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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910512/high-efficiency-integrated-readout-circuit-for-single-photon-avalanche-diode-arrays-in-fluorescence-lifetime-imaging
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G Acconcia, A Cominelli, I Rech, M Ghioni
In recent years, lifetime measurements by means of the Time Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC) technique have led to a significant breakthrough in medical and biological fields. Unfortunately, the many advantages of TCSPC-based approaches come along with the major drawback of a relatively long acquisition time. The exploitation of multiple channels in parallel could in principle mitigate this issue, and at the same time it opens the way to a multi-parameter analysis of the optical signals, e.g., as a function of wavelength or spatial coordinates...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888525/breaking-sad-unleashing-the-breakthrough-potential-of-ketamine-s-rapid-antidepressant-effects
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David Feifel
Preclinical Research The surprising results of a small clinical trial on the effects of low dose ketamine, a 65-year old anesthetic drug that is also used off-label for chronic pain and recreationally as a club drug, in eight depressed subjects unleashed the most significant advance in antidepressant drug development in decades. That study and subsequent ones have demonstrated that low dose, infused ketamine is able to induce a remission of depression in patients who have failed conventional medications, within 24 h...
November 26, 2016: Drug Development Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886040/malaria-knowledge-and-treatment-adherence-in-a-brazilian-amazon-community
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Taisa Guimarães de Souza, Annelita Almeida Oliveira Reiners, Rosemeiry Capriata de Souza Azevedo, Cor Jesus Fernandes Fontes, Rita Graziela Ferreira, Priscilla Uiara Do Carmo
INTRODUCTION: Malaria remains an important public health problem despite recent scientific breakthroughs regarding knowledge about malaria and treatment strategies. The objective of this study was to analyze malaria patients' knowledge about the disease, its treatment and prevention, linking it to drug treatment adherence. METHODOLOGY: A descriptive, cross-sectional, epidemiological survey study was conducted in the district of Três Fronteiras-MT. The study included 618 individuals who were interviewed and examined for Plasmodium infection...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884289/psoriasis-therapy-breakthroughs-in%C3%A2-pharmacogenomics-or-in-pharmacology
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Mark Lebwohl
As the cost of psoriasis therapies skyrockets, it becomes increasingly important to find biomarkers that predict which patients will respond to expensive medications. The ability to predict response to a specific therapy is particularly important for medications that are effective in only a small portion of the population. As we develop medications that clear most patients, the need for a predictive biomarker diminishes. Nevertheless, the importance of pharmacogenomics is likely to increase as the cost of drugs continues to rise...
December 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881558/the-american-heart-association-s-new-institute-for%C3%A2-precision-cardiovascular-medicine
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Steven R Houser
"One size does not fit all." These 6 simple words represent the fundamental concept driving an unprecedented initiative of the American Heart Association, the Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine. In the field of heart disease and stroke research, we have seen enormous knowledge advances in recent decades, all of which have led to breakthroughs in our ability to treat and prevent these illnesses. We celebrate these advances because they are allowing us to save and improve more lives than ever before...
November 22, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873235/breakthrough-cancer-pain-preliminary-data-of-the-italian-oncologic-pain-multisetting-multicentric-survey-iops-ms
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Paolo Marchetti, Arturo Cuomo, Augusto Caraceni, Rocco Domenico Mediati, Massimo Mammucari, Silvia Natoli, Marzia Lazzari, Mario Dauri, Mario Airoldi, Giuseppe Azzarello, Mauro Bandera, Livio Blasi, Giacomo Cartenì, Bruno Chiurazzi, Benedetta Veruska Pierpaola Costanzo, Daniela Degiovanni, Flavio Fusco, Vittorio Guardamagna, Vincenzo Iaffaioli, Simeone Liguori, Vito Lorusso, Sergio Mameli, Rodolfo Mattioli, Teresita Mazzei, Rita Maria Melotti, Valentino Menardo, Danilo Miotti, Stefano Moroso, Stefano De Santis, Remo Orsetti, Alfonso Papa, Sergio Ricci, Alessandro Fabrizio Sabato, Elvira Scelzi, Michele Sofia, Giuseppe Tonini, Federica Aielli, Alessandro Valle
INTRODUCTION: An ongoing national multicenter survey [Italian Oncologic Pain multiSetting Multicentric Survey (IOPS-MS)] is evaluating the characteristics of breakthrough cancer pain (BTP) in different clinical settings. Preliminary data from the first 1500 cancer patients with BTP enrolled in this study are presented here. METHODS: Thirty-two clinical centers are involved in the survey. A diagnosis of BTP was performed by a standard algorithm. Epidemiological data, Karnofsky index, stage of disease, presence and sites of metastases, ongoing oncologic treatment, and characteristics of background pain and BTP and their treatments were recorded...
