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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727713/local-brain-activity-differences-between-herpes-zoster-and-postherpetic-neuralgia-patients-a-resting-state-functional-mri-study
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Song Cao, Ying Li, Wenwen Deng, Bangyong Qin, Yi Zhang, Peng Xie, Jie Yuan, Buwei Yu, Tian Yu
BACKGROUND: Herpes zoster (HZ) can develop into postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), both of which are painful diseases. PHN patients suffer chronic pain and emotional disorders. Previous studies showed that the PHN brain displayed abnormal activity and structural change, but the difference in brain activity between HZ and PHN is still not known. OBJECTIVES: To identify regional brain activity changes in HZ and PHN brains with resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) technique, and to observe the differences between HZ and PHN patients...
July 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727700/therapeutic-role-of-placebo-evolution-of-a-new-paradigm-in-understanding-research-and-clinical-practice
#2
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Mark V Boswell, Alan D Kaye, Standiford Helm Ii, Joshua A Hirsch
Research into interventional techniques in managing chronic spinal pain continues to be challenging, mystifying, confusing, and biased. Insight, or lack thereof, into placebo and nocebo phenomena contributes mightily to these difficulties. Unfortunately, placebo-nocebo responses are the subject of numerous controversies and challenges from not only a research perspective, but also clinical perspective. While interventionalists consider the biggest threat to interventional pain management research is inappropriate and outdated interpretation of the data, a greater problem is the misuse of the placebo response in research, with the declaration that all and everything as a placebo effect: with a misinterpretation of the nature of the placebo the, associated conclusions can be inaccurate...
July 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725706/the-effect-of-deep-brain-stimulation-on-the-non-motor-symptoms-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-critical-review-of-the-current-evidence
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REVIEW
Mónica M Kurtis, Thadshani Rajah, Luisa F Delgado, Haidar S Dafsari
The benefit of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in controlling the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease is well established, however, the impact on the non-motor symptoms (NMS) remains to be elucidated, although the growing investigative efforts are promising. This article reviews the reported data and considers the level of evidence available with regard to the effect of DBS on NMS total burden and on the cognitive, neuropsychiatric, sleep, pain, dysautonomic, and weight domains. Multiple case series suggest that DBS improves the burden of NMS by reducing prevalence, intensity, and non-motor fluctuations...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725586/role-of-prostate-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-active-surveillance
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REVIEW
Xiaosong Meng, Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Samir S Taneja
Active surveillance (AS) has emerged as a beneficial strategy for management of low risk prostate cancer (PCa) and prevention of overtreatment of indolent disease. However, selection of patients for AS using traditional 12-core transrectal prostate biopsy is prone to sampling error and presents a challenge for accurate risk stratification. In fact, around a third of men are upgraded on repeat biopsy which disqualifies them as appropriate AS candidates. This uncertainty affects adoption of AS among patients and physicians, leading to current AS protocols involving repetitive prostate biopsies and unclear triggers for progression to definitive treatment...
June 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725242/focal-application-of-low-dose-rate-brachytherapy-for-prostate-cancer-a-pilot-study
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S Sara Mahdavi, Ingrid T Spadinger, Septimiu E Salcudean, Piotr Kozlowski, Silvia D Chang, Tony Ng, Julio Lobo, Guy Nir, Hamid Moradi, Michael Peacock, W James Morris
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility and to report the early outcomes of focal treatment of prostate cancer using low-dose-rate brachytherapy (LDR-PB). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Seventeen patients were screened with multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI), 14 of whom proceeded to receive trans-perineal template mapping biopsy (TTMB). Focal LDR-PB was performed on five eligible patients using dual air kerma strength treatment plans based on planning target volumes derived from cancer locations and determined by TTMB...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723727/longitudinal-analysis-of-motor-symptoms-and-histopathology-in-woozy-mice-a-model-of-cerebellar-ataxia
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Takemitsu Hayashi, Tomoya Onozato, Isao Wanajo, Morimichi Hayashi, Hiroo Takeda, Yoshikazu Fujimori
Woozy (wz) mice develop ataxia and carry a mutation in the Sil1 gene. Homozygous wz mice have been characterized histopathologically, but no details of their motor function have been reported. In the present study, to comprehensively understand the relationship between symptomatic progression and pathological feature, we evaluated motor function and neurodegeneration with age from presymptomatic to terminal stages. We evaluated the motor function of homozygous and heterozygous wz mice aged from 5 to 71 weeks...
