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H T Gu, J Y Zhou, T Wu, J Y Zhou
Objective: To investigate the clinical features and prognosis of patients with pulmonary sarcomatoid carcinoma (PSC). Methods: The study retrospectively reviewed the clinical, radiological, pathological characteristics and prognosis of 76 patients with PSC who were treated in the First Affiliated Hospital of Medical School of Zhejiang University from January 2011 to December 2016. Gender, age, smoking history, tumor location, tumor size, lymph node metastasis, distant metastasis, TNM staging and treatment methods were analyzed to determine the factors affecting the prognosis of PSC patients...
March 13, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
E Macken, S Van Dongen, S Francque, G Van Hal
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: In relation to recent implementation of colorectal cancer screening programs at the regional level, quality assessment of colonoscopy gains more interest in Belgium. In order to evaluate quality indicators of colonoscopies in Belgium, we retrospectively analysed data about colonoscopies performed between 2002-2010. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Coded data concerning number of medical procedures and polypectomy were provided by the Intermutualistic Agency (IMA)...
January 2018: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Simon Pini, Emma Ingleson, Molly Megson, Linda Clare, Penny Wright, Jan R Oyebode
Background and Objectives: Approximately half the care for people with dementia is provided by families. It is therefore imperative that research informs ways of maintaining such care. In this study, we propose that a needs-led approach can provide a useful, novel means of conceptualizing the impact of caring on the lives of family carers. Our aim was to develop and present a needs-led framework for understanding how providing care impacts on carers' fulfilment of needs. Design and Methods: In this qualitative study, we conducted 42 semistructured interviews with a purposively diverse sample of family carers to generate nuanced contextualized accounts of how caring impacted on carers' lives...
March 19, 2018: Gerontologist
Véronique Hugouvieux, Catarina S Silva, Agnès Jourdain, Arnaud Stigliani, Quentin Charras, Vanessa Conn, Simon J Conn, Cristel C Carles, François Parcy, Chloe Zubieta
The MADS transcription factors (TF) constitute an ancient family of TF found in all eukaryotes that bind DNA as obligate dimers. Plants have dramatically expanded the functional diversity of the MADS family during evolution by adding protein-protein interaction domains to the core DNA-binding domain, allowing the formation of heterotetrameric complexes. Tetramerization of plant MADS TFs is believed to play a central role in the evolution of higher plants by acting as one of the main determinants of flower formation and floral organ specification...
March 19, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Oscar J Ponce, Gabriela Spencer-Bonilla, Neri Alvarez-Villalobos, Valentina Serrano, Naykky Singh-Ospina, Rene Rodriguez-Gutierrez, Alejandro Salcido-Montenegro, Raed Benkhadra, Larry J Prokop, Shalender Bhasin, Juan P Brito
Context: The efficacy and safety of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in hypogonadal men remain incompletely understood. Objective: To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials (RCT) to determine the effects of TRT on patient-important outcomes and adverse events in hypogonadal men. Data Sources: We searched Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid EMBASE, Ovid Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Ovid Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Scopus from inception to March 2th, 2017...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Heitor S P de Souza, Claudio Fiocchi
Despite unquestionable progress in the management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and the much improved clinical results achievable today in Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) patients, the overall therapeutic outcome remains far from optimal. The main reason of this partial success is that all current medications only block individual components of a highly complex disease process that results from the integration of multiple and incompletely identified pathogenic components. Thus, if further progress is to be achieved in IBD therapeutics and we want to move from the current success rate to nearly 100%, bold new ideas must be entertained and new approaches put into practice...
March 19, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Dunja Mrdjen, Anto Pavlovic, Felix J Hartmann, Bettina Schreiner, Sebastian G Utz, Brian P Leung, Iva Lelios, Frank L Heppner, Jonathan Kipnis, Doron Merkler, Melanie Greter, Burkhard Becher
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March 20, 2018: Immunity
Charlène Delmas, Elise Dalmas
The central nervous system undergoes extensive postnatal synapse remodeling that is critical for the formation of mature neural circuits. In a recent issue of Science, Vainchtein et al. (2018) describe an additional role for astrocyte-derived interleukin-33 (IL-33) in promoting synapse refinement by microglia in the developing brain.
