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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927011/clinical-outcomes-in-patients-treated-with-radiotherapy-after-surgery-for-cervical-cancer
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Kyungmi Yang, Won Park, Seung Jae Huh, Duk-Soo Bae, Byoung-Gie Kim, Jeong-Won Lee
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyze clinical outcomes from cervical cancer and stratify patients into risk groups for prognostic factors for early-stage disease. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed patients with stage IB or IIA cervical cancer treated with adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) or concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) following primary surgery at Samsung Medical Center from 2001 to 2011. Adjuvant RT was added for patients with intermediate-risk factors, and adjuvant CCRT was performed on high-risk patients after surgery...
December 12, 2016: Radiation Oncology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926994/microvessels-of-the-heart-formation-regeneration-and-dysfunction
#2
Ioakim Spyridopoulos, Helen M Arthur
This issue of Microcirculation focusses on the special topic of "microvessels of the heart" and contains five state-of-the-art reviews and one expert article that reflect current efforts to address the major gaps in our understanding of these key microvessels. In the adult heart, most attention until recently (especially among the clinical cardiology community) has been given to the main coronary arteries, which are the culprit vessels in patients with coronary artery disease, including its most serious manifestation, acute myocardial infarction (MI)...
December 7, 2016: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926981/efficacy-of-allergen-immunotherapy-in-reducing-the-likelihood-of-developing-new-allergen-sensitizations-a-systematic-review
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Danilo Di Bona, Antonella Plaia, Maria Stefania Leto-Barone, Simona La Piana, Luigi Macchia, Gabriele Di Lorenzo
BACKGROUND: Guidelines and position papers indicate that allergen immunotherapy (AIT) is the only disease-modifying treatment, including prevention of the onset of new allergen sensitizations. However, this preventive effect was shown by only a few observational studies. Our aim was to systematically review the efficacy of AIT in preventing the onset of new allergen sensitizations. METHODS: Computerized bibliographic searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library (through June 2015) were supplemented with manual searches of reference lists...
December 7, 2016: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926978/potential-blood-biomarkers-in-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria
#4
Pavel Kolkhir, Fiona Andre, Martin K Church, Marcus Maurer, Martin Metz
BACKGROUND: Chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) is a mast cell-driven disease that is defined as the recurrence of wheals, angioedema, or both for >6 weeks due to known or unknown causes. As of yet, disease diagnosis is purely clinical. Objective tools are needed to monitor the activity of CSU and the efficacy of treatment. Recently, several reports have suggested that blood parameters may be considered as potential disease-related biomarkers. OBJECTIVE: To review available literature on blood biomarkers for CSU diagnosis, activity monitoring, duration, patient subgroups allocation or response to treatment...
December 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926934/public-health-interventions-for-aedes-control-in-the-time-of-zikavirus-a-meta-review-on-effectiveness-of-vector-control-strategies
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Maha Bouzid, Julii Brainard, Lee Hooper, Paul R Hunter
BACKGROUND: There is renewed interest in effective measures to control Zika and dengue vectors. A synthesis of published literature with a focus on the quality of evidence is warranted to determine the effectiveness of vector control strategies. METHODOLOGY: We conducted a meta-review assessing the effectiveness of any Aedes control measure. We searched Scopus and Medline for relevant reviews through to May 2016. Titles, abstracts and full texts were assessed independently for inclusion by two authors...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926925/dengue-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-a-systematic-review
#6
John M Humphrey, Natalie B Cleton, Chantal B E M Reusken, Marshall J Glesby, Marion P G Koopmans, Laith J Abu-Raddad
BACKGROUND: Dengue virus (DENV) infection is widespread and its disease burden has increased in past decades. However, little is known about the epidemiology of dengue in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). METHODOLOGY / PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Following Cochrane Collaboration guidelines and reporting our findings following PRISMA guidelines, we systematically reviewed available records across MENA describing dengue occurrence in humans (prevalence studies, incidence studies, and outbreak reports), occurrence of suitable vectors (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus), and DENV vector infection rates...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926786/nut-midline-carcinoma-of-the-larynx-an-international-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Henrik Hellquist, Christopher A French, Justin A Bishop, Andrés Coca-Pelaz, Evan J Propst, António Paiva Correia, Bo-Yee Ngan, Ronald Grant, Nicole A Cipriani, David Vokes, Rui Henrique, Fernando Pardal, Jose Ramon Vizcaino, Alessandra Rinaldo, Alfio Ferlito
AIMS: NUT midline carcinoma (NMC) is a rare undifferentiated and aggressive carcinoma that characteristically locates to the midline of the head and neck, and mediastinum. NMC is characterised by chromosomal rearrangements of the gene encoding nuclear protein in testis, NUT, at 15q14. The BRD4 gene on 19q13 is the most common translocation partner forming a fusion oncogene, BRD4-NUT. By the end of 2014, the International NUT Midline Carcinoma Registry had 48 patients treated for NMC. Laryngeal NMC are exceedingly rare and we report a case series of seven cases...
