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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633205/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
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EDITORIAL
Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, Timothy J Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts from June 2 to 3, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, to develop NHLBI recommendations aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MCS devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629893/a-new-nir-triggered-dox-and-icg-co-delivery-system-for-enhanced-multidrug-resistant-cancer-treatment-through-simultaneous-chemo-photothermal-photodynamic-therapy
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Yanna Yu, Zhipeng Zhang, Yun Wang, Hao Zhu, Fangzhou Li, Yuanyuan Shen, Shengrong Guo
It is a great challenge to combat multidrug resistant (MDR) cancer effectively. To address this issue, we developed a new near-infrared (NIR) triggered chemotherapeutic agent doxorubicin (DOX) and photosensitizer indocyanine green (ICG) co-release system by aid of NIR induced photothermal effect of gold nanocages (AuNCs) and temperature sensitive phase-change property of 1-tetradecanol at its melting point of 39°C, which could simultaneously exerted chemo/photothermal/photodynamic treatment on MDR human breast cancer MCF-7/ADR cells...
June 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629226/no-significant-impact-of-foxf1-sirna-treatment-in-acute-and-chronic-ccl4-liver-injury
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Kerstin Abshagen, Tobias Rotberg, Berit Genz, Brigitte Vollmar
Chronic liver injury of any etiology is the main trigger of fibrogenic responses and thought to be mediated by hepatic stellate cells. Herein, activating transcription factors like forkhead box f1 are described to stimulate pro-fibrogenic genes in hepatic stellate cells. By using a liver-specific siRNA delivery system (DBTC), we evaluated whether forkhead box f1 siRNA treatment exhibit beneficial effects in murine models of acute and chronic CCl4-induced liver injury. Systemic administration of DBTC-forkhead box f1 siRNA in mice was only sufficient to silence forkhead box f1 in acute CCl4 model, but was not able to attenuate liver injury as measured by liver enzymes and necrotic liver cell area...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624212/light-triggerable-liposomes-for-enhanced-endolysosomal-escape-and-gene-silencing-in-pc12-cells
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Wenjie Chen, Wei Deng, Ewa M Goldys
Liposomes are an effective gene and/or drug delivery system, widely used in biomedical applications including gene therapy and chemotherapy. Here, we designed a photo-responsive liposome (lipVP) loaded with a photosensitizer verteporfin (VP). This photosensitizer is clinically approved for photodynamic therapy (PDT). LipVP was employed as a DNA carrier for pituitary adenylyl cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) receptor 1 (PAC1R) gene knockdown in PC12 cells. This has been done by incorporating PAC1R antisense oligonucleotides inside the lipVP cavity...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619476/brexanolone-sage-547-injection-in-post-partum-depression-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Stephen Kanes, Helen Colquhoun, Handan Gunduz-Bruce, Shane Raines, Ryan Arnold, Amy Schacterle, James Doherty, C Neill Epperson, Kristina M Deligiannidis, Robert Riesenberg, Ethan Hoffmann, David Rubinow, Jeffrey Jonas, Steven Paul, Samantha Meltzer-Brody
BACKGROUND: Post-partum depression is a serious mood disorder in women that might be triggered by peripartum fluctuations in reproductive hormones. This phase 2 study investigated brexanolone (USAN; formerly SAGE-547 injection), an intravenous formulation of allopregnanolone, a positive allosteric modulator of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABAA) receptors, for the treatment of post-partum depression. METHODS: For this double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial, we enrolled self-referred or physician-referred female inpatients (≤6 months post partum) with severe post-partum depression (Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression [HAM-D] total score ≥26) in four hospitals in the USA...
