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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353436/biomarker-driven-therapy-in-metastatic-gastric-and-esophageal-cancer-real-life-clinical-experience
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Ofer Purim, Alexander Beny, Moshe Inbar, Katerina Shulman, Baruch Brenner, Elizabeth Dudnik, Felix Bokstein, Mark Temper, Dror Limon, Diana Matceyevsky, David Sarid, Amiel Segal, Valeriya Semenisty, Ronen Brenner, Tamar Peretz, Efraim Idelevich, Sharon Pelles-Avraham, Amichay Meirovitz, Arie Figer, Kenneth Russell, Andreas Voss, Addie Dvir, Lior Soussan-Gutman, Ayala Hubert
BACKGROUND: Precision treatment of cancer uses biomarker-driven therapy to individualize and optimize patient care. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate real-life clinical experience with biomarker-driven therapy in metastatic gastric and esophageal cancer in Israel. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This multicenter retrospective cohort study included patients with metastatic gastric or esophageal cancer who were treated in the participating institutions and underwent biomarker-driven therapy...
January 20, 2018: Targeted Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353434/prediction-of-progression-in-skull-base-meningiomas-additional-benefits-of-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-value
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Ching-Chung Ko, Sher-Wei Lim, Tai-Yuan Chen, Jeon-Hor Chen, Chien-Feng Li, Yow-Ling Shiue
A subset of benign (WHO grade I) skull base meningiomas show early progression/recurrence (P/R) in the first years after surgical resection. Besides, complete surgical resection may be difficult to achieve safely in skull base meningiomas due to complex neurovascular structures. The one main challenge in the treatment of skull base meningiomas is to determine factors that correlate with P/R. We retrospectively investigated the preoperative CT and MR imaging features for the prediction of P/R in skull base meningiomas, with emphasis on quantitative ADC values...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353433/recent-trends-and-analytical-challenges-in-plant-bioactive-peptide-separation-identification-and-validation
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REVIEW
Susy Piovesana, Anna Laura Capriotti, Chiara Cavaliere, Giorgia La Barbera, Carmela Maria Montone, Riccardo Zenezini Chiozzi, Aldo Laganà
Interest in research into bioactive peptides (BPs) is growing because of their health-promoting ability. Several bioactivities have been ascribed to peptides, including antioxidant, antihypertensive and antimicrobial properties. As they can be produced from precursor proteins, the investigation of BPs in foods is becoming increasingly popular. For the same reason, production of BPs from by-products has also emerged as a possible means of reducing waste and recovering value-added compounds suitable for functional food production and supplements...
January 20, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353395/comparison-of-osteoporosis-in-us-adults-with-type-1-and-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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S C DeShields, T D Cunningham
PURPOSE: We examined bone mineral density (BMD) and osteoporosis prevalence in those with type 1 compared to type 2 diabetes derived from a nationally representative sample from the civilian community in the United States. METHODS: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, and 2013-2014 were merged to obtain a large sample of diabetics at least 20 years of age with participation in the interview and medical examination...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353385/the-relative-importance-of-clinical-economic-patient-values-and-feasibility-criteria-in-cancer-drug-reimbursement-in-canada-a-revealed-preferences-analysis-of-recommendations-of-the-pan-canadian-oncology-drug-review-2011-2017
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Chris Skedgel, Dominika Wranik, Min Hu
BACKGROUND: Most Canadian provinces and territories rely on the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) to provide recommendations regarding public reimbursement of cancer drugs. The pCODR review process considers four dimensions of value-clinical benefit, economic evaluation, patient-based values and adoption feasibility-but they do not define weights for individual decision criteria or an acceptable threshold for any of the criteria. Given this implicit review process, it is of interest to understand which factors appear to carry the most weight in pCODR recommendations using a revealed preferences approach...
