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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641204/towards-dosimetry-for-photodynamic-diagnosis-with-the-low-level-dose-of-photosensitizer
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Igor Buzalewicz, Iwona Hołowacz, Agnieszka Ulatowska-Jarża, Halina Podbielska
BACKGROUND: Contemporary medicine does not concern the issue of dosimetry in photodynamic diagnosis (PDD) but follows the photosensitizer (PS) producers recommendation. Most preclinical and clinical PDD studies indicate a considerable variation in the possibility of visualization and treatment, as e.g. in case of cervix lesions. Although some of these variations can be caused by the different histological subtypes or various tumor geometries, the issue of varying PS concentration in the tumor tissue volume is definitely an important factor...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630086/psychosocial-therapy-for-parkinson-s-related-dementia-study-protocol-for-the-invest-randomised-controlled-trial
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Sheree A McCormick, Kathryn R McDonald, Sabina Vatter, Vasiliki Orgeta, Ellen Poliakoff, Sarah Smith, Monty A Silverdale, Bo Fu, Iracema Leroi
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson's disease (PD) with mild cognitive impairment (MCI-PD) or dementia (PDD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) are characterised by motor and 'non-motor' symptoms which impact on quality of life. Treatment options are generally limited to pharmacological approaches. We developed a psychosocial intervention to improve cognition, quality of life and companion burden for people with MCI-PD, PDD or DLB. Here, we describe the protocol for a single-blind randomised controlled trial to assess feasibility, acceptability and tolerability of the intervention and to evaluate treatment implementation...
June 19, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626920/experimental-verification-of-egsnrc-monte-carlo-calculated-depth-doses-within-a-realistic-parallel-magnetic-field-in-a-polystyrene-phantom
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Andrei Ghila, Stephen Steciw, B Gino Fallone, Satyapal Rathee
PURPOSE: Integrating a linac with a magnetic resonance imager (MRI) will revolutionize the accuracy of external beam radiation treatments. Irradiating in the presence of a strong magnetic field, however, will modify the dose distribution. These dose modifications have been investigated previously, mainly using Monte Carlo simulations. The purpose of this work is to experimentally verify the use of the EGSnrc Monte Carlo (MC) package for calculating percent depth doses (PDDs) in a homogeneous phantom, in the presence of a realistic parallel magnetic field...
June 19, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610688/efficacy-of-patient-specific-bolus-created-using-three-dimensional-printing-technique-in-photon-radiotherapy
#4
Koya Fujimoto, Takehiro Shiinoki, Yuki Yuasa, Hideki Hanazawa, Keiko Shibuya
PURPOSE: A commercially available bolus ("commercial-bolus") does not make complete contact with the irregularly shaped patient skin. This study aims to customise a patient-specific three-dimensional (3D) bolus using a 3D printing technique ("3D-bolus") and to evaluate its clinical feasibility for photon radiotherapy. METHODS: The 3D-bolus was designed using a treatment planning system (TPS) in Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine-Radiotherapy (DICOM-RT) format, and converted to stereolithographic format for printing...
June 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597396/trpv4-activation-contributes-functional-recovery-from-ischemic-stroke-via-angiogenesis-and-neurogenesis
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Chun-Kai Chen, Po-Yuan Hsu, Tzu-Ming Wang, Zhi-Feng Miao, Ruey-Tay Lin, Suh-Hang H Juo
The endothelial transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 4 (TRPV4) plays a crucial role in vascular remodeling; however, TRPV4-mediated angiogenesis after ischemic neuronal death as a neurorestorative strategy has not yet been thoroughly examined. In this study, we first tested whether TRPV4 activation can improve functional recovery in rats subjected to transient brain ischemia. The possible mechanisms for TRPV4 activation-promoted functional recovery were explored. A TRPV4 agonist, 4α-phorbol 12,13-didecanoate (4α-PDD), was intravenously injected via the tail vein at 6 h and 1, 2, 3, 4 days after ischemic stroke...
June 9, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595550/new-tracers-and-new-perspectives-for-molecular-imaging-in-lewy-body-diseases
#6
Matteo Bauckneht, Dario Arnaldi, Flavio Nobili, Dag Aarsland, Silvia Morbelli
The term Lewy body diseases (LBDs) refers to a subset of neurodegenerative disorders that share the accumulation of the so-called Lewy bodies (LB) including: Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and PD later characterized by the occurrence of dementia (PDD). Moreover, multiple system atrophy (MSA) and idiopatic Rem Sleeping behaviour disorders (RBD) complete the group of synucleinopathies and have also common symptoms with respect to LBDs. The clinical diagnosis of LBDs can be challenging for physicians, particularly in the early stages of disease...
