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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29899755/combination-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-hypertension
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REVIEW
Carolina Guerrero-García, Alberto Francisco Rubio-Guerra
Hypertension is a major preventable risk factor for atherosclerosis and ischemic heart disease. Although modern and effective antihypertensive drugs are available, most patients remain with a suboptimal blood pressure control. Most hypertensive patients will need a combination of antihypertensive agents to achieve the therapeutic goals - recent guidelines recommend initiating treatment with two drugs in those patients with a systolic blood pressure >20 mmHg and/or a diastolic blood pressure >10 mmHg above the goals, and in those patients with high cardiovascular risk...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29899754/immunotherapy-in-renal-cell-carcinoma-latest-evidence-and-clinical-implications
#2
EDITORIAL
Matteo Santoni, Francesco Massari, Vincenzo Di Nunno, Alessandro Conti, Alessia Cimadamore, Marina Scarpelli, Rodolfo Montironi, Liang Cheng, Nicola Battelli, Antonio Lopez-Beltran
Advances in understanding the mechanisms of tumour-induced immunosuppression have led to the development of immune-checkpoint inhibitors in cancer patients, including those with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The optimal combination between immunotherapy and targeted agents (as well as the possible favourable sequential therapy of these two classes of drugs) remains an open question at this moment. Several trials are currently underway to assess the combination of anti-programmed-death 1 (PD-1) or anti-PD-ligand(L)1 agents with other immunotherapies or with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs)...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29872449/how-to-manage-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infections
#3
REVIEW
Matteo Bassetti, Antonio Vena, Antony Croxatto, Elda Righi, Benoit Guery
Infections with Pseudomonas aeruginosa have become a real concern in hospital-acquired infections, especially in critically ill and immunocompromised patients. The major problem leading to high mortality lies in the appearance of drug-resistant strains. Therefore, a vast number of approaches to develop novel anti-infectives is currently pursued. Diverse strategies range from killing (new antibiotics) to disarming (antivirulence) the pathogen. In this review, selected aspects of P. aeruginosa antimicrobial resistance and infection management will be addressed...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29707029/cardiac-myosin-activators-for-heart-failure-therapy-focus-on-omecamtiv-mecarbil
#4
REVIEW
Edgardo Kaplinsky, Gordon Mallarkey
Heart failure continues to be a major global health problem with a pronounced impact on morbidity and mortality and very limited drug treatment options especially with regard to inotropic therapy. Omecamtiv mecarbil is a first-in-class cardiac myosin activator, which increases the proportion of myosin heads that are tightly bound to actin and creates a force-producing state that is not associated with cytosolic calcium accumulation. Phase I and phase II studies have shown that it is safe and well tolerated...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29692852/emollient-treatment-of-atopic-dermatitis-latest-evidence-and-clinical-considerations
#5
REVIEW
Kam Lun Hon, Jeng Sum Charmaine Kung, Wing Gi Gigi Ng, Ting Fan Leung
Aim: To review current classes of emollients in the market, their clinical efficacy in atopic dermatitis (AD) and considerations for choice of an emollient. Methods: PubMed Clinical Queries under Clinical Study Categories (with Category limited to Therapy and Scope limited to Narrow) and Systematic Reviews were used as the search engine. Keywords of 'emollient or moisturizer' and 'atopic dermatitis' were used. Overview of findings: Using the keywords of 'emollient' and 'atopic dermatitis', there were 105 and 36 hits under Clinical Study Categories (with Category limited to Therapy and Scope limited to Narrow) and Systematic Reviews, respectively...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675049/administration-of-intravenous-morphine-for-acute-pain-in-the-emergency-department-inflicts-an-economic-burden-in-europe
#6
Montserrat Casamayor, Karen DiDonato, Marc Hennebert, Luca Brazzi, Gregor Prosen
Background: Acute pain is among the leading causes of referral to the emergency department (ED) in industrialized countries. Its management mainly depends on intensity. Moderate-to-severe pain is treated with intravenous (IV) administered opioids, of which morphine is the most commonly used in the ED. We have estimated the burden of IV administration of morphine in the five key European countries (EU5) using a micro-costing approach. Scope: A structured literature review was conducted to identify clinical guidelines for acute pain management in EU5 and clinical studies conducted in the ED setting...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29632548/atopic-dermatitis-a-review-of-topical-nonsteroid-therapy
#7
REVIEW
Ariana Papier, Lindsay C Strowd
