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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644911/interictal-oscillations-and-focal-epileptic-disorders
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Maxime Lévesque, Pariya Salami, Zahra Shiri, Massimo Avoli
Neuronal network oscillations represent a main feature of the brain activity recorded in the EEG under normal and pathological conditions such as epilepsy. Specific oscillations occur between seizures in patients and in animal models of focal epilepsy, and thus they are termed interictal. According to their shape and intrinsic signal frequency, interictal oscillations are classified as spikes and high frequency oscillations (HFOs). Interictal spikes are recorded in the "wideband" EEG signal and consist of large-amplitude events that usually last less than 1 s; HFOs, in contrast, are extracted by amplifying the appropriately filtered EEG signal, and are usually categorized as ripples (80-200 Hz) and fast ripples (250-500 Hz)...
June 23, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615418/cutting-edge-activation-of-sting-in-t-cells-induces-type-i-ifn-responses-and-cell-death
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Bridget Larkin, Vladimir Ilyukha, Maxim Sorokin, Anton Buzdin, Edouard Vannier, Alexander Poltorak
Stimulator of interferon genes (STING) was initially described as a sensor of intracellular bacterial and viral DNA and a promising adjuvant target in innate immune cells; more recently STING has also been shown to detect endogenous DNA and play a role in tumor immunity and autoimmune disease development. Thus far STING has been studied in macrophages and dendritic cells. In this study, to our knowledge we provide the first evidence of STING activation in T cells, in which STING agonists not only provoke type I IFN production and IFN-stimulated gene expression, mirroring the response of innate cells, but are also capable of activating cell stress and death pathways...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608629/enantioselective-cytotoxicity-of-zns-mn-quantum-dots-in-a549-cells
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V A Kuznetsova, A K Visheratina, A Ryan, I V Martynenko, A Loudon, C M Maguire, F Purcell-Milton, A O Orlova, A V Baranov, A V Fedorov, A Prina-Mello, Y Volkov, Y K Gun'Ko
Chirality strongly influences many biological properties of materials, such as cell accumulation, enzymatic activity, and toxicity. In the past decade, it has been shown that quantum dots (QDs), fluorescent semiconductor nanoparticles with unique optical properties, can demonstrate optical activity due to chiral ligands bound on their surface. Optically active QDs could find potential applications in biomedical research, therapy, and diagnostics. Consequently, it is very important to investigate the interaction of QDs capped with chiral ligands with living cells...
June 13, 2017: Chirality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598774/what-could-we-learn-from-the-sub-analysis-of-a-single-nation-cohort-in-a-worldwide-study-lessons-from-the-results-observed-in-the-italian-cohort-of-the-go-more-trial
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Roberto Giacomelli, Piero Ruscitti, Stefano Bombardieri, Giovanna Cuomo, Salvatore De Vita, Mauro Galeazzi, Monica Mecchia
OBJECTIVES: GO-MORE Trial investigated the use of Golimumab (GLM) in 3280 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients worldwide. At present, the burden of arthritis is greater in poorer countries than in developed countries due to socioeconomic disparities, thus suggesting the usefulness of subgroup investigations. We aimed to evaluate GLM as add-on therapy for RA patients in the Italian cohort of GO-MORE trial and compared the clinical characteristics between Italian patients and the enrolled patients worldwide...
June 6, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588005/delivering-cognitive-behavior-therapy-to-young-adults-with-symptoms-of-depression-and-anxiety-using-a-fully-automated-conversational-agent-woebot-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick, Alison Darcy, Molly Vierhile
BACKGROUND: Web-based cognitive-behavioral therapeutic (CBT) apps have demonstrated efficacy but are characterized by poor adherence. Conversational agents may offer a convenient, engaging way of getting support at any time. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a fully automated conversational agent to deliver a self-help program for college students who self-identify as having symptoms of anxiety and depression...
June 6, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583942/management-of-endocrine-disease-risk-of-overtreatment-of-patients-with-adrenal-insufficiency-current-and-emerging-aspects
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Gherardo Mazziotti, Anna Maria Formenti, Stefano Frara, Elisa Roca, Pietro Mortini, Alfredo Berruti, Andrea Giustina
The effects of long-term replacement therapy of adrenal insufficiency (AI) are still a matter of controversy. In fact, the established glucocorticoid replacement regimens do not completely mirror the endogenous hormonal production and the monitoring of AI treatment may be a challenge for the lack of reliable biochemical markers. Consequently, several AI patients may be exposed to relative glucocorticoid excess that, even if mild, may potentially lead to development of chronic complications, such as diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hypertension and fragility fractures with consequent impaired QoL and increased mortality risk...
