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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145543/association-of-ipilimumab-with-safety-and-antitumor-activity-in-women-with-metastatic-or-recurrent-human-papillomavirus-related-cervical-carcinoma
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Stephanie Lheureux, Marcus O Butler, Blaise Clarke, Mihaela C Cristea, Lainie P Martin, Katia Tonkin, Gini F Fleming, Anna V Tinker, Hal W Hirte, Daliah Tsoref, Helen Mackay, Neesha C Dhani, Prafull Ghatage, Johanne Weberpals, Stephen Welch, Nhu-An Pham, Vinicius Motta, Valentin Sotov, Lisa Wang, Katherine Karakasis, Smitha Udagani, Suzanne Kamel-Reid, Howard Z Streicher, Patricia Shaw, Amit M Oza
Importance: Based on evidence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-induced immune evasion, immunotherapy may be an attractive strategy in cervical cancer. Ipilimumab is a fully humanized monoclonal antibody that blocks cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4), which acts to downregulate the T-cell immune response. Objective: To assess the safety and antitumor activity of ipilimumab in recurrent cervical cancer. Design, Setting, and Participants: A multicenter trial was designed for patients with metastatic cervical cancer (squamous cell carcinoma or adenocarcinoma) with measurable disease and progression after at least 1 line of platinum chemotherapy...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145470/active-immunization-in-patients-transplanted-for-hepatitis-b-virus-related-liver-diseases-a-prospective-study
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Anli Yang, Zhiyong Guo, Qingqi Ren, Linwei Wu, Yi Ma, Anbin Hu, Dongping Wang, Haidan Ye, Xiaofeng Zhu, Weiqiang Ju, Xiaoshun He
INTRODUCTION: Prophylactic administration of hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) and nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs) is the standard treatment for controlling hepatitis B virus (HBV) recurrence after liver transplantation (LT). Since lifelong use of HBIG is expensive and inconvenient and the antibodies level in anti-hepatitis B surface (HBs) is not sustainable and stable, an alternative strategy is to produce anti-HBs antibodies by active immunization. Our present study aimed to prospectively investigate the efficacy and safety of procedural HBV vaccination in transplanted patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145417/associations-between-medical-cannabis-and-prescription-opioid-use-in-chronic-pain-patients-a-preliminary-cohort-study
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Jacob M Vigil, Sarah S Stith, Ian M Adams, Anthony P Reeve
BACKGROUND: Current levels and dangers of opioid use in the U.S. warrant the investigation of harm-reducing treatment alternatives. PURPOSE: A preliminary, historical, cohort study was used to examine the association between enrollment in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) and opioid prescription use. METHODS: Thirty-seven habitual opioid using, chronic pain patients (mean age = 54 years; 54% male; 86% chronic back pain) enrolled in the MCP between 4/1/2010 and 10/3/2015 were compared to 29 non-enrolled patients (mean age = 60 years; 69% male; 100% chronic back pain)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145321/acupuncture-and-constraint-induced-movement-therapy-for-a-patient-with-chronic-stroke-one-year-follow-up-case-report
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Yuanyuan Jin, Xiaoqing Jin, Yidan Chen, Jianfang Zhu
RATIONALE: Spasticity is a widespread problem in chronic stroke. To date, no study has reported the long-term (up to 1 year) outcomes of acupuncture in combination with constraint-induced movement therapy in patients with chronic stroke. This report describes the successful addition of acupuncture on spasticity and arm function in a patient with chronic stroke and arm paresis. PATIENT CONCERNS: At screening, the patient was unable to voluntarily extend her interphalangeal or metacarpophalangeal joints beyond the 10 degrees required for constraint-induced movement therapy...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145255/functional-polymorphism-rs3783553-in-the-3-untranslated-region-of-il-1a-increased-the-risk-of-ischemic-stroke-a-case-control-study
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Peng Wang, Qian He, Chen Liu, Shi Zhen He, Shou Yan Zhu, Ying Wen Li, Wei Su, Shu Tian Xiang, Bo Zhao
