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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241210/combination-cyclophosphamide-glucocorticoids-provide-better-tolerability-and-outcomes-versus-glucocorticoids-alone-in-patients-with-sjogren-s-associated-chronic-interstitial-nephritis
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Yuqi Shen, Jingyuan Xie, Li Lin, Xiao Li, Pingyan Shen, Xiaoxia Pan, Hong Ren, Nan Chen
BACKGROUND: Steroid therapy has become an effective option for patients with primary Sjogren's syndrome with tubulointerstitial nephritis (TIN), while the use of cytotoxic agents is still debated. Our study aimed to compare the clinical outcomes of patients treated with cyclophosphamide (CTX) combined with glucocorticoids with those of patients treated with glucocorticoids alone. METHODS: All patients with primary Sjogren's syndrome with chronic TIN admitted to the Division of Nephrology, Ruijin Hospital, from January 1, 2002, to April 30, 2016, and treated with steroids alone or combined with CTX were included...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241206/a-multicenter-experience-with-long-acting-somatostatin-analogues-in-patients-with-congenital-hyperinsulinism
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Ivo van der Steen, Mirjam E van Albada, Klaus Mohnike, Henrik Thybo Christesen, Susann Empting, Maria Salomon-Estebanez, Amalie Greve Rasmussen, Annemarie Verrijn Stuart, Annelieke A A van der Linde, Indraneel Banerjee, Annemieke M Boot
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) is a rare disease characterized by recurrent severe hypoglycemia. In the diffuse form of CHI, pharmacotherapy is the preferred choice of treatment. Long-acting somatostatin analogues have been used in children as off-label medication. However, the efficacy, outcomes, and adverse effect profiles of long-acting somatostatin analogues have not been described in multicentered studies. The aim of this retrospective study is to summarize the experience with long-acting somatostatin analogues in a large group of children with CHI...
December 14, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241193/comparative-analysis-on-low-and-standard-dose-regimes-of-alteplase-thrombolytic-therapy-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-efficacy-and-safety
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Guangjian Zhao, Tingfen Huang, Mei Zheng, Yansen Cui, Yunyong Liu, Zhongrong Cheng, Ziran Wang
OBJECTIVE: This study analyzed the efficacy and safety of low-dose and standard-dose alteplase intravenous thrombolytic therapy for acute ischemic stroke (AIS). METHODS: Patients with AIS who underwent intravenous alteplase thrombolysis from July 2012 to December 2016 were retrospectively analyzed and correspondingly divided into low-dose (0.6-0.89 mg/kg) group and standard-dose group (0.9 mg/kg) according to alteplase dosage. The clinical outcome was evaluated by modified Rankin Scale (mRS) at 90 days after onset...
December 14, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241175/surgery-of-critically-located-intracranial-gliomas
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Tomokatsu Hori, Atsushi Ishida, Yasuo Aihara, Seigo Matsuo, Haruko Yoshimoto, Hideki Shiramizu
Management of deep-seated and midline gliomas originating from thalamus, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, and brainstem presents significant challenges. Aggressive resection of such tumors is frequently impossible due to excessive morbidity and mortality rates; thus, combinations of both surgical and non-surgical treatment options should be always considered. In each individual case, there should be reasonable clinical judgment with regard to the optimal outcome providing the best possible prognosis for the patient, with high quality of life and minimal risk of complications...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241167/nutritional-screening-and-clinical-outcome-in-hospitalized-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
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Azusa Takaoka, Masaya Sasaki, Naoko Nakanishi, Mika Kurihara, Akiko Ohi, Shigeki Bamba, Akira Andoh
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hospitalized patients with Crohn's disease (CD) can develop severe nutritional deficits. However, the nutritional screening tools with the most utility for such patients are still unknown. METHODS: Nutritional status of 40 CD patients was assessed on admission using several screening tools and laboratory tests. Their validity was evaluated in relation to length of hospital stay (LOS) and intestinal resection. Receiver operating characteristic analysis was performed to predict prolonged LOS (≥28 days)...