June 5, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583396/a-novel-endpoint-for-exacerbations-in-asthma-to-accelerate-clinical-development-a-post-hoc-analysis-of-randomised-controlled-trials
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Anne L Fuhlbrigge, Thomas Bengtsson, Stefan Peterson, Alexandra Jauhiainen, Göran Eriksson, Carla A Da Silva, Anthony Johnson, Tariq Sethi, Nicholas Locantore, Ruth Tal-Singer, Malin Fagerås
BACKGROUND: Occurrence of severe asthma exacerbations are the cornerstone of the evaluation of asthma management, but severe asthma exacerbations are rare events. Therefore, trials that assess drug efficacy on exacerbations are done late in clinical development programmes. We aimed to establish an endpoint capturing clinically relevant deteriorations (diary events) that, when combined with severe exacerbations, create a composite outcome (CompEx). CompEx needs to strongly mirror results seen with the severe exacerbation-validated outcome, to allow the design of clinical trials of shorter duration and that include fewer patients than trials assessing severe exacerbations...
June 2, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582249/design-and-development-of-a-telerehabilitation-platform-for-patients-with-phantom-limb-pain-a-user-centered-approach
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Andreas Rothgangel, Susy Braun, Rob Smeets, Anna Beurskens
BACKGROUND: Phantom limb pain is a frequent and persistent problem following amputation. Achieving sustainable favorable effects on phantom limb pain requires therapeutic interventions such as mirror therapy that target maladaptive neuroplastic changes in the central nervous system. Unfortunately, patients' adherence to unsupervised exercises is generally poor and there is a need for effective strategies such as telerehabilitation to support long-term self-management of patients with phantom limb pain...
February 15, 2017: JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580390/glucocorticoid-receptor-mediated-cis-repression-of-osteogenic-genes-requires-brm-swi-snf
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Michael J Pico, Sharareh Hashemi, Fuhua Xu, Kevin Hong Nguyen, Robert Donnelly, Elizabeth Moran, Stephen Flowers
Glucocorticoids are an effective therapy for a variety of severe inflammatory and autoimmune disorders; however, the therapeutic use of glucocorticoids is severely limited by their negative side effects, particularly on osteogenesis. Glucocorticoids regulate transcription by binding to the glucocorticoid receptor (GR), which then binds the promoters of target genes to induce either activation or repression. The gene activation effects of nuclear hormone receptors broadly require the cooperation of the chromatin remodeling complex known as SWI/SNF, which is powered by an ATPase core...
December 2016: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576479/aldosterone-breakthrough-in-dogs-with-naturally-occurring-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease
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M K Ames, C E Atkins, A Eriksson, A M Hess
INTRODUCTION: Aldosterone breakthrough (ABT) is the condition in which angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and/or angiotensin receptor blockers fail to effectively suppress the activity of the renin angiotensin aldosterone system. The objective of this study was to determine if ABT occurs in dogs with naturally occurring myxomatous mitral valve disease receiving an ACEI, using the urine aldosterone to creatinine ratio (UAldo:C) as a measure of renin angiotensin aldosterone system activation...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567500/treatment-of-sleep-dysfunction-in-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Amy W Amara, Lana M Chahine, Aleksandar Videnovic
Impaired sleep and alertness affect the majority of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, negatively impacting safety and quality of life. The etiology of impaired sleep-wake cycle in PD is multifactorial and encompasses medication side effects, nocturnal PD motor symptoms, and presence of co-existent sleep and neuropsychiatric disorders. The primary neurodegenerative process of PD involves brain regions that regulate the sleep-wake cycle, such as brainstem and hypothalamic nuclei. Sleep disorders in PD include insomnia, REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), sleep disordered breathing (SDB), restless legs syndrome (RLS), and circadian disruption...
July 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566498/thermal-combination-therapies-for-local-drug-delivery-by-magnetic-resonance-guided-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound
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Nicole Hijnen, Esther Kneepkens, Mariska de Smet, Sander Langereis, Edwin Heijman, Holger Grüll
Several thermal-therapy strategies such as thermal ablation, hyperthermia-triggered drug delivery from temperature-sensitive liposomes (TSLs), and combinations of the above were investigated in a rhabdomyosarcoma rat tumor model (n = 113). Magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (MR-HIFU) was used as a noninvasive heating device with precise temperature control for image-guided drug delivery. For the latter, TSLs were prepared, coencapsulating doxorubicin (dox) and [Gd(HPDO3A)(H2O)], and injected in tumor-bearing rats before MR-HIFU treatment...
June 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540011/effectiveness-of-vision-therapy-in-school-children-with-symptomatic-convergence-insufficiency
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Jung Un Jang, Jung Yun Jang, Kim Tai-Hyung, Hwang Woon Moon
PURPOSE: To determine the effectiveness of vision therapy among Korean elementary school children with convergence insufficiency. METHODS: A total of 235 elementary schoolchildren, 10.13 ± 2.45 years of age, were subjected to thorough eye examination including binocular vision testing. Of them, 32 individuals with symptomatic convergence insufficiency without strabismus, amblyopia, and ocular disease were chosen to receive vision therapy via brock string, barrel card, mirror stereoscope, prism goggles, and aperture rule for a duration of 8 weeks...
