Clinical Approvals Research

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Interventional radiology is a rapidly evolving speciality with potential to deliver high patient radiation doses, as a result high standards of radiation safety practice are imperative. IR radiation safety practice must be considered before during and after procedures through appropriate patient consent, dose monitoring and patient follow-up. This questionnaire-based study surveyed fixed IR depart...

High Pregnancy, Cord Blood and Infant Vitamin D Concentrations May Predict Slower Infant Growth.

The relationship of maternal and infant 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration [25(OH)D] with infant growth is unclear.

Multiple Cerebral Ring Enhancing Lesions.

Multiple cerebral ring enhancing lesions is a common clinical scenario encountered in our daily clinical practice. There are various etiologies of it, can be classified into infection, neoplastic, inflammatory and etc. The diagnosis can be achieved by interpreting the radiological signs and correlation with clinical history. Here, we reported a case of multiple cerebral ring enhancing lesions due ...

Bladder cancer incidence rates in the world from the Cancer Incidence in Five Continents XI.

Characterization of Neuropathic Pain in Primary Sjögren's Syndrome with Respect to Neurophysiological Evidence of Small-Fiber Neuropathy.

To determine whether clinical features of neuropathic pain differ with respect to the presence of small-fiber neuropathy (SFN) in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS).

Predictors of Effective Working Memory Training in Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorders.

Low working memory (WM) capacity is associated with alcohol use disorders (AUDs). The importance of WM to adaptive functioning has led to a recent influx of studies attempting to improve individual WM capacity using various cognitive training methods. The present study aimed to examine the efficacy of complex WM training for improving WM capacity among individuals with AUD.

Sex Differences in Peer Selection and Socialization for Alcohol Use from Adolescence to Young Adulthood and the Influence of Marital and Parental Status.

Peer selection and socialization influences for alcohol and other substance use have been a prominent area of research especially, though not exclusively, across adolescence. This study used four-wave prospective data from 1004 young adults to evaluate selection and socialization influences for young adults' alcohol use and friends' alcohol use from late adolescence to later young adulthood, and i...

Do medical students who are multilingual have higher spatial and verbal intelligence and do they perform better in anatomy examinations?

We have already reported that medical students who have prior knowledge of classical Greek and Latin perform better in anatomy examinations. It has also been shown that fluency in more than one language can influence spatial and verbal intelligence and here we hypothesise that medical students who have linguistic skills develop higher spatial and verbal intelligence compared with monolingual stude...

Current approaches to dementia screening and case finding in low- and middle-income countries: Research update and recommendations.

Approximately 47 million people have dementia worldwide, with this figure, it is expected to almost triple by 2050. Most people with dementia (approximately two-thirds) live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This presents a significant challenge for such countries that often have limited financial resources and less well-developed health and social care systems. In the absence of a cure...

Changes in serum afamin and vitamin E levels after selective LDL apheresis.

Afamin is a plasma vitamin E-binding glycoprotein partially associated with ApoA1-containing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) subfractions. In a previous study, the serum vitamin E decreased after low-density lipoprotein (LDL) apheresis, while vitamin E/cholesterol ratio increased. We aimed to study the effect of LDL apheresis on serum afamin level.

A four-gene-based prognostic model predicts overall survival in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma.

With the development of new advances in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) management and noninvasive radiological techniques, high-risk patient groups such as those with hepatitis virus are closely monitored. HCC is increasingly diagnosed early, and treatment may be successful. In spite of this progress, most patients who undergo a hepatectomy will eventually relapse, and the outcomes of HCC patients...

Tape stripped stratum corneum samples prove to be suitable for comprehensive proteomic investigation of actinic keratosis.

Actinic keratoses (AK) are premalignant tumors that can be clinically difficult to differentiate from skin cancer. An easy, quick and reliable non-invasive alternative to biopsy is needed to definitively confirm the clinical diagnoses. This study evaluates Tape Stripping (TS) of stratum corneum (SC) for non-invasive biomarker analysis of AK.

Development of Inhibitors of the Programmed Cell Death-1/Programmed Cell Death-ligand 1 Signaling Pathway.

The clinical success of inhibitors targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway has made this an active field in cancer immunotherapy. Currently, most drugs targeting this pathway are monoclonal antibodies. Small-molecule inhibitors, as the alternative to monoclonal antibodies are expected to overcome the disadvantage of mAbs which include production difficulties and their long half-life. Recently, progress h...

