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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544807/effects-of-teriparatide-on-joint-erosions-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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D H Solomon, J Kay, J Duryea, B Lu, M B Bolster, R A Yood, R Han, S Ball, C Coleman, E Lo, A Wohlfahrt, M Sury, M Yin, Z Yu, A Zak, E M Gravallese
BACKGROUND: Articular erosions correlate with disability in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Biologic treatments for RA reduce erosion progression, but erosion healing occurs infrequently. The goal of this study was to assess the effects of the anabolic agent teriparatide on joint erosion volume in RA patients treated with a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi). METHODS: We conducted a randomized controlled trial in 24 patients with erosive RA, osteopenia, and disease activity controlled on a TNFi for at least three months...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543030/defining-epileptogenic-networks-contribution-of-seeg-and-signal-analysis
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REVIEW
Fabrice Bartolomei, Stanislas Lagarde, Fabrice Wendling, Aileen McGonigal, Viktor Jirsa, Maxime Guye, Christian Bénar
Epileptogenic networks are defined by the brain regions involved in the production and propagation of epileptic activities. In this review we describe the historical, methodologic, and conceptual bases of this model in the analysis of electrophysiologic intracerebral recordings. In the context of epilepsy surgery, the determination of cerebral regions producing seizures (i.e., the "epileptogenic zone") is a crucial objective. In contrast with a traditional focal vision of focal drug-resistant epilepsies, the concept of epileptogenic networks has been progressively introduced as a model better able to describe the complexity of seizure dynamics and realistically describe the distribution of epileptogenic anomalies in the brain...
May 20, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542536/comparison-of-matrix-frequency-doubling-technology-perimetry-and-standard-automated-perimetry-in-monitoring-the-development-of-visual-field-defects-for-glaucoma-suspect-eyes
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Rongrong Hu, Chenkun Wang, Lyne Racette
BACKGROUND: Perimetry is indispensable for the clinical management of glaucoma suspects. Our goal is to compare the performance of standard automated perimetry (SAP) and Matrix frequency-doubling technology (FDT) perimetry in monitoring the development of visual field (VF) defects in glaucoma suspect eyes. METHODS: Longitudinal data of paired SAP and FDT from 221 eyes of 155 glaucoma suspects enrolled in the Diagnostic Innovations in Glaucoma Study or the African Descent and Glaucoma Evaluation Study were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542177/mycophenolate-mofetil-for-scleroderma-related-interstitial-lung-disease-a-real-world-experience
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Misbah Baqir, Ashima Makol, Thomas G Osborn, Brian J Bartholmai, Jay H Ryu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Interstitial lung disease (ILD) remains the number one cause of mortality in scleroderma (SSc). Our goal was to determine the effectiveness of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) in treating SSc-ILD in a retrospective study. METHODS: A retrospective, computer-assisted search was performed to identify patients with SSc-ILD treated with MMF from 1997 through 2014. We used a novel software tool, Computer-Aided Lung Informatics for Pathology Evaluation and Rating (CALIPER), to quantify parenchymal lung abnormalities on high-resolution computed tomography...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541957/the-cutting-edge-of-retinopathy-of-prematurity-care-expanding-the-boundaries-of-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Yoshihiro Yonekawa, Benjamin J Thomas, Aristomenis Thanos, Bozho Todorich, Kimberly A Drenser, Michael T Trese, Antonio Capone
PURPOSE: To discuss the latest advances and controversies in the diagnosis and care of infants with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). METHODS: Literature review. RESULTS: Retinopathy of prematurity remains a major global issue. Industrialized nations now treat profoundly premature infants with posterior and aggressive disease, and middle-income nations are experiencing ROP epidemics. Remote digital imaging may address the decreasing ratio of ROP providers to premature infants, in addition to improving patient care...
May 24, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540717/imaging-laser-triggered-drug-release-from-gold-nanocages-with-transient-absorption-lifetime-microscopy-talm
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Yongkui Xu, Qi Liu, Ruoyu He, Xianchong Miao, Minbiao Ji
Nanoparticles have shown promise in loading and delivering drugs for targeted therapy. Many progresses have been made in the design, synthesis and modification of nanoparticles to fulfill such goals. However, realizing targeted intracellular delivery and controlled release of drugs remain challenging, partly due to the lack of reliable tools to detect the drug releasing process. In this paper, we applied femtosecond laser pulses to trigger the explosion of gold nanocages (AuNCs) and controlled the intracellular release of loaded AlPcS molecules for photodynamic therapy (PDT)...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539069/real-world-challenges-for-hepatitis-c-virus-medications-a-critical-overview
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Imran Shahid, Waleed Hassan AlMalki, Sajida Hassan, Muhammad Hassan Hafeez
From 2010, the landscape of hepatitis C therapeutics has been changed rapidly, and today we are standing at a cusp of a pharmacological revolution where highly effective and interferon (IFN)-free direct acting antivirals (DAAs) are already on the market. Such treatment paradigms attain 90-95% sustained virologic response (SVR; undetectable viral load at week 12 or 24 at the end of therapy) rates in treated individuals compared to 50-70% with treatment completion of dual-therapy-pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) and ribavirin (RBV)...