November 21, 2016: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859039/potential-psychiatric-uses-for-mdma
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Berra B Yazar-Klosinski, Michael C Mithoefer
Phase 2 trials of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy have demonstrated initial safety and efficacy for treatment of PTSD, with potential for expansion to depression and anxiety disorders. In these trials, single doses of MDMA are administered in a model of medication-assisted psychotherapy, differing from trials involving daily drug administration without psychotherapy. This model presents an opportunity to utilize accelerated regulatory pathways, such as FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation, to most effectively and expeditiously test such novel approaches...
November 9, 2016: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846789/impact-of-breakthrough-pain-on-community-dwelling-cancer-patients-results-from-the-national-breakthrough-pain-study
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Nathaniel P Katz, Kavita L Gajria, Alicia C Shillington, Judith J Stephenson, Qing Harshaw
OBJECTIVE: To characterize cancer-related breakthrough pain (BTcP) among community-dwelling patients with cancer. METHODS: Data from the National Breakthrough Pain Study, a cross-sectional observational survey describing breakthrough pain (BTP) in the community, were analyzed for a subset of patients with BTcP. Eligible patients were community-dwelling adults with commercial insurance and insurance claims consistent with cancer and chronic pain who consented to a structured telephone interview...
November 16, 2016: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843222/prolapsing-cystitis-cystica-causing-bladder-outlet-obstruction-an-unusual-complication
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Pankaj Halder, Kartik Chandra Mandal, Sumedha Mukherjee
Cystitis cystica (CC) is aproliferative disorder of bladder urothelium and usually subsides with medical therapy. However, this is not true for severe CC where surgical intervention is required to control breakthrough urinary tract infection (UTI). It may be mistaken as bladder neoplasm or posterior urethral valve, especially in children. Here, we report a case of CC in a 2-year-old boy where we had to excise the large pedunculated intravesical lesion to control breakthrough UTI and ongoing renal damage.
October 2016: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822340/stem-progenitor-cells-and-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome-new-insights-for-clinical-applications
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REVIEW
Miruna Mihaela Micheu, Ana-Maria Rosca, Oana-Claudia Deleanu
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a widespread disorder, characterized by recurrent upper airway obstruction during sleep, mostly as a result of complete or partial pharyngeal obstruction. Due to the occurrence of frequent and regular hypoxic events, patients with OSAS are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, metabolic disorders, occupational errors, motor vehicle accidents and even death. Thus, OSAS has severe consequences and represents a significant economic burden. However, some of the consequences, as well as their costs can be reduced with appropriate detection and treatment...
October 26, 2016: World Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822264/hepatitis-b-and-its-relationship-with-oxidative-stress
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REVIEW
Seyed Moayed Alavian, Alireza Showraki
CONTEXT: Despite the great breakthroughs we have witnessed in the last 50 years in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hepatitis B, we are still far from eradicating or even curing the disease. Achieving further progress in controlling this disease will not be possible without discovering the exact pathogenesis behind it. One prime suspect in the pathogenesis of various diseases is oxidative stress. This review will exclusively explore hepatitis B in the context of oxidative stress to obtain a more comprehensive clinical perspective on its pathogenesis and eventual medical therapy...
September 2016: Hepatitis Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815713/an-open-label-pilot-study-of-oral-vitamin-c-as-an-opioid-sparing-agent-in-patients-with-chronic-pain-secondary-to-cancer
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E Pinkerton, P Good, K Gibbons, J Hardy
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of oral Vitamin C as an opioid-sparing agent when used in conjunction with opioids and standard adjuvant therapy in the management of chronic cancer pain. METHODS: An open-label pilot study of patients ≥18 years of age with chronic pain secondary to cancer and/or its treatment and a Brief Pain Inventory average pain score of ≥3/10. In addition to opioid analgesia, patients received 1 g of vitamin C twice daily over 3 days (total daily dose of 2 g)...
November 4, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806517/current-trends-in-knee-arthroplasty
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Mohammadjavad Zehtab, Mohammadhassan Kaseb, Mohammadnaghi Tahmasebi, Mohammad Ayati Firoozabadi
Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a commonly performed surgical procedure designed to alleviate knee pain and improve function in individuals with knee osteoarthritis the purpose of collecting the latest information and updating the reports is to summarize the published articles and inform the colleagues. In so doing, the articles published in American journals of arthroplasty and joint surgery and the proceedings of the conferences that were mostly held in 2004 have been utilized so that delicate and precise spotlights retrieved from scholars' breakthroughs can be applied in daily medical practices...
