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Xing Chen, Detlef Wolf, Juliane Siebourg-Polster, Christian Czech, Ulrike Bonati, Dirk Fischer, Omar Khwaja, Martin Strahm
Progressive and irreversible muscle atrophy characterizes Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and other similar muscle disorder diseases. Objective assessment of muscle functions is an essential and important, although challenging, prerequisite for successful clinical trials. Current clinical rating scales restrain the movement abnormalities to certain predefined coarse-grained individual items. The Kinect 3-D sensor has emerged as a low-cost and portable motion sensing technology used to capture and track people's movement in many medical and research fields...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Hugo Legge, Amira Shaheen, Ghassan Shakhshir, Ai Milojevic
BACKGROUND: Water insecurity is an important risk factor for disease. In recent years, Palestinians have seen access to drinking water increasingly restricted. The aim of this study was to describe such changes over time and examine the association between drinking water sources and the health of children younger than 5 years in the occupied Palestinian territory in 2000-14. METHODS: For this repeated cross-sectional study we used data from five Demographic and Health Surveys conducted between 2000 and 2014...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Nishit Bhatnagar, Siddharth Sharma, Virender Kumar Gautam, Ajeet Kumar, Anurag Tiwari
PURPOSE: Spontaneous osteonecrosis of the knee affects the medial femoral condyle in patients above 55 years of age. Many reports and studies are available from western countries. But there is a gross paucity of literature on spontaneous osteonecrosis of the knee (SPONK) in the Indian subcontinent, either it is under-reported or detected at a later stage. The aim of our study was to detect SPONK in Indian population and describe its characteristics, treatment, and outcome. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A prospective study was conducted over a period of three years...
March 18, 2018: International Orthopaedics
Tetsuro Ushio, Ken Okazaki, Hideki Mizu-Uchi, Satoshi Hamai, Yukio Akasaki, Yasuharu Nakashima
Background: An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction has become more common and the surgical morbidity has decreased, it has been performed not only in younger people to play sports but also middle-aged people, with satisfactory results. Therefore, some patients might have comorbidities for which they take medicines. Especially the medicines, such as systemic steroids, might influence the reconstructed ligament strength and durability. Case report: A 49-year-old woman who was taking oral steroids for autoimmune hepatitis suffered a spontaneous ACL injury...
January 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology
Takako Miyamae, Takuma Hara, Aki Hanaya, Yumi Tani, Takayuki Kishi, Hisashi Yamanaka
A 10-year-old girl manifested persistent fever, skin rash, leg pain, fatigue, and joint pain. Based on muscle weakness, elevated muscle-derived enzymes, magnetic resonance imaging, and skin biopsy results, the diagnosis was juvenile idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (JIIM). Chest CT was normal; the anti-melanoma differentiation-associated protein-5 (anti-MDA5) autoantibody was positive. Initial manifestations subsided after prednisolone (PSL) and methotrexate treatment. After the PSL dosage was decreased, the patient presented with metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint pain and swelling in both index fingers, synovial fluid, and signals on power Doppler ultrasound...
2018: Case Reports in Rheumatology
Yajie Zhao, Lin Shen, Xinqiong Huang, Yuxiang He, Jun Fu, Yujie Qian, Shan Li, Na Zhao, Liangfang Shen
The present study retrospectively analyzed the prognostic factors of 135 patients with locally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) who received intensity modulated radiation therapy between August 2008 and January 2012 at Xiangya Hospital of Central South University. Patients were staged from III-IVA according to the 7th American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system. Using Statistical Analysis System 9.3 software, the present study demonstrated that, among these 135 patients, the 5-year overall survival, the 5-year local relapse-free survival, and the 5-year disease metastasis-free survival were 84, 82, and 78%, respectively...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Alyssa K Carlson, Rachel A Rawle, Erik Adams, Mark C Greenwood, Brian Bothner, Ronald K June
Osteoarthritis affects over 250 million individuals worldwide. Currently, there are no options for early diagnosis of osteoarthritis, demonstrating the need for biomarker discovery. To find biomarkers of osteoarthritis in human synovial fluid, we used high performance liquid-chromatography mass spectrometry for global metabolomic profiling. Metabolites were extracted from human osteoarthritic (n = 5), rheumatoid arthritic (n = 3), and healthy (n = 5) synovial fluid, and a total of 1233 metabolites were detected...
