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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324747/optimal-dose-reduction-of-folfirinox-for-preserving-tumour-response-in-advanced-pancreatic-cancer-using-cumulative-relative-dose-intensity
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Jong-Chan Lee, Jin Won Kim, Soyeon Ahn, Hyoung Woo Kim, Jongchan Lee, Young Hoon Kim, Kyu-Hyun Paik, Jaihwan Kim, Jin-Hyeok Hwang
BACKGROUND: FOLFIRINOX has increased efficacy but also toxicity. Despite various modified FOLFIRINOX regimens, how much reduction is acceptable remains unclear. This study aimed to find the optimal relative dose intensity (RDI, %) of FOLFIRINOX that preserves tumour responses in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer (PC). METHODS: We reviewed 201 patients with PC treated with first-line FOLFIRINOX during 2012-2015. We established a modified Hryniuk model (http://www...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324674/osteoblast-osteoclast-interactions
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Xiao Chen, Zhongqiu Wang, Na Duan, Guoying Zhu, Edward M Schwarz, Chao Xie
Bone homeostasis depends on the resorption of bones by osteoclasts and formation of bones by the osteoblasts. Imbalance of this tightly coupled process can cause diseases such as osteoporosis. Thus, the mechanisms that regulate communication between osteoclasts and osteoblasts are critical to bone cell biology. It has been shown that osteoblasts and osteoclasts can communicate with each other through direct cell-cell contact, cytokines, and extracellular matrix interaction. Osteoblasts can affect osteoclast formation, differentiation, or apoptosis through several pathways, such as OPG/RANKL/RANK, RANKL/LGR4/RANK, Ephrin2/ephB4, and Fas/FasL pathways...
February 8, 2017: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324596/blood-pressure-and-metabolic-changes-after-3-month-cpap-therapy-in-a-very-elderly-obese-with-severe-obstructive-sleep-apnea-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Francesco Spannella, Federico Giulietti, Chiara Di Pentima, Francesca Elena Lombardi, Elisabetta Borioni, Riccardo Sarzani
Age is one of the main risk factor for the presence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This syndrome is associated with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment and metabolic abnormalities, such as type 2 diabetes. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) represents the gold standard therapy, but its benefit is still to be determined in very elderly. We report the blood pressure and metabolic changes in a very elderly obese with severe OSA after 3-month CPAP therapy. We have evaluated a very elderly obese male affected by severe symptomatic OSA, poor controlled nocturnal hypertension and insulin resistance...
March 21, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324594/polymers-in-the-delivery-of-sirna-for-the-treatment-of-virus-infections
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REVIEW
Nicholas Reynolds, Megan Dearnley, Tracey M Hinton
Viral diseases remain a major cause of death worldwide. Despite advances in vaccine and antiviral drug technology, each year over three million people die from a range of viral infections. Predominant viruses include human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis viruses, and gastrointestinal and respiratory viruses. Now more than ever, robust, easily mobilised and cost-effective antiviral strategies are needed to combat both known and emerging disease threats. RNA interference and small interfering (si)RNAs were initially hailed as a "magic bullet", due to their ability to inhibit the synthesis of any protein via the degradation of its complementary messenger RNA sequence...
April 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324583/revisiting-cdk-inhibitors-for-treatment-of-glioblastoma-multiforme
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REVIEW
Dorota Lubanska, Lisa Porter
Despite extensive efforts and continual progress in research and medicine, outcomes for patients with high-grade glioma remain exceptionally poor. Over the past decade, research has revealed a great deal about the complex biology behind glioma development, and has brought to light some of the major barriers preventing successful treatment. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) (stage 4 astrocytoma) is a highly dynamic tumour and one of the most extreme examples of intratumoural heterogeneity, making targeting with specific therapeutics an inefficient and highly unpredictable goal...
March 21, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324469/stem-cells-in-cardiovascular-medicine-the-road-to-regenerative-therapies
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Christopher W Anderson, Nicole Boardman, Jiesi Luo, Jinkyu Park, Yibing Qyang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide a broad overview of current trends in stem cell research and its applications in cardiovascular medicine. Researches on different stem cell sources, their inherent characteristics, and the limitations they have in medical applications are discussed. Additionally, uses of stem cells for both modeling and treating cardiovascular disease are discussed, taking note of the obstacles these engineered interventions must overcome to be clinically viable...
