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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213908/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-lacosamide-versus-sodium-valproate-in-status-epilepticus
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Usha K Misra, Deepanshu Dubey, Jayantee Kalita
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy and safety of lacosamide (LCM) and sodium valproate (SVA) in lorazepam (LOR)-resistant status epilepticus (SE). METHODS: Patients with LOR-resistant SE were randomized to intravenous LCM 400 mg at a rate of 60 mg/kg/min or SVA 30 mg/kg at a rate of 100 mg/min. The SE severity score (STESS), duration of SE and its etiology, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings were noted. Primary outcome was seizure cessation for 1 h, and secondary outcomes were 24 h seizure remission, in hospital death and severe adverse events (SAEs)...
February 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209728/evaluation-of-cell-therapy-on-exercise-performance-and-limb-perfusion-in-peripheral-artery-disease-the-cctrn-patients-with-intermittent-claudication-injected-with-aldh-bright-cells-pace-trial
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Emerson C Perin, Michael P Murphy, Keith L March, Roberto Bolli, John Loughran, Phillip C Yang, Nicholas J Leeper, Ronald L Dalman, Jason Q Alexander, Timothy D Henry, Jay H Traverse, Carl J Pepine, R David Anderson, Scott Berceli, James T Willerson, Raja Muthupillai, Amir A Gahremanpour, Ganesh Raveendran, Omaida C Velazquez, Joshua M Hare, Ivonne H Schulman, Vijaykumar S Kasi, William R Hiatt, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, João A Lima, Doris A Taylor, Micheline M Resende, Adrian P Gee, April G Durett, Jeannette Bloom, Sara Richman, Patricia G'Sell, Shari Williams, Fouzia Khan, Elsie G Ross, Michelle R Santoso, JoAnne Goldman, Dana Leach, Eileen Handberg, Benjamin Y C Cheong, Nichole A Piece, Darcy DiFede, Barb Bruhn-Ding, Emily Caldwell, Judy Bettencourt, Dejian Lai, Linda B Piller, Lara M Simpson, Michelle Cohen, Shelly L Sayre, Rachel W Vojvodic, Lem Moyé, Ray F Ebert, Robert D Simari, Alan T Hirsch
Background -Atherosclerotic peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects 8-12% of Americans over 65 and is associated with a major decline in functional status, increased myocardial infarction and stroke rates, and increased risk of ischemic amputation. Current treatment strategies for claudication have limitations. PACE is an NHLBI-sponsored, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2, exploratory clinical trial designed to assess safety and efficacy of autologous bone marrow-derived aldehyde dehydrogenase bright (ALDHbr) cells in PAD patients and to explore associated claudication physiologic mechanisms...
February 16, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209559/irreversible-electroporation-for-the-ablation-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-prospective-human-in-vivo-study-protocol-ideal-phase-2b
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Mara Buijs, Krijn P van Lienden, Peter Gk Wagstaff, Matthijs Jv Scheltema, Daniel M de Bruin, Patricia J Zondervan, Otto M van Delden, Ton G van Leeuwen, Jean Jmch de la Rosette, M Pilar Laguna
BACKGROUND: Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is an emerging technique delivering electrical pulses to ablate tissue, with the theoretical advantage to overcome the main shortcomings of conventional thermal ablation. Recent short-term research showed that IRE for the ablation of renal masses is a safe and feasible treatment option. In an ablate and resect design, histopathological analysis 4 weeks after radical nephrectomy demonstrated that IRE-targeted renal tumors were completely covered by ablation zone...
February 16, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204853/-optimized-detection-and-characterization-of-liver-metastases-the-role-of-current-mri-contrast-agents
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J M Weinrich, L Well, P Bannas
Metastases are the most common malignant lesions of the liver. The presence of liver metastases is an important prognostic factor and is decisive for the further management, especially in patients with colorectal cancer. Detection and characterization of liver metastases as well as differentiation from benign lesions are of high importance and a daily challenge in clinical radiology. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has the highest sensitivity in detecting liver metastases. The sensitivity of MRI has been further increased due to the development of liver-specific contrast agents...
