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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346828/dynamic-posterior-stabilization-versus-posterior-lumbar-intervertebral-fusion-a-matched-cohort-study-based-on-the-spine-tango-registry
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Kathrin S Bieri, Kelly Goodwin, Emin Aghayev, Hans-Joachim Riesner, Ralph Greiner-Perth
PURPOSE:  The primary aim of dynamic stabilization is to stabilize the spine and preserve function without overstressing adjacent segments, which is a potential risk of fusion surgery. However, direct comparative analyses of the two approaches are still limited, and little is known about the association of patient-reported outcomes with these treatment options. OBJECTIVE:  To compare the clinical outcomes of dynamic posterior stabilization using the DSS Stabilization System (Paradigm Spine, LLC, New York, New York, United States) versus posterior lumbar intervertebral fusion (PLIF) based on data from a spine registry...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346806/lithium-and-renal-impairment-a-review-on-a-still-hot-topic
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René Ernst Nielsen, Lars Vedel Kessing, Willem A Nolen, Rasmus W Licht
INTRODUCTION: Lithium is established as an effective treatment of mania, of depression in bipolar and unipolar disorder, and in maintenance treatment of these disorders. However, due to the necessity of monitoring and concerns about irreversible adverse effects, in particular renal impairment, after long-term use, lithium might be underutilized. METHODS: This study reviewed 6 large observational studies addressing the risk of impaired renal function associated with lithium treatment and methodological issues impacting interpretation of results...
January 18, 2018: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346787/speech-and-communication-changes-reported-by-people-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Ellika Schalling, Kerstin Johansson, Lena Hartelius
BACKGROUND: Changes in communicative functions are common in Parkinson's disease (PD), but there are only limited data provided by individuals with PD on how these changes are perceived, what their consequences are, and what type of intervention is provided. AIM: To present self-reported information about speech and communication, the impact on communicative participation, and the amount and type of speech-language pathology services received by people with PD. METHODS: Respondents with PD recruited via the Swedish Parkinson's Disease Society filled out a questionnaire accessed via a Web link or provided in a paper version...
January 18, 2018: Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346632/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-jc-virus-dna-in-plasma-in-progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy
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Francesca Ferretti, Arabella Bestetti, Constantin T Yiannoutsos, Beverly S Musick, Simonetta Gerevini, Laura Passeri, Simona Bossolasco, Antonio Boschini, Diego Franciotta, Adriano Lazzarin, Paola Cinque
Background: Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a severe demyelinating disease caused by the polyomavirus JC (JCV) affecting subjects with impaired immune system. While JCV-DNA detection in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is diagnostic of PML, the clinical significance of plasma JCV-DNA is still uncertain. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed plasma samples drawn from patients with PML close to disease onset, and controls without PML. In PML patients, we compared plasma JCV DNA detection and levels to: JCV DNA in the other biological samples, clinical and laboratory parameters and patients' survival...
January 15, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346217/pathological-and-molecular-aspects-to-improve-endoscopic-ultrasonography-guided-fine-needle-aspiration-from-solid-pancreatic-lesions
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Hiroyuki Matsubayashi, Keiko Sasaki, Sachiyo Ono, Masato Abe, Hirotoshi Ishiwatari, Akira Fukutomi, Katsuhiko Uesaka, Hiroyuki Ono
Endoscopic ultrasonography-guided fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) has been applied to pancreatic lesions since the 1990s, and its use is now widespread. Improvements in endoscopic devices and sampling techniques have resulted in excellent diagnostic ability for solid pancreatic lesions. However, clinical improvements alone are not responsible for it; pathological aspects have also played important roles. Rapid on-site evaluation minimizes endoscopic procedures, although its value at improving the diagnostic ratio is still debated...
February 2018: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346126/complete-revascularization-for-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-and-multivessel-coronary-artery-disease-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-trials
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Gani Bajraktari, Haki Jashari, Pranvera Ibrahimi, Fernando Alfonso, Fisnik Jashari, Gjin Ndrepepa, Shpend Elezi, Michael Y Henein
INTRODUCTION: Despite the recent findings in randomized clinical trials (RCTs) with limited sample sizes and the updates in clinical guidelines, the current available data for the complete revascularization (CR) in hemodynamically stable patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) at the time of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are still contradictory. AIM: The aim of this meta-analysis of the existing RCTs was to assess the efficacy of the CR versus revascularization of infarct-related artery (IRA) only during primary PCI in patients with STEMI and multivessel disease (MVD)...
January 17, 2018: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346120/a-view-from-the-uk-the-uk-and-ireland-confidential-enquiry-into-maternal-deaths-and-morbidity
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Marian Knight, Derek Tuffnell
The UK Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths has been in operation for more than 60 years, during which time maternal mortality rates have fallen 10-fold. The program includes two aspects, surveillance and confidential case review, providing different information to aid quality improvement in maternity care. The enquiry now also reviews the care of women with specific severe morbidities. Recommendations have very clearly led to improved outcomes for women, most notably shown in the very low mortality rate due to hypertensive and related disorders of pregnancy...
