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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535552/stem-cell-therapy-for-chronic-pain-management-review-of-uses-advances-and-adverse-effects
#1
Krishnan Chakravarthy, Yian Chen, Cathy He, Paul J Christo
BACKGROUND: This review article outlines the recent advances, uses, and adverse effects of cell-based therapy for chronic pain management. Cell based therapies are gaining increasing ground as novel treatment modalities for a variety of pain pathologies that include, but are not limited to, neuropathic pain and degenerative disc disease. As these treatment modalities become more common practice, we have focused our review to provide pain practitioners and other practicing physicians an understanding of the technology and to summarize key clinical data and existing clinical trials that are being pursued by clinical investigators worldwide...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535081/advances-in-antidepressants-for-treating-post-stroke-depression
#2
Stefano Paolucci
Introduction Post-stroke depression (PSD) is a common and serious complication after stroke, occurring in nearly one third of stroke survivors, and affecting mortality rate, functional outcome, rehabilitation results and quality of life. However, in the common clinical practice only a minority of patients are properly treated. A relatively small number of scientific reports are available on clinical usefulness and safety of antidepressants (ADs) in PSD. Areas Covered This report provides an updated review about pharmacological state of art of PSD, including efficacy and safety of different drugs and their role on prevention, treatment and functional outcome...
May 23, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534715/knowledge-attitudes-and-behaviors-related-to-child-safety-restraint-in-citizens-of-shenzhen-municipality-china-and-the-associations-between-these-factors
#3
Shengyuan Liu, Haibin Zhou, Jianping Ma, Changyi Wang, Zhongwei Chen, Sihan Chen, Yingzhou Yang, Xiaoli Liu, Ji Peng, Leilei Duan, Xiao Deng
Objective-A child safety restraint (CSR) is an effective measure to reduce the risk of child injury from traffic collisions. This study aims to explore knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding CSR in a Chinese population. Methods-A cross-sectional survey regarding CSR use was conducted from April to May 2014 in Shenzhen Municipality. Respondents were parents who had at least one child 0 to 6 years of age and simultaneously owned a car. These parents provided a self-report of demographic characteristics as well as information about their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors toward CSR use...
May 23, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534687/role-of-molecular-markers-in-thyroid-nodule-management-then-and-now
#4
Yuri E Nikiforov
OBJECTIVE: To describe the evolution and clinical utility of molecular testing for thyroid nodules and cancer achieved over the last two decades. METHODS: Scientific reports on thyroid cancer genetics and molecular diagnostics in thyroid nodules. RESULTS: Over the last two decades, our understanding of the genetic mechanisms of thyroid cancer has dramatically expanded, such that most thyroid cancers now have known gene driver events. This knowledge provides the basis for establishing and further improving molecular tests for thyroid nodules and cancer and for the introduction of new entities such as non-invasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features (NIFTP)...
May 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534349/an-overview-of-high-dose-chemotherapy-with-autologous-stem-cell-rescue-for-germ-cell-tumors-in-current-practice
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Nuri Karadurmus, Ugur Sahin, Bilgin Bahadir Basgoz, Fikret Arpaci, Taner Demirer
Testicular cancer is a frequent tumor of adolescent and young adult males. Chemotherapy has been reported to provide cure rates as high as 80% even in the presence of advanced testicular cancer. Studies regarding testicular cancer started after the advent of high dose chemotherapy (HDC) plus atologous stem cell rescue (ASCR) for the treatment of solid tumors in 1980s. Testicular cancer is highly responsive to HDC. Einhorn et al. have reported long-lasting remissions reaching up to 40% among patients with platinum-refractory disease...
March 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534250/advancing-immunotherapy-in-metastatic-breast-cancer
#6
REVIEW
Mariam Mansour, Zhi Ling Teo, Stephen J Luen, Sherene Loi
Despite many advances in the treatment of breast cancer, the development of metastatic disease remains an incurable and frequent cause of cancer death for women worldwide. An improved understanding of the role of host immunosurveillance in modulating breast cancer disease biology, as well as impressive survival benefits seen to checkpoint blockade in other malignancies have provided great hope for an expanding role of immunotherapies in breast cancer management. While these novel therapies are currently being investigated in clinical trials, signals of efficacy, and tolerability in early phase studies suggest these will eventually make their way into standard practice algorithms...
June 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531885/fetal-treatment-2017-the-evolution-of-fetal-therapy-centers-a-joint-opinion-from-the-international-fetal-medicine-and-surgical-society-ifmss-and-the-north-american-fetal-therapy-network-naftnet
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Anita J Moon-Grady, Ahmet Baschat, Darrell Cass, Mahesh Choolani, Joshua A Copel, Timothy M Crombleholme, Jan Deprest, Stephen P Emery, Mark I Evans, Francois I Luks, Mary E Norton, Greg Ryan, Kuojen Tsao, Ross Welch, Michael Harrison
More than 3 decades ago, a small group of physicians and other practitioners active in what they called "fetal treatment" authored an opinion piece outlining the current status and future challenges anticipated in the field. Many advances in maternal, neonatal, and perinatal care and diagnostic and therapeutic modalities have been made in the intervening years, yet a thoughtful reassessment of the basic tenets put forth in 1982 has not been published. The present effort will aim to provide a framework for contemporary redefinition of the field of fetal treatment, with a brief discussion of the necessary minimum expertise and systems base for the provision of different types of interventions for both the mother and fetus...