February 15, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195684/extended-rf-shimming-sequence-level-parallel-transmission-optimization-applied-to-steady-state-free-precession-mri-of-the-heart
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Arian Beqiri, Anthony N Price, Francesco Padormo, Joseph V Hajnal, Shaihan J Malik
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at high field presents challenges because of the high specific absorption rate and significant transmit field (B1(+) ) inhomogeneities. Parallel transmission MRI offers the ability to correct for both issues at the level of individual radiofrequency (RF) pulses, but must operate within strict hardware and safety constraints. The constraints are themselves affected by sequence parameters, such as the RF pulse duration and TR, meaning that an overall optimal operating point exists for a given sequence...
February 14, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191757/cartilage-regeneration-in-osteoarthritic-patients-by-a-composite-of-allogeneic-umbilical-cord-blood-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-hyaluronate-hydrogel-results-from-a-clinical-trial-for-safety-and-proof-of-concept-with-7-years-of-extended-follow-up
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Yong-Beom Park, Chul-Won Ha, Choong-Hee Lee, Young Cheol Yoon, Yong-Geun Park
Few methods are available to regenerate articular cartilage defects in patients with osteoarthritis. We aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of articular cartilage regeneration by a novel medicinal product composed of allogeneic human umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUCB-MSCs). Patients with Kellgren-Lawrence grade 3 osteoarthritis and International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) grade 4 cartilage defects were enrolled in this clinical trial. The stem cell-based medicinal product (a composite of culture-expanded allogeneic hUCB-MSCs and hyaluronic acid hydrogel [Cartistem]) was applied to the lesion site...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188403/-stereotactic-laser-thermocoagulation-in-epilepsy-surgery
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C Hoppe, J-A Witt, C Helmstaedter, T Gasser, H Vatter, C E Elger
In common with other stereotactic procedures, stereotactic laser thermocoagulation (SLT) promises gentle destruction of pathological tissue, which might become especially relevant for epilepsy surgery in the future. Compared to standard resection, no large craniotomy is necessary, cortical damage during access to deep-seated lesions can be avoided and interventions close to eloquent brain areas become possible. We describe the history and rationale of laser neurosurgery as well as the two available SLT systems (Visualase® and NeuroBlate®; CE marks pending)...
February 10, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187249/parallel-transmission-rf-pulse-design-with-strict-temperature-constraints
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Cem M Deniz, Giuseppe Carluccio, Christopher Collins
RF safety in parallel transmission (pTx) is generally ensured by imposing specific absorption rate (SAR) limits during pTx RF pulse design. There is increasing interest in using temperature to ensure safety in MRI. In this work, we present a local temperature correlation matrix formalism and apply it to impose strict constraints on maximum absolute temperature in pTx RF pulse design for head and hip regions. Electromagnetic field simulations were performed on the head and hip of virtual body models. Temperature correlation matrices were calculated for four different exposure durations ranging between 6 and 24 min using simulated fields and body-specific constants...
February 10, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186470/image-guidance-based-on-mri-for-spinal-interstitial-laser-thermotherapy-technical-aspects-and-accuracy
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Claudio E Tatsui, Clarissa N G Nascimento, Dima Suki, Behrang Amini, Jing Li, Amol J Ghia, Jonathan G Thomas, R Jason Stafford, Laurence D Rhines, Juan P Cata, Ashok J Kumar, Ganesh Rao
OBJECTIVE Image guidance for spinal procedures is based on 3D-fluoroscopy or CT, which provide poor visualization of soft tissues, including the spinal cord. To overcome this limitation, the authors developed a method to register intraoperative MRI (iMRI) of the spine into a neuronavigation system, allowing excellent visualization of the spinal cord. This novel technique improved the accuracy in the deployment of laser interstitial thermal therapy probes for the treatment of metastatic spinal cord compression...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185669/electrical-stimulation-and-monitoring-devices-of-the-cns-an-imaging-review
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REVIEW
Sohil H Patel, Casey H Halpern, Timothy M Shepherd, Vincent M Timpone
Functional neurosurgery is a rapidly growing field with exciting future potential applications. This article describes currently used implanted electronic devices for neurologic stimulation and monitoring. The devices to be reviewed include invasive EEG electrodes, deep brain stimulator, motor cortex stimulator, responsive neurostimulation, osteo-integrated hearing aid, middle ear implant, cochlear implant, auditory brainstem implant, vagal nerve stimulator and spinal cord stimulator. Emphasis is placed on the normal components, function, positioning, potential complications and MRI safety of these devices...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroradiology. Journal de Neuroradiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179167/mri-and-mrs-of-the-human-brain-at-magnetic-fields-of-14t-to-20t-technical-feasibility-safety-and-neuroscience-horizons
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Thomas F Budinger, Mark D Bird
The three goals of this paper are: 1) to evaluate the improvements in technology for increasing magnetic flux density (magnetic field) to 14T in the next few years and eventually to 20T; 2) to highlight neuroscience opportunities enabled by these advances; and, 3) to evaluate the physiological and biophysical effects associated with MRI at very high performance levels. Substantial recent advances in magnet technology including superconductor developments enable neuroscience goals that are not obtainable at contemporary magnetic fields...
