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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445258/renal-vascular-calcification-and-response-to-renal-nerve-denervation-in-resistant-hypertension
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Annemiek F Hoogerwaard, Mark R de Jong, Ahmet Adiyaman, Jaap Jan J Smit, Peter P H M Delnoy, Jan-Evert Heeg, Boudewijn A A M van Hasselt, Anand R Ramdat Misier, Arif Elvan
Renal sympathetic nerve denervation (RDN) is accepted as a treatment option for patients with resistant hypertension. However, results on decline in ambulatory blood pressure (BP) measurement (ABPM) are conflicting. The high rate of nonresponders may be related to increased systemic vascular stiffness rather than sympathetic overdrive. A single center, prospective registry including 26 patients with treatment resistant hypertension who underwent RDN at the Isala Hospital in the Netherlands. Renal perivascular calcium scores were obtained from noncontrast computed tomography scans...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445251/long-term-follow-up-of-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-treated-with-%C3%AE-interferon-and-ribavirin-antiviral-therapy-clinical-and-fibrosis-impact-of-treatment-response
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Patricia Cordero-Ruiz, Isabel Carmona-Soria, Manuel Rodríguez-Téllez, Angel Caunedo-Alvarez, Roberto H Quezada-Pacheco, Alexander Flores-Cucho, Manuel Romero-Gómez, Ángel Vilches-Arenas
BACKGROUND AND GOALS: The slow progression of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) infection requires long observation periods to detect clinical changes. We compare the incidence of clinical events, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), overall mortality, liver-related mortality, and fibrosis progression between patients with a sustained virological response (SVR) and nonresponders (NR) after a 13-year follow-up period. STUDY: One hundred and eighty-two CHC patients, who received interferon and ribavirin treatment between 1996 and 2000, were included...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445246/single-delivery-of-high-diversity-fecal-microbiota-preparation-by-colonoscopy-is-safe-and-effective-in-increasing-microbial-diversity-in-active-ulcerative-colitis
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Vinita Jacob, Carl Crawford, Shirley Cohen-Mekelburg, Monica Viladomiu, Gregory G Putzel, Yecheskel Schneider, Fatiha Chabouni, Sarah OʼNeil, Brian Bosworth, Viola Woo, Nadim J Ajami, Joseph F Petrosino, Ylaine Gerardin, Zain Kassam, Mark Smith, Iliyan D Iliev, Gregory F Sonnenberg, David Artis, Ellen Scherl, Randy S Longman
BACKGROUND: Recent trials suggest fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) with repeated enemas and high-diversity FMT donors is a promising treatment to induce remission in ulcerative colitis. METHODS: We designed a prospective, open-label pilot study to assess the safety, clinical efficacy, and microbial engraftment of single FMT delivery by colonoscopy for active ulcerative colitis using a 2-donor fecal microbiota preparation (FMP). Safety and clinical endpoints of response, remission, and mucosal healing at week 4 were assessed...
April 25, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445189/proton-pump-inhibitor-responsive-esophageal-eosinophilia-still-a-valid-diagnosis
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Javier Molina-Infante, Pedro L Gonzalez-Cordero, Alfredo J Lucendo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To update rapidly evolving concepts regarding the controversial entity of 'proton pump inhibitor (PPI)-responsive esophageal eosinophilia,' referring to patients with clinical, endoscopic and histologic features of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) who achieve remission on PPI therapy. RECENT FINDINGS: Up to half of pediatric and adult patients with typical EoE symptoms and histology achieve clinico-pathologic remission on PPI therapy, irrespective of whether esophageal pH monitoring demonstrates abnormal acid reflux...
April 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442683/achievements-and-limits-of-current-medical-therapy-of-glaucoma
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Pelagia Kalouda, Christina Keskini, Eleftherios Anastasopoulos, Fotis Topouzis
Prescribing medical therapy for the treatment of glaucoma can be a complex process since many parameters should be taken into consideration regarding its achievements and limits. Today, a variety of options, including multiple drug classes and multiple agents within classes, are available to the clinician, but caution should be given to their side effects and contraindications. Glaucoma patients with preexisting ocular surface disease should be treated with caution, and preferably with preservative-free formulations, as there is an increased risk for symptom deterioration...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440954/heart-rate-variability-indices-as-predictors-of-the-response-to-vagus-nerve-stimulation-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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Hongyun Liu, Zhao Yang, Lei Huang, Wei Qu, Hongwei Hao, Luming Li
OBJECTIVE: To assess heart-rate variability (HRV) measures of interictal electrocardiography (ECG) for drug-resistant epilepsy and to relate the findings to the outcome of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) treatment. METHODS: Time-domain, frequency-domain, and nonlinear analyses were used to analyze preoperative HRV measures in 32 patients with drug-resistant epilepsy who had received VNS implants at the same hospital and 32 healthy age- and sex-matched control subjects...
