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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647202/the-current-state-of-teleophthalmology-in-the-united-states
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REVIEW
Siddarth Rathi, Edmund Tsui, Nitish Mehta, Sarwar Zahid, Joel S Schuman
Telemedicine services facilitate the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of the remote patient. Telemedicine has rapidly flourished in the United States and has improved access to care, outcomes, and patient satisfaction. However, the use of telemedicine in ophthalmology is currently in its infancy and has yet to gain wide acceptance. Current models of telemedicine in ophthalmology are largely performed via "store and forward" methods, but remote monitoring and interactive modalities exist. Although studies have examined the effects of telemedicine, few reports have characterized its current status...
June 21, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646966/a-systematic-approach-to-diagnosing-intra-thoracic-tuberculosis-in-children
#2
Carlos M Perez-Velez, Claudia L Roya-Pabon, Ben J Marais
Children suffer a huge and often underappreciated burden of disease in tuberculosis (TB) endemic countries. Major hurdles include limited awareness among health care workers, poor integration of TB into maternal and child health approaches, diagnostic difficulties and a lack of child-friendly treatment options. Accurate disease diagnosis is particularly difficult in young and vulnerable children who tend to develop paucibacillary disease and are unable to produce an expectorated sputum sample. In addition, access to chest radiography is problematic in resource-limited settings...
June 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646954/development-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-rsv-vaccines-for-infants
#3
Hannah E Gerretsen, Charles J Sande
2017 will mark the 60(th) anniversary since the first isolation of RSV in children. In spite of concerted efforts over all these years, the goal of developing an effective vaccine against paediatric RSV disease has remained elusive. One of the main hurdles standing in the way of an effective vaccine is the fact that the age incidence of severe disease peaks within the first 3 months of life, providing limited opportunity for intervention. In addition to this complexity, the spectre of failed historical vaccines, which increased the risk of illness and death upon subsequent natural infection, has substantially increased the safety criteria against which modern vaccines will be assessed...
June 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645642/ngs-and-blood-group-systems-state-of-the-art-and-perspectives
#4
Y Fichou, C Férec
Molecular analysis, or genotyping, of genes involved in the expression of blood group antigens has been a standard strategy used in immunohaematology laboratories routinely. For the past ten years, next-generation sequencing (NGS), or second-generation sequencing, has become the reference method in genetics. Extensive study of distinct targets, large genomic regions, and even whole genome is henceforth possible by this approach at minimal cost. Blood group genotyping has thus taken advantage of this technological advent...
June 20, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644728/liposomes-equipped-with-cell-penetrating-peptide-br2-enhances-chemotherapeutic-effects-of-cantharidin-against-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Xue Zhang, Congcong Lin, Aiping Lu, Ge Lin, Huoji Chen, Qiang Liu, Zhijun Yang, Hongqi Zhang
A main hurdle for the success of tumor-specific liposomes is their inability to penetrate tumors efficiently. In this study, we incorporated a cell-penetrating peptide BR2 onto the surface of a liposome loaded with the anticancer drug cantharidin (CTD) to create a system targeting hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells more efficiently and effectively. The in vitro cytotoxicity assay comparing the loaded liposomes' effects on hepatocellular cancer HepG2 and the control Miha cells showed that CTD-loaded liposomes had a stronger anticancer effect after BR2 modification...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641519/neural-stem-cells-and-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-to-model-rare-cns-diseases
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Lidia De Filippis, Cristina Zalfa, Daniela Ferrari
Despite the great effort spent over the last decades to unravel the pathological mechanisms underpinning the development of central nervous system disorders, most of them remain still unclear. In particular, the study of rare brain diseases is hurdled by the lack of post-mortem samples and of reliable epidemiological studies, thus the setting of in vitro modeling systems appears essential to dissect the puzzle of genetic and environmental alterations affecting neural cells viability and functionality The isolation and expansion in vitro of embryonic (ESC) and fetal neural stem cells (NSC) from human tissue has efficiently allowed to model several neurological diseases "in a dish" and has also provided a novel platform to test potential therapeutic strategies in a pre-clinical setting...
June 15, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639380/bilayer-pbs-quantum-dots-for-high-performance-photodetectors
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Zhenwei Ren, Jiankun Sun, Hui Li, Peng Mao, Yuanzhi Wei, Xinhua Zhong, Jinsong Hu, Shiyong Yang, Jizheng Wang
Due to their wide tunable bandgaps, high absorption coefficients, easy solution processabilities, and high stabilities in air, lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dots (QDs) are increasingly regarded as promising material candidates for next-generation light, low-cost, and flexible photodetectors. Current single-layer PbS-QD photodetectors suffer from shortcomings of large dark currents, low on-off ratios, and slow light responses. Integration with metal nanoparticles, organics, and high-conducting graphene/nanotube to form hybrid PbS-QD devices are proved capable of enhancing photoresponsivity; but these approaches always bring in other problems that can severely hamper the improvement of the overall device performance...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637827/islet-encapsulation-physiological-possibilities-and-limitations
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Olle Korsgren
A logical cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) involves replacing the lost insulin-producing cells with new ones, preferably cells from a well-characterized and unlimited source of human insulin-producing cells. This straightforward and simple solution to provide a cure for T1D is immensely attractive but entails at least two inherent and thus far unresolved hurdles: 1) provision of an unlimited source of functional human insulin-producing cells and 2) prevention of rejection without the side effects of systemic immunosuppression...
