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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432528/conventional-acupuncture-for-cardiac-arrhythmia-a-systematic-review-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Jing Liu, Si-Nai Li, Lu Liu, Kun Zhou, Yan Li, Xiao-Yun Cui, Jie Wan, Jin-Jin Lu, Yan-Chao Huang, Xu-Sheng Wang, Qian Lin
OBJECTIVE: To exam the effect and safety of conventional acupuncture (CA) on cardiac arrhythmia. METHODS: Nine medical databases were searched until February 2016 for randomized controlled trials. Heterogeneity was measured by Cochran Q test. Meta-analysis was conducted if I(2) was less than 85% and the characteristics of included trials were similar. RESULTS: Nine qualified studies involving 638 patients were included. Only 1 study had definitely low risk of bias, while 7 trials were rated as unclear and 1 as high...
April 22, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432265/artemida-trial-a-randomized-trial-of-efficacy-12-months-international-double-blind-actovegin-a-randomized-controlled-trial-to-assess-the-efficacy-of-actovegin-in-poststroke-cognitive-impairment
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Alla Guekht, Ingmar Skoog, Sally Edmundson, Vladimir Zakharov, Amos D Korczyn
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Poststroke cognitive impairment is a debilitating consequence of stroke. The aim of this study was to assess whether Actovegin confers cognitive benefit in patients who have had an ischemic stroke. METHODS: This was a 12-month, parallel-group, randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Eligible patients were ≥60 years of age with a Montreal Cognitive Assessment test score of ≤25 points. Patients were randomized into 2 groups within 1 week of acute supratentorial ischemic stroke in a 1:1 ratio: Actovegin (a deproteinized hemoderivative of calf blood, 2000 mg/d for ≤20 intravenous infusions followed by 1200 mg/d orally) or placebo for 6 months...
April 21, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431610/duration-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-in-cryptogenic-stroke-is-not-associated-with-stroke-severity-and-early-outcomes
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Chrissoula Liantinioti, Konstantinos Tympas, Aristeidis H Katsanos, John Parissis, Maria Chondrogianni, Christina Zompola, Georgios Papadimitropoulos, Michael Ioakeimidis, Sokratis Triantafyllou, Andromaxi Roussopoulou, Konstantinos Voumvourakis, John Lekakis, Gerasimos Filippatos, Leonidas Stefanis, Georgios Tsivgoulis
The current definition of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) requires an arbitrary cut-off of >30s, but in clinical practice cryptogenic stroke (CS) patients with PAF duration of ≤30s are not usually excluded from anticoagulation therapy. We sought to evaluate the clinical relevance of short-duration (≤30s) PAF in CS. Consecutive CS patients with no prior AF history and sinus-rhythm on baseline electrocardiography (ECG) were prospectively evaluated over a three-year period. Baseline stroke severity was assessed by NIHSS-scores...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431475/validation-of-the-essen-stroke-risk-score-in-different-subtypes-of-ischemic-stroke
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Yi Liu, Yongjun Wang, William A Li, Aoshuang Yan, Yilong Wang
OBJECTIVE: Predictive scores are important tools for stratifying patients based on their risk of future vascular events and for selecting preventive therapies. The aim of this study is to validate the Essen Stroke Risk Score (ESRS) for stratifying stroke recurrence in different subtypes of non-atrial fibrillation ischemic stroke in a large Chinese cohort. METHODS: Data were derived from the Blood pressure and clinical Outcome in Stroke Survivors registry, which includes a cohort of 2204 stroke patients...
April 21, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431392/characterization-of-aurora-a-and-its-impact-on-the-effect-of-cisplatin-based-chemotherapy-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Peng Kuang, Zuhua Chen, JiaYuan Wang, Zhentao Liu, Jingyuan Wang, Jing Gao, Lin Shen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Aurora A, as a member of serine/threonine kinase family and a common characteristic of epithelial cancers, plays a critical role in cell mitosis. However, the clinical significance of Aurora A in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains undetermined. METHODS: The expression of Aurora A in NSCLC and paired normal adjacent lung tissues was determined by immunohistochemistry, Western blot, and reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction...
