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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103640/addition-of-cladribine-to-the-standard-induction-treatment-improves-outcomes-in-a-subset-of-elderly-aml-patients-results-of-a-randomized-polish-adult-leukemia-group-palg-phase-ii-trial
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Agnieszka Pluta, Tadeusz Robak, Agata Wrzesien-Kus, Bozena Katarzyna Budziszewska, Kazimierz Sulek, Ewa Wawrzyniak, Magdalena Czemerska, Malgorzata Zwolinska, Aleksandra Golos, Aleksandra Holowiecka-Goral, Slawomira Kyrcz-Krzemien, Jaroslaw Piszcz, Janusz Kloczko, Monika Mordak-Domagala, Andrzej Lange, Małgorzata Razny, Krzysztof Madry, Wieslaw Wiktor-Jedrzejczak, Sebastian Grosicki, Aleksandra Butrym, Kazimierz Kuliczkowski, Krzysztof Warzocha, Jerzy Holowiecki, Sebastian Giebel, Richard Szydlo, Agnieszka Wierzbowska
Intensive induction chemotherapy using anthracycline and cytarabine backbone is considered the most effective upfront therapy in physically fit older patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, outcomes of the standard induction in elderly AML are inferior to those observed in younger patients and they are still unsatisfactory. As addition of cladribine to the standard induction therapy is known to improve outcome in younger AML patients, the present randomized phase II study compares efficacy and toxicity of the DAC (daunorubicin plus cytarabine plus cladribine) regimen with the standard DA (daunorubicin plus cytarabine) regimen in the newly diagnosed AML patients over 60 years of age...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103638/music-interventions-for-acquired-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Wendy L Magee, Imogen Clark, Jeanette Tamplin, Joke Bradt
BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injury (ABI) can result in impairments in motor function, language, cognition, and sensory processing, and in emotional disturbances, which can severely reduce a survivor's quality of life. Music interventions have been used in rehabilitation to stimulate brain functions involved in movement, cognition, speech, emotions, and sensory perceptions. An update of the systematic review published in 2010 was needed to gauge the efficacy of music interventions in rehabilitation for people with ABI...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103635/the-impact-of-local-control-in-the-treatment-of-type-ii-iii-pleuropulmonary-blastoma-experience-of-the-cooperative-weichteilsarkom-studiengruppe-cws
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Monika Sparber-Sauer, Guido Seitz, Sylvia Kirsch, Christian Vokuhl, Ivo Leuschner, Tobias M Dantonello, Monika Scheer, Thekla von Kalle, Gustaf Ljungman, Stefan S Bielack, Thomas Klingebiel, Joerg Fuchs, Ewa Koscielniak
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: This study aims at examining the potential survival benefits of primary versus secondary surgery in the management of children diagnosed with pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB) type II/III. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Disease characteristics, treatment, and survival of 29 children with localized PPB type II/III, treated in six prospective Cooperative Weichteilsarkom Studiengruppe (CWS) trials, were reviewed retrospectively. RESULTS: Five year event free survival (EFS) and overall survival (OS) of children treated according to CWS protocols was 72%...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103628/treatment-of-a-vulvar-paget-s-disease-by-photodynamic-therapy-with-a-new-light-emitting-fabric-based-device
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Claire Vicentini, Olivier Carpentier, Fabienne Lecomte, Elise Thecua, Laurent Mortier, Serge R Mordon
INTRODUCTION: The non-invasive vulvar Paget's disease is an intra-epidermal carcinoma with glandular characteristics. It appears like an erythematous plaque. The main symptoms are pruritus and pain. The standard treatment is surgical excision in depth. This treatment is complicated with a severe morbidity and photodynamic therapy can be an alternative choice. However, the pain experienced during the photodynamic treatment of vulvar lesion is intense and leads to a premature interruption of the treatment...
January 19, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103626/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-the-next-frontier-in-the-epidemic
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REVIEW
Iliana Doycheva, Kymberly D Watt, Naim Alkhouri
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a significant health burden in adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with substantial rise in prevalence over the last decades. This parallels high rates of obesity and metabolic syndrome in this age group, with unhealthy lifestyle also playing an independent role. Genetic factors, gender, and ethnicity should be considered in a risk stratification model. NAFLD and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in AYAs often go unrecognized and if untreated, can progress eventually to cirrhosis requiring liver transplantation before the age of 40...
