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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646252/childhood-brain-tumors-a-systematic-review-of-the-structural-neuroimaging-literature
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REVIEW
Alyssa S Ailion, Kyle Hortman, Tricia Z King
Due to medical advances, a large portion of children survive brain tumor diagnosis and treatment. Therefore, it is important to identify the neuroanatomical and neurocognitive outcomes associated with survivorship. This review summarizes the specific regional structural neuroimaging findings, the broad structural findings, as well as the corresponding neurocognitive domains affected in brain tumor populations. Across studies, damage is commonly reported near the cerebellum, brain stem, and subcortical regions, as well as the frontal lobes...
June 23, 2017: Neuropsychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640705/genomic-analysis-of-childhood-brain-tumors-methods-for-genome-wide-discovery-and-precision-medicine-become-mainstream
#2
Stephen C Mack, Paul A Northcott
Recent breakthroughs in next-generation sequencing technology and complementary genomic platforms have transformed our capacity to interrogate the molecular landscapes of human cancers, including childhood brain tumors. Numerous high-throughput genomic studies have been reported for the major histologic brain tumor entities diagnosed in children, including interrogations at the level of the genome, epigenome, and transcriptome, many of which have yielded essential new insights into disease biology. The nature of these discoveries has been largely platform dependent, exemplifying the usefulness of applying different genomic and computational strategies, or integrative approaches, to address specific biologic and/or clinical questions...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640697/current-clinical-challenges-in-childhood-ependymoma-a-focused-review
#3
Thomas E Merchant
Ependymoma is a locally aggressive tumor with metastatic potential that arises in diverse locations throughout the brain and spine in children. Tumor and treatment may result in significant morbidity. Cure remains elusive for many patients owing to diverse biology and resistance to conventional therapy. The implementation of systematic postoperative irradiation in clinical trials during the past 20 years has increased the proportion of patients achieving durable disease control with excellent results, as measured by objective functional outcome measures...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640695/gadolinium-brain-deposition-after-macrocyclic-gadolinium-administration-a-pediatric-case-control-study
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Daniel Tibussek, Christin Rademacher, Julian Caspers, Bernd Turowski, Jörg Schaper, Gerald Antoch, Dirk Klee
Purpose To determine whether signal intensity (SI) in T1 sequences as a potential indicator of gadolinium deposition increases after repeated administration of the macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) gadoteridol and gadoterate meglumine in a pediatric cohort. Materials and Methods This retrospective case-control study of children with brain tumors who underwent nine or more contrast material-enhanced brain magnetic resonance (MR) imaging studies from 2008 to 2015 was approved by the local ethics board...
June 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631895/growth-hormone-excess-in-children-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1-and-optic-glioma
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Paola Cambiaso, Stefania Galassi, Melania Palmiero, Angela Mastronuzzi, Francesca Del Bufalo, Rossella Capolino, Antonella Cacchione, Paola S Buonuomo, Michaela V Gonfiantini, Andrea Bartuli, Marco Cappa, Marina Macchiaiolo
In children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and optic pathways glioma (OPG), growth hormone (GH) excess has been rarely reported and mainly associated to central precocious puberty. The aim of our study is to evaluate the prevalence of GH excess, the association with central precocious puberty, the relation with tumor site and the evolution over time in a large cohort of children with NF1 and OPG. Sixty-four NF1 children with OPG were evaluated. Patients with stature and/or height velocity >2 SD for age were studied for GH secretion...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626255/underlying-cause-of-death-recorded-during-2013-to-2015-at-a-tertiary-general-hospital-in-vientiane-capital-lao-pdr
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Bounfeng Phoummalaysith, Viengsakhone Louangpradith, Tavanh Manivon, Bounxou Keohavong, Eiko Yamamoto, Nobuyuki Hamajima
In Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), the cause of death is not registered in death reports. As a result, the government cannot produce official reports that show mortality according to cause of death. This study aimed to report the underlying cause of death in a tertiary general hospital (Mittaphab Hospital) in Vientiane capital. Mittaphab hospital is a governmental teaching hospital with 300 beds for inpatient services specialized in orthopedics, neurology, and hemodialysis. Since a children hospital exists beside Mittaphab Hospital, severe pediatric cases are referred to the child hospital...
