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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161674/deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-subcallosal-cingulate-gyrus-in-patients-with-treatment-resistant-depression-a-double-blinded-randomized-controlled-study-and-long-term-follow-up-in-eight-patients
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Angela Merkl, Sabine Aust, Gerd-Helge Schneider, Veerle Visser-Vandewalle, Andreas Horn, Andrea A Kühn, Jens Kuhn, Malek Bajbouj
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subcallosal cingulate gyrus (SCG) is an experimental approach in treatment-resistant depression (TRD). Short-term results of efficacy in DBS are incongruent and studies investigating long-term effects are warranted. METHODS: We assessed efficacy of SCG-DBS in eight patients randomized into a delayed-onset group (sham-DBS four weeks) and a non-delayed-onset group. The primary outcome measure was improvement on the Hamilton Depression Rating-Scale (HAMD-24-item-version)...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161336/efficacy-of-electrical-stimulation-of-the-occipital-nerve-in-intractable-primary-headache-disorders-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analyses
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Robert T Cadalso, John Daugherty, Caron Holmes, Saravanan Ram, Reyes Enciso
AIMS: To determine the efficacy of occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) in reducing the intensity, duration, and frequency of medically intractable primary headaches. METHODS: A systematic review was carried out by searching three electronic databases: the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE via PubMed, and Web of Science. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and case series were eligible for inclusion. RCTs were assessed for quality of evidence by using the Cochrane Risk of Bias and the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) tools...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161318/loss-of-mtorc2-signaling-in-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells-delays-myelination
#3
Mark D Grier, Kathryn L West, Nathaniel D Kelm, Cary Fu, Mark D Does, Brittany Parker, Eleanor McBrier, Andre H Lagrange, Kevin C Ess, Robert P Carson
Myelin abnormalities are increasingly being recognized as an important component of a number of neurologic developmental disorders. The integration of many signaling pathways and cell types are critical for correct myelinogenesis. The PI3-K and mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathways have been found to play key roles. mTOR is found within two distinct complexes, mTORC1 and mTORC2. mTORC1 activity has been shown to play a major role during myelination, while the role of mTORC2 is not yet well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161241/determination-of-an-optimal-response-cut-off-able-to-predict-progression-free-survival-in-patients-with-well-differentiated-advanced-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumours-treated-with-sunitinib-an-alternative-to-the-current-recist-defined-response
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Angela Lamarca, Jorge Barriuso, Matthew Kulke, Ivan Borbath, Heinz-Josef Lenz, Jean Luc Raoul, Neal J Meropol, Catherine Lombard-Bohas, James Posey, Sandrine Faivre, Eric Raymond, Juan W Valle
BACKGROUND: Sunitinib prolongs progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with advanced pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (pNET). Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST)-defined partial responses (PR; classically defined as ⩾30% size decrease from baseline) are infrequent. METHODS: Individual data of pNET patients from the phase II [NCT00056693] and pivotal phase III [NCT00428597] trials of sunitinib were analysed in this investigator-initiated, post hoc study...
November 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160562/aqueous-extract-of-yellow-maca-lepidium-meyenii-improves-sperm-count-in-experimental-animals-but-response-depends-on-hypocotyl-size-ph-and-routes-of-administration
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L Sanchez-Salazar, G F Gonzales
Lepidium meyenii, a Peruvian plant growing over 4000 m.a.s.l., has effects on nutrition and fertility. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sperm count in 105 male mice receiving boiled aqueous extract of yellow maca hypocotyls from different sizes, under different pH conditions and using two different routes of administration. Five mice per group were treated daily for 3 days with vehicle (oral and intraperitoneal) or maca aqueous extracts (5 mg/0.5 ml/day) belonging to the first, second, third and fourth categories, according to their hypocotyl size...
November 21, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160405/dosimetry-in-cbct-with-different-protocols-emphasis-on-small-fovs-including-exams-for-tmj
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Helena Aguiar Ribeiro Nascimento, Marcos Ely Almeida Andrade, Marco Antonio Gomes Frazão, Eduarda Helena Leandro Nascimento, Flavia Maria Moraes Ramos-Perez, Deborah Queiroz Freitas
This study aimed to estimate the absorbed dose in cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) exams according to different exposure parameters and size and position of the field of view (FOV). In addition was compared the absorbed dose of two smaller FOV scans with that of a larger FOV scan for evaluation of temporomandibular joint (TMJ), as it is a bilateral structure. CBCT scans were obtained on OP300 Maxio unit varying scanning mode (standard, high and endo) as well as size (5x5, 6x8 and 8x15 cm) and positioning of FOV...
