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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454401/safety-and-effectiveness-of-localized-lung-resection-combined-with-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-stage-i-ii-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Bing Zhu, Jianru Yang, Pei Zhang, Lin Shen, Xiaolong Li, Jing Li
This study was conducted to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of localized lung resection combined with neoadjuvant chemotherapy in the treatment of stage I-II non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A total of 88 patients, who were admitted to our hospital for first diagnosis and treatment, were selected. The patients were divided into control group (n=40 cases) and observation group (n=48 cases) according to the last digit of the admission number. The control group was treated with minimally invasive localized lung resection by thoracoscope...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454327/stereotactic-radiotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-local-recurrences-of-esophageal-cancer
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Marcel Matzenauer, David Vrána, Zuzana Vlachová, Rene Aujesky, Radek Vrba, Cestmir Neoral, Bohuslav Melichar
Esophageal cancer (EC) consists of tumors with a generally poor prognosis, and treatment options for patients with disease recurrence are extremely limited. Due to this poor patient prognosis, the possible treatment toxicity should be carefully balanced against its potential benefit and patient quality of life. Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is a rapidly expanding novel technique combining a short treatment time together with high local efficacy and an acceptable toxicity profile. There are no publications thus far presenting data regarding the usage of SBRT utilizing a conventional linear accelerator in locally recurrent EC patients...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454281/current-status-of-the-prognostic-molecular-biomarkers-in-breast-cancer-a-systematic-review
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Goro Kutomi, Toru Mizuguchi, Fukino Satomi, Hideki Maeda, Hiroaki Shima, Yasutoshi Kimura, Koichi Hirata
Biomarkers that facilitate the prediction of breast cancer prognosis can improve the quality of life in patients during the long period of illness and treatment. Particularly in recent years, with the advent of a more exhaustive analysis of genetic information and gene products, the molecular mechanisms at play during breast cancer have gradually become clearer. In the present study, a systematic review of the literature between 2009 and 2014 was conducted by searching for the keywords 'breast cancer', 'biomarkers', 'diagnosis', 'prognosis' and 'drug response' to clarify the present state of knowledge regarding biomarkers...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454259/intentional-marginal-resection-of-periosteal-osteosarcoma-in-combination-with-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-a-report-of-two-cases-and-a-review-of-the-literature
#4
Yu Chen, Song-Feng Xu, Ming Xu, Xiu-Chun Yu
A wide resection of the tumor with or without chemotherapy is the treatment of choice for periosteal osteosarcoma (PO) of the extremities, however, post-operative limb function and quality of life could be compromised. The present study reports two cases of 14-year-old boys who presented with progressively enlarging masses in their right knee regions. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans indicated a fusiform space-occupying mass encircling the bone cortex, with stippled calcification. A diagnosis of PO was suspected...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454106/different-patterns-of-age-related-central-olfactory-decline-in-men-and-women-as-quantified-by-olfactory-fmri
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Brittany Martinez, Prasanna Karunanayaka, Jianli Wang, Michael J Tobia, Megha Vasavada, Paul J Eslinger, Qing X Yang
Age-related olfactory decline, or presbyosmia, is a prevalent condition with potentially devastating consequences on both quality of life and safety. Despite clear evidence for this decline, it is unknown whether presbyosmia is sex-dependent and also whether it is due to central or peripheral olfactory system deterioration. Therefore, the goals of this study were to investigate the neurofunctional substrate of olfactory decline and examine its relationship to age and sex in thirty-seven (18 women, 19 men) healthy older participants using olfactory functional MRI (fMRI)...
April 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454068/biochar-based-water-treatment-systems-as-a-potential-low-cost-and-sustainable-technology-for-clean-water-provision
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Willis Gwenzi, Nhamo Chaukura, Chicgoua Noubactep, Fungai N D Mukome
Approximately 600 million people lack access to safe drinking water, hence achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030) calls for rapid translation of recent research into practical and frugal solutions within the remaining 13 years. Biochars, with excellent capacity to remove several contaminants from aqueous solutions, constitute an untapped technology for drinking water treatment. Biochar water treatment has several potential merits compared to existing low-cost methods (i...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454036/a-clean-environmental-week-let-the-nature-breathe
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Khaled Moustafa
High levels of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere and toxic pollutants in air, water and food have serious repercussions on all life's systems, including living beings, environment and economy. Everyone on the Earth is concerned by pollution in some way or another, no matter where and how the pollution is produced as airborne and foodborne pollutants could circulate around the world in different ways, through for example climate components (wind, rain) and/or import and export of foodstuffs. Similarly to living beings that take advantage of day-night circadian rhythms to recover after diurnal hardships, the environment in its entirety could also be seen as a complex living system that needs regular breaks to assimilate or ingest toxic pollutants produced during intensive and continuous industrial processes...
