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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792508/effects-of-tgf-%C3%AE-overexpression-via-raav-gene-transfer-on-the-early-repair-processes-in-an-osteochondral-defect-model-in-minipigs
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Magali Cucchiarini, Ann-Kathrin Asen, Lars Goebel, Jagadeesh K Venkatesan, Gertrud Schmitt, David Zurakowski, Michael D Menger, Matthias W Laschke, Henning Madry
BACKGROUND: Application of the chondrogenic transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) is an attractive approach to enhance the intrinsic biological activities in damaged articular cartilage, especially when using direct gene transfer strategies based on the clinically relevant recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV) vectors. PURPOSE: To evaluate the ability of an rAAV-TGF-β construct to modulate the early repair processes in sites of focal cartilage injury in minipigs in vivo relative to control (reporter lacZ gene) vector treatment...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790404/clinical-and-neurophysiological-changes-after-targeted-intrathecal-injections-of-bone-marrow-stem-cells-in-a-c3-tetraplegic-subject
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Andrea Jimena Santamaria, Francisco D Benavides, Darcy L DiFede, Aisha Khan, Marietsy V Pujol, W Dalton Dietrich, Antonio Marttos, Barth A Green, Joshua M Hare, James Guest
High-level quadriplegia is a devastating condition with limited treatment options. Bone marrow derived stem cells (BMSCs) are reported to have immunomodulatory and neurotrophic effects in spinal cord injury (SCI). We report a subject with complete C2 SCI who received 3 anatomically targeted intrathecal infusions of BMSCs under a single-patient expanded access IND. She underwent intensive physical therapy and was followed for over 2 years. At end-point, her AIS grade improved from A to B and she recovered focal pressure touch sensation over several body areas...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790383/focal-treatment-for-unilateral-prostate-cancer-using-hifu-a-comprehensive-study-of-pooled-data
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Simone Albisinni, Christian Melot, Fouad Aoun, Ksenija Limani, Alexandre Peltier, Pascal Rischmann, Roland van Velthoven
BACKGROUND: Focal therapy for prostate cancer (PCa) remains experimental. Aim of the current study is to review available evidence and perform a pooled analysis exploring oncologic and functional results of High Intensity Focal Ultrasound (HIFU) focal therapy for the treatment of unilateral PCa. METHODS: The National Library of Medicine Database was searched for relevant articles. A wide search was performed including the combination of following words: "HIFU", "prostate", "cancer", "focal"...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785508/lacosamide-a-review-in-focal-onset-seizures-in-patients-with-epilepsy
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Sheridan M Hoy
Lacosamide (Vimpat® ) is a functionalized amino acid (available orally and intravenously) approved in the EU and the USA for use as monotherapy and adjunctive therapy for the treatment of focal-onset seizures in adults, adolescents and children aged ≥ 4 years with epilepsy. In adults and adolescents (aged ≥ 16 years), oral lacosamide as adjunctive therapy to other antiepileptic drugs was generally effective in reducing seizure frequency during short-term (up to 18 weeks) treatment, with efficacy sustained over the longer-term (up to 8 years)...
May 21, 2018: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785019/cribriform-morular-variant-of-thyroid-carcinoma-a-neoplasm-with-distinctive-phenotype-associated-with-the-activation-of-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
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José Manuel Cameselle-Teijeiro, Diego Peteiro-González, Javier Caneiro-Gómez, María Sánchez-Ares, Ihab Abdulkader, Catarina Eloy, Miguel Melo, Isabel Amendoeira, Paula Soares, Manuel Sobrinho-Simões
Cribriform-morular variant of thyroid carcinoma is classically associated with familial adenomatous polyposis but, it can also occur as a sporadic neoplasm. This neoplasm is much more frequently observed in women than in men (ratio of 61:1). In familial adenomatous polyposis patients, tumors are generally multifocal and/or bilateral (multinodular appearance), whereas in the sporadic cases tumors tend to occur as single nodules. The tumors are well delimited, and characteristically show a blending of follicular, cribriform, papillary, trabecular, solid, and morular patterns...
