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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433830/spasticity-management-the-current-state-of-transcranial-neuromodulation
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Antonino Leo, Antonino Naro, Francesco Molonia, Provvidenza Tomasello, Ileana Saccà, Alessia Bramanti, Margherita Russo, Placido Bramanti, Angelo Quartarone, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
This narrative review aims to provide an objective view of the non-invasive neuromodulation (NINM) protocols available for treating spasticity, including repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). On the basis of the relevant randomized controlled trials, we infer that NINM is more effective in reducing spasticity when combined with the conventional therapies than used as a stand-alone treatment. However, the magnitude of NINM aftereffects depends significantly on the applied hemisphere and the underlying pathology...
April 19, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433740/xenotransplantation-of-layer-by-layer-encapsulated-non-human-primate-islets-with-a-specified-immunosuppressive-drug-protocol
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Muhammad R Haque, Jiwoong Kim, Hyojun Park, Han Sin Lee, Kyo Won Lee, Taslim A Al-Hilal, Jee-Heon Jeong, Cheol-Hee Ahn, Doo Sung Lee, Sung Joo Kim, Youngro Byun
Islet transplantation is as effective as but also less immunogenic than pancreas transplantation for the treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus. However, as the complete elimination of immunogenicity still remains a major obstacle in islet transplantation, layer-by-layer encapsulation (LbL) of pancreatic islets using biocompatible polymers offers a rational approach to reducing host immune response towards transplanted islets. We investigated the effect of LbL of non-human primate (NHP) islets on reducing immunogenicity as a preclinical model since NHPs have close phylogenetic and immunological relationship with human...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433406/results-of-the-implementation-of-a-multidisciplinary-programme-of-faecal-microbiota-transplantation-by-colonoscopy-for-the-treatment-of-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infection
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Antonio López-Sanromán, Enrique Rodríguez de Santiago, Javier Cobo Reinoso, Rosa Del Campo Moreno, José Ramón Foruny Olcina, Sergio García Fernández, Ana García García de Paredes, Lara Aguilera Castro, Carlos Ferre Aracil, Agustín Albillos Martínez
INTRODUCTION: Recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is common and often difficult to manage. Faecal microbiota transplant (FMT) is an effective therapeutic tool in these cases, although its applicability and effectiveness in Spain is currently unknown. AIM: To analyse the technical aspects, safety and effectiveness of the first consolidated FMT programme in Spain. METHODS: Retrospective descriptive study of all patients with recurrent CDI treated with FMT performed by colonoscopy in a tertiary centre after the implementation of a multidisciplinary protocol between March 2015 and September 2016...
April 19, 2017: Gastroenterología y Hepatología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433247/outpatient-laparoscopic-appendectomy-feasible-in-a-public-county-hospital
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David R Rosen, Kenji Inaba, Paul J Oh, Adam C Gutierrez, Aaron M Strumwasser, Subarna Biswas, Melody Cala, Glenn T Ault
BACKGROUND: Outpatient laparoscopic appendectomy is being used increasingly as a treatment option for acute, uncomplicated appendicitis. This was a prospective validation study in a large, urban, public safety-net hospital. STUDY DESIGN: From 2014 to 2016, all patients undergoing laparoscopic appendectomy for acute, uncomplicated appendicitis were enrolled in a prospective observational trial. Standard baseline perioperative practice (control group) was documented for 1 year...
March 13, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433206/efficacy-and-safety-of-rivaroxaban-versus-warfarin-in-patients-from-mainland-china-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-subgroup-analysis-from-the-rocket-af-trial
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Yihong Sun, Dayi Hu, Susanna Stevens, Yuliya Lokhnygina, Richard C Becker, Scott D Berkowitz, Günter Breithardt, Werner Hacke, Jonathan L Halperin, Graeme J Hankey, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Christopher C Nessel, Jonathan P Piccini, Daniel E Singer, Keith A A Fox, Manesh R Patel
BACKGROUND: The ROCKET AF study evaluated once-daily rivaroxaban versus dose-adjusted warfarin for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). In this analysis, we compared rivaroxaban with warfarin in patients with AF from China, East Asia, and the rest of the world (ROW). METHODS AND RESULTS: We assessed baseline demographics and interaction of treatment effects of rivaroxaban versus warfarin among patients from mainland China, other East Asian countries, and ROW...
