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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526145/alpha-2-agonists
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REVIEW
Viet Nguyen, Dawn Tiemann, Edward Park, Ali Salehi
Alpha-2 adrenergic receptors are spread throughout the central and peripheral nervous system, specifically in the pontine locus coeruleus, medullospinal tracts, rostral ventrolateral medulla, and the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. Alpha-2 agonist agents cause neuromodulation in these centers, leading to sedation, analgesia, vasodilatation, and bradycardia with little effect on the respiratory drive, which accounts for their good safety profile. The 2 major drugs in this group are clonidine and dexmedetomidine...
June 2017: Anesthesiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524929/xeno-free-cultivation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-the-corneal-stroma
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Steffi Matthyssen, Sorcha Ní Dhubhghaill, Veerle Van Gerwen, Nadia Zakaria
Purpose: The human cornea has recently been described as a source of corneal stroma-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). In vitro expansion of these cells involves basal medium supplemented with fetal bovine serum (FBS). As animal-derived serum can confer a risk of disease transmission and can be subject to considerable lot-to-lot variability, it does not comply with newer Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)-required animal component-free culture protocols for clinical translation. Methods: This study investigated animal-free alternatives to FBS for cultivation of human corneal stromal MSCs...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523345/endovenous-laser-ablation-therapy-in-children-applications-and-outcomes
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Premal A Patel, Alex M Barnacle, Sam Stuart, Joao G Amaral, Philip R John
BACKGROUND: Endovenous laser ablation is well recognized as the first-line treatment for superficial venous reflux with varicose veins in adults. It is not widely reported and is not an established practice in pediatric patients. OBJECTIVE: To illustrate a variety of pediatric venous conditions in which endovenous laser ablation can be utilized and to demonstrate its feasibility and safety in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of endovenous laser ablation procedures performed between January 2007 and July 2014 at two large pediatric institutions...
May 18, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521689/relationship-between-rheumatoid-arthritis-disease-activity-assessed-with-the-us7-score-and-quality-of-life-measured-with-questionnaires-haq-eq-5d-wpai
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Martina Skácelová, Skácelová Martina, Horák Pavel, Heřmanová Zuzana, Langová Kateřina
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease considerably affecting the quality of life of patients, their functional abilities and capability to work. In everyday clinical practice, the condition is commonly monitored by assessing the disease activity using a joint count and laboratory markers of inflammation with calculating the DAS28 or other systems for scoring the disease activity. OBJECTIVES: This study is aimed to evaluate the benefit of ultrasound examination with a standardized instrument and correlate its results with the quality of life of patients and their functional abilities as assessed by standardized questionnaire methods...
May 17, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517046/three-dimensional-proximal-flow-convergence-automatic-calculation-for-determining-mitral-valve-area-in-rheumatic-mitral-stenosis
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Francisco Sampaio, Ricardo Ladeiras-Lopes, João Almeida, Paulo Fonseca, Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho, José Ribeiro, Vasco Gama
PURPOSE: Management of patients with mitral stenosis (MS) depends heavily on the accurate quantification of mitral valve area (MVA) using echocardiography. All currently used two-dimensional (2D) methods have limitations. Estimation of MVA using the proximal isovelocity surface area (PISA) method with real time three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography may circumvent those limitations. We aimed to evaluate the accuracy of 3D direct measurement of PISA in the estimation of MVA. METHODS: Twenty-seven consecutive patients (median age of 63 years; 77...
May 18, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516983/nanoparticle-design-strategies-for-enhanced-anticancer-therapy-by-exploiting-the-tumour-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Yunlu Dai, Can Xu, Xiaolian Sun, Xiaoyuan Chen
Nanovehicles can efficiently carry and deliver anticancer agents to tumour sites. Compared with normal tissue, the tumour microenvironment has some unique properties, such as vascular abnormalities, hypoxia and acidic pH. There are many types of cells, including tumour cells, macrophages, immune and fibroblast cells, fed by defective blood vessels in the solid tumour. Exploiting the tumour microenvironment can benefit the design of nanoparticles for enhanced therapeutic effectiveness. In this review article, we summarized the recent progress in various nanoformulations for cancer therapy, with a special emphasis on tumour microenvironment stimuli-responsive ones...
May 18, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516890/tocilizumab-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-real-clinical-practice-results-of-an-italian-observational-study
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Roberto Caporali, Luca Idolazzi, Stefano Bombardieri, Gianfranco Ferraccioli, Roberto Gerli, Marco Govoni, Marco Matucci Cerinic, Giovanni Pomponio, Fausto Salaffi, Rossella Tirri, Francesca Benaglio, Laura Bianchino, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini
OBJECTIVES: To describe the effectiveness and safety of tocilizumab (TCZ), an interleukin-6 receptor inhibitor, in a cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) recruited in clinical practice. METHODS: TRUST was an observational study in RA patients who started treatment with TCZ in the 6 months prior to site activation and were still on treatment at start of study; patients were followed up to 12 months after the first TCZ infusion. RESULTS: 322 RA patients were enrolled in 59 Italian centres (mean age: 55...