April 18, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430808/quantification-of-hypoxia-related-gene-expression-as-a-potential-approach-for-clinical-outcome-prediction-in-breast-cancer
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Abderrahim El Guerrab, Anne Cayre, Fabrice Kwiatkowski, Maud Privat, Jean-Marc Rossignol, Fabrice Rossignol, Frédérique Penault-Llorca, Yves-Jean Bignon
Breast cancers are solid tumors frequently characterized by regions with low oxygen concentrations. Cellular adaptations to hypoxia are mainly determined by "hypoxia inducible factors" that mediate transcriptional modifications involved in drug resistance and tumor progression leading to metastasis and relapse occurrence. In this study, we investigated the prognostic value of hypoxia-related gene expression in breast cancer. A systematic review was conducted to select a set of 45 genes involved in hypoxia signaling pathways and breast tumor progression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430790/whole-genome-sequencing-suggests-mechanisms-for-22q11-2-deletion-associated-parkinson-s-disease
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Nancy J Butcher, Daniele Merico, Mehdi Zarrei, Lucas Ogura, Christian R Marshall, Eva W C Chow, Anthony E Lang, Stephen W Scherer, Anne S Bassett
OBJECTIVES: To investigate disease risk mechanisms of early-onset Parkinson's disease (PD) associated with the recurrent 22q11.2 deletion, a genetic risk factor for early-onset PD. METHODS: In a proof-of-principle study, we used whole-genome sequencing (WGS) to investigate sequence variants in nine adults with 22q11.2DS, three with neuropathologically confirmed early-onset PD and six without PD. Adopting an approach used recently to study schizophrenia in 22q11...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430172/ezh2-alterations-in-follicular-lymphoma-biological-and-clinical-correlations
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S Huet, L Xerri, B Tesson, S Mareschal, S Taix, L Mescam-Mancini, E Sohier, M Carrère, J Lazarovici, O Casasnovas, L Tonon, S Boyault, S Hayette, C Haioun, B Fabiani, A Viari, F Jardin, G Salles
The histone methyltransferase EZH2 has an essential role in the development of follicular lymphoma (FL). Recurrent gain-of-function mutations in EZH2 have been described in 25% of FL patients and induce aberrant methylation of histone H3 lysine 27 (H3K27). We evaluated the role of EZH2 genomic gains in FL biology. Using RNA sequencing, Sanger sequencing and SNP-arrays, the mutation status, copy-number and gene-expression profiles of EZH2 were assessed in a cohort of 159 FL patients from the PRIMA trial. Immunohistochemical (IHC) EZH2 expression (n=55) and H3K27 methylation (n=63) profiles were also evaluated...
April 21, 2017: Blood Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429925/robot-assisted-laparoendoscopic-single-site-versus-mini-laparoscopic-pyeloplasty-a-comparison-of-perioperative-functional-and-cosmetic-results
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Cristian Fiori, Riccardo Bertolo, Matteo Manfredi, Fabrizio Mele, Daniele Amparore, Giovanni Cattaneo, Ivano Morra, Roberto M Scarpa, Francesco Porpiglia
BACKGROUND: New approaches have been developed to further reduce the invasiveness of laparoscopic pyeloplasty (P) as treatment for uretero-pelvic junction obstruction (UPJO). Aim of the study was to compare perioperative, functional and cosmetic results of mini-laparoscopic (mL-P) versus robot-assisted laparoendoscopic single-site P (rLESS-P). METHODS: Since April 2009 to June 2010, 12 adult patients with primary UPJO, BMI<25 and no previous abdominal surgeries were enrolled undergoing mLP (3-mm instruments only)...
April 20, 2017: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428927/limitations-of-personalized-medicine-and-gene-assays-for-breast-cancer
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David Tiberi, Laura Masucci, Daniel Shedid, Isabelle Roy, Toni Vu, Erica Patocskai, André Robidoux, Philip Wong
Adjuvant systemic treatments reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence following the local treatment of primary stage I-III breast cancers. For patients with hormone-positive breast cancers receiving hormonal therapy, the risk of distant recurrence is under 20% and therefore, many patients may potentially be spared of chemotherapy. Consequently, several molecular signatures based on gene expression were developed to better determine which breast cancer patients would benefit from chemotherapy. We present the case of a 62-year-old woman diagnosed with an early stage hormone receptor-positive breast cancer that was treated with a partial mastectomy...
