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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938542/the-immune-checkpoint-molecule-v-set-ig-domain-containing-4-is-an-independent-prognostic-factor-for-multiple-myeloma
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Jin Roh, Youkyoung Jeon, A-Neum Lee, Sang Min Lee, YeonMee Kim, Chang Ohk Sung, Chan-Jeoung Park, Jung Yong Hong, Dok Hyun Yoon, Cheolwon Suh, Jooryung Huh, Inhak Choi, Chan-Sik Park
Multiple myeloma (MM) remains as an incurable disease, despite recent substantial improvements in treatment. Therefore, development of novel biomarkers for risk stratification and new therapeutic targets are imperative. One of the emerging treatments for MM is the immune checkpoint blockades. V-set Ig domain-containing 4 (VSIG4) is a lately studied B7-related immune checkpoint modulator. We assessed the VSIG4 expression in patients with MM and its prognostic impact. We analyzed 81 bone marrow and 66 extramedullary biopsy samples of MM patients using immunohistochemistry...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938393/ilizarov-treatment-protocols-in-the-management-of-infected-nonunion-of-the-tibia
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Martin McNally, Jamie Ferguson, Raj Kugan, David Stubbs
OBJECTIVES: We present a treatment algorithm comprising 4 Ilizarov methods in managing infected tibial nonunion, using nonunion mobility and segmental defect size to govern treatment choice. DESIGN: Decision protocol analysis study. SETTING: A university-affiliated teaching hospital. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: Seventy-nine patients were treated with 1 of 4 Ilizarov protocols. All patients had undergone at least one previous operation, 38 had associated limb deformity, and 49 had nonviable nonunions...
October 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938308/sensor-based-physiologic-control-strategy-for-biventricular-support-with-rotary-blood-pumps
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Yu Wang, Steven C Koenig, Zhongjun Wu, Mark S Slaughter, Guruprasad A Giridharan
Rotary biventricular assist devices (BiVAD) are becoming a clinically accepted treatment option for end-stage biventricular failure. To improve BiVAD efficacy and safety, we propose a control algorithm to achieve the clinical objectives of maintaining left-right-sided balance, restoring physiologic flows, and preventing ventricular suction. The control algorithm consists of two proportional-integral (PI) controllers for left and right ventricular assist devices (LVAD and RVAD) to maintain differential pump pressure across LVAD (ΔPL) and RVAD (ΔPR) to provide left-right balance and physiologic flow...
September 21, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937522/ambulatory-high-dose-methotrexate-administration-in-pediatric-osteosarcoma-patients-at-a-single-institution-in-argentina
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Jose A Villegas Rubio, Walter Cacciavillano, Adriana Rose, Pedro Zubizarreta, Marcelo Scopinaro
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of ambulatory high-dose methotrexate (HDMTX) administration with oral hydration, alkalinization, and leucovorin rescue. HDMTX (12 g/m) was given intravenously over 4 hours after urine alkalinization. Families and patients were instructed to continue ambulatory oral hydration and alkalinization to monitor urine pH and to adjust bicarbonate according to our institution's treatment algorithm. Clinical status and MTX levels were controlled every 24 hours, and oral leucovorin dose was adjusted accordingly...
October 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937424/a-case-report-of-incidental-hepatic-cysts-found-on-ultrasound-imaging-implications-for-the-anesthesiologist
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Aysha Hasan, Walid Alrayashi, David Waisel, Karen Boretsky
Point-of-care ultrasound imaging is increasingly used by anesthesiologists to facilitate rapid clinical diagnosis and treatment in the perioperative period. With its growing popularity, inevitably, unfamiliar structures will be observed. We present a case of cystic liver lesions in a healthy model during a point-of-care workshop. We address the clinical, ethical, and legal implications of incidental findings in anesthesiology. We offer recommendations and an algorithmic approach to these occurrences.
September 20, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936892/initial-experience-with-cinematic-rendering-for-chest-cardiovascular-imaging
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Steven Rowe, Pamela Johnson, Elliot Fishman
Three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) with volume rendering (VR) and maximum intensity projection (MIP) is an integral component of CT interpretation for diagnosis and treatment planning of vascular pathology. Cinematic rendering (CR is a new rendering algorithm that incorporates a more advanced lighting model than that used for VR, to create photorealistic 3D CT images. The post-processing tool is not yet widely available and its ultimate clinical utility has yet to be assessed in well-designed studies...
