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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445938/pirfenidone-normalizes-the-tumor-microenvironment-to-improve-chemotherapy
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Christiana Polydorou, Fotios Mpekris, Panagiotis Papageorgis, Chrysovalantis Voutouri, Triantafyllos Stylianopoulos
Normalization of the tumor microenvironment by selectively targeting components of the tumor extracellular matrix has been recently proposed to have the potential to decompress tumor blood vessels, increase vessel perfusion and thus, improve drug delivery and the efficacy of cancer therapy. Therefore, we now need to identify safe and well tolerated pharmaceutical agents that are able to remodel the microenvironment of solid tumors and enhance chemotherapy. In this study, we repurposed Pirfenidone, a clinically approved anti-fibrotic drug for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, to investigate its possible role on tumor microenvironment normalization...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445871/three-year-clinical-outcome-of-patients-with-coronary-disease-and-increased-event-risk-treated-with-newer-generation-drug-eluting-stents-from-the-randomized-dutch-peers-trial
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Liefke C van der Heijden, Marlies M Kok, Marije M Löwik, Peter W Danse, Gillian A J Jessurun, Marc Hartmann, Martin G Stoel, K Gert van Houwelingen, Raymond W M Hautvast, Gerard C Linssen, Carine J M Doggen, Clemens von Birgelen
OBJECTIVE: Limited data is available on the long-term outcome of patients with increased cardiovascular event risk, treated with newer-generation durable polymer drug-eluting stents (DES). METHODS: We therefore assessed 3-year follow-up data of high-risk versus low- to intermediate-risk patients of the randomized DUTCH PEERS trial (NCT01331707). In both risk groups we also compared patients treated with Resolute Integrity versus Promus Element DES. Patients were categorized as "high-risk" if they met ≥1 of the following criteria: (1) diabetes (17...
April 27, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445861/the-application-of-silicon-sol-gel-technology-to-forensic-blood-substitute-development-investigation-of-the-spreading-dynamics-onto-a-paper-surface
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Theresa Stotesbury, Mike Illes, Paul Wilson, Andrew J Vreugdenhil
This work investigates the spreading dynamics of three candidate sol-gel solutions, of ranging viscosities, surface tensions and densities, and compares them with water and two commercial blood substitute products. Droplets were created with different sizes (10 to75μL) and impact velocities (1.4 to 6.0m/s) to strike 176gsm cardstock. Over 2200 droplets were created using the six different fluids and their final dried stain diameter was measured. Droplet spread was plotted using the Scheller and Bousfield correlation and uses effective viscosity as a parameter for non-Newtonian fluids...
April 1, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445800/adjunctive-celecoxib-for-schizophrenia-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trials
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Wei Zheng, Dong-Bin Cai, Xin-Hu Yang, Gabor S Ungvari, Chee H Ng, Norbert Müller, Yu-Ping Ning, Yu-Tao Xiang
Neuroinflammation has been implicated in the neurobiological pathways of schizophrenia. This meta-analysis evaluated the efficacy and tolerability of adjunctive celecoxib as a noncompetitive anti-inflammation drug in treating schizophrenia. Data were searched, extracted, checked and entered into the RevMan (version 5.3) software by two independent investigators. Standardized/weighted mean differences (SMDs/WMDs), risk ratio (RR) and their 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated, as appropriate. Included were 8 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with a total of 626 patients with schizophrenia including 316 (50...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445791/quality-and-relevance-of-master-degree-education-for-the-professional-development-of-nurses-and-midwives
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Azzurra Massimi, Carolina Marzuillo, Marco Di Muzio, Maria Rosaria Vacchio, Elvira D'Andrea, Paolo Villari, Corrado De Vito
BACKGROUND: Advanced education in nursing is essential to provide safe, high quality and efficient health services in line with population needs. However, there is an almost complete lack of studies on how nurses view the usefulness of post-graduate education for their current employment and for professional advancement. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate how nurse graduates view the quality, relevance and applicability of the knowledge and skills acquired during the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree...
