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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222568/severe-disorders-of-consciousness-after-acquired-brain-injury-a-single-centre-long-term-follow-up-study
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Alex Lopez-Rolon
OBJECTIVES: To assess long-term clinical outcome, functional independence and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in acquired brain injury (ABI) patients with a disorder of consciousness at admission to inpatient rehabilitation. METHODS: We selected patients from a cohort of ABI patients from a single centre. In addition to mortality, we measured level of consciousness with the Coma Remission Scale, functional independence with the Barthel Index, as well as generic and condition-specific HRQOL with the EQ5D and the "Quality of Life after Brain Injury" (QOLIBRI) respectively...
February 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222555/effects-of-scapulohumeral-rehabilitation-protocol-on-trunk-control-recovery-in%C3%A2-patients-with-subacute-stroke-a%C3%A2-pilot%C3%A2-randomized-controlled-trial
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Dell'Uomo Daniela, Morone Giovanni, Centrella Antonio, Paolucci Stefano, Caltagirone Carlo, Grasso Maria Grazia, Traballesi Marco, Iosa Marco
BACKGROUND: Despite upper limb rehabilitation is widely investigated in patients with stroke, the effects of rehabilitation of scapulohumeral on trunk stabillization are mainly unknown. OBJECTIVE: To test the effects of scapulohumeral rehabilitation protocol on trunk control recovery in patients with subacute stroke. METHODS: A pilot randomized controlled trial with two groups of 14 patients each one performing 20 minutes per day, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks in add on to standard therapy...
February 8, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222534/a-meta-analysis-of-memantine-for%C3%A2-depression
#3
Taro Kishi, Shinji Matsunaga, Nakao Iwata
We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis on whether memantine was beneficial for the treatment of depressive symptoms in major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BD). The analysis included double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials of memantine in MDD and BD. The primary outcome measures for efficacy and safety were response rate and all-cause discontinuation, respectively. Risk ratio (RR) and standardized mean difference with 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) were calculated...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222528/comparing-approaches-to-optimize-cut-off-scores-for-short-cognitive-screening-instruments-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia
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Rónán O'Caoimh, Yang Gao, Anton Svendovski, Paul Gallagher, Joseph Eustace, D William Molloy
BACKGROUND: Although required to improve the usability of cognitive screening instruments (CSIs), the use of cut-off scores is controversial yet poorly researched. OBJECTIVE: To explore cut-off scores for two short CSIs: the Standardized Mini-Mental State Examination (SMMSE) and Quick Mild Cognitive Impairment (Qmci) screen, describing adjustments in scores for diagnosis (MCI or dementia), age (≤, >75 years), and education (<, ≥12 years), comparing two methods: the maximal accuracy approach, derived from receiver operating characteristic curves, and Youden's Index...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222503/selenium-levels-in-serum-red-blood-cells-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-alzheimer-s-disease-patients-a-report-from-the-australian-imaging-biomarker-lifestyle-flagship-study-of-ageing-aibl
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Bárbara R Cardoso, Dominic J Hare, Ashley I Bush, Qiao-Xin Li, Christopher J Fowler, Colin L Masters, Ralph N Martins, Katherine Ganio, Amber Lothian, Soumya Mukherjee, Eugene A Kapp, Blaine R Roberts
Selenium (Se) protects cells against oxidative stress damage through a range of bioactive selenoproteins. Increased oxidative stress is a prominent feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD), and previous studies have shown that Se deficiency is associated with age-related cognitive decline. In this study, we assessed Se status in different biofluids from a subgroup of participants in the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Flagship Study of Ageing. As Se in humans can either be an active component of selenoproteins or inactive via non-specific incorporation into other proteins, we used both size exclusion chromatography-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (SEC-ICP-MS) and tandem mass spectrometry to characterize selenoproteins in serum...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222477/checklists-for-the-assessment-of-correct-inhalation-therapy
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V Knipel, S Schwarz, F S Magnet, J H Storre, C P Criée, W Windisch
Introduction For the long-term treatment of obstructive lung diseases inhalation therapy with drugs being delivered directly to the lungs as an aerosol has become the method of choice. However, patient-related mistakes in inhalation techniques are frequent and recognized to be associated with reduced disease control. Since the assessment of patient-mistakes in inhalation has yet not been standardized, the present study was aimed at developing checklists for the assessment of correct inhalation. Methods Checklists were developed in German by an expert panel of pneumologists and professionally translated into English following back-translation procedures...
