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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215045/a-generalized-partially-linear-mean-covariance-regression-model-for-longitudinal-proportional-data-with-applications-to-the-analysis-of-quality-of-life-data-from-cancer-clinical-trials
#1
Xueying Zheng, Guoyou Qin, Dongsheng Tu
Motivated by the analysis of quality of life data from a clinical trial on early breast cancer, we propose in this paper a generalized partially linear mean-covariance regression model for longitudinal proportional data, which are bounded in a closed interval. Cholesky decomposition of the covariance matrix for within-subject responses and generalized estimation equations are used to estimate unknown parameters and the nonlinear function in the model. Simulation studies are performed to evaluate the performance of the proposed estimation procedures...
February 19, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215037/the-italian-dystonia-registry-rationale-design-and-preliminary-findings
#2
Giovanni Defazio, M Esposito, G Abbruzzese, C L Scaglione, G Fabbrini, G Ferrazzano, S Peluso, R Pellicciari, A F Gigante, G Cossu, R Arca, L Avanzino, F Bono, M R Mazza, L Bertolasi, R Bacchin, R Eleopra, C Lettieri, F Morgante, M C Altavista, L Polidori, R Liguori, S Misceo, G Squintani, M Tinazzi, R Ceravolo, E Unti, L Magistrelli, M Coletti Moja, N Modugno, M Petracca, N Tambasco, M S Cotelli, M Aguggia, A Pisani, M Romano, M Zibetti, A R Bentivoglio, A Albanese, P Girlanda, A Berardelli
The Italian Dystonia Registry is a multicenter data collection system that will prospectively assess the phenomenology and natural history of adult-onset dystonia and will serve as a basis for future etiological, pathophysiological and therapeutic studies. In the first 6 months of activity, 20 movement disorders Italian centres have adhered to the registry and 664 patients have been recruited. Baseline historical information from this cohort provides the first general overview of adult-onset dystonia in Italy...
February 18, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215033/anti-mutated-citrullinated-vimentin-antibodies-in-antiphospholipid-syndrome-diagnostic-value-and-relationship-with-clinical-features
#3
Cristiano Alessandri, Nancy Agmon-Levin, Fabrizio Conti, Carlo Perricone, Elena Ortona, Monica Pendolino, Antonella Capozzi, Federica Delunardo, Riccardo Mancini, Simona Truglia, Francesca Romana Spinelli, Fulvia Ceccarelli, Maurizio Sorice, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Guido Valesini
: Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) are a heterogeneous group of autoantibodies essential for the diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) but do not predict clinical manifestations or disease progression. Hence, the co-presence of other antibodies may prove useful. Autoimmunity directed toward vimentin and other citrullinated peptides was established in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and in other autoimmune conditions including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We have previously described the presence of autoantibodies directed against vimentin/cardiolipin complex in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), but there are no data on the role of citrullinated vimentin in APS...
February 18, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215030/remote-monitoring-to-reduce-heart-failure-readmissions
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REVIEW
Sitaramesh Emani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Rehospitalization for heart failure remains a challenge in the treatment of affected patients. The ability to remotely monitor patients for worsening heart failure may provide an avenue through which therapeutic interventions can be made to prevent a rehospitalization. Available data on remote monitoring to reduce heart failure rehospitalizations are reviewed within. RECENT FINDINGS: Strategies to reduce readmissions include clinical telemonitoring, bioimpedance changes, biomarkers, and remote hemodynamic monitoring...
February 18, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215024/pharmacogenomics-of-platinum-based-chemotherapy-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-focusing-on-dna-repair-systems
#5
REVIEW
Yi Xiong, Bi-Yun Huang, Ji-Ye Yin
Drug therapy for non-small cell lung cancer consists mainly of platinum-based chemotherapy regimens. However, toxicity, drug resistance, and high risk of death have been seen in the clinic, which means there is a need for optimizing the use of medications. Platinum resistance could be mediated by a series of DNA repair pathways, and therefore, these pathways should be taken into account for optimizing drug using. The goal of pharmacogenomics is to elucidate genetic factors, such as DNA repair genes, which might underlie drug efficacy and effectiveness, and to improve therapeutic effects or guide personalized therapy as well...
