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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806632/clinical-utility-of-serum-lactate-levels-for-differential-diagnosis-of-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizures-from-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-and-syncope
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Ebru Apaydın Doğan, Ali Ünal, Aslıhan Ünal, Çağla Erdoğan
BACKGROUND: The differential diagnosis of generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS), psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), and syncope constitutes a major challenge. Misdiagnosis rates up to 20 to 30% are reported in the literature. PURPOSE: To assess the clinical utility of serum lactate levels for differentiation of GTCS, PNES, and syncope based on gender differences. METHODS: Data from 270 patients were evaluated retrospectively. Only patients ≥18 years old with the final diagnosis of GTCS, PNES, or syncope in their chart were recruited...
August 11, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790016/tau-imaging-in-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Gérard N Bischof, Heike Endepols, Thilo van Eimeren, Alexander Drzezga
Pathological cerebral aggregations of proteins are suggested to play a crucial role in the development of neurodegenerative disorders. For example, aggregation of the protein ß-amyloid in form of extracellular amyloid-plaques as well as intraneuronal depositions of the protein tau in form of neurofibrillary tangles represent hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recently, novel tracers for in vivo molecular imaging of tau-aggregates in the brain have been introduced, complementing existing tracers for imaging amyloid-plaques...
August 5, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776654/the-latency-complex-the-dead-hand-of-anti-development
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Barry D Proner
It is common knowledge that the same phenomena can be viewed in a variety of ways. This paper considers the implications of a constellation observed in some adult patients who have increasingly reminded the author of some of the children of latency age with whom he has also worked. In the literature these patients may also have been thought about in terms of 'defences of the self' (Fordham), patients who are 'difficult to reach' (Joseph), 'psychic retreats' (Steiner), and those who make 'attacks on linking' (Bion)...
September 2017: Journal of Analytical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766068/pediatric-soft-tissue-sarcoma-of-the-limbs-clinical-outcome-of-97-patients
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Andrea Sambri, Giuseppe Bianchi, Ilaria Cucurnia, Marco Gambarotti, Davide Maria Donati
PURPOSE: Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) of the extremities in children are a heterogeneous group of tumors with a very different prognosis for which optimal treatment remains controversial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 97 patients younger than 15 years old affected by limb soft tissue sarcomas. All cases were histologically revised, and tumor grade was assessed according to the FNLCC system. Thirty-two were rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) and 65 non-rhabdomyosarcoma (NRMSTS); among these, 40 (61...
August 1, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750681/drug-induced-amino-acid-deprivation-as-strategy-for-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Marcus Kwong Lam Fung, Godfrey Chi-Fung Chan
Cancer is caused by uncontrollable growth of neoplastic cells, leading to invasion of adjacent and distant tissues resulting in death. Cancer cells have specific nutrient(s) auxotrophy and have a much higher nutrient demand compared to normal tissues. Therefore, different metabolic inhibitors or nutrient-depleting enzymes have been tested for their anti-cancer activities. We review recent available laboratory and clinical data on using various specific amino acid metabolic pathways inhibitors in treating cancers...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750493/concomitant-semi-quantitative-and-visual-analysis-improves-the-predictive-value-on-treatment-outcome-of-interim-18f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-advanced-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Alberto Biggi, Fabrizio Bergesio, Stephane Chauvie, Andrea Bianchi, Massimo Menga, Federico Fallanca, Martin Hutchings, Michele Gregianin, Michel Meignan, Andrea Gallamini
BACKGROUND: Qualitative assessment using the Deauville five-point scale (DS) is the gold standard for interim and end-of treatment PET interpretation in lymphoma. In the present study we assessed the reliability and the prognostic value of different semi- quantitative (SQ) parameters in comparison with DS for interim PET (iPET) interpretation in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). METHODS: A cohort of 82 out of 260 patients with advanced stage HL enrolled in the International Validation Study (IVS), scored as 3 to 5 by the expert panel was included in the present report...
July 27, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746915/molecular-and-functional-characterization-of-a-new-3-end-kit-juxtamembrane-deletion-in-a-duodenal-gist-treated-with-neoadjuvant-imatinib
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Vittorio Perfetti, Erik Laurini, Suzana Aulić, Maurizio Fermeglia, Roberta Riboni, Marco Lucioni, Elena Dallera, Sara Delfanti, Luigi Pugliese, Francesco Saverio Latteri, Andrea Pietrabissa, Sabrina Pricl
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. GISTs express the receptor tyrosine kinase KIT, and the majority of GISTs present KIT gain-of-function mutations that cluster in the 5' end of the receptor juxtamembrane domain. On the other hand, little information is known about GISTs carrying mutations in the 3' end of the KIT juxtamembrane domain. Here we report and discuss a clinical case of localized duodenal GIST whose molecular characterization revealed the presence of a new 21 nucleotide/7 amino acid deletion in the 3' end of KIT juxtamembrane domain (Δ574-580)...
