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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156875/sex-related-differences-in-the-efficacy-of-dexamethasone-pretreatment-for-postoperative-analgesia-in-patients-undergoing-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Cheol Lee, Jae-Yoon Chung, Myeongjong Lee
Background/aim: Sex-related differences in response to pain have become a topic of increasing interest. However, sex-related differences in the efficacy of dexamethasone for postoperative analgesia have not been previously addressed. Materials and methods: The study included 196 men and 196 women, aged between 18 and 45 years, who were scheduled for laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The patients were randomly allocated into dexamethasone (M/F: 98/98) and control (normal saline; M/F: 98/98) groups. Patients in the study group received intravenous dexamethasone at 0...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156298/european-research-on-electrochemotherapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-eureca-project-results-from-the-treatment-of-mucosal-cancers
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Christina Caroline Plaschke, Giulia Bertino, James A McCaul, Juan J Grau, Remco de Bree, Gregor Sersa, Antonio Occhini, Ales Groselj, Cristobal Langdon, Derrek A Heuveling, Maja Cemazar, Primoz Strojan, C Rene Leemans, Marco Benazzo, Francesca De Terlizzi, Irene Wessel, Julie Gehl
AIM: Electrochemotherapy is an effective local treatment for cutaneous tumours and metastases. In this prospective trial, six European institutions investigated electrochemotherapy in recurrent, mucosal head and neck tumours. PATIENT AND METHODS: Forty-three patients with recurrent mucosal head and neck tumours and no further curative or reasonably effective palliative treatment options were enrolled and treated with electrochemotherapy. Patients were treated in general anaesthesia using intravenous or local injection of bleomycin followed by delivery of electric pulses to the tumour area...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155342/predictors-before-and-after-multimodal-rehabilitation-for-pain-acceptance-and-engagement-in-activities-at-a-one-year-follow-up-for-patients-with-whiplash-associated-disorders-wad-a-study-based-on-the-swedish-quality-registry-for-pain-rehabilitation-sqrp
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Anne Söderlund, Monika Löfgren, Britt-Marie Stålnacke
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown that pain acceptance strategies related to psychological flexibility are important in the presence of chronic musculoskeletal pain. However, the predictors of these strategies have not been studied extensively in patients with Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD). PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to predict chronic pain acceptance and engagement in activities at one-year follow-up with pain intensity, fear of movement, perceived responses from significant others, outcome expectancies, and demographic variables in patients with WAD before and after multimodal rehabilitation (MMR)...
November 16, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155166/do-correlates-of-pain-related-stoicism-and-cautiousness-differ-in-younger-and-older-people-with-advanced-cancer
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Kenneth Mah, Kim T Tran, Lynn R Gauthier, Gary Rodin, Camilla Zimmermann, David Warr, S Lawrence Librach, Malcolm Moore, Frances A Shepherd, Lucia Gagliese
Age differences are not evident in pain-related stoicism and cautiousness in people with cancer pain. Little is known about the factors associated with these pain-related attitudes or age-related patterns in these associations. The present cross-sectional study investigated the biopsychosocial correlates of the attitudes in younger and older patients with advanced cancer. Pain-related stoicism (fortitude, concealment, superiority) and cautiousness (self-doubt, reluctance) were assessed using the Pain Attitudes Questionnaire-Revised (PAQ-R)...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155164/a-new-promising-candidate-to-overcome-drug-resistant-herpes-simplex-virus-infections
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Elisabeth Zinser, Adalbert Krawczyk, Petra Mühl-Zürbes, Ulrich Aufderhorst, Lena Stich, Mirko Zaja, Stefan Strobl, Alexander Steinkasserer, Christiane Silke Heilingloh
Infections with Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) belong to the most common human diseases worldwide, resulting in symptoms ranging from painful, but commonly self-limiting lesions of the orofacial or genital tract to severe infections of the eye or life-threatening generalized infections. Frequent HSV-reactivations at the eye may lead to the development of herpetic stromal keratitis, which is one of the major causes of infectious blindness in developed countries. The vast majority of life-threatening generalized infections occur in immunocompromised individuals, such as transplant recipients or patients suffering from advanced human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection with concurrent HSV-reactivation...
