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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150966/current-policy-for-allocation-of-donor-livers-in-the-netherlands-advantages-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis-patients-on-the-liver-transplantation-waiting-list-a-retrospective-study
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Jorn C Goet, Bettina E Hansen, Madelon Tieleman, Bart van Hoek, Aad P van den Berg, Wojciech G Polak, Jeroen Dubbeld, Robert J Porte, Cynthia Konijn, Robert A de Man, Herold J Metselaar, Annemarie C de Vries
Studies from the United States and Nordic countries indicate primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) patients have low mortality on the liver transplantation (LTx) waiting list. However, this may vary among geographical areas. Therefore, we compared waiting list mortality and post-transplant survival between Laboratory Model for End Stage Liver Disease (LM) and MELD Exception (ME) prioritized PSC and non-PSC candidates in a nationwide study in the Netherlands. A retrospective analysis of patients waitlisted from 2006 to 2013 was conducted...
November 18, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150934/the-current-status-and-perspectives-regarding-the-clinical-implication-of-intracellular-calcium-in-breast-cancer
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Amir Tajbakhsh, Alireza Pasdar, Mehdi Rezaee, Mostafa Fazeli, Saman Soleimanpour, Seyed Mahdi Hassanian, Zahra FarshchiyanYazdi, Tayebe Younesi Rad, Gordon A Ferns, Amir Avan
Calcium ions (Ca(2+) ) act as second messengers in intracellular signaling. Ca(2+) pumps, channels, sensors, and calcium binding proteins, regulate the concentrations of intracellular Ca(2+) as a key regulator of important cellular processes such as gene expression, proliferation, differentiation, DNA repair, apoptosis, metastasis, and hormone secretion. Intracellular Ca(2+) also influences the functions of several organelles, that include: the endoplasmic reticulum, mitochondria, the Golgi, and cell membrane both in normal and breast cancer cells...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150842/the-effect-of-6-hydroxyethyl-starch-130-0-4-on-acute-kidney-injury-in-paediatric-cardiac-surgery-a-prospective-randomised-trial
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H-W Oh, J-H Lee, H-C Kim, E-H Kim, I-K Song, H-S Kim, J-T Kim
We have evaluated the effect of a colloid solution on acute kidney injury in paediatric cardiac surgery. A total of 195 patients were ramdomly divided into an hydroxyethyl starch group and a control group. In the starch group, 6% hydroxyethyl starch 130/0.4 (Volulyte(®) ) was used as the primary fluid for volume resuscitation but was limited to 30 ml.kg(-1) . In the control group, only crystalloid fluid was used during the peri-operative period. The incidence of acute kidney injury, peri-operative transfusion, clinical outcomes and laboratory data were compared...
November 17, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150811/alk-expression-plays-different-roles-in-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphomas-and-outcome-of-crizotinib-use-in-relapsed-refractory-alk-patients-in-a-chinese-population
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Ling Huang, Fen Zhang, Jialong Zeng, Hanguo Guo, Sichu Liu, Xiaojuan Wei, Feili Chen, Xinmiao Jiang, Zhanli Liang, Yanhui Liu, Wenyu Li
The prognostic value of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) expression in patients with anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) remains controversial. Data on the clinical features of ALCL in a Chinese population are limited. We retrospectively reviewed 1293 patients with pathologically diagnosed lymphoma at Guangdong General Hospital from June 2007 through August 2016. We evaluated the incidence of ALCL, clinical characteristics, survival status, and outcome of crizotinib use in four relapsed/refractory ALK-positive patients...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150790/clinical-study-on-yishen-qufeng-shengshi-recipe-for-glomerular-proteinuria-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Qin Dai, Pei-Qing Zhang, Xiao-Qin Wang, Li-Fang Nie, Xiao-Jun Fu, Wen Peng, Yi Wang, Jun Li, Yue-Ping Bi, Xiu-Hua Mi, Min Yuan, Li-Qun He
OBJECTIVE: To explore the therapeutic effect of Yishen Qufeng Shengshi Recipe (, YQSR) in patients with glomerular proteinuria. METHODS: A total of 145 patients with glomerular proteinuria were selected and randomly assigned to the treatment group (108 cases) and the control group (37 cases) according to a random number table in a ratio of 3:1. All patients received conventional and symptomatic treatment. In addition, patients in the treatment and control groups were given YQSR (200 mL, twice per day, orally) and losartan (50 mg/d orally), respectively for 6 months...