February 2017: Nagoya Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625338/acute-diplopia-in-the-pediatric-emergency-department-a-cohort-multicenter-italian-study
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Umberto Raucci, Pasquale Parisi, Nicola Vanacore, Francesco La Penna, Valentina Ferro, Lucia Calistri, Claudia Bondone, Fabio Midulla, Agnese Suppiej, Raffaele Falsaperla, Duccio Maria Cordelli, Antonella Palmieri, Alberto Verrotti, Sabrina Becciani, Sonia Aguzzi, Mario Mastrangelo, Federica Pelizza, Filippo Greco, Giulia Carbonari, Ramona Tallone, Gabriella Bottone, Italo Trenta, Stefano Masi, Maria Pia Villa, Antonino Reale
BACKGROUND: Acute diplopia (AD) is an uncommon and distressing symptom of numerous ocular and neurological conditions, with potentially serious sequelaes. No data are present in pediatrics on the presentation and management of AD. AIM: This study investigated characteristics, etiology and health care utilization of the pediatric population with AD accessed to pediatric Emergency Departments (ED), trying to identify "red flags" associated with potentially life-threatening (LT) conditions...
June 3, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623811/residential-exposure-to-pesticides-as-risk-factor-for-childhood-and-young-adult-brain-tumors-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#8
REVIEW
Geneviève Van Maele-Fabry, Laurence Gamet-Payrastre, Dominique Lison
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence suggests a positive association between exposure to non-agricultural pesticides and childhood brain tumors (CBT). OBJECTIVE: (1) To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies on the association between residential/household/domestic exposure to pesticides and childhood brain tumors. (2) To clarify variables that could impact the results. METHODS: Publications in English were identified from a MEDLINE search through 28 February 2017 and from the reference list of identified publications...
June 14, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621573/update-on-the-diagnostic-value-and-safety-of-stereotactic-biopsy-for-pediatric-brainstem-tumors-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-735-cases
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Christina Hamisch, Philipp Kickingereder, Matthias Fischer, Thorsten Simon, Maximilian I Ruge
OBJECTIVE Recent studies have shed light on the molecular makeup of diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas and led to the identification of potential treatment targets for these lesions, which account for the majority of pediatric brainstem tumors (pedBSTs). Therefore, stereotactic biopsy-driven molecular characterization of pedBSTs may become an important prerequisite for the management of these fatal brain tumors. The authors conducted a systemic review and meta-analysis to precisely determine the safety and diagnostic success of stereotactic biopsy of pedBSTs...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620008/pten-dicer1-fh-and-their-associated-tumor-susceptibility-syndromes-clinical-features-genetics-and-surveillance-recommendations-in-childhood
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REVIEW
Kris Ann P Schultz, Surya P Rednam, Junne Kamihara, Leslie Doros, Maria Isabel Achatz, Jonathan D Wasserman, Lisa R Diller, Laurence Brugières, Harriet Druker, Katherine A Schneider, Rose B McGee, William D Foulkes
PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome (PHTS), DICER1 syndrome, and hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer (HLRCC) syndrome are pleiotropic tumor predisposition syndromes that include benign and malignant neoplasms affecting adults and children. PHTS includes several disorders with shared and distinct clinical features. These are associated with elevated lifetime risk of breast, thyroid, endometrial, colorectal, and renal cancers as well as melanoma. Thyroid cancer represents the predominant cancer risk under age 20 years...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618224/design-synthesis-and-structure-activity-relationship-of-tetrahydropyrido-4-3-d-pyrimidine-derivatives-as-potent-smoothened-antagonists-with-in-vivo-activity
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Wenfeng Lu, Yongqiang Liu, Haikuo Ma, Jiyue Zheng, Sheng Tian, Zhijian Sun, Lusong Luo, Jiajun Li, Hongjian Zhang, Zeng-Jie Yang, Xiaohu Zhang
Medulloblastoma is one of the most prevalent brain tumors in children. Aberrant hedgehog (Hh) pathway signaling is thought to be involved in the initiation and development of medulloblastoma. Vismodegib, the first FDA-approved cancer therapy based on inhibition of aberrant hedgehog signaling, targets smoothened (Smo), a G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) central to the Hh pathway. Although vismodegib exhibits promising therapeutic efficacy in tumor treatment, concerns have been raised from its non-linear pharmacokinetic (PK) profiles at high doses partly due to low aqueous solubility...
