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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346915/safety-and-efficacy-of-flexible-ureteroscopy-in-combination-with-holmium-laser-lithotripsy-for-the-treatment-of-bilateral-upper-urinary-tract-calculi
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Bing Yang, Hao Ning, Zheng Liu, Yi Zhang, Chengfan Yu, Xianghua Zhang, Dongliang Pan, Kejia Ding
OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively evaluate the safety and efficacy of flexible ureteroscopy (FURS) in combination with holmium laser lithotripsy for the treatment of bilateral upper urinary calculi. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The stone-free status was defined as the absence of any stones or asymptomatic status, or the presence of clinically insignificant residual fragments <4 mm, and was assessed by plain kidney, ureter, and bladder X-ray. The operative time, stone-free rates (SFRs), serum creatinine (SCr), and complications were recorded...
March 28, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346794/comparative-study-of-xenobiotic-free-media-for-the-cultivation-of-human-limbal-epithelial-stem-progenitor-cells
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Sheyla González, Luxia Chen, Sophie X Deng
The culture of human limbal epithelial stem/progenitor cells (LSCs) in the presence of animal components poses the risk of cross-species contamination in clinical applications. We quantitatively compared different xenobiotic-free culture media for the cultivation of human LSCs. LSCs were cultured from 2 × 2 mm limbal tissue explants on denuded human amniotic membrane with different xenobiotic-free culture media: CnT-Prime (CnT-PR) supplemented with 0%, 1%, 5%, and 10% human serum (HS), embryonic stem cell medium (ESCM) alone or in combination with the standard supplemented hormonal epithelium medium (SHEM, control) at a 1:1 dilution ratio, and modified SHEM (mSHEM), in which cholera toxin and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) were removed, isoproterenol was added, and the epidermal growth factor concentration was reduced...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346673/clinical-features-of-bim-deletion-polymorphism-and-its-relation-with-crizotinib-primary-resistance-in-chinese-patients-with-alk-ros1-fusion-positive-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Limin Zhang, Tao Jiang, Xuefei Li, Yan Wang, Chao Zhao, Sha Zhao, Lei Xi, Shijia Zhang, Xiaozhen Liu, Yijun Jia, Hui Yang, Jinpeng Shi, Chunxia Su, Shengxiang Ren, Caicun Zhou
BACKGROUND: The authors' previous study demonstrated that the B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia/lymphoma (Bcl-2)-like 11 (BCL2L11) (Bim) deletion polymorphism was associated with poor clinical response to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with EGFR mutations. The objective of the current study was to investigate the impact of the Bim deletion polymorphism among patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive or ROS proto-oncogene 1, receptor tyrosine kinase (ROS1)-positive NSCLC who were treated with crizotinib...
March 27, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346656/7-year-follow-up-after-stereotactic-ablative-radiotherapy-for-patients-with-stage-i-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-results-of-a-phase-2-clinical-trial
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Bing Sun, Eric D Brooks, Ritsuko U Komaki, Zhongxing Liao, Melenda D Jeter, Mary F McAleer, Pamela K Allen, Peter A Balter, James D Welsh, Michael S O'Reilly, Daniel Gomez, Stephen M Hahn, Jack A Roth, Reza J Mehran, John V Heymach, Joe Y Chang
BACKGROUND: The authors evaluated the efficacy, patterns of failure, and toxicity of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) for patients with medically inoperable, clinical stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in a prospective clinical trial with 7 years of follow-up. Clinical staging was performed according to the seventh edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer TNM staging system. METHODS: Eligible patients with histologically confirmed NSCLC of clinical stage I as determined using positron emission tomography staging were treated with SABR (50 grays in 4 fractions)...
March 27, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346650/submandibular-salivary-gland-tumors-clinical-course-and-outcome-of-a-20-year-multicenter-study
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Aviram Mizrachi, Gideon Bachar, Yaron Unger, Ohad Hilly, Dan M Fliss, Thomas Shpitzer
The purpose of this retrospective chart review study was to review the nature and clinical course of benign and malignant submandibular gland tumors at 2 major university-affiliated tertiary medical centers. All patients who underwent submandibular salivary gland excision between 1990 and 2010 were included. Clinical and disease-related data were collected from the medical charts. One hundred ninety-three patients were identified, of whom 108 (56%) had non-neoplastic disorders (sialolithiasis and sialadenitis)...