April 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324327/lumbar-disc-replacement-surgery-successes-and-obstacles-to-widespread-adoption
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REVIEW
Stephan N Salzmann, Nicolas Plais, Jennifer Shue, Federico P Girardi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lumbar disc replacement has been a surgical alternative to fusion surgery for the treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD) for many years. Despite enthusiasm after the approval of the first devices, implantation rates have remained low, especially in the USA. The goal of this review is to provide a general overview of lumbar disc replacement in order to comprehend the successes and obstacles to widespread adoption. RECENT FINDINGS: Although a large amount of evidence-based data including satisfactory long-term results is available, implantation rates in the USA have not increased in the last decade...
March 21, 2017: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324303/subtypes-of-parkinson-s-disease-what-do-they-tell-us-about-disease-progression
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Seyed-Mohammad Fereshtehnejad, Ronald B Postuma
Parkinson's disease is a widely heterogeneous disorder with a broad list of motor and nonmotor manifestations. Identifying subtypes of Parkinson's disease is one of the top clinical and research priorities. This review aims to summarize the most valid conventional and recent subtyping solutions that have been introduced so far and to update our current knowledge with recent discoveries on the association between subtypes and disease progression. We also discuss the challenges of subtyping in the context of Parkinson's disease, stability of the subtypes over time, and potential clinical implications...
April 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324300/%C3%AE-synuclein-and-parkinsonism-updates-and-future-perspectives
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Kaie Rosborough, Neha Patel, Lorraine V Kalia
Mutations in the SNCA gene, which encodes the α-synuclein protein, were the first discovered genetic causes of familial parkinsonism with Lewy pathology. To date, six different SNCA missense mutations as well as multiplications are known to cause parkinsonism. For this review, we performed a literature search to identify all published cases of SNCA-related parkinsonism to provide an updated summary of the clinical and neuropathological features of parkinsonism due to SNCA mutations. Familial parkinsonism associated with SNCA is rare, but α-synuclein aggregation is a core feature of sporadic parkinsonism, including Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and multiple system atrophy...
April 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324299/fatal-familial-insomnia-clinical-aspects-and-molecular-alterations
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Franc Llorens, Juan-José Zarranz, Andre Fischer, Inga Zerr, Isidro Ferrer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Fatal familiar insomnia (FFI) is an autosomal dominant inherited prion disease caused by D178N mutation in the prion protein gene (PRNP D178N) accompanied by the presence of a methionine at the codon 129 polymorphic site on the mutated allele. FFI is characterized by severe sleep disorder, dysautonomia, motor signs and abnormal behaviour together with primary atrophy of selected thalamic nuclei and inferior olives, and expansion to other brain regions with disease progression...
April 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324284/nonoperative-management-or-watch-and-wait-for-rectal-cancer-with-complete-clinical-response-after-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-a-critical-appraisal
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Tarik Sammour, Brandee A Price, Kate J Krause, George J Chang
BACKGROUND: There is increasing interest in nonoperative management (NOM) for rectal cancer with complete clinical response (cCR) after neoadjuvant chemoradiation (nCRT). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review was to summarize the available data on NOM, with the intention of formulating standardized protocols on which to base future investigations. METHODS: A systematic review following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines was conducted...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324244/animal-models-and-antifungal-agents-in-paracoccidioidomycosis-an-overview
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REVIEW
Luciano Z Goldani, Fernanda Wirth
Paracoccidioides brasiliensis is the etiologic agent of paracoccidioidomycosis, the most prevalent systemic mycosis in Latin America. The morbidity and mortality associated with paracoccidioidomycosis necessitate our understanding of fungal pathogenesis and discovering of new agents to treat this infection. Animal models have contributed much to the knowledge of fungal infections and their corresponding therapeutic treatments. This is true for animal models of the primary fungal pathogens such as P. brasiliensis...
March 21, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324069/glucose-homeostasis-regulation-by-peripheral-circadian-clocks-in-rodents-and-humans
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Frederic Gachon, Ursula Loizides-Mangold, Volodymyr Petrenko, Charna Dibner
Most organisms, including humans, have developed an intrinsic system of circadian oscillators, allowing the anticipation of events related to the rotation of the Earth around its own axis. The mammalian circadian timing system orchestrates nearly all aspects of physiology and behavior. Together with systemic signals, emanating from the central clock which resides in the hypothalamus, peripheral oscillators orchestrate tissue-specific fluctuations in gene expression, protein synthesis, and posttranslational modifications, driving overt rhythms in physiology and behavior...
March 15, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323968/impaired-glycine-mia-in-type-2-diabetes-and-potential-mechanisms-contributing-to-glucose-homeostasis
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Richard Yan-Do, Patrick E MacDonald
The onset and/or progression of type 2 diabetes (T2D) can be prevented if intervention is early enough. As such, much effort has been placed on the search for indicators predictive of pre-diabetes and disease onset or progression. An increasing body of evidence suggests that changes in plasma glycine may be one such biomarker. Circulating glycine levels are consistently low in patients with T2D. Levels of this non-essential amino acid correlate negatively with obesity and insulin resistance. Plasma glycine correlates positively with glucose disposal, and rises with interventions such as exercise and bariatric surgery that improve glucose homeostasis...