May 21, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784633/confocal-laser-endomicroscopy-and-optical-coherence-tomography-for-the-diagnosis-of-prostate-cancer-a-needle-based-in-vivo-feasibility-study-protocol-ideal-phase-2a
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Abel Swaan, Christophe K Mannaerts, Matthijs Jv Scheltema, Jakko A Nieuwenhuijzen, C Dilara Savci-Heijink, Jean Jmch de la Rosette, R Jeroen A van Moorselaar, Ton G van Leeuwen, Theo M de Reijke, Daniel Martijn de Bruin
BACKGROUND: Focal therapy for prostate cancer has been proposed as an alternative treatment to whole-gland therapies in selected men to diminish side effects in localized prostate cancer. As nowadays imaging cannot offer complete prostate cancer disease characterization, multicore systematic biopsies are recommended (transrectal or transperineal). Optical imaging techniques such as confocal laser endomicroscopy and optical coherence tomography allow in vivo, high-resolution imaging. Moreover, they can provide real-time visualization and analysis of tissue and have the potential to offer additive diagnostic information...
May 21, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784011/extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-promote-mesenchymal-stem-cell-migration-by-increasing-intracellular-ca-2-and-activating-the-fak-rho-gtpases-signaling-pathways-in-vitro
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Yingchi Zhang, Jiyuan Yan, Haoran Xu, Yong Yang, Wenkai Li, Hua Wu, Chaoxu Liu
BACKGROUND: The ability of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to migrate to the desired tissues or lesions is crucial for stem cell-based regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Optimal therapeutics for promoting MSC migration are expected to become an effective means for tissue regeneration. Electromagnetic fields (EMF), as a noninvasive therapy, can cause a lot of biological changes in MSCs. However, whether EMF can promote MSC migration has not yet been reported. METHODS: We evaluated the effects of EMF on cell migration in human bone marrow-derived MSCs...
May 21, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780851/top-questions-in-uncomplicated-non-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia
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Jesse D Sutton, Sena Sayood, Emily S Spivak
The Infectious Diseases Society of America infection-specific guidelines provide limited guidance on the management of focal infections complicated by secondary bacteremias. We address the following 3 commonly encountered questions and management considerations regarding uncomplicated bacteremia not due to Staphylococcus aureus : the role and choice of oral antibiotics focusing on oral beta-lactams, the shortest effective duration of therapy, and the role of repeat blood cultures.
May 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779881/failure-of-tafamidis-to-halt-progression-of-ala36pro-ttr-oculomeningovascular-amyloidosis
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Fabrizio Salvi, Roberto Volpe, Francesca Pastorelli, Andrea Bianchi, Alessandra Vella, Claudio Rapezzi, Mario Mascalchi
Oculomeningovascular amyloidosis is a variant of transthyretin (TTR) amyloidotic polyneuropathy, which is associated with blindness and brain ischemia, microhemorrages, and siderosis due to prominent production of the abnormal TTR in the eye and in the choroid plexuses. Tafamidis is a TTR stabilizer that is orally administered and, by interfering with amyloid fibril formation and deposition, is capable of slowing progression of TTR polyneuropathy and of early-stage cardiomyopathy. However, the ocular manifestations of amyloid deposition progressed despite tafamidis therapy in Val30Met TTR amyloidosis, and the effects of tafamidis on meningovascular amyloidosis are unknown...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778738/risk-adapted-therapy-for-young-children-with-medulloblastoma-sjyc07-therapeutic-and-molecular-outcomes-from-a-multicentre-phase-2-trial
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Giles W Robinson, Vasilisa A Rudneva, Ivo Buchhalter, Catherine A Billups, Sebastian M Waszak, Kyle S Smith, Daniel C Bowers, Anne Bendel, Paul G Fisher, Sonia Partap, John R Crawford, Tim Hassall, Daniel J Indelicato, Frederick Boop, Paul Klimo, Noah D Sabin, Zoltan Patay, Thomas E Merchant, Clinton F Stewart, Brent A Orr, Jan O Korbel, David T W Jones, Tanvi Sharma, Peter Lichter, Marcel Kool, Andrey Korshunov, Stefan M Pfister, Richard J Gilbertson, Robert P Sanders, Arzu Onar-Thomas, David W Ellison, Amar Gajjar, Paul A Northcott
BACKGROUND: Young children with medulloblastoma have a poor overall survival compared with older children, due to use of radiation-sparing therapy in young children. Radiotherapy is omitted or reduced in these young patients to spare them from debilitating long-term side-effects. We aimed to estimate event-free survival and define the molecular characteristics associated with progression-free survival in young patients with medulloblastoma using a risk-stratified treatment strategy designed to defer, reduce, or delay radiation exposure...
