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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786793/a-method-for-prostate-and-breast-cancer-cell-spheroid-cultures-using-gelatin-methacryloyl-based-hydrogels
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Christoph Meinert, Christina Theodoropoulos, Travis J Klein, Dietmar W Hutmacher, Daniela Loessner
Modern tissue engineering technologies have delivered tools to recreate a cell's naturally occurring niche in vitro and to investigate normal and pathological cell-cell and cell-niche interactions. Hydrogel biomaterials mimic crucial properties of native extracellular matrices, including mechanical support, cell adhesion sites and proteolytic degradability. As such, they are applied as 3D cell culture platforms to replicate tissue-like architectures observed in vivo, allowing physiologically relevant cell behaviors...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786047/establishment-of-a-quantitative-medical-technology-evaluation-system-and-indicators-within-medical-institutions
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Suo-Wei Wu, Tong Chen, Qi Pan, Liang-Yu Wei, Qin Wang, Chao Li, Jing-Chen Song, Ji Luo
Background: The development and application of medical technologies reflect the medical quality and clinical capacity of a hospital. It is also an effective approach in upgrading medical service and core competitiveness among medical institutions. This study aimed to build a quantitative medical technology evaluation system through questionnaire survey within medical institutions to perform an assessment to medical technologies more objectively and accurately, and promote the management of medical quality technologies and ensure the medical safety of various operations among the hospitals...
June 5, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785484/challenges-in-malaria-management-and-a-glimpse-at-some-nanotechnological-approaches
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Adrian Najer, Cornelia G Palivan, Hans-Peter Beck, Wolfgang Meier
Malaria is a devastating infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes, affecting millions of people and killing about half a million children each year. Despite tremendous progress in the control and elimination of malaria within the past years, there are still considerable challenges to be solved. To name a few, drug-resistant parasites, insecticide-resistant mosquitoes and the difficulty to formulate a potent malaria vaccine need to be addressed with new strategies to achieve the final goal of malaria eradication...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784628/why-physics-in-medicine
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Ehsan Samei, Thomas M Grist
Despite its crucial role in the development of new medical imaging technologies, in clinical practice, physics has primarily been involved in the technical evaluation of technologies. However, this narrow role is no longer adequate. New trajectories in medicine call for a stronger role for physics in the clinic. The movement toward evidence-based, quantitative, and value-based medicine requires physicists to play a more integral role in delivering innovative precision care through the intentional clinical application of physical sciences...
May 18, 2018: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784433/fda-and-nist-collaboration-on-standards-development-activities-supporting-innovation-and-translation-of-regenerative-medicine-products
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Judith A Arcidiacono, Steven R Bauer, David S Kaplan, Clare M Allocca, Sumona Sarkar, Sheng Lin-Gibson
The development of standards for the field of regenerative medicine has been noted as a high priority by several road-mapping activities. Additionally, the U.S. Congress recognizes the importance of standards in the 21st Century Cure Act. Standards will help to accelerate and streamline cell and gene therapy product development, ensure the quality and consistency of processes and products, and facilitate their regulatory approval. Although there is general agreement for the need of additional standards for regenerative medicine products, a shared understanding of standards is required for real progress toward the development of standards to advance regenerative medicine...
May 18, 2018: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783737/traceability-in-patient-healthcare-through-the-integration-of-rfid-technology-in-an-icu-in-a-hospital
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María Martínez Pérez, Carlos Dafonte, Ángel Gómez
Patient safety is a principal concern for health professionals in the care process and it is, therefore, necessary to provide information management systems to each unit of the hospital, capable of tracking patients and medication to reduce the occurrence of adverse events and therefore increase the quality of care received by patients during their stay in hospital. This work presents a tool for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a key service with special characteristics, which computerises and tracks admissions, care plans, vital monitoring, the prescription and medication administration process for patients in this service...
May 19, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781806/the-need-for-understanding-and-engaging-the-patient-as-consumer-of-products-developed-by-neural-engineering
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Jennifer French, J Luis Lujan, Dawn Bardot, Emily Lauren Graczyk, Allison Hess-Dunning, Ronald J Triolo, Megan Moynahan, Winny Tan, Adeline Zbrzeski
Neural Engineering is a discipline at the intersection of neuroscience, engineering, and clinical care. Recent major efforts by government and industry aimed at bringing forth personalized therapies, increasing the potential of the neural engineering industry for future growth, eg. the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative and Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) Common Fund Program, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) and Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) Programs, and the GlaxoSmithKline Bioelectric Medicines Initiative...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781455/balance-and-gait-impairment-sensor-based-assessment-for-patients-with-peripheral-neuropathy
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Grace Campbell, Marjorie A Skubic
BACKGROUND: Individuals with peripheral neuropathy (PN) frequently experience balance and gait impairments that can lead to poor physical function, falls, and injury. Nurses are aware that patients with cancer experience balance and gait impairments but are unsure of optimal assessment and management strategies. OBJECTIVES: This article reviews options for balance and gait assessment for patients diagnosed with cancer experiencing PN, describes advantages and limitations of the various options, and highlights innovative, clinically feasible technologies to improve clinical assessment and management...
