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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351058/central-macular-thickness-monitoring-after-a-taxane-based-therapy-in-visually-asymptomatic-patients
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Elias Chelala, Nicolas Arej, Joelle Antoun, Hampig Raphael Kourie, Karen Zaarour, Fady Ghassan Haddad, Fadi Farhat, Fadi El Karak, Joseph Kattan
BACKGROUND: Taxanes are drugs used in various chemotherapeutical protocols to treat solid tumors. They have multiple systemic adverse effects, such as bone marrow suppression, alopecia, nausea, and vomiting, and may rarely cause ocular symptoms. In the past decade, a few reported cases have shown the occurrence of a cystoid macular edema with significant visual loss after the use of a taxane-based chemotherapy. The aim of this study was to compare the central macular thickness (CMT) before and after the initiation of a taxane-based therapy in visually asymptomatic patients and to elucidate the possible impact of these drugs on the vision of cancer patients...
March 29, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351050/miscellaneous
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Catherine Creuzot-Garcher
This chapter provides the reader with practical information to be applied to the various remaining causes of macular edema. Some clinical cases of macular edema linked to ocular diseases like postradiotherapy for ocular melanomas remained of poor functional prognosis due to the primary disease. On the contrary, macular edema occurring after retinal detachment or after diverse systemic or local treatment use is often temporary. Macular edema associated with epiretinal membranes or vitreomacular traction is the main cause of poor functional recovery...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351049/macular-edema-of-choroidal-origin
#3
Gisèle Soubrane
Macular edema is most often clinically defined as an accumulation of serous fluid within the neurosensory retina with increased thickness of the central retina. In exudative age-related macular degeneration the leakage of fluid from the choroidal new vessels may be the origin of macular edema. Their abnormal permeability and the inflammatory reaction are mechanisms involved in this accumulation of fluid, which occurs in all layers. Cystoid macular edema is more often associated with subepithelial occult choroidal neovascularization (CNV) than it is with pre-epithelial classic CNV...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351048/retinitis-pigmentosa-and-other-dystrophies
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Sarah Mrejen, Isabelle Audo, Sébastien Bonnel, José-Alain Sahel
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a heterogeneous group of inherited retinal degenerations characterized by progressive degeneration of rod and cone cells that affects predominantly peripheral visual fields. Macular edema may cause additional central visual acuity decrease. Cystoid macular edema (CME) is one of the few treatable causes of visual loss in RP. The prevalence of CME in RP has been found to be between 10 and 20% on fluorescein angiography-based studies, and as high as 49% on reports based on optical coherence tomography...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351047/postsurgical-cystoid-macular-edema
#5
Dinah Zur, Anat Loewenstein
Cystoid macular edema (CME) is a primary cause of reduced vision following both cataract and successful vitreoretinal surgery. The incidence of clinical CME following modern cataract surgery is 0.1-2.35%. Preexisting conditions such as diabetes mellitus and uveitis as well as intraoperative complications can raise the risk of postsurgical CME. The etiology of CME is not completely understood. Prolapsed or incarcerated vitreous and postoperative inflammatory processes have been proposed as causative agents. Pseudophakic CME is characterized by poor postoperative visual acuity...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350946/emerging-techniques-in-degenerative-thoracolumbar-surgery
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Theodore J Choma, Thomas E Mroz, Christina L Goldstein, Paul Arnold, Mohammed F Shamji
There continue to be incremental advances in thoracolumbar spine surgery techniques in attempts to achieve more predictable outcomes, minimize risk of complications, speed recovery, and minimize the costs of these interventions. This paper reviews recent literature with regard to emerging techniques of interest in the surgical treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis, fusion fixation and graft material, degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis, and thoracolumbar deformity and sacroiliac joint degeneration. There continue to be advances in minimal access options in these areas, although robust outcome data are heterogeneous in its support...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350945/intervertebral-disk-degeneration-and-repair
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James Dowdell, Mark Erwin, Theodoe Choma, Alexander Vaccaro, James Iatridis, Samuel K Cho
Intervertebral disk (IVD) degeneration is a natural progression of the aging process. Degenerative disk disease (DDD) is a pathologic condition associated with IVD that has been associated with chronic back pain. There are a variety of different mechanisms of DDD (genetic, mechanical, exposure). Each of these pathways leads to a final common result of unbalancing the anabolic and catabolic environment of the extracellular matrix in favor of catabolism. Attempts have been made to gain an understanding of the process of IVD degeneration with in Vitro studies...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350728/an-unusual-case-of-right-upper-quadrant-pain-in-a-pregnant-woman
#8
Veena Modayil, Mathew Nelson, Brendon Stankard
Uterine fibroids occur in up to 30% of women of reproductive age and can cause complications during pregnancy that can harm mother and fetus, such as prematurity and increased risk of miscarriage. This article describes a pregnant woman whose abdominal pain was diagnosed as degenerating uterine fibroids.
