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Jindal M.,Russells Hall Hospital | Riskalla A.,Guys and St Thomas Hospital NHS Trust | Jiang D.,Guys and St Thomas Hospital NHS Trust | Connor S.,Guys and St Thomas Hospital NHS Trust | O'Connor A.F.,Guys and St Thomas Hospital NHS Trust
Otology and Neurotology

OBJECTIVE: A systematic review to determine whether the diffusion-weighted (DW) magnetic resonance imaging scan can reliably detect residual or recurrent cholesteatoma after mastoid surgery. DESIGN: A systematic review. DATA SOURCES: Databases including EMBASE, MEDLINE, CINAHL, Web of Science, and Cochrane Review were searched for studies published without language restriction from the start of the databases. Additional studies were identified from cited references. SELECTION CRITERIA: Initial search identified 402 publications, of which 16 studies met the inclusion criteria for the systematic review. The DW imaging (DWI) scan was used to detect residual or recurrent cholesteatoma and subsequent second-look surgery was performed to correlate the findings. REVIEW METHODS: Studies were assessed for their selection of patients for radiologic investigations, imaging parameters, and subsequent surgery. Outcome measures included sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of the DWI, and the incidence and size of residual or recurrent cholesteatoma. RESULTS: Two different modalities of DWI sequences have been described. Eight studies with 225 patients analyzed echo-planar imaging (EPI) and 8 studies with 207 patients described the "non-EPI" scanning techniques. Non-EPI parameters are more reliable in identifying residual or recurrent cholesteatoma with sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of 91%, 96%, 97%, and 85%, respectively. CONCLUSION: The available evidence suggests that non-EPI such as half-Fourier acquisition single-shot turbo spin echo sequences are more reliable in identifying residual or recurrent cholesteatoma. This is a promising radiologic investigation; however, we think further studies are required with more patients and long-term results to establish its place as an alternative to a second-stage surgery after canal wall up surgery. © 2011, Otology &Neurotology, Inc. Source

Lahart I.M.,University of Wolverhampton | Metsios G.S.,University of Wolverhampton | Nevill A.M.,University of Wolverhampton | Carmichael A.R.,Russells Hall Hospital
Acta Oncologica

Strong evidence exists supporting the effect of lack of physical activity on the risk of developing breast cancer. However, studies examining the effects of physical activity on breast cancer outcomes, including survival and prognosis have been inconclusive. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to provide a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies investigating the association between physical activity and breast cancer recurrence and death. Methods. PubMed, EMBASE, and CENTRAL databases were searched up to 18 October 2014. Reference lists of retrieved articles and relevant previous reviews were also searched. Observational studies that reported risk estimates for all-cause and/or breast cancer-related death and/or breast cancer recurrences by levels of physical activity, were included in the review. Random effects models were used to calculate pooled hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) and to incorporate variation between studies. The Newcastle-Ottawa scale was used to critically appraise the risk of bias across studies. Results. Twenty-two prospective cohort studies were eligible in this meta-analysis. During average follow-up periods ranging from 4.3 to 12.7 years there were 123 574 participants, 6898 all-cause deaths and 5462 breast cancer outcomes (i.e. breast cancer-related deaths or recurrences). The average Newcastle-Ottawa score was six stars (range 4-8). Compared to those who reported low/no lifetime recreational pre-diagnosis physical activity, participants who reported high lifetime recreational pre-diagnosis physical activity levels had a significantly lower risk of all-cause (HR = 0.82, 95% CI 0.70-0.96, p < 0.05) and breast cancer-related death (HR = 0.73, 95% CI 0.54-0.98, p < 0.05). Significant risk reductions for all-cause and breast cancer-related death was also demonstrated for more recent pre-diagnosis recreational physical activity (HR = 0.73, 95% CI 0.65-0.82, p < 0.001; and HR = 0.84, 95% CI 0.73-0.97, p < 0.05, respectively), post-diagnosis physical activity (HR = 0.52, 95% CI 0.43-0.64, p < 0.01; and HR = 0.59, 95% CI 0.45-0.78, p < 0.05, respectively) and meeting recommended physical activity guidelines (i.e. ≥ 8 MET-h/wk) post-diagnosis (HR = 0.54, 95% CI 0.38-0.76, p < 0.01; and HR = 0.67, 95% CI 0.50-0.90, p < 0.01, respectively). However, there was evidence of heterogeneity across lifetime recreational pre- and post-diagnosis physical activity analyses. Both pre-diagnosis (lifetime and more recent combined) and post-diagnosis physical activity were also associated with reduced risk of breast cancer events (breast cancer progression, new primaries and recurrence combined) (HR = 0.72 95% CI 0.56-0.91, p < 0.01; and HR = 0.79, 95% CI 0.63-0.98, p < 0.05, respectively). Conclusion. There is an inverse relationship between physical activity and all-cause, breast cancer-related death and breast cancer events. The current meta-analysis supports the notion that appropriate physical activity may be an important intervention for reducing death and breast cancer events among breast cancer survivors. © 2015 Informa Healthcare. Source

Carmichael A.R.,Russells Hall Hospital
European Journal of Surgical Oncology

The question to debate is that do lifestyle interventions, in particular participation in regular Physical activity (PA), have a role in enhancing the outcome of breast cancer (BC)? Should women diagnosed with BC be encouraged to initiate and maintain a programme of PA? Source

Jaunoo S.S.,Coventry University | Southall P.J.,Russells Hall Hospital
International Journal of Surgery

Obesity is fast becoming one of the world's leading health problems and together with its many associated medical sequelae significantly increases morbidity and mortality. In this review, we briefly explore the history of bariatric surgery, the benefits of surgery and the various procedures carried out. © 2009 Surgical Associates Ltd. Source

Phillips D.C.,Aston University | Phillips D.C.,Abbott Laboratories | Dias H.K.I.,Aston University | Kitas G.D.,Russells Hall Hospital | Griffiths H.R.,Aston University
Antioxidants and Redox Signaling

The infiltration and persistence of hematopoietic immune cells within the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) joint results in elevated levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, increased reactive oxygen (ROS) and-nitrogen (RNS) species generation, that feeds a continuous self-perpetuating cycle of inflammation and destruction. Meanwhile, the controlled production of ROS is required for signaling within the normal physiological reaction to perceived "foreign matter" and for effective apoptosis. This review focuses on the signaling pathways responsible for the induction of the normal immune response and the contribution of ROS to this process. Evidence for defects in the ability of immune cells in RA to regulate the generation of ROS and the consequence for their immune function and for RA progression is considered. As the hypercellularity of the rheumatoid joint and the associated persistence of hematopoietic cells within the rheumatoid joint are symptomatic of unresponsiveness to apoptotic stimuli, the role of apoptotic signaling proteins (specifically Bcl-2 family members and the tumor suppressor p53) as regulators of ROS generation and apoptosis are considered, evaluating evidence for their aberrant expression and function in RA. We postulate that ROS generation is required for effective therapeutic intervention. © Copyright 2010, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Source

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