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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325024/balance-quality-assessment-as-an-early-indicator-of-physical-frailty-in-older-people
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Aly Chkeir, Doha Safieddine, D Bera, M Collart, J L Novella, M Drame, David J Hewson, Jacques Duchene
Frailty is an increasingly common geriatric condition that results in an increased risk of adverse health outcomes such as falls. The most widely-used means of detecting frailty is the Fried phenotype, which includes several objective measures such as grip strength and gait velocity. One method of screening for falls is to measure balance, which can be done by a range of techniques including the assessment of the Centre of Pressure (CoP) during a balance assessment. The Balance Quality Tester (BQT) is a device based on a commercial bathroom scale that can evaluate balance quality...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324904/quantifying-neonatal-sucking-performance-promise-of-new-methods
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Gilson J Capilouto, Tommy J Cunningham, David R Mullineaux, Eleonora Tamilia, Christos Papadelis, Peter J Giannone
Neonatal feeding has been traditionally understudied so guidelines and evidence-based support for common feeding practices are limited. A major contributing factor to the paucity of evidence-based practice in this area has been the lack of simple-to-use, low-cost tools for monitoring sucking performance. We describe new methods for quantifying neonatal sucking performance that hold significant clinical and research promise. We present early results from an ongoing study investigating neonatal sucking as a marker of risk for adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes...
April 2017: Seminars in Speech and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324866/long-term-bioavailability-of-redox-nanoparticles-effectively-reduces-organ-dysfunctions-and-death-in-whole-body-irradiated-mice
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Chitho P Feliciano, Koji Tsuboi, Kenshi Suzuki, Hiroyuki Kimura, Yukio Nagasaki
Radioprotective agents have been developed to protect patients against the damaging and lethal effects of ionizing radiation. However, in addition to the intrinsic ability to target reactive oxygen species (ROS), the ability to retain a significant level of bioavailability is desirable in radioprotective agents because that would increase and prolong their radioprotective efficacy and improve its safety. Here, we report the development of a novel nanoparticle-based radioprotective agent with improved bioavailability, which suppressed the adverse effects typically associated with low-molecular-weight (LMW) antioxidants...
March 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324813/among-patients-with-unhealthy-alcohol-use-those-with-hiv-are-less-likely-than-those-without-to-receive-evidence-based-alcohol-related-care-a-national-va-study
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Emily C Williams, Gwen T Lapham, Susan M Shortreed, Anna D Rubinsky, Jennifer F Bobb, Kara M Bensley, Sheryl L Catz, Julie E Richards, Katharine A Bradley
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use has important adverse effects on people living with HIV (PLWH). This study of patients with recognized unhealthy alcohol use estimated and compared rates of alcohol-related care received by PLWH and HIV- patients. METHODS: Outpatients from the Veterans Health Administration who had one or more positive screen(s) for unhealthy alcohol use (AUDIT-C≥5) documented in their medical records 10/2009-5/2013 were eligible. Primary and secondary outcomes were brief intervention documented ≤14days after a positive alcohol screen, and a composite measure of any alcohol-related care (brief intervention, specialty addictions treatment or pharmacotherapy documented ≤365 days), respectively...
March 6, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324779/frontocingulate-cerebral-blood-flow-and-cerebrovascular-reactivity-associated-with-antidepressant-response-in-late-life-depression
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Margarita Abi Zeid Daou, Brian D Boyd, Manus J Donahue, Kimberly Albert, Warren D Taylor
BACKGROUND: Vascular pathology is common in late-life depression (LLD) and may contribute to alterations in cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR). In turn, such hemodynamic deficits may adversely affect brain function and clinical course. The goal of this study was to examine whether altered cerebral hemodynamics in depressed elders predicted antidepressant response. METHODS: 21 depressed elders completed cranial 3T MRI, including a pseudo-continuous Arterial Spin Labeling (pcASL) acquisition on both room air and during a hypercapnia challenge...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324770/a-non-fatal-intoxication-and-seven-deaths-involving-the-dissociative-drug-3-meo-pcp
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Anna Johansson, Daniel Lindstedt, Markus Roman, Gunilla Thelander, Elisabet I Nielsen, Ulrica Lennborn, Håkan Sandler, Sten Rubertsson, Johan Ahlner, Robert Kronstrand, Fredrik C Kugelberg
INTRODUCTION: 3-methoxyphencyclidine (3-MeO-PCP) appeared on the illicit drug market in 2011 and is an analogue of phencyclidine, which exhibits anesthetic, analgesic and hallucinogenic properties. In this paper, we report data from a non-fatal intoxication and seven deaths involving 3-MeO-PCP in Sweden during the period March 2014 until June 2016. CASE DESCRIPTIONS: The non-fatal intoxication case, a 19-year-old male with drug problems and a medical history of depression, was found awake but tachycardic, hypertensive, tachypnoeic and catatonic at home...