June 12, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617375/-persistent-postural-perceptual-dizziness
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R G Esin, I Kh Khairullin, E R Mukhametova, O R Esin
AIM: To study persistent postural perceptual dizziness (PPPD) in outpatients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and patients with presbiataxia (PAt). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Eighty-four patients with PPPD, including 14 with Meniere's disease (MD), 19 with BPPV, 17 with a history of ischemic stroke (IS) in the vertebrobasilar system and 34 with Pat, were examined. For the diagnosis of anxiety, the original 15-point questionnaire with the Likert Scale structure was used...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612750/genetic-and-epigenetic-profile-of-patients-with-alcoholic-liver-disease
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Luigi Boccuto, Ludovico Abenavoli
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is a definition encompassing a spectrum of disorders ranging from simple steatosis to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Excessive alcohol consumption triggers a series of metabolic reactions that affect the liver by inducing lipogenesis, increasing oxidative stress, and causing abnormal inflammatory responses. The metabolic pathways regulating lipids, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and immune system are closely related and in some cases cross-regulate each other. Therefore, it must be taken into account that major genetic and epigenetic abnormalities affecting enzymes involved in one of such pathways can play a pivotal role in ALD pathogenesis...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606651/mechanisms-of-bile-acid-mediated-inflammation-in-the-liver
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REVIEW
Man Li, Shi-Ying Cai, James L Boyer
Bile acids are synthesized in the liver and are the major component in bile. Impaired bile flow leads to cholestasis that is characterized by elevated levels of bile acid in the liver and serum, followed by hepatocyte and biliary injury. Although the causes of cholestasis have been extensively studied, the molecular mechanisms as to how bile acids initiate liver injury remain controversial. In this chapter, we summarize recent advances in the pathogenesis of bile acid induced liver injury. These include bile acid signaling pathways in hepatocytes as well as the response of cholangiocytes and innate immune cells in the liver in both patients with cholestasis and cholestatic animal models...
June 9, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604402/the-role-of-nonpharmacologic-therapies-in-management-of-chronic-pelvic-pain-what-to-do-when-surgery-fails
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Sara R Till, Heather N Wahl, Sawsan As-Sanie
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an update on nonsurgical and nonpharmacologic strategies for the management of chronic pelvic pain (CPP). RECENT FINDINGS: Effective treatment of patients with CPP requires a multifaceted approach, with thoughtful consideration of surgical, pharmacologic, and nonpharmacologic strategies. Evidence for physical therapy and trigger point injections for treatment of myofascial components of CPP is increasing. Neuromodulation techniques, such as percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation and transcutaneous electrical stimulation, have limited but favorable preliminary data in patients with CPP...
June 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602975/the-small-molecule-inhibitor-yk-4-279-disrupts-mitotic-progression-of-neuroblastoma-cells-overcomes-drug-resistance-and-synergizes-with-inhibitors-of-mitosis
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Madhu Kollareddy, Alice Sherrard, Ji Hyun Park, Marianna Szemes, Kelli Gallacher, Zsombor Melegh, Sebastian Oltean, Martin Michaelis, Jindrich Cinatl, Abderrahmane Kaidi, Karim Malik
Neuroblastoma is a biologically and clinically heterogeneous pediatric malignancy that includes a high-risk subset for which new therapeutic agents are urgently required. As well as MYCN amplification, activating point mutations of ALK and NRAS are associated with high-risk and relapsing neuroblastoma. As both ALK and RAS signal through the MEK/ERK pathway, we sought to evaluate two previously reported inhibitors of ETS-related transcription factors, which are transcriptional mediators of the Ras-MEK/ERK pathway in other cancers...
June 7, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593101/dry-needling-increases-muscle-thickness-in-a-subject-with-persistent-muscle-dysfunction-a-case-report
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Kevin M Cross, Michael McMurray
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Muscle dysfunction is very common following musculoskeletal injury. There is very little evidence to suggest that muscle function may be positively impacted by soft tissue interventions, such as dry needling. The purpose of this case report is to describe the immediate effect of dry needling on muscle thickness in a subject after shoulder surgery. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 22 year-old competitive gymnast presented seven months post shoulder surgery with significant impairments and functional limitations...