February 4, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176964/efficacy-and-safety-of-biological-and-targeted-synthetic-dmards-a-systematic-literature-review-informing-the-2016-update-of-the-asas-eular-recommendations-for-the-management-of-axial-spondyloarthritis
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Alexandre Sepriano, Andrea Regel, Désirée van der Heijde, Jürgen Braun, Xenofon Baraliakos, Robert Landewé, Filip Van den Bosch, Louise Falzon, Sofia Ramiro
OBJECTIVES: To update the evidence for the efficacy and safety of (b)biological and (ts)targeted-synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) to inform the 2016 update of the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society/European League Against Rheumatism (ASAS/EULAR) recommendations for the management of axSpA. METHODS: Systematic literature review (2009-2016) for randomised controlled trials (RCT), including long-term extensions, strategy trials and observational studies (the latter was only for safety assessment and a comparator was required)...
2017: RMD Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174327/stroke-with-unknown-time-of-symptom-onset-baseline-clinical-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-data-of-the-first-thousand-patients-in-wake-up
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Götz Thomalla, Florent Boutitie, Jochen B Fiebach, Claus Z Simonsen, Norbert Nighoghossian, Salvador Pedraza, Robin Lemmens, Pascal Roy, Keith W Muir, Martin Ebinger, Ian Ford, Bastian Cheng, Ivana Galinovic, Tae-Hee Cho, Josep Puig, Vincent Thijs, Matthias Endres, Jens Fiehler, Christian Gerloff
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We describe clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) characteristics of stroke patients with unknown time of symptom onset potentially eligible for thrombolysis from a large prospective cohort. METHODS: We analyzed baseline data from WAKE-UP (Efficacy and Safety of MRI-Based Thrombolysis in Wake-Up Stroke: A Randomized, Doubleblind, Placebo-Controlled Trial), an investigator-initiated, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of MRI-based thrombolysis in stroke patients with unknown time of symptom onset...
February 7, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169434/magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-non-dependent-pacemaker-patients-with-pacemakers-and-defibrillators-with-a-nearly-depleted-battery
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Hideo Okamura, Deepak Padmanabhan, Robert E Watson, Connie Dalzell, Nancy Acker, Mary Jondal, Abby L Romme, Yong-Mei Cha, Samuel J Asirvatham, Joel P Felmlee, Paul A Friedman
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with non-MRI-conditional cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) has been shown to be safe when performed under closely monitored protocols. However, the safety of MRI in patients with devices with a nearly depleted battery has not been reported. METHODS: Prospective data was collected between January 2008 and May 2015 in patients with non-MRI-conditional CIEDs undergoing clinically indicated MRI under institutional protocol...
February 7, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164362/mri-based-transfer-function-determination-for-the-assessment-of-implant-safety
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J P Tokaya, A J E Raaijmakers, P R Luijten, J F Bakker, C A T van den Berg
PURPOSE: We introduce a new MR-based method to determine the transfer function (TF) for radiofrequency (RF) safety assessment of active implantable medical devices. Transfer functions are implant-specific measures that relate the incident tangential electric field on an (elongated) implant to a scattered electric field at its tip. The proposed method allows for TF determination with a high spatial resolution in relatively fast measurements without requiring dedicated bench setups from MRI images...
