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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092989/therapeutic-complement-inhibition-a-promising-approach-for-treatment-of-neuroimmunological-diseases
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Kjara S Pilch, Peter Spaeth, Yuki Nobuhiro, Benjamin R Wakerley
Autoimmunity is an important cause of disease both in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Aetiologies and clinical manifestations are complex and heterogeneous. Inappropriate control of complement activation at inappropriate sites has been recognized as a major determinant in several neurological conditions, including Guillain-Barré syndrome and neuromyelitis optica. In each case pathogenesis is thought to be associated with generation of autoantibodies which upon binding guide activation of the complement system to self-tissue...
January 17, 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076015/us-and-mr-imaging-of-pectoralis-major-injuries
#2
Yauk K Lee, Matt R Skalski, Eric A White, Anderanik Tomasian, Diane D Phan, Dakshesh B Patel, George R Matcuk, Aaron J Schein
During the past 2 decades, the frequency of pectoralis major muscle injuries has increased in association with the increased popularity of bench press exercises. Injury of the pectoralis major can occur at the muscle origin, muscle belly, musculotendinous junction, intratendinous region, and/or humeral insertion-with or without bone avulsion. The extent of the tendon injury ranges from partial to complete tears. Treatment may be surgical or conservative, depending on the clinical scenario and anatomic characteristics of the injury...
January 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063207/lithiumeter-version-2-0
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Gin S Malhi, Samuel Gershon, Tim Outhred
BACKGROUND: The Lithiumeter was developed as a visual and practical guide for determining lithium levels in the management of bipolar disorder (BD). It appears to have been well received, as evidenced by its increasing popularity amongst doctors as a deskside clinical aide, and adoption and reproduction of the schematic in clinical guidelines and texts. However, since its publication 5 years ago, key basic neuroscience and clinical research developments pertaining to lithium have significantly advanced our understanding, necessitating further refinement of guidance concerning the practicalities of lithium therapy...
December 2016: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062471/pharmacological-guidelines-for-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review-and-comparison-of-recommendations-for-the-first-episode
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Dolores Keating, Stephen McWilliams, Ian Schneider, Caroline Hynes, Gráinne Cousins, Judith Strawbridge, Mary Clarke
OBJECTIVES: Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) support the translation of research evidence into clinical practice. Key health questions in CPGs ensure that recommendations will be applicable to the clinical context in which the guideline is used. The objectives of this study were to identify CPGs for the pharmacological treatment of first-episode schizophrenia; assess the quality of these guidelines using the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II (AGREE II) instrument; and compare recommendations in relation to the key health questions that are relevant to the pharmacological treatment of first-episode schizophrenia...
January 6, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030371/antibiotic-dosing-for-multidrug-resistant-pathogen-pneumonia
#5
Mohd H Abdul-Aziz, Jeffrey Lipman, Jason A Roberts
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Nosocomial pneumonia caused by multidrug-resistant pathogens is increasing in the ICU, and these infections are negatively associated with patient outcomes. Optimization of antibiotic dosing has been suggested as a key intervention to improve clinical outcomes in patients with nosocomial pneumonia. This review describes the recent pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic data relevant to antibiotic dosing for nosocomial pneumonia caused by multidrug-resistant pathogens. RECENT FINDINGS: Optimal antibiotic treatment is challenging in critically ill patients with nosocomial pneumonia; most dosing guidelines do not consider the altered physiology and illness severity associated with severe lung infections...
December 24, 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018344/adjunct-strategies-for-tuberculosis-vaccines-modulating-key-immune-cell-regulatory-mechanisms-to-potentiate-vaccination
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REVIEW
Lakshmi Jayashankar, Richard Hafner
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a global health threat of alarming proportions, resulting in 1.5 million deaths worldwide. The only available licensed vaccine, Bacillus Calmette-Guérin, does not confer lifelong protection against active TB. To date, development of an effective vaccine against TB has proven to be elusive, and devising newer approaches for improved vaccination outcomes is an essential goal. Insights gained over the last several years have revealed multiple mechanisms of immune manipulation by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) in infected macrophages and dendritic cells that support disease progression and block development of protective immunity...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009644/imaging-of-nontraumatic-thoracic-emergencies
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Lauran Stöger, Cornelia Schaefer-Prokop, Bram H J Geurts
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Acute chest symptoms form an important incentive for imaging in the emergency setting. This review discusses the radiologic features of various vascular and pulmonary diseases leading to acute respiratory distress and recent developments on important emergency radiologic examinations. RECENT FINDINGS: Recently, triple-rule-out computed tomography protocol was introduced in diagnosis of chest pain, and advancing computed tomography technology and knowledge have led to discussion on treatment of pulmonary embolism...