January 19, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103625/phase-ii-study-of-imatinib-based-chemotherapy-for-newly-diagnosed-bcr-abl-positive-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Shin Fujisawa, Shuichi Mizuta, Hideki Akiyama, Yasunori Ueda, Yasutaka Aoyama, Yoshihiro Hatta, Kazuhiko Kakihana, Nobuaki Dobashi, Isamu Sugiura, Yasushi Onishi, Tomoya Maeda, Kiyotoshi Imai, Shigeki Ohtake, Yasushi Miyazaki, Kazunori Ohnishi, Keitaro Matsuo, Tomoki Naoe
This study investigated the efficacy of imatinib based therapy with intensified consolidation therapy in patients with Philadelphia chromosome (Ph)-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) to prevent early relapse. We conducted a phase II trial of imatinib-combined chemotherapy for newly diagnosed BCR-ABL-positive ALL in adults. Sixty-eight patients were included in the trial between October 2008 and December 2010. The median age was 49 years, with 28 patients >55 years of age. Sixty-five patients achieved CR (95...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103613/tissue-based-next-generation-sequencing-application-in-a-universal-healthcare-system
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REVIEW
Seán O Hynes, Brendan Pang, Jacqueline A James, Perry Maxwell, Manuel Salto-Tellez
In the context of solid tumours, the evolution of cancer therapies to more targeted and nuanced approaches has led to the impetus for personalised medicine. The targets for these therapies are largely based on the driving genetic mutations of the tumours. To track these multiple driving mutations the use of next generation sequencing (NGS) coupled with a morphomolecular approach to tumours, has the potential to deliver on the promises of personalised medicine. A review of NGS and its application in a universal healthcare (UHC) setting is undertaken as the technology has a wide appeal and utility in diagnostic, clinical trial and research paradigms...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103612/a-phase-iii-randomised-controlled-trial-of-erlotinib-vs-gefitinib-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-with-egfr-mutations
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J J Yang, Q Zhou, H H Yan, X C Zhang, H J Chen, H Y Tu, Z Wang, C R Xu, J Su, B C Wang, B Y Jiang, X Y Bai, W Z Zhong, X N Yang, Y L Wu
BACKGROUND: A phase III trial was conducted to compare the safety and efficacy of erlotinib with that of gefitinib in advanced non-small cell lung cancer harbouring epidermal growth factor receptor mutations in exon 19 or 21. METHODS: Eligible patients were randomised to receive erlotinib (150 mg per day) or gefitinib (250 mg per day) orally until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. We aimed to determine whether erlotinib is superior to gefitinib in efficacy...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103611/phase-ii-randomised-discontinuation-trial-of-the-met-vegf-receptor-inhibitor-cabozantinib-in-metastatic-melanoma
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Adil Daud, Harriet M Kluger, Razelle Kurzrock, Frauke Schimmoller, Aaron L Weitzman, Thomas A Samuel, Ali H Moussa, Michael S Gordon, Geoffrey I Shapiro
BACKGROUND: A phase II randomised discontinuation trial assessed cabozantinib (XL184), an orally bioavailable inhibitor of tyrosine kinases including VEGF receptors, MET, and AXL, in a cohort of patients with metastatic melanoma. METHODS: Patients received cabozantinib 100 mg daily during a 12-week lead-in. Patients with stable disease (SD) per Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumours (RECIST) at week 12 were randomised to cabozantinib or placebo. Primary endpoints were objective response rate (ORR) at week 12 and postrandomisation progression-free survival (PFS)...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103601/superiority-in-quality-of-life-improvement-of-biologics-over-conventional-systemic-drugs-in-a-swiss-real-life-psoriasis-registry
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Pierre Jungo, Julia-Tatjana Maul, Vahid Djamei, Stefanie von Felten, Antonios G A Kolios, Justine Czernielewsk, Nikhil Yawalkar, Olivia Odermatt, Emmanuel Laffitte, Mark Anliker, Markus Streit, Matthias Augustin, Curdin Conrad, Jürg Hafner, Wolf-Henning Boehncke, Michel Gilliet, Peter Itin, Lars E French, Alexander A Navarini, Peter Häusermann
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials have shown the efficacy of systemic treatments in moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Clinical outcomes in psoriasis patients under real-world conditions are less well understood. OBJECTIVE: This study compared Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) and Dermatological Life Quality Index (DLQI) improvement in all psoriasis patients registered in the Swiss Dermatology Network for Targeted Therapies. We asked whether outcomes differed between 4 treatment strategies, namely biologic monotherapy versus conventional systemic monotherapy, versus combined biologic and conventional systemic drugs, and versus therapy adaptation (switching from one type to another)...
