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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337405/tailored-algorithms-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-surveillance-is-one-size-fits-all-strategy-outdated
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Nicolas Goossens, C Billie Bian, Yujin Hoshida
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Current clinical practice guidelines recommend regular hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) surveillance with biannual ultrasound with or without serum alpha-fetoprotein uniformly applied to all patients with cirrhosis. However, clinical implementation of this one-size-fits-all strategy has been challenging as evidenced by very low application rate below 20% due to various reasons, including suboptimal performance of the surveillance modalities. RECENT FINDINGS: Newly emerging imaging techniques such as abbreviated MRI (AMRI) and molecular HCC risk biomarkers have increasingly become available for clinical evaluation and implementation...
March 2017: Current Hepatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331134/significance-and-value-of-endomyocardial-biopsy-based-on-our-own-experience
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Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Taka-Aki Matsuyama, Keiko Ohta-Ogo, Yoshihiko Ikeda
Endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) has been established in parallel with the development of percutaneous catheter technology for the diagnosis of cardiac diseases. It was developed in the early 1960 s in Japan by Drs. Konno, Sakakibara and Sekiguchi of Tokyo Women's Medical University. EMB is a valuable and useful, but invasive, modality for making a definite diagnosis in diseases such as myocarditis and secondary cardiomyopathies, which are often difficult to diagnose by imaging modality alone. In the field of heart transplantation, the histology of EMB helps monitor rejection to allografts...
March 22, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319221/fluorescent-chemical-probes-for-accurate-tumor-diagnosis-and-targeting-therapy
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REVIEW
Min Gao, Fabiao Yu, Changjun Lv, Jaebum Choo, Lingxin Chen
Surgical resection of solid tumors is currently the gold standard and preferred therapeutic strategy for cancer. Chemotherapy drugs also make a significant contribution by inhibiting the rapid growth of tumor cells and these two approaches are often combined to enhance treatment efficacy. However, surgery and chemotherapy inevitably lead to severe side effects and high systemic toxicity, which in turn results in poor prognosis. Precision medicine has promoted the development of treatment modalities that are developed to specifically target and kill tumor cells...
March 20, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317279/the-role-of-advanced-echocardiography-and-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-in-the-assessment-of-myocardial-function-in-marfan-syndrome-an-update
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Anatoli Kiotsekoglou, James C Moggridge, Anne H Child, Peter Rask
Cardiovascular assessment of patients with Marfan syndrome has normally focused on the aortic root and vascular manifestations of the disease due to the high risk of aortic dissection. Although primary myocardial impairment has long been suspected in these patients, the evidence has been controversial. Advanced echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging have proven to be effective, accurate, and more sensitive in the detection of subtle cardiac dysfunction. The application of these techniques to Marfan syndrome over the last 10 years has made significant progress in demonstrating the presence of primary myocardial impairment in these patients, but further work is still required to obtain confirmatory molecular, pathophysiological, and prognostic clinical data...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301228/the-evolving-classification-of-pulmonary-hypertension
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Michelle Foshat, Nahal Boroumand
CONTEXT: - An explosion of information on pulmonary hypertension has occurred during the past few decades. The perception of this disease has shifted from purely clinical to incorporate new knowledge of the underlying pathology. This transfer has occurred in light of advancements in pathophysiology, histology, and molecular medical diagnostics. OBJECTIVES: - To update readers about the evolving understanding of the etiology and pathogenesis of pulmonary hypertension and to demonstrate how pathology has shaped the current classification...
March 16, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289280/biochemical-physiological-and-clinical-effects-of-l-methylfolate-in-schizophrenia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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J L Roffman, L J Petruzzi, A S Tanner, H E Brown, H Eryilmaz, N F Ho, M Giegold, N J Silverstein, T Bottiglieri, D S Manoach, J W Smoller, D C Henderson, D C Goff
Folic acid supplementation confers modest benefit in schizophrenia, but its effectiveness is influenced by common genetic variants in the folate pathway that hinder conversion to its active form. We examined physiological and clinical effects of l-methylfolate, the fully reduced and bioactive form of folate, in schizophrenia. In this randomized, double-blind trial, outpatients with schizophrenia (n=55) received l-methylfolate 15 mg or placebo for 12 weeks. Patients were maintained on stable doses of antipsychotic medications...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284863/next-generation-nir-fluorophores-for-tumor-imaging-and-fluorescence-guided-surgery-a-review
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REVIEW
Ashanul Haque, Md Serajul Haque Faizi, Jahangir Ahmad Rather, Muhammad S Khan
Cancer is a group of diseases responsible for the major causes of mortality and morbidity among people of all ages. Even though medical sciences have made enormous growth, complete treatment of this deadly disease is still a challenging task. Last few decades witnessed an impressive growth in the design and development of near infrared (NIR) fluorophores with and without recognition moieties for molecular recognitions, imaging and image guided surgeries. The present article reviews recently reported NIR emitting organic/inorganic fluorophores that targets and accumulates in organelle/organs specifically for molecular imaging of cancerous cells...
