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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535636/-characteristics-of-distribution-and-quantity-of-dendritic-cells-subtypes-in-hyperplastic-thymus-in-patients-with-myasthenia-gravis
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H Huang, P Chen, C Y Ou, L Qiu, Z Z Lin, Z D Huang, W B Liu
Objective: To investigate the characteristics of the distribution and amount of different subtypes of dendritic cell (DC) in myasthenia gravis(MG). Methods: We collected the thymic specimens from 32 patients who received thymoctomy because of cardiac surgery from January 2016 to December 2016 and selected 14 of them as normal control. Meantime, 61 MG patients who combined with thymic hyperplasia and received extended thymectomy were collected and selected 8 of them as experiment group.Immunohistochemical methods were used to label the two subtype DCs: plasmacytoid dendritic cell (pDC) and classical/conventional dendritic cell (cDC), to observe the distribution of these two DC subtypes in thymus and also quantify them in different thymus structures by image analysis software...
May 23, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535631/-a-multi-center-study-for-the-association-between-the-perception-and-control-of-disease-among-asthmatic-patients-in-chinese-urban-areas
#2
Y Nong, J T Lin, W Q Wang, X Zhou, C Z Wang, M Huang, S X Cai, P Chen, Q C Lin, J Y Zhou, Y H Gu, Y D Yuan, D J Sun, X H Yang, L Yang, J M Huo, Z C Chen, P Jiang, J Zhang, X W Ye, H G Liu, H P Tang, R Y Liu, C T Liu, W Zhang, C P Hu, Y Q Chen, X J Liu, L M Dai, W Zhou, Y J Huang, J Y Xu
Objective: To investigate the current perception of disease among asthmatic patients in Chinese urban areas, and to address its association with asthma control. Methods: This was a nationwide, multi-center, cross-sectional study covering 30 third-level, grade A hospitals in 30 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions (not including Tibet) across Chinese mainland. The survey was carried out from October 2015 to May 2016. Asthmatic outpatients were selected to receive face-to-face questionnaire survey on asthma control including Asthma Control Test (ACT) score, classification of asthma control level[according to the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) 2015 classification system, as assessed by the physician completing the survey], perception of asthma (including question 1: nature of asthma as a disease; question 2: selection of first-line therapeutic agents to be regularly used daily for asthma; question 3: appropriate timing of the use of short-acting aerosols of β(2) receptor agonists; and question 4: therapeutic goals for asthma)...
May 16, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535619/prevalence-and-incidence-of-osteoporotic-fractures-in-patients-on-long-term-glucocorticoid-treatment-for-rheumatic-diseases-the-glucocorticoid-induced-osteoporosis-tool-giotto-study
#3
M Rossini, O Viapiana, M Vitiello, N Malavolta, G La Montagna, S Maddali Bongi, O Di Munno, R Nuti, C U Manzini, C Ferri, L Bogliolo, A Mathieu, F Cantatore, A Del Puente, M Muratore, W Grassi, B Frediani, G Saviola, P Delvino, L Mirone, G Ferraccioli, G Tripi, I Piazza, D Gatti
Osteoporosis and fractures are common and invalidating consequences of chronic glucorticoid (GC) treatment. Reliable information regarding the epidemiology of GC induced osteoporosis (GIOP) comes exclusively from the placebo group of randomized clinical trials while observational studies are generally lacking data on the real prevalence of vertebral fractures, GC dosage and primary diagnosis. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and incidence of osteoporotic fractures and to identify their major determinants (primary disease, GC dosage, bone mineral density, risk factors, specific treatment for GIOP) in a large cohort of consecutive patients aged >21 years, on chronic treatment with GC (≥5 mg prednisone - PN - equivalent) and attending rheumatology centers located all over Italy...
