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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323339/adjuvant-radiation-therapy-androgen-deprivation-and-docetaxel-for-high-risk-prostate-cancer-postprostatectomy-results-of-nrg-oncology-rtog-study-0621
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Mark D Hurwitz, Jonathan Harris, Oliver Sartor, Ying Xiao, Bobby Shayegan, Paul W Sperduto, Kasra R Badiozamani, Colleen A F Lawton, Eric M Horwitz, Jeff M Michalski, Kevin Roof, David C Beyer, Qiang Zhang, Howard M Sandler
BACKGROUND: Phase 3 trials have demonstrated a benefit from adjuvant radiation therapy (ART) for men who have adverse factors at radical prostatectomy (RP). However, some patients have a high risk of progression despite ART. The role of systemic therapy with ART in this high-risk group remains to be defined. METHODS: Patients who had either a post-RP prostate-specific antigen (PSA) nadir > 0.2 ng/mL and a Gleason score ≥7 or a PSA nadir ≤0.2 ng/mL, a Gleason score ≥8, and a pathologic tumor (pT) classification ≥ pT3 received 6 months of androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) plus radiotherapy and 6 cycles of docetaxel...
March 21, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321002/five-year-outcomes-of-the-first-pivotal-clinical-trial-of-balloon-expandable-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-in-japan-prevail-japan
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Yoshiki Sawa, Morimasa Takayama, Tsuyoshi Goto, Shuichiro Takanashi, Tatsuhiko Komiya, Tetsuya Tobaru, Koichi Maeda, Toru Kuratani, Yasushi Sakata
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has been an alternative less invasive therapy for high-surgical risk/inoperable patients with aortic valve stenosis (AS) in Japan. We report 5-year outcomes of the first pivotal clinical trial of TAVR in Japan (PREVAIL JAPAN).Methods and Results:A total of 64 patients with AS who were considered unsuitable candidates for surgery were enrolled at 3 centers in Japan (mean age: 84.3±6.1 years, female: 65.6%, STS score: 9.0±4...
March 17, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319324/future-of-robotic-surgery-in-urology
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Jens J Rassweiler, Riccardo Autorino, Jan Klein, Alex Mottrie, Ali Serdar Goezen, Jens-Uwe Stolzenburg, Koon H Rha, Marc Schurr, Jihad Kaouk, Vipul Patel, Prokar Dasgupta, Evangelos Liatsikos
OBJECTIVES: To provide a comprehensive overview of the current status and future perspectives in the field of robotic systems for urologic surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A non-systematic literature review was performed by using PubMed / Medline search electronic engines. Existing patents for robotic devices were researched using the Google search machine. Findings were critically analyzed also by taking into account personal experience of the authors. RESULTS: Relevant patents of the first generation of the da Vinci platform will expire in 2019...
March 20, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316317/direct-two-minute-unassisted-breathing-evaluation-dtube-is-an-attractive-alternative-to-longer-spontaneous-breathing-trials-a-prospective-observational-study
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Matthew B Bloom, Jonathan Lu, Tri Tran, Marko Bukur, Rex Chung, Eric J Ley, Nicolas Melo, Ali Salim, Daniel R Margulies
We sought to identify a simple bedside method to predict successful extubation outcomes that might be used during rounds. We hypothesized that a direct 2-minute unassisted breathing evaluation (DTUBE) could replace a longer spontaneous breathing trial (SBT). Data were prospectively collected on all patients endotracheally intubated for >48 hours nearing extubation in a tertiary center's mixed trauma/surgical intensive care unit from August 2012 to August 2013. The SBT was performed for at least 30 minutes at 40 per cent FiO2, PEEP 5, and PS 8...
March 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316313/flank-hernia-repair-with-suture-anchor-mesh-fixation-to-the-iliac-crest
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Kaushik Mukherjee, Richard S Miller
Traumatic or postsurgical flank hernias are complex and prone to recurrence, particularly at the border of the iliac crest. We reviewed our experience using suture anchors drilled into the iliac crest to fixate the mesh to bone. Our study of 10 repairs in eight patients was Institutional Review Board exempt. We obtained demographics, body mass index, diabetes, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) history, smoking status, steroid use, number of prior repairs, defect size, mesh size, number of anchors, and recurrence and infection at follow-up...