July 2017: Brazilian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160120/oral-administration-of-a-novel-lipophilic-ppar%C3%AE-agonist-is-not-neuroprotective-after-rodent-cerebral-ischemia
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Samuel Knauss, Matthias Endres, Florian Blaschke, Claudia Hindinger, Alexander Kunz
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors are regulators of inflammatory signaling. This has fostered hope that PPAR agonists might have neuroprotective potential. We hypothesized that PPARδ activation by the novel orally administered lipophilic PPARδ agonist SAR145 may improve short- and long-term outcome after focal brain ischemia. We induced ischemia by transient filamentous middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo) in 227 C57BL/6 mice and administered SAR145 in varying doses and time windows post-injury...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160109/editorial-comment-on-end-2017-0618-or-r1
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Mordechai Duvdevani
Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is currently the treatment of choice for large and complex renal calculi. One of the main advantages of PCNL is gaining a real stone-free status in a single session. However, there are several major complications that necessitate careful patient selection for this surgery (1). In this well written manuscript the authors deal with the true rates and importance of residual fragments following PCNL surgeries done in a high volume center. They reviewed 658 PCNL procedures from 2008-2013 that underwent a CT scan on post-operative day one...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159922/design-considerations-in-clinical-trials-with-cure-rate-survival-data-a-case-study-in-oncology
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Steven Sun, Grace Liu, Tianmeng Lyu, Fubo Xue, Tzu-Min Yeh, Sudhakar Rao
For clinical trials with time-to-event as the primary endpoint, the clinical cutoff is often event-driven and the log-rank test is the most commonly used statistical method for evaluating treatment effect. However, this method relies on the proportional hazards assumption in that it has the maximal power in this circumstance. In certain disease areas or populations, some patients can be curable and never experience the events despite a long follow-up. The event accumulation may dry out after a certain period of follow-up and the treatment effect could be reflected as the combination of improvement of cure rate and the delay of events for those uncurable patients...
November 20, 2017: Pharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159745/prognostic-value-of-tumor-volume-in-glioblastoma-patients-size-also-matters-for-patients-with-incomplete-resection
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Stefanie Bette, Melanie Barz, Benedikt Wiestler, Thomas Huber, Julia Gerhardt, Niels Buchmann, Stephanie E Combs, Friederike Schmidt-Graf, Claire Delbridge, Claus Zimmer, Jan S Kirschke, Bernhard Meyer, Yu-Mi Ryang, Florian Ringel, Jens Gempt
BACKGROUND: Incomplete resection of glioblastoma is discussed controversially in the era of combined radiochemotherapy. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the benefit of subtotal tumor resection for glioblastoma patients as this was recently questioned in the era of radiochemotherapy. METHODS: Overall, 209 patients undergoing surgery for newly diagnosed WHO grade IV gliomas were retrospectively analyzed, and pre- and postoperative tumor volumes were manually segmented (cm(3))...
November 20, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159589/the-effect-of-mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-on-wound-healing-a-preliminary-study
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Astrid Meesters, Yvo M C In den Bosch-Meevissen, Chantal A H Weijzen, Wim A Buurman, Mario Losen, Jan Schepers, Monique R T M Thissen, Hugo J E M Alberts, Casper G Schalkwijk, Madelon L Peters
Psychological factors have been shown to influence the process of wound healing. This study examined the effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on the speed of wound healing. The local production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and growth factors was studied as potential underlying mechanism. Forty-nine adults were randomly allocated to a waiting-list control group (n = 26) or an 8-week MBSR group (n = 23). Pre- and post-intervention/waiting period assessment for both groups consisted of questionnaires...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159507/stat3-as-a-common-signal-of-ischemic-conditioning-a-lesson-on-rigor-and-reproducibility-in-preclinical-studies-on-cardioprotection
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Petra Kleinbongard, Andreas Skyschally, Sabine Gent, Marion Pesch, Gerd Heusch
Ischemic conditioning before (ischemic preconditioning, IPC) or after (ischemic postconditioning, POCO) sustained myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R), induced locally or remotely from the heart (remote IPC, RIPC), reduces infarct size. However, none of the identified signaling steps of ischemic conditioning was robust across models and species to be successfully translated to humans. In prior separate studies in pigs, activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) was causal for infarct size reduction by IPC, POCO, and RIPC but it remains unclear whether or not STAT3 is truly a common denominator of cardioprotective signaling...
November 20, 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159430/radiation-therapy-induced-metastasis-radiobiology-and-clinical-implications
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Benjamin J Blyth, Aidan J Cole, Michael P MacManus, Olga A Martin
Radiation therapy is an effective means of achieving local control in a wide range of primary tumours, with the reduction in the size of the tumour(s) thought to mediate the observed reductions in metastatic spread in clinical trials. However, there is evidence to suggest that the complex changes induced by radiation in the tumour environment can also present metastatic risks that may counteract the long-term efficacy of the treatment. More than 25 years ago, several largely theoretical mechanisms by which radiation exposure might increase metastatic risk were postulated...
