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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721885/nrg-oncology-radiation-therapy-oncology-group-study-1014-1-year-toxicity-report-from-a-phase-2-study-of-repeat-breast-preserving-surgery-and-3-dimensional-conformal-partial-breast-reirradiation-for-in-breast-recurrence
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Douglas W Arthur, Kathryn A Winter, Henry M Kuerer, Bruce G Haffty, Laurie W Cuttino, Dorin A Todor, Nicole L Simone, Shelly B Hayes, Wendy A Woodward, Beryl McCormick, Randi J Cohen, Walter M Sahijdak, Daniel J Canaday, Doris R Brown, Adam D Currey, Christine M Fisher, Reshma Jagsi, Julia White
PURPOSE: To determine the associated toxicity, tolerance, and safety of partial-breast reirradiation. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Eligibility criteria included in-breast recurrence occurring >1 year after whole-breast irradiation, <3 cm, unifocal, and resected with negative margins. Partial-breast reirradiation was targeted to the surgical cavity plus 1.5 cm; a prescription dose of 45 Gy in 1.5 Gy twice daily for 30 treatments was used. The primary objective was to evaluate the rate of grade ≥3 treatment-related skin, fibrosis, and/or breast pain adverse events (AEs), occurring ≤1 year from re-treatment completion...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721575/gastroparesis-medical-and-therapeutic-advances
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REVIEW
Christopher M Navas, Nihal K Patel, Brian E Lacy
Gastroparesis is a chronic, bothersome, and often disabling neuromuscular disorder of the upper gastrointestinal tract. The most frequently reported symptoms of gastroparesis include nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, early satiety, and unintentional weight loss. Etiologies of gastroparesis include diabetes, connective tissue disorders, prior infection, mesenteric ischemia, and post-surgical complications. The largest category of gastroparesis patients is comprised of those in whom no definitive cause can be identified (idiopathic gastroparesis)...
July 18, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720136/bilateral-multiple-pulmonary-artery-aneurysms-associated-with-cavitary-pulmonary-tuberculosis-a-case-report
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Pedro Pallangyo, Frederick Lyimo, Smita Bhalia, Hilda Makungu, Bashir Nyangasa, Flora Lwakatare, Pal Suranyi, Mohamed Janabi
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary artery aneurysms constitute <1% of aneurysms occurring in the thoracic cavity. Congenital cardiac defects are responsible for the majority (>50%) of cases, however, pulmonary artery aneurysm is a rare sequelae of pulmonary tuberculosis reported in about 5% of patients with chronic cavitary tuberculosis on autopsy. The natural history of this potentially fatal condition remains poorly understood and guidelines for optimal management are controversial. CASE PRESENTATION: A 24-year-old man, a nursing student of African descent, was referred to us from an up-country regional hospital with a 4-week history of recurrent episodes of breathlessness, awareness of heartbeats and coughing blood 3 weeks after completing a 6-month course of anti-tuberculosis drugs...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720119/calcified-amorphous-tumor-of-the-heart-with-mitral-annular-calcification-a-case-report
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Ryo Nakamaru, Hiroki Oe, Katsuomi Iwakura, Takafumi Masai, Kenshi Fujii
BACKGROUND: Calcified amorphous tumor of the heart is a rare, non-neoplastic cardiac mass characterized by nodular calcium in the background of amorphous degenerating fibrinous material. Clinical diagnosis of calcified amorphous tumor can be difficult, and current single imaging techniques do not specifically differentiate calcified amorphous tumor from other cardiac tumors such as calcified atrial myxoma, calcified thrombi, or vegetation. Complete surgical resection is the treatment of choice for both symptom improvement and prevention of embolization, as well as for pathological diagnosis...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719438/comparative-analysis-of-chilblain-lupus-erythematosus-and-idiopathic-perniosis-histopathologic-features-and-immunohistochemistry-for-cd123-and-cd30
#5
Michael L Wang, May P Chan
Distinction of chilblain lupus erythematosus (CLE) from idiopathic perniosis (IP) could predict an underlying connective tissue disease; however, histopathologic discrimination of the two is difficult. Increased CD123 plasmacytoid dendritic cells and CD30 lymphocytes have been demonstrated in various forms of cutaneous lupus erythematosus and IP, respectively. To our knowledge, CD123 and CD30 have not been examined in CLE. Our objective was to identify helpful histopathologic and immunohistochemical features in distinguishing CLE and IP...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716062/the-effects-of-acute-and-elective-cardiac-surgery-on-the-anxiety-traits-of-patients-with-marfan-syndrome
#6
Kálmán Benke, Bence Ágg, Miklós Pólos, Alex Ali Sayour, Tamás Radovits, Elektra Bartha, Péter Nagy, Balázs Rákóczi, Ákos Koller, Viola Szokolai, Julianna Hedberg, Béla Merkely, Zsolt B Nagy, Zoltán Szabolcs
BACKGROUND: Marfan syndrome is a genetic disease, presenting with dysfunction of connective tissues leading to lesions in the cardiovascular and skeletal muscle system. Within these symptoms, the most typical is weakness of the connective tissue in the aorta, manifesting as aortic dilatation (aneurysm). This could, in turn, become annuloaortic ectasia, or life-threatening dissection. As a result, life-saving and preventative cardiac surgical interventions are frequent among Marfan syndrome patients...
