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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166756/use-of-imaging-techniques-in-large-vessel-vasculitis-and-related-conditions
#1
Annibale Versari, Nicolò Pipitone, Massimiliano Casali, Francois Jamar, Giulia Pazzola
Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu's arteritis (TA) are large vessel vasculitis (LVV) primarily affecting the aorta and its major branches, mainly differentiated by the onset age (>50 years GCA and <40 years TA). In addition, temporal artery involvement and polymyalgia rheumatic are typical features of GCA, but not TA. Imaging techniques are required to secure the diagnosis of large-vessel vasculitides, and to monitor the disease course. Both morphological and metabolic imaging are involved. Morphological imaging is represented mainly by Computerized Tomography (CT), CT angiography, Magnetic Resonance (MR), MR angiography, Color-Doppler Sonography (CDS) and high-resolution CDS...
November 22, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166752/immunotherapy-treatment-an-issue-for-metabolic-response
#2
Luca Tagliabue, Antonella Capozza, Claudio Maioli, Andrea Luciani, Anna M Ierardi, Gianpaolo Carrafiello
Since the beginning of second decade of this century, when it was introduced in many oncologic scenarios, immunotherapy has become an important tool in the management of a growing number of cancers. Engaging the host immune system in cancer therapy seems to be useful, improving not only progression free survival but also overall survival, until the achieving the goal that many advanced cancers, previously considered without effective treatment options, have now become successfully treatable. Moreover, considering the relatively recent introduction of these drugs in clinical scenarios and the continuous releasing of new drugs, large validated clinical experiences are lacking and many issues are today debated; by the way, the evaluation of the response to immune-therapy poses major concerns...
November 22, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166721/-a-preliminary-study-on-the-relationship-between-idiopathic-arrhythmia-and-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-defined-cardiac-features-in-patients-with-straight-back-syndrome
#3
L Chen, X H Ma, L Zhao, R Bai, S N Li, L Wang, H Chen, Z M Fan, M W Lou, Y D Niu
Objective: To retrospectively analyze the potential correlation between cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging and clinical features and idiopathic arrhythmia in patients with straight back syndrome (SBS). Methods: Patients receiving CMR imaging examination from April 2015 to March 2016 at our department (n=1 432) were screened, 76 patients met the diagnosis criteria of flat chest (anteroposterior diameter/transthoracic diameter (APD/TTD) ratio<0.37 at the T8 vertebra). After excluding 33 patients with structural heart disease, 43 SBS patients were divided into two groups: SBS without obvious morphological change in the heart (group A, n=19) and SBS with morphological change of the heart (group B, n=24)...
November 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166685/-evaluation-of-inpatient-conservative-management-of-acute-subacute-and-chronic-back-pain
#4
Ingo Haase, Kilian Haase, Bernd Kladny
Background Backache is very common in the German population. It is a common reason for people to seek medical advice and specific back pain programs have been developed. The intention of this study is to evaluate the short and long term effects of conservative management of back pain in a German general hospital. Outcomes of interest were pain intensity, interference in daily functions, physical functioning and health related quality of life. Patients and Methods We examined 1010 patients with acute, subacute and chronic back pain, admitted to inpatient nonsurgical interventional therapy in a German hospital between July 2013 and July 2015...
November 22, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166684/-implantation-of-a-modular-distal-femoral-replacement-with-compressive-osseointegration-as-a-salvage-procedure-in-a-complex-femoral-posttraumatic-setting
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Anna Janine Schreiner, Peter Marten de Zwart, Christian Arnscheidt, Ulrich Stöckle, Björn Gunnar Ochs
Background Large bone defects and losses play a crucial role in both tumour surgery and in complex primary and revision total knee replacement. The established options of cemented or uncemented long intramedullary stems are limited by large bone defects and are at risk from relatively high exposure to aseptic loosening. There is no general valid agreement on implant fixation of the distal femur. A further option is the cementless fixation method with compressive osseointegration, based on the so-called Wolff law of bone remodelling...
