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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911295/efficacy-and-safety-of-plasma-exchange-with-5-albumin-to-modify-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-plasma-amyloid-%C3%AE-concentrations-and-cognition-outcomes-in%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease-patients-a%C3%A2-multicenter-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Mercè Boada, Fernando Anaya, Pilar Ortiz, Javier Olazarán, Joshua R Shua-Haim, Thomas O Obisesan, Isabel Hernández, Joan Muñoz, Mar Buendia, Montserrat Alegret, Asunción Lafuente, Lluís Tárraga, Laura Núñez, Mireia Torres, Joan Ramon Grifols, Isidre Ferrer, Oscar L Lopez, Antonio Páez
BACKGROUND: Studies conducted in animal models and humans suggest the presence of a dynamic equilibrium of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide between cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma compartments. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether plasma exchange (PE) with albumin replacement was able to modify Aβ concentrations in CSF and plasma as well as to improve cognition in patients with mild-moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: In a multicenter, randomized, patient- and rater-blind, controlled, parallel-group, phase II study, 42 AD patients were assigned (1 : 1) to PE treatment or control (sham) groups...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911168/effectiveness-of-communication-specific-coping-intervention-for-adults-with-traumatic-brain-injury-preliminary-results
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Jacinta M Douglas, Lucy Knox, Carren De Maio, Helen Bridge, Melanie Drummond, Joanne Whiteoak
People with traumatic brain injury (TBI) describe everyday interactions as a long-term challenge frequently associated with ongoing stress. Communication-specific Coping Intervention (CommCope-I) is a new treatment developed to target coping in the context of communication breakdown. The intervention incorporates principles of cognitive behavioural therapy, self-coaching and context-sensitive social communication therapy. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of CommCope-I in a group of adults with severe TBI and ongoing functional communication difficulties...
December 2, 2016: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911119/phase-ii-study-of-dasatinib-in-previously-treated-patients-with-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Michael J Kelley, Gautam Jha, Debra Shoemaker, James E Herndon, Lin Gu, William T Barry, Jeffrey Crawford, Neal Ready
The Src pathway in activated in about one-third of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tumors. Dasatinib has Src-inhibitor activity. We examined the activity of dasatinib in 37 patients with advanced, previously treated NSCLC. Among the 29 patients who underwent pre-treatment biopsy for RNA biomarker analysis, 25 were treated with dasatinib 70 mg twice daily. There were no responses. Five patients discontinued treatment due to toxicity. Three patients had minor biopsy-related pneumothoraces. Given the lack of responses, no biomarkers were analyzed...
December 2, 2016: Cancer Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911035/content-validity-of-the-credibility-and-expectancy-questionnaire-in-a-pain-rehabilitation-setting
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Vera-Christina Mertens, Albine Moser, Jeanine Verbunt, Rob Smeets, Mariëlle Goossens
: Content validity, the proper reflection of the concept to be measured, is yet unknown for the Credibility and Expectancy Questionnaire (CEQ). It is frequently used in pain rehabilitation because treatment expectancy is influential on the outcome. OBJECTIVE: To test and improve the content validity of the CEQ in a sample of patients with chronic pain in different phases of their treatment. METHODS: A qualitative observational study design using the Three-Step Test-Interview method was used...
December 2, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911025/effect-of-balloon-expandable-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-positioning-a-patient-specific-numerical-model
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Matteo Bianchi, Gil Marom, Ram P Ghosh, Harold A Fernandez, James R Taylor, Marvin J Slepian, Danny Bluestein
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has emerged as a life-saving and effective alternative to surgical valve replacement in high-risk, elderly patients with severe calcific aortic stenosis. Despite its early promise, certain limitations and adverse events, such as suboptimal placement and valve migration, have been reported. In the present study, it was aimed to evaluate the effect of various TAVR deployment locations on the procedural outcome by assessing the risk for valve migration. The deployment of a balloon-expandable Edwards SAPIEN valve was simulated via finite element analysis in a patient-specific calcified aortic root, which was reconstructed from CT scans of a retrospective case of valve migration...