April 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350516/relationship-between-preoperative-extrusion-of-the-medial-meniscus-and-surgical-outcomes-after-partial-meniscectomy
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Sung-Jae Kim, Chong Hyuk Choi, Yong-Min Chun, Sung-Hwan Kim, Su-Keon Lee, Jinyoung Jang, Howon Jeong, Min Jung
BACKGROUND: No previous study has examined arthritic change after meniscectomy with regard to extrusion of the medial meniscus. PURPOSE: (1) To determine the factors related to preoperative meniscal extrusion; (2) to investigate the relationship between medial meniscal extrusion and postoperative outcomes of partial meniscectomy, and to identify a cutoff point of meniscal extrusion that contributes to arthritic change after partial meniscectomy in nonosteoarthritic knees...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346613/protective-effect-of-met12-a-small-peptide-inhibitor-of-fas-on-the-retinal-pigment-epithelium-and-photoreceptor-after-sodium-iodate-injury
#10
Jianhui Xiao, Jingyu Yao, Lin Jia, Chengmao Lin, David N Zacks
Purpose: A major problem in macular degeneration is the inability to reduce RPE and photoreceptor death. These cells die by necroptosis and apoptosis, respectively, but the upstream activator(s) of these death pathways is unknown. In this study, we use the sodium iodate (NaIO3) model of oxidative stress to test the hypothesis that activation of the Fas receptor contributes to the death of the RPE and photoreceptors. Methods: Sodium iodate was injected in Brown-Norway rats via femoral vein injection...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346227/reducing-expression-of-synapse-restricting-protein-ephexin5-ameliorates-alzheimer-s-like-impairment-in-mice
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Gabrielle L Sell, Thomas B Schaffer, Seth S Margolis
Accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) protein may cause synapse degeneration and cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's disease (AD) by reactivating expression of the developmental synapse repressor protein Ephexin5 (also known as ARHGEF15). Here, we have reported that Aβ is sufficient to acutely promote the production of Ephexin5 in mature hippocampal neurons and in mice expressing human amyloid precursor protein (hAPP mice), a model for familial AD that produces high brain levels of Aβ. Ephexin5 expression was highly elevated in the hippocampi of human AD patients, indicating its potential relevance to AD...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345841/carcinogenic-liver-fluke-and-others-contaminated-in-pickled-fish-of-northeastern-thailand
#12
Ratchadawan Aukkanimart, Thidarut Boonmars, Pranee Sriraj, Panupan Sripan, Jiraporn Songsri, Panaratana Ratanasuwan, Porntip Laummaunwai, Apiporn Suwanantrai, Surasit Aunpromma, Sukhonthip Khueangchaingkhwang, Benjamabhorn Pumhirunroj, Atchara Artchayasawat, Narong Khuntikeo, Watcharin Loilome, Nisana Namwat, Puangrat Yongvanit, Sirintip Boonjaraspinyo
Twenty provinces in northeastern Thailand were investigated for fluke metacercariae contamination in pickled fish, or pla-som, during January –June 2016. A total of 129 pickled fish shops were randomly chosen. Samples were digested with acid-pepsin and those found to be infected with metacercariae were fed to hamsters to test for metacercariae infectivity. The results demonstrated that only 20.2% of the pla-som samples were infected with fluke metacercariae (mc), at various levels (1 to 268 mc/kg). All recovered fluke metacercariae were inactive, degenerated and could not develop to adults in the animal model...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345732/comparative-analysis-in-continuous-expansion-of-bovine-and-human-primary-nucleus-pulposus-cells-for-tissue-repair-applications
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D H Rosenzweig, J Tremblay Gravel, D Bisson, J A Ouellet, M H Weber, L Haglund
Autologous NP cell implantation is a potential therapeutic avenue for intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. However, monolayer expansion of cells isolated from surgical samples may negatively impact matrix production by way of dedifferentiation. Previously, we have used a continuous expansion culture system to successfully preserve a chondrocyte phenotype. In this work, we hypothesised that continuous expansion culture could also preserve nucleus pulposus (NP) phenotype. We confirmed that serial passaging drove NP dedifferentiation by significantly decreasing collagen type II, aggrecan and chondroadherin (CHAD) gene expression, compared to freshly isolated cells...