July 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634022/goals-and-objectives-of-the-italian-network-for-tumor-biotherapy-nibit
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Vincenzo Russo, Alberto Amadori, Marco Bregni, Luana Calabrò, Mario Paolo Colombo, Massimo Di Nicola, Pier Francesco Ferrucci, Enrico Proietti, Michele Maio, Matteo Bellone
The explosion in the immuno-oncology field, exemplified by the clinical implementation of immune checkpoint inhibitor blockade and other immunotherapeutic strategies was quickly recognized by the Italian biomedical community, thanks to the networking activities of the Italian Network for Tumor Biotherapy (NIBIT), which has been active since 2004 in the diffusion of new scientific and clinical findings in the fields of tumor immunology and immunotherapy. Numerous activities of NIBIT have also helped to overcome the hurdles associated with the clinical implementation of cancer immune-biotherapeutic strategies at the national and international levels...
June 16, 2017: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631503/exercise-induced-cardioprotection-and-the-therapeutic-potential-of-ripc
#10
John C Quindry
In the search for innovative solutions to treat ischemic heart disease, recent basic science and clinical approaches have focused on remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC). Remote ischemic preconditioning involves short intervals of limb blood flow occlusion by the application of a blood pressure cuff inflated to a suprasystolic pressure. The promise of RIPC in the development of new cardioprotective therapies is founded on the premise that it is cost-effective, technically simple, and overcomes many logistical and biochemical hurdles associated with other ischemic preconditioning approaches...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631106/transthoracic-3d-echocardiographic-left-heart-chamber-quantification-in-patients-with-bicuspid-aortic-valve-disease
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Allard T van den Hoven, Jackie S Mc-Ghie, Raluca G Chelu, Anthonie L Duijnhouwer, Vivan J M Baggen, Adriaan Coenen, Wim B Vletter, Marcel L Dijkshoorn, Annemien E van den Bosch, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink
Integration of volumetric heart chamber quantification by 3D echocardiography into clinical practice has been hampered by several factors which a new fully automated algorithm (Left Heart Model, (LHM)) may help overcome. This study therefore aims to evaluate the feasibility and accuracy of the LHM software in quantifying left atrial and left ventricular volumes and left ventricular ejection fraction in a cohort of patients with a bicuspid aortic valve. Patients with a bicuspid aortic valve were prospectively included...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630881/review-of-functional-and-clinical-relevance-of-intrinsic-signal-optical-imaging-in-human-brain-mapping
#12
REVIEW
Katherine A Morone, Joseph S Neimat, Anna W Roe, Robert M Friedman
Intrinsic signal optical imaging (ISOI) within the first decade of its use in humans showed its capacity as a precise functional mapping tool. It is a powerful tool that can be used intraoperatively to help a surgeon to directly identify functional areas of the cerebral cortex. Its use is limited to the intraoperative setting as it requires a craniotomy and durotomy for direct visualization of the brain. It has been applied in humans to study language, somatosensory and visual cortices, cortical hemodynamics, epileptiform activity, and lesion delineation...
July 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629762/targeting-the-tumor-and-its-associated-stroma-one-and-one-can-make-three-in-adoptive-t-cell-therapy-of-solid-tumors
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Anna Mondino, Gerlanda Vella, Laura Icardi
Adoptive T cell therapy (ACT) has become a promising immunotherapeutic option for cancer patients. The proof for ACT therapeutic efficacy was first obtained with allogenic T cells and then reproduced with T cells isolated from patients' tumor samples (i.e. tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes). It is now clear that specificity of ACT products can be educated by genetically engineering T cells with classical T Cell Receptors (TCR) or chimeric antigen receptors (CAR). To date a poor accessibility of the tumor mass and a hostile microenvironment, influenced by genetic and epigenetic instability, mainly limit ACT therapeutic efficacy in the case of solid tumors...
