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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102883/exploring-prognostic-factors-for-her2-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-a-major-swiss-hospital
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Lilian Bringolf, Bernhard Pestalozzi, Daniel Fink, Konstantin Dedes
BACKGROUND: Trastuzumab (Herceptin®, Roche) has significantly improved the prognosis of patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. Some patients remain in remission for many years. However, there are no prognostic markers associated with long-term survival. This study aimed to analyse treatment patterns of HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer at a single institution and explore prognostic factors for long-term survival after HER2-targeted treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of all patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer receiving first-line treatment with HER2-targeted therapy between 2004 and 2014 at the University Hospital of Zurich (n = 81)...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102699/tracheostomy-weaning-outcomes-in-relation-to-the-site-of-acquired-brain-injury-a-retrospective-case-series
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Kay Mitton, Krystyna Walton, Manoj Sivan
OBJECTIVE: To analyse whether the outcome of tracheostomy weaning is influenced by the site of injury in acquired brain injury. METHODS: A retrospective case review of all the consecutive admissions to an acute neurorehabilitation unit in a 2-year period was performed. Patients with a diagnosis of acquired brain injury and tracheostomy in situ were included in this study. RESULTS: One hundred and six patients were included in the analysis...
January 19, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102101/thyroid-in-pregnancy-from-physiology-to-screening
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Drahomira Springer, Jan Jiskra, Zdenka Limanova, Tomas Zima, Eliska Potlukova
Thyroid hormones are crucial for the growth and maturation of many target tissues, especially the brain and skeleton. During critical periods in the first trimester of pregnancy, maternal thyroxine is essential for fetal development as it supplies thyroid hormone-dependent tissues. The ontogeny of mature thyroid function involves organogenesis, and maturation of the hypothalamus, pituitary and the thyroid gland; and it is almost complete by the 12th-14th gestational week. In case of maternal hypothyroidism, substitution with levothyroxine must be started in early pregnancy...
January 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101678/breast-carcinoma-subtypes-show-different-patterns-of-metastatic-behavior
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István Artúr Molnár, Béla Ákos Molnár, Laura Vízkeleti, Krisztina Fekete, Judit Tamás, Péter Deák, Csilla Szundi, Borbála Székely, Judit Moldvay, Stefan Vári-Kakas, Marcell A Szász, Balázs Ács, Janina Kulka, Anna-Mária Tőkés
The aim of our retrospective study was to analyze patterns of subtype specific metastatic spread and to identify the time course of distant metastases. A consecutive series of 490 patients with breast cancer who underwent surgery and postoperative treatment at Semmelweis University, Hungary, and diagnosed between the years 2000 and 2007 was identified from the archives of the 2nd Department of Pathology, Hungary. Molecular subtypes were defined based on the 2011 St. Gallen recommendations. Statistical analysis was performed with SPSS Statistics for Windows, Version 22...
January 19, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101650/speech-disorders-in-parkinson-s-disease-early-diagnostics-and-effects-of-medication-and-brain-stimulation
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L Brabenec, J Mekyska, Z Galaz, Irena Rektorova
Hypokinetic dysarthria (HD) occurs in 90% of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. It manifests specifically in the areas of articulation, phonation, prosody, speech fluency, and faciokinesis. We aimed to systematically review papers on HD in PD with a special focus on (1) early PD diagnosis and monitoring of the disease progression using acoustic voice and speech analysis, and (2) functional imaging studies exploring neural correlates of HD in PD, and (3) clinical studies using acoustic analysis to evaluate effects of dopaminergic medication and brain stimulation...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100859/-cotton-dam-wash-cytology-a-technique-for-diagnosis-and-prevention-of-dissemination-during-resection-of-metastatic-brain-tumors
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Koichi Mitsuya, Yoko Nakasu, Sachiyo Ono, Nakamasa Hayashi, Reiko Watanabe, Ichiro Ito
The management of brain metastases has been important in neurosurgical oncology. Resection of a brain metastasis carries an increased risk of leptomeningeal dissemination than other treatment modalities such as irradiation or pharmacotherapy. We have utilized intraoperative wash cytology of cotton patties covering the brain surface. The cytology information contributes to making a decision of postoperative whole brain radiation. We named the method as "cotton dam", that serves as a check and catch of neoplastic cells on the brain surface during resection surgery...
January 2017: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100321/-application-of-esmolol-in-severe-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease
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Lei Zhu, Bo-Xiang Qi, Dai-Hua Fang, Gong-Jian Qi, Kun Gao, Bao-Li Hu
OBJECTIVE: To study the clinical effect and mechanism of action of esmolol in the treatment of severe hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). METHODS: A prospective randomized controlled trial was performed. A total of 102 children with severe HFMD were enrolled in the study and were randomly divided into conventional treatment and esmolol treatment groups (n=51 each). The children in the conventional treatment group were given conventional treatment according to the guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of HFMD...
