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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922734/persistent-antidepressant-effect-of-low-dose-ketamine-and-activation-in-the-supplementary-motor-area-and-anterior-cingulate-cortex-in-treatment-resistant-depression-a-randomized-control-study
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Mu-Hong Chen, Cheng-Ta Li, Wei-Chen Lin, Chen-Jee Hong, Pei-Chi Tu, Ya-Mei Bai, Chih-Ming Cheng, Tung-Ping Su
A single low-dose ketamine infusion exhibited a rapid antidepressant effect within 1h. Despite its short biological half-life (approximately 3h), the antidepressant effect of ketamine has been demonstrated to persist for several days. However, changes in brain function responsible for the persistent antidepressant effect of a single low-dose ketamine infusion remain unclear METHODS: Twenty-four patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) were randomized into three groups according to the treatment received: 0...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922609/serum-proteomic-variability-associated-with-clinical-phenotype-in-familial-transthyretin-amyloidosis-attrm
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Gloria G Chan, Clarissa M Koch, Lawreen H Connors
Transthyretin (TTR), normally a plasma circulating protein, can become misfolded and aggregated, ultimately leading to extracellular deposition of amyloid fibrils usually targeted to heart or nerve tissues. Referred to as TTR-associated amyloidoses (ATTR), this group of diseases is frequently life threatening and fatal if untreated. ATTR, caused by amyloid-forming variant TTR proteins (ATTRm) which arise from point mutations in the TTR gene, were classically referred to as familial amyloid cardiomyopathy (FAC) or familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) reflecting the clinical phenotype...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922378/relationships-of-orientation-discrimination-threshold-and-visual-acuity-with-macular-lesions-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Haojie Fu, Bin Zhang, Jianliang Tong, Harold Bedell, Hecheng Zhang, Yating Yang, Chaochao Nie, Yingdong Luo, Xiaoling Liu
PURPOSE: To measure visual acuity and metamorphopsia in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and to explore their relationship with macular lesions. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, a total of 32 normal subjects (32 eyes) and 35 AMD patients (35 eyes) were recruited. They were categorized into 4 groups: normal, dry AMD, non-active wet AMD, and active wet AMD. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was measured using the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study protocol...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922360/comparison-of-background-eeg-activity-of-different-groups-of-patients-with-idiopathic-epilepsy-using-shannon-spectral-entropy-and-cluster-based-permutation-statistical-testing
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Jose Antonio Urigüen, Begoña García-Zapirain, Julio Artieda, Jorge Iriarte, Miguel Valencia
Idiopathic epilepsy is characterized by generalized seizures with no apparent cause. One of its main problems is the lack of biomarkers to monitor the evolution of patients. The only tools they can use are limited to inspecting the amount of seizures during previous periods of time and assessing the existence of interictal discharges. As a result, there is a need for improving the tools to assist the diagnosis and follow up of these patients. The goal of the present study is to compare and find a way to differentiate between two groups of patients suffering from idiopathic epilepsy, one group that could be followed-up by means of specific electroencephalographic (EEG) signatures (intercritical activity present), and another one that could not due to the absence of these markers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922264/validation-of-a-portable-coagulometer-for-routine-in-hospital-use-for-newborns
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Antonio E Jerez Calero, Dolores Fernández Jiménez, Manuel Molina Oya, Eduardo Narbona López, José Uberos Fernández
OBJECTIVES: To verify the reliability and clinical benefits of the coagulation tests made by a point of care device in newborn admitted to a neonatal unit. DESIGN: We made a statistical comparison between results obtained by the point of care device versus conventional laboratory analysis. SETTING: Level 3 neonatal unit. PATIENTS: Thirty-one infants admitted to the neonatal unit at the San Cecilio University Hospital (Granada, Spain) were recruited to this study...
