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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110508/on-an-enhanced-rank-preserving-structural-failure-time-model-to-handle-treatment-switch-crossover-and-dropout
#1
Lingling Li, Shijie Tang, Liewen Jiang
It is very challenging to estimate the comparative treatment effect between a treatment therapy and a control therapy on overall survival in the presence of treatment crossover, switch to an alternative non-study therapy, and non-random patient dropout. Existing methods (e.g., intent-to-treat and per-protocol) are known to be biased. We proposed two new estimators to address these analytical challenges and evaluated their performance via a comprehensive simulation study. The new estimators were constructed by combining an enhanced rank-preserving structural failure time model and the inverse probability censoring weighting approach...
January 22, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110499/dynamic-predictions-using-flexible-joint-models-of-longitudinal-and-time-to-event-data
#2
Jessica Barretta, Li Sub
Joint models for longitudinal and time-to-event data are particularly relevant to many clinical studies where longitudinal biomarkers could be highly associated with a time-to-event outcome. A cutting-edge research direction in this area is dynamic predictions of patient prognosis (e.g., survival probabilities) given all available biomarker information, recently boosted by the stratified/personalized medicine initiative. As these dynamic predictions are individualized, flexible models are desirable in order to appropriately characterize each individual longitudinal trajectory...
January 22, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110491/a-two-stage-hybrid-approach-for-complex-aortic-coarctation-combined-with-ascending-descending-aorta-dilatation-and-concomitant-aortic-valve-regurgitation
#3
Shi-Jian Chen, Xiao-Bo Pu, Qi An, Yuan Feng, Mao Chen
We present a case of aortic coarctation combined with ascending-descending aorta dilatation and concomitant aortic valve regurgitation. The technique involved using endovascular stenting, a two-stage balloon dilation procedure post-stent implantation and a Bentall procedure.
January 22, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110489/video-assisted-laser-resection-of-lung-metastases-feasibility-of-a-new-surgical-technique
#4
Christian Meyer, Detlef Bartsch, Nikolas Mirow, Andreas Kirschbaum
Background Our pilot study describes our initial experience to do a laser resection of lung metastases under video-assisted thoracoscopic control via a minithoracotomy. With this approach, if needed, mediastinal lymphadenectomy is also possible. Methods In this study, 15 patients (11 men and 4 women, mean age: 60 years) with resectable lung metastases of different solid primary tumors (colorectal cancer in seven patients, melanoma in three patients, renal cell carcinoma in two patients, and one each with oropharyngeal cancer, breast cancer, and seminoma) were included...
January 22, 2017: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110479/epigallocatechin-3-o-gallate-modulates-global-microrna-expression-in-interleukin-1%C3%AE-stimulated-human-osteoarthritis-chondrocytes-potential-role-of-egcg-on-negative-co-regulation-of-microrna-140-3p-and-adamts5
#5
Zafar Rasheed, Naila Rasheed, Osama Al-Shaya
PURPOSE: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short, non-coding RNAs involved in almost all cellular processes. Epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG) is a green tea polyphenol and is known to exert anti-arthritic effects by inhibiting genes associated with osteoarthritis (OA). This study was undertaken to investigate the global effect of EGCG on interleukin-1β (IL-1β)-induced expression of miRNAs in human chondrocytes. METHODS: Human chondrocytes were derived from OA cartilage and then treated with EGCG and IL-1β...
January 21, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110470/thermal-control-weather-and-aging
#6
REVIEW
Alexandra Schneider, Regina Rückerl, Susanne Breitner, Kathrin Wolf, Annette Peters
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to highlight the latest developments in the field of weather and health with a focus on the elderly. The current state of knowledge is summarized and open questions and emerging fields of research are discussed. RECENT FINDINGS: It is expected that climate change will lead to higher global average surface temperatures and more extreme climatic conditions. Previous studies have shown that non-optimal temperatures are associated with increased morbidity and mortality, specifically in elderly people...
January 21, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110467/an-overview-of-autosomal-dominant-tumour-syndromes-with-prominent-features-in-the-oral-and-maxillofacial-region
#7
REVIEW
Robert A Kennedy, Selvam Thavaraj, Salvador Diaz-Cano
Several autosomal dominant inherited tumour syndromes demonstrate prominent features in the oral and maxillofacial region. Although multiple organ systems are frequently involved, the target organs more frequently affected are the skin (nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome, Brooke-Spiegler syndrome, Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome and Muir-Torre syndrome), gastrointestinal tract (Peutz-Jegher syndrome and Gardner syndrome) or endocrine system (multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2b and hyperparathyroidism-jaw tumour syndrome)...