December 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910703/co-calibration-of-two-self-reported-measures-of-adherence-to-antiretroviral-therapy
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Robin M Nance, J A Chris Delaney, Carol E Golin, Wendee M Wechsberg, Chinazo Cunningham, Frederick Altice, Katerina Christopoulos, Kevin Knight, Vu Quan, Michael S Gordon, Sandra Springer, Jeremy Young, Paul K Crane, Kenneth H Mayer, Michael J Mugavero, Carlos Del Rio, Richard A Kronmal, Heidi M Crane
Adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) is an important determinant of clinical success assessed in many HIV studies. Harmonizing adherence data from studies that use different measures is difficult without a co-calibration equation to convert between validated instruments. Our purpose was to co-calibrate two commonly used adherence measures: the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) questionnaire and the Visual Analog Scale (VAS). We used robust linear regression to develop a co-calibration equation in a clinical care cohort...
December 2, 2016: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910312/a-composite-reactor-with-wetted-wall-column-for-mineral-carbonation-study-in-three-phase-systems
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Chen Zhu, Xizhi Yao, Liang Zhao, H Henry Teng
Despite the availability of various reactors designed to study gas-liquid reactions, no appropriate devices are available to accurately investigate triple-phased mineral carbonation reactions involving CO2 gas, aqueous solutions (containing divalent cations), and carbonate minerals. This report presents a composite reactor that combines a modified conventional wetted-wall column, a pH control module, and an attachment to monitor precipitation reactions. Our test and calibration experiments show that the absorption column behaved largely in agreement with theoretical predictions and previous observations...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910150/randomised-clinical-trial-exploratory-phase-2-study-of-ono-2952-in-diarrhoea-predominant-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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W E Whitehead, K Duffy, J Sharpe, T Nabata, M Bruce
BACKGROUND: ONO-2952 is a novel and selective inhibitor of translocator protein 18 kDa that reduces stress-induced defecation and visceral hyperalgesia in rat models. AIM: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of ONO-2952 in females with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea in an exploratory proof-of-concept study. METHODS: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted at 49 US centres. Two hundred subjects with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea (Rome III criteria) were randomised to ONO-2952 20 mg, or 60 mg, or placebo...
January 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909995/solithromycin-a-novel-fluoroketolide-for-the-treatment-of-community-acquired-bacterial-pneumonia
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George G Zhanel, Erika Hartel, Heather Adam, Sheryl Zelenitsky, Michael A Zhanel, Alyssa Golden, Frank Schweizer, Bala Gorityala, Philippe R S Lagacé-Wiens, Andrew J Walkty, Alfred S Gin, Daryl J Hoban, Joseph P Lynch, James A Karlowsky
Solithromycin is a novel fluoroketolide developed in both oral and intravenous formulations to address increasing macrolide resistance in pathogens causing community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP). When compared with its macrolide and ketolide predecessors, solithromycin has several structural modifications which increase its ribosomal binding and reduce its propensity to known macrolide resistance mechanisms. Solithromycin, like telithromycin, affects 50S ribosomal subunit formation and function, as well as causing frame-shift errors during translation...
December 1, 2016: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909912/identification-and-characterization-of-the-lysine-rich-matrix-protein-family-in-pinctada-fucata-indicative-of-roles-in-shell-formation
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Jian Liang, Jun Xie, Jing Gao, Chao-Qun Xu, Yi Yan, Gan-Chu Jia, Liang Xiang, Li-Ping Xie, Rong-Qing Zhang
Mantle can secret matrix proteins playing key roles in regulating the process of shell formation. The genes encoding lysine-rich matrix proteins (KRMPs) are one of the most highly expressed matrix genes in pearl oysters. However, the expression pattern of KRMPs is limited and the functions of them still remain unknown. In this study, we isolated and identified six new members of lysine-rich matrix proteins, rich in lysine, glycine and tyrosine, and all of them are basic matrix proteins. Combined with four members of the KRMPs previously reported, all these proteins can be divided into three subclasses according to the results of phylogenetic analyses: KRMP1-3 belong to subclass KPI, KRMP4-5 belong to KPII, and KRMP6-10 belong to KPIII...
