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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29374886/-some-reflections-on-evidenced-based-medicine-precision-medicine-and-big-data-based-research
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J L Tang, L M Li
Evidence-based medicine remains the best paradigm for medical practice. However, evidence alone is not decisions; decisions must also consider resources available and the values of people. Evidence shows that most of those treated with blood pressure-lowering, cholesterol-lowering, glucose-lowering and anti-cancer drugs do not benefit from preventing severe complications such as cardiovascular events and deaths. This implies that diagnosis and treatment in modern medicine in many circumstances is imprecise...
January 10, 2018: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214408/anticipated-hiv-stigma-and-delays-in-regular-hiv-testing-behaviors-among-sexually-active-young-gay-bisexual-and-other-men-who-have-sex-with-men-and-transgender-women
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Kristi E Gamarel, Kimberly M Nelson, Rob Stephenson, Olga J Santiago Rivera, Danielle Chiaramonte, Robin Lin Miller
Young gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (YGBMSM) and young transgender women are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. The success of biomedical prevention strategies is predicated on regular HIV testing; however, there has been limited uptake of testing among YGBMSM and young transgender women. Anticipated HIV stigma-expecting rejection as a result of seroconversion- may serve as a significant barrier to testing. A cross-sectional sample of YGBMSM (n = 719, 95.5%) and young transgender women (n = 33, 4...
December 6, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075819/augmentation-mastopexy-with-a-dermal-encapsulated-round-or-anatomic-autoprosthesis
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Safvet Ors
INTRODUCTION: Several factors, such as aging, pregnancy, and weight loss, reduce the elasticity of the breast tissue, and ptosis occurs. Due to aging and gravity, it is not possible to completely prevent breast ptosis. The goal is to delay the recurrence of ptosis as much as possible. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included 20 female patients aged 25-55 years. The patients who underwent surgery had different levels of ptosis. Although the patients wanted their breasts to be lifted and an increase in projection, they did not want implants to be used...
October 26, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023306/medical-error-avoidance-in-intraoperative-neurophysiological-monitoring-the-communication-imperative
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Stan Skinner, Robert Holdefer, John J McAuliffe, Francesco Sala
Error avoidance in medicine follows similar rules that apply within the design and operation of other complex systems. The error-reduction concepts that best fit the conduct of testing during intraoperative neuromonitoring are forgiving design (reversibility of signal loss to avoid/prevent injury) and system redundancy (reduction of false reports by the multiplication of the error rate of tests independently assessing the same structure). However, error reduction in intraoperative neuromonitoring is complicated by the dichotomous roles (and biases) of the neurophysiologist (test recording and interpretation) and surgeon (intervention)...
November 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941322/stromal-cell-derived-factor-1-mediates-cardiac-allograft-tolerance-induced-by-human-endometrial-regenerative-cell-based-therapy
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Xu Lan, Grace Wang, Xiaoxi Xu, Shanzheng Lu, Xiang Li, Baoren Zhang, Ganggang Shi, Yiming Zhao, Caigan Du, Hao Wang
Endometrial regenerative cells (ERCs) are mesenchymal-like stromal cells, and their therapeutic potential has been tested in the prevention of renal ischemic reperfusion injury, acute liver injury, ulcerative colitis, and immunosuppression. However, their potential in the induction of transplant tolerance has not been investigated. The present study was undertaken to investigate the efficacy of ERCs in inducing cardiac allograft tolerance and the function of stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) in the ERC-mediated immunoregulation...
November 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911305/alginate-based-cell-microencapsulation-for-tissue-engineering-and-regenerative-medicine
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Vittoria Pandolfi, Ulysse Pereira, Murielle Dufresne, Cécile Legallais
Increasing numbers of requests for transplantable organs and their scarcity has led to a pressing need to find alternative solutions to standard transplantation. An appealing but challenging proposal came from the fields of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, the purpose of which is to build tissues/organs from scratch in the laboratory and use them as either permanent substitutes for direct implantation into the patient's body, or as temporary substitutes to bridge patients until organ regeneration or transplantation...
