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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078563/changes-in-first-line-injectable-disease-modifying-therapy-for-multiple-sclerosis-predictors-of-non-adherence-switching-discontinuation-and-interruption-of-drugs
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Luca Degli Esposti, Carlo Piccinni, Diego Sangiorgi, Valentina Perrone, Lucia Aledda, Maria Giovanna Marrosu, Fabio Lombardo
This study was aimed to describe changes of Disease-Modifying Treatments (DMT) in an Italian cohort of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and to identify predictors of therapeutic modifications. Patients with MS and treated with the first-line injectable DMT (interferons-IFNs or glatiramer) between 1/7/2009 and 31/10/2012 were selected from administrative databases of the MS Center of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy). Socio-demographic, therapeutic, and clinical information was collected in the 6 months preceding the index date...
January 11, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074285/t-cell-receptor-repertoire-usage-in-cancer-as-a-surrogate-marker-for-immune-responses
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REVIEW
David Schrama, Cathrin Ritter, Jürgen C Becker
Characterizing the interaction of cancer cells with the host adaptive immune system is critical for understanding tumor immunology and the modus operandi of immunotherapeutic interventions to treat cancer. As the key cellular effectors of adaptive immunity, T cells are endowed with specialized receptors (the T cell receptor; TCR), to recognize and to eliminate cancer cells. The diversity of the TCR repertoire results from specialized genetic diversification mechanisms that generate an incredible variability allowing recognizing extensive collections of antigens...
January 10, 2017: Seminars in Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069679/survey-of-pharmacist-prescribing-practices-in-alberta
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Lisa M Guirguis, Christine A Hughes, Mark J Makowsky, Cheryl A Sadowski, Theresa J Schindel, Nese Yuksel
PURPOSE: Results of a survey to characterize pharmacist prescribing in the Canadian province of Alberta are reported. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of a random sample of pharmacists registered with the Alberta College of Pharmacists was conducted. The survey was developed in four stages, with evidence of reliability and construct validity compiled. Analysis of variance and chi-square testing were used to compare prescribing behaviors. RESULTS: Three hundred fifty of 692 invited pharmacists (51%) completed the survey, with 76...
January 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048224/su-g-brb-09-kompeito-shot-development-of-a-novel-verification-system-for-3d-beam-alignment-including-the-sag-of-gantry-head
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M Tsuneda, T Nishio, A Saito, K Hioki, D Kawahara, Y Ochi, K Matsushita, S Tanaka, S Ozawa, Y Nagata
PURPOSE: High accuracy of beam axis is required for high-precision radiation therapy. It is impossible to quantitatively and directly evaluate the sagging effect of the gantry head using current methods (star-shot and Winston-Lutz tests) when the gantry head sags under the weight of MLC and X-Y jaws. We introduce a novel method "Kompeito-shot (3D star-shot)" for the verification of 3D beam alignment (3D isocentricity). This method enables direct measurement of the sagging effect. We developed the system and examined the concept of this system...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046601/su-f-t-232-monthly-quality-assurance-in-external-beam-radiation-therapy-using-a-single-system
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K Ding, T Ji, I Iordachita, E Velarde, J Hyatt, J Wong
PURPOSE: Monthly quality assurance (QA) is time consuming for external beam radiation therapy, taking as long as 6-8 hours for each machine. It is due to the use and setup of multiple devices for different QA procedures. We have developed a single system with rotational capability for the measurement of both optical light and radiation which significantly reduces the time spent on Monthly QA. METHODS: A single system using mirrors, a phosphor screen and a CCD camera is housed on a cylindrical motor so that it can rotate 360 degrees...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041959/substrate-selectivity-of-dengue-and-zika-virus-ns5-polymerase-towards-2-modified-nucleotide-analogues
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Supanee Potisopon, François Ferron, Véronique Fattorini, Barbara Selisko, Bruno Canard
In targeting the essential viral RNA-dependent RNA-polymerase (RdRp), nucleotide analogues play a major role in antiviral therapies. In the Flaviviridae family, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be eradicated from chronically infected patients using a combination of drugs which generally include the 2'-modified uridine analogue Sofosbuvir, delivered as nucleotide prodrug. Dengue and Zika viruses are emerging flaviviruses whose RdRp is closely related to that of HCV, yet no nucleoside drug has been clinically approved for these acute infections...
December 29, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032336/systematic-review-of-mirror-therapy-compared-with-conventional-rehabilitation-in-upper-extremity-function-in-stroke-survivors
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David Pérez-Cruzado, Jose Antonio Merchán-Baeza, Manuel González-Sánchez, Antonio I Cuesta-Vargas
BACKGROUND/AIM: Stroke is a leading cause of disability in developed countries. One of the most widespread techniques in clinical practice is mirror therapy (MT). To determine the effectiveness of MT over other methods of intervention in the recovery of upper limb function in people who have had a stroke. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted. The search string was established based on the last systematic review about MT that dated from 2009: "upper extremity" OR "upper limb "AND "mirror therapy" AND stroke...