December 21, 2016: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991982/-chilean-health-reform-ten-years-since-its-implementation
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Carlos Urriola, Antonio Infante, Ismael Aguilera, Héctor Ormeño
Objective: To analyze the process of design and implementation of AUGE. Materials and methods: Literature review of pre-reform background, architecture design and implementation process of reform AUGE and complementary interviews to eight informants involved in its development. Results: The assessment of health equity was a key element in pre-reform, there are four fundamental dimensions in the design, and the implementation has nine phases...
September 2016: Salud Pública de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984533/prevention-or-treatment-of-ards-with-aspirin-a-review-of-preclinical-models-and-meta-analysis-of-clinical-studies
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Bernardo Amisa Panka, Harm-Jan de Grooth, Angélique Maria Elisabeth Spoelstra-de Man, Mark R Looney, Pieter-Roel Tuinman
BACKGROUND: The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threating disorder that contributes significantly to critical illness. No specific pharmacological interventions directed at lung injury itself have proven effective in improving outcome of patients with ARDS. Platelet activation was identified as a key component in ARDS pathophysiology and may provide an opportunity for preventive and therapeutic strategies. We hypothesize that use of acetyl salicylic acid (ASA) may prevent and/or attenuate lung injury...
January 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958297/delivering-widespread-brca-testing-and-parp-inhibition-to-patients-with-ovarian-cancer
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Angela George, Stan Kaye, Susana Banerjee
The treatment of patients with ovarian cancer is rapidly changing following the success of poly [ADP-ribose] polymerase (PARP) inhibitors in clinical trials. Olaparib is the first PARP inhibitor to be approved by the EMA and FDA for BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer. Germ line BRCA mutation status is now established as a predictive biomarker of potential benefit from treatment with a PARP inhibitor; therefore, knowledge of the BRCA status of an individual patient with ovarian cancer is essential, in order to guide treatment decisions...
December 13, 2016: Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926449/the-role-of-dopamine-in-the-pathophysiology-and-treatment-of-apathy
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T T-J Chong, M Husain
Disorders of diminished motivation, such as apathy, are common and prevalent across a wide range of medical conditions, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's dementia, stroke, depression, and schizophrenia. Such disorders have a significant impact on morbidity and quality of life, yet their management lacks consensus and remains unsatisfactory. Here, we review laboratory and clinical evidence for the use of dopaminergic therapies in the treatment of apathy. Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter that regulates motivated decision making in humans and other species...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919405/merkel-cell-carcinoma-an-update-of-key-imaging-techniques-prognostic-factors-treatment-and-follow-up
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B Llombart, S Kindem, M Chust
Merkel cell carcinoma, though rare, is one of the most aggressive tumors a dermatologist faces. More than a third of patients with this diagnosis die from the disease. Numerous researchers have attempted to identify clinical and pathologic predictors to guide prognosis, but their studies have produced inconsistent results. Because the incidence of Merkel cell carcinoma is low and it appears in patients of advanced age, prospective studies have not been done and no clear treatment algorithm has been developed...
December 3, 2016: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903349/-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-tuberculous-primary-psoas-abscess
#13
Maimaiti Fulati, T Xu, Niyazi Maimaitiaili, Maimaiti Maierdan, H L Guo, C H Xun, B C Wang, W B Sheng
Objective: To retrospective analysis the clinical characteristics of diagnosis and treatment the disease of tuberculous psoas abscess (TPA). Method: The medical records of 13 consecutive patients presenting to our hospital with TPA were reviewed from November 2002 to December 2015.Demographic data, presenting features, predisposing factors and the investigations performed were recorded and the outcomes were analysed. Results: The thirteen patients were included, 11 cases all had lower backache, 6 cases had Lower abdomen or groin area pain, 2 cases had fever, eleven cases were treated with Open drainage, one with Ultrasound guided drainage, and the last case used antibiotics alone, median hospital stay of 35 days, follow-up showed no recurrence or death in patients...
