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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29923034/improvement-of-hepatic-and-extrahepatic-complications-from-chronic-hepatitis-c-after-antiviral-treatment-a-retrospective-analysis-of-german-sickness-fund-data
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Michael R Kraus, Henning Kleine, Stefanie Thönnes, Marc Pignot, Yuri Sanchez Gonzalez
INTRODUCTION: German data regarding the economic burden of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) and potential benefits of CHC treatment are limited. To address this issue, we evaluated the role of treatment in mitigating the economic burden of hepatic and extrahepatic complications (EHCs) from CHC virus infection in Germany. METHODS: This retrospective, cross-sectional study used claims data from the Betriebskrankenkasse German sickness fund (2007-2014) to assess the medical costs of hepatic complications and EHCs, including conditions that are prevalent and behavioral factors associated with CHC...
June 19, 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29923033/clinical-and-economic-burden-of-hepatic-and-extrahepatic-complications-from-chronic-hepatitis-c-a-retrospective-analysis-of-german-sickness-fund-data
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Michael R Kraus, Henning Kleine, Stefanie Thönnes, Marc Pignot, Yuri Sanchez Gonzalez
INTRODUCTION: German data regarding the burden of complications from chronic hepatitis C (CHC) virus infection are limited. To address this issue, this study evaluates the clinical and economic burden of hepatic and extrahepatic complications (EHCs) associated with CHC in Germany. METHODS: This retrospective, cross-sectional study used claims data from the Betriebskrankenkasse German sickness fund (2007-2014) to assess the risks and medical costs of hepatic complications and EHCs, including conditions that are prevalent and behavioral factors associated with CHC...
June 19, 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761330/a-review-of-long-term-toxicity-of-antiretroviral-treatment-regimens-and-implications-for-an-aging-population
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REVIEW
Anita Chawla, Christina Wang, Cody Patton, Miranda Murray, Yogesh Punekar, Annemiek de Ruiter, Corklin Steinhart
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a chronic infectious disease currently requiring lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART). People living with HIV (PLWH) face an increased risk of comorbidities associated with aging, chronic HIV, and the toxicity arising from long-term ART. A literature review was conducted to identify the most recent evidence documenting toxicities associated with long-term ART, particularly among aging PLWH. In general, PLWH are at a greater risk of developing fractures, osteoporosis, renal and metabolic disorders, central nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease, and liver disease...
May 14, 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761329/bactericidal-and-virucidal-activity-of-povidone-iodine-and-chlorhexidine-gluconate-cleansers-in-an-in-vivo-hand-hygiene-clinical-simulation-study
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Maren Eggers, Torsten Koburger-Janssen, Lois S Ward, Craig Newby, Stefan Müller
INTRODUCTION: Standard in vitro and in vivo tests help demonstrate efficacy of hand hygiene products; however, there is no standard in vivo test method for viruses. We investigated the bactericidal and virucidal efficacy of povidone-iodine (PVP-I) 7.5% scalp and skin cleanser, chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) 4% hand cleanser and the reference hand wash (soft soap) in 15 healthy volunteers following European Standard EN1499 (hygienic hand wash test method for bacteria), which was adapted for virucidal testing...
May 14, 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29605887/delafloxacin-place-in-therapy-and-review-of-microbiologic-clinical-and-pharmacologic-properties
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REVIEW
Sarah C J Jorgensen, Nicholas J Mercuro, Susan L Davis, Michael J Rybak
Delafloxacin (formerly WQ-3034, ABT492, RX-3341) is a novel fluoroquinolone chemically distinct from currently marketed fluoroquinolones with the absence of a protonatable substituent conferring a weakly acidic character to the molecule. This property results in increased intracellular penetration and enhanced bactericidal activity under acidic conditions that characterize the infectious milieu at a number of sites. The enhanced potency and penetration in low pH environments contrast what has been observed for other zwitterionic fluoroquinolones, which tend to lose antibacterial potency under acidic conditions, and may be particularly advantageous against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, for which the significance of the intracellular mode of survival is increasingly being recognized...
March 31, 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29600508/correction-to-molecular-characterization-of-pneumococcal-surface-protein-a-pspa-serotype-distribution-and-antibiotic-susceptibility-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-strains-isolated-from-pakistan
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Faidad Khan, Jorge E Vidal, Mohsin Ahmad Khan, Nadeem Ahmed, Muhammad Islam Khan, Hamid Bashir, Saad Tahir, Ahmad Usman Zafar
In the original publication, one of the author names was missed in the author group.