September 22, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936678/biomarker-based-strategy-for-early-discontinuation-of-empirical-antifungal-treatment-in-critically-ill-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Anahita Rouzé, Séverine Loridant, Julien Poissy, Benoit Dervaux, Boualem Sendid, Marjorie Cornu, Saad Nseir
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the impact of a biomarker-based strategy on early discontinuation of empirical antifungal treatment. METHODS: Prospective randomized controlled single-center unblinded study, performed in a mixed ICU. A total of 110 patients were randomly assigned to a strategy in which empirical antifungal treatment duration was determined by (1,3)-β-D-glucan, mannan, and anti-mannan serum assays, performed on day 0 and day 4; or to a routine care strategy, based on international guidelines, which recommend 14 days of treatment...
September 22, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936574/-imaging-techniques-in-modern-trauma-diagnostics
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T J Vogl, K Eichler, I Marzi, S Wutzler, K Zacharowski, C Frellessen
Modern trauma room management requires interdisciplinary teamwork and synchronous communication between a team of anaesthesists, surgeons and radiologists. As the length of stay in the trauma room influences morbidity and mortality of a severely injured person, optimizing time is one of the main targets. With the direct involvement of modern imaging techniques the injuries caused by trauma should be detected within a very short period of time in order to enable a priority-orientated treatment. Radiology influences structure and process quality, management and development of trauma room algorithms regarding the use of imaging techniques...
September 21, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936494/detection-of-intracranial-hypertension-using-deep-learning
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Benjamin Quachtran, Robert Hamilton, Fabien Scalzo
Intracranial Hypertension, a disorder characterized by elevated pressure in the brain, is typically monitored in neurointensive care and diagnosed only after elevation has occurred. This reaction-based method of treatment leaves patients at higher risk of additional complications in case of misdetection. The detection of intracranial hypertension has been the subject of many recent studies in an attempt to accurately characterize the causes of hypertension, specifically examining waveform morphology. We investigate the use of Deep Learning, a hierarchical form of machine learning, to model the relationship between hypertension and waveform morphology, giving us the ability to accurately detect presence hypertension...
December 2016: Proceedings of the ... IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936442/cardiotoxicity-of-cancer-chemotherapy-identification-prevention-and-treatment
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Diwakar Jain, Tauseef Ahmad, Mitchel Cairo, Wilbert Aronow
Cardiotoxicity is an important complication of several cancer therapeutic agents. Several well established and newer anticancer therapies such as anthracyclines, trastuzumab and other HER2 receptor blockers, antimetabolites, alkylating agents, tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), angiogenesis inhibitors, and checkpoint inhibitors are associated with significant cardiotoxicity. Cardiovascular imaging employing radionuclide imaging, echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging are helpful in early detection and prevention of overt heart failure secondary to cardiotoxicity of cancer therapy...
September 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933962/tool-to-assess-causality-of-direct-and-indirect-adverse-events-associated-with-therapeutic-interventions
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Liliane Zorzela, Silvano Mior, Heather Boon, Anita Gross, Jeromy Yager, Rose Carter, Sunita Vohra
OBJECTIVE: To develop and test a tool to assess causality of direct and indirect adverse events associated with therapeutic interventions. The intervention was one or more drugs and/or natural health products, a device, or practice (professional delivering the intervention). METHODS: Through the assessment of causality of adverse events, we can learn about factors contributing to the harm and consider what modification may prevent its reoccurrence. Existing scales (WHO-UMC, Naranjo and Horn) were adapted to develop a tool (algorithm and table) to evaluate cases of serious harmful events reported through a national surveillance study...
September 21, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933020/deriving-a-management-algorithm-for-emphysematous-pyelonephritis-can-we-rely-on-minimally-invasive-strategies-or-should-we-be-opting-for-earlier-nephrectomy
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Eve Boakes, Deepak Batura
PURPOSE: To analyse the incidence and management of emphysematous pyelonephritis (EPN) in North West London and examine factors that influence immediate and 6-month outcomes with the aim of guiding future management. METHODS: This work analyses EPN cases from the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust from October 2006 to July 2015 (population ≈ 850,000). Diagnosis and stage were confirmed by computed tomography (CT). Demographic, clinical, biochemical and microbiological characteristics were assessed...
September 20, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933005/human-papillomavirus-in-oropharyngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-south-eastern-norway-prevalence-genotype-and-survival
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Guro Haugen Fossum, Agnes Kathrine Lie, Peter Jebsen, Lars Erik Sandlie, Jon Mork
The objectives of this study were to assess the prevalence of high-risk human papillomavirus (HR HPV) and survival in all oropharyngeal cancer (OPSCC) patients in a Norwegian population cohort in 2010-2011. Clinical data were retrieved from hospital records. Biopsies from 166 patients were tested for the presence of HR HPV by qualitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). p16 immunohistochemistry was performed in 138 cases. Survival was compared between groups of patients with tumors positive for HPV16 and other HR HPV genotypes, and patients with HPV negative tumors...
