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Marco Ruella, Marcela V Maus
Immunotherapy is the revolution in cancer treatment of this last decade. Among multiple approaches able to harness the power of the immune system against cancer, T cell based immunotherapies represent one of the most successful examples. In particular, biotechnological engineering of protein structures, like the T cell receptor or the immunoglobulins, allowed the generation of synthetic peptides like chimeric antigen receptors and bispecific antibodies that are able to redirect non-tumor specific T cells to recognize and kill leukemic cells...
2016: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
Camille P Vaughan, Constance H Fung, Alison J Huang, Theodore M Johnson, Alayne D Markland
PURPOSE: Nocturia is associated with poor sleep quality; however, little is known about the relationship between nocturia and sleep quality across different workforce-relevant age groups of adults. This has implications for developing new treatment strategies that are well tolerated across populations. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study involving merged data from the 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 waves of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Charles L Francoeur, Stephan A Mayer
For patients who survive the initial bleeding event of a ruptured brain aneurysm, delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) is one of the most important causes of mortality and poor neurological outcome. New insights in the last decade have led to an important paradigm shift in the understanding of DCI pathogenesis. Large-vessel cerebral vasospasm has been challenged as the sole causal mechanism; new hypotheses now focus on the early brain injury, microcirculatory dysfunction, impaired autoregulation, and spreading depolarization...
October 14, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Vincent Israel Opoku Agyapong, Conor Farren, Eilish McAuliffe
BACKGROUND: The scarcity of mental health professionals places specialist psychiatric care out of the reach of most people in low and middle income countries. There is growing interest in the effectiveness of task shifting as a strategy for targeting expanding health care demands in settings with shortages of qualified health personnel. Given this background, the aim of our study was to examine the perceptions of psychiatrists and health policy directors about the policy to expand mental health care delivery in Ghana through a system of task-shifting from psychiatrists to community mental health workers (CMHWs)...
October 1, 2016: Globalization and Health
C Le Cossec, A-L Perrine, N Beltzer, C Fuhrman, L Carcaillon-Bentata
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of pre-frailty, frailty and multimorbidity in individuals without disability in France. To describe independent determinants of each indicators. DESIGN: Two nationally representative cross-sectional French surveys. SETTINGS: Wave 2012 of the Health, Health Care and Insurance Survey (Enquête Santé et Protection Sociale, ESPS) and data from the Disability Healthcare Household section Survey (Enquête Handicap Santé - Ménages, HSM) from 2008...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Karina Friis, Mathias Lasgaard, Gillian Rowlands, Richard H Osborne, Helle T Maindal
Individuals with a lower education level frequently have unhealthier behaviors than individuals with a higher education level, but the pathway is not fully understood. The aim of this study was to investigate whether health literacy mediates the association between educational attainment and health behavior (smoking, physical inactivity, poor diet) and obesity. The study included respondents ages 25 years or older drawn from a large population-based survey conducted in 2013 (N = 29,473). Two scales from the Health Literacy Questionnaire were used: (a) Understanding health information well enough to know what to do and (b) Ability to actively engage with health care providers...
2016: Journal of Health Communication
Louis N Awad, Darcy S Reisman, Ryan T Pohlig, Stuart A Binder-Macleod
BACKGROUND: Walking speed has been used to predict the efficacy of gait training; however, poststroke motor impairments are heterogeneous and different biomechanical strategies may underlie the same walking speed. Identifying which individuals will respond best to a particular gait rehabilitation program using walking speed alone may thus be limited. The objective of this study was to determine if, beyond walking speed, participants' baseline ability to generate propulsive force from their paretic limbs (paretic propulsion) influences the improvements in walking speed resulting from a paretic propulsion-targeting gait intervention...
2016: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
Divi Cornec, Sandrine Jousse-Joulin, Sebastian Costa, Thierry Marhadour, Pascale Marcorelles, Jean-Marie Berthelot, Eric Hachulla, Pierre-Yves Hatron, Vincent Goeb, Olivier Vittecoq, Emmanuel Nowak, Jacques-Olivier Pers, Valérie Devauchelle-Pensec, Alain Saraux
PURPOSE: To determine whether the severity of salivary-gland involvement, assessed using salivary gland ultrasonography [SGUS], histological focus score, or the unstimulated whole salivary flow [UWSF], was associated with the response to rituximab in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome [pSS]. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Among the 120 patients with pSS enrolled in the randomised TEARS trial of rituximab versus placebo, 35 underwent either centralised minor salivary-gland biopsy or SGUS at inclusion...
