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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645692/clinical-implementation-of-combined-modulated-electron-and-photon-beams-with-conventional-mlc-for-accelerated-partial-breast-irradiation
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Carlos Míguez, Elisa Jiménez-Ortega, Bianey A Palma, Hector Miras, Ana Ureba, Rafael Arráns, Francisco Carrasco-Peña, Ana Illescas-Vacas, Antonio Leal
PURPOSE: To report the clinical implementation of a novel external beam radiotherapy technique for accelerated partial breast irradiation treatments based on combined electron and photon modulated beams radiotherapy (MERT+IMRT) with conventional MLC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A group of patients was selected to test the viability of the technique. The prescribed dose was 38.5Gy, following a hypofractionated schema, and the structures were defined following the NSABP-B39/RTOG-0413 protocol...
June 20, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630795/efficacy-of-oral-valacyclovir-treatment-in-a-case-with-acute-retinal-necrosis
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Mert Şimşek, Pınar Çakar Özdal, Kemal Tekin
Acute retinal necrosis (ARN) is a rapidly progressive disease with poor prognosis, leading to visual loss in most cases. Rapid diagnosis and early anti-viral treatment significantly affect the course and prognosis of the disease. In this case report, we present a 34-year-old female patient referred to our clinic with symptoms of blurred vision and ocular pain diagnosed as acute glaucoma elsewhere. A clinical diagnosis of ARN was made and anti-viral treatment was started immediately. We herein describe our treatment approach to this particular case and discuss previously reported treatment modalities...
June 2017: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630785/assessment-of-corneal-densitometry-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Mustafa Alpaslan Anayol, Başak Bostancı, Mehmet Ali Şekeroğlu, Mert Şimşek, Süleyman Günaydın, Pelin Yılmazbaş
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate corneal densitometry and anterior segment parameters of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and compare these results with those of age-matched healthy control subjects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Anterior segment parameters and corneal densitometry of patients with RA and healthy control subjects were assessed by Scheimpflug corneal topography. For densitometry analysis, the 12-mm diameter area of the cornea was subdivided into four concentric radial zones and anterior, central, and posterior layers based on corneal depth...
June 2017: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626542/invasive-aspergillosis-with-disseminated-skin-involvement-in-a-patient-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-a-rare-case
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Duygu Mert, Gülşen Iskender, Fazilet Duygu, Alparslan Merdin, Sinan Dal Mehmet, Mehmet Dogan, Emre Tekgündüz, Mustafa Ertek, Fevzi Altuntaş
Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis is most commonly seen in immunocompromised patients. Besides, skin lesions may also develop due to invasive aspergillosis in those patients. A 49-year-old male patient was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The patient developed bullous and zosteriform lesions on the skin after the 21st day of hospitalization. The skin biopsy showed hyphae. Disseminated skin aspergillosis was diagnosed to the patient. Voricanazole treatment was initiated. The patient was discharged once the lesions started to disappear...
June 1, 2017: Hematology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624459/overexpression-of-a-bacterial-mercury-transporter-mert-in-arabidopsis-enhances-mercury-tolerance
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Sheng Xu, Bin Sun, Rong Wang, Jia He, Bing Xia, Yong Xue, Ren Wang
The phytoremediation by using of green plants in the removal of environmental pollutant is an environment friendly, green technology that is cost effective and energetically inexpensive. By using Agrobacterium-mediated gene transfer, we generated transgenic Arabidopsis plants ectopically expressing mercuric transport protein gene (merT) from Pseudomonas alcaligenes. Compared with wild-type (WT) plants, overexpressing PamerT in Arabidopsis enhanced the tolerance to HgCl2. Further results showed that enhanced total activities or corresponding transcripts of antioxidant enzymes, including superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and guaiacol peroxidase (POD) were observed in transgenic Arabidopsis under HgCl2 stress...
