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Stefan J Lang, Bertan Cakir, Charlotte Evers, Franziska Ludwig, Clemens A K Lange, Hansjürgen T Agostini
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The introduction of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) provides new insights into the retinal vasculature. The aim of this study was to explore the value of OCTA in imaging retinal hemangioblastomas and monitoring laser treatment in patients with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ten eyes of 10 patients with VHL disease were included in this retrospective case series. All patients underwent complete ophthalmological work-up including OCTA for retinal and optic nerve head hemangioblastoma...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Jan-Dieter Ludwigs, Markus Ebeling, Timothy B Fredricks, Roger C Murfitt, Steven Kragten
The registration of pesticides follows guidance published by the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA. As a default, the EFSA guidance document on risk assessment for birds and mammals assumes that animals feed exclusively on pesticide-treated fields. However, the guidance document suggests refining the risk via the proportion of food animals obtain from a treated field or specific crop (expressed via the so-called PT value). The EFSA guidance equalizes the portion of food taken from a treated area per day with the portion of time spent potentially foraging over the course of a day within this area...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Benjamin Nils Ostendorf, Leo Hansmann, Wolf-Dieter Ludwig, Bernd Dörken, Richard Ratei, Jörg Westermann
Flow cytometric immunophenotyping represents an indispensable tool in hematological and immunological diagnostics. The most frequent indications include lymphocyte phenotyping and the diagnosis and monitoring of benign and malignant hematologic diseases. The role of immunophenotyping in clinical practice is evolving rapidly. This review provides an overview of its current applications and limitations.
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Vivek Subbiah, Kenneth R Hess, Muhammad Rizwan Khawaja, Michael J Wagner, Chad Tang, Aung Naing, Siqing Fu, Filip Janku, Sarina Piha-Paul, Apostolia M Tsimberidou, Cynthia E Herzog, Joseph A Ludwig, Shreyaskumar Patel, Vinod Ravi, Robert S Benjamin, Funda Meric-Bernstam, David S Hong
Prognosis of patients with advanced sarcoma after progression from FDA approved therapies remains grim. In this study, clinical outcomes of 100 patients with advanced sarcoma who received treatment on novel targeted therapy trials were evaluated. Outcomes of interest included best response, clinical benefit rate, progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). Median patient age was 48 years (range 14-80). Patients had received a median of 2 prior lines of systemic treatment. Phase I treatments were anti-VEGF-based (n = 45), mTOR inhibitor-based (n = 15), and anti-VEGF + mTOR inhibitor-based (n = 17) or involved other targets (n = 23)...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Aris Koryllos, Astrid Althaus, Marcel Poels, Robin Joppich, Rolf Lefering, Frank Wappler, Wolfram Windisch, Corinna Ludwig, Erich Stoelben
BACKGROUND: Thoracotomy leads to chronic neuropathic pain in up to 50% of patients and is responsible for an impaired quality of life. Intercostal nerve injury has been suggested to be responsible for this pain. In the present study the impact of paravertebral intercostal neurectomy on post thoracotomy pain was assessed. METHODS: In this single center parallel-group randomized controlled trial patients underwent muscle sparing anterolateral thoracotomy and anatomical lung resection for lung cancer...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Xenofon Baraliakos, Frank Heldmann, Johanna Callhoff, Ravi Suppiah, Fiona Marion McQueen, Dietmar Krause, Claudia Klink, Elmar Schmitz-Bortz, Manfred Igelmann, Ludwig Kalthoff, Uta Kiltz, Anna Schmuedderich, Juergen Braun
OBJECTIVE: Neck pain is common in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). We investigated the correlation of bone marrow edema (BME) on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in RA and AS and its association with clinical complaints of neck pain. METHODS: Cervical spine short-tau inversion recovery-MRI and T1w-MRI of 34 patients with RA and 6 patients with AS complaining about neck pain were obtained. Clinical and laboratory data were available. BME was scored by 2 blinded readers using a modification of a published score, including various cervical sites...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
Patricia J Martens, Leigh Anne Shafer, Heather J Dean, Elizabeth A C Sellers, Jennifer Yamamoto, Sora Ludwig, Maureen Heaman, Wanda Phillips-Beck, Heather J Prior, Margaret Morris, Jonathan McGavock, Allison B Dart, Garry X Shen
OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between breastfeeding initiation and subsequent diabetes among First Nations (indigenous people in Canada who are not Métis or Inuit) and non-First Nations mothers and their offspring with and without gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). METHODS: This retrospective database study included 334,553 deliveries (1987-2011) in Manitoba with up to 24 years of follow-up for diabetes using population-based databases. Information of breastfeeding initiation before hospital discharge was obtained from hospital abstracts recorded by nurses in postpartum wards...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Marta Perez-Alcazar, Georgia Culley, Tim Lyckenvik, Kristoffer Mobarrez, Andreas Björefeldt, Pontus Wasling, Henrik Seth, Frederik Asztely, Andrea Harrer, Bernhard Iglseder, Ludwig Aigner, Eric Hanse, Sebastian Illes
[This corrects the article on p. 54 in vol. 10, PMID: 26973467.].