September 15, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922150/synthesis-radiosynthesis-and-preliminary-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-the-fluorinated-ceramide-trafficking-inhibitor-hpa-12-for-brain-applications
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Simone M Crivelli, Andreas Paulus, Jozef Markus, Matthias Bauwens, Dusan Berkes, Helga E De Vries, Monique T Mulder, Jochen Walter, Felix M Mottaghy, Mario Losen, Pilar Martinez-Martinez
Ceramide levels are increased in blood and brain tissue of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. Since the ceramide transporter protein (CERT) is the only known protein able to mediate non-vesicular transfer of ceramide between organelle membranes, the modulation of CERT function may impact on ceramide accumulation. The competitive CERT inhibitor N-(3-hydroxy-1-hydroxymethyl-3-phenylpropyl) dodecanamide (HPA-12) interferes with ceramide trafficking. To understand the role of ceramide/CERT in AD, HPA-12 can be a useful tool to modulate ceramide trafficking...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922016/high-degree-of-variability-in-reporting-of-clinical-and-patient-reported-outcomes-after-hip-arthroscopy
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Austin V Stone, Cale A Jacobs, T David Luo, Molly C Meadows, Shane J Nho, Allston J Stubbs, Eric C Makhni
BACKGROUND: Hip arthroscopy for the treatment of intra-articular pathology is a rapidly expanding field. Outcome measures should be reported to document the efficacy of arthroscopic procedures; however, the most effective outcome measures are not established. PURPOSE: To evaluate the variability in outcomes reported after hip arthroscopy and to compare the responsiveness of patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921624/pharmacodynamics-and-pharmacokinetics-of-ticagrelor-versus-clopidogrel-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-and-chronic-kidney-disease
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Heyang Wang, Jing Qi, Yi Li, Yunbiao Tang, Chao Li, Jing Li, Yaling Han
BACKGROUND: Pivotal clinical trials found ticagrelor reduced ischemic complications to a greater extent than clopidogrel and what is more, the benefit gradually increased with the reduction on creatinine clearance. However, the underlying mechanisms remains poorly explored. METHODS: This is a single-center, prospective, randomized clinical trial involving 60 hospitalized P2Y12 inhibitor naïve patients with CKD (eGFR<60ml/min/1.73m(2) ) and NSTE-ACS. Eligible patients were randomly assigned in a 1:1 ratio to receive ticagrelor(180 mg loading dose, then 90 mg twice daily followed) or clopidogrel(600 mg loading dose, then 75 mg qd followed)...
September 15, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921415/comparing-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-celecoxib-for-the-treatment-of-osteoarthritis-in-asian-and-non-asian-populations-an-analysis-of-data-from-two-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-active-comparator-trials
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Andri Lubis, Wei Wang, Graça Lima, Rana Fayyad, Chris Walker
INTRODUCTION: Celecoxib is an effective treatment for pain associated with osteoarthritis. There are differences in patient demographics among ethnic groups, with Asian populations typically smaller in body size. As a consequence, there may be a perception that celecoxib is less effective, or has poorer tolerability in Asian patients. METHODS: This analysis compares data from two multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, active-comparator trials of celecoxib for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee: one study in Asian patients and the other in a mixed population comprised mostly of non-Asian patients (from which Asian patients were excluded for this analysis)...
September 18, 2017: Pain and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921383/lncrna-ccat1-promotes-migration-invasion-and-emt-in-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma-through-suppressing-mir-152
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Shouhua Zhang, Juhua Xiao, Yong Chai, Yun Yan Du, Zhiqiang Liu, Kai Huang, Xin Zhou, Wei Zhou
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence has suggested that lncRNA CCAT1 is upregulated and functions as a potential tumor promoter in many cancers. However, the potential biological roles and regulatory mechanisms of CCAT1 in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) remain unclear. METHODS: We used real-time PCR to measure CCAT1 expression in ICC tissues and the adjacent normal tissues. The statistical analyses were applied to evaluate the prognostic value and associations of CCAT1 expression with clinical parameters...
