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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135655/neutrophil-activation-and-enhanced-release-of-granule-products-in-hiv-tb-immune-reconstitution-inflammatory-syndrome
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Justine K Nakiwala, Naomi F Walker, Collin R Diedrich, William Worodria, Graeme Meintjes, Robert J Wilkinson, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Robert Colebunders, Luc Kestens, Katalin A Wilkinson, David M Lowe
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (TB-IRIS) remains incompletely understood. Neutrophils are implicated in tuberculosis pathology but detailed investigations in TB-IRIS are lacking. We sought to further explore the biology of TB-IRIS and in particular the role of neutrophils. SETTING: Two observational, prospective cohort studies in HIV/TB co-infected patients starting antiretroviral therapy, one to analyze gene expression and subsequently one to explore neutrophil biology...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135650/pathways-from-hiv-related-stigma-to-antiretroviral-therapy-measures-in-the-hiv-care-cascade-for-women-living-with-hiv-in-canada
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Carmen H Logie, Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, Ying Wang, Angela Kaida, Tracey Conway, Kath Webster, Alexandra de Pokomandy, Mona R Loutfy
BACKGROUND: Associations between HIV-related stigma and reduced anti-retroviral (ART) adherence are widely established, yet the mechanisms accounting for this relationship are underexplored. There has been less attention to HIV-related stigma and its associations with ART initiation and current ART use. We examined pathways from HIV-related stigma to ART initiation, current ART use, and ART adherence among women living with HIV in Canada. METHODS: We utilized baseline survey data from a national cohort of women living with HIV in Canada (n=1425)...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135581/high-rates-of-hypertension-diabetes-elevated-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-and-cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors-in-hiv-infected-patients-results-from-a-cross-sectional-survey-in-malawi
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Sekai C Mathabire Rücker, Alia Tayea, Joseph Bitilinyu-Bangoh, Elkin H Bermúdez-Aza, Leon Salumu, Isabel A Quiles, Elisabeth Szumilin, Zengani Chirwa, Fernanda Rick, David Maman
OBJECTIVES: Data on cardiovascular disease risks among HIV-infected patients taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) over long periods of time are lacking in Sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Chiradzulu, Malawi from December 2015 to June 2016. HIV-infected persons on ART for more than 10 years (patients) and HIV-negative individuals (controls) from selected clinics participated. Following informed consent, a standardized questionnaire, clinical and laboratory examinations were performed...
November 10, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135534/the-multiple-faces-of-programmed-cell-death-ligand-1-expression-in-malignant-and-nonmalignant-cells
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Edwin R Parra, Pamela Villalobos, Jaime Rodriguez-Canales
Preliminary data suggest that tumor expression of programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) protein in human cancers, as determined by immunohistochemistry in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue samples, may predict clinical response to anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapy. PD-L1 is not a specific tumor marker and its expression is also observed in various nonmalignant cells, such as macrophages and lymphocytes, causing confusion in immunohistochemistry analysis when these inflammatory cells are overlapping with tumors cells...
November 13, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101071/subarachnoid-to-subarachnoid-shunt-for-correction-of-nonfunctioning-baclofen-pump-in-a-severe-case-of-chronic-debilitating-post-spinal-cord-injury-spasticity
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Adewale A Bakare, Jonathan Weyhenmeyer, Albert Lee
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Perhaps the most disabling condition seen in patients with spinal cord injury is spasticity. Spasticity is characterized as hyperreflexia and hypertonicity as a result of damage to the supraspinal tracts in the aftermath of SCI. Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) is the mainstay therapy for spasticity unresponsive to oral baclofen. One of the problems associated with post-SCI spasticity unresponsive to ITB is development of scar tissue that prevents the diffusion of baclofen in the desired spinal cord area...
October 31, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093933/music-and-the-brain-the-neuroscience-of-music-and-musical-appreciation
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Michael Trimble, Dale Hesdorffer
Through music we can learn much about our human origins and the human brain. Music is a potential method of therapy and a means of accessing and stimulating specific cerebral circuits. There is also an association between musical creativity and psychopathology. This paper provides a brief review.
May 2017: BJPsych Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076867/patient-and-oncology-nurse-preferences-for-the-treatment-options-in-advanced-melanoma-a-discrete-choice-experiment
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Frank Xiaoqing Liu, Edward A Witt, Scot Ebbinghaus, Grace DiBonaventura Beyer, Enrique Basurto, Richard W Joseph
BACKGROUND: Understanding the perceptions of patients and oncology nurses about the relative importance of benefits and risks associated with newer treatments of advanced melanoma can help to inform clinical decision-making. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to quantify and compare the views of patients and oncology nurses regarding the importance of attributes of treatments of advanced melanoma. METHODS: A discrete choice experiment (DCE) was conducted in US-based oncology nurses and patients diagnosed with advanced melanoma...
