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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735501/step-by-step-guide-to-do-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-for-medical-professionals
#1
Y Bashir, K C Conlon
INTRODUCTION: Systematic review and meta-analysis are statistical tools used to review researches performed on a same topic. They extract the collective effect of the studies performed on the topic of interest after statistically analysing the data of all the studies included. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Systematic reviews and meta-analysis are getting more and more popular in the medical field. Statistics is never the strong aspect of medical professionals, and facing a large number of statistical tests and values could be quite confusing for them...
July 22, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735483/amlprofiler-a-diagnostic-and-prognostic-microarray-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#2
Marco Alessandrini, Sharon S Kappala, Michael S Pepper
Acute myeloid leukemia is characterized by the proliferation and accumulation of immature hematopoietic cells of the myeloid lineage in the bone marrow. The disease is typified by diverse genetic abnormalities and marked heterogeneity both with regard to response to treatment and survival. The AMLprofiler is a qualitative in vitro diagnostic microarray developed by SkylineDx for use with Affymetrix technology. The AMLprofiler makes use of RNA chemistry and incorporates seven separate assays based on three different technologies-cytogenetics, mutation, and expression analysis-to predict post-therapy survival rates in patients with acute myeloid leukemia...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735458/the-efficacy-of-lapatinib-and-nilotinib-in-combination-with-radiation-therapy-in-a-model-of-nf2-associated-peripheral-schwannoma
#3
Iddo Paldor, Sara Abbadi, Nicolas Bonne, Xiaobu Ye, Fausto J Rodriguez, David Rowshanshad, MariaLisa Itzoe, Veronica Vigilar, Marco Giovannini, Henry Brem, Jaishri O Blakeley, Betty M Tyler
Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), a neurogenetic condition manifest by peripheral nerve sheath tumors (PNST) throughout the neuroaxis for which there are no approved therapies. In vitro and in vivo studies presented here examine agents targeting signaling pathways, angiogenesis, and DNA repair mechanisms. In vitro dose response assays demonstrated potent activity of lapatinib and nilotinib against the mouse schwannoma SC4 (Nf2 (-/-)) cell line. We then examined the efficacy of everolimus, nilotinib, lapatinib, bevacizumab and radiation (RT) as mono- and combination therapies in flank and sciatic nerve in vivo NF2-PNST models...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735365/an-update-on-the-use-of-immunotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-lymphoma
#4
REVIEW
Thomas U Marron, Matko Kalac, Joshua Brody
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Throughout the field of oncology, immunotherapy is moving further towards the first-line setting, and there is encouraging data for the use of these novel therapies in the management of lymphomas, utilizing treatments approved for both solid and hematologic malignancies. Herein, we review promising advances in this rapidly moving field from the past year. RECENT FINDINGS: In the last year, we have seen promising clinical data on engineered antibody therapies for the treatment of lymphomas, as well as further optimization of engineered antibody fragments fused onto linkers or chimeric T cell receptors, both of the modalities capable of transforming non-specific T cells into tumor-specific, serial killer cells...
July 22, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735020/pilot-study-of-prostate-cancer-angiogenesis-imaging-using-a-photoacoustic-imaging-system
#5
Akio Horiguchi, Masayuki Shinchi, Akiko Nakamura, Takatsugu Wada, Keiichi Ito, Tomohiko Asano, Hiroshi Shinmoto, Hitoshi Tsuda, Miya Ishihara
OBJECTIVES: To investigate a link between the appearance of photoacoustic imaging (PAI) and microvasculature in prostate cancer and to assess the feasibility of PAI for angiogenesis imaging in prostate cancer. METHODS: We have developed a PAI system equipped with a transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) type probe. Three patients who underwent PAI just before prostate biopsy and subsequently underwent radical prostatectomy were included. The PAI appearance was retrospectively reviewed and in each case four representative areas were selected: one with high PAI signal intensity, one with low PAI signal intensity, one peripheral to the index tumor, and one inside the index tumor...