July 17, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716061/colony-stimulating-factor-1-receptor-csf1r-inhibitors-in-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Michael A Cannarile, Martin Weisser, Wolfgang Jacob, Anna-Maria Jegg, Carola H Ries, Dominik Rüttinger
The tumor-permissive and immunosuppressive characteristics of tumor-associated macrophages (TAM) have fueled interest in therapeutically targeting these cells. In this context, the colony-stimulating factor 1 (CSF1)/colony-stimulating factor 1 receptor (CSF1R) axis has gained the most attention, and various approaches targeting either the ligands or the receptor are currently in clinical development. Emerging data on the tolerability of CSF1/CSF1R-targeting agents suggest a favorable safety profile, making them attractive combination partners for both standard treatment modalities and immunotherapeutic agents...
July 18, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715511/endovascular-treatment-of-genetically-linked-aortic-diseases
#8
D Böckler, K Meisenbacher, A S Peters, C Grond-Ginsbach, M S Bischoff
BACKGROUND: The most important structural proteins of the vascular wall are collagen and elastin. Genetically linked connective tissue diseases lead to degeneration, aneurysm formation and spontaneous dissection or rupture of arteries. The most well-known are Marfan syndrome, vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (type IV), Loeys-Dietz syndrome and familial aortic aneurysms and dissections. OBJECTIVE: This review article addresses the current status of endovascular treatment options for important connective tissue diseases...
2017: Gefässchirurgie: Zeitschrift Für Vaskuläre und Endovaskuläre Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713235/connecting-the-brain-to-itself-through-an-emulation
#9
Mijail D Serruya
Pilot clinical trials of human patients implanted with devices that can chronically record and stimulate ensembles of hundreds to thousands of individual neurons offer the possibility of expanding the substrate of cognition. Parallel trains of firing rate activity can be delivered in real-time to an array of intermediate external modules that in turn can trigger parallel trains of stimulation back into the brain. These modules may be built in software, VLSI firmware, or biological tissue as in vitro culture preparations or in vivo ectopic construct organoids...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712563/trends-in-comorbidity-in-patients-hospitalised-for-cardiovascular-disease
#10
Josefien Buddeke, Michiel L Bots, Ineke van Dis, Anho Liem, Frank L J Visseren, Ilonca Vaartjes
BACKGROUND: We determined trends over time in cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular comorbidity in patients hospitalised for cardiovascular disease (CVD). METHODS: The Dutch nationwide hospital register was used to identify patients hospitalised for CVD during 2000-2010. Comorbidity was defined as a previous hospital admission for CVD other than the index CVD, cancer, diabetes, musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders, respiratory disorders, thyroid gland disorders, kidney disorders and dementia in the five years previous to hospital admittance for the index CVD...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712039/cutaneous-manifestations-of-scleroderma-and-scleroderma-like-disorders-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Caterina Ferreli, Giulia Gasparini, Aurora Parodi, Emanuele Cozzani, Franco Rongioletti, Laura Atzori
Scleroderma refers to an autoimmune connective tissue fibrosing disease, including three different subsets: localized scleroderma, limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis, and diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis with divergent patterns of organ involvement, autoantibody profiles, management, and prognostic implications. Although systemic sclerosis is considered the disease prototype that causes cutaneous sclerosis, there are many other conditions that can mimic and be confused with SSc. They can be classified into immune-mediated/inflammatory, immune-mediated/inflammatory with abnormal deposit (mucinoses), genetic, drug-induced and toxic, metabolic, panniculitis/vascular, and (para)neoplastic disorders according to clinico-pathological and pathogenetic correlations...
