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Emanuele D'Amico, Francesco Patti, Aurora Zanghì, Mario Zappia
Using the term of progressive multiple sclerosis (PMS), we considered a combined population of persons with secondary progressive MS (SPMS) and primary progressive MS (PPMS). These forms of MS cannot be challenged with efficacy by the licensed therapy. In the last years, several measures of risk estimation were developed for predicting clinical course in MS, but none is specific for the PMS forms. Personalized medicine is a therapeutic approach, based on identifying what might be the best therapy for an individual patient, taking into account the risk profile...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Jonatan Salzer, Rasmus Svenningsson, Peter Alping, Lenka Novakova, Anna Björck, Katharina Fink, Protik Islam-Jakobsson, Clas Malmeström, Markus Axelsson, Mattias Vågberg, Peter Sundström, Jan Lycke, Fredrik Piehl, Anders Svenningsson
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the safety and efficacy of rituximab in multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: In this retrospective uncontrolled observational multicenter study, off-label rituximab-treated patients with MS were identified through the Swedish MS register. Outcome data were collected from the MS register and medical charts. Adverse events (AEs) grades 2-5 according to the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events were recorded. RESULTS: A total of 822 rituximab-treated patients with MS were identified: 557 relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), 198 secondary progressive MS (SPMS), and 67 primary progressive MS (PPMS)...
October 19, 2016: Neurology
Luis Ruano, Emilio Portaccio, Benedetta Goretti, Claudia Niccolai, Milton Severo, Francesco Patti, Sabina Cilia, Paolo Gallo, Paola Grossi, Angelo Ghezzi, Marco Roscio, Flavia Mattioli, Chiara Stampatori, Maria Trojano, Rosa Gemma Viterbo, Maria Pia Amato
BACKGROUND: There is limited and inconsistent information on the clinical determinants of cognitive impairment (CI) in multiple sclerosis (MS). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the prevalence and profile of CI across MS disease subtypes and assess its clinical determinants. METHODS: Cognitive performance was assessed through the Brief Repeatable Battery and the Stroop test in consecutive patients with MS referred to six Italian centers...
October 13, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
M Alba Mañé-Martínez, Bob Olsson, Laura Bau, Elisabet Matas, Álvaro Cobo-Calvo, Ulf Andreasson, Kaj Blennow, Lucia Romero-Pinel, Sergio Martínez-Yélamos, Henrik Zetterberg
In the present study, CSF concentrations of NFL, t-tau, p-tau, GFAP, S-100B, YKL-40, MCP-1, α-sAPP, β-sAPP, and Aβ38, Aβ40, Aβ42 were measured in 324 MS patients to test whether a correlation among the biomarkers exists and whether the profile of CSF biomarkers varies among the different types of MS. The CSF concentrations of NFL were significantly higher in RRMS while CSF concentrations of GFAP were higher in PPMS. CSF concentrations of NFL correlated with YKL-40 in CIS patients while CSF concentrations of GFAP correlated with YKL-40 in RRMS patients...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Sung-Won Jang, Robert W Rho, Tae-Seok Kim, Sung-Hwan Kim, Woo-Seung Shin, Ji-Hoon Kim, Yong-Seog Oh, Man Young Lee, Eiwa Zen, Tai-Ho Rho
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The number of permanent pacemakers (PPMs) implanted in patients in Japan and Korea differs significantly. We aimed to investigate the differences in decision making processes of implanting a PPM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our survey included 15 clinical case scenarios based on the 2008 AHA/ACC/HRS guidelines for device-based therapy of cardiac rhythm abnormalities (class unspecified). Members of the Korean and Japanese Societies of Cardiology were asked to rate each scenario according to a 5-point scale and to indicate their decisions for or against implantation...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Maria S Altieri, Ibrahim Almasry, Tyler Jones, Christa McPhee, Jane E McCormack, Emily C Huang, Patricia Eckardt, Marc J Shapiro, Sarah Eckardt, James A Vosswinkel, Randeep S Jawa
BACKGROUND: The prevalence and outcomes of older trauma patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) or permanent pacemakers (PPMs) is unknown. METHODS: The trauma registry at a regional trauma center was reviewed for blunt trauma patients, aged ≥ 60 years, admitted between 2007 and 2014. Medical records of cardiac devices patients were reviewed. RESULTS: Of 4,193 admissions, there were 146 ICD, 233 PPM, and 3,814 no device patients; median Injury Severity Score was 9...