November 15, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155084/anti-inflammatory-antinociceptive-and-antioxidant-properties-of-schinopsis-brasiliensis-bark
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Clisiane Carla de Souza Santos, Carolina Carvalho Guilhon, Daniela Sales Alviano Moreno, Celuta Sales Alviano, Charles Dos Santos Estevam, Arie Fitzgerald Brank, Patricia Dias Fernandes
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Schinopsis brasiliensis is a native plant from Brazil, popularly used in folk medicine to relieve pain and treat inflammation. This study evaluated the antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activities and antioxidant properties of the hydroethanol extract (HEE) and ethyl acetate fraction (EAF) obtained from S. brasiliensis bark. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The HEE and EAF of S. brasiliensis bark (10, 30 and 100mg/kg, p.o.) were evaluated using models of analgaesia (formalin-induced licking and hot -plate models) or inflammation (licking response by formalin-induced and carrageenan-induced cell migration into the subcutaneous air pouch)...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154979/small-fiber-neuropathy-diagnosis-causes-and-treatment
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Damien Sène
Small fiber neuropathy, which affects the sensory A≏ and C fibers, is now a major diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Nearly 7% of the general population have chronic neuropathic pain responsible for severe quality-of-life impairments. Awareness must therefore be raised among clinicians of the somatosensory and autonomic symptoms that can reveal small fiber neuropathy, appropriate diagnostic investigations, most common causes, and best treatment options for each patient profile. To help achieve this goal, the present review article discusses the clinical presentation of neuropathic pain and paresthesia and/or autonomic dysfunction due to involvement of nerves supplying exocrine glands and smooth muscle; normal findings from standard electrophysiological investigations; most informative diagnostic tests (epidermal nerve fiber density in a skin biopsy, laser-evoked potentials, heat- and cold-detection thresholds, electrochemical skin conductance); main causes, which consist chiefly of metabolic diseases (diabetes mellitus, glucose intolerance), dysimmunity syndromes (Sjögren's syndrome, sarcoidosis, monoclonal gammopathy), and genetic abnormalities (familial amyloidosis due to a transthyretin mutation, Fabry disease, sodium channel diseases); and the available symptomatic and etiological treatments...
November 15, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154976/microneedle-arrays-coated-with-charge-reversal-ph-sensitive-copolymers-improve-antigen-presenting-cells-homing-dna-vaccine-delivery-and-immune-responses
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Huu Thuy Trang Duong, Nak Won Kim, Thavasyappan Thambi, V H Giang Phan, Min Sang Lee, Yue Yin, Ji Hoon Jeong, Doo Sung Lee
Successful delivery of a DNA vaccine to antigen-presenting cells and their subsequent stimulation of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cell immunity remains an inefficient process. In general, the delivery of prophylactic vaccines is mainly mired by low transfection efficacy, poor immunogenicity, and safety issues from the materials employed. Currently, several strategies have been exploited to improve immunogenicity, but an effective strategy for safe and pain-free delivery of DNA vaccines is complicated. Herein, we report the rapid delivery of polyplex-based DNA vaccines using microneedle arrays coated with a polyelectrolyte multilayer assembly of charge reversal pH-responsive copolymer and heparin...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154424/acute-fulminant-necrotizing-eosinophilic-myocarditis-early-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Paul David Callan, Aigul Baltabaeva, Mohammed Kamal, Joyce Wong, Rebecca Lane, Jan Lukas Robertus, Nicholas R Banner
Necrotizing eosinophilic myocarditis is a rare but potentially fatal condition that requires prompt recognition and treatment. We describe a case of a young athlete presenting with chest pain and breathlessness, with evidence of rapidly deteriorating cardiac function. The condition was successfully treated with corticosteroids, with no evidence of residual myocardial damage. This is the first reported case to demonstrate the utility of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosis and monitoring response to treatment...