March 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346222/sign-determination-methods-for-the-respiratory-signal-in-data-driven-pet-gating
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Ottavia Bertolli, Simon Arridge, Scott D Wollenweber, Charles W Stearns, Brian F Hutton, Kris Thielemans
Patient respiratory motion during PET image acquisition leads to blurring in the reconstructed images and may cause significant artifacts, resulting in decreased lesion detectability, inaccurate standard uptake value calculation and incorrect treatment planning in radiation therapy. To reduce these effects data can be regrouped into (nearly) 'motion-free' gates prior to reconstruction by selecting the events with respect to the breathing phase. This gating procedure therefore needs a respiratory signal: on current scanners it is obtained from an external device, whereas with data driven (DD) methods it can be directly obtained from the raw PET data...
March 27, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345646/association-of-high-normal-hba1c-and-tsh-levels-with-the-risk-of-chd-a-10-year-cohort-study-and-svm-analysis
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Hui Li, Ying Cui, Yanan Zhu, Haiying Yan, Wenge Xu
This study aimed to determine the association between the clinical reference range of serum glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and thyrotropin (TSH) and the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) in non-diabetic and euthyroid patients. We examined baseline HbA1c and TSH in 538 healthy participants, and then analyzed the associations and potential value of these indicators for predicting CHD using Cox proportional hazard and support vector machine analyses. During the median follow-up of 120 months, 39 participants later developed CHD...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345384/parental-evaluation-of-a-telemonitoring-service-for-children-with-type-1-diabetes
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E Losiouk, G Lanzola, S Del Favero, F Boscari, M Messori, I Rabbone, R Bonfanti, A Sabbion, D Iafusco, R Schiaffini, R Visentin, S Galasso, F Di Palma, D Chernavvsky, L Magni, C Cobelli, D Bruttomesso, S Quaglini
Introduction In the past years, we developed a telemonitoring service for young patients affected by Type 1 Diabetes. That service provides data to the clinical staff and offers an important tool to the parents, that are able to oversee in real time their children. The aim of this work was to analyze the parents' perceived usefulness of the service. Methods The service was tested by the parents of 31 children enrolled in a seven-day clinical trial during a summer camp. To study the parents' perception we proposed and analyzed two questionnaires...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345374/psychoticism-in-patients-with-panic-disorder-with-or-without-comorbid-agoraphobia
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Vasilios G Masdrakis, Emilia-Maria Legaki, Charalambos Papageorgiou, Manolis Markianos
OBJECTIVE: A few case-reports have previously described transient psychotic-like symptoms in non-psychotic patients with panic disorder (PD). We aimed to systematically explore whether PD patients without any current or past psychosis can be differentiated according to the severity of 'psychoticism' as a dimension, comprising clinical features such as psychotic-like experiences, increased social alienation, hostility and suspiciousness. METHODS: Sample included 35 (female = 26) medication-free, non-psychotic patients consecutively referred from our Department's Outpatient Clinic for acute symptoms of DSM-5 PD with (PDA; N = 29) or without concurrent agoraphobia...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345206/treatment-with-direct-acting-antiviral-agents-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-injecting-drug-users-a-prospective-study
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Lucio Boglione, Simone Mornese Pinna, Amedeo De Nicolò, Jessica Cusato, Giuseppe Cariti, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
In this prospective study, we evaluated the effectiveness and tolerability of novel therapies against hepatitis C virus (HCV) in a cohort of PWID enrolled at our centre from April 2015 to July 2016. In this analysis, a total of 174 patients were included: 11 (6.3%) were treated with pegylated-interferon (PEG-IFN) and ribavirin (RBV) containing regimens, 163 (93.7%) with IFN-free treatments. RBV has been used in 70 patients (40.2%); 59 (33.9%) patients were in opioid substitution therapy (OST) with methadone or buprenorphine...
