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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454296/association-between-braf-v600e-mutation-and-the-clinicopathological-features-of-solitary-papillary-thyroid-microcarcinoma
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Hai-Zhen Lu, Tian Qiu, Jian-Ming Ying, Ning Lyn
The B-Raf proto-oncogene serine/threonine kinase (BRAF)(V600E) mutation is an important oncogene in the development of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) and has been identified as a risk factor for poor prognosis in patients with PTC. However, whether the BRAF(V600E) mutation is a prognostic marker in patients with solitary papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (sPTMC) has not yet been established. The present study aimed to identify the association between BRAF(V600E) mutation and the clinicopathological features of patients with sPTMC...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454212/reciprocal-regulation-between-micrornas-and-epigenetic-machinery-in-colorectal-cancer
#2
Feng Wang, Yanlei Ma, Huamin Wang, Huanlong Qin
Epigenetics encompasses changes in DNA methylation, histone and chromatin structure, and non-coding RNAs, specifically microRNA (miRNA) expression. Recent advances in the rapidly evolving field of colorectal cancer (CRC) epigenetics have revealed a complicated network of reciprocal interconnections between miRNAs and other epigenetic machinery. On the one hand, miRNA expression may be regulated by epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation and histone modifications. However, miRNAs may affect the epigenetic machinery by directly targeting its enzymatic components...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453512/a-reproducible-semi-automatic-method-to-quantify-the-muscle-lipid-distribution-in-clinical-3d-ct-images-of-the-thigh
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Alexander Mühlberg, Oleg Museyko, Jean-Denis Laredo, Klaus Engelke
Many studies use threshold-based techniques to assess in vivo the muscle, bone and adipose tissue distribution of the legs using computed tomography (CT) imaging. More advanced techniques divide the legs into subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT), anatomical muscle (muscle tissue and adipocytes within the muscle border) and intra- and perimuscular adipose tissue. In addition, a so-called muscle density directly derived from the CT-values is often measured. We introduce a new integrated approach to quantify the muscle-lipid system (MLS) using quantitative CT in patients with sarcopenia or osteoporosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453288/photothermal-transport-of-dna-in-entropy-landscape-plasmonic-waveguides
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Cameron L C Smith, Anil H Thilsted, Jonas N Pedersen, Tomas H Youngman, Julia C Dyrnum, Nicolai A Michaelsen, Rodolphe Marie, Anders Kristensen
The ability to handle single, free molecules in lab-on-a-chip systems is key to the development of advanced biotechnologies. Entropic confinement offers passive control of polymers in nanofluidic systems by locally asserting a molecule's number of available conformation states through structured landscapes. Separately, a range of plasmonic configurations have demonstrated active manipulation of nano-objects by harnessing concentrated electric fields. The integration of these two independent techniques promises a range of sophisticated and complementary functions to handle, for example, DNA, but numerous difficulties, in particular, conflicting requirements of channel size, have prevented progress...
April 28, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453285/pharmacological-reprogramming-of-somatic-cells-for-regenerative-medicine
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Min Xie, Shibing Tang, Ke Li, Sheng Ding
Lost or damaged cells in tissues and organs can be replaced by transplanting therapeutically competent cells. This approach requires methods that effectively manipulate cellular identities and properties to generate sufficient numbers of desired cell types for transplantation. These cells can be generated by reprogramming readily available somatic cells, such as fibroblasts, into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which can replicate indefinitely and give rise to any somatic cell type. This reprogramming can be achieved with genetic methods, such as forced expression of pluripotency-inducing transcription factors (TFs), which can be further improved, or even avoided, with pharmacological agents...
