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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922436/genetic-risk-factors-for-autoimmune-thyroid-disease-might-affect-the-susceptibility-to-and-modulate-the-progression-of-primary-biliary-cholangitis
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Aleksander Kuś, Magdalena Arłukowicz-Grabowska, Konrad Szymański, Ewa Wunsch, Małgorzata Milkiewicz, Rafał Płoski, Zakera Shums, Gary L Norman, Piotr Milkiewicz, Tomasz Bednarczuk, Marcin Krawczyk
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) frequently suffer from extrahepatic autoimmune conditions, of which autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) is one of the most common. Previous studies identified several genetic variants increasing the odds of developing AITD. Here we investigate whether AITD-associated polymorphisms might also play a role in the development and clinical course of PBC and PBC associated with AITD (PBC-AITD). METHODS: To this end, we prospectively recruited 230 patients with PBC and 421 healthy controls...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921907/dual-mapk-pi3k-pathway-inhibition-with-trametinib-and-gsk2141795-does-not-yield-clinical-benefit-in-metastatic-nras-mutant-and-wild-type-melanoma
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Alain P Algazi, Rosaura Esteve-Puig, Adi Nosrati, Brian Hinds, Adele Hobbs-Muthukumar, Prachi Nandoskar, Susana Ortiz-Urda, Paul B Chapman, Adil Daud
Aberrant MAPK and PI3K pathway signaling may drive the malignant phenotype in NRAS mutant and BRAF(WT) NRAS(WT) metastatic melanoma. To target these pathways NRAS mutant and BRAF(WT) NRAS(WT) patients received oral trametinib at 1.5 mg daily and GSK2141795 at 50 mg daily in a 2-cohort Simon 2-stage design. Participants had adequate end organ function and no more than 2 prior treatment regimens. Imaging assessments were performed at 8-week intervals. 10 NRAS mutant and 10 BRAF(WT) NRAS(WT) patients were enrolled...
September 16, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921839/hepatoblastoma-in-children-aged-less-than-six-months-at-diagnosis-a-report-from-the-siopel-group
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Patrizia Dall'Igna, Laurence Brugieres, Anne Sanlaville Christin, Rudolf Maibach, Michela Casanova, Rita Alaggio, Jean de Ville de Goyet, Jozsef Zsiros, Bruce Morland, Piotr Czauderna, Margaret Childs, Daniel C Aronson, Sophie Branchereau, Penelope Brock, Giorgio Perilongo
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate clinical characteristics, treatment, and survival of children, who were diagnosed with hepatoblastoma (HB) in their first 6 months of age, enrolled in the SIOPEL 2 and 3 protocols. METHODS: Seventy-nine patients, treated between 1994 and 2006, were analyzed after stratification into three age groups: <1 month, between 1 and 3 months, and between 3 and 6 months. All received preoperative chemotherapy. RESULTS: Clinical characteristics were similar in both trials: 4 patients had pulmonary metastases at diagnosis, 4 had α-fetoprotein <100 ng/ml, 68 were operated by partial hepatectomy, and 7 received liver transplant...
September 18, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921624/pharmacodynamics-and-pharmacokinetics-of-ticagrelor-versus-clopidogrel-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-and-chronic-kidney-disease
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Heyang Wang, Jing Qi, Yi Li, Yunbiao Tang, Chao Li, Jing Li, Yaling Han
BACKGROUND: Pivotal clinical trials found ticagrelor reduced ischemic complications to a greater extent than clopidogrel and what is more, the benefit gradually increased with the reduction on creatinine clearance. However, the underlying mechanisms remains poorly explored. METHODS: This is a single-center, prospective, randomized clinical trial involving 60 hospitalized P2Y12 inhibitor naïve patients with CKD (eGFR<60ml/min/1.73m(2) ) and NSTE-ACS. Eligible patients were randomly assigned in a 1:1 ratio to receive ticagrelor(180 mg loading dose, then 90 mg twice daily followed) or clopidogrel(600 mg loading dose, then 75 mg qd followed)...