May 8, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516820/blogging-in-infectious-diseases-and-clinical-microbiology-assessment-of-blogosphere-content
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Gabriel Birgand, Rachael Troughton, Luke S P Moore, Esmita Charani, Timothy M Rawson, Enrique Castro-Sánchez, Alison H Holmes
OBJECTIVE To analyze influential infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, infection control, or medical microbiology blogs and bloggers SETTING World wide web DESIGN We conducted a systematic search for blogs in accordance with the PRISMA guidelines in September 2015. METHODS A snowball sampling approach was applied to identify blogs using various search engines. Blogs were eligible if they (1) focused on infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, infection control, or medical microbiology; (2) were intended for health professionals; and (3) were written in English and (4) were updated regularly...
May 18, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514944/short-term-visual-outcomes-of-a-new-trifocal-intraocular-lens
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Jorge L García-Pérez, Juan Gros-Otero, Celia Sánchez-Ramos, Vanesa Blázquez, Inés Contreras
BACKGROUND: Today, patients often expect to achieve spectacle independance after cataract surgery. New trifocal intraocular lenses have been developed to try and fullfill this demand. The purpose of this study is to report the short-term visual outcomes of a new trifocal intraocular lens (AcrySof PanOptix™). METHODS: Consecutive adult patients undergoing cataract surgery with bilateral implantation of the study intraocular lens in a private practice clinic were considered for inclusion...
May 17, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514490/brain-ultrasound-rehearsal-before-surgery-a-pilot-cadaver-study
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Carlo Giussani, Matteo Riva, Valentin Djonov, Simone Beretta, Francesco Prada, Erik Sganzerla
Introduction It has been shown that brain ultrasonography (US) is an efficient tool for improving three-dimensional (3D) spatial orientation during neurosurgical interventions. However, it necessitates specific training as it is highly operator-dependent. To date, neurosurgeons have relied solely on intraoperative practice to improve their mastery of brain US; this has obvious limitations. Herein, we consider whether a study of brain US on human cadavers could enable a training platform for neurosurgeons and residents to be developed...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512690/translational-studies-on-a-ready-to-use-intramuscular-injection-of-penethamate-for-bovine-mastitis
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I G Tucker, R Jain, F Alawi, K Nanjan, O Bork
Bovine mastitis caused by bacterial infections of the mammary gland (udder) of dairy cows is a costly pathology for the dairy industry due to direct and indirect losses in production. Penethamate, a pro-drug of benzylpenicillin, is used by intramuscular injection (IM). The existing products are powders which must be reconstituted in water-for-injection and this presents difficulties in the field. Penethamate is too unstable to be formulated as an aqueous formulation but a chemically stable suspension formulation was possible in certain oils; however, some literature suggests that such formulations would have unacceptable prolonged release...
May 16, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512434/evaluation-of-a-rapid-anisotropic-model-for-ecg-simulation
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Simone Pezzuto, Peter Kal'avský, Mark Potse, Frits W Prinzen, Angelo Auricchio, Rolf Krause
State-of-the-art cardiac electrophysiology models that are able to deliver physiologically motivated activation maps and electrocardiograms (ECGs) can only be solved on high-performance computing architectures. This makes it nearly impossible to adopt such models in clinical practice. ECG imaging tools typically rely on simplified models, but these neglect the anisotropic electric conductivity of the tissue in the forward problem. Moreover, their results are often confined to the heart-torso interface. We propose a forward model that fully accounts for the anisotropic tissue conductivity and produces the standard 12-lead ECG in a few seconds...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511188/calprotectin-in-daily-practice-where-do-we-stand-in-2017
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Fabrizia D'Angelo, Christian Felley, Jean Louis Frossard
BACKGROUND: To make a distinction between organic and functional disease is essential for gastroenterologists in their daily practice, but it may be challenging, given the variety and aspecificity of gastrointestinal symptoms among the general population. The clinician aim is to avoid diagnostic delay and to restrict unnecessary invasive and expensive exams. SUMMARY: Faecal markers, in particular faecal calprotectin (FC), have given proof of being reliable markers of intestinal inflammation with good clinical sensitivity...
