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Venetoclax combinations induce high response rates in newly diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia patients ineligible for intensive chemotherapy in routine practice.

Am J Hematol 2021 Apr 9. Epub 2021 Apr 9.

Department of Hematology, Shamir Medical Center (formerly Assaf Harofe Medical Center), Zerifin, Israel, affiliated to the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Combinations of the BCL-2 inhibitor, venetoclax, with either hypomethylating agents (HMA), or low dose cytarabine (LDAC), have shown promising results in clinical trials of AML patients unfit for intensive therapy. We report on the efficacy and safety of AML patients that were treated with venetoclax combinations outside of clinical trials. Data on 133 patients with a mean age of 77 years is included. Read More

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Inhibition of regulator of G protein signaling 10, aggravates rheumatoid arthritis progression by promoting NF-κB signaling pathway.

Mol Immunol 2021 Apr 6;134:236-246. Epub 2021 Apr 6.

The State Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases & National Clinical Research Center for Oral Diseases, Department of Prosthodontics, West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University, Sichuan, People's Republic of China. Electronic address:

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common inflammatory arthropathy, with evidence pointing to an immune-mediated etiology that propagates chronic inflammation. Although targeted immune therapeutics and aggressive treatment strategies have substantially improved, a complete understanding of the associated pathological mechanisms of the disease remains elusive. This study aimed at investigating whether regulator of G protein signaling 10 (RGS10) could affect rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pathology by regulating the immune response. Read More

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Muscarinic M1, but not M4, receptor antagonism impairs divided attention in male rats.

Pharmacol Biochem Behav 2021 Apr 6:173184. Epub 2021 Apr 6.

Department of Psychology, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA, USA 16444. Electronic address:

Divided attention may be more important than ever to comprehend, given ubiquitous distractors in modern living. In humans, concern has been expressed about the negative impact of distraction in education, the home, and the workplace. While acetylcholine supports divided attention, in part via muscarinic receptors, little is known about the specific muscarinic subtypes that may contribute. Read More

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Stereotactic body radiotherapy for oligometastatic castration sensitive prostate cancer using 1.5 T MRI-Linac: preliminary data on feasibility and acute patient-reported outcomes.

Radiol Med 2021 Apr 9. Epub 2021 Apr 9.

Advanced Radiation Oncology, IRCCS Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital, Via Don A. Sempreboni 5, 37024, Negrar di Valpolicella, VR, Italy.

Objectives: To report preliminary data on feasibility and patient-reported outcomes following PSMA-PET/CT guided SBRT by means of 1.5 T MRI-Linac.

Methods And Materials: Between October 2019 and April 2020, twenty consecutive castration sensitive oligorecurrent prostate cancer patients were enrolled in an ethical committee approved prospective observational study (Protocol n. Read More

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Tumour draining lymph node-generated CD8 T cells play a role in controlling lung metastases after a primary tumour is removed but not when adjuvant immunotherapy is used.

Cancer Immunol Immunother 2021 Apr 9. Epub 2021 Apr 9.

Institute for Respiratory Health, National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

Surgical resection of cancer remains the frontline therapy for millions of patients annually, but post-operative recurrence is common, with a relapse rate of around 45% for non-small cell lung cancer. The tumour draining lymph nodes (dLN) are resected at the time of surgery for staging purposes, and this cannot be a null event for patient survival and future response to immune checkpoint blockade treatment. This project investigates cancer surgery, lymphadenectomy, onset of metastatic disease, and response to immunotherapy in a novel model that closely reflects the clinical setting. Read More

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Effect of Aprepitant for the Prevention of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting in Women: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

JAMA Netw Open 2021 Apr 1;4(4):e215250. Epub 2021 Apr 1.

State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Collaborative Innovation Center for Cancer Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China.

Importance: The prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting has an important role in the overall management of cancer treatment.

Objective: To evaluate whether adding aprepitant to palonosetron and dexamethasone can further prevent the incidence and severity of nausea and vomiting caused by FOLFIRI (fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan) or FOLFOX (fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin) chemotherapy regimens among women with gastrointestinal cancer at higher risk.

