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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913989/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-isavuconazole-vs-voriconazole-as-first-line-treatment-for-invasive-aspergillosis
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Rachel Harrington, Edward Lee, Hongbo Yang, Jin Wei, Andrew Messali, Nkechi Azie, Eric Q Wu, James Spalding
INTRODUCTION: Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is associated with a significant clinical and economic burden. The phase III SECURE trial demonstrated non-inferiority in clinical efficacy between isavuconazole and voriconazole. No studies have evaluated the cost-effectiveness of isavuconazole compared to voriconazole. The objective of this study was to evaluate the costs and cost-effectiveness of isavuconazole vs. voriconazole for the first-line treatment of IA from the US hospital perspective...
December 2, 2016: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913340/efficient-3d-reconstruction-in-ultrasound-elastography-via-a-sparse-iteration-based-on-markov-random-fields
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Atul Ingle, Tomy Varghese, William Sethares
Percutaneous needle-based liver ablation procedures are becoming increasingly common for treatment of small isolated tumors in hepatocellular carcinoma patients who are not candidates for surgery. Rapid three dimensional visualization of liver ablations has potential clinical value because it can enable interventional radiologists to plan and execute needle-based ablation procedures with real time feedback. Ensuring the right volume of tissue is ablated is desirable to avoid recurrence of tumors from residual untreated cancerous cells...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913324/beamforming-through-regularized-inverse-problems-in-ultrasound-medical-imaging
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Teodora Szasz, Adrian Basarab, Denis Kouame
Beamforming (BF) in ultrasound (US) imaging has significant impact on the quality of the final image, controlling its resolution and contrast. Despite its low spatial resolution and contrast, delay-and-sum (DAS) is still extensively used nowadays in clinical applications, due to its real-time capabilities. The most common alternatives are minimum variance (MV) method and its variants, which overcome the drawbacks of DAS, at the cost of higher computational complexity that limits its utilization in real-time applications...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913159/assessing-functional-performance-using-computer-based-simulations-of-everyday-activities
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Sara J Czaja, David A Loewenstein, Chin Chin Lee, Shih Hua Fu, Philip D Harvey
Current functional capacity (FC) measures for patients with schizophrenia typically involve informant assessments or are in paper and pencil format, requiring in-person administration by a skilled assessor. This approach presents logistic problems and limits the possibilities for remote assessment, an important issue for these patients. This study evaluated the feasibility of using a computer-based assessment battery, including simulations of everyday activities. The battery was compared to in-person standard assessments of cognition and FC with respect to baseline convergence and sensitivity to group differences...
November 29, 2016: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911370/integrated-compensatory-responses-in-a-human-model-of-hemorrhage
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Victor A Convertino, Carmen Hinojosa-Laborde, Gary W Muniz, Robert Carter
Hemorrhage is the leading cause of trauma-related deaths, partly because early diagnosis of the severity of blood loss is difficult. Assessment of hemorrhaging patients is difficult because current clinical tools provide measures of vital signs that remain stable during the early stages of bleeding due to compensatory mechanisms. Consequently, there is a need to understand and measure the total integration of mechanisms that compensate for reduced circulating blood volume and how they change during ongoing progressive hemorrhage...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911069/-urological-pathology-of-lymphatic-origin
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A Domènech, A Serrano, I Forner-Cordero, F Gómez, D Maldonado, C Domínguez
OBJECTIVES: Lymphatic disease is a rarely cause of some very unspecific genitourinary manifestations, assuming a diagnostic challenge in most cases. The aim of this paper is to warn about the possible etiology of these urological lymphatic presentations and discuss its management. METHODS: Retrospective review of clinical data in pediatric patients with urological pathology of lymphatic origin between 2008-2014. Three patients, two boys and a girl, were included...