June 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780026/teaching-the-relationship-between-health-and-climate-change-a-systematic-scoping-review-protocol
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Tasnime Osama, David Brindley, Azeem Majeed, Kris A Murray, Hiral Shah, Mel Toumazos, Michelle Van Velthoven, Josip Car, Glenn Wells, Edward Meinert
INTRODUCTION: The observed and projected impacts of climate change on human health are significant. While climate change has gathered global momentum and is taught frequently, the extent to which the relationships between climate change and health are taught remains uncertain. Education provides an opportunity to create public engagement on these issues, but the extent to which historical implementation of climate health education could be leveraged is not well understood. To address this gap, we propose to conduct a scoping review of all forms of teaching that have been used to illustrate the health effects of climate change between 2005 and 2017, coinciding with a turning point in the public health and climate change agendas following the 2005 Group of 7/8 (G7/8) Summit...
May 20, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779372/hollow-micropillar-array-method-for-high-capacity-drug-screening-on-filter-grown-epithelial-cells
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Byung-Ju Jin, Sujin Lee, Alan S Verkman
New high-throughput assay formats and innovative screening technologies are needed for miniaturized screens using small quantities of near-native, patient-derived cells. Here, we developed a hollow micropillar array method to screen compounds using epithelial cells cultured on a porous support, with the goal of screening thousands of compounds using a single 24-mm diameter transwell filter containing cultured cells. Test compounds (~1 nL) in an alginate hydrogel were printed by microinjection in hollow cylindrical micropillars (height 150 μm, inner diameter 100 μm) spaced 300 μm apart in a square array configuration...
May 19, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779065/digital-technologies-in-the-treatment-of-anxiety-recent-innovations-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Joseph Firth, John Torous, Rebekah Carney, Jill Newby, Theodore D Cosco, Helen Christensen, Jerome Sarris
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the efficacy, limitations, and future of e-health treatments for anxiety. Within this, we provide detail on "first-generation" e-health approaches, such as computerized therapies. Additionally, we assess the emergence and early efficacy of newer methods of treatment delivery, including smartphone apps and virtual reality interventions, discussing the potential and pitfalls for each. RECENT FINDINGS: There is now substantial clinical research demonstrating the efficacy of internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of anxiety...
May 19, 2018: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778264/hepatitis-c-virus-diagnosis-and-the-holy-grail
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REVIEW
Tanya L Applegate, Emmanuel Fajardo, Jilian A Sacks
The world has embraced the call for global elimination of hepatitis C virus by 2030. The unprecedented speed of therapeutic development and increased access to direct-acting antivirals has made elimination a possibility. We must screen hundreds of millions of people to diagnose and treat those currently infected. Global access to hepatitis C virus diagnostics will be a keystone to success. Key challenges must be overcome and systems optimized to ensure widespread access to existing diagnostics. Although promising technologies may soon transform the landscape, innovative strategies are needed to stimulate investment and accelerate the development of point-of-care hepatitis C virus diagnostics...
June 2018: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778256/hepatitis-c-care-in-the-department-of-veterans-affairs-building-a-foundation-for-success
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REVIEW
Pamela S Belperio, Maggie Chartier, Rachel I Gonzalez, Angela M Park, David B Ross, Tim R Morgan, Lisa I Backus
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made significant progress in treating hepatitis C virus, experiencing more than a 75% reduction in veterans remaining to be treated since the availability of oral direct-acting antivirals. Hepatitis C Innovation Teams use lean process improvement and system redesign, resulting in practice models that address gaps in care. The key to success is creative improvements in veteran access to providers, including expanded use of nonphysician providers, video telehealth, and electronic technologies...