April 2017: Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533774/the-role-of-ifn-%C3%AE-during-the-course-of-sepsis-progression-and-its-therapeutic-potential
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REVIEW
Gorjana Rackov, Rahman Shokri, Melchor Álvarez De Mon, Carlos Martínez-A, Dimitrios Balomenos
Sepsis is a complex biphasic syndrome characterized by both pro- and anti-inflammatory immune states. Whereas early sepsis mortality is caused by an acute, deleterious pro-inflammatory response, the second sepsis phase is governed by acute immunosuppression, which predisposes patients to long-term risk for life-threatening secondary infections. Despite extensive basic research and clinical trials, there is to date no specific therapy for sepsis, and mortality rates are on the rise. Although IFN-β is one of the most-studied cytokines, its diverse effects are not fully understood...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532877/task-based-mirror-therapy-enhances-ipsilesional-motor-functions-in-stroke-a-pilot-study
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Kamal Narayan Arya, Shanta Pandian, Dharmendra Kumar
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of Mirror therapy (MT) on dexterity, coordination, and muscle strength of the less-affected upper limb in stroke. DESIGN: Pre-test post-test, single group, experimental design. SETTING: Rehabilitation institute. PARTICIPANTS: Post-stroke hemiparetic chronic subjects (N = 21). INTERVENTIONS: Forty sessions of MT using various tasks in addition to the conventional rehabilitation...
April 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506003/synergy-effects-of-combined-multichannel-emg-triggered-electrical-stimulation-and-mirror-therapy-in-subacute-stroke-patients-with-severe-or-very-severe-arm-hand-paresis
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Thomas Schick, Hans-Peter Schlake, Juliane Kallusky, Günter Hohlfeld, Maria Steinmetz, Florian Tripp, Karsten Krakow, Michaela Pinter, Christian Dohle
BACKGROUND: Neurorehabilitation requires the development of severity-dependent and successful therapies for arm/hand rehabilitation in stroke patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of adding mirror therapy to bilateral EMG-triggered multi-channel electrostimulation for the treatment of severe arm/hand paresis in stroke patients. METHODS: The subjects of this randomized, controlled, multicentre study were stroke patients who had suffered their first insult between 1 and 6 months before study start and had severe or very severe arm/hand paresis, as classified by Fugl-Meyer-Assessment...
2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502530/the-operating-room-of-the-future-versus-the-future-of-the-operating-room
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REVIEW
Amin B Kassam, Richard A Rovin, Sarika Walia, Srikant Chakravarthi, Juanita Celix, Jonathan Jennings, Sammy Khalili, Lior Gonen, Alejandro Monroy-Sosa, Melanie B Fukui
Technological advancement in the operating room is evolving into a dynamic system mirroring that of the aeronautics industry. Through data visualization, information is continuously being captured, collected, and stored on a scalable informatics platform for rapid, intuitive, iterative learning. The authors believe this philosophy (paradigm) will feed into an intelligent informatics domain fully accessible to all and geared toward precision, cell-based therapy in which tissue can be targeted and interrogated in situ...
June 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500877/clinically-isolated-aortitis-pitfalls-progress-and-possibilities
#18
REVIEW
Ilkay Cinar, He Wang, James R Stone
Non-infectious aortitis may be caused by several distinct systemic rheumatologic diseases. In some patients, aortitis is identified either pathologically or radiologically in the absence of clinical evidence of a systemic vasculitis. By consensus nomenclature, such cases are referred to as clinically isolated aortitis (CIA). Some systemic disorders may initially present as CIA including giant cell arteritis (GCA), IgG4-related disease, infectious aortitis, and granulomatosis with polyangiitis. CIA most commonly occurs in women of European descent over the age of 50 and, thus, mirrors the gender, age, and geographic distribution of GCA...
April 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497930/mirror-therapy-for-involuntary-movement-due-to-chronic-thalamic-hemorrhage-a-case-report
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Seiji Miura, Makoto Ueno, Ryuji Miyata, Eriko Maniwa, Seiji Etoh, Megumi Shimodozono
BACKGROUND: Some stroke survivors suffer from involuntary movement, which often disturbs upper-limb function, but there are few effective modality options. CASE REPORT: A 70-year-old man presented with persisting right-upper-limb hemiballism due to left thalamic hemorrhage 10 years before. We provided inpatient rehabilitation, including repetitive-facilitative exercise and task-related training, and prescribed clonazepam from day 5 after admission. However, the affected upper limb showed no significant change and remained nonfunctional...
May 12, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483657/immediate-effects-of-mirror-therapy-in-patients-with-shoulder-pain-and-decreased-range-of-motion
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Adriaan Louw, Emilio J Puentedura, Dave Reese, Paula Parker, Terra Miller, Paul Mintken
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of a brief single component of the graded motor imagery (GMI) sequence (mirror therapy) on active range of motion (AROM), pain, fear-avoidance and pain catastrophization in patients with shoulder pain. DESIGN: Single-blind case series SETTING: Three outpatient physical therapy clinics PARTICIPANTS: Patients with shoulder pain and limited AROM. INTERVENTIONS: Patients moved their unaffected shoulder through comfortable AROM in front of a mirror so that it appeared that they were moving their affected shoulder...
May 5, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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