March 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Jari A Laukkanen, Tanjaniina Laukkanen, Hassan Khan, Maira Babar, Setor K Kunutsor
Both cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and frequency of sauna bathing (FSB) are each strongly and independently associated with sudden cardiac death (SCD) risk. However, the combined effect of CRF and FSB on SCD risk has not been previously investigated. We evaluated the joint impact of CRF and FSB on the risk of SCD in the Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease prospective cohort study of 2291 men aged 42-61 years at recruitment. Objectively measured CRF and self-reported sauna bathing habits were assessed at baseline...
March 15, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Joseph T Patterson, Kyle Tillinghast, Derek Ward
BACKGROUND: Limited data describe risks and perioperative resource needs of total joint arthroplasty (TJA) in dialysis-dependent patients. METHODS: Retrospective multiple cohort analysis of dialysis-dependent American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program patients undergoing primary elective total hip and knee arthroplasty compared to non-dialysis-dependent controls from 2005 to 2015. Relative risks (RRs) of 30-day adverse events were determined by multivariate regression adjusting for baseline differences...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Baptiste Couvy-Duchesne, Victoria O'Callaghan, Richard Parker, Natalie Mills, Katherine M Kirk, Jan Scott, Anna Vinkhuyzen, Daniel F Hermens, Penelope A Lind, Tracey A Davenport, Jane M Burns, Melissa Connell, Brendan P Zietsch, James Scott, Margaret J Wright, Sarah E Medland, John McGrath, Nicholas G Martin, Ian B Hickie, Nathan A Gillespie
PURPOSE: The Nineteen and Up study (19Up) assessed a range of mental health and behavioural problems and associated risk factors in a genetically informative Australian cohort of young adult twins and their non-twin siblings. As such, 19Up enables detailed investigation of genetic and environmental pathways to mental illness and substance misuse within the Brisbane Longitudinal Twin Sample (BLTS). PARTICIPANTS: Twins and their non-twin siblings from Queensland, Australia; mostly from European ancestry...
March 17, 2018: BMJ Open
Fevzi F Yalniz, Mohammad H Murad, Stephanie J Lee, Steven Z Pavletic, Nandita Khera, Nilay D Shah, Shahrukh K Hashmi
Given the increasing incidence of cGVHD and its rapidly escalating costs due to many lines of drug treatments, we aimed to perform a meta-analysis to assess the comparative effectiveness of various treatment options. Using these results, we then conducted a cost effectiveness analysis (CEA) for the frequently utilized agents in SR-cGVHD. We searched for studies examining tacrolimus, sirolimus, rituximab, ruxolitinib, hydroxychloroquine, imatinib, bortezomib, ibrutinib, extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP), pomalidomide and methotrexate...
March 14, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Chuanpu Hu, Zhenling Yao, Yang Chen, Bruce Randazzo, Liping Zhang, Zhenhua Xu, Amarnath Sharma, Honghui Zhou
Guselkumab, a human IgG1 monoclonal antibody that blocks interleukin-23, has been evaluated in one Phase 2 and two Phase 3 trials in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis, in which disease severity was assessed using Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) and Investigator's Global Assessment (IGA) scores. Through the application of landmark and longitudinal exposure-response (E-R) modeling analyses, we sought to predict the guselkumab dose-response (D-R) relationship using data from 1459 patients who participated in these trials...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
Gulsah Gundogdu, Koksal Gundogdu
Adropin is newly discovered peptide hormone. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a kind of joint disease characterized by progressive joint cartilage loss and joint pain. The present study was carried out to investigate adropin and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) levels and the relationship between adropin in patients with knee OA classified by Kellgren-Lawrence (KL). A total of 60 knee OA patients and 30 healthy controls were included in this study. KL grading was carried out using the radiographic findings. Demographic characteristics and laboratory parameters were recorded...
