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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212271/carbon-nanotubes-as-an-effective-opportunity-for-cancer-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Alessandro Sanginario, Beatrice Miccoli, Danilo Demarchi
Despite the current progresses of modern medicine, the resistance of malignant tumors to present medical treatments points to the necessity of developing new therapeutic approaches. In recent years, numerous studies have focused their attention on the promising use of nanomaterials, like iron oxide nanowires, zinc oxide or mesoporous silica nanoparticles, for cancer and metastasis treatment with the advantage of operating directly at the bio-molecular scale. Among them, carbon nanotubes emerged as valid candidates not only for drug delivery, but also as a valuable tool in cancer imaging and physical ablation...
February 15, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211600/feasibility-of-early-physical-therapy-for-dizziness-after-a-sports-related-concussion-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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J C Reneker, A Hassen, R S Phillips, M C Moughiman, M Donaldson, J Moughiman
The purpose of this study was to (a) assess the feasibility of recruitment/retention of participants, protocol/resource management, and participant safety, and (b) estimate the size of the effect between the experimental and control groups. This was a feasibility study conducted as a prospective pilot double-blind randomized clinical trial. Subjects aged 10-23 years old with acute concussion and dizziness were enrolled from sports medicine centers. Forty-one participants were randomized into treatment and were seen for physical therapy beginning at 10 days post-concussion...
February 17, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211317/primary-human-cytomegalovirus-hcmv-infection-in-pregnancy
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Horst Buxmann, Klaus Hamprecht, Matthias Meyer-Wittkopf, Klaus Friese
BACKGROUND: In 0.5-4% of pregnancies, the prospective mother sustains a primary infection with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). An HCMV infection of the fetus in the first or second trimester can cause complex post-encephalitic impairment of the infant brain, leading to motor and mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, retinal defects, and progressive hearing loss. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent publications from January 2000 to October 2016 that were retrieved by a selective search in PubMed employing the terms "cytomegalovirus and pregnancy" and "congenital cytomegalovirus...
January 27, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210937/imp3-expression-in-small-intestine-neuroendocrine-neoplasms-a-new-predictor-of-recurrence
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Sara Massironi, Alessandro Del Gobbo, Federica Cavalcoli, Stefano Fiori, Dario Conte, Alessio Pellegrinelli, Massimo Milione, Stefano Ferrero
PURPOSE: Small-intestine neuroendocrine neoplasms are heterogeneous neoplasms arising from endocrine cells of the intestinal mucosa. Ki-67 is the main determinant of prognosis in neuroendocrine neoplasms. However, the search for new prognostic makers represents a key point with regard to small-intestine neuroendocrine neoplasms. The oncofetal protein IMP3 plays a role in cell growth and its expression has a prognostic value in lung neoplasms. METHODS: From January 1998 to August 2015, all the consecutive small-intestine neuroendocrine neoplasms patients suitable for surgery were included: 51 patients (32 males, median age 68 years) had small-intestine neuroendocrine neoplasms classified according to the WHO 2010 classification...
February 17, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210908/updates-in-outcomes-of-stereotactic-radiation-therapy-in-acromegaly
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Monica Livia Gheorghiu
Purpose Treatment of acromegaly has undergone important progress in the last 20 years mainly due to the development of new medical options and advances in surgical techniques. Pituitary surgery is usually first-line therapy, and medical treatment is indicated for persistent disease, while radiation (RT) is often used as third-line therapy. The benefits of RT (tumor volume control and decreased hormonal secretion) are hampered by the long latency of the effect and the high risk of adverse effects. Stereotactic RT methods have been developed with the aim to provide more precise targeting of the tumor with better control of the radiation dose received by the adjacent brain structures...
February 16, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210784/novel-aids-therapies-based-on-gene-editing
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Kamel Khalili, Martyn K White, Jeffrey M Jacobson
HIV/AIDS remains a major public health issue. In 2014, it was estimated that 36.9 million people are living with HIV worldwide, including 2.6 million children. Since the advent of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), in the 1990s, treatment has been so successful that in many parts of the world, HIV has become a chronic condition in which progression to AIDS has become increasingly rare. However, while people with HIV can expect to live a normal life span with cART, lifelong medication is required and cardiovascular, renal, liver, and neurologic diseases are still possible, which continues to prompt research for a cure for HIV...