February 28, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280722/tissue-engineered-solutions-in-plastic-and-reconstructive-surgery-principles-and-practice
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REVIEW
Sarah Al-Himdani, Zita M Jessop, Ayesha Al-Sabah, Emman Combellack, Amel Ibrahim, Shareen H Doak, Andrew M Hart, Charles W Archer, Catherine A Thornton, Iain S Whitaker
Recent advances in microsurgery, imaging, and transplantation have led to significant refinements in autologous reconstructive options; however, the morbidity of donor sites remains. This would be eliminated by successful clinical translation of tissue-engineered solutions into surgical practice. Plastic surgeons are uniquely placed to be intrinsically involved in the research and development of laboratory engineered tissues and their subsequent use. In this article, we present an overview of the field of tissue engineering, with the practicing plastic surgeon in mind...
2017: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271489/the-pyruvate-dehydrogenase-complex-and-related-assemblies-in-health-and-disease
#9
Olwyn Byron, John Gordon Lindsay
The family of 2-oxoacid dehydrogenase complexes (2-OADC), typified by the pyruvate dehydrogenase multi-enzyme complex (PDC) as its most prominent member, are massive molecular machines (Mr, 4-10 million) controlling key steps in glucose homeostasis (PDC), citric acid cycle flux (OGDC, 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase) and the metabolism of the branched-chain amino acids, leucine, isoleucine and valine (BCOADC, branched-chain 2-OADC). These highly organised mitochondrial arrays, composed of multiple copies of three separate enzymes, have been widely studied as paradigms for the analysis of enzyme cooperativity, substrate channelling, protein-protein interactions and the regulation of activity by phosphorylation ...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267453/imaging-of-prostate-cancer-using-64-cu-labeled-prostate-specific-membrane-antigen-ligand
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REVIEW
Aviral Singh, Harshad R Kulkarni, Richard P Baum
Prostate cancer is the most common noncutaneous cancer among men, rendering the diagnosis and staging of significant medical and public interest. One of the most interesting developments in the application of nuclear oncology has been the development of novel diagnostic agents that are able to facilitate targeted therapies using the concept of theranostics. This review summarizes the current and emerging molecular imaging techniques for the investigation of patients with prostate cancer with emphasis on the potential of (64)Cu-PSMA PET/CT in staging, restaging, and the application of theranostics...
April 2017: PET Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265119/evidence-for-neuroplastic-compensation-in-the-cerebral-cortex-of-persons-with-depressive-illness
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R Bansal, D J Hellerstein, B S Peterson
We yoked anatomical brain magnetic resonance imaging to a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (RCT) of antidepressant medication for 10-week's duration in patients with dysthymia. The RCT study design mitigated ascertainment bias by randomizing patients to receive either duloxetine or placebo, and it supported true causal inferences about treatment effects on the brain by controlling treatment assignment experimentally. We acquired 121 anatomical scans: at baseline and end point in 41 patients and once in 39 healthy controls...
March 7, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254515/hereditary-cerebral-small-vessel-disease-and-stroke
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REVIEW
Christian Baastrup Søndergaard, Jørgen Erik Nielsen, Christine Krarup Hansen, Hanne Christensen
Cerebral small vessel disease is considered hereditary in about 5% of patients and is characterized by lacunar infarcts and white matter hyperintensities on MRI. Several monogenic hereditary diseases causing cerebral small vessel disease and stroke have been identified. The purpose of this systematic review is to provide a guide for determining when to consider molecular genetic testing in patients presenting with small vessel disease and stroke. CADASIL, CARASIL, collagen type IV mutations (including PADMAL), retinal vasculopathy with cerebral leukodystrophy, Fabry disease, hereditary cerebral hemorrhage with amyloidosis, and forkhead box C1 mutations are described in terms of genetics, pathology, clinical manifestation, imaging, and diagnosis...
February 22, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242802/uncommon-mutation-in-mitochondrial-encephalomyopathy-lactic-acidosis-and-stroke-like-episodes-melas
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Jasna David, Julie Omolola Okiro, Kevin Murphy, Marwa Elamin
A 26-year-old man presented to the emergency department with new-onset generalised tonic-clonic seizures. His clinical picture suggested either autoimmune or infectious encephalitis while his brain imaging raised the possibility of a stroke. A detailed developmental and childhood medical history added suspicion of a mitochondrial defect to the differential. After several molecular genetic analyses, an uncommon mitochondrial mutation was confirmed, unequivocally consistent with mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) syndrome...
