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Couple Therapy

Zahra Pourmoghadam, Leili Aghebati-Maleki, Morteza Motalebnezhad, Bahman Yousefi, Mehdi Yousefi
Infertility is the inability to conceive after having regular unprotected sexual intercourse for more than 12 months and it can be caused by reproductive problems of men, women, or both, but sometimes the cause of infertility is unknown. At least 30 million men around the world suffer from infertility, most of whom are in Africa and Eastern Europe. Since infertility problems can have devastating emotional effects on couples as well as negative effects on the society, treatment of infertility is very important, as a result of which many studies have been carried out in this field and many treatments have been proposed...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Bin Huang, Therese A Dolecek, Quan Chen, Catherine R Garcia, Thomas Pittman, John L Villano
Radiation increases survival in glioblastoma (GBM); however, 30% do not receive this treatment. We sought to identify characteristics associated with not receiving radiation and the impact on outcomes. We analyzed the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program (SEER) 18 registries 2000-2013 research database on 30,479 GBM cases that were aged 20 years and older. In total, 21,179 received radiation as first course of therapy, while 8218 did not with 5178 (63%) being 65 years and older. Early decisions on surgery often predicted radiation therapy with 61% having only a biopsy or no surgery at diagnosis...
April 17, 2018: Medical Oncology
Duarte Mendes Oliveira, Katia Grillone, Chiara Mignogna, Valentina De Falco, Carmelo Laudanna, Flavia Biamonte, Rosa Locane, Francesco Corcione, Massimiliano Fabozzi, Rosario Sacco, Giuseppe Viglietto, Donatella Malanga, Antonia Rizzuto
BACKGROUND: Improvement in genetic characterization of Colon Cancer (CC) patients is required to propose new potential targets, since surgical resection coupled to chemotherapy, presents several limits such as cancer recurrence and drug resistance. Targeted therapies have more efficacy and less toxicity than standard treatments. One of the most relevant cancer-specific actionable targets are receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) whose role in CC need to be better investigated. METHODS: We have analysed 37 CC patients using the Ion AmpliSeq™ Comprehensive Cancer Panel (CCP)...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Masato Tsuneda, Teiji Nishio, Akito Saito, Sodai Tanaka, Tatsuhiko Suzuki, Daisuke Kawahara, Keiichiro Matsushita, Aya Nishio, Shuichi Ozawa, Kumiko Karasawa, Yasushi Nagata
PURPOSE: High accuracy of the beam-irradiated position is required for high-precision radiation therapy such as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Users generally perform the verification of the mechanical and radiation isocenters using the star shot test and the Winston Lutz test that allow evaluation of the displacement at the isocenter. However, these methods are unable to evaluate directly and quantitatively the sagging angle that is caused by the weight of the gantry itself along the gantry rotation axis...
April 16, 2018: Medical Physics
Jacqueline M Andreozzi, Petr Brůža, Irwin I Tendler, Karen E Mooney, Lesley A Jarvis, Jochen Cammin, Harold Li, Brian W Pogue, David J Gladstone
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify the optimal treatment geometry for total skin electron therapy (TSET) using a new optimization metric from Cherenkov image analysis, and to investigate the sensitivity of the Cherenkov imaging method to floor scatter effects in this unique treatment setup. METHODS: Cherenkov imaging using an intensified charge coupled device (ICCD) was employed to measure the relative surface dose distribution as a 2D image in the total skin electron treatment plane...
April 16, 2018: Medical Physics
Stuti Verma, Ashwini Kumar, Timir Tripathi, Awanish Kumar
OBJECTIVES: Alzheimer's disease (AD) has become the primary cause of dementia. It shows a progressive cognitive dysfunction with degenerating neurons. Acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) propagate the cognitive ability and it consists of two primary members namely muscarinic (mAChRs) and nicotinic receptors (nAChRs). Where mAChRs is G-protein coupled receptor, (nAChRs) are ligand-gated ion channels. The conventional therapeutic regimen for AD consists of three acetylcholinestearse inhibitors while a single NMDA receptor antagonist...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Janice Y Chou, Jun-Ho Cho, Goo-Young Kim, Brian C Mansfield
Glycogen storage disease type Ib (GSD-Ib) is caused by a deficiency in the ubiquitously expressed glucose-6-phosphate (G6P) transporter (G6PT or SLC37A4). The primary function of G6PT is to translocate G6P from the cytoplasm into the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Inside the ER, G6P is hydrolyzed to glucose and phosphate by either the liver/kidney/intestine-restricted glucose-6-phosphatase-α (G6Pase-α) or the ubiquitously expressed G6Pase-β. A deficiency in G6Pase-α causes GSD type Ia (GSD-Ia) and a deficiency in G6Pase-β causes GSD-I-related syndrome (GSD-Irs)...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Xianquan Zhan, Yuda Huang, Ying Long
Human pituitary adenoma (PA) is a common tumor that occurs in the human pituitary gland in the hypothalamus-pituitary-targeted organ axis systems, and may be classified as either clinically functional or nonfunctional PA (FPA and NFPA). NFPA is difficult for early stage diagnosis and therapy due to barely elevating hormones in the blood compared to FPA. Our long-term goal is to use proteomics methods to discover reliable biomarkers for clarification of PA molecular mechanisms and recognition of effective diagnostic, prognostic markers and therapeutic targets...
