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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535549/epidural-dexamethasone-influences-postoperative-analgesia-after-major-abdominal-surgery
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Jeong-Min Hong, Kyung-Hoon Kim, Hyeon Jeong Lee, Jae-Young Kwon, Hae-Kyu Kim, Hyae-Jin Kim, Ah-Reum Cho, Wang-Seok Do, Hyo Sung Kim
BACKGROUND: Epidurally administered dexamethasone might reduce postoperative pain. However, the effect of epidural administration of dexamethasone on postoperative epidural analgesia in major abdominal surgery has been doubtful. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects and optimal dose of epidural dexamethasone on pain after major abdominal surgery. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective randomized, double-blind study. SETTING: University hospital...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534875/dose-dependent-social-cognitive-effects-of-intranasal-oxytocin-delivered-with-novel-breath-powered-device-in-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-double-blind-crossover-trial
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D S Quintana, L T Westlye, S Hope, T Nærland, T Elvsåshagen, E Dørum, Ø Rustan, M Valstad, L Rezvaya, H Lishaugen, E Stensønes, S Yaqub, K T Smerud, R A Mahmoud, P G Djupesland, O A Andreassen
The neuropeptide oxytocin has shown promise as a treatment for symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). However, clinical research progress has been hampered by a poor understanding of oxytocin's dose-response and sub-optimal intranasal delivery methods. We examined two doses of oxytocin delivered using a novel Breath Powered intranasal delivery device designed to improve direct nose-to-brain activity in a double-blind, crossover, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. In a randomized sequence of single-dose sessions, 17 male adults with ASD received 8 international units (IU) oxytocin, 24IU oxytocin or placebo followed by four social-cognitive tasks...
May 23, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534811/hormetic-property-of-ginseng-steroids-on-anti-oxidant-status-against-exercise-challenge-in-rat-skeletal-muscle
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Ming-Fen Hsu, Szu-Hsien Yu, Mallikarjuna Korivi, Wei-Horng Jean, Shin-Da Lee, Chih-Yang Huang, Yi-Hung Liao, Jessica Lu, Chia-Hua Kuo
BACKGROUND: Existing literature on anti-oxidant capacity of ginseng has been inconsistent due to variance in the profile of ginseng steroids (Ginsenosides) that is because of differences in seasons and species. METHODS: We used various doses of ginseng steroids to determine its effect on oxidative stress and anti-oxidant capacity of rat skeletal muscle against exercise. RESULTS: Under non-exercise conditions, we found increased thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARS) levels and decreased reduced/oxidized glutathione ratio (GSH/GSSG) in rat skeletal muscle as dose increases (p < 0...
May 19, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534613/flashbody-a-next-generation-fluobody-with-fluorescence-intensity-enhanced-by-antigen-binding
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Devina Wongso, Jinhua Dong, Hiroshi Ueda, Tetsuya Kitaguchi
Fluorescent probes are valuable tools for visualizing the spatiotemporal dynamics of molecules in living cells. Here we developed a genetically-encoded antibody probe with antigen-dependent fluorescence intensity called "Flashbody". We first created a fusion of EGFP to the single chain variable region fragment (scFv) of antibody against seven amino acids of the bone Gla protein C-terminus (BGPC7) called BGP Fluobody, which successfully showed the intracellular localization of BGPC7-tagged protein. To generate BGP Flashbody, circularly permuted GFP was inserted in between two variable region fragments, and the linkers were optimized, resulting in fluorescence intensity increase of 300% upon binding with BGPC7 in a dose-dependent manner...
May 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533938/radionuclide-bone-scan-spect-ct-lowering-the-dose-of-ct-significantly-reduces-radiation-dose-without-impacting-ct-image-quality
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Sandeep Kumar Gupta, Scott Trethewey, Bree Brooker, Natalie Rutherford, Jenny Diffey, Suresh Viswanathan, John Attia
The CT component of SPECT-CT is required for attenuation correction and anatomical localization of the uptake on SPECT but there is no guideline about the optimal CT acquisition parameters. In our department, a standard CT acquisition protocol was changed in 2013 to give lower radiation dose to the patient. In this study, we retrospectively compared the effects on patient dose as well as the CT image quality with current versus older CT protocols. Ninety nine consecutive patients [n=51 Standard dose 'old' protocol (SDP); n=48 lower dose 'new' protocol (LDP)] with lumbar spine SPECT-CT for bone scan were examined...
