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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123405/contrast-media-induced-nephropathy-how-has-italy-contributed-in-the-past-30-years-a-systematic-review
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Maurizio Sessa, Claudia Rossi, Annamaria Mascolo, Cristina Scavone, Gabriella di Mauro, Roberto Grassi, Liberata Sportiello, Salvatore Cappabianca, Concetta Rafaniello
Background and objective: The use of contrast media in Italy has exponentially increased in the past 3 decades. However, it is unknown whether there has been an increase in clinical research evaluating the risks associated with contrast media usage, especially regarding contrast-induced nephropathy. To fill this gap in knowledge, we performed a systematic review. Study eligibility criteria: Meta-analyses, observational studies, and clinical trials assessing contrast media-induced nephropathy as the safety outcome, in which at least one author was affiliated with an Italian university/health care structure, were eligble...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118583/the-association-of-serum-vitamin-d-concentration-and-ventricular-dysfunction-among-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Kamal Khademvatani, Mirhosein Seyed Mohammadzad, Zahra Yekta, Omid Hadizadeh
Objective: To determine if vitamin D deficiency was associated with higher odds of left ventricular dysfunction among patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and, if so, to determine whether this association was mediated by increased inflammation as measured by C-reactive protein (CRP) and white blood cell count (WBC). Methods: This was a cross-sectional study of 170 participants with ACS. Multiple logistic regression was used to examine the association between the outcome of ventricular performance and serum vitamin D concentrations...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089773/a-12-year-follow-up-study-of-combined-treatment-of-post-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-patients-with-femoral-head-necrosis
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Tiansheng Liu, Jinchao Ma, Bin Su, Hao Wang, Qi Wang, Xinlong Ma
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the long-term efficacy of a combination treatment of alendronate, extracorporeal shock and hyperbaric oxygen for osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) of post-severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The retrospective study was performed including a total of 37 post-SARS ONFH patients (66 hip joints) in the Department of Orthopedics of the General Hospital of Tianjin Medical University between November 2003 and November 2015, consisting of 6 males (11 hip joints) and 31 females (55 hip joints), with age between 19 and 47 years (average 29...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089772/isolated-descemetorhexis-for-anterior-synechiolysis-prior-to-endothelial-keratoplasty-case-report-and-technique
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Konstantinos Droutsas, Konstantinos Andreanos, Apostolos Lazaridis, Ilias Georgalas, George Kymionis, Dimitris Papaconstantinou
PURPOSE: To describe the utilization of descemetorhexis for reformation of the anterior chamber in eyes with central iridocorneal synechiae before endothelial keratoplasty (EK). METHODS: A 71-year-old man with a history of trabeculectomy complicated by hypotony presented with bullous keratopathy in the presence of extensive iridocorneal synechiae and a flat anterior chamber. In order to proceed with EK, synechiolysis with the use of viscoelastic and scissors was attempted...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081659/successful-management-of-late-onset-streptococcus-mitis-endophthalmitis
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Jinmann Chon, Moosang Kim
Endophthalmitis following intraocular surgery can be devastating. This case report demonstrates successful management of late-onset Streptococcus mitis endophthalmitis treated by vitrectomy, panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) and silicone oil tamponade. A 75-year-old man presented with painful vision loss in his right eye. The patient had uneventful phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation in the right eye at an outside clinic 6 weeks prior. Examination disclosed hypopyon and vitritis, as well as discrete inflammatory collections in the vitreous...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081658/understanding-the-positive-benefit-risk-profile-of-alemtuzumab-in-relapsing-multiple-sclerosis-perspectives-from-the-alemtuzumab-clinical-development-program
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Eva Havrdova, Jeffrey A Cohen, Dana Horakova, Ivana Kovarova, Eva Meluzinova
The introduction of high-efficacy therapies for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis has driven re-evaluation of treatment goals and benefit:risk considerations in treatment choice. In the alemtuzumab Phase II and III clinical trials, patients treated with alemtuzumab 12 mg versus subcutaneous interferon beta-1a demonstrated significantly reduced annualized relapse rates and improved magnetic resonance imaging outcomes, and were significantly more likely to achieve no evidence of disease activity and reduction in brain volume loss...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081657/comparative-analysis-of-the-long-term-effect-of-two-families-of-high-flux-polysulfone-dialysers-on-platelet-count-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-study
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Rosaria Del Giorno, Lorenzo Berwert, Silvio Pianca, Giorgia Bianchi, Olivier Giannini, Luca Gabutti