September 20, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932964/treatment-strategies-for-the-opioid-dependent-patient
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REVIEW
Shweta Teckchandani, Meredith Barad
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review is intended to help the headache physician think through and plan for management issues concerning the use of opioids. We ask the headache physician to consider if there are instances where prescribing or continuing prescriptions of opiates is plausible, and if so, how can the physician proceed as safely as possible. Our goal is to start a conversation regarding the inevitable encounter with a patient on opiates or requesting opiates. RECENT FINDINGS: The use of opiates in our society has reached a crisis in staggering death and addiction rates...
September 20, 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932351/abdominal-tuberculosis-is-there-a-role-for-surgery
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REVIEW
Elroy Patrick Weledji, Benjamin Thumamo Pokam
It is important that surgeons are familiar with the various manifestations of tuberculosis (TB). Although TB has been declining in incidence in the developed world, it remains an important problem in endemic areas of the developing world. The aim of the review was to elucidate the natural history and characteristics of abdominal TB and ascertain the indications for surgery. TB can affect the intestine as well as the peritoneum and the most important aspect of abdominal TB is to bear in mind the diagnosis and obtain histological evidence...
August 27, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932174/internet-based-computer-technology-on-radiotherapy
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REVIEW
James C L Chow
Recent rapid development of Internet-based computer technologies has made possible many novel applications in radiation dose delivery. However, translational speed of applying these new technologies in radiotherapy could hardly catch up due to the complex commissioning process and quality assurance protocol. Implementing novel Internet-based technology in radiotherapy requires corresponding design of algorithm and infrastructure of the application, set up of related clinical policies, purchase and development of software and hardware, computer programming and debugging, and national to international collaboration...
November 2017: Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931946/comparison-of-perfusion-models-for-quantitative-t1-weighted-dce-mri-of-rectal-cancer
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Tanja Gaa, Wiebke Neumann, Sonja Sudarski, Ulrike I Attenberger, Stefan O Schönberg, Lothar R Schad, Frank G Zöllner
In this work, the two compartment exchange model and two compartment uptake model were applied to obtain quantitative perfusion parameters in rectum carcinoma and the results were compared to those obtained by the deconvolution algorithm. Eighteen patients with newly diagnosed rectal carcinoma underwent 3 T MRI of the pelvis including a T1 weighted dynamic contrastenhanced (DCE) protocol before treatment. Mean values for Plasma Flow (PF), Plasma Volume (PV) and Mean Transit Time (MTT) were obtained for all three approaches and visualized in parameter cards...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931389/semi-automated-quantification-of-hard-exudates-in-colour-fundus-photographs-diagnosed-with-diabetic-retinopathy
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Abhilash Goud Marupally, Kiran Kumar Vupparaboina, Hari Kumar Peguda, Ashutosh Richhariya, Soumya Jana, Jay Chhablani
BACKGROUND: Hard exudates (HEs) are the classical sign of diabetic retinopathy (DR) which is one of the leading causes of blindness, especially in developing countries. Accordingly, disease screening involves examining HEs qualitatively using fundus camera. However, for monitoring the treatment response, quantification of HEs becomes crucial and hence clinicians now seek to measure the area of HEs in the digital colour fundus (CF) photographs. Against this backdrop, we proposed an algorithm to quantify HEs using CF images and compare with previously reported technique using ImageJ...
September 20, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929232/-prevalence-comorbidity-and-interdisciplinary-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-insurance-data-on-outpatient-and-inpatient-care-in-baden-w%C3%A3-rttemberg
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A Strahl, O Schneider, J Frankenhauser-Mannuß, S Knapstein, C Hermann, B Lembeck, H-M Lorenz, W Rüther, J Flechtenmacher
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has an increased number of comorbidities compared with the general population. OBJECTIVE: Study aim was to collect epidemiological data on prevalence, incidence and comorbidities of RA as well as utilization of outpatient and inpatient care services. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In an age and gender-adjusted case control study, a total of 3.4 million patients insured by the AOK Baden-Württemberg were analysed with respect to visits to physicians, prevalence, incidence and comorbidities of RA...
September 19, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928808/identification-of-novel-methylated-targets-in-colorectal-cancer-by-microarray-analysis-and-construction-of-co-expression-network
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Dongsheng Li, Jialin Guo, Song Wang, Liangchen Zhu, Zugang Shen
The present study was conducted to investigate novel methylated targets in colorectal cancer (CRC). The mRNA expression profiles of GSE32323 in 17 cancer and non-cancerous tissues from CRC patients, as well as expression profiles of 5 CRC cell lines prior and subsequent to 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-aza-dC) treatment, were obtained from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. The differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in 5 CRC cell lines prior and subsequent to 5-aza-dC treatment were combined with the CRC-specific gene expression profiling array data...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
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