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Claire de Oliveira, Reka Pataky, Karen E Bremner, Jagadish Rangrej, Kelvin K W Chan, Winson Y Cheung, Jeffrey S Hoch, Stuart Peacock, Murray D Krahn
BACKGROUND: Cancer is a major public health issue and represents a significant economic burden to health care systems worldwide. The objective of this analysis was to estimate phase-specific, 5-year and lifetime net costs for the 21 most prevalent cancer sites, and remaining tumour sites combined, in Ontario, Canada. METHODS: We selected all adult patients diagnosed with a primary cancer between 1997 and 2007, with valid ICD-O site and histology codes, and who survived 30 days or more after diagnosis, from the Ontario Cancer Registry (N = 394,092)...
October 18, 2016: BMC Cancer
J Solek-Pastuszka, M Sawicki, W Iwańczuk, R Bohatyrewicz
Polish brain death (BD) criteria established in 2007 are currently under review and therefore all reports about any problems noticed during diagnostic attempts are being carefully analyzed. According to information from intensive care units, patients with poor baseline lung function often do not tolerate ventilator disconnection during the apnea test (AT) despite previous preoxygenation and catheter O2 insufflation. Abortion of AT because of decrease of saturation as measured by pulse oximetry is quite common...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Stefan Candefjord, Johan Winges, Ahzaz Ahmad Malik, Yinan Yu, Thomas Rylander, Tomas McKelvey, Andreas Fhager, Mikael Elam, Mikael Persson
Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and severe disability for young people and a major public health problem for elderly. Many patients with intracranial bleeding are treated too late, because they initially show no symptoms of severe injury and are not transported to a trauma center. There is a need for a method to detect intracranial bleedings in the prehospital setting. In this study, we investigate whether broadband microwave technology (MWT) in conjunction with a diagnostic algorithm can detect subdural hematoma (SDH)...
October 13, 2016: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Osamu Muramoto
BACKGROUND: This essay provides an ethical and conceptual argument for the use of informed consent prior to the diagnosis of brain death. It is meant to enable the family to make critical end-of-life decisions, particularly withdrawal of life support system and organ donation, before brain death is diagnosed, as opposed to the current practice of making such decisions after the diagnosis of death. The recent tragic case of a 13-year-old brain-dead patient in California who was maintained on a ventilator for over 2 years illustrates how such a consent would have made a crucial difference...
October 13, 2016: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine: PEHM
Ursula I Tuor, Min Qiao, Manasi Sule, Melissa Morgunov, Tadeusz Foniok
Stroke is a major cause of disability in adults and children. Recently, we have developed an adult rat model of minor stroke containing a peri-infarct region with a modest T2 increase and mild ischemic damage. We hypothesized that a neonatal minor stroke with mild peri-ischemic changes could also be produced, but with potential ontogenic differences. Using our minor photothrombosis method, we produced a range of severities of ischemic lesions (mini, minor, moderate and severe) within magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) slices of adult and neonatal rats...
October 12, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
Tongeji E Tungaraza
It has been repeatedly shown that clozapine is more efficacious than other antipsychotics in the management of treatment-resistant schizophrenia. However, clozapine is associated with a number of side effects including weight gain. Antipsychotic-induced weight gain has been linked with a number of untoward events including psychological factors such as stigma and low self-esteem, and physical factors such as metabolic syndromes and untimely death. The mechanism underlying antipsychotic (including clozapine)-induced weight gain is not clearly understood, although it is said to involve several brain areas, several neurotransmitters, neuropeptides and genetic factors...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
Chan Hong Jeon
Relapsing polychondritis (RP) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by inflammation in cartilaginous structures including the ears, noses, peripheral joints, and tracheobronchial tree. It rarely involves the central nervous system (CNS) but diagnosis of CNS complication of RP is challenging because it can present with varying clinical features. Herein we report 3 cases of relapsing polychondritis involving CNS with distinct manifestations and clinical courses. The first patient presented with rhombencephalitis resulting in brain edema and death...