July 19, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734901/gastroresistant-oral-peptide-for-fluorescence-imaging-of-colonic-inflammation
#6
Paola Luciani, Ander Estella-Hermoso de Mendoza, Tommaso Casalini, Silvia Lang, Kirstin Atrott, Marianne R Spalinger, Anna Pratsinis, Jens Sobek, Isabelle Frey-Wagner, Jens Schumacher, Jean-Christophe Leroux, Gerhard Rogler
The use of molecular markers for inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract could empower optical imaging modalities for early diagnosis and eventually personalized timely treatments. A major hurdle to the widespread use of functional fluorescence imaging is the absence of suitable contrast agents, in particular to be administered via the oral route due to the usual proteolytic susceptibility of the biomarkers. By designing a retro-inverso peptide, starting from a previously described sequence specific for N-cadherin, we achieved resistance to gastrointestinal degradation and even slightly improved specificity towards the target, both in ex vivo and in vivo experimental colitis...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734900/molecular-imaging-in-stem-cell-based-therapies-of-cardiac-diseases
#7
REVIEW
Xiang Li, Marcus Hacker
In the past 15years, despite regenerative medicine has shown great potential for cardiovascular diseases, the outcome and safety of stem cell transplantation has shown controversial results in the published literature. Medical imaging might be useful for monitoring and quantification transplanted cells within the heart and to serially characterize the effects of stem cell therapy of the myocardium. From the multiple available noninvasive imaging techniques, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear imaging by positron (PET) or single photon emission computer tomography (SPECT) are the most used clinical approaches to follow the fate of transplanted stem cells in vivo...
July 19, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734891/ct-defined-prosthesis-patient-mismatch-downgrades-frequency-and-severity-and%C3%A2-demonstrates-no-association-with-adverse-outcomes-after-tavr
#8
John Mooney, Stephanie L Sellers, Phillip Blanke, Philippe Pibarot, Rebecca T Hahn, Danny Dvir, Pamela S Douglas, Neil J Weissman, Susheel K Kodali, Vinod H Thourani, Hasan Jilaihawi, Omar Khalique, Craig R Smith, Shaw Hua Kueh, Mickael Ohana, Romi Grover, Christopher Naoum, Aaron Crowley, Wael A Jaber, Maria C Alu, Rupa Parvataneni, Michael Mack, John G Webb, Martin B Leon, Jonathon A Leipsic
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine if indexed effective orifice area (EOAi), using left ventricular outflow tract measured from computed tomography (EOAiCT), reclassified prosthesis-patient mismatch (PPM) compared with conventional echocardiogram-defined measurements (EOAiTTE). BACKGROUND: PPM does not predict mortality following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). However, it is unknown if the EOAiCT of the left ventricular outflow tract improves risk stratification...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734816/glaucoma-screening-in-nepal-cup-to-disc-estimate-with-standard-mydriatic-fundus-camera-compared-to-portable-non-mydriatic-camera
#9
Sarah E Miller, Suman Thapa, Alan L Robin, Leslie M Niziol, Pradeep Y Ramulu, Maria A Woodward, Indira Paudyal, Ian Pitha, Tyson N Kim, Paula Anne Newman-Casey
PURPOSE: To compare cup to disc ratio (CDR) measurements from images taken with a portable, 45° non-mydriatic fundus camera to images from a traditional table-top mydriatic fundus camera. DESIGN: Prospective, cross sectional, comparative instrument validation study. METHODS: materials-methods SETTING: Clinic-based. STUDY POPULATION: 422 eyes of 211 subjects were recruited from the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (Kathmandu, Nepal)...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734746/spina-bifida-management
#10
Leslie A Phillips, Justin M Burton, Sarah Helen Evans
Myelomeningocele, commonly known as spina bifida, is a birth defect in which the spinal cord does not develop properly due to incomplete closure of the neural tube at 28 days of gestation. With advances in treatment modalities, technologies, and medical knowledge, people with spina bifida in the United States are living well into adulthood. Myelomeningocele management includes life-long comprehensive neurologic, urologic, musculoskeletal, skin, and habilitation management. We describe approaches to the same, with an emphasis on the signs and symptoms of medical urgencies and emergencies of which every pediatrician must be aware...