January 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099397/the-effects-of-attention-problems-on-psychosocial-functioning-in-childhood-brain-tumor-survivors-a-2-year-postcraniospinal-irradiation-follow-up
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Yunhye Oh, Hyunjung Seo, Ki Woong Sung, Yoo Sook Joung
OBJECTIVE: To examine the psychosocial outcomes and impact of attention problems in survivors of pediatric brain tumor. STUDY DESIGN: The survivors' cognitive functioning was measured using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. The Child Behavior Checklist-Attention Problems scale was used to screen for attention problems, and participants were classified as having attention problems (n=15) or normal attention (n=36). Psychosocial functioning was examined with the Korean Personality Rating scale for Children (K-PRC) at precraniospinal radiation and at 2-year follow-up...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099368/recurrence-behavior-in-early-stage-cutaneous-melanoma-pattern-timing-survival-and-influencing-factors
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Faruk Tas, Kayhan Erturk
Nearly one-third of all melanoma patients will experience disease recurrence and the majority of the relapses eventually develop metastatic disease as a consequence of disease progression in the early-stage melanoma patients. Although the factors that predict the recurrence have already been described, very few numbers of studies have investigated the natural recurrence history of melanoma. In this retrospective study, we analyzed the time until recurrence along with the patterns and outcomes of the recurrences; thus, we aimed to understand the possible factors that might influence the recurrence course in early-stage cutaneous melanoma at the first relapse...
January 17, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098955/the-impact-of-childhood-cancer-perceptions-of-adult-survivors
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Victoria W Willard, James L Klosky, Chenghong Li, Deo Kumar Srivastava, Tara M Brinkman, Leslie L Robison, Melissa M Hudson, Sean Phipps
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to describe perceptions and associated risk factors of the impact of cancer on functional outcomes, including social relationships, exercise, finances, and religion, among adult survivors of childhood cancer. METHODS: Evaluable participants included 3001 adult survivors (mean age, 32.5 years; range, 18.3-63.8 years; 24.1 years from diagnosis; 50.8% male; 84.9% Caucasian) who were enrolled in the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort study...
January 18, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098479/screening-of-visual-perceptual-disorders-following-acquired-brain-injury-a-delphi-study
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S M de Vries, J Heutink, B J M Melis-Dankers, A C L Vrijling, F W Cornelissen, O Tucha
Impairments in visual perception are common after acquired brain injury (ABI) and adequate assessment is crucial for diagnosis and rehabilitation. However, there is no consensus yet on how to assess these disorders after ABI. The aim of the present study was to explore what measures are considered reasonable to be part of a test battery for the screening of a broad range of mid-level and higher-order visual perceptual disorders. A Delphi method was used to collect the opinions of 28 international multidisciplinary experts in visual perception in order to achieve consensus on the content of the test battery...
January 18, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097868/development-of-phenothiazine-based-theranostic-compounds-that-act-both-as-inhibitors-of-%C3%AF-amyloid-aggregation-and-imaging-probes-for-amyloid-plaques-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Pascal Dao, Feifei Ye, Yan Liu, Zhiyun Du, Kun Zhang, Chang-Zhi Dong, Bernard Meunier, Huixiong Chen
Early detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is imperative in enabling the understanding and clinical treatment of this disorder, as well as in preventing its progression. Imaging agents specifically targeting Aβ plaques in the brain and the retina may lead to the early diagnosis of AD. Among them, near infrared fluorescent imaging has emerged as an attractive tool to noninvasively identify and monitor diseases during the preclinical and early stages. In the present study, we report the design, synthesis and evaluation of a series of new near-infrared fluorescent probes...
January 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097788/outcome-of-patients-with-intracranial-relapse-enrolled-on-national-wilms-tumor-study-group-clinical-trials
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Rajkumar Venkatramani, Yueh-Yun Chi, Max J Coppes, Marcio Malogolowkin, John A Kalapurakal, Jing Tian, Jeffrey S Dome
BACKGROUND: The occurrence of brain metastases (at diagnosis or at relapse) in patients with Wilms tumor is very rare. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical characteristics of patients with Wilms tumor and relapse to the brain enrolled on the National Wilms Tumor Studies (NWTSs) 1-5. RESULTS: Intracranial relapse was documented in 47 patients (0.5%). Of the 45 patients with adequate data, 26 (58%) patients were male. Thirty-eight (84%) patients had favorable histology Wilms tumor...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097679/abnormal-levels-of-seven-amino-neurotransmitters-in-depression-rat-brain-and-determination-by-hplc-fld
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Ting Cui, Hong-Mei Qiu, Dan Huang, Qi-Xin Zhou, Xiao-Yan Fu, Hai-Yan Li, Xin-Hui Jiang
The determination of amino acids with the actions-like neurotransmitters or modulators have been increasingly important for diagnose in many neuropsychiatric diseases. A rapid and simple high performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD) was developed for simultaneous determination of seven amino acids: aspartate (Asp), glutamate (Glu), serine (Ser), glutamine (Gln), glycine (Gly), taurine (Tau) and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Homoserine (Hse) was used as an internal standard (IS)...