September 18, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921038/efficacy-and-safety-of-tacrolimus-for-myasthenia-gravis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Liang Wang, Suxian Zhang, Jianying Xi, Wenhui Li, Lei Zhou, Jun Lu, Jiahong Lu, Tiansong Zhang, Chongbo Zhao
To evaluate the efficacy and safety of tacrolimus in patients with myasthenia gravis (MG), a systematic review and meta-analysis was performed. We searched PubMed and Embase for randomized controlled trials and clinical controlled trials in English language. Demographic and clinical characteristics of the MG patients were extracted. Differences in the current glucocorticoids (GC) dose in each included study were the primary outcome measure. The adverse events reported in each included study were used as safety evaluation...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920886/retinal-layer-segmentation-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Axel Petzold, Laura J Balcer, Peter A Calabresi, Fiona Costello, Teresa C Frohman, Elliot M Frohman, Elena H Martinez-Lapiscina, Ari J Green, Randy Kardon, Olivier Outteryck, Friedemann Paul, Sven Schippling, Patrik Vermersch, Pablo Villoslada, Lisanne J Balk
BACKGROUND: Structural retinal imaging biomarkers are important for early recognition and monitoring of inflammation and neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis. With the introduction of spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), supervised automated segmentation of individual retinal layers is possible. We aimed to investigate which retinal layers show atrophy associated with neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis when measured with SD-OCT. METHODS: In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we searched for studies in which SD-OCT was used to look at the retina in people with multiple sclerosis with or without optic neuritis in PubMed, Web of Science, and Google Scholar between Nov 22, 1991, and April 19, 2016...
October 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920579/point-of-care-companion-diagnostic-tests-for-personalizing-psychiatric-medications-fulfilling-an-unmet-clinical-need
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Anil S Modak
Over the last decade stable isotope labeled substrates have been used as probes for rapid, point of care, non invasive and user friendly phenotype breath tests to evaluate activity of drug metabolizing enzymes. These diagnostic breath tests can be potentially used as Companion diagnostics (CDx) by physicians to personalize medications especially psychiatric drugs with narrow therapeutic windows, to monitor the progress of disease severity, medication efficacy and to study in vivo the pharmacokinetics of xenobiotics, Several genotype tests have been approved by the FDA over the last 15 years, however, they have not been cleared for use in personalizing medications since they fall woefully short in identifying all non responders to drugs especially for the CYP450 enzymes...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920501/kidney-dosimetry-during-177-lu-dotatate-therapy-in-patients-with-neuroendocrine-tumors-aspects-on-calculation-and-tolerance
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Mattias Sandström, Ulrike Garske-Román, Silvia Johansson, Dan Granberg, Anders Sundin, Nanette Freedman
BACKGROUND: Fractionated therapy with (177)Lu-DOTATATE has been reported to be an effective treatment for patients with metastasized neuroendocrine tumors. To optimize the treatment, absorbed doses to risk organs are calculated for the individual patient. For each organ, absorbed dose due to activity in the organ itself (self-dose) and that originating from other organs (cross-dose) are calculated from serial measurements to obtain the activity distribution following treatment. The main aim of the present work were to calculate the cross-dose contribution to the total absorbed kidney dose...