June 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616573/yap-and-the-hippo-pathway-in-pediatric-cancer
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REVIEW
Atif A Ahmed, Abdalla D Mohamed, Melissa Gener, Weijie Li, Eugenio Taboada
The Hippo pathway is an important signaling pathway that controls cell proliferation and apoptosis. It is evolutionarily conserved in mammals and is stimulated by cell-cell contact, inhibiting cell proliferation in response to increased cell density. During early embryonic development, the Hippo signaling pathway regulates organ development and size, and its functions result in the coordinated balance between proliferation, apoptosis, and differentiation. Its principal effectors, YAP and TAZ, regulate signaling by the embryonic stem cells and determine cell fate and histogenesis...
2017: Molecular & Cellular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615436/hospital-safety-among-neurologic-patients-a-population-based-cohort-study-of-adverse-events
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Khara M Sauro, Hude Quan, Khokan C Sikdar, Peter Faris, Nathalie Jette
OBJECTIVE: To examine the frequency and type of adverse events (AEs) experienced by neurologic patients in hospital. METHODS: This population-based, retrospective cohort study used hospital discharge abstract data for children and adults admitted to hospital from 2009 to 2015 with 1 of 9 neurologic conditions (Alzheimer disease and related dementia, brain tumor, epilepsy, motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis, parkinsonism/Parkinson disease, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and stroke)...
June 14, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615001/-she-was-a-little-social-butterfly-a-qualitative-analysis-of-parent-perception-of-social-functioning-in-adolescent-and-young-adult-brain-tumor-survivors
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Justin Wilford, David Buchbinder, Michelle A Fortier, Kathryn Osann, Violet Shen, Lilibeth Torno, Leonard S Sender, Susan K Parsons, Lari Wenzel
Psychosocial sequelae of diagnosis and treatment for childhood brain tumor survivors are significant, yet little is known about their impact on adolescent and young adult (AYA) brain tumor survivors. Interviews were conducted with parents of AYA brain tumor survivors with a focus on social functioning. Semistructured interviews were conducted with English- and Spanish-speaking parents of AYA brain tumor survivors ≥10 years of age who were >2 years postdiagnosis, and analyzed using emergent themes theoretically integrated with a social neuroscience model of social competence...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Official Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605510/phase-i-study-of-oral-sonidegib-lde225-in-pediatric-brain-and-solid-tumors-and-a-phase-ii-study-in-children-and-adults-with-relapsed-medulloblastoma
#15
Mark W Kieran, Julia Chisholm, Michela Casanova, Alba A Brandes, Isabelle Aerts, Eric Bouffet, Simon Bailey, Sarah Leary, Tobey J MacDonald, Francoise Mechinaud, Kenneth J Cohen, Riccardo Riccardi, Warren Mason, Darren Hargrave, Stacey Kalambakas, Priya Deshpande, Feng Tai, Eunju Hurh, Birgit Geoerger
Background.: Sonidegib (LDE225) is a potent, selective Hedgehog (Hh) inhibitor of SMOOTHENED. This study explored the safety and pharmacokinetics (PK) of sonidegib in children with relapsed/recurrent tumors followed by a phase II trial in pediatric and adult patients with relapsed medulloblastoma (MB) to assess tumor response. Methods.: Pediatric patients aged ≥1-<18 years were included according to a Bayesian design starting at 372mg/m2 of continuous once daily oral sonidegib...