March 24, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345671/spatiotemporal-expression-of-osteopontin-in-the-striatum-of-rats-subjected-to-the-mitochondrial-toxin-3-nitropropionic-acid-correlates-with-microcalcification
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Tae-Ryong Riew, Hong Lim Kim, Xuyan Jin, Jeong-Heon Choi, Yoo-Jin Shin, Ji Soo Kim, Mun-Yong Lee
Our aim was to elucidate whether osteopontin (OPN) is involved in the onset of mineralisation and progression of extracellular calcification in striatal lesions due to mitochondrial toxin 3-nitropropionic acid exposure. OPN expression had two different patterns when observed using light microscopy. It was either localised to the Golgi complex in brain macrophages or had a small granular pattern scattered in the affected striatum. OPN labelling tended to increase in number and size over a 2-week period following the lesion...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345626/elevated-angiopoietin-2-in-aqueous-of-patients-with-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-correlates-with-disease-severity-at-presentation
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Danny S Ng, Yolanda W Yip, Malini Bakthavatsalam, Li J Chen, Tse K Ng, Timothy Y Lai, Calvin P Pang, Mårten E Brelén
Angiopoietin 2 (ANG2) is a proangiogenic cytokine which may have an implication in neovascular age related macular degeneration (nAMD). In 24 eyes of 24 subjects presenting with treatment naïve nAMD and 26 eyes of 26 control patients, aqueous humor samples were collected at the time of intervention (intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor or cataract extraction). Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) with and central macular thickness (CMT) using optical coherence tomography (OCT) were measured before each injection in the nAMD group...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345586/new-insights-into-mononuclear-phagocyte-biology-from-the-visual-system
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REVIEW
Nancy J Reyes, Emily G O'Koren, Daniel R Saban
Major advances in mononuclear phagocyte biology have been made but key questions pertinent to their roles in health and disease remain, including in the visual system. One problem concerns how dendritic cells can trigger immune responses from certain tightly regulated immune- privileged sites of the eye. Another, albeit separate, problem involves whether there are functional specializations for microglia versus monocytes in retinal neurodegeneration. In this Review, we examine novel insights in eye immune privilege and, separately, we discuss recent inroads concerning retinal degeneration...
March 27, 2017: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345409/osteoarthritis-in-football
#17
Gian M Salzmann, Stefan Preiss, Marcy Zenobi-Wong, Laurent P Harder, Dirk Maier, Jirí Dvorák
Football is currently the most popular sporting activity in the world. Multiple reports have shown that a high incidence of osteoarthritis is found in football players. Evidence clearly shows that traumatic injury significantly predisposes players for such pathophysiology. Injuries are frequent in amateur as well as professional football players, with knee and ankle accounting for the most severe injuries. Many professional athletes lose playing time due to injuries and many are forced into early retirement...
April 2017: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345280/otoprotective-effects-of-mouse-nerve-growth-factor-in-dba-2j-mice-with-early-onset-progressive-hearing-loss
#18
Qingzhu Wang, Hongchun Zhao, Tihua Zheng, Wenjun Wang, Xiaolin Zhang, Andi Wang, Bo Li, Yanfei Wang, Qingyin Zheng
As it displays progressive hair-cell loss and degeneration of spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) characterized by early-onset progressive hearing loss (ePHL), DBA/2J is an inbred mouse strain widely used in hearing research. Mouse nerve growth factor (mNGF), as a common exogenous nerve growth factor (NGF), has been studied extensively for its ability to promote neuronal survival and growth. To determine whether mNGF can ameliorate progressive hearing loss (PHL) in DBA/2J mice, saline or mNGF was given to DBA/2J mice of either sex by daily intramuscular injection from the 1st to the 9th week after birth...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345243/dehiscence-of-a-pulmonary-bioprosthesis-with-a-focal-dissection-of-the-pulmonary-artery-in-a-patient-with-congenital-pulmonic-stenosis
#19
Evin Yucel, Ami Bhatt, Christos G Mihos, Brian B Ghoshhajra, Doreen DeFaria Yeh
Pulmonary valve replacement (PVR) is the most common adult congenital cardiac operation performed. Valve degeneration leading to prosthetic stenosis and/or regurgitation is a long-term risk in this population and may be associated with paravalvular leak (PVL). Complications involving the proximal pulmonary artery, including dissection, are less clearly defined. Herein, we report the case of a 30-year-old patient with a history of multiple pulmonary valve interventions secondary to congenital pulmonic stenosis, who developed dehiscence of a bioprosthetic PVR associated with significant paravalvular leak (PVL) and further complicated by a focal dissection of the proximal pulmonary artery...
March 27, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345128/rs9-a-novel-nrf2-activator-attenuates-light-induced-death-of-cells-of-photoreceptor-cells-and-m%C3%A3-ller-glia-cells
#20
Yuki Inoue, Masamitsu Shimazawa, Yasuhiro Noda, Ryota Nagano, Tomohiro Otsuka, Yoshiki Kuse, Yukimichi Nakano, Kazuhiro Tsuruma, Yasuhiro Nakagami, Hideaki Hara
The retina is highly sensitive to oxidative stress because of its high consumption of oxygen associated with the phototransductional processes. Recent findings have suggested that oxidative stress is involved in the pathology of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a progressive degeneration of the central retina. A well-known environmental risk factor is light exposure, as excessive and continuous light exposure can damage photoreceptors. Nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a transcriptional factor that controls antioxidative responses and phase 2 enzymes...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
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