March 15, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323921/emerging-roles-for-micrornas-in-diabetic-microvascular-disease-novel-targets-for-therapy
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Yu Zhang, Xinghui Sun, Basak Icli, Mark W Feinberg
Chronic, low-grade systemic inflammation and impaired microvascular function are critical hallmarks in the development of insulin resistance. Accordingly, insulin resistance is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Accumulating studies demonstrate that restoration of impaired function of the diabetic macro- and microvasculature may ameliorate a range of cardiovascular disease states and diabetes-associated complications. In this review, we focus on the emerging role of microRNAs, non-coding RNAs that fine-tune target gene expression and signaling pathways, in insulin-responsive tissues and cell types important for maintaining optimal vascular homeostasis and preventing the sequelae of diabetes-induced end organ injury...
February 17, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323912/sex-hormones-and-cardiometabolic-health-role-of-estrogen-and-estrogen-receptors
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Deborah Clegg, Andrea L Hevener, Kerrie L Moreau, Eugenia Morselli, Alfredo Criollo, Rachael E Van Pelt, Victoria J Vieira-Potter
With increased life expectancy, women will spend over three decades of life post-menopause. The menopausal transition increases susceptibility to metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Thus, it is more important than ever to develop effective hormonal treatment strategies to protect aging women. Understanding the role of estrogens, and their biological actions mediated by estrogen receptors (ERs), in the regulation of cardiometabolic health is of paramount importance to discover novel targeted therapeutics...
February 17, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323841/detection-of-crossed-cerebellar-diaschisis-in-hyperacute-ischemic-stroke-using-arterial-spin-labeled-mr-imaging
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Koung Mi Kang, Chul-Ho Sohn, Seung Hong Choi, Keun-Hwa Jung, Roh-Eul Yoo, Tae Jin Yun, Ji-Hoon Kim, Sun-Won Park
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Arterial spin-labeling (ASL) was recently introduced as a noninvasive method to evaluate cerebral hemodynamics. The purposes of this study were to assess the ability of ASL imaging to detect crossed cerebellar diaschisis (CCD) in patients with their first unilateral supratentorial hyperacute stroke and to identify imaging or clinical factors significantly associated with CCD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed 204 consecutive patients who underwent MRI less than 8 hours after the onset of stroke symptoms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323768/use-of-cardiovascular-age-for-assessing-risks-and-benefits-of-menopausal-hormone-therapy
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Richard J Santen
The Women's Health Initiative studies and others have suggested that menopausal hormone therapy may enhance the risk of new cardiovascular (CV) events in older women and diminish the development of coronary atherosclerosis in younger women. The underlying mechanisms to explain these findings are encapsulated in the term "Timing Hypothesis." Extensive pathophysiologic studies have provided mechanistic evidence for the dichotomous effects of estrogen on coronary artery vasculature. Early in the atherosclerotic disease process, estrogen exerts protective effects on the endothelium and retards plaque formation...
March 20, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323735/covered-balloon-expanding-stents-in-airway-stenosis
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Adnan Majid, Fayez Kheir, Jey Chung, Daniel Alape, Bryan Husta, Scott Oh, Erik Folch
BACKGROUND: The balloon-expanding stents are widely available but rarely described for use within the tracheobronchial tree. This report describes our experience with these stents in airway stenosis particularly as a lobar salvage therapy. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of all records in which the balloon-expanding stents were used at a tertiary medical center. Ages, sex, location of stenosis, etiology of stenosis, stent size, duration of stent placement and associated interventions for airway stenosis were recorded...
April 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323726/a-single-us-center-experience-of-transbronchial-lung-cryobiopsy-for-diagnosing-interstitial-lung-disease-with-a-2-scope-technique
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Thitiwat Sriprasart, Alejandro Aragaki, Robert Baughman, Kathryn Wikenheiser-Brokamp, Gaurav Khanna, Daniel Tanase, Michelle Kirschner, Sadia Benzaquen
BACKGROUND: Transbronchial lung cryobiopsy (TBLC) has been used to establish the diagnosis of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in recent years. The technique and diagnostic yield vary among institutions. We report a new 2-scope technique and the results of TBLC in our institution. METHODS: This is a retrospective chart review of patients who underwent TBLC for evaluation of ILD. Bronchoscopy with TBLC was performed by a board-certified interventional pulmonologist with a 2-scope technique under general anesthesia...
April 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
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