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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533919/combination-therapy-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Keith S Sultan, Joshua C Berkowitz, Sundas Khan
Biologic therapies such as infliximab and adalimumab have become mainstays of treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. Early studies suggested that combination therapy (CT) with infliximab and an immunomodulator drug such as azathioprine may help optimize biologic pharmacokinetics, minimize immunogenicity, and improve outcomes. The landmark SONIC trial in Crohn's disease and the UC SUCCESS trial in ulcerative colitis demonstrated CT with infliximab and azathioprine to be superior to monotherapy with either agent alone at inducing clinical remission in treatment naïve patients with moderate to severe disease...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524128/-placement-of-a-ventricular-catheter-into-narrow-lateral-ventricles-popular-navigation
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S S Ozerov, A E Samarin, A V Mel'nikov, E V Kumirova
Placement of a ventricular catheter is the most common and easiest procedure in neurosurgery. Usually, the procedure is performed using anatomical landmarks. However, despite the apparent ease of this manipulation, its results are not always satisfactory. According to the literature data, the rate of improperly placed ventricular catheters amounts to 10-40%, which is directly correlated with the risk of shunt dysfunction. The use of special equipment, such as ultrasound scanners, endoscopes, stereotactic devices, and neuronavigation systems, significantly increases success of surgery...
2017: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523339/medial-meniscal-extrusion-a-validation-study-comparing-different-methods-of-assessment
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Luke D Jones, Stephen J Mellon, Neil Kruger, Andrew P Monk, Andrew J Price, David J Beard
PURPOSE: Longitudinal cohort studies of knee OA aetiology use MRI to assess meniscal extrusion within the same knee at sequential time points. A validated method of assessment is required to ensure that extrusion is measured at the same location within the knee at each time point. Absolute perpendicular extrusion from the tibial edge can be assessed using the reference standard of segmentation of the tibia and medial meniscus. This is labour intensive and unsuitable for large cohorts...
April 21, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516043/quantification-of-regional-deformation-of-the-lungs-by-non-rigid-registration-of-three-dimensional-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Jiaxin Shao, Peng Hu
BACKGROUND: Assessment of lung function is vital for the diagnosis of a variety of pathological conditions. Research has been proposed to study pulmonary mechanics and kinematics using two-dimensional (2D) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This allows estimation of regional lung tissue mechanics but is limited to 2D information. An approach based on three-dimensional (3D) contrast-enhanced MR angiogram of pulmonary blood vessels and a non-rigid image registration technique is proposed for quantification of lung regional deformations, which can potentially be used for assessment of pulmonary parenchymal mechanics and regional ventilation for disease diagnosis without ionizing radiation...
April 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511068/biotechnology-and-the-transformation-of-vaccine-innovation-the-case-of-the-hepatitis-b-vaccines-1968-2000
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Farah Huzair, Steve Sturdy
The approval, from 1986, of a series of recombinant hepatitis B vaccines was a landmark both in the growth of biotechnology and in the development of the vaccine innovation system. In this paper, we show how the early development of the hepatitis B vaccines was shaped by a political and economic context that newly favoured commercialisation of academic research, including the appropriation and management of intellectual property; we elucidate the contingent interests and motivations that led new biotechnology companies and established pharmaceutical businesses to invest in developing recombinant vaccines specifically against hepatitis B; and we show how these and other factors combined to make those vaccines an unexpected commercial success...
May 13, 2017: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502021/the-visual-and-haptic-contributions-to-hand-perception
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Lara A Coelho, Claudia Lr Gonzalez
Previous research has found that the perception of our hands is distorted. The characteristics of this distortion are an overestimation of hand width and an underestimation of finger length. The present study examined the role that different sensory modalities (vision and/or haptics) play in the perception of our hands. Participants pointed to their concealed hand in one of three groups: Vision+Haptics, Vision-only, or Haptics-only. Participants in the Vision+Haptics group had vision (non-informative) of the experimental setup and of the pointing hand, but no vision of the hand being estimated...