December 7, 2016: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926678/cost-minimization-analysis-of-open-and-endoscopic-carpal-tunnel-release
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Steven Zhang, Molly Vora, Alex H S Harris, Laurence Baker, Catherine Curtin, Robin N Kamal
BACKGROUND: Carpal tunnel release is the most common upper-limb surgical procedure performed annually in the U.S. There are 2 surgical methods of carpal tunnel release: open or endoscopic. Currently, there is no clear clinical or economic evidence supporting the use of one procedure over the other. We completed a cost-minimization analysis of open and endoscopic carpal tunnel release, testing the null hypothesis that there is no difference between the procedures in terms of cost. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review using a private-payer and Medicare Advantage database composed of 16 million patient records from 2007 to 2014...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926660/radioembolization-induced-liver-disease-a-systematic-review
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Manon N G J A Braat, Karel J van Erpecum, Bernard A Zonnenberg, Maurice A J van den Bosch, Marnix G E H Lam
Radioembolization (RE) is a relatively novel treatment modality for primary and secondary hepatic malignancies. Microspheres embedded with a β-emitting radioisotope are injected into the hepatic artery, resulting in microsphere deposition in the tumor arterioles and normal portal triads. Microsphere deposition in nontumorous parenchyma can result in radiation-induced liver injury, with lethal RE-induced liver disease (REILD) at the outer end of the spectrum. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate RE-related hepatotoxicity and present an overview of the currently applied definitions and clinically relevant characteristics of REILD...
December 6, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926580/ambulatory-blood-pressure-variability-a-conceptual-review
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Matthew J Zawadzki, Amanda K Small, William Gerin
Ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) has long been recognized by researchers as the gold standard of blood pressure (BP) measurement. Researchers and clinicians typically rely on the mean measure of ABP; however, there is considerable variability in the beat-to-beat BP. Although often ignored, this variability has been found to be an independent predictor of cardiovascular disease and mortality. The aim of this paper is to provide a conceptual review of ABP variability (ABPV) focusing on the following: associations between ABPV and health, whether ABPV is reliable, how to calculate ABPV, predictors of ABPV, and treatments for ABPV...
December 6, 2016: Blood Pressure Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926565/oncologic-outcomes-following-laparoscopic-versus-open-resection-of-pt4-colon-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#11
Adina E Feinberg, Tyler R Chesney, Sergio A Acuna, Tarik Sammour, Fayez A Quereshy
BACKGROUND: Locally advanced colon cancer is considered a relative contraindication for laparoscopic resection, and clinical trials addressing the oncologic safety are lacking. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to synthesize the oncologic outcomes associated with laparoscopic versus conventional open surgery for locally advanced colon cancers. DATA SOURCES: We systematically searched Medline, Embase, Central, and ClinicalTrials.gov. STUDY SELECTION: Two reviewers independently screened the literature for controlled trials or observational studies comparing curative-intent laparoscopic and open surgery for colon cancer...
January 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926548/liver-transplantation-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-current-update-on-treatment-and-allocation
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Leigh Anne Dageforde, Kathryn J Fowler, William C Chapman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review discusses the current imaging modalities and criteria used to diagnose, and the role of liver transplantation as well as nonsurgical hepatic-directed therapies to treat hepatocellular carcinoma in the setting of chronic liver disease. RECENT FINDINGS: There has been continual evolution of guidelines, policies, and algorithms for the imaging diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma, particularly the Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System...
December 6, 2016: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926541/major-unanswered-questions-in-the-clinical-gout-field
#13
Lisa K Stamp
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although gout is one of the most common forms of inflammatory arthritis, it has been relatively neglected until recently. Despite progress in many areas of pathophysiology and genetics of gout and the development of new urate lowering therapies, there remain a number of unanswered clinical questions. With the resurgence of interest in gout it is important to recognize key aspects of gout management that remain challenging and require further research. RECENT FINDINGS: The unanswered clinical issues outlined in this review are basic aspects of gout management that clinicians treating people with gout face on a daily basis and include when urate lowering therapy should be commenced, the most appropriate target serum urate, use of prophylaxis when starting urate lowering therapy and the most appropriate urate lowering therapy, particularly for those with chronic kidney disease...
