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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333841/audit-of-ca125-follow-up-after-first-line-therapy-for-ovarian-cancer
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Daniel Krell, Fran Said Battistino, Sarah Benafif, Lochani Ganegoda, Marcia Hall, Gordon J S Rustin
AIMS: The Medical Research Council OVO5/EORTC 55955 trial showed that patients in remission after first-line therapy for ovarian cancer did not benefit from routine measurement of CA125 during follow-up. Since the presentation of these results, we have counseled patients about the options for follow-up and provided them with an information leaflet about the trial results and the symptoms that should prompt an early appointment and CA125 measurement. We present an audit of practice after the presentation of those results...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333760/antibiotic-associated-apoptotic-enterocolitis-in-the-absence-of-a-defined-pathogen-the-role-of-intestinal-microbiota-depletion
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Philipp Wurm, Walter Spindelboeck, Robert Krause, Johannes Plank, Gottfried Fuchs, Mina Bashir, Wolfgang Petritsch, Bettina Halwachs, Cord Langner, Christoph Högenauer, Gregor Gorkiewicz
OBJECTIVE: Antibiotic therapy is a major risk factor for the development of diarrhea and colitis with varying severity. Often the origin of antibiotic-associated gastrointestinal deterioration remains elusive and no specific infectious agents could be discerned. PATIENTS: We represent three cases of intractable high-volume diarrhea associated with combined antibiotic and steroid therapy in critically ill patients not fitting into established disease entities. Cases presented with severe apoptotic enterocolitis resembling acute intestinal graft-versus-host-disease...
March 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323662/hvad-flow-waveform-morphologies-theoretical-foundation-and-implications-for-clinical-practice
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Jonathan D Rich, Daniel Burkhoff
Continuous flow ventricular assist device (cfVAD) performance and patient hemodynamic conditions are intimately interrelated and dynamic, changing frequently with alterations in physiologic conditions, particularly pre- and after-loading conditions. The Heartware cfVAD (HVAD) provides a unique feature among currently approved VADs of providing an estimated instantaneous flow waveform, the characteristics of which can provide significant insights into patient and device properties. Despite being readily available, HVAD waveforms are poorly understood, underutilized and insufficiently leveraged, even by clinicians who regularly manage HVAD patients...
March 16, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323337/treatment-pathway-of-bone-sarcoma-in-children-adolescents-and-young-adults
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REVIEW
Damon R Reed, Masanori Hayashi, Lars Wagner, Odion Binitie, Diana A Steppan, Andrew S Brohl, Eric T Shinohara, Julia A Bridge, David M Loeb, Scott C Borinstein, Michael S Isakoff
When pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients present with a bone sarcoma, treatment decisions, especially after relapse, are complex and require a multidisciplinary approach. This review presents scenarios commonly encountered in the therapy of bone sarcomas with the goal of objectively presenting a consensus, multidisciplinary management approach. Little variation was found in the authors' group with respect to local control or systemic therapy. Clinical trials were universally prioritized in all settings...
March 21, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319558/effects-of-medical-interventions-on-gender-dysphoria-and-body-image-a-follow-up-study
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Tim C van de Grift, Els Elaut, Susanne C Cerwenka, Peggy T Cohen-Kettenis, Griet De Cuypere, Hertha Richter-Appelt, Baudewijntje P C Kreukels
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the European Network for the Investigation of Gender Incongruence is to investigate the status of all individuals who had applied for gender confirming interventions from 2007 until 2009, irrespective of whether they received treatment. The current article describes the study protocol, the effect of medical treatment on gender dysphoria and body image, and the predictive value of (pre)treatment factors on post-treatment outcomes. METHODS: Data were collected on medical interventions, transition status, gender dysphoria (Utrecht Gender Dysphoria Scale), and body image (Body Image Scale for Transsexuals)...