June 9, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600472/precision-medicine-in-pediatric-oncology-translating-genomic-discoveries-into-optimized-therapies
#16
Thai Hoa Tran, Avanthi Tayi Shah, Mignon L Loh
Survival of children with cancers has dramatically improved over the past several decades.  This success has been achieved through improvement of combined modalities in treatment approaches, intensification of cytotoxic chemotherapy for those with high-risk disease and refinement of risk stratification incorporating novel biologic markers in addition to traditional clinical and histologic features. Advances in cancer genomics have shed important mechanistic insights on disease biology and have identified "driver" genomic alterations, aberrant activation of signaling pathways, and epigenetic modifiers that can be targeted by novel agents...
June 9, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598565/atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumors-in-children-treated-with-multimodal-therapies-the-necessity-of-upfront-radiotherapy-after-surgery
#17
Jeongshim Lee, Dong-Seok Kim, Jung Woo Han, Chang-Ok Suh
BACKGROUND: Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (ATRT) is a rare malignant pediatric brain tumor with a dismal prognosis. We evaluated the efficacy of multimodal therapy in children with ATRT. PROCEDURE: Nine children diagnosed with cranial ATRT, who received multimodal therapy between 2005 and 2014, including surgical resection followed by radiotherapy (RT), systemic chemotherapy (CT), and high-dose chemotherapy/stem cell transplantation (HDCT/SCT), were analyzed retrospectively...
June 9, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597942/copy-number-alterations-determined-by-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-array-testing-in-the-clinical-laboratory-are-indicative-of-gene-fusions-in-pediatric-cancer-patients
#18
Tracy M Busse, Jacquelyn J Roth, Donna Wilmoth, Luanne Wainwright, Laura Tooke, Jaclyn A Biegel
Gene fusions resulting from structural rearrangements are an established mechanism of tumorigenesis in pediatric cancer. In this clinical cohort, 1,350 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based chromosomal microarrays from 1,211 pediatric cancer patients were evaluated for copy number alterations (CNAs) associated with gene fusions. Karyotype or fluorescence in situ hybridization studies were performed in 42% of the patients. Ten percent of the bone marrow or solid tumor specimens had SNP array-associated CNAs suggestive of a gene fusion...
June 9, 2017: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593627/efficacy-and-safety-of-using-n-butyl-cyanoacrylate-in-fixation-of-cranial-following-trauma-and-other-pathologies
#19
Ahmed Sultan, Abbas Mohamed
Skull Bone fixation following different cranial surgeries is essential and should be rigid, simple and cheap. We describe our technique of cranial fixation using the adhesive cyanoacrylates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: At the end of cranial and intracranial surgeries the craniotomy flap and bone pieces are returned, realigned and fixed using Histoacryl® (N-Butyl Cyanoacrylate) glue. The glue is applied all around the flap in 360 degrees fashion. RESULT: The adhesive material was used in 24 cases after different surgeries involving the calvaria of the skull...
April 30, 2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591729/bmi-1-is-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-glioma
#20
Shiva Senthil Kumar, Satarupa Sengupta, Kyungwoo Lee, Nanki Hura, Christine Fuller, Mariko DeWire, Charles B Stevenson, Maryam Fouladi, Rachid Drissi
Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a poor-prognosis pediatric brain tumor. No effective curative therapy is currently available and no therapeutic advances have been made in several decades. BMI-1 is a member of the multimeric protein complex Polycomb repressor complex 1. It is highly expressed in a number of diseases and malignancies and has been implicated in self-renewal of normal and cancer cells, and in DNA damage signaling. The role of BMI-1 in DIPG is largely unknown. Here, we show that BMI-1 is highly expressed in tumor tissue samples of DIPG patients and in patient-derived cancer stem-like cells...
May 19, 2017: Oncotarget
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