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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109983/the-clinical-and-neurobehavioral-course-of-down-syndrome-and-dementia-with-or-without-new-onset-epilepsy
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Taha Gholipour, Sara Mitchell, Rani A Sarkis, Zeina Chemali
BACKGROUND: Adult patients with Down syndrome (DS) are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer-type dementia and epilepsy. The relationship between developing dementia and the risk of developing seizures in DS is poorly characterized to date. In addition, treatment response and medication tolerability have not been rigorously studied. METHODS: We identified 220 patients with a diagnosis of DS and dementia. Those without a history of developing seizures (DD) were compared to patients with new-onset seizures (DD+S) after the age of 35...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109411/the-challenge-in-improving-the-diets-of-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-recipients-a-historical-commentary
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EDITORIAL
Barry M Popkin
This paper provides a historical background for the current nutrition issues faced by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Food Stamp Program evolved into SNAP during a period when U.S. diets, particularly those of the poor, became less healthful. During the 1960s, the U.S. (Kennedy-Johnson era) addressed malnutrition first with a pilot project focused on retail sales and cash food stamps, which showed that low-income consumers purchased relatively healthy foods for a fairly high-quality diet...
February 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109175/langerhans-cell-markers-cd1a-and-cd207-are-the-most-rapidly-responding-genes-in-lesional-psoriatic-skin-following-adalimumab-treatment
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L Raaby, C Rosada, A Langkilde, K L Lauridsen, H Vinter, P Ommen, R B Kjellerup, C Johansen, L Iversen
TNFα-, IL-23- and IL-17-targeting drugs are highly effective in the treatment of psoriasis. However, the precise molecular mechanism remains unknown. In psoriatic skin the presence of Langerhans cells (LC) is reduced, but the role of LC is poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of TNFα and IL-23/IL-17 on the presence of LC in the skin during treatment. Therefore, psoriatic skin was investigated before and after 4 days of adalimumab or ustekinumab treatment. Furthermore, TNFα and IL-17A stimulation was investigated in an ex vivo model of epidermis and dermis from healthy normal skin kept in cultures at an air-liquid interphase for 4 days...
January 21, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109009/using-flow-characteristics-in-three-dimensional-power-doppler-ultrasound-imaging-to-predict-complete-responses-in-patients-undergoing-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy
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Wei-Chung Shia, Yu-Len Huang, Hwa-Koon Wu, Dar-Ren Chen
OBJECTIVES: Strategies are needed for the identification of a poor response to treatment and determination of appropriate chemotherapy strategies for patients in the early stages of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer. We hypothesize that power Doppler ultrasound imaging can provide useful information on predicting response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS: The solid directional flow of vessels in breast tumors was used as a marker of pathologic complete responses (pCR) in patients undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108861/in-vivo-magnetic-resonance-imaging-investigating-the-development-of-experimental-brain-metastases-due-to-triple-negative-breast-cancer
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Amanda M Hamilton, Paula J Foster
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), when associated with poor outcome, is aggressive in nature with a high incidence of brain metastasis and the shortest median overall patient survival after brain metastasis development compared to all other breast cancer subtypes. As therapies that control primary cancer and extracranial metastatic sites improve, the incidence of brain metastases is increasing and the management of patients with breast cancer brain metastases continues to be a significant clinical challenge...
January 21, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108060/yogurt-consumption-in-infancy-is-inversely-associated-with-atopic-dermatitis-and-food-sensitization-at-5-years-of-age-a-hospital-based-birth-cohort-study
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Tetsuo Shoda, Masaki Futamura, Limin Yang, Masami Narita, Hirohisa Saito, Yukihiro Ohya
BACKGROUND: Several studies have suggested that habitual yogurt consumption is associated with favorable outcomes for health issues in children. However, the effects of yogurt consumption on allergic diseases and sensitization in children remain poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: This prospective birth cohort study aimed to investigate for associations between habitual yogurt consumption in infancy and development of allergic diseases/sensitization at 5 years of age...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107783/lorcaserin-suppresses-oxycodone-self-administration-and-relapse-vulnerability-in-rats
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Harshini Neelakantan, Erica D Holliday, Robert G Fox, Sonja J Stutz, Sandra D Comer, Margaret Haney, Noelle C Anastasio, Frederick Gerard Moeller, Kathryn A Cunningham
Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a major public health problem. High relapse rates and poor treatment retention continue to pose major challenges in OUD treatment. Of the abused opioids, oxycodone is well described to maintain self-administration and evoke the durable conditioned responses ("cue reactivity") that result from pairing of opioid-related stimuli (e.g., paraphernalia) with repeated abuse. Serotonin (5-HT) neurotransmission, particularly through the 5-HT2C receptor (5-HT2CR), regulates psychostimulant reward and cue reactivity, and in the present experiments, we investigated the hypothesis that the selective 5-HT2CR agonist lorcaserin, which is FDA-approved for the treatment of obesity, will suppress oxycodone self-administration and oxycodone-associated cue reactivity in rats...