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Charlotte Bernigaud, Fang Fang, Katja Fischer, Anne Lespine, Ludwig Serge Aho, Dominique Dreau, Andrew Kelly, Jean-François Sutra, Francis Moreau, Thomas Lilin, Françoise Botterel, Jacques Guillot, Olivier Chosidow
BACKGROUND: Scabies is one of the commonest dermatological conditions globally; however it is a largely underexplored and truly neglected infectious disease. Foremost, improvement in the management of this public health burden is imperative. Current treatments with topical agents and/or oral ivermectin (IVM) are insufficient and drug resistance is emerging. Moxidectin (MOX), with more advantageous pharmacological profiles may be a promising alternative. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Using a porcine scabies model, 12 pigs were randomly assigned to receive orally either MOX (0...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
S Borhani-Haghighi, C Khare, R Trócoli, A Dushina, M Kieschnick, F LaMantia, A Ludwig
The development of electric vehicles and portable electronic devices demands lighter and thinner batteries with improved specific charge and rate capabilities. In this work, thin films of LiMn2O4 were fabricated by rf magnetron sputtering. Glancing angle deposition is introduced as a promising approach for fabrication of porous cathode thin films with 2.6 times the capacity in comparison with conventionally sputtered films of the same thickness. Surface morphology and crystallinity of the films are studied along with their electrochemical performance in an aqueous electrolyte...
November 11, 2016: Nanotechnology
W D Ludwig, S Dicheva
Biosimilar medicinal products (biosimilars) have been available in Europe for 10 years, allowing a wide use particularly in oncology. Biosimilars are being developed and approved by means of scientifically sound principles to assure close similarity with the reference products with regard to quality, efficacy, and safety. The scientific principles for establishing biosimilarity are the same as those for demonstrating comparability after a change in the manufacturing process of an already licensed biological...
October 10, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
Katharina Bell, Anna Holz, Kirstin Ludwig, Norbert Pfeiffer, Franz H Grus
BACKGROUND: Many studies analyzing neurodegenerative diseases demonstrate altered frequencies of regulatory T cells (Tregs). Till date, there is hardly any information concerning Tregs in glaucoma. To gather first results concerning Treg levels in glaucoma patients, we aimed to investigate whether the number of CD4(+)CD25(+)T cells vary in the patients suffering from primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and healthy controls. METHODS: Heparinized blood samples were collected from 16 healthy individuals and 16 POAG patients...
October 10, 2016: Current Eye Research
Gema Pereira-Caro, Begoña Fernández-Quirós, Iziar A Ludwig, Inmaculada Pradas, Alan Crozier, José Manuel Moreno-Rojas
PURPOSE: Orange juice (OJ) flavanones undergo limited absorption in the upper gastrointestinal tract and reach the colon where they are transformed by the microbiota prior to absorption. This study investigated the ability of two probiotic bacteria, Bifidobacterium longum R0175 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus subsp. Rhamnosus NCTC 10302 to catabolise OJ flavanones. METHODS: The bacteria were incubated with hesperetin-7-O-rutinoside, naringenin-7-O-rutinoside, hesperetin and naringenin, and the culture medium and intracellular cell extracts were collected at intervals over a 48 h of incubation period...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Nutrition
Daniel S Schechter, Dominik A Moser, Virginie C Pointet, Tatjana Aue, Ludwig Stenz, Ariane Paoloni-Giacobino, Wafae Adouan, Aurélia Manini, Francesca Suardi, Marylene Vital, Ana Sancho Rossignol, Maria I Cordero, Molly Rothenberg, François Ansermet, Sandra Rusconi Serpa, Alexandre G Dayer
BACKGROUND: Methylation of the serotonin 3A receptor gene (HTR3A) has been linked to child maltreatment and adult psychopathology. The present study examined whether HTR3A methylation might be associated with mothers' lifetime exposure to interpersonal violence (IPV), IPV-related psychopathology, child disturbance of attachment, and maternal neural activity. METHODS: Number of maternal lifetime IPV exposures and measures of maternal psychopathology including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression and aggressive behavior (AgB), and a measure of child attachment disturbance known as "secure base distortion" (SBD) were assessed in a sample of 35 mothers and children aged 12-42 months...
