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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735518/the-possible-prognostic-role-of-histone-deacetylase-and-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-smad-signaling-in-high-grade-gliomas-treated-by-radio-chemotherapy-a-preliminary-immunohistochemical-study
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Roberta Sferra, Simona Pompili, Claudio Festuccia, Francesco Marampon, Giovanni L Gravina, Luca Ventura, Ernesto Di Cesare, Sara Cicchinelli, Eugenio Gaudio, Antonella Vetuschi
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and aggressive tumor of the central nervous system. Unfortunately, patients affected by this disease have a very poor prognosis, due to high level of invasiveness and resistance to standard therapies. Although the molecular profile of GBM has been extensively investigated, the events responsible for its pathogenesis and progression remain largely unknown. Histone Deacetylases (HDAC) dependent epigenetic modifications and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β/Smad pathway seem to play an important role in GBM tumorigenesis, resistance to common therapies and poor clinical outcome...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735486/detection-and-quantification-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-associated-fusion-transcripts
#2
Jonathan Schumacher, Philippe Szankasi, Todd W Kelley
Real-time quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR)-based detection of abnormal fusion transcripts is an important strategy for the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with t(8;21)(q22;q22); RUNX1-RUNX1T1, inv(16)(p13.1;q22); CBFB-MYH11 or t(15;17)(q22;q12); PML-RARA. In RT-qPCR assays, patient-derived cDNA is subjected to amplification using PCR primers directed against the fusion transcript of interest as well as a reference gene for normalization...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735483/amlprofiler-a-diagnostic-and-prognostic-microarray-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#3
Marco Alessandrini, Sharon S Kappala, Michael S Pepper
Acute myeloid leukemia is characterized by the proliferation and accumulation of immature hematopoietic cells of the myeloid lineage in the bone marrow. The disease is typified by diverse genetic abnormalities and marked heterogeneity both with regard to response to treatment and survival. The AMLprofiler is a qualitative in vitro diagnostic microarray developed by SkylineDx for use with Affymetrix technology. The AMLprofiler makes use of RNA chemistry and incorporates seven separate assays based on three different technologies-cytogenetics, mutation, and expression analysis-to predict post-therapy survival rates in patients with acute myeloid leukemia...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735464/radiation-dose-reduction-in-thoracic-and-lumbar-spine-instrumentation-using-navigation-based-on-an-intraoperative-cone-beam-ct-imaging-system-a-prospective-randomized-clinical-trial
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Nathalie Pireau, Virginie Cordemans, Xavier Banse, Nadia Irda, Sébastien Lichtherte, Ludovic Kaminski
PURPOSE: Spine surgery still remains a challenge for every spine surgeon, aware of the potential serious outcomes of misplaced instrumentation. Though many studies have highlighted that using intraoperative cone beam CT imaging and navigation systems provides higher accuracy than conventional freehand methods for placement of pedicle screws in spine surgery, few studies are concerned about how to reduce radiation exposure for patients with the use of such technology. One of the main focuses of this study is based on the ALARA principle (as low as reasonably achievable)...
July 22, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735459/diabetes-and-the-hospitalized-patient-a-cluster-analytic-framework-for-characterizing-the-role-of-sex-race-and-comorbidity-from-2006-to-2011
#5
Nisha Nataraj, Julie Simmons Ivy, Fay Cobb Payton, Joseph Norman
In the US, one in four adults has two or more chronic conditions; this population accounts for two thirds of healthcare spending. Comorbidity, the presence of multiple simultaneous health conditions in an individual, is increasing in prevalence and has been shown to impact patient outcomes negatively. Comorbidities associated with diabetes are correlated with increased incidence of preventable hospitalizations, longer lengths of stay (LOS), and higher costs. This study focuses on sex and race disparities in outcomes for hospitalized adult patients with and without diabetes...