January 21, 2017: Head and Neck Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110460/ability-of-rf5-and-rf6-to-restore-fertility-of-chinsurah-boro-ii-type-cytoplasmic-male-sterile-oryza-sativa-ssp-japonica-lines
#8
Honggen Zhang, Jianlan Che, Yongshen Ge, Yan Pei, Lijia Zhang, Qiaoquan Liu, Minghong Gu, Shuzhu Tang
BACKGROUND: Three-line Oryza sativa (ssp. japonica) hybrids have been developed mainly using Chinsurah Boro II (BT)-type cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS). The Rf1 gene restores the fertility of BT-type CMS lines, and is the only fertility restorer gene (Rf) that has been used to produce three-line japonica hybrids. Using more Rf genes to breed BT-type restorer lines may broaden the genetic diversity of the restorer lines, and represents a viable approach to improve the heterosis level of BT-type japonica hybrids...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110459/calcium-phosphate-ceramics-and-polysaccharide-based-hydrogel-scaffolds-combined-with-mesenchymal-stem-cell-differently-support-bone-repair-in-rats
#9
Sophie Frasca, Françoise Norol, Catherine Le Visage, Jean-Marc Collombet, Didier Letourneur, Xavier Holy, Elhadi Sari Ali
Research in bone tissue engineering is focused on the development of alternatives to autologous bone grafts for bone reconstruction. Although multiple stem cell-based products and biomaterials are currently being investigated, comparative studies are rarely achieved to evaluate the most appropriate approach in this context. Here, we aimed to compare different clinically relevant bone tissue engineering methods and evaluated the kinetic repair and the bone healing efficiency supported by mesenchymal stem cells and two different biomaterials, a new hydrogel scaffold and a commercial hydroxyapatite/tricalcium phosphate ceramic, alone or in combination...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110440/molecular-characterization-of-echinococcus-granulosus-isolates-from-bulgarian-human-cystic-echinococcosis-patients
#10
Irina Marinova, Markus Spiliotis, Junhua Wang, Marin Muhtarov, Ilias Chaligiannis, Smaro Sotiraki, Iskra Rainova, Bruno Gottstein, Ghalia Boubaker
Although cystic echinococcosis (CE) is highly endemic in Bulgaria, there is still scarce information about species and/or genotypes of the Echinococcus granulosus complex that infect humans. Our study tackled the genetic diversity of E. granulosus complex in a cohort of 30 Bulgarian CE patients. Ten animal E. granulosus isolates from neighboring Greece were additionally included. Specimens were comparatively analyzed for partial sequences of five mitochondrial (mt) (cox I, nad I, rrnS, rrnL, and atp6) and three nuclear (nc) genes (act II, hbx 2, and ef-1α) using a PCR-sequencing approach...
January 21, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110430/ontological-issues-and-the-possible-development-of-cultural-psychology
#11
Gilberto Pérez-Campos
Ontological issues have a bad reputation within mainstream psychology. This paper, however, is an attempt to argue that ontological reflection may play an important role in the development of cultural psychology. A cross-reading of two recent papers on the subject (Mammen & Mironenko, Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 49(4), 681-713, 2015; Simão Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 50, 568-585, 2016), aimed at characterizing their respective approaches to ontological issues, sets the stage for a presentation of Cornelius Castoriadis' ontological reflections...
January 21, 2017: Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110406/simultaneous-spatio-temporal-matching-pursuit-decomposition-of-evoked-brain-responses-in-meg
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Paweł Kordowski, Artur Matysiak, Reinhard König, Cezary Sielużycki
We present a novel approach to the spatio-temporal decomposition of evoked brain responses in magnetoencephalography (MEG) aiming at a sparse representation of the underlying brain activity in terms of spatio-temporal atoms. Our approach is characterized by three attributes which constitute significant improvements with respect to existing approaches: (1) the spatial and temporal decomposition is addressed simultaneously rather than sequentially, with the benefit that source loci and corresponding waveforms can be unequivocally allocated to each other, and, hence, allow a plausible physiological interpretation of the parametrized data; (2) it is free from severe a priori assumptions about the solution space; (3) it comprises an optimization technique for the use of very large spatial and temporal subdirectories to greatly reduce the otherwise enormous computational cost by making use of the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality...
January 21, 2017: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110394/chimeric-antigen-receptor-car-t-cells-lessons-learned-from-targeting-of-cd19-in-b-cell-malignancies
#13
Kevin A Hay, Cameron J Turtle
Adoptive immunotherapy with chimeric antigen receptor-modified (CAR)-T cells is a rapidly growing therapeutic approach to treating patients with refractory cancer, with over 100 clinical trials in various malignancies in progress. The enthusiasm for CAR-T cells has been driven by the clinical success of CD19-targeted CAR-T cell therapy in B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and the promising data in B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Despite the success of targeting CD19 with CAR-T cells in early clinical studies, many challenges remain to improve outcomes, reduce toxicity, and determine the appropriate settings for CAR-T cell immunotherapy...
