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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229341/assessment-of-cetuximab-induced-infusion-reactions-and-administration-rechallenge-at-an-academic-medical-center
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Ellen Burke, Michelle Rockey, Dennis Grauer, Dave Henry, Prakash Neupane
Cetuximab is approved for treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). Cetuximab is generally well tolerated, but does carry a black box warning for infusion reactions (IRs). Incidence of IR in clinical trials was 15-20% for all grades and 3-5% for grades III-IV. Retrospective studies reported a higher incidence of all grade IRs and grades III-IV IR in areas of the Southeastern United States. Information regarding rechallenge doses after an IR has not been well described. At our institution, we frequently rechallenge on the same day after an initial IR...
April 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211200/the-interrelation-between-hypothyroidism-and-glaucoma-a-critical-review-and-meta-analyses
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REVIEW
Marianne Thvilum, Frans Brandt, Thomas Heiberg Brix, Laszlo Hegedüs
Data on the association between hypothyroidism and glaucoma are conflicting. We sought to shed light on this by conducting a critical review and meta-analyses. The meta-analyses were conducted in adherence with the widely accepted MOOSE guidelines. Using the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) terms: hypothyroidism, myxoedema and glaucoma or intraocular pressure, case-control studies, cohort studies and cross-sectional studies were identified (PubMed) and reviewed. Using meta-analysis, the relative risk (RR) of coexistence of glaucoma and hypothyroidism was calculated...
February 16, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209396/changes-in-bite-force-after-orthognathic-surgical-correction-of-mandibular-prognathism-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
I Islam, A A T Lim, R C W Wong
Patients requesting treatment for mandibular prognathism seek functional and aesthetic improvements. Improvements in bite force and efficiency are generally used as measures of better function. It is unclear what effect the surgical correction of mandibular prognathism will have on the patient's occlusal forces. The literature was searched using medical subject heading (MeSH) and key word terms 'bite force', 'osteotomy', 'orthognathic surgery', and 'prognathism'. A total of 17 articles were included in this review...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209330/role-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-detection-of-pathologic-complete-remission-in-breast-cancer-patients-treated-with-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Yan-Lin Gu, Si-Meng Pan, Jie Ren, Zhi-Xue Yang, Guo-Qin Jiang
Pathologic complete remission after neoadjuvant chemotherapy has a role in guiding the management of breast cancer. The present meta-analysis examined the accuracy of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (CE-MRI) and diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) in detecting the response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy and compared CE-MRI with ultrasonography, mammography, and positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT). Medical subject heading terms and related keywords were searched to generate a compilation of eligible studies...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209070/assessment-of-quality-of-life-in-phase-iii-trials-of-radiotherapy-in-localized-or-locally-advanced-head-and-neck-cancer-over-the-past-17-years
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Gustavo Nader Marta, Everardo D Saad
BACKGROUND: We investigated the extent to which health-related quality of life (HRQOL) parameters have been used as endpoints in recent phase III trials on radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, as well as the frequency and correlates of significant HRQOL gains. METHODS: Using the medical subject headings "head and neck neoplasms" and "radiotherapy", we searched PubMed for the main paper reporting phase III trials published between 1/1999 and 12/2015 in 16 leading journals...
January 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203084/use-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-auditory-hallucinations-of-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Pedro H Pondé, Eduardo P de Sena, Joan A Camprodon, Arão Nogueira de Araújo, Mário F Neto, Melany DiBiasi, Abrahão Fontes Baptista, Lidia Mvr Moura, Camila Cosmo
INTRODUCTION: Auditory hallucinations are defined as experiences of auditory perceptions in the absence of a provoking external stimulus. They are the most prevalent symptoms of schizophrenia with high capacity for chronicity and refractoriness during the course of disease. The transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) - a safe, portable, and inexpensive neuromodulation technique - has emerged as a promising treatment for the management of auditory hallucinations. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to analyze the level of evidence in the literature available for the use of tDCS as a treatment for auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198530/location-of-the-narrowest-area-of-the-pharynx-regarding-bmi-and-osa-severity
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Marta Krasny, Jarosław Wysocki, Monika Prus, Kazimierz Niemczyk
BACKGROUND: Among authors studying morphological determinants of the Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) controversies exist on the location of the narrowest area within the pharynx critical for development of obstruction. Those disagreements primarily revolve around differences between obese and nonobese OSA patients. Determination whether the location and size of the narrowest area within the pharynx differentiates the obese and nonobese OSA patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A population of 55 subjects was investigated after being diagnosed with OSA in the Polysomnography Laboratory of the Department and Clinic of Otolaryngology in the Medical University of Warsaw...
