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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351040/macular-edema-definition-and-basic-concepts
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Gabriel Coscas, José Cunha-Vaz, Gisèle Soubrane
Macular edema is the result of an accumulation of fluid in the retinal layers around the fovea. It contributes to vision loss by altering the functional cell relationship in the retina and promoting an inflammatory reparative response. Macular edema may be intracellular or extracellular. Intracellular accumulation of fluid, also called cytotoxic edema, is an alteration of the cellular ionic distribution. Extracellular accumulation of fluid, which is more frequent and clinically more relevant, is directly associated with an alteration of the blood-retinal barrier (BRB)...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350796/the-impact-of-individual-cognitive-stimulation-therapy-icst-on-cognition-quality-of-life-caregiver-health-and-family-relationships-in-dementia-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Martin Orrell, Lauren Yates, Phuong Leung, Sujin Kang, Zoe Hoare, Chris Whitaker, Alistair Burns, Martin Knapp, Iracema Leroi, Esme Moniz-Cook, Stephen Pearson, Stephen Simpson, Aimee Spector, Steven Roberts, Ian Russell, Hugo de Waal, Robert T Woods, Vasiliki Orgeta
BACKGROUND: Cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) is a well-established group psychosocial intervention for people with dementia. There is evidence that home-based programmes of cognitive stimulation delivered by family caregivers may benefit both the person and the caregiver. However, no previous studies have evaluated caregiver-delivered CST. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a home-based, caregiver-led individual cognitive stimulation therapy (iCST) program in (i) improving cognition and quality of life (QoL) for the person with dementia and (ii) mental and physical health (well-being) for the caregiver...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350520/genomic-classifier-augments-the-role-of-pathological-features-in-identifying-optimal-candidates-for-adjuvant-radiation-therapy-in-patients-with-prostate-cancer-development-and-internal-validation-of-a-multivariable-prognostic-model
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Deepansh Dalela, María Santiago-Jiménez, Kasra Yousefi, R Jeffrey Karnes, Ashley E Ross, Robert B Den, Stephen J Freedland, Edward M Schaeffer, Adam P Dicker, Mani Menon, Alberto Briganti, Elai Davicioni, Firas Abdollah
Purpose Despite documented oncologic benefit, use of postoperative adjuvant radiotherapy (aRT) in patients with prostate cancer is still limited in the United States. We aimed to develop and internally validate a risk-stratification tool incorporating the Decipher score, along with routinely available clinicopathologic features, to identify patients who would benefit the most from aRT. Patient and Methods Our cohort included 512 patients with prostate cancer treated with radical prostatectomy at one of four US academic centers between 1990 and 2010...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346317/the-csf-immune-response-in-hiv-1-associated-cryptococcal-meningitis-macrophage-activation-correlates-of-disease-severity-and-effect-of-antiretroviral-therapy
#4
James E Scriven, Lisa M Graham, Charlotte Schutz, Thomas J Scriba, Katalin A Wilkinson, Robert J Wilkinson, David R Boulware, Britta C Urban, Graeme Meintjes, David G Lalloo
BACKGROUND: Immune modulation may improve outcome in HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis. Animal studies suggest alternatively activated macrophages are detrimental but human studies are limited. We performed a detailed assessment of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) immune response and examined immune correlates of disease severity and poor outcome, and the effects of antiretroviral therapy (ART). METHODOLOGY: We enrolled persons ≥18 years with first episode of HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346238/management-of-hypertension-in-2017-targets-and-therapies
#5
Monica Ahluwalia, Sripal Bangalore
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Approximately one-fourth of the adult population is diagnosed with hypertension, which has been associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality including cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, heart failure and stroke. Early detection and treatment is a key and can lead to a significant reduction in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: In this review, we discuss the management and treatment strategies in patients with hypertension in the current era...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346056/alcohol-and-drug-use-and-aberrant-drug-related-behavior-among-patients-on-chronic-opioid-therapy
#6
Cynthia I Campbell, Andrea H Kline-Simon, Michael Von Korff, Kathleen W Saunders, Constance Weisner
OBJECTIVE: To better identify individuals on chronic opioid therapy (COT) at high risk for aberrant-drug related behavior (ADRB). We examine whether patients with low level alcohol and drug use have similar characteristics to those with alcohol and drug disorders. We then examined the relationship of alcohol and drug use to ADRBs among COT patients. METHODS: The sample was 972 randomly selected COT patients (age 21-80 years old) from a large health system in Northern California, USA, and interviewed in 2009...