December 6, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926540/the-novel-interleukin-1-cytokine-family-members-in-inflammatory-diseases
#14
Madelaine Hahn, Silke Frey, Axel J Hueber
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review provides an update on the new interleukin-1 (IL-1) cytokine family members in inflammatory diseases with focus on recent findings concerning the family members IL-36, IL-37, and IL-38 and their different expression patterns. RECENT FINDINGS: The IL-1 cytokines are known to be involved in many different inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The latest IL-1 family members, IL-36, IL-37, and IL-38 have been shown to be differently regulated during course of disease...
December 6, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926500/the-association-between-clinical-prognostic-factors-and-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-egfr-tki-efficacy-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients-a-retrospective-assessment-of-94-cases-with-egfr-mutations
#15
Jing-Hui Lin, Dong Lin, Ling Xu, Qiang Wang, Hui-Hua Hu, Hai-Peng Xu, Zhi-Yong He
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to examine the association of clinical prognostic factors with epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI) efficacy in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. METHODS: The demographic and clinical characteristics of 94 patients with stage IV NSCLC were retrospectively reviewed, and the association between clinical factors and EGFR-TKIs efficacy was evaluated. RESULTS: Of the 94 stage IV NSCLC patients enrolled in this study, a 74...
December 3, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926498/prognostic-value-of-rdw-in-cancers-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Linhui Hu, Manman Li, Yangyang Ding, Lianfang Pu, Jun Liu, Jingxin Xie, Michael Cabanero, Jingrong Li, Ru Xiang, Shudao Xiong
Red blood cell distribution width (RDW), a parameter that used to differentiate the type of anemia for several decades, recent studies suggest it was a prognostic factor in various types of cancer patients. However, the prognostic value of RDW in cancer patients remains controversial. Here, we performed a meta-analysis and systematic review to evaluate the prognostic value of RDW in cancer patients. Relevant studies were picked out from the databases of Web of Science, Embase, Pubmed and Cochrane Library. A total of 16 papers with 4267 patients were included in this meta-analysis, and the combined results indicated that elevated RDW was associated with poor over survival (OS) (HR = 1...
December 2, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926453/quantifying-motivation-with-effort-based-decision-making-paradigms-in-health-and-disease
#17
T T-J Chong, V Bonnelle, M Husain
Motivation can be characterized as a series of cost-benefit valuations, in which we weigh the amount of effort we are willing to expend (the cost of an action) in return for particular rewards (its benefits). Human motivation has traditionally been measured with self-report and questionnaire-based tools, but an inherent limitation of these methods is that they are unable to provide a mechanistic explanation of the processes underlying motivated behavior. A major goal of current research is to quantify motivation objectively with effort-based decision-making paradigms, by drawing on a rich literature from nonhuman animals...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926449/the-role-of-dopamine-in-the-pathophysiology-and-treatment-of-apathy
#18
T T-J Chong, M Husain
Disorders of diminished motivation, such as apathy, are common and prevalent across a wide range of medical conditions, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's dementia, stroke, depression, and schizophrenia. Such disorders have a significant impact on morbidity and quality of life, yet their management lacks consensus and remains unsatisfactory. Here, we review laboratory and clinical evidence for the use of dopaminergic therapies in the treatment of apathy. Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter that regulates motivated decision making in humans and other species...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926447/motivation-and-attention-following-hemispheric-stroke
#19
E Olgiati, C Russell, D Soto, P Malhotra
Spatial neglect (SN) is an extremely common disorder of attention; it is most frequently a consequence of stroke, especially to the right cerebral hemisphere. The current view of SN is that it is not a unitary deficit but a multicomponent syndrome. Crucially, it has been repeatedly shown that it has a considerable negative impact on rehabilitation outcome. Although a number of behavioral and pharmacological therapies have been developed, none of these appears to be applicable to all patients with SN or has proved unequivocally successful in clinical trials...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926381/a-review-on-brain-structures-segmentation-in-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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REVIEW
Sandra González-Villà, Arnau Oliver, Sergi Valverde, Liping Wang, Reyer Zwiggelaar, Xavier Lladó
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Automatic brain structures segmentation in magnetic resonance images has been widely investigated in recent years with the goal of helping diagnosis and patient follow-up in different brain diseases. Here, we present a review of the state-of-the-art of automatic methods available in the literature ranging from structure specific segmentation methods to whole brain parcellation approaches. METHODS: We divide first the algorithms according to their target structures and then we propose a general classification based on their segmentation strategy, which includes atlas-based, learning-based, deformable, region-based and hybrid methods...
October 2016: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
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