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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637221/digital-direct-detection-of-micrornas-using-single-molecule-arrays
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Limor Cohen, Mark R Hartman, Aaron Amardey-Wellington, David R Walt
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in many biological pathways, and detecting miRNAs accurately is critical for diagnosing a variety of diseases including cancer. However, most current methods for miRNA detection require lengthy sample preparation and amplification steps that can bias the results. In addition, lack of specificity and reproducibility give rise to various challenges in detection of circulating miRNAs in biological samples. In this work, we applied the Single Molecule Array (Simoa) technique to develop an ultra-sensitive sandwich assay for direct detection of multiple miRNAs without pre-amplification...
June 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633425/androgen-receptor-mutations-in-patients-with-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-treated-with-apalutamide
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D E Rathkopf, M R Smith, C J Ryan, W R Berry, N D Shore, G Liu, C S Higano, J J Alumkal, R Hauke, R F Tutrone, M Saleh, E Chow Maneval, S Thomas, D S Ricci, M K Yu, C J de Boer, A Trinh, T Kheoh, R Bandekar, H I Scher, E S Antonarakis
Background: : Mutations in the androgen receptor (AR) ligand-binding domain (LBD), such as F877L and T878A, have been associated with resistance to next-generation AR-directed therapies. ARN-509-001 was a phase I/II study that evaluated apalutamide activity in castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Here we evaluated the type and frequency of 11 relevant AR-LBD mutations in apalutamide-treated CRPC patients. Patients and methods: : Blood samples from men with non-metastatic CRPC (nmCRPC) and metastatic CRPC (mCRPC) pre- or post abiraterone acetate and prednisone (AAP) treatment (≥6 months' exposure) were evaluated at baseline and disease progression in trial ARN-509-001...
June 15, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629339/droplet-digital-pcr-for-detection-and-quantification-of-circulating-tumor-dna-in-plasma-of-head-and-neck-cancer-patients
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Joost H van Ginkel, Manon M H Huibers, Robert J J van Es, Remco de Bree, Stefan M Willems
BACKGROUND: During posttreatment surveillance of head and neck cancer patients, imaging is insufficiently accurate for the early detection of relapsing disease. Free circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) may serve as a novel biomarker for monitoring tumor burden during posttreatment surveillance of these patients. In this exploratory study, we investigated whether low level ctDNA in plasma of head and neck cancer patients can be detected using Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR). METHODS: TP53 mutations were determined in surgically resected primary tumor samples from six patients with high stage (II-IV), moderate to poorly differentiated head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC)...
June 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628549/a-classification-system-to-guide-physical-therapy-management-in-huntington-disease-a-case-series
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Nora E Fritz, Monica Busse, Karen Jones, Hanan Khalil, Lori Quinn
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Individuals with Huntington disease (HD), a rare neurological disease, experience impairments in mobility and cognition throughout their disease course. The Medical Research Council framework provides a schema that can be applied to the development and evaluation of complex interventions, such as those provided by physical therapists. Treatment-based classifications, based on expert consensus and available literature, are helpful in guiding physical therapy management across the stages of HD...
July 2017: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625643/sequential-liquid-biopsies-reveal-dynamic-alterations-of-egfr-driver-mutations-and-indicate-egfr-amplification-as-a-new-mechanism-of-resistance-to-osimertinib-in-nsclc
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Franciele H Knebel, Fabiana Bettoni, Andrea K Shimada, Manoel Cruz, João Victor Alessi, Marcelo V Negrão, Luiz Fernando L Reis, Artur Katz, Anamaria A Camargo
Osimertinib is an EGFR-T790M-specific TKI, which has demonstrated impressive response rates in NSCLC, after failure to first-line anti-EGFR TKIs. However, acquired resistance to osimertinib is also observed and the molecular mechanisms of resistance are not yet fully understood. Monitoring and managing NSCLC patients who progressed on osimertinib is, therefore, emerging as an important clinical challenge. Sequential liquid biopsies were used to monitor a patient with EGFR-exon19del positive NSCLC, who received erlotinib and progressed through the acquisition of the EGFR-T790M mutation...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619493/dynamic-4d-cta-for-neuro-vascular-pathologies-a-case-series
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Ahmed Alnemari, Tarek R Mansour, Mohamad Bazerbashi, Mark Buehler, Jason Schroeder, Daniel Gaudin
BACKGROUND: The aim of this article is to illustrate, summarize, and review the multifaceted application of four-dimensional computed tomography angiography (4D-CTA) in the characterization and diagnosis of various cerebrovascular and tumor-associated vascular pathologies through the presentation of clinical cases including acute/chronic stroke, arteriovenous malformations, aneurysm, moya-moya disease, and the hypervascularity associated with a tumor and its relationship to pre-operative embolization...