June 8, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585287/effect-of-vero-pan-tilt-motion-on-the-dose-distribution
#7
Heru Prasetio, Indra Yohannes, Christoph Bert
Tumor tracking is an option for intra-fractional motion management in radiotherapy. The VERO gimbal tracking system creates a unique beam geometry and understanding the effect of the gimbal motion in terms of dose distribution is important to assess the dose deviation from the reference conditions. Beam profiles, output factors (OF) and percentage depth doses (PDD) were measured and evaluated to investigate this effect. In order to find regions affected by the pan-tilt motion, synthesized 2D dose distributions were generated...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572553/formation-and-distortion-of-iodidoantimonates-iii-the-first-isolated-sbi6-3-octahedron
#8
Maciej Bujak
The ability to intentionally construct, through different types of interactions, inorganic-organic hybrid materials with desired properties is the main goal of inorganic crystal engineering. The primary deformation, related to intrinsic interactions within inorganic substructure, and the secondary deformation, mainly caused by the hydrogen bond interactions, are both responsible for polyhedral distortions of halogenidoantimonates(III) with organic cations. The evolution of structural parameters, in particular the Sb-I secondary- and O/N/C-H...
June 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica Section B, Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554411/cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-of-cognitive-decline-in-parkinson-s-disease
#9
Iskandar Johar, Brit Mollenhauer, Dag Aarsland
Among the nonmotor symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD), cognitive impairment is one of the most common and devastating. Over recent years, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) has become a recognized feature of PD (PD-MCI). The underlying mechanisms which influence onset, rate of decline, and conversion to dementia (PDD) are largely unknown. Adding to this uncertainty is the heterogeneity of cognitive domains affected. Currently there are no disease-modifying treatments that can slow or reverse this process. Identification of biomarkers that can predict rate and risk of cognitive decline is therefore an unmet need...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550072/plasma-%C3%AE-synuclein-predicts-cognitive-decline-in-parkinson-s-disease
#10
Chin-Hsien Lin, Shieh-Yueh Yang, Herng-Er Horng, Che-Chuan Yang, Jen-Jie Chieh, Hsin-Hsien Chen, Bing-Hsien Liu, Ming-Jang Chiu
OBJECTIVE: α-Synuclein is critical to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). Few studies examined the plasma levels of α-synuclein due to the exceptionally low level of α-synuclein in plasma compared with cerebrospinal fluid. We aimed to investigate plasma α-synuclein in patients with PD of different disease severity. METHODS: There were total 114 participants, including 80 patients with PD and 34 controls, in the study. Participants received a complete evaluation of motor and non-motor symptoms, including cognitive function...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494095/comparison-of-192-ir-169-yb-and-60-co-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-sources-for-skin-cancer-treatment
#11
Habib Safigholi, Ali S Meigooni, William Y Song
PURPOSE: To evaluate the possibility of utilizing the high-dose rate (HDR) (169) Yb and (60) Co sources, in addition to (192) Ir, for the treatment of skin malignancies with conical applicators. METHODS: Monte Carlo (MC) simulations were used to benchmark the dosimetric parameters of single (169) Yb (4140), (60) Co (Co0.A86), and (192) Ir (mHDR-V2) brachytherapy sources in a water phantom and compared their results against published data. A standard conical tungsten alloy Leipzig-style applicator (Stand...
May 11, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494012/fabrication-of-malleable-three-dimensional-printed-customized-bolus-using-three-dimensional-scanner
#12
Jae Won Park, Se An Oh, Ji Woon Yea, Min Kyu Kang
A three-dimensional (3D)-printed customized bolus (3D bolus) can be used for radiotherapy application to irregular surfaces. However, bolus fabrication based on computed tomography (CT) scans is complicated and also delivers unwanted irradiation. Consequently, we fabricated a bolus using a 3D scanner and evaluated its efficacy. The head of an Alderson Rando phantom was scanned with a 3D scanner. The 3D surface data were exported and reconstructed with Geomagic Design X software. A 3D bolus of 5-mm thickness designed to fit onto the nose was printed with the use of rubber-like printing material, and a radiotherapy plan was developed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488446/plasma-protein-hematologic-and-blood-chemistry-changes-in-african-grey-parrots-psittacus-erithacus-experimentally-infected-with-bornavirus
#13
Charlotte Högemann, Rüdiger Richter, Rüdiger Korbel, Monika Rinder
Bornaviruses are considered to be the causative agent of proventricular dilatation disease (PDD) in psittacine birds. In order to detect hematological and blood chemistry changes during the development of PDD and a possible correlation with clinical symptoms and the virological status, six African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) were experimentally infected with parrot bornavirus genotype 4 (PaBV-4) by subcutaneous route. All six parrots developed clinical signs of varying extent and successful infection was confirmed in all the birds by seroconversion or detection of RNA of the PaBV-4 infection strain...
May 10, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482948/survey-of-preventable-disaster-deaths-at-medical-institutions-in-areas-affected-by-the-great-east-japan-earthquake-retrospective-survey-of-medical-institutions-in-miyagi-prefecture
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Satoshi Yamanouchi, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Hisayoshi Kondo, Tomohiko Mase, Yasuhiro Otomo, Yuichi Koido, Shigeki Kushimoto
Introduction In 2015, the authors reported the results of a preliminary investigation of preventable disaster deaths (PDDs) at medical institutions in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011). This initial survey considered only disaster base hospitals (DBHs) and hospitals that had experienced at least 20 patient deaths in Miyagi Prefecture (Japan); therefore, hospitals that experienced fewer than 20 patient deaths were not investigated. This was an additional study to the previous survey to better reflect PDD at hospitals across the entire prefecture...