April 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453958/the-novel-technique-of-post-hysterectomy-vaginal-vault-prolapse-repair-apical-sling-and-neocervix-formation
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Dmitry Shkarupa, Nikita Kubin, Ekaterina Shapovalova, Anastasiya Zaytseva, Alexey Pisarev, Olga Staroseltseva
OBJECTIVE: We primarily aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the novel technique: bilateral sacrospinous fixation by monofilament polypropylene apical sling combined with "neocervix" formation in surgical treatment of post - hysterectomy vaginal vault prolapse. The secondary objective was to estimate the impact of the surgery on voiding function and quality of life. STUDY DESIGN: This prospective study involved 61 women suffering from post-hysterectomy prolapse...
April 23, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453945/an-approach-to-reconciling-competing-ethical-principles-in-aggregating-heterogeneous-health-preferences
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Barry Dewitt, Alexander Davis, Baruch Fischhoff, Janel Hanmer
BACKGROUND: Health-related quality of life (HRQL) scores are used extensively to quantify the effectiveness of medical interventions. Societal preference-based HRQL scores aim to produce societal valuations of health by aggregating valuations from individuals in the general population, where each aggregation procedure embodies different ethical principles, as explained in social choice theory. METHODS: Using the Health Utilities Index as an exemplar, we evaluate societal preference-based HRQL measures in the social choice theory framework...
April 1, 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453896/clinical-and-patient-reported-outcomes-of-spare-a-randomised-feasibility-study-of-selective-bladder-preservation-versus-radical-cystectomy
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R A Huddart, A Birtle, L Maynard, M Beresford, J Blazeby, J Donovan, J D Kelly, T Kirkbank, D B McLaren, G Mead, C Moynihan, R Persad, C Scrase, R Lewis, E Hall
OBJECTIVES: To test the feasibility of a randomised trial in muscle invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) and compare outcomes in patients who receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by radical cystectomy or selective bladder preservation, where definitive treatment (cystectomy or radiotherapy) is determined by response to chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: SPARE is a multicentre randomised controlled trial comparing radical cystectomy and selective bladder preservation in patients with MIBC staged T2-3 N0 M0, fit for both treatment strategies and receiving three cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy...
April 28, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453721/apheresis-as-novel-treatment-for-refractory-angina-with-raised-lipoprotein-a-a-randomized-controlled-cross-over-trial
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Tina Z Khan, Li-Yueh Hsu, Andrew E Arai, Samantha Rhodes, Alison Pottle, Ricardo Wage, Winston Banya, Peter D Gatehouse, Shivraman Giri, Peter Collins, Dudley J Pennell, Mahmoud Barbir
Aims: To determine the clinical impact of lipoprotein apheresis in patients with refractory angina and raised lipoprotein(a) > 500 mg/L on the primary end point of quantitative myocardial perfusion, as well as secondary end points including atheroma burden, exercise capacity, symptoms, and quality of life. Methods: We conducted a single-blinded randomized controlled trial in 20 patients with refractory angina and raised lipoprotein(a) > 500 mg/L, with 3 months of blinded weekly lipoprotein apheresis or sham, followed by crossover...
April 26, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453627/patient-reported-physical-function-measures-in-cancer-clinical-trials
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Thomas M Atkinson, Angela M Stover, Daniel F Storfer, Rebecca M Saracino, Thomas A D'Agostino, Denise Pergolizzi, Konstantina Matsoukas, Yuelin Li, Ethan Basch
Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are increasingly used to monitor treatment-related symptoms and physical function decrements in cancer clinical trials. As more patients enter survivorship, it is important to capture PRO physical function throughout trials to help restore pretreatment levels of function. We completed a systematic review of PRO physical function measures used in cancer clinical trials and evaluated their psychometric properties on the basis of guidelines from the US Food and Drug Administration...
April 27, 2017: Epidemiologic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453602/theory-of-mind-and-executive-functioning-following-stroke
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Jackie Hamilton, Bogna Radlak, Paul G Morris, Louise H Phillips
Objective: Cognitive deficits following stroke are well documented, but less is known about problems with social skills such as understanding others' thoughts and feelings. This study investigated the effect of stroke on a visual-affective measure of social understanding: the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test (RMET). The aims were to investigate whether right hemisphere stroke was particularly detrimental to this aspect of Theory of Mind (ToM), and investigate the relationship between ToM ability and executive function following stroke...
