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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166752/immunotherapy-treatment-an-issue-for-metabolic-response
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Luca Tagliabue, Antonella Capozza, Claudio Maioli, Andrea Luciani, Anna M Ierardi, Gianpaolo Carrafiello
Since the beginning of second decade of this century, when it was introduced in many oncologic scenarios, immunotherapy has become an important tool in the management of a growing number of cancers. Engaging the host immune system in cancer therapy seems to be useful, improving not only progression free survival but also overall survival, until the achieving the goal that many advanced cancers, previously considered without effective treatment options, have now become successfully treatable. Moreover, considering the relatively recent introduction of these drugs in clinical scenarios and the continuous releasing of new drugs, large validated clinical experiences are lacking and many issues are today debated; by the way, the evaluation of the response to immune-therapy poses major concerns...
November 22, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166742/-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-the-treatment-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-with-primary-thrombocytosis-three-cases-report-and-literatures-review
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X P Zong, L Tang, J N Cen, S N Chen, A N Sun, D P Wu
Objective: To investigate the characteristics of the essential thrombocythemia (ET) cases transformed to the acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and the role of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) in the treatment of this disease. Methods: The clinical and laboratory characteristics of 3 ET cases before and after transformation and after allo-HSCT were retrospectively analyzed, meanwhile the related literatures were reviewed and discussed. Results: Case 1 was a male patient of 44 years old, whose PLT was 500×10(9)/L when firstly diagnosed ET...
October 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166690/-facial-emotion-recognition-theory-of-mind-and-empathy-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Samar S Ayache, Moussa A Chalah, Tania Kuempfel, Frank Padberg, Jean-Pascal Lefaucheur, Ulrich Palm
Multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic progressive inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, causes frequent disability, mood disorders, fatigue, and cognitive dysfunction. As a part of the last, social cognition is frequently disturbed in MS patients. It comprises empathy and social perception of emotions from facial, bodily and vocal cues. Social cognitive deficits worsen affect decoding, interpersonal relationship, and quality of life. Despite the impact of these deficits on global functioning, only a small number of studies have investigated its correlations and overlaps with MS symptoms...
November 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166634/sodium-prescription-in-the-prevention-of-intradialytic-hypotension-new-insights-into-an-old-concept
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Gabriele Donati, Mauro Ursino, Alessandra Spazzoli, Nicolò Natali, Roberto Schillaci, Diletta Conte, Andrea Angeletti, Anna Laura Croci Chiocchini, Irene Capelli, Olga Baraldi, Gaetano La Manna
BACKGROUND: Sodium prescription in patients with intradialytic hypotension remains a challenge for the attending nephrologist, as it increases dialysate conductivity in hypotension-prone patients, thereby adding to dietary sodium levels. METHODS: New sodium prescription strategies are now available, including the use of a mathematical model to compute the sodium mass to be removed during dialysis as a physiological controller. RESULTS: This review describes the sodium load of patients with end-stage renal disease on chronic hemodialysis (HD) and discusses 2 strategies to remove excess sodium in patients prone to intradialytic hypotension, namely, Profiled HD and the hemodiafiltration Aequilibrium System...
November 23, 2017: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166466/neurological-complications-of-solid-organ-transplantation
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José Luiz Pedroso, Lívia Almeida Dutra, Pedro Braga-Neto, Agessandro Abrahao, João Brainer Clares de Andrade, Gabriel Lopes da Silva, Laila Almeida Viana, José Osmar Medina Pestana, Orlando G Barsottini
Solid organ transplantation is a significant development in the treatment of chronic kidney, liver, heart and lung diseases. This therapeutic approach has increased patient survival and improved quality of life. New surgical techniques and immunosuppressive drugs have been developed to achieve better outcomes. However, the variety of neurological complications following solid organ transplantation is broad and carries prognostic significance. Patients may have involvement of the central or peripheral nervous system due to multiple causes that can vary depending on time of onset after the surgical procedure, the transplanted organ, and the intensity and type of immunosuppressive therapy...
October 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166352/more-learners-finite-resources-and-the-changing-landscape-of-procedural-training-at-the-bedside
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Michael A Gisondi, Linda Regan, Jeremy Branzetti, Laura R Hopson
There is growing competition for non-operative, procedural training in teaching hospitals, due to an increased number of individuals seeking to learn procedures from a finite number of appropriate teaching cases. Procedural training is required by students, post-graduate learners, and practicing providers who must maintain their skills. These learner groups are growing in size as the number of medical schools increase and advance practice providers expand their skills to include complex procedures. These various learner needs occur against a background of advancing therapeutic techniques that improve patient care, but also act to reduce the overall numbers of procedures available to learners...
