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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911488/hepatocellular-carcinoma-as-an-emerging-morbidity-in-the-thalassemia-syndromes-a-comprehensive-review
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Hassan M Moukhadder, Racha Halawi, Maria Domenica Cappellini, Ali T Taher
The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with thalassemia is on the rise. The 2 well recognized HCC risk factors in thalassemia are iron overload and chronic viral infection with hepatitis C. The carcinogenicity of iron is related to its induction of oxidative damage, which results in genotoxicity, and to immunologic dysregulation, which attenuates cancer immune surveillance. Chronic hepatitis B and C infections lead to necroinflammation, which can prompt progression to HCC, but an independent role of hepatitis B virus in hepatic carcinogenesis among patients with thalassemia has not been demonstrated...
December 1, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911344/patient-perspectives-on-deep-brain-stimulation-clinical-research-in-early-stage-parkinson-s-disease
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Lauren Heusinkveld, Mallory Hacker, Maxim Turchan, Madelyn Bollig, Christina Tamargo, William Fisher, Lauren McLaughlin, Adria Martig, David Charles
The FDA approved a multicenter, double-blind, Phase III, pivotal trial testing deep brain stimulation in 280 people with very early stage Parkinson's disease (PD; IDE#G050016). In partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, we conducted a survey to investigate motivating factors, barriers, and gender differences for participation in a trial testing DBS in early PD. The majority of survey respondents (72%) indicated they would consider learning more about participating. Men and women with early PD are likely to consider enrolling in trials of invasive therapies that may slow symptom progression and help future patients...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911295/efficacy-and-safety-of-plasma-exchange-with-5-albumin-to-modify-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-plasma-amyloid-%C3%AE-concentrations-and-cognition-outcomes-in%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease-patients-a%C3%A2-multicenter-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Mercè Boada, Fernando Anaya, Pilar Ortiz, Javier Olazarán, Joshua R Shua-Haim, Thomas O Obisesan, Isabel Hernández, Joan Muñoz, Mar Buendia, Montserrat Alegret, Asunción Lafuente, Lluís Tárraga, Laura Núñez, Mireia Torres, Joan Ramon Grifols, Isidre Ferrer, Oscar L Lopez, Antonio Páez
BACKGROUND: Studies conducted in animal models and humans suggest the presence of a dynamic equilibrium of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide between cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and plasma compartments. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether plasma exchange (PE) with albumin replacement was able to modify Aβ concentrations in CSF and plasma as well as to improve cognition in patients with mild-moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: In a multicenter, randomized, patient- and rater-blind, controlled, parallel-group, phase II study, 42 AD patients were assigned (1 : 1) to PE treatment or control (sham) groups...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911249/international-multicenter-cohort-study-of-pediatric-brain-arteriovenous-malformations-part-2-outcomes-after-stereotactic-radiosurgery
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Robert M Starke, Dale Ding, Hideyuki Kano, David Mathieu, Paul P Huang, Caleb Feliciano, Rafael Rodriguez-Mercado, Luis Almodovar, Inga S Grills, Danilo Silva, Mahmoud Abbassy, Symeon Missios, Douglas Kondziolka, Gene H Barnett, L Dade Lunsford, Jason P Sheehan
OBJECTIVE Pediatric patients (age < 18 years) harboring brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are burdened with a considerably higher cumulative lifetime risk of hemorrhage than adults. Additionally, the pediatric population was excluded from recent prospective comparisons of intervention versus conservative management for unruptured AVMs. The aims of this multicenter, retrospective cohort study are to analyze the outcomes after stereotactic radiosurgery for unruptured and ruptured pediatric AVMs. METHODS We analyzed and pooled AVM radiosurgery data from 7 participating in the International Gamma Knife Research Foundation...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911248/international-multicenter-cohort-study-of-pediatric-brain-arteriovenous-malformations-part-1-predictors-of-hemorrhagic-presentation
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Dale Ding, Robert M Starke, Hideyuki Kano, David Mathieu, Paul P Huang, Caleb Feliciano, Rafael Rodriguez-Mercado, Luis Almodovar, Inga S Grills, Danilo Silva, Mahmoud Abbassy, Symeon Missios, Douglas Kondziolka, Gene H Barnett, L Dade Lunsford, Jason P Sheehan
OBJECTIVE Brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are the most common cause of spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage in pediatric patients (age < 18 years). Since the cumulative lifetime risk of AVM hemorrhage is considerable in children, an improved understanding of the risk factors influencing hemorrhagic presentation may aid in the management of pediatric AVMs. The aims of this first of a 2-part multicenter, retrospective cohort study are to evaluate the incidence and determine the predictors of hemorrhagic presentation in pediatric AVM patients...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910999/relationship-between-serum-cytokines-receptors-and-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-levels-and-coronary-artery-disease