December 29, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025715/alzheimer-s-disease-experimental-models-and-reality
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REVIEW
Eleanor Drummond, Thomas Wisniewski
Experimental models of Alzheimer's disease (AD) are critical to gaining a better understanding of pathogenesis and to assess the potential of novel therapeutic approaches. The most commonly used experimental animal models are transgenic mice that overexpress human genes associated with familial AD (FAD) that result in the formation of amyloid plaques. However, AD is defined by the presence and interplay of both amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangle pathology. The track record of success in AD clinical trials thus far has been very poor...
December 26, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007291/-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-a-review
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Berenice Carolina Hernández-Porras, Ricardo Plancarte-Sánchez, Silvia Alarcón-Barrios, Marcela Sámano-García
BACKGROUND: Complex regional pain syndrome is characterized by spontaneous or induced pain disproportionate in relation to the initial event and is accompanied by a variety of regional and motor disturbances, leading to a variety of clinical presentations. It is often associated with surgery and minor trauma. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY: Three mechanisms are postulated: changes secondary to post traumatic inflammation, peripheral vasomotor dysfunction and structural and functional changes of the central nervous system as a result of maladaptation...
December 19, 2016: Cirugia y Cirujanos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006031/selection-and-characterization-of-tau-binding-%C3%A1-enantiomeric-peptides-with-potential-for-therapy-of-alzheimer-disease
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Christina Dammers, Deniz Yolcu, Laura Kukuk, Dieter Willbold, Marcus Pickhardt, Eckhard Mandelkow, Anselm H C Horn, Heinrich Sticht, Marwa Nidal Malhis, Nadja Will, Judith Schuster, Susanne Aileen Funke
A variety of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer disease (AD), are associated with neurofibrillary tangles composed of the tau protein, as well as toxic tau oligomers. Inhibitors of pathological tau aggregation, interrupting tau self-assembly, might be useful for the development of therapeutics. Employing mirror image phage display with a large peptide library (over 109 different peptides), we have identified tau fibril binding peptides consisting of d-enantiomeric amino acids. d-enantiomeric peptides are extremely protease stable and not or less immunogenic than l-peptides, and the suitability of d-peptides for in vivo applications have already been demonstrated...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006011/a-precise-temperature-responsive-bistable-switch-controlling-yersinia-virulence
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Aaron Mischa Nuss, Franziska Schuster, Louisa Roselius, Johannes Klein, René Bücker, Katharina Herbst, Ann Kathrin Heroven, Fabio Pisano, Christoph Wittmann, Richard Münch, Johannes Müller, Dieter Jahn, Petra Dersch
Different biomolecules have been identified in bacterial pathogens that sense changes in temperature and trigger expression of virulence programs upon host entry. However, the dynamics and quantitative outcome of this response in individual cells of a population, and how this influences pathogenicity are unknown. Here, we address these questions using a thermosensing virulence regulator of an intestinal pathogen (RovA of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis) as a model. We reveal that this regulator is part of a novel thermoresponsive bistable switch, which leads to high- and low-invasive subpopulations within a narrow temperature range...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005998/establishment-of-a-3d-in-vitro-model-to-accelerate-the-development-of-human-therapies-against-corneal-diabetes
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Shrestha Priyadarsini, Akhee Sarker-Nag, Tyler G Rowsey, Jian-Xing Ma, Dimitrios Karamichos
PURPOSE: To establish an in vitro model that would mirror the in vivo corneal stromal environment in diabetes (DM) patients. METHODS: Human corneal fibroblasts from Healthy (HCFs), Type 1DM (T1DM) and Type 2DM (T2DM) donors were isolated and cultured for 4 weeks with Vitamin C stimulation in order to allow for extracellular matrix (ECM) secretion and assembly. RESULTS: Our data indicated altered cellular morphology, increased cellular migration, increased ECM assembly, and severe mitochondrial damage in both T1DM and T2DMs when compared to HCFs...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995202/a-novel-bilateral-lower-extremity-mirror-therapy-intervention-for-individuals-with-stroke
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Lucas D Crosby, Stephanie Marrocco, Janet Brown, Kara K Patterson
Despite improvements made in stroke rehabilitation, motor impairment and gait deficits persist at discharge. New interventions are needed. Mirror therapy has promise as one element of a rehabilitation program. The primary objectives were to 1) describe a bilateral, lower extremity mirror therapy (LE-MT) device and training protocol and 2) investigate the feasibility of LE-MT. A LE-MT device was constructed to train bilateral LE movements for 30 min, 3 times/week for 4 weeks, as an adjunct to physiotherapy in three individuals post-stroke...