June 8, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702031/alloantigen-induced-regulatory-t-cells-generated-in-presence-of-vitamin-c-display-enhanced-stability-of-foxp3-expression-and-promote-skin-allograft-acceptance
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Eirini Nikolouli, Matthias Hardtke-Wolenski, Martin Hapke, Michael Beckstette, Robert Geffers, Stefan Floess, Elmar Jaeckel, Jochen Huehn
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are critical for the maintenance of immune homeostasis and self-tolerance and can be therapeutically used for prevention of unwanted immune responses such as allotransplant rejection. Tregs are characterized by expression of the transcription factor Foxp3, and recent work suggests that epigenetic imprinting of Foxp3 and other Treg-specific epigenetic signatures genes is crucial for the stabilization of both Foxp3 expression and immunosuppressive properties within Tregs. Lately, vitamin C was reported to enhance the activity of enzymes of the ten-eleven translocation family, thereby fostering the demethylation of Foxp3 and other Treg-specific epigenetic signatures genes in developing Tregs...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554583/autologous-and-allogeneic-cardiac-stem-cell-therapy-for-cardiovascular-diseases
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REVIEW
Ricardo Sanz-Ruiz, Francisco Fernández-Avilés
Stem cell therapy is one of the most promising therapeutic innovations to help restore cardiac structure and function after ischemic insults to the heart. However, phase I and II clinical trials with autologous "first-generation stem cells" have yielded inconsistent results in ischemic cardiomyopathy patients and have not produced the definitive evidence for their broad clinical application. Recently, new cell types such as cardiac stem cells (CSC) and new allogeneic sources have attracted the attention of researchers given their inherent biological, clinical and logistic advantages...
May 26, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473697/highly-sensitive-and-specific-protein-detection-via-combined-capillary-isoelectric-focusing-and-proximity-ligation
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Narendra Padhan, Junhong Yan, Annegret Boge, Elaine Scrivener, Helgi Birgisson, Agata Zieba, Mats Gullberg, Masood Kamali-Moghaddam, Lena Claesson-Welsh, Ulf Landegren
Detection and quantification of proteins and their post-translational modifications are crucial to decipher functions of complex protein networks in cell biology and medicine. Capillary isoelectric focusing together with antibody-based detection can resolve and identify proteins and their isoforms with modest sample input. However, insufficient sensitivity prevents detection of proteins present at low concentrations and antibody cross-reactivity results in unspecific detection that cannot be distinguished from bona fide protein isoforms...
May 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467694/durable-control-of-autoimmune-diabetes-in-mice-achieved-by-intraperitoneal-transplantation-of-neo-islets-three-dimensional-aggregates-of-allogeneic-islet-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Christof Westenfelder, Anna Gooch, Zhuma Hu, Jon Ahlstrom, Ping Zhang
Novel interventions that reestablish endogenous insulin secretion and thereby halt progressive end-organ damage and prolong survival of patients with autoimmune Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) are urgently needed. While this is currently accomplished with allogeneic pancreas or islet transplants, their utility is significantly limited by both the scarcity of organ donors and life-long need for often-toxic antirejection drugs. Coadministering islets with bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that exert robust immune-modulating, anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and angiogenic actions, improves intrahepatic islet survival and function...
May 3, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457422/co-transplantation-of-xenogeneic-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-alleviates-rejection-of-pancreatic-islets-in-non-obese-diabetic-mice
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C Corradi-Perini, T M Santos, N O S Camara, M C Riella, C A M Aita
Bone marrow-mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) have generated a great perspective in the field of regenerative medicine, and also in the treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases in the past decade due to their immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory properties. Here, we investigated the effect of xenogeneic BM-MSCs and pancreatic islets co-transplantation obtained from Wistar rats in preventing rejection or inducing tolerance to islet transplantation in non-obese diabetic mice. Non-obese diabetic mice were treated with co-transplantation of pancreatic islets and BM-MSCs (islet + MSCs group) or pancreatic islets only (islet group)...
May 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270929/changing-paradigms-in-the-management-of-rejection-in-kidney-transplantation-evolving-from-protocol-based-care-to-the-era-of-p4-medicine
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Mirela Maier, Tomoko Takano, Ruth Sapir-Pichhadze
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: P4 medicine denotes an evolving field of medicine encompassing predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory medicine. Using the example of kidney allograft rejection because of donor-recipient incompatibility in human leukocyte antigens, this review outlines P4 medicine's relevance to the various stages of the kidney transplant cycle. SOURCES OF INFORMATION: A search for English articles was conducted in Medline via OvidSP (up to August 18, 2016) using a combination of subject headings (MeSH) and free text in titles, abstracts, and author keywords for the concepts kidney transplantation and P4 medicine...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266942/personalized-treatment-in-heart-transplantation
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Kiran K Khush
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We are entering the era of personalized medicine, in which pharmacogenomics and biomarker-based assays can be used to tailor diagnostic tests and drug therapies to individual patients. This new approach to patient-specific care offers the potential to maximize the efficacy of available medical treatments while reducing the incidence of adverse side effects. Here, we present approaches to personalize the care of heart transplant recipients. RECENT FINDINGS: Four strategies for personalized posttransplant care are described, including use of pharmacogenomic data to individualize the use of immunosuppressive drugs, immune monitoring to prevent acute rejection while reducing the long-term consequences of over immunosuppression, noninvasive surveillance for acute rejection, and targeted prophylaxis against opportunistic infections...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163015/a-pragmatic-approach-to-sample-acceptance-and-rejection
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Janne Cadamuro, Ana-Maria Simundic, Eva Ajzner, Sverre Sandberg
Sample rejection due to preanalytical errors is very common in many medical laboratories worldwide, though the decision when and how to refrain from analyzing such samples is handled very heterogeneously. As a rational, it is mostly stated that it is done to prevent the patient from being harmed by wrong medical decisions based on such values. But when thinking of the consequences of laboratory results instead of their quality being important per se, the rejection of preanalytically altered samples might be harming the patient by the need of re-collection and timely delay...