November 17, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150708/production-of-arabitol-from-enzymatic-hydrolysate-of-soybean-flour-by-debaryomyces-hansenii-fermentation
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Abdullah A Loman, S M M Islam, Lu-Kwang Ju
Arabitol is a low-calorie sugar alcohol with anti-cariogenic properties. Enzymatic hydrolysate of soybean flour is a new renewable biorefinery feedstock containing hexose, pentose, and organic nitrogen sources. Arabitol production by Debaryomyces hansenii using soybean flour hydrolysate was investigated. Effects of medium composition, operating conditions, and culture stage (growing or stationary phase) were studied. Production was also compared at different culture volumes to understand the effect of dissolved oxygen concentration (DO)...
November 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150411/an-epithelial-biomarker-signature-for-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-an-analysis-from-the-multicentre-profile-cohort-study
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Toby M Maher, Eunice Oballa, Juliet K Simpson, Joanne Porte, Anthony Habgood, William A Fahy, Aiden Flynn, Philip L Molyneaux, Rebecca Braybrooke, Hrushikesh Divyateja, Helen Parfrey, Doris Rassl, Anne-Marie Russell, Gauri Saini, Elisabetta A Renzoni, Anne-Marie Duggan, Richard Hubbard, Athol U Wells, Pauline T Lukey, Richard P Marshall, R Gisli Jenkins
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive, fatal disorder with a variable disease trajectory. The aim of this study was to assess potential biomarkers to predict outcomes for people with IPF. METHOD: PROFILE is a large prospective longitudinal cohort of treatment-naive patients with IPF. We adopted a two-stage discovery and validation design using patients from the PROFILE cohort. For the discovery analysis, we examined 106 patients and 50 age and sex matched healthy controls from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton Hospital...
November 14, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150379/changes-in-maxillofacial-morphology-and-velopharyngeal-function-with-two-stage-maxillary-distraction-mandibular-setback-surgery-in-patients-with-cleft-lip-and-palate
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T Susami, Y Mori, K Ohkubo, M Takahashi, Y Hirano, H Saijo, T Takato
Maxillary distraction is increasingly used for the correction of severe maxillary retrusion in patients with cleft lip and palate. However, control of the maxillary movement is difficult, and the need to wear visible distractors for a long period of time causes psychosocial problems. A two-stage surgical approach consisting of maxillary distraction and mandibular setback was developed to overcome these problems. In this study, changes in maxillofacial morphology and velopharyngeal function were examined in 22 patients with cleft lip and palate who underwent this two-stage approach...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150196/single-stage-urethroplasty-with-buccal-mucosal-inlay-graft-for-stricture-caused-by-balanitis-xerotica-obliterans-in-boys-outcomes-in-the-medium-term
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Junaid Ashraf, Alexander Turner, Ramnath Subramaniam
INTRODUCTION: Balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO) is a common condition that can affect the foreskin, glans, meatus, and urethra, and rarely can also involve urethra leading to stricture. Numerous procedures have been suggested to treat urethral stricture secondary to BXO but these have had variable results. OBJECTIVE: We describe the first prospective study of a single stage buccal mucosal inlay grafting in children with urethral strictures resistant to existing remedies...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150179/-therapeutic-strategies-in-patients-undergoing-surgery-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-results-of-the-escap-2011-cphg-study-promoted-by-the-french-college-of-general-hospital-respiratory-physicians-cphg
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F Pinquié, F Goupil, J-P Oster, A Dixmier, P-A Renault, A Lévy, J-P Mathieu, N Paillot, F C Goutorbe, P Masson, O Molinier, D Debieuvre, M Grivaux
BACKGROUND: The aim of ESCAP-2011-CPHG, promoted by the French College of General Hospital Respiratory Physicians, was to describe therapeutic strategies in lung cancer in the first 2 years after diagnosis, in a real-life setting. This article focuses on patients undergoing surgical management of a non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: A prospective multicentre study was conducted in 53 French general hospitals. For each patient with lung cancer diagnosed in 2010, a standardised form was completed following each change in treatment strategy up to 2 years after diagnosis...
