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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141400/antifungal-treatment-with-echinocandins-a-10-year-clinical-experience
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R Poves-Alvarez, B Cano-Hernández, S Balbás-Alvarez, P Román-García, M Heredia-Rodríguez, E Gómez-Sánchez, E Gómez-Pesquera, M Lorenzo-López, B Martínez-Rafael, M F Muñoz-Moreno, J M Eiros, E Tamayo
OBJECTIVE: The number of studies evaluating the use of echinocandins, whether or not its indication meets international guidelines, in clinical practice is limited. The objective of the present study was to determine the use of echinocandins in a tertiary Spanish hospital in 10 years of clinical practice, and to evaluate its impact on prognosis. METHODS: This retrospective study involved adult nonneutropenic ill patients with suspicion of fungal invasion who started treatment with echinocandins between 2006 and 2015...
November 10, 2017: Revista Española de Quimioterapia: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Quimioterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141073/forces-of-tool-tissue-interaction-to-assess-surgical-skill-level
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Taku Sugiyama, Sanju Lama, Liu Shi Gan, Yaser Maddahi, Kourosh Zareinia, Garnette R Sutherland
Importance: The application of optimal forces between surgical instruments and tissue is fundamental to surgical performance and learning. To date, this force has not been measured clinically during the performance of microsurgery. Objectives: To establish a normative catalog of force profiles during the performance of surgery, to compare force variables among surgeons with different skill levels, and to evaluate whether such a force-based metric determines or differentiates skill level...
November 15, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141063/novel-treatment-using-low-dose-naltrexone-for-lichen-planopilaris
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Lauren C Strazzulla, Lorena Avila, Kristen Lo Sicco, Jerry Shapiro
<p>Lichen planopilaris (LPP) is a variant of lichen planus that affects the scalp causing scarring hair loss. Patients also frequently experience symptoms of scalp itch, pain, and burning. To date, there are no long-term remittive nor curative therapies available. Low-dose naltrexone has anti-inflammatory properties and has recently been described in the context of treating autoimmune conditions. This retrospective medical record review describes four LPP patients treated with low-dose (3 milligrams per day) naltrexone...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141027/the-efficacy-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-car-immunotherapy-in-animal-models-for-solid-tumors-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yingcheng Wu, Ran Xu, Keren Jia, Hui Shi
BACKGROUND: Most recently, an emerging theme in the field of tumor immunology predominates: chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) therapy in treating solid tumors. The number of related preclinical trials was surging. However, an evaluation of the effects of preclinical studies remained absent. Hence, a meta-analysis was conducted on the efficacy of CAR in animal models for solid tumors. METHODS: The authors searched PubMed/Medline, Embase, and Google scholar up to April 2017...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140941/phenotype-and-management-of-infantile-onset-inflammatory-bowel-disease-experience-from-a-tertiary-care-center-in-china
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Ziqing Ye, Ying Zhou, Ying Huang, Yuhuan Wang, Junping Lu, Zifei Tang, Shijian Miao, Kuiran Dong, Zhinong Jiang
BACKGROUND: Infantile-onset inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) comprises rare and clinically severe disorders. We examined the phenotypes and genetic causes of patients with infantile-onset IBD from a tertiary medical center. METHODS: We enrolled 38 patients with infantile-onset IBD and applied standardized treatment with medical, surgical, and supportive care. Targeted sequencing and whole-exome sequencing were performed. Clinical data were retrieved from medical records...
December 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140865/influence-of-syringe-volume-on-foam-stability-in-sclerotherapy-for-varicose-vein-treatment
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Taoping Bai, Wentao Jiang, Yubo Fan
BACKGROUND: Despite the popularity of sclerotherapy for treating varicose veins, it still exhibits various problems, such as pulmonary embolism, deep-vein thrombosis, phlebitis, and visual disorders. OBJECTIVE: To investigate syringe volume influence on foam stability, obtain the foam decay rule, and provide a reference for clinics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five types of syringes are used to prepare foam at room temperature with various liquid-gas ratios...
November 14, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140753/a-mutated-recombinant-subunit-vaccine-protects-mice-and-guinea-pigs-against-botulinum-type-a-intoxication
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Chi Ho Yu, Dong Hyun Song, Jun Young Choi, Hae Eun Joe, Woo Hyeon Jeong, Gyeung Haeng Hur, Young Kee Shin, Seong Tae Jeong
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are the most potent toxins to mammals. A toxoid vaccine was previously used for prevention of botulinum intoxication; however, this vaccine is no longer available. Currently, no approved botulinum vaccines are available from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Recently, a recombinant host cell receptor-binding subunit created for use as a potential vaccine completed phase 2 clinical trials. The current study designed a vaccine candidate against BoNT type A (BoNT/A) using a structural design...