June 12, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614212/phosphaturic-mesenchymal-tumors-clinicopathologic-immunohistochemical-and-molecular-analysis-of-22-cases-expanding-their-morphologic-and-immunophenotypic-spectrum
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Abbas Agaimy, Michael Michal, Simion Chiosea, Fredrik Petersson, Ladislav Hadravsky, Glenn Kristiansen, Raymund E Horch, Jan Schmolders, Arndt Hartmann, Florian Haller, Michal Michal
Phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor (PMT) is a rare neoplasm of uncertain histogenesis that has been linked to tumor-induced osteomalacia (TIO) since 1959. The neoplastic cells produce increased amount of FGF23 which results in TIO via uncontrolled renal loss of phosphate (phosphaturia), and consequently diminished bone mineralization. To date, ∼300 cases have been reported. Although there is increasing evidence that PMT can be diagnosed by reproducible histopathologic features, firm diagnosis has been often restricted to cases associated with TIO and, hence, diagnosis of "nonphosphaturic variants" remained challenging...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601386/detection-of-alk-and-kras-mutations-in-circulating-tumor-dna-of-patients-with-advanced-alk-positive-nsclc-with-disease-progression-during-crizotinib-treatment
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Paola Bordi, Marcello Tiseo, Eleonora Rofi, Iacopo Petrini, Giuliana Restante, Romano Danesi, Marzia Del Re
BACKGROUND: In patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), disease progression occurs after a median of 9 to 10 months of crizotinib treatment. Several mechanisms of resistance have been identified and include ALK mutations and amplification or the activation of bypassing signaling pathways. Rebiopsy in NSCLC patients represents a critical issue and the analysis of circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) has a promising role for the identification of resistance mechanisms...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599456/dynamic-monitoring-of-egfr-mutations-in-circulating-cell-free-dna-for-egfr-mutant-metastatic-patients-with-lung-cancer-early-detection-of-drug-resistance-and-prognostic-significance
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Jianjiao Ni, Linqian Weng, Yi Liu, Zhao Sun, Chunmei Bai, Yingyi Wang
Detecting genetic mutations in circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is a promising approach of liquid biopsy. Between June 2014 and May 2015, 168 plasma samples were collected monthly from 20 patients with metastatic lung adenocarcinoma with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation receiving gefitinib therapy. Clinically relevant EGFR mutations, including exon 19 deletion, L858R and T790M, were quantified using droplet digital polymerase chain reaction. In baseline samples, 19 (95.0%) patients had the same mutation with the matched tumors, and pretreatment T790M mutations were also detected in 3 (15...
June 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599153/effects-of-repeated-biaxial-loads-on-the-creep-properties-of-cardinal-ligaments
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Adwoa Baah-Dwomoh, Raffaella De Vita
The cardinal ligament (CL) is one of the major pelvic ligaments providing structural support to the vagina/cervix/uterus complex. This ligament has been studied mainly with regards to its important function in the treatment of different diseases such as surgical repair for pelvic organ prolapse and radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer. However, the mechanical properties of the CL have not been fully determined, despite the important in vivo supportive role of this ligament within the pelvic floor. To advance our limited knowledge about the elastic and viscoelastic properties of the CL, we conducted three consecutive planar equi-biaxial tests on CL specimens isolated from swine...