February 27, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237000/dose-estimation-in-pediatric-nuclear-medicine
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REVIEW
Frederic H Fahey, Alison B Goodkind, Donika Plyku, Kitiwat Khamwan, Shannon E O'Reilly, Xinhua Cao, Eric C Frey, Ye Li, Wesley E Bolch, George Sgouros, S Ted Treves
The practice of nuclear medicine in children is well established for imaging practically all physiologic systems but particularly in the fields of oncology, neurology, urology, and orthopedics. Pediatric nuclear medicine yields images of physiologic and molecular processes that can provide essential diagnostic information to the clinician. However, nuclear medicine involves the administration of radiopharmaceuticals that expose the patient to ionizing radiation and children are thought to be at a higher risk for adverse effects from radiation exposure than adults...
March 2017: Seminars in Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236558/dosimetry-applications-in-gate-monte-carlo-toolkit
#15
Panagiotis Papadimitroulas
PURPOSE: Monte Carlo (MC) simulations are a well-established method for studying physical processes in medical physics. The purpose of this review is to present GATE dosimetry applications on diagnostic and therapeutic simulated protocols. There is a significant need for accurate quantification of the absorbed dose in several specific applications such as preclinical and pediatric studies. METHODS: GATE is an open-source MC toolkit for simulating imaging, radiotherapy (RT) and dosimetry applications in a user-friendly environment, which is well validated and widely accepted by the scientific community...
February 21, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231575/individual-biomarkers-using-molecular-personalized-medicine-approaches
#16
Hans P Zenner
Molecular personalized medicine tries to generate individual predictive biomarkers to assist doctors in their decision making. These are thought to improve the efficacy and lower the toxicity of a treatment. The molecular basis of the desired high-precision prediction is modern "omex" technologies providing high-throughput bioanalytical methods. These include genomics and epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, microbiomics, imaging, and functional analyses. In most cases, producing big data also requires a complex biomathematical analysis...
2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228905/calciphylaxis-on-bone-scan-correlation-between-molecular-and-cross-sectional-findings
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Malak Itani, Manuela Matesan, Sanaz Behnia, Saeed Elojeimy
Calciphylaxis is a rare devastating medical condition commonly associated with end-stage renal disease and characterized by extensive microvascular calcifications. We describe a case of calciphylaxis presenting on Tc-99m MDP bone scan imaging with asymmetric radiotracer uptake within the lower extremities corresponding to extensive soft tissue calcifications on Computed tomography. Familiarity with the classic clinical presentation and imaging features of this rare entity may help its early identification and treatment...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224215/-mazabraud-and-mccune-albright-syndromes-in-association-a-case-of-two-very-rare-orthopaedic-tumour-entities
#18
M Schwarze, M-A Weber, G Mechtersheimer, B Lehner, E K Renker
We report on a 47-year-old woman with unilateral fibrous dysplasia and three intramuscular masses. Medical imaging revealed possible intramuscular myxomas, so that the suspected diagnosis was Mazabraud syndrome. After biopsy, the suspected diagnosis was verified by histology and molecular pathology. Due to endocrine abnormalities in the patient's medical history, McCune-Albright syndrome has was also verified.
February 21, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212271/carbon-nanotubes-as-an-effective-opportunity-for-cancer-diagnosis-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Alessandro Sanginario, Beatrice Miccoli, Danilo Demarchi
Despite the current progresses of modern medicine, the resistance of malignant tumors to present medical treatments points to the necessity of developing new therapeutic approaches. In recent years, numerous studies have focused their attention on the promising use of nanomaterials, like iron oxide nanowires, zinc oxide or mesoporous silica nanoparticles, for cancer and metastasis treatment with the advantage of operating directly at the bio-molecular scale. Among them, carbon nanotubes emerged as valid candidates not only for drug delivery, but also as a valuable tool in cancer imaging and physical ablation...
February 15, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208801/atomic-force-microscopy-a-powerful-tool-to-address-scaffold-design-in-tissue-engineering
#20
Marica Marrese, Vincenzo Guarino, Luigi Ambrosio
Functional polymers currently represent a basic component of a large range of biological and biomedical applications including molecular release, tissue engineering, bio-sensing and medical imaging. Advancements in these fields are driven by the use of a wide set of biodegradable polymers with controlled physical and bio-interactive properties. In this context, microscopy techniques such as Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) are emerging as fundamental tools to deeply investigate morphology and structural properties at micro and sub-micrometric scale, in order to evaluate the in time relationship between physicochemical properties of biomaterials and biological response...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
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