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Seyed Reza Mirhafez, Amir Avan, Mohammad Tajfard, Shabnam Mohammadi, Mohsen Moohebati, Arash Fallah, Hamed Ghazavi, Hossein Savadi, Majid Ghayour Mobarhan
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) is increasing globally, supporting the need for the identification of novel biomarkers. Therefore in the present study, we have explored the association of SIL2A, SIL6R, STNFRI, STNFRII, and MMP9 in CAD patients. METHODS: Twenty one patients with angiographically defined CAD with more than 50% occlusion, at least, in one coronary artery and twenty healthy subjects (n=20) without the history of cardiovascular symptoms were enrolled...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910003/bone-marrow-t-cell-percentage-a-novel-prognostic-indicator-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Manar M Ismail, Nahla A B Abdulateef
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive malignancy for which overall disease-free survival is less than 50%. Manipulation of the immune system is an interesting and promising therapy for AML patients. We aimed to characterize the immune system of AML patients, highlighting the clinical relevance of total bone marrow (BM) lymphocytes and subpopulations. Sixty-six new AML cases diagnosed according to WHO criteria from King Abdullah Medical City, KSA, from October 2012 to February 2015. Analysis of BM lymphocytes and subpopulations was done by flowcytometry...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909835/breakthrough-chemotherapy-induced-nausea-and-vomiting-report-of-a-nationwide-survey-by-the-cinv-study-group-of-japan
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Kazuo Tamura, Keisuke Aiba, Toshiaki Saeki, Yoichi Nakanishi, Toshiharu Kamura, Hideo Baba, Kazuhiro Yoshida, Nobuyuki Yamamoto, Yuko Kitagawa, Yoshihiko Maehara, Mototsugu Shimokawa, Koichi Hirata, Masaki Kitajima
BACKGROUND: We conducted a nationwide survey on chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in Japan and demonstrated good compliance with Japanese CINV guidelines, resulting in good control of vomiting. However, almost half the patients experienced breakthrough CINV. We analyzed the survey results in relationship to the management of patients with breakthrough CINV. METHODS: This multicenter, prospective, observational study analyzed data for 1910 patients in Japan scheduled for moderately or highly emetogenic chemotherapy (MEC and HEC, respectively)...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909821/previous-bloodstream-infections-due-to-other-pathogens-as-predictors-of-carbapenem-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-bacteraemia-in-colonized-patients-results-from-a-retrospective-multicentre-study
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D R Giacobbe, V Del Bono, P Bruzzi, S Corcione, M Giannella, A Marchese, L Magnasco, A E Maraolo, N Pagani, C Saffioti, S Ambretti, C S Cardellino, E Coppo, F G De Rosa, P Viale, C Viscoli
INTRODUCTION: the purpose of this retrospective multicenter study was to assess whether the risk of developing bloodstream infections (BSI) due to carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) in colonized patients is influenced by the occurrence of BSI due to other pathogens. METHODS: from January 2012 to March 2014, all patients with at least one rectal swab positive for CRKP and at least 30 days of previous hospital stay were included in the study. The primary outcome measure was CRKP BSI, defined as a time-to-event endpoint...
December 1, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909471/contact-force-and-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
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REVIEW
Ullah W, Schilling Rj, Wong T
Catheters able to measure the force and vector of contact between the catheter tip and myocardium are now available. Pre-clinical work has established that the degree of contact between the radiofrequency ablation catheter and myocardium correlates with the size of the delivered lesion. Excess contact is associated with steam pops and perforation. Catheter contact varies within the left atrium secondary to factors including respiration, location, atrial rhythm and the trans-septal catheter delivery technology used...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909221/factors-related-to-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-relative-survival-in-a-population-based-study-in-france-is-there-a-role-of-socio-economic-status
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Sandra Le Guyader-Peyrou, Sebastien Orazio, Olivier Dejardin, Marc Maynadie, Xavier Troussard, Alain Monnereau
Due to addition of anti-CD20 to anthracycline-based chemotherapy, survival of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma increased during the last decade. Although these trends are encouraging, there are still persistent differences in survival within and between US and European countries suggesting the role of non-biological factors. Our aim was to investigate the influence of such factors on relative survival of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients. We conducted a retrospective multicenter registry-based study in France, between 2002 and 2008, on 1165 incident cases of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Relative survival analyses were performed and data missing were controlled with multiple imputation method...