February 2017: Pneumologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222473/telemedizin-%C3%A2-tempis%C3%A2-netzwerk-f%C3%A3-r-schlaganfallbehandlung-in-der-regelversorgung
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Nicolas Völkel, Gordian J Hubert, Roman L Haberl
Despite all efforts that have been made stroke is a burden and remains one of the most devastating neurological diseases. Treatment of patients on a Stroke Unit improves stroke prognosis and is recommended for all patients with acute stroke. In rural areas population-wide implementation of Stroke Units is extremely challenging. Therefore the Telemedical Project for integrated Stroke Care (TEMPiS) was established in 2003 as a TeleStroke network to overcome this barrier in Southeast Bavaria/Germany. TEMPiS was one of the very early telemedical stroke networks worldwide and was evaluated intensively during its implementation phase between February 2003 and December 2005...
February 2017: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222465/autologous-conditioned-plasma-versus-placebo-injection-therapy-in-lateral-epicondylitis-of-the-elbow-a-double-blind-randomized-study
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Volker Schöffl, Wolfgang Willauschus, Felix Sauer, Thomas Küpper, Isabelle Schöffl, Christoph Lutter, Kolja Gelse, Jörg Dickschas
Introduction There are various therapeutic approaches to the treatment of lateral epicondylitis, a highly prevalent musculoskeletal disorder. Recently, injection therapy with autologous conditioned plasma (ACP) has shown promise as a new approach. Methods Set up as a prospective, double-blind, randomized controlled clinical trial, this study involved 50 patients with lateral epicondylitis. Following external randomization, 25 patients received one round of injection therapy with ACP (platelet rich plasma, PRP), while the remaining 25 patients received a placebo of 0...
February 21, 2017: Sportverletzung Sportschaden: Organ der Gesellschaft Für Orthopädisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222435/extracorporal-shock-waves-activate-migration-proliferation-and-inflammatory-pathways-in-fibroblasts-and-keratinocytes-and-improve-wound-healing-in-an-open-label-single-arm-study-in-patients-with-therapy-refractory-chronic-leg-ulcers
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Ilknur Aschermann, Seema Noor, Sascha Venturelli, Tobias Sinnberg, Christian Busch, Christian D Mnich
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Chronic leg ulcers (CLUs) are globally a major cause of morbidity and mortality with increasing prevalence. Their treatment is highly challenging, and many conservative, surgical or advanced therapies have been suggested, but with little overall efficacy. Since the 1980s extracorporal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has gained interest as treatment for specific indications. Here, we report that patients with CLU showed wound healing after ESWT and investigated the underlying molecular mechanisms...
February 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222429/effect-of-5-000-ppm-fluoride-dentifrice-or-1-100-ppm-fluoride-dentifrice-combined-with-acidulated-phosphate-fluoride-on-caries-lesion-inhibition-and-repair
#10
Constanza E Fernández, Livia Maria Andaló Tenuta, Altair Antoninha Del Bel Cury, Diego Figueiredo Nóbrega, Jaime Aparecido Cury
High fluoride dentifrice (FD; 5,000 ppm F) has been recommended to arrest root dentine lesions and to control enamel caries in high-risk patients. Also, standard FD (1,100 ppm F) in combination with professional fluoride application has been recommended to control dentine caries, but the effect of this combination on enamel has been considered modest. Considering the lack of evaluation comparing the use of 5,000 ppm FD (5,000-FD) versus acidulated phosphate fluoride (APF) application combined with 1,100 ppm FD (1,100-FD) on the inhibition and repair of caries lesions in both enamel and dentine, we conducted this in situ, double-blind, crossover study of 3 phases of 14 days...