INTRODUCTION: Thrombocytopenia is a potential complication of hemodialysis (HD), and its occurrence has been described even with highly biocompatible polysulfone (PSf) membranes. Dialysis units routinely monitor platelet (PLT) count at the beginning of HD sessions. However, considering that the long-term effects on PLT count could easily be missed, the prevalence of HD-related thrombocytopenia could be underestimated. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the following: 1) the long-term impact of HD treatment on PLT count, comparing two families of dialysis membranes made up of similar PSfs; 2) whether the switch between the dialysis membranes studied significantly affects PLT count; and 3) the prevalence and the risk of HD-induced thrombocytopenia according to the dialysis membranes used...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081656/spontaneous-peritonitis-in-critically-ill-cirrhotic-patients-a-diagnostic-algorithm-for-clinicians-and-future-perspectives
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Marco Fiore, Alberto Enrico Maraolo, Sebastiano Leone, Ivan Gentile, Arturo Cuomo, Vincenzo Schiavone, Sabrina Bimonte, Maria Caterina Pace, Marco Cascella
Spontaneous peritonitis (SP) is the most common infection among decompensated end-stage liver disease patients. SP is the infection of ascitic fluid (neutrophil ascitic count ≥250/mL) without an alternative focus of abdominal infection. According to the causative agent, clinicians can make the diagnosis of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis or spontaneous fungal peritonitis. The mortality rate is very high, ranging from one-fifth of the patients with spontaneous bacterial peritonitis to four-fifths of the patients with spontaneous fungal peritonitis...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075124/chronic-digitalis-therapy-in-patients-before-heart-transplantation-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-increased-posttransplant-mortality
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Rasmus Rivinius, Matthias Helmschrott, Arjang Ruhparwar, Ann-Kathrin Rahm, Fabrice F Darche, Dierk Thomas, Tom Bruckner, Philipp Ehlermann, Hugo A Katus, Andreas O Doesch
OBJECTIVES: Digitalis therapy (digoxin or digitoxin) in patients with heart failure is subject to an ongoing debate. Recent data suggest an increased mortality in patients receiving digitalis. This study investigated the effects of chronic digitalis therapy prior to heart transplantation (HTX) on posttransplant outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational, single-center study. It comprised 530 adult patients who were heart-transplanted at Heidelberg University Hospital between 1989 and 2012...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075123/immunosuppressants-and-new-onset-gallstone-disease-in-patients-having-undergone-renal-transplantation
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Fu-Chao Liu, Pei-Chi Ting, Jr-Rung Lin, Huang-Ping Yu
BACKGROUND: There are very few reports describing the development of gallstone disease after renal transplantation (GSDART) in Asia. The aim of this population-based study was to explore the prevalence, predictive factors, and outcomes of newly developed GSDART. The relationship between immunosuppressant and GSDART was also explored. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Renal transplantation (RT) recipients were identified from the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan during January 1998-December 2012...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075122/adeno-associated-virus-mediated-neuroglobin-overexpression-ameliorates-the-n-methyl-n-nitrosourea-induced-retinal-impairments-a-novel-therapeutic-strategy-against-photoreceptor-degeneration
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Ye Tao, Zhen Yang, Wei Fang, Zhao Ma, Yi Fei Huang, Zhengwei Li
Retinal degeneration (RD) is a heterogeneous group of inherited dystrophies leading to blindness. The N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU)-administered mouse is used as a pharmacologically induced RD animal model in various therapeutic investigations. The present study found the retinal neuroglobin (NGB) expression in the MNU-administered mice was significantly lower than in normal controls, suggesting NGB was correlated with RD. Subsequently, an adeno-associated virus (AAV)-2-mCMV-NGB vector was delivered into the subretinal space of the MNU-administered mice...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070951/agreement-between-calcaneal-quantitative-ultrasound-and-osteoporosis-self-assessment-tool-for-asians-in-identifying-individuals-at-risk-of-osteoporosis
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Kok-Yong Chin, Nie Yen Low, Alia Annessa Ain Kamaruddin, Wan Ilma Dewiputri, Ima-Nirwana Soelaiman
BACKGROUND: Calcaneal quantitative ultrasound (QUS) is a useful tool in osteoporosis screening. However, QUS device may not be available at all primary health care settings. Osteoporosis self-assessment tool for Asians (OSTA) is a simple algorithm for osteoporosis screening that does not require any sophisticated instruments. This study explored the possibility of replacing QUS with OSTA by determining their agreement in identifying individuals at risk of osteoporosis. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted to recruit Malaysian men and women aged ≥50 years...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070950/periodontal-ligament-injection-versus-routine-local-infiltration-for-nonsurgical-single-posterior-maxillary-permanent-tooth-extraction-comparative-double-blinded-randomized-clinical-study
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Mohammad H Al-Shayyab
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of, and patients' subjective responses to, periodontal ligament (PDL) anesthetic injection compared to traditional local-anesthetic infiltration injection for the nonsurgical extraction of one posterior maxillary permanent tooth. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients scheduled for nonsurgical symmetrical maxillary posterior permanent tooth extraction in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Jordan Hospital, Amman, Jordan over a 7-month period were invited to participate in this prospective randomized double-blinded split-mouth study...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066905/a-rare-case-of-lung-carcinoma-acquires-multidrug-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-pneumonia-radiologically-mimicking-metastasis-caused-by-nivolumab-therapy-associated-neutropenia
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Chao Liu, Ling Ding, Ye-Han Zhu, Cheng Chen