May 13, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497389/elucidating-and-engineering-thiopeptide-biosynthesis
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Philip R Bennallack, Joel S Griffitts
Initially discovered in the mid-twentieth century, thiopeptides constitute a diverse family of bacterially produced natural products exhibiting a remarkable array of biological properties. Only in the last several years have the details of thiopeptide biosynthesis been uncovered by a combination of genomic, genetic, and biochemical approaches. Thiopeptides are now known to be ribosomally synthesized and subsequently densely modified to carry azol(in)es, dehydro amino acids, and various other pathway-specific decorations...
June 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478931/sun-exposure-and-skin-cancer-and-the-puzzle-of-cutaneous-melanoma-a-perspective-on-fears-et-al-mathematical-models-of-age-and-ultraviolet-effects-on-the-incidence-of-skin-cancer-among-whites-in-the-united-states-american-journal-of-epidemiology-1977-105-420
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Bruce K Armstrong, Anne E Cust
Sunlight has been known as an important cause of skin cancer since around the turn of the 20th Century. A 1977 landmark paper of US scientists Fears, Scotto, and Schneiderman advanced a novel hypothesis whereby cutaneous melanoma was primarily caused by intermittent sun exposure (i.e. periodic, brief episodes of exposure to high-intensity ultraviolet radiation) while the keratinocyte cancers, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, were primarily caused by progressive accumulation of sun exposure...
May 3, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476463/prefrontal-hippocampal-interactions-for-spatial-navigation
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Hiroshi T Ito
Animals have the ability to navigate to a desired location by making use of information about environmental landmarks and their own movements. While decades of neuroscience research have identified neurons in the hippocampus and parahippocampal structures that represent an animal's position in space, it is still largely unclear how an animal can choose the next movement direction to reach a desired goal. As the goal destination is typically located somewhere outside of the range of sensory perception, the animal is required to rely on the internal metric of space to estimate the direction and distance of the destination to plan a next action...
May 2, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475250/iv-developments-in-the-analysis-of-longitudinal-data
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Kevin J Grimm, Pega Davoudzadeh, Nilam Ram
Longitudinal data analytic techniques include a complex array of statistical techniques from repeated-measures analysis of variance, mixed-effects models, and time-series analysis, to longitudinal latent variable models (e.g., growth models, dynamic factor models) and mixture models (longitudinal latent profile analysis, growth mixture models). In this article, we focus our attention on the rationales of longitudinal research laid out by Baltes and Nesselroade (1979) and discuss the advancements in the analysis of longitudinal data since their landmark paper...
June 2017: Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453911/validation-of-biomechanical-deformable-image-registration-in-the-abdomen-thorax-and-pelvis-in-a-commercial-radiotherapy-treatment-planning-system
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Michael Velec, Joanne L Moseley, Stina Svensson, Björn Hårdemark, David A Jaffray, Kristy K Brock
PURPOSE: The accuracy of deformable image registration tools can vary widely between imaging modalities and specific implementations of the same algorithms. A biomechanical model-based algorithm initially developed in-house at an academic institution was translated into a commercial radiotherapy treatment planning system and validated for multiple imaging modalities and anatomic sites. METHODS: Biomechanical deformable registration (Morfeus) is a geometry driven algorithm based on the finite element method...
April 28, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446256/innovation-informed-consent-health-research-and-the-supreme-court-montgomery-v-lanarkshire-a-brave-new-world
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Jean V McHale
The Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire ([2015] UKSC11) has been hailed as a landmark not least because the Court enshrines the doctrine of informed consent formally into English law for the first time in relation to medical treatment. This paper explores the decision in Montgomery. It examines what its implications may be in the future for the consent process in relation to health research and innovative treatment and whether it may prove a watershed moment leading to changing dialogues and expectations in relation to consent...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics, Policy, and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441151/recent-clinical-trials-in-valvular-heart-disease
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Daniel Kiss, Saif Anwaruddin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: With widespread adoption of transcatheter aortic valve replacement, there has been a change in the approach to management of valvular heart disease. New interest has taken hold in transcatheter therapies for valvular heart disease, as well as research into pathophysiology and progression of disease. Additionally, several key trials have further refined our understanding of surgical management of valvular heart disease. This review will elucidate recent clinical trial data leading to changes in practice...