January 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106041/glutamatergic-projections-from-the-entorhinal-cortex-to-dorsal-dentate-gyrus-mediate-context-induced-reinstatement-of-heroin-seeking
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Feifei Ge, Na Wang, Cailian Cui, Yijing Li, Yan Liu, Yaoying Ma, Shuli Liu, Haolin Zhang, Xiaowei Sun
Re-exposure to the context associated with heroin intake provokes relapse to drug taking after abstinence. The dorsal dentate gyrus (dDG) and entorhinal cortex (EC) have been implicated in contextual memory processing, but the underlying circuit mechanisms in context-induced relapse remains poorly understood. In this study, using a self-administration rat model, we found that activation and synaptic transmission of glutamatergic projections from the EC to the upper blade of dentate gyrus (dDGub) were significantly enhanced during context-induced reinstatement of heroin seeking...
January 20, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105244/her2-overexpression-reverses-the-relative-resistance-of-egfr-mutant-h1975-cell-line-to-gefitinib
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Jing Xu, Li Shen, Bi-Cheng Zhang, Wen-Hong Xu, Shu-Qin Ruan, Chi Pan, Qi-Chun Wei
Gefitinib is an epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR TKI) that has been demonstrated to be clinically useful for the treatment of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, ~50% of patients do not respond to EGFR TKI treatment through the emergence of mutations, such as T790M. Therefore, it is important to determine which patients are eligible for treatment with gefitinib. As a preferred dimerization partner for EGFR, the role of EGFR 2 (HER2) in mediating sensitivity to gefitinib is poorly understood...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104436/capsaicin-synergizes-with-camptothecin-to-induce-increased-apoptosis-in-human-small-cell-lung-cancers-via-the-calpain-pathway
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Jamie R Friedman, Haley E Perry, Kathleen C Brown, Yin Gao, Ju Lin, Cathyrn D Stevenson, John D Hurley, Nicholas A Nolan, Austin T Akers, Yi Charlie Chen, Krista L Denning, Linda G Brown, Piyali Dasgupta
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is characterized by excellent initial response to chemotherapy and radiation therapy with a majority of the patients showing tumor shrinkage and even remission. However, the challenge with SCLC therapy is that patients inevitably relapse and subsequently do not respond to the first line treatment. Recent clinical studies have investigated the possibility of camptothecin-based combination therapy as first line treatment for SCLC patients. Conventionally, camptothecin is used for recurrent SCLC and has poor survival outcomes...
January 16, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104311/comprehensive-profiling-of-the-androgen-receptor-in-liquid-biopsies-from-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-reveals-novel-intra-ar-structural-variation-and-splice-variant-expression-patterns
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Bram De Laere, Pieter-Jan van Dam, Tom Whitington, Markus Mayrhofer, Emanuela Henao Diaz, Gert Van den Eynden, Jean Vandebroek, Jurgen Del-Favero, Steven Van Laere, Luc Dirix, Henrik Grönberg, Johan Lindberg
BACKGROUND: Expression of the androgen receptor splice variant 7 (AR-V7) is associated with poor response to second-line endocrine therapy in castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). However, a large fraction of nonresponding patients are AR-V7-negative. OBJECTIVE: To investigate if a comprehensive liquid biopsy-based AR profile may improve patient stratification in the context of second-line endocrine therapy. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Peripheral blood was collected from patients with CRPC (n=30) before initiation of a new line of systemic therapy...
January 16, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103851/cystic-fibrosis-physicians-perspectives-on-the-timing-of-referral-for-lung-transplant-evaluation-a-survey-of-physicians-in-the-united-states
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Kathleen J Ramos, Ranjani Somayaji, Erika D Lease, Christopher H Goss, Moira L Aitken
BACKGROUND: Prior studies reveal that a significant proportion of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and advanced lung disease are not referred for lung transplant (LTx) evaluation. We sought to assess expert CF physician perspectives on the timing of LTx referral and investigate their LTx knowledge. METHODS: We developed an online anonymous survey that was distributed by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) to the medical directors of all CFF-accredited care centers in the United States in 2015...
January 19, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101916/perceptions-of-cancer-of-unknown-primary-site-a-national-survey-of-australian-medical-oncologists
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Christos S Karapetis, Lisa Guccione, Martin Hn Tattersall, Helen Gooden, Claire M Vajdic, Sylvie Lambert, Monica Robotin, Linda Mileshkin, Penelope Schofield
INTRODUCTION: Despite being the 6(th) cause of cancer death in Australia, cancer of unknown primary (CUP) site remains poorly understood. AIMS: To describe practices relating to the diagnosis, investigation, classification, communication and management of CUP amongst medical oncologists. METHODS: We invited all members of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia to participate in a national, anonymous online survey about CUP. The survey collected data regarding diagnosis acceptance, diagnostic tests, treatment protocols and communication practices around the diagnosis of CUP...