April 14, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445621/calm-to-chaos-engaging-undergraduate-nursing-students-with-the-complex-nature-of-interruptions-during-medication-administration
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Carolyn Hayes, Debra Jackson, Patricia M Davidson, John Daly, Tamara Power
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This paper describes undergraduate student nurse responses to a simulated role-play experience focussing on managing interruptions during medication administration. BACKGROUND: Improving patient safety requires that we find creative and innovative methods of teaching medication administration to undergraduate nurses in real-world conditions. Nurses are responsible for the majority of medication administrations in health care. Incidents and errors associated with medications are a significant patient safety issue and often occur as a result of interruptions...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445596/effectiveness-safety-and-acceptability-of-non-physician-provision-of-first-trimester-medical-termination-of-pregnancy-a-systematic-review
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S Sjöström, M Dragoman, S M Fønhus, B Ganatra, K Gemzell-Danielsson
BACKGROUND: Previous systematic reviews have concluded that medical termination of pregnancy (TOP) provided by non-physician providers may be as effective and safe as when provided by physicians. Medical treatment of incomplete miscarriage by non-physicians, and treated women's acceptability with non-physician providers of TOP has not previously been reviewed. OBJECTIVE: To review the effectiveness, safety and acceptability of non-physician provision of first trimester medical TOP including medical treatment for incomplete miscarriage...
April 26, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445503/therapeutic-efficacy-of-artemether-lumefantrine-against-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-in-a-high-transmission-area-in-northwest-ethiopia
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Michael Teklemariam, Ashenafi Assefa, Moges Kassa, Hussien Mohammed, Hassen Mamo
Malaria, particularly due to Plasmodium falciparum, remains a major public health threat in Ethiopia. Artemether-lumefantine (AL) has been the first-line antimalarial drug against uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria in the country since 2004. Regular monitoring of antimalarial drugs is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help early detection of drug resistant strains of the parasite and contain their rapid spread. The objective of this study was to assess the therapeutic efficacy of AL in a high-transmission setting in Ethiopia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445445/cardioprotective-effects-of-malvidin-against-isoproterenol-induced-myocardial-infarction-in-rats-a-mechanistic-study
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Hui Wei, Hui Li, Shu-Ping Wan, Qiu-Tang Zeng, Long-Xian Cheng, Li-Li Jiang, Yu-Dong Peng
BACKGROUND Malvidin (alvidin-3-glucoside) is a polyphenol that belongs to the class of natural anthocyanin, which is abundantly found in red wines, colored fruits, and the skin of red grapes. Therefore, the current investigation was intended to evaluate the effect of malvidin against myocardial infarction induced by isoproterenol in the rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS The cardioprotective effects was assessed by determining the effect of malvidin on the activities of endogenous antioxidants - catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and glutathione peroxidase (GSH) - and on the levels of lipid peroxidation and serum marker enzymes...
April 26, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445376/defining-temporal-hairline-landmarks
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Purushottam A Nagarkar, Jonathan Cheng
Brow dermoids are benign pediatric neoplasms. Endoscopic resection requires incisions placed within the temporal hairline, which is often difficult to reliably locate in infants. The authors studied adult and pediatric patients to define the location of the hairline in relationship to simple facial landmarks. Adult and pediatric patients who were seen in preoperative consultation for facial surgical procedures were identified and included in the study. Patients with a history of facial trauma, surgery, or congenital anomalies were excluded...
May 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445373/auricular-reconstruction-in-hemifacial-microsomia-with-an-expanded-two-flap-method
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Jin Qian, Zhibin Li, Tun Liu, Xu Zhou, Qingguo Zhang
BACKGROUND: Reconstruction of external ear is important for the child/adult with craniofacial deformities to achieve balance and harmony of the face and head. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical application of an expanded two-flap method for auricular reconstruction in hemifacial microsomia. METHODS: Between January of 2014 and November of 2015, 111 hemifacial microsomia patients with microtia underwent auricular reconstruction with an expanded two-flap method...
May 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445340/patients-with-esophageal-achalasia-keeping-them-safe
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Linda S Smith
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May 2017: Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445246/single-delivery-of-high-diversity-fecal-microbiota-preparation-by-colonoscopy-is-safe-and-effective-in-increasing-microbial-diversity-in-active-ulcerative-colitis
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Vinita Jacob, Carl Crawford, Shirley Cohen-Mekelburg, Monica Viladomiu, Gregory G Putzel, Yecheskel Schneider, Fatiha Chabouni, Sarah OʼNeil, Brian Bosworth, Viola Woo, Nadim J Ajami, Joseph F Petrosino, Ylaine Gerardin, Zain Kassam, Mark Smith, Iliyan D Iliev, Gregory F Sonnenberg, David Artis, Ellen Scherl, Randy S Longman
BACKGROUND: Recent trials suggest fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) with repeated enemas and high-diversity FMT donors is a promising treatment to induce remission in ulcerative colitis. METHODS: We designed a prospective, open-label pilot study to assess the safety, clinical efficacy, and microbial engraftment of single FMT delivery by colonoscopy for active ulcerative colitis using a 2-donor fecal microbiota preparation (FMP). Safety and clinical endpoints of response, remission, and mucosal healing at week 4 were assessed...