January 20, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103572/low-rate-of-positive-margins-and-re-excision-after-partial-mastectomy-in-highly-selected-breast-cancer-patients-a-chinese-single-institution-experience
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Siyu Wu, Yanyan Zhu, Zhaozhi Yang, Miao Mo, Hongbo Gao, Wentao Yang, Guangyu Liu
A recent randomized controlled trial firstly demonstrated that cavity shaving significantly decreased the rate of positive margins and re-excision among partial mastectomy (PM) patients. However, it remains unknown whether cavity shaving should be routinely applied to Chinese breast cancer patients undergoing PM. A total of 408 PM patients undergoing 410 PMs among 1796 surgically treated breast cancer patients at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Centre from January 2015 to June 2015 were included in our study...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103536/evidence-based-guidelines-for-the-use-of-tracheostomy-in-critically-ill-patients
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Néstor Raimondi, Macarena R Vial, José Calleja, Agamenón Quintero, Albán Cortés, Edgar Celis, Clara Pacheco, Sebastián Ugarte, José M Añón, Gonzalo Hernández, Erick Vidal, Guillermo Chiappero, Fernando Ríos, Fernando Castilleja, Alfredo Matos, Enith Rodriguez, Paulo Antoniazzi, José Mario Teles, Carmelo Dueñas, Jorge Sinclair, Lorenzo Martínez, Ingrid von der Osten, José Vergara, Edgar Jiménez, Max Arroyo, Camilo Rodríguez, Javier Torres, Sebastián Fernandez-Bussy, Joseph L Nates
OBJECTIVES: To provide evidence-based guidelines for tracheostomy in critically ill adult patients and identify areas needing further research. METHODS: A taskforce composed of representatives of 10 member countries of the Pan-American and Iberic Federation of Societies of Critical and Intensive Therapy Medicine and of the Latin American Critical Care Trial Investigators Network developed recommendations based on the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation system...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103532/timing-of-anticoagulant-re-initiation-following-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-mechanical-heart-valves-survey-of-neurosurgeons-and-thrombosis-experts
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Fahad AlKherayf, Yan Xu, Harrison Westwick, Ioana Doina Moldovan, Philip S Wells
BACKGROUND: While oral anticoagulation (OAC) is universally indicated for patients with mechanical heart valves (MHVs), OAC resumption following anticoagulant-associated intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is an area of uncertainty. We sought to determine the practice preferences of North American neurosurgeons and thrombosis experts on optimal timing of OAC re-initiation. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was disseminated to North American members of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis...
January 16, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103521/sexually-dimorphic-deficits-of-prepulse-inhibition-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-and-their-relationship-to-symptoms-a-large-single-ethnicity-study
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Junko Matsuo, Miho Ota, Shinsuke Hidese, Hiroaki Hori, Toshiya Teraishi, Ikki Ishida, Moeko Hiraishi, Hiroshi Kunugi
BACKGROUND: Sensorimotor gating deficits as measured by prepulse inhibition (PPI) of acoustic startle reflex have been repeatedly observed in patients with schizophrenia. However, studies investigating PPI in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) are scarce, and this issue remains to be elucidated. METHODS: Subjects were 221 patients with MDD and 250 age-matched healthy comparison subjects. Depressive symptoms were assessed by the 21-item version of the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D21), and the scores were divided into six factors...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103520/using-health-promotion-guidelines-for-persons-with-disabilities-to-develop-and-evaluate-a-physical-activity-program-for-individuals-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-feasibility-study
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Alicia Dixon-Ibarra, Mara Nery-Hurwit, Simon Driver, Megan MacDonald
The Health Education for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis (HEMS) program was developed in response to the need for interventions aimed at increasing physical activity for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It was developed and evaluated using Drum and colleagues (2009) guidelines for implementing health promotion programs for individuals with disabilities. The purpose of this feasibility study is to describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of the HEMS program. Thirteen individuals with MS completed the 8-week health education program...