March 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316148/ablation-of-complex-fractionated-electrograms-with-or-without-additional-linear-lesions-for-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-the-adline-trial
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Sonia Ammar-Busch, Felix Bourier, Tilko Reents, Verena Semmler, Marta Telishevska, Susanne Kathan, Monika Hofmann, Gabriele Hessling, Isabel Deisenhofer
BACKGROUND: For persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, different strategies including complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE) ablation and linear lesions (LL) have been used in addition to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). However, it is still a matter of debate if extended substrate modification improves long-term outcome. The aim of this study was to determine the benefit of LL in addition to PVI and CFAE ablation regarding freedom from arrhythmia recurrence in patients with persistent AF...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303173/validating-an-agency-based-tool-for-measuring-women-s-empowerment-in-a-complex-public-health-trial-in-rural-nepal
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Lu Gram, Joanna Morrison, Neha Sharma, Bhim Shrestha, Dharma Manandhar, Anthony Costello, Naomi Saville, Jolene Skordis-Worrall
Despite the rising popularity of indicators of women's empowerment in global development programmes, little work has been done on the validity of existing measures of such a complex concept. We present a mixed methods validation of the use of the Relative Autonomy Index for measuring Amartya Sen's notion of agency freedom in rural Nepal. Analysis of think-aloud interviews (n = 7) indicated adequate respondent understanding of questionnaire items, but multiple problems of interpretation including difficulties with the four-point Likert scale, questionnaire item ambiguity and difficulties with translation...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Human Development and Capabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301512/adaptation-to-random-and-systematic-errors-comparison-of-amputee-and-non-amputee-control-interfaces-with-varying-levels-of-process-noise
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Reva E Johnson, Konrad P Kording, Levi J Hargrove, Jonathon W Sensinger
The objective of this study was to understand how people adapt to errors when using a myoelectric control interface. We compared adaptation across 1) non-amputee subjects using joint angle, joint torque, and myoelectric control interfaces, and 2) amputee subjects using myoelectric control interfaces with residual and intact limbs (five total control interface conditions). We measured trial-by-trial adaptation to self-generated errors and random perturbations during a virtual, single degree-of-freedom task with two levels of feedback uncertainty, and evaluated adaptation by fitting a hierarchical Kalman filter model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296167/what-can-intracoronary-pressure-measurements-tell-us-about-flow-reserve-pressure-bounded-coronary-flow-reserve-and-example-application-to-the-randomized-defer-trial
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Frederik M Zimmermann, Nico H J Pijls, Bernard De Bruyne, G Jan-Willem Bech, Pepijn van Schaardenburgh, Richard L Kirkeeide, K Lance Gould, Nils P Johnson
OBJECTIVE: We propose a novel technique called pressure-bounded coronary flow reserve (pb-CFR) and demonstrate its application to the randomized DEFER trial. BACKGROUND: Intracoronary flow reserve assessment remains underutilized relative to pressure measurements partly due to less robust tools. METHODS: While rest and hyperemic intracoronary pressure measurements cannot quantify CFR exactly, they do provide upper and lower bounds. We validated pb-CFR invasively against traditional CFR, then applied it to high fractional flow reserve (FFR ≥ 0...
March 15, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290119/time-to-seizure-modeling-of-lacosamide-used-in-monotherapy-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-epilepsy
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Andreas Lindauer, Christian Laveille, Armel Stockis
OBJECTIVES: To quantify the relationship between exposure to lacosamide monotherapy and seizure probability, and to simulate the effect of changing the dose regimen. METHODS: Structural time-to-event models for dropouts (not because of a lack of efficacy) and seizures were developed using data from 883 adult patients newly diagnosed with epilepsy and experiencing focal or generalized tonic-clonic seizures, participating in a trial (SP0993; ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01243177) comparing the efficacy of lacosamide and carbamazepine controlled-release monotherapy...
