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Schirin Akhbari Ziegler, Tineke Dirks, Mijna Hadders-Algra
BACKGROUND: Coaching is en vogue in pediatric physiotherapy, but often applied rather unspecific and undefined. METHODS: This paper aims to describe coaching in early physiotherapy intervention, taking the specific coaching approach of the family-centered program "COPing with and CAring for infants with special needs" (COPCA) as a case in point. RESULTS: The theoretical underpinnings of coaching in COPCA, including a meta-model, family-centered practice, the Neuronal Group Selection Theory and the goal-oriented coaching approach, are discussed...
March 16, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Glenwood D Goss, Everett E Vokes, Michael S Gordon, Leena Gandhi, Kyriakos P Papadopoulos, Drew W Rasco, JuDee S Fischer, Katharine L Chu, William W Ames, Rajendar K Mittapalli, Ho-Jin Lee, Jiewei Zeng, Lisa A Roberts-Rapp, Lise I Loberg, Peter J Ansell, Edward B Reilly, Christopher J Ocampo, Kyle D Holen, Anthony W Tolcher
BACKGROUND: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) alterations are associated with multiple cancers. Current EGFR-directed therapies have led to increased efficacy but are associated with specific side effects. The antibody-drug conjugate depatuxizumab mafodotin (depatux-m) targets EGFR with a monoclonal antibody linked to a cytotoxin, and is highly tumor-specific. METHODS: This phase 1/2 study evaluated the safety, pharmacokinetics, and efficacy of depatux-m in patients who had advanced solid tumors with known wild-type EGFR overexpression, amplification, or mutated EGFR variant III...
March 13, 2018: Cancer
Jane Cho, Nicole Siegel, Manju L Subramanian, Howard Ying, Steven Ness
PURPOSE: To describe a case of neovascular glaucoma from cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis in a human immunodeficiency virus-negative patient with immunosuppression after stem-cell transplant for multiple myeloma. METHODS: Retrospective case report. RESULTS: A 71-year-old man on monthly infusion of daratumumab for multiple myeloma after stem-cell transplant presenting with a 2-week history of floaters, photophobia, and blurry vision was found to have polymerase chain reaction-confirmed CMV retinitis associated with diffuse occlusive vasculitis...
March 12, 2018: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Julia K Prague, Rachel E Roberts, Alexander N Comninos, Sophie Clarke, Channa N Jayasena, Pharis Mohideen, Vivian H Lin, Theresa P Stern, Nicholas Panay, Myra S Hunter, Lorraine C Webber, Waljit S Dhillo
OBJECTIVE: Seventy percent of postmenopausal women experience vasomotor symptoms, which can be highly disruptive and persist for years. Hormone therapy and other treatments have variable efficacy and/or side effects. Neurokinin B signaling increases in response to estrogen deficiency and has been implicated in hot flash (HF) etiology. We recently reported that a neurokinin 3 receptor (NK3R) antagonist reduces HF in postmenopausal women after 4 weeks of treatment. In this article we report novel data from that study, which shows the detailed time course of this effect...
March 12, 2018: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
James H Pickar, Matthieu Boucher, Diana Morgenstern
OBJECTIVE: This review describes historical development of selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) and their combination with estrogens, termed a tissue selective estrogen complex (TSEC), and considers the potential for future TSEC development. METHODS: This narrative review is based on literature identified on PubMed and the TSEC research and development experience of the authors. RESULTS: SERMs have estrogenic and antiestrogenic effects in various tissues; however, no single agent has achieved an optimal balance of agonist and antagonist effects for the treatment of menopausal symptoms...
March 12, 2018: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Qiwei Chen, Liang Zhu, Huafeng Zong, Xishuang Song, Lina Wang, Xuejian Wang, Deyong Yang, Jianbo Wang
We previously found that in normal epithelia of the prostate, localization of AQP3 is limited to the cell membranes; however, the expression of AQP3 protein in cancer epithelia is distributed to the plasma. Yet, the detailed mechanism remains unclear. In the present study, PC‑3 cell derivatives with stable knockdown of RAS like proto‑oncogene A (RalA) and overexpression of E‑cadherin were established. We found that overexpression of E‑cadherin and knockdown of RaLA resulted in an increase in AQP3 in prostate cancer cell plasma membranes...
March 9, 2018: Oncology Reports
Wen-Wen Huang, Wen-Zhi Zhu, Dong-Liang Mu, Xin-Qiang Ji, Xiao-Lu Nie, Xue-Ying Li, Dong-Xin Wang, Daqing Ma
BACKGROUND: Surgical resection is the main treatment for patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but patients' long-term outcome is still challenging. The purpose of this study was to identify predictors of long-term survival in patients after lung cancer surgery. METHODS: Patients who underwent surgery for NSCLC from January 1, 2006, to December 31, 2009, were enrolled into this retrospective cohort study. The primary outcome was the survival length after surgery...