November 14, 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150104/high-frequency-of-primary-refractory-disease-and-low-progression-free-survival-rate-of-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-a-decade-of-experience-in-a-latin-american-center
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José Carlos Jaime-Pérez, Carmen Magdalena Gamboa-Alonso, José Ramón Padilla-Medina, Raúl Alberto Jiménez-Castillo, Leticia Alejandra Olguín-Ramírez, César Homero Gutiérrez-Aguirre, Olga Graciela Cantú-Rodríguez, David Gómez-Almaguer
BACKGROUND: Reports dealing with clinical outcomes of classical Hodgkin's lymphoma in low- to middle-income countries are scarce and response to therapy is poorly documented. This report describes the characteristics and clinical outcomes of patients with classical Hodgkin's lymphoma from a single institution in Latin America. METHOD: A retrospective study was conducted over ten years of patients with classical Hodgkin's lymphoma treated at a referral center. Progression-free and overall survival rates were estimated by Kaplan-Meier analysis...
October 2017: Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149972/right-extended-split-liver-transplantation-compared-with-whole-liver-transplantation-lessons-learned-at-a-single-center-in-latin-america-results-from-a-match-case-control-study
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S E Gambaro, P Romero, N Pedraza, L Moulin, S Yantorno, D Ramisch, C Rumbo, P Barros-Schelotto, V Descalzi, G E Gondolesi
BACKGROUND: Despite the progressively increasing gap between patients waiting for liver transplant under the Model for End-stage Liver Disease MELD system and the availability of deceased donor organs, the use of right extended split liver grafts (RESLG) has not been accepted by all centers. In this study, we compared the results obtained using RESLG vs a group of matched whole liver graft (WLG) recipients at a single center in Latin America. METHODS: A single-center retrospective review performed between August 2009 and December 2015...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149849/biobanking-in-israel-2016-17-expressed-perceptions-versus-real-life-enrollment
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Gideon Koren, Daniella Beller, Daphna Laifenfeld, Iris Grossman, Varda Shalev
BACKGROUND: As part of the preparations to establish a population-based biobank in a large Israeli health organization, we aimed to investigate through focus groups the knowledge, perceptions and attitudes of insured Israelis, toward biobanking, and then, after input from focus groups' participants, to empirically assess the impact of a revised recruitment process on recruitment rates. METHODS: 1) Six Focus group discussions were conducted (n = 10 per group) with individuals who had routine blood laboratory tests taken in the last 2 years...
November 17, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149722/effects-of-middle-ear-quasi-static-stiffness-on-sound-transmission-quantified-by-a-novel-3-axis-optical-force-sensor
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Ivo Dobrev, Jae Hoon Sim, Baktash Aqtashi, Alexander M Huber, Thomas Linder, Christof Röösli
BACKGROUND: Intra-operative quantification of the ossicle mobility could provide valuable feedback for the current status of the patient's conductive hearing. However, current methods for evaluation of middle ear mobility are mostly limited to the surgeon's subjective impression through manual palpation of the ossicles. This study investigates how middle ear transfer function is affected by stapes quasi-static stiffness of the ossicular chain. The stiffness of the middle ear is induced by a) using a novel fiber-optic 3-axis force sensor to quantify the quasi-static stiffness of the middle ear, and b) by artificial reduction of stapes mobility due to drying of the middle ear...
November 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149451/transcriptional-alterations-in-hereditary-and-sporadic-nonfunctioning-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-according-to-genotype
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Xavier M Keutgen, Suresh Kumar, Sudheer Gara, Myriem Boufraqech, Sunita Agarwal, Ralph H Hruban, Naris Nilubol, Martha Quezado, Richard Finney, Maggie Cam, Electron Kebebew
BACKGROUND: Nonfunctioning pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NFPanNETs) may be sporadic or inherited because of germline mutations associated with von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL) or multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1). The clinical behavior of NFPanNETs is difficult to predict, even in tumors of the same stage and grade. The authors analyzed genotype-specific patterns of transcriptional messenger RNA (mRNA) levels of NFPanNETs to understand the molecular features that determine PanNET phenotype...