April 2, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Hannah C Williamson, Julia F Hammett, Jaclyn M Ross, Benjamin R Karney, Thomas N Bradbury
Despite evidence that empirically supported couple therapies improve marital relationships, relatively few couples seek help when they need it. Low-income couples are particularly unlikely to engage in relationship interventions despite being at greater risk for distress and dissolution than their higher-income counterparts. The present study aimed to clarify how premarital education influences couples' progression through different stages of later help-seeking, as identified in prior research. Using 5 waves of self-report data from a sample of 431 ethnically diverse newlywed couples living in low-income neighborhoods, analyses revealed that wives who received premarital education later considered seeking therapy at a higher level of relationship satisfaction and lower level of problem severity than those who did not receive premarital education, though this was not true for husbands...
March 2018: Journal of Family Psychology: JFP
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Reports an error in "Revised scoring and improved reliability for the Communication Patterns Questionnaire" by Alexander O. Crenshaw, Andrew Christensen, Donald H. Baucom, Norman B. Epstein and Brian R. W. Baucom ( Psychological Assessment , 2017[Jul], Vol 29[7], 913-925). In the article, Table 5 item content was incorrectly ordered. The corrected table is present in the erratum. (The following abstract of the original article appeared in record 2016-43610-001.) The Communication Patterns Questionnaire (CPQ; Christensen, 1987) is a widely used self-report measure of couple communication behavior and is well validated for assessing the demand/withdraw interaction pattern, which is a robust predictor of poor relationship and individual outcomes (Schrodt, Witt, & Shimkowski, 2014)...
March 2018: Psychological Assessment
Yongshun Lin, Huimin Liu, Michael Klein, John Ostrominski, So Gun Hong, Ravi Chandra Yada, Guibin Chen, Keron Navarengom, Robin Schwartzbeck, Hong San, Zu-Xi Yu, Chengyu Liu, Kaari Linask, Jeanette Beers, Lugui Qiu, Cynthia E Dunbar, Manfred Boehm, Jizhong Zou
Nonhuman primate (NHP) models are more predictive than rodent models for developing induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-based cell therapy, but robust and reproducible NHP iPSC-cardiomyocyte differentiation protocols are lacking for cardiomyopathies research. We developed a method to differentiate integration-free rhesus macaque iPSCs (RhiPSCs) into cardiomyocytes with >85% purity in 10 days, using fully chemically defined conditions. To enable visualization of intracellular calcium flux in beating cardiomyocytes, we used CRISPR/Cas9 to stably knock-in genetically encoded calcium indicators at the rhesus AAVS1 safe harbor locus...
April 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Manne Munikumar, Vagolu Siva Krishna, Varikasuvu Seshadri Reddy, Bolla Rajeswari, Dharmarajan Sriram, Mendu Vishnuvardhana Rao
Excess adiposity in obese inhibits negatively impacts immune function and host defence. Obesity is characterized by a state of low-grade, chronic inflammation in addition to disturbed levels of circulating nutrients and metabolic hormones. The impact of metabolic abnormalities on obesity-related co-morbidities has undergone intense scrutiny over the past decades. Thus, treatment of obesity and its associated immune-mediated diseases is challenging due to impaired function of leptin system. These disorders are managed through antibiotics and by cytokines replacement...