September 15, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921529/metastatic-spine-tumor-surgery-does-perioperative-blood-transfusion-influence-postoperative-complications
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Aye Sandar Zaw, Shashidhar B Kantharajanna, Karthikeyan Maharajan, Barry Tan, Amarasinghe A Saparamadu, Naresh Kumar
BACKGROUND: The question of independent association between allogeneic blood transfusion (ABT) and postoperative complications in cancer surgeries has been controversial and remains so. In metastatic spine tumor surgery (MSTS), previous studies investigated the influence of ABT on survival, but not on postoperative complications. We aimed to evaluate the influence of perioperative ABT on postoperative complications and infections in patients undergoing MSTS. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 247 patients who underwent MSTS at a single tertiary institution between 2005 and 2014...
September 16, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921411/differences-in-the-severity-distress-interference-and-frequency-on-cancer-related-symptoms-between-island-hispanic-puerto-ricans-and-mainland-non-hispanic-whites
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Velda J González-Mercado, Leorey N Saligan, Ming Ji, Maureen Groer, Elsa Pedro, Susan McMillan
The knowledge base of cancer-related symptoms is increasing; yet, limited attention has been given to provide evidence on differences in the perception of cancer symptoms between ethnic groups, especially in the Hispanic Puerto Rican (PR) population. To examine whether there are significant differences in the severity, distress, interference, and frequency of cancer symptoms between island Hispanic PR and mainland non-Hispanic whites. In this secondary data analysis, data from 109 Hispanic PR was matched by age, gender and cancer diagnosis with data from non-Hispanic whites...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921385/acute-impact-of-home-parenteral-nutrition-in-patients-with-late-stage-cancer-on-family-caregivers-preliminary-data
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Lidia Santarpia, Federico Bozzetti
PURPOSE: Since there is no information regarding quality of life of caregivers assisting patients with advanced malignancy on home parenteral nutrition, herewith we report a preliminary series of 19 patients who received total parenteral nutrition at home under the strict supervision of their relatives. METHODS: The relatives of 19 incurable patients with cancer-related cachexia, discharged from the hospital with a home parenteral nutrition program, were prospectively studied...
September 18, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921175/routine-gastric-residual-volume-measurement-and-energy-target-achievement-in-the-picu-a-comparison-study
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Lyvonne N Tume, Anna Bickerdike, Lynne Latten, Simon Davies, Madeleine H Lefèvre, Gaëlle W Nicolas, Frédéric V Valla
Critically ill children frequently fail to achieve adequate energy intake, and some care practices, such as the measurement of gastric residual volume (GRV), may contribute to this problem. We compared outcomes in two similar European Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs): one which routinely measures GRV (PICU-GRV) to one unit that does not (PICU-noGRV). An observational pilot comparison study was undertaken. Eighty-seven children were included in the study, 42 (PICU-GRV) and 45 (PICU-noGRV). There were no significant differences in the percentage of energy targets achieved in the first 4 days of PICU admission although PICU-noGRV showed more consistent delivery of median (and IQR) energy targets and less under and over feeding for PICU-GRV and PICU-noGRV: day 1 37 (14-72) vs 44 (0-100), day 2 97 (53-126) vs 100 (100-100), day 3 84 (45-112) vs 100 (100-100) and day 4 101 (63-124) vs 100 (100-100)...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921034/does-nasal-congestion-have-a-role-in-decreased-resistance-to-regular-cpap-usage
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Ayşe İriz, Mehmet Düzlü, Oğuz Köktürk, Yusuf Kemal Kemaloğlu, Fakih Cihat Eravcı, Mehmet Ekrem Zorlu, Recep Karamert
Nasal obstruction is known to cause resistance to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In this paper, short- and long-term nasal congestion in OSAS patients receiving CPAP treatment were evaluated with acoustic rhinometry (AR). A total of 36 patients with moderate-to-severe OSAS, diagnosed with polysomnography were included in the study. Ten healthy subjects without OSAS constituted the control group. Pre-treatment nasal patency were measured with AR in all participants...
