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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214411/non-transplant-therapies-for-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-child-pugh-turcotte-class-b-cirrhosis
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REVIEW
Alessandro Granito, Luigi Bolondi
Underlying liver cirrhosis is present in most patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, and liver transplantation is the only treatment strategy to cure both diseases. All other hepatocellular carcinoma treatment strategies have to take into account residual liver function that concurs with the patient's prognosis and might limit their feasibility. In patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and Child-Pugh-Turcotte class B (CPT-B), owing to borderline liver function, any intervention might be offset by liver function deterioration...
February 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213747/bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-for-the-treatment-of-congenital-pseudarthrosis-of-the-tibia-or-persistent-tibial-nonunion-in-children-and-adolescents-a-retrospective-study-with-a-minimum-2-year-follow-up
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Tim N Hissnauer, Norbert Stiel, Kornelia Babin, Martin Rupprecht, Michael Hoffmann, Johannes M Rueger, Ralf Stuecker, Alexander S Spiro
There is a lack of studies reporting on rhBMP-2 application in pediatric orthopaedics, although few reports demonstrated promising results of the use of rhBMP-2 in children, especially for spine fusion and for the treatment of congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia. The objectives of this study were (1) to examine clinical and radiographic healing after rhBMP-2 application for the treatment of congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia (CPT) or persistent tibial nonunion in children and adolescents, and (2) to investigate the safety of rhBMP-2 use in these cases...
April 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213683/phase-ii-study-of-bevacizumab-and-irinotecan-as-second-line-therapy-for-patients-with-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-previously-treated-with-fluoropyrimidines-oxaliplatin-and-bevacizumab
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Hidekazu Kuramochi, Masayuki Ando, Michio Itabashi, Go Nakajima, Kazuyuki Kawakami, Mie Hamano, Eiichi Hirai, Hajime Yokomizo, Ryuji Okuyama, Tatsuo Araida, Kazuhiko Yoshimatsu, Shingo Kameoka, Kazuhiko Hayashi
PURPOSE: Fluorouracil and folinic acid with irinotecan (FOLFIRI) plus bevacizumab (BV) is widely used as second-line chemotherapy for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) previously treated with fluoropyrimidines, oxaliplatin, and BV. FOLFIRI requires a CV catheter and an infusion pump, which are inconvenient for patients. Sufficient data are not available for characterizing the effectiveness of fluoropyrimidines beyond first disease progression. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of irinotecan (CPT-11) plus BV as second-line therapy...
February 17, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213130/dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-impairs-insulin-signalling-and-promotes-lipid-accumulation-in-hepatocytes
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Kerstin Rufinatscha, Bernhard Radlinger, Jochen Dobner, Sabrina Folie, Claudia Bon, Elisabeth Profanter, Claudia Ress, Karin Salzmann, Gabriele Staudacher, Herbert Tilg, Susanne Kaser
Dipeptidyl-peptidase 4 [DPP-4) has evolved into an important target in diabetes therapy due to its role in incretin hormone metabolism. In contrast to its systemic effects, cellular functions of membranous DPP-4 are less clear. Here we studied the role of DPP-4 in hepatic energy metabolism. In order to distinguish systemic from cellular effects we established a cell culture model of DPP-4 knockdown in human hepatoma cell line HepG2. DPP-4 suppression was associated with increased basal glycogen content due to enhanced insulin signalling as shown by increased phosphorylation of insulin-receptor substrate 1 (IRS-1), protein kinase B/Akt and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK)/ERK, respectively...
February 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210655/cost-of-outpatient-arthroscopic-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-among-commercially-insured-patients-in-the-united-states-2005-2013
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Mackenzie M Herzog, Stephen W Marshall, Jennifer L Lund, Virginia Pate, Jeffrey T Spang
BACKGROUND: Despite the significance of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, these conditions have been under-researched from a population-level perspective. It is important to determine the economic effect of these injuries in order to document the public health burden in the United States. PURPOSE: To describe the cost of outpatient arthroscopic ACL reconstruction and health care utilization among commercially insured beneficiaries in the United States. STUDY DESIGN: Economic and decision analysis; Level of evidence, 3...