April 28, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449363/health-literacy-interventions-for-immigrant-populations-a-systematic-review
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M Fernández-Gutiérrez, P Bas-Sarmiento, M J Albar-Marín, O Paloma-Castro, J M Romero-Sánchez
BACKGROUND: Health literacy is considered a social health determinant that influences improvement in health, patient empowerment and reduction in inequalities. There is a lack of health literacy interventions for vulnerable social groups (i.e. immigrants), and nurses have shown little familiarity with the concept. AIM: This study aimed to identify and analyse whether interventions directed at immigrant populations improve the functional (basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills), interactive (social and cognitive skills) and critical (advanced cognitive and social skills in critically analyzing information and making informed decisions) dimensions of health literacy, taking into account the role played by nursing in these interventions...
April 27, 2017: International Nursing Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449154/dual-raas-blockade-with-aliskiren-in-patients-with-severely-impaired-chronic-kidney-disease
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Franz Maximilian Rasche, Claudia Joel, Thomas Ebert, Thomas Frese, Filip Barinka, Volker Busch, Wilma Gertrud Rasche, Tom H Lindner, Jochen Schneider, Stephan Schiekofer
Dual renin-angiotensin-aldosterone blockade (dRAASb) is purposed in the prevention of the cardiorenal syndrome (CRS). However, all attempts with dRAASb even in patients with moderate impaired chronic kidney disease (CKD) were terminated due to the typical severe adverse events (SAE), e. g., hyperkalemia and rise of serum creatinine. The aim of our study with the direct renin inhibitor aliskiren was to evaluate the effect of dRAASb with a washout phase in patients with severely advanced CKD. We have studied 45 patients (G3b to 4, A2 and >A3; median glomerular filtration rate (GFR) CKD-EPI 31 (23-40) ml/min per 1...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449010/excess-of-a-rassf1-targeting-microrna-mir-193a-3p-perturbs-cell-division-fidelity
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Sofia Pruikkonen, Marko J Kallio
BACKGROUND: Several microRNA (miRNA) molecules have emerged as important post-transcriptional regulators of tumour suppressor and oncogene expression. Ras association domain family member 1 (RASSF1) is a critical tumour suppressor that controls multiple aspects of cell proliferation such as cell cycle, cell division and apoptosis. The expression of RASSF1 is lost in a variety of cancers due to the promoter hypermethylation. METHODS: miR-193a-3p was identified as a RASSF1-targeting miRNA by a dual screening approach...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449007/efficacy-of-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-in-oligorecurrent-and-in-oligoprogressive-prostate-cancer-new-evidence-from-a-multicentric-study
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Luca Triggiani, Filippo Alongi, Michela Buglione, Beatrice Detti, Riccardo Santoni, Alessio Bruni, Ernesto Maranzano, Frank Lohr, Rolando D'Angelillo, Alessandro Magli, Alberto Bonetta, Rosario Mazzola, Nadia Pasinetti, Giulio Francolini, Gianluca Ingrosso, Fabio Trippa, Sergio Fersino, Paolo Borghetti, Paolo Ghirardelli, Stefano Maria Magrini
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study is to evaluate the impact of metastases-directed stereotactic body radiotherapy in two groups of oligometastatic prostate cancer (PC) patients: oligorecurrent PC and oligoprogressive castration-resistant PC (oligo-CRPC). METHODS: Inclusion criteria of the present multicentre retrospective analysis were: (1) oligorecurrent PC, defined as the presence of 1-3 lesions (bone or nodes) detected with choline positron emission tomography or CT plus bone scan following biochemical recurrence; (2) oligo-CRPC, defined as metastases (bone or nodes) detected after a prostatic-specific antigen rise during androgen deprivation therapy (ADT)...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448665/trends-in-the-incidence-prevalence-and-survival-outcomes-in-patients-with-neuroendocrine-tumors-in-the-united-states
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Arvind Dasari, Chan Shen, Daniel Halperin, Bo Zhao, Shouhao Zhou, Ying Xu, Tina Shih, James C Yao