June 2018: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777871/pain-therapeutics-from-cone-snail-venoms-from-ziconotide-to-novel-non-opioid-pathways
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Helena Safavi-Hemami, Shane E Brogan, Baldomero M Olivera
There have been numerous attempts to develop non-opioid drugs for severe pain, but the vast majority of these efforts have failed. A notable exception is Ziconotide (Prialt®), approved by the FDA in 2004. In this review, we summarize the present status of Ziconotide as a therapeutic drug and introduce a wider framework: the potential of venom peptides from cone snails as a resource providing a continuous pipeline for the discovery of non-opioid pain therapeutics. An auxiliary theme that we hope to develop is that these venoms, already a validated starting point for non-opioid drug leads, should also provide an opportunity for identifying novel molecular targets for future pain drugs...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777554/development-and-feasibility-testing-of-an-avatar-based-education-application-for-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Jintana Tongpeth, Hui Yun Du, Robyn A Clark
AIMS: To develop and evaluate an interactive, avatar-based education application, for improving patients' knowledge of, and response to, ACS symptoms. BACKGROUND: A patient's ability to recognise and respond to the symptoms of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is imperative for seeking timely medical intervention. Innovative patient education interventions are needed to support patient education and patient self-care. METHODS: Participatory action research methods were used to engage consumers with cardiac and IT experts to develop an avatar-based education application...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775814/composite-self-expanding-bioresorbable-prototype-stents-with-reinforced-compression-performance-for-congenital-heart-disease-application-computational-and-experimental-investigation
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Fan Zhao, Wen Xue, Fujun Wang, Laijun Liu, Haoqin Shi, Lu Wang
Stents are vital devices to treat vascular stenosis in pediatric patients with congenital heart disease. Bioresorbable stents (BRSs) have been applied to reduce challenging complications caused by permanent metal stents. However, it remains almost a total lack of BRSs with satisfactory compression performance specifically for children with congenital heart disease, leading to importantly suboptimal effects. In this work, composite bioresorbable prototype stents with superior compression resistance were designed by braiding and annealing technology, incorporating poly (p-dioxanone) (PPDO) monofilaments and polycaprolactone (PCL) multifilament...
May 8, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775072/exploring-the-patients-experiences-of-living-with-a-subcutaneous-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator
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Jacqueline Forman, Jennifer Baumbusch, Heather Jackson, Jen Lindenberg, Alyssa Shook, Jamil Bashir
BACKGROUND: The implantable cardioverter defibrillator provides effective treatment for the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest but significant risks associated with transvenous implantation persist. The subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator has proven to be an alternative and innovative treatment option for select patients to mitigate these risks. Obtaining the patients' perspectives can provide clinicians with essential information to guide implant selection, procedural decision-making, and support patient management...
May 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774808/single-port-robot-assisted-perineal-prostatectomy-and-pelvic-lymphadenectomy-step-by-step-technique-in-a-cadaveric-model
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Matthew J Maurice, Jihad H Kaouk
The envelope is constantly being pushed to minimize the invasiveness of prostate cancer surgery without compromising oncologic or functional outcomes. Transperitoneal robot-assisted radical prostatectomy has certainly accomplished these goals. However, it is our intent to push the envelope even further, that is, to minimize the invasiveness of already minimally invasive surgery. To accomplish this lofty goal, we borrowed the transperineal approach from open surgery and fused it with the latest robotic technology to innovate an extraperitoneal robotic prostatectomy technique that is less invasive than the traditional robotic technique...
May 2018: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773947/efficacy-safety-and-pharmacokinetics-of-budesonide-formoterol-fumarate-delivered-via-metered-dose-inhaler-using-innovative-co-suspension-delivery-technology-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-copd
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Edward M Kerwin, Thomas M Siler, Samir Arora, Patrick Darken, Earl Rose, Colin Reisner
Purpose: This study investigated the efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics of the inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting β2 -agonist fixed-dose combination budesonide/formoterol fumarate (BFF) metered dose inhaler (MDI), compared with the monocomponents budesonide (BD) MDI and formoterol fumarate (FF) MDI, in patients with moderate-to-severe COPD. Materials and methods: In this Phase IIb, randomized, double-blind, four-period, five-treatment, incomplete-block, crossover study (NCT02196077), all patients received BFF MDI 320/9...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773657/review-of-the-role-of-nice-in-promoting-the-adoption-of-innovative-cardiac-technologies
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REVIEW
Peter H Groves, Chris Pomfrett, Mirella Marlow
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme (MTEP) promotes the adoption of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic technologies into National Health Service (NHS) clinical practice through the publication of guidance and briefing documents. Since the inception of the programme in 2009, there have been 7 medical technologiesguidance, 3 diagnostics guidance and 23 medtechinnovation briefing documents published that are relevant to the heart and circulation...
May 17, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
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