February 16, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210209/lactate-shuttles-in-neuroenergetics-homeostasis-allostasis-and-beyond
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Shayne Mason
Understanding brain energy metabolism-neuroenergetics-is becoming increasingly important as it can be identified repeatedly as the source of neurological perturbations. Within the scientific community we are seeing a shift in paradigms from the traditional neurocentric view to that of a more dynamic, integrated one where astrocytes are no longer considered as being just supportive, and activated microglia have a profound influence. Lactate is emerging as the "good guy," contrasting its classical "bad guy" position in the now superseded medical literature...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210020/p300-wave-changes-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Kristina Tokic, Marina Titlic, Amira Beganovic-Petrovic, Enra Suljic, Rinaldo Romac, Slobodan Silic
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson's disease (PD) is chronic progressive neurodegenerative disease. In patients with Parkinson's disease among other symptoms occur cognitive dysfunctions, which can be shown by P300 wave changes. AIM: The aim of this study was to demonstrate that patients with Parkinson's disease have reduced amplitude and prolonged latency, longer than 300 ± 10 ms. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 21 patient suffering from Parkinson's disease...
December 2016: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209745/platinum-fluoropyrimidine-and-paclitaxel-based-chemotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-advanced-anal-cancer-patients
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Francesco Sclafani, Federica Morano, David Cunningham, Chiara Baratelli, Eleftheria Kalaitzaki, David Watkins, Naureen Starling, Ian Chau, Sheela Rao
BACKGROUND: Although treatment of localized anal cancer (AC) is well established, very little evidence is available to inform the management of advanced tumors, and the prognosis of these patients remains poor. We have analyzed treatment pathways and outcomes of a single-institution series of advanced AC patients in order to provide insight into the management of this rare condition. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Inclusion criteria included epidermoid histology, inoperable locally recurrent or metastatic disease, and availability of full medical records...
February 16, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209634/cognitive-decline-in-prostate-cancer-patients-undergoing-adt
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Niamh Liana Mundell, Robin M Daly, Helen Macpherson, Steve F Fraser
Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is an effective and widely prescribed treatment for prostate cancer (PCa), but it is associated with multiple treatment induced adverse effects that impact on various musculoskeletal and cardiometabolic health outcomes. Emerging research has shown that ADT is also associated with cognitive impairment, which has been linked to a loss of independence, increased falls and fracture risk and greater use of medical services. The aim of this review is to outline the evidence related to the effect of ADT use on cognitive function, and propose a role for exercise training as part of usual care to prevent and/or manage cognitive impairments for PCa survivors on ADT...
February 16, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209605/do-failures-in-non-technical-skills-contribute-to-fatal-medical-accidents-in-japan-a-review-of-the-2010-2013-national-accident-reports
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Masashi Uramatsu, Yoshikazu Fujisawa, Shinya Mizuno, Takahiro Souma, Akinori Komatsubara, Tamotsu Miki
OBJECTIVES: We sought to clarify how large a proportion of fatal medical accidents can be considered to be caused by poor non-technical skills, and to support development of a policy to reduce number of such accidents by making recommendations about possible training requirements. DESIGN: Summaries of reports of fatal medical accidents, published by the Japan Medical Safety Research Organization, were reviewed individually. Three experienced clinicians and one patient safety expert conducted the reviews to determine the cause of death...
February 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209173/moving-from-legality-to-reality-how-medical-abortion-methods-were-introduced-with-implementation-science-in-zambia
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Tamara Fetters, Ghazaleh Samandari, Patrick Djemo, Bellington Vwallika, Stephen Mupeta
BACKGROUND: Although abortion is technically legal in Zambia, the reality is far more complicated. This study describes the process and results of galvanizing access to medical abortion where abortion has been legal for many years, but provision severely limited. It highlights the challenges and successes of scaling up abortion care using implementation science to document 2 years of implementation. METHODS: An intervention between the Ministry of Health, University Teaching Hospital and the international organization Ipas, was established to introduce medical abortion and to address the lack of understanding and implementation of the country's abortion law...
February 16, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209159/do-coursework-summative-assessments-predict-clinical-performance-a-systematic-review
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Rebecca Terry, Wayne Hing, Robin Orr, Nikki Milne
BACKGROUND: Two goals of summative assessment in health profession education programs are to ensure the robustness of high stakes decisions such as progression and licensing, and predict future performance. This systematic and critical review aims to investigate the ability of specific modes of summative assessment to predict the clinical performance of health profession education students. METHODS: PubMed, CINAHL, SPORTDiscus, ERIC and EMBASE databases were searched using key terms with articles collected subjected to dedicated inclusion criteria...