Importance: The incidence and prevalence of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are thought to be rising, but updated epidemiologic data are lacking. Objective: To explore the evolving epidemiology and investigate the effect of therapeutic advances on survival of patients with NETs. Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective, population-based study using nationally representative data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program was conducted to evaluate 64 971 patients with NETs from 1973 to 2012...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448524/modelling-the-vertical-distribution-of-canopy-fuel-load-using-national-forest-inventory-and-low-density-airbone-laser-scanning-data
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Eduardo González-Ferreiro, Stéfano Arellano-Pérez, Fernando Castedo-Dorado, Andrea Hevia, José Antonio Vega, Daniel Vega-Nieva, Juan Gabriel Álvarez-González, Ana Daría Ruiz-González
The fuel complex variables canopy bulk density and canopy base height are often used to predict crown fire initiation and spread. Direct measurement of these variables is impractical, and they are usually estimated indirectly by modelling. Recent advances in predicting crown fire behaviour require accurate estimates of the complete vertical distribution of canopy fuels. The objectives of the present study were to model the vertical profile of available canopy fuel in pine stands by using data from the Spanish national forest inventory plus low-density airborne laser scanning (ALS) metrics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448246/pornography-use-and-loneliness-a-bi-directional-recursive-model-and-pilot-investigation
#12
Mark H Butler, Samuel A Pereyra, Thomas W Draper, Nathan D Leonhardt, Kevin B Skinner
Sexuality is presumptively and observably a powerful core element of the human pair-bond relationship. Technological advances of the last half-century have made media a dominant cultural and developmental presence, including scripting sexual relationship attitudes and behavior. Theoretically and empirically, we examine loneliness as it relates to pornography use in terms of pornography's relational scripting and its addictive potential. Empirically, we examine the associative nature between pornography use and loneliness using a measurement model and two structural equation models where pornography use and loneliness are regressed on each other, respectively...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448173/high-beam-headlamp-use-rates-effects-of-rurality-proximity-of-other-traffic-and-roadway-curvature
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Ian J Reagan, Matthew L Brumbelow, Michael J Flannagan, John M Sullivan
OBJECTIVE: The few observational studies of the prevalence of high beam use indicate the rate of high beam use is about 25% when vehicles are isolated from other vehicles on unlit roads. Recent studies were limited to two-lane rural roads and used measurement methods that likely overestimated use. The current study examined factors associated with the rate of high beam use of isolated vehicles on a variety of roadways in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, area. METHODS: Twenty observation sites were categorized as urban, rural, or on a rural/urban boundary and selected to estimate the effects of street lighting, road curvature, and direction of travel relative to the city on high beam use...
April 27, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448170/mechanical-circulatory-support-devices-methods-to-optimize-hemodynamics-during-use
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Ben Bow Chung, Gabriel Sayer, Nir Uriel
Introduction Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) is an increasingly utilized mode of therapy in the management of advanced heart failure, both as bridge to heart transplantation and destination therapy. As MCS becomes more prevalent, it is ever more important to understand the complex hemodynamics of these devices, as well as the strategies for hemodynamic optimization. Areas Covered This review provides an overview of hemodynamics in the normal human heart and the failing heart. We discuss the various short-term mechanical circulatory support devices and their hemodynamic consequences...