March 13, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287872/development-of-a-modular-automated-system-for-maintenance-and-differentiation-of-adherent-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Duncan E Crombie, Maciej Daniszewski, Helena H Liang, Tejal Kulkarni, Fan Li, Grace E Lidgerwood, Alison Conquest, Damian Hernández, Sandy S Hung, Katherine P Gill, Elisabeth De Smit, Lisa S Kearns, Linda Clarke, Valentin M Sluch, Xitiz Chamling, Donald J Zack, Raymond C B Wong, Alex W Hewitt, Alice Pébay
Patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have tremendous potential for development of regenerative medicine, disease modeling, and drug discovery. However, the processes of reprogramming, maintenance, and differentiation are labor intensive and subject to intertechnician variability. To address these issues, we established and optimized protocols to allow for the automated maintenance of reprogrammed somatic cells into iPSCs to enable the large-scale culture and passaging of human pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) using a customized TECAN Freedom EVO...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279291/clinical-benefit-of-ablating-localized-sources-for-human-atrial-fibrillation-the-indiana-university-firm-registry
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John M Miller, Vikas Kalra, Mithilesh K Das, Rahul Jain, Jason B Garlie, Jordan A Brewster, Gopi Dandamudi
BACKGROUND: Mounting evidence shows that localized sources maintain atrial fibrillation (AF). However, it is unclear in unselected "real-world" patients if sources drive persistent atrial fibrillation (PeAF), long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LPeAF), or paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF); if right atrial sites are important; and what the long-term success of source ablation is. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to analyze the role of rotors and focal sources in a large academic registry of consecutive patients undergoing source mapping for AF...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277603/safety-observations-with-three-years-of-denosumab-exposure-comparison-between-subjects-who-received-denosumab-during-the-randomized-freedom-trial-and-subjects-who-crossed-over-to-denosumab-during-the-freedom-extension
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N B Watts, J P Brown, S Papapoulos, E M Lewiecki, D L Kendler, P Dakin, R B Wagman, A Wang, N S Daizadeh, S Smith, H G Bone
Denosumab is a fully human monoclonal antibody against RANKL that decreases osteoclast formation, function and survival, and is approved for the treatment of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at increased or high risk for fracture, among other indications. During the pivotal 3-year fracture trial FREEDOM, denosumab 60 mg subcutaneously every 6 months significantly reduced new vertebral (68%), hip (40%), and nonvertebral (20%) fractures; increased bone mineral density (BMD); and reduced bone turnover markers compared with placebo in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274403/long-term-results-of-adjuvant-versus-early-salvage-postprostatectomy-radiation-a-large-single-institutional-experience
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Daniela L Buscariollo, Michael Drumm, Andrzej Niemierko, Rebecca H Clayman, Sigolene Galland-Girodet, Danielle Rodin, Adam S Feldman, Douglas M Dahl, Francis J McGovern, Aria F Olumi, Alec Eidelman, William U Shipley, Anthony L Zietman, Jason A Efstathiou
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate freedom from biochemical failure (FFBF), freedom from androgen deprivation therapy (FFADT), freedom from distant metastases (FFDM), and overall survival (OS) after adjuvant radiation therapy (ART) versus early salvage radiation therapy (ESRT) in men with prostate cancer and adverse pathologic features (pT3 and/or positive surgical margins). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Of 718 patients consecutively treated with postoperative radiation therapy (RT) for prostate cancer between 1992 and 2013, we retrospectively identified 171 men receiving ART and 230 receiving ESRT (RT delivered at a prostate-specific antigen level ≤0...