December 14, 2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241164/peritoneal-dialysis-catheter-revision-and-replacement-by-nephrologist-for-peritoneal-dialysis-catheter-malfunction
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Terry King-Wing Ma, Kai Ming Chow, Bonnie Ching-Ha Kwan, Jack Kit-Chung Ng, Agnes Shin-Man Choy, Vickie Wai-Ki Kwong, Wing-Fai Pang, Chi Bon Leung, Philip Kam-To Li, Cheuk Chun Szeto
BACKGROUND: Catheter malfunction is an important cause of technique failure for peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients, and is commonly managed by surgeons or intervention radiologists. We reviewed our experience in catheter revision or replacement by nephrologists. METHOD: We reviewed the clinical outcome and complication rate of 95 consecutive patients who had PD catheter malfunction, with catheter revision or replacement by nephrologist. RESULT: Amongst the 95 patients, 32 had catheter revision, 24 catheter replacement via the original wound, and 39 catheter replacement via a new mini-laparotomy wound...
December 14, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241152/thoracoamniotic-shunting-for-fetal-pleural-effusion-with-hydropic-change-using-a-double-basket-catheter-an-insight-into-the-preoperative-determinants-of-shunting-efficacy
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Nobuhiro Hidaka, Saki Kido, Yuka Sato, Masaharu Murata, Yasuyuki Fujita, Kiyoko Kato
OBJECTIVES: Although the efficacy of thoracoamniotic shunting (TAS) for fetal hydrothorax is well-recognized, the coexistence of hydrops fetalis is still a clinical challenge. The preoperative determinants of shunting efficacy are not fully understood. In this study, we aimed to investigate the perinatal and postnatal outcomes of hydrops fetalis with pleural effusion treated by TAS using a double-basket catheter, and to discuss the preoperative factors predictive of patients who will benefit from TAS...
December 7, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241108/the-efficacy-of-posterior-hemivertebra-resection-with-lumbosacral-fixation-and-fusion-in-the-treatment-of-congenital-scoliosis-a-more-than-2-year-follow-up-study
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Qiunan Lyu, Bowen Hu, Chunguang Zhou, Limin Liu, Yueming Song, Xi Yang, Liang Wang, Lei Wang
OBJECTIVE: Hemivertebrae (HV) located at the lower lumbar or lumbosacral region often produce early trunk imbalance and long compensatory curves. Because of the biomechanical characteristics of the lumbosacral junction, the rate of instrumentation failures at the region has always been high. Our study aimed to evaluate the results of posterior HV resection with lumbosacral fixation and fusion in the treatment of congenital scoliosis and to make a preliminary analysis of the possible risk factors for instrument failures...
December 9, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241089/association-of-psychosis-with-antiphospholipid-antibody-syndrome-a-systematic-review-of-clinical-studies
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Asma Hallab, Sadiq Naveed, Ahmed Altibi, Mariam Abdelkhalek, Huyen Thi Ngo, Thao Phuong Le, Kenji Hirayama, Nguyen Tien Huy
OBJECTIVE: In this systematic review, we reviewed the association between Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) and psychosis and focused on the prevalence, clinical presentation, immunologic and neurological workup, treatment options, and clinical outcomes. METHODOLOGY: We performed this systematic review according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA)'s guidelines. We searched eight databases for potential articles and manually searched references and relevant articles of included studies...
November 16, 2017: General Hospital Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241084/neoadjuvant-radiotherapy-combined-with-capecitabine-and-sorafenib-in-patients-with-advanced-kras-mutated-rectal-cancer-a-phase-i-ii-trial-sakk-41-08
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Roger von Moos, Dieter Koeberle, Sabina Schacher, Stefanie Hayoz, Ralph C Winterhalder, Arnaud Roth, György Bodoky, Panagiotis Samaras, Martin D Berger, Daniel Rauch, Piercarlo Saletti, Ludwig Plasswilm, Daniel Zwahlen, Urs R Meier, Pu Yan, Paola Izzo, Dirk Klingbiel, Daniela Bärtschi, Kathrin Zaugg
BACKGROUND: KRAS mutation occurs in ∼40% of locally advanced rectal cancers (LARCs). The multitarget tyrosine kinase inhibitor sorafenib has radiosensitising effects and might improve outcomes for standard preoperative chemoradiotherapy in patients with KRAS-mutated LARC. METHODS: Adult patients with KRAS-mutated T3/4 and/or N1/2M0 LARC were included in this phase I/II study. The phase I dose-escalation study of capecitabine plus sorafenib and radiotherapy was followed by a phase II study assessing efficacy and safety...