October 5, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Brian I Rini, Arnulf Stenzl, Romauld Zdrojowy, Mikhail Kogan, Mikhail Shkolnik, Stephane Oudard, Steffen Weikert, Sergio Bracarda, Simon J Crabb, Jens Bedke, Joerg Ludwig, Dominik Maurer, Regina Mendrzyk, Claudia Wagner, Andrea Mahr, Jens Fritsche, Toni Weinschenk, Steffen Walter, Alexandra Kirner, Harpreet Singh-Jasuja, Carsten Reinhardt, Tim Eisen
BACKGROUND: In a phase 2 study in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma, overall survival was associated with T-cell responses against IMA901, a vaccine consisting of ten tumour-associated peptides. In this phase 3 trial, we aimed to determine the clinical effect of adding IMA901 to sunitinib, the standard first-line treatment in metastatic renal cell carcinoma with postulated favourable immunomodulatory effects. METHODS: The IMPRINT study is an open-label, randomised, controlled, phase 3 trial done at 124 clinical sites in 11 countries...
October 3, 2016: Lancet Oncology
L Ludwig, L McWhirter, S Williams, C Derry, J Stone
Functional coma - here defined as a prolonged motionless dissociative attack with absent or reduced response to external stimuli - is a relatively rare presentation. In this chapter we examine a wide range of terms used to describe states of unresponsiveness in which psychologic factors are relevant to etiology, such as depressive stupor, catatonia, nonepileptic "pseudostatus," and factitious disorders, and discuss the place of functional or psychogenic coma among these. Historically, diagnosis of functional coma has sometimes been reached after prolonged investigation and exclusion of other diagnoses...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
A Carson, L Ludwig, K Welch
In this chapter we review key psychologic theories that have been mooted as possible explanations for the etiology of functional neurologic symptoms, conversion disorder, and hysteria. We cover Freudian psychoanalysis and later object relations and attachment theories, social theories, illness behavior, classic and operant conditioning, social learning theory, self-regulation theory, cognitive-behavioral theories, and mindfulness. Dissociation and modern cognitive neuroscience theories are covered in other chapters in this series and, although of central importance, are omitted from this chapter...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Ana Mesquita, Elena Cardenal-Muñoz, Eunice Dominguez, Sandra Muñoz-Braceras, Beatriz Nuñez-Corcuera, Ben A Phillips, Luis C Tábara, Qiuhong Xiong, Roberto Coria, Ludwig Eichinger, Pierre Golstein, Jason S King, Thierry Soldati, Olivier Vincent, Ricardo Escalante
Autophagy is a fast-moving field with an enormous impact on human health and disease. Understanding the complexity of the mechanism and regulation of this process often benefits from the use of simple experimental models such as the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. Since the publication of the first review describing the potential of D. discoideum in autophagy, significant advances have been made that demonstrate both the experimental advantages and interest in using this model. Since our previous review, research in D...
October 7, 2016: Autophagy
Jan Hourfar, Charles J Ruff, Benedict Wilmes, Bjorn Ludwig, Georgios Kanavakis
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August 2016: Journal of Clinical Orthodontics: JCO
Marcin Zaniew, Arend Bökenkamp, Marcin Kołbuc, Claudio La Scola, Federico Baronio, Anna Niemirska, Maria Szczepańska, Julia Bürger, Angela La Manna, Monika Miklaszewska, Anna Rogowska-Kalisz, Jutta Gellermann, Argyroula Zampetoglou, Anna Wasilewska, Magdalena Roszak, Jerzy Moczko, Aleksandra Krzemień, Dariusz Runowski, Grzegorz Siteń, Iga Załuska-Leśniewska, Patrizia Fonduli, Franca Zurrida, Fabio Paglialonga, Zoran Gucev, Dusan Paripovic, Rina Rus, Valerie Said-Conti, Lisa Sartz, Woo Yeong Chung, Se Jin Park, Jung Won Lee, Yong Hoon Park, Yo Han Ahn, Przemysław Sikora, Constantinos J Stefanidis, Velibor Tasic, Martin Konrad, Franca Anglani, Maria Addis, Hae Il Cheong, Michael Ludwig, Detlef Bockenhauer
BACKGROUND: Lowe syndrome (LS) and Dent-2 disease (DD2) are disorders associated with mutations in the OCRL gene and characterized by progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD). Here, we aimed to investigate the long-term renal outcome and identify potential determinants of CKD and its progression in children with these tubulopathies. METHODS: Retrospective analyses were conducted of clinical and genetic data in a cohort of 106 boys (LS: 88 and DD2: 18). For genotype-phenotype analysis, we grouped mutations according to their type and localization...
October 5, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
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