July 18, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721184/axillary-lymph-node-dissection-on-the-run
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N Maeseele, J Faes, T Van de Putte, J Vlasselaer, E de Jonge, J C Schobbens, K Deraedt, G Debrock, G Van de Putte
The standard approach of performing a completion axillary lymph node dissection (cALND) after a positive sentinel node for breast cancer patients is no longer generally accepted. This study applied the criterion of a 27% risk of having residual positive lymph nodes calculated by the MD Anderson nomogram to perform a cALND. This 27% cut-off is based on the number of positive non-sentinels in the Z0011 trial. A cohort of 166 cN0, sentinel positive breast cancer patients was used to validate the MD Anderson nomogram...
March 2017: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720778/visualization-of-kidney-fibrosis-in-diabetic-nephropathy-by-long-diffusion-tensor-imaging-mri-with-spin-echo-sequence
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Jun-Ya Kaimori, Yoshitaka Isaka, Masaki Hatanaka, Satoko Yamamoto, Naotsugu Ichimaru, Akihiko Fujikawa, Hiroshi Shibata, Akira Fujimori, Sosuke Miyoshi, Takashi Yokawa, Kagayaki Kuroda, Toshiki Moriyama, Hiromi Rakugi, Shiro Takahara
Renal fibrosis (RF) is an indicator for progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Although diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the leading cause of CKD and end-stage renal disease in Western populations, the ability of MRI to evaluate RF in DN patients has not been determined. As a first step to identify possible MRI methods for RF evaluation, we examined the use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) MRI to evaluate RF in a rat model of DN (SHR/NDmcr-cp(cp/cp): SHR/ND). The signal-to-noise ratio in DTI MRI was enhanced using a spin-echo sequence, and a special kidney attachment was developed for long-term stabilization...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719376/stability-of-spironolactone-oral-suspension-in-pcca-base-suspendit
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Richard Graves, Kelly V Phan, Levon A Bostanian, Tarun K Mandal, Yashoda V Pramar
Spironolactone (Aldactone) is a potassium-sparing diuretic used to treat hypertension and heart failure and may also be used to treat edema resulting from kidney disease, low potassium levels, or excess aldosterone. No commercial liquid dosage form of spironolactone exists. An extemporaneously compounded suspension from pure drug powder or commercial tablets would provide an alternative option to meet unique patient needs. The purpose of this study was to determine the physicochemical stability of spironolactone in the PCCA base SuspendIt...
July 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718038/reappraisal-of-staging-laparoscopy-for-patients-with-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-a-contemporary-analysis-of-1001-patients
#10
Zhi Ven Fong, Donna Marie L Alvino, Carlos Fernández-Del Castillo, Winta T Mehtsun, Ilaria Pergolini, Andrew L Warshaw, David C Chang, Keith D Lillemoe, Cristina R Ferrone
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in imaging and the increasing use of neoadjuvant therapy puts the contemporary utility of staging laparoscopy for patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC) into question. This study aimed to develop a prognostic score to optimize prevention of an unnecessary laparotomy and minimize the rate for unnecessary laparoscopy. METHODS: Clinicopathologic data were evaluated for all patients undergoing surgical intervention for PDAC between 2001 and 2015, who were stratified into group 1 (2001-2008) and group 2 (2009-2014)...