May 17, 2017: Digestion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511146/real-world-prospective-experience-of-axitinib-in-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma%C3%A2-in-a-large-comprehensive-cancer-centre
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Margarida Matias, Gwénaël Le Teuff, Laurence Albiges, Annalisa Guida, Caroline Brard, Giulia Bacciarelo, Yohann Loriot, Christophe Massard, Nathalie Lassau, Karim Fizazi, Bernard Escudier
BACKGROUND: Axitinib has shown activity in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) in a large phase III clinical trial and was approved in patients who failed first-line therapy. This drug has been available in France since November 2012. The objective is to report efficacy and safety of axitinib in mRCC outside of clinical trials. METHODS: A prospective evaluation of mRCC patients treated by axitinib in second or further next-line therapy at Gustave Roussy was conducted from 2012 to 2015...
May 13, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509822/fracture-prevention-in-the-orthopaedic-environment-outcomes-of-a-coordinator-based-fracture-liaison-service
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Earl R Bogoch, Victoria Elliot-Gibson, Dorcas Beaton, Joanna Sale, Robert G Josse
BACKGROUND: Fracture liaison services focus on secondary fracture prevention by identifying patients at risk for future fracture and initiating appropriate evaluation, risk assessment, education, and therapeutic intervention. This study describes key clinical outcomes including bone mineral densitometry, physician assessment, and pharmacotherapy initiation in pharmacotherapy-naïve patients undergoing treatment for fragility fracture in a Canadian fracture liaison service. METHODS: We determined rates of post-fracture investigation and treatment for inpatients and outpatients with a fragility fracture seen in a coordinator-based fracture liaison service at an urban university trauma hospital...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509654/clinical-reasoning-embodied-meaning-making-in-physiotherapy
#16
Anoop Chowdhury, Wenche Schrøder Bjorbækmo
This article examines physiotherapists' lived experience of practicing physiotherapy in primary care, focusing on clinical reasoning and decision-making in the case of a patient we call Eva. The material presented derives from a larger study involving two women participants, both with a protracted history of neck and shoulder pain. A total of eight sessions, all of them conducted by the first author, a professional physiotherapist, in his own practice room, were videotaped, after which the first author transcribed the sessions and added reflective notes...
May 16, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509513/challenges-identified-in-a-pilot-outreach-dental-service-for-traveller-children-in-hackney-east-london
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J Doughty, D Simons, N Pearson, P Evans, D Wright
Impetus for action: Inequity of dental health and dental service use for Travellers in the UK. National guidance on improving community oral health, stresses an imperative to involve and engage with "those whose economic, social and environmental circumstances or lifestyle place them at high risk of poor oral health or make it difficult for them to access dental services". Solution: Oral health promotion and simple treatments were provided on two Traveller sites from a mobile dental unit (MDU) over a 5-day period and patients with extensive oral disease were referred to a fixed-site clinic for continued care...
September 2016: Community Dental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508252/anatomical-variants-in-prostate-artery-embolization-a-pictorial-essay
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Francisco Cesar Carnevale, Guilherme Rebello Soares, Andre Moreira de Assis, Airton Mota Moreira, Sardis Honoria Harward, Giovanni Guido Cerri
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) has emerged as a new treatment option for patients with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia. The main challenges related to this procedure are navigating arteries with atherosclerosis and anatomical variations, and the potential risk of non-target embolization to pelvic structures due to the presence of collateral shunts and reflux of microparticles. Knowledge of classical vascular anatomy and the most common variations is essential for safe embolization, good clinical practice, and optimal outcomes...
May 15, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508244/interventions-for-the-endodontic-management-of-non-vital-traumatised-immature-permanent-anterior-teeth-in-children-and-adolescents-a-systematic-review-of-the-evidence-and-guidelines-of-the-european-academy-of-paediatric-dentistry
#19
REVIEW
M Duggal, H Jinn Tong, M Al-Ansary, W Twati, P F Day, H Nazzal
AIM: This systematic review was undertaken in order to develop guidelines for the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry for the management of non-vital permanent anterior teeth with incomplete root development. METHODS: Three techniques were considered; apexification by single or multiple applications of calcium hydroxide, use of Mineral Trioxide Aggregate (MTA) for the creation of an apical plug followed by obturation of the root canal, and finally a Regenerative Endodontic Technique (RET)...
May 15, 2017: European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508096/-off-label-biologic-therapy-of-anca-associated-and-non-anca-associated-small-vessel-vasculitis-efficacy-and-safety-analysis-of-a-national-registry-graid2
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N Venhoff, F Proft, H Schulze-Koops, J Holle, R E Voll, C Iking-Konert, A M Jacobi, J Henes, L Unger, O Kneitz, T Dörner, J Thiel
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of off-label biological therapies in patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) and non-ANCA-associated small-vessel vasculitis (nAAV) in clinical practice. METHODS: The German Registry in Autoimmune Diseases 2 (GRAID2) is a national, retrospective, non-interventional, multicentre observational study (August 2006 until December 2013) on patients with autoimmune diseases refractory to standard immunosuppressive therapy treated with off-label biologicals...
May 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
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