2016: PloS One
Stephanie C Garbern, Laura G Ebbeling, Susan A Bartels
: Introduction Disaster and humanitarian responders are at-risk of experiencing a wide range of physical and psychological health conditions, from minor injuries to chronic mental health problems and fatalities. This article reviews the current literature on the major health outcomes of responders to various disasters and conflicts in order to better inform individuals of the risks and to inform deploying agencies of the health care needs of responders. METHODS: In March 2014, an EMBASE search was conducted using pre-defined search criteria...
September 19, 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Janet Hoek, Katie Smith
BACKGROUND: While increasing the excise tax applied to tobacco products reduces consumption and smoking prevalence, it may also cause hardship among smokers who do not quit. We explored how smokers living on a low income respond to increasing tobacco excise taxes. METHODS: Using a social justice perspective, we explored the increasing costs of tobacco with a sample of 27 adult smokers who live below the poverty line (i.e., with an income less than 60% of the median New Zealand income)...
September 14, 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
Claudia Rouse, Punam Mistry, Oli Rayner, Jess Nickless, Mandy Wan, Kevin W Southern, Hannah K Batchelor
BACKGROUND: The palatability of flucloxacillin oral liquid is poor. Parents/carers use strategies to aid the administration of poorly palatable medicines. AIM: To assess views on the palatability of flucloxacillin oral liquid and identify factors associated with successful administration. METHODS: A mixed methods study which included a structured review of online forums and a survey of parent/carers of children with cystic fibrosis (CF) to obtain parent/carer views on the administration of flucloxacillin oral liquid...
September 16, 2016: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Catherine E Dingley, Margaret Clayton, Djin Lai, Katherine Doyon, Maija Reblin, Lee Ellington
BACKGROUND: Activated patients have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to manage their care, resulting in positive outcomes such as lower hospital readmission and fewer adverse consequences due to poor communication with providers. Despite extensive evidence on patient activation, little is known about activation in the home hospice setting, when family caregivers assume more responsibility in care management. OBJECTIVE: We examined caregiver and nurse communication behaviors associated with caregiver activation during home hospice visits of patients with advanced cancer using a prospective observational design...
September 14, 2016: Cancer Nursing
Blerina Xhihani, Lori Rainchuso, Dianne Smallidge, Christine Dominick
Research indicates a high prevalence of oral disease among Albanians. There is a lack of evidence regarding oral health beliefs and practices among Albanian immigrants in the United States and abroad. This research seeks to better understand the oral health beliefs, attitudes, and practices among Albanian immigrants living in the United States. A descriptive study was employed with a purposive sample (n = 211) of Albanian adult immigrants. A cross-sectional validated questionnaire was provided in both English and Albanian, with a response rate of 66 %...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Community Health
Emma Dures, Isobel Fraser, Celia Almeida, Alice Peterson, Judy Caesley, Jon Pollock, Nicholas Ambler, Marianne Morris, Sarah Hewlett
OBJECTIVES: Psychological support for inflammatory arthritis is recommended in rheumatology treatment guidelines. Previous research found that high numbers of patients would access such support but that provision is often inconsistent and inadequate. The present study explored patients' perspectives on the nature of the psychological impact of inflammatory arthritis and how to meet the associated support needs. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted, using questionnaires which included three open-ended questions about helpful and unhelpful psychological support...
September 8, 2016: Musculoskeletal Care
Anouk C M Platteel, A Marit de Groot, Christin Keller, Peter Andersen, Huib Ovaa, Peter M Kloetzel, Michele Mishto, Alice J A M Sijts
Most vaccines are based on protective humoral responses while for intracellular pathogens CD8(+) T cells are regularly needed to provide protection. However, poor processing efficiency of antigens is often a limiting factor in CD8(+) T cell priming, hampering vaccine efficacy. The multistage cDNA vaccine H56, encoding three secreted Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens, was used to test a complete strategy to enhance vaccine' immunogenicity. Potential CD8(+) T cell epitopes in H56 were predicted using the NetMHC3...
