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Shuhang Wang, Yongping Song, Feifei Yan, Delong Liu
The tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) are becoming the first line of therapy for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Acquired mutations in EGFR account for one of the major mechanisms of resistance to the TKIs. Three generations of EGFR TKIs have been used in clinical applications. AZD9291 (osimertinib; Tagrisso) is the first and only FDA approved third-generation EGFR TKI for T790M-positive advanced NSCLC patients. However, resistance to AZD9291 arises after 9-13 months of therapy...
October 21, 2016: Frontiers of Medicine
R Balfour Sartor, Gary D Wu
Intestinal microbiota are involved in the pathogenesis of Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and pouchitis. We review the mechanisms by which these gut bacteria, fungi, and viruses mediate mucosal homeostasis, via their composite genes (metagenome) and metabolic products (metabolome). We explain how alterations to their profiles and functions under conditions of dysbiosis contribute to inflammation and effector immune responses that mediate inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) in humans and enterocolitis in mice...
October 18, 2016: Gastroenterology
Verinder Sharma, Sapna Sharma
Many women with bipolar disorder experience significant morbidity during pregnancy and the postpartum period. The use of evidence-based and up-to-date guidelines has the potential to improve maternal and neonatal care. We review the latest clinical practice guidelines to gather recommendations for the peripartum management of bipolar disorder. Areas covered: Three electronic databases, MEDLINE/PubMed, the Cochrane Library, and the National Guidelines Clearinghouse were searched using various combinations of the following terms: bipolar disorder, pregnancy, postpartum, peripartum, puerperal, antenatal, postnatal, and guidelines...
October 21, 2016: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Jin Hyung Lee
BACKGROUND: Numerous meta-analyses have been conducted on the topic of music and pain, with the latest comprehensive study published in 2006. Since that time, more than 70 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have been published, necessitating a new and comprehensive review. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this meta-analysis was to examine published RCT studies investigating the effect of music on pain. METHODS: The present study included RCTs published between 1995 and 2014...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Music Therapy
X M Lü, C Feng, Y F Dong, G Fu, Y Guo
Objective: To explore the influence of the labro-chondral complex (LLC) on the development of the acetabulum after close reduction in developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). Methods: Sixty-one cases (72 hips) with DDH presented in Beijing Jishuitan Hospital were reviewed, all the patients were treated by closed reduction, arthrogram and Spica casting from March 2010 to December 2013. The anterior-posterior pelvic radiography was performed to evaluate the morphology of the labro-chondral complex and reduction of the hip...
October 11, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
M Olaciregui, L Gil
Cryopreservation has been routinely used to preserve sperm of human and different animal species. However, frozen sperm storage for a long time brings many inconveniences because of liquid nitrogen. Many attempts have been made to overcome the disadvantages of the current cryopreservation method. Freeze-drying has been proposed as alternative method for sperm preservation to achieve the ability to store sperm doses indefinitely at ambient temperature or in ordinary refrigerators. At present, it has been reported successfully sperm freeze-drying on many animal species including canine and feline...
October 18, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Walter Alexander
More than 33,000 cardiologists and allied medical professionals gathered in Rome to share the latest cardiac research. We review key sessions from a wide range of therapeutic areas, including anticoagulation, obesity, and hypercholesterolemia.
October 2016: P & T: a Peer-reviewed Journal for Formulary Management
Miha Vodičar, Robert Košak, Rok Vengust
PURPOSE: Presentation of a case series (10 patients) with surgical treatment of symptomatic anterior cervical osteophytes, a review of the latest literature and discussion of surgical methods. OBJECTIVE: To present our results of the surgical treatment and compare them with the existing literature. On the basis of the gathered data, we aim to propose an optimal choice of surgical treatment. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Anterior cervical osteophytes rarely cause symptoms that require surgical treatment, which disables bigger cohort analysis...
November 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Luigi Nibali, Anna Di Iorio, Yu-Kang Tu, Alexandre R Vieira
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to produce the latest summary of the evidence for association of host genetic variants contributing to both periodontitis and caries. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two systematic searches of the literature were conducted in Ovid Medline, Embase, LILACS and Cochrane Library for large candidate gene studies, systematic reviews and GWAS reporting data on host genetic variants and presence of periodontal disease and caries. RESULTS: A total of 124 studies were included in the review (59 for the periodontitis outcome and 68 for the caries outcome), from an initial search of 15,487 titles...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
Young Hee Joung, Se Hee Park, Ki-Beom Moon, Jae-Heung Jeon, Hye-Sun Cho, Hyun-Soon Kim
Disease prevention through vaccination is considered to be the greatest contribution to public health over the past century. Every year more than 100 million children are vaccinated with the standard World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended vaccines including hepatitis B (HepB). HepB is the most serious type of liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV), however, it can be prevented by currently available recombinant vaccine, which has an excellent record of safety and effectiveness. To date, recombinant vaccines are produced in many systems of bacteria, yeast, insect, and mammalian and plant cells...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Tristram A Lett, Henrik Walter, Eva J Brandl
Genetic variation underlies both the response to antidepressant treatment and the occurrence of side effects. Over the past two decades, a number of pharmacogenetic variants, among these the SCL6A4, BDNF, FKBP5, GNB3, GRIK4, and ABCB1 genes, have come to the forefront in this regard. However, small effects sizes, mixed results in independent samples, and conflicting meta-analyses results led to inherent difficulties in the field of pharmacogenetics translating these findings into clinical practice. Nearly all antidepressant pharmacogenetic variants have potentially pleiotropic effects in which they are associated with major depressive disorder, intermediate phenotypes involved in emotional processes, and brain areas affected by antidepressant treatment...