February 16, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208865/adult-neuroblastoma-case-report-and-literature-review
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Vishwapriya Mahadev Godkhindi, Maheboob M Basade, Kamran Khan, Kiran Thorat
Neuroblastoma is the most common solid malignant neoplasm in the paediatric age group; accounting for 7% of all childhood malignancies, but neuroblastoma in adult, is a rare occurrence, finding mention in aeons of medical literature with an overall incidence of 1 in 10 million adults/year. We report the case of a 24-year-old male patient presenting with the complaints of progressive abdominal distention of 2 months duration. Multiple Detector Computed Tomography (MD-CT) of abdomen revealed a huge enhancing mass in the retroperitoneum abutting the left kidney, and a subsequent CT-guided biopsy and immunohistochemistry confirmed the diagnosis of ganglioneuroblastoma...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208826/anticancer-activities-of-c18-c19-c20-and-bis-diterpenoid-alkaloids-derived-from-genus-aconitum
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REVIEW
Meng-Yue Ren, Qing-Tian Yu, Chun-Yu Shi, Jia-Bo Luo
Cancer is one of the most common lethal diseases, and natural products have been extensively studied as anticancer agents considering their availability, low toxicity, and economic affordability. Plants belonging to the genus Aconitum have been widely used medically in many Asian countries since ancient times. These plants have been proven effective for treating several types of cancer, such as lung, stomach, and liver cancers. The main effective components of Aconitum plants are diterpenoid alkaloids-which are divided into C18-, C19-, C20-, and bis-diterpenoid alkaloids-are reportedly some of the most promising, naturally abundant compounds for treating cancer...
February 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208053/retrospective-cohort-study-of-hydrotherapy-in-labor
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Jennifer Vanderlaan
OBJECTIVE: To describe the use of hydrotherapy for pain management in labor. DESIGN: This was a retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Hospital labor and delivery unit in the Northwestern United States, 2006 through 2013. PARTICIPANTS: Women in a nurse-midwifery-managed practice who were eligible to use hydrotherapy during labor. METHODS: Descriptive statistics were used to report the proportion of participants who initiated and discontinued hydrotherapy and duration of hydrotherapy use...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207922/mass-spectrometry-for-the-discovery-of-biomarkers-of-sepsis
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REVIEW
Katelyn R Ludwig, Amanda B Hummon
Sepsis is a serious medical condition that occurs in 30% of patients in intensive care units (ICUs). Early detection of sepsis is key to prevent its progression to severe sepsis and septic shock, which can cause organ failure and death. Diagnostic criteria for sepsis are nonspecific and hinder a timely diagnosis in patients. Therefore, there is currently a large effort to detect biomarkers that can aid physicians in the diagnosis and prognosis of sepsis. Mass spectrometry is often the method of choice to detect metabolomic and proteomic changes that occur during sepsis progression...
February 16, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207279/angiotensin-converting-inhibitors-and-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-and-longitudinal-change-in-percent-emphysema-on-computed-tomography-the-mesa-lung-study
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Megha A Parikh, Carrie P Aaron, Eric A Hoffman, Joseph E Schwartz, Jaime Madrigano, John H M Austin, Ravi Kalhan, Gina Lovasi, Karol Watson, Karen Hinckley Stukovsky, R Graham Barr
RATIONALE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Emphysema on computed tomography (CT) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in patients with and without spirometrically defined COPD but no available medications target emphysema.  Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) and endothelial dysfunction are implicated in emphysema pathogenesis, and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) inhibit TGF-β, improve endothelial function and restore airspace architecture in murine models...
February 16, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205411/perceptions-of-doppler-ultrasound-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-disease-activity-assessment-and-education
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Fredrick Joshua, Christine Bailey, Mona Marabani, Evange Romas, Raymond White, Peter Wong
AIM: The aim of this qualitative study was to report the findings of the Defining rheumatoid arthritis progression using Doppler Ultrasound in Clinical practice (DEDUCE) Medical Practice Activity, which was developed to facilitate the utilization of Doppler ultrasound (DUS) by Australian rheumatologists in the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHOD: Twenty-one rheumatologists recruited a total of 80 patients with RA in Disease Activity Score of 28 joints (DAS28) remission for DUS assessment and completed a pre- and post-activity questionnaire assessing their experience with DUS, as well as a 6-month follow-up questionnaire...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205370/progressive-universalism-the-impact-of-targeted-coverage-on-health-care-access-and-expenditures-in-peru
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Sven Neelsen, Owen O'Donnell
Like other countries seeking a progressive path to universalism, Peru has attempted to reduce inequalities in access to health care by granting the poor entitlement to tax-financed basic care without charge. We identify the impact of this policy by comparing the target population's change in health care utilization with that of poor adults already covered through employment-based insurance. There are positive effects on receipt of ambulatory care and medication that are largest among the elderly and the poorest...
February 16, 2017: Health Economics
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