April 13, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432727/efficacy-of-fractionated-microneedle-radiofrequency-with-and-without-adding-subcision-for-the-treatment-of-atrophic-facial-acne-scars-a-randomized-split-face-clinical-study
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Gita Faghihi, Nazila Poostiyan, Ali Asilian, Bahareh Abtahi-Naeini, Masoom Shahbazi, Fariba Iraji, Farahnaz Fatemi Naeini, Mohammad Ali Nilforoushzadeh
BACKGROUND: There is no gold standard treatment for facial acne scars, and overall, little literature exists about the combination therapy for treatment of acne scar. AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of fractionated microneedle radiofrequency (FMR) vs FMR combined with subcision for the treatment of atrophic acne scars. PATIENTS/METHODS: This was a randomized, split-face clinical study of 25 patients with II-IV Fitzpatrick skin types with moderate to severe facial atrophic acne scars...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432481/the-pretreatment-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-is-a-prognostic-determinant-of-t3-4-hypopharyngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Wu-Chia Lo, Chen-Tu Wu, Cheng-Ping Wang, Tsung-Lin Yang, Pei-Jen Lou, Jeng-Yuh Ko, Yih-Leong Chang
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the clinicopathological factors that influence recurrence and survival in patients who undergo operations for T3-4 hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and five patients who underwent surgery between 2001 and 2008 for advanced hypopharyngeal SCCs were consecutively enrolled and reviewed. RESULTS: The pretreatment neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR; median 3...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432409/innovative-treatment-modalities-for-urinary-incontinence-a-european-survey-identifying-experience-and-attitude-of-healthcare-providers
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Arnoud W Kastelein, Maarten F A Dicker, Brent C Opmeer, Sonia S Angles, Kaisa E Raatikainen, Joan F Alonso, Diana Tăut, Olavi Airaksinen, Linda D Cardozo, Jan-Paul W R Roovers
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Urinary incontinence is a common condition in women, with a reported prevalence ranging from 25% to 51%. Of these women, an estimated 38% suffer from stress urinary incontinence (SUI). A European research consortium is investigating an innovative system based on information and communication technology for the conservative treatment of women with SUI. When introducing a new intervention, implementation barriers arise and need to be identified. Therefore, we investigated healthcare providers' experience with and attitude towards innovative care options...
April 21, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432119/temozolomide-treatment-can-improve-overall-survival-in-aggressive-pituitary-tumors-and-pituitary-carcinomas
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Hélène Lasolle, Christine Cortet, Fréderic Castinetti, Lucie Cloix, Philippe Caron, Brigitte Delemer, Rachel Desailloud, Christel Jublanc, Christine Lebrun-Frenay, Jean-Louis Sadoul, Luc Taillandier, Marie Batisse-Lignier, Fabrice Bonnet, Nathalie Bourcigaux, Damien Bresson, Olivier Chabre, Philippe Chanson, Cyril Garcia, Magalie Haissaguerre, Yves Reznik, Sophie Borot, Chiara Villa, Alexandre Vasiljevic, Stephan Gaillard, Emmanuel Jouanneau, Guillaume Assié, Gérald Raverot
OBJECTIVES: Only few retrospective studies have reported an efficacy rate of temozolomide (TMZ) in pituitary tumors (PT), all around 50%. However, the long-term survival of treated patients is rarely evaluated. We therefore aimed to describe the use of TMZ on PT in clinical practice and evaluate the long-term survival. DESIGN: Multicenter retrospective study by members of the French Society of Endocrinology. METHODS: Forty-three patients (14 women) treated with TMZ between 2006 and 2016 were included...
