT as a "break from usual treatment". However, four interrelated aspects of this experience, namely "change of focus", "activity", "identity", and "motivation," suggest HAT is more than just a break from usual SUD treatment...
2016: Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment
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