November 2016: Journal of Korean Medical Science
T Glaus, N Sigrist, N Hofer-Inteeworn, C Kuemmerle-Fraune, C Mueller, K Geissweid, K Beckmann, M Wenger, J Novo Matos
Unexplained bleeding was the primary clinical complaint in 15 dogs diagnosed with A. vasorum and was observed in the mouth, as external bleeding, as large subcutaneous hematoma, as hemoptysis, in the brain, post ovariectomy, as epistaxis, in the anterior ocular chamber and on a tracheal intubation tube. In 8 dogs the cause of bleeding initially was suspected to be a minor trauma or a surgical complication, and various surgical approaches had been undertaken to eliminate the problem. In only 3 dogs respiratory signs were observed before the bleeding prompted referral...
October 2016: Schweizer Archiv Für Tierheilkunde
Julie Turnbull, Erica Tiberia, Pasquale Striano, Pierre Genton, Stirling Carpenter, Cameron A Ackerley, Berge A Minassian
Lafora disease (LD) is an autosomal recessive progressive myoclonus epilepsy due to mutations in the EPM2A (laforin) and EPM2B (malin) genes, with no substantial genotype-phenotype differences between the two. Founder effects and recurrent mutations are common, and mostly isolated to specific ethnic groups and/or geographical locations. Pathologically, LD is characterized by distinctive polyglucosans, which are formations of abnormal glycogen. Polyglucosans, or Lafora bodies (LB) are typically found in the brain, periportal hepatocytes of the liver, skeletal and cardiac myocytes, and in the eccrine duct and apocrine myoepithelial cells of sweat glands...
September 1, 2016: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
D W Donnelly, A T Gavin
ABSTRACT: Whilst survival rates for childhood cancers are excellent, it is known that these patients have an increased risk of death from disease recurrence and other causes. We investigate patterns, trends and survival of cancers in children and young adults in N. Ireland. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 21 years (1993-2013) of cancer incidence data including non-malignant brain tumours from the N. Ireland Cancer Registry for persons aged 0-24 years was analysed using Joinpoint regresssion for trend and the Kaplan Meier method for survival analysis up to end 2013 with excess mortality calculated at one and five years after first cancer diagnosis using standardised mortality ratios...
September 2016: Ulster Medical Journal
Alexander V Tschulakow, Ulrich Schraermeyer, H Peter Rodemann, Sylvie Julien-Schraermeyer
Retinoblastoma (Rb) is the most frequent primary intraocular tumour in children and if let untreated, can cause death. Preclinical animal models that mimic molecular, genetic, and cellular features of cancers are essential for studying cancer and searching for promising diagnosis and treatment modalities. There are several models described for Rb, but none of them fully met our requirements.The aim of this study was to create a novel xenograft-nude mouse-model with broad application possibilities, which closely resembles the clinical observations and to investigate the development and spread of the tumour by using SLO/OCT as well as histology methods...
September 30, 2016: Biology Open
Andrés Norambuena, Horst Wallrabe, Lloyd McMahon, Antonia Silva, Eric Swanson, Shahzad S Khan, Daniel Baerthlein, Erin Kodis, Salvatore Oddo, James W Mandell, George S Bloom
A major obstacle to presymptomatic diagnosis and disease-modifying therapy for Alzheimer's disease (AD) is inadequate understanding of molecular mechanisms of AD pathogenesis. For example, impaired brain insulin signaling is an AD hallmark, but whether and how it might contribute to the synaptic dysfunction and neuron death that underlie memory and cognitive impairment has been mysterious. Neuron death in AD is often caused by cell cycle reentry (CCR) mediated by amyloid-β oligomers (AβOs) and tau, the precursors of plaques and tangles...
September 29, 2016: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
Colette J Shen, Daniele Rigamonti, Kristin J Redmond, Megan N Kummerlowe, Michael Lim, Lawrence R Kleinberg
PURPOSE: Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is widely used to treat brain metastases in place of whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT), with the goal of reducing treatment toxicity balanced against the risk of developing new metastases. We evaluated outcomes of repeated courses of SRS in the management of new brain metastases as an alternative to salvage WBRT. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We conducted a single-institution retrospective review of 239 patients treated with SRS without WBRT for brain metastases from 2004 to 2014...