November 22, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166654/therapeutic-efficacy-of-equine-botulism-antitoxin-in-rhesus-macaques
#6
Shantha Kodihalli, Andrew Emanuel, Teresa Takla, Yi Hua, Charles Hobbs, Ross LeClaire, Denise C O'Donnell
BACKGROUND: There are currently no licensed vaccines available for prevention of botulism in humans. The vaccination is not desirable due to expanding therapeutic indications of botulinum toxins. The only available specific treatment for botulism is antitoxin to remove circulating toxin, thus, preventing further neuronal damage. BAT® (Botulism Antitoxin Heptavalent (A, B, C, D, E, F, G)-(Equine)) has been developed and its therapeutic efficacy evaluated against botulinum neurotoxin serotype A (BoNT/A) in Rhesus macaques...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166618/ipsc-based-compound-screening-and-in%C3%A2-vitro-trials-identify-a-synergistic-anti-amyloid-%C3%AE-combination-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Takayuki Kondo, Keiko Imamura, Misato Funayama, Kayoko Tsukita, Michiyo Miyake, Akira Ohta, Knut Woltjen, Masato Nakagawa, Takashi Asada, Tetsuaki Arai, Shinobu Kawakatsu, Yuishin Izumi, Ryuji Kaji, Nobuhisa Iwata, Haruhisa Inoue
In the process of drug development, in vitro studies do not always adequately predict human-specific drug responsiveness in clinical trials. Here, we applied the advantage of human iPSC-derived neurons, which offer human-specific drug responsiveness, to screen and evaluate therapeutic candidates for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Using AD patient neurons with nearly 100% purity from iPSCs, we established a robust and reproducible assay for amyloid β peptide (Aβ), a pathogenic molecule in AD, and screened a pharmaceutical compound library...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166610/cisd2-haploinsufficiency-disrupts-calcium-homeostasis-causes-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Zhao-Qing Shen, Yi-Fan Chen, Jim-Ray Chen, Yuh-Shan Jou, Pei-Chun Wu, Cheng-Heng Kao, Chih-Hao Wang, Yi-Long Huang, Chian-Feng Chen, Ting-Shuo Huang, Yu-Chiau Shyu, Shih-Feng Tsai, Lung-Sen Kao, Ting-Fen Tsai
CISD2 is located within the chromosome 4q region frequently deleted in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Mice with Cisd2 heterozygous deficiency develop a phenotype similar to the clinical manifestation of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Cisd2 haploinsufficiency causes a low incidence (20%) of spontaneous HCC and promotes HBV-associated and DEN-induced HCC; conversely, 2-fold overexpression of Cisd2 suppresses HCC in these models. Mechanistically, Cisd2 interacts with Serca2b and mediates its Ca(2+) pump activity via modulation of Serca2b oxidative modification, which regulates ER Ca(2+) uptake and maintains intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis in the hepatocyte...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166504/moderate-to-severe-psoriasis-treatment-challenges-through-the-era-of-biological-drugs
#9
Júlia Vide, Sofia Magina
Biological therapy has revolutionized moderate to severe psoriasis treatment. However, despite being more effective than conventional systemic treatments, some patients do not respond or lose response to biotechnological treatments or develop drug-antibodies, interfering with its safety and efficacy. There are also clinical forms of the disease and patient profiles for which is pending further scientific evidence for more sustained therapeutic interventions. The continuous and more detailed knowledge of psoriasis pathophysiology has allowed identifying new therapeutic targets, which is expected to help overcome the challenges of individualized psoriasis treatment...
September 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166494/sporotrichosis-an-update-on-epidemiology-etiopathogenesis-laboratory-and-clinical-therapeutics
#10
Rosane Orofino-Costa, Priscila Marques de Macedo, Anderson Messias Rodrigues, Andréa Reis Bernardes-Engemann
In the late 90's there was a change in both the route of transmission and the people at risk for sporotrichosis. This zoonotic cat-man alternative transmission route elicited changes in strategies to control the epidemic. There was a progressive increase in the number of cases involving especially children and the elderly. In addition to becoming hyperendemic, uncommon clinical pictures like immunoreactive clinical presentations or severe systemic cases have emerged. New species were identified and classified through molecular tools using more virulent clinical isolates, like S...
