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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343977/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-six-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-due-to-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia
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James C Ulchaker, Melissa S Martinson
Objective: To conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis from payers' perspectives of six treatments for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and to examine positioning of these modalities in the marketplace for the best use of health care funds and quality-of-life benefits for patients. Methods: The economic analysis was conducted with a Markov model to compare combination prescription drug therapy (ComboRx), minimally invasive therapies (MITs) including convective radiofrequency (RF) water vapor thermal therapy (Rezūm®), conductive RF thermal therapy (Prostiva®), and prostatic urethral lift (UroLift®), and invasive surgical procedures including photovaporization of the prostate (Greenlight® PVP) and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)...
2018: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332233/pilot-study-of-serial-flt-and-fdg-pet-ct-imaging-to-monitor-response-to-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-of-esophageal-adenocarcinoma-correlation-with-histopathologic-response
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Victor H Gerbaudo, Joseph H Killoran, Chun K Kim, Jason L Hornick, Jonathan A Nowak, Peter C Enzinger, Harvey J Mamon
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this prospective pilot study was to investigate the potential of serial FLT-PET/CT compared to FDG-PET/CT to provide an early indication of esophageal cancer response to concurrent neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy. METHODS: Five patients with biopsy-proven esophageal adenocarcinomas underwent neoadjuvant chemoradiation (Tx) prior to minimally invasive esophagectomy. The presence of residual tumor was classified histologically using the Mandard et al...
January 13, 2018: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316303/feasibility-study-of-modeling-liver-thermal-damage-using-minimally-invasive-optical-method-adequate-for-in-situ-measurement
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Jinzhe Zhao, Qi Zhao, Yingxu Jiang, Weitao Li, Yamin Yang, Zhiyu Qian, Jia Liu
Liver thermal ablation techniques have been widely used for the treatment of liver cancer. Kinetic model of damage propagation play an important role for ablation prediction and real-time efficacy assessment. However, practical methods for modeling liver thermal damage are rare. A minimally invasive optical method especially adequate for in situ liver thermal damage modeling is introduced in this paper. Porcine liver tissue was heated by water bath under different temperatures. During thermal treatment, diffuse reflectance spectrum (DRS) of liver was measured by optical fiber and used to deduce reduced scattering coefficient (μ's )...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285246/gene-function-analysis-and-underlying-mechanism-of-esophagus-cancer-based-on-microarray-gene-expression-profiling
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Ying Yue, Mengjia Song, Yamin Qiao, Pupu Li, Yiqiang Yuan, Jingyao Lian, Suying Wang, Yi Zhang
Esophageal cancer (EC) is one of the most common digestive malignant tumors worldwide. Over the past decades, there have been minimal improvements in outcomes for patients with EC. New targets and novel therapies are needed to improve outcomes for these patients. This study aimed to explore the molecular mechanisms of EC by integrated bioinformatic analyses of the feature genes associated with EC and correlative gene functions which can distinguish cancerous tissues from non-cancerous tissues. Gene expression profile GSE20347 was downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database, including 17 EC samples and their paired adjacent non-cancerous samples...
December 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283468/noninvasive-electrical-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-ocular-pain-and-photophobia
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Eellan Sivanesan, Roy C Levitt, Constantine D Sarantopoulos, Dennis Patin, Anat Galor
INTRODUCTION: "Dry eye" or "keratoconjunctivitis sicca" is a multifactorial disease estimated to have a worldwide prevalence of 5-33%. Conventional therapies targeting the ocular surface with artificial tears, anti-inflammatories, punctal closure, eyelid hygiene, and antibiotics do not provide relief in all patients, especially those with neuropathic-like ocular complaints (wind hyperalgesia and photophobia). We anticipated that ocular transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) would alleviate symptoms of ocular pain, photophobia, and dryness in these latter individuals...
December 28, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241706/placement-of-an-absorbable-rectal-hydrogel-spacer-in-patients-undergoing-low-dose-rate-brachytherapy-with-palladium-103
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Amandeep S Taggar, Tomer Charas, Gil'ad N Cohen, Keeratikarn Boonyawan, Marisa Kollmeier, Sean McBride, Nitin Mathur, Antonio L Damato, Michael J Zelefsky
PURPOSE: Rates of rectal toxicity after low-dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy for prostate cancer are dependent on rectal dose, which is associated with rectal distance from prostate and implanted seeds. Placement of a hydrogel spacer between the prostate and rectum has proven to reduce the volume of the rectum exposed to higher radiation dose levels in the setting of external beam radiotherapy. We present our findings with placing a rectal hydrogel spacer in patients following LDR brachytherapy, and we further assess the impact of this placement on dosimetry and acute rectal toxicity...
December 11, 2017: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228959/micro-structural-bone-changes-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-persist-over-1-year%C3%A2-despite-use-of-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drug-therapy
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Lynne M Feehan, Linda L Li, Heather A McKay
BACKGROUND: We used High Resolution - peripheral Quantitative CT (HR-pQCT) imaging to examine peri-articular bone quality in early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and explore whether bone quality improved over 12-months in individuals receiving care consistent with practice guidelines. METHODS: A 1-year longitudinal cohort study (Baseline and 12-months) evaluating individuals with early RA compared to age/sex-matched peers. Personal demographic and health and lifestyle information were collected for all...