May 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538233/enewborn-the-information-technology-revolution-and-challenges-for-neonatal-networks
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Dominique Haumont, Cuong NguyenBa, Neena Modi
Among preterm infants, 1-2% are born before 32 weeks of gestation or have a birth weight below 1,500 g. They contribute disproportionately to the burden of mortality and morbidity related to preterm birth, whether in the neonatal period or later in life. They are the target population studied in neonatal networks. Improving neonatal care and later outcome is a major issue in public health. Neonatologists, health care providers, public authorities, parents and families, industry, and all organizations dedicated to infant health must bring their efforts together and dedicate their actions in order to do so...
2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537998/lactate-and-microcirculation-as-suitable-targets-for-hemodynamic-optimization-in-resuscitation-of-circulatory-shock
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Michael E Kiyatkin, Jan Bakker
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A discussion of recent research exploring the feasibility of perfusion-guided resuscitation of acute circulatory failure with a focus on lactate and microcirculation. RECENT FINDINGS: Upon diagnosis of shock, hyperlactemia is associated with poor outcome and, under appropriate clinical circumstances, may reflect inadequate tissue perfusion. Persistent hyperlactemia despite resuscitation is even more strongly correlated with morbidity and mortality...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536843/human-interstitial-cellular-model-in-therapeutics-of-heart-valve-calcification
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REVIEW
Caimei He, Hai Tang, Zijian Mei, Nichujie Li, Zhi Zeng, Kwame Oteng Darko, Yulong Yin, Chien-An Andy Hu, Xiaoping Yang
Calcific aortic valve disease is a common, severe heart condition that is currently with no proven, effective drug treatment and requires a surgical valve replacement or an entire heart explanation. Thus, developing novel, targeted therapeutic approaches becomes a major goal for cardiovascular disease research. To achieve this goal, isolated heart valve interstitial cells could be an advanced model to explore molecular mechanisms and measure drug efficacy. Based on this progress, molecular mechanisms that harbor components of  inflammation and fibrosis coupled with proteins, for example, BMP-2, TLRs, RANKL, Osteoprotegerin, have been proposed...
May 23, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536527/opiate-analgesics-as-negative-modulators-of-adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis-potential-implications-in-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Valeria Bortolotto, Mariagrazia Grilli
During the past decade, studies of the mechanisms and functional implications of adult hippocampal neurogenesis (ahNG) have significantly progressed. At present, it is proposed that adult born neurons may contribute to a variety of hippocampal-related functions, including specific cognitive aspects and mood regulation. Several groups focussed on the factors that regulate proliferation and fate determination of adult neural stem/progenitor cells (NSC/NPC), including clinically relevant drugs. Opiates were the first drugs shown to negatively impact neurogenesis in the adult mammalian hippocampus...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536092/a-personalized-and-interactive-web-based-health-care-innovation-to-advance-the-quality-of-life-and-care-of-patients-with-heart-failure-acquire-hf-a-mixed-methods-feasibility-study
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Susanne S Pedersen, Thomas Schmidt, Søren Jensen Skovbakke, Uffe Kock Wiil, Kenneth Egstrup, Kim G Smolderen, John A Spertus
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is a progressive, debilitating, and complex disease, and due to an increasing incidence and prevalence, it represents a global health and economic problem. Hence, there is an urgent need to evaluate alternative care modalities to current practice to safeguard a high level of care for this growing population. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to examine the feasibility of engaging patients to use patient-centered and personalized tools coupled with a Web-based, shared care and interactive platform in order to empower and enable them to live a better life with their disease...
May 23, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535889/unbalanced-expression-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-in-peripheral-blood-ccr6-cd4-and-cd4-cd25-t-cells-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Lin Cheng, Long Qian, Yue Tan, Guo-Sheng Wang, Xiao-Mei Li, Xiang-Pei Li, Chao-Yin Luo
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to analyze the role of aryl hydrocarbon receptor in peripheral blood CCR6(+)CD4(+) and CD4(+)CD25(+)T cells of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS: Flow cytometry was applied to determine the proportion of AhR positive cells in CCR6(+)CD4(+)T, CD4(+)CD25(+)T and peripheral blood peripheral mononuclear cells from each subject. AhR mRNA and CYP1A1 mRNA relative expression levels were tested by real-time PCR. RESULTS: The percentage of AhR positive cells in peripheral blood mononuclear cells was higher in RA group than that in healthy cases [(35...