March 26, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345152/the-impact-of-seizures-on-epilepsy-outcomes-a-national-community-based-survey
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Colin B Josephson, Scott B Patten, Andrew Bulloch, Jeanne V A Williams, Dina Lavorato, Kirsten M Fiest, Mary Secco, Nathalie Jette
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the impact of seizures on persons living with epilepsy in a national, community-based setting. METHODS: The data source was the Survey of Living with Neurological Conditions in Canada (SLNCC), a cohort derived from a national population-based survey of noninstitutionalized persons aged 15 or more years. Participants had to be on a seizure drug or to have had a seizure in the past 5 years to meet the definition of active epilepsy...
March 27, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344962/efficacy-of-loop-electrosurgical-excision-procedure-with-cold-coagulation-for-treating-cervical-intraepithelial-neoplasia-a-two-center-cohort-study
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Hee Seung Kim, Jeong Eun Kwon, Jeong Ha Kim, Anna Kim, Na Ra Lee, Miseon Kim, Maria Lee, Dong Hoon Suh, Yong Beom Kim
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) combined with cold coagulation for treating cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). METHODS: We reviewed clinic-pathologic data of 498 patients treated with LEEP alone (n=354), and LEEP combined with cold coagulation (n=144) between January 2000 and December 2011. After LEEP, we followed up all patients by using Papanicolaou smear and human papillomavirus (HPV) test, and evaluated abnormal cervical cytology-free interval and high-risk HPV infection-free interval...
March 2017: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344888/pre-emptive-and-therapeutic-adoptive-immunotherapy-for-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-phenotype-and-effector-function-of-t-cells-impact-on-clinical-response
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Corey Smith, Victor Lee, Andrea Schuessler, Leone Beagley, Sweera Rehan, Janice Tsang, Vivian Li, Randal Tiu, David Smith, Michelle A Neller, Katherine K Matthews, Emma Gostick, David A Price, Jacqueline Burrows, Glen M Boyle, Daniel Chua, Benedict Panizza, Sandro V Porceddu, John Nicholls, Dora Kwong, Rajiv Khanna
Adoptive T cell therapy has emerged as a powerful strategy to treat human cancers especially haematological malignancies. Extension of these therapies to solid cancers remains a significant challenge especially in the context of defining immunological correlates of clinical responses. Here we describe results from a clinical study investigating autologous Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-specific T cells generated using a novel AdE1-LMPpoly vector to treat patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) either pre-emptively in at-risk patients with no or minimal residual disease (N/MRD) or therapeutically in patients with active recurrent/metastatic disease (ARMD)...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344862/expression-profiles-of-immune-related-genes-are-associated-with-neoadjuvant-ipilimumab-clinical-benefit
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Ahmad A Tarhini, Yan Lin, Hui-Min Lin, Priyanka Vallabhaneni, Cindy Sander, William LaFramboise, Lana Hamieh
Purpose: Patients with regionally advanced melanoma were treated with neoadjuvant ipilimumab in a previously reported study (PLOS One 2014). Gene expression profiles of tumors of treated patients were investigated for their association with immunotherapeutic benefit. Methods: Patients were treated with ipilimumab (10 mg/kg intravenously every 3 weeks × 2 doses) before and after surgery. Tumor specimens were obtained at baseline and at definitive surgery (weeks 6-8). Gene expression profiling was performed on the tumor biopsies of 27 patients...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344745/can-molecular-biomarkers-replace-a-clinical-risk-score-for-resectable-colorectal-liver-metastasis
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EDITORIAL
Torhild Veen, Kjetil Søreide
In resectable colorectal liver metastasis (CRLM) the role and use of molecular biomarkers is still controversial. Several biomarkers have been linked to clinical outcomes in CRLM, but none have so far become routine for clinical decision making. For several reasons, the clinical risk score appears to no longer hold the same predictive value. Some of the reasons include the ever expanding indications for liver resection, which now increasingly tend to involve extrahepatic disease, such as lung metastases (both resectable and non-resectable) and the shift in indication from "what is taken out" (e...
