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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782981/cationic-starch-safe-and-economic-harvesting-flocculant-for-microalgal-biomass-and-inhibiting-e-coli-growth
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Mehrez E E El-Naggar, Farag A Samhan, Abeer A A Salama, Rehab M Hamdy, Gamila H Ali
Cationized starch-based flocculation processes are the subject of increasing attention because of their non-toxicity, biodegradability and relatively low price synthesized. The study aimed to evaluate the flocculability of different cationic starches using different concentrations of glycidyltrimethylammonium chloride (GTAC) with different degree of substitution (DS) ranged from 0.13 to 0.57. Cationized starch were characterized using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and toxicity checked using experimental animal procedure...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782406/population-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-dexmedetomidine-in-children-undergoing-ambulatory-surgery
#2
María-Gabriela Pérez-Guillé, Alejandra Toledo-López, Liliana Rivera-Espinosa, Radames Alemon-Medina, Chiharu Murata, Ismael Lares-Asseff, Juan Luis Chávez-Pacheco, Josefina Gómez-Garduño, Ana-Lilia Zamora Gutiérrez, Claudia Orozco-Galicia, Karina Ramírez-Morales, Gustavo Lugo-Goytia
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine (DEX) is an α-2 adrenergic agonist with sedative and analgesic properties. Although not approved for pediatric use by the Food and Drug Administration, DEX is increasingly used in pediatric anesthesia and critical care. However, very limited information is available regarding the pharmacokinetics of DEX in children. The aim of this study was to investigate DEX pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (PK-PD) in Mexican children 2-18 years of age who were undergoing outpatient surgical procedures...
May 17, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781817/intravenous-immunoglobulin-therapy-in-refractory-autoimmune-dysautonomias-a-retrospective-analysis-of-38-patients
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Jill R Schofield, Kamal R Chemali
BACKGROUND: Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) has recognized efficacy in autoimmune peripheral nerve disorders, but there has been limited study of the use of IVIG in autoimmune dysautonomias. STUDY QUESTION: To determine the efficacy and safety of IVIG in patients with disabling, refractory autoimmune dysautonomias, including patients with postural tachycardia syndrome and gastrointestinal dysmotility. STUDY DESIGN: Patients with one or more autonomic disorder(s) and persistent serological evidence for autoimmunity who were unable to work or attend school despite usual treatments for dysautonomia were treated with IVIG for at least 3 months at a dose of at least 1 gm/kg monthly...
May 14, 2018: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781227/body-mass-index-standard-deviation-score-and-obesity-in-children-with-type-1-diabetes-in-the-nordic-countries-hba-1c-and-other-predictors-of-increasing-bmisds
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N H Birkebaek, J Kahlert, R Bjarnason, A K Drivvoll, A Johansen, E Konradsdottir, A Pundziute-Lyckå, U Samuelsson, T Skrivarhaug, J Svensson
BACKGROUND: Intensified insulin therapy may increase body weight and cause obesity. This study compared body mass index standard deviation score (BMISDS) and obesity rate in children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and uncovered predictors for increasing BMISDS. METHODS: Data registered in the Nordic national childhood diabetes databases during the period 2008-2012 on children below 15 years with T1D for more than three months were compiled, including information on gender, age, diabetes duration, HbA1c , insulin dose, severe hypoglycemia (SH), treatment modality, height and weight...
May 21, 2018: Pediatric Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781056/phase-ib-study-of-pevonedistat-a-nedd8-activating-enzyme-inhibitor-in-combination-with-docetaxel-carboplatin-and-paclitaxel-or-gemcitabine-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumors
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A Craig Lockhart, Todd M Bauer, Charu Aggarwal, Carrie B Lee, R Donald Harvey, Roger B Cohen, Farhad Sedarati, Tsz Keung Nip, Hélène Faessel, Ajeeta B Dash, Bruce J Dezube, Douglas V Faller, Afshin Dowlati
Purpose This phase Ib study (NCT01862328) evaluated the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), safety, and efficacy of pevonedistat in combination with standard-of-care chemotherapies in patients with solid tumors. Methods Patients received pevonedistat with docetaxel (arm 1, n = 22), carboplatin plus paclitaxel (arm 2, n = 26), or gemcitabine (arm 3, n = 10) in 21-days (arms 1 and 2) or 28-days (arm 3) cycles. A lead-in cohort (arm 2a, n = 6) determined the arm 2 carboplatin dose. Dose escalation proceeded via continual modified reassessment...