March 17, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428277/immune-gene-expression-is-associated-with-genomic-aberrations-in-breast-cancer
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Anton Safonov, Tingting Jiang, Giampaolo Bianchini, Balázs Győrffy, Thomas Karn, Christos Hatzis, Lajos Pusztai
The presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) is a favorable prognostic factor in breast cancer, but what drives immune infiltration remains unknown. Here we examine if clonal heterogeneity, total mutation load, neoantigen load, copy number variations (CNV), gene- or pathway-level somatic mutations, or germline polymorphisms (SNP) are associated with immune metagene expression in breast cancer subtypes. Thirteen published immune metagenes correlated separately with genomic metrics in the 3 major breast cancer subtypes...
April 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428166/vascular-cognitive-impairment-in-a-memory-clinic-population-rationale-and-design-of-the-utrecht-amsterdam-clinical-features-and-prognosis-in-vascular-cognitive-impairment-trace-vci-study
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Jooske Marije Funke Boomsma, Lieza Geertje Exalto, Frederik Barkhof, Esther van den Berg, Jeroen de Bresser, Rutger Heinen, Huiberdina Lena Koek, Niels Daniël Prins, Philip Scheltens, Henry Chanoch Weinstein, Wiesje Maria van der Flier, Geert Jan Biessels
BACKGROUND: Vascular Cognitive Impairment (VCI) refers to cognitive dysfunction due to vascular brain injury, as a single cause or in combination with other, often neurodegenerative, etiologies. VCI is a broad construct that captures a heterogeneous patient population both in terms of cognitive and noncognitive symptoms and in terms of etiology and prognosis. This provides a challenge when applying this construct in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: This paper presents the rationale and design of the TRACE-VCI study, which investigates the clinical features and prognosis of VCI in a memory clinic setting...
April 19, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428104/tumor-budding-in-intestinal-type-gastric-adenocarcinoma-is-associated-with-nodal-metastasis-and-recurrence
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Stephen Olsen, Jin Linda, Ryan C Fields, Yan Yan, ILKe Nalbantoglu
Gastric adenocarcinoma (GAC) is a common cause of cancer-related death worldwide. GAC can be classified as intestinal or diffuse. Intestinal type cancers are common and reported to have a better prognosis compared to diffuse cancers. Studies have shown the presence and amount of tumor budding in intestinal carcinomas of the colon and esophagus to predict nodal metastasis and recurrence. Our aim is to determine if tumor budding in intestinal type GAC correlates with prognostic features. One hundred four patients treated with primary surgical excision between 1999-2013 were identified...
April 17, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428063/percutaneous-endoscopical-transforaminal-approach-versus-plf-to-treat-the-single-level-adjacent-segment-disease-after-plf-plif-1-2-years-follow-up
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Zhaoyu Ba, Fumin Pan, Zhonghan Liu, Bin Yu, Laurel Fuentes, Desheng Wu, Jianguang Zhu
BACKGROUND: Adjacent segment disease (ASD) is a common complication after lumbar decompression and fusion surgery. Traditional revision-surgery, including posterior lumbar decompression and posterolateral fusion (PLF) or interbody fusion (PLIF) is traumatic. The percutaneous endoscopic transforaminal procedure (PE-TF) has been widely used in patients with lumbar disc disease. However, there are no reports about using PE-TF procedure to treat ASD in the current literature. OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical outcomes between PE-TF and PLF for single-level ASD after PLF or PLIF...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427885/prognostic-scoring-system-to-risk-stratify-parathyroid-carcinoma
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Angelica M Silva-Figueroa, Kenneth R Hess, Michelle D Williams, Callisia N Clarke, Ioannis Christakis, Paul H Graham, Elizabeth G Grubbs, Jeffrey E Lee, Naifa L Busaidy, Nancy D Perrier
BACKGROUND: Parathyroid carcinoma is a rare endocrine malignancy that lacks an established system for risk categorization. This study evaluated a prognostic scoring system for recurrence-free survival (RFS) of patients with parathyroid carcinoma. STUDY DESIGN: Patients diagnosed and confirmed to have parathyroid carcinoma and who were treated between 1980 and 2016 at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center were studied retrospectively. Univariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression analyses of RFS were conducted...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427219/high-truncated-o-glycan-score-predicts-adverse-clinical-outcome-in-patients-with-localized-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-after-surgery
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SonTung NguyenHoang, Yidong Liu, Le Xu, Lin Zhou, Yuan Chang, Qiang Fu, Zheng Liu, Zongming Lin, Jiejie Xu
Truncated O-glycans, including Tn-antigen, sTn-antigen, T-antigen, sT-antigen, are incomplete glycosylated structures and their expression occur frequently in tumor tissue. The study aims to evaluate the abundance of each truncated O-glycans and its clinical significance in postoperative patients with localized clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). We used immunohistochemical testing to analyze the expression of truncated O-glycans in tumor specimens from 401 patients with localized ccRCC. Truncated-O-glycan score was built by integrating the expression level of Tn-, sTn- and sT-antigen...