October 25, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075495/an-exploratory-study-of-creativity-and-eating-disorders
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Bruce D Burns, Yichelle Zhang, Mareike Wieth, Stephen Touyz
BACKGROUND: We examined whether cognitive rigidity associated with having an eating disorder generalized to creativity. METHOD: One hundred twelve participants from the participant pool of an Australian university were given a measure of disordered eating (EDE-Q), asked if they had ever had a diagnosis of an eating disorder (16 reported yes), and given 3 min to generate alternative uses for a paper-clip. The alternative uses task yielded measures of creative fluency, originality, elaboration and flexibility...
2017: Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075051/a-trauma-doctor-s-practice-in-nineteenth-century-china-the-medical-cases-of-hu-tingguang
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Yi-Li Wu
This paper analyses the medical activities of Hu Tingguang, an early nineteenth-century Chinese healer who specialized in treating traumatic injuries. Hu aimed to improve the state of medical knowledge about injuries by writing a comprehensive treatise titled Compilation of Teachings on Traumatology, completed in 1815. This work notably included a set of medical cases describing the experiences of Hu and his father, which Hu used to teach readers how to employ and adapt different therapies: bone setting, petty surgery, and drugs...
May 1, 2017: Social History of Medicine: the Journal of the Society for the Social History of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068807/antiarrhythmic-effects-of-combining-dofetilide-and-ranolazine-in-a-model-of-acutely-induced-atrial-fibrillation-in-horses
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Helena Carstensen, Line Kjær, Maria Mathilde Haugaard, Mette Flethøj, Eva Zander Hesselkilde, Jørgen K Kanters, Steen Pehrson, Rikke Buhl, Thomas Jespersen
BACKGROUND: Antiarrhythmic compounds against atrial fibrillation (AF) often have reduced efficacy and may display cardiac and/or non-cardiac toxicity. Efficacy can be improved by combining two compounds with distinct mechanisms, and it may be possible to use lower doses of each compound, thereby reducing the likelihood of adverse side-effects. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the effective doses of dofetilide and ranolazine can be reduced if the drugs are combined...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049097/low-serum-uric-acid-levels-in-patients-with-acute-central-nervous-system-viral-infections
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Xiang Li, Qiaowen Tong, Dewei Xie, Zhibo Chen, Sipei Pan, Xu Zhang, Wanli Dong
Most acute central nervous system (CNS) viral infections lead to either encephalitis or meningitis. Many neurotropic viruses may cause CNS dysfunctions through various mechanisms including oxidative stress. Serum uric acid (SUA) levels, which are associated with oxidative stress and antioxidant status, are reduced in patients with various neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis. We investigated the possible correlation between SUA levels and clinical disease status in patients with acute CNS viral infections...
December 13, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049073/postoperative-outcomes-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-comparative-studies
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Mahesh Nagappa, George Ho, Jayadeep Patra, Jean Wong, Mandeep Singh, Roop Kaw, Davy Cheng, Frances Chung
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common comorbidity in patients undergoing cardiac surgery and may predispose patients to postoperative complications. The purpose of this meta-analysis is to determine the evidence of postoperative complications associated with OSA patients undergoing cardiac surgery. METHODS: A literature search of Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Medline, Medline In-process, Web of Science, Scopus, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and CINAHL until October 2016 was performed...
October 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045341/effect-of-antihypertensive-treatment-on-24-h-blood-pressure-variability-pooled-individual-data-analysis-of-ambulatory-blood-pressure-monitoring-studies-based-on-olmesartan-mono-or-combination-treatment
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Stefano Omboni, Kazuomi Kario, George Bakris, Gianfranco Parati
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of olmesartan alone or combined with one to three antihypertensive drugs on 24-h blood pressure variability (BPV) and on distribution of BP reduction in a pooled individual data analysis of 10 double-blind, randomized, ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) studies. METHODS: ABPMs were performed before and after 6-12 weeks of treatment with placebo (n = 119), active control monotherapy [n = 1195, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs), angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers (DCCBs)], or DCCBs), olmesartan monotherapy (n = 1410), active control dual combination [n = 79, DCCB + thiazide diuretic (TD)], olmesartan dual combination (n = 637, DCCB or TD), and triple combination therapy (n = 102, DCCB+TD)...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042301/towards-a-first-implementation-of-the-wlimes-approach-in-living-system-studies-advancing-the-diagnostics-and-therapy-in-personalized-medicine
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Plamen L Simeonov
The goal of this paper is to advance an extensible theory of living systems using an approach to biomathematics and biocomputation that suitably addresses self-organized, self-referential and anticipatory systems with multi-temporal multi-agents. Our first step is to provide foundations for modelling of emergent and evolving dynamic multi-level organic complexes and their sustentative processes in artificial and natural life systems. Main applications are in life sciences, medicine, ecology and astrobiology, as well as robotics, industrial automation, man-machine interface and creative design...