June 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618740/screening-of-immunocompromised-patients-at-risk-of-strongyloidiasis-in-western-turkey-using-elisa-and-real-time-pcr
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Esra Erdem Kivrak, Esra Atalay Şahar, Hüseyin Can, Mert Döşkaya, Mümtaz Yilmaz, Hüsnü Pullukçu, Ayşe Caner, Hüseyin Töz, Adnan Yüksel Gürüz, Meltem Işikgöz Taşbakan
BACKGROUND/AIM: Strongyloides stercoralis causes life-threatening hyperinfection or disseminated strongyloidiasis in immunocompromised patients such as HIV-positive, organ transplantation, and cancer patients. This study investigated the presence of strongyloidiasis in immunocompromised patients for the first time in Turkey. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Serum and stool samples were collected from 108 patients (25.9% of them were chronic renal failure and 74.1% were renal transplantation patients) who were admitted to Ege University Medical School in İzmir, located in western Turkey...
June 12, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617169/the-frequency-and-associated-factors-for-bk-virus-infection-in-a-center-performing-mainly-living-kidney-transplantations
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Selma Alagoz, Mert Kuskucu, Sibel Gulcicek, Serkan Feyyaz Yalin, Meric Oruc, Kenan Midilli, Erkan Yılmaz, Mehmet Riza Altiparmak, Nurhan Seyahi
PURPOSE: BK virus (BKV) nephropathy has increasingly become an important cause of morbidity in renal transplant recipients. We evaluated the frequency and associated factors for BKV infection in a center performing mainly living donor transplantations over a long time period. METHODS: One hundred consecutive renal transplant patients were included. Quarterly visits were planned to examine urine for decoy cells and to measure the BKV DNA in the blood and urine. Renal biopsy was performed in case of deteriorated allograft function...
June 2017: Progress in Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614234/motion-based-equilibrium-reprocessing-therapy-a-novel-treatment-method-for-chronic-peripheral-vestibulopathies-a-pilot-study
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Mirke S Hondebrink, Agali Mert, Roos van der Lint, J Alexander de Ru, Peter van der Wurff
Rehabilitation for vestibular disease is a safe method to partially alleviate symptoms of vertigo. It was hypothesized that principles of military aviation vestibular desensitization procedures that have a success rate of more than 80% can be extrapolated to chronic vestibular disease as well.The virtual reality motion base computer-assisted rehabilitation environment was used as treatment modality in 17 patients. They were exposed to sinusoidal vertical passive whole body motion in increasing intensity for a maximum of 12 sessions...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604674/genetic-diagnosis-of-mendelian-disorders-via-rna-sequencing
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Laura S Kremer, Daniel M Bader, Christian Mertes, Robert Kopajtich, Garwin Pichler, Arcangela Iuso, Tobias B Haack, Elisabeth Graf, Thomas Schwarzmayr, Caterina Terrile, Eliška Koňaříková, Birgit Repp, Gabi Kastenmüller, Jerzy Adamski, Peter Lichtner, Christoph Leonhardt, Benoit Funalot, Alice Donati, Valeria Tiranti, Anne Lombes, Claude Jardel, Dieter Gläser, Robert W Taylor, Daniele Ghezzi, Johannes A Mayr, Agnes Rötig, Peter Freisinger, Felix Distelmaier, Tim M Strom, Thomas Meitinger, Julien Gagneur, Holger Prokisch
Across a variety of Mendelian disorders, ∼50-75% of patients do not receive a genetic diagnosis by exome sequencing indicating disease-causing variants in non-coding regions. Although genome sequencing in principle reveals all genetic variants, their sizeable number and poorer annotation make prioritization challenging. Here, we demonstrate the power of transcriptome sequencing to molecularly diagnose 10% (5 of 48) of mitochondriopathy patients and identify candidate genes for the remainder. We find a median of one aberrantly expressed gene, five aberrant splicing events and six mono-allelically expressed rare variants in patient-derived fibroblasts and establish disease-causing roles for each kind...