June 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431944/green-seaweed-enteromorpha-compressa-chlorophyta-ulvaceae-derived-sulphated-polysaccharides-inhibit-herpes-simplex-virus
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Nayara Lopes, Sayani Ray, Samantha Fernandes Espada, Weslei Andrade Bomfim, Bimalendu Ray, Lígia Carla Faccin-Galhardi, Rosa Elisa Carvalho Linhares, Carlos Nozawa
The herpes simplex virus (HSV) diseases represent a relevant medical and social problem due to their communicability and recurrence following latency. The green algae are rich source of polysaccharides referred to as ulvans, reported as being biologically and pharmacologically active. In this work, we analyzed the activity of seven chemically modified polysaccharides from Enteromorpha compressa (Chlorophyta, Ulvaceae), against HSV. Only the derivative named SU1F1 showed satisfactory viral inhibition activity, with a high selectivity index, and, therefore, it was submitted to analysis of the probable mechanism of action and structure...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431896/pressurized-intraperitoneal-aerosol-chemotherapy-%C3%A2-practical-aspects
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M Hübner, F Grass, H Teixeira-Farinha, B Pache, P Mathevet, N Demartines
INTRODUCTION: Pressurized Intraperitoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy (PIPAC) has been introduced as novel treatment for peritoneal carcinomatosis. Only proper patient selection, stringent safety protocol and careful surgery allow for a secure procedure. We hereby report the essentials for safe implementation. METHODS: All consecutive procedures within 20 months after PIPAC implementation were analyzed with regards to practical and surgical aspects. Special emphasis was laid on modifications of technique and safety measures during the implementation process with systematic use of a dedicated checklist...
April 8, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431807/rhabdomyosarcoma-of-the-maxillofacial-region-in-children-and-adolescents-report-of-9-cases-and-literature-review
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Ioannis Iatrou, Nadia Theologie-Lygidakis, Ourania Schoinohoriti, Fotis Tzermpos, Anna-Maria Vessala
OBJECTIVE: To review clinical presentation, histology, treatment and survival for pediatric maxillofacial rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) and evaluate the role of surgical treatment. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of medical charts. METHODS: Files of patients, treated for primary maxillofacial RMS from 1997 to 2016, were examined for clinical presentation, staging, histology, treatment protocol and complications, recurrence and final outcome...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431590/delays-in-door-to-needle-time-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-in-the-emergency-department-a-comprehensive-stroke-center-experience
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Ashkan Mowla, Jordan Doyle, Navdeep S Lail, Hamidreza Rajabzadeh-Oghaz, Christopher Deline, Peyman Shirani, Marilou Ching, Annemarie Crumlish, Deborah A Steck, David Janicke, Elad I Levy, Robert N Sawyer
BACKGROUND: Current American Stroke Association guidelines recommend initiating intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) within 60min of patient arrival, given the benefits of IVT for AIS are time dependent. This study aimed to identify the delaying factors in door-to-needle time (DTN) in the emergency department of one of the largest comprehensive stroke centers in New York State. We also recommended measures to reduce the delays. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical charts of all AIS patients who received IVT in our emergency department patients between April 1, 2012 and December 31, 2015 to identify those with a DTN time of >60min...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431589/t2-relaxometry-helps-prognosticate-seizure-outcome-in-patients-with-solitary-cerebral-cysticercosis
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Aaron de Souza, Atchayaram Nalini, Jitender Saini, Kandavel Thennarasu
OBJECTIVE: Correlate serial T2 relaxometry (T2R) values with long term seizure outcome in patients with solitary cerebral cysticercosis (SCC) in order to establish its usefulness as a prognostic marker in these patients. METHODS: Patients with new-onset seizures due to SCC were imaged serially using a pre-determined MRI protocol at enrolment and after 3, 6, 12 and 24months. T2 relaxometry was performed using a dual echo sequence with maps generated manually from the measured image intensities at the level of the lesion...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431129/cooled-radiofrequency-ablation-of-the-genicular-nerves-for-chronic-pain-due-to-knee-osteoarthritis-six-month-outcomes
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Zachary L McCormick, Marc Korn, Rajiv Reddy, Austin Marcolina, David Dayanim, Ryan Mattie, Daniel Cushman, Meghan Bhave, Robert J McCarthy, Dost Khan, Geeta Nagpal, David R Walega
Objective. : Determine outcomes of cooled radiofrequency ablation (C-RFA) of the genicular nerves for treatment of chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis (OA). Design. : Cross-sectional survey. Setting.:  Academic pain medicine center. Subjects.:  Consecutive patients with knee OA and 50% or greater pain relief following genicular nerve blocks who underwent genicular nerve C-RFA. Methods.:  Survey administration six or more months after C-RFA...