March 7, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324765/hd-tdcs-in-refractory-lateral-frontal-lobe-epilepsy-patients
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Sanaz Ahmadi Karvigh, Mahmoud Motamedi, Mahsa Arzani, Javad Hasan Nia Roshan
PURPOSE: To evaluate the anticonvulsant effect of the novel high definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS) method on patients with refractory lateral frontal lobe epilepsy. The effects of HD-tDCS on working memory were also examined. METHOD: 10 adult patients with intractable lateral frontal lobe epilepsy were studied. A central cathode electrode was placed on the epileptogenic zone according to LTM, and 20-min sessions of 2mA HD-tDCS were applied for 10 consecutive days...
March 14, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324750/biological-mechanisms-of-immune-escape-and-implications-for-immunotherapy-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Jennifer D Moy, Jessica M Moskovitz, Robert L Ferris
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is an aggressive malignancy with high morbidity and mortality. Despite advances in cytotoxic therapies and surgical techniques, overall survival (OS) has not improved over the past few decades. This emphasises the need for intense investigation into novel therapies with good tumour control and minimal toxicity. Cancer immunotherapy has led this endeavour, attempting to improve tumour recognition and expand immune responses against tumour cells. While various forms of HNSCC immunotherapy are in preclinical trials, the most promising direction thus far has been with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), targeting growth factor and immune checkpoint receptors...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324701/stress-reactivity-and-its-effects-on-subsequent-food-intake-in-depressed-and-healthy-women-with-and-without-adverse-childhood-experiences
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Katja Wingenfeld, Linn K Kuehl, Anita Boeker, Katharina Schultebraucks, Kristin Ritter, Julian Hellmann-Regen, Christian Otte, Carsten Spitzer
BACKGROUND: Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) increase the risk to develop major depressive disorder (MDD) and obesity or metabolic syndrome in adulthood. In addition, ACE may be associated with an exaggerated endocrine response to stress, which, in turn, may lead to enhanced food intake resulting in obesity and metabolic problems. METHODS: We systematically examined the stress response and consecutive food intake in 32 women with MDD and ACE as determined by a clinical interview (Early Trauma Inventory), 52 women with MDD without ACE, 22 women with ACE but no current or lifetime MDD and 37 healthy women without either MDD or ACE...
March 12, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324697/adverse-events-in-a-chiropractic-spinal-manipulative-therapy-single-blinded-placebo-randomized-controlled-trial-for-migraineurs
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Aleksander Chaibi, Jūratė Šaltytė Benth, Peter J Tuchin, Michael Bjørn Russell
BACKGROUND: Unlike pharmacological randomized controlled trials (RCTs), manual-therapy RCTs do not always report adverse events (AEs). The few manual-therapy RCTs that provide information on AEs are frequently without details, such as the type and-, severity of the AE and reason for withdrawal. OBJECTIVE: To prospectively report all AEs in a chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (CSMT) RCT. DESIGN: A prospective 3-armed, single-blinded, placebo, RCT...
March 14, 2017: Musculoskelet Sci Pract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324680/somatic-complications-of-epilepsy-surgery-over-25-years-at-a-single-center
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Inuka K Gooneratne, Shahidul Mannan, Jane de Tisi, Juan C Gonzalez, Andrew W McEvoy, Anna Miserocchi, Beate Diehl, Tim Wehner, Gail S Bell, Josemir W Sander, John S Duncan
INTRODUCTION: Epilepsy surgery is an effective treatment for refractory focal epilepsy. Risks of surgery need to be considered when advising individuals of treatment options. We describe the frequency and nature of physical adverse events associated with epilepsy surgery in a single center. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We reviewed the prospectively maintained records of adults who underwent epilepsy surgery at our center between 1990 and 2014 to identify peri/postsurgical adverse events...
March 1, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324485/maintenance-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-by-sphingosine-1-phosphate-and-platelet-derived-growth-factor
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Raymond C B Wong, Martin F Pera, Alice Pébay
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) have historically been cultivated on feeder layers of primary mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEF) in a medium supplemented with fetal calf serum (FCS). However, serum contains a wide variety of biologically active compounds that might adversely affect hESC growth and differentiation. Thus, cultivation of stem cells in FCS complicates experimental approaches to define the intracellular mechanisms required for hESC maintenance. This chapter describes the serum-free maintenance of hESCs in culture by addition of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324452/a-review-of-ranibizumab-for-the-treatment-of-diabetic-retinopathy
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REVIEW
Michael W Stewart
INTRODUCTION: Laser photocoagulation has been the standard treatment for diabetic macular edema (DME) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) for several decades. The discovery of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and the subsequent determination of its critical role in the development DME and PDR has led to the development of VEGF inhibitory drugs. Ranibizumab was the first anti-VEGF drug approved for the treatment of both DME and diabetic retinopathy in eyes with DME. METHODS: Medline searches with the keywords "ranibizumab," "diabetic macular edema," and "proliferative diabetic retinopathy" were performed to identify pertinent pre-clinical studies and clinical trials...