March 18, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303236/treating-the-critically-ill-with-radiotherapy-lessons-learned-from-a-young-woman-with-cardiac-angiosarcoma
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Emma C Fields, Bryan Squires, Harry Lomas
BACKGROUND: Treating patients who are critically ill with radiotherapy (RT) brings a unique set of challenges as it involves treating patients who require mechanical life support, unconventional positioning, and a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure safety. However, when the benefits of such treatment outweigh the risks, the challenges can be overcome, as demonstrated in this unique case of cardiac angiosarcoma. CASE DESCRIPTION: This is a case of a 42-year-old female with a right sided cardiac angiosarcoma who quickly developed cardiac tamponade and respiratory failure related to compression of her right heart by the tumor...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296713/whole-exome-sequencing-identifies-recurrent-sf3b1-r625-mutation-and-comutation-of-nf1-and-kit-in-mucosal-melanoma
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Jennifer D Hintzsche, Nicholas T Gorden, Carol M Amato, Jihye Kim, Kelsey E Wuensch, Steven E Robinson, Allison J Applegate, Kasey L Couts, Theresa M Medina, Keith R Wells, Joshua A Wisell, Martin D McCarter, Neil F Box, Yiqun G Shellman, Rene C Gonzalez, Karl D Lewis, John J Tentler, Aik Choon Tan, William A Robinson
Mucosal melanomas are a rare subtype of melanoma, arising in mucosal tissues, which have a very poor prognosis due to the lack of effective targeted therapies. This study aimed to better understand the molecular landscape of these cancers and find potential new therapeutic targets. Whole-exome sequencing was performed on mucosal melanomas from 19 patients and 135 sun-exposed cutaneous melanomas, with matched peripheral blood samples when available. Mutational profiles were compared between mucosal subgroups and sun-exposed cutaneous melanomas...
March 14, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277039/therapists-honesty-humor-styles-playfulness-and-creativity-as-outcome-predictors-a-retrospective-study-of-the-therapist-effect
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Refael Yonatan-Leus, Orya Tishby, Gaby Shefler, Hadas Wiseman
OBJECTIVE: This study examined whether therapists' honesty, humor style, playfulness, and creativity would retrospectively predict the outcomes of therapies ended five years earlier. METHOD: In the Jerusalem-Haifa study, 29 therapists treated 70 clients in dynamic psychotherapy for 1 year. The Outcome Questionnaire 45 scores were collected at five time points. Five years later, the therapists were contacted via email and asked to fill out honesty, humor styles, playfulness, and creativity self-report questionnaires...
February 24, 2017: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272092/chest-pain-from-hypermobility-responding-to-physical-therapy-in-an-adolescent
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Megan N Nash, Chloe A Liu, Brienna Maestas, Kristine U Layugan, Catherine C Culver, Jennifer King, David Kurahara
Hypermobility syndrome usually causes pain in limbs from extension type injuries. The authors report on a 16-yr-old female adolescent with incapacitating chest pain secondary to extreme hypermobility of the chest. This pain led the patient to see multiple specialists without improvement or diagnosis. Physical examination results revealed a very hypermobile patient who was able to internally rotate her shoulders inward until her elbows touched. This unusual hyperextension maneuver was achieved by holding the shoulders in anteversion with her hands on her hips (see figures in the article)...
March 6, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270322/evaluation-of-patients-engagement-in-radiation-therapy-safety
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A Pernet, V Mollo, J-E Bibault, P Giraud
PURPOSE: Treatment safety has become a priority in health policies after several incidents occurred around the world in radiation oncology departments. The aim of this study was to analyse the patients' contribution in that field and to understand which actions empower the patient in that regard. METHODS: Several methods were used in a general hospital and in a comprehensive cancer centre to analyse the activities of the radiation therapists and the patients and the interactions between them: treatment session observations, semidirective interviews with radiation therapists and patients, self and alloconfrontation with radiation therapists and explanatory interviews with patients...