March 6, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Bracha Azoulay, Hod Orkibi
Although the literature indicates that students in mental health professions start to form their professional identity and competence in graduate school, there are few studies on the in-training experience of creative arts therapies students. This mixed methods study examined how five first-year students in a psychodrama master's degree program in Israel experienced their field training, with the aim of identifying the factors likely to promote or hinder the development of their professional identity and sense of professional ability...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
James A Tumlin, Raghavan Murugan, Adam M Deane, Marlies Ostermann, Laurence W Busse, Kealy R Ham, Kianoush Kashani, Harold M Szerlip, John R Prowle, Azra Bihorac, Kevin W Finkel, Alexander Zarbock, Lui G Forni, Shannan J Lynch, Jeff Jensen, Stew Kroll, Lakhmir S Chawla, George F Tidmarsh, Rinaldo Bellomo
OBJECTIVE: Acute kidney injury requiring renal replacement therapy in severe vasodilatory shock is associated with an unfavorable prognosis. Angiotensin II treatment may help these patients by potentially restoring renal function without decreasing intrarenal oxygenation. We analyzed the impact of angiotensin II on the outcomes of acute kidney injury requiring renal replacement therapy. DESIGN: Post hoc analysis of the Angiotensin II for the Treatment of High-Output Shock 3 trial...
March 3, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Florentia Dimitriou, Anna L Frauchiger, Mirjana Urosevic-Maiwald, Mirjam C Naegeli, Simone M Goldinger, Marjam Barysch, Daniel Franzen, Jivko Kamarachev, Ralph Braun, Reinhard Dummer, Joanna Mangana
The development of cancer immunotherapy and targeted therapy has reached an important inflection point in the history of melanoma. Immune checkpoint inhibitors and kinase inhibitors are today's standard of care treatments in advanced melanoma patients. Treatment-related toxicities can be very intriguing and quite challenging. Sarcoidosis is a multisystemic granulomatous disease characterized by an aberrant immune response to unknown antigens, whereas sarcoid-like reactions (SLRs) refer to localized clinical features...
February 26, 2018: Melanoma Research
Bhing-Leet Tan, Wai-Yee Ng, Jayson Sudhasan, Thomas Chng, Irene Mok, Jimmy Lee
One of the key goals of psychiatric rehabilitation is to return individuals with mental illnesses back into the community via restoration of the necessary skills. This retrospective study seeks to evaluate the factors associated with improvement in community functioning after a period of outpatient rehabilitation. 223 individuals enrolled into three broad rehabilitation groups-clinical, vocational and creative therapies/individual sessions-were included in this study. The Multnomah Community Ability Scale (MCAS) and Milestones of Recovery Scale (MORS) were used to evaluate each individual before and after the rehabilitation programme...
February 26, 2018: Community Mental Health Journal
Pravin U Dugel, Joanna H Campbell, Szilárd Kiss, Anat Loewenstein, Vanessa Shih, Xiaoshu Xu, Nancy M Holekamp, Albert J Augustin, Allen C Ho, Victor H Gonzalez, Scott M Whitcup
PURPOSE: This post hoc analysis explores the relationship between early retinal anatomical response and long-term anatomical and visual outcomes with ranibizumab in center-involved diabetic macular edema. METHODS: Eyes randomized to the ranibizumab plus prompt laser and ranibizumab plus deferred laser treatment arms in the Protocol I study were categorized according to their proportional reduction (<20 vs. ≥20%) in central retinal thickness (CRT) after 12 weeks...
February 22, 2018: Retina
Romina Quercia, Carlo-Federico Perno, Justin Koteff, Katy Moore, Cynthia McCoig, Marty St Clair, Daniel Kuritzkes
Innovation in medicine is a dynamic, complex, and continuous process that cannot be isolated to a single moment in time. Anniversaries offer opportunities to commemorate crucial discoveries of modern medicine, such as penicillin (1928), polio vaccination (inactivated, 1955; oral, 1961), the surface antigen of the hepatitis B virus (1967), monoclonal antibodies (1975), and the first HIV antiretroviral drugs (zidovudine, 1987). The advent of antiretroviral drugs has had a profound effect on the progress of the epidemiology of HIV infection, transforming a terminal, irreversible disease that caused a global health crisis into a treatable but chronic disease...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Lily Martin, Renate Oepen, Katharina Bauer, Alina Nottensteiner, Katja Mergheim, Harald Gruber, Sabine C Koch
Stress is one of the world's largest health problems, leading to exhaustion, burnout, anxiety, a weak immune system, or even organ damage. In Germany, stress-induced work absenteeism costs about 20 billion Euros per year. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Central Federal Association of the public Health Insurance Funds in Germany ascribes particular importance to stress prevention and stress management as well as health enhancing measures. Building on current integrative and embodied stress theories, Creative Arts Therapies (CATs) or arts interventions are an innovative way to prevent stress and improve stress management...