October 17, 2016: CNS Drugs
Eugene T H Ek, Sophia K Paul, Robert N Hotchkiss
BACKGROUND: The role of elbow contracture release in the very young is unclear, with existing studies reporting conflicting results. This study evaluated the long-term results after open elbow contracture release in patients aged younger than 18 years. METHODS: Between 1994 and 2012, 32 patients underwent open elbow contracture release at a mean age of 13.8 years (range, 5-18 years), and their outcomes were reviewed. The primary cause was traumatic in 30 patients (4 radial head/neck fractures, 5 intra-articular distal humeral fractures, 11 extra-articular distal humeral fractures, 10 complex fracture-dislocations), and the mean time from the index injury to contracture release was 16...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Brian H Lang, Tony Shek, Angel On-Kei Chan, C Y Lo, Koon Yat Wan
Background To balance the risk of disease progression, morbidity and efficacy of reoperative central neck dissection (RCND) in papillary thyroid carcinoma, the latest clinical guidelines recommend early surgery over surveillance when the largest diseased node is >8 mm in its smallest dimension. However, the evidence remains scarce. To determine an appropriate size for first-time RCND, we examined the relationship between size of largest diseased central node, morbidity and response-to-therapy following RCND...
October 17, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
S E Puchner, R Varga, G M Hobusch, M Kasparek, J Panotopoulos, S Lang, R Windhager, P T Funovics
INTRODUCTION: Adamantinoma (AD) is an ultimately rare, low-grade malignant bone tumor. In most cases it occurs in the tibia of young adults. Osteofibrous dysplasia (OFD) is a rare, benign, lesion that is typically seen in children. Histopathology, ultrastructure, and cytogenetics indicate that these lesions are closely related. Yet, etiology remains a matter of debate. Local recurrence rates are high for both entities as published in literature and long-term outcomes are scarce, due to the rarity of the disease...
October 10, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
P Fourneret, H Desombre
INTRODUCTION: For a decade, the concept of irritability has known a renewed interest in infant and child psychopathology. Indeed, longitudinal follow-up studies clearly highlighted their predictive value - in the short, medium and long terms - of a broad field of behavioral disorders and emotion dysregulation. This dimensional and transnosographic approach of irritability, coupled with the latest neuroscience data, points out that irritability could be the equivalent of a psychopathological marker, covering both a neurobiological, cognitive and emotional component...
October 10, 2016: L'Encéphale
Fehmida Bibi, Muhammad Faheem, Esam I Azhar, Muhammad Yasir, Sana Akhter Alvi, Mohammad A Kamal, Ikram Ullah, Muhammad I Nasser
Sponges are rich source of bioactive natural products synthesized by the symbiotic bacteria belonging to different phyla. Due to a competition for space and nutrients the marine bacteria associated with sponges could produce more antibiotic substances. To explore the proactive potential of marine microbes extensive research has been done. These bioactive metabolites have some unique properties that are pharmaceutically important. To date, majority of these metabolites have been identified from marine invertebrates of which sponges predominate...
October 12, 2016: Current Drug Metabolism
Xiao Liu, Shinji Inagaki, Jinlong Gong
Artificial photosynthesis-reduction of CO2 into chemicals and fuels with water oxidation in the presence of sunlight as the energy source-mimics natural photosynthesis in green plants, and is considered to have a significant part to play in future energy supply and protection of our environment. The high quantum efficiency and easy manipulation of heterogeneous molecular photosystems based on metal complexes enables them to act as promising platforms to achieve efficient conversion of solar energy. This Review describes recent developments in the heterogenization of such photocatalysts...
October 14, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Guowu Zhan, Hua Chun Zeng
Developing economic and sustainable synthetic strategies for metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) is imperative for promoting MOF materials into large scale industrial use. Very recently, an alternative strategy for MOF synthesis by using solvent-insoluble "solid matters" as cation reservoirs and/or templates has been developed to accomplish this goal, in which the solid matters often refer to metals, metal oxides, hydroxides, carbonates, and so forth, but excluding the soluble metal salts which have been prevailingly used in MOF synthesis...
October 14, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Roger A Levy, Renato Guzman, Gilberto Castañeda-Hernández, Manuel Martinez-Vazquez, Guilherme Damian, Carlos Cara
Biologics are increasingly being used to modify the course of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases. Some main agents are monoclonal antibodies and a fusion-protein that target TNF. This group includes adalimumab, infliximab, certolizumab pegol, golimumab and etanercept. Although the efficacy of anti-TNFs is supported by numerous randomized clinical trials, their pharmacokinetics depend on many factors, in particular immunogenicity, which can cause marked and rapid clearance and a consequent decrease in efficacy...
October 14, 2016: Immunotherapy
Joshua Banting, Tony Meriano
The series objective is to review various clinical conditions/ presentations, including the latest evidence on management, and to dispel common myths. In the process, core knowledge and management principles are enhanced. A clinical case will be presented. Cases will be drawn from real life but phrased in a context that is applicable to the Special Operations Forces (SOF) or tactical emergency medical support (TEMS) environment. Details will be presented in such a way that the reader can follow along and identify how they would manage the case clinically depending on their experience and environment situation...
2016: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
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