March 21, 2017: Ophthalmology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324278/concentrations-and-origin-of-polychlorinated-biphenyls-pcbs-and-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-in-sediments-of-western-spitsbergen-fjords-kongsfjorden-hornsund-and-adventfjorden
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Anna Pouch, Agata Zaborska, Ksenia Pazdro
Contaminant profiles in sediment cores represent valuable natural archives of environmental contamination, by which contaminant sources and historical changes in contaminant input and cycling may be recognized. In the present study, we discuss the sedimentary profiles and historical trends of organic contaminants - polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) - in three fjords of the Svalbard archipelago differing in environmental conditions and anthropogenic impact. The obtained results revealed no significant differences between the fjords Hornsund and Kongsfjorden, in the average levels of the analyzed contaminants...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324270/obinutuzumab-a-review-in-rituximab-refractory-or-relapsed-follicular-lymphoma
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REVIEW
Sohita Dhillon
Obinutuzumab (Gazyva(®), Gazyvaro(®)) is a recombinant, monoclonal, humanized and glycoengineered, type II, anti-CD20, IgG1 antibody. It has recently been granted an additional indication for the treatment of patients with follicular lymphoma who relapsed after, or are refractory to, a rituximab-containing regimen. In the primary analysis of the large, phase III GADOLIN study, induction therapy with obinutuzumab plus bendamustine followed by obinutuzumab maintenance prolonged progression-free survival (PFS) to a statistically significant extent relative to induction with bendamustine monotherapy in patients with indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (iNHL)...
March 21, 2017: Targeted Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324268/a-phase-ii-study-of-combined-ridaforolimus-and-dalotuzumab-compared-with-exemestane-in-patients-with-estrogen-receptor-positive-breast-cancer
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José Baselga, Serafin M Morales, Ahmad Awada, Joanne L Blum, Antoinette R Tan, Marianne Ewertz, Javier Cortes, Beverly Moy, Kathryn J Ruddy, Tufia Haddad, Eva M Ciruelos, Peter Vuylsteke, Scot Ebbinghaus, Ellie Im, Lamar Eaton, Kumudu Pathiraja, Christine Gause, David Mauro, Mary Beth Jones, Hope S Rugo
PURPOSE: Combining the mTOR inhibitor ridaforolimus and the anti-IGFR antibody dalotuzumab demonstrated antitumor activity, including partial responses, in estrogen receptor (ER)-positive advanced breast cancer, especially in high proliferation tumors (Ki67 > 15%). METHODS: This randomized, multicenter, international, phase II study enrolled postmenopausal women with advanced ER-positive breast cancer previously treated with a nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitor (NCT01234857)...
March 21, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324223/adverse-neonatal-and-maternal-outcome-following-vacuum-assisted-vaginal-delivery-does-indication-matter
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Lina Salman, Amir Aviram, Eyal Krispin, Arnon Wiznitzer, Rony Chen, Rinat Gabbay-Benziv
PURPOSE: To estimate the impact of indication for vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery on neonatal and maternal adverse outcome. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of women carrying singleton-term pregnancies undergoing vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery in a tertiary hospital (2007-2014). Cohort was stratified by indication: non-reassuring fetal heart rate or prolonged second stage. Primary outcome was adverse neonatal outcome and secondary outcome was maternal morbidity...
March 21, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324167/efficacy-and-safety-of-golimumab-52-week-maintenance-therapy-in-japanese-patients-with-moderate-to-severely-active-ulcerative-colitis-a-phase-3-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-study-pursuit-j-study
#18
Toshifumi Hibi, Yuya Imai, Asako Senoo, Kentaro Ohta, Yoshifumi Ukyo
BACKGROUND: The global phase 3 studies of golimumab [PURSUIT-SC and PURSUIT-maintenance (M)], an anti-tumor necrosis factor-α (anti-TNFα) antibody, have demonstrated clinical efficacy and safety as induction and maintenance therapies in patients with moderate to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC). This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of golimumab as maintenance therapy in the Japanese population. METHODS: In this phase 3, double-blind (DB), placebo-controlled, parallel group, randomized withdrawal study, 144 Japanese patients with moderately to severely active UC received golimumab doses of 200 mg (at week 0) and 100 mg (at week 2) subcutaneously during the 6-week open-label induction phase...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324148/comparative-efficacy-and-tolerability-of-sarilumab-150-and-200%C3%A2-mg-in-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-a%C3%A2-bayesian-network-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#19
S-C Bae, Y H Lee
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the relative efficacy and tolerability of every other week (q2w) dosing of sarilumab 150 and 200 mg in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: In this network meta-analysis, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) examining the efficacy and tolerability of sarilumab in patients with active RA were included. A Bayesian network meta-analysis was conducted to combine the direct and indirect evidence from the RCTs...
March 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324131/case-report-fast-reversal-of-severe-osteoporosis-after-correction-of-excessive-levothyroxine-treatment-and-long-term-follow-up
#20
C M Laine, K Landin-Wilhelmsen
This case report describes a 38-year-old woman, who presented with bilateral femoral stress fractures and osteoporosis after years of excessive levothyroxine treatment. Her bone health was restored rapidly and long-lasting with the reduction of levothyroxine dosage. No bone-active treatment was warranted. INTRODUCTION: Hyperthyroidism is a known risk factor for osteoporosis and fractures. Recent studies on patients with serum thyrotropin-suppressive therapy have not, however, indicated adverse effects on bone during long-term follow-up...
March 21, 2017: Osteoporosis International
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