January 21, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110390/operative-treatment-of-lateral-ligament-instability
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REVIEW
Rachel J Shakked, Sydney Karnovsky, Mark C Drakos
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Ankle sprains, which account for 40% of sports injuries in the USA, can lead to chronic ankle instability. Chronic ankle instability can be classified as functional, mechanical, or a combination of both and is diagnosed using a combination of a physical exam, an MRI, and stress radiographs. This review focuses on different approaches to treatment, including non-operative and operative techniques, of chronic ankle instability, including reviewing traditional procedures as well as more novel and newer techniques...
January 21, 2017: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110381/minimal-residual-disease-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#15
REVIEW
Pamela J Sung, Selina M Luger
New technology and improved understanding of the pathogenesis of acute leukemias have allowed for sensitive detection of minimal residual disease (MRD). Despite many years of research demonstrating the prognostic value of MRD, there is no standard of care for measurement of MRD in acute myeloid leukemia. The techniques for assessment are continuing to improve at a rapid pace; however, the benefit of risk-adapted approaches for MRD positive disease remains a major question. This review focuses on recent methodological advances for MRD detection, the role of MRD in prognostication, and current application of the available evidence in guiding therapy decisions...
January 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110379/-they-are-talking-about-me-but-not-with-me-a-focus-group-study-to-explore-the-patient-perspective-on-interprofessional-team-meetings-in-primary-care
#16
Jerôme Jean Jacques van Dongen, Maarten de Wit, Hester Wilhelmina Henrica Smeets, Esther Stoffers, Marloes Amantia van Bokhoven, Ramon Daniëls
BACKGROUND: The number of people with multiple chronic conditions receiving primary care services is growing. To deal with their increasingly complex health care demands, professionals from different disciplines need to collaborate. Interprofessional team (IPT) meetings are becoming more popular. Several studies describe important factors related to conducting IPT meetings, mostly from a professional perspective. However, in the light of patient-centeredness, it is valuable to also explore the patients' perspective...
January 21, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110373/experiences-with-surgically-treated-primary-or-secondary-hepatic-sarcoma
#17
René Fahrner, Sandra G C Dennler, Felix Dondorf, Michael Ardelt, Falk Rauchfuss, Utz Settmacher
PURPOSE: Liver resection in hepatic sarcoma is rare, but other alternative treatment options are scarce. Surgery offers the only aggressive approach to achieve a tumour-free state. The aim of this investigation was to evaluate the outcome and survival of these patients at a single hepato-biliary university hospital. METHODS: Between January 2004 and July 2013, 896 anatomical liver resections were performed. Eleven liver resections (1.2%) were performed due to primary hepatic sarcoma or hepatic sarcoma metastases...
January 21, 2017: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110364/repair-of-sternoclavicular-joint-dislocations-with-fiberwire-%C3%A2
#18
Stefan Adamcik, Markus Ahler, Konstantinos Gioutsos, Ralph A Schmid, Gregor J Kocher
PURPOSE: Up to 50% of traumatic sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) dislocations need open reduction and fixation to prevent long-term complications and complaints. We present our preferred surgical approach for acute as well as chronic SCJ dislocations, including their outcome. METHODS: Five consecutive male patients with a median age of 27 (range 20-49) were treated for traumatic anterior (n = 2) or posterior (n = 3) SCJ dislocation. Open reduction and surgical fixation were achieved by a modified figure-of-eight sutures using Fiberwire(®)...
January 21, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110358/pollution-assessment-of-the-biob%C3%A3-o-river-chile-prioritization-of-substances-of-concern-under-an-ecotoxicological-approach
#19
Álvaro Alonso, Ricardo Figueroa, Pilar Castro-Díez
The water demand for human activities is rapidly increasing in developing countries. Under these circumstances, preserving aquatic ecosystems should be a priority which requires the development of quality criteria. In this study we perform a preliminary prioritization of the risky substances based on reported ecotoxicological studies and guidelines for the Biobío watershed (Central Chile). Our specific aims are (1) reviewing the scientific information on the aquatic pollution of this watershed, (2) determining the presence and concentration of potential toxic substances in water, sediment and effluents, (3) searching for quality criteria developed by other countries for the selected substances and (4) prioritizing the most risky substances by means of deterministic ecotoxicological risk assessment...
January 21, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110357/the-potential-role-of-tree-diversity-in-reducing-shallow-landslide-risk
#20
Yuta Kobayashi, Akira S Mori
Recently, interest in utilizing ecosystems for disaster risk reduction has increased, even though there remains considerable uncertainty regarding the role of ecosystems in buffering against natural hazards. This ecosystem role can be considered an ecosystem service. Although a strong body of evidence shows that biodiversity enhances ecosystem services, there are only a few studies of the relationship between biodiversity and the role of the ecosystem in reducing the risk of natural disasters. To explore the desired state of an ecosystem for disaster risk reduction we applied the finding that biodiversity enhances ecosystem services to evaluate the role of woody vegetation in reducing the frequency and severity of shallow landslides...
January 21, 2017: Environmental Management
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