Design, Setting, And Participants: This phase 3, double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial recruited young women (age ≤50 years) who drank little or no alcohol and had gastrointestinal cancer for which they received FOLFOX or FOLFIRI chemotherapy. Read More

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NarxCare Scores Greater Than 300 Are Associated with Adverse Outcomes After Primary THA.

Clin Orthop Relat Res 2021 Apr 7. Epub 2021 Apr 7.

A. K. Emara, D. Grits, A. K. Klika, R. M. Molloy, V. E. Krebs, W. K. Barsoum, C. Higuera-Rueda, N. S. Piuzzi, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, USA.

Background: The association between preoperative prescription drug use (narcotics, sedatives, and stimulants) and complications and/or greater healthcare utilization (length of stay, discharge disposition, readmission, emergency department visits, and reoperation) after total joint arthroplasty has been established but not well quantified. The NarxCare score (NCS) is a weighted scalar measure of overall prescription opioid, sedative, and stimulant use. Higher scores reflect riskier drug-use patterns, which are calculated based on (1) the number of prescribing providers, (2) the number of dispensing pharmacies, (3) milligram equivalence doses, (4) coprescribed potentiating drugs, and (5) overlapping prescription days. Read More

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Effect of desmopressin lyophilisate (MELT) plus anticholinergics combination on functional bladder capacity and therapeutic outcome as the first-line treatment for primary monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis: A randomized clinical trial.

Investig Clin Urol 2021 Mar 16. Epub 2021 Mar 16.

Department of Urology, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Anyang, Korea.

Purpose: To assess the efficacy of desmopressin plus anticholinergic combination therapy as first-line treatment for children with primary monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis (PMNE) and to analyze this combination's effect on functional bladder capacity (FBC).

Materials And Methods: A total of 99 children with PMNE were prospectively enrolled from 2015 to 2019 and randomly allocated to a monotherapy group (n=49), with oral desmopressin lyophilisate (MELT) only; and a combination group (n=50), with desmopressin plus an anticholinergic (propiverine 5 mg). Efficacy and FBC were evaluated at 1 and 3 months after treatment initiation; the relapse rate was assessed at 6 months after treatment cessation. Read More

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Multimodal imaging characteristics in eyes with vitreoretinal lymphoma treated with intravitreal rituximab.

Int Ophthalmol 2021 Apr 8. Epub 2021 Apr 8.

Medical Research Foundation, Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreo-Retinal Services, Sankara Nethralaya, 18 College Road, Chennai, 600006, Tamilnadu, India.

Purpose: To characterize the imaging features in eyes with vitreoretinal lymphoma (VRL) using ultra-widefield fundus photography (UWF-FP), swept-source optical coherence tomography (SSOCT) and fundus autofluorescence (FAF) that are correlated to ongoing treatment with intravitreal Rituximab(IVR).

Methods: Retrospective observational imaging-based study of 15 treatment-naive eyes with VRL treated with IVR. All patients with primary VRL underwent vitreous biopsy using 23/25G microincision vitrectomy system for confirmation of diagnosis. Read More

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Role of Cholecystectomy in Symptomatic Hyperkinetic Gallbladder Patients.

Jai P Singh

Case Rep Surg 2021 25;2021:5569850. Epub 2021 Mar 25.

Department of Surgery, Oswego Hospital, New York 13126, USA.

Introduction: Biliary dyskinesia is defined by a gallbladder ejection fraction (EF) of less than 35% on HIDA scan, and these patients have shown a good response to cholecystectomy. Management of patients with biliary colic symptoms who have a hyperkinetic gallbladder (EF > 80%) is not clearly defined. Herein, I report three cases of the symptomatic hyperkinetic gallbladder that were successfully managed with cholecystectomy. Read More

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A Dose-Response Relationship to Radiotherapy for Cutaneous Lesions of Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis.

Case Rep Oncol Med 2021 24;2021:6680635. Epub 2021 Mar 24.

Department of Radiation Medicine, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, USA.

Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare disease, afflicting approximately 4.6 and 1-2 per 1 million children and adults, respectively. While LCH can involve numerous organ systems such as the lung or bone, it is uncommon for the disease to be limited to the skin. Read More

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A Novel, Personalized Drug-Screening System for Platinum-Resistant Ovarian Cancer Patients: A Preliminary Clinical Report.