May 16, 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775632/controlled-delivery-of-a-focal-adhesion-kinase-inhibitor-results-in-accelerated-wound-closure-with-decreased-scar-formation
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Kun Ma, Sun Hyung Kwon, Jagannath Padmanabhan, Dominik Duscher, Artem A Trotsyuk, Yixiao Dong, Mohammed Inayathullah, Jayakumar Rajadas, Geoffrey C Gurtner
Formation of scars following wounding or trauma represents a significant healthcare burden costing the economy billions of dollars every year. Activation of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) has been shown to play a pivotal role in transducing mechanical signals to elicit fibrotic responses and scar formation during wound repair. We have previously shown that inhibition of FAK using local injections of a small molecule FAK inhibitor (FAKI) can attenuate scar development in a hypertrophic scar model. Clinical translation of FAKI therapy has been challenging, however, due to the lack of an effective drug delivery system for extensive burn injuries, blast injuries, and large excisional injuries...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775445/the-clinical-pattern-of-nephrotic-syndrome-in-children-has-no-effect-on-the-concentration-of-soluble-urokinase-receptor-supar-in-serum-and-urine
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Agnieszka Ochocińska, Wioletta Jarmużek, Roman Janas
Concentration of soluble urokinase receptor (suPAR) was regarded as viable marker to differentiate the focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) from other glomerulopathies and also as predictive parameter for progression of renal disease. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate serum and urine (s)(u)suPAR concentration in steroid-sensitive and steroid-resistant nephrotic children treated with different (double and triple-drug) regimens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Overall 43 children were evaluated including 14 patients with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) aged 9±6 years and 29 with steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome (SSNS) aged 9±5 years, as well as control group (n=59)...
April 23, 2018: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774180/survival-prediction-based-on-qualitative-mri-diffusion-signature-in-patients-with-recurrent-high-grade-glioma-treated-with-bevacizumab
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Pradeep Goyal, Mary Tenenbaum, Sonali Gupta, Puneet S Kochar, Alok A Bhatt, Manisha Mangla, Yogesh Kumar, Rajiv Mangla
Background: Bevacizumab was approved by the FDA for the treatment of recurrent or progressive glioblastoma (GBM). Imaging responses are typically assessed by gadolinium-enhanced MRI. We sought to determine the significance of qualitative diffusion signature (manifest as variable degree of dark signal) on ADC maps in recurrent gliomas after treatment with bevacizumab. Methods: We performed an institutional review board (IRB) approved retrospective study on patients who underwent MRI of the brain after 8 weeks of receiving bevacizumab for recurrent glioma...
April 2018: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772863/-eearly-clinical-effects-of-percutaneous-endoscopic-focal-cleaning-and-drainage-in-the-treatment-of-single-level-suppurative-spondylitis
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Qi Zheng, Yang-Hui Jin, Xiao-Zhang Ying, Yi-Fan Wang, Shi-Yuan Shi, Bo Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical value of percutaneous endoscopic focal cleaning and drainage in the treatment of single-level suppurative spondylitis. METHODS: The clinical data of 18 patients with single-level suppurative spondylitis treated by percutaneous endoscopic focal cleaning and drainage from June 2014 to December 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. There were 11 males and 7 females, aged from 46 to 75 years old with an average of (58.89±9.46) years...
April 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771381/preoperative-vs-postoperative-radiosurgery-for-resected-brain-metastases-a-review
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Roshan S Prabhu, Kirtesh R Patel, Robert H Press, Scott G Soltys, Paul D Brown, Minesh P Mehta, Anthony L Asher, Stuart H Burri
Patients who undergo surgical resection of brain metastases are at significant risk of cavity local recurrence without additional radiation therapy. Postoperative stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a method of focal treatment to the cavity to maximize local control while minimizing the risk of neurocognitive detriment associated with whole brain radiation therapy. Recently published randomized trials have demonstrated the benefit of postoperative SRS in terms of cavity tumor control and preserving neurocognition...