April 25, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445234/safe-new-approach-to-the-lingual-flap-management-in-mandibular-augmentation-procedures-the-digitoclastic-technique
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Roberto Pistilli, Vittorio Checchi, Gilberto Sammartino, Massimo Simion, Pietro Felice
PURPOSE: This article describes the digitoclastic technique, an innovative procedure for coronal displacement of the lingual flap. The new technique has the potential to obtain primary flap closure without surgical risks to the anatomical structures on the lingual side of the mandible. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Reconstruction of an atrophic mandible with guided tissue regeneration (guided bone regeneration) and implant placement is described, using the digitoclastic technique to displace the lingual flap coronally...
April 25, 2017: Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445203/considerations-for-refractive-surgery-in-the-glaucoma-patient
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Meleha Ahmad, Isaac Chocron, Anurag Shrivastava
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Given the popularity of keratorefractive surgery, and an aging populous of patients who have undergone these procedures, there is an increasing need for updated management protocols. This is particularly relevant for patients with chronic progressive diseases such as glaucoma, due to the variety of related diagnostic and management challenges inherent to these diseases. Here, we will review the current literature to provide an update on the management of patients with glaucoma who are undergoing, or have had laser ablative refractive surgery...
April 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445136/selective-eradication-of-cancer-cells-by-delivery-of-adenovirus-based-toxins
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Shiran Shapira, Assaf Shapira, Diana Kazanov, Gil Hevroni, Sarah Kraus, Nadir Arber
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: KRAS mutation is an early event in colorectal cancer carcinogenesis. We previously reported that a recombinant adenovirus, carrying a pro-apoptotic gene (PUMA) under the regulation of Ets/AP1 (RAS-responsive elements) suppressed the growth of cancer cells harboring hyperactive KRAS. We propose to exploit the hyperactive RAS pathway, rather than to inhibit it as was previously tried and failed repeatedly. We aim to improve efficacy by substituting PUMA with a more potent toxin, the bacterial MazF-MazE toxin-antitoxin system, under a very tight regulation...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445104/endoscopic-ultrasound-guided-direct-portal-pressure-measurement-using-a-digital-pressure-wire-with-real-time-remote-display-a-survival-study
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Allison R Schulman, Christopher C Thompson, Marvin Ryou
BACKGROUND: Portal hypertension is necessary for the development of most clinical complications of cirrhosis. We recently reported a novel, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided technique for direct portal pressure measurements using a digital pressure wire. AIMS: The aims of this study were to (1) evaluate safety in an animal survival model and (2) compare direct portal vein (PV) versus transhepatic access of a first-order venule. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Yorkshire pigs, weighing 40-55 kg...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444964/randomized-clinical-trial-of-landiolol-hydrochloride-for-the-prevention-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-postoperative-complications-after-oesophagectomy-for-cancer
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T Ojima, M Nakamori, M Nakamura, M Katsuda, K Hayata, T Kato, J Kitadani, H Tabata, A Takeuchi, H Yamaue
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is common after oesophageal surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether landiolol hydrochloride was effective and safe in the prevention of atrial fibrillation after oesophagectomy, and to see whether a reduction in incidence of atrial fibrillation would reduce other postoperative complications. METHODS: This single-centre study enrolled patients scheduled for transthoracic oesophagectomy in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial between March 2013 and January 2016...
April 26, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444857/strategies-for-removing-a-worn-out-bone-anchored-hearing-aid-abutment-screw
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Yehuda Schwarz, Marco Bianchi, Aren Bezdjian, Sam J Daniel
First developed by Tjellström over 35 years ago, bone anchored hearing implants have been used effectively as a treatment for conductive or mixed hearing loss.(1) These devices have been implanted safely in adults and children with success rates of 90% or higher.(2) Nonetheless, bone anchored hearing implants present certain adverse effects most commonly related to soft tissue reaction, implant stability, failure to osseointegrate or due to trauma. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444848/biologically-meaningful-scents-a-framework-for-understanding-predator-prey-research-across-disciplines
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Michael H Parsons, Raimund Apfelbach, Peter B Banks, Elissa Z Cameron, Chris R Dickman, Anke S K Frank, Menna E Jones, Ian S McGregor, Stuart McLean, Dietland Müller-Schwarze, Elisa E Sparrow, Daniel T Blumstein
Fear of predation is a universal motivator. Because predators hunt using stealth and surprise, there is a widespread ability among prey to assess risk from chemical information - scents - in their environment. Consequently, scents often act as particularly strong modulators of memory and emotions. Recent advances in ecological research and analytical technology are leading to novel ways to use this chemical information to create effective attractants, repellents and anti-anxiolytic compounds for wildlife managers, conservation biologists and health practitioners...
April 26, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
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