August 4, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Xiaoyu Jia, Dirong Gong, Jiani Wang, Fuyi Huang, Taicheng Duan, Xian Zhang
A new specific phosphine modified polymer microsphere (PPMs) was designed and used as the core adsorbent to comprehensively enrich both inorganic and organic arsenic species in environmental waters by on line solid-phase extraction (SPE). Avoiding any redox reagent, all the four arsenic species have been quantitatively retained on the home made mini-column with large number of positively charged adsorption groups, and then eluted rapidly (within seconds) with a mixed solution of ammonium nitrate and ammonium dihydrogen phosphate...
November 1, 2016: Talanta
I Nedkov, L Slavov, R Angelova, B Blagoev, D Kovacheva, M V Abrashev, M Iliev, V Groudeva
A detailed investigation of nanostructured iron oxides/(oxy)hydroxides gathered after cultivation of bacteria from the genus Leptothrix as iron (II) oxidizers is presented. A specific type of medium is selected for the cultivation of the bacteria. Results for sediment powder and bio-film on glass substrate samples from the same media are discussed. XRD, Raman spectroscopy, SEM, and TEM images and PPMS measurements are used to prove the exact composition of the biogenic products and to interpret the oxidation process...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Physics
Brenda Bertado-Cortés, Lyda Villamil-Osorio, Raúl Carrera-Pineda, Carlos Martínez-Cortés, José Guerrero-Cantera
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease whose physiopathogenesis shows a complex interaction of genetic and environmental factors. Given that those factors have not been documented in our country, we describe the clinical and demographic characteristics from a sample of patients with MS. METHODS: We carried out an observational, descriptive, cross-sectional, and retrolective study in a Center for Demyelinating Diseases. We took the information from the clinical records of a sample of patients with multiple sclerosis, who arrived to the center from April 2014 to July 2015...
2016: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
Marianna Cortese, Trond Riise, Kjetil Bjørnevik, Alok Bhan, Elisabeth Farbu, Nina Grytten, Ineke Hogenesch, Rune Midgard, Cecilia Smith Simonsen, Wenche Telstad, Alberto Ascherio, Kjell-Morten Myhr
OBJECTIVE: To prospectively investigate potential signs of preclinical multiple sclerosis (MS) activity and when they are present prior to first symptom using data from a historical cohort. METHODS: We linked the cognitive performance of all Norwegian men born 1950-1995 who underwent conscription examination at age 18 to 19 years to the Norwegian MS registry to identify those later developing MS, and randomly selected controls frequency-matched on year of birth from the Norwegian Conscript Service database...
October 2016: Annals of Neurology
Yun-gen Hu, Lei Han, Wei-li Fang, Bo Jin
OBJECTIVE: To compare clinical efficacy of anatomic locking plate and Gamma nail in treating unstable femoral intertrochanteric fractures with external wall fractures. METHODS: From June 2010 to June 2014,clinical data of 44 patients with intertroehanteric fractures associated with lateral wall fractures (type 31A2.2-3.3) followed more than 12 months,which treated with Gamma nail or anatomic locking plate,were retrospective analyzed. Sixteen patients were treated with anatomic locking plate, including 6 males and 10 females aged from 32 to 83 years old with an average of 56...
June 2016: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Hyo-Eun Jang, Hyejung Mok
Polydopamine-coated porous microsphere (PPM) is investigated as a simple and versatile immobilization strategy for immune-stimulating biomolecules to enhance delivery efficiency and immune-stimulating effects such as cytokine induction in macrophages. The PPMs, with diameters of about 2 μm, exhibit simultaneous and efficient incorporation of biomolecules (nucleotides and proteins), which is comparable to that achieved using microspheres carrying biomolecules internally by virtue of their porous structure. Ovalbumin-conjugated PPMs are internalized into macrophages efficiently and selectively via the phagocytic pathway, without any noticeable toxicity...
August 9, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Soumya Rajan, P M Mohammed Gazzali, G Chandrasekaran
Ba1-xFexTiO3 (x=0, 0.005, 0.01) polycrystalline ceramics are prepared using solid state reaction method. Structural studies through XRD, Raman and XPS confirm single tetragonal phase for BaTiO3 whereas a structural disorder tends to intervene with the introduction of smaller Fe ions which reduces the tolerance factor and tetragonality ratio. Grain size of the samples is estimated using SEM micrographs with ImageJ software and chemical composition is confirmed using EDX spectra. Raman spectra measured in the temperature range of 303K to 573K showers light on the structural phase transition exploiting a significant disappearance of the 306cm(-1) mode...
