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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911423/-core-principles-of-treatment-of-corneal-damage-in-patients-with-thyroid-eye-disease
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Ya O Grusha, D S Ismailova, L V Sherstneva
AIM: To develop a therapeutic approach and to estimate the efficiency of complex treatment of corneal damage in patients with thyroid eye disease (TED). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study enrolled 44 patients (52 eyes) divided into 2 groups depending on the severity of corneal damage. Treatment of those with severe involvement included pathogenetic measures (pulse steroid therapy and/or radiation therapy) and surgery (orbital decompression, eyelid and corneal surgery)...
2016: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911333/the-%C3%A2-strand-ryhming-test-is-not-a-feasible-measure-in-ambulatory-patients-with%C3%A2-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Annerieke C van Groenestijn, Olaf Verschuren, Carin D Schröder, Leonard H van den Berg, Johanna M A Visser-Meily
BACKGROUND: Ambulatory patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) show a decreased aerobic capacity which may hamper the ability to perform activities of daily living. A standardized measure, however, for assessing aerobic capacity in patients with ALS during the disease course, is lacking. OBJECTIVE: To examine the feasibility of the Åstrand-Ryhming (ÅR) test protocol longitudinally in ambulatory patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: Seven ambulatory male patients with spinal ALS onset were assessed at baseline and at 4, 7 and 10 months' follow-up...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911110/mannose-binding-lectin-deficiency-in-brazilian-patients-with-spondyloarthritis
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Thelma L Skare, Renato Nisihara, Juliana Z Cieslinski, João O Zeni, Henrique N Rasera, Iara Messias-Reason, Shirley R R Utiyama
BACKGROUND: Infections are usually involved in the pathogenesis of spondyloarthritis (SpA). Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is a component of the innate immune system with an important role in microbial defense. OBJECTIVE: To study the prevalence of MBL deficiency in SpA patients as well as its influence in the clinical profile of these diseases. METHODS: We studied 89 SpA patients and 89 healthy individuals, paired for age and gender. MBL serum levels were measured by ELISA test...
December 2, 2016: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911071/severe-brain-injury-in-massachusetts-assessing-the-continuum-of-care
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Laura Lorenz, Gabrielle Katz
Acquired brain injury (ABI) is a major public health problem in Massachusetts (Hackman et al, 2014) and includes traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, ABI-related infectious diseases, metabolic disorders affecting the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), and brain tumor. Advances in emergency medical care and neurosurgery mean that more people are surviving severe traumatic brain injury (Trexler et al, 2014). Yet many patients with severe TBI in particular, are not receiving inpatient services after initial treatment (Hackman et al, 2014; CDC, 2014) or later that are known to be effective (Malec & Kean, 2015; Lewis & Horn, 2015; BI Commission, 2011; Kolakowsky-Hayner et al, 2000; Interviews)...
December 10, 2015: Issue Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911019/the-impact-and-measurement-of-social-dysfunction-in-late-life-depression-an-evaluation-of-current-methods-with-a-focus-on-wearable-technology
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Sophie Hodgetts, Peter Gallagher, Daniel Stow, I Nicol Ferrier, John T O'Brien
OBJECTIVE: Depression is known to negatively impact social functioning, with patients commonly reporting difficulties maintaining social relationships. Moreover, a large body of evidence suggests poor social functioning is not only present in depression but that social functioning is an important factor in illness course and outcome. In addition, good social relationships can play a protective role against the onset of depressive symptoms, particularly in late-life depression. However, the majority of research in this area has employed self-report measures of social function...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911005/adsorption-as-a-contributor-for-inflammatory-mediators-removal-by-different-hemofiltration-membranes-a-pilot-study
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Benjamin Malard, Nans Florens, Corine Lambert, Laurent Juillard
Atherosclerosis is an important predictor of mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and is associated with a wide inflammatory response. The aim of this study is to evaluate in vitro how different membranes can remove mediators associated with this pathology in a closed loop dialysis model. We performed experimental hemofiltration in vitro using three different membrane materials. Human plasma was preliminarily incubated with various inflammatory mediators and filtered in a closed loop circulation model for 240 min...
December 2, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911002/what-is-quality-of-life-and-how-do-we-measure-it-relevance-to-parkinson-s-disease-and-movement-disorders
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REVIEW
Pablo Martinez-Martin
Health-related quality of life is a patient-reported outcome that complements clinical evaluation and provides information about disease activity and effects of the treatment. The objective of this review is to present the conceptual framework, the measures, and some of their most relevant applications in the field of Parkinson's disease and movement disorders. Health-related quality of life is a subjective, individual, and multidimensional construct, and its main dimensions are physical, mental, and social, besides global perceptions of health and personal domains...