March 20, 2018: Immunity
John F Seymour, Thomas J Kipps, Barbara Eichhorst, Peter Hillmen, James D'Rozario, Sarit Assouline, Carolyn Owen, John Gerecitano, Tadeusz Robak, Javier De la Serna, Ulrich Jaeger, Guillaume Cartron, Marco Montillo, Rod Humerickhouse, Elizabeth A Punnoose, Yan Li, Michelle Boyer, Kathryn Humphrey, Mehrdad Mobasher, Arnon P Kater
BACKGROUND: Venetoclax inhibits BCL2, an antiapoptotic protein that is pathologically overexpressed and that is central to the survival of chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells. We evaluated the efficacy of venetoclax in combination with rituximab in patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia. METHODS: In this randomized, open-label, phase 3 trial, we randomly assigned 389 patients to receive venetoclax for up to 2 years (from day 1 of cycle 1) plus rituximab for the first 6 months (venetoclax-rituximab group) or bendamustine plus rituximab for 6 months (bendamustine-rituximab group)...
March 22, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
Fernando Mitano, Amélia Nunes Sicsú, Luciana de Oliveira Sousa, Rarianne Carvalho Peruhype, Jaqueline Garcia de Almeida Ballestero, Pedro Fredemir Palha
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the discourses of health professionals about the obstacles in the process of detection and reporting of tuberculosis cases in Mozambique. METHOD: Qualitative exploratory study with a theoretical-methodological approach of Discourse Analysis of French matrix. The study was conducted in Mozambique in 2014 at three levels: central, provincial and district. The study included 15 health professionals, 4 physicians, 6 technicians and 5 nursing professionals, who worked in the National Tuberculosis Control Program, with more than 1 year of experience...
2018: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Carla Lidiane Jácome de Lima, Thalys Maynnard Costa Ferreira, Patrícia Simplício de Oliveira, Josefa Danielma Lopes Ferreira, Eliane Cristina da Silva, Marta Miriam Lopes Costa
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the profile of users at risk of developing diabetes mellitus type 2 according to sociodemographic and clinical variables. METHOD: Cross-sectional study, descriptive, quantitative approach conducted with 266 users of Basic Care. Inferential statistics analysis, calculating the crude prevalence ratio with confidence interval of 95% and Kruskal-Wallis test, and application of the multivariate technique simple Correspondence Analysis. RESULTS: It was noted that 83...
2018: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Cássia Righy, Ricardo Turon, Gabriel de Freitas, André Miguel Japiassú, Hugo Caire de Castro Faria Neto, Marcelo Bozza, Marcus F Oliveira, Fernando A Bozza
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationships of brain iron and heme with the inflammatory response of the systemic and central nervous systems and to investigate the role of defensive systems against the toxicity of iron and heme in the central nervous system. METHODS: We assessed a prospective cohort of patients presenting with intracerebral and subarachnoid hemorrhage. We assayed plasma and cerebrospinal fluid samples for the presence of iron, heme, hemopexin, haptoglobin, enolase, S100-β and cytokines for the first three days following hemorrhagic stroke...
March 15, 2018: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
Aisha Aguiar Morais, Urjel Aguiar Bouissou Morais, Maria Marta Sarquis Soares, Márcia Christina Caetano Romano, Joel Alves Lamounier
OBJECTIVE: To critically analyze articles on the relation between neck circumference (NC) in adolescents and: body mass index, fat distribution, metabolic syndrome and its individual components, and cardiovascular risk. METHOD: Systematic review undertaken by two independent researchers using the Pubmed/Medline, Lilacs/Medline, Scielo and Cochrane databases in English, Spanish and Portuguese in the period comprising the past 5 years. RESULTS: Eighteen (18) articles were selected...
