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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930252/qigong-and-fibromyalgia-circa-2017
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REVIEW
Jana Sawynok, Mary E Lynch
Qigong is an internal art practice with a long history in China. It is currently characterized as meditative movement (or as movement-based embodied contemplative practice), but is also considered as complementary and alternative exercise or mind-body therapy. There are now six controlled trials and nine other reports on the effects of qigong in fibromyalgia. Outcomes are related to amount of practice so it is important to consider this factor in overview analyses. If one considers the 4 trials (201 subjects) that involve diligent practice (30-45 min daily, 6-8 weeks), there are consistent benefits in pain, sleep, impact, and physical and mental function following the regimen, with benefits maintained at 4-6 months...
June 6, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929430/new-drugs-in-the-pipeline-for-the-treatment-of-hiv-a-review
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REVIEW
Leigh Anne Hylton Gravatt, Crystal R Leibrand, Sulay Patel, MaryPeace McRae
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this paper is to review therapies with new mechanisms of action for the treatment of HIV that are at least in phase 2 clinical trials. RECENT FINDINGS: There are several new mechanisms of action being represented within clinical development, including histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors, gene therapies, broadly neutralizing anti-HIV antibodies, immune modulation, and drugs with new mechanisms to block HIV entry. The new therapies are being developed for both as add-on therapy to existing combination antiretroviral therapy and as agents to be used during treatment interruption...
September 19, 2017: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926956/carbonic-anhydrase-inhibition-and-the-management-of-hypoxic-tumors
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REVIEW
Claudiu T Supuran
Hypoxia and acidosis are salient features of many tumors, leading to a completely different metabolism compared to normal cells. Two of the simplest metabolic products, protons and bicarbonate, are generated by the catalytic activity of the metalloenzyme carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC 4.2.1.1), with at least two of its isoforms, CA IX and XII, mainly present in hypoxic tumors. Inhibition of tumor-associated CAs leads to an impaired growth of the primary tumors, metastases and reduces the population of cancer stem cells, leading thus to a complex and beneficial anticancer action for this class of enzyme inhibitors...
September 16, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926399/natural-killer-cells-in-hiv-1-infection-and-therapy
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Joanna Mikulak, Ferdinando Oriolo, Elisa Zaghi, Clara Di Vito, Domenico Mavilio
: Natural killer (NK) cells are important effectors of innate immunity playing a key role in the eradication and clearance of viral infections. Over the recent years, several studies have shown that HIV-1 pathologically changes NK cell homeostasis and hampers their antiviral effector functions. Moreover, high levels of chronic HIV-1 viremia markedly impair those NK cell regulatory features that normally regulate the cross-talks between innate and adaptive immune responses. These pathogenic events take place early in the infection and are associated with a pathologic redistribution of NK cell subsets that includes the expansion of anergic CD56 NK cells with an aberrant repertoire of activating and inhibitory receptors...
September 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926306/efficacy-of-art-therapy-in-individuals-with-personality-disorders-cluster-b-c-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Suzanne Haeyen, Susan van Hooren, William van der Veld, Giel Hutschemaekers
Multidisciplinary treatment programs for patients with personality disorders (PDs) often include art therapy, but the efficacy of this intervention has hardly been evaluated. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of an art therapy intervention on psychological functioning of patients with a PD. In this randomized controlled trial, 57 adult participants diagnosed with a PD cluster B/C (SCID-II) were randomly assigned to either weekly group art therapy (1.5 hours, 10 weeks) or a waiting list group...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Personality Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923034/an-implementation-science-protocol-of-the-women-s-health-coop-in-healthcare-settings-in-cape-town-south-africa-a-stepped-wedge-design
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Wendee M Wechsberg, Jacqueline W Ndirangu, Ilene S Speizer, William A Zule, Winnifred Gumula, Courtney Peasant, Felicia A Browne, Laura Dunlap
BACKGROUND: HIV persists as a public health emergency in South Africa, especially among women of childbearing age. In response to the HIV epidemic, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has put forth the 90-90-90 global goals to achieve an AIDS-free generation by 2020. This goal aspires to have 90% of people living with HIV diagnosed; 90% of those who test positive on sustained antiretroviral therapy (ART); and 90% of those on ART be virally suppressed. Ensuring access to ART is an important first step in reducing HIV incidence, especially among vulnerable populations such as women who use substances and bear the burden of HIV in South Africa...