2017: American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533924/interferon-free-treatments-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-genotype-1-4-infections-in-a-real-world-setting
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Huascar Ramos, Pedro Linares, Ester Badia, Isabel Martín, Judith Gómez, Carolina Almohalla, Francisco Jorquera, Sara Calvo, Isidro García, Pilar Conde, Begoña Álvarez, Guillermo Karpman, Sara Lorenzo, Visitación Gozalo, Mónica Vásquez, Diana Joao, Marina de Benito, Lourdes Ruiz, Felipe Jiménez, Federico Sáez-Royuela, Asociación Castellano Y Leonesa de Hepatología ACyLHE
AIM: To investigated the real-world effectiveness and safety of various regimens of interferon-free treatments in patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). METHODS: We performed an observational study to analyze different antiviral treatments administered to 462 HCV-infected patients, of which 56.7% had liver cirrhosis. HCV RNA after 4 wk of treatment and at 12 wk after treatment sustained virologic response (SVR) as well as serious adverse events (SAEs) was analyzed first for the whole cohort and then separately in patients who met or did not meet the inclusion criteria of a clinical trial (CT-met and CT-unmet, respectively)...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533798/optimal-bladder-filling-during-high-dose-rate-intracavitary-brachytherapy-for-cervical-cancer-a-dosimetric-study
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Umesh Mahantshetty, Saurabha Shetty, Dipanjan Majumder, Pranjal Adurkar, Jamema Swamidas, Reena Engineer, Supriya Chopra, Shyamkishore Shrivastava
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to compare 3D dose volume histogram (DVH) parameters of bladder and other organs at risk with different bladder filling protocol during high-dose-rate intracavitary brachytherapy (HDR-ICBT) in cervical cancer, and to find optimized bladder volume. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This dosimetric study was completed with 21 patients who underwent HDR-ICBT with computed tomography/magnetic resonance compatible applicator as a routine treatment...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532693/a-prospective-national-survey-of-coronary-ct-angiography-radiation-doses-in-the-united-kingdom
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Isabel A Castellano, Edward D Nicol, Russell K Bull, Carl A Roobottom, Michelle C Williams, Stephen P Harden
BACKGROUND: Little real-world radiation dose data exist for the majority of cardiovascular CT. Some data have been published for coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) specifically, but they invariably arise from high-volume centres with access to the most recent technology. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to document real-world radiation doses for coronary CTA in the United Kingdom, and to establish their relationship to clinical protocol selection, acquisition heart rate, and scanner technology...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532508/is-it-possible-for-knowledge-based-planning-to-improve-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-plan-quality-for-planners-with-different-planning-experiences-in-left-sided-breast-cancer-patients
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Juanqi Wang, Weigang Hu, Zhaozhi Yang, Xiaohui Chen, Zhiqiang Wu, Xiaoli Yu, Xiaomao Guo, Saiquan Lu, Kaixuan Li, Gongyi Yu
BACKGROUND: Knowledge-based planning (KBP) is a promising technique that can improve plan quality and increase planning efficiency. However, no attempts have been made to extend the domain of KBP for planners with different planning experiences so far. The purpose of this study was to quantify the potential gains for planners with different planning experiences after implementing KBP in intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) plans for left-sided breast cancer patients. METHODS: The model libraries were populated with 80 expert clinical plans from treated patients who previously received left-sided breast-conserving surgery and IMRT with simultaneously integrated boost...
May 22, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532398/clinical-outcomes-of-linezolid-and-vancomycin-in-patients-with-nosocomial-pneumonia-caused-by-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-stratified-by-baseline-renal-function-a-retrospective-cohort-analysis
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Ping Liu, Blair Capitano, Amy Stein, Ali A El-Solh
BACKGROUND: The primary objective of this study is to assess whether baseline renal function impacts treatment outcomes of linezolid and vancomycin (with a dose-optimized regimen) for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort analysis of data generated from a prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trial (NCT 00084266). The analysis included 405 patients with culture-proven MRSA pneumonia. Baseline renal function was stratified based on creatinine clearance...