Pegvaliase: a novel treatment option for adults with phenylketonuria.

In May 2018, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved pegvaliase-pqpz (Palynziq*), the first enzyme substitution therapy for the treatment of phenylketonuria (PKU). This article provides an overview of the mechanism of action, pharmacokinetic properties, clinical efficacy, and the safety and tolerability profile of pegvaliase.

Utilization and Cost of Electronic Brachytherapy by Dermatologists from 2012-2015.

Electronic brachytherapy (EBT) garnered interest among dermatologists as a non-invasive treatment for keratinocyte carcinomas. While the magnitude of use and cost burden had not yet been quantified, this interest prompted an official statement from the American Academy of Dermatology supporting its use as secondary option in special circumstances, and led to changes to billing and coding for the p...

Treatment of psoriatic arthritis with secukinumab: a case series.

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting up to 30% of psoriatic patients, worsening patients' quality of life. Secukinumab, a fully humanized monoclonal antibody that selectively inhibits interleukin (IL) 17A, has been recently approved for the treatment of PsA in adults, alone or in association with methotrexate (MTX). In the secukinumab registration studies, the pri...

Secukinumab for plaque psoriasis with ocular comorbidity: a clinical experience.

Ocular comorbidity has been reported in 10-15% of patients with plaque psoriasis. This paper reports successful treatment with secukinumab of a patient with plaque psoriasis and dry eye syndrome. Both the skin condition and the ocular disease improved after treatment.

Proteomic analysis reveals geographic variation in venom composition of Russell's Viper in the Indian subcontinent: Implications for clinical manifestations post-envenomation and antivenom treatment.

The Russell's Viper (RV) (Daboia russelii), a category I medically important snake, is responsible for a significant level of morbidity and mortality in the Indian sub-continent. Areas covered: The current review highlights the variation in RV venom (RVV) composition from different geographical locales on the Indian sub-continent, as revealed by biochemical and proteomic analyses. A comparison of ...

Complementary Treatment with Mistletoe Extracts During Chemotherapy: Safety, Neutropenia, Fever, and Quality of Life Assessed in a Randomized Study.

Evaluate the safety and clinical response of complementary treatment with European mistletoe extracts during chemotherapy.

Integrative Oncology Trials in the Real World: Assessing the Pragmatism of an Ongoing Integrative Oncology Trial of Mindfulness and T'ai Chi/Qigong.

The aim of this study was to highlight features of pragmatic real-world integrative oncology research by applying the PRagmatic Explanatory Continuum Indicator Summary (PRECIS-2) criteria to an ongoing integrative oncology clinical trial. The ongoing trial is a preference-based randomized comparative effectiveness trial of mindfulness-based cancer recovery (MBCR) versus t'ai chi/qigong (TCQ) for c...

Integrative Medicine in Childhood Cancer.

The diagnosis of cancer in a child leaves parents and families devastated and vulnerable. In an effort to do everything possible, families often choose an integrative medicine approach to their child's care. Surveys have found that 31%-84% of children with cancer use complementary and alternative medicine and most often as supportive care agents. Several systematic reviews have demonstrated a clin...

Introduction of Microwave Ablation Into a Renal Ablation Practice: Valuable Lessons Learned.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the early outcomes of percutaneous microwave ablation (MWA) for clinical stage T1 (cT1) renal masses when performed within a high-volume ablation practice with critical emphasis on procedural safety.

Distinguishing the meaning making processes of survivors of suicide loss: An expansion of the meaning of loss codebook.

Suicide loss represents particularly a difficult form of bereavement due to the challenges that volitional death poses to survivors. Understanding these challenges requires recognition of the idiosyncratic processes of meaning reconstruction for this specific group of grievers. The current study investigates such processes in survivors of suicide loss (SOSL) by utilizing the Meaning of Loss Codebo...

Candida africana in recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC) patients: frequency and phenotypic and genotypic characteristics.

Up to 75 % of all women develop vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), with symptoms such as vulvar erythema, pruritus and abnormal vaginal discharge. Despite the global distribution of Candida africana, its role in recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC) is still unclear and requires further investigation. Here, we report on the frequency of C. africana among clinical isolates from patients with RVV...

Final Results from the REPRISE I Study: Five-Year Clinical Outcomes with the Repositionable and Fully Retrievable Lotus Valve System.

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