January 25, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
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/27910826/enhancing-radiotherapy-for-lung-cancer-using-immunoadjuvants-delivered-in-situ-from-new-design-radiotherapy-biomaterials-a-preclinical-study
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Yao Hao, Sayeda Yasmin-Karim, Michele Moreau, Neeharika Sinha, Erno Sajo, Wilfred Ngwa
Studies show that radiotherapy of a primary tumor in combination with immunoadjuvants (IA) can result in increased survival or immune-mediated regression of metastasis outside the radiation field, a phenomenon known as abscopal effect. However, toxicities due to repeated systematic administration of IA have been shown to be a major obstacle in clinical trials. To minimize the toxicities and prime a more potent immune response, Ngwa et al have proposed that inert radiotherapy biomaterials such as fiducials could be upgraded to multifunctional ones loaded with IA for in situ delivery directly into the tumor sub-volume at no additional inconvenience to patients...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910730/retrospective-use-of-pbpk-modelling-to-understand-a-clinical-drug-drug-interaction-between-dextromethorphan-and-gsk1034702
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Michael J Hobbs, Jackie Bloomer, Gordon Dear
: 1. PURPOSE: In a clinical trial, a strong drug-drug interaction (DDI) was observed between dextromethorphan (DM, the object or victim drug) and GSK1034702 (the precipitant or perpetrator drug), following single and repeat doses. This study determined the inhibition parameters of GSK1034702 in vitro and applied PBPK modelling approaches to simulate the clinical observations and provide mechanistic hypotheses to understand the DDI. 2. METHODS: In vitro assays were conducted to determine the inhibition parameters of human CYP2D6 by GSK1034702...
December 2, 2016: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910116/the-cost-effectiveness-of-testing-for-ns5a-resistance-associated-polymorphisms-at-baseline-in-genotype-1a-infected-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-and-treatment-experienced-subjects-treated-with-all-oral-elbasvir-grazoprevir-regimens-in-the-united-states
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E H Elbasha, M N Robertson, C Nwankwo
BACKGROUND: The presence of baseline NS5A resistance-associated variants (RAVs) impacted treatment response in HCV genotype 1a (GT1a)-infected patients treated with elbasvir/grazoprevir (EBR/GZR) for 12 weeks, but not patients treated with EBR/GZR and ribavirin (RBV) for 16 weeks. AIM: We assessed the cost-effectiveness of baseline testing for NS5A RAVs in EBR/GZR-treated patients compared without testing and with current treatments for GT1a patients. METHODS: We simulated the course of treatment with EBR/GZR, ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) and ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir+dasabuvir (3D) with or without RBV and natural history of disease of GT1a patients...
December 1, 2016: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909833/verification-of-a-virtual-fields-method-to-extract-the-mechanical-properties-of-human-optic-nerve-head-tissues-in-vivo
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Liang Zhang, Sri Gowtham Thakku, Meghna R Beotra, Mani Baskaran, Tin Aung, James C H Goh, Nicholas G Strouthidis, Michael J A Girard
We aimed to verify a custom virtual fields method (VFM) to estimate the patient-specific biomechanical properties of human optic nerve head (ONH) tissues, given their full-field deformations induced by intraocular pressure (IOP). To verify the accuracy of VFM, we first generated 'artificial' ONH displacements from predetermined (known) ONH tissue biomechanical properties using finite element analysis. Using such deformations, if we are able to match back the known biomechanical properties, it would indicate that our VFM technique is accurate...
December 1, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909740/clinical-pharmacokinetics-of-magnesium-sulfate-in-the-treatment-of-children-with-severe-acute-asthma
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Joseph E Rower, Xiaoxi Liu, Tian Yu, Michael Mundorff, Catherine M T Sherwin, Michael D Johnson
PURPOSE: Intravenous (IV) magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) is used as adjunct therapy to treat acute asthma exacerbations. Despite its clinical use, there is a limited understanding of the disposition of magnesium in children. METHODS: To explore the pharmacokinetics (PK) of IV MgSO4 in this population, we collected retrospective data from 54 children who received IV MgSO4 for treatment of an acute asthma exacerbation at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909650/pbpk-modeling-and-simulation-in-drug-research-and-development
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REVIEW
Xiaomei Zhuang, Chuang Lu
Physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling and simulation can be used to predict the pharmacokinetic behavior of drugs in humans using preclinical data. It can also explore the effects of various physiologic parameters such as age, ethnicity, or disease status on human pharmacokinetics, as well as guide dose and dose regiment selection and aid drug-drug interaction risk assessment. PBPK modeling has developed rapidly in the last decade within both the field of academia and the pharmaceutical industry, and has become an integral tool in drug discovery and development...
