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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551652/successful-treatment-of-pituitary-germinoma-with-etoposide-cisplatin-vincristine-methotrexate-and-bleomycin-chemotherapy-without-radiotherapy
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Amina Scherz, Katrin Feller, Sabina Berezowska, Vera Genitsch, Martin Zweifel
We report on the case of a 25-year-old man with pituitary germinoma. The patient had noticed polydipsia, reduced sexual function, and loss of body hair. Laboratory investigations confirmed panhypopituitarism including diabetes insipidus. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed a 14×8.4 mm enhancing lesion of the pituitary stalk and histopathology of the neurosurgical biopsy confirmed pituitary germinoma. The patient was treated with 3 cycles of chemotherapy, consisting of 150 mg/m(2) etoposide and 75 mg/m(2) cisplatin, with the administration of intrathecal 12...
June 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550389/clinical-effectiveness-and-safety-of-leflunomide-in-inflammatory-arthritis-a-report-from-the-rapport-database-with-supporting-patient-survey
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Morgan Schultz, Stephanie O Keeling, Steven J Katz, Walter P Maksymowych, Dean T Eurich, Jill J Hall
Leflunomide is indicated for the treatment of adults with rheumatoid arthritis, yet is underutilized. Given the cost of biologic therapy, understanding real-life effectiveness, safety, and sustainability of leflunomide, particularly in patients who have failed methotrexate, would be of value. The primary objective was to assess the proportion of patients achieving clinically meaningful benefit following an adequate trial of leflunomide. A retrospective analysis of a cohort supplemented with patient self-reported data using a standardized questionnaire...
May 27, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546083/mechanisms-of-tolerance-and-potential-therapeutic-interventions-in-alopecia-areata
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REVIEW
Gabriel Skogberg, Sonya Jackson, Annika Åstrand
This review aims to address the mechanisms of compromised immune tolerance contributing to the development and maintenance of Alopecia Areata (AA). Our goal is to also highlight future treatment opportunities and therapeutics that will safely and efficiently restore hair growth and maintain patients in remission. AA is a presumptive autoimmune disorder that coincides and genetically clusters to several other autoimmune diseases. In this review, we pay attention to the learnings from the mechanistic research and drug development in these other autoimmune conditions...
May 22, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537102/cisplatin-induced-metabolome-changes-in-serum-an-experimental-approach-to-identify-markers-for-ototoxicity
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Pernilla Videhult Pierre, Jakob Haglöf, Birgitta Linder, Mikael K R Engskog, Torbjörn Arvidsson, Curt Pettersson, Anette Fransson, Göran Laurell
BACKGROUND: Ototoxicity from treatment with the anticancer drug cisplatin remains a clinical problem. A wide range of intracellular targets of cisplatin has been found in vivo. AIM: To investigate cisplatin-induced change of the serum metabolite profile and its association with ototoxicity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Guinea pigs (n = 14) were treated with cisplatin (8 mg/kg b.w., i.v.) 30 min after administration of the otoprotector candidate sodium thiosulfate (group STS; n = 7) or sodium chloride (group NaCl; n = 7)...
May 24, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533160/cancer-treatment-side-effects-a-meta-analysis-of-the-relationship-between-response-expectancies-and-experience
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REVIEW
Elise J Devlin, Linley A Denson, Hayley S Whitford
CONTEXT: Although previous research has, overall, suggested a moderate relationship between response expectancies (REs) and cancer treatment-related side-effects, empirical results have been mixed. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to further explore these relationships, hypothesizing that REs would predict subsequent toxicities with the inclusion of more recent studies, across a broader range of side-effects, while incorporating the impact of potential moderators including patients' experience with treatment and measurement methods...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528727/sexual-inactivity-in-partnered-female-cancer-survivors
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Jennifer L Marino, Christobel M Saunders, Martha Hickey
OBJECTIVE: To measure sexual activity in a clinic population of partnered female cancer survivors, and to better understand reasons for sexual inactivity in this population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Partnered peri- or post-menopausal cancer survivors seen at a specialty clinic for menopause symptoms after cancer completed Fallowfield's Sexual Activity Questionnaire, quality of life measures (the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy General, Breast Cancer, and Endocrine Symptom Scales), and the Greene Climacteric Scale...
May 9, 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526588/adam10-and-%C3%AE-secretase-regulate-sensory-regeneration-in-the-avian-vestibular-organs
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Mark E Warchol, Jennifer Stone, Matthew Barton, Jeffrey Ku, Rose Veile, Nicolas Daudet, Michael Lovett
The loss of sensory hair cells from the inner ear is a leading cause of hearing and balance disorders. The mammalian ear has a very limited ability to replace lost hair cells, but the inner ears of non-mammalian vertebrates can spontaneously regenerate hair cells after injury. Prior studies have shown that replacement hair cells are derived from epithelial supporting cells and that the differentiation of new hair cells is regulated by the Notch signaling pathway. The present study examined molecular influences on regeneration in the avian utricle, which has a particularly robust regenerative ability...