September 18, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922422/psychological-effects-of-the-intensified-follow-up-of-the-ceawatch-trial-after-treatment-for-colorectal-cancer
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Zhuozhao Zhan, Charlotte J Verberne, Edwin R van den Heuvel, Irene Grossmann, Adelita V Ranchor, Theo Wiggers, Geertruida H de Bock
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to evaluate psychological effects of the state-of-art intensified follow-up protocol for colorectal cancer patients in the CEAwatch trial. METHOD: At two time points during the CEAwatch trial questionnaires regarding patients' attitude towards follow-up, patients' psychological functioning and patients' experiences and expectations were sent to participants by post. Linear mixed models were fitted to assess the influences and secular trends of the intensified follow-up on patients' attitude towards follow-up and psychological functioning...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920153/optimizing-somatostatin-analog-use-in-well-or-moderately-differentiated-gastroenteropancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
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REVIEW
Alberto Carmona-Bayonas, Paula Jiménez-Fonseca, Ana Custodio, Enrique Grande, Jaume Capdevila, Carlos López, Alex Teule, Rocío Garcia-Carbonero
BACKGROUND: Somatostatin analogues, aiming to control tumor secretion or growth, constitute the most attractive therapeutic option for patients with well-differentiated gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs). The objective of this article is to provide a comprehensive review of the current state-of-the-art knowledge gaps and potential opportunities for future development and optimization of this therapeutic modality. METHOD: A contextualized systematic review with a narrative component was conducted using PubMed, The Cochrane Library, EMBASE, and Google Scholar...
September 18, 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918871/-indications-and-limits-of-ablative-therapies-in-prostate-cancer
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R Sanchez-Salas, E Barret, R Renard-Penna, J-M Cosset, P Dell'Oglio, J Battista, A Gangi, H Lang, X Cathelineau
OBJECTIVE: To perform a state of the art about indications and limits of ablative therapies for localized prostate cancer. METHODS: A review of the scientific literature was performed in Medline database (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) and Embase (http://www.embase.com) using different associations of keywords. Publications obtained were selected based on methodology, language and relevance. After selection, 107 articles were analysed. RESULTS: The objective to combine reduction of side effects and oncological control has induced recent development of several ablative therapies...
September 14, 2017: Progrès en Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918422/the-modern-art-of-reading-computed-tomography-images-of-the-lungs-quantitative-ct
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Felix J F Herth, Miranda Kirby, Jered Sieren, Jonas Herth, Joshua Schirm, Susan Wood, Maren Schuhmann
Lung diseases are increasing in prevalence and overall burden worldwide. To stem the tide, more and more national and international guidelines are recommending the use of various diagnostic algorithms that are disease specific. There is growing consensus among the respiratory community that although patient histories and lung function testing are the minimum required for clinical examinations, these tests alone are not sufficient for disease characterization. Therefore, the use of computed tomography (CT) imaging is increasing used in clinical decision making for lung diseases...
September 16, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911357/pulmonary-tuberculosis-diagnostic-practices-among-people-living-with-the-human-immunodeficiency-virus-in-lesotho
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D E O'Connor, K Frederix, S Saito, L B Maama, Y Hirsch-Moverman, B Pitt, E Hayes-Larson, L Lebelo, M Shale, A A Howard
SETTING: Twelve health facilities in Berea District, Lesotho, that participated in the Start TB Patients on ART and Retain on Treatment (START) Study, a mixed-methods cluster-randomized trial evaluating a combination intervention package to improve early initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and anti-tuberculosis treatment success among patients with tuberculosis (TB) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). OBJECTIVE: To assess TB and HIV diagnostic practices among TB-HIV patients...
October 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910821/vascular-disrupting-agent-in-pancreatic-and-hepatic-tumour-allografts-observations-of-location-dependent-efficacy-by-mri-microangiography-and-histomorphology
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Ting Yin, Yewei Liu, Ronald Peeters, Yuanbo Feng, Jie Yu, Uwe Himmelreich, Raymond Oyen, Yicheng Ni
BACKGROUND: Tumours growing in organs of different vascular environment could exhibit diverse responses to vascular disrupting agent (VDA). This study was aimed to identify in vivo imaging biomarkers for evaluation of pancreatic and hepatic tumours and comparison of their responses to a VDA Combretastatin A4 Phosphate (CA4P) using multiparametric MRI. METHODS: Male WAG/Rij rats were used for orthotopic pancreatic head tumour and hepatic tumour implantation; tumour growth was monitored by 3D isotropic MRI using a 3...
September 14, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904329/latest-advances-in-the-efficacy-tolerability-and-monotherapy-of-integrase-inhibitors
#13
Qi Tang, Hongzhou Lu
More than 30 drugs for antiretroviral therapy (ART), including integrase inhibitors (INIs), have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as of 2017. Integrase is the third essential enzyme in the cycle of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) replication. INIs can effectively inhibit the replication of HIV and HIV is less prone to develop resistance to INIs clinically. Previous studies based on 7 phase III clinic trials indicate that INIs have satisfactory efficacy and tolerability in patients infected with HIV...