January 20, 2018: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353332/first-line-chemotherapy-with-s-1-alone-or-s-1-plus-cisplatin-for-elderly-patients-with-advanced-gastric-cancer-a-multicenter-propensity-score-matched-study
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Akitaka Makiyama, Kenji Kunieda, Masaaki Noguchi, Takeshi Kajiwara, Takao Tamura, Koji Takeda, Junko Sugiyama, Keiko Minashi, Toshikazu Moriwaki, Naotoshi Sugimoto, Michitaka Nagase, Yuji Negoro, Takashi Tsuda, Hideki Shimodaira, Naohiro Okano, Akihito Tsuji, Daisuke Sakai, Kazuhiro Yanagihara, Shinya Ueda, Shingo Tamura, Satoshi Otsu, Takuya Honda, Yuzo Matsushita, Tatsuya Okuno, Tomomi Kashiwada, Akira Nozaki, Masahide Ebi, Hiroyuki Okuda, Mototsugu Shimokawa, Shuichi Hironaka, Ichinosuke Hyodo, Eishi Baba, Narikazu Boku, Kei Muro, Taito Esaki
BACKGROUND: Fluoropyrimidine and platinum combination is the standard treatment for advanced or recurrent gastric cancer (AGC). However, fluoropyrimidine monotherapy is commonly used for elderly patients with AGC because of its good tolerability. METHODS: In this multicenter retrospective study, we collected clinical data of AGC patients aged 70 years or older, treated with S-1 alone or S-1 plus cisplatin (SP) as the first-line treatment between January 2009 and December 2011...
January 20, 2018: Gastric Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353319/management-strategies-for-noncardiac-surgery-following-a-coronary-artery-event
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REVIEW
Thomas F Whayne, Sibu P Saha
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Coronary artery event includes acute coronary syndrome (ACS), percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), and coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Following such an event, risk of noncardiac surgery is increased. Of major concern is what can make this surgery safer? RECENT FINDINGS: High functional capacity improves cardiovascular (CV) risk; at least 4.0 metabolic equivalents (METs) on stress test are favorable. Risk scores can suggest need for further evaluation...
January 20, 2018: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353281/the-effectiveness-of-dietary-approaches-to-stop-hypertension-diet-intervention-in-persons-with-arterial-hypertension-and-obesity-a-key-role-of-the-patients-personality-profile
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Alicja Kucharska, Mariusz Jaworski, Mariusz Panczyk, Magdalena Pilska, Danuta Gajewska, Joanna Niegowska
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Benefits resulting from weight loss and dietary approaches to stop hypertension (DASH) diet in the treatment of arterial hypertension led to a search for a better therapy that would include psychological factors. The present study aimed to assess the relationship between the personality traits included in the Big Five personality traits and the effectiveness of treatment for weight loss in patients with essential hypertension and excessive body weight. METHODS: The study involved 84 patients with essential hypertension, overweight or obesity, managed by a hypertensiologist...
January 19, 2018: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353273/metabolomics-in-sepsis-and-its-impact-on-public-health
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Nikolaos Evangelatos, Pia Bauer, Matthias Reumann, Kapaettu Satyamoorthy, Hans Lehrach, Angela Brand
Sepsis, with its often devastating consequences for patients and their families, remains a major public health concern that poses an increasing financial burden. Early resuscitation together with the elucidation of the biological pathways and pathophysiological mechanisms with the use of "-omics" technologies have started changing the clinical and research landscape in sepsis. Metabolomics (i.e., the study of the metabolome), an "-omics" technology further down in the "-omics" cascade between the genome and the phenome, could be particularly fruitful in sepsis research with the potential to alter the clinical practice...