January 19, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101563/world-health-organisation-global-disability-action-plan-2014-2021-challenges-and-perspectives-for-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-in-pakistan
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Fary Khan, Bhasker Amatya, Tahir M Sayed, Aamir W Butt, Khalid Jamil, Waseem Iqbal, Alaeldin Elmalik, Farooq A Rathore, Geoff Abbott
OBJECTIVE: To provide an update on disability and outline potential barriers and facilitators for implementation of the World Health Organization Global Disability Action Plan (GDAP) in Pakistan. METHODS: A 6-day workshop at the Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Islamabad facilitated by rehabilitation staff from Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia. Local healthcare professionals (n = 33) from medical rehabilitation facilities identified challenges in service provision, education and attitudes/approaches to people with disabilities, using consensus agreement for objectives listed in the GDAP...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101432/atypical-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome-in-first-trimester-pregnancy-successfully-treated-with-eculizumab
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Gabriela Andries, Michael Karass, Srikanth Yandrapalli, Katherine Linder, Delong Liu, John Nelson, Rahul Pawar, Savneek Chugh
BACKGROUND: Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome is a rare disorder which is known to cause acute thrombotic microangiopathy during pregnancy with poor maternal and fetal outcomes. Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome is caused mostly by dysregulation of alternative complement pathway secondary to genetic mutations. Most of the cases reported have been in the post-partum period. We report a rare case of a patient who presents with thrombotic microangiopathy in the first trimester of her eleventh pregnancy and was successfully treated with eculizumab...
2017: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101363/hormonal-chemical-and-thermal-inhibition-of-spermatogenesis-contribution-of-french-teams-to-international-data-with-the-aim-of-developing-male-contraception-in-france
#16
Jean-Claude Soufir
Since the 1970s, international research on male contraception has been actively pursued. Hormonal and non-hormonal methods (thermal, chemical) have been tested, leading to clinical trials of interest to thousands of men and couples. The results showed that it was possible to develop methods of male contraception that inhibited spermatogenesis with good contraceptive efficacy. However, their side effects (mainly loss of libido), poorly accepted modes of administration, and the high frequency of poor responders prevented their widespread use...
2017: Basic and Clinical Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100938/public-perceptions-of-plastic-surgery-practice-in-brazil
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Rafael Denadai, Karin Milleni Araujo, Hugo Samartine, Rodrigo Denadai, Cassio Eduardo Raposo-Amaral
The perception of medical specialists by the public has a significant effect on health-care decisions, research funding allocation, and implantation of educational measures. The purpose of this survey was to assess the public's perception of the field of plastic surgery practice. General public members (n = 1290) completed a survey where they matched nine specialties with 28 plastic surgery-related scenarios. Response patterns were distributed as "plastic surgeon alone," "plastic surgeon combined with other specialists," or "no plastic surgeon...
December 2016: Indian Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100497/avian-derived-and-human-seasonal-derived-hemagglutinin-proteins-elicit-cd4-t-cell-responses-that-are-comparable-in-epitope-abundance-and-diversity
#18
Anthony DiPiazza, Katherine Richards, Nicholas Poulton, Andrea J Sant
Avian influenza viruses remain a significant concern due to their pandemic potential. Vaccine trials have suggested that humans respond poorly to avian influenza vaccines, relative to seasonal vaccines. It is important to understand, first, if there is a general deficiency in the ability of avian HA proteins to generate immune responses and if so, what underlies this defect. This question is of particular interest because it has been suggested that in humans, the poor immunogenicity of H7 vaccines may be due to a paucity of CD4 T cell epitopes...
January 18, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100256/transcriptomic-signatures-differentiate-survival-from-fatal-outcomes-in-humans-infected-with-ebola-virus
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Xuan Liu, Emily Speranza, César Muñoz-Fontela, Sam Haldenby, Natasha Y Rickett, Isabel Garcia-Dorival, Yongxiang Fang, Yper Hall, Elsa-Gayle Zekeng, Anja Lüdtke, Dong Xia, Romy Kerber, Ralf Krumkamp, Sophie Duraffour, Daouda Sissoko, John Kenny, Nichola Rockliffe, E Diane Williamson, Thomas R Laws, Magassouba N'Faly, David A Matthews, Stephan Günther, Andrew R Cossins, Armand Sprecher, John H Connor, Miles W Carroll, Julian A Hiscox
BACKGROUND: In 2014, Western Africa experienced an unanticipated explosion of Ebola virus infections. What distinguishes fatal from non-fatal outcomes remains largely unknown, yet is key to optimising personalised treatment strategies. We used transcriptome data for peripheral blood taken from infected and convalescent recovering patients to identify early stage host factors that are associated with acute illness and those that differentiate patient survival from fatality. RESULTS: The data demonstrate that individuals who succumbed to the disease show stronger upregulation of interferon signalling and acute phase responses compared to survivors during the acute phase of infection...
January 19, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099488/-i-cannot-be-worried-living-with-chagas-disease-in-tropical-bolivia
#20
Colin J Forsyth
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease (CD) profoundly affects the social and emotional dimensions of patients' lives, and disproportionately impacts poor, marginalized populations in Latin America. Biomedical treatment for CD fails to reach up to 99% of the people affected, and in any case seldom addresses the emotional health or socioeconomic conditions of patients. This study examines patient strategies for coping with CD in the department of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. METHODOLOGY: In this ethnographic study, semistructured interviews took place from March-June 2013 with 63 patients who had previously tested positive for CD...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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