December 1, 2016: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909047/exercise-in-patients-on-dialysis-a-multicenter-randomized-clinical-trial
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Fabio Manfredini, Francesca Mallamaci, Graziella D'Arrigo, Rossella Baggetta, Davide Bolignano, Claudia Torino, Nicola Lamberti, Silvio Bertoli, Daniele Ciurlino, Lisa Rocca-Rey, Antonio Barillà, Yuri Battaglia, Renato Mario Rapanà, Alessandro Zuccalà, Graziella Bonanno, Pasquale Fatuzzo, Francesco Rapisarda, Stefania Rastelli, Fabrizio Fabrizi, Piergiorgio Messa, Luciano De Paola, Luigi Lombardi, Adamasco Cupisti, Giorgio Fuiano, Gaetano Lucisano, Chiara Summaria, Michele Felisatti, Enrico Pozzato, Anna Maria Malagoni, Pietro Castellino, Filippo Aucella, Samar Abd ElHafeez, Pasquale Fabio Provenzano, Giovanni Tripepi, Luigi Catizone, Carmine Zoccali
Previous studies have suggested the benefits of physical exercise for patients on dialysis. We conducted the Exercise Introduction to Enhance Performance in Dialysis trial, a 6-month randomized, multicenter trial to test whether a simple, personalized walking exercise program at home, managed by dialysis staff, improves functional status in adult patients on dialysis. The main study outcomes included change in physical performance at 6 months, assessed by the 6-minute walking test and the five times sit-to-stand test, and in quality of life, assessed by the Kidney Disease Quality of Life Short Form (KDQOL-SF) questionnaire...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908980/phase-2-study-of-eribulin-in-patients-with-previously-treated-advanced-or-metastatic-soft-tissue-sarcoma
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Akira Kawai, Nobuhito Araki, Yoichi Naito, Toshifumi Ozaki, Hideshi Sugiura, Yasuo Yazawa, Hideo Morioka, Akihiko Matsumine, Kenichi Saito, Shun Asami, Kazuo Isu
OBJECTIVE: Eribulin, a microtubule dynamics inhibitor, is approved for the treatment of patients with breast cancer and soft tissue sarcoma. We investigated the efficacy and safety of eribulin in Japanese patients with soft tissue sarcoma. METHODS: This open-label, multicenter, nonrandomized, Phase 2 study enrolled Japanese patients with measurable, advanced/metastatic soft tissue sarcoma of high/intermediate grade and ≥1 prior chemotherapy for advanced disease...
December 1, 2016: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908846/the-effectiveness-of-web-based-asthma-self-management-system-my-asthma-portal-map-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sara Ahmed, Pierre Ernst, Susan J Bartlett, Marie-France Valois, Tasneem Zaihra, Guy Paré, Roland Grad, Owis Eilayyan, Robert Perreault, Robyn Tamblyn
BACKGROUND: Whether Web-based technologies can improve disease self-management is uncertain. My Asthma Portal (MAP) is a Web-based self-management support system that couples evidence-based behavioral change components (self-monitoring of symptoms, physical activity, and medication adherence) with real-time monitoring, feedback, and support from a nurse case manager. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the impact of access to a Web-based asthma self-management patient portal linked to a case-management system (MAP) over 6 months compared with usual care on asthma control and quality of life...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908843/treatment-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-by-telemedically-supported-paramedics-compared-with-physician-based-treatment-a-prospective-interventional-multicenter-trial
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Jörg C Brokmann, Clemens Conrad, Rolf Rossaint, Sebastian Bergrath, Stefan K Beckers, Miriam Tamm, Michael Czaplik, Frederik Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Prehospital treatment of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in German emergency medical services (EMSs) is reserved for EMS physicians due to legal issues. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this prospective, interventional, multicenter trial was to evaluate the quality of telemedically-delegated therapy and the possible complications in patients with ACS. METHODS: After approval by the ethics committee and trial registration, a one-year study phase was started in August 2012 with 5 ambulances, telemedically equipped and staffed with paramedics, in 4 German EMS districts...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908681/preoperative-anemia-is-associated-with-disease-recurrence-and-progression-in-patients-with-non-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer
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Francesco Soria, Marco Moschini, Mohammad Abufaraj, Gregory J Wirth, Beat Foerster, Kilian M Gust, Mehmet Özsoy, Alberto Briganti, Paolo Gontero, Romain Mathieu, Morgan Rouprêt, Pierre I Karakiewicz, Shahrokh F Shariat
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of preoperative anemia (PA) on oncological outcomes in a multicenter cohort of patients with non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) treated with transurethral resection of the bladder (TURB) and adjuvant intravesical therapies. We hypothesize that PA represents a marker of disease aggressiveness and could be used to improve the discrimination of prognostic tools for the prediction of disease recurrence and progression. METHODS: This multicenter retrospective study included 1,117 patients from 4 different centers...