March 27, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345842/bone-mineral-density-in-survivors-of-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Farzaneh Rohani, Khadijeh Arjmandi Rafsanjani, Gholamreza Bahoush, Mansoureh Sabzehparvar, Mohammad Ahmadi
Background: The objective of this study was to evaluate bone mineral density (BMD) after completion of treatment for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 103 survivors of ALL aged 13.5 ± 0.45 who completed their treatment at least one year earlier were enrolled. Among these, 49.5% and 51.5% received chemotherapy alone and chemotherapy plus cranial radiotherapy, respectively. Bone mineral content, BMD, and bone mineral apparent density in the lumbar spine (LS), femoral neck (FN) and forearm were assessed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345638/lectin-like-oxidized-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-1-facilitates-metastasis-of-gastric-cancer-through-driving-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-pi3k-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-activation
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Can Li, Jie Zhang, Hao Wu, Lili Li, Caiting Yang, Shushu Song, Peike Peng, Miaomiao Shao, Mingming Zhang, Junjie Zhao, Ran Zhao, Weicheng Wu, Yuanyuan Ruan, Lan Wang, Jianxin Gu
Lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (LOX-1) is a pattern recognition receptor that plays a critical role in vascular diseases and host immune response. Recently, our research discovered that LOX-1 could facilitate the uptake of dying cells and cross-presentation of cellular antigen via binding with heat shock proteins, which have a close relationship with gastric neoplasia. Therefore, we speculated that LOX-1 may serve as an oncogene in gastric cancer (GC) development and progression. In this study, through immunohistochemistry staining assay and cancer-related databases, we found that LOX-1 expression was up-regulated in GC tissues and correlated with a poor prognosis in GC patients...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345458/proteasome-expression-and-activity-in-cancer-and-cancer-stem-cells
#9
Ioannis A Voutsadakis
Proteasome is a multi-protein organelle that participates in cellular proteostasis by destroying damaged or short-lived proteins in an organized manner guided by the ubiquitination signal. By being in a central place in the cellular protein complement homeostasis, proteasome is involved in virtually all cell processes including decisions on cell survival or death, cell cycle, and differentiation. These processes are important also in cancer, and thus, the proteasome is an important regulator of carcinogenesis...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345435/predicting-adherence-and-persistence-with-oral-bisphosphonate-therapy-in-an-integrated-health-care-delivery-system
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Rita L Hui, Annette L Adams, Fang Niu, Bruce Ettinger, David K Yi, Malini Chandra, Joan C Lo
BACKGROUND: Examining drug exposure is essential to pharmacovigilance, especially for bisphosphonate (BP) therapy. OBJECTIVE: To examine differences in 4 measures of oral BP exposure: treatment discontinuation, adherence, persistence, and nonpersistence. METHODS: Among women aged ≥ 50 years who initiated oral BP therapy during 2002-2007 with at least 3 years of health plan membership follow-up, discontinuation was defined by evidence of no further treatment during the study observation period...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344753/statin-testosterone-and-phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitor-treatments-and-age-related-mortality-in-diabetes
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Geoffrey Hackett, Peter W Jones, Richard C Strange, Sudarshan Ramachandran
AIM: To determine how statins, testosterone (T) replacement therapy (TRT) and phosphodiesterase 5-inhibitors (PDE5I) influence age related mortality in diabetic men. METHODS: We studied 857 diabetic men screened for the BLAST study, stratifying them (mean follow-up = 3.8 years) into: (1) Normal T levels/untreated (total T > 12 nmol/L and free T > 0.25 nmol/L), Low T/untreated and Low T/treated; (2) PDE5I/untreated and PDE5I/treated; and (3) statin/untreated and statin/treated groups...
March 15, 2017: World Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344597/high-biologically-effective-dose-radiation-therapy-using-brachytherapy-in-combination-with-external-beam-radiotherapy-for-high-risk-prostate-cancer
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Keisei Okamoto, Akinori Wada, Naoaki Kohno
PURPOSE: To evaluate the outcomes of high-risk prostate cancer patients treated with biologically effective dose (BED) ≥ 220 Gy of high-dose radiotherapy, using low-dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy in combination with external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and short-term androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: From 2005 to 2013, a total of 143 patients with high-risk prostate cancer were treated by radiotherapy of BED ≥ 220 Gy with a combination of LDR brachytherapy, EBRT, and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT)...
February 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344466/an-overview-of-pharmacodynamic-modelling-ligand-binding-approach-and-its-application-in-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Mohammed Saji Salahudeen, Prasad S Nishtala
The study of the magnitude and variation of drug response is defined as pharmacodynamics (PDs). PD models examine plasma concentration and effect relationship. It can predict the archetypal effect ([Formula: see text]) of a drug as a function of the drug concentration ([Formula: see text]) and estimate an unknown PD parameter ([Formula: see text]). The PD models have been described as fixed, linear, log-linear, [Formula: see text], sigmoid [Formula: see text], and indirect PD response. Ligand binding model is an example of a PD model that works on the underpinning PD principle of a drug, eliciting its pharmacological effect at the receptor site...