January 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210648/utilization-of-platelet-rich-plasma-for-musculoskeletal-injuries-an-analysis-of-current-treatment-trends-in-the-united-states
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Joanne Y Zhang, Peter D Fabricant, Chad R Ishmael, Jeffrey C Wang, Frank A Petrigliano, Kristofer J Jones
BACKGROUND: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has emerged as a popular biologic treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Despite numerous investigations on the efficacy of PRP therapy, current utilization of this treatment within the United States is not widely known. PURPOSE: To investigate the national utilization of PRP, including the incidence and conditions for which it is used in the clinical setting, and to determine the current charges associated with this treatment...
December 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209735/the-epac-phospholipase-c%C3%AE%C2%B5-pathway-regulates-endocannabinoid-signaling-and-cocaine-induced-disinhibition-of-vta-dopamine-neurons
#7
Jiaqing Tong, Xiaojie Liu, Casey Vickstrom, Yan Li, Laikang Yu, Youming Lu, Alan V Smrcka, Qing-Song Liu
Exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (Epac) is a direct effector for the ubiquitous second messenger cAMP. Epac activates the phospholipase Cε (PLCε) pathway. PLCβ has been linked to the synthesis of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). Here, we report that Epac facilitates endocannabinoid-mediated retrograde synaptic depression through activation of PLCε. Intracellular loading of a selective Epac agonist 8-CPT-2Me-cAMP into ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neurons enabled previously ineffective stimuli to induce depolarization-induced suppression of inhibition (DSI) and long-term depression of IPSCs (I-LTD) in the VTA...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208628/variable%C3%A2-cyanobacterial%C3%A2-toxin%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-metabolite%C3%A2-profiles%C3%A2-across%C3%A2-six%C3%A2-eutrophic%C3%A2-lakes%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-differing%C3%A2-physiochemical%C3%A2-characteristics
#8
Lucas J Beversdorf, Chelsea A Weirich, Sarah L Bartlett, Todd R Miller
Future sustainability of freshwater resources is seriously threatened due to the presence  of  harmful  cyanobacterial  blooms,  and  yet,  the  number,  extent,  and  distribution  of  most  cyanobacterial toxins-including "emerging" toxins and other bioactive compounds-are poorly  understood.  We  measured  15  cyanobacterial  compounds-including  four  microcystins  (MC),  saxitoxin (SXT), cylindrospermopsin (CYL), anatoxin-a (ATX) and homo-anatoxin-a (hATX), two  anabaenopeptins (Apt), three cyanopeptolins (Cpt), microginin (Mgn), and nodularin (NOD)-in  six freshwater lakes that regularly experience noxious cHABs...
February 10, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207868/acetylcholine-versus-cold-pressor-testing-for-evaluation-of-coronary-endothelial-function
#9
Ahmed AlBadri, Janet Wei, Puja K Mehta, Sofy Landes, John W Petersen, R David Anderson, Bruce Samuels, Babak Azarbal, Eileen M Handberg, Quanlin Li, Margo Minissian, Chrisandra Shufelt, Carl J Pepine, C Noel Bairey Merz
BACKGROUND: Assessment of coronary endothelial function with intracoronary acetylcholine (IC-Ach) provides diagnostic and prognostic data in patients with suspected coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD), but is often not feasible due in part to the time and expertise needed for pharmacologic mixing. Cold pressor testing (CPT) is a simple and safe stimulus useful for either invasive or non-invasive endothelial function testing and myocardial perfusion imaging but has not been specifically evaluated among symptomatic women with signs of ischemic heart disease (IHD) who have no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205374/developmental-pharmacokinetics-of-sirolimus-implications-for-precision-dosing-in-neonates-and-infants-with-complicated-vascular-anomalies
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Tomoyuki Mizuno, Tsuyoshi Fukuda, Chie Emoto, Paula S Mobberley-Schuman, Adrienne M Hammill, Denise M Adams, Alexander A Vinks
BACKGROUND: Sirolimus has recently been shown to be efficacious and tolerable in pediatric patients with complicated vascular anomalies. Nevertheless, dosing information remains very limited especially for neonates and infants. The purpose of this study was to develop an age-appropriate sirolimus starting dosing regimen based on the developmental changes in drug elimination capacity using data collected in neonates and infants. PROCEDURE: A recently developed sirolimus maturation model [Emoto et al...