May 31, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597138/advances-in-renal-genetic-diagnosis
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REVIEW
Carsten Bergmann
Most genetic disorders are clinically and genetically heterogeneous. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has revolutionized the field and is providing rapidly growing insights into the pathomechanism of hereditary nephropathies. Current best-practice guidelines for most hereditary nephropathies include genetic diagnostics. The increasing number of genes that have to be considered in patients with hereditary nephropathies is often challenging when addressed by conventional techniques and largely benefits from NGS-based approaches that allow the parallel analysis of all disease genes in a single test at relatively low cost, e...
July 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596147/a-mobile-phone-based-health-coaching-intervention-for-weight-loss-and-blood-pressure-reduction-in-a-national-payer-population-a-retrospective-study
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Alice Yuqing Mao, Connie Chen, Candy Magana, Karla Caballero Barajas, J Nwando Olayiwola
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of obesity and associated metabolic conditions continue to be challenging and costly to address for health care systems; 71% of American adults were overweight, with 35% of men and 40% of women diagnosed with obesity in 2014. Digital health coaching is an innovative approach to decreasing the barriers of cost and accessibility of receiving health coaching for the prevention and management of chronic disease in overweight or obese individuals. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the early impact of a mobile phone-based health coaching service on weight loss and blood pressure management in a commercially insured population...
June 8, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590447/left-right-asymmetry-in-spectral-characteristics-of-lung-sounds-detected-using-a-dual-channel-auscultation-system-in-healthy-young-adults
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Jang-Zern Tsai, Ming-Lang Chang, Jiun-Yue Yang, Dar Kuo, Ching-Hsiung Lin, Cheng-Deng Kuo
Though lung sounds auscultation is important for the diagnosis and monitoring of lung diseases, the spectral characteristics of lung sounds have not been fully understood. This study compared the spectral characteristics of lung sounds between the right and left lungs and between healthy male and female subjects using a dual-channel auscultation system. Forty-two subjects aged 18-22 years without smoking habits and any known pulmonary diseases participated in this study. The lung sounds were recorded from seven pairs of auscultation sites on the chest wall simultaneously...
June 7, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587748/liquid-biopsy-of-pik3ca-mutations-in-cervical-cancer-in-hong-kong-chinese-women
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Tony K H Chung, Tak Hong Cheung, So Fan Yim, Mei Yun Yu, Rossa W K Chiu, Keith W K Lo, Ida P C Lee, Raymond R Y Wong, Kitty K M Lau, Vivian W Wang, Michael J Worley, Kevin M Elias, Stephen J Fiascone, David I Smith, Ross S Berkowitz, Yick Fu Wong
INTRODUCTION: Cervical cancer is the fourth most common female cancer worldwide. The prognosis for women with advanced-stage or recurrent cervical cancer remains poor and response to treatment is variable. Standardized management protocols leave little room for individualization. We report on a novel blood-based liquid biopsy for specific PIK3CA mutations as a clinically useful biomarker in patients with invasive cervical cancer. METHODS: One hundred seventeen Hong Kong Chinese women with primary invasive cervical cancer and their pre-treatment plasma samples were investigated...
June 3, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579482/precuneus-degeneration-and-isolated-apathy-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Jung Hwan Shin, Seong A Shin, Jee-Young Lee, Hyunwoo Nam, Jae-Sung Lim, Yu Kyeong Kim
INTRODUCTION: To investigate isolated apathy in a set of consecutively enrolled Parkinson's disease (PD) patients without dementia, depression, and significant motor response fluctuations, by conducting neuropsychological and neuroimaging analyses. METHODS: One hundred twenty-four patients were eligible for inclusion in this study. Clinical information and data were collected from a predefined neuropsychological test battery, including the mini-mental status examination, apathy scale, geriatric depression scale, digit span test, Boston naming test, Seoul verbal learning test, controlled oral word association test, go-no-go test, and the Rey figure copy test...