June 12, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600377/serious-gaming-during-multidisciplinary-rehabilitation-for-patients-with-complex-chronic-pain-or-fatigue-complaints-study-protocol-for-a-controlled-trial-and-process-evaluation
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Miel A P Vugts, Margot C W Joosen, Agali Mert, Aglaia Zedlitz, Hubertus J M Vrijhoef
INTRODUCTION: Many individuals suffer from chronic pain or functional somatic syndromes and face boundaries for diminishing functional limitations by means of biopsychosocial interventions. Serious gaming could complement multidisciplinary interventions through enjoyment and independent accessibility. A study protocol is presented for studying whether, how, for which patients and under what circumstances, serious gaming improves patient health outcomes during regular multidisciplinary rehabilitation...
June 8, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599399/pulsed-magnetic-field-treatment-as-antineuropathic-pain-therapy
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Tufan Mert
No satisfactory effective therapy is still available to treat trauma- or disease-induced neuropathic pain, and current available treatment options have several side effects. Pulsed magnetic field (PMF) treatments are receiving growing interest as a therapeutic approach for several neuronal diseases. Although the exact mechanism of action of PMF treatments is unknown, reported findings represent a promising alternative therapeutic choice for the management of neuropathic pain. PMF treatments can supply new strategies for the therapy of life-threatening neuropathic pain due to its antihyperglycemic, anti-inflammatory, antihyperalgesic, antiallodynic, and neuroimmunomodulatory actions...
May 20, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595481/retrograde-popliteal-access-to-percutaneous-peripheral-intervention-for-chronic-total-occlusion-of-superficial-femoral-arteries
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Mert Dumantepe
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to present our initial experience with the use of the retrograde popliteal artery access in patients with chronic total occlusions of superficial femoral artery (SFA). METHOD: From July 2012 to May 2014, a total of 28 patients (20 men, mean age 61.2 ± 11.5 years) with total occlusion of the SFA and good distal runoff were treated with percutaneous atherectomy, balloon angioplasty, and stenting (mean length 165.3 ± 57.5 mm, range 72-336 mm)...
January 1, 2017: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595209/longest-surviving-case-of-unoperated-stanford-type-a-aortic-dissection
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Mert İlker Hayıroğlu, Muhammed Keskin, Taha Keskin, Muhsin Nuh Aybay, Göksel Çinier
Stanford type A aortic dissection requires urgent intervention and immediate surgical approach in the emergency department. Survival rate is low, even in patients who undergo immediate surgery. Presently described is a case of unoperated Stanford type A aortic dissection that has been in follow-up under beta-blocker treatment for 7 years. To the best of our knowledge, our case is the longest surviving patient with unoperated type A aortic dissection reported in the literature.
June 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579405/human-embryo-research-in-belgium-an-overview
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Guido Pennings, Seppe Segers, Sophie Debrock, Björn Heindryckx, Velichka Kontozova-Deutsch, Usha Punjabi, Hilde Vande Velde, André van Steirteghem, Heidi Mertes
OBJECTIVE: To present an overview of the numbers and types of human embryos used in research projects in Belgium from 2007 to 2015. DESIGN: Analysis of all research proposals approved by the Federal Commission for Medical and Scientific Research on Embryos In Vitro. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): Not applicable. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Number of embryos used for research, number of embryos created for research, and areas of embryo research...
June 1, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575813/a-novel-prognostic-indicator-for-in-hospital-and-4-year-outcomes-in-patients-with-pulmonary-embolism-timi-risk-index
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Muhammed Keskin, Tolga Sinan Güvenç, Mert İlker Hayıroğlu, Adnan Kaya, Mustafa Adem Tatlısu, Şahin Avşar, Ahmet Öz, Taha Keskin, Ahmet Okan Uzun, Ömer Kozan
BACKGROUND: Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) risk index (TRI) was recently evaluated in patients with acute myocardial infarction and found as an important prognostic index. In the current study, we evaluated the prognostic value of TRI in patients with moderate-high and high risk pulmonary embolism (PE) who were treated with thrombolytic agents. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated the in-hospital and long-term (4-year) prognostic impact of TRI in a total number of 456 patients with moderate-high and high risk PE...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570095/differentiating-transudative-from-exudative-ascites-using-quantitative-b-mode-gray-scale-ultrasound-histogram
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Bulent Çekiç, Iclal Erdem Toslak, Yasin Şahintürk, Ayhan Hilmi Cekin, Yasemin Kocabas Koksel, Mert Koroglu, Terrence C Demos
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to differentiate exudative from transudative ascites using B-mode gray-scale ultrasound histogram analysis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Sixty-two consecutive patients with ascites were prospectively studied from June 2014 through June 2015. All underwent ultrasound (US) and paracentesis in the radiology department. Five patients were excluded (three with hemorrhage and two with peritoneal carcinomatosis). The remaining 57 patients were divided into those with exudative and transudative ascites according to results of paracentesis...