May 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523261/rejuvenation-using-platelet-rich-plasma-and-lipofilling-for-vaginal-atrophy-and-lichen-sclerosus
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Seok Hwan Kim, Eun Soo Park, Tae Hee Kim
Vaginal atrophy is a common condition among peri- and post-menopausal women. Symptoms of vaginal dryness, pruritus, irritation, loss of subcutaneous fat, sparse pubic hair and dyspareunia occur due to decreased estrogen level. Estrogen-based treatments are effective. But many patients are reluctant to be treated due to health concerns. As alternatives, we explored the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and lipofilling. A 67-year-old female patient with vaginal atrophy was referred to our department. Treatment using estrogen cream had failed to improve patient's symptoms...
April 2017: Journal of Menopausal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521549/efficacy-of-topical-latanoprost-versus-minoxidil-and-betamethasone-valerate-on-the-treatment-of-alopecia-areata
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Amal Ahmad El-Ashmawy, Iman Hamed El-Maadawy, Gamal Mohamed El-Maghraby
BACKGROUND: Alopecia areata (AA) is one of the most common causes of localized hair loss. There is no universally proven therapy that induces and sustains remission of hair growth in AA. OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy and safety of topical latanoprost, minoxidil and betamethasone valerate on hair growth in patients with AA. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 100 patients with AA classified into 5 groups of 20 treated with: I, latanoprost 0.1% lotion; II, minoxidil 5% lotion; III, betamethasone valerate 0...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516243/clinical-characteristics-risk-factors-and-long-term-outcome-of-114-patients-with-folliculotropic-mycosis-fungoides
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Iris Wieser, Casey Wang, Silvia Alberti-Violetti, Genevieve Lyons, Casey Tran, Rakshandra Talpur, Madeleine Duvic
Folliculotropic mycosis fungoides (FMF) is a distinct variant of mycosis fungoides (MF) where atypical T-cells invade the hair follicles. The objective was to assess the clinical features, risk factors for progression, long-term outcome and response to treatment modalities in a large cohort of FMF patients. We, therefore, conducted a single-center retrospective study, reviewing 114 patients with FMF seen from 1987 to 2015 at the cutaneous T-cell lymphoma clinic of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. The mean age at diagnosis of FMF was 57...
May 17, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508256/the-role-of-micronutrients-in-alopecia-areata-a-review
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REVIEW
Jordan M Thompson, Mehwish A Mirza, Min Kyung Park, Abrar A Qureshi, Eunyoung Cho
Alopecia areata (AA) is a common, non-scarring form of hair loss caused by immune-mediated attack of the hair follicle. As with other immune-mediated diseases, a complex interplay between environment and genetics is thought to lead to the development of AA. Deficiency of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals may represent a modifiable risk factor associated with development of AA. Given the role of these micronutrients in normal hair follicle development and in immune cell function, a growing number of investigations have sought to determine whether serum levels of these nutrients might differ in AA patients, and whether supplementation of these nutrients might represent a therapeutic option for AA...
May 15, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505371/the-arm-domain-of-armadillo-repeat-kinesin-1-is-not-required-for-microtubule-catastrophe-but-can-negatively-regulate-nima-related-kinase-6-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Ryan C Eng, Laryssa S Halat, Samuel J Livingston, Tatsuya Sakai, Hiroyasu Motose, Geoffrey Wasteneys
Microtubules are dynamic filaments, the assembly and disassembly of which are under precise control of various associated proteins, including motor proteins and regulatory enzymes. In Arabidopsis thaliana, two such proteins are the ARMADILLO-REPEAT KINESIN 1 (ARK1), which promotes microtubule disassembly, and the NIMA-RELATED KINASE 6 (NEK6), which has a role in organizing microtubule arrays. Previous yeast 2-hybrid and in vitro pull-down assays determined that NEK6 can interact with ARK1 through the latter protein's Armadillo-repeat (ARM) cargo domain...
May 13, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503992/dose-dependent-effects-of-ouabain-on-spiral-ganglion-neurons-and-schwann-cells-in-mouse-cochlea
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Zhi-Jian Zhang, Hong-Xia Guan, Kun Yang, Bo-Kui Xiao, Hua Liao, Yang Jiang, Tao Zhou, Qing-Quan Hua
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed in fully investigating the toxicities of ouabain to mouse cochlea and the related cellular environment, and providing an optimal animal model system for cell transplantation in the treatment of auditory neuropathy (AN) and sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). METHODS: Different dosages of ouabain were applied to mouse round window. The auditory brainstem responses and distortion product otoacoustic emissions were used to evaluate the cochlear function...