March 15, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344665/treatment-choice-in-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-mutation-positive-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-latest-evidence-and-clinical-implications
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REVIEW
Oscar Juan, Sanjay Popat
Discovery of sensitizing mutations in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and the subsequent development of EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have substantially changed the treatment of lung cancer. First-line treatment with EGFR TKIs (gefitinib, erlotinib and afatinib) has demonstrated a superior response rate and progression-free survival (PFS) compared with chemotherapy in EGFR-mutation positive patients. However, a number of open questions remain, such as choice between the three EGFR TKIs licensed, treatment of patients unsuitable for chemotherapy due to morbidity or advanced age, management of acquired resistance and optimal biological sample to determine EGFR status...
March 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344597/high-biologically-effective-dose-radiation-therapy-using-brachytherapy-in-combination-with-external-beam-radiotherapy-for-high-risk-prostate-cancer
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Keisei Okamoto, Akinori Wada, Naoaki Kohno
PURPOSE: To evaluate the outcomes of high-risk prostate cancer patients treated with biologically effective dose (BED) ≥ 220 Gy of high-dose radiotherapy, using low-dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy in combination with external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and short-term androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: From 2005 to 2013, a total of 143 patients with high-risk prostate cancer were treated by radiotherapy of BED ≥ 220 Gy with a combination of LDR brachytherapy, EBRT, and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT)...
February 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344416/one-year-outcomes-of-acute-decompensated-systolic-heart-failure-in-taiwan-lessons-from-tsoc-hfref-registry
#18
Hung-Yu Chang, Chun-Chieh Wang, Yen-Wen Wu, Pao-Hsien Chu, Chih-Cheng Wu, Chih-Hsin Hsu, Ming-Shien Wen, Wen-Chol Voon, Wei-Shiang Lin, Jin-Long Huang, Shyh-Ming Chen, Ning-I Yang, Heng-Chia Chang, Kuan-Cheng Chang, Shih-Hsien Sung, Kou-Gi Shyu, Jiunn-Lee Lin, Guang-Yuan Mar, Kuei-Chuan Chan, Jen-Yuan Kuo, Ji-Hung Wang, Zhih-Cherng Chen, Wei-Kung Tseng, Wen-Jin Cherng, Wei-Hsian Yin
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is a global health problem. The Taiwan Society of Cardiology-Heart Failure with reduced Ejection Fraction (TSOC-HFrEF) registry was a multicenter, observational survey of patients admitted with HFrEF in Taiwan. The aim of this study was to report the one-year outcome in this large-cohort of hospitalized patients presenting with acute decompensated HFrEF. METHODS: Patients hospitalized for acute HFrEF were recruited in 21 hospitals in Taiwan...
March 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344409/outbreak-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-and-peste-des-petits-ruminants-in-sheep-flock-imported-for-immediate-slaughter-in-riyadh
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M A Mahmoud, S A Galbat
AIM: To detect and identify the causative agent or agents of the following clinical symptoms which were fever, lack of appetite, salivation, vesiculation, erosions of the buccal mucosa, nose, and feet. The signs vary from mild to severe. The mortality rate of the disease is high. The morbidity rate reaches up to 100%. Sheep also show bloody diarrhea and rapid respiration. Sheep flock resident in El-Kharje Governorate. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 50 serum samples and 50 buffy coat samples were collected from Marino sheep flock suffered from high mortalities, fever, lameness, diarrhea, stomatitis, and respiratory distress...
February 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344217/left-ventricular-twist-was-decreased-in-isolated-left-bundle-branch-block-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Sabiye Yılmaz, Harun Kılıc, Mustafa Tarık Ağac, Nurgül Keser, Efe Edem, Saadet Demirtaş, Mehmet Bülent Vatan, Ramazan Akdemir, Hüseyin Gündüz
OBJECTIVE: Left ventricular (LV) rotation and twist play an important role in LV contraction and relaxation. Left bundle branch block (LBBB) deteriorates both diastolic and systolic functions. We evaluated the LV twist in patients with LBBB and preserved ejection fraction (EF) (>50%) to determine twist as a potential marker for subtle myocardial dysfunction. METHODS: This observational cross-sectional study included 34 LBBB patients with preserved EF who were free from ischemic and valvular disease (Group 1) and 36 healthy controls (Group 2)...
March 22, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
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