May 22, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532117/optimization-for-extracellular-biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-by-penicillium-aculeatum-su1-and-their-antimicrobial-activity-and-cytotoxic-effect-compared-with-silver-ions
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Liang Ma, Wei Su, Jian-Xin Liu, Xiao-Xi Zeng, Zhi Huang, Wen Li, Zheng-Chun Liu, Jian-Xin Tang
The present study addresses an eco-friendly and energy-saving method for extracellular biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using a cell free filtrate of the fungus strain Penicillium aculeatum Su1 as a reducing agent. Parametric optimization of the biosynthesis process demonstrated different effects on the size, distribution, yield, and synthesis rate of biosynthesized AgNPs. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements demonstrated that AgNPs were spherical or approximately spherical, with a size between 4 and 55nm...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532000/sorption-of-iodide-i-from-aqueous-solution-using-mg-al-layered-double-hydroxides
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Frederick L Theiss, Godwin A Ayoko, Ray L Frost
In this article, the authors report the adsorption of iodide by Mg/Al LDHs and thermally activated LDH materials in laboratory scale batch experiments. The optimal Mg/Al cation ratio was 3:1while the percentage iodide uptake increased with increasing adsorbent dose up to 1g/20mL of solution. The effect of initial iodide concentration was investigated using the Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherm models, while the pseudo second order kinetic model appeared to provide the best fit for the experimental data...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531226/intercenter-validation-of-a-knowledge-based-model-for-automated-planning-of-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-prostate-cancer-the-experience-of-the-german-rapidplan-consortium
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Carolin Schubert, Oliver Waletzko, Christian Weiss, Dirk Voelzke, Sevda Toperim, Arnd Roeser, Silvia Puccini, Marc Piroth, Christian Mehrens, Jan-Dirk Kueter, Kirsten Hierholz, Karsten Gerull, Antonella Fogliata, Andreas Block, Luca Cozzi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of a model-based optimisation process for volumetric modulated arc therapy applied to prostate cancer in a multicentric cooperative group. The RapidPlan (RP) knowledge-based engine was tested for the planning of Volumetric modulated arc therapy with RapidArc on prostate cancer patients. The study was conducted in the frame of the German RapidPlan Consortium (GRC). METHODS AND MATERIALS: 43 patients from one institute of the GRC were used to build and train a RP model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530603/modelling-of-the-effect-of-selenium-fertilization-on-the-content-of-bioactive-compounds-in-broccoli-heads
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Andrea Mahn
Selenium (Se) exerts many effects beneficial to health. Broccoli is a Se-hyperaccumulator plant, with Se-fertilization increasing its potential as a functional food. We studied the effect of dose, and the developmental stage at the beginning of Se-fortification, on antioxidant capacity, phenolics, glucosinolates, sulphoraphane, Se-methyl selenocysteine and myrosinase in broccoli. Se-fortification decreased the antioxidant properties and sulphur-containing compounds, but increased Se-methyl-selenocysteine content...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530533/respiratory-motion-management-in-pet-ct-applications-and-clinical-usefulness
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Luca Guerra, Elena De Ponti, Sabrina Morzenti, Chiara Spadavecchia, Cinzia Crivellaro
Although breathing movement can introduce heavy bias in both image quality and quantitation, currently there is lack of interest for the respiratory motion management in PET/CT imaging. The respiratory gating technology has shown significant benefits on image quality, reducing motion related artifacts and increasing quantification. Indeed, many papers have demonstrated that there is a consistent increase of the Standardized Uptake Value (SUV) in gated PET images when compared to ungated ones, particularly for the small lesions located both in liver and in lung...
