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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533058/music-therapy-for-symptom-management-after-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-results-from-a-randomized-study
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Debbie Bates, Brian Bolwell, Navneet S Majhail, Lisa Rybicki, Melissa Yurch, Donna Abounader, Joseph Kohuth, Shannon Jarancik, Heather Koniarczyk, Linda McLellan, Jane Dabney, Christine Lawrence, Lisa Gallagher, Matt Kalaycio, Ronald Sobecks, Robert Dean, Brian Hill, Brad Pohlman, Betty K Hamilton, Aaron T Gerds, Deepa Jagadeesh, Hien D Liu
High-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) is frequently performed in patients with hematologic malignancies. ASCT can result in significant nausea, pain, and discomfort. Supportive care has improved and pharmacologic therapies are frequently employed, but with limitations. Music has been demonstrated to improve nausea and pain in patients undergoing chemotherapy but few data are available regarding the effects of music therapy in the transplant setting. In a prospective study, patients with lymphoma or multiple myeloma undergoing ASCT were randomized to receive either interactive music therapy (MT) with a board-certified music therapist or no music therapy (No MT)...
May 19, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532712/photosensitivity-and-epilepsy-current-concepts-and-perspectives-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
A Martins da Silva, Bárbara Leal
The authors review the influence of photic stimuli on the generation of epileptic seizures, addressing the first descriptions of the phenomenon and its subsequent exploration. Initially defined in the 1950's, links between intermittent photic stimulation (IPS) and seizures were well understood by the 1970. Since then the increasing exposure to photic stimuli associated with modern life (for instance through TVs, patterns, computer games and electronic instruments with flickering displays) has led to an increased interest in this issue...
April 5, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524118/novel-radiolabeled-bisphosphonates-for-pet-diagnosis-and-endoradiotherapy-of-bone-metastases
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REVIEW
Nina Pfannkuchen, Marian Meckel, Ralf Bergmann, Michael Bachmann, Chandrasekhar Bal, Mike Sathekge, Wolfgang Mohnike, Richard P Baum, Frank Rösch
Bone metastases, often a consequence of breast, prostate, and lung carcinomas, are characterized by an increased bone turnover, which can be visualized by positron emission tomography (PET), as well as single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Bisphosphonate complexes of (99m)Tc are predominantly used as SPECT tracers. In contrast to SPECT, PET offers a higher spatial resolution and, owing to the (68)Ge/(68)Ga generator, an analog to the established (99m)Tc generator exists. Complexation of Ga(III) requires the use of chelators...
May 18, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518096/invasive-behavior-of-human-breast-cancer-cells-in-embryonic-zebrafish
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Jiang Ren, Sijia Liu, Chao Cui, Peter Ten Dijke
In many cases, cancer patients do not die of a primary tumor, but rather because of metastasis. Although numerous rodent models are available for studying cancer metastasis in vivo, other efficient, reliable, low-cost models are needed to quickly access the potential effects of (epi)genetic changes or pharmacological compounds. As such, we illustrate and explain the feasibility of xenograft models using human breast cancer cells injected into zebrafish embryos to support this goal. Under the microscope, fluorescent proteins or chemically labeled human breast cancer cells are transplanted into transgenic zebrafish embryos, Tg (fli:EGFP), at the perivitelline space or duct of Cuvier (Doc) 48 h after fertilization...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509796/disposition-of-remifentanil-in-obesity-a-new-pharmacokinetic-model-incorporating-the-influence-of-body-mass
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Tae Kyun Kim, Shinju Obara, Talmage D Egan, Charles F Minto, Luca LaColla, David R Drover, Jaap Vuyk, Martijn Mertens
BACKGROUND: The influence of obesity on the pharmacokinetic (PK) behavior of remifentanil is incompletely understood. The aim of the current investigation was to develop a new population PK model for remifentanil that would adequately characterize the influence of body weight (among other covariates, e.g., age) on the disposition of remifentanil in the general adult population. We hypothesized that age and various indices of body mass would be important covariates in the new model. METHODS: Nine previously published data sets containing 4,455 blood concentration measurements from 229 subjects were merged...
June 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502709/organizational-innovation-of-apical-actin-filaments-drives-rapid-pollen-tube-growth-and-turning
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Xiaolu Qu, Ruihui Zhang, Meng Zhang, Min Diao, Yongbiao Xue, Shanjin Huang
Polarized tip growth is a fundamental cellular process in many eukaryotes. In this study, we examined the dynamic restructuring of the actin cytoskeleton and its relationship to vesicle transport during pollen tip growth in Arabidopsis. We found that actin filaments originating from the apical membrane form a specialized structure consisting of longitudinally aligned actin bundles at the cortex and inner cytoplasmic filaments with a distinct distribution. Using actin-based pharmacological treatments and genetic mutants in combination with FRAP (fluorescence recovery after photobleaching) technology to visualize the transport of vesicles within the growth domain of pollen tubes, we demonstrate that cortical actin filaments facilitate tip-ward vesicle transport...