July 17, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717515/changing-needs-for-information-and-support-in-an-online-system-for-parents-of-children-with-kidney-disease
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Maury Pinsk, David Nicholas
BACKGROUND: Pediatric chronic kidney disease is psychologically, financially, and physically demanding on parents providing care. Parents often feel isolated because of the rarity of the condition, and geographic isolation often compounds this perception in Canada. Many parents seek assistance online for both information and social support. OBJECTIVE: This study examines an online portal, titled "Ability Online," which was designed to provide support and information to a diverse group of parents using chat facilities, bulletin boards, and e-mail...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716511/an-ensemble-predictive-modeling-framework-for-breast-cancer-classification
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Radhakrishnan Nagarajan, Meenakshi Upreti
Molecular changes often precede clinical presentation of diseases and can be useful surrogates with potential to assist in informed clinical decision making. Recent studies have demonstrated the usefulness of modeling approaches such as classification that can predict the clinical outcomes from molecular expression profiles. While useful, a majority of these approaches implicitly use all molecular markers as features in the classification process often resulting in sparse high-dimensional projection of the samples often comparable to that of the sample size...
July 14, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716081/impact-of-a-nurse-led-telephone-intervention-on-satisfaction-and-health-outcomes-of-children-with-inflammatory-rheumatic-diseases-and-their-families-a-crossover-randomized-clinical-trial
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Anne-Sylvie Ramelet, Béatrice Fonjallaz, Laura Rio, Sandra Zoni, Pierluigi Ballabeni, Joachim Rapin, Christophe Gueniat, Michaël Hofer
BACKGROUND: Children suffering from rheumatic disease are faced with multidimensional challenges that affect their quality of life and family dynamics. Symptom management and monitoring of the course of the disease over time are important to minimize disability and pain. Poor disease control and anticipation of the need for treatment changes may be prompted by specialist medical follow-up and regular nurse-led consultations with the patient and families, in which information and support is provided...
July 17, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714966/nanoscale-imaging-of-clinical-specimens-using-pathology-optimized-expansion-microscopy
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Yongxin Zhao, Octavian Bucur, Humayun Irshad, Fei Chen, Astrid Weins, Andreea L Stancu, Eun-Young Oh, Marcello DiStasio, Vanda Torous, Benjamin Glass, Isaac E Stillman, Stuart J Schnitt, Andrew H Beck, Edward S Boyden
Expansion microscopy (ExM), a method for improving the resolution of light microscopy by physically expanding a specimen, has not been applied to clinical tissue samples. Here we report a clinically optimized form of ExM that supports nanoscale imaging of human tissue specimens that have been fixed with formalin, embedded in paraffin, stained with hematoxylin and eosin, and/or fresh frozen. The method, which we call expansion pathology (ExPath), converts clinical samples into an ExM-compatible state, then applies an ExM protocol with protein anchoring and mechanical homogenization steps optimized for clinical samples...
July 17, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714117/a-swellable-microneedle-patch-to-rapidly-extract-skin-interstitial-fluid-for-timely-metabolic-analysis
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Hao Chang, Mengjia Zheng, Xiaojun Yu, Aung Than, Razina Z Seeni, Rongjie Kang, Jingqi Tian, Duong Phan Khanh, Linbo Liu, Peng Chen, Chenjie Xu
Skin interstitial fluid (ISF) is an emerging source of biomarkers for disease diagnosis and prognosis. Microneedle (MN) patch has been identified as an ideal platform to extract ISF from the skin due to its pain-free and easy-to-administrated properties. However, long sampling time is still a serious problem which impedes timely metabolic analysis. In this study, a swellable MN patch that can rapidly extract ISF is developed. The MN patch is made of methacrylated hyaluronic acid (MeHA) and further crosslinked through UV irradiation...