May 19, 2017: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530526/warfarin-management-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-within-an-integrated-health-care-system
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JaeJin An, Fang Niu, Chengyi Zheng, Nazia Rashid, Robert A Mendes, Diana Dills, Lien Vo, Prianka Singh, Amanda Bruno, Daniel T Lang, Paul T Le, Kristin P Jazdzewski, Gustavus Aranda
BACKGROUND: Warfarin is a common treatment option to manage patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) in clinical practice. Understanding current pharmacist-led anticoagulation clinic management patterns and associated outcomes is important for quality improvement; however, currently little evidence associating outcomes with management patterns exists. OBJECTIVES: To (a) describe warfarin management patterns and (b) evaluate associations between warfarin treatment and clinical outcomes for patients with NVAF in an integrated health care system...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530525/cost-effectiveness-of-nivolumab-ipilimumab-combination-therapy-compared-with-monotherapy-for-first-line-treatment-of-metastatic-melanoma-in-the-united-states
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Anna Oh, Dang M Tran, Leann C McDowell, Dor Keyvani, Jay Andrew Barcelon, Oscar Merino, Leslie Wilson
BACKGROUND: The approval of new immunotherapies has dramatically changed the treatment landscape of metastatic melanoma. These survival gains come with trade-offs in side effects and costs, as well as important considerations for third-party payer systems, physicians, and patients. OBJECTIVE: To develop a Markov model to determine the cost-effectiveness of nivolumab, ipilimumab, and nivolumab-ipilimumab combination as firstline therapy in metastatic melanoma, while accounting for differential effectiveness in programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) positive and negative patients...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529900/immunotherapy-and-radiation-therapy-for-operable-early-stage-and-locally-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Neil K Taunk, Andreas Rimner, Melissa Culligan, Joseph S Friedberg, Julie Brahmer, Jamie Chaft
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common cause of cancer mortality. Although a significant proportion of patients can be cured with surgery, with or without adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation, a significant proportion of patients will fail, particularly distantly. Over fifty percent of patients present with stage IV disease. There are multiple forms of immunotherapy available including T-cell transfer, cytokine therapy, and oncolytic viruses. Checkpoint inhibitors have shown tremendous activity in NSCLC and are currently under intense study given promising data on response...
April 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529840/adoptive-cell-therapy-with-tregs-to-improve-transplant-outcomes-the-promise-and-the-stumbling-blocks
#19
Mohamed B Ezzelarab, Angus W Thomson
The contribution of regulatory T cells (Treg) to the induction and maintenance of tolerance is well-recognized in rodents and may contribute to long-term human organ allograft survival. The therapeutic efficacy of adoptively-transferred Treg in promoting tolerance to organ allografts is well-recognized in mouse models. Early phase 1/2 clinical studies of Treg therapy have been conducted in patients with type-1 (autoimmune) diabetes and refractory Crohn's disease, and for inhibition of graft-versus-host disease following bone marrow transplantation with proven safety...
December 2016: Current Transplantation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529750/phase-i-study-of-weekly-palliative-chemotherapy-with-low-dose-third-line-paclitaxel-for-biliary-tract-cancer
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Hidehiro Tajima, Tetsuo Ohta, Hiroyuki Shinbashi, Atsushi Hirose, Mitsuyoshi Okazaki, Takahisa Yamaguchi, Yoshinao Ohbatake, Koichi Okamoto, Shinichi Nakanuma, Seisho Sakai, Jun Kinoshita, Isamu Makino, Keishi Nakamura, Hironori Hayashi, Katsunobu Oyama, Masafumi Inokuchi, Tomoharu Miyashita, Hiroyuki Takamura, Itasu Ninomiya, Sachio Fushida, Hiroyuki Nakamura
The prognosis of patients with unresectable and recurrent biliary tract cancer (BTC) is very poor. Although gemcitabine (GEM) plus cisplatin therapy is useful for unresectable cases, the median overall survival (OS) of the patients is <1 year, and third-line chemotherapy following failure of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and GEM plus cisplatin is currently unavailable. The clinical efficacy and basic effects of low-dose paclitaxel (PTX) therapy for patients with BTC was previously reported. We herein present the results of a phase I clinical trial of weekly low-dose PTX as third-line palliative chemotherapy...
May 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
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