April 25, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436640/intravitreal-aflibercept-for-patients-with-diabetic-macular-edema-refractory-to-bevacizumab-or-ranibizumab-analysis-of-response-to-aflibercept
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Yen-Yi Chen, Pei-Yao Chang, Jia-Kang Wang
PURPOSE: To investigate the short-term efficacy and safety of intravitreal aflibercept in a case series of patients with diabetic macular edema (DME) refractory to ranibizumab or bevacizumab. DESIGN: A retrospective chart review. METHODS: From September 2013 to March 2016, we identified patients with DME who developed resistance to bevacizumab or ranibizumab. Three monthly intravitreal aflibercept injections were administered in refractory cases...
April 10, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434031/fkbp51s-signature-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-melanoma-patients-as-a-possible-predictive-factor-for-immunotherapy
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Simona Romano, Ester Simeone, Anna D'Angelillo, Paolo D'Arrigo, Michele Russo, Mario Capasso, Vito Alessandro Lasorsa, Nicola Zambrano, Paolo A Ascierto, Maria Fiammetta Romano
The inhibitory immune checkpoint PD-L1/PD1 promotes the alternative splicing of the FKBP5 gene, resulting in increased expression of its variant 4 in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells of melanoma patients. The variant 4 transcript is translated into the truncated FKBP51s protein. Given the importance of co-inhibitory signalling in tumour immune escape, here we tested the potential for using FKBP51s expression to predict immunotherapy outcomes. To do this, we immunophenotyped PBMCs from 118 melanoma patients and 77 age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
April 22, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430710/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-insertion-deletion-gene-polymorphism-and-interferon-%C3%AE-treatment-response-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-a-preliminary-report
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Smiljana Ristić, Nada Starčević Čizmarević, Polona Lavtar, Luca Lovrečić, Olivio Perković, Juraj Sepčić, Saša Šega Jazbec, Miljenko Kapović, Borut Peterlin
We investigated the effect of the functional insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism in the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) gene on the response to interferon-β (IFN-β) therapy in Croatian and Slovenian patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). A total of 275 IFN-β treated MS patients [162 responders (Rs) and 113 nonresponders (NRs)] were genotyped by PCR. The ACE I/D genotype distribution and allele frequencies did not differ between female Rs and NRs. However, male NRs tended to have a greater prevalence of the DD genotype (P=0...
April 20, 2017: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426271/factors-associated-with-the-efficacy-of-trigger-point-injection-in-advanced-cancer-patients
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Hideaki Hasuo, Kenji Kanbara, Tetsuya Abe, Hiroko Sakuma, Mikihiko Fukunaga
BACKGROUND: Few studies have reported the efficacy of trigger point injection (TPI) to myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) in advanced cancer patients. Factors that are associated with TPI efficacy have not yet been elucidated. OBJECTIVE: The study was aimed at evaluating factors that are associated with TPI efficacy to MTrPs in advanced cancer patients. DESIGN: Factors that are associated with TPI efficacy were retrospectively identified based on a comparison between clinically relevant responders and nonresponders by using multivariate regression analysis...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423935/supporting-simple-activity-engagement-in-persons-with-moderate-to-severe-alzheimer-s-disease-through-a-technology-aided-program
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Giulio E Lancioni, Nirbhay N Singh, Mark F O'Reilly, Jeff Sigafoos, Fiora D'Amico, Katia Pinto, Claudia Chiapparino
OBJECTIVES: These 2 studies assessed a technology-aided program to support mild physical exercise or simple occupational activity in participants with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. METHODS: Study 1 included 11 participants who were to perform a leg-raising response. Study 2 included 10 participants who were to sort objects into different containers. The program ensured that they received positive stimulation contingent on the responses and reminders/prompts after periods of nonresponding...
May 2017: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423934/estimating-dementia-and-receipt-of-informal-care-using-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-data
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Mary Adams
INTRODUCTION: Estimates of US adults with dementia differ widely and don't distinguish adults living in the community. METHODS: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from 120 485 households in 21 states that used a cognitive decline module in 2011 were used. Data for both respondents and other adults with subjective cognitive decline (SCD) were included through proxy responses. Using responses to questions about the receipt of informal care for their SCD and diagnosed dementia, estimates were made for each state...