January 19, 2018: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353165/prognostic-value-of-primary-tumour-resection-in-synchronous-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-individual-patient-data-analysis-of-first-line-randomised-trials-from-the-arcad-database
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K L van Rooijen, Q Shi, K K H Goey, J Meyers, V Heinemann, E Diaz-Rubio, E Aranda, A Falcone, E Green, A de Gramont, D J Sargent, C J A Punt, M Koopman
Indication for primary tumour resection (PTR) in asymptomatic metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients is unclear. Previous retrospective analyses suggest a survival benefit for patients who underwent PTR. The aim was to evaluate the prognostic value of PTR in patients with synchronous mCRC by analysis of recent large RCTs including systemic therapy with modern targeted agents. Individual patient data (IPD) of 3423 patients enrolled into 8 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) with first-line systemic therapy in the ARCAD (Aide et Recherche en Cancérologie Digestive) database were analysed...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353138/competitive-swimmers-with-hypermobility-have-strength-and-fatigue-deficits-in-shoulder-medial-rotation
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Behnam Liaghat, Birgit Juul-Kristensen, Thomas Frydendal, Camilla Marie Larsen, Karen Søgaard, Aki Ilkka Tapio Salo
Generalised Joint Hypermobility including shoulder hypermobility (GJHS) in swimmers is considered an intrinsic risk factor for shoulder injuries. The aim was to investigate the association of GJHS with shoulder strength, fatigue development and muscle activity during swimming-related shoulder rotations. Totally, 38 competitive swimmers (aged 13-17 years) participated, 19 were competitive swimmers with GJHS and 19 were age, sex and club matched swimmers without GJHS. Concentric isokinetic force in medial and lateral rotations were measured at 60°/s (5 repetitions) and 180°/s (10 repetitions)...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353103/taking-the-heat-or-taking-the-temperature-a-qualitative-study-of-a-large-scale-exercise-in-seeking-to-measure-for-improvement-not-blame
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Natalie Armstrong, Liz Brewster, Carolyn Tarrant, Ruth Dixon, Janet Willars, Maxine Power, Mary Dixon-Woods
Measurement of quality and safety has an important role in improving healthcare, but is susceptible to unintended consequences. One frequently made argument is that optimising the benefits from measurement requires controlling the risks of blame, but whether it is possible to do this remains unclear. We examined responses to a programme known as the NHS Safety Thermometer (NHS-ST). Measuring four common patient harms in diverse care settings with the goal of supporting local improvement, the programme explicitly eschews a role for blame...
January 2, 2018: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353058/chd7-is-critical-for-early-t-cell-development-and-thymus-organogenesis-in-zebrafish
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Zhi-Zhi Liu, Zi-Long Wang, Tae-Ik Choi, Wen-Ting Huang, Han-Tsing Wang, Ying-Ying Han, Lou-Yin Zhu, Hyun-Taek Kim, Jung-Hwa Choi, Jin-Soo Lee, Hyung-Goo Kim, Jian Zhao, Yue Chen, Zhuo Lu, Xiao-Li Tian, Bing-Xing Pan, Bao-Ming Li, Cheol-Hee Kim, Hong Xu
CHARGE syndrome is a congenital disorder affecting multiple organs and mainly caused by mutations in CHD7, a gene encoding a chromatin-remodeling protein. Immunodeficiency and reduced T-cells have been noted in CHARGE syndrome. However, the mechanisms underlying T-lymphopenia are largely unexplored. Here, we observed dramatic decrease of T cells in both chd7-knockdown and -knockout zebrafish embryos. Unexpectedly, hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells and, particularly, lymphoid progenitor cells were increased peripherally in nonthymic areas in chd7-deficient embryos, unlikely to contribute to the T cell decrease...
January 15, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352968/children-with-dyslexia-show-a-reduced-processing-benefit-from-bimodal-speech-information-compared-to-their-typically-developing-peers
#14
Gesa Schaadt, Elke van der Meer, Ann Pannekamp, Regine Oberecker, Claudia Männel
During information processing, individuals benefit from bimodally presented input, as has been demonstrated for speech perception (i.e., printed letters and speech sounds) or the perception of emotional expressions (i.e., facial expression and voice tuning). While typically developing individuals show this bimodal benefit, school children with dyslexia do not. Currently, it is unknown whether the bimodal processing deficit in dyslexia also occurs for visual-auditory speech processing that is independent of reading and spelling acquisition (i...