November 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149305/rituximab-for-non-responsive-idiopathic-membranous-nephropathy-in-a-chinese-cohort
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Xin Wang, Zhao Cui, Yi-Miao Zhang, Zhen Qu, Fang Wang, Li-Qiang Meng, Xu-Yang Cheng, Gang Liu, Fu-de Zhou, Ming-Hui Zhao
Background: Rituximab had been shown to be effective in inducing remission of nephrotic syndrome in patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy (iMN). This study applied rituximab therapy for 36 non-responsive iMN patients to investigate its effects and safety. Methods: Thirty-six iMN patients who were non-responsive to prior immunosuppression were enrolled. Rituximab was used for B-cell depletion in patients, with a goal of <5 B cells/mm3 in the circulation...
November 14, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149171/risk-factors-for-hospitalizations-among-patients-with-cirrhosis-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Shari S Rogal, Viyan Udawatta, Imo Akpan, Akshata Moghe, Alexis Chidi, Amit Shetty, Eva Szigethy, Klaus Bielefeldt, Andrea DiMartini
This study was designed to assess unique baseline factors associated with subsequent hospitalizations in a cohort of outpatients with cirrhosis. A cohort of 193 patients with cirrhosis was recruited from an outpatient liver disease clinic at a single, tertiary medical center. Comorbidities, prescription medications, liver disease symptoms and severity, and psychiatric and pain symptoms were assessed at baseline using validated instruments. Inflammatory markers were measured using standardized Luminex assays...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148896/prooxidant-antioxidant-balance-advanced-oxidation-protein-products-and-lipid-peroxidation-in-serbian-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Jadranka Miletić, Dunja Drakulić, Snežana Pejić, Marijana Petković, Tihomir V Ilić, Milica Miljković, Aleksandra Stefanović, Milica Prostran, Marina Stojanov
BACKGROUND: Biomarkers of oxidative stress are relevant in the evaluation of the disease status and prooxidant-antioxidant balance, advanced oxidation protein products and lipid peroxidation products (malondialdehyde and 4-hydroxynonenal) are being extensively evaluated regarding their relationship with clinical presentation and disease severity. The aim of study was to evaluate the levels of above mentioned parameters in plasma of 39 men and 17 women with Parkinson's disease, originated from the Republic of Serbia and their relation to clinicopathological characteristics (gender, age at examination, duration of the disease, and Hoehn and Yahr score) and oxidative status...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148865/metronomic-therapy-has-low-toxicity-and-is-as-effective-as-current-standard-treatment-for-recurrent-high-risk-neuroblastoma
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Frank Berthold, Marc Hömberg, Inna Proleskovskaya, Pavel Mazanek, Margarita Belogurova, Angela Ernst, Jaroslav Sterba
The metronomic therapy concept uses low doses of continuously applied chemotherapeutic, anti-angiogenetic, and immunomodulating drugs. Twenty patients with recurrent and 3 with refractory high-risk neuroblastoma were treated by the metronomic concept using celecoxib, cyclophosphamide, vinblastine, and etoposide for up to 24 months. The outcome was compared to 274 matched patients with a first recurrence from stage 4 neuroblastoma using the variables time from diagnosis to first recurrence, number of organs involved, and MYCN amplification...
November 17, 2017: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148570/robust-optimization-in-impt-using-quadratic-objective-functions-to-account-for-the-minimum-mu-constraint
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Jie Shan, Yu An, Martin Bues, Steven E Schild, Wei Liu
PURPOSE: Currently, in clinical practice of intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT), the influence of the minimum monitor unit (MU) constraint is taken into account through post-processing after the optimization is completed. This may degrade the plan quality and plan robustness. This study aims to mitigate the impact of the minimum MU constraint directly during the plan robust optimization. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Cao et al. have demonstrated a two-stage method to account for the minimum MU constraint using linear programming without the impact of uncertainties considered...
November 17, 2017: Medical Physics
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