July 16, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711737/subthalamic-deep-brain-stimulation-sweet-spots-and-hyperdirect-cortical-connectivity-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Harith Akram, Stamatios N Sotiropoulos, Saad Jbabdi, Dejan Georgiev, Philipp Mahlknecht, Jonathan Hyam, Thomas Foltynie, Patricia Limousin, Enrico De Vita, Marjan Jahanshahi, Marwan Hariz, John Ashburner, Tim Behrens, Ludvic Zrinzo
OBJECTIVES: Firstly, to identify subthalamic region stimulation clusters that predict maximum improvement in rigidity, bradykinesia and tremor, or emergence of side-effects; and secondly, to map-out the cortical fingerprint, mediated by the hyperdirect pathways which predict maximum efficacy. METHODS: High angular resolution diffusion imaging in twenty patients with advanced Parkinson's disease was acquired prior to bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation...
July 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709760/clinical-and-pathologic-implications-of-extending-the-spectrum-of-maternal-autoantibodies-reactive-with-ribonucleoproteins-associated-with-cutaneous-and-now-cardiac-neonatal-lupus-from-ssa-ro-and-ssb-la-to-u1rnp
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REVIEW
Peter M Izmirly, Marc K Halushka, Avi Z Rosenberg, Sean Whelton, Khodayar Rais-Bahrami, Dilip S Nath, Hilary Parton, Robert M Clancy, Sara Rasmussen, Amit Saxena, Jill P Buyon
While the relationship between maternal connective tissue diseases and neonatal rashes was described in the 1960s and congenital heart block in the 1970s, the "culprit" antibody reactivity to the SSA/Ro-SSB/La ribonucleoprotein complex was not identified until the 1980s. However, studies have shown that approximately 10-15% of cases of congenital heart block are not exposed to anti-SSA/Ro-SSB/La. Whether those cases represent a different disease entity or whether another antibody is associated has yet to be determined...
July 11, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709115/development-and-validation-of-the-korea-dementia-comorbidity-index-kdci-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study-from-2002-to-2013
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Jae-Hyun Kim, Ki-Bong Yoo, Yunhwan Lee
This study develop and validate a simple and accessible measure of comorbidity, named the Korean Dementia Comorbidity index (KDCI), to assist in predicting the onset of dementia. This study used the National Health Insurance Service-Cohort Sample Database from 2002 to 2013 (n=23,856). Cox proportional hazard model was used to estimate incident dementia (International Classification of Disease, 10th edition (ICD-10) codes: F00-F03, G30, G311), with a hazard ratio higher than 1.05 for each comorbid condition being assigned a score...
June 7, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708392/thiol-triggered-release-of-intraliposomal-content-from-liposomes-made-of-extremophile-inspired-tetraether-lipids
#15
Takaoki Koyanagi, Jessica L Cifelli, Geoffray Leriche, David Onofrei, Gregory P Holland, Jerry Yang
Liposomal drug delivery systems have been used for delivery of drugs to targeted tissues while reducing unwanted side effects. DOXIL®, for instance, is a liposomal formulation of the anti-cancer agent doxorubicin (DOX) that has been used to address problems associated with non-specific toxicity of free DOX. However, while this liposomal formulation allows for a more stable circulation of doxorubicin in the body compared with free drug, efficacy for cancer therapy is reduced when compared with systemic injections of free drug...
