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Jan Endrikat, Susan Dohanish, Nicolas Schleyer, Susanne Schwenke, Sheela Agarwal, Thomas Balzer
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to critically assess the evaluation and categorization process for nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) based on reports received by Bayer from 2006 to 2016. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 779 NSF reports received by Bayer globally from 2006 to 2016 were included in the analysis. Arlington Medical Resources provided gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) market share. Reports were conservatively categorized based on the Cowper/Girardi criteria...
March 16, 2018: Investigative Radiology
Luis Malpica, Agustin Pimentel, Isildinha M Reis, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Lazaros Lekakis, Krishna Komanduri, Thomas Harrington, Glen N Barber, Juan C Ramos
Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) is a fatal disease caused by human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1). We retrospectively analyzed 195 patients with ATLL (lymphomatous n = 96, acute n = 80, unfavorable chronic n = 7, chronic n = 5, smoldering n = 3, and unclassified n = 4) diagnosed between 1987 and 2016 (median age 52 years, 77% Afro-Caribbean). Hypercalcemia was associated with acute ATLL (65%, vs 23% lymphomatous) ( P = .012). The median survival for patients treated with modern therapies between 2000 and 2016 was 4...
March 27, 2018: Blood Advances
Jingyi Li, Jie Xu, Lynne V Abruzzo, Guilin Tang, Shaoying Li, M James You, Gary Lu, Elias J Jabbour, Qi Deng, Carlos E Bueso-Ramos, L Jeffrey Medeiros, C Cameron Yin
We describe the clinical, morphologic, immunophenotypic and molecular genetic features of 15 cases of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with t(4;12)(q12;p13). There were 9 men and 6 women, with a median age of 50 years (range, 17-76). Most patients had hypercellular bone marrow with a median blast count of 58% and multilineage dysplasia. Flow cytometry analysis showed myeloid lineage with blasts positive for CD13, CD33, CD34, CD38, CD117 and HLA-DR. Interestingly, aberrant CD7 expression was detected in 12/14 cases, and myeloperoxidase was either negative (3/15) or positive in only a small subset of the blasts (12/15)...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Shinsaku Imashuku, Miyako Kobayashi, Yoichi Nishii, Keisuke Nishimura
Diagnosis and treatment of Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) in elderly patients are often difficult. We report here a 61-year-old female suffering from a refractory axillary ulcer for nearly a year, whose biopsy revealed LCH. It was also noted that the patient had other cutaneous papulovesicular eruptions of LCH as well as central diabetes insipidus. The patient was first successfully treated with multiagent chemotherapy (cytosine arabinoside/vinblastine/prednisolone). DDAVP also well controlled diabetes insipidus; however, the axillary ulcer and cutaneous LCH relapsed...
2018: Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine
Lei Ding, Qing-Long Han, Xiaohua Ge, Xian-Ming Zhang
Event-triggered consensus of multiagent systems (MASs) has attracted tremendous attention from both theoretical and practical perspectives due to the fact that it enables all agents eventually to reach an agreement upon a common quantity of interest while significantly alleviating utilization of communication and computation resources. This paper aims to provide an overview of recent advances in event-triggered consensus of MASs. First, a basic framework of multiagent event-triggered operational mechanisms is established...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
Lilian Padrón, Jorge Rezende Filho, Joffre Amim Junior, Sue Yazaki Sun, Rafael Cortés Charry, Izildinha Maestá, Kevin M Elias, Neil Horowitz, Antonio Braga, Ross S Berkowitz
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate uterine evacuation of patients with molar pregnancy, comparing manual with electric vacuum aspiration. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of patients with molar pregnancy followed at the Rio de Janeiro Trophoblastic Disease Center from January 2007 to December 2016. The individual primary study outcomes were incomplete uterine evacuation, uterine perforation, development of uterine synechia, and development of postmolar gestational trophoblastic neoplasia...