May 23, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529120/on-the-verge-of-implementing-shared-decision-making-in-israel-an-overview-and-future-directions
#8
Orit Karnieli-Miller, Talya Miron-Shatz, Gil Siegal, Yaara Zisman-Ilani
Israel has a universal-national healthcare system and a progressive health policy legislation which, together, provide its residents with high-level healthcare services and either free or highly subsidized coverage without any pre-existing conditions. However, it is surprising that Shared Decision Making (SDM) practices and policy are not an integral part of Israel's healthcare system. The purpose of this overview is to describe the gap between the organizational-infrastructure compatibility of Israel's universal healthcare policy and the efforts needed to advance SDM as part of routine healthcare practice...
May 19, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527497/informatics-and-technology-in-resident-education
#9
REVIEW
William Niehaus
Biomedical or clinical informatics is the transdisciplinary field that studies and develops effective uses of biomedical data, information technology innovations, and medical knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision making, with an emphasis on improving human health. Given the ongoing advances in information technology, the field of informatics is becoming important to clinical practice and to residency education. This article will discuss how informatics is specifically relevant to residency education and the different ways to incorporate informatics into residency education, and will highlight applications of current technology in the context of residency education...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526720/efficacy-of-trabectedin-in-patients-with-advanced-translocation-related-sarcomas-pooled-analysis-of-two-phase-ii-studies
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Mitsuru Takahashi, Shunji Takahashi, Nobuhito Araki, Hideshi Sugiura, Takafumi Ueda, Tsukasa Yonemoto, Hideo Morioka, Hiroaki Hiraga, Toru Hiruma, Toshiyuki Kunisada, Akihiko Matsumine, Masashi Shimura, Akira Kawai
BACKGROUND: Trabectedin is reported as effective, especially against translocation-related sarcomas (TRSs) after failure of or intolerance to standard chemotherapy. We conducted two phase II studies of TRS, confirming high efficacy of 1.2 mg/m(2) trabectedin. The updated data of 66 patients in these studies was integrated to evaluate the efficacy of trabectedin against each histological subtype, and analyze final overall survival (OS). METHODS: Trabectedin was administered on day one of a 21-day cycle...
May 18, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526719/management-of-treatment-related-adverse-events-with-agents-targeting-the-mapk-pathway-in-patients-with-metastatic-melanoma
#11
Adil Daud, Katy Tsai
Tremendous progress has been made in the clinical landscape of advanced-stage BRAF V600-mutant melanoma treatment over the past 5 years. Targeted therapies that inhibit specific steps of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway have been shown to provide significant overall treatment benefit in patients with this difficult-to-treat disease. Combination therapy with BRAF and MEK inhibitors (dabrafenib plus trametinib or vemurafenib plus cobimetinib, respectively) has become standard of care. These agents are administered until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity occurs; thus, some patients may remain on maintenance therapy for an extended period of time, while toxicities may result in early discontinuation in other patients...
May 18, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526718/p16-hpv-and-cetuximab-what-is-the-evidence
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James A Bonner, Ricard Mesia, Jordi Giralt, Amanda Psyrri, Ulrich Keilholz, David I Rosenthal, Frank Beier, Jeltje Schulten, Jan B Vermorken
Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) is the sixth most common cancer worldwide. It has recently been appreciated that human papillomavirus (HPV) status (or p16 status, which is a frequently used surrogate for HPV status) is prognostic for oropharyngeal SCCHN. Here, we review and contextualize existing p16 and HPV data, focusing on the cetuximab registration trials in previously untreated, locoregionally advanced, nonmetastatic SCCHN (LA SCCHN) and in recurrent and/or metastatic SCCHN (R/M SCCHN): the IMCL-9815 and EXTREME clinical trials, respectively...
May 18, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525403/genetic-diseases-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-skin-cancer-development-in-childhood
#13
Alexander L Fogel, Kavita Y Sarin, Joyce M C Teng
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Childhood skin cancers are relatively rare and may indicate an underlying genetic disorder. The increasing elucidation of genetic pathways is changing the diagnosis and management of genetic skin cancer susceptibility syndromes. In this review, we provide an overview of genetic conditions that predispose to skin cancer development in childhood and signs that providers should assess when evaluating affected individuals. RECENT FINDINGS: In basal cell nevus syndrome (BCNS), the patched2 (PTCH2) and suppressor of fused (SUFU) genes have been implicated in disease pathogenesis...