February 22, 2018: Behavioral Sciences
Tania Day, Geoff Otton, Ken Jaaback, Julie Weigner, James Scurry
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess for the presence of vulvar lichen planus (LP) in association with human papillomavirus (HPV)-independent squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a clinicohistopathologic review of consecutive vulvectomies and wide local excisions for HPV-independent vulvar or vaginal SCC from 2007 to 2017. Data collected included site of SCC, adjacent precursor lesions and dermatoses, dermatologic treatment, and outcome...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
Theodore S Nowicki, Helena Escuin-Ordinas, Earl Avramis, Bartosz Chmielowski, Thinle Chodon, Beata Berent-Maoz, Xiaoyan Wang, Paula Kaplan-Lefko, Lili Yang, David Baltimore, James S Economou, Antoni Ribas, Begoña Comin-Anduix
Adoptive cell therapy (ACT) consisting of genetically engineered T cells expressing tumor antigen-specific T-cell receptors displays robust initial antitumor activity, followed by loss of T-cell activity/persistence and frequent disease relapse. We characterized baseline and longitudinal T-cell phenotype variations resulting from different manufacturing and administration protocols in patients who received ACT. Patients with melanoma who enrolled in the F5-MART-1 clinical trial (NCT00910650) received infusions of MART-1 T-cell receptors transgenic T cells with MART-1 peptide-pulsed dendritic cell vaccination...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Martijn S van Rooijen, Maarten F Schim van der Loeff, Loes van Kempen, Henry J C de Vries
BACKGROUND: Victims could become infected with sexually transmitted infections (STI) during a sexual assault. Several guidelines recommend presumptive antimicrobial therapy for sexual assault victims (SAV). We assessed the STI positivity rate and treatment uptake of female and male SAV at the Amsterdam STI clinic. METHODS: SAV answered assault-related questions and were tested for bacterial STI (chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis), hepatitis B, and HIV during their initial visits...
February 1, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Roger B Cohen, Jean-Pierre Delord, Toshihiko Doi, Sarina A Piha-Paul, Stephen V Liu, Jill Gilbert, Alain P Algazi, Silvia Damian, Ruey-Long Hong, Christophe Le Tourneau, Daphne Day, Andrea Varga, Elena Elez, John Wallmark, Sanatan Saraf, Pradeep Thanigaimani, Jonathan Cheng, Bhumsuk Keam
OBJECTIVES: Treatment options for patients with unresectable or metastatic salivary gland carcinoma (SGC) are limited. Safety and efficacy of pembrolizumab for SGC expressing programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) were explored. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort of patients with advanced, PD-L1-positive SGC was enrolled in the nonrandomized, multicohort, phase Ib trial of pembrolizumab in patients with PD-L1-positive advanced solid tumors (KEYNOTE-028; NCT02054806). Key inclusion criteria included recurrent or metastatic disease, failure of prior systemic therapy, and PD-L1 expression on ≥1% of tumor or stroma cells (per a prototype immunohistochemistry assay)...
February 21, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
Michael R McClung, Nicholas C Harvey, Lorraine A Fitzpatrick, Paul D Miller, Gary Hattersley, Yamei Wang, Felicia Cosman
OBJECTIVE: Advanced age is an important risk factor for fracture. The Abaloparatide Comparator Trial In Vertebral Endpoints (ACTIVE) trial showed that subcutaneous abaloparatide increased bone mineral density (BMD) and reduced the risk of vertebral and nonvertebral fractures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. This study describes the effects of abaloparatide in the subgroup of women aged 80 or more years in ACTIVE. METHODS: Post hoc analyses of BMD and fracture incidence in this subgroup of women who received abaloparatide or placebo in the 18-month, phase 3, double-blind, randomized controlled ACTIVE trial...
February 16, 2018: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Janet Anderson Yang, Breanna L Wilhelmi, Krista McGlynn
OBJECTIVE: This article presents several client cases to illustrate psychotherapeutic interventions for helping older adults facing later life losses enhance their sense of meaning. METHODS: Cases are derived from the client population of a community mental health clinic which provides psychotherapy for low income, seriously mentally ill, culturally diverse older adults, many of whom experience serious medical illnesses. Over the course of 24 years in this setting, the primary author has observed various interventions which offer possibilities to provide hope and meaning for clients with severe problems...
January 29, 2018: Clinical Gerontologist
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