December 2, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910923/protein-expression-from-unintegrated-hiv-1-dna-introduces-bias-in-primary-in-vitro-post-integration-latency-models
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Pawel Bonczkowski, Marie-Angélique De Scheerder, Eva Malatinkova, Alexandra Borch, Zora Melkova, Renate Koenig, Ward De Spiegelaere, Linos Vandekerckhove
To understand the persistence of latently HIV-1 infected cells in virally suppressed infected patients, a number of in vitro models of HIV latency have been developed. In an attempt to mimic the in vivo situation as closely as possible, several models use primary cells and replication-competent viruses in combination with antiretroviral compounds to prevent ongoing replication. Latency is subsequently measured by HIV RNA and/or protein production after cellular activation. To discriminate between pre- and post-integration latency, integrase inhibitors are routinely used, preventing novel integrations upon cellular activation...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910803/the-prognostic-and-predictive-value-of-tmprss2-erg-gene-fusion-and-erg-protein-expression-in-prostate-cancer-biopsies
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Kasper Drimer Berg
BACKGROUND: The clinical course of prostate carcinoma (PCa) is very heterogeneous. Consequently, a personalised approach for risk stratification and treatment planning is important. Recently, it has become evident that PCa, also at the genomic level, is heterogeneous. An early and common alteration is the gene fusion between the transmembrane protease serine 2 (TMPRSS2) gene and the v-ets avian erythroblastosis virus E26 oncogene homolog (ERG) gene resulting in expression of the oncoprotein ERG...
December 2016: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910154/interferon-free-regimens-improve-portal-hypertension-and-histological-necroinflammation-in-hiv-hcv-patients-with-advanced-liver-disease
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P Schwabl, M Mandorfer, S Steiner, B Scheiner, D Chromy, M Herac, T Bucsics, H Hayden, K Grabmeier-Pfistershammer, A Ferlitsch, G Oberhuber, M Trauner, M Peck-Radosavljevic, T Reiberger
BACKGROUND: HIV/HCV co-infected patients show accelerated fibrosis progression and higher risk for complications of portal hypertension (PHT). AIM: To assess the effects of interferon-free therapy on portal pressure, liver histology and plasma biomarkers in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients with PHT. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with paired hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) measurements prior and after successful treatment (SVR) with interferon-free regimens were included...
January 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910111/cystatin-c-and-epicardial-adipose-tissue-as-noninvasive-predictors-of-cardiovascular-risk-in-acromegaly
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Anna Aulinas, Iris Crespo, David Viladés, Ruben Leta, Eulàlia Urgell, Betina Biagetti, Susan M Webb, Elena Valassi
BACKGROUND: Acromegaly (ACRO) is associated with elevated cardiovascular risk, although the prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) is unclear. Increased epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) and elevated cystatin-C (Cys-C) levels are cardiovascular risk factors, also related to the progression of CAD in several populations. AIMS: To measure the severity and extent of CAD in patients with ACRO and to determine whether either EAT or Cys-C reflect higher cardiovascular risk in patients with ACRO than in healthy controls...
November 7, 2016: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909722/expression-of-soluble-programmed-death-1-protein-in-peripheral-blood-regulatory-t-cells-and-its-effects-on-rheumatoid-arthritis-progression
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Chun-Feng Ren, Ya-Xin Zhao, Chun-Feng Hou, Luan Luan, Guo-Qing Duan, Shu-Jie Li, Jian-Hong Zhao
The present study aimed to investigate the role of the soluble programmed death‑1 (sPD-1) protein, which is released by peripheral blood regulatory T cells (Treg) during the progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). From October 2012 to May 2014, 82 RA patients (RA group) and 90 healthy volunteers (healthy controls; HC) were recruited. Cluster of differentiation (CD)4, CD25 and forkhead/winged helix transcription factor p3 (Foxp3) and expression of cytotoxic T lymphocyte associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) and Foxp3 were detected by flow cytometry...
November 28, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909718/enzalutamide-inhibits-proliferation-of-gemcitabine-resistant-bladder-cancer-cells-with-increased-androgen-receptor-expression
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Koji Kameyama, Kengo Horie, Kosuke Mizutani, Taku Kato, Yasunori Fujita, Kyojiro Kawakami, Toshio Kojima, Tatsuhiko Miyazaki, Takashi Deguchi, Masafumi Ito
Advanced bladder cancer is treated mainly with gemcitabine and cisplatin, but most patients eventually become resistance. Androgen receptor (AR) signaling has been implicated in bladder cancer as well as other types of cancer including prostate cancer. In this study, we investigated the expression and role of AR in gemcitabine-resistant bladder cancer cells and also the potential of enzalutamide, an AR inhibitor, as a therapeutic for the chemoresistance. First of all, we established gemcitabine-resistant T24 cells (T24GR) from T24 bladder cancer cells and performed gene expression profiling...