April 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215003/improved-electromagnetic-tracking-for-catheter-path-reconstruction-with-application-in-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy
#6
Elodie Lugez, Hossein Sadjadi, Chandra P Joshi, Selim G Akl, Gabor Fichtinger
PURPOSE: Electromagnetic (EM) catheter tracking has recently been introduced in order to enable prompt and uncomplicated reconstruction of catheter paths in various clinical interventions. However, EM tracking is prone to measurement errors which can compromise the outcome of the procedure. Minimizing catheter tracking errors is therefore paramount to improve the path reconstruction accuracy. METHODS: An extended Kalman filter (EKF) was employed to combine the nonlinear kinematic model of an EM sensor inside the catheter, with both its position and orientation measurements...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215000/angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-attenuate-lipopolysaccharide-induced-memory-impairment-by-modulation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-bdnf-creb-expression-and-apoptosis-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#7
Ruby Goel, Shahnawaz Ali Bhat, Kashif Hanif, Chandishwar Nath, Rakesh Shukla
Clinical studies demonstrated a positive correlation between hypertension and cognitive decline. Beneficial effects of angiotensin II receptor blockers on cognitive functions have also been reported earlier; however, its role in chronic neuroinflammation-induced memory impairment in the hypertensive state is not well understood. Therefore, in the present study, we investigated the effect of angiotensin II receptor blockers on memory impairment induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs)...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214994/cancelled-primary-care-appointments-a-prospective-cohort-study-of-diabetic-patients
#8
Sara McComb, Zhiyi Tian, Laura Sands, Ayten Turkcan, Lingsong Zhang, Shree Frazier, Mark Lawley
Patients scheduled for primary care appointments often cancel or no show. For diabetic patients, nonattendance can affect continuity of care and result in higher emergency department (ED) and hospital use. Nonattendance also impacts appointment scheduling, patient access, and clinic work load. While no show has received significant attention, little research has addressed the prevalence and impact of appointment cancellation. Data on 46,710 appointments for 7586 adult diabetic patients was used to conduct a prospective cohort study examining primary care appointment behavior...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214992/data-mining-in-hiv-aids-surveillance-system-application-to-portuguese-data
#9
Alexandra Oliveira, Brígida Mónica Faria, A Rita Gaio, Luís Paulo Reis
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is an infectious agent that attacks the immune system cells. Without a strong immune system, the body becomes very susceptible to serious life threatening opportunistic diseases. In spite of the great progresses on medication and prevention over the last years, HIV infection continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 36 million lives over the last 35 years since the recognition of the disease. Monitoring, through registries, of HIV-AIDS cases is vital to assess general health care needs and to support long-term health-policy control planning...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214989/exposure-response-analyses-of-blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-changes-for-methylphenidate-in-healthy-adults
#10
Liang Li, Yaning Wang, Ramana S Uppoor, Mehul U Mehta, Tiffany Farchione, Mitchell V Mathis, Hao Zhu
The aim of the study was to evaluate the exposure-response (E-R) relationships of blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) changes in healthy adults taking methylphenidate (MPH). Intensive time profiles of BP and HR from healthy adults in placebo and MPH treatment arms of seven clinical trials from the FDA internal database were utilized for this analysis. The analysis model contains a circadian component for placebo effect and an E-R component to describe drug effect. Internal validation was performed using goodness-of-fit plots and visual predictive check...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214983/pooled-analysis-of-four-non-interventional-studies-effectiveness-and-tolerability-of-the-antidepressant-agomelatine-in-daily-practice
#11
Gerd Laux, Bettina Barthel, Göran Hajak, Matthias Lemke, Hans-Peter Volz
INTRODUCTION: Meta-analyses are useful to increase knowledge and strengthen evidence about antidepressant treatment supplementary to individual studies. METHODS: A pooled analysis of four multicenter, open-label, prospective, non-interventional studies (2009-2013) was performed to provide further evidence about the antidepressant effectiveness and tolerability of agomelatine (25-50 mg/day) in a large number of non-selected German outpatients with major depressive disorder...
