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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732180/the-role-of-noncoding-genetic-variation-in-isolated-orofacial-clefts
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F Thieme, K U Ludwig
In the past decade, medical genetic research has generated multiple discoveries, many of which were obtained via genome-wide association studies (GWASs). A major GWAS finding is that the majority of risk variants for complex traits map to noncoding regions. This has resulted in a paradigm shift in terms of the interpretation of human genomic sequence variation, with more attention now being paid to what was previously termed "junk DNA." Translation of genetic findings into biologically meaningful results requires 1) large-scale and cell-specific efforts to annotate non-protein-coding regions and 2) the integration of comprehensive genomic data sets...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732153/hepatitis-b-and-c-viruses-and-biologics
#2
P Grewal, R Sanghera
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are common, worldwide viral illnesses that potentially impact the clinician's ability to manage patients with immunosuppressive medications such as biological therapy. In light of recent literature reviews, patients with HBV and HCV should be referred to a hepatologist or infectious disease expert prior to initiation of biological therapy.
July 2017: Skin Therapy Letter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732151/patients-attitudes-and-experiences-of-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-spondyloarthritis-a-qualitative-synthesis
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Ayano Kelly, Kathleen Tymms, David J Tunnicliffe, Daniel Sumpton, Chandima Perera, Kieran Fallon, Jonathan C Craig, Walter Abhayaratna, Allison Tong
OBJECTIVES: Non-adherence to disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthritis (SpA) results in increased disease activity and symptoms and poorer quality of life. We aimed to describe patients' attitudes and experiences of DMARDs in RA and SpA to inform strategies to improve medication adherence. METHODS: Databases (MEDLINE, Embase, PsycINFO, CINAHL) were searched to January 2016. Thematic synthesis was used to analyze the findings...
July 21, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731408/defining-the-biological-basis-of-radiomic-phenotypes-in-lung-cancer
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Patrick Grossmann, Olya Stringfield, Nehme El-Hachem, Marilyn M Bui, Emmanuel Rios Velazquez, Chintan Parmar, Ralph Th Leijenaar, Benjamin Haibe-Kains, Philippe Lambin, Robert Gillies, Hugo Jwl Aerts
Medical imaging can visualize characteristics of human cancer noninvasively. Radiomics is an emerging field that translates these medical images into quantitative data to enable phenotypic profiling of tumors. While radiomics has been associated with several clinical endpoints, the complex relationships of radiomics, clinical factors, and tumor biology are largely unknown. To this end, we analyzed two independent cohorts of respectively 262 North American and 89 European patients with lung cancer, and consistently identified previously undescribed associations between radiomic imaging features, molecular pathways, and clinical factors...
July 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730890/the-biopsychosocial-model-of-illness-a-model-whose-time-has-come
#5
Derick T Wade, Peter W Halligan
The biopsychosocial model outlined in Engel's classic Science paper four decades ago emerged from dissatisfaction with the biomedical model of illness, which remains the dominant healthcare model. Engel's call to arms for a biopsychosocial model has been taken up in several healthcare fields, but it has not been accepted in the more economically dominant and politically powerful acute medical and surgical domains. It is widely used in research into complex healthcare interventions, it is the basis of the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Functioning (WHO ICF), it is used clinically, and it is used to structure clinical guidelines...
August 2017: Clinical Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730757/psoriatic-arthritis-treatment-regimens-therapy-duration-and-reasons-for-cessation-in-the-biologics-era-a-multi-centre-australian-study
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Kathleen Tymms, Ayano Kelly, Paul Bird, Hedley Griffiths, Julien de Jager, Geoff Littlejohn, Sandra Louw, Lynden Roberts, Peter Youssef, Jane Zochling, Dave Nichols
AIM: To describe the treatment regimens, duration of therapy and reasons for disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) cessation in a large psoriatic arthritis (PsA) cohort. METHODS: A retrospective non-interventional multi-centre study using Audit4 electronic medical records, with de-identified, routinely collected clinical data from rheumatology practices in the OPAL consortium (Optimising Patient outcomes in Australian rheumatoLogy) during November 2015. Baseline characteristics, type and duration of conventional and biologic DMARDs (cDMARD and bDMARD, respectively), disease activity (Disease Activity Score of 28 joints C-reactive protein [DAS28-CRP]), and reasons for treatment cessation were recorded...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730751/tuberculosis-and-biologics-in-rheumatology-india-a-special-situation
#7
REVIEW
Rohini Handa, Sundeep Upadhyaya, Sanjiv Kapoor, Ramesh Jois, Bimlesh D Pandey, Anuj K Bhatnagar, Ashwani Khanna, Vishal Goyal, Kamal Kumar