September 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166477/regional-differences-in-infection-control-conditions-in-a-sample-of-primary-health-care-services-in-brazil
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Mauro Henrique Nogueira Guimarães de Abreu, Vera Lúcia Silva Resende, Kyu Ha Lee, Antônio Thomaz Gonzaga da Matta-Machado, Jacqueline Rose Starr
International guidelines have pointed out the importance of the physical environment of health care facilities in preventing and controlling infection. We aimed to describe the physical environment of dental care facilities in Brazil in 2014, focusing on characteristics designed to control infections. Exactly 16,202 dental offices in the Brazilian Unified National Health System (SUS) participated in this survey. Trained researchers extracted information about the infection control characteristics of health facilities by using a structured instrument...
November 21, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166426/rhinology-future-debates-an-euforea-report
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W J Fokkens, C Bachert, M Bernal-Sprekelsen, J Bousquet, M Djandji, A Dorenbaum, D Hakimi-Mehr, S Hendry, C Hopkins, A Leunig, L Mannent, D Mucha, M Onerci, B Pugin, S Toppila-Salmi, P Rowe, S F Seys, S Stimson, A Strzembosz, P W Hellings
The first Rhinology Future Debates was held in Brussels in December 2016, organized by EUFOREA (European Forum for Research and Education in Allergy and Airways diseases). The purpose of these debates is to bring novel developments in the field of Rhinology to the attention of the medical, paramedical and patient community, in a highly credible and balanced context. For the first time in Rhinology, a peer to peer scientific exchange with key experts in the field of rhinology and key medical colleagues from leading industries let to a brainstorming and discussion event on a number of hot issues in Rhinology...
November 22, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166415/prognosis-of-type-1-autoimmune-pancreatitis-after-corticosteroid-therapy-induced-remission-in-terms-of-relapse-and-diabetes-mellitus
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Masaki Miyazawa, Hajime Takatori, Tetsuro Shimakami, Kazunori Kawaguchi, Kazuya Kitamura, Kuniaki Arai, Koichiro Matsuda, Taku Sanada, Takeshi Urabe, Katsuhisa Inamura, Takashi Kagaya, Hideki Mizuno, Uichiro Fuchizaki, Taro Yamashita, Yoshio Sakai, Tatsuya Yamashita, Eishiro Mizukoshi, Masao Honda, Shuichi Kaneko
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Relapse and diabetes mellitus (DM) are major problems for the prognosis of autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP). We examined the prognosis of type 1 AIP after corticosteroid therapy (CST)-induced remission in terms of relapse and DM. METHODS: The study enrolled 82 patients diagnosed with type 1 AIP who achieved remission with CST. We retrospectively evaluated the relapse rate in terms of the administration period of CST, clinical factors associated with relapse, and the temporal change in glucose tolerance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166400/chronic-post-traumatic-intramedullary-lesions-in-dogs-a-translational-model
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Neringa Alisauskaite, Ingo Spitzbarth, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Peter Dziallas, Sabine Kramer, Ricarda Dening, Veronika Maria Stein, Andrea Tipold
OBJECTIVES: Post-traumatic intramedullary myelopathies and cavitations are well described lesions following spinal cord injury (SCI) in humans and have been described in histopathological evaluations in dogs. Human intramedullary myelopathies/cavitations are associated with severe initial SCI and deterioration of clinical signs. Canine intervertebral disc extrusions share similarities with SCI in humans. In this descriptive study, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in spinal cords of dogs suffering from chronic post-traumatic myelopathies, including cavitations, are elucidated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166352/more-learners-finite-resources-and-the-changing-landscape-of-procedural-training-at-the-bedside
#15
Michael A Gisondi, Linda Regan, Jeremy Branzetti, Laura R Hopson
There is growing competition for non-operative, procedural training in teaching hospitals, due to an increased number of individuals seeking to learn procedures from a finite number of appropriate teaching cases. Procedural training is required by students, post-graduate learners, and practicing providers who must maintain their skills. These learner groups are growing in size as the number of medical schools increase and advance practice providers expand their skills to include complex procedures. These various learner needs occur against a background of advancing therapeutic techniques that improve patient care, but also act to reduce the overall numbers of procedures available to learners...