February 18, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214977/braf-mutated-colorectal-cancer-what-is-the-optimal-strategy-for-treatment
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REVIEW
Romain Cohen, Pascale Cervera, Magali Svrcek, Anna Pellat, Chantal Dreyer, Aimery de Gramont, Thierry André
The BRAF activating mutation, harbored by approximately 10% of colorectal cancers (CRC), confers dramatic prognosis to advanced diseases. In early-stage setting, the identification of the BRAF mutation does not impact the therapeutic decision. Yet, the BRAF mutation could be considered as a stratification factor in adjuvant trials, because of its prognostic impact after relapse. Moreover, both BRAF mutation and mismatch repair (MMR) statuses should be determined in all CRC to help identify sporadic tumors versus Lynch syndrome-related tumors...
February 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214968/piloting-the-use-of-patient-specific-cardiac-models-as-a-novel-tool-to-facilitate-communication-during-cinical-consultations
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Giovanni Biglino, Despina Koniordou, Marisa Gasparini, Claudio Capelli, Lindsay-Kay Leaver, Sachin Khambadkone, Silvia Schievano, Andrew M Taylor, Jo Wray
This pilot study aimed to assess the impact of using patient-specific three-dimensional (3D) models of congenital heart disease (CHD) during consultations with adolescent patients. Adolescent CHD patients (n = 20, age 15-18 years, 15 male) were asked to complete two questionnaires during a cardiology transition clinic at a specialist centre. The first questionnaire was completed just before routine consultation with the cardiologist, the second just after the consultation. During the consultation, each patient was presented with a 3D full heart model realised from their medical imaging data...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214955/ranibizumab-versus-aflibercept-for-macular-edema-due-to-central-retinal-vein-occlusion-18-month-results-in-real-life-data
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Irini Chatziralli, George Theodossiadis, Marilita M Moschos, Panagiotis Mitropoulos, Panagiotis Theodossiadis
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to compare the anatomical and functional outcomes of ranibizumab versus aflibercept for the treatment of macular edema due to central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) in routine clinical practice. METHODS: Participants in this observational study included 62 treatment-naïve patients with CRVO who received intravitreal injections of either ranibizumab or aflibercept. The demographic data, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) characteristics were evaluated at baseline and at months 1, 2, 3, 6, 12 and 18 post-treatment...
February 18, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214948/reduced-anticoagulation-variability-in-patients-on-warfarin-monitored-with-fiix-prothrombin-time-associates-with-reduced-thromboembolism-the-fiix-trial
#15
Alma Rut Oskarsdóttir, Brynja R Gudmundsdottir, Olafur S Indridason, Sigrun H Lund, David O Arnar, Einar S Bjornsson, Magnus K Magnusson, Hulda M Jensdottir, Brynjar Vidarsson, Charles W Francis, Pall T Onundarson
Fiix-prothrombin time (Fiix-PT) differs from traditional PT in being affected by reduced factor (F) II or FX only. In the randomized controlled Fiix-trial, patients on warfarin monitored with Fiix-PT (Fiix-warfarin patients) had fewer thromboembolisms (TE), similar major bleeding (MB) and more stable anticoagulation than patients monitored with PT (PT-warfarin patients). In the current Fiix-trial report we analyzed how reduced anticoagulation variability during Fiix-PT monitoring was reflected in patients with TE or bleeding...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214929/myeloid-cells-as-a-target-for-oligonucleotide-therapeutics-turning-obstacles-into-opportunities
#16
REVIEW
Marcin Kortylewski, Dayson Moreira
Immunotherapies emerged as an alternative for cancer treatment, yet their clinical efficacies are still limited, especially in case of solid tumors. Myeloid immune cells, such as macrophages and myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), are often hijacked by tumors and become pivotal inhibitors of antitumor immunity. Immunosuppressive functions of tumor-associated myeloid cells result from the activity of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3), a transcription factor with well-defined tumorigenic and tolerogenic roles in human cancers...