September 18, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920570/brain-relevant-antibodies-in-first-episode-psychosis-a-matched-case-control-study
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Fiona Gaughran, John Lally, Katherine Beck, Ruaidhri McCormack, Poonam Gardner-Sood, Ester Coutinho, Leslie Jacobson, Bethan Lang, Ricardo Sainz-Fuertes, Evangelos Papanastasiou, Marta Di Forti, Tim Nicholson, Angela Vincent, Robin M Murray
BACKGROUND: There has been much recent excitement about the possibility that some cases of psychosis may be wholly due to brain-reactive antibodies, with antibodies to N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) and the voltage-gated potassium channel (VGKC)-complex reported in a few patients with first-episode psychosis (FEP). METHODS: Participants were recruited from psychiatric services in South London, UK, from 2009 to 2011 as part of the Genetics and Psychosis study...
September 18, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920504/outpatient-cervical-ripening-in-a-district-general-hospital-a-five-year-retrospective-cohort-study
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Lauren Barnfield, Edmund Neale, Sarah Reynolds
The number of women undergoing induction of labour has risen steadily in recent years. Outpatient induction is becoming more common in the UK in response to the required increase in resources, although evidence supporting its safety is lacking. We reviewed the notes of low-risk women presenting for outpatient cervical ripening using prostaglandins over a five-year period, and compared our neonatal and maternal outcomes to local and national data. Of the 502 eligible women, 400 underwent outpatient treatment...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920034/the-use-of-intraoperative-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-thoracic-aortic-dissection-due-to-chronic-cocaine-abuse
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Ali Dabbagh, Mohammad Kazem Arabnia, Mahnoosh Foroughi, Mehran Shahzamani, Hassan Rahmian
INTRODUCTION: Aortic dissection is a life threatening disease and is usually accompanied by a high rate of mortality and morbidity. Here we present a case report in which intraoperative tranesophageal echocardiography was used for intraoperative assessments of thoracic aortic dissection due to cocaine abuse. CASE PRESENTATION: A 45- year- old male was admitted to a university hospital due to severe chest pain. He was suffering from severe excruciating chest pain that had started after a psychological stress, leading to heavy cocaine abuse...
February 2017: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919878/postural-control-in-bilateral-vestibular-failure-its-relation-to-visual-proprioceptive-vestibular-and-cognitive-input
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Andreas Sprenger, Jann F Wojak, Nico M Jandl, Christoph Helmchen
Patients with bilateral vestibular failure (BVF) suffer from postural and gait unsteadiness with an increased risk of falls. The aim of this study was to elucidate the differential role of otolith, semicircular canal (SSC), visual, proprioceptive, and cognitive influences on the postural stability of BVF patients. Center-of-pressure displacements were recorded by posturography under six conditions: target visibility; tonic head positions in the pitch plane; horizontal head shaking; sensory deprivation; dual task; and tandem stance...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919822/uterine-sarcoma-current-perspectives
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Charlotte Benson, Aisha B Miah
Uterine sarcomas comprise a group of rare tumors with differing tumor biology, natural history and response to treatment. Diagnosis is often made following surgery for presumed benign disease. Currently, preoperative imaging does not reliably distinguish between benign leiomyomas and other malignant pathology. Uterine leiomyosarcoma is the most common sarcoma, but other subtypes include endometrial stromal sarcoma (low grade and high grade), undifferentiated uterine sarcoma and adenosarcoma. Clinical trials have shown no definite survival benefit of adjuvant radiotherapy or chemotherapy and have been hampered by the rarity and heterogeneity of these disease types...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919785/biomarker-analysis-and-clinical-relevance-of-tk1-on-the-cell-membrane-of-burkitt-s-lymphoma-and-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Evita G Weagel, Wei Meng, Michelle H Townsend, Edwin J Velazquez, Rachel A Brog, Michael W Boyer, K Scott Weber, Richard A Robison, Kim L O'Neill
TK1 is an enzyme involved in DNA synthesis and repair. TK1 is usually found elevated in cancer patients' serum, which makes it a useful tumor proliferation biomarker that strongly correlates with cancer stage, metastatic capabilities, and recurrence risk. In this study, we show that TK1 is upregulated and localizes on the plasma membrane of Burkitt's lymphoma, acute promyelocytic leukemia, T cell leukemia, and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Using flow cytometry, we confirmed that TK1 localizes on the surface of Raji, HL60, and Jurkat cell lines and on ALL clinical samples...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919773/sickle-cell-retinopathy-improving-care-with-a-multidisciplinary-approach
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REVIEW
Farid Menaa, Barkat Ali Khan, Bushra Uzair, Abder Menaa
Sickle cell retinopathy (SCR) is the most representative ophthalmologic complication of sickle cell disease (SCD), a hemoglobinopathy affecting both adults and children. SCR presents a wide spectrum of manifestations and may even lead to irreversible vision loss if not properly diagnosed and treated at the earliest. Over the past decade, multidisciplinary research developments have focused upon systemic, genetic, and ocular risk factors of SCR, enabling the clinician to better diagnose and manage these patients...