December 11, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194786/microneedling-for-the-treatment-of-hair-loss
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Raymond M Fertig, A Caresse Gamret, Jessica Cervantes, Antonella Tosti
Microneedling is a minimally invasive dermatological procedure in which fine needles are rolled over the skin to puncture the stratum corneum. This therapy is used to induce collagen formation, neovascularization, and growth factor production of treated areas. It has been used in a wide range of dermatologic conditions, including androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata, among others. While there are a limited number of studies examining this therapy in the use of hair loss, microneedling has been successfully paired with other hair growth promoting therapies, such as minoxidil, platelet rich plasma, and topical steroids, and shown to stimulate hair follicle growth...
December 1, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163521/cd4-and-perivascular-foxp3-t-cells-in-glioma-correlate-with-angiogenesis-and-tumor-progression
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Luyan Mu, Changlin Yang, Qiang Gao, Yu Long, Haitao Ge, Gabriel DeLeon, Linchun Jin, Yifan Emily Chang, Elias J Sayour, Jingjing Ji, Jie Jiang, Paul S Kubilis, Jiping Qi, Yunhe Gu, Jiabin Wang, Yuwen Song, Duane A Mitchell, Zhiguo Lin, Jianping Huang
Background: Angiogenesis and immune cell infiltration are key features of gliomas and their manipulation of the microenvironment, but their prognostic significance remains indeterminate. We evaluate the interconnection between tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) and tumor blood-vasculatures in the context of glioma progression. Methods: Paired tumor tissues of 44 patients from three tumor-recurrent groups: diffuse astrocytomas (DA) recurred as DA, DA recurred as glioblastomas (GBM), and GBM recurred as GBM were evaluated by genetic analysis, immunohistochemistry for tumor blood vessel density, TIL subsets, and clinical outcomes...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076486/-complications-of-the-open-surgeries-for-severe-acute-pancreatitis
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V P Glabay, O V Cridnev, A V Arkharov, A N Bykov, I A Kaprin, B G Muslimov
INTRODUCTION: With the unsuccessfulness of an intensive therapy and minimally invasive interventions in severe acute pancreatitis they resort to the 'open' surgical interventions. It is important to know about the classification of complications of such surgeries, the frequency of occurrences, the recognition peculiarities and the determination of a treatment plan for the practical surgery. AIM: The optimization of the usage of 'open' surgeries for patients with severe acute pancreatitis...
2017: Khirurgiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024292/hepatic-cystic-echinococcosis-in-australia-an-update-on-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Ben Keong, Bruce Wilkie, Tom Sutherland, Adrian Fox
BACKGROUND: Echinococcosis is an uncommonly encountered zoonotic disease caused by the taeniid Echinococcus. The only endemic species in Australia, Echinococcus granulosus, forms cysts in the liver in 70% of cases. The aim of this study was to review the literature to provide an evidence-based narrative update on the diagnosis and management of hepatic cystic echinococcosis in Australia. METHODS: We reviewed the literature, utilizing multiple research databases and citation tracking...
October 11, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28960310/novel-targets-for-sensitizing-breast-cancer-cells-to-trail-induced-apoptosis-with-sirna-delivery
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Bindu Thapa, Remant Bahadur Kc, Hasan Uludağ
Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) induces apoptosis in variety of cancer cells without affecting most normal cells, which makes it a promising agent for cancer therapy. However, TRAIL therapy is clinically not effective due to resistance induction. To identify novel regulators of TRAIL that can aid in therapy, protein targets whose silencing sensitized breast cancer cells against TRAIL were screened with an siRNA library against 446 human apoptosis-related proteins in MDA-231 cells...
September 27, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928645/auditory-motor-mapping-training-in-a-more-verbal-child-with-autism
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Karen V Chenausky, Andrea C Norton, Gottfried Schlaug
We tested the effect of Auditory-Motor Mapping Training (AMMT), a novel, intonation-based treatment for spoken language originally developed for minimally verbal (MV) children with autism, on a more-verbal child with autism. We compared this child's performance after 25 therapy sessions with that of: (1) a child matched on age, autism severity, and expressive language level who received 25 sessions of a non-intonation-based control treatment Speech Repetition Therapy (SRT); and (2) a matched pair of MV children (one of whom received AMMT; the other, SRT)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886205/placebo-response-and-remission-rates-in-randomised-trials-of-induction-and-maintenance-therapy-for-ulcerative-colitis
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REVIEW
Vipul Jairath, G Y Zou, Claire E Parker, John K MacDonald, Turki AlAmeel, Mohammad Al Beshir, Majid A Almadi, Talal Al-Taweel, Nathan Ss Atkinson, Sujata Biswas, Thomas Chapman, Parambir S Dulai, Mark A Glaire, Daniël R Hoekman, Andreas Koutsoumpas, Elizabeth Minas, Mahmoud H Mosli, Mark Samaan, Reena Khanna, Simon Travis, Geert D'Haens, William J Sandborn, Brian G Feagan
BACKGROUND: It is important to minimize placebo rates in randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to efficiently detect treatment differences between interventions. Historically, high placebo rates have been observed in clinical trials of ulcerative colitis (UC). A better understanding of factors influencing placebo rates may lead to more informed clinical trial design. OBJECTIVES: A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to evaluate placebo response and remission rates in RCTs evaluating UC treatments in adult patients...