April 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426520/nursing-practice-research-and-education-in-the-west-the-best-is-yet-to-come
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Heather M Young, Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Linda Sarna
PURPOSE: This paper celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Western Institute of Nursing, the nursing organization representing 13 states in the Western United States, and envisions a preferred future for nursing practice, research, and education. BACKGROUND: Three landmark calls to action contribute to transforming nursing and healthcare: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010; the Institute of Medicine report Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health; and the report Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing...
May 2017: Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418987/the-roles-of-behavioral-and-social-science-research-in-the-fight-against-hiv-aids-a-functional-framework
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Paul Gaist, Michael J Stirratt
Landmark advances have been made in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. These include proof-of-concept and public health implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and "treatment as prevention" (TasP) to reduce HIV transmission as well as definitive evidence of the clinical gain from early antiretroviral treatment (ART) initiation. Significant progress has been made in understanding and addressing the social contexts and behavioral factors that impact HIV prevention, care, and treatment interventions...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417467/retraction-statement-cxcl12-cxcr4-chemokine-signaling-in-spinal-glia-induces-pain-hypersensitivity-through-mapks-mediated-neuroinflammation-in-bone-cancer-rats
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'CXCL12/CXCR4 chemokine signaling in spinal glia induces pain hypersensitivity through MAPKs-mediated neuroinflammation in bone cancer rats' by Hu X.-M., Liu Y.-N., Zhang H.-L., Cao S.-B., Zhang T., Chen L.-P. and Shen W. The above article from Journal of Neurochemistry, published online on 26 January 2015 and in volume 132, issue 4, pages 452-463 (available through www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com), and its subsequent Corrigendum, published online on 5 February 2015 and in volume 132, issue 4, p. 487, have been retracted by agreement between the Journal's Editor-in-Chief, Jörg Schulz, corresponding author Wen Shen on behalf of the authors, and John Wiley & Sons Ltd...
May 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415862/multivariate-analysis-and-statistics-in-pharmaceutical-process-research-and-development
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José E Tabora, Nathan Domagalski
The application of statistics in pharmaceutical process research and development has evolved significantly over the past decades, motivated in part by the introduction of the Quality by Design paradigm, a landmark change in regulatory expectations for the level of scientific understanding associated with the manufacturing process. Today, statistical methods are increasingly applied to accelerate the characterization and optimization of new drugs created via numerous unit operations well known to the chemical engineering discipline...
April 17, 2017: Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413269/localization-of-epidural-space-a-review-of-available-technologies
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Hesham Elsharkawy, Abraham Sonny, Ki Jinn Chin
Although epidural analgesia is widely used for pain relief, it is associated with a significant failure rate. Loss of resistance technique, tactile feedback from the needle, and surface landmarks are traditionally used to guide the epidural needle tip into the epidural space (EDS). The aim of this narrative review is to critically appraise new and emerging technologies for identification of EDS and their potential role in the future. The PubMed, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Clinical Studies, and Web of Science databases were searched using predecided search strategies, yielding 1048 results...
January 2017: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411852/the-molecular-revolution-in-cutaneous-biology-era-of-molecular-diagnostics-for-inherited-skin%C3%A2-diseases
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John A McGrath
The discovery of pathogenic mutations in inherited skin diseases represents one of the major landmarks of late 20th century molecular genetics. Mutation data can provide accurate diagnoses, improve genetic counseling, help define disease mechanisms, establish disease models, and provide a basis for translational research and testing of novel therapeutics. The process of detecting disease mutations, however, has not always been straightforward. Traditional approaches using genetic linkage or candidate gene analysis have often been limited, costly, and slow to yield new insights, but the advent of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies has altered the landscape of current gene discovery and mutation detection approaches...
May 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411551/an-alternative-whole-body-marker-set-to-accurately-and-reliably-quantify-joint-kinematics-during-load-carriage
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Gavin K Lenton, Tim L A Doyle, David J Saxby, David G Lloyd
Body armor covers anatomical landmarks that would otherwise be used to track trunk and pelvis movement in motion analysis. This study developed and evaluated a new marker set, and compared it to placing markers on the skin and over-top of body armor. In our method, pelvis and trunk motions were measured using a custom-built sacral and upper-back marker cluster, respectively. Joint angles and ranges of motion were determined while participants walked without and with body armor. Angles were obtained from the new marker set and compared against conventional marker sets placed on the skin or over-top the body armor...
April 2, 2017: Gait & Posture
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