June 15, 2017: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629381/the-era-of-bioengineering-how-will-this-affect-the-next-generation-of-cancer-immunotherapy
#14
REVIEW
Michele Graciotti, Cristiana Berti, Harm-Anton Klok, Lana Kandalaft
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy consists of activating the patient's immune system to fight cancer and has the great potential of preventing future relapses thanks to immunological memory. A great variety of strategies have emerged to harness the immune system against tumors, from the administration of immunomodulatory agents that activate immune cells, to therapeutic vaccines or infusion of previously activated cancer-specific T cells. However, despite great recent progress many difficulties still remain, which prevent the widespread use of immunotherapy...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628776/3d-printed-lattices-as-an-activation-and-expansion-platform-for-t-cell-therapy
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Bahman Delalat, Frances Harding, Batjargal Gundsambuu, Elena M De-Juan-Pardo, Felix M Wunner, Marie-Luise Wille, Marek Jasieniak, Kristen A L Malatesta, Hans J Griesser, Antonio Simula, Dietmar W Hutmacher, Nicolas H Voelcker, Simon C Barry
One of the most significant hurdles to the affordable, accessible delivery of cell therapy is the cost and difficulty of expanding cells to clinically relevant numbers. Immunotherapy to prevent autoimmune disease, tolerate organ transplants or target cancer critically relies on the expansion of specialized T cell populations. We have designed 3D-printed cell culture lattices with highly organized micron-scale architectures, functionalized via plasma polymerization to bind monoclonal antibodies that trigger cell proliferation...
June 7, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628629/understanding-msos-a-qualitative-study-examining-the-implementation-of-a-text-messaging-outbreak-alert-system-in-rural-kenya
#16
Mitsuru Toda, Ian Njeru, Dejan Zurovac, David Kareko, Shikanga O-Tipo, Matilu Mwau, Kouichi Morita
Outbreaks of epidemic diseases pose serious public health risks. To overcome the hurdles of sub-optimal disease surveillance reporting from the health facilities to relevant authorities, the Ministry of Health in Kenya piloted mSOS (mobile SMS-based disease outbreak alert system) in 2013-2014. In this paper, we report the results of the qualitative study, which examined factors that influence the performances of mSOS implementation. In-depth interviews were conducted with 11 disease surveillance coordinators and 32 in-charges of rural health facilities that took part in the mSOS intervention...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626426/potential-of-central-eastern-and-western-africa-medicinal-plants-for-cancer-therapy-spotlight-on-resistant-cells-and-molecular-targets
#17
REVIEW
Armelle T Mbaveng, Victor Kuete, Thomas Efferth
Cancer remains a major health hurdle worldwide and has moved from the third leading cause of death in the year 1990 to second place after cardiovascular disease since 2013. Chemotherapy is one of the most widely used treatment modes; however, its efficiency is limited due to the resistance of cancer cells to cytotoxic agents. The present overview deals with the potential of the flora of Central, Eastern and Western African (CEWA) regions as resource for anticancer drug discovery. It also reviews the molecular targets of phytochemicals of these plants such as ABC transporters, namely P-glycoprotein (P-gp), multi drug-resistance-related proteins (MRPs), breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP, ABCG2) as well as the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR/ErbB-1/HER1), human tumor suppressor protein p53, caspases, mitochondria, angiogenesis, and components of MAP kinase signaling pathways...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625868/distinct-characteristics-of-neonatal-platelet-reactivity
#18
REVIEW
Belay Tesfamariam
Platelets undergo a process of developmental maturation, and hence its regulation of vascular integrity and control of hemostasis at various stages of neonatal ages deserves better characterization. Functional assays for platelets require a larger volume of blood than what is feasible to collect in neonates, creating a technical hurdle that has been a challenge to investigate neonatal platelets. For this reason, the current knowledge of neonatal platelet function has been based on studies from cord blood-derived platelets as a surrogate for neonatal peripheral blood...
June 15, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625831/engineering-challenges-for-brain-tumor-immunotherapy
#19
Johnathan G Lyon, Nassir Mokarram, Tarun Saxena, Sheridan L Carroll, Ravi V Bellamkonda
Malignant brain tumors represent one of the most devastating forms of cancer with abject survival rates that have not changed in the past 60years. This is partly because the brain is a critical organ, and poses unique anatomical, physiological, and immunological barriers. The unique interplay of these barriers also provides an opportunity for creative engineering solutions. Cancer immunotherapy, a means of harnessing the host immune system for anti-tumor efficacy, is becoming a standard approach for treating many cancers...
June 15, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624227/efficient-smn-rescue-following-subcutaneous-tricyclo-dna-antisense-oligonucleotide-treatment
#20
Valérie Robin, Graziella Griffith, John-Paul L Carter, Christian J Leumann, Luis Garcia, Aurélie Goyenvalle
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a recessive disease caused by mutations in the SMN1 gene, which encodes the protein survival motor neuron (SMN), whose absence dramatically affects the survival of motor neurons. In humans, the severity of the disease is lessened by the presence of a gene copy, SMN2. SMN2 differs from SMN1 by a C-to-T transition in exon 7, which modifies pre-mRNA splicing and prevents successful SMN synthesis. Splice-switching approaches using antisense oligonucleotides (AONs) have already been shown to correct this SMN2 gene transition, providing a therapeutic avenue for SMA...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
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