September 8, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808988/transoral-resection-of-human-papillomavirus-hpv-positive-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-oropharynx-outcomes-with-and-without-adjuvant-therapy
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Ryan S Jackson, Parul Sinha, Joseph Zenga, Dorina Kallogjeri, Jasmina Suko, Eliot Martin, Eric J Moore, Bruce H Haughey
BACKGROUND: With the rise of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma associated with human papillomavirus (HPV), appropriate treatment strategies continue to be tailored toward minimizing treatment while preserving oncologic outcomes. This study aimed to compare the outcomes for those undergoing transoral resection with or without adjuvant therapy for HPV-related oropharyngeal carcinoma. METHODS: A case-match cohort analysis was performed at two institutions on patients with HPV-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma...
November 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768820/thrombectomy-versus-medical-management-for-large-vessel-occlusion-strokes-with-minimal-symptoms-an-analysis-from-stopstroke-and-gestor-cohorts
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Diogo C Haussen, Fabricio O Lima, Mehdi Bouslama, Jonathan A Grossberg, Gisele S Silva, Michael H Lev, Karen Furie, Walter Koroshetz, Michael R Frankel, Raul G Nogueira
INTRODUCTION: It remains unclear whether patients presenting with large vessel occlusion strokes and mild symptoms benefit from thrombectomy. OBJECTIVE: To compare outcomes of endovascular therapy versus medical management in patients with large vessel occlusion strokes and National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score ≤5. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis combining two large prospectively collected datasets including patients with (1) admission NIHSS score ≤5, (2) premorbid modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score 0-2, and (3) middle cerebral-M1/M2, intracranial carotid, anterior cerebral or basilar artery occlusions...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753881/platinum-based-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-improves-oncological-outcomes-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-upper-tract-urothelial-carcinoma
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Shogo Hosogoe, Shingo Hatakeyama, Ayumu Kusaka, Itsuto Hamano, Hiromichi Iwamura, Naoki Fujita, Hayato Yamamoto, Yuki Tobisawa, Tohru Yoneyama, Takahiro Yoneyama, Yasuhiro Hashimoto, Takuya Koie, Chikara Ohyama
BACKGROUND: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) use for patients with locally advanced upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) is debatable. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy and safety of platinum-based NAC for locally advanced UTUC. DESIGN, SETTINGS, AND PARTICIPANTS: Of 233 consecutive patients who underwent radical nephroureterectomy, 55 patients received NAC (NAC group) and 138 patients did not (Ctrl group). OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: The two arms (Ctrl vs NAC) were matched using propensity scores to minimize selection bias...
April 7, 2017: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708548/predicting-locations-of-high-risk-plaques-in-coronary-arteries-in-patients-receiving-statin-therapy
#18
Ling Zhang, Andreas Wahle, Zhi Chen, John J Lopez, Tomas Kovarnik, Milan Sonka
Features of high-risk coronary artery plaques prone to major adverse cardiac events (MACE) were identified by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) virtual histology (VH). These plaque features are: Thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA), plaque burden PB≥70%, or minimal luminal area MLA≤4mm². Identification of arterial locations likely to later develop such high-risk plaques may help prevent MACE. We report a machine learning method for prediction of future high-risk coronary plaque locations and types in patients under statin therapy...
July 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704255/choroidal-vascular-hyperpermeability-as-a-predictor-of-treatment-response-for-polypoidal-choroidal-vasculopathy
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Yasuo Yanagi, Daniel S W Ting, Wei Yan Ng, Shu Yen Lee, Ranjana Mathur, Choi Mun Chan, Ian Yeo, Tien Yin Wong, Gemmy Chui Ming Cheung
PURPOSE: To investigate the influence of choroidal vascular hyperpermeability (CVH) and choroidal thickness on treatment outcomes in eyes with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) undergoing anti-vascular endothelial growth factor monotherapy or combination therapy of photodynamic therapy and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injections. METHODS: The authors performed a prospective, observational cohort study involving 72 eyes of 72 patients with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (mean age 68...
July 12, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595649/data-driven-prediction-of-adverse-drug-reactions-induced-by-drug-drug-interactions
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Ruifeng Liu, Mohamed Diwan M AbdulHameed, Kamal Kumar, Xueping Yu, Anders Wallqvist, Jaques Reifman
BACKGROUND: The expanded use of multiple drugs has increased the occurrence of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) induced by drug-drug interactions (DDIs). However, such reactions are typically not observed in clinical drug-development studies because most of them focus on single-drug therapies. ADR reporting systems collect information on adverse health effects caused by both single drugs and DDIs. A major challenge is to unambiguously identify the effects caused by DDIs and to attribute them to specific drug interactions...
June 8, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
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