November 28, 2016: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908600/adenoma-recurrence-after-piecemeal-colonic-emr-is-predictable-the-sydney-emr-recurrence-tool
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David J Tate, Lobke Desomer, Amir Klein, Gregor Brown, Luke F Hourigan, Eric Yt Lee, Alan Moss, Donald Ormonde, Spiro Raftopoulos, Rajvinder Singh, Stephen J Williams, Simon Zanati, Karen Byth, Michael J Bourke
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is the primary treatment of large laterally spreading colonic lesions (LSL). Residual or recurrent adenoma (RRA) is a major limitation. We aimed to identify a robust method to stratify risk of RRA. METHODS: Prospective multicenter data on consecutive LSL ≥ 20mm removed by piecemeal EMR from eight Australian tertiary centers was included (September 2008 until May 2016). A logistic regression model for endoscopically determined recurrence (EDR) was created on a randomly selected half of the cohort to yield the Sydney EMR Recurrence Tool (SERT), a 4-point score to stratify the incidence of RRA based on characteristics of the index EMR...
November 28, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908301/utility-of-b-type-natriuretic-peptides-in-the-assessment-of-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-associated-pulmonary-hypertension-in-the-pharos-registry
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Lorinda Chung, Robert M Fairchild, Daniel E Furst, Shufeng Li, Firas Alkassab, Marcy B Bolster, Mary Ellen Csuka, Chris T Derk, Robyn T Domsic, Aryeh Fischer, Tracy Frech, Mardi Gomberg-Maitland, Jessica K Gordon, Monique Hinchcliff, Vivien Hsu, Laura K Hummers, Dinesh Khanna, Thomas A Jr Medsger, Jerry A Molitor, Ivana R Preston, Elena Schiopu, Lee Shapiro, Faye Hant, Richard Silver, Robert Simms, John Varga, Virginia D Steen, Roham T Zamanian
OBJECTIVES: To assess the utility of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal pro-BNP (NT-proBNP) in detecting and monitoring pulmonary hypertension (PH) in systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: PHAROS is a multicenter prospective cohort of SSc patients at high risk for developing pulmonary arterial hypertension (SSc-AR-PAH) or with a definitive diagnosis of SSc-PH. We evaluated 1) the sensitivity and specificity of BNP≥64 and NT-proBNP≥210 pg/mL for the detection of SSc-PAH and/ or SSc-PH in the SSc-AR-PAH population; 2) baseline and longitudinal BNP and NT-proBNP levels as predictors of progression to SSc-PAH and/or SSc-PH; 3) baseline BNP≥180, NT-proBNP≥553 pg/mL, and longitudinal changes in BNP and NT-proBNP as predictors of mortality in SSc-PH diagnosed patients...
November 10, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908282/role-of-geriatric-intervention-in-the-treatment-of-older-patients-with-cancer-rationale-and-design-of-a-phase-iii-multicenter-trial
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Pierre Soubeyran, Catherine Terret, Carine Bellera, Franck Bonnetain, Olivier Saint Jean, Angéline Galvin, Camille Chakiba, Marie-Dominique Zwolakowski, Simone Mathoulin-Pélissier, Muriel Rainfray
BACKGROUND: In the general geriatric population, programs linking geriatric evaluation with interventions are effective for improving functional status and survival of the patients. Whether or not these interventions improve health related quality of life (HRQoL) or overall survival (OS) in older patients with cancer is not yet clear. Indeed, randomized data on the effect of such interventions on survival and HRQoL are rare and conflicting. We describe the rationale and design of a phase III multicenter trial aimed at assessing the efficacy of geriatric intervention in the management of elderly patients with cancer...
December 1, 2016: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908218/risk-factors-for-dural-tears-a-study-of-elective-spine-surgery
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Meghan E Murphy, Panagiotis Kerezoudis, Mohammed Ali Alvi, Brandon A McCutcheon, Patrick R Maloney, Lorenzo Rinaldo, Daniel Shepherd, Daniel S Ubl, William E Krauss, Elizabeth B Habermann, Mohamad Bydon
OBJECTIVE: This study moves beyond previous cohort studies and benchmark data by studying a population of elective spine surgery from a multicenter registry in an effort to validate, disprove, and/or identify novel risk factors for dural tears. METHODS: A retrospective cohort analysis queried a multicenter registry for patients with degenerative spinal diagnoses undergoing elective spinal surgery from 2010-2014. Multivariable logistic regression analysis interrogated for independent risk factors of dural tears...
December 2, 2016: Neurological Research
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