Cancer Manag Res 2021 29;13:2849-2867. Epub 2021 Mar 29.

The Obstetrics & Gynecology Hospital of Fudan University, Gynecology Department, Shanghai, People's Republic of China.

Purpose: With this study, we intended to construct a personalized drug-screening system for platinum-resistant ovarian cancer patients by consulting a patient's medical history, data derived from gene mutation detection, and drug screening results derived from mini-PDX (patient-derived xenograft) models. We also aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of our system.

Patients And Methods: We selected 12 patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer who were treated at our hospital from January 2018 to December 2019 to design a single-arm clinical trial. Read More

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A Prospective Multicenter Phase II Study on the Feasibility and Efficacy of S-1 and Oxaliplatin Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer.

Dis Colon Rectum 2021 Apr 5. Epub 2021 Apr 5.

Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Medicine Hirosaki National Hospital Kuroishi General Hospital Hachinohe City Hospital.

Background: Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy and total mesorectal excision comprise the standard of care for rectal cancer in multiple guidelines. However, neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy has not exhibited clear survival benefits, but rather has led to an increase in adverse events. Conversely, neoadjuvant chemotherapy is expected to prevent adverse events caused by radiation, yet this treatment is still controversial. Read More

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Chemotherapy response score as a prognostic tool in patients with advanced stage endometrial carcinoma treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy.

Int J Gynecol Cancer 2021 Apr 8. Epub 2021 Apr 8.

Section of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Background: Chemotherapy response score (CRS) applied to interval debulking specimens quantifies histopathologic response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with advanced ovarian carcinoma and correlates with progression-free and overall survival.

Objective: To investigate whether the chemotherapy response score could be applied to interval debulking specimens in patients with advanced endometrial carcinoma and be a prognostic indicator.

Methods: The study included patients with clinical stage III-IV endometrial carcinoma who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by interval debulking surgery. Read More

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Sexual Dysfunction and Preferences for Discussing Sexual Health Concerns Among Veteran Primary Care Patients.

J Am Board Fam Med 2021 Mar-Apr;34(2):357-367

From the Center for Integrated Healthcare, Syracuse VA Medical Center, Syracuse, NY (RLS, LDM, JSF); Department of Psychology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (RLS, LDM, JSF); Rochester Institute of Technology, Institute of Health Sciences and Technology, Rochester, NY (NT, CAC); Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Canandaigua, NY (CAC); Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Canandaigua VA Medical Center, Canandaigua, NY (DC); and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York (JSF).

Background: Sexual health is an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of overall health. Veterans may be particularly at risk for sexual dysfunction. The objectives of this study were to assess the prevalence and correlates of sexual dysfunction and examine preferences among veterans for discussing sexual problems. Read More

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Anti-CLL1 chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy in children with relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia.

Clin Cancer Res 2021 Apr 8. Epub 2021 Apr 8.

Guangzhou Medical University.

Purpose: The survival rate of children with refractory/relapsed acute myeloid leukemia (R/R-AML) by salvage chemotherapy is minimal. Treatment with chimeric antigen receptor T cells (CAR-T) has emerged as a novel therapy to improve malignancies treatment. C-type lectin-like molecule 1 (CLL1) is highly expressed on AML leukemia stem cells, blast cells, and monocytes, but not on normal hematopoietic stem cells, indicating the therapeutic potential of anti-CLL1 CAR-T in AML treatment. Read More

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Real-world safety and efficacy of twice-daily budesonide 2-mg foam in patients with ulcerative colitis: interim analysis of post-marketing surveillance.

Expert Opin Pharmacother 2021 Apr 9:1-7. Epub 2021 Apr 9.

IBD Center, Sakura Medical Center, Toho University, Chiba, Japan.

: Budesonide foam 2 mg twice daily induced complete mucosal healing in patients with mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis (UC) in a phase 3 study. Post-marketing surveillance is underway to assess the real-world outcomes in UC patients.: The authors performed an interim analysis of post-marketing surveillance in 182 patients with mild-to-moderate UC who received 2 mg budesonide foam rectally. Read More

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Bleomycin sclerotherapy following doxycycline lavage in the treatment of ranulas: A retrospective analysis and review of the literature.