March 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265208/effectiveness-of-early-invasive-therapy-for-atrial-tachycardia-in-adult-atrial-baffle-survivors
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Elisa A Bradley, Ali N Zaidi, Justin Morrison, Curt J Daniels, Steven Kalbfleisch, Naomi J Kertesz
Adults who underwent complex atrial baffling as children via Mustard or Senning procedures are at heightened risk for atrial arrhythmias. Antiarrhythmic therapies are typically ineffective in this population. Accordingly, our team of pediatric and adult electrophysiologists investigated the effectiveness of early invasive transbaffle-access techniques to perform early radiofrequency ablation at the source of these clinically significant arrhythmias. For this retrospective study, we selected 11 adult survivors of atrial baffling (mean age, 34 ± 9 yr) who underwent clinically indicated electrophysiologic study after no more than one trial of antiarrhythmic therapy...
February 2017: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262289/a-single-center-s-experience-with-pacemaker-implantation-after-the-cox-maze-procedure-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes, Rabia Ali, Graciela Pritchard, Deborah Lamont
OBJECTIVE: The Cox maze procedure (CM) is safe and effective for all atrial fibrillation (AF) types. A recent randomized trial found alarming rates of pacemaker implantation (PMI) during hospitalization after CM. The purpose of this study was to assess the rate of PMI and its impact on outcomes after CM. METHODS: Incidence of PMI was captured for all CM patients (2005-2015; N = 739). Data were collected prospectively. Multivariable logistic regression was conducted to determine risk factors for PMI...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259577/outcomes-of-fenestrated-and-branched-endovascular-repair-of-complex-abdominal-and-thoracoabdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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Andres Schanzer, Jessica P Simons, Julie Flahive, Jonathan Durgin, Francesco A Aiello, Danielle Doucet, Robert Steppacher, Louis M Messina
BACKGROUND: More than 80% of infrarenal aortic aneurysms are treated by endovascular repair. However, adoption of fenestrated and branched endovascular repair for complex aortic aneurysms has been limited, despite high morbidity and mortality associated with open repair. There are few published reports of consecutive outcomes, inclusive of all fenestrated and branched endovascular repairs, starting from the inception of a complex aortic aneurysm program. Therefore, we examined a single center's consecutive experience of fenestrated and branched endovascular repair of complex aortic aneurysms...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245602/quantifying-variation-in-gait-features-from-wearable-inertial-sensors-using-mixed-effects-models
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Kellen Garrison Cresswell, Yongyun Shin, Shanshan Chen
The emerging technology of wearable inertial sensors has shown its advantages in collecting continuous longitudinal gait data outside laboratories. This freedom also presents challenges in collecting high-fidelity gait data. In the free-living environment, without constant supervision from researchers, sensor-based gait features are susceptible to variation from confounding factors such as gait speed and mounting uncertainty, which are challenging to control or estimate. This paper is one of the first attempts in the field to tackle such challenges using statistical modeling...
February 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237218/stereotactic-ablative-body-radiotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-spinal-oligometastases
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J H Chang, S Gandhidasan, R Finnigan, D Whalley, R Nair, A Herschtal, T Eade, A Kneebone, J Ruben, M Foote, S Siva
AIMS: To report multicentre outcomes of patients with spinal oligometastases treated with stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR). The primary objective was to estimate the widespread failure-free survival (WFFS) at 2 years - defined as freedom from metastases not amenable to local salvage therapy and death. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with one to three metastases treated with spinal SABR between January 2010 and July 2014 at four academic institutions were included in this retrospective review...
February 22, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229464/modified-atkins-diet-is-an-effective-treatment-for-children-with-doose-syndrome
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Adelheid Wiemer-Kruel, Edda Haberlandt, Hans Hartmann, Gabriele Wohlrab, Thomas Bast
OBJECTIVE: Children with myoclonic astatic epilepsy (MAE; Doose syndrome) whose seizures do not respond immediately to standard antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are at high risk of developing an epileptic encephalopathy with cognitive decline. A classic ketogenic diet (KD) is a highly effective alternative to AEDs. To date, there are only limited data on the effectiveness of the modified Atkins diet (MAD), which is less restrictive and more compatible with daily life. We report findings from a retrospective study on 30 MAE patients treated with MAD...
February 23, 2017: Epilepsia
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