December 2, 2016: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909687/morphogenesis-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-into-mature-neurons-under-in-vitro-culture-conditions
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Geeta Shroff
AIM: To describe the morphogenesis of different neuronal cells from the human embryonic stem cell (hESC) line, SCT-N, under in vitro culture conditions. METHODS: The directed neuronal cell line was produced from a single, spare, pre-implantation stage fertilized ovum that was obtained during a natural in vitro fertilization process. The hESCs were cultured and maintained as per our proprietary in-house technology in a Good Manufacturing Practice, Good Laboratory Practice and Good Tissue Practice compliant laboratory...
November 20, 2016: World Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908594/rucaparib-in-relapsed-platinum-sensitive-high-grade-ovarian-carcinoma-ariel2-part-1-an-international-multicentre-open-label-phase-2-trial
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Elizabeth M Swisher, Kevin K Lin, Amit M Oza, Clare L Scott, Heidi Giordano, James Sun, Gottfried E Konecny, Robert L Coleman, Anna V Tinker, David M O'Malley, Rebecca S Kristeleit, Ling Ma, Katherine M Bell-McGuinn, James D Brenton, Janiel M Cragun, Ana Oaknin, Isabelle Ray-Coquard, Maria I Harrell, Elaina Mann, Scott H Kaufmann, Anne Floquet, Alexandra Leary, Thomas C Harding, Sandra Goble, Lara Maloney, Jeff Isaacson, Andrew R Allen, Lindsey Rolfe, Roman Yelensky, Mitch Raponi, Iain A McNeish
BACKGROUND: Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors have activity in ovarian carcinomas with homologous recombination deficiency. Along with BRCA1 and BRCA2 (BRCA) mutations genomic loss of heterozygosity (LOH) might also represent homologous recombination deficiency. In ARIEL2, we assessed the ability of tumour genomic LOH, quantified with a next-generation sequencing assay, to predict response to rucaparib, an oral PARP inhibitor. METHODS: ARIEL2 is an international, multicentre, two-part, phase 2, open-label study done at 49 hospitals and cancer centres in Australia, Canada, France, Spain, the UK, and the USA...
November 28, 2016: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908178/a-probability-based-multi-cycle-sorting-method-for-4d-mri-a-simulation-study
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Xiao Liang, Fang-Fang Yin, Yilin Liu, Jing Cai
PURPOSE: To develop a novel probability-based sorting method capable of generating multiple breathing cycles of 4D-MRI images and to evaluate performance of this new method by comparing with conventional phase-based methods in terms of image quality and tumor motion measurement. METHODS: Based on previous findings that breathing motion probability density function (PDF) of a single breathing cycle is dramatically different from true stabilized PDF that resulted from many breathing cycles, it is expected that a probability-based sorting method capable of generating multiple breathing cycles of 4D images may capture breathing variation information missing from conventional single-cycle sorting methods...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908157/volumetry-of-low-contrast-liver-lesions-with-ct-investigation-of-estimation-uncertainties-in-a-phantom-study
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Qin Li, Yongguang Liang, Qiao Huang, Min Zong, Benjamin Berman, Marios A Gavrielides, Lawrence H Schwartz, Binsheng Zhao, Nicholas Petrick
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of lesion volumetry in hepatic CT as a function of various imaging acquisition parameters. METHODS: An anthropomorphic abdominal phantom with removable liver inserts was designed for this study. Two liver inserts, each containing 19 synthetic lesions with varying diameter (6-40 mm), shape, contrast (10-65 HU), and both homogenous and mixed-density were designed to have background and lesion CT values corresponding to arterial and portal-venous phase imaging, respectively...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908155/a-new-algorithm-for-estimating-the-rod-volume-fraction-and-the-trabecular-thickness-from-in-vivo-computed-tomography
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Felix Sebastian Leo Thomsen, Jaime Andrés Peña, Yongtao Lu, Gerd Huber, Michael Morlock, Claus-Christian Glüer, Claudio Augusto Delrieux
PURPOSE: Existing microstructure parameters are able to predict vertebral in vitro failure load, but for noisy in vivo data more complex algorithms are needed for a robust assessment. METHODS: A new algorithm is proposed for the microstructural analysis of trabecular bone under in vivo quantitative computed tomography (QCT). Five fractal parameters are computed: (1) the average local fractal dimension FD, (2) its standard deviation FD.SD, (3) the fractal rod volume ratio fRV/BV, (4) the average fractal trabecular thickness fTb...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908015/dynamics-of-three-unidirectionally-coupled-autonomous-duffing-oscillators-and-application-to-inchworm-piezoelectric-motors-effects-of-the-coupling-coefficient-and-delay
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Murielle Vanessa Tchakui, Paul Woafo
This work deals with the dynamics of three unidirectionally coupled Duffing oscillators and that of three coupled piezoelectric actuators, considering the special case of inchworm motors. Two configurations of the network are studied: ring configuration and chain configuration. The effects of the coupling coefficient and the time delay are analyzed through different bifurcation diagrams and phase difference variation. It is shown that varying the coupling coefficient and the time delay leads to the appearance of different dynamical behaviors: steady states, periodic and quasiperiodic oscillations, chaos, and phase synchronization...