India has a huge patient burden of rheumatic diseases (RDs) including rheumatoid arthritis. The use of biologics has transformed the treatment paradigm for RD; however, biologic treatment-related infections (especially tuberculosis [TB]) are an area of potential concern for TB-endemic nations like India. Anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy impairs the physiological TNF-mediated signaling and may cause reactivation and dissemination of latent TB infection (LTBI). Careful screening is, thus, crucial in RD patients who are about to commence anti-TNF treatment...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730640/2016-updated-thai-rheumatism-association-recommendations-for-the-use-of-biologic-and-targeted-synthetic-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Worawit Louthrenoo, Nuntana Kasitanon, Wanruchada Katchamart, Duangkamol Aiewruengsurat, Parawee Chevaisrakul, Praveena Chiowchanwisawakit, Pornchai Dechanuwong, Punchong Hanvivadhanakul, Ajanee Mahakkanukrauh, Siriporn Manavathongchai, Chayawee Muangchan, Pongthorn Narongroeknawin, Veerapong Phumethum, Boonjing Siripaitoon, Anawat Suesuwan, Siraphop Suwannaroj, Parichat Uea-Areewongsa, Sittichai Ukritchon, Paijit Asavatanabodee, Ajchara Koolvisoot, Ratanavadee Nanagara, Kitti Totemchokchyakarn, Kanokrut Nuntirooj, Tasanee Kitumnuaypong
AIM: In June 2015, the Thai Rheumatism Association (TRA) approved an update of its recommendation for the use of biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) and targeted synthetic (tsDMARD) in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to cover those currently available in Thailand (etanercept, infliximab, golimumab, rituximab, tocilizumab, abatacept and tofacitinib). METHOD: A search of the literature was performed between January 2000 and June 2015...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730379/vaccine-effectiveness-against-influenza-in-2015-16-in-hospital-and-ambulatory-medical-care-facilities-polish-results-of-the-european-i-move-multicenter-study
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Iwona Paradowska-Stankiewicz, Monika R Korczyńska, Katarzyna Cieślak, Dorota Kowalczyk, Karol Szymański, Lidia B Brydak
Influenza vaccination is the best measure available to prevent seasonal influenza infection. The majority of studies on vaccine effectiveness in the 2015/16 season conducted in the European I-MOVE+ Project, show that a match between the circulating influenza strains in the general public and those included in the vaccine for the Northern Hemisphere was low to moderate. As part of I-MOVE+, Poland has implemented a case control negative study design and molecular biology methods, such as real time RT-PCR, to assess the vaccine match and effectiveness...
July 21, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730213/magnetic-separation-its-application-in-mining-waste-purification-medicine-biochemistry-and-chemistry
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REVIEW
M Iranmanesh, J Hulliger
The use of strong magnetic field gradients and high magnetic fields generated by permanent magnets or superconducting coils has found applications in many fields such as mining, solid state chemistry, biochemistry and medical research. Lab scale or industrial implementations involve separation of macro- and nanoparticles, cells, proteins, and macromolecules down to small molecules and ions. Most promising are those attempts where the object to be separated is attached to a strong magnetic nanoparticle. Here, all kinds of specific affinity interactions are used to attach magnetic carrier particles to mainly objects of biological interest...
July 21, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729909/biological-effects-and-mechanisms-of-shortwave-radiation-a-review
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REVIEW
Chao Yu, Rui-Yun Peng
With the increasing knowledge of shortwave radiation, it is widely used in wireless communications, radar observations, industrial manufacturing, and medical treatments. Despite of the benefits from shortwave, these wide applications expose humans to the risk of shortwave electromagnetic radiation, which is alleged to cause potential damage to biological systems. This review focused on the exposure to shortwave electromagnetic radiation, considering in vitro, in vivo and epidemiological results that have provided insight into the biological effects and mechanisms of shortwave...
2017: Military Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729228/tangled-history-of-the-european-uses-of-sphagnum-moss-and-sphagnol
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REVIEW
Jacek Drobnik, Adam Stebel
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Sphagnum mosses and peat could have been utilized as wound dressings for centuries, however reliable data on this subject are ambiguous; sometimes even no distinction between peat moss (Sphagnum spp.) and peat is made or these terms become confused. The first scientific account on surgical use of peat comes from 1882: a peat digger who successfully, by himself and in the way unknown to the then medicine, cured an open fracture of his forearm with peat. The peat, and very soon the peat moss itself (which is the major constituent of peat) drew attention of the 19(th)-century surgeons...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729087/real-world-effectiveness-of-biologic-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs-for-the-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-after-etanercept-discontinuation-in-the-united-kingdom-france-and-germany
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Nanxin Li, Keith A Betts, Andrew J Messali, Martha Skup, Vishvas Garg
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the real-world effectiveness of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who discontinued etanercept treatment and subsequently received another tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) inhibitor or a non-TNF-α biologic in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. METHODS: Medical record data of patients with RA were collected from a panel of rheumatologists in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Patients were required to have a diagnosis of RA, be ≥18 years old, and have initiated use of another TNF-α inhibitor (adalimumab, certolizumab pegol, golimumab, or infliximab) or a non-TNF-α biologic (abatacept or tocilizumab) between January 2014 and May 2015 after discontinuing use of etanercept...