January 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Zahra Salehi, Rozita Doosti, Masoumeh Beheshti, Ehsan Janzamin, Mohammad Ali Sahraian, Maryam Izad
Recent evidence points to a pathogenic role for CD8+ cytotoxic T (Tc) cells in Multiple sclerosis (MS). Based on cytokine profile, Tc cells can be divided into different subsets: IFN-γ (Tc1), IL-4 (Tc2), IL-10 (Tc10), IL-17 (Tc17), IL-21 (Tc21), IL-22 (Tc22) and TNF-α producing cells. In this study we evaluated the frequency of Tc cell subsets and the serum level of Tc17 differentiation cytokines in MS patients with different clinical patterns. We analyzed Tc cell subsets percentage in peripheral blood of relapsing-remitting (RRMS) (n = 28), secondary-progressive (SPMS) (n = 10) and primary-progressive (PPMS) (n = 4) MS patients in comparison to healthy controls (n = 15) using flow cytometry...
2016: PloS One
Dániel Sandi, Viktória Zsiros, Judit Füvesi, Zsigmond Tamás Kincses, Zsanett Fricska-Nagy, Gyula Lencsés, László Vécsei, Krisztina Bencsik
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the causes of death, the mortality and survival time of MS patients in Hungary. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 1993 and 2013, 740 patients (10,303person-years) were treated at our Outpatients' Clinic, of which 121 died. The causes of death were established from the pathological records or the medical certificates of the cause of death. The standardized mortality ratios (SMR) were calculated. Survival time was assessed with Gehan-Breslow test...
August 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Abdurrahman Eksik, Aydin Yildirim, Mehmet Gul, Serkan Aslan, Aydin Rodi Tosu, Ozgur Surgit, Huseyin Altug Cakmak, Muhammet Hulusi Satilmisoglu, Emre Akkaya, Ihsan Bakir
AIMS: The purpose of this study is to assess the electrocardiographic and electrophysiological parameters of conduction abnormalities in patients undergoing trans-catheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) due to severe aortic valve stenosis. METHODS: The study included 55 patients who underwent TAVI using either the Boston Scientific Lotus (n:25) or Edwards Sapien XT (n:30) prostheses. An electrophysiological study (EPS) was performed in the catheterization room immediately before the initial balloon valvuloplasty and immediately after prosthesis implantation...
July 15, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Judith Fraussen, Laura de Bock, Veerle Somers
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS) characterized by demyelination, axonal degeneration and gliosis. The progressive form of MS is an important research topic as not much is known about its underlying mechanisms and no therapy is available. Although progressive MS is traditionally considered to be driven by neurodegeneration, compartmentalized CNS inflammation is currently accepted as one of the driving processes behind neurodegeneration and progression...
September 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
M Tortello, W K Park, C O Ascencio, P Saraf, L H Greene
The design and realization of a cryogenic rig for point-contact spectroscopy measurements in the needle-anvil configuration is presented. Thanks to the use of two piezoelectric nano-positioners, the tip can move along the vertical (z) and horizontal (x) direction and thus the rig is suitable to probe different regions of a sample in situ. Moreover, it can also form double point-contacts on different facets of a single crystal for achieving, e.g., an interferometer configuration for phase-sensitive measurements...
June 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
S McVorran, J Song, V Pochineni, A Abrudescu-Opran
The case presented is consistent with the phenomenon known as Pseudo-Pseudo Meigs Syndrome (PPMS). In it, we describe a young woman with newly diagnosed Systemic Lupus Erythematosus presenting with ascites, pleural effusions, and an elevated CA-125 level. Although rare, and of uncertain etiology, PPMS is becoming increasingly recognized in the literature. It should be considered as a differential diagnosis in such patients, along with the search for malignancy.
2016: Case Reports in Rheumatology
M J Brito-Luna, D G Villanueva-Quintero, A K Sandoval-Talamantes, M Fafutis-Morris, O Graciano-Machuca, P E Sanchez-Hernandez, A Alvarado-Navarro
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disease characterised by proliferation of keratinocytes, primarily due to cytokines Th1 and Th17. This profile is involved in pathogenesis of metabolic syndrome, a frequently found comorbidity in patients with psoriasis. OBJECTIVE: In this study we determine the correlation of levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines TNF-α, IL-23, IL-12, and IL-22 in patients with psoriasis with and without metabolic syndrome and clinically healthy controls...
September 2016: Cytokine
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