May 16, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771216/mindfulness-based-cognitive-hypnotherapy-and-skin-disorders
#16
Philip D Shenefelt
Mindfulness-based cognitive hypnotherapy integrates mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and hypnotherapy to improve physical, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual aspects of skin disorders. Meditation, including mindfulness meditation, and hypnosis both utilize trance phenomena to help produce focalization and specific improvements in skin disorders through psycho-neuro-endocrine-immunologic mechanisms. Hypnosis, cognitive hypnotherapy, focused meditation, and mindfulness meditation are discussed with respect to improving various skin disorders including acne, acne excoriée, alopecia areata, atopic dermatitis, congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma, dyshidrotic dermatitis, erythema nodosum, erythromelalgia, furuncles, glossodynia, herpes simplex, hyperhidrosis, ichthyosis vulgaris, lichen planus, neurodermatitis, nummular dermatitis, postherpetic neuralgia, prurigo nodularis, pruritus, psoriasis, rosacea, trichotillomania, urticaria, verruca vulgaris, and vitiligo...
July 2018: American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770311/-super-active-surveillance-mri-ultrasound-fusion-biopsy-and-ablation-for-less-invasive-management-of-prostate-cancer
#17
REVIEW
Jonathan B Bloom, Samuel A Gold, Graham R Hale, Kareem N Rayn, Vikram K Sabarwal, Ivane Bakhutashvili, Vladimir Valera, Baris Turkbey, Peter A Pinto, Bradford J Wood
Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) of the prostate has allowed clinicians to better visualize and target suspicious lesions during biopsy. Targeted prostate biopsies give a more accurate representation of the true cancer volume and stage so that appropriate treatment or active surveillance can be selected. Advances in technology have led to the development of MRI and ultrasound fusion platforms used for targeted biopsies, monitoring cancer progression, and more recently for the application of focal therapy...
April 2018: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770305/the-prostate-cancer-focal-therapy
#18
REVIEW
Filippo Pesapane, Francesca Patella, Enrico Maria Fumarola, Edoardo Zanchetta, Chiara Floridi, Gianpaolo Carrafiello, Chloë Standaert
Despite prostate cancer (PCa) is the leading form of non-cutaneous cancer in men, most patients with PCa die with disease rather than of the disease. Therefore, the risk of overtreatment should be considered by clinicians who have to distinguish between patients with high risk PCa (who would benefit from radical treatment) and patients who may be managed more conservatively, such as through active surveillance or emerging focal therapy (FT). The aim of FT is to eradicate clinically significant disease while protecting key genito-urinary structures and function from injury...
April 2018: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769373/the-cortical-damage-early-relapses-and-onset-of-the-progressive-phase-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Antonio Scalfari, Chiara Romualdi, Richard S Nicholas, Miriam Mattoscio, Roberta Magliozzi, Aldo Morra, Salvatore Monaco, Paolo A Muraro, Massimiliano Calabrese
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship among cortical radiologic changes, the number of early relapses (ERs), and the long-term course of multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: In this cohort study, we assessed the number of cortical lesions (CLs) and white matter (WM) lesions and the cortical thickness (Cth) at clinical onset and after 7.9 mean years among 219 patients with relapsing remitting (RR) MS with 1 (Low-ER), 2 (Mid-ER), and ≥3 (High-ER) ERs during the first 2 years...
May 16, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768366/case-report-a-rare-case-of-focal-myositis-presenting-as-sartorius-muscle-contracture-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Jin Wang, Juyang Jiao, Guanglei Zhao, Jingsheng Shi, Jun Xia
RATIONALE: Focal myositis (FM) is a very rare myopathy of unknown etiology characterized by focal enlargement within one single skeletal muscle. In particular, it occurs only involving the Sartorius muscle has never been reported. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 25-year-old man was admitted to the hospital with progressive restricted left hip joint extension, left thigh discomfort and gait disturbance for 6 years. DIAGNOSES: Combining clinical manifestations with results of radiological and pathological examinations, it was consistent with the diagnosis of FM INTERVENTIONS:: The patient received a surgery under general anesthesia to release the contracted Sartorius tendon...
May 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
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