February 16, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203590/surgeon-directed-cost-variation-in-isolated-rotator-cuff-repair
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E Bailey Terhune, Peter C Cannamela, Jared S Johnson, Charles D Saad, John Barnes, Janette Silbernagel, Thomas Faciszewski, Kevin G Shea
BACKGROUND: As value becomes a larger component of heath care decision making, cost data can be evaluated for regional and physician variation. Value is determined by outcome divided by cost, and reducing cost increases value for patients. "Third-party spend" items are individual selections by surgeons used to perform procedures. Cost data for third-party spend items provide surgeons and hospitals with important information regarding care value, potential cost-saving opportunities, and the total cost of ownership of specific clinical decisions...
December 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203436/chest-physiotherapy-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-without-pneumonia-a-narrative-review
#12
REVIEW
Herbert D Spapen, Jouke De Regt, Patrick M Honoré
A beneficial adjuvant role of chest physiotherapy (CPT) to promote airway clearance, alveolar recruitment, and ventilation/perfusion matching in mechanically ventilated (MV) patients with pneumonia or relapsing lung atelectasis is commonly accepted. However, doubt prevails regarding the usefulness of applying routine CPT in MV subjects with no such lung diseases. In-depth narrative review based on a literature search for prospective randomized trials comparing CPT with a non-CPT strategy in adult patients ventilated for at least 48 h...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194770/clinical-pharmacology-therapeutics-past-present-and-future
#13
EDITORIAL
S A Waldman, A Terzic
Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (CPT), the definitive and timely source for advances in human therapeutics, transcends the drug discovery, development, regulation, and utilization continuum to catalyze, evolve, and disseminate discipline-transformative knowledge. Prioritized themes and multidisciplinary content drive the science and practice of clinical pharmacology, offering a trusted point of reference. An authoritative herald across global communities, CPT is a timeless information vehicle at the vanguard of discovery, translation, and application ushering therapeutic innovation into modern healthcare...
March 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192510/downregulation-of-sp1-by-minnelide-leads-to-decrease-in-hsp70-and-decrease-in-tumor-burden-of-gastric-cancer
#14
Nivedita Arora, Osama Alsaied, Patricia Dauer, Kaustav Majumder, Shrey Modi, Bhuwan Giri, Vikas Dudeja, Sulagna Banerjee, Daniel Von Hoff, Ashok Saluja
BACKGROUND: Gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer related mortality worldwide with poor survival rates. Even though a number of chemotherapeutic compounds have been used against this disease, stomach cancer has not been particularly sensitive to these drugs. In this study we have evaluated the effect of triptolide, a naturally derived diterpene triepoxide and its water soluble pro-drug Minnelide on several gastric adenocarcinoma cell lines both as monotherapy and in combination with CPT-11...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192441/cyclic-amp-regulates-postnatal-development-of-neural-and-behavioral-responses-to-nacl-in-rats
#15
Jie Qian, Shobha Mummalaneni, Tam-Hao T Phan, Gerard L Heck, John A DeSimone, David West, Sunila Mahavadi, Deanna Hojati, Karnam S Murthy, Mee-Ra Rhyu, Andrew I Spielman, Mehmet Hakan Özdener, Vijay Lyall
During postnatal development rats demonstrate an age-dependent increase in NaCl chorda tympani (CT) responses and the number of functional apical amiloride-sensitive epithelial Na+ channels (ENaCs) in salt sensing fungiform (FF) taste receptor cells (TRCs). Currently, the intracellular signals that regulate the postnatal development of salt taste have not been identified. We investigated the effect of cAMP, a downstream signal for arginine vasopressin (AVP) action, on the postnatal development of NaCl responses in 19-23 day old rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189037/how-the-twain-can-meet-prospect-theory-and-models-of-heuristics-in-risky-choice
#16
Thorsten Pachur, Renata S Suter, Ralph Hertwig
Two influential approaches to modeling choice between risky options are algebraic models (which focus on predicting the overt decisions) and models of heuristics (which are also concerned with capturing the underlying cognitive process). Because they rest on fundamentally different assumptions and algorithms, the two approaches are usually treated as antithetical, or even incommensurable. Drawing on cumulative prospect theory (CPT; Tversky & Kahneman, 1992) as the currently most influential instance of a descriptive algebraic model, we demonstrate how the two modeling traditions can be linked...