May 10, 2017: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485318/a-national-multicenter-survey-on-management-of-pain-agitation-and-delirium-in-intensive-care-units-in-china
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Jing Wang, Zhi-Yong Peng, Wen-Hai Zhou, Bo Hu, Xin Rao, Jian-Guo Li
BACKGROUND: The management of pain, agitation, and delirium (PAD) in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is beneficial for patients and makes it widely applied in clinical practice. Previous studies showed that the clinical practice of PAD in ICU was improving; yet relatively little information is available in China. This study aimed to investigate the practice of PAD in ICUs in China. METHODS: A multicenter, nationwide survey was conducted using a clinician-directed questionnaire from September 19 to December 18, 2016...
May 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484738/hippocampus-dependent-goal-localization-by-head-fixed-mice-in-virtual-reality
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Masaaki Sato, Masako Kawano, Kotaro Mizuta, Tanvir Islam, Min Goo Lee, Yasunori Hayashi
The demonstration of the ability of rodents to navigate in virtual reality (VR) has made it an important behavioral paradigm for studying spatially modulated neuronal activity in these animals. However, their behavior in such simulated environments remains poorly understood. Here, we show that encoding and retrieval of goal location memory in mice head-fixed in VR depends on the postsynaptic scaffolding protein Shank2 and the dorsal hippocampus. In our newly developed virtual cued goal location task, a head-fixed mouse moves from one end of a virtual linear track to seek rewards given at a target location along the track...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480761/topical-treatment-of-glaucoma-established-and-emerging-pharmacology
#9
Mark S Dikopf, Thasarat S Vajaranant, Deepak P Edward
Glaucoma is a collection of optic neuropathies consisting of retinal ganglion cell death and corresponding visual field loss. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss worldwide and is forecasted to precipitously increase in prevalence in the coming decades. Current treatment options aim to lower intraocular pressure (IOP) via topical or oral therapy, laser treatment to the trabecular meshwork or ciliary body, and incisional surgery. Despite increasing use of trabecular laser therapy, topical therapy remains first-line in the treatment of most forms of glaucoma...
May 6, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480515/pharmacological-and-toxicological-study-of-maytenus-ilicifolia-leaf-extract-part-ii-clinical-study-phase-i
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Ricardo Tabach, Joaquim M Duarte-Almeida, E A Carlini
Maytenus ilicifolia is a plant widely used in South American folk medicine as an effective anti-dyspeptic agent, and the aim of this study was to evaluate their clinical and toxicological effects in healthy volunteers in order to establish its maximum safe dose. We selected 24 volunteers (12 women and 12 men) between 20 and 40 years of age and put them through clinical/laboratory screening and testing to ascertain their psychomotor functions (simple visual reaction, speed and accuracy, finger tapping tests)...
May 8, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471519/mast-cells-mediate-early-neutrophil-recruitment-and-exhibit-anti-inflammatory-properties-via-fpr2-alx
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Ellen L Hughes, Felix Becker, Roderick J Flower, Julia C Buckingham, Felicity N E Gavins
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In recent years, studies have focused on the resolution of inflammation, which can be achieved by endogenous anti-inflammatory agonists such as Annexin A1 (AnxA1). Here, we investigated the effects of mast cells (MCs) on early lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced neutrophil recruitment and the involvement of the AnxA1-Formyl peptide receptor 2/ALX (Fpr2/ALX or lipoxin A4 receptor) pathway. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Intravital microscopy (IVM) was used to visualize and quantify the effects of LPS (10 µg per mouse i...
May 4, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466418/ambroxol-for-fibromyalgia-one-group-pretest-posttest-open-label-pilot-study
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Laura-Aline Martínez-Martínez, Luis-Fernando Pérez, Lizbeth-Teresa Becerril-Mendoza, Pedro Rodríguez-Henriquez, Omar-Eloy Muñoz, Gumaro Acosta, Luis H Silveira, Angélica Vargas, María-Isabel Barrera-Villalpando, Manuel Martínez-Lavín
A consistent line of investigation proposes that fibromyalgia is a sympathetically maintained neuropathic pain syndrome. Dorsal root ganglia sodium channels may play a major role in fibromyalgia pain transmission. Ambroxol is a secretolytic agent used in the treatment of various airway disorders. Recently, it was discovered that this compound is also an efficient sodium channel blocker with potent anti-neuropathic pain properties. We evaluated the add-on effect of ambroxol to the treatment of fibromyalgia. We studied 25 patients with fibromyalgia...
May 2, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457097/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-h%C3%A3-v%C3%A3-z-mud-in-patients-with-hand-osteoarthritis-a-randomized-controlled-single-blind-follow-up-study
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Noémi Gyarmati, Ágota Kulisch, András Németh, Annamária Bergmann, József Horváth, Zsuzsanna Mándó, Ágnes Matán, Erika Szakál, Tímea Sasné Péter, Dóra Szántó, Tamás Bender
BACKGROUND: Heat therapy is one of the most popular non-pharmacological treatments for osteoarthritis of the hand. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the therapeutic and chemical effects of Hévíz mud on patients with hand osteoarthritis. METHODS: We randomly assigned 47 patients with mild-to-moderate hand osteoarthritis to two groups. Patients in group 1 (n=23) received Hévíz mud applied directly to both hands, whereas patients in group 2 (n=24) also received mud to both hands, but nylon gloves separated the skin from the mud...