November 21, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166350/competency-crosswalk-a-multispecialty-review-of-the-accreditation-council-for-graduate-medical-education-milestones-across-four-competency-domains
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Laura Edgar, Sydney Roberts, Nicholas Yaghmour, Andrea Leep Hunderfund, Stanley J Hamstra, Lisa Conforti, Eric S Holmboe
PURPOSE: To identify common and overlapping themes among the interpersonal and communication skills (ICS), practice-based learning and improvement (PBLI), professionalism (PROF), and systems-based practice (SBP) milestones of the transitional year and 26 specialties. METHOD: In May 2017, milestones were accessed from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education specialties website. A thematic analysis of the ICS, PBLI, PROF, and SBP milestones was performed to determine unique and common themes across these competencies and across specialties...
November 21, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166298/evaluation-of-a-broad-spectrum-partially-automated-adverse-event-surveillance-system-a-potential-tool-for-patient-safety-improvement-in-hospitals-with-limited-resources
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Melody Saikali, Alain Tanios, Antoine Saab
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the sensitivity and resource efficiency of a partially automated adverse event (AE) surveillance system for routine patient safety efforts in hospitals with limited resources. METHODS: Twenty-eight automated triggers from the hospital information system's clinical and administrative databases identified cases that were then filtered by exclusion criteria per trigger and then reviewed by an interdisciplinary team. The system, developed and implemented using in-house resources, was applied for 45 days of surveillance, for all hospital inpatient admissions (N = 1107)...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166293/applicability-of-the-calcaneal-apophysis-ossification-staging-system-to-the-modern-pediatric-population
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Samuel Q Li, Allen D Nicholson, Daniel R Cooperman, Raymond W Liu
BACKGROUND: The calcaneal apophysis ossification staging system is a novel method for assessing skeletal maturity. However, it was created using the same historic patient population that was used to create the Greulich and Pyle atlas of the hand and wrist, predominantly white children. It is unclear if the calcaneal apophysis ossification staging system is still applicable to the modern pediatric population and to children of other races. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 1327 benign lateral foot x-rays from modern white and black children...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166245/evidence-supporting-li-rads-major-features-for-ct-and-mr-imaging-based-diagnosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-systematic-review
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An Tang, Mustafa R Bashir, Michael T Corwin, Irene Cruite, Christoph F Dietrich, Richard K G Do, Eric C Ehman, Kathryn J Fowler, Hero K Hussain, Reena C Jha, Adib R Karam, Adrija Mamidipalli, Robert M Marks, Donald G Mitchell, Tara A Morgan, Michael A Ohliger, Amol Shah, Kim-Nhien Vu, Claude B Sirlin
The Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System (LI-RADS) standardizes the interpretation, reporting, and data collection for imaging examinations in patients at risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). It assigns category codes reflecting relative probability of HCC to imaging-detected liver observations based on major and ancillary imaging features. LI-RADS also includes imaging features suggesting malignancy other than HCC. Supported and endorsed by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the system has been developed by a committee of radiologists, hepatologists, pathologists, surgeons, lexicon experts, and ACR staff, with input from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the Organ Procurement Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing...
November 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166242/dynamism-of-an-astrocyte-in-vivo-perspectives-on-identity-and-function
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Kira E Poskanzer, Anna V Molofsky
Astrocytes are an abundant and evolutionarily conserved central nervous system cell type. Despite decades of evidence that astrocytes are integral to neural circuit function, it seems as though astrocytic and neuronal biology continue to advance in parallel to each other, to the detriment of both. Recent advances in molecular biology and optical imaging are being applied to astrocytes in new and exciting ways but without fully considering their unique biology. From this perspective, we explore the reasons that astrocytes remain enigmatic, arguing that their responses to neuronal and environmental cues shape form and function in dynamic ways...
November 20, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166241/two-classes-of-secreted-synaptic-organizers-in-the-central-nervous-system
#12
Michisuke Yuzaki
Research in the last two decades has identified many synaptic organizers in the central nervous system that directly regulate the assembly of preand/ or postsynaptic molecules, such as synaptic vesicles, active zone proteins, and neurotransmitter receptors. They are classified into secreted factors and cell adhesion molecules, such as neurexins and neuroligins. Certain secreted factors are termed extracellular scaffolding proteins (ESPs) because they are components of the synaptic extracellular matrix and serve as a scaffold at the synaptic cleft...
November 20, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166126/nutrient-sensing-biology-in-mammals-and-birds
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Eugeni Roura, Simon R Foster
Nutrient sensing mechanisms have emerged as the fringe articulating nutritional needs with dietary choices. Carbohydrate, amino acid, fatty acid, mineral, and water sensing receptors are highly conserved across mammals and birds, consisting of a repertoire of 22 genes known to date. In contrast, bitter receptors are highly divergent and have a high incidence of polymorphisms within and between mammals and birds and are involved in the adaptation of species to specific environments. In addition, the expression of nutrient sensing genes outside the oral cavity seems to mediate the required decision-making dialogue between the gut and the brain by translating exogenous chemical stimuli into neuronal inputs, and vice versa, to translate the endogenous signals relevant to the nutritional status into specific appetites and the control of feed intake...