July 19, 2017: Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734706/emerging-minimally-invasive-treatment-options-for-male-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms
#11
REVIEW
Giuseppe Magistro, Christopher R Chapple, Mostafa Elhilali, Peter Gilling, Kevin T McVary, Claus G Roehrborn, Christian G Stief, Henry H Woo, Christian Gratzke
CONTEXT: Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) are one of the most common and troublesome nonmalignant conditions affecting quality of life in aging men. A spectrum of established medical and surgical options is available to provide relief of bothersome LUTS. Both the adverse events of medication and the morbidity with surgical treatment modalities have to be counterbalanced against efficacy. Novel minimally invasive treatment options aim to be effective, ideally to be performed in an ambulatory setting under local anaesthesia and to offer a more favourable safety profile than existing reference techniques...
July 19, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734699/an-update-on-the-genetics-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
#12
REVIEW
Leonie J M Vergouw, Inger van Steenoven, Wilma D J van de Berg, Charlotte E Teunissen, John C van Swieten, Vincenzo Bonifati, Afina W Lemstra, Frank Jan de Jong
The genetic architecture of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is increasingly taking shape. Initially, genetic research focused mainly on linkage and candidate gene studies in small series of DLB patients. More recently, association and exome sequencing studies in larger groups have been conducted, and have shown that several variants in GBA and the APOE ε4 allele are important genetic risk factors for DLB. However, genetic research in DLB is still in its infancy. So far, many genetic studies have been biased and performed in clinically and pathologically heterogeneous populations...
July 13, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734166/naturally-occurring-immunomodulators-with-antitumor-activity-an-insight-on-their-mechanisms-of-action
#13
REVIEW
Shimaa Ibrahim Abdelmonym Mohamed, Ibrahim Jantan, Md Areeful Haque
Natural products with immunomodulatory activity are widely used in treatment of many diseases including autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders in addition to cancer. They gained a great interest in the last decades as therapeutic agents since they provide inexpensive and less toxic products than the synthetic chemotherapeutic agents. Immunomodulators are the agents that have the ability to boost or suppress the host defense response that can be used as a prophylaxis as well as in combination with other therapeutic modalities...
July 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733959/increasing-precision-of-clinical-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-using-a-combined-algorithm-incorporating-clinical-and-novel-biomarker-data
#14
REVIEW
Marwan N Sabbagh, Lih-Fen Lue, Daniel Fayard, Jiong Shi
Establishing the in vivo diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) or other dementias relies on clinical criteria; however, the accuracy of these criteria can be limited. The diagnostic accuracy is 77% for a clinical diagnosis of AD, even among experts. We performed a review through PubMed of articles related to specific diagnostic modalities, including APOE genotyping, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing, fludeoxyglucose F 18 positron emission tomography (PET), amyloid PET, tau PET, computed tomography (CT), single-photon emission CT, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and B12 and thyroid-stimulating hormone screening, to determine the specificity and sensitivity of each test used in the clinical diagnosis of AD...
July 2017: Neurology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733833/neuroanatomy-of-pain-deficiency-and-cross-modal-activation-in-calcium-channel-subunit-cacn-%C3%AE-2%C3%AE-3-knockout-mice
#15
Julia Landmann, Franziska Richter, Ana-Maria Oros-Peusquens, N Jon Shah, Joseph Classen, G Gregory Neely, Angelika Richter, Josef M Penninger, Ingo Bechmann
The phenotype of calcium channel subunit (CACN) α2δ3 knockout (KO) mice includes sensory cross-activation and deficient pain perception. Sensory cross-activation defines the activation of a sensory cortical region by input from another modality due to reorganization in the brain such as after sensory loss. To obtain mechanistic insight into both phenomena, we employed a comprehensive battery of neuroanatomical techniques. While CACNα2δ3 was ubiquitously expressed in wild-type mice, it was absent in α2δ3 KO animals...