May 21, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780646/incorporating-cystatin-c-to-predict-methotrexate-elimination-in-patients-with-cns-lymphoma-and-suspicious-renal-function
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Jason N Barreto, Allison L McClanahan, Andrew D Rule, Carrie A Thompson, Erin Frazee
High-dose methotrexate (MTX; ≥1 g/m2 ) is a renally eliminated and nephrotoxic first-line therapy for central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma. Creatinine-based estimation of renal function is the recommended approach to dosing MTX in these cases, but nonrenal determinants of creatinine production and elimination in cancer patients such as malnutrition and cachexia lead to overestimation of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) by this method and a heightened risk for drug toxicity. Serum cystatin C is one of the first readily available, relatively inexpensive, endogenous biomarkers to emerge as a practical adjunct to creatinine for estimation of renal function for drug dosing...
2018: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780635/liquid-biopsy-for-lung-cancer-early-detection
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REVIEW
Mariacarmela Santarpia, Alessia Liguori, Alessandro D'Aveni, Niki Karachaliou, Maria Gonzalez-Cao, Maria Grazia Daffinà, Chiara Lazzari, Giuseppe Altavilla, Rafael Rosell
Molecularly targeted therapies and immune checkpoint inhibitors have markedly improved the therapeutic management of advanced lung cancer. However, it still remains the leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide, with disease stage at diagnosis representing the main prognostic factor. Detection of lung cancer at an earlier stage of disease, potentially susceptible of curative resection, can be critical to improve patients survival. Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening of high-risk patients has been demonstrated to reduce mortality from lung cancer, but can be also associated with high false-positive rate, thus often resulting in unnecessary interventions for patients...
April 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780047/-evaluation-of-a-2d-diode-array-corresponding-to-flattening-filter-free-x-ray-beams
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Tomoko Kimura, Jun-Ichi Fukunaga, Taka-Aki Hirose, Ryota Hirayama
Recently, a medical linear accelerator with a flattening filter free (FFF) mode has led to the use of FFF X-ray beams at clinical sites. The usefulness of FFF X-ray beams in high-precision radiation therapy has been reported. Therefore, the quality assurance and quality control for FFF X-ray beams have become necessary. In this study, the characteristics of the detectors of a newly developed 2-D diode array (MapCHECK2, Sun Nuclear Corporation) for FFF X-ray beams, i.e., dose reproducibility, dose rate dependence, dose linearity, and output factor, were evaluated...
2018: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779953/a-quality-assurance-device-for-measuring-afterloader-performance-and-transit-dose-for-nasobiliary-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy
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Christopher L Deufel, John P Mullins, Mark J Zakhary
PURPOSE: Nasobiliary high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy has emerged as an effective tool to boost the radiation dose for patients with unresectable perihilar cholangiocarcinoma. This work describes a quality assurance (QA) tool for measuring the HDR afterloader's performance, including the transit dose, when the source wire travels through a tortuous nasobiliary catheter path. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The nasobiliary QA device was designed to mimic the anatomical path of a nasobiliary catheter, including the nasal, stomach, duodenum, and bile duct loops...
May 17, 2018: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779936/early-response-assessment-on-mid-treatment-computed-tomography-predicts-for-locoregional-recurrence-in-oropharyngeal-cancer-patients-treated-with-definitive-radiation-therapy
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Rafi Kabarriti, N Patrik Brodin, George Lundgren, Nitin Ohri, Wolfgang A Tomé, Shalom Kalnicki, Madhur K Garg
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether a response assessment using mid-treatment computed tomography (CT) scans during definitive radiation therapy (RT) for oropharyngeal head and neck cancer can predict for locoregional recurrence (LRR). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Head and neck cancer patients who receive RT at our institution undergo CT repeat scans at the 15th fraction, with treatment replanning in the case of an inadequate dose to gross disease or an increased dose to organs at risk...