May 14, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503741/the-effect-of-autologous-activated-platelet-rich-plasma-injection-on-female-pattern-hair-loss-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-study
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Abeer Attia Tawfik, Mai Abdel Raouf Osman
BACKGROUND: Hair is an essential part of a woman's appearance and attractiveness. This is reflected in the predominantly psychological morbidity that can be associated with female pattern hair loss. Platelet-rich plasma(PRP) has been used in numerous fields of medicine. Recently, PRP has received growing attention as a potential therapeutic tool for hair loss. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of autologous platelet-rich plasma in the treatment of female pattern hair loss...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499298/-cochlear-implant-state-of-the-art
#15
Thomas Lenarz
Cochlear implants are the treatment of choice for the auditory rehabilitation of patients with sensory deafness. They restore the missing function of inner hair cells by transforming the acoustic signal into electrical stimuli for activation of auditory nerve fibers. Due to the very fast technology development cochlear implants provide open-set speech understanding in the majority of patients including the use of the telephone. Children can achieve a near to normal speech and language development provided their deafness is detected early after onset and implantation is performed quickly thereafter...
April 2017: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498265/the-effect-of-systemic-steroid-on-hearing-preservation-after-cochlear-implantation-via-round-window-approach-a-guinea-pig-model
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Mun Young Chang, Yoon Chan Rah, Jun Jae Choi, Shin Wook Woo, Yu-Jung Hwang, Hayden Eastwood, Stephen J O'Leary, Jun Ho Lee
HYPOTHESIS: When administered perioperatively, systemic dexamethasone will reduce the hearing loss associated with cochlear implantation (CI) performed via the round window approach. BACKGROUND: The benefits of electroacoustic stimulation have led to interest in pharmacological interventions to preserve hearing after CI. METHODS: Thirty guinea pigs were randomly divided into three experimental groups: a control group; a 3-day infusion group; and a 7-day infusion group...
May 11, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492036/updates-in-the-understanding-and-treatments-of-skin-hair-disorders-in-women-of-color
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REVIEW
Christina N Lawson, Jasmine Hollinger, Sumit Sethi, Ife Rodney, Rashmi Sarkar, Ncoza Dlova, Valerie D Callender
Skin of color comprises a diverse and expanding population of individuals. In particular, women of color represent an increasing subset of patients who frequently seek dermatologic care. Acne, melasma, and alopecia are among the most common skin disorders seen in this patient population. Understanding the differences in the basic science of skin and hair is imperative in addressing their unique needs. Despite the paucity of conclusive data on racial and ethnic differences in skin of color, certain biologic differences do exist, which affect the disease presentations of several cutaneous disorders in pigmented skin...
March 2017: International Journal of Women's Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489273/low-level-light-minoxidil-5-combination-versus-either-therapeutic-modality-alone-in-management-of-female-patterned-hair-loss-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Samia M Esmat, Rehab A Hegazy, Heba I Gawdat, Rania M Abdel Hay, Riham S Allam, Rofaida El Naggar, Hoda Moneib
BACKGROUND: Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is the most common form of hair loss in women. Nevertheless, its management represents a real challenge. Among the FDA approved therapeutic modalities for FPHL are topical minoxidil and more recently low-level light therapy (LLLT). AIM OF WORK: Assess the efficacy and safety of LLLT in comparison to topical minoxidil 5% and to a combination of both therapies in the treatment of FPHL. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included 45 female patients with proven FPHL...
May 10, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486990/an-assessment-of-quality-of-life-for-early-phase-after-adjuvant-radiotherapy-in-breast-cancer-survivors-a-korean-multicenter-survey-krog-14-09
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Chai Hong Rim, Sung-Ja Ahn, Jin Hee Kim, Won Sup Yoon, Mison Chun, Dae Sik Yang, Jong-Hoon Lee, Kyubo Kim, Moonkyoo Kong, Suzy Kim, Juree Kim, Kyung Ran Park, Young-Joo Shin, Sun Young Ma, Bae-Kwon Jeong, Su Ssan Kim, Yong Bae Kim, Dong Soo Lee, Jaehyung Cha
BACKGROUNDS: Quality of life (QoL) has become a major concern as the survival time of breast cancer increases. We investigated the changes in QoL through comprehensive categorical analysis, for the first three years after breast cancer treatment including radiotherapy. METHODS: A total of 1156 patients were enrolled from 17 institutions. All survivors were grouped according to a surveillance period of 9-15 months (first year), 21-27 months (second year), and 33-39 months (third year) from the end of radiotherapy...
May 10, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483257/protective-role-of-intratympanic-nigella-sativa-oil-against-gentamicin-induced-hearing-loss
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Deniz Tuna Edizer, Ozgur Yigit, Zehra Cinar, Mehmet Gul, Eyyup Kara, Birgul Yigitcan, Duygu Hayır, Ahmet Atas
OBJECTIVE: Aminoglycosides, used to combat with life-threatening infections, have a substantial risk of hearing loss. Nigella sativa is an annual herbaceous plant and used for treatment of many diseases for ages. We aimed to investigate the protective role of intratympanic nigella sativa oil against gentamicin induced hearing loss in an animal model. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Twenty eight guinea pigs were randomly divided into four groups: i-control, ii- Intratympanic nigella sativa oil (IT-NSO), iii- Intraperitoneal gentamicin (IP-G) and iv- Intraperitoneal gentamicin and intratympanic nigella sativa oil (IP-G + IT-NSO)...
June 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
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