January 16, 2018: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346011/minimally-invasive-management-of-severe-aortoiliac-occlusive-disease
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Luigi Pascarella, Maen Aboul Hosn
BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a complex and highly prevalent pathology. It has been estimated that ∼8.5 million people in the United States are affected by PAD, of which 12%-20% are older than age 60. The TransAtlantic Inter-Society Consensus (TASC) guidelines classified aortoiliac atherosclerotic disease based on morphology and level of lesions. TASC II guidelines recommend bilateral surgical bypass to the femoral arteries for TASC II C and D lesions. The aortobifemoral bypass (ABF) has been considered the gold standard in the treatment of aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345584/mechanical-support-in-cardiogenic-shock-complicating-acute-coronary-syndrome-ready-for-prime-time
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Guillaume Schurtz, Marc Laine, Clement Delmas, Francois Kerbaul, Etienne Puymirat, Gilles Lemesle, Laurent Bonello
Cardiogenic shock (CS) is a major challenge in current cardiology. Over the last decade, cardiogenic shock mortality has decreased somewhat, but it still remains high, particularly when associated with ischaemic heart disease. The challenges are numerous and include prevention, accurate diagnosis, prompt management and effective therapies to support a failing heart and prevent multi-organ failure. Despite improvements in the care of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), it remains the most common cause of CS. In addition to existing medical therapy, mechanical circulatory support has been proposed for the management of ventricular failure...
January 16, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345580/multi-potent-natural-scaffolds-targeting-amyloid-cascade-in-search-of-alzheimer-s-disease-therapeutics
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Sandipan Chakraborty
Alzheimer's disease (AD) once considered a rare disorder emerges as a major health concern in recent times. The disease pathogenesis is very complex and yet to be understood completely. However, "Amyloid Cascade" is the central event in disease pathogenesis. Several proteins of the amyloid cascade are currently being considered as potential targets for AD therapeutics discovery. Many potential compounds are in clinical trials, but till now there is no known cure for the disease. Recent years have witnessed remarkable research interest in search of novel concepts in drug designing for AD...
January 16, 2018: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345225/indications-for-the-surgical-management-of-benign-goiter-in-adults
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Detlef K Bartsch, Markus Luster, Heinz J Buhr, Dietmar Lorenz, Christoph-Thomas Germer, Peter E Goretzki
BACKGROUND: Thyroidectomy is still three to six times more common in Germany than in the USA, Great Britain, and the Scandinavian countries. Thus, the question is often asked whether thyroidectomy in Germany is being performed for the correct indications. METHODS: This review is based on studies and guidelines containing information on the indications for surgery in benign goiter and Graves' disease; these publications were retrieved by a systematic literature search in the Medline and Cochrane Library databases (1990-2016)...
January 8, 2018: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345102/the-mycobiota-of-the-sand-fly-phlebotomus-perniciosus-involvement-of-yeast-symbionts-in-uric-acid-metabolism
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Elena Martin, Ilaria Varotto Boccazzi, Leone De Marco, Gioia Bongiorno, Matteo Montagna, Luciano Sacchi, Priscilla Mensah, Irene Ricci, Luigi Gradoni, Claudio Bandi, Sara Epis
The knowledge of the fungal mycobiota of arthropods, including the vectors of human and animal diseases, is still limited. Here, we investigated the mycobiota associated with the sand fly Phlebotomus perniciosus, the main vector of leishmaniasis in the western Mediterranean area, by a culture-dependent approach (microbiological analyses and sequencing of the 26S rRNA gene), internal transcribed spacer (ITS) rRNA amplicon-based next-generation sequencing, fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH), and genome sequencing of the dominant yeast species...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345014/human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-models-of-retinitis-pigmentosa
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REVIEW
Ana Artero Castro, Dunja Lukovic, Pavla Jendelova, Slaven Erceg
Hereditary retinal dystrophies, specifically retinitis pigmentosa (RP) are clinically and genetically heterogeneous diseases affecting primarily retinal cells and retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells with blindness as a final outcome. Understanding the pathogenicity behind these diseases has been largely precluded by the unavailability of affected tissue from patients, large genetic heterogeneity and animal models that do not faithfully represent some human diseases. A landmark discovery of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) permitted the derivation of patient-specific cells...