Neuroradiol J 2021 Apr 8:19714009211008790. Epub 2021 Apr 8.

Department of Neurosurgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA.

Objective: A ranula is a mucus-filled salivary pseudocyst that forms in the floor of the mouth, commonly arising from the sublingual or submandibular salivary glands following obstruction or trauma. Complete excision of the injured gland and removal of the cyst content is the first-choice therapy, but has the potential for complications related to injury to nearby structures. As such, minimally invasive approaches such as percutaneous sclerotherapy have been investigated. Read More

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An ultrafast vibrational study of dynamical heterogeneity in the protic ionic liquid ethyl-ammonium nitrate. I. Room temperature dynamics.

J Chem Phys 2021 Apr;154(13):134502

Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, 219 Parkman Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260, USA.

Using ultrafast two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy (2D-IR), a vibrational probe (thiocyanate, SCN) was used to investigate the hydrogen bonding network of the protic ionic liquid ethyl-ammonium nitrate (EAN) in comparison to HO. The 2D-IR experiments were performed in both parallel (⟨ZZZZ⟩) and perpendicular (⟨ZZXX⟩) polarizations at room temperature. In EAN, the non-Gaussian lineshape in the FTIR spectrum of SCN suggests two sub-ensembles. Read More

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Long-term survival in an acute promyelocytic leukemia patient with recurrent granulocytic sarcomas: A case report.

Medicine (Baltimore) 2021 Apr;100(14):e25257

Department of Pathology, Institute of Hematology and Blood Diseases Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Tianjin, China.

Rationale: Granulocytic sarcoma (GS) is an extramedullary myeloid tumor composed of immature cells of the granulocytic series. It rarely occurs in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). No case of long-term survival in an APL patient with recurrent GS has been reported. Read More

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Cancer-activated doxorubicin prodrug nanoparticles induce preferential immune response with minimal doxorubicin-related toxicity.

Biomaterials 2021 Apr 1;272:120791. Epub 2021 Apr 1.

KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology, Korea University, 145 Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, 02841, Republic of Korea; Center for Theragnosis, Biomedical Research Institute, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Hwarangno 14-gil 5, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, 02792, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

The effective chemotherapeutic drug, doxorubicin (DOX), elicits immunogenic cell death (ICD) and additional anticancer immune responses during chemotherapy. However, it also induces severe side effects and systemic immunosuppression, hampering its wide clinical application. Herein, we constructed cancer-activated DOX prodrug by conjugating the cathepsin B-cleavable peptide (Phe-Arg-Arg-Gly, FRRG) to a doxorubicin (DOX), resulting in FRRG-DOX that self-assembled into cancer-activated DOX prodrug nanoparticles (CAP-NPs). Read More

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Tolerability and antitumor activity of cemiplimab, a human monoclonal anti-PD-1, as monotherapy in patients with pretreated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): Data from the Phase 1 NSCLC expansion cohort.

Lung Cancer 2021 Mar 4;155:151-155. Epub 2021 Mar 4.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Tarrytown, NY, USA.

Objectives: Blockade of programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) and its ligand (PD-L1) has transformed the treatment of NSCLC. In a first-in-human, Phase 1, dose escalation and cohort expansion study, cemiplimab, a monoclonal antibody directed against PD-1, was evaluated for the treatment of patients with advanced solid tumors (NCT02383212). Here, we report results in patients with advanced NSCLC from the dose expansion cohort. Read More

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Length of Stay and Health Care Utilization Among Pediatric Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Recipients.

Transplant Cell Ther 2021 Apr 5. Epub 2021 Apr 5.

Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA. Electronic address:

Background: Autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (autoHCT) has become a critical component in the treatment of pediatric malignancies, allowing for high-dose chemotherapy to be given safely and with greater efficacy in a subset of children at high-risk for relapse. Risk factors associated with length of stay (Lee, #20) have been studied extensively in adults undergoing autoHCT. However, there is a paucity of studies describing risk factors associated with LOS and health care cost in children undergoing autoHCT. Read More

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Patient-reported outcome measures after mitral valve repair: a comparison between minimally invasive and sternotomy.

Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg 2021 Apr;32(3):433-440

Department of Cardiac Surgery, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK.

Objectives: To compare patient-reported outcome measures of minimally invasive (MI) to sternotomy (ST) mitral valve repair.

Methods: We included all patients undergoing isolated mitral valve surgery via either a right mini-thoracotomy (MI) or ST over a 36-month period. Patients were asked to complete a modified Composite Physical Function questionnaire. Read More

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What Is the State of Compassion Education? A Systematic Review of Compassion Training in Health Care.

Acad Med 2021 Apr 6. Epub 2021 Apr 6.

S. Sinclair is associate professor and director, Compassion Research Lab, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. J. Kondejewski is research assistant, Compassion Research Lab, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. P. Jaggi is research coordinator, Compassion Research Lab, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. L. Dennett is librarian, Scott Health Sciences Library, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A.L. Roze des Ordons is clinical associate professor, Department of Critical Care Medicine and Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. T.F. Hack is professor, College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, and director, Psychosocial Oncology & Cancer Nursing Research, St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Purpose: To investigate the current state and quality of compassion education interventions offered to health care providers during training or practice, determine how the components of each education intervention map onto the domains of an empirically based clinical model of compassion, and identify the most common approaches to compassion education.

Method: The MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Sociological Abstracts, Web of Science, ERIC, and Education Research Complete databases were searched from inception to March 2020 in this systematic review. Studies that evaluated a compassion education intervention for health care providers or those in training to enhance compassion toward patients and/or families were included. Read More

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Keratinocyte-derived microvesicle particles mediate Ultraviolet B radiation induced systemic immunosuppression.

J Clin Invest 2021 Apr 8. Epub 2021 Apr 8.

Boonshoft School of Medicine Wright State University, Dayton, United States of America.

A complete carcinogen, Ultraviolet B radiation (290-320 nm; UVB), is the major cause of skin cancer. UVB-induced systemic immunosuppression that contributes to photocarcinogenesis is due to the glycerophosphocholine-derived lipid mediator Platelet-activating factor. A major question in photobiology is how UVB radiation, which only absorbs appreciably in the epidermal layers of skin, can generate systemic effects. Read More

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Multicenter comparison of high-dose cytarabine-based regimens versus liposomal daunorubicin and cytarabine (CPX-351) in patients with secondary acute myeloid leukemia.

Leuk Lymphoma 2021 Apr 8:1-9. Epub 2021 Apr 8.

Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

Liposomal daunorubicin/cytarabine (CPX-351) gained FDA approval for secondary AML after demonstrating improved outcomes over daunorubicin and cytarabine (7 + 3). A number of study limitations prompted a comparison of safety/efficacy of CPX-351 against regimens containing a purine analogue and high-dose cytarabine (HIDAC). This retrospective study compared complete response rates with/without count recovery (CR/CRi) between HIDAC-based regimens and CPX-351 in 169 patients with newly diagnosed sAML. Read More

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Speech Intensity Response to Altered Intensity Feedback in Individuals With Parkinson's Disease.

J Speech Lang Hear Res 2021 Apr 8:1-15. Epub 2021 Apr 8.

Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.

Purpose Hypophonia (low speech intensity) is the most common speech symptom experienced by individuals with Parkinson's disease (IWPD). Previous research suggests that, in IWPD, there may be abnormal integration of sensory information for motor production of speech intensity. In the current study, intensity of auditory feedback was systematically manipulated (altered in both positive and negative directions) during sensorimotor conditions that are known to modulate speech intensity in everyday contexts in order to better understand the role of auditory feedback for speech intensity regulation. Read More

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The effect of variable temperature, humidity, and substrate wettability on Gecko (Gekko gecko) locomotor performance and behavior.

J Exp Zool A Ecol Integr Physiol 2021 Apr 8. Epub 2021 Apr 8.

Department of Biology, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA.

Adhesive and locomotor performances of geckos are inherently linked by specialized morphological and biomechanical features. As such, we predict that conditions that lead to poor adhesive performance (i.e. Read More

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