March 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452603/effects-of-music-therapy-under-general-anesthesia-in-patients-undergoing-abdominal-surgery
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Mohamed Kahloul, Salah Mhamdi, Mohamed Said Nakhli, Ahmed Nadhir Sfeyhi, Mohamed Azzaza, Ajmi Chaouch, Walid Naija
BACKGROUND: Music therapy, an innovative approach that has proven effectiveness in many medical conditions, seems beneficial also in managing surgical patients. The aim of this study is to evaluate its effects, under general anesthesia, on perioperative patient satisfaction, stress, pain, and awareness. METHODS: This is a prospective, randomized, double-blind study conducted in the operating theatre of visceral surgery at Sahloul Teaching Hospital over a period of 4 months...
December 2017: Libyan Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450546/nicotinic-%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-2-cholinergic-receptor-influences-on-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortical-neuronal-firing-during-a-working-memory-task
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Yongan Sun, Yang Yang, Veronica C Galvin, Shengtao Yang, Amy F Arnsten, Min Wang
The primate dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) subserves top-down regulation of attention and working memory abilities. Depletion studies show that the neuromodulator, acetylcholine, is essential to dlPFC working memory functions, but the receptor and cellular bases for cholinergic actions are just beginning to be understood. The current study found that nicotinic receptors comprised of α4 and β2 subunits (α4β2-nAChR) enhance the task-related firing of Delay and Fixation cells in the dlPFC of monkeys performing a working memory task...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448998/efficacy-safety-and-tolerability-of-armodafinil-therapy-for-hypersomnia-associated-with-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-a-pilot-study
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Maria I Lapid, Karen M Kuntz, Sara S Mason, Jeremiah A Aakre, Emily S Lundt, Walter Kremers, Laura A Allen, Daniel A Drubach, Bradley F Boeve
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hypersomnia is common in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). We assessed the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of armodafinil for hypersomnia associated with DLB. METHODS: We performed a 12-week pilot trial of armodafinil therapy (125-250 mg orally daily) in DLB outpatients with hypersomnia. The patients underwent neurologic examinations, a neuropsychological battery, laboratory testing, electrocardiography, and polysomnography. Efficacy was assessed at 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks...
April 28, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448039/surgical-ablation-assay-for-studying-eye-regeneration-in-planarians
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Jacob M Morton, Marwa A Saad, Wendy S Beane
In the study of adult stem cells and regenerative mechanisms, planarian flatworms are a staple in vivo model system. This is due in large part to their abundant pluripotent stem cell population and ability to regenerate all cell and tissue types after injuries that would be catastrophic for most animals. Recently, planarians have gained popularity as a model for eye regeneration. Their ability to regenerate the entire eye (comprised of two tissue types: pigment cells and photoreceptors) allows for the dissection of the mechanisms regulating visual system regeneration...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442338/multicentre-evaluation-of-postoperative-pain-control-after-24hours-in-three-hospitals-of-colombia
#18
Jorge Enrique Machado-Alba, Manuel Enrique Machado-Duque, Javier Orlando Ramírez-Sarmiento
OBJECTIVE: To determine the intensity of pain in operated patients using a visual analogue scale and identify variables associated with lack of pain control in three cities in Colombia. METHOD: A cross-sectional study in patients over the age of 18 years, between January 1(st) and September 30(th) 2014, in 3 clinics in Colombia. The intensity of postoperative pain using a visual analogue scale at 24hours after surgery was recorded. Socio-demographic, clinical and pharmacological variables were taken into account...
April 22, 2017: Enfermería Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438675/integrating-cell-biology-and-proteomic-approaches-in-plants
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Tomáš Takáč, Olga Šamajová, Jozef Šamaj
Significant improvements of protein extraction, separation, mass spectrometry and bioinformatics nurtured advancements of proteomics during the past years. The usefulness of proteomics in the investigation of biological problems can be enhanced by integration with other experimental methods from cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology and other omics approaches including transcriptomics and metabolomics. This review aims to summarize current trends integrating cell biology and proteomics in plant science...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436184/delaying-cognitive-and-physical-decline-through-multidomain-interventions-for-residents-with-mild-to-moderate-dementia-in-dementia-care-units-in-taiwan-a-prospective-cohort-study
#20
Chih-Kuang Liang, Ming-Yueh Chou, Liang-Yu Chen, Kuei-Yu Wang, Shih-Yi Lin, Liang-Kung Chen, Yu-Te Lin, Tsung-Yun Liu, Ching-Hui Loh
AIM: To develop experimental multi-domain interventions for older people with mild-to-moderate dementia, and to evaluate the effect of delaying cognitive and physical decline, and improvement or prevention of geriatric syndromes during 1-year follow up. METHODS: Participants aged 65 years and older with mild-to-moderate dementia (clinical dementia rating [CDR] 1 or 2) were grouped as intervention in Jia-Li Veterans Home and usual care model in the community (Memory clinic)...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
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