March 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425685/is-t4-colon-cancer-still-an-absolute-contraindication-to-laparoscopic-surgery
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Gabriele Bellio, Andrea Lo Cicero, Vittoria Barbieri, Paola Tarchi, Biagio Casagranda, Nicolò DE Manzini
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic surgery is widely accepted for colon cancer resection. However, T4 colon cancers have been considered an absolute contraindication to laparoscopic resection. The aim of this study is to evaluate if laparoscopy should still be considered an absolute contraindication to T4 colon cancer, based on a monocenter series recorded in a prospective database. METHODS: Of 77 patients undergoing elective resection for T4 colon cancer between 2004 and 2015, 39 were performed laparoscopically and were compared to 38 having undergone open resection...
April 19, 2017: Minerva Chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425682/mild-acute-biliary-pancreatitis-the-timing-of-cholecystectomy-should-not-exceed-index-admission
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Luca Degrate, Davide P Bernasconi, Paola Meroni, Mattia Garancini, Daniele Macchini, Fabrizio Romano, Fabio Uggeri, Luca Gianotti
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) to treat mild biliary acute pancreatitis (MBAP) during index admission is recommended. However, the optimal surgical timing is controversial, considering that patients are actually often discharged from hospital and readmitted for elective cholecystectomy. Moreover, previous studies showed an uneven patients' stratification for pancreatitis severity. The aim of this study was to determine the outcome of patients homogenously categorised for MBAP according to the newest pancreatitis classifications, undergoing cholecystectomy with different timing...
April 19, 2017: Minerva Chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425055/what-are-the-oncologic-and-functional-outcomes-after-joint-salvage-resections-for-juxtaarticular-osteosarcoma-about-the-knee
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Jing Li, Zhen Wang, Chuanlei Ji, Guojing Chen, Dong Liu, Haodong Zhu
BACKGROUND: Joint salvage surgery for patients with juxtaarticular osteosarcoma remains challenging, especially when the tumor invades the epiphysis. Because patients are surviving longer with current chemotherapy regimens, it is advantageous to retain native joints if possible, especially in young patients. However, the results using joint-preserving tumor resections in this context have not been well characterized. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) What are the functional outcomes after limb salvage surgery at a minimum of 3 years? (2) What are the oncologic outcomes? (3) Is joint salvage surgery for epiphyseal tumors associated with an increased risk of local recurrence compared with metaphyseal tumors not invading the epiphysis? (4) What are the complications associated with joint salvage surgery? METHODS: Between 2004 and 2013, we treated 117 patients with juxtaarticular osteosarcoma; of those, 43 (38%) were treated with joint salvage surgery, and 41 (95%) of the 43 patients are included in our study...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424909/comparison-of-clinical-outcomes-and-quality-of-life-between-laparoscopic-and-open-central-pancreatectomy-with-pancreaticojejunostomy
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Ren-Chao Zhang, Bin Zhang, Yi-Ping Mou, Xiao-Wu Xu, Yu-Cheng Zhou, Chao-Jie Huang, Jia-Yu Zhou, Wei-Wei Jin, Chao Lu
BACKGROUND: The studies comparing laparoscopic and open central pancreatectomy with pancreaticojejunostomy are limited. This study aimed to compare clinical outcomes and quality of life of patients undergoing laparoscopic and open central pancreatectomy with pancreaticojejunostomy. METHODS: Between December 1997 and December 2015, patients who underwent central pancreatectomy with pancreaticojejunostomy were reviewed. Patients were divided into 2 groups as laparoscopic central pancreatectomy (LCP) and open central pancreatectomy (OCP)...
April 19, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
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