April 6, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778788/maintaining-dose-intensity-of-adjuvant-chemotherapy-in-older-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Rahul Ladwa, Timothy Kalas, Shivanshan Pathmanathan, Natasha Woodward, David Wyld, Jasotha Sanmugarajah
INTRODUCTION: Maintaining the relative dose intensity (RDI) of adjuvant chemotherapy at ≥ 85% has been associated with improved treatment outcomes in early-stage breast cancer (ESBC). Increasing evidence has suggested that patients aged ≥ 65 years can maintain the optimal RDI for standard chemotherapy regimens. The present study investigated the RDI of newer adjuvant chemotherapy regimens in this demographic. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the data from 281 patients aged ≥ 65 years with a diagnosis of ESBC who had received adjuvant chemotherapy across 3 sites in Queensland, Australia from 2010 to 2015...
April 28, 2018: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777633/hypertrophic-effect-of-inhaled-beta-2-agonist-with-and-without-concurrent-exercise-training-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Søren Jessen, Johan Onslev, Anders Lemminger, Vibeke Backer, Jens Bangsbo, Morten Hostrup
INTRODUCTION: Due to a high prevalence of asthma and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in elite athletes, there is a high use of beta2 -adrenoceptor agonists (beta2 -agonists) in the athletic population. While anabolic in rodents, no study has been able to detect hypertrophy in humans after chronic beta2 -agonist inhalation. METHODS: We investigated if inhaled beta2 -agonist, terbutaline, alters body composition and metabolic rate with and without concurrent exercise training in healthy young men...
May 19, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777278/low-platelet-count-as-risk-factor-for-infections-in-patients-with-primary-immune-thrombocytopenia-a-retrospective-evaluation
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Mingming Qu, Qiang Liu, Hong-Guo Zhao, Jun Peng, Heyu Ni, Ming Hou, A J Gerard Jansen
Infectious complications are common and sometimes life threatening in patients with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), mainly due to the immune-suppressive therapy. Recent evidence suggests a potential role of platelets in the inflammation process. In this clinical study, we further investigated the role of thrombocytopenia on infections in patients with primary ITP. We retrospectively evaluated data from the recently published large randomized clinical trial of a cohort of 195 patients with primary ITP, who were randomized for prednisone or high-dose dexamethasone...
May 18, 2018: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776892/technique-for-the-administration-of-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-to-the-bile-duct-using-a-nasobiliary-catheter
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Christopher L Deufel, Keith M Furutani, Robert A Dahl, Michael P Grams, Luke B McLemore, Christopher L Hallemeier, Michelle Neben-Wittich, James A Martenson, Michael G Haddock
PURPOSE: Cholangiocarcinoma patients who are potential candidates for liver transplantation may be treated with high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy using a minimally invasive nasobiliary catheter in an effort to escalate the radiotherapy dose to the tumor and maximize local control rates. This work describes the equipment, procedures, and quality assurance (QA) that enables successful administration. METHODS AND MATERIALS: This work describes the nasobiliary catheter placement, simulation, treatment planning, treatment delivery, and QA...
May 16, 2018: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776702/naloxone-use-among-emergency-department-patients-with-opioid-overdose
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Catherine A Marco, William Trautman, Alexander Cook, Dennis Mann, Jordan Rasp, Oswald Perkins, Michael Ballester
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) visits for unintentional opioid overdoses have increased dramatically. Naloxone hydrochloride (Narcan®) is an opioid antagonist commonly used to treat these overdoses. OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to identify experiences regarding naloxone use among ED patients with opioid overdose. METHODS: This prospective survey study was conducted at an urban level I trauma center. A survey was administered to eligible ED patients after unintentional opioid overdose...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776659/response-of-rats-to-dose-rates-of-ionizing-radiation-evaluated-by-dielectric-properties-of-bone-marrow
#16
REVIEW
Azhar M Elwan, Aida A Salama, Abdelbaset M Sayed, Ahmad M Ghoneim, Aziza A Assaied, Fatma A Ibrahim, Hany A Shousha, Mohamed M M Elnasharty
The response of adult Wistar albino female rats toward two dose rates of gamma radiation delivered as acute dose of 7 Gy is investigated using classical methodologies as chemical, hematological and histological parameters in comparison with newly introduced dielectric parameters. Two groups of rats were exposed to γ ray with dose rates 533.35 mGy/min and 325.89 mGy/min. Then the irradiated groups were followed up for two weeks after irradiation. In case of higher dose rate, high percentage of animals was lost and there were substantial alterations in the dielectric parameters in addition to massive damage in liver and bone marrow cells...