2017: Bioscience Trends
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903520/hepatic-renal-hematologic-and-inflammatory-markers-in-hiv-infected-children-on-long-term-suppressive-antiretroviral-therapy
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Ann J Melvin, Meredith Warshaw, Alexandra Compagnucci, Yacine Saidi, Linda Harrison, Anna Turkova, Gareth Tudor-Williams
Background: Data on long-term toxicity of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in HIV-infected children are sparse. PENPACT-1 was an open-label trial in which HIV-infected children were assigned randomly to receive protease inhibitor (PI)- or nonnucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI)-based ART. Methods: We examined changes in clinical, immunologic, and inflammatory markers from baseline to year 4 in the subset of children in the PENPACT-1 study who experienced viral suppression between week 24 and year 4 of ART...
September 1, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894388/bone-anchored-annular-closure-following-lumbar-discectomy-reduces-risk-of-complications-and-reoperations-within-90-days-of-discharge
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Peter Douglas Klassen, Derek Thomas Bernstein, Hans-Peter Köhler, Mark P Arts, Bradley Weiner, Larry E Miller, Claudius Thomé
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate perioperative complications of lumbar discectomy with or without bone-anchored annular closure device (ACD) implant in patients at high risk of recurrent disc herniation. METHODS: This was a post hoc analysis of a randomized controlled trial that compared outcomes of lumbar discectomy with or without additional placement of an ACD. Patients presented with imaging evidence of lumbar disc herniation and radicular pain that was unresponsive to conservative care...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893277/development-of-an-hiv-vaccine-using-a-vesicular-stomatitis-virus-vector-expressing-designer-hiv-1-envelope-glycoproteins-to-enhance-humoral-responses
#16
REVIEW
Trina Racine, Gary P Kobinger, Eric J Arts
Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), like many other Rhabdoviruses, have become the focus of intense research over the past couple of decades based on their suitability as vaccine vectors, transient gene delivery systems, and as oncolytic viruses for cancer therapy. VSV as a vaccine vector platform has multiple advantages over more traditional viral vectors including low level, non-pathogenic replication in diverse cell types, ability to induce both humoral and cell-mediate immune responses, and the remarkable expression of foreign proteins cloned into multiple intergenic sites in the VSV genome...
September 12, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891436/radio-localization-of-non-palpable-breast-lesions-under-ultrasonographic-guidance-current-status-and-future-perspectives
#17
Giulia Anna Follacchio, Francesco Monteleone, Maria Letizia Meggiorini, Maria Paola Nusiner, Carlo De Felice, Giuseppe De Vincentis, Mauro Liberatore
BACKGROUND: Due to the spread of mammographic screening programs, a constant increase of clinically-occult breast cancer diagnosis has been registered. A correct approach to non-palpable breast lesions requires an accurate intra-operative localization in order to achieve a complete surgical resection. Aim of this paper is to describe the state of the art of the US-guided procedures such as Radio-guided Occult Lesion Localization (ROLL) and Radio-guided Seed Localization (RSL) in comparison to the most widely adopted Wire-Guided Localization (WGL)...
September 8, 2017: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891044/considerations-for-evaluating-treatment-effects-from-randomized-clinical-trials
#18
Stephen J Ruberg, Mouna Akacha
This paper focuses on the choice of treatment effect measures in randomized clinical trials (RCT). Traditionally, an intention-to-treat (ITT) analysis is conducted with an implicit understanding that a treatment-policy effect is of greatest interest. In this paper we contend that this approach may not always provide accurate information about clinically meaningful treatment effects, and we present an argument that for any RCT it is desirable to require an explicit definition of what treatment effect is of primary interest, known as the 'estimand'...
September 10, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890996/bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-vaccination-at-birth-and-in-vitro-cytokine-responses-to-non-specific-stimulation-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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T N Nissen, N M Birk, B A Blok, R J W Arts, A Andersen, J Kjærgaard, L M Thøstesen, T Hoffmann, D L Jeppesen, S D Nielsen, P-E Kofoed, L G Stensballe, P Aaby, M Ruhwald, M G Netea, C S Benn, O Pryds
Several studies have shown increased in vitro cytokine responses to non-related pathogens after Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination. A total of 158 infants (80 BCG administered within 7 days of birth; 78 controls) were bled 4 days post-randomization, and at age 3 and 13 months. Geometric mean concentrations of IL-1β, TNF-α, IL-6 (24 h stimulation) and IFN-γ, IL-10, IL-17, IL-22 (96 h stimulation) in response to in vitro stimulation with RPMI, LPS, PHA, Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Candida albicans and BCG were compared among BCG vaccinated children and controls...
September 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890092/-clinical-research-for-rectal-carcinoma-state-of-the-art-and-objectives
#20
P Maingon, J-M Simon, C-H Canova, I Troussier, N Besson, É Caillot, F Huguet
The treatment of rectal carcinoma is based on multidisciplinary strategy and multimodal approaches including gastrointestinal tract specialists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgery. The different objectives should be declined according to the characteristics of the tumours. The aim of the therapist would be to select the best strategy offering to the patient to be cured with as less as possible late adverse toxicity. The challenge of the treatment of small tumours is to maintain a functional anal sphincter while minimizing the risk of local recurrence...
September 7, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
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