July 14, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707393/malaria-epstein-barr-virus-infection-and-the-pathogenesis-of-burkitt-s-lymphoma
#16
Anthony R Mawson, Suvankar Majumdar
A geographical and causal connection has long been recognized between malaria, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and Burkitt's lymphoma (BL), but the underlying mechanisms remain obscure. Potential clues are that the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum selectively absorbs vitamin A from the host and depends on it for its biological activities; secondly, alterations in vitamin A (retinoid) metabolism have been implicated in many forms of cancer, including BL. The first author has proposed that the merozoite-stage malaria parasite, emerging from the liver, uses its absorbed vitamin A as a cell membrane destabilizer to invade the red blood cells, causing anemia and other signs and symptoms of the disease as manifestations of an endogenous form of hypervitaminosis A (Mawson AR...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706863/non-functional-tricuspid-valve-disease
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REVIEW
Dale S Adler
Only 75% of severe tricuspid regurgitation is classified as functional, or related primarily to pulmonary hypertension, right ventricular dysfunction, or a combination of both. Non-functional tricuspid regurgitation occurs when there is damage to the tricuspid leaflets, chordae, papillary muscles, or annulus, independent of right ventricular dysfunction or pulmonary hypertension. The entities that cause non-functional tricuspid regurgitation include rheumatic and myxomatous disease, acquired and genetic connective tissue disorders, endocarditis, sarcoid, pacing, RV biopsy, blunt trauma, radiation, carcinoid, ergot alkaloids, dopamine agonists, fenfluramine, cardiac tumors, atrial fibrillation, and congenital malformations...
May 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706536/the-videofluorographic-swallowing-study-in-rheumatologic-diseases-a-comprehensive-review
#18
REVIEW
Ambra Di Piazza, Federica Vernuccio, Massimo Costanzo, Laura Scopelliti, Dario Picone, Federico Midiri, Francesco Salvaggi, Francesco Cupido, Massimo Galia, Sergio Salerno, Antonio Lo Casto, Massimo Midiri, Giuseppe Lo Re, Roberto Lagalla
Autoimmune connective tissue diseases are a heterogeneous group of pathologies that affect about 10% of world population with chronic evolution in 20%-80%. Inflammation in autoimmune diseases may lead to serious damage to other organs including the gastrointestinal tract. Gastrointestinal tract involvement in these patients may also due to both a direct action of antibodies against organs and pharmacological therapies. Dysphagia is one of the most important symptom, and it is caused by failure of the swallowing function and may lead to aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition, dehydration, weight loss, and airway obstruction...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705683/periodontal-ligament-fibroblasts-as-a-cell-model-to-study-osteogenesis-and-osteoclastogenesis-in-fibrodysplasia-ossificans-progressiva
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Teun J de Vries, Ton Schoenmaker, Dimitra Micha, Jolanda Hogervorst, Siham Bouskla, Tim Forouzanfar, Gerard Pals, Coen Netelenbos, E Marelise W Eekhoff, Nathalie Bravenboer
Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is a progressive disease characterized by periods of heterotopic ossification of soft connective tissues, including ligaments. Though progress has been made in recent years in unraveling the underlying mechanism, patient-derived cell models are necessary to test potential treatment options. Periodontal ligament fibroblasts (PLF) from extracted teeth can be used to study deviant bone modeling processes in vitro since these cells are derived from genuine ligaments. They further provide a tool to study the hitherto unknown role of the bone morphogenesis protein receptor type 1 (BMPR-1) Activin A type 1 receptor ACVR1-R206H mutation in osteoclastogenesis...
July 10, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705287/generalized-discoid-lupus-erythematosus-as-the-presenting-sign-of-small-cell-lung-carcinoma
#20
Tania M Gonzalez Santiago, David A Wetter, Garrett C Lowe, Gabriel F Sciallis
A 46-year-old woman with a 30 pack-year smoking history presented with a worsening eruption on the left cheek that failed to improve with metronidazole gel. The cutaneous eruption spread to most of her face and did not respond to a brief tapering course of prednisone. During the initial evaluation at our institution, approximately 6 weeks after the onset of the cutaneous eruption, the patient had erythematous, crusted plaques on her face and scalp (Figure 1A); they were also present on the V-area of the anterior aspect of the neck and upper region of the chest, the shoulders, and the arms, with isolated lesions on the trunk and legs...
2017: Skinmed
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