Accumulating evidence indicates interleukin-1 (IL-1) is a critical mediator of inflammatory responses in ischemic stroke (IS). The aim of this study was to investigate whether rs3783553 in the 3'-untranslated region of IL-1A was associated with the risk of IS. In this hospital-based case-control study, we genotyped the rs3783553 using polymerase chain reaction in 316 patients with IS and 332 age, sex, and ethnicity-matched controls. Plasma level of IL-1α was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The relative luciferase activities were measured by the Dual Luciferase assay system...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144553/blocking-17%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-type-1-in-endometrial-cancer-a-potential-novel-endocrine-therapeutic-approach
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Gonda Fj Konings, Karlijn Mc Cornel, Sofia Xanthoulea, Bert Delvoux, Margaretha A Skowron, Loes Kooreman, Pasi Koskimies, Camilla Krakstad, Helga B Salvesen, Kim van Kuijk, Yannick Jm Schrooders, Marc Vooijs, Arjan J Groot, Marlies Y Bongers, Roy Fpm Kruitwagen, Andrea Romano
The enzyme type 1 17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (17β-HSD-1), responsible for generating active 17β-estradiol (E2) from low-active estrone (E1), is over-expressed in endometrial cancer (EC) thus implicating an increased intra-tissue generation of E2 in this estrogen-dependent condition. In this study we explored the possibility of inhibiting 17β-HSD-1 and impairing the generation of E2 from E1 in EC using in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo models. We generated EC cell lines derived from the well-differentiated endometrial adenocarcinoma Ishikawa cell line and expressing levels of 17β-HSD-1 similar to human tissues...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144515/detection-of-sepsis-in-patient-blood-samples-using-cd64-expression-in-a-microfluidic-cell-separation-device
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Ye Zhang, Wenjie Li, Yun Zhou, Amanda Johnson, Amanda Venable, Ahmed Hassan, John Griswold, Dimitri Pappas
A microfluidic affinity separation device was developed for the detection of sepsis in critical care patients. An affinity capture method was developed to capture cells based on changes in CD64 expression in a single, simple microfluidic chip for sepsis detection. Both sepsis patient samples and a laboratory CD64+ expression model were used to validate the microfluidic assay. Flow cytometry analysis showed that the chip cell capture had a linear relationship with CD64 expression in laboratory models. The Sepsis Chip detected an increase in upregulated neutrophil-like cells when the upregulated cell population is as low as 10% of total cells spiked into commercially available aseptic blood samples...
November 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144400/design-and-clinical-evaluation-of-a-non-contact-heart-rate-variability-measuring-device
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Jure Kranjec, Samo Beguš, Gregor Geršak, Matjaž Šinkovec, Janko Drnovšek, Domen Hudoklin
The object of the proposed paper is to design and analyze the performance of a non-contact heart rate variability (HRV) measuring device based on ultrasound transducers. The rationale behind non-contact HRV measurement is the goal of obtaining a means of long term monitoring of a patient's heart performance. Due to its complexity as a non-contact measuring device, influential physical quantities, error source and other perturbations were thoroughly investigated. For medical purposes it is of utmost importance to define the target uncertainty of a measuring method from the side of physicians, while it is the role of scientists to realistically evaluate all uncertainty contributions...
November 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144270/alkaline-phosphatase-in-infant-cardiopulmonary-bypass-kinetics-and-relationship-to-organ-injury-and-major-cardiovascular-events
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Jesse A Davidson, Tracy T Urban, Christine Baird, Suhong Tong, Alan Woodruff, Mark Twite, James Jaggers, Eric A F Simões, Paul Wischmeyer
OBJECTIVES: To determine the kinetics of alkaline phosphatase (AP) activity and concentration after infant cardiopulmonary bypass, including isoform-specific changes, and to measure the association between postoperative AP activity and major postoperative cardiovascular events, organ injury/dysfunction, and postoperative support requirements STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study of 120 infants ≤120 days of age undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass. AP total and isoform-specific activity was assessed at 6 time points (preoperation, rewarming, 6, 24, 48, and 72 hours postoperation)...