Background: Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects up to 20% of children and 3% of adults globally. Although topical corticosteroids are considered to be the first-line agents, they can be associated with cutaneous and systemic adverse effects. Since the early 2000s, two new classes of nonsteroid topical therapies, topical calcineurin inhibitors and phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitors, have been introduced and provide a safe treatment alternative. Method: We performed a search and review of clinical trials that examined the safety and efficacy of topical calcineurin inhibitors and PDE4 inhibitors...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29623099/treatment-of-diverticular-disease-an-update-on-latest-evidence-and-clinical-implications
#8
REVIEW
Marilia Carabotti, Bruno Annibale
Background: Diverticular disease (DD) is a common condition, especially in Western countries. In about 80% of patients, colonic diverticula remain asymptomatic (diverticulosis), while approximately 20% of patients may develop abdominal symptoms (symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease, SUDD) and, eventually complications as acute diverticulitis (AD). The management of this condition has been improved, and in the last five years European countries and the USA have published guidelines and recommendations...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29623098/high-density-lipoprotein-hdl-functionality-and-its-relevance-to-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease
#9
REVIEW
Constantine E Kosmas, Ian Martinez, Andreas Sourlas, Kyriaki V Bouza, Frederick N Campos, Verenisse Torres, Peter D Montan, Eliscer Guzman
Several prospective epidemiological studies have shown that there is a clear inverse relationship between serum high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) concentrations and risk for coronary heart disease (CHD), even at low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) levels below 70 mg/dL. However, more recent evidence from genetic studies and clinical research has come to challenge the long-standing notion that higher HDL-C levels are always beneficial, while lower HDL-C levels are always detrimental. Thus, it becomes apparent that HDL functionality plays a much more important role in atheroprotection than circulating HDL-C levels...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29623097/renal-effects-of-non-tenofovir-antiretroviral-therapy-in-patients-living-with-hiv
#10
REVIEW
Milena M McLaughlin, Aimee J Guerrero, Andrew Merker
A review of literature published regarding non-tenofovir antiretroviral agents causing renal adverse effects was conducted. The literature involving renal adverse effects and antiretroviral therapy is most robust with protease inhibitors, specifically atazanavir and indinavir, and includes reports of crystalluria, leukocyturia, nephritis, nephrolithiasis, nephropathy and urolithiasis. Several case reports describe potential nephropathy (including Fanconi syndrome) secondary to administration of abacavir, didanosine, lamivudine and stavudine...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29535792/epidemiology-and-hospital-resources-use-in-the-treatment-of-ulcerative-colitis-at-gastroenterology-units-in-spain-epicure-study
#11
Ignacio Marín-Jiménez, Cristina Saro, Verónica Díaz, Manuel Barreiro-de Acosta, María Gómez-García, Ana Gutiérrez Casbas
Background and aim: Nationwide epidemiological data on ulcerative colitis (UC) in Spain are lacking. The primary objective was to assess the epidemiology of UC at hospital gastroenterology units and the use of hospital resources (characteristics and facilities) for the management of UC in Spain. Methods: A retrospective, multicenter, epidemiological, cross-sectional study (EPICURE study) analyzed data from hospital registries and records from UC patients admitted and treated in 2011 at a representative selection of Spanish sites...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29497452/the-latest-evidence-for-possible-hiv-1-curative-strategies
#12
REVIEW
Hanh Thi Pham, Thibault Mesplède
Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection remains a major health issue worldwide. In developed countries, antiretroviral therapy has extended its reach from treatment of people living with HIV-1 to post-exposure prophylaxis, treatment as prevention, and, more recently, pre-exposure prophylaxis. These healthcare strategies offer the epidemiological tools to curve the epidemic in rich settings and will be concomitantly implemented in developing countries. One of the remaining challenges is to identify an efficacious curative strategy...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29483930/treatment-with-combined-dabrafenib-and-trametinib-in-braf-v600e-mutated-metastatic-malignant-melanoma-a-case-of-long-term-complete-response-after-treatment-cessation
#13
Sonia Brugnara, Mariacristina Sicher, Elena Maria Bonandini, Davide Donner, Franca Chierichetti, Mattia Barbareschi, Carlo Renè Girardelli, Orazio Caffo
Here, we report the case of a patient, diagnosed with BRAF V600E -mutated metastatic malignant melanoma M1a, who achieved a complete metabolic response after 7 months of treatment with the combination of dabrafenib and trametinib. After 31 months, the treatment was interrupted for patient's decision. To date October 2017, 18 months after the interruption of the treatment with the combination of dabrafenib and trametinib, follow-up Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans are still documenting complete metabolic response...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456568/harnessing-the-immune-system-in-the-battle-against-breast-cancer
#14
REVIEW