January 15, 2018: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352962/improved-systemic-metabolism-and-adipocyte-biology-in-mir-150-knockout-mice
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Minsung Kang, Xiaobing Liu, Yuchang Fu, W Timothy Garvey
INTRODUCTION: Short non-coding micro-RNAs (miRNAs) are post-transcriptional factors that directly regulate protein expression by degrading or inhibiting target mRNAs; however, the role of miRNAs in obesity and cardiometabolic disease remains unclarified. Based on our earlier study demonstrating that miR-150 influences lipid metabolism, we have studied effects of miR-150 on systemic metabolism and adipocyte biology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Metabolic phenotypes including body weight, food intake, body composition, glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity were assessed in WT and global miR-150 KO male mice fed a high-fat diet...
January 15, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352909/a-review-of-polysaccharides-from-schisandra-chinensis-and-schisandra-sphenanthera-properties-functions-and-applications
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REVIEW
Zijian Li, Xin He, Fei Liu, Jue Wang, Juan Feng
Schisandra is an herbal plant resource with dual functions in medicine and food since ancient times. It has a variety of healthcare and therapeutic effects. Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill and Schisandra sphenanthera Rehd. et Wits are two of the most commonly used Schisandra. Traditional Chinese medicine experience has shown that water-soluble polysaccharide from Schisandra may be one of its main components with pharmacological effects. Progress in the industrial production and extraction process of plant polysaccharides, especially Chinese medicine polysaccharides in the past three decades, have led to many new discoveries about Schisandra polysaccharides in the fields of purification and identification...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352844/hypoalbuminaemia-in-antineutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-associated-vasculitis-incidence-and-significance
#17
Peng-Cheng Xu, Zhi-Ying Tong, Tong Chen, Shan Gao, Shui-Yi Hu, Xiao-Wei Yang, Tie-Kun Yan, Shan Lin
OBJECTIVES: Hypoalbuminaemia has been proved to be a biomarker of poor prognosis in many diseases. The objective of this study was to investigate the significance of hypoalbuminaemia in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV). METHODS: Data of 117 AAV patients were analysed retrospectively. The relationship between hypoalbuminaemia and disease severity were studied. The influence of albumin on the pathogenetic role of ANCA was investigated in vitro...
January 15, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352823/neurocognitive-and-self-efficacy-benefits-of-cognitive-remediation-in-schizophrenia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Shayden D Bryce, Susan L Rossell, Stuart J Lee, Richard J Lawrence, Eric J Tan, Sean P Carruthers, Jennie L Ponsford
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of computer-assisted "drill-and-strategy" cognitive remediation (CR) for community-dwelling individuals with schizophrenia on cognition, everyday self-efficacy, and independent living skills. METHODS: Fifty-six people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder were randomized into CR or computer game (CG) playing (control), and offered twenty 1-hr individual sessions in a group setting over 10 weeks...
January 21, 2018: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352812/usefulness-of-a-visual-aid-in-achieving-optimal-positioning-for-spinal-anesthesia-a-randomized-trial
#19
Usha Gurunathan, Shakeel Meeran Kunju, Karen Elizabeth Hay, Sharyn van Alphen
BACKGROUND: Optimal patient positioning is perceived as an essential factor to increase the success of performing neuraxial blockade. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the benefit of using a visual image in addition to verbal instructions in order to optimize positioning for spinal block. METHODS: This was a prospective randomized controlled trial on 85 adult patients undergoing lower limb joint replacements at a tertiary academic hospital. Group 1(n = 43) randomized to receive standardized verbal instructions; Group 2 (n = 42) received standardized verbal instructions in conjunction with visual aids to achieve positioning for spinal anesthesia...
January 20, 2018: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352788/formic-acid-dimers-in-a-nitrogen-matrix
#20
Susy Lopes, Rui Fausto, Leonid Khriachtchev
Formic acid (HCOOH) dimers are studied by infrared spectroscopy in a nitrogen matrix and by ab initio calculations. We benefit from the use of a nitrogen matrix where the lifetime of the higher-energy (cis) conformer is very long (∼11 h vs. 7 min in an argon matrix). As a result, in a nitrogen matrix, a large proportion of the cis conformer can be produced by vibrational excitation of the lower-energy (trans) conformer. Three trans-trans, four trans-cis, and three cis-cis dimers are found in the experiments...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
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