March 8, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Joshua L Pierce, A Lindsay Frazier, James F Amatruda
Germ cell tumors (GCTs) arising in infants, children, and adolescents present a set of special challenges. GCTs make up about 3% of malignancies in children aged 0-18 and nearly 15% of cancers in adolescents. Epidemiologic and molecular evidence suggests that GCTs in young children likely represent a distinct biologic group as compared to GCTs of older adolescents and adults. Despite this difference, pediatric GCTs are typically treated with cisplatin-based multiagent regimens similar to those used in adults...
2018: Advances in Urology
J M Murphy, T E Burch, A J Dickenson, J Wong, R Moore
OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview and draw lessons from the establishment of a local oral health promotion programme for preschool children in Leicester, England (2013-2017). The article provides information on the strategic approach taken in Leicester, one of the most ethnically diverse cities in England, and also one of the most deprived. Over a third of children aged 3 years, and half of those aged 5 years, have experience of obvious dental decay. METHODS: A description of the evolution and development of the programme is provided along with commentary by the authors...
March 2018: Oral Diseases
Antonio Braga, Andressa Biscaro, Jessye Melgarejo do Amaral Giordani, Maurício Viggiano, Kevin M Elias, Ross S Berkowitz, Michael J Seckl
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether a human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) level ≥20,000 IU/L four weeks after uterine evacuation for complete hydatidiform mole (CHM) is an appropriate indicator for initiating chemotherapy for the treatment of gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN). STUDY DESIGN: Historical database review of 1228 women with CHM who received treatment and follow-up between January 2000 and June 2013 at four Brazilian trophoblastic disease centers...
February 15, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Virginia B Bowen, Thomas A Peterman, Dinorah L Calles, Antoine Thompson, Robert Kirkcaldy, Melanie Taylor
This article summarizes a multi-state outbreak of heterosexual syphilis, including 134 cases of syphilis in adults and adolescents and at least two cases of congenital syphilis, which occurred on an American Indian reservation in the United States during 2013-2015. In addition to providing salient details about the outbreak, the article seeks to document the case-finding and treatment activities undertaken, their relative success or failure, and the lessons learned from a coordinated, multiagency response. Of 134 adult cases of syphilis, 40% were identified by enhanced, interagency contact tracing and partner services; 26% through symptomatic testing; and 16% through screening of asymptomatic individuals as the result of an electronic medical record (EMR) screening prompt...
February 13, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Alex B Blair, Lauren M Rosati, Neda Rezaee, Georgios Gemenetzis, Lei Zheng, Ralph H Hruban, John L Cameron, Matthew J Weiss, Christopher L Wolfgang, Joseph M Herman, Jin He
BACKGROUND: The impact of neoadjuvant stereotactic body radiation therapy on postoperative complications for patients with borderline resectable or locally advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma remains unclear. Limited studies have compared neoadjuvant stereotactic body radiation therapy versus conventional chemoradiation therapy. A retrospective study was performed to determine if perioperative complications were different among patients with borderline resectable or locally advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma receiving neoadjuvant stereotactic body radiation therapy or chemoradiation therapy...
January 25, 2018: Surgery
Zhang Cong
Based on extended state observer, a novel and practical design method is developed to solve the distributed cooperative tracking problem of higher-order nonlinear multiagent systems with lumped disturbance in a fixed communication topology directed graph. The proposed method is designed to guarantee all the follower nodes ultimately and uniformly converge to the leader node with bounded residual errors. The leader node, modeled as a higher-order non-autonomous nonlinear system, acts as a command generator giving commands only to a small portion of the networked follower nodes...
January 25, 2018: ISA Transactions
Eleanor R Brush, David C Krakauer, Jessica C Flack
In many biological systems, the functional behavior of a group is collectively computed by the system's individual components. An example is the brain's ability to make decisions via the activity of billions of neurons. A long-standing puzzle is how the components' decisions combine to produce beneficial group-level outputs, despite conflicts of interest and imperfect information. We derive a theoretical model of collective computation from mechanistic first principles, using results from previous work on the computation of power structure in a primate model system...