June 1, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577941/quantitative-cell-free-circulating-egfr-mutation-concentration-is-correlated-with-tumor-burden-in-advanced-nsclc-patients
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Yan-Juan Zhu, Hai-Bo Zhang, Yi-Hong Liu, Fu-Li Zhang, Ya-Zhen Zhu, Yong Li, Jian-Ping Bai, Li-Rong Liu, Yan-Chun Qu, Xin Qu, Xian Chen, Yan Li, Guang-Juan Zheng
OBJECTIVES: Droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) has shown sufficient concordance in detecting plasma epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) status in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), compared to tumor tissues. However, the clinical significance of the quantitative plasma mutated EGFR concentration remains unknown. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship of plasma mutated EGFR concentration with tumor burden in advanced NSCLC patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using ddPCR, plasma DNA samples prior to administration of therapies from 113 consecutive NSCLC patients were analyzed for EGFR L858R substitution and deletion of exon19 (ex19del)...
July 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566954/demonstration-of-early-cognitive-impairment-in-parkinson-s-disease-with-visual-p300-responses
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Gülin Özmüş, Deniz Yerlikaya, Arife Gökçeoğlu, Derya Durusu Emek Savaş, Raif Çakmur, Beril Dönmez Çolakoğlu, Görsev G Yener
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease. Cognitive changes in PD are less observable than motor symptoms; thus, research on cognitive processes, which are known to be impaired from the early stages of PD, is minimal. The purpose of this study is to research the brain dynamics of cognitively normal PD patients and healthy elderly controls using event-related potentials (ERPs) and to evaluate their relationships with neuropsychological tests...
March 2017: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550589/carbon-dioxide-co2-angiography-as-an-option-for-endovascular-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-evar-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-ckd
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Chiara De Angelis, Francesco Sardanelli, Matteo Perego, Marco Alì, Francesco Casilli, Luigi Inglese, Giovanni Mauri
To assess feasibility, efficacy and safety of carbon dioxide (CO2) digital subtraction angiography (DSA) to guide endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) in a cohort of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). After Ethical Committee approval, the records of 13 patients (all male, mean age 74.6 ± 8.0 years) with CKD, who underwent EVAR to exclude an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) under CO2 angiography guidance, were reviewed. The AAA to be excluded had a mean diameter of 52.0 ± 8.0 mm. CO2 angiography was performed by automatic (n = 7) or hand (n = 6) injection...
May 27, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549849/optimizing-glaucoma-screening-in-high-risk-population-design-and-1-year-findings-of-the-screening-to-prevent-stop-glaucoma-study
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Di Zhao, Eliseo Guallar, Prateek Gajwani, Bonnielin Swenor, John Crews, Jinan Saaddine, Lucy Mudie, Varshini Varadaraj, David S Friedman
PURPOSE: To develop, implement, and evaluate replicable community-based screening intervention designed to improve glaucoma and other eye disease detection and follow-up care in high-risk populations in the United States. We present the design of the study and describe the findings of the first year of the program. DESIGN: Prospective study to evaluate screening and follow-up. METHODS: This is an ongoing study to develop an eye screening program using trained personnel to identify individuals with ophthalmic needs, focusing on African Americans ≥50 years of age at multiple inner-city community sites in Baltimore, MD...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546712/screening-and-detection-of-prostate-cancer-review-of-literature-and-current-perspective
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REVIEW
Ananthakrishnan Sivaraman, Kulthe Ramesh Seetharam Bhat
Screening of prostatic cancer is a matter of debate among uro-oncologist. With many new screening modalities like prostatic health index (PHI), 4K testing the role of screening has increased as one is able to stratify patients with serum prostate specific antigen level in a grey zone of 4-10 ng/ml and normal digital rectal examination into various risk groups, thus avoiding unnecessary biopsy which was the pitfalls of routine screening practice. PHI is better at predicting malignancy while 4K is better at predicting high-grade disease...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
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