July 17, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728596/implementation-of-longevity-promoting-supplements-and-medications-in-public-health-practice-achievements-challenges-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Alexander Vaiserman, Oleh Lushchak
BACKGROUND: Most modern societies undergo rapid population aging. The rise in life expectancy, nevertheless, is not accompanied, to date, by the same increment of healthspan. Efforts to increase healthspan by means of supplements and pharmaceuticals targeting aging-related pathologies are presently in spotlight of a new branch in geriatric medicine, geroscience, postulating that aging could be manipulated in such a way that will in parallel allow delay the onset of all age-associated chronic disorders...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728040/measures-and-predictors-of-varenicline-adherence-in-the-treatment-of-nicotine-dependence
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Annie R Peng, Mark Morales, E Paul Wileyto, Larry W Hawk, Paul Cinciripini, Tony P George, Neal L Benowitz, Nicole L Nollen, Caryn Lerman, Rachel F Tyndale, Robert Schnoll
INTRODUCTION: While adherence to medication in smoking cessation clinical trials is strongly associated with clinical outcome, very few studies have evaluated the validity of pill count as a measure of adherence relative to a biological assay, and evaluated a broad range of correlates of adherence. METHODS: In a smoking cessation clinical trial of varenicline, we compared pill counts collected over 4 different time periods to varenicline salivary levels taken after 2weeks of treatment, as well as evaluated predictors of adherence to varenicline...
July 12, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727871/biosimilars-in-oncology-in-the-united-states-a-review
#16
Chadi Nabhan, Sandeep Parsad, Anthony R Mato, Bruce A Feinberg
Importance: Biosimilars are biological medicines that contain a highly similar version of the active substance of an already approved biologic reference product. The availability of biosimilars might provide an opportunity to lower health care expenditures as a result of the inherent price competition with their reference product. Understanding how biosimilar cancer drugs are regulated, approved, and paid for, as well as their impact in a value-based care environment, is essential for physicians and other stakeholders in oncology...
July 20, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727631/one-year-of-baclofen-in-100-patients-with-or-without-cirrhosis-a-french-real-life-experience
#17
Camille Barrault, Hortensia Lison, Françoise Roudot-Thoraval, Armand Garioud, Charlotte Costentin, Véronique Béhar, Mourad Medmoun, Georges Pulwermacher, Hervé Hagège, Jean-François Cadranel
BACKGROUND: Several studies have suggested the efficacy of baclofen in reducing alcohol consumption, leading to a temporary recommendation for use in France. AIM: Our aim was to report our experience in using baclofen in alcohol-dependant patients with or without liver cirrhosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Consecutive patients from two liver and alcohol units were recruited over a 3-year period and received increasing doses of baclofen associated with social, psychological, and medical care...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725530/smart-fluid-systems-the-advent-of-autonomous-liquid-robotics
#18
REVIEW
A Chiolerio, Marco B Quadrelli
Organic, inorganic or hybrid devices in the liquid state, kept in a fixed volume by surface tension or by a confining membrane that protects them from a harsh environment, could be used as biologically inspired autonomous robotic systems with unique capabilities. They could change shape according to a specific exogenous command or by means of a fully integrated adaptive system, and provide an innovative solution for many future applications, such as space exploration in extreme or otherwise challenging environments, post-disaster search and rescue in ground applications, compliant wearable devices, and even in the medical field for in vivo applications...
July 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725529/recent-progress-on-piezoelectric-and-triboelectric-energy-harvesters-in-biomedical-systems
#19
REVIEW
Qiang Zheng, Bojing Shi, Zhou Li, Zhong Lin Wang
Implantable medical devices (IMDs) have become indispensable medical tools for improving the quality of life and prolonging the patient's lifespan. The minimization and extension of lifetime are main challenges for the development of IMDs. Current innovative research on this topic is focused on internal charging using the energy generated by the physiological environment or natural body activity. To harvest biomechanical energy efficiently, piezoelectric and triboelectric energy harvesters with sophisticated structural and material design have been developed...
July 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725284/addiction-and-moralization-the-role-of-the-underlying-model-of-addiction
#20
Lily E Frank, Saskia K Nagel
Addiction appears to be a deeply moralized concept. To understand the entwinement of addiction and morality, we briefly discuss the disease model and its alternatives in order to address the following questions: Is the disease model the only path towards a 'de-moralized' discourse of addiction? While it is tempting to think that medical language surrounding addiction provides liberation from the moralized language, evidence suggests that this is not necessarily the case. On the other hand non-disease models of addiction may seem to resuscitate problematic forms of the moralization of addiction, including, invoking blame, shame, and the wholesale rejection of addicts as people who have deep character flaws, while ignoring the complex biological and social context of addiction...
2017: Neuroethics
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