May 2017: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534571/toward-high-resolution-nmr-spectroscopy-of-microscopic-liquid-samples
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Mark C Butler, Hardeep S Mehta, Ying Chen, Patrick N Reardon, Ryan S Renslow, Michael Khbeis, Duane Irish, Karl T Mueller
A longstanding limitation of high-resolution NMR spectroscopy is the requirement for samples to have macroscopic dimensions. Commercial probes, for example, are designed for volumes of at least 5 μL, in spite of decades of work directed toward the goal of miniaturization. Progress in miniaturizing inductive detectors has been limited by a perceived need to meet two technical requirements: (1) minimal separation between the sample and the detector, which is essential for sensitivity, and (2) near-perfect magnetic-field homogeneity at the sample, which is typically needed for spectral resolution...
May 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534432/gastrointestinal-microphysiological-systems
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Sarah E Blutt, James R Broughman, Winnie Zou, Xi-Lei Zeng, Umesh C Karandikar, Julie In, Nicholas C Zachos, Olga Kovbasnjuk, Mark Donowitz, Mary K Estes
Gastrointestinal diseases are a significant health care and economic burden. Prevention and treatment of these diseases have been limited by the available human biologic models. Microphysiological systems comprise organ-specific human cultures that recapitulate many structural, biological, and functional properties of the organ in smaller scale including aspects of flow, shear stress and chemical gradients. The development of intestinal microphysiological system platforms represents a critical component in improving our understanding, prevention, and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533731/effect-of-loss-of-teeth-and-its-association-with-general-quality-of-life-using-geriatric-oral-health-assessment-index-gohai-among-older-individuals-residing-in-rural-areas
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Vinaya Kundapur, Rakshith Hegde, Manoj Shetty, Sunil Mankar, Mohammed Hilal, Hari Prasad A
The development of measures for assessing oral health status is essential to the evolution and maturation of a scientific knowledge based in geriatric dentistry. Their development as branches of clinical care depends in part as ability to demonstrate an effective grasp of the problems of elderly and their solutions. Any strategy for altering the health status of elderly requires a technology for first assessing that health status and then detecting increments of progress. Development of geriatric oral health assessment index (GOHAI) is a self reported measure designed to assess the oral health problems of older individuals...
March 2017: International Journal of Biomedical Science: IJBS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533569/the-influence-of-concrete-support-on-child-welfare-program-engagement-progress-and-recurrence
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Whitney L Rostad, Tia McGill Rogers, Mark J Chaffin
Families living in poverty are significantly more likely to become involved with child welfare services, and consequently, referred to interventions that target abusive and neglectful parenting practices. Program engagement and retention are difficult to achieve, possibly because of the concrete resource insufficiencies that may have contributed to a family's involvement with services in the first place. Various strategies have been used to enhance program completion, such as motivational interventions, monetary incentives, and financial assistance with concrete needs...
January 2017: Children and Youth Services Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533529/the-sustainable-development-goals-and-the-global-health-security-agenda-exploring-synergies-for-a-sustainable-and-resilient-world
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Sulzhan Bali, Jessica Taaffe
Both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) represent bold initiatives to address systematically gaps in previous efforts to assure that societies can be resilient when confronted with potentially overwhelming threats to health. Despite their obvious differences, and differing criticisms of both, they shift away from vertical (problem- or disease-specific) to horizontal (comprehensive) solutions. Despite the comprehensiveness of the SDGs, they lack a specific target for global health security...
May 2017: Journal of Public Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532418/the-role-of-health-system-governance-in-strengthening-the-rural-health-insurance-system-in-china
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REVIEW
Beibei Yuan, Weiyan Jian, Li He, Bingyu Wang, Dina Balabanova
BACKGROUND: Systems of governance play a key role in the operation and performance of health systems. In the past six decades, China has made great advances in strengthening its health system, most notably in establishing a health insurance system that enables residents of rural areas to achieve access to essential services. Although there have been several studies of rural health insurance schemes, these have focused on coverage and service utilization, while much less attention has been given to the role of governance in designing and implementing these schemes...
May 23, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532351/3d-displays
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Martin S Banks, David M Hoffman, Joohwan Kim, Gordon Wetzstein
Creating realistic three-dimensional (3D) experiences has been a very active area of research and development, and this article describes progress and what remains to be solved. A very active area of technical development has been to build displays that create the correct relationship between viewing parameters and triangulation depth cues: stereo, motion, and focus. Several disciplines are involved in the design, construction, evaluation, and use of 3D displays, but an understanding of human vision is crucial to this enterprise because in the end, the goal is to provide the desired perceptual experience for the viewer...
October 14, 2016: Annual Review of Vision Science
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