December 13, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103483/dynamic-interaction-between-reinforcement-learning-and-attention-in-multidimensional-environments
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Yuan Chang Leong, Angela Radulescu, Reka Daniel, Vivian DeWoskin, Yael Niv
Little is known about the relationship between attention and learning during decision making. Using eye tracking and multivariate pattern analysis of fMRI data, we measured participants' dimensional attention as they performed a trial-and-error learning task in which only one of three stimulus dimensions was relevant for reward at any given time. Analysis of participants' choices revealed that attention biased both value computation during choice and value update during learning. Value signals in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and prediction errors in the striatum were similarly biased by attention...
January 18, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103453/-analysis-of-the-cochrane-review-chromoscopy-versus-conventional-endoscopy-for-the-detection-of-polyps-in-the-colon-and-rectum-cochrane-database-syst-rev-2016-4-cd006439
#17
Diogo Libânio, Luís Filipe Azevedo
Although colonoscopy is considered the most accurate test for the investigation of colorectal polyps, lesions ≤ 10 mm may be missed in approximately 10%. Chromoscopy may increase the detection of colorectal polyps. A systematic review and meta-analysis was performed to investigate the benefit of cromoscopy in colorectal polyps detection. Seven randomized controlled trials were included (incuding 2,727 participants) comparing polyp detection (both neoplastic and non- neoplastic polyps) in patients submitted to conventional colonoscopy or colonoscopy with chromoscopy...
October 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103448/bedside-contribution-of-electrical-impedance-tomography-to-set-positive-end-expiratory-pressure-for-ecmo-treated-severe-ards-patients
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Guillaume Franchineau, Nicolas Bréchot, Guillaume Lebreton, Guillaume Hekimian, Ania Nieszkowska, Jean-Louis Trouillet, Pascal Leprince, Jean Chastre, Charles-Edouard Luyt, Alain Combes, Matthieu Schmidt
RATIONALE: Optimal positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) is unknown in severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) receiving mechanical ventilation with very low tidal volume. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate electrical impedance tomography's (EIT) ability to monitor a PEEP trial and to derive from EIT the best compromise PEEP in this setting. METHODS: A decremental PEEP trial (20-0 cmH2O) in 5 cmH2O steps was monitored by EIT, with lung images divided into four ventral-to-dorsal horizontal regions of interest...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103447/pharmacotherapy-for-treating-metastatic-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Camillo Porta, Silvia Chiellino, Alessandra Ferrari, Sara Mariucci, Wanda Liguigli
Over the past decade metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) treatment landscape has dramatically evolved from the era of cytokines-based immunotherapy (which benefited very few patients, at the expenses of high toxicities) to the present era of targeted agents and novel immunotherapeutics, greatly improving the prognosis of our patients. Areas covered: Here we have reviewed the present status of the medical treatment of metastatic RCC. To do this, we interrogated the Medline database, as well as the proceedings of the main Oncological and Urological conferences for the relevant trials coducted so far...
January 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103444/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-recombinant-factor-viii-produced-from-a-human-cell-line-simoctocog-alfa
#20
Massimo Franchini, Pier Mannuccio Mannucci
The development of inhibitors against infused factor VIII (FVIII) has a detrimental impact on health and quality of life of patients with hemophilia A. Several observational studies and a recently published randomized trial indicate that the inhibitor risk in previously untreated patients (PUPs) is higher following the use of recombinant FVIII (rFVIII) products compared with plasma-derived FVIII concentrates. There is currently a great interest towards newer rFVIII products that adopt various technological solutions to reduce the inhibitor risk...
January 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
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