December 2016: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264738/the-dark-side-of-dopaminergic-therapies-in-parkinson-s-disease-shedding-light-on-aberrant-salience
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Michele Poletti
Psychotic subjects and patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) "on" dopaminergic drugs, especially on dopamine agonists, present a hyperdopaminergic state that interferes with learning processing. These clinical populations present with distinct alterations of learning that share an increased potential motivational significance of stimuli: psychotic subjects may attribute salience to neutral stimuli, while medicated PD patients may overvalue rewards. Herein is discussed the speculative hypothesis that the hyperdopaminergic state induced by dopaminergic treatments, especially with dopamine agonists, may also facilitate the attribution of salience to neutral stimuli in PD patients, altering the physiological attribution of salience...
March 7, 2017: CNS Spectrums
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263466/cure-strategies-for-hepatitis-b-virus-the-promise-of-immunotherapy
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Norah J Shire
Chronic hepatitits B virus remains a public health challenge, infecting more than 240 million people globally and causing 600,000 deaths per year from end-stage liver disease and/or hepatocellular carcinoma. Current antiviral therapeutic agents are highly effective at blocking viral replication, but discontinuation of therapy prior to loss of hepatitis B surface antigen generally leads to relapse. New modalities that target host factors of viral persistence such as immune response pathway inhibition hold promise...
March 2017: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263232/phase-ii-study-of-adjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-using-docetaxel-cisplatin-5-fluorouracil-before-and-after-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-with-concurrent-docetaxel-in-patients-with-completely-r0-resected-gastric-carcinoma
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Yong Liu, Guoqi Zhao, Yi Xu, Tiening Zhang, Zhixiao Chen, Ge Yan, Wenzhi Tu, Ye Hu, Ying Chen, Xia He, Xiaodong Li, Hui Chen, Shengyu Yao, Zhekai Hu, Xuming Chen, Tingfeng Chen
OBJECTIVES: The Intergroup 0116 study has demonstrated a significant survival benefit for completely resected (R0) gastric cancer patients treated with a fluorouracil/leucovorin chemoradiotherapy regimen. However, this regimen is also toxic and less effective in terms of distant disease control. Therefore, a more efficacious and safer regimen is urgently needed. METHODS: Patients with R0 resected gastric carcinoma received up to two 21-day cycles of postoperative adjuvant preradiation and postradiation DCF chemotherapy (docetaxel 37...
March 3, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263224/acute-ischemia-induced-by-high-density-culture-increases-cytokine-expression-and-diminishes-the-function-and-viability-of-highly-purified-human-islets-of-langerhans
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Kate E Smith, Amy C Kelly, Catherine G Min, Craig S Weber, Fiona M McCarthy, Leah V Steyn, Vasudeo Badarinarayana, J Brett Stanton, Jennifer P Kitzmann, Peter Strop, Angelika C Gruessner, Ronald M Lynch, Sean W Limesand, Klearchos K Papas
BACKGROUND: Encapsulation devices have the potential to enable cell based insulin replacement therapies (such as human islet or stem cell derived β cell transplantation) without immunosuppression. However, reasonably sized encapsulation devices promote ischemia due to high β cell densities creating prohibitively large diffusional distances for nutrients. It is hypothesized that even acute ischemic exposure will compromise the therapeutic potential of cell based insulin replacement. In this study, the acute effects of high-density ischemia were investigated in human islets to develop a detailed profile of early ischemia induced changes and targets for intervention...
March 3, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248565/learning-psychodynamic-psychotherapy-in-southeast-asia
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Jiann Lin Loo, Jin Kiat Ang, Natasha Subhas, Brian Kong Wai Ho, Hazli Zakaria, César A Alfonso
The subjective nature of psychodynamic psychotherapy (PP) makes training and supervision more abstract compared to other forms of psychotherapy. The issues encountered in the learning and supervision process of PP of Malaysian psychiatry trainees are discussed in this article. Issues of preparation before starting PP, case selection, assessment of patients, dynamic formulations, supervision, anxieties in the therapy, countertransference, termination of therapy, the treatment alliance, transfer of care, the therapeutic setting, and bioethical considerations are explored...