July 25, 2016: Global Journal of Health Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781376/safety-and-efficacy-of-a-pharmacist-managed-patient-controlled-analgesia-service-in-postsurgical-patients
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Katrina H McGonigal, Christopher A Giuliano, Jeff Hurren
PURPOSE: To compare the safety and efficacy of a pharmacist-managed patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) service with physician/midlevel provider-managed (standard) PCA services in postsurgical patients. METHODS: This was a multicenter, retrospective cohort study performed at 3 major hospitals in the Detroit, Michigan, metropolitan area. Postsurgical patients from October 2012 to December 2013 were included. The primary outcome compared the pain area under the curve adjusted for time on PCA (AUC/T) of patients receiving pharmacist-managed PCA services vs...
October 26, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777773/antitumor-activity-of-nivolumab-on-hemodialysis-after-renal-allograft-rejection
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Michael Ong, Andrea Marie Ibrahim, Samuel Bourassa-Blanchette, Christina Canil, Todd Fairhead, Greg Knoll
BACKGROUND: Nivolumab (Opdivo™) is a novel IgG4 subclass programmed death-1 (PD-1) inhibiting antibody that has demonstrated breakthrough-designation anti-tumor activity. To date, clinical trials of nivolumab and other checkpoint inhibitors have generally excluded patients with solid organ transplantation and patients with concurrent immunosuppression. However, organ transplant recipients are at high-risk of development of malignancy as a result of suppressed immune surveillance of cancer...
2016: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768607/procedural-pain-in-palliative-care-is-it-breakthrough-pain-a-multicenter-national-prospective-study-to-assess-prevalence-intensity-and-treatment-of-procedure-related-pain-in-patients-with-advanced-disease
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Caterina Magnani, Diana Giannarelli, Giuseppe Casale
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of breakthrough pain (BTP) provoked by 6 common procedures in patients with advanced disease. METHODS: A prospective, cross-sectional, multicenter, national study was performed in 23 palliative care units in Italy. Patients were recruited if they were undergoing one of the following procedures as part of normal care: turning, personal hygiene care, transfer from bed to chair, bladder catheterization, pressure ulcer care, and subcutaneous drug administration...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761936/epigenetic-treatment-of-persistent-viral-infections
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Walter H Moos, Carl A Pinkert, Michael H Irwin, Douglas V Faller, Krishna Kodukula, Ioannis P Glavas, Kosta Steliou
Preclinical Research Approximately 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates used the word herpes as a medical term to describe lesions that appeared to creep or crawl on the skin, advocating heat as a possible treatment. During the last 50 years, pharmaceutical research has made great strides, and therapeutic options have expanded to include small molecule antiviral agents, protease inhibitors, preventive vaccines for a handful of the papillomaviruses, and even cures for hepatitis C virus infections. However, effective treatments for persistent and recurrent viral infections, particularly the highly prevalent herpesviruses, continue to represent a significant unmet medical need, affecting the majority of the world's population...
October 20, 2016: Drug Development Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759748/frailsafe-from-conception-to-national-breakthrough-collaborative
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Natalie Offord, Zoe Wyrko, Tom Downes, Adrian Hopper, Paul Harriman, Adam L Gordon
The number of people aged over 60 years worldwide is projected to rise from 605 million in 2000 to almost 2 billion by 2050, while those over 80 years will quadruple to 395 million. Two-thirds of UK acute hospital admissions are over 65, the highest consultation rate in general practice is in those aged 85-89 and the average age of elective surgical patients is increasing. Adjusting medical systems to meet the demographic imperative has been recognised by the World Health Organisation to be the next global healthcare priority and is a key feature of discussions on policy, health services structures, workforce reconfiguration and frontline care delivery...
2016: Acute Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751907/assessment-of-an-electronic-intervention-in-young-women-with-heavy-menstrual-bleeding
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J E Dietrich, D L Yee, X M Santos, J L Bercaw-Pratt, J Kurkowski, H Soni, Y J Lee-Kim, M D Shah, D Mahoney, L V Srivaths
BACKGROUND: Bleeding disorders (BD) occur in up to 50% of adolescents with heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB). This presents unique challenges to healthcare providers given the complexity of treating the condition and such complexity can result in difficulty with patients understanding basic information about their condition, limit communication with medical providers, and patient compliance. SPECIFIC AIMS: To use an electronic approach to enhance patient compliance with medications used to treat their HMB...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744534/the-use-of-low-doses-of-a-sublingual-fentanyl-formulation-for-breakthrough-pain-in-patients-receiving-low-doses-of-opioids
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Claudio Adile, Arturo Cuomo, Federica Aielli, Franco Marinangeli, Alessandra Casuccio
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to prospectively assess the efficacy and safety of low doses of sublingual fentanyl (SLF) for the treatment of breakthrough pain (BTP) in cancer patients in patients who were receiving low opioid doses for background analgesia. METHODS: A sample of cancer patients presenting BTP episodes and receiving stable low doses of opioids for background pain (less than 60 mg of oral morphine equivalents) was selected to assess the efficacy and safety of low doses of SLF (67 μg)...
October 15, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
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