January 2018: Science Advances
Marie-Clare Balaam, Gill Thomson
PROBLEM: The persistence of health inequalities in pregnancy and infancy amongst vulnerable/marginalised groups in the UK. BACKGROUND: During pregnancy and early motherhood some women experience severe and multiple psychosocial and economic disadvantages that negatively affect their wellbeing and make them at increased risk of poor maternal and infant health outcomes. AIM: To explore vulnerable/marginalised women's views and experiences of receiving targeted support from a specialist midwifery service and/or a charity...
January 19, 2018: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
Nicola Gökbuget, Hervé Dombret, Massimiliano Bonifacio, Albrecht Reichle, Carlos Graux, Christoph Faul, Helmut Diedrich, Max S Topp, Monika Brüggemann, Heinz-August Horst, Violaine Havelange, Julia Stieglmaier, Hendrik Wessels, Vincent Haddad, Jonathan E Benjamin, Gerhard Zugmaier, Dirk Nagorsen, Ralf C Bargou
Approximately 30-50% of adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in hematologic complete remission following multiagent therapy exhibit minimal residual disease (MRD) by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction or flow cytometry. MRD is the strongest predictor of relapse in ALL. In this open-label, single-arm study, adults with B-cell precursor ALL in hematologic complete remission with MRD (≥10-3 ) received blinatumomab 15 µg/m2 /day by continuous intravenous infusion for up to four cycles...
January 22, 2018: Blood
Balázs Király, György Szabó
We study multiagent logit-rule-driven evolutionary games on a square lattice whose pair interactions are composed of a maximal number of nonoverlapping elementary coordination games describing Ising-type interactions between just two of the available strategies. Using Monte Carlo simulations we investigate the macroscopic noise-level-dependent behavior of the two- and three-pair games and the critical properties of the continuous phase transtitions these systems exhibit. The four-strategy game is shown to be equivalent to a system that consists of two independent and identical Ising models...
October 2017: Physical Review. E
Filippo Palombi, Stefano Ferriani, Simona Toti
We investigate large-scale effects induced by external fields, phenomenologically interpreted as mass media, in multiagent models evolving with the microscopic dynamics of the binary naming game. In particular, we show that a single external field, broadcasting information at regular time intervals, can reverse the majority opinion of the population, provided the frequency and the effectiveness of the sent messages lie above well-defined thresholds. We study the phase structure of the model in the mean field approximation and in numerical simulations with several network topologies...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
Jessica L Heath, Waitman K Aumann, Charles M Maxfield, Daniel S Wechsler
Central nervous system (CNS) chloromas are an exceedingly rare presentation of CNS relapse in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We report a relapsed ALL patient who presented with 2 separate chloromas and cerebrospinal fluid lymphoblastocytosis, and outline a treatment plan of systemic chemotherapy and CNS-directed radiation therapy. A review of the literature indicates that multiagent chemotherapy combined with CNS radiotherapy is effective, with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation used in half of reported cases...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Pragnya Coca, Vijay Gandhi Linga, Sadashivudu Gundeti, Ashwani Tandon
Renal lymphoma is an uncommon renal tumor in children. Unlike renal lymphomas presenting as bilateral disease and renal failure, we report a boy who presented with unilateral renal involvement. After initial nephrectomy, he achieved remission with multiagent chemotherapy but relapsed systemically within 3 months. He was initiated on salvage chemotherapy with autologous bone marrow transplant. Even though the initial manifestation was localized lymphoma eventually, it turned out to be a systemic disease. He succumbed to disease at 14 months from diagnosis...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
Raffaella Cioffi, Alice Bergamini, Angiolo Gadducci, Gennaro Cormio, Veronica Giorgione, Micaela Petrone, Emanuela Rabaiotti, Francesca Pella, Massimo Candiani, Giorgia Mangili
OBJECTIVES: Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia affects women of reproductive age and is usually treated by chemotherapy. Major concerns related to chemotherapy in young women are the possible infertility, risk of early menopause, and teratogenic effects on subsequent pregnancies. The study's aim was to analyze menstrual and reproductive outcomes of women treated with single-agent versus multiagent chemotherapy for gestational trophoblastic neoplasia. METHODS: One-hundred fifty-one patients were treated...
February 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
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