March 16, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Elham Abdi, Hamid Najafipour, Siyavash Joukar, Shahriar Dabiri, Saeed Esmaeli-Mahani, Elham Abbasloo, Nasrin Houshmandi, Abbas Afsharipour
BACKGROUND: IGF-1 and certain other cytokines have been shown to exert inflammatory/anti-inflammatory roles in chronic joint diseases. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of IGF-1, IL-27 and IL-35, their interaction and their receptor expression in a rheumatoid arthritis model. METHODS: Freund's adjuvant-induced chronic joint inflammation was operated on 160 male rats. Animals were divided into histopathology and receptor expression groups, each composed of 10 subgroups including; control, vehicle, IGF-1, IL-27, IL-35, their antagonists, IGF-1+IL-27 antagonist and IGF-1+IL-35 antagonist...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
E Sayit, A T Sayit, M Bagir, Y Terzi
BACGROUND: Ulnar variance, or the difference in height between the joint surfaces of the distal radius and ulna, may play a role in several diseases of the wrist. HYPOTHESIS: This study was to conduct a detailed analysis of ulnar variance in a wider case series by dividing the patients' radiographs into groups according to age, gender, and side. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty groups were created in order to investigate the change of ulnar variance according to age, gender, and side...
March 13, 2018: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
Liang Liu, Hua-Xiang Xu, Min He, Wei Wang, Wen-Quan Wang, Chun-Tao Wu, Rong-Qiang Wei, Yun Liang, He-Li Gao, Chen Liu, Jin Xu, Jiang Long, Quan-Xing Ni, Cheng-Hao Shao, Jian Wang, Xian-Jun Yu
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the application of the latest 8th American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) staging system in Chinese patients and determined whether the addition of biologic markers could improve the prediction of postsurgical survival in pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PC). METHODS: This multicenter study involved 1,223 consecutive patients who underwent margin-negative pancreatectomy for PC. A scoring system was devised based on AJCC pathologic parameters and biologic markers and defined using a Cox proportional hazards model...
March 13, 2018: Surgery
Keri E Lunsford, Milind Javle, Kirk Heyne, Rachna T Shroff, Reham Abdel-Wahab, Nakul Gupta, Constance M Mobley, Ashish Saharia, David W Victor, Duc T Nguyen, Edward A Graviss, Ahmed O Kaseb, Robert S McFadden, Thomas A Aloia, Claudius Conrad, Xian C Li, Howard P Monsour, A Osama Gaber, Jean-Nicolas Vauthey, R Mark Ghobrial
BACKGROUND: At present, intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma is a contraindication for liver transplantation. However, previous studies in this field did not preselect patients on the basis of chemosensitivity or disease trajectory after neoadjuvant therapy. Experience with hilar cholangiocarcinoma has indicated that neoadjuvant therapy followed by liver transplantation in patients without disease progression results in a long-term survival benefit. We aimed to establish the potential efficacy of liver transplantation in patients with biologically responsive intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma who have had sustained tumour stability or regression with neoadjuvant therapy...
March 13, 2018: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Marco van Zwetselaar, Balthazar Nyombi, Tolbert Sonda, Happiness Kumburu, Nyasatu Chamba, Marieke C J Dekker, Kajiru G Kilonzo, Sarah J Urasa, Blandina T Mmbaga
BACKGROUND: Aeromonas species have been documented to yield false positive results in microbiological tests for Vibrio cholerae. They share many biochemical properties with Vibrio species, with which they were jointly classified in the family Vibrionaceae until genotypic information provided new insights. Aeromonas species are increasingly associated with gastrointestinal infections, albeit with great apparent variation in pathogenicity and virulence both between and within species of the genus...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Laura Miller, Gerardo J Pacheco, Jud C Janak, Rose C Grimm, Nicole A Dierschke, Janice Baker, Jean A Orman
Background: Military working dogs (MWDs) are a major asset in the theater of operations. Their unique abilities make them ideal for tasks such as tracking, patrol, and scent detection. MWDs deployed to a war zone are exposed to harsh environments and battlefield dangers that increase their risk of disease, injuries, and death. Although canines have been used extensively in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), no published studies have reported detailed causes of death among MWDs deployed to these conflicts...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
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