November 15, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140422/multidisciplinary-clinic-approach-improves-overall-survival-outcomes-of-patients-with-metastatic-germ-cell-tumors
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C Albany, N Adra, A C Snavely, C Cary, T A Masterson, R S Foster, K Kesler, T M Ulbright, L Cheng, M Chovanec, F Taza, K Ku, M J Brames, N H Hanna, L H Einhorn
Background: To report our experience utilizing a multidisciplinary clinic (MDC) at Indiana University (IU) since the publication of the International Germ Cell Cancer Collaborative Group (IGCCCG), and to compare our overall survival to that of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program. Patients and Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of all patients with metastatic germ cell tumor (GCT) seen at IU from 1998-2014...
November 10, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140276/clinical-profile-associated-with-adverse-childhood-experiences-the-advent-of-nervous-system-dysregulation
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Jorina Elbers, Cynthia R Rovnaghi, Brenda Golianu, Kanwaljeet J S Anand
BACKGROUND: We report the prevalence of children with multiple medical symptoms in a pediatric neurology clinic, describe their symptom profiles, and explore their association with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 100 consecutive patients from an outpatient pediatric neurology clinic. Patients were included if they were ≥5 years old and reported ≥4 symptoms that were unexplained for ≥3-months. Symptom profiles across six functional domains were recorded: (1) executive dysfunction, (2) sleep disturbances, (3) autonomic dysregulation, (4) somatization, (5) digestive symptoms, and (6) emotional dysregulation...
November 15, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140124/apprenticeship-based-training-in-neurogastroenterology-and-motility
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Dipesh H Vasant, Amol Sharma, Jigar Bhagatwala, Lavanya Viswanathan, Satish S C Rao
Although neurogastroenterology and motility (NGM) disorders affect 50% of patients seen in clinics, many gastroenterologists receive limited NGM training. One-month apprenticeship-based NGM training has been provided at ten centers in the USA for a decade, however, outcomes of this training are unclear. Our goal was to describe the effectiveness of this program from a trainees perspective. Areas Covered: We describe the training model, learning experiences, and outcomes of one-month apprenticeship-based training in NGM at a center of excellence, using a detailed individual observer account and data from 12 consecutive trainees that completed the program...
November 15, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139616/raft-polymerization-for-the-synthesis-of-tertiary-amine-based-diblock-copolymer-nucleic-acid-delivery-vehicles
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Annie K McClellan, Taisen Hao, Tracy A Brooks, Adam E Smith
The synthesis and characterization of a family of nine pH-responsive, diblock copolymers designed to effectively deliver nucleic acids are reported. The stabilizing A block is comprised of an oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate to impart water solubility. The cationic blocks of varying degrees of polymerization (DPs) are derived from three pH responsive, tertiary amine-containing methacrylates capable of complexing negatively charged nucleic acids. The cytotoxicity studies utilizing human embryonic kidney cells (HEK-293) and Michigan Cancer Foundation-7 (MCF-7) breast cancer cells indicate no decrease of cell viability with the diblock copolymers, with the exception of the two highest DPs of the cationic blocks with ethyl-substitutes tertiary amine...
November 15, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139608/current-state-of-screening-high-ace-youth-and-emerging-adults-in-primary-care
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Michelle Pardee, Elizabeth Kuzma, Chin Hwa Gina Y Dahlem, Nicole Boucher, Cynthia S Darling-Fisher
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Trauma comes in many forms, including interpersonal, community, and institutional trauma. The adverse childhood event (ACE) studies demonstrated that adverse experiences in childhood can have a profound, cumulative impact on the course of health and development over a lifetime. It is critical for healthcare providers, such as nurse practitioners (NPs), working in primary care to screen adolescents and emerging adults for a history of ACEs and trauma. A review of current assessment tools used in assessing this population in health settings is needed to determine how screening for ACEs is being performed...
November 15, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139593/benefit-finding-trajectories-in-cancer-patients-receiving-psychological-care-predictors-and-relations-to-depressive-and-anxiety-symptoms
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Lei Zhu, Adelita V Ranchor, Vicki S Helgeson, Marije van der Lee, Bert Garssen, Roy E Stewart, Robbert Sanderman, Maya J Schroevers
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to (1) identify benefit finding trajectories in cancer patients receiving psychological care; (2) examine associations of benefit finding trajectories with levels of and changes in psychological symptoms; and (3) examine whether socio-demographic and medical characteristics distinguished trajectories. DESIGN: Naturalistic longitudinal study design. METHODS: Participants were 241 cancer patients receiving psychological care at specialized psycho-oncological institutions in the Netherlands...