May 22, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535567/radiation-dose-and-procedure-time-for-994-ct-guided-spine-pain-control-procedures
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Matthew S Lazarus, Rebecca B Forman, Alan L Brook, Todd S Miller
BACKGROUND: Image guidance for spine pain control procedures, including epidural steroid injection, nerve root block, and facet block, can be performed with either computed tomography (CT) or conventional fluoroscopy. CT has the advantage of improved anatomic localization and use of air for contrast; however, there are concerns that CT leads to higher radiation dose and longer procedure time. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate procedure time and radiation dose for multiple types of spine pain control procedures performed under CT guidance...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535562/isocentric-navigation-of-percutaneous-endoscopic-transforaminal-discectomy-at-the-l5-s1-level-in-difficult-puncture-cases-a-technical-note
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Guoxin Fan, Teng Wang, Shuo Hu, Xiaofei Guan, Xin Gu, Shisheng He
BACKGROUND: Accurate puncture during percutaneous transforaminal endoscopic discectomy at the L5/S1 level in cases with high iliac crest and narrow foramen were difficult, even though the difficulties of foraminoplasty could be overcome by advanced instruments like reamers. OBJECTIVES: The report aimed to describe an isocentric navigation technique with a definite pathway in difficult puncture cases at the L5/S1 level. STUDY DESIGN: Technical note...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535560/nomogram-for-predicting-intradiscal-cement-leakage-following-percutaneous-vertebroplasty-in-patients-with-osteoporotic-related-vertebral-compression-fractures
#6
Bin-Yan Zhong, Shi-Cheng He, Hai-Dong Zhu, Tao Pan, Wen Fang, Li Chen, Jin-He Guo, Gang Deng, Guang-Yu Zhu, Gao-Jun Teng
BACKGROUND: Intradiscal cement leakage (ICL) is a common complication following percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP). However, the risk factors for such a complication are under debate and there is no accurate predictive nomogram to predict ICL. OBJECTIVES: To establish an effective and novel nomogram for ICL following PVP in patients with osteoporotic-related vertebral compression fractures (OVCFs). STUDY DESIGN: This was a retrospective study approved by the Institutional Review Board of our institution...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535558/evaluation-of-depression-in-subacute-low-back-pain-a-case-control-study
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Daniel Lopez-Lopez, Juan M Vilar-Fernandez, Cesar Calvo-Lobo, Marta E Losa-Iglesias, David Rodriguez-Sanz, Ricardo Becerro-de-Bengoa-Vallejo
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) is the most common musculoskeletal disorder affecting the general population and it is believed to be associated with depression. OBJECTIVE: The study aim was to describe and compare the impact in a sample of people with subacute LBP (SLBP) and patients without LBP with normalized reference values in the light of the scores obtained with regard using the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). STUDY DESIGN: This was a case-control study...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535556/feasibility-of-percutaneous-lumbar-discectomy-combined-with-percutaneous-cementoplasty-for-symptomatic-lumbar-disc-herniation-with-modic-type-i-endplate-changes
#8
Qing-Hua Tian, Ying-Ying Lu, Xi-Qi Sun, Tao Wang, Chun-Gen Wu, Ming-Hua Li, Sheng Cheng-Ying
BACKGROUND: Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation with Modic type I endplate changes is complex and challenging, requiring systemic and local therapies which include conservative therapy, epidural infiltrations, percutaneous therapeutic techniques, and surgical options. The clinical management of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation involving Modic type I endplate changes is uniquely challenging because it requires alleviating pain caused by both the herniated disc and the endplate osteochondritis...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535555/paresthesia-independence-an-assessment-of-technical-factors-related-to-10-khz-paresthesia-free-spinal-cord-stimulation
#9
Giuliano De Carolis, Mery Paroli, Lara Tollapi, Matthew W Doust, Abram H Burgher, Cong Yu, Thomas Yang, Donna M Morgan, Kasra Amirdelfan, Leonardo Kapural, B Todd Sitzman, Richard Bundschu, Ricardo Vallejo, Ramsin M Benyamin, Thomas L Yearwood, Bradford E Gliner, Ashley A Powell, Kerry Bradley
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been successfully used to treat chronic intractable pain for over 40 years. Successful clinical application of SCS is presumed to be generally dependent on maximizing paresthesia-pain overlap; critical to achieving this is positioning of the stimulation field at the physiologic midline. Recently, the necessity of paresthesia for achieving effective relief in SCS has been challenged by the introduction of 10 kHz paresthesia-free stimulation...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535551/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-and-angiotensin-receptor-blockers-modulate-the-function-of-myelinated-fibers-after-chemotherapy-a-quantitative-sensory-testing-study