November 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144183/age-and-rest-activity-rhythm-as-predictors-of-survival-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-lung-cancer
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Wen-Pei Chang, Robert Smith, Chia-Chin Lin
Disruption of the rest-activity rhythm in patients with lung cancer can accelerate cancer progression and affect survival. Rest-activity rhythm changes with age. Therefore, we investigated the effects of rest-activity rhythm and age on patients' survival. A total of 84 patients with lung cancer were recruited, then separated into two groups; younger patients aged under 65 years or elderly patients aged 65 and over. The dichotomy index (I < O) was used to estimate the rest-activity rhythm measured through the actigraphy motion detector...
November 16, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143954/-why-dutch-mental-health-care-practitioners-should-have-second-thoughts-about-adopting-the-english-cluster-model
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T G Broekman, G M Schippers
Administrators and policymakers in the Netherlands have concluded, after considerable deliberation, that the existing Dutch diagnosis-related group (drg)-based system of diagnosis treatment combinations for funding mental health care should be replaced by the so-called English model. The details, however, need to be analysed very carefully by Dutch professional health care practitioners.<br/> AIM: To make the reader aware of the reasons why the English model should not be adopted in the Netherlands.<br/> METHOD: We describe and analyse the English cluster model and the referral instrument (the Honos, supplemented by six items) and we demonstrate how it is applied in England...
2017: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143901/combined-vertebral-augmentation-and-radiofrequency-ablation-in-the-management-of-spinal-metastases-an-update
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REVIEW
Ning Mao Kam, Julian Maingard, Hong Kuan Kok, Dinesh Ranatunga, Duncan Brooks, William C Torreggiani, Peter L Munk, Michael J Lee, Ronil V Chandra, Hamed Asadi
Spinal metastases are the most commonly encountered tumour of the spine, occurring in up to 40% of patients with cancer. Each year, approximately 5% of cancer patients will develop spinal metastases. This number is expected to increase as the life expectancy of cancer patients increases. Patients with spinal metastases experience severe and frequently debilitating pain, which often decreases their remaining quality of life. With a median survival of less than 1 year, the goals of treatment in spinal metastases are reducing pain, improving or maintaining level of function and providing mechanical stability...
November 16, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143768/an-electronic-system-for-the-contactless-reading-of-ecg-signals
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Francesca Romana Parente, Marco Santonico, Alessandro Zompanti, Mario Benassai, Giuseppe Ferri, Arnaldo D'Amico, Giorgio Pennazza
The aim of this work is the development of a contactless capacitive sensory system for the detection of (Electrocardiographic) ECG-like signals. The acquisition approach is based on a capacitive coupling with the patient body performed by electrodes integrated in a front-end circuit. The proposed system is able to detect changes in the electric charge related to the heart activity. Due to the target signal weakness and to the presence of other undesired signals, suitable amplification stages and analogue filters are required...
October 28, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143384/enhanced-ventricular-arterial-coupling-during-a-2-year-physical-activity-program-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Philip Sarajlic, Cecilia Fridén, Lars H Lund, Aristomenis Manouras, Ashwin Venkateshvaran, Susanna C Larsson, Birgitta Nordgren, Christina H Opava, Ingrid E Lundberg, Magnus Bäck
OBJECTIVE: To establish how guided physical activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) without known cardiovascular disease affected vascular and cardiac function, and how these two entities were prospectively interconnected in this patient group. METHODS: Prospective substudy of 29 participants in the Physical Activity in RA (PARA) 2010 trial. All subjects were examined at baseline, at year 1 and 2 with measures of pulse wave velocity and arterial augmentation index, as well as echocardiographic evaluation of diastolic parameters and ventricular-arterial coupling...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143216/self-perception-and-determinants-of-color-vision-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Alexander U Brandt, Hanna G Zimmermann, Timm Oberwahrenbrock, Justine Isensee, Thomas Müller, Friedemann Paul
Visual dysfunction is common in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). The objective of this study was to investigate the perceived impact of visual dysfunction and especially color vision loss on PD patients, and to identify retinal and disease factors associated with color vision. Thirty PD patients and thirty-four healthy controls were included. Participants performed the Farnsworth-Munsell Hue-100 test (FMT). Patients answered the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire (NEI-VFQ), Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) assessment, and underwent optical coherence tomography with measurement of retinal nerve fiber layer, ganglion cell layer + inner plexiform layer (GCIPL), and outer nuclear and photoreceptor layer...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143122/vitamin-d-supplementation-attenuates-oxidative-stress-in-paraspinal-skeletal-muscles-in-patients-with-low-back-pain
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Katarzyna Dzik, Wojciech Skrobot, Damian Jozef Flis, Mateusz Karnia, Witold Libionka, Wojciech Kloc, Jan Jacek Kaczor
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to evaluate markers of oxidative stress and vitamin D receptor in paraspinal muscles in low back pain patients with vitamin D deficiency, with normal level of vitamin D, and after 5 weeks of vitamin D supplementation. METHODS: Patients were divided into three groups: supplemented (SUP) with vitamin D, placebo with normal concentration of vitamin D (SUF), and the placebo group with vitamin D deficiency (DEF). The concentration of serum vitamin D was measured before and after the supplementation with vitamin D (3200 IU/ day for 5 weeks)...