November 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153927/1hz-rtms-of-the-right-orbitofrontal-cortex-for-major-depression-safety-tolerability-and-clinical-outcomes
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Kfir Feffer, Peter Fettes, Peter Giacobbe, Zafiris J Daskalakis, Daniel M Blumberger, Jonathan Downar
Conventional rTMS in major depressive disorder (MDD) targets the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC). However, many patients do not respond to DLPFC-rTMS. Recent evidence suggests that the right lateral orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) plays a key role in 'non-reward' functions and shows hyperconnectivity in MDD. OFC-rTMS has been used successfully in obsessive-compulsive disorder, and achieved remission in an MDD case nonresponsive to DLPFC- and DMPFC-rTMS. Here, we assess the safety and tolerability of right OFC-rTMS, and examine the effectiveness of inhibitory right OFC-rTMS in MDD, particularly among patients with previous nonresponse to DMPFC-rTMS...
November 16, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153919/patient-and-health-care-provider-responses-from-a-prospective-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trial-comparing-vapocoolant-spray-versus-placebo-spray-in-adults-undergoing-venipuncture-in-the-emergency-department
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Tracy Barbour, Sharon O'Keefe, Sharon E Mace
Painful medical procedures are common. Topical anesthetics are easily applied, rapid onset, inexpensive, and avoid injection pain and needlestick injury. The aims of this study, using patient and health care provider questionnaires, were to answer the following questions: (1) Does vapocoolant spray decrease venipuncture pain? (2) Would patients be satisfied with and use a vapocoolant spray in the future? (3) Would providers be satisfied with and use a vapocoolant spray in the future? Adults (18-80 years) in a hospital emergency department (ED) were randomly assigned to sterile water placebo spray (S) (N = 50) or vapocoolant spray (V) (N = 50) before venipuncture...
November 16, 2017: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153633/opioids-consumed-in-the-immediate-post-operative-period-does-not-influence-how-patients-rate-their-experience-of-care-after-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Jennifer I Etcheson, Chukwuweike U Gwam, Nicole E George, Sana Virani, Michael A Mont, Ronald E Delanois
BACKGROUND: Patient perception of care, commonly measured with Press Ganey (PG) surveys, is an important metric used to determine hospital and provider reimbursement. However, post-operative pain following total hip arthroplasty (THA) may negatively affect patient satisfaction. As a result, over-administration of opioids may occur, even without marked evidence of pain. Therefore, this study evaluated whether opioid consumption in the immediate postoperative period bears any influence on satisfaction scores after THA...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152847/a-case-study-in-identifying-targeted-patients-population-in-major-depressive-disorder-by-enhanced-enrichment-design
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Peter Zhang, Kevin Carroll, Mary Hobart, Carole Augustine, Gary Koch
Despite advances in clinical trial design, failure rates near 80% in phase 2 and 50% in phase 3 have recently been reported. The challenges to successful drug development are particularly acute in central nervous system trials such as for pain, schizophrenia, mania, and depression because high-placebo response rates lessen assay sensitivity, diminish estimated treatment effect sizes, and thereby decrease statistical power. This paper addresses the importance of rigorous patient selection in major depressive disorder trials through an enhanced enrichment paradigm...
November 19, 2017: Pharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152427/dramatic-response-of-a-large-sacral-chordoma-to-intensity-modulated-proton-beam-therapy
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Craig Schneider, Melissa Vyfhuis, Emily Morse, Tejan Diwanji, James W Snider, Sina Mossahebi, Katarina Steacy, Robert Malyapa
Sacral chordomas are slow-growing, indolent, and locally invasive tumors that typically present with pain and neurologic dysfunction. Wide en-bloc surgical excision is the primary treatment, but achieving adequate margins is difficult and surgery is often associated with significant morbidity. Adjuvant radiation therapy (RT) is utilized to decrease the risk of local recurrence or as definitive treatment for nonsurgical candidates. Although chordomas are considered to be relatively radioresistant tumors, several studies have demonstrated tumor response to high-dose proton therapy...