May 2017: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422836/fecal-microbiota-transplantation-is-a-rescue-treatment-modality-for-refractory-ulcerative-colitis
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Ahmet Uygun, Kadir Ozturk, Hakan Demirci, Cem Oger, Ismail Yasar Avci, Turker Turker, Mustafa Gulsen
BACKGROUND: Fecal microbial transplantation (FMT) provides to replace beneficial bacteria with more favorable microbiomes in recipient with dysbiosis. The aim of the present study was to prospectively investigate the efficacy of FMT by assessing the clinical and endoscopic response in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) who had failed anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive therapy. METHODS: In this prospective and uncontrolled study, 30 patients with UC were included...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422345/therapeutic-efficacy-of-twin-block-and-fixed-oral-appliances-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome
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George Umemoto, Hideo Toyoshima, Yuji Yamaguchi, Naoko Aoyagi, Chikara Yoshimura, Kouta Funakoshi
PURPOSE: To compare the efficacy of twin-block (i.e., allows mouth opening) and fixed (i.e., maintains mouth closure) mandibular advancement splints (MASs) for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (OSA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 2011 to 2013, 23 patients with OSA in the twin-block group, and from 2013 to 2015, 29 patients in the fixed MAS group were included. All patients underwent polysomnography before and after 3 months of treatment. The two sets of polysomnographic and cephalometric variables were compared...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416170/hepcidin-serum-levels-and-resistance-to-recombinant-human-erythropoietin-therapy-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Kristina Petrulienė, Edita Žiginskienė, Vytautas Kuzminskis, Irena Nedzelskienė, Inga Arūnė Bumblytė
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the factors that are associated with the response to erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) and its association with hospitalization and mortality rates; to evaluate the serum hepcidin level and its associations with iron profile, inflammatory markers, ESA responsiveness, and mortality; and to determine independent factors affecting ERI and hepcidin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To evaluate a dose-response effect of ESAs we used the erythropoietin resistance index (ERI)...
March 31, 2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413058/erythromelalgia-identification-of-a-corticosteroid-responsive-subset
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Gabriel L Pagani-Estévez, Paola Sandroni, Mark D Davis, James C Watson
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroids (CS) may benefit certain patients with erythromelalgia. OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to determine clinical predictors of corticosteroid-responsive erythromelalgia. METHODS: Patients with erythromelalgia who received CS were identified and stratified into corticosteroid nonresponders (NRs), partial corticosteroid responders (PSRs), complete corticosteroid responders (CSRs), and steroid responders (SRs = PSRs + CSRs)...
March 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411263/use-of-platelet-function-testing-before-pipeline-embolization-device-placement-a-multicenter-cohort-study
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Nimer Adeeb, Christoph J Griessenauer, Paul M Foreman, Justin M Moore, Hussain Shallwani, Rouzbeh Motiei-Langroudi, Abdulrahman Alturki, Adnan H Siddiqui, Elad I Levy, Mark R Harrigan, Christopher S Ogilvy, Ajith J Thomas
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Thromboembolic complications constitute a significant source of morbidity after neurointerventional procedures. Flow diversion using the pipeline embolization device for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms necessitates the use of dual antiplatelet therapy to reduce this risk. The use of platelet function testing before pipeline embolization device placement remains controversial. METHODS: A retrospective review of prospectively maintained databases at 3 academic institutions was performed from the years 2009 to 2016 to identify patients with intracranial aneurysms treated with pipeline embolization device placement...
April 14, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410723/risk-factors-predicting-steroid-induced-ocular-hypertension-after-photorefractive-keratectomy
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Yumna Busool, Michael Mimouni, Igor Vainer, Shmuel Levartovsky, Tzahi Sela, Gur Munzer, Igor Kaiserman
PURPOSE: To assess the risk factors contributing to steroid-induced ocular hypertension after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). SETTING: Care Laser Centers, Tel Aviv, Israel. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Patients having PRK between January 2000 and December 2015 were followed for at least 3 months. Intraocular pressure (IOP) was measured using the Goldmann applanation tonometer after 1 week and after 1, 3, and 6 months...
March 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408629/pretreatment-adc-values-predict-response-to-radiosurgery-in-vestibular-schwannomas
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A Camargo, T Schneider, L Liu, J Pakpoor, L Kleinberg, D M Yousem
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The response rate of vestibular schwannomas to radiation therapy is variable, and there are surgical options available in the event of treatment failure. The aim of this study was to determine whether pre- and posttreatment ADC values can predict the tumor response to radiation therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From a data base of 162 patients with vestibular schwannomas who underwent radiation therapy with gamma knife, CyberKnife, or fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy as the first-line therapy between January 2003 and December 2013, we found 20 patients who had pretreatment ADC values...
April 13, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407728/long-lasting-improvements-in-health-related-quality-of-life-among-women-with-chronic-pain-following-multidisciplinary-rehabilitation
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Sigrún Vala Björnsdóttir, Jan Triebel, Margrét Arnljótsdóttir, Gunnar Tómasson, Unnur Anna Valdimarsdóttir
PURPOSE: To determine whether observed health-related quality-of-life improvements after four-week traditional multidisciplinary pain management program and additional neuroscience education and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for chronic pain are sustained at six-month follow-up. METHOD: This observational longitudinal follow-up study, with complete follow-up of 75 women, 61.5% of initial traditional approach group (treated 2001-2005) and 56 (62.2%) receiving the new approach (treated 2006-2009)...
April 14, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
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