September 18, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919982/effective-management-of-spasticity-and-impacts-on-weight-change-and-resting-energy-expenditure-in-a-female-with-spinal-cord-injury-a-case-report
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Amy N Nevin, Khanh Nguyen, Sridhar Atresh, Angela Vivanti, Ingrid J Hickman
INTRODUCTION: The impact of muscle spasticity on weight change and energy expenditure after spinal cord injury (SCI) is not well understood. CASE PRESENTATION: This case study reports changes to body weight and resting energy expenditure (REE) in a 36-year-old female (T3 AIS A SCI; 80 kg; body mass index=28 kg m(-)(2) at injury) requiring escalating therapies to manage severe spasticity. Body weight, spasticity medications and fasted REE (measured using indirect calorimetry, canopy hood) were recorded at 4, 16, 17, 20 and 44 months post injury...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919866/t-wave-safety-margin-during-the-process-of-icd-implantation-as-a-novel-predictor-of-t-wave-oversensing
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Ya-Xun Sun, Jing Gao, Chen-Yang Jiang, Yu-Mei Xue, Yi-Zhou Xu, Gang Liu, Ji-Hong Guo, Xia Sheng, Yang Ye, Hong He, Yun-Tao Zhao, Hector Barajas-Martinez, Guo-Sheng Fu, Dan Hu
Introduction: T wave oversensing (TWOS) is a major drawback of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and data on predictors of TWOS in ICD is limited. We aimed to calculate a novel index of T wave safety margin (TWSM) and assess its potential for evaluating TWOS during the procedure of ICD implantation. Methods and Results: Thirty-two consecutive patients with ICD implantation were enrolled. During each procedure of ICD implantation, different ICD generators were connected to implanted sensing lead through active-fixation leads and bridging cables...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919856/visualizing-hyperactivation-in-neurodegeneration-based-on-prefrontal-oxygenation-a-comparative-study-of-mild-alzheimer-s-disease-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-healthy-controls
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Kah Hui Yap, Wei Chun Ung, Esther G M Ebenezer, Nadira Nordin, Pui See Chin, Sandheep Sugathan, Sook Ching Chan, Hung Loong Yip, Masashi Kiguchi, Tong Boon Tang
Background: Cognitive performance is relatively well preserved during early cognitive impairment owing to compensatory mechanisms. Methods: We explored functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) alongside a semantic verbal fluency task (SVFT) to investigate any compensation exhibited by the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and mild Alzheimer's disease (AD). In addition, a group of healthy controls (HC) was studied. A total of 61 volunteers (31 HC, 12 patients with MCI and 18 patients with mild AD) took part in the present study...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919835/high-resolution-infrared-thermography-a-new-tool-to-assess-tungiasis-associated-inflammation-of-the-skin
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Angela Schuster, Marlene Thielecke, Vaomalala Raharimanga, Charles Emile Ramarokoto, Christophe Rogier, Ingela Krantz, Hermann Feldmeier
BACKGROUND: Tungiasis is highly prevalent in low- and middle-income countries but remains often under diagnosed and untreated eventually leading to chronic sequels. The objective of the study was to assess whether tungiasis-associated inflammation can be detected and quantified by high-resolution infrared thermography (HRIT) and whether after removal of the parasite inflammation resolves rapidly. METHODS: Patients with tungiasis were identified through active case finding...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919810/a-comparison-between-the-administration-of-oral-prolonged-release-oxycodone-naloxone-and-transdermal-fentanyl-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-cancer-pain-a-propensity-score-analysis
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A Roberto, M T Greco, L Legramandi, F Galli, M Galli, O Corli
BACKGROUND: Opioids are the most important pharmacological treatment for moderate-to-severe cancer pain, but side effects limit their use. Transdermal fentanyl (TDF) and oral prolonged-release oxycodone-naloxone (OXN-PR) are effective in controlling chronic pain, with less constipation compared to other opioids. However, TDF and OXN-PR have never been directly compared. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Cancer patients with moderate-to-severe chronic pain were consecutively enrolled in two prospective 28-day trials, received either TDF or OXN-PR, and were assessed at baseline and after 7, 14, 21, and 28 days...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919809/adequacy-of-cancer-related-pain-management-and-predictors-of-undertreatment-at-referral-to-a-pain-clinic
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Paulo Reis-Pina, Peter G Lawlor, António Barbosa
BACKGROUND: Several guidelines have advocated the need for adequate cancer-related pain (CRP) management. The pain management index (PMI) has been proposed as an auditable measure of the appropriateness for analgesic therapy. OBJECTIVES: To determine the adequacy of CRP management based on the PMI status and its patient-related predictors at the point of referral to a pain clinic (PC). METHODS: Consecutive patients referred to a PC had standardized initial assessments and status documentation on the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) ratings; pain mechanism, using a neuropathic pain diagnostic questionnaire (the Douleur Neuropathique 4 tool); episodic pain; oral morphine equivalent daily dose; the Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale and the Emotion Thermometer scores; and cancer diagnosis, metastases, treatment, and pain duration...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
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