April 27, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447912/targeting-ret-in-patients-with-ret-rearranged-lung-cancers-results-from-the-global-multicenter-ret-registry
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Oliver Gautschi, Julie Milia, Thomas Filleron, Juergen Wolf, David P Carbone, Dwight Owen, Ross Camidge, Vignhesh Narayanan, Robert C Doebele, Benjamin Besse, Jordi Remon-Masip, Pasi A Janne, Mark M Awad, Nir Peled, Chul-Cho Byoung, Daniel D Karp, Michael Van Den Heuvel, Heather A Wakelee, Joel W Neal, Tony S K Mok, James C H Yang, Sai-Hong Ignatius Ou, Georg Pall, Patrizia Froesch, Gérard Zalcman, David R Gandara, Jonathan W Riess, Vamsidhar Velcheti, Kristin Zeidler, Joachim Diebold, Martin Früh, Sebastian Michels, Isabelle Monnet, Sanjay Popat, Rafael Rosell, Niki Karachaliou, Sacha I Rothschild, Jin-Yuan Shih, Arne Warth, Thomas Muley, Florian Cabillic, Julien Mazières, Alexander Drilon
Purpose In addition to prospective trials for non-small-cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) that are driven by less common genomic alterations, registries provide complementary information on patient response to targeted therapies. Here, we present the results of an international registry of patients with RET-rearranged NSCLCs, providing the largest data set, to our knowledge, on outcomes of RET-directed therapy thus far. Methods A global, multicenter network of thoracic oncologists identified patients with pathologically confirmed NSCLC that harbored a RET rearrangement...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447104/bmp-type-ii-receptor-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#16
REVIEW
Mar Orriols, Maria Catalina Gomez-Puerto, Peter Ten Dijke
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a chronic disease characterized by a progressive elevation in mean pulmonary arterial pressure. This occurs due to abnormal remodeling of small peripheral lung vasculature resulting in progressive occlusion of the artery lumen that eventually causes right heart failure and death. The most common cause of PAH is inactivating mutations in the gene encoding a bone morphogenetic protein type II receptor (BMPRII). Current therapeutic options for PAH are limited and focused mainly on reversal of pulmonary vasoconstriction and proliferation of vascular cells...
April 26, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447005/future-directions-in-esophageal-cancer-therapy
#17
Ori Wald, Brandon Smaglo, Henry Mok, Shawn S Groth
Resection techniques for esophageal carcinoma continue to evolve, from endoscopic mucosal resection or endoscopic submucosal dissection for early stage disease to standard and robot-assisted minimally invasive esophagectomy as part of multimodal therapy for locally advanced disease. Though currently limited to assessing conduit perfusion and sentinel lymph nodes, embedded technology in the robotic surgical platform will likely play an expanded role during esophagectomy in the future. The use of targeted therapies, checkpoint inhibitors, engineered immune cell therapy, and cancer vaccines show promise in the treatment of systemic disease...
March 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447000/8th-edition-ajcc-uicc-staging-of-cancers-of-the-esophagus-and-esophagogastric-junction-application-to-clinical-practice
#18
Thomas W Rice, Deepa T Patil, Eugene H Blackstone
The 8th edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) staging of epithelial cancers of the esophagus and esophagogastric junction (EGJ) presents separate classifications for clinical (cTNM), pathologic (pTNM), and postneoadjuvant (ypTNM) stage groups. Histopathologic cell type markedly affects survival of clinically and pathologically staged patients, requiring separate groupings for each cell type, but ypTNM groupings are identical for both cell types. Clinical categories, typically obtained by imaging with minimal histologic information, are limited by resolution of each method...
March 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446977/endoscopic-management-of-esophageal-leaks
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REVIEW
Gabie K B Ong, Richard K Freeman
Traditionally, gold standard treatment for an acute esophageal perforation has been operative repair. Over the past two decades, there has been a paradigm shift towards the use of esophageal stents. Recent advances in biomaterial allowed a new generation of stents to be manufactured that combined (I) a non-permeable covering; (II) radial force sufficient to occlude a transmural esophageal injury and (III) improved ease of removability. The amalgamation of these developments set the stage for utilizing esophageal stents as part of the management algorithm of an acute esophageal perforation...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446972/thermal-ablation-for-asthma-current-status-and-technique
#20
REVIEW
William Krmisky, Michal J Sobieszczyk, Saiyad Sarkar
Bronchial thermoplasty (BT) is a novel technique used in the treatment of severe asthma. A catheter is advanced through the bronchoscope and directed radiofrequency waves are applied to the segmental bronchi to reduce airway smooth muscle mass. Several randomized clinical trials demonstrate improvement in quality of life and reduction in exacerbation rates after treatment. BT is a safe and cost effective treatment option for severe asthma which is refractory to medical treatment. Further studies are needed in order to better describe the mechanism of action and the asthma subphenotype that was best benefit from this treatment...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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