May 10, 2018: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776384/competence-of-mosquitoes-native-to-the-united-kingdom-to-support-replication-and-transmission-of-rift-valley-fever-virus
#17
Sarah Lumley, Luis M Hernández-Triana, Daniel L Horton, Maria Del Mar Fernández de Marco, Jolyon M Medlock, Roger Hewson, Anthony R Fooks, Nicholas Johnson
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley fever phlebovirus (RVFV) is a mosquito-borne arbovirus causing severe disease in humans and livestock. It is endemic in Africa and spread to the Arabian Peninsula in 2000 raising concerns it could emerge in Europe. The ability of temperate mosquitoes from the United Kingdom (UK) to support replication and transmission of RVFV is unknown. METHODS: In this study, two colonised lines of Culex pipiens, wild-caught Aedes detritus and Ae. rusticus from the UK were infected with pathogenic strains of RVFV to assess their vector competence...
May 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776357/anopheles-arabiensis-in-sudan-a-noticeable-tolerance-to-urban-polluted-larval-habitats-associated-with-resistance-to-temephos
#18
Rasha S Azrag, Babiker H Mohammed
BACKGROUND: It has been documented that unplanned urbanization leads to the exposure of members of the Anopheles vectors to a range of water pollution in urban settings. Many surveys from African and Asian countries reported the presence of Anopheles larvae in polluted urban habitats. The present study documents an obvious tolerance of the melanic and normal forms of Anopheles arabiensis to urban polluted larval habitats accompanied by resistance to Temephos larvicide. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was carried out to inspect apparently polluted An...
May 18, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776349/randomised-controlled-trial-rct-of-cannabinoid-replacement-therapy-nabiximols-for-the-management-of-treatment-resistant-cannabis-dependent-patients-a-study-protocol
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Anjali K Bhardwaj, David J Allsop, Jan Copeland, Iain S McGregor, Adrian Dunlop, Marian Shanahan, Raimondo Bruno, Nghi Phung, Mark Montebello, Craig Sadler, Jessica Gugusheff, Melissa Jackson, Jennifer Luksza, Nicholas Lintzeris
BACKGROUND: The cannabis extract nabiximols (Sativex®) effectively supresses withdrawal symptoms and cravings in treatment resistant cannabis dependent individuals, who have high relapse rates following conventional withdrawal treatments. This study examines the efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of longer-term nabiximols treatment for outpatient cannabis dependent patients who have not responded to previous conventional treatment approaches. METHODS/DESIGN: A phase III multi-site outpatient, randomised, double-blinded, placebo controlled parallel design, comparing a 12-week course of nabiximols to placebo, with follow up at 24 weeks after enrolment...
May 18, 2018: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775937/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-a-series-of-novel-2-benzamide-4-6-oxy-n-methyl-1-naphthamide-pyridine-derivatives-as-potent-fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-fgfr-inhibitors
#20
Manman Wei, Xia Peng, Li Xing, Yang Dai, Ruimin Huang, Meiyu Geng, Ao Zhang, Jing Ai, Zilan Song
Starting from the phase II clinical FGFR inhibitor lucitanib (2), we conducted a medicinal chemistry approach by opening the central quinoline skeleton coupled with a scaffold hopping process thus leading to a series of novel 2-benzamide-4-(6-oxy-N-methyl-1-naphthamide)-pyridine derivatives. Compound 25a was identified to show selective and equally high potency against FGFR1/2 and VEGFR2 with IC50 values less than 5.0 nM. Significant antiproliferative effects on both FGFR1/2 and VEGFR2 aberrant cancer cells were observed...
May 15, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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