Nosocomial infections by Klebsiella pneumoniae, especially those due to multidrug-resistant strains, are being increasingly detected. In this report, we present the case of a 63-year-old man with lung squamous carcinoma who received nivolumab therapy due to failure of first-line chemotherapy. This report also demonstrates an association of nivolumab therapy and neutropenia, and supports the use of a combination of tigecycline and meropenem in managing hospitalization-acquired pneumonia caused by multidrug-resistant K...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066904/review-of-the-clinical-applications-and-technological-advances-of-circulating-tumor-dna-in-cancer-monitoring
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REVIEW
Yi Chang, Bhairavi Tolani, Xiuhong Nie, Xiuyi Zhi, Mu Hu, Biao He
Circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) released by tumor cells, termed ctDNA, closely reflects the heterogeneity of primary cancers and their metastases. As a noninvasive, real-time monitoring biomarker, ctDNA is a promising tool for detecting driver gene mutations, assessing tumor burden and acquired resistance, and early diagnosis. However, isolation and enrichment of cfDNA is a big challenge due to the high degree of DNA fragmentation and its relatively low abundance in the bloodstream. This review aims to provide insights into the recent technological advances in acquisition of optimal quality cfDNA, the use of preservatives, isolation methods, processing timelines, and detection techniques...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066903/fat-embolism-after-fractures-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-an-underdiagnosed-complication-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
David Feder, Miriam Eva Koch, Beniamino Palmieri, Fernando Luiz Affonso Fonseca, Alzira Alves de Siqueira Carvalho
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most frequent lethal genetic disease. Several clinical trials have established both the beneficial effect of steroids in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the well-known risk of side effects associated with their daily use. For many years it has been known that steroids associated with ambulation loss lead to obesity and also damage the bone structure resulting in the bone density reduction and increased incidence of bone fractures and fat embolism syndrome, an underdiagnosed complication after fractures...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066902/effects-of-sevoflurane-versus-propofol-on-cerebrovascular-reactivity-to-carbon-dioxide-during-laparoscopic-surgery
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Chunyi Wang, Cheng Ni, Gang Li, Yan Li, Liyuan Tao, Nan Li, Jun Wang, Xiangyang Guo
PURPOSE: Cerebrovascular reactivity to carbon dioxide (CVR-CO2) reflects cerebrovascular reserve capacity, which is important in many brain disorders, including cerebrovascular and Alzheimer's diseases. Meanwhile, there is a relationship between CVR-CO2 and cognitive function. Therefore, the study is aimed at investigating the effects of sevoflurane versus propofol on CVR-CO2 during laparoscopic surgery, as well as the role of CVR-CO2 on cognitive function during perioperative period...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066901/increased-risk-of-pernicious-anemia-following-scabies-a-nationwide-population-based-matched-cohort-study
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Jui-Ming Liu, Ren-Jun Hsu, Fung-Wei Chang, Feng-Hsiang Chiu, Chia-Lun Yeh, Chun-Fa Huang, Shu-Ting Chang, Hung-Chang Lee, Hsin Chi, Chien-Yu Lin
OBJECTIVES: Scabies is a common and annoying disorder. Pernicious anemia (PA) is a serious disease which, when untreated, leads to death. Mounting evidence suggests that immune-mediated inflammatory processes play a role in the pathophysiology of both diseases. The relationship between these two diseases has not been investigated. We conducted this study to explore the potential relationship between scabies and PA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This nationwide, population-based study was conducted using the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29062234/serum-bone-alkaline-phosphatase-is-a-useful-marker-to-evaluate-lumbar-bone-mineral-density-in-japanese-postmenopausal-osteoporotic-women-during-denosumab-treatment
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Yukio Nakamura, Takako Suzuki, Hiroyuki Kato
A worldwide health concern, osteoporosis (OP), increases the risk of bone fracture and results in morbidity. This study examined whether the representative bone absorption marker serum tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase 5b (TRACP-5b) or bone formation marker bone alkaline phosphatase (BAP) could estimate primary OP status and denosumab efficacy in a real-world setting. We retrospectively enrolled 114 female postmenopausal primary OP patients in Japan. Values and percent changes in TRACP-5b, BAP, lumbar 1-4 bone mineral density (L-BMD), and total hip BMD (H-BMD) were assessed before treatment and at 4, 8, and 12 months of therapy to identify the correlations between the percent changes in bone metabolic markers and BMD...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042789/linked-color-imaging-combined-with-the-nice-classification-system-for-optical-diagnosis-of-colon-polyps-new-image-enhanced-endoscopic-technology-for-pathological-prediction
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Chi-Huan Wu, Tsung-Hsing Chen, Chen-Ming Hsu, Ming-Yao Su, Cheng-Tang Chiu, Ren-Chin Wu, Cheng-Chou Lai
INTRODUCTION: Linked-color imaging (LCI) is a recently developed system used in endoscopy. It creates clear and bright endoscopic images using short-wavelength, narrow-band laser light combined with white laser light. The illuminating light and signal processing emphasize slight color differences in abnormal regions that approximate the normal color of the mucosa. As a result, regions initially appearing red become a deeper shade of red, while regions originally appearing white become brighter, yet with natural tones...
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