February 15, 2017: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196139/using-data-from-the-microsoft-kinect-2-to-determine-postural-stability-in-healthy-subjects-a-feasibility-trial
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Behdad Dehbandi, Alexandre Barachant, Anna H Smeragliuolo, John Davis Long, Silverio Joseph Bumanlag, Victor He, Anna Lampe, David Putrino
The objective of this study was to determine whether kinematic data collected by the Microsoft Kinect 2 (MK2) could be used to quantify postural stability in healthy subjects. Twelve subjects were recruited for the project, and were instructed to perform a sequence of simple postural stability tasks. The movement sequence was performed as subjects were seated on top of a force platform, and the MK2 was positioned in front of them. This sequence of tasks was performed by each subject under three different postural conditions: "both feet on the ground" (1), "One foot off the ground" (2), and "both feet off the ground" (3)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195818/notch1-overexpression-correlates-to-improved-survival-in-cancer-of-the-oropharynx
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Azeem S Kaka, Nicholas B Nowacki, Bhavna Kumar, Songzhu Zhao, Matthew O Old, Amit Agrawal, Enver Ozer, Ricardo L Carrau, David E Schuller, Pawan Kumar, Theodoros N Teknos
Objectives The Notch1 signaling pathway has recently been shown to be highly dysregulated in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, but the value of Notch1 as a predictive biomarker is yet to be elucidated in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC). The objective of this study is to evaluate Notch1 expression in surgical OPSCC specimens and determine clinicopathologic correlates. Study Design Case series with planned data collection. Setting Tertiary academic medical center. Subjects and Methods Surgical specimens from 181 patients with OPSCC were collected to create a tissue microarray (TMA)...
February 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190374/the-use-of-quality-adjusted-life-years-in-cost-effectiveness-analyses-in-palliative-care-mapping-the-debate-through-an-integrative-review
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Anne B Wichmann, Eddy Mm Adang, Peep Fm Stalmeier, Sinta Kristanti, Lieve Van den Block, Myrra Jfj Vernooij-Dassen, Yvonne Engels
BACKGROUND: In cost-effectiveness analyses in healthcare, Quality-Adjusted Life Years are often used as outcome measure of effectiveness. However, there is an ongoing debate concerning the appropriateness of its use for decision-making in palliative care. AIM: To systematically map pros and cons of using the Quality-Adjusted Life Year to inform decisions on resource allocation among palliative care interventions, as brought forward in the debate, and to discuss the Quality-Adjusted Life Year's value for palliative care...
February 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176963/expressive-aphasia-caused-by-streptococcus-intermedius-brain-abscess-in-an-immunocompetent-patient
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Misbahuddin Khaja, Darryl Adler, George Lominadze
BACKGROUND: Brain abscess is an uncommon but life-threatening infection. It involves a focal, intracerebral infection that begins in a localized area of cerebritis and develops into a collection of pus, surrounded by a well-vascularized capsule. Brain abscess still poses a significant problem in developing countries but rarely in developed countries. Predisposing factors vary in different parts of the world. With the introduction of antibiotics and imaging studies, the mortality rate has decreased between 5% and 15%...
2017: International Medical Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169105/current-evidence-on-prevalence-and-clinical-outcomes-of-co-morbid-obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Md Shajedur R Shawon, Jennifer L Perret, Chamara V Senaratna, Caroline Lodge, Garun S Hamilton, Shyamali C Dharmage
The objective of this systematic review is to synthesize the evidence on prevalence, polysomnographic findings and clinical outcomes of co-morbid obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - known as the "overlap syndrome". We systematically searched PubMed on 1 December 2015 using appropriate medical subject headings (MeSH) and text words to capture prevalence studies and comparative studies of any observational design examining the clinical outcomes in patients with co-existent COPD and OSA...
April 2017: Sleep Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167302/characterization-of-neck-strength-in-healthy-young-adults
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Eva Catenaccio, Weiya Mu, Atira Kaplan, Roman Fleysher, Namhee Kim, Tamar Bachrach, Malka Zughaft Sears, Oren Jaspan, Jaclyn Caccese, Mimi Kim, Mark Wagshul, Walter F Stewart, Richard B Lipton, Michael L Lipton
BACKGROUND: The role of cervical muscle (neck) strength in traumatic brain and spine injury and chronic neck pain disorders is an area of active research. Characterization of the normal ranges of neck strength in healthy young adults is essential to designing future investigations of how strength may act as a modifier for risk and progression in head and neck disorders. OBJECTIVE: To develop a normative reference database of neck strength in a healthy young adult population; and to evaluate the relationship of neck strength to anthropometric measurements...