July 22, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735440/new-hypofractionation-radiation-strategies-for-glioblastoma
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REVIEW
Melissa Azoulay, Jennifer Shah, Erqi Pollom, Scott G Soltys
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and lethal primary brain tumor in adults, with a median survival of less than 2 years despite the standard of care treatment of 6 weeks of chemoradiotherapy. We review the data investigating hypofractionated radiotherapy (HFRT) in the treatment of newly diagnosed GBM. RECENT FINDINGS: Investigators have explored alternative radiotherapy strategies that shorten treatment duration with the goal of similar or improved survival while minimizing toxicity...
September 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735437/prospective-and-retrospective-study-of-videoconference-telemedicine-follow-up-after-elective-neurosurgery-results-of-a-pilot-program
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Melissa Reider-Demer, Pushpa Raja, Neil Martin, Mariel Schwinger, Diana Babayan
Existing literature suggests that use of telemedicine during postoperative appointments can increase access to care and is valued by patients and providers alike. While research examining the clinical equivalency of telemedicine visits for postoperative care has been growing, few studies have reported on telemedicine follow-up after neurosurgery. This study examined if a videoconferencing visit could substitute for an in-person clinic visit for elective neurosurgical cases in the USA. This was a single-center prospective study of patients who underwent elective neurosurgical procedures (aneurysm clipping, resection of cavernous angiomas, resection of arterial venous malformation, microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm, and certain benign brain tumors) and were offered telemedicine follow-up care by an allied health professional during the first 90 days after neurosurgery...
July 22, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735424/a-novel-3d-anatomic-mapping-approach-using-multipoint-high-density-voltage-gradient-mapping-to-quickly-localize-and-terminate-typical-atrial-flutter
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William C Choe, Sri Sundaram, J Ryan Jordan, Nate Mullins, Charles Boorman, Austin Davies, Alex C Tiftickjian, Sunil Nath
PURPOSE: The purposes of the study were to evaluate and characterize the cavotricuspid isthmus using multipoint high density voltage gradient mapping (HD-VGM) to see if this would improve on current ablation techniques compared to standard cavotricuspid isthmus ablation techniques. METHODS: Group 1, 25 patients who underwent ablation using standard methods of 3D mapping and ablation, was compared to group 2, 33 patients undergoing ablation using HD-VGM and ablation...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735373/systematic-heuristic-evaluation-of-computerized-consultation-order-templates-clinicians-and-human-factors-engineers-perspectives
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April Savoy, Himalaya Patel, Mindy E Flanagan, Michael Weiner, Alissa L Russ
We assessed the usability of consultation order templates and identified problems to prioritize in design efforts for improving referral communication. With a sample of 26 consultation order templates, three evaluators performed a usability heuristic evaluation. The evaluation used 14 domain-independent heuristics and the following three supplemental references: 1 new domain-specific heuristic, 6 usability goals, and coded clinicians' statements regarding ease of use for 10 sampled templates. Evaluators found 201 violations, a mean of 7...
August 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735331/evaluation-of-the-levels-and-quality-of-microbial-contamination-in-medical-emergency-departments-in-comparison-to-other-workplaces
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Agata Bielawska-Drózd, Bożena Wlizło-Skowronek, Piotr Cieślik, Izabela Winnicka, Ewa Skopińska-Różewska, Leszek Kubiak, Dorota Żakowska, Aleksandra Brewczyńska, Janusz Kocik
Work in Hospital Emergency Departments (HEDs) exposes both the emergency ward staff and patients to infectious and in other way harmful biological agents. The results of this study shows the presence of pathogenic bacteria isolated by three different methods. It revealed 9.8% of pathogens detected by imprint method, 10.5% of pathogens by swabbing method, 17.6% and 22% in HEDs corridors and rooms, respectively, by air sampling method. In control workplaces (offices) pathogenic bacteria reached the level of 6...
January 2, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735173/detached-mindfulness-reduced-both-depression-and-anxiety-in-elderly-women-with-major-depressive-disorders
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Mohammad Ahmadpanah, Tayebe Akbari, Amineh Akhondi, Mohammad Haghighi, Leila Jahangard, Dena Sadeghi Bahmani, Hafez Bajoghli, Edith Holsboer-Trachsler, Serge Brand
We investigated the influence of detached mindfulness (DM) in treating symptoms of depression and anxiety among elderly women. Thirty-four elderly females (mean age: 69.23 years) suffering from moderate major depressive disorders (MDD) and treated with a standard medication (citalopram) at therapeutic doses were randomly assigned either to an intervention condition (DM; group treatment, twice weekly) or to a control condition (with leisure activities, twice weekly). At baseline (BL), four weeks later at study completion (SC), and four weeks after that at follow-up (FU), participants completed ratings for symptoms of depression and anxiety; experts blind to patients' group assignments rated patients' symptoms of depression...