November 21, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166298/evaluation-of-a-broad-spectrum-partially-automated-adverse-event-surveillance-system-a-potential-tool-for-patient-safety-improvement-in-hospitals-with-limited-resources
#16
Melody Saikali, Alain Tanios, Antoine Saab
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the sensitivity and resource efficiency of a partially automated adverse event (AE) surveillance system for routine patient safety efforts in hospitals with limited resources. METHODS: Twenty-eight automated triggers from the hospital information system's clinical and administrative databases identified cases that were then filtered by exclusion criteria per trigger and then reviewed by an interdisciplinary team. The system, developed and implemented using in-house resources, was applied for 45 days of surveillance, for all hospital inpatient admissions (N = 1107)...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166260/the-development-and-content-validation-of-a-multidisciplinary-evidence-based-wound-infection-prevention-and-treatment-guideline
#17
Sammy A Zakhary, Chris Davey, Rebecca Bari, Jordan Bean, Tyler Reber, Kathy Gallagher, Kara Couch, Jennifer Hurlow, Karen Laforet, Corrine McIssac, Karen Napier, Diana Vilar-Compte, Emily Zakhary, Michel Hermans, Laura Bolton
Acute and chronic wound infections create clinical, economic, and patient-centered challenges best met by multidisciplinary wound care teams providing consistent, valid, clinically relevant, safe, evidence-based management across settings. To develop an evidence-based wound infection guideline, PubMed, Cochrane Library, and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature databases were searched from inception through August 1, 2017 using the terms (or synonyms) wound infection and risk factor, significant, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, or surveillance...
November 2017: Ostomy/wound Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165995/magnetic-particle-imaging-for-highly-sensitive-quantitative-and-safe-in-vivo-gut-bleed-detection-in-a-murine-model
#18
Elaine Y Yu, Prashant Chandrasekharan, Ran Berzon, Zhi Wei Tay, Xinyi Y Zhou, Amit P Khandhar, R Matthew Ferguson, Scott J Kemp, Bo Zheng, Patrick W Goodwill, Michael F Wendland, Kannan M Krishnan, Spencer Behr, Jonathan Carter, Steven M Conolly
Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding causes more than 300,000 hospitalizations per year in the United States. Imaging plays a crucial role in accurately locating the source of the bleed for timely intervention. Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) is an emerging clinically translatable imaging modality that images superparamagnetic iron-oxide (SPIO) tracers with extraordinary contrast and sensitivity. This linearly quantitative modality has zero background tissue signal and zero signal depth attenuation. MPI is also safe: there is zero ionizing radiation exposure to the patient and clinically approved tracers can be used with MPI...
November 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165988/bioconjugate-strategies-for-the-induction-of-antigen-specific-tolerance-in-autoimmune-diseases
#19
Chunsong Yu, Jingchao Xi, Meng Li, Myunggi An, Haipeng Liu
Antigen-specific immunotherapy (ASI) holds great promise for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. In mice, administration of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) binding synthetic peptides which modulate T cell receptor (TCR) signaling under subimmunogenic conditions induces selective tolerance without suppressing the global immune responses. However, clinical translation has yielded limited success. It has become apparent that the TCR signaling pathway via synthetic peptide antigen alone is inadequate to induce an effective tolerogenic immunity in autoimmune diseases...
November 22, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165965/using-teams-to-improve-outcomes-and-performance
#20
Beth Ulrich, Nancy Manning Crider
Mastering the use of teams in healthcare organizations can maximize outcomes and optimize the use of resources. Most work in healthcare organizations is done by teams, whether it's the clinical team taking care of patients on a unit, the leadership team accountable for operations of the organization, or a team formed to solve a specific problem, improve quality, or plan an event. Effective teams make organizations successful; ineffective teams can create more problems than they solve. This article describes how to successfully use the power of teams within the healthcare setting, create and develop teams, be a team leader or member, create conditions for team effectiveness and high performance, and provide team training...
March 2017: Nephrology Nursing Journal: Journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association
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