September 2016: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909522/safety-and-necessity-of-thermal-esophageal-probes-during-radiofrequency-ablation-for-the-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Antonio Fasano, Prof Emeritus, Luca Anfuso Md, Stefano Bozzi Md, Claudio Pandozi Prof
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency ablation is extensively used to achieve pulmonary veins isolation for the cure of atrial fibrillation. Luminal esophageal temperature can be monitored by means of suitable probes to prevent the onset of lesions. OBJECTIVE: To compute the thermal field generated by the ablation, to investigate the interaction between the electromagnetic field and the probe sensors, and to provide a safe interpretation of the temperature detected by the probe, supported by clinical data...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908677/haemodynamic-variations-of-flow-to-renal-arteries-in-custom-made-and-pivot-branch-fenestrated-endografting
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J Ou, A Y S Tang, T L Chiu, K W Chow, Y C Chan, S W K Cheng
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate variation of blood flow to renal arteries in custom-made and pivot branch (p-branch) fenestrated endografting, using a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technique. METHODS: Idealised models of custom-made and p-branch fenestrated grafting were constructed on a basis of a 26 mm stent graft. The custom-made fenestration was designed with a 6 mm diameter, while the 5 mm depth renal p-branch was created with a 6 mm inner and 15 mm outer fenestration...
November 28, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908486/an-inverse-method-to-determine-arterial-stiffness-with-guided-axial-waves
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Guo-Yang Li, Qiong He, Lin Jia, Ping He, Jianwen Luo, Yanping Cao
Many cardiovascular diseases can alter arterial stiffness; therefore, measurement of arterial wall stiffness can provide valuable information for both diagnosis of such diseases in the clinic and evaluation of the effectiveness of relevant drugs. However, quantitative assessment of the in vivo elastic properties of arterial walls in a non-invasive manner remains a great challenge. In this study, we found that the elastic modulus of the arterial wall can be extracted from the dispersion curve of the guided axial wave (GAW) measured using the ultrasound elastography method...
November 28, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908265/bioengineered-3d-scaffolds-in-cancer-research-focus-on-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-and-drug-screening
#17
XiaoLi Xu, LiLing Tang
BACKGROUND: The living environment of cancer cells is complicated and information-rich. Thus, traditional 2D culture mold in vitro cannot mimic the microenvironment of cancer cells exactly. Currently, bioengineered 3D scaffolds have been developed which can better simulate the microenvironment of tumors and fill the gap between 2D culture and clinical application. CONCLUSION: In this review, we discuss the scaffold materials used for fabrication techniques, biological behaviors of cancer cells in 3D scaffold and the scaffold-based drug screening...
December 1, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908176/activity-cross-calibration-of-unsealed-radionuclides-utilizing-a-portable-ion-chamber
#18
Hans-Sonke Jans
PURPOSE: To present and evaluate an ion chamber-based method for the cross-calibration between sites of activity measurements of unsealed radionuclides. Notably, the method allows direct comparison of short lived (i.e., clinically used) radioisotopes and the cross-calibration of radionuclide activity meters (also known as "dose calibrators"). METHODS: A portable ion chamber has been designed which is easily shipped between sites, e.g., between a standards laboratory and a nuclear medicine department...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908172/design-of-a-dual-resolution-collimator-for-preclinical-cardiac-spect-with-a-stationary-triple-detector-system
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Stephen C Moore, Mi-Ae Park, Zhe Liu, Morgan C Lyon, Lindsay C Johnson, Victor H Lushear, James G Westberg, Scott D Metzler
PURPOSE: One approach to preclinical single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging that provides both high resolution and high sensitivity is based on imaging a mouse inside a collimating tube; many magnified pinhole projection images from a small target region, e.g., the heart, can be recorded simultaneously on multiple detectors with little multiplexing since each pinhole aperture's opening angle is restricted to view mostly the target organ. However, to obtain complete data for reconstruction, it may be necessary to scan the mouse through the target region of the tube...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908169/flexible-mini-gamma-camera-reconstructions-of-extended-sources-using-step-and-shoot-and-list-mode
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José Gardiazabal, Philipp Matthies, Jakob Vogel, Benjamin Frisch, Nassir Navab, Sibylle Ziegler, Tobias Lasser
PURPOSE: Hand- and robot-guided mini gamma cameras have been introduced for the acquisition of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images. Less cumbersome than whole-body scanners, they allow for a fast acquisition of the radioactivity distribution, for example, to differentiate cancerous from hormonally hyperactive lesions inside the thyroid. This work compares acquisition protocols and reconstruction algorithms in an attempt to identify the most suitable approach for fast acquisition and efficient image reconstruction, suitable for localization of extended sources, such as lesions inside the thyroid...
December 2016: Medical Physics
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