November 20, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158976/intraspecific-variation-in-the-diet-of-the-mexican-garter-snake-thamnophis-eques
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Javier Manjarrez, Martha Pacheco-Tinoco, Crystian S Venegas-Barrera
The Mexican Garter Snake (Thamnophis eques) is a terrestrial-aquatic generalist that feeds on both aquatic and terrestrial prey. We describe size-related variation and sexual variation in the diet of T. eques through analysis of 262 samples of identifiable stomach contents in snakes from 23 locations on the Mexican Plateau. The snake T. eques we studied consumed mostly fish, followed in lesser amounts by leeches, earthworms, frogs, and tadpoles. Correspondence analysis suggested that the frequency of consumption of various prey items differed between the categories of age but not between sex of snakes, and the general pattern was a reduction of prey item diversity with size of snake...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158705/melatonin-attenuates-thiocyanate-induced-vasoconstriction-in-aortic-rings
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Alexander M Prusa, Christian A Plass
Cigarette smoking not only has a carcinogenic effect but also leads to an increase in arterial blood pressure. Besides its main components, i.e. nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, cigarette smoke also contains thiocyanate. Thiocyanate anions (SCN(-)) arise from the detoxification of hydrogen cyanide and its plasma concentrations were found to correlate significantly with cigarette consumption. There is also evidence that atherosclerotic disease progression is much more rapid when serum SCN(-) levels are increased...
November 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158537/medicinal-plant-leaf-extract-and-pure-flavonoid-mediated-green-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-and-their-enhanced-antibacterial-property
#16
Siddhant Jain, Mohan Singh Mehata
The rewards of using plants and plant metabolites over other biological methods for nanoparticle synthesis have fascinated researchers to investigate mechanisms of metal ions uptake and bio-reduction by plants. Here, green chemistry were employed for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using leaf extracts of Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi) and its derivative quercetin (flavonoid present in Tulsi) separately as precursors to investigate the role of biomolecules present in Tulsi in the formation of AgNPs from cationic silver under different physicochemical conditions such as pH, temperature, reaction time and reactants concentration...
November 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158403/beating-the-curse-of-dimension-with-accurate-statistics-for-the-fokker-planck-equation-in-complex-turbulent-systems
#17
Nan Chen, Andrew J Majda
Solving the Fokker-Planck equation for high-dimensional complex dynamical systems is an important issue. Recently, the authors developed efficient statistically accurate algorithms for solving the Fokker-Planck equations associated with high-dimensional nonlinear turbulent dynamical systems with conditional Gaussian structures, which contain many strong non-Gaussian features such as intermittency and fat-tailed probability density functions (PDFs). The algorithms involve a hybrid strategy with a small number of samples [Formula: see text], where a conditional Gaussian mixture in a high-dimensional subspace via an extremely efficient parametric method is combined with a judicious Gaussian kernel density estimation in the remaining low-dimensional subspace...
November 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157914/population-sensitivities-of-animals-to-chronic-ionizing-radiation-model-predictions-from-mice-to-elephant
#18
Tatiana G Sazykina
Model predictions of population response to chronic ionizing radiation (endpoint 'morbidity') were made for 11 species of warm-blooded animals, differing in body mass and lifespan - from mice to elephant. Predictions were made also for 3 bird species (duck, pigeon, and house sparrow). Calculations were based on analytical solutions of the mathematical model, simulating a population response to low-LET ionizing radiation in an ecosystem with a limiting resource (Sazykina, Kryshev, 2016). Model parameters for different species were taken from biological and radioecological databases; allometric relationships were employed for estimating some parameter values...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157898/radiologic-and-clinical-evaluation-of-a-bioabsorbable-collagen-implant-to-treat-partial-thickness-tears-a-prospective-multicenter-study
#19
Theodore F Schlegel, Jeffrey S Abrams, Brandon D Bushnell, J Logan Brock, Charles P Ho
BACKGROUND: Treatment of partial-thickness cuff tears remains controversial. Although conservative therapy may treat symptoms, these defects do not spontaneously heal and conversion to a full-thickness lesion with subsequent repair may alter the tendon footprint. The ability to induce new tissue formation and limit tear progression in intermediate- and high-grade partial-thickness tears without surgical repair may represent a significant advancement in the treatment paradigm for these lesions...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157563/nr2f1a-balances-atrial-chamber-and-atrioventricular-canal-size-via-bmp-signaling-independent-and-dependent-mechanisms
#20
Tiffany B Duong, Padmapriyadarshini Ravisankar, Yuntao Charlie Song, Jacob T Gafranek, Ariel B Rydeen, Tracy E Dohn, Lindsey A Barske, J Gage Crump, Joshua S Waxman
Determination of appropriate chamber size is critical for normal vertebrate heart development. Although Nr2f transcription factors promote atrial maintenance and differentiation, how they determine atrial size remains unclear. Here, we demonstrate that zebrafish Nr2f1a is expressed in differentiating atrial cardiomyocytes. Zebrafish nr2f1a mutants have smaller atria due to a specific reduction in atrial cardiomyocyte (AC) number, suggesting it has similar requirements to Nr2f2 in mammals. Furthermore, the smaller atria in nr2f1a mutants are derived from distinct mechanisms that perturb AC differentiation at the chamber poles...
November 17, 2017: Developmental Biology
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