December 11, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241080/paternal-urinary-concentrations-of-organophosphate-flame-retardant-metabolites-fertility-measures-and-pregnancy-outcomes-among-couples-undergoing-in-vitro-fertilization
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Courtney C Carignan, Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, Paige L Williams, John D Meeker, Heather M Stapleton, Craig M Butt, Thomas L Toth, Jennifer B Ford, Russ Hauser
BACKGROUND: Use of organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) has increased over the past decade following the phase out of some brominated flame retardants, leading to increased human exposure. We recently reported that increasing maternal PFR exposure is associated with poorer pregnancy outcomes among women from a fertility clinic. Because a small epidemiologic study previously reported an inverse association between male PFR exposures and sperm motility, we sought to examine associations of paternal urinary concentrations of PFR metabolites and their partner's pregnancy outcomes...
December 11, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241014/an-observational-study-of-the-efficacy-of-cisatracurium-compared-to-vecuronium-in-patients-with-or-at-risk-for-ards
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Peter D Sottile, Tyree H Kiser, Ellen L Burnham, P Michael Ho, Richard R Allen, R William Vandivier, Marc Moss
RATIONALE: The neuromuscular blocking agent cisatracurium may improve mortality for patients with moderate-severe ARDS. Other neuromuscular blocking agents, such as vecuronium, are commonly used and have different mechanisms of action, side effects, cost, and availability in the setting of drug shortages. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether cisatracurium is associated with improved outcomes when compared vecuronium in patients at risk for and with ARDS. METHODS: Using a nationally representative database, patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with a diagnosis of ARDS or an ARDS risk factor, received mechanical ventilation, and were treated with a continuous infusion of neuromuscular blocking agent for at least two days within two days of hospital admission were included...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240962/long-term-outcomes-after-percutaneous-revascularization-of-complex-coronary-bifurcation-lesions-using-a-dedicated-self-expanding-biolimus-eluting-stent-system
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Andreas S Triantafyllis, Johan Bennett, Efstathios Pagourelias, Keir McCutcheon, Tom Adriaenssens, Peter R Sinnaeve, Walter Desmet, Christophe Dubois
BACKGROUND: To evaluate long-term clinical outcomes after treatment of complex bifurcation lesions with the AXXESS dedicated self-expanding biolimus A9-eluting bifurcation stent. METHODS: Between 2004 and 2013, 123 patients with complex bifurcation lesions were treated in a single center with the AXXESS stent in the proximal main vessel (MV) and additional drug-eluting stents in branches when required. Median follow-up was 5 years. Primary endpoint was the rate of major adverse cardiac events (MACE)...
December 14, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240884/a-proposal-for-a-comprehensive-risk-scoring-system-for-predicting-postoperative-complications-in-octogenarian-patients-with-medically-operable-lung-cancer-jacs1303
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Hisashi Saji, Takahiko Ueno, Hiroshige Nakamura, Norihito Okumura, Masanori Tsuchida, Makoto Sonobe, Takuro Miyazaki, Keiju Aokage, Masayuki Nakao, Tomohiro Haruki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuhiko Kataoka, Kazunori Okabe, Kenji Tomizawa, Kentaro Yoshimoto, Hirotoshi Horio, Kenji Sugio, Yasuhisa Ode, Motoshi Takao, Morihito Okada, Masayuki Chida
OBJECTIVES: Although some retrospective studies have reported clinicopathological scoring systems for predicting postoperative complications and survival outcomes for elderly lung cancer patients, optimized scoring systems remain controversial. METHODS: The Japanese Association for Chest Surgery (JACS) conducted a nationwide multicentre prospective cohort and enrolled a total of 1019 octogenarians with medically operable lung cancer. Details of the clinical factors, comorbidities and comprehensive geriatric assessment were recorded for 895 patients to develop a comprehensive risk scoring (RS) system capable of predicting severe complications...