February 22, 2017: Caries Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222399/improved-yeast-delivery-of-fluconazole-with-a-nanostructured-lipid-carrier-system
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Hamid Reza Kelidari, Maryam Moazeni, Roghayeh Babaei, Majid Saeedi, Jafar Akbari, Parisa Islami Parkoohi, Mojtaba Nabili, Atefeh Abdollahi Gohar, Katayoun Morteza-Semnani, Ali Nokhodchi
Despite the growing trends in the number of patients at risk for invasive fungal infections, management with current antifungal agents results in complications due to changes in the epidemiology and drug susceptibility of invasive fungal infections. In the present research fluconazole-loaded nanostructured lipid carriers were prepared using probe ultrasonication techniques and investigated the efficacy of the optimal formulation on a large number of Candida species. The morphology of the obtained nanostructured lipid carriers was characterized by transmission-electron microscopy...
February 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222339/everyday-memory-impairment-in-patients-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-caused-by-hippocampal-sclerosis
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Patrícia Rzezak, Ellen Marise Lima, Ana Carolina Gargaro, Erica Coimbra, Silvia de Vincentiis, Tonicarlo Rodrigues Velasco, João Pereira Leite, Geraldo F Busatto, Kette D Valente
OBJECTIVE: Patients with temporal lobe epilepsy caused by hippocampal sclerosis (TLE-HS) have episodic memory impairment. Memory has rarely been evaluated using an ecologic measure, even though performance on these tests is more related to patients' memory complaints. We aimed to measure everyday memory of patients with TLE-HS to age- and gender-matched controls. METHODS: We evaluated 31 patients with TLE-HS and 34 healthy controls, without epilepsy and psychiatric disorders, using the Rivermead Behavioral Memory Test (RBMT), Visual Reproduction (WMS-III) and Logical Memory (WMS-III)...
February 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222333/immunoprofiling-as-a-predictor-of-patient-s-response-to-cancer-therapy-promises-and-challenges
#13
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Daniel Bethmann, Zipei Feng, Bernard A Fox
Immune cell infiltration is common to many tumors and has been recognized by pathologists for more than 100 years. The application of digital imaging and objective assessment software allowed a concise determination of the type and quantity of immune cells and their location relative to the tumor and, in the case of colon cancer, characterized overall survival better than AJCC TNM staging. Subsequently, expression of PD-L1, by 50% or more tumor cells, identified NSCLC patients with double the response rate to anti-PD-1...
February 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222219/longitudinal-follow-up-of-adult-survivors-of-ewing-sarcoma-a-report-from-the-childhood-cancer-survivor-study
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Neyssa M Marina, Qi Liu, Sarah S Donaldson, Charles A Sklar, Gregory T Armstrong, Kevin C Oeffinger, Wendy M Leisenring, Jill P Ginsberg, Tara O Henderson, Joseph P Neglia, Marilyn A Stovall, Yutaka Yasui, R Lor Randall, David S Geller, Leslie L Robison, Kirsten K Ness
BACKGROUND: Ewing sarcoma survivors (ESSs) are at increased risk for treatment-related complications. The incidence of treatment-related morbidity and late mortality with aging is unknown. METHODS: This study reports survival probabilities, estimated with the Kaplan-Meier method, and the cumulative incidence of cause-specific mortality and chronic conditions among ESSs in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study who were treated between 1970 and 1986. Piecewise exponential models were used to estimate relative rates (RRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for these outcomes...
February 21, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222215/epstein-barr-virus-specific-adoptive-immunotherapy-for-recurrent-metastatic-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#15
Julian Huang, Mark Fogg, Lori J Wirth, Heather Daley, Jerome Ritz, Marshall R Posner, Fred C Wang, Jochen H Lorch
BACKGROUND: Early-stage and intermediate stage nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) generally carry a good prognosis, but for patients with recurrent, metastatic disease, options are limited. In the current study, the authors present a phase 1/2 study to evaluate the efficacy of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-stimulated cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (EBV-CTL) immunotherapy in this patient population. METHODS: Screening for patients with active, recurrent, metastatic EBV-associated NPC began in February 2007, and the study was closed to accrual in January 2012...