January 2018: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Sarah M Rosanowski, Yu-Mei Chang, Anthony J Stirk, Kristien L P Verheyen
A key focus of the racing industry is to reduce the number of race-day events where horses die suddenly or are euthanased due to catastrophic injury. The objective of this study was therefore to determine risk factors for race-day fatalities in Thoroughbred racehorses, using a cohort of all horses participating in flat racing in Great Britain between 2000 and 2013. Horse-, race- and course-level data were collected and combined with all race-day fatalities, recorded by racecourse veterinarians in a central database...
2018: PloS One
Feng Liang, Christian Giordano, Dong Shang, Qian Li, Basil J Petrof
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is characterized by progressive muscle weakness which is ultimately fatal, most often due to involvement of the diaphragm. Macrophage infiltration of dystrophic muscles has been strongly linked to muscle damage and fibrosis in DMD. We hypothesized that cenicriviroc (CVC), a dual chemokine receptor (CCR2/CCR5) antagonist currently under clinical evaluation for other diseases, could prevent macrophage accumulation and blunt disease progression in the diaphragms of mdx mice (genetic homologue of DMD)...
2018: PloS One
Jo Durham, Lisa Schubert, Lisa Vaughan, Cameron D Willis
BACKGROUND: Middle ear disease (otitis media) is endemic among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia and represents an important cause of hearing loss. The disease is the result of a mix of biological, environmental and host risk factors that interact in complex, non-linear ways along a dynamic continuum. As such, it is generally recognised that a holistic, systems approach is required to reverse the high rates of otitis media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children...
2018: PloS One
Lucas C Klemm, Evan Czerwonka, Mary L Hall, Philip G Williams, Alejandro M S Mayer
Cosmopolitan Gram-negative cyanobacteria may affect human and animal health by contaminating terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments with toxins, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The cyanobacterial genus Scytonema ( S ) produces several toxins, but to our knowledge the bioactivity of genus Scytonema LPS has not been investigated. We recently reported that cyanobacterium Oscillatoria sp. LPS elicited classical and alternative activation of rat microglia in vitro. Thus, we hypothesized that treatment of brain microglia in vitro with either cyanobacteria S...
March 21, 2018: Toxins
Alberto Zullo, Emanuela Simone, Maddalena Grimaldi, Vincenzina Musto, Francesco Paolo Mancini
Fighting diseases and controlling the signs of ageing are the major goals of biomedicine. Sirtuins, enzymes with mainly deacetylating activity, could be pivotal targets of novel preventive and therapeutic strategies to reach such aims. Scientific proofs are accumulating in experimental models, but, to a minor extent, also in humans, that the ancient practice of calorie restriction could prove an effective way to prevent several degenerative diseases and to postpone the detrimental signs of ageing. In the present review, we summarize the evidence about the central role of sirtuins in mediating the beneficial effects of calorie restriction in skeletal and cardiac muscle since these tissues are greatly damaged by diseases and advancing years...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Pradeep Phadnis, Purnima Dey Sarkar, Mithun Singh Rajput
BACKGROUND: Initial evidences have shown that diabetes mellitus occurs concomitantly with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptomatology. Serotonergic psychiatric therapy posits that serotonin is a central character in the management of OCD. Hence, it is worth investigating novel chemical entities affecting the serotonergic system for targeting OCD. An isoflavonoid phytoestrogen, genistein, has been recognized as of great pharmacological value especially for protecting neurodegeneration, depression (serotonin regulation), and diabetes...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
Marco K Wittmann, Patricia L Lockwood, Matthew F S Rushworth
Activity in a network of areas spanning the superior temporal sulcus, dorsomedial frontal cortex, and anterior cingulate cortex is concerned with how nonhuman primates negotiate the social worlds in which they live. Central aspects of these circuits are retained in humans. Activity in these areas codes for primates' interactions with one another, their attempts to find out about one another, and their attempts to prevent others from finding out too much about themselves. Moreover, important features of the social world, such as dominance status, cooperation, and competition, modulate activity in these areas...
March 21, 2018: Annual Review of Neuroscience
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