December 11, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240881/nrf2-promotes-mutant-k-ras-p53-driven-pancreatic-carcinogenesis
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Shin Hamada, Keiko Taguchi, Atsushi Masamune, Masayuki Yamamoto, Tooru Shimosegawa
The Keap1-Nrf2 system contributes to the maintenance of homeostasis by regulating oxidative stress responses in normal tissues and organs, and is exploited in various cancers for proliferation, survival and acquisition of therapy resistance. Pancreatic cancer remains one of the intractable cancers, despite the improved clinical outcomes of other types of cancer, due to its invasive and refractory nature to therapeutic intervention. The current study aimed to clarify the contribution of Nrf2 to pancreatic carcinogenesis using a pancreas-specific mutant K-ras and p53 (KPC) mouse model...
June 1, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240859/real-world-clinical-experience-with-apremilast-in-a-large-us-retrospective-cohort-study-of-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-plaque-psoriasis
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April Armstrong, Eugenia Levi
<p>OBJECTIVE: To examine real-world use and patient outcomes with apremilast, an oral PDE4 inhibitor, in the dermatology practice set-ting for treatment of patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.</p> <p>METHODS: This retrospective, multicenter, longitudinal, observational cohort study used Modernizing Medicine's electronic medi-cal record (EMR) database of >5000 US dermatology providers. There were 7517 adults aged ≥18 years with a psoriasis diagnosis (ICD-9, ICD-10) who received apremilast therapy from October 1, 2015, to January 31, 2016, and were included in effcacy and safety analyses...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240788/enhanced-heart-failure-mortality-and-renin-activation-in-female-mice-with-experimental-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Ranjana Tripathi, Ryan Sullivan, Tai-Hwang M Fan, Dong Wang, Yao Sun, Guy L Reed, Inna P Gladysheva
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is the major cause of heart failure affecting both women and men. Limited clinical studies show conflicting data in sex-related differences in the progression of dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure (HF) outcomes. We examined the comparative sex-related progression of cardiomyopathy and the development of HF (at 4, 7, 13 weeks of age) in a well-established, transgenic mouse model of DCM that recapitulates the progressive stages of human HF. By 13 weeks of age, female mice with DCM had more severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction, left ventricular dilation and wall thinning (P<0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240775/ornithine-decarboxylase-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-endometrial-cancer
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Hong Im Kim, Chad R Schultz, Andrea L Buras, Elizabeth Friedman, Alyssa Fedorko, Leigh Seamon, Gadisetti V R Chandramouli, G Larry Maxwell, André S Bachmann, John I Risinger
Ornithine Decarboxylase (ODC) a key enzyme in polyamine biosynthesis is often overexpressed in cancers and contributes to polyamine-induced cell proliferation. We noted ubiquitous expression of ODC1 in our published endometrial cancer gene array data and confirmed this in the cancer genome atlas (TCGA) with highest expression in non-endometrioid, high grade, and copy number high cancers, which have the worst clinical outcomes. ODC1 expression was associated with worse overall survival and increased recurrence in three endometrial cancer gene expression datasets...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240766/estimated-clinical-impact-of-the-xpert-mtb-rif-ultra-cartridge-for-diagnosis-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-a-modeling-study
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Emily A Kendall, Samuel G Schumacher, Claudia M Denkinger, David W Dowdy
BACKGROUND: The Xpert MTB/RIF (Xpert) assay offers rapid and accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) but still suffers from imperfect sensitivity. The newer Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra cartridge has shown improved sensitivity in recent field trials, but at the expense of reduced specificity. The clinical implications of switching from the existing Xpert cartridge to the Xpert Ultra cartridge in different populations remain uncertain. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We developed a Markov microsimulation model of hypothetical cohorts of 100,000 individuals undergoing diagnostic sputum evaluation with Xpert for suspected pulmonary TB, in each of 3 emblematic settings: an HIV clinic in South Africa, a public TB center in India, and an adult primary care setting in China...
December 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240741/a-retrospective-audit-of-the-characteristics-and-treatment-outcomes-in-patients-with-diabetes-related-charcot-neuropathic-osteoarthropathy
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Joanne Dixon, Joshua Coulter, Michele Garrett, Rick Cutfield
AIMS: To review the characteristics, management and outcomes one year after diagnosis in patients with diabetes related charcot neuropathic osteoarthropathy (CN) treated at the Diabetes Podiatry service, Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) between 2000-2014. METHODS: Patients with diabetes and recorded diagnosis of CN were identified from the podiatry service records. Clinical details were retrospectively obtained from WDHB databases and patient medical records...
December 15, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
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