April 4, 2018: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Upendra Chitgupi, Jonathan F Lovell, Venugopal Rajendiran
Mesotetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin (mTCPP) is a commercially available small molecule fluorophore and photosensitizer with four free carboxylic acid groups. mTCPP can readily be conjugated with amines for facile attachment of functional groups. In this work, we synthesized and assessed tetravalent, lysine-conjugated mTCPP, for its potential applications in targeted imaging and photodynamic therapy. Fmoc-protected d-lysine or l-lysine was conjugated to mTCPP via amide coupling with the epsilon amine group of lysine, followed by Fmoc deprotection...
April 12, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Renaud Jeffrey-Gauthier, Nicolas Josset, Frédéric Bretzner, Hugues Leblond
Despite efforts to potentiate spinal cord lesioned (SCL) patients' functional recovery with multi-targeted therapy combining pharmacological treatment and training, consistent improvements in locomotor control by descending transmission or spinal network facilitation are still eluding clinicians and researchers. Lately, US Food and Drug Administration-approved buspirone has shown promise and promoted locomotor-like movement occurrence in SCL patients, but evidence on how and where it exerts its effects is lacking...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
John J Tanner, Sarah-Maria Fendt, Donald Frederick Becker
Interest in how proline contributes to cancer biology is expanding due to the emerging role of a novel proline metabolic cycle in cancer cell survival, proliferation, and metastasis. Proline biosynthesis and degradation involve the shared intermediate, Δ1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate (P5C), which forms L-glutamate-γ-semialdehyde (GSAL) in a reversible non-enzymatic reaction. Proline is synthesized from glutamate or ornithine through GSAL/P5C, which is reduced to proline by P5C reductase (PYCR) in a NAD(P)H-dependent reaction...
April 12, 2018: Biochemistry
Hossein Farshidi, Ahmadnoor Abdi, Abdulhussain Madani, Shahram Moshiri, Abolfazl Ghasemi, Ruhollah Hakimian
Background: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the most common revascularization procedure, with over 1 million performed each year, worldwide. Over the past 20 years, the increasing experience of operators coupled with the advent of newer technologies, including coronary stents and a variety of adjuvant drug therapies, have permitted more successful procedures and decreased the morbidity associated with PCIs. Objective: To identify the incidence, predictors, and clinical implications of Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events (MACE) after PCIs...
February 2018: Electronic Physician
Tyler Scogin, Sumith Yesudasan, Mitchell L R Walker, Rodney D Averett
Blood clots occur in the human body when they are required to prevent bleeding. In pathological states such as diabetes and sickle cell disease, blood clots can also form undesirably due to hypercoagulable plasma conditions. With the continued effort in developing fibrin therapies for potential life-saving solutions, more mechanical modeling is needed to understand the properties of fibrin structures with inclusions. In this study, a fibrin matrix embedded with magnetic micro particles (MMPs) was subjected to a magnetic field to determine the magnitude of the required force to create plastic deformation within the fibrin clot...
2018: Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology
Iain T Parsons, A T Cox, P S C Rees
Maintaining high-quality chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation following cardiac arrest presents a challenge. The currently available mechanical CPR (mCPR) devices are described in this review, coupled with an analysis of the evidence pertaining to their efficacy. Overall, mCPR appears to be at least equivalent to high-quality manual CPR in large trials. There is potential utility for mCPR devices in the military context to ensure uninterrupted quality CPR following a medical cardiac arrest...
April 6, 2018: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
Philipp Denk, Andrea Buettner
Elastic therapeutic tapes are an important tool in the field of physical therapy and medicine. These tapes contain types of adhesive. However, sensory evaluations revealed the release of pronounced and irritating odors of the tapes. Negative odors were, amongst others, reported in elastic therapeutic tapes containing acrylic adhesives. In this study, the odor of four different tape samples was evaluated applying a descriptive analysis approach carried out by a trained sensory panel. Afterwards, the volatile compounds were recovered from the samples by solvent extraction and isolated by solvent-assisted flavor evaporation (SAFE)...
April 6, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Raj Dedhia, Tsung-Yen Hsieh, Oliver Chin, Taha Z Shipchandler, Travis T Tollefson
Importance: In the setting of facial paralysis, inadequate eyelid closure and lower eyelid ectropion can lead to corneal exposure and impaired quality of life. Repair of paralytic ectropion is challenging, and an ideal surgical approach for all cases has not been identified. Objective: To assess the patient-reported outcomes and eyelid position improvement in patients with flaccid facial paralysis undergoing lateral eyelid coupling with a tarsal strip canthoplasty and modified tarsoconjunctival flap to correct eyelid malposition...
April 5, 2018: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
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