April 26, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
Marion Piñeros, Mónica S Sierra, M Isabel Izarzugaza, David Forman
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE: Although malignant tumors of the brain and central nervous system (CNS) represent less than 3% of new cancer cases estimated worldwide, they cause significant morbidity and in the case of gliomas, the most common histological type, have a poor prognosis. We describe patterns and trends in brain and CNS incidence and mortality in Central and South America. METHODS: We obtained regional- and national-level incidence data from 48 population-based cancer registries in 13 countries and cancer deaths from the WHO mortality database for 18 countries...
September 2016: Cancer Epidemiology
A M Cardoso, J R Guedes, A L Cardoso, C Morais, P Cunha, A T Viegas, R Costa, A Jurado, M C Pedroso de Lima
Central nervous system (CNS) diseases constitute a set of challenging pathological conditions concerning diagnosis and therapeutics. For most of these disorders, there is a lack of early diagnosis, biomarkers to allow proper follow-up of disease progression and effective therapeutic strategies to allow a persistent cure. The poor prognosis of most CNS diseases is, therefore, a global concern, especially regarding chronic age-related neurodegenerative disorders, which are already considered problems of public health due to the increasing average of life expectancy...
2016: International Review of Neurobiology
Zi Li, Wenqi He, Yungang Lan, Kui Zhao, Xiaoling Lv, Huijun Lu, Ning Ding, Jing Zhang, Junchao Shi, Changjian Shan, Feng Gao
An acute outbreak of porcine hemagglutinating encephalomyelitis virus (PHEV) infection in piglets, characterized with neurological symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea, and wasting, occurred in China. Coronavirus-like particles were observed in the homogenized tissue suspensions of the brain of dead piglets by electron microscopy, and a wild PHEV strain was isolated, characterized, and designated as PHEV-CC14. Histopathologic examinations of the dead piglets showed characteristics of non-suppurative encephalitis, and some neurons in the cerebral cortex were degenerated and necrotic, and neuronophagia...
2016: PeerJ
Stephen Trevick, Minjee Kim, Andrew Naidech
The Neuro-ICU is a multidisciplinary location that presents peculiar challenges and opportunities for patients with life-threatening neurological disease. Communication skills are essential in supporting caregivers and other embedded providers (e.g., neurosurgeons, advanced practice providers, nurses, pharmacists), through leadership. Limitations to prognostication complicate how decisions are made on behalf of non-communicative patients. Cognitive dysfunction and durable reductions in health-related quality of life are difficult to predict, and the diagnosis of brain death may be challenging and confounded by medications and comorbidities...
November 2016: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
G Chen, W W Zhai, Z Q Yu
Objective: To explore experience and methods in the microsurgical treatment of midline deep brain lesions. Methods: The clinical data of patients with midline deep brain lesions were retrospectively analyzed. The clinical manifestation, imaging findings, lesion locations, surgical procedures, pathological diagnosis and follow-up results were summarized and analyzed. All the lesions were located deeply in the brain midline: corpus callosum (n=1), thalamus and basal ganglia (n=6), lateral ventricle (n=4), the third ventricle (n=2), pineal region (n=8), brainstem and fourth ventricle region (n=4)...
September 13, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Christian Doehn, Viktor Grünwald, Thomas Steiner, Markus Follmann, Heidrun Rexer, Susanne Krege
BACKGROUND: In 2014, 15 500 persons in Germany were given the diagnosis of renal cell carcinoma. This disease is the third most common cancer of the urogenital system. The mean age at diagnosis is 68 years in men and 71 in men. METHODS: Pertinent publications up to 2014 were retrieved by a systematic literature search and reviewed in a moderated, formalized consensus process. Key questions were generated and answered by the adaptation of existing international guidelines, on the basis of an independent literature review, and by expert consensus...
September 5, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Seung Yoon Song, Sang Koo Lee, Ki Seong Eom
OBJECTIVE: The aims of the Korean Neuro-Trauma Data Bank System (KNTDBS) are to evaluate and improve treatment outcomes for brain trauma, prevent trauma, and provide data for research. Our purpose was to examine the mortality rates following traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a retrospective study and to investigate the sociodemographic variables, characteristics, and causes of TBI-related death based on data from the KNTDBS. METHODS: From 2010 to 2014, we analyzed the data of 2617 patients registered in the KNTDBS...
September 2016: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
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