December 2016: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986466/mitochondrial-adaptation-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-novel-mechanisms-and-treatment-strategies
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REVIEW
Nishanth E Sunny, Fernando Bril, Kenneth Cusi
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is prevalent in patients with obesity or type 2 diabetes. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), encompassing steatosis with inflammation, hepatocyte injury, and fibrosis, predisposes to cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and even cardiovascular disease. In rodent models and humans with NAFLD/NASH, maladaptation of mitochondrial oxidative flux is a central feature of simple steatosis to NASH transition. Induction of hepatic tricarboxylic acid cycle closely mirrors the severity of oxidative stress and inflammation in NASH...
December 13, 2016: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27951550/peritoneal-dialysis-or-hemodialysis-present-and-future-trends-in-the-united-states
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Andre A Kaplan
In 2013, 88.4% of all incident end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients began renal replacement therapy with hemodialysis (HD) while 9.0% began with peritoneal dialysis (PD). The remaining 2.6% received a preemptive kidney transplant. In the US, outpatient HD units are widely distributed and economy of scale has resulted in HD being the most common ESRD modality. Use of PD and preemptive kidney transplant were relatively more common in younger groups and relatively less common among Black and Hispanic patients...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942154/systematic-review-of-the-effects-of-mirror-therapy-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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REVIEW
Eom-Ji Park, Soon-Hyung Baek, Soohee Park
[Purpose] To provide data for systematic intervention plans in occupational therapy practice by objectivity showing the value of mirror therapy interventions in children with cerebral palsy. [Subjects and Methods] Medline and EMBASE databases were searched for the key words "cerebral palsy," "mirror movement," "mirror therapy," and "mirror visual feedback." Nine studies that met the inclusion and exclusion criteria were identified. The qualitatively determined level of evidence, period of research, comparisons and interventions, tools used to measure the intervention, and the effects were analyzed...
November 2016: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920019/personalized-diabetes-management-using-electronic-medical-records
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Dimitris Bertsimas, Nathan Kallus, Alexander M Weinstein, Ying Daisy Zhuo
OBJECTIVE: Current clinical guidelines for managing type 2 diabetes do not differentiate based on patient-specific factors. We present a data-driven algorithm for personalized diabetes management that improves health outcomes relative to the standard of care. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We modeled outcomes under 13 pharmacological therapies based on electronic medical records from 1999 to 2014 for 10,806 patients with type 2 diabetes from Boston Medical Center...
December 5, 2016: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909072/the-mirror-illusion-increases-motor-cortex-excitability-in-children-with-and-without-hemiparesis
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Sebastian Grunt, Christopher J Newman, Stefanie Saxer, Maja Steinlin, Christian Weisstanner, Alain Kaelin-Lang
Background Mirror therapy provides a visual illusion of a normal moving limb by using the mirror reflection of the unaffected arm instead of viewing the paretic limb and is used in rehabilitation to improve hand function. Little is known about the mechanism underlying its effect in children with hemiparesis. Objective To investigate the effect of the mirror illusion (MI) on the excitability of the primary motor cortex (M1) in children and adolescents. Methods Twelve patients with hemiparesis (10-20 years) and 8 typically developing subjects (8-17 years) participated...
November 30, 2016: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886917/coronary-sinus-lead-extraction
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REVIEW
Edmond M Cronin, Bruce L Wilkoff
Expanded indications for cardiac resynchronization therapy and the increasing incidence of cardiac implantable electronic device infection have led to an increased need for coronary sinus (CS) lead extraction. The CS presents unique anatomical obstacles to successful lead extraction. Training and facility requirements for CS lead extraction should mirror those for other leads. Here we review the indications, technique, and results of CS lead extraction. Published success rates and complications are similar to those reported for other leads, although multiple techniques may be required...
January 2017: Heart Failure Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881113/psychotherapy-integration-under-scrutiny-investigating-the-impact-of-integrating-emotion-focused-components-into-a-cbt-based-approach-a-study-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Anna Babl, Martin Grosse Holtforth, Sara Heer, Mu Lin, Annabarbara Stähli, Dominique Holstein, Martina Belz, Yvonne Egenolf, Eveline Frischknecht, Fabian Ramseyer, Daniel Regli, Emma Schmied, Christoph Flückiger, Jeannette Brodbeck, Thomas Berger, Franz Caspar
BACKGROUND: This currently recruiting randomized controlled trial investigates the effects of integrating components of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) into Psychological Therapy (PT), an integrative form of cognitive-behavioral therapy in a manner that is directly mirroring common integrative practice in the sense of assimilative integration. Aims of the study are to understand how both, an existing therapy approach as well as the elements to be integrated, are affected by the integration and to clarify the role of emotional processing as a mediator of therapy outcome...
November 24, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
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