November 20, 2017: Annual Review of Animal Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165802/treatment-of-severe-drug-reactions-by-hemodialysis
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Rokea A El-Azhary, Michael Z Wang, Ashley B Wentworth, LaTonya J Hickson
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal treatments such as hemodialysis and plasma exchange are lifesaving measures in the treatment of drug poisoning. This treatment method generally is not used for severe cutaneous and systemic drug reactions. METHODS: Here, we describe three cases wherein hemodialysis therapy was instrumental in reversing the adverse drug reaction. RESULTS: In the cases of severe cutaneous drug reactions reviewed, patients presented with linear immunoglobulin A bullous dermatosis, acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis, and toxic epidermal necrolysis...
November 22, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165794/leptomeningeal-metastasis-from-systemic-cancer-review-and-update-on-management
#15
REVIEW
Nancy Wang, Mia S Bertalan, Priscilla K Brastianos
Leptomeningeal metastasis is an uncommon and typically late complication of cancer with a poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Diagnosis is often challenging, with nonspecific presenting symptoms ranging from headache and confusion to focal neurologic deficits, such as cranial nerve palsies. Standard diagnostic evaluation involves a neurologic examination, magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and spine with gadolinium, and cytologic evaluation of the cerebral spinal fluid. Therapy entails a multimodal approach focused on palliation with surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy, which may be administered systemically or directly into the cerebral spinal fluid...
November 22, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165783/after-action-review-of-the-2009-10-h1n1-influenza-outbreak-response-ohio-s-public-health-system-s-performance
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William A Mase, Beth Bickford, Casey L Thomas, Shamika D Jones, Michael Bisesi
OBJECTIVE: In early 2009, H1N1 influenza was identified within the human population. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials responded with focused assessment, policy development, and assurances. The response was mobilized through efforts including procurement of adequate vaccine supply, local area span of control, materials acquisition, and facilities and resource identification. METHODS: Qualitative evaluation of the assurance functions specific to the system's ability to assure safe and healthy conditions are reported...
September 2017: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165771/recent-perspectives-of-ependymomas-childhood-brain-tumors
#17
Z-D Zeng, F-L Liu, S-X Li
Ependymomas are childhood brain tumors that occur throughout the central nervous system, but are most common in the hindbrain, also known as the posterior fossa (PF). Current standard therapy comprises maximal safe surgery, and there is no scope for further increase in survival. Despite the histological similarity, ependymomas from throughout the neuroaxis likely comprise multiple independent entities, each with a distinct molecular pathogenesis. The present review article would discuss both genetics and epigenetics of ependymomas...
October 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165770/current-views-of-common-pediatric-cancers-an-update
#18
Q An, C-H Fan, S-M Xu
Advancements in pediatric cancers diagnostics clarity and treatments have greatly increased survival rates in the pediatric oncology population. Increased survival rates have turned new attention to studying psychosocial stressors and improvisation of the quality of life of the suffering cancer patients. The cancer treatment experience could be divided into three phases: diagnosis, treatment, and post-treatment/survivorship. The present review article would focus specifically on the three most common pediatric cancer diagnostic categories viz...
October 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165762/recent-perspectives-of-pediatric-neurodevelopmental-disorders
#19
D-L Zhang, S-Z Chen, X-M Liu
The assorted circumstances characterized by malfunctioning in cognition, communication or motor skills lead to abnormal development of the central nervous system (CNS) in young infants. These conditions are collectively termed as neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) and are usually diagnosed during childhood or infancy. NDDs occur as frequent as 1-3% in the general population and their diagnostic yield is approximately 15-25% with existing available techniques. So, the majority of affected patients are still undiagnosed due to genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity despite the discovery of 450 genes associated with NDDs...
October 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165682/the-silencing-of-political-context-in-health-research-in-ethiopia-why-it-should-be-a-concern
#20
Marit Tolo Østebø, Megan D Cogburn, Anjum Shams Mandani
In 2004, the Ethiopian government launched what has been called an innovative and groundbreaking solution to the country's public health challenges; the Health Extension Programme (HEP). The positive public health outcomes that have been reported following the implementation of the HEP have led researchers and global health actors to propose it as a model for other countries to emulate. In this systematic review, we point to a potential weakness and methodological bias in the existing research. Despite being implemented within a context of an increasingly authoritarian regime, research conducted following the implementation of HEP reflects a limited discussion of the political context...
November 20, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
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