January 18, 2018: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344971/clear-cell-carcinomas-of-the-ovary-and-kidney-clarity-through-genomics
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REVIEW
Jennifer X Ji, Yi Kan Wang, Dawn R Cochrane, David G Huntsman
Clear cell ovarian carcinoma (CCOC) and clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) both feature clear cytoplasm due to the accumulation of cytoplasmic glycogen. Genomic studies have demonstrated several mutational similarities between these two diseases including frequent alterations in the chromatin remodeling SWI/SNF and cellular proliferation PI3K/mTOR pathways, as well as a shared hypoxia-like mRNA expression signature. Although many targeted treatment options have been approved for advance stage ccRCC, CCOC patients are still treated with conventional platinum and taxane chemotherapy, to which they are resistant...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344953/established-emerging-and-elusive-molecular-targets-in-the-treatment-of-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Jean-Nicolas Gallant, Christine M Lovly
Although histological subtype still underlies tumor classification and treatment, the recognition that lung cancer is, largely, a genetic disease has prompted a push to reconfigure cancer taxonomies according to molecular criteria. In this review, we discuss established (e.g. EGFR, ALK, ROS1, PD-1/PD-L1), emerging (e.g. MET, RET, NTRK), and elusive (e.g. TP53, KRAS, MYC) molecular targets in the treatment of lung cancer. We synthesize a large and rapidly growing body of literature regarding the discovery and therapeutic inhibition of these targets in lung cancer...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344903/nuclear-genes-involved-in-mitochondrial-diseases-caused-by-instability-of-mitochondrial-dna
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REVIEW
Joanna Rusecka, Magdalena Kaliszewska, Ewa Bartnik, Katarzyna Tońska
Mitochondrial diseases are defined by a respiratory chain dysfunction and in most of the cases manifest as multisystem disorders with predominant expression in muscles and nerves and may be caused by mutations in mitochondrial (mtDNA) or nuclear (nDNA) genomes. Most of the proteins involved in respiratory chain function are nuclear encoded, although 13 subunits of respiratory chain complexes (together with 2 rRNAs and 22 tRNAs necessary for their translation) encoded by mtDNA are essential for cell function...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Applied Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344881/the-impact-of-exercise-on-physical-function-cardiovascular-outcomes-and-quality-of-life-in-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-a-systematic-review
#17
REVIEW
Baris Afsar, Dimitrie Siriopol, Gamze Aslan, Ozgur C Eren, Tuncay Dagel, Ugur Kilic, Asiye Kanbay, Alexandru Burlacu, Adrian Covic, Mehmet Kanbay
The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is increasing steadily. CKD does not only relate to morbidity and mortality but also has impact on quality of life, depression and malnutrition. Such patients often have significantly decreased physical activity. Recent evidence suggests that low physical activity is associated with morbidity, mortality, muscle atrophy, quality of life impairment, cardiovascular outcomes and depression. Based on this, it is now recommended to regularly improve the physical activity of these patients...
January 17, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344728/-cutaneous-graft-versus-host-disease
#18
REVIEW
A Cho, U Just, R Knobler
BACKGROUND: Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) is a complex multiorgan disease, which can occur as a complication following allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Involvement of the skin represents the most common appearance of GvHD. The role of the dermatologist is critical for diagnosis and initiation of treatment. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this article is to provide a comprehensive review of the cutaneous types of GvHD and to present the most recent data on diverse therapy options for its acute and chronic form allowing the clinician to establish a definite diagnosis and to initiate proper therapy...
January 17, 2018: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344727/work-related-stress-as-a-cardiovascular-risk-factor-in-police-officers-a-systematic-review-of-evidence
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N Magnavita, I Capitanelli, S Garbarino, E Pira
PURPOSE: Several studies suggest that work-related stress in police officers may be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. A systematic review of studies is, however, still lacking. METHOD: According to PRISMA statement, a systematic search of PubMed, ISI Web of Science, Cinahl and PsychInfo electronic databases was undertaken. Studies published in English between 1/1/2000 and 31/12/2016 were included. A studies quality assessment was performed using the Newcastle Ottawa scale (NOS)...
January 17, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344620/association-of-depression-with-mortality-in-older-adults-undergoing-transcatheter-or-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement
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Laura M Drudi, Matthew Ades, Sena Turkdogan, Caroline Huynh, Sandra Lauck, John G Webb, Nicolo Piazza, Giuseppe Martucci, Yves Langlois, Louis P Perrault, Anita W Asgar, Marino Labinaz, Andre Lamy, Nicolas Noiseux, Mark D Peterson, Rakesh C Arora, Brian R Lindman, Melissa Bendayan, Rita Mancini, Amanda Trnkus, Dae H Kim, Jeffrey J Popma, Jonathan Afilalo
Importance: Depression is increasingly recognized as a risk factor for adverse outcomes in cardiovascular disease. However, little is known about depression in older adults undergoing transcatheter (TAVR) or surgical (SAVR) aortic valve replacement. Objective: To determine the prevalence of depression and its association with all-cause mortality in older adults undergoing TAVR or SAVR. Design, Setting, and Participants: This preplanned analysis of the Frailty Aortic Valve Replacement (FRAILTY-AVR) prospective cohort study included 14 centers in 3 countries from November 15, 2011, through April 7, 2016...
January 17, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
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