October 16, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040228/analytical-pitfalls-of-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-thiopurines-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Melek Simsek, Berrie Meijer, Chris J J Mulder, Adriaan A van Bodegraven, Nanne K H de Boer
The use of thiopurines in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be optimized by the application of therapeutic drug monitoring. In this procedure, 6-thioguanine nucleotides (6-TGN) and 6-methylmercaptopurine (6-MMP) metabolites are monitored and related to therapeutic response and adverse events, respectively. Therapeutic drug monitoring of thiopurines, however, is hampered by several analytical limitations resulting in an impaired translation of metabolite levels to clinical outcome in IBD...
December 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040161/prognostic-factor-analysis-in-325-patients-with-graves-disease-treated-with-radioiodine-therapy
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Danrong Yang, Jianjun Xue, Wenxia Ma, Furong Liu, Yameng Fan, Jie Rong, Aimin Yang, Yan Yu
INTRODUCTION: I therapy is a choice for Graves' hyperthyroidism. Several factors that affect the success of I treatment in Graves' disease (GD) patients have been put forward. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the factors influencing the success of I therapy and the occurrence of hypothyroidism after I therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We reviewed 325 GD patients, who were well documented out of 779 cases, treated with I in the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University between 2010 and 2016...
October 16, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039756/creative-arts-therapies-as-temporary-home-for-refugees-insights-from-literature-and-practice
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Rebekka Dieterich-Hartwell, Sabine C Koch
One of the frequently overlooked psychosocial problems of refugees is the phenomenon of homesickness. Being forced into exile and unable to return home may cause natural feelings of nostalgia but may also result in emotional, cognitive, behavioral and physical adversities. According to the literature, the creative arts therapies with their attention to preverbal language-music, imagery, dance, role play, and movement-are able to reach individuals through the senses and promote successive integration, which can lead to transformation and therapeutic change...
October 17, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022737/implementation-of-an-integrative-medicine-treatment-program-at-a-veterans-health-administration-residential-mental-health-facility
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Melinda A Gaddy
A 4-week interdisciplinary integrative medicine program was recently added to the core treatment offerings for veterans participating in the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Program at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The new integrative medicine program teaches veterans about using meditative practices, nutrition, creative expression, tai chi, hatha yoga, sensory and breathing techniques, and lifestyle changes to enhance well-being. The groups are run by professionals from a variety of disciplines including recreation therapy, art therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, and nutrition...
October 12, 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019809/atrial-fibrillation-and-central-nervous-complications-in-liver-transplanted-hereditary-transthyretin-amyloidosis-patients
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Niklas Wange, Intissar Anan, Bo-Göran Ericzon, Johanna Pennlert, Björn Pilebro, Ole B Suhr, Jonas Wixner
BACKGROUND: Central nervous system (CNS) complications are increasingly noted in liver transplanted (LTx) hereditary transthyretin amyloid (ATTRm) amyloidosis patients; this suggests that the increased survival allows for intracranial ATTRm formation from brain synthesised mutant TTR. However, atrial fibrillation (AF), a recognised risk factor for ischemic CNS complications, is also observed after LTx. The aim of the study was to investigate the occurrence of CNS complications and AF in LTx ATTRm amyloidosis patients...
October 11, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991888/commonly-prescribed-antiretroviral-therapy-regimens-and-incidence-of-aids-defining-neurological-conditions
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Ellen C Caniglia, Andrew Phillips, Kholoud Porter, Caroline A Sabin, Alan Winston, Roger Logan, John Gill, Marie-Anne Vandenhende, Diana Barger, Sara Lodi, Santiago Moreno, José Ramón Arribas, Antonio Pacheco, Sandra W Cardoso, George Chrysos, Charalabos Gogos, Sophie Abgrall, Dominique Costagliola, Laurence Meyer, Remonie Seng, Ard van Sighem, Peter Reiss, Roberto Muga, Santiago Pérez Hoyos, Dominique Braun, Christoph Hauser, Pilar Barrufet, Maria Leyes, Janet Tate, Amy Justice, Miguel A Hernán
BACKGROUND: The differential effects of commonly prescribed combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) regimens on AIDS-defining neurological conditions (neuroAIDS) remain unknown. SETTING: Prospective cohort studies of HIV-positive individuals from Europe and the Americas included in the HIV-CAUSAL Collaboration. METHODS: Individuals who initiated a first-line cART regimen in 2004 or later containing a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) backbone and either atazanavir, lopinavir, darunavir, or efavirenz were followed from cART initiation until death, lost to follow-up, pregnancy, the cohort-specific administrative end of follow-up, or the event of interest, whichever occurred earliest...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
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