February 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344205/decreased-serum-albumin-predicts-bleeding-events-in-patients-on-antiplatelet-therapy-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Yosuke Tatami, Hideki Ishii, Toshijiro Aoki, Kazuhiro Harada, Kenshi Hirayama, Yohei Shibata, Takuya Sumi, Yosuke Negishi, Kazuhiro Kawashima, Ayako Kunimura, Toshiki Kawamiya, Dai Yamamoto, Susumu Suzuki, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: Antiplatelet therapy (APT) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) prevents ischemic events with increased risk of bleeding. Little is known about the relationship between hypoalbuminemia and bleeding risk in patients receiving APT after PCI. This study investigated the association between serum albumin level and bleeding events in this population.Methods and Results:We enrolled 438 consecutive patients who were prescribed dual APT (DAPT; aspirin and thienopyridine) beyond 1 month after successful PCI without adverse events...
March 25, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343798/assessment-of-a-novel-transdermal-selective-%C3%AE-1-blocker-the-bisoprolol-patch-for-treating-frequent-premature-ventricular-contractions-in-patients-without-structural-heart-disease
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Masaya Shinohara, Tadashi Fujino, Hideki Koike, Ken Kitahara, Toshio Kinoshita, Hitomi Yuzawa, Takeya Suzuki, Shunji Fukunaga, Kenzaburo Kobayashi, Jiro Aoki, Kengo Tanabe, Takanori Ikeda
BACKGROUND: The autonomic nervous system involves the genesis of premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). Previous studies demonstrated that heart rate (HR) dependency of idiopathic PVCs has different autonomic mechanisms. Recently, the bisoprolol patch, a novel transdermal β1-blocker formulation containing bisoprolol, became clinically available. We examined the efficacy of the bisoprolol patch for treating frequent PVCs in patients without structural heart disease (SHD) regarding the HR dependency of PVCs...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343792/liberating-a1c-goals-in-older-adults-may-not-protect-against-the-risk-of-hypoglycemia
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Medha N Munshi, Christine Slyne, Alissa R Segal, Nora Saul, Courtney Lyons, Katie Weinger
AIMS: Hemoglobin A1C is universally used as a marker for glycemic control and to establish glycemic goals in patients with diabetes. In the older population, experts recommend liberating A1C goals to decrease the risk of hypoglycemia. However, it's not clear which A1C level is optimal for this purpose. This study's aim was to understand the relationship between A1C levels and risk of hypoglycemia. METHODS: In a prospective study, we performed continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) on older adults on insulin...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342064/hdl-cholesterol-reappraisal-of-its-clinical-relevance
#17
REVIEW
Winfried März, Marcus E Kleber, Hubert Scharnagl, Timotheus Speer, Stephen Zewinger, Andreas Ritsch, Klaus G Parhofer, Arnold von Eckardstein, Ulf Landmesser, Ulrich Laufs
BACKGROUND: While several lines of evidence prove that elevated concentrations of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) causally contribute to the development of atherosclerosis and its clinical consequences, high-density lipoproteins are still widely believed to exert atheroprotective effects. Hence, HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) is in general still considered as "good cholesterol". Recent research, however, suggests that this might not always be the case and that a fundamental reassessment of the clinical significance of HDL-C is warranted...
March 24, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341889/complement-regulation-and-kidney-diseases-recent-knowledge-of-the-double-edged-roles-of-complement-activation-in-nephrology
#18
REVIEW
Masashi Mizuno, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Yasuhiko Ito
The complement activation system plays important roles to maintain homeostasis in the host and to fight foreign invaders to protect the host. Therefore, the complement system is considered a core part of innate immunity which also cross-talks to acquired immunity. In the history of nephrology, the complement system is familiar to us, because complement protein or fragment deposition, including C3, C4, C1q, and/or C4d, is routinely estimated by immunohistochemistry to diagnose renal pathologies. The relationships between pathological mechanisms and complement activation have been investigated for renal diseases such as post-infectious glomerulonephritis, lupus nephritis, and primary membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, which are usually accompanied by hypocomplementemia...
March 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341819/interleukin-23-receptor-gene-variants-in-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-and-their-relation-to-prognostic-factors
#19
Mohammadrasul Zareinejad, Afshin Samiei, Behnaz Valibeigi, Tahereh Gholami, Soheila Zareifar, Zahra Amirghofran
BACKGROUND: Interleukin (IL)-23 has an important role in tumor immune regulation. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the possible association of interleukin-23 receptor (IL23R) gene variants rs1884444, rs10889677 and rs11209026 with development of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). METHODS: The IL23R variants were studied in 164 ALL patients and compared to 175 healthy controls by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism...
March 2017: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341580/efficacy-and-safety-of-sildenafil-in-men-with-sexual-dysfunction-and-spinal-cord-injury
#20
REVIEW
Dana A Ohl, Martin Carlsson, Vera J Stecher, Gregory A Rippon
INTRODUCTION: Spinal cord injury (SCI) is estimated to affect approximately 276,000 individuals in the United States. Since 2010, the mean age of individuals at the time of the SCI has been 42 years, with nearly 80% of cases involving men. This means that individuals with SCI generally are young men who typically place a great deal of importance on normal sexual and reproductive function. AIM: To assess the effect of sildenafil treatment on erectile function and the frequency of ejaculation in men with SCI...
March 21, 2017: Sexual Medicine Reviews
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