May 9, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464517/long-term-dosimetric-stability-of-multiple-tomotherapy-delivery-systems
#15
Jennifer B Smilowitz, David Dunkerley, Patrick M Hill, Poonam Yadav, Mark W Geurts
The dosimetric stability of six TomoTherapy units was analyzed to investigate changes in performance over time and with system upgrades. Energy and output were tracked using monitor chamber signal, onboard megavoltage computed tomography (MVCT) detector profile, and external ion chamber measurements. The systems (and monitoring periods) include three Hi-Art (67, 61, and 65 mos.), two TomoHDA (31 and 26 mos.), and one Radixact unit (11 mos.), representing approximately 10 years of clinical use. The four newest systems use the Dose Control Stability (DCS) system and Fixed Target Linear Accelerator (linac) (FTL)...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462601/neonatal-factors-among-subjects-diagnosed-with-a-pervasive-developmental-disorder-in-the-us
#16
David A Geier, Janet K Kern, Mark R Geier
PURPOSE: Contradictory studies suggest that some neonatal factors may be associated with a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) diagnosis, but limited data is available from longitudinal, prospective medical record assessments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present hypothesis-testing longitudinal, case-control study evaluated birth characteristics among cases diagnosed with a PDD in comparison to controls by examining prospectively collected automated medical records within the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) database...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458525/rivastigmine-the-advantages-of-dual-inhibition-of-acetylcholinesterase-and-butyrylcholinesterase-and-its-role-in-subcortical-vascular-dementia-and-parkinson-s-disease-dementia
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Nagaendran Kandiah, Ming-Chyi Pai, Vorapun Senanarong, Irene Looi, Encarnita Ampil, Kyung Won Park, Ananda Krishna Karanam, Stephen Christopher
Several studies have demonstrated clinical benefits of sustained cholinesterase inhibition with rivastigmine in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD). Unlike donepezil and galantamine that selectively inhibit acetylcholinesterase (AChE; EC 3.1.1.7), rivastigmine is a unique cholinesterase inhibitor with both AChE and butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE; EC 3.1.1.8) inhibitory activity. Rivastigmine is also available as transdermal patch that has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of mild, moderate, and severe AD as well as mild-to-moderate PDD...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454845/abnormalities-of-cortical-neural-synchronization-mechanisms-in-patients-with-dementia-due-to-alzheimer-s-and-lewy-body-diseases-an-eeg-study
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Claudio Babiloni, Claudio Del Percio, Roberta Lizio, Giuseppe Noce, Susanna Cordone, Susanna Lopez, Andrea Soricelli, Raffaele Ferri, Maria Teresa Pascarelli, Flavio Nobili, Dario Arnaldi, Dag Aarsland, Francesco Orzi, Carla Buttinelli, Franco Giubilei, Marco Onofrj, Fabrizio Stocchi, Paola Stirpe, Peter Fuhr, Ute Gschwandtner, Gerhard Ransmayr, Georg Caravias, Heinrich Garn, Fabiola Sorpresi, Michela Pievani, Giovanni B Frisoni, Fabrizia D'Antonio, Carlo De Lena, Bahar Güntekin, Lutfu Hanoğlu, Erol Başar, Görsev Yener, Derya Durusu Emek-Savaş, Antonio Ivano Triggiani, Raffaella Franciotti, Maria Francesca De Pandis, Laura Bonanni
The aim of this retrospective exploratory study was that resting state eyes-closed electroencephalographic (rsEEG) rhythms might reflect brain arousal in patients with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease dementia (ADD), Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD), and dementia with Lewy body (DLB). Clinical and rsEEG data of 42 ADD, 42 PDD, 34 DLB, and 40 healthy elderly (Nold) subjects were available in an international archive. Demography, education, and Mini-Mental State Evaluation score were not different between the patient groups...
April 5, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450040/comparison-of-predictors-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-versus-reduced-ejection-fraction-in-a-multiracial-cohort-of-preclinical-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction
#19
Lili Zhang, Jared J Liebelt, Nidhi Madan, Jian Shan, Cynthia C Taub
Preclinical diastolic dysfunction (PDD) is a well-known but poorly understood risk factor for heart failure. We aimed to investigate risk factors contributing to progression of PDD to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Patients with echocardiogram from 2003 to 2008 with left ventricular ejection fraction ≥50%, grade I diastolic dysfunction, and free of clinical heart failure were included. The end point was incident HFpEF or HFrEF...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444840/topas-simulation-of-the-mevion-s250-compact-proton-therapy-unit
#20
Michael Prusator, Salahuddin Ahmad, Yong Chen
As proton therapy becomes increasingly popular, so does the need for Monte Carlo simulation studies involving accurate beam line modeling of proton treatment units. In this study, the 24 beam configurations of the Mevion S250 proton therapy system installed recently at our institution were modeled using the TOolkit for PArticle Simulation (TOPAS) code. Pristine Bragg peak, spread out Bragg peak (SOBP), and lateral beam profile dose distributions were simulated and matched to the measurements taken during commissioning of the unit...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
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