February 5, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161853/the-variability-of-vertebral-body-volume-and-pain-associated-with-osteoporotic-vertebral-fractures-conservative-treatment-versus-percutaneous-transpedicular-vertebroplasty
#16
Diana Andrei, Iulian Popa, Silviu Brad, Aida Iancu, Manuel Oprea, Cristina Vasilian, Dan V Poenaru
INTRODUCTION: Osteoporotic vertebral fractures (OVF) can lead to late collapse which often causes kyphotic spinal deformity, persistent back pain, decreased lung capacity, increased fracture risk and increased mortality. The purpose of our study is to compare the efficacy and safety of vertebroplasty against conservative management of osteoporotic vertebral fractures without neurologic symptoms. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 66 patients with recent OVF on MRI examination were included in the study...
February 4, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158154/percutaneous-vertebroplasty-for-symptomatic-schmorl-s-nodes-11-cases-with-long-term-follow-up-and-a-literature-review
#17
Shi-Cheng He, Bin-Yan Zhong, Hai-Dong Zhu, Wen Fang, Li Chen, Jin-He Guo, Gang Deng, Gao-Jun Teng
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) is commonly used to treat symptomatic vertebral compression fractures. However, its long-term effectiveness and safety for use in the treatment of symptomatic Schmorl's nodes (SNs) refractory to conservative treatment is uncertain. OBJECTIVES: To present a case series with PVP for symptomatic SNs not responding to conservative therapy and assess the effectiveness and safety for such treatment with long-term follow-up...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150359/potential-role-of-tracing-stem-cell-transplantation-and-effects-on-the-immune-cell-function-of-ferumoxytol-combining-with-heparin-and-protamine-in-vivo-in-vitro
#18
Jingyuan Zhao, Xin Guan, Yang Liu, Hua Piao, Rutao Liu, Xiang Zhou, Bo Sun, Yue Du, Jing Liu
Cell labeling and tracing have played an increasingly important role in the field of stem cell transplantation. Nanocomplexes combining three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs: heparin (H), protamine (P) and ferumoxytol (F)(HPF nanocomplexes) display high labeling efficiency in human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (hADSCs), but their biological safety has not been determined. In this study, we tested the labeling efficiency of HPF in hADSCs through in vitro cytotoxicity studies and in vivo murine preclinical studies using HPF-labeled hADSCs...
February 2, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148635/high-dose-immunosuppressive-therapy-and-autologous-hct-for-relapsing-remitting-ms
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Richard A Nash, George J Hutton, Michael K Racke, Uday Popat, Steven M Devine, Kaitlyn C Steinmiller, Linda M Griffith, Paolo A Muraro, Harry Openshaw, Peter H Sayre, Olaf Stuve, Douglas L Arnold, Mark H Wener, George E Georges, Annette Wundes, George H Kraft, James D Bowen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety, efficacy, and durability of multiple sclerosis (MS) disease stabilization after high-dose immunosuppressive therapy (HDIT) and autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). METHODS: High-Dose Immunosuppression and Autologous Transplantation for Multiple Sclerosis (HALT-MS) is a phase II clinical trial of HDIT/HCT for patients with relapsing-remitting (RR) MS who experienced relapses with disability progression (Expanded Disability Status Scale [EDSS] 3...
February 1, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139421/the-utilization-of-mri-in-the-operating-room
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C Ménard, J-F Pambrun, S Kadoury
Online image guidance in the operating room using ultrasound imaging led to the resurgence of prostate brachytherapy in the 1980s. Here we describe the evolution of integrating MRI technology in the brachytherapy suite or operating room. Given the complexity, cost, and inherent safety issues associated with MRI system integration, first steps focused on the computational integration of images rather than systems. This approach has broad appeal given minimal infrastructure costs and efficiencies comparable with standard care workflows...
January 27, 2017: Brachytherapy
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