July 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743247/a-randomized-phase-ii-study-of-paclitaxel-alone-versus-paclitaxel-plus-sorafenib-in-second-and-third-line-treatment-of-patients-with-her2-negative-metastatic-breast-cancer-paso
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Thomas Decker, Friedrich Overkamp, Siegfried Rösel, Arnd Nusch, Thomas Göhler, Martin Indorf, Jörg Sahlmann, Tanja Trarbach
BACKGROUND: We conducted an open-label, randomized, two-arm multi-center study to assess the efficacy and safety of paclitaxel versus paclitaxel + sorafenib in patients with locally advanced or metastatic HER2-negative breast cancer. METHODS: Patients were randomly assigned to receive either paclitaxel monotherapy (80 mg/m(2)) weekly (3 weeks on, 1 week off) plus sorafenib 400 mg orally, twice a day taken continuously throughout 28 day cycles. Sorafenib dose was gradually escalated from a starting dose of 200 mg twice a day...
July 25, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737412/integrated-care-clinic-creating-enhanced-clinical-pathways-for-integrated-behavioral-health-care-in-a-family-medicine-residency-clinic-serving-a-low-income-minority-population
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Jerica M Berge, Lisa Trump, Stephanie Trudeau, Damir S Utržan, Michele Mandrich, Andrew Slattengren, Tanner Nissly, Laura Miller, Macaran Baird, Eli Coleman, Michael Wootten
INTRODUCTION: Research examining the implementation and effectiveness of integrated behavioral health (BH) care in family medicine/primary care is growing. However, research identifying ways to consistently use integrated BH in busy family medicine/primary care settings with underserved populations is limited. This study describes 1 family medicine clinic's transformation into a fully integrated BH care clinic through the development of an Integrated Care Clinic (ICC) and enhanced clinical pathways to promote regular use of behavioral health clinicians (BHCs)...
July 24, 2017: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726022/quantification-of-hand-motor-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-proof-of-principle-study-using-inertial-and-force-sensors
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Josien C van den Noort, Rens Verhagen, Kees J van Dijk, Peter H Veltink, Michelle C P M Vos, Rob M A de Bie, Lo J Bour, Ciska T Heida
This proof-of-principle study describes the methodology and explores and demonstrates the applicability of a system, existing of miniature inertial sensors on the hand and a separate force sensor, to objectively quantify hand motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) in a clinical setting (off- and on-medication condition). Four PD patients were measured in off- and on- dopaminergic medication condition. Finger tapping, rapid hand opening/closing, hand pro/supination, tremor during rest, mental task and kinetic task, and wrist rigidity movements were measured with the system (called the PowerGlove)...
July 19, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718309/intra-articular-fracture-of-the-base-of-the-first-metacarpal-bone-treatment-through-a-volar-approach
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Violeta Levy, Marcelo Mazzola, Martín Gonzalez
BACKGROUND: Management of Bennett fractures has been controversial. Early reports supported closed reduction and casting with or without percutaneous pinning. Later, open reduction and internal fixation was advocated. The purpose of this article is to assess the surgical treatment using a direct volar approach. METHODS: Between March 2008 and December 2014, 21 patients with intra-articular first metacarpal fractures displaced more than 1 mm were operated on using a direct volar approach...
January 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701947/protein-restricted-diets-for-ameliorating-motor-fluctuations-in-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Luxi Wang, Nian Xiong, Jinsha Huang, Shiyi Guo, Ling Liu, Chao Han, Guoxin Zhang, Haiyang Jiang, Kai Ma, Yun Xia, Xiaoyun Xu, Jie Li, Jing Y Liu, Tao Wang
Levodopa is considered to be the most effective symptomatic drug for Parkinson's disease (PD). As the disease progresses, however, the patients are likely to experience a reduced response to levodopa and develop motor fluctuations (i.e., end-of-dose wearing off and unpredictable "on-off"). Protein-rich diets and elevated plasma concentrations of large neutral amino acids have been proved to impair the therapeutic effect of levodopa by reducing its absorption and influx into the brain. On the other hand, the protein-restricted diets including low-protein diet (LPD), protein-redistribution diet (PRD) and PRD with use of low-protein products can all improve the efficacy of levodopa in patients with motor fluctuations...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700123/nonlinear-analysis-to-detect-if-excellent-nursing-work-environments-have-highest-well-being
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Giuseppe Casalicchio, Emmanuel Lesaffre, Helmut Küchenhoff, Luk Bruyneel
PURPOSE: To detect potentially nonlinear associations between nurses' work environment and nurse staffing on the one hand and nurse burnout on the other hand. DESIGN: A cross-sectional multicountry study for which data collection using a survey of 33,731 registered nurses in 12 European countries took place during 2009 to 2010. METHODS: A semiparametric latent variable model that describes both linear and potentially nonlinear associations between burnout (Maslach Burnout Inventory: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, personal accomplishment) and work environment (Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index: managerial support for nursing, doctor-nurse collegial relations, promotion of care quality) and staffing (patient-to-nurse ratio)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696336/perspectives-on-exhaled-nitric-oxide
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Fabio Luigi Massimo Ricciardolo, Philip E Silkoff
The history of nitric oxide (NO) in respiratory field dates back to the beginning of '90s with the ancestral study by Lars Gustafsson et al. describing the presence of endogenous NO in the exhaled breath of human beings. Soon after, independent studies showed that exhaled NO concentrations (FENO) is higher in asthmatics than in normal subjects. Not all asthmatics demonstrate a high FENO reflecting heterogeneity of asthma. High values of FENO are associated with over-expression of corticosteroid-sensitive iNOS isoform and allergic/eosinophilic inflammation...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694679/a-clinical-perspective-on-a-pain-neuroscience-education-approach-to-manual-therapy
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Adriaan Louw, Jo Nijs, Emilio J Puentedura
In recent years, there has been an increased interest in pain neuroscience education (PNE) in physical therapy. There is growing evidence for the efficacy of PNE to decrease pain, disability, fear-avoidance, pain catastrophization, limited movement, and health care utilization in people struggling with pain. PNE teaches people in pain more about the biology and physiology of their pain experience including processes such as central sensitization, peripheral sensitization, allodynia, inhibition, facilitation, neuroplasticity and more...