2017: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919454/a-robust-immune-system-conditions-the-response-to-abagovomab-anti-idiotypic-monoclonal-antibody-mimicking-the-ca125-protein-vaccination-in-ovarian-cancer-patients
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Alessandra Battaglia, Marco Fossati, Alexia Buzzonetti, Giovanni Scambia, Andrea Fattorossi
INTRODUCTION: Despite encouraging phase I and II study results, vaccination of ovarian cancer patients with abagovomab - an anti-idiotypic mAb that mimics the ovarian cancer CA125 protein - failed to demonstrate efficacy in the phase III trial named MIMOSA (NCT00418574). We postulated that in this trial patients with a more robust immune system did respond to abagovomab but went undetected among a larger number of non-responders. We also postulated that assessment of the immune system status ahead of abagovomab administration might predict patients' propensity to respond to abagovomab...
September 14, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919416/identification-of-eukaryotic-udp-galactopyranose-mutase-inhibitors-using-the-thermofad-assay
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Julia S Martín Del Campo, Meital Eckshtain-Levi, Pablo Sobrado
Aspergillus fumigatus is a human pathogen responsible for deadly infections in immune-compromised patients. A potential strategy for treating A. fumigatus infections is by targeting the biosynthesis of cell wall components, such as galactofuranase, which is absent in humans. Galactofuranose biosynthesis is initiated by the flavoenzyme UDP-galactopyranose mutase (UGM), which converts UDP-galactopyranose (UDP-Galp) to UDP-galactofuranose (UDP-Galf). UGM requires the reduced form of the flavin for activity, which is obtained by reacting it with NADPH...
September 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918894/effect-of-pneumoperitoneum-and-patient-positioning-on-intracranial-pressures-during-laparoscopy-a-prospective-comparative-study
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Nishant Sahay, Shalini Sharma, Umesh K Bhadani, Akhilesh Singh, Chandni Sinha, Anubha Sahay, Alok Ranjan, Mukta Agarwal
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of pneumoperitoneum and head position during laparoscopic surgery on intracranial pressures (ICPs) using sonographic measurements of optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD). DESIGN: Prospective observational study (Canadian Task Force Classification of Study Design II-1). SETTING: A tertiary level hospital. PATIENTS: Sixty-one female patients ages 15 to 50 years with American Society of Anesthesiologists Grade 1 risk and body mass index ≤ 29 kg/m(2) were admitted to the hospital between November 2015 and October 2016 for elective laparoscopic surgery and included in this study...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918848/a-multi-institutional-analysis-of-intraoperative-radiotherapy-for-early-breast-cancer-does-age-matter
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A M Abbott, S A Valente, L Loftus, R D Tendulkar, J M Greif, K P Bethke, E D Donnelly, C Lottich, D L Ross, N B Friedman, C G Bedi, J E Joh, P Kelemen, R A Hoefer, S K Kang, J Ruffer, A Police, A Fyles, G M Graves, S C Willey, E A Tousimis, W Small, J Lyons, S Grobmyer, C Laronga
BACKGROUND: Single-session intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) minimizes treatment demands associated with traditional whole breast radiation therapy (WBRT) but outcomes on local disease control and morbidity among the elderly is limited. METHODS: A multi-institutional retrospective registry was established from 19 centers utilizing IORT from 2007 to 2013. Patient, tumor, and treatment variables were analyzed for ages <70 and ≥70. RESULTS: We evaluated 686 patients (<70 = 424; ≥70 = 262) who were margin and lymph node negative...
October 2017: American Journal of Surgery
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