November 24, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909528/influence-of-inter-electrode-atrial-lead-distance-on-acapconfirm%C3%A2-viability
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Lapuerta Irigoyen J A, Valverde Andre I, Vigil Escalera P, Gonzalez Vasserot M
Introduction: The AcapConfirm™ feature available with the Zephyr pacemaker family (St. Jude Medical) is designed for monitoring patient's atrial capture threshold periodically, and automatically adjusting the atrial pulse amplitude. Previous studies showed a relative low proportion of patients at three months follow-up with recommended automatic atrial capture after the AcapConfirm™ viability test. The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the effect of inter electrode distance on the viability of the AcapConfirm™ algorithm...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909458/the-association-between-post-stroke-depression-and-the-activities-of-daily-living-gait-balance-in-patients-with-first-onset-stroke-patients
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Geun-Young Park, Sun Im, Soo-Jung Lee, Chi-Un Pae
This study evaluated the association between post-stroke depression (PSD) and clinical outcomes, including activities of daily living (ADL) and gait balance, in patients with first-onset stroke. One hundred and eighty inpatients were recruited and followed-up for a 6-month. The depressive, cognitive, and stroke symptoms were assessed using the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the Global Deterioration Scale (GDS), the modified Rankin Scale (MRS), and the Berg Balance Scale (BBS). All patients were assessed at baseline and at the end of the observation (6-month)...
November 2016: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909403/cortical-sensorimotor-processing-of-painful-pressure-in-patients-with-chronic-lower-back-pain-an-optical-neuroimaging-study-using-fnirs
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Andrea Vrana, Michael L Meier, Sabina Hotz-Boendermaker, Barry K Humphreys, Felix Scholkmann
In this study we investigated sensorimotor processing of painful pressure stimulation on the lower back of patients with chronic lower back pain (CLBP) by using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to measure changes in cerebral hemodynamics and oxygenation. The main objectives were whether patients with CLBP show different relative changes in oxy- and deoxyhemoglobin ([O2Hb] and [HHb]) in the supplementary motor area (SMA) and primary somatosensory cortex (S1) compared to healthy controls (HC). Twelve patients with CLBP (32 ± 6...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909267/comparison-of-green-pit-viper-and-agkistrodon-halys-antivenom-in-inhibition-of-coagulopathy-due-to-trimeresurus-albolabris-venom-an-in-vitro-study-using-human-plasma
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S K Lam, S F Yip, P Crow, H T Fung, J Mh Cheng, K S Tan, O F Wong, D Yt Yeung, Y K Wong, K M Poon, G Ades
INTRODUCTION: There are two antivenoms that may be administered in Hong Kong following a bite by Trimeresurus albolabris: the green pit viper antivenom from the Thai Red Cross Society in Thailand and the Agkistrodon halys antivenom from the Shanghai Institute of Biological Products in China. Both are recommended by the Central Coordinating Committee of Accident and Emergency Services of the Hospital Authority for treating patients with a bite by Trimeresurus albolabris. The choice of which antivenom to use is based on physician preference...
December 2, 2016: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909139/safety-and-efficacy-of-sbi-087-a-subcutaneous-agent-for-b-cell-depletion-in-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-results-from-a-phase-ii-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Nemanja Damjanov, Malgorzata Tlustochowicz, Jacob Aelion, Maria Greenwald, Annette Diehl, Indranil Bhattacharya, Elena Peeva, Sandeep Menon, Ian Gourley
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate subcutaneous SBI-087 to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: A total of 210 adult patients with active RA were randomized to receive either 200 mg SBI-087 or placebo (Pbo), according to one of these patterns: SBI/Pbo/Pbo (SBI on Day 1), SBI/SBI/Pbo (SBI days 1 and 15), SBI/Pbo/SBI (SBI days 1 and 84), SBI/SBI/SBI (SBI days 1, 15, and 84), or Pbo/Pbo/Pbo (Pbo all 3 days). All patients were seropositive and taking background methotrexate...
December 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909125/ageing-deep-vein-thrombosis-and-male-gender-predict-poor-outcome-after-acute-achilles-tendon-rupture
#19
E Domeij- Arverud, P Anundsson, E Hardell, G Barreng, G Edman, A Latifi, F Labruto, P W Ackermann
AIMS: Patients with an acute Achilles tendon rupture (ATR) take a long time to heal, have a high incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and widely variable functional outcomes. This variation in outcome may be explained by a lack of knowledge of adverse factors, and a subsequent shortage of appropriate interventions. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 111 patients (95 men, 16 women; mean age 40.3, standard deviation 8.4) with an acute total ATR were prospectively assessed...
December 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909084/sustained-benefits-of-exercise-based-motivational-interviewing-but-only-among-nonusers-of-opioids-in-patients-with-fibromyalgia
#20
Sunghye Kim, James E Slaven, Dennis C Ang
OBJECTIVE: Given the known side effects of opioids and their potential effects on cognition, we sought to evaluate the benefits of motivational interviewing (MI) to promote physical activity on 2 subsets of participants with fibromyalgia (FM): nonusers and users of opioids. METHODS: This was a secondary data analysis of a 36-week randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy of MI to promote physical activity among participants with FM. Participants were randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms: 6 phone-based MI sessions (n = 107) or 6 sessions of FM self-management instructions [attention control (AC), n = 109]...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
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