June 1, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565894/contemporary-strategies-to-improve-the-outcome-in-locally-advanced-pancreatic-cancer
#17
Rick Schneider, Christoph Späth, Ulrich Nitsche, Mert Erkan, Jörg Kleeff
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a devastating disease with an overall 5-year survival rate of less than 7%. After many years of basic and clinical research efforts, pancreatic cancer patients presenting with locally advanced, unresectable tumors remain a therapeutic challenge. Despite the lack of high quality randomized controlled trials, perioperative/ neoadjuvant treatment strategies seem to be beneficial in these patients. At present the FOLFIRINOX regimen, which was established in the palliative setting, is increasingly recognized as the backbone of neoadjuvant therapy for locally advanced PDAC...
May 30, 2017: Minerva Chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558094/hierarchical-organization-of-tau-and-amyloid-deposits-in-the-cerebral-cortex
#18
Jorge Sepulcre, Michel J Grothe, Mert Sabuncu, Jasmeer Chhatwal, Aaron P Schultz, Bernard Hanseeuw, Georges El Fakhri, Reisa Sperling, Keith A Johnson
Importance: Abnormal accumulation of tau and amyloid-β (Aβ) proteins in the human brain are 2 pathologic hallmarks of Alzheimer disease (AD). Because pathologic processes begin decades before the onset of the clinical manifestations, the study of the cortical distribution of early-stage pathologic alterations is critical in understanding the underpinnings of the disease. Objectives: To identify the in vivo brain spatial distributions of tau and Aβ deposits in a sample of cognitively normal participants in the Harvard Aging Brain Study, determine spatial patterns of pathologic alterations, and provide means for improved individual in vivo staging...
May 30, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547540/investigation-of-anti-neuronal-antibodies-in-status-epilepticus-of-unknown-etiology-a-prospective-study
#19
Murat Mert Atmaca, Erdem Tuzun, Ece Erdag, Nerses Bebek, Betul Baykan, Candan Gurses
There have been recent reports of antibody-mediated status epilepticus. The objective of our study was to investigate the prevalence of neuronal autoantibodies in patients with status epilepticus (SE) with unresolved etiology. The presence of neuronal autoantibodies was investigated prospectively in adult patients with SE who presented to our clinic between February 2012 and December 2013 with unresolved etiology. Clinical and electrophysiologic features of seropositive patients were recorded. Also, seronegative and seropositive patient groups were compared in terms of demographic and clinical features, treatment responses, and outcomes...
May 25, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545687/synergistic-effect-of-mek-inhibitor-and-metformin-combination-in-low-grade-serous-ovarian-cancer
#20
Ismail Mert, Jasdeep Chhina, Ghassan Allo, Jing Dai, Shelly Seward, Mark S Carey, Marta Llaurado, Shailendra Giri, Ramandeep Rattan, Adnan R Munkarah
OBJECTIVE: Low-grade serous ovarian cancer (LGSOC) constitutes 5-8% of epithelial ovarian cancers and is refractory to chemotherapy. We and others have shown metformin to cause significant growth inhibition in high-grade ovarian cancer both in vitro and in vivo. Here, we aimed to analyze if metformin was effective in inhibiting proliferation of LGSOC alone and in combination with MEK inhibitor. METHODS: Three LGSOC lines (VOA1056, VOA1312 and VOA5646) were treated with metformin, trametinib or 2-deoxyglucose (2DG) alone or in combination with metformin...
May 22, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
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