May 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525294/the-cambia-sojourns-scholars-leadership-program-conversations-with-emerging-leaders-in-palliative-care
#14
Dulce M Cruz-Oliver, Rachelle Bernacki, Zara Cooper, Corita Grudzen, Seiko Izumi, Deborah Lafond, Daniel Lam, Thomas W LeBlanc, Jennifer Tjia, Jennifer Walter
BACKGROUND: There is a pressing workforce shortage and leadership scarcity in palliative care to adequately meet the demands of individuals with serious illness and their families. To address this gap, the Cambia Health Foundation launched its Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program in 2014, an initiative designed to identify, cultivate, and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders. This report intends to summarize the second cohort of Sojourns Scholars' projects and their reflection on their leadership needs...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524866/succession-in-the-petroleum-reservoir-microbiome-through-an-oil-field-production-lifecycle
#15
Adrien Vigneron, Eric B Alsop, Bartholomeus P Lomans, Nikos C Kyrpides, Ian M Head, Nicolas Tsesmetzis
Subsurface petroleum reservoirs are an important component of the deep biosphere where indigenous microorganisms live under extreme conditions and in isolation from the Earth's surface for millions of years. However, unlike the bulk of the deep biosphere, the petroleum reservoir deep biosphere is subject to extreme anthropogenic perturbation, with the introduction of new electron acceptors, donors and exogenous microbes during oil exploration and production. Despite the fundamental and practical significance of this perturbation, there has never been a systematic evaluation of the ecological changes that occur over the production lifetime of an active offshore petroleum production system...
May 19, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524737/utilizing-next-generation-sequencing-in-the-management-of-multiple-myeloma
#16
Marta Lionetti, Antonino Neri
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a bone marrow plasma cell malignancy characterized by wide clinical presentation and heterogeneous genetic background. Despite the recent advances in patient outcome, new markers are needed for improving risk prediction and choice of a more appropriate therapy. In this perspective, the genetic makeup of MM cells is being better characterized by means of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. Areas covered: The authors discuss how the application of NGS has improved our knowledge of MM biology by discovering its mutational landscape, identifying the operating mutational processes, and revealing the clonal composition of tumors and the dynamics of its evolution; and how this can have important clinical implications in terms of prognostication, therapeutic choices, and response assessment...
May 19, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523441/progress-in-the-presence-of-failure-updates-in-chronic-systolic-heart-failure-management
#17
REVIEW
Katie M Murphy, Julie L Rosenthal
The therapeutic heart failure armamentarium has evolved from drugs to transplantation to devices through further understanding of its complex pathophysiology and pathogenesis. Current medications capitalize on our evolving understanding of the sympathetic and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone systems that subsequently promote both beneficial and maladaptive responses that ultimately yield a decrease in cardiac function. Despite these advancements, the prevalence of heart failure continues to rise and carries a significant burden on our patients and health care system...
July 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521441/the-context-of-prostate-cancer-genomics-in-personalized-medicine
#18
Yanling Liu
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in males. Heterogeneous genomic aberrations may lead to prostate cancer onset, progression and metastasis. This heterogeneity also contributes to the variety in cancer risk and outcomes, different drug responses and progression, observed between individual patients. Classical prognostic factors, including prostate-specific antigen, Gleason Score and clinical tumor staging, are not sufficient to portray the complexity of a clinically relevant cancer diagnosis, risk prognosis, treatment choice and therapy monitoring...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520959/the-effects-of-gender-on-electrical-therapies-for-the-heart-procedural-considerations-results-and-complications-a-report-from-the-xii-congress-of-the-italian-association-on-arrhythmology-and-cardiostimulation-aiac
#19
Igor Diemberger, Raffaella Marazzi, Michela Casella, Francesca Vassanelli, Paola Galimberti, Mario Luzi, Alessio Borrelli, Ezio Soldati, Pier Giorgio Golzio, Stefano Fumagalli, Pietro Francia, Luigi Padeletti, Gianluca Botto, Giuseppe Boriani
Use of cardiac implantable devices and catheter ablation is steadily increasing in Western countries following the positive results of clinical trials. Despite the advances in scientific knowledge, tools development, and techniques improvement we still have some grey area in the field of electrical therapies for the heart. In particular, several reports highlighted differences both in medical behaviour and procedural outcomes between female and male candidates. Women are referred later for catheter ablation of supraventricular arrhythmias, especially atrial fibrillation, leading to suboptimal results...
May 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520940/age-differences-in-self-continuity-converging-evidence-and-directions-for-future-research
#20
Corinna E Löckenhoff, Joshua L Rutt
Life-span development is inherently linked to the perception of time and associated temporal construals. Such concepts are multi-faceted in nature and have important practical implications in areas such as time management, financial planning, or medical choices. A large body of research has documented age-related limitations in global time horizons, but age differences in other aspects of temporal construal are comparatively poorly understood. The present article draws attention to developmental trajectories of self-continuity, defined as perceived associations of one's present self with past and future selves...
June 1, 2017: Gerontologist
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