June 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593097/the-effect-of-electrical-stimulation-versus-sham-cueing-on-scapular-position-during-exercise-in-patients-with-scapular-dyskinesis
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Deborah L Walker, Cheryl J Hickey, Mason B Tregoning
BACKGROUND: Conventional therapeutic exercise programs are commonly used to treat patients with scapular dyskinesis. There are no studies that have examined traditional therapeutic exercise programs with the addition of remote triggered electrical stimulation (ES) to affect the position of the scapula (using spine to scapular border distance as a reference point) during the performance of exercises that have lower upper trapezius (UT) to lower trapezius (LT) ratio exercises. PURPOSE: The purpose of this pilot study was to compare scapular position after performance of three low UT/LT ratio therapeutic exercises in two conditions, electrical stimulation (ESTherex) and sham electrical stimulation (ShamTherex) in asymptomatic persons who were positive for scapular dyskinesis...
June 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558789/repetitive-reaching-training-combined-with-transcranial-random-noise-stimulation-in-stroke-survivors-with-chronic-and-severe-arm-paresis-is-feasible-a-pilot-triple-blind-randomised-case-series
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Kathryn S Hayward, Sandra G Brauer, Kathy L Ruddy, David Lloyd, Richard G Carson
BACKGROUND: Therapy that combines repetitive training with non-invasive brain stimulation is a potential avenue to enhance upper limb recovery after stroke. This study aimed to investigate the feasibility of transcranial Random Noise Stimulation (tRNS), timed to coincide with the generation of voluntary motor commands, during reaching training. METHODS: A triple-blind pilot RCT was completed. Four stroke survivors with chronic (6-months to 5-years) and severe arm paresis, not taking any medications that had the potential to alter cortical excitability, and no contraindications to tRNS or MRI were recruited...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550190/patient-derived-anti-%C3%AE-2gp1-antibodies-recognize-a-peptide-motif-pattern-and-not-a-specific-sequence-of-residues
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Philippe de Moerloose, Céline Fickentscher, Françoise Boehlen, Jean-Marie Tiercy, Egbert K O Kruithof, Karim J Brandt
Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome is an autoimmune disease characterized by the presence of so-called antiphospholipid antibodies and clinical manifestations such as recurrent thromboembolic or pregnancy complications. Although the main antigenic determinant for antiphospholipid antibodies has been identified as the beta-2-glycoprotein 1 (β2GP1), the precise epitope recognized by antiphospholipid antibodies still remains largely unknown. In the present study, we wanted to identify a sequence in the domain I of β2GP1 able to induce the proliferation of CD4+ T cells isolated from antiphospholipid antibody syndrome patients but not from healthy donors and to interact with antiphospholipid antibodies...
May 26, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533106/trans-sectoral-care-of-geriatric-cancer-patients-based-on-comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-and-patient-reported-quality-of-life-results-of-a-multicenter-study-to-develop-and-pilot-test-a-patient-centered-interdisciplinary-care-concept-for-geriatric-oncology
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Heike Schmidt, Stephanie Boese, Katharina Lampe, Karin Jordan, Eckhard Fiedler, Ursula Müller-Werdan, Andreas Wienke, Dirk Vordermark
OBJECTIVES: For older patients with cancer the maintenance of independence, functionality and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is of great importance. Aiming to maintain HRQOL of older patients with cancer we developed an interdisciplinary care program based on comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) and patient-reported HRQOL comprising tailored supportive measures and telephone-based counseling during 6month aftercare. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pilot-testing of the intervention took place in three centers at the University Hospital Halle to examine feasibility, acceptance and potential benefit...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508767/biopsychosocial-rehabilitation-programme-for-patients-with-chronic-back-pain-pilot-study
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Anna Cabak, Agnieszka Rudnicka, Leszek Kulej, Wiesław Tomaszewski
BACKGROUND: In the search for effective and comprehensive therapies of back pain, an increasing emphasis in being placed on the biopsychosocial model and multidimensional support programmes for patients as well the use of modern technologies in this area of medicine. This study aimed to assess a programme of customised ad hoc physiotherapeutic consultations for patients with back pain who had been on the waiting list for rehabilitation treatment for a long time. MATERIAL AND METHOD: The study group comprised 68 patients of the Rehabilitation Centre Non-Public Health Care Institution who had been waiting for rehabilitation treatment for at least three months...