July 2017: Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691973/a-swift-method-for-handing-off-obstetrical-patients-on-the-labor-floor
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Jean-Ju Sheen, Laura Reimers, Shravya Govindappagari, Ivan M Ngai, Diana Garretto, Roopali Donepudi, Pamela Tropper, Dena Goffman, Ashlesha K Dayal, Peter S Bernstein
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to improve patient handoffs on the labor floor. METHODS: A prospective cohort study of obstetrics residents at Montefiore Medical Center was performed between 2012 and 2014. Labor-floor handoffs were recorded before and after didactic sessions as well as after installation of whiteboards formatted with the mnemonic SWIFT (Subject, Why?, Issues, Fetus, Tasks). Handoff transcripts were evaluated by obstetricians blinded to timing and speaker identity...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689958/one-stage-endovascular-treatment-of-a-symptomatic-penetrating-ulcer-in-the-lusorian-artery-and-an-aaa-a-challenging-case-in-a-rare-entity
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Mirko Esche, Pavel Sebesta, Sven Seifert
INTRODUCTION: We report a case of a 57-year-old man with a successful total endovascular treatment of a symptomatic penetrating arterial ulcer (PAU) of a lusorian artery (LA) together with a standard endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair. The LA is an aberrant subclavian artery and a congenital aortic arch anomaly with a reported prevalence of 0.4-2.6%. Typical for the base of the LA is a Kommerell diverticulum making an endovascular approach even more difficult. METHODS: The patient was admitted to our hospital due to an unspecific retrosternal and hypopharyngeal pulsation feeling...
July 6, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689707/any-questions-yes-do-pharmacists-monitor-medications-at-refill
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Matthew J Witry, Lisa M Guirguis
OBJECTIVES: To describe pharmacists' self-reported refill monitoring activities and test for demographic and work setting differences that contribute to variation. METHODS: This study used a cross-sectional survey design. A 4-contact survey was mailed to 599 community pharmacists randomly selected from a list provided by the state board of pharmacy. Surveys were mailed in June and July 2013. Descriptive statistics and analysis of variance were used to characterize these data...
July 6, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687627/phase-ii-trial-of-sorafenib-in-combination-with-capecitabine-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-inst-08-20
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Yehuda Patt, Cristhiam Rojas-Hernandez, Houman Mohammad Fekrazad, Pranshu Bansal, Fa Chyi Lee
LESSONS LEARNED: There continues to be a lack of systemic options for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); sorafenib and, very recently, regorafenib are the only approved options. There exists a potential to combine sorafenib with chemotherapeutic agents shown to be active in HCC, such as capecitabine, safely.Good tumor response was observed, with objective improvement in a few patients seldom seen by single agent sorafenib; however, because of the limited number of patients, meaningful conclusions on survival cannot be drawn...
July 7, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683237/late-night-salivary-cortisol-is-unaltered-in-patients-with-polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-pcos-irrespective-of-disease-phenotype-and-in-obese-women-irrespective-of-the-presence-of-pcos
#20
Hande Mefkure Ozkaya, Fatma Ela Keskin, Abdullah Tuten, Ebru Korkmaz, Hulya Zeynep Oktay, Pinar Kadioglu
OBJECTIVE: To determine cut-off values of late-night salivary cortisol (LNSC) using an electrochemiluminescent immunoassay (ECLIA) and to investigate whether the diagnostic performance of the assay was influenced by the presence of obesity or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). METHODS: A total of 124 subjects comprising 25 patients with Cushing's syndrome (CS), 44 with PCOS (22 nonobese and 22 obese), 21 with constitutional obesity (CO), and 34 healthy subjects (HS) were included in the study...
July 6, 2017: Endocrine Practice
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