April 19, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431025/1h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-of-live-human-sperm
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S Reynolds, S J Calvert, M N Paley, A A Pacey
STUDY QUESTION: Can 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) be used to obtain information about the molecules and metabolites in live human spermatozoa? SUMMARY ANSWER: Percoll-based density gradient centrifugation (DGC) followed by a further two washing steps, yielded enough sperm with minimal contamination (<0.01%) from seminal fluid to permit effective MRS which detected significant differences (p < 0.05) in the choline/glycerophosphocholine, lipid and lactate regions of the 1H MRS spectrum between sperm in the pellet and those from the 40/80% interface...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430890/acceptability-comparison-between-hawley-retainers-and-vacuum-formed-retainers-in-orthodontic-adult-patients-a-single-centre-randomized-controlled-trial
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Mohammed Saleh, Mohammad Y Hajeer, Dieter Muessig
Background: Hawley retainers (HRs) and vacuum formed retainers (VFRs) are the most commonly used removable retainers in the orthodontic practice. Patients' cooperation in wearing these appliances is affected by the levels of discomfort and oral impairment. The evidence regarding their acceptably among orthodontic patients is limited. Aims: To compare the acceptability of HRs and VFRs over a 6-month period in a group of fixed orthodontic patients. Trial Design: Two-arm parallel-group randomized controlled trial...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430540/demystifying-orbital-emergencies-a-pictorial-review
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Viet D Nguyen, Achint K Singh, Wilson B Altmeyer, Bundhit Tantiwongkosi
Imaging of the orbit plays an important role in the workup of orbital emergencies. Orbital imaging is particularly useful in the emergency department, where clinical history and physical examination may be limited or delayed until the exclusion or treatment of more life-threatening conditions. Cross-sectional orbital imaging with multidetector computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is commonly performed in addition to ultrasonography. In an emergent setting, CT is the preferred modality when evaluating for intraorbital foreign bodies, fractures, or calcifications within a mass lesion...
April 21, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430277/rapid-single-cell-detection-and-identification-of-pathogens-by-using-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
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N E Dina, H Zhou, A Colniţă, N Leopold, T Szoke-Nagy, C Coman, C Haisch
For the successful treatment of infections, real-time analysis and enhanced multiplex capacity, sensitivity and cost-effectiveness of the developed detection method are critical. In this work, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) was employed with the final aim of identification and discrimination of pathogenic bacteria, based on their detected SERS fingerprint at the single-cell level. Several genera of bacteria that are found in most of the isolated infections in bacteraemia were successfully identified in less than 5 minutes without the use of antibodies or other specific receptors...
April 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430046/an-outpatient-methadone-weaning-program-by-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-for-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome
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Andrew Lai, Patrick Philpot, Jenny Boucher, Andrew Meyer
Through retrospective chart review, this study described characteristics and length of stay for a cohort of newborns discharged on methadone following an inpatient weaning for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Data were assessed for all term infants born between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2014, admitted to the hospital with a co-diagnosis of NAS at discharge, for gestational age, length of stay, days on treatment protocol before discharge, time to once-daily interval methadone dosing, and hospital charges, as well as for categorical characteristics...
April 21, 2017: Population Health Management
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