July 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712580/single-dose-del-nido-cardioplegia-in-minimally-invasive-aortic-valve-surgery
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Daniel Ziazadeh, Regina Mater, Ben Himelhoch, Andrew Borgman, Jessica L Parker, Charles L Willekes, Tomasz A Timek
BACKGROUND: The del Nido cardioplegia (DC) procedure offers prolonged cardiac protection with single-dose administration and has proven safe in adult coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. We set out to evaluate the efficacy of cardiac protection and clinical outcomes of DC versus standard blood cardioplegia (BC) in minimally invasive aortic valve surgery. METHODS: Between August 2011 and May 2016, 178 patients underwent minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (AVR) with BC (n = 101) or DC (n = 77)...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711972/the-relationship-of-blood-glucose-with-cardiovascular-disease-is-mediated-over-time-by-traditional-risk-factors-in-type-1-diabetes-the-dcct-edic-study
#17
Ionut Bebu, Barbara H Braffett, Rodica Pop-Busui, Trevor J Orchard, David M Nathan, John M Lachin
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Chronic hyperglycaemia, as measured by HbA1c levels, is a major risk factor for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in type 1 diabetes. Our aim was to describe the degree to which the effect of HbA1c on the risk of CVD is mediated by its effect on traditional risk factors over time, and how these mediation pathways change over time. METHODS: The DCCT and its observational follow-up study, the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC), followed 1441 participants for a mean of 27 years, with periodic measurement of HbA1c and risk factors over time...
July 16, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708422/epithelial-sodium-channel-enac-is-a-modifier-of-the-long-term-non-progressive-phenotype-associated-with-f508del-cftr-mutations
#18
Pankaj B Agrawal, Ruobing Wang, Hongmei Lisa Li, Klaus Schmitz-Abe, Chantelle Simone-Roach, Jingxin Chen, Jiahai Shi, Tin Louie, Shaohu Sheng, Meghan C Towne, Christine F Brainson, Michael A Matthay, Carla F Kim, Michael Bamshad, Mary J Emond, Norma P Gerard, Thomas R Kleyman, Craig Gerard
BACKGROUND: Cystic Fibrosis (CF) remains the most lethal genetic disease in the Caucasian population. However, there is great variability of clinical phenotype and survival, even among patients harboring the same genotype. We identified five CF patients with a homozygous F508del mutation in the CFTR gene living in their 5th or 6th decade of life, all with minimal change in lung function over longitudinal period of more than 20 years. Because of the rarity of this long-term non-progressive phenotype, we hypothesized those individuals may carry rare genetic variants in modifier genes that ameliorate disease severity...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707988/first-clinical-report-of-helical-tomotherapy-with-simultaneous-integrated-boost-for-synchronous-bilateral-breast-cancer
#19
Tabassum Wadasadawala, Shanu Jain, Siji Paul, Reena Phurailatpam, Kishore Joshi, Palak Popat, Sandip Tandon, Aruna Alahari, Rajiv Sarin
OBJECTIVE: Radiotherapy for synchronous bilateral breast cancer (SBBC) is technically very challenging. This study reports the clinical feasibility, dosimetry and safety of helical tomotherapy (HT) with simultaneous integrated boost (SIB) in patients treated with adjuvant radiotherapy for SBBC. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty one women with SBBC treated with HT from January 2013 to June 2016 were retrospectively evaluated. Radiation lung toxicity was assessed using pulmonary function test (PFT) and high resolution computerized tomography scan (HRCT) scan at baseline and 1 year post RT in 18 patients...
July 14, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706485/the-combination-of-rituximab-and-bendamustine-as-first-line-treatment-is-highly-effective-in-the-eradicating-minimal-residual-disease-in-follicular-lymphoma-an-italian-retrospective-study
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Sara Galimberti, Elena Ciabatti, Giacomo Ercolano, Susanna Grassi, Francesca Guerrini, Nadia Cecconi, Martina Rousseau, Giulia Cervetti, Francesco Mazziotta, Lorenzo Iovino, Franca Falzetti, Flavio Falcinelli, Alberto Bosi, Luigi Rigacci, Sofia Kovalchuk, Daniele Vallisa, Lucia Macchia, Eugenio Ciancia, Mario Petrini
R-Bendamustine is an effective treatment for follicular lymphoma (FL). Previous large trials demonstrated the prognostic role of the molecular minimal residual disease (MRD) during the most frequently adopted chemotherapeutic regimens, but there are not yet conclusive data about the effect of combination of rituximab (R) and bendamustine in terms of MRD clearance. Thus, the aim of this retrospective study was to assess if and in what extent the combination of rituximab and bendamustine would exert a significant reduction of the molecular disease in 48 previously untreated FL patients...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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