November 22, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896907/efficacy-acceptability-and-safety-of-guided-imagery-hypnosis-in-fibromyalgia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
N Zech, E Hansen, K Bernardy, W Häuser
: This systematic review aimed at evaluating the efficacy, acceptability and safety of guided imagery/hypnosis (GI/H) in fibromyalgia. Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, PsycINFO and SCOPUS were screened through February 2016. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing GI/H with controls were analysed. Primary outcomes were ≥50% pain relief, ≥20% improvement of health-related quality of life, psychological distress, disability, acceptability and safety at end of therapy and 3-month follow-up...
February 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875946/the-role-of-sexual-dysfunction-and-infertility-on-reproductive-health-in-diabetics-pathogenesis-evaluation-and-management
#15
Jason Gandhi, Gautam Dagur, Kelly Warren, Noel Smith, Sardar Ali Khan
BACKGROUND: Uncontrolled or long-term diabetes mellitus is conducive to vascular and oxidative stress disturbances that impede several physiological systems, which may in turn elicit psychological symptoms. OBJECTIVE: We assess the sexual and hormonal complications of diabetes mellitus that impair reproductive function in males and females. METHOD: A comprehensive MEDLINE® search was guided using key words relevant to diabetes mellitus and reproductive health...
November 22, 2016: Current Diabetes Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857100/factors-affecting-the-complexity-of-dental-implant-restoration-what-is-the-current-evidence-and-guidance
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S P Wright, J Hayden, J A Lynd, K Walker-Finch, J Willett, C Ucer, S D Speechley
Objectives The aim of this paper is to identify the factors that affect the complexity of implant restoration and to explore the indices that help us to assess it. With this knowledge the growing number of clinicians restoring dental implants will have a better understanding of the available guidance and evidence base, and the differing levels of competence required.Study design A literature review was conducted. The selection of publications reporting on complexity was based on predetermined criteria and was agreed upon by the authors...
November 18, 2016: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835043/risk-factors-for-medial-tibial-stress-syndrome-in-active-individuals-an-evidence-based-review
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Zachary K Winkelmann, Dustin Anderson, Kenneth E Games, Lindsey E Eberman
: Reference/Citation: Hamstra-Wright KL, Bliven KC, Bay C. Risk factors for medial tibial stress syndrome in physically active individuals such as runners and military personnel: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med. 2015;49(6):362-369. CLINICAL QUESTION: What factors put physically active individuals at risk to develop medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS)? DATA SOURCES: The authors performed a literature search of CINAHL, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, EMBASE, and MEDLINE from each database's inception to July 2013...
December 2016: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832323/deep-pelvic-endometriosis-a-radiologist-s-guide-to-key-imaging-features-with-clinical-and-histopathologic-review
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REVIEW
Ayeh Darvishzadeh, Wendaline McEachern, Thomas K Lee, Priya Bhosale, Ali Shirkhoda, Christine Menias, Chandana Lall
While endometriosis typically affects the ovaries, deep infiltrating endometriosis can affect the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, and deep pelvis, awareness of which is important for radiologists. Symptoms are nonspecific and can range from chronic abdominal and deep pelvic pain to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, hematuria, and rectal bleeding. Ultrasound and computed tomography may show nonspecific soft-tissue density masses causing bowel obstruction and hydronephrosis. This constellation of presenting symptoms and imaging evidence is easily mistaken for other pathologies including infectious gastroenteritis, diverticulitis, appendicitis, and malignancy, which may lead to unnecessary surgery or mismanagement...
December 2016: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822919/cell-based-therapies-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-motor-neuron-disease
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REVIEW
S Fadilah Abdul Wahid, Zhe Kang Law, Nor Azimah Ismail, Raymond Azman Ali, Nai Ming Lai
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as motor neuron disease (MND) is a fatal disease associated with rapidly progressive disability, for which no definitive treatment as yet exists. Current treatment regimens largely focus on relieving symptoms to improve the quality of life of those affected. Based on data from preclinical studies, cell-based therapy is a promising treatment for ALS/MND. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of cell-based therapy for people with ALS/MND, compared with placebo or no additional treatment...
8, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802061/the-importance-of-correctly-timing-cancer-immunotherapy
#20
Elham Beyranvand Nejad, Marij J P Welters, Ramon Arens, Sjoerd H van der Burg
The treatment options for cancer-surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy-are now supplemented with immunotherapy. Previously underappreciated but now gaining strong interest are the immune modulatory properties of the three conventional modalities. Moreover, there is a better understanding of the needs and potential of the different immune therapeutic platforms. Key to improved treatment will be the combinations of modalities that complete each other's shortcomings. Area covered: Tumor-specific T-cells are required for optimal immunotherapy...
January 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
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