September 10, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152044/structure-based-discovery-of-thiosemicarbazone-metalloproteinase-inhibitors-for-hemorrhage-treatment-in-snakebites
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Francis B Ferreira, Thiago M Pereira, Dayane L N Souza, Daiana S Lopes, Vitor Freitas, Veridiana M R Ávila, Arthur E Kümmerle, Carlos Mauricio R Sant'Anna
The venoms of snakes are composed by many toxins, which are responsible for various toxic effects including intense pain, bleeding disorders, and local tissue damage caused by hemorrhage and necrosis. The snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) are proteolytic zinc-dependent enzymes acting in different hemostatic mechanisms. In this work, a structure-based molecular modeling strategy was used for the rational design, by means of a homology 3D model of an SVMP isolated from Bothrops pauloensis venom (BpMP-I), followed by synthesis and in vitro evaluation of new thiosemicarbazones as the first inhibitors of the B...
November 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151449/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-foot-and-ankle-pain-among-nurses-at-a-university-hospital-in-japan-a-cross-sectional-study
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Maki Tojo, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Naoko Amano, Akemi Ito, Machiko Futono, Yasunori Sato, Takako Naka, Seiji Kimura, Aya Sadamasu, Ryuichiro Akagi, Seiji Ohtori
OBJECTIVES: The purposes of this study were to clarify 1) the prevalence of foot and ankle pain and 2) the factors associated with foot and ankle pain among nurses. METHODS: Nurses working at a university hospital in Japan were recruited to participate in this cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study. The occurrence of foot and ankle pain in the previous month was assessed by using the Standardized Nordic Questionnaire and the Manchester Foot Pain and Disability Index...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150945/development-of-an-in-vivo-mouse-model-of-discogenic-low-back-pain
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Changgui Shi, Vaskar Das, Xin Li, Ranjan Kc, Sujun Qiu, InSug O-Sullivan, Richard L Ripper, Jeffrey S Kroin, Fackson Mwale, Atiyayein A Wallace, Bingqian Zhu, Lan Zhao, Andre J van Wijnen, Mingliang Ji, Jun Lu, Gina Votta-Velis, Wen Yuan, Hee-Jeong Im
Discogenic Low back pain (DLBP) is extremely common and costly. Effective treatments are lacking due to DLBP's unknown pathogenesis. Currently, there are no in vivo mouse models of DLBP, which restricts research in this field. The aim of this study was to establish a reliable DLBP model in mouse that captures the pathological changes in the disc and allows longitudinal pain testing. The model was generated by puncturing the mouse lumbar discs (L4/5, L5/6, and L6/S1) and removing the nucleus pulposus using a microscalpel under the microscope...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150727/measuring-emotional-intelligence-enhances-the-psychological-evaluation-of-chronic-pain
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Eva M Doherty, Rosemary Walsh, Leanne Andrews, Susan McPherson
The assessment of emotional factors, in addition to other psychosocial factors, has been recommended as a means of identifying individuals with chronic pain who may not respond to certain pain treatments. Systematic reviews of the evidence regarding the prediction of responsiveness to a treatment called the spinal cord stimulator (SCS) have yielded inconclusive results. Emotional intelligence is a term which refers to the ability to identify and manage emotions in oneself and others and has been shown to be inversely associated with emotional distress and acute pain...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150266/interleukin-35-and-hepatocyte-growth-factor-as-a-novel-combined-immune-gene-therapy-for-multiple-sclerosis-disease
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Samira Moghadam, Maryam Erfanmanesh, Abdolreza Esmaeilzadeh
An autoimmune demyelination disease of the Central Nervous System, Multiple Sclerosis, is a chronic inflammation which mostly involves young adults. Suffering people face functional loss with a severe pain. Most current MS treatments are focused on the immune response suppression. Approved drugs suppress the inflammatory process, but factually, there is no definite cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Recently developed knowledge has demonstrated that gene and cell therapy as a hopeful approach in tissue regeneration...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150246/development-of-the-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-impact-scale-a-new-health-related-quality-of-life-instrument
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Dorothee Oberdhan, Jason C Cole, Holly B Krasa, Rebecca Cheng, Frank S Czerwiec, Ron D Hays, Arlene B Chapman, Ronald D Perrone
BACKGROUND: The impact of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is not well understood due to a lack of instruments specific to the condition. STUDY DESIGN: Content for a new self-administered patient-reported outcome (PRO) questionnaire to assess ADPKD-related HRQoL was developed through clinical expert and patient focus group discussions. The new PRO instrument was administered to study patients with ADPKD to evaluate its reliability and validity...
November 14, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
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