February 21, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222189/molecular-epidemiology-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-in-brussels-2010-2013
#16
Christelle Vluggen, Karine Soetaert, Guido Groenen, Maryse Wanlin, Martine Spitaels, Wouter Arrazola de Oñate, Maryse Fauville-Dufaux, Claude Saegerman, Vanessa Mathys
The tuberculosis (TB) incidence rate in Brussels-Capital Region is 3-fold higher than in Belgium as a whole. Eight years after the realization of initial prospective population-based molecular epidemiology investigations in this Region, a similar study over the period 2010-2013 was conducted. TB strains isolated from 945 patients were submitted to genotyping by standardized 24-locus-MIRU-VNTR typing and spoligotyping. The phylogenetic analysis showed that the LAM (16.7%) and Haarlem (15.7%) branches are the two most prevalent TB lineages circulating in Brussels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222158/the-effect-of-anti-angiogenic-agents-on-overall-survival-in-metastatic-oesophago-gastric-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
David L Chan, Katrin M Sjoquist, David Goldstein, Timothy J Price, Andrew J Martin, Yung-Jue Bang, Yoon-Koo Kang, Nick Pavlakis
BACKGROUND: Studies of anti-angiogenic agents (AAs), combined with chemotherapy (chemo) or as monotherapy in metastatic oesophago-gastric cancer (mOGC), have reported mixed outcomes. We undertook systematic review and meta-analysis to determine their overall benefits and harms. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials in mOGC were sought investigating the addition of AAs to standard therapy (best supportive care or chemo). The primary endpoint was overall survival (OS) with secondary endpoints progression-free survival (PFS), overall response rate (ORR) and toxicity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222155/glm-based-optimization-of-ngs-data-analysis-a-case-study-of-roche-454-ion-torrent-pgm-and-illumina-nextseq-sequencing-data
#18
Sarah Sandmann, Aniek O de Graaf, Bert A van der Reijden, Joop H Jansen, Martin Dugas
BACKGROUND: There are various next-generation sequencing techniques, all of them striving to replace Sanger sequencing as the gold standard. However, false positive calls of single nucleotide variants and especially indels are a widely known problem of basically all sequencing platforms. METHODS: We considered three common next-generation sequencers-Roche 454, Ion Torrent PGM and Illumina NextSeq-and applied standard as well as optimized variant calling pipelines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222145/cataract-surgery-causes-biomechanical-alterations-to-the-eye-detectable-by-corvis-st-tonometry
#19
Yoshitake Kato, Shunsuke Nakakura, Ryo Asaoka, Kanae Matsuya, Yuki Fujio, Yoshiaki Kiuchi
PURPOSE: Modern cataract surgery is generally considered to bring about modest and sustained intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction. However, the pathophysiological mechanism for this remains unclear. Moreover, a change in ocular biomechanical properties after surgery can affect the measurement of IOP. The aim of the study is to investigate ocular biomechanics, before and following cataract surgery, using Corvis ST tonometry (CST). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-nine eyes of 59 patients with cataract were analyzed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222142/evaluation-of-18-f-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose-fdg-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-pet-ct-as-a-staging-and-monitoring-tool-for-dogs-with-stage-2-splenic-hemangiosarcoma-a-pilot-study
#20
Antonella Borgatti, Amber L Winter, Kathleen Stuebner, Ruth Scott, Christopher P Ober, Kari L Anderson, Daniel A Feeney, Daniel A Vallera, Joseph S Koopmeiners, Jaime F Modiano, Jerry Froelich
Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) is routinely used for staging and monitoring of human cancer patients and is becoming increasingly available in veterinary medicine. In this study, 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (18FDG)-PET-CT was used in dogs with naturally occurring splenic hemangiosarcoma (HSA) to assess its utility as a staging and monitoring modality as compared to standard radiography and ultrasonography. Nine dogs with stage-2 HSA underwent 18FDG-PET-CT following splenectomy and prior to commencement of chemotherapy...
2017: PloS One
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