July 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159363/do-the-european-medicines-agency-decisions-hurt-pediatric-melanoma-patients
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REVIEW
Klaus Rose, Philip D Walson
PURPOSE: US pediatric legislation was introduced in 1997 and was followed by European Union pediatric legislation that, since 2007, requires a European Medicines Agency (EMA)-approved pediatric investigation plan (PIP) for registration of new medicines unless they are PIP exempted. In 2008, the EMA decided that enough adolescent patients with melanoma existed and removed melanoma from the list of PIP-exempted diseases (class waiver list). We examined the logic and the results of this decision...
February 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27607530/notch-signaling-and-alloreactivity
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REVIEW
Vedran Radojcic, Ivan Maillard
Solid organ and allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation have become standard therapeutic interventions that save patient lives and improve quality of life. Our enhanced understanding of transplantation immunobiology has refined clinical management and improved outcomes. However, organ rejection and graft-versus-host disease remain major obstacles to the broader successful application of these therapeutic procedures. Notch signaling regulates multiple aspects of adaptive and innate immunity. Preclinical studies identified Notch signaling as a promising target in autoimmune diseases, as well as after allogeneic hematopoietic cell and solid organ transplantation...
December 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27296889/computational-immuno-biology-for-organ-transplantation-and-regenerative-medicine
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REVIEW
Gustavo A Vásquez-Montoya, Juan S Danobeitia, Luis A Fernández, Juan P Hernández-Ortiz
Organ transplantation and regenerative medicine are adopted platforms that provide replacement tissues and organs from natural or engineered sources. Acceptance, tolerance and rejection depend greatly on the proper control of the immune response against graft antigens, motivating the development of immunological and genetical therapies that prevent organ failure. They rely on a complete, or partial, understanding of the immune system. Ultimately, they are innovative technologies that ensure permanent graft tolerance and indefinite graft survival through the modulation of the immune system...
October 2016: Transplantation Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27251112/concise-review-one-stone-for-multiple-birds-generating-universally-compatible-human-embryonic-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Dejin Zheng, Xiaofang Wang, Ren-He Xu
With ongoing clinical trials, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) have shown substantial potential for regenerative medicine. However, due to the mismatch of human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) between hESC-derived allografts and recipients, immunosuppressant regimens must be used to prevent immune rejection of the grafts. Considerable efforts have been devoted to overcoming this hurdle via the derivation and banking of human nuclear transfer ESCs, parthenogenetic ESCs, and induced pluripotent stem cells. However, ethical and safety concerns remain, hindering the application of these types of pluripotent cells...
September 2016: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27225583/front-matter
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The pHealth 2016 Conference is the 13th in a series of scientific events bringing together expertise from medical, technological, political, administrative, legal and social domains. pHealth 2016 opens a new chapter in the success story of the series of international conferences on wearable or implantable micro, nano and biotechnologies for personalized health. Starting in 2003 with personal health management systems, pHealth has continuously extended its scope evolving to a truly interdisciplinary event by covering technological and biomedical facilities, legal, ethical, social, and organizational requirements and impacts as well as necessary basic research for enabling the future proof care paradigms...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27210056/pain-syndrome-and-ventricular-arrhythmia-induced-by-sirolimus-and-resolved-by-dosage-adjustment-in-a-child-after-heart-transplant-a-case-report
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Nazmi Mutlu Karakas, Ilkay Erdogan, Beril Ozdemir, Atilla Sezgin
For patients with late congenital heart diseases and advanced heart failure, heart transplant is the one of the most effective known treatment methods. With the development of immunosuppressive medicines, it is possible to prevent and treat rejection, and survival after organ transplant has increased rapidly. Calcineurin inhibitors (tacrolimus and cyclosporine), mycophenolate mofetil, and corticosteroids are used together in many centers as immunosuppressive medications. Although the use of calcineurin inhibitors is essential, therapy is switched to sirolimus in some specific cases and when significant adverse effects occur...
May 17, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
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