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Carlos J Roldan, Juhee Song, Mitchell P Engle, Patrick M Dougherty
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) have sufficient scientific support for their use as tissue protectors. Preliminary studies suggest that their angiotensin-II type 2 receptor (AT2R)-blocking properties have a beneficial profile in the treatment of neuropathic pain. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the current study was to quantify the extent of the somatosensory effects of ACEI and ARB in cancer patients with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535550/high-voltage-pulsed-radiofrequency-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-neuralgia-of-the-infraorbital-nerve-a-prospective-double-blinded-randomized-controlled-study
#11
Fang Luo, Tao Wang, Ying Shen, Lan Meng, Jingjing Lu, Nan Ji
BACKGROUND: A recent study showed that 50% of patients who suffered from refractory neuralgia of the infraorbital nerve obtained satisfactory efficacy after pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) treatment. A pilot study showed that increasing the output voltage of PRF significantly improved the efficacy for trigeminal neuralgia; however, whether increasing the output voltage of PRF can improve the treatment outcomes for neuralgia of the infraorbital nerve is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of high voltage PRF treatment in comparison with standard voltage PRF for neuralgia of the infraorbital nerve...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535546/cost-utility-analysis-of-lumbar-interlaminar-epidural-injections-in-the-treatment-of-lumbar-disc-herniation-central-spinal-stenosis-and-axial-or-discogenic-low-back-pain
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Vidyasagar Pampati, Ramsin M Benyamin, Joshua A Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Cost utility or cost effective analysis continues to take center stage in the United States for defining and measuring the value of treatments in interventional pain management. Appropriate cost utility analysis has been performed for caudal epidural injections, percutaneous adhesiolysis, and spinal cord stimulation. However, the literature pertaining to lumbar interlaminar epidural injections is lacking, specifically in reference to cost utility analysis derived from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with a pragmatic approach in a practical setting...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535529/looking-into-the-graft-without-a-biopsy-biomarkers-of-acute-rejection-in-renal-transplantation
#13
Andrea Angeletti, Paolo Cravedi
Immunosuppression in kidney transplantation is still largely driven by center-specific protocols and adjusted according to the presence of graft dysfunction, drug toxicity or infection. Due to the current inability to titrate immunosuppression to the needs of every single patient, this approach is burdened by an increased risk of under or over-immunosuppression. To extend allograft survival, immunosuppression should be decided based on reliable biomarkers capable of quantifying the alloimmune response and/or noninvasively diagnosing acute rejection...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535523/mycophenolate-mofetil-a-possible-alternative-treatment-for-iga-nephropathy
#14
Olga Baraldi, Giorgia Comai, Vania Cuna, Maria Cappuccilli, Carla Serra, Claudio Ronco, Gaetano La Manna
IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common primary glomerulonephritis in developed countries and a leading cause of chronic kidney disease. IgAN is a mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis characterized by diffuse mesangial deposition of IgA, often accompanied by the deposition of IgG and the C3 component of complement in a similar distribution. This condition is in most cases oligosymptomatic, often discovered coincidentally. Currently, there is no specific treatment available for IgAN and the use of immunosuppression therapy is debated...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535476/examination-of-polytrauma-typologies-a-latent-class-analysis-approach
#15
Erin Sullivan, Ateka A Contractor, Monica M Gerber, Craig Neumann
Potentially traumatizing events (PTE) are highly prevalent, and are associated with detrimental effects on psychological health, including increased risk of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Multiple endorsed PTEs (polytraumatization) may have even greater effects on a person's health than the impact of a single index event. To better understand patterns of polytraumatization, person-centered analytic techniques such as Latent class analysis (LCA) are recommended. The current study used LCA to explore latent subgroupings of people based on their endorsement of PTEs, thus defining patterns in PTE exposure...