November 15, 2017: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139209/protocol-for-a-new-concept-of-no-prep-ultrathin-ceramic-veneers
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Camillo D'Arcangelo, Mirco Vadini, Maurizio D'Amario, Zaccheo Chiavaroli, Francesco De Angelis
OBJECTIVES: No-prep veneers, although ideally considered the best option because of tooth structure maximum preservation, have been frequently criticized for some potential limitations including esthetic outcomes and periodontal complications. CLINICAL CONSIDERATIONS: A new protocol to optimize no-prep veneers restorations is presented. A key point of the proposed technique is to identify optimal margins' positions: margin is positioned in the point of maximum convexity of teeth, avoiding the over contouring of traditional no-prep veneers...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139207/patient-reported-outcomes-of-slow-single-arc-rotation-do-we-need-rotating-gantries
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Brendan Whelan, Miriam Welgampola, Leigh McGarvie, Kuldeep Makhija, Robin M Turner, Lois Holloway, Ilana Feain, Michael Jackson, Michael Barton, Paul Keall
INTRODUCTION: Patient rotation could greatly simplify radiation therapy delivery, with particularly important ramifications for fixed beam treatment with protons, heavy ions, MRI-Linacs, and low cost Linacs. Patient tolerance is often cited as a barrier to widespread implementation to patient rotation; however, no quantitative data addressing this issue exists. In this study, patient reported experiences of slow, single arc rotation in upright (sitting) and lying orientations are reported...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139110/unconditional-cash-transfers-for-reducing-poverty-and-vulnerabilities-effect-on-use-of-health-services-and-health-outcomes-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Frank Pega, Sze Yan Liu, Stefan Walter, Roman Pabayo, Ruhi Saith, Stefan K Lhachimi
BACKGROUND: Unconditional cash transfers (UCTs; provided without obligation) for reducing poverty and vulnerabilities (e.g. orphanhood, old age or HIV infection) are a type of social protection intervention that addresses a key social determinant of health (income) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The relative effectiveness of UCTs compared with conditional cash transfers (CCTs; provided so long as the recipient engages in prescribed behaviours such as using a health service or attending school) is unknown...
November 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139088/contrasting-views-on-the-role-of-mesenchymal-stromal-stem-cells-in-tumour-growth-a-systematic-review-of-experimental-design
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Ahmed Kolade Oloyo, Melvin Anyasi Ambele, Michael Sean Pepper
The effect of mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs) on tumour growth remains controversial. Experimental evidence supports both an inhibitory and a stimulatory effect. We have assessed factors responsible for the contrasting effects of MSCs on tumour growth by doing a meta-analysis of existing literature between 2000 and May 2017. We assessed 183 original research articles comprising 338 experiments. We considered (a) in vivo and in vitro experiments, (b) whether in vivo studies were syngeneic or xenogeneic, and (c) if animals were immune competent or deficient...
November 15, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138883/hallmarks-of-bone-metastasis
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REVIEW
Rachelle W Johnson, Larry J Suva
Breast cancer bone metastasis develops as the result of a series of complex interactions between tumor cells, bone marrow cells, and resident bone cells. The net effect of these interactions are the disruption of normal bone homeostasis, often with significantly increased osteoclast and osteoblast activity, which has provided a rational target for controlling tumor progression, with little or no emphasis on tumor eradication. Indeed, the clinical course of metastatic breast cancer is relatively long, with patients likely to experience sequential skeletal-related events (SREs), often over lengthy periods of time, even up to decades...
November 14, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138871/revision-shoulder-arthroplasty-with-a%C3%A2-reverse-shoulder-prosthesis-use-of-structural-allograft-for-glenoid-bone-loss
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S E Ozgur, R Sadeghpour, T R Norris
INTRODUCTION: Revision shoulder arthroplasty presents many unique and complex challenges when glenoid bone loss is involved. A distorted and medialized anatomy prevents the proper mechanics of the reverse prosthesis with regard to deltoid tension and ultimate function. This paper highlights one surgeon's experience using structural allograft for glenoid bone loss. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In all, 20 patients for a total of 24 surgeries with a medialized glenoid and/or substantial glenoid bone loss of grade IIB or higher were evaluated in this retrospective study...
November 14, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138811/high-expression-of-mage-a9-contributes-to-stemness-and-malignancy-of-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Youping Wei, Yanqin Wang, Jing Gong, Lihua Rao, Zhiwei Wu, Teng Nie, Dongling Shi, Liming Zhang
MAGE-A9, a well-characterized cancer testis antigen (CTA), belongs to a member of melanoma antigen gene (MAGE) family. In human malignancies, aberrant expression of MAGE genes correlated with poor clinical prognosis, increased tumor growth, metastases, and enrichment in stem cell populations of certain cancers. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been proposed to contribute to the major malignant phenotypes of liver cancer, including recurrence, metastasis and chemoresistance. However, expression and potential role of MAGE-A9 in liver cancer stem cells (LCSCs) still remain unclear...
November 9, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
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