February 18, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214924/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-who-started-biosimilar-infliximab
#17
Yoon-Kyoung Sung, Soo-Kyung Cho, Dam Kim, Soyoung Won, Chan-Bum Choi, So-Young Bang, Seung-Jae Hong, Hyoun Ah Kim, Eun-Mi Koh, Hye-Soon Lee, Chang-Hee Suh, Dae-Hyun Yoo, Sang-Cheol Bae
To compare the characteristics of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients receiving either biosimilar or originator infliximab and to identify the effectiveness and safety of biosimilar infliximab in RA patients in real-world practice. RA patients who started either biosimilar or originator infliximab were selected using the prospective biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) registry: BIOlogics Pharmacoepidemiologic StudY (BIOPSY). Baseline characteristics of the two groups were compared, and short-term treatment outcomes, including DAS28-ESR and HAQ-DI scores, were compared after initiation of biosimilar or originator infliximab...
February 18, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214915/evaluation-of-the-gard-assay-in-a-blind-cosmetics-europe-study
#18
Henrik Johansson, Robin Gradin, Andy Forreryd, Maria Agemark, Kathrin Zeller, Angelica Johansson, Olivia Larne, Erwin van Vliet, Carl Borrebaeck, Malin Lindstedt
Chemical hypersensitivity is an immunological response towards foreign substances, commonly referred to as sensitizers, which gives rise primarily to the clinical symptoms known as allergic contact dermatitis. For the purpose of mitigating risks associated with consumer products, chemicals are screened for sensitizing effects. Historically, such predictive screenings have been performed using animal models. However, due to industrial and regulatory demand, animal models for the purpose of sensitization assessment are being replaced by animal-free testing methods, a global trend that is spreading across industries and market segments...
February 17, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214912/-the-active-offering-of-measles-rubella-and-mumps-vaccine-in-new-mothers-the-experience-of-health-facilities-in-one-of-the-local-health-unit-of-rome-lazio-italy
#19
Viviana Santoro, Valentina Pettinicchio, Andreina Lancia, Cristiana Vazzoler, Francesca De Luca, Elisabetta Franco
Rubella is a contagious disease that can be very serious, especially in unvaccinated pregnant women. The best way to be protected is getting vaccinated: MMR vaccine is very effective at protecting people against measles, mumps, and rubella, and preventing the complications caused by these diseases. According to PASSI 2012-2015 (the Italian behavioral risk factor surveillance system) in the territory of ex ASL Roma C only 56% of women between 18 and 49 years were immunized against rubella, thanks to vaccination (34%) or past infection detected by rubeotest (22%); 2% was susceptible and 42% of respondents did not know their immune status against rubella...
November 2016: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214903/risks-and-benefits-of-multimodal-esophageal-cancer-treatments-a-meta-analysis
#20
Lei Sun, Fen Zhao, Yan Zeng, Cheng Yi
BACKGROUND Esophageal cancer has traditionally been associated with very poor outcomes. A number of therapies are available for the treatment and palliation of esophageal cancer, but little systematic evidence compares the efficacy of different treatment strategies. This meta-analysis aimed to investigate whether treatments in addition to radiotherapy could provide better efficacy and safety. MATERIAL AND METHODS We identified a total of 12 eligible studies with 18 study arms by searching PubMed, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, and Clinical Trials...
February 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
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