July 15, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735132/asleep-robot-assisted-surgery-for-the-implantation-of-subthalamic-electrodes-provides-the-same-clinical-improvement-and-therapeutic-window-as-awake-surgery
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Michel Lefranc, Yassine Zouitina, Mélissa Tir, Philippe Merle, Martial Ouendo, Jean-Marc Constans, Olivier Godefroy, Johann Peltier, Pierre Krystkowiak
OBJECTIVE: To study the impact of not performing an awake clinical evaluation during the robot-assisted implantation subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) electrodes on the stimulation parameters and clinical outcome in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: A total of 23 PD patients underwent robot-assisted surgery for the bilateral implantation of STN-DBS electrodes. Thirteen patients received general anesthesia (GA) and a limited intraoperative evaluation (side effects only), whereas 10 received local anesthesia and a full evaluation...
July 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735129/predictors-of-recurrence-and-complications-after-chronic-subdural-hematoma-surgery-a-population-based-study
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J Bartek, K Sjåvik, H Kristiansson, F Ståhl, I Fornebo, P Förander, A S Jakola
OBJECTIVE: To investigate predictors of recurrence and moderate to severe complications after burr-hole surgery for chronic subdural hematoma (cSDH). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted in a Scandinavian single center population-based cohort of 759 adult cSDH patients operated with burr-hole surgery between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2010. Possible predictors of recurrence and complications, assessed using a standardized reporting system of adverse events, were identified and analyzed in univariable analyses...
July 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735120/outpatient-lumbar-microdiscectomy-in-france-from-an-economic-imperative-to-a-clinical-standard-an-observational-study-of-201-cases
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Bertrand Debono, Pascal Sabatier, Valérie Garnault, Olivier Hamel, Philippe Bousquet, Jean-Paul Lescure, Jean-Yves Plas
PURPOSE: The outpatient lumbar discectomy procedures have been established for more than two decades. However, especially in Europe, there are still obstacles to the development of these procedures, which may be related to medico-economic imperatives, and to several factors concerning both surgeons and patients. We describe our initial experience in introducing this method in our institution. METHODS: Over a three year period, 201 patients met the criteria for ambulatory lumbar microdiscectomy...
July 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734995/senior-oral-and-maxillofacial-surgery-resident-confidence-in-performing-invasive-temporomandibular-joint-procedures
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Mohmedvasim Momin, Michael Miloro, Louis G Mercuri, Alexander Munaretto, Michael R Markiewicz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the level of confidence that senior-level oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) residents have in the management of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, determine their exposure to various invasive TMJ procedures during training, and assess their confidence in performing those procedures on completion of residency. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was designed, and a link to a University of Illinois at Chicago Qualtrics Survey platform (Qualtrics, Provo, UT) was e-mailed to all program directors at Commission on Dental Accreditation-accredited OMS training programs in the United States...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734951/emergency-department-management-of-diabetic-ketoacidosis-and-hyperosmolar-hyperglycemic-state-national-survey-of-attitudes-and-practice
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Alexandra L Hamelin, Justin W Yan, Ian G Stiell
OBJECTIVES: In 2013, the Association, now Diabetes Canada, published national clinical practice guidelines for the effective management of diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic states in adults. We sought to determine emergency physician compliance rates and attitudes toward these guidelines and to identify potential barriers to their use in Canadian emergency departments. METHODS: An online survey consisting of questions related to the awareness and use of the Canadian Diabetes Association 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada was distributed to 500 randomly selected members of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians...