2017: Psychodynamic Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244893/methadone-induced-hyperhidrosis-treated-with-oxybutynin
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Joe Hong, Jooyeon Lee, Holly Totouom-Tangho, Norma Ramos Dunn, Ronnie Gorman Swift
OBJECTIVES: This case report aims to help healthcare providers and methadone clinic patients to recognize one of the less recognized adverse effects of methadone, hyperhidrosis, and to suggest oxybutynin as a possible solution. METHODS: A 35-year-old man on methadone maintenance therapy presented with excessive sweating, which began promptly after methadone was introduced. Urine toxicology was conducted every 2 weeks to rule out other illicit substances that may have contributed to the sweating...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236853/in-pursuit-of-cancer-metastasis-therapy-by-bacteria-and-its-biofilms-history-or-future
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Mohd Adnan, Saif Khan, Eyad Al-Shammari, Mitesh Patel, Mohd Saeed, Sibte Hadi
The 20th century observation of increasing comprehensive load of cancer, advanced cancer prevention strategies, creative hypotheses and control procedures by research communities are being traversed and stimulated in multiple facets. Inference of genetically modified non-pathogenic and natural bacterial species as potential anti-tumor agents is one such original perspective. Live, genetically modified non-pathogenic or attenuated bacterial species are able to form biofilms by multiplying selectively or non-selectively on cancer cells, which will lead to metastasis disruption...
March 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225535/treatment-diary-for-botulinum-toxin-spasticity-treatment-a-pilot-study
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Bo Biering-Sørensen, Helle K Iversen, Inge M S Frederiksen, Jeanet R Vilhelmsen, Fin Biering-Sørensen
The aim of this study is to develop a treatment diary for patients receiving spasticity treatment including botulinum toxin injection and physiotherapy and/or occupational therapy. The diary focuses on problems triggered by skeletal muscle overactivity; agreed goals for treatment and the patient's self-evaluation of achievement on the Goal Attainment Scale; which skeletal muscles were injected; physiotherapists' and occupational therapists' evaluation of the patients' achievement of objectives on the Goal Attainment Scale; and proposals for optimization of treatment and changing goals...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221185/antipyretic-therapy-in-critically-ill-septic-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Anne M Drewry, Enyo A Ablordeppey, Ellen T Murray, Carolyn R T Stoll, Sonya R Izadi, Catherine M Dalton, Angela C Hardi, Susan A Fowler, Brian M Fuller, Graham A Colditz
OBJECTIVE: This meta-analysis aimed to examine the impact of antipyretic therapy on mortality in critically ill septic adults. DATA SOURCES: Literature searches were implemented in Ovid Medline, Embase, Scopus, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, NHS Economic Evaluation Database, and ClinicalTrials.gov through February 2016. STUDY SELECTION: Inclusion criteria were observational or randomized studies of septic patients, evaluation of antipyretic treatment, mortality reported, and English-language version available...
February 17, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213833/molecular-imaging-in-synthetic-biology-and-synthetic-biology-in-molecular-imaging
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REVIEW
Assaf A Gilad, Mikhail G Shapiro
Biomedical synthetic biology is an emerging field in which cells are engineered at the genetic level to carry out novel functions with relevance to biomedical and industrial applications. This approach promises new treatments, imaging tools, and diagnostics for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal inflammatory syndromes to cancer, diabetes, and neurodegeneration. As these cellular technologies undergo pre-clinical and clinical development, it is becoming essential to monitor their location and function in vivo, necessitating appropriate molecular imaging strategies, and therefore, we have created an interest group within the World Molecular Imaging Society focusing on synthetic biology and reporter gene technologies...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
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