September 30, 2016: Vaccine
Mengfei Liu, Chanyuan Zhang, Hong Cai, Fangfang Liu, Ying Liu, Jingjing Li, Yaqi Pan, Chuanhai Guo, Zhonghu He, Yang Ke
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of health interventions can be impaired by low socio-economic status and poor living conditions of the target population. However, the specifics of this problem in rural China are still unclear, and appropriate strategies should be explored. METHODS: In 2013, we conducted a questionnaire-based investigation among 410 participants from a population-based esophageal cancer cohort study in rural Anyang, China. Information regarding their demographic characteristics, levels of exposure to four health-risk behaviors, including smoking, alcohol consumption, risky dietary behaviors and poor hygiene, as well as willingness to change these behaviors, and data on potential predictors of willingness to change behaviors were collected...
2016: PloS One
Maryam Taghdir, Naser Honar, Seyed Mohammad Mazloomi, Mojtaba Sepandi, Mahkameh Ashourpour, Musa Salehi
INTRODUCTION: Celiac disease (CD) is caused due to intake of gluten, a protein component in wheat, barley, and rye. The only treatment currently available for CD is strict lifetime adherence to a gluten-free diet (GFD) which is a diet that excludes wheat, barley, and rye. There is limited information on barriers to following a GFD. The present study aimed to investigate the compliance with a GFD, barriers to compliance, and the impact of compliance on the quality of life (QOL) in Iranian children and adolescents suffering from CD...
2016: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Neyssa M Marina, Sigbjørn Smeland, Stefan S Bielack, Mark Bernstein, Gordana Jovic, Mark D Krailo, Jane M Hook, Carola Arndt, Henk van den Berg, Bernadette Brennan, Bénédicte Brichard, Ken L B Brown, Trude Butterfass-Bahloul, Gabriele Calaminus, Heike E Daldrup-Link, Mikael Eriksson, Mark C Gebhardt, Hans Gelderblom, Joachim Gerss, Robert Goldsby, Allen Goorin, Richard Gorlick, Holcombe E Grier, Juliet P Hale, Kirsten Sundby Hall, Jendrik Hardes, Douglas S Hawkins, Knut Helmke, Pancras C W Hogendoorn, Michael S Isakoff, Katherine A Janeway, Heribert Jürgens, Leo Kager, Thomas Kühne, Ching C Lau, Patrick J Leavey, Stephen L Lessnick, Leo Mascarenhas, Paul A Meyers, Hubert Mottl, Michaela Nathrath, Zsuzsanna Papai, R Lor Randall, Peter Reichardt, Marleen Renard, Akmal Ahmed Safwat, Cindy L Schwartz, Michael C G Stevens, Sandra J Strauss, Lisa Teot, Mathias Werner, Matthew R Sydes, Jeremy S Whelan
BACKGROUND: We designed the EURAMOS-1 trial to investigate whether intensified postoperative chemotherapy for patients whose tumour showed a poor response to preoperative chemotherapy (≥10% viable tumour) improved event-free survival in patients with high-grade osteosarcoma. METHODS: EURAMOS-1 was an open-label, international, phase 3 randomised, controlled trial. Consenting patients with newly diagnosed, resectable, high-grade osteosarcoma aged 40 years or younger were eligible for randomisation...
October 2016: Lancet Oncology
Andrew B Davies, Craig J Tambling, Graham I H Kerley, Gregory P Asner
Predators affect ecosystems not only through direct mortality of prey, but also through risk effects on prey behavior, which can exert strong influences on ecosystem function and prey fitness. However, how functionally different prey species respond to predation risk and how prey strategies vary across ecosystems and in response to predator reintroduction are poorly understood. We investigated the spatial distributions of six African herbivores varying in foraging strategy and body size in response to environmental factors and direct predation risk by recently reintroduced lions in the thicket biome of the Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa, using camera trap surveys, GPS telemetry, kill site locations and Light Detection and Ranging...
August 2016: Ecology and Evolution
Domingo Orozco-Beltrán, Concepción Carratalá-Munuera, Juan M Arriero, Paloma Campo, Eva Martínez-Moragón, Jesús Molina, José Antonio Quintano-Jiménez, Vicente F Gil-Guillén
BACKGROUND: Over 50% of treated patients with asthma in Europe are not well controlled. Their management in primary health care (PHC) differs from that in specialized care, and there is no real coordination between the two. OBJECTIVES: To identify barriers and solutions to improving the management of patients with severe and poorly controlled asthma and the communication between specialists and PHC, and to reach a consensus on the criteria for referral patients...
August 20, 2016: Family Practice
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