May 17, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535449/the-center-for-epidemiological-studies-depression-scale-ces-d-measurement-equivalence-across-gender-groups-in-hispanic-college-students
#16
Consuelo Arbona, Andrea Burridge, Norma Olvera
BACKGROUND: This study examined among Hispanic college students the factor structure and gender measurement invariance of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CES-D) scale. The CES-D's original 20 item four-factor model was compared to a recently proposed 14 item, three-factor model. METHODS: Participants included 858 Hispanic undergraduates at an ethnically diverse, major research, urban, public university in the Southwest United States (U.S.). Multigroup confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs) and structural equation modeling were used to examine the factor structure, gender invariance, and construct validity of the CES-D scores...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535429/high-speed-video-analysis-of-forward-and-backward-spattered-blood-droplets
#17
P M Comiskey, A L Yarin, D Attinger
High-speed videos of blood spatter due to a gunshot taken by the Ames Laboratory Midwest Forensics Resource Center (MFRC) [1] are analyzed. The videos used in this analysis were focused on a variety of targets hit by a bullet which caused either forward, backward, or both types of blood spatter. The analysis process utilized particle image velocimetry (PIV) and particle analysis software to measure drop velocities as well as the distributions of the number of droplets and their respective side view area. The results of this analysis revealed that the maximal velocity in the forward spatter can be about 47±5m/s and for the backward spatter - about 24±8m/s...
May 1, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535409/mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-diminishes-functional-connectivity-during-emotion-perception
#18
Bettina K Steiger, Angela M Muller, Esther Spirig, Gianina Toller, Hennric Jokeit
OBJECTIVES: Unilateral mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) has been associated with impaired recognition of emotional facial expressions. Correspondingly, imaging studies showed decreased activity of the amygdala and cortical face processing regions in response to emotional faces. However, functional connectivity among regions involved in emotion perception has not been studied so far. METHODS: To address this, we examined intrinsic functional connectivity (FC) modulated by the perception of dynamic fearful faces among the amygdala and limbic, frontal, temporal and brainstem regions...
May 10, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535399/dry-skin-and-pressure-ulcer-risk-a-multi-center-cross-sectional-prevalence-study-in-german-hospitals-and-nursing-homes
#19
Anna Lechner, Nils Lahmann, Konrad Neumann, Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Jan Kottner
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers are a serious health problem in medical and nursing care. Therefore, effective prevention is crucial. Major pressure ulcer risk factors have been identified but the particular role of dry skin (xerosis cutis) is unclear. OBJECTIVES: To investigate possible associations between dry skin and pressure ulcers focusing on the sacrum/trochanter and at heel/ankle skin areas. DESIGN: Two multicenter cross-sectional studies...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535394/red-blood-cell-alloimmunization-in-184-patients-with-myeloid-neoplasms-treated-with-azacitidine-a-retrospective-single-center-experience
#20
M Leisch, L Weiss, N Lindlbauer, C Jungbauer, A Egle, E Rohde, R Greil, C Grabmer, L Pleyer
Alloimmunization to Red Blood Cell (RBC) antigens frequently occurs in patients with myeloid neoplasms (AML, MDS and CMML) and potentially poses the patient at risk for delayed hemolytic transfusion reactions and limited supply of compatible RBC-units. However, there is comparatively little data on transfusion associated characteristics in this patient cohort. We therefore retrospectively analyzed transfusion requirements and clinical outcomes of 184 patients with myloid neoplasms treated with azacitidine at the Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg, which were included in the Austrian Registry of Hypomethylating Agents...
May 9, 2017: Leukemia Research
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