January 18, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097223/abca7-loss-of-function-variants-expression-and-neurologic-disease-risk
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Mariet Allen, Sarah J Lincoln, Morgane Corda, Jens O Watzlawik, Minerva M Carrasquillo, Joseph S Reddy, Jeremy D Burgess, Thuy Nguyen, Kimberly Malphrus, Ronald C Petersen, Neill R Graff-Radford, Dennis W Dickson, Nilüfer Ertekin-Taner
OBJECTIVE: To investigate and characterize putative "loss-of-function" (LOF) adenosine triphosphate-binding cassette, subfamily A member 7 (ABCA7) mutations reported to associate with Alzheimer disease (AD) risk. METHODS: We genotyped 6 previously reported ABCA7 putative LOF variants in 1,465 participants with AD, 381 participants with other neuropathologies (non-AD), and 1,043 controls and assessed the overall mutational burden for association with different diagnosis groups...
February 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096493/combining-standard-clinical-blood-values-for-improving-survival-prediction-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-brain-metastases-development-and-validation-of-the-labbm-score
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Anna S Berghoff, Fabian Wolpert, Tim Holland-Letz, Romina Koller, Georg Widhalm, Brigitte Gatterbauer, Karin Dieckmann, Peter Birner, Rupert Bartsch, Christoph C Zielinski, Michael Weller, Matthias Preusser
BACKGROUND: We aimed to investigate the potential of standard hematologic and serum biochemical parameters to provide an independent and substantial contribution to the prediction of survival in patients with newly diagnosed brain metastases (BM). METHODS: Hemoglobin, white blood cell count, platelet count, serum albumin, creatinine, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), and C-reactive protein (CRP) were assessed at diagnosis of BM in a discovery cohort of 1200 cancer patients...
January 17, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095665/a-case-of-cerebral-cysticercosis-in-thailand
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Samasuk Thammachantha, Ratana Kunnatiranont, Pongwat Polpong
Cysticercosis and sparganosis are not uncommon parasitic infections in the developing world. Central nervous system infection by both cestodes can present with neurological signs and symptoms, such as seizure and mass effect, including brain hernia. Early detection and accurate diagnosis can prevent a fatal outcome. Histological examinations of brain tissues can confirm the diagnosis of cerebral cysticercosis, which differs from sparganosis by the presence of a cavitated body. We report here a case of cerebral cysticercosis which has the similar clinical and imaging findings as sparganosis...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095387/mri-of-cerebellar-infarction
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Laurens J L De Cocker, Karl-Olof Lövblad, Jeroen Hendrikse
BACKGROUND: MRI is the imaging modality of choice for diagnosing brain infarction. Because of few or atypical clinical symptoms and a relatively low sensitivity of CT scans, many cerebellar infarctions may be detected only with MRI. With adequate recognition of cerebellar infarction on MRI and prompt initiation or optimisation of preventive therapeutic measures, more dramatic strokes may be avoided in selected cases. SUMMARY: We first briefly review the clinical presentation of cerebellar infarctions, followed by a short refresher on cerebellar anatomy and pathophysiological mechanisms of cerebellar infarcts...
January 18, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095378/advanced-neuroimaging-techniques-in-pediatric-hydrocephalus
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Smruti K Patel, Weihong Yuan, Francesco T Mangano
From the early days of pneumoencephalography and ventriculography to the emerging technology of magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) of the present day, neuroimaging has always been a critical tool in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric hydrocephalus. There is accumulating evidence from both human and animal research suggesting that one of the major pathophysiological mechanisms underlying poor outcomes in these children is damage to vulnerable white matter (WM) structures in the brain as a result of ventricular enlargement and increased intracranial pressure...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095029/utilization-of-conventional-neuroimaging-following-youth-concussion
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Sean C Rose, Caroline E Schaffer, Julie A Young, Kelly A McNally, Anastasia N Fischer, Geoffrey L Heyer
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Conventional neuroimaging is not recommended for the routine diagnosis of concussion, but some patients with concussion undergo computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The objective of this study was to explore the clinical factors that predict neuroimaging utilization in concussion. METHODS: Concussion-related CT and MRI data were analysed from 1953 patients, aged 10-19 years, who presented to a sports concussion clinic within 30 days of injury...
January 17, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
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