April 12, 2017: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504067/effectiveness-of-inclusion-of-dry-needling-into-a-multimodal-therapy-program-for-patellofemoral-pain-a-randomized-parallel-group-trial
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Gemma V Espí-López, Pilar Serra-Añó, Juan Vicent-Ferrando, Miguel Sánchez-Moreno-Giner, Jose L Arias-Buría, Joshua Cleland, César Fernández-de-Las-Peñas
Study Design Randomized controlled trial. Background Evidence suggests that multimodal interventions including exercise therapy may be effective for patellofemoral pain (PFP), however no study has investigated the effects of trigger point dry needling (TrP-DN) in people with PFP. Objectives To compare the effects of adding TrP-DN into a manual therapy and exercise program on pain, function, and disability in individuals with PFP. Methods Individuals with PFP (n=60) recruited from a public hospital in Valencia (Spain) were randomly allocated to manual therapy and exercises (n=30) or manual therapy and exercise plus TrP-DN (n=30)...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492868/efficacy-of-flecainide-in-the-treatment-of-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Prince J Kannankeril, Jeremy P Moore, Marina Cerrone, Silvia G Priori, Naomi J Kertesz, Pamela S Ro, Anjan S Batra, Elizabeth S Kaufman, David L Fairbrother, Elizabeth V Saarel, Susan P Etheridge, Ronald J Kanter, Michael P Carboni, Matthew V Dzurik, Darlene Fountain, Heidi Chen, E Wesley Ely, Dan M Roden, Bjorn C Knollmann
Importance: Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a potentially lethal genetic arrhythmia syndrome characterized by polymorphic ventricular tachycardia with physical or emotional stress, for which current therapy with β-blockers is incompletely effective. Flecainide acetate directly suppresses sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium release-the cellular mechanism responsible for triggering ventricular arrhythmias in CPVT-but has never been assessed prospectively. Objective: To determine whether flecainide dosed to therapeutic levels and added to β-blocker therapy is superior to β-blocker therapy alone for the prevention of exercise-induced arrhythmias in CPVT...
May 10, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490686/-a-case-of-meralgia-paresthetica-treated-with-neurolysis
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Toshiki Nozaki, Daijiro Morimoto, Kyongsong Kim, Takao Kitamura, Rinko Kokubo, Fumio Yamaguchi, Toyohiko Isu, Akio Morita
A 60-year-old woman presented with a 1-year history of pain and numbness in the left anterolateral thigh. The symptoms aggravated on walking and standing. Her visual analogue scale(VAS)score was 7.1/10. Tinel's like sign was positive over the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve(LFCN), in the inguinal ligament region. LFCN block at the trigger point, in the inguinal ligament, resulted in relief of the symptoms and we diagnosed meralgia paresthetica(MP), which is the entrapment neuropathy of the LFCN. Initially, we performed observation therapy with oral medication and LFCN blocks...
May 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480312/spatially-and-temporally-regulated-nrf2-gene-therapy-using-mcp-1-promoter-in-retinal-ganglion-cell-injury
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Kosuke Fujita, Koji M Nishiguchi, Yukihiro Shiga, Toru Nakazawa
Retinal ganglion cell degeneration triggered by axonal injury is believed to underlie many ocular diseases, including glaucoma and optic neuritis. In these diseases, retinal ganglion cells are affected unevenly, both spatially and temporally, such that healthy and unhealthy cells coexist in different patterns at different time points. Herein, we describe a temporally and spatially regulated adeno-associated virus gene therapy aiming to reduce undesired off-target effects on healthy retinal neurons. The Mcp-1 promoter previously shown to be activated in stressed retinal ganglion cells following murine optic nerve injury was combined with the neuroprotective intracellular transcription factor Nrf2...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
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