April 27, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453586/-incidence-of-aphasia-in-patients-experiencing-an-ischemic-stroke
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Francisca González Mc, Pablo Lavados G, Verónica Olavarría I
BACKGROUND: Sequelae after a stroke are common and may lead to disability. Aphasia - defined as an acquired language disturbance - can cause important limitations in quality of life. AIM: To describe the epidemiological features of patients who had an aphasia after a first episode of ischemic stroke and their functional outcome at six months. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Review of a database of a population study on the incidence, 30-day case fatality rate, and prognosis of stroke performed in a northern Chilean city between 2000 and 2002...
February 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453582/-frailty-in-patients-admitted-to-hospital-with-acute-decompensated-heart-failure
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Felipe Díaz-Toro, Carolina Nazzal Nazal, Hugo Verdejo, VÍctor Rossel, Pablo Castro, Ricardo Larrea, Roberto Concepción, Luis Sepúlveda
BACKGROUND: Frailty is a geriatric syndrome characterized by a progressive impairment in the subjects’ ability to respond to environmental stress. Frailty is more commonly found in heart failure (HF) patients than in general population and it is an independent predictor of rehospitalization, emergency room visits and death. AIM: To estimate the prevalence of frailty in patients with decompensated HF admitted to four hospitals in Santiago, Chile. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cross-sectional study...
February 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453580/-health-related-quality-of-life-in-chilean-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Daniel Collado-Mateo, José C Adsuar, Pedro R Olivares, Miguel Ángel García-Gordillo
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has a relevant impact on health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Short Form 6 dimensions (SF-6D) quality of life tool allows researchers to calculate preference-based utilities using data from SF-12 or SF-36 questionnaires. AIM: To provide normative values of SF-6D derived from SF-12 for Chilean patients with COPD. MATERIAL AND METHODS: SF-6D utility index was calculated using data from the 2009/2010 Chilean National Health Survey...
February 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453545/the-impact-of-gender-difference-on-clinical-and-echocardiographic-outcomes-in-patients-with-heart-failure-after-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Fa-Hui Yin, Chun-Lei Fan, Ya-Ya Guo, Hai Zhu, Zhi-Lu Wang
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy(CRT) has been recommended as a standard treatment for patients with advanced heart failure. However, some studies have reported different clinical and echocardiographic outcomes between male and female patients who received CRT. This Meta-analysis is to determine whether gender difference has any significant impact on clinical and echocardiographic outcomes in patients with heart failure after CRT. METHODS AND RESULTS: PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane library database were searched...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453534/vitamin-and-mineral-status-in-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-fibromyalgia-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Monica L Joustra, Isidor Minovic, Karin A M Janssens, Stephan J L Bakker, Judith G M Rosmalen
BACKGROUND: Many chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients (35-68%) use nutritional supplements, while it is unclear whether deficiencies in vitamins and minerals contribute to symptoms in these patients. Objectives were (1) to determine vitamin and mineral status in CFS and FMS patients as compared to healthy controls; (2) to investigate the association between vitamin and mineral status and clinical parameters, including symptom severity and quality of life; and (3) to determine the effect of supplementation on clinical parameters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453509/self-image-and-sexuality-issues-among-young-women-with-breast-cancer-practical-recommendations
#19
Clara Hungr, Veronica Sanchez-Varela, Sharon L Bober
BACKGROUND: Younger breast cancer survivors face a unique set of treatment-related issues that have enormous impact on quality of life and psychological well-being. Although there is often a profound and distressing impact of treatment on self-image and sexual function, women rarely receive any attention for these issues. Unfortunately, most clinicians receive no training on how to inquire about these problems and most clinicians feel unprepared to discuss them. Often this silence is due to a lack of ready resources and uncertainty of appropriate strategies for rehabilitation...
March 2017: Revista de Investigación Clínica; Organo del Hospital de Enfermedades de la Nutrición
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453508/viable-options-for-fertility-preservation-in-breast-cancer-patients-a-focus-on-latin-america
#20
Matteo Lambertini, Oranite Goldrat, Regina Barragan-Carrillo, Giulia Viglietti, Isabelle Demeestere, Cynthia Villarreal-Garza
Thanks to the improved survival outcomes observed in recent years, a growing attention has been given to the quality of life issues faced by young women with breast cancer such as fertility preservation and concerns related to future pregnancies. However, several challenges remain for young women with breast cancer considering undergoing fertility preservation strategies. Further specific issues on this regard should be taken into account in Latin America, where patients and physicians face particular barriers that hinder the routine adoption of this practice...
March 2017: Revista de Investigación Clínica; Organo del Hospital de Enfermedades de la Nutrición
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