November 15, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142970/cardiovascular-disease-biomarkers-and-supar-in-predicting-decline-in-renal-function-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Salim S Hayek, Yi-An Ko, Mosaab Awad, Hina Ahmed, Brandon Gray, Kareem Mohammed Hosny, Hiroshi Aida, Melissa J Tracy, Changli Wei, Sanja Sever, Jochen Reiser, Arshed A Quyyumi
Introduction: Soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) strongly predicts outcomes and incident chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD). Whether the association between suPAR and CKD is a reflection of its overall association with chronic inflammation and poor CVD outcomes is unclear. We examined whether CVD biomarkers, including high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), fibrin-degradation products (FDPs), heat-shock protein 70 (HSP-70), and high-sensitivity troponin I (hs-TnI) were associated with a decline in kidney function in the Emory Cardiovascular Biobank cohort, in which suPAR levels were shown to be predictive of both incident CKD and CVD outcomes...
May 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142837/preoperative-management-in-patients-with-graves-disease
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REVIEW
Eliana Piantanida
Graves' disease is the most frequent cause of hyperthyroidism in iodine-sufficient geographical areas and is characterized by the presence in patients' serum of autoantibodies directed against the thyrotropin receptor (TRAb) that cause overproduction and release of thyroid hormones. Clinical presentation results from both hyperthyroidism and underlying autoimmunity. The diagnosis is based on characteristic clinical features and biochemical abnormalities. If serum thyrotropin (TSH) is low, serum free thyroxine (FT4) and free triiodothyronine (FT3) concentrations should be measured to distinguish between subclinical (with normal circulating thyroid hormones) and overt hyperthyroidism (with increased circulating thyroid hormones)...
October 2017: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142743/anti-candida-activity-of-antimicrobial-impregnated-central-venous-catheters
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L Cobrado, A Silva-Dias, M M Azevedo, A Rodrigues
Background: Whenever the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) remains high even after the implementation of preventive strategies, the use of chlorhexidine/silver sulfadiazine (CSS) or minocycline/rifampin (MR)-impregnated central venous catheters (CVCs) is currently recommended. Nevertheless, the efficacy of such CVCs against Candida albicans and other emerging non-albicans spp. has been insufficiently studied. This study aims to compare the activity of CSS and MR-impregnated CVCs against the yeasts most frequently isolated from CLABSIs...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142618/melatonin-supplementation-lowers-oxidative-stress-and-regulates-adipokines-in-obese-patients-on-a-calorie-restricted-diet
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Karolina Szewczyk-Golec, Paweł Rajewski, Marcin Gackowski, Celestyna Mila-Kierzenkowska, Roland Wesołowski, Paweł Sutkowy, Marta Pawłowska, Alina Woźniak
Obesity is one of the major global health problems. Melatonin deficiency has been demonstrated to correlate with obesity. The aim of the study was to estimate the effect of melatonin on oxidative stress and adipokine levels in obese patients on a calorie-restricted diet. Thirty obese patients were supplemented with a daily dose of 10 mg of melatonin (n = 15) or placebo (n = 15) for 30 days with a calorie-restricted diet. Serum levels of melatonin, 4-hydroxynonenal (HNE), adiponectin, omentin-1, leptin, and resistin, as well as erythrocytic malondialdehyde (MDA) concentration and Zn/Cu-superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activities, were measured at baseline and after supplementation...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
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