February 8, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187076/nutritional-status-as-an-adjunct-risk-factor-for-early-postoperative-complications-following-posterior-cervical-fusion
#17
Nathan J Lee, Parth Kothari, Jun S Kim, Kevin Phan, John Di Capua, John Shin, Samuel K Cho
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study on prospectively collected data. OBJECTIVE: To study the impact of nutritional status, as measured by serum albumin level, on patient outcomes following posterior cervical fusion (PCF) surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Malnutrition is a potential modifiable risk factor that has garnered an increasing amount attention within orthopedics in recent years. There is evidence to suggest the role of nutritional status in lumbar and ACDF surgery, yet the data for PCF is still lacking...
February 9, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186474/morbidity-associated-with-30-day-surgical-site-infection-following-nonshunt-pediatric-neurosurgery
#18
Brandon A Sherrod, Brandon G Rocque
OBJECTIVE Morbidity associated with surgical site infection (SSI) following nonshunt pediatric neurosurgical procedures is poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to analyze acute morbidity and mortality associated with SSI after nonshunt pediatric neurosurgery using a nationwide cohort. METHODS The authors reviewed data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatric (NSQIP-P) 2012-2014 database, including all neurosurgical procedures performed on pediatric patients...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181058/analysis-of-reimbursement-of-genetic-counseling-services-at-a-single-institution-in-a-state-requiring-licensure
#19
Jennifer R Leonhard, Paul J Munson, Jason D Flanagan, Kristen L De Berg, Paul A Thompson, Lori W Dean, Quinn P Stein
Reimbursement for genetic counseling services was examined at a single institution. Patient encounters utilizing the 96040 CPT® code from 7/31/2009 through 7/31/2013 were reviewed. Exclusion criteria included billing records of patients seen by a physician the same day, self-pay, Medicaid, and Medicare patients. Of the 8,630 encounters with a genetic counselor, 582 encounters were eligible for review. Descriptive statistics (i.e., percentage of encounters receiving some level of reimbursement, average reimbursement rate, number of third party payors providing any level of reimbursement, and number of ICD-9 codes receiving any level of reimbursement) depicted reimbursement of the 96040 CPT® code for the encounters analyzed...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179624/analysis-of-beat-to-beat-blood-pressure-variability-response-to-the-cold-pressor-test-in-the-offspring-of-hypertensive-and-normotensive-parents
#20
Dan Wu, Lin Xu, Derek Abbott, William Kongto Hau, Lijie Ren, Heye Zhang, Kelvin K L Wong
Abnormal autonomic nervous regulation has an important role in the development of hypertension. As to whether blood pressure (BP) or BP variability represents the proper characteristics for predisposition to hypertension in Chinese young adults remains controversial. We studied the properties of the indices extracted from beat-to-beat BP during a 13 min cold pressor test (CPT). In this study, 69 Chinese young adults including 34 offspring of hypertensive parents (OHPs; 25.6±2.5 years) and 35 offspring of normotensive parents (ONPs; 25...
February 9, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
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