July 19, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734927/4-dimensionally-guided-3-dimensional-color-doppler-ultrasonography-quantifies-carotid-artery-stenosis-with-high-reproducibility-and-accuracy
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Roland Richard Macharzina, Sascha Kocher, Steven R Messé, Thomas Rutkowski, Fabian Hoffmann, Matthias Vogt, Werner Vach, Nian Fan, Aljoscha Rastan, Franz-Josef Neumann, Thomas Zeller
OBJECTIVES: The purpose was to analyze the agreement and binary accuracy of the degree of internal carotid artery stenosis (ICAS) as determined by 4-dimensionally (4D) real-time gray-scale guided 3-dimensional (3D) color-Doppler ultrasonography (3DC-US) (4D/3DC-US) compared with catheter angiography (CA) and duplex ultrasonography (DUS). This study hypothesized that 4D/3DC-US is noninferior to CA and DUS in grading ICAS in selected patients. BACKGROUND: Clinical stratification in patients with ICAS largely depends on a patient's symptomatic status and the degree of stenosis...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734885/clinical-impact-of-baseline-right-bundle-branch-block-in-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
#18
Vincent Auffret, John G Webb, Hélène Eltchaninoff, Antonio J Muñoz-García, Dominique Himbert, Corrado Tamburino, Luis Nombela-Franco, Fabian Nietlispach, César Morís, Marc Ruel, Antonio E Dager, Vicenç Serra, Asim N Cheema, Ignacio J Amat-Santos, Fábio Sandoli de Brito, Pedro Alves Lemos, Alexandre Abizaid, Rogério Sarmento-Leite, Eric Dumont, Marco Barbanti, Eric Durand, Juan H Alonso Briales, Alec Vahanian, Claire Bouleti, Sebastiano Immè, Francesco Maisano, Raquel Del Valle, Luis Miguel Benitez, Bruno García Del Blanco, Rishi Puri, François Philippon, Marina Urena, Josep Rodés-Cabau
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess the influence of baseline right bundle branch block (RBBB) on all-cause and cardiovascular mortality as well as sudden cardiac death (SCD) among patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). BACKGROUND: Few data exist regarding the late clinical impact of pre-existing RBBB in TAVR recipients. METHODS: A total of 3,527 patients (mean age 82 ± 8 years, 50.1% men) were evaluated according to the presence of RBBB on baseline electrocardiography...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734847/noise-optimized-virtual-monoenergetic-dual-energy-ct-improves-diagnostic-accuracy-for-the-detection-of-active-arterial-bleeding-of-the-abdomen
#19
Simon S Martin, Julian L Wichmann, Jan-Erik Scholtz, Doris Leithner, Tommaso D'Angelo, Hendrik Weyer, Christian Booz, Lukas Lenga, Thomas J Vogl, Moritz H Albrecht
PURPOSE: To evaluate diagnostic accuracy of a noise-optimized virtual monoenergetic imaging (VMI+) reconstruction technique for detection of active arterial abdominal bleeding on dual-energy (DE) CT angiography compared with standard image reconstruction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: DE CT angiography data sets of 71 patients (46 men; age 63.6 y ± 13.3) with suspected arterial bleeding of the abdomen or pelvis were reconstructed with standard linearly blended (F_0.5), VMI+, and traditional virtual monoenergetic imaging (VMI) algorithms in 10-keV increments from 40 to 100 keV...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734823/evaluation-of-early-administration-of-simvastatin-in-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-delirium-in-critically-ill-patients-undergoing-mechanical-ventilation-modus-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
#20
Valerie J Page, Annalisa Casarin, E Wesley Ely, Xiao Bei Zhao, Cliona McDowell, Lynn Murphy, Daniel F McAuley
BACKGROUND: Delirium in critically ill patients is associated with poor clinical outcomes. Neuroinflammation might be an important mechanism in the pathogenesis of delirium, and since simvastatin has anti-inflammatory properties it might reduce delirium. We aimed to establish whether early treatment with simvastatin would decrease the time that survivors of critical illness spent in delirium or coma. METHODS: We undertook this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in a general adult intensive care unit (ICU) in Watford General Hospital (Watford, UK)...
July 19, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
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