Elizabeth S Nakasone, Sara A Hurvitz, Kelly E McCann
Breast cancer is the most prevalent malignancy in women and the second most common cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Despite major innovations in early detection and advanced therapeutics, up to 30% of women with node-negative breast cancer and 70% of women with node-positive breast cancer will develop recurrence. The recognition that breast tumors are infiltrated by a complex array of immune cells that influence their development, progression, and metastasis, as well as their responsiveness to systemic therapies has sparked major interest in the development of immunotherapies...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445409/suvorexant-for-insomnia-in-older-adults-a-perspective-review
#15
REVIEW
Rajesh R Tampi, Geetha Manikkara, Silpa Balachandran, Piyush Taparia, Stephanie Hrisko, Shilpa Srinivasan, Deena J Tampi
The aim of this review was to identify published randomized control trials (RCTs) that evaluated the efficacy and tolerability of suvorexant for the treatment of insomnia among older adults (≥65 years). A literature search was conducted of PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO and Cochrane collaboration databases for RCTs in any language evaluating suvorexant for the treatment of insomnia in older adults. Additionally, references of full-text articles that were included in this review were searched for further studies...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445408/needs-and-preferences-of-women-users-of-oral-contraceptives-in-selected-countries-in-central-and-eastern-europe
#16
Tomas Fait, Dmitry Buryak, Monica-Mihaela Cirstoiu, Eva Luczai, Rafal Janczura
Background: The availability of various oral contraceptive (OC) pill formulations with different hormone compositions suggests that there is potential to align a particular product with an individual user's needs and preferences. To explore this concept further, a survey was conducted of current users of OCs to define and confirm areas of specific needs, and to gain insight into their views and preferences for OC formulations. Methods: During November and December 2015, women users (n=615) of OCs in five Central and Eastern European countries were surveyed in face-to-face interviews conducted by experienced interviewers...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445407/practical-outpatient-pharmacotherapy-for-alcohol-use-disorder
#17
REVIEW
Youngjung Kim, Laura M Hack, Elizabeth S Ahn, Jungjin Kim
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is commonly encountered in clinical practice. A combination of psychosocial intervention and pharmacotherapy is the cornerstone of AUD treatment. Despite their efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness, clinicians are reluctant to prescribe medications to treat individuals with AUD. Given the high rate of relapse with psychosocial intervention alone, increasing patient access to this underutilized treatment has the potential to improve clinical outcome in this difficult-to-treat population...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29410685/lipocrinology-the-relationship-between-lipids-and-endocrine-function
#18
EDITORIAL
Sanjay Kalra, Gagan Priya
While lipids are an integral part of the endocrine clinic, the opposite is not necessarily true. The lipocrinology framework addresses this lacuna, by highlighting the similarities and multiple relationships between lipid and endocrine function. It reinforces the need to screen (clinically or biochemically) all dyslipidemic patients for endocrine disease and appropriate endocrine patients for dyslipidemia. Thus, it aims to improve clinical care for persons with lipid abnormalities as well as endocrine disease...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344053/an-overview-of-exposure-to-ethanol-containing-substances-and-ethanol-intoxication-in-children-based-on-three-illustrated-cases
#19
REVIEW
Kam Lun Hon, Alexander Kc Leung, Eddie Cheung, Bryan Lee, Michelle Mc Tsang, Alcy R Torres
Alcohol addiction and intoxication are major health problems worldwide. Acute alcohol intoxication is well reported in adults and adolescents but less frequently reported in children of younger ages. We report three anonymized cases of pediatric ethanol exposure and illustrate the different mechanisms of intoxication. In all cases, a focused history is the key to prompt diagnosis and timely management. Physicians should be aware of this potential poison in children presented with acute confusional or encephalopathic state...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344052/manidipine-an-antihypertensive-drug-with-positive-effects-on-metabolic-parameters-and-adrenergic-tone-in-patients-with-diabetes
#20
REVIEW
Margarita SaizSatjes, Francisco Javier Martinez-Martin
Antihypertensive treatment of patients with diabetes should include those drugs with a positive effect on metabolic parameters. Most patients with diabetes require at least two antihypertensive agents. Combining a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker with a renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitor is a rational approach. However, not all dihydropyridines are equal with respect to their effects on metabolic parameters. Thus, manidipine exerts a positive effect on insulin resistance. However, this effect has not been observed with amlodipine...
2018: Drugs in Context
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