November 2016: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907980/flipped-clinical-training-a-structured-training-method-for-undergraduates-in-complete-denture-prosthesis
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Anbarasi K, Kasim Mohamed K, Phagalvarthy Vijayaraghavan, Deivanayagam Kandaswamy
PURPOSE: To design and implement flipped clinical training for undergraduate dental students in removable complete denture treatment and predict its effectiveness by comparing the assessment results of students trained by flipped and traditional methods. METHODS: Flipped training was designed by shifting the learning from clinics to learning center (phase I) and by preserving the practice in clinics (phase II). In phase I, student-faculty interactive session was arranged to recap prior knowledge...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907930/microrna-profiling-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-tissues-potentially-links-tumorigenesis-and-recurrence-with-obesity
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X Shu, M A Hildebrandt, J Gu, N M Tannir, S F Matin, J A Karam, C G Wood, X Wu
BACKGROUND: Twenty to 40% localised RCC patients may experience recurrence after curative surgery. Limited miRNA predictors have been identified for ccRCC recurrence. METHODS: Through a multi-phase study design, we analysed miRNAs in tissues obtained from 203 ccRCC patients. Paired t-test was used for tumour-normal comparisons and Cox regression model was performed to compute hazard ratios (HRs) and corresponding 95% CIs. RESULTS: A 17-miRNA signature was identified that can concordantly classify >95% of tumour/adjacent normal samples...
December 1, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907192/adaptive-test-schemes-for-control-of-paratuberculosis-in-dairy-cows
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Carsten Kirkeby, Kaare Græsbøll, Søren Saxmose Nielsen, Lasse Engbo Christiansen, Nils Toft, Tariq Halasa
Paratuberculosis is a chronic infection that in dairy cattle causes reduced milk yield, weight loss, and ultimately fatal diarrhea. Subclinical animals can excrete bacteria (Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis, MAP) in feces and infect other animals. Farmers identify the infectious animals through a variety of test-strategies, but are challenged by the lack of perfect tests. Frequent testing increases the sensitivity but the costs of testing are a cause of concern for farmers. Here, we used a herd simulation model using milk ELISA tests to evaluate the epidemiological and economic consequences of continuously adapting the sampling interval in response to the estimated true prevalence in the herd...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907128/fasa-registry-on-acute-myocardial-infarction-farmi-feasibility-study-and-pilot-phase-results
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Ehsan Bahramali, Alireza Askari, Habib Zakeri, Mojtaba Farjam, Azizallah Dehghan, Kazem Zendehdel
BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction (MI) is the leading cause of death in Iran. Every attempt to improve treatment patterns and patient outcomes needs a surveillance system to both consider the efficacy and safety measures. Fasa Registry on Myocardial Infarction (FaRMI) is the first population-based registry for acute MI in Iran targeted to provide meticulous description of patients' characteristics, to explore the management patterns of these patients, to discover the degree of adherence to the practice guidelines, and to investigate the determinants of poor in-hospital and later outcomes...
2016: PloS One
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