February 3, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163495/using-multistate-observational-studies-to-determine-role-of-hypertension-and-diabetes-as-risk-factors-for-dementia
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Mitasha Singh, Des Raj, Sunil Kumar Raina, Manoj Kumar Gandhi, Vishav Chander
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that modifiable risk factors which can be targeted by prevention are vascular diseases, such as diabetes, midlife hypertension (HTN), midlife obesity, midlife cholesterol, mid- and late-life depression as well as lifestyle factors such as smoking, physical inactivity, and poor diet. METHODS: A comprehensive search of the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database and Google Scholar was conducted. A combinations of medical subject headings and free text words that included search terms related to the exposure (e...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163065/a-standardized-method-to-measure-brain-shifts-with-decompressive-hemicraniectomy
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Askiel Bruno, Abdurrehman Zahran, Nina Paletta, Laith Maali, Fenwick T Nichols, Ramon Figueroa
BACKGROUND: A standardized, reliable, and practical method for measuring decompressive hemicraniectomy (DHC) defects and brain shifts in malignant middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory infarction is needed for reliable comparisons between computed tomography (CT) scans. Such a method could facilitate further studies on the effects of DHC. NEW METHOD: We describe and apply a method for measuring DHC defects and brain shifts on CT scans in 25 patients with malignant MCA territory infarction...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158165/ketamine-an-update-on-cellular-and-subcellular-mechanisms-with-implications-for-clinical-practice
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Gary J Iacobucci, Ognjen Visnjevac, Leili Pourafkari, Nader Djalal Nader
BACKGROUND: Ketamine is one of the oldest hypnotic agents used to provide an anesthetic agent with analgesic properties and minimal suppressive effects on respiration. The ability of ketamine in modulating glutamatergic (N-methyl D-aspartate) pain receptors has made this anesthetic drug a new option for the management of patients with chronic pain syndromes. Further preclinical and clinical findings suggest ketamine may have wide ranging effects on both cognition and development. Recent advances have revealed an unprecedented role for ketamine in the acute management of depression...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153664/predicting-the-difficulty-of-operative-vaginal-delivery-by-ultrasound-measurement-of-fetal-head-station
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Sidi Kasbaoui, François Severac, Germain Aissi, A Gaudineau, Lise Lecointre, Chérif Akladios, R Favre, B Langer, N Sananes
BACKGROUND: Clinical assessment of fetal head station is difficult and subjective whereas it is mandatory before attempting operative vaginal delivery. OBJECTIVES: The principal objective of our study was to assess whether measurement of the perineum-to-skull ultrasound distance was predictive of a difficult operative vaginal delivery. Secondary objectives include evaluation of the inter-observer reproducibility of perineum-to-skull ultrasound distance and comparison of this measurement and digital examination in predicting a difficult operative delivery...
January 28, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153653/prenatal-diagnosis-and-management-of-vasa-previa-in-twin-pregnancies-a-case-series-and-systematic-review
#18
REVIEW
Eric Jauniaux, Yaakov Melcer, Ron Maymon
BACKGROUND: Twin pregnancies are at higher risks of velamentous cord insertion (VCI) and vasa previa. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is an additional risk factor of abnormal cord insertion and thus the incidence of vasa previa is likely to increase over the next decades. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role of ultrasound imaging in optimizing the management of twins diagnosed with vasa previa antenatally. STUDY DESIGN: We searched our database for twin pregnancies diagnosed with vasa previa and managed antenatally using measurements of cervical length (CL) and performed a systematic review of articles which correlated prenatal diagnosis of vasa previa in twins and pregnancy outcome...
January 30, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152134/the-tissue-expander-effect-in-early-surgical-management-of-select-focal-infantile-hemangiomas
#19
Tara E Brennan, Milton Waner, Teresa M O
Importance: The current standard of treatment for infantile hemangiomas (IHs) involves initial observation for regression throughout infancy and childhood, with or without medical management with β-blocker medications. Approximately 50% of the lesions respond almost completely to this regimen. However, the remaining 50% of the lesions, especially established focal IHs of the lip, nose, eyelids, forehead, cheek, and scalp, do not regress completely with this regimen or do so leaving a deformity; among these lesions, early surgical management may result in a superior aesthetic and functional outcome...
February 2, 2017: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151456/comparison-of-two-approaches-to-lateral-osteotomy-in-saudi-patients
#20
Ahmad A Mirza, Osama A Marglani, Mian U Farooq, Talal A Al-Khatib, Waed S Jameel, Noran A Sultan, Mohammed S Aly
BACKGROUND: Nasal deformity is an abnormality in the appearance of the nose due to either congenital defect or trauma. In traumatic cases, patients often present with combined functional and cosmetic complaints. Therefore, otolaryngologists take into account both breathing and aesthetic nasal issues. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the changes in the nasal dorsum and base; compare breathing and aesthetic satisfaction scores between two approaches to lateral nasal osteotomy: low-to-low and low-to-high...
January 2017: Annals of Saudi Medicine
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