July 21, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733376/detection-of-osteomyelitis-in-the-diabetic-foot-by-imaging-techniques-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-comparing-mri-white-blood-cell-scintigraphy-and-fdg-pet
#16
REVIEW
Chiara Lauri, Menno Tamminga, Andor W J M Glaudemans, Luis Eduardo Juárez Orozco, Paola A Erba, Paul C Jutte, Benjamin A Lipsky, Maarten J IJzerman, Alberto Signore, Riemer H J A Slart
OBJECTIVE: Diagnosing bone infection in the diabetic foot is challenging and often requires several diagnostic procedures, including advanced imaging. We compared the diagnostic performances of MRI, radiolabeled white blood cell (WBC) scintigraphy (either with (99m)Tc-hexamethylpropyleneamineoxime [HMPAO] or (111)In-oxine), and [(18)F]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18)F-FDG-PET)/computed tomography. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We searched Medline and Embase as of August 2016 for studies of diagnostic tests on patients known or suspected to have diabetes and a foot infection...
August 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733314/effects-of-an-airway-clearance-device-on-inflammation-bacteriology-and-mucus-transport-in-bronchiectasis
#17
Joana Tambascio, Hugo Celso Dutra de Souza, Roberto Martinez, José Antônio Baddini-Martinez, Peter John Barnes, Ada Clarice Gastaldi
BACKGROUND: Bronchiectasis is characterized by abnormal and permanent dilation of the bronchi, caused by the perpetuation of inflammation and impairment of mucociliary clearance. Physiotherapy techniques can help to decrease the retention of respiratory secretions. The flutter valve combines high-frequency oscillation and positive expiratory pressure to facilitate the removal of secretions. We evaluated the effects of the flutter valve on sputum inflammation, microbiology, and transport of respiratory secretions in patients with bronchiectasis...
August 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733269/the-current-role-of-whole-brain-radiation-therapy-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
#18
REVIEW
Gokoulakrichenane Loganadane, Lizza Hendriks, Cécile Le Péchoux, Antonin Levy
The incidence of brain metastases (BM) has increased in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients as a result of better systemic disease control and advances in imaging modalities. Whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) has been the mainstay treatment of multiple symptomatic brain metastases for years. A number of recent publications questioned its place in absence of survival and quality of life benefit (QoL) and the possible risk of long-term neurotoxicity. Omission or deferral of WBRT, alongside with strategies consisting of radiosurgery (SRS) or the delivery of systemic therapies alone, are more and more proposed...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733246/defective-recognition-and-naming-of-famous-people-from-voice-in-patients-with-unilateral-temporal-lobe-tumours
#19
C Papagno, G Mattavelli, A Casarotti, L Bello, G Gainotti
Twenty-nine patients who underwent surgery for a temporal glioma, either in the left (16 patients) or right (13 patients) hemisphere, were administered standardized tests of unknown voice discrimination (UVD) and of famous voice recognition (VO-REC), which included tasks of familiarity evaluation, semantic identification and naming of famous voices. The UVD consisted of twenty stimuli, in which two audio files were consecutively presented; the subject was requested to judge whether the voices belonged to the same or different persons...
July 18, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732323/evaluation-of-an-online-training-for-improving-self-reported-evidence-based-decision-making-skills-in-cancer-control-among-public-health-professionals
#20
A B Morshed, P Ballew, M B Elliott, D Haire-Joshu, M W Kreuter, R C Brownson
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this evaluation was to assess the effect of the online evidence-based cancer control (EBCC) training on improving the self-reported evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) skills in cancer control among Nebraska public health professionals. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional group comparison. METHODS: Previously developed EBDM measures were administered via online surveys to 201 public health professionals at baseline (comparison group) and 123 professionals who took part in the training...
July 18, 2017: Public Health
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