March 29, 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29589331/population-pharmacokinetic-analysis-of-asunaprevir-in-subjects-with-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#7
Li Zhu, Hanbin Li, Phyllis Chan, Timothy Eley, Yash Gandhi, Marc Bifano, Mayu Osawa, Takayo Ueno, Eric Hughes, Malaz AbuTarif, Richard Bertz, Tushar Garimella
INTRODUCTION: Asunaprevir (ASV) is a potent, pangenotypic, twice-daily hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS3 inhibitor indicated for the treatment of chronic HCV infection. METHODS: A population pharmacokinetic (PPK) model was developed using pooled ASV concentration data from 1239 HCV-infected subjects who received ASV either as part of the DUAL regimen with daclatasvir or as part of the QUAD regimen with daclatasvir and peg-interferon/ribavirin. RESULTS: A two-compartment model with first-order elimination from the central compartment, an induction effect on clearance, and an absorption model consisted of zero-order release followed by first-order absorption adequately described ASV PK after oral administration...
March 27, 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29633177/in-vitro-bactericidal-and-virucidal-efficacy-of-povidone-iodine-gargle-mouthwash-against-respiratory-and-oral-tract-pathogens
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Maren Eggers, Torsten Koburger-Janssen, Markus Eickmann, Juergen Zorn
INTRODUCTION: Recent virus epidemics and rising antibiotic resistance highlight the importance of hygiene measures to prevent and control outbreaks. We investigated the in vitro bactericidal and virucidal efficacy of povidone-iodine (PVP-I) 7% gargle/mouthwash at defined dilution against oral and respiratory tract pathogens. METHODS: PVP-I was tested against Klebsiella pneumoniae and Streptococcus pneumoniae according to bactericidal quantitative suspension test EN13727 and against severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronaviruses (SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV), rotavirus strain Wa and influenza virus A subtype H1N1 according to virucidal quantitative suspension test EN14476...
June 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29550909/a-review-of-meningococcal-disease-and-vaccination-recommendations-for-travelers
#9
REVIEW
Lidia C Serra, Laura J York, Amgad Gamil, Paul Balmer, Chris Webber
International travel has been steadily increasing since the middle of the twentieth century, including travel to regions with high levels of endemic meningococcal disease and areas with sporadic or sustained meningococcal outbreaks. Although invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is relatively rare in travelers since the advent of quadrivalent meningococcal vaccines, it remains a serious concern because of its rapid progression, poor prognosis and outcomes, associated treatment delays, and the potential to precipitate outbreaks...
March 17, 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29524198/molecular-characterization-of-pneumococcal-surface-protein-a-pspa-serotype-distribution-and-antibiotic-susceptibility-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-strains-isolated-from-pakistan
#10
Faidad Khan, Mohsin Ahmad Khan, Nadeem Ahmed, Muhammad Islam Khan, Hamid Bashir, Saad Tahir, Ahmad Usman Zafar
INTRODUCTION: Pakistan has one of the highest burdens of pneumococcal diseases in the world, but unfortunately studies in this demanding research area are limited in the region. Pneumococcal surface protein A (PspA) is the next generation pneumococcal vaccine candidate as the protein locates on the Streptococcus pneumoniae surface. Its gene, pspA, might be encoded by all pneumococci, and the protein has proven immunogenicity. The molecular characterization of PspA, pneumococcal serotype distribution and antibiotic susceptibility are important for regional diversity studies...
March 9, 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29549656/editorial-introduction-to-the-supplement-diagnosis-of-infectious-diseases-by-detection-of-microbial-pathogens-a-joint-session-between-hemospec-framework-7-consortium-with-cost-action-bm1401-raman4clinics-working-group-2
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EDITORIAL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29549655/activated-protein-c-has-no-effect-on-pulmonary-capillary-endothelial-function-in-septic-patients-with-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-association-of-endothelial-dysfunction-with-mortality
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Katerina Kaziani, Alice G Vassiliou, Anastasia Kotanidou, Chariclea Athanasiou, Ioanna Korovesi, Konstantinos Glynos, Stylianos E Orfanos
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary capillary endothelium-bound (PCEB) angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) activity is a direct and quantifiable index of pulmonary endothelial function that decreases early in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and correlates with its severity. Endothelial dysfunction is a major pathophysiology that underlies sepsis-related ARDS. Recombinant human activated protein C (rhAPC), now withdrawn from the market, has been used in the recent past as an endothelial-protective treatment in patients with septic organ dysfunction...
March 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29549654/yeast-biofilm-as-a-bridge-between-medical-and-environmental-microbiology-across-different-detection-techniques
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Luca Roscini, Alice Vassiliou, Laura Corte, Debora Casagrande Pierantoni, Vincent Robert, Carlo Tascini, Sara Mattana, Martina Alunni Cardinali, Stylianos E Orfanos, Daniele Fioretto, Gianluigi Cardinali
Medical and environmental microbiology have two distinct, although very short, histories stemming, the first from the pioneering works of Sommelweiss, Pasteur, Lister and Koch, the second mainly from the studies of Bejerink and Winogradsky. These two branches of microbiology evolved and specialized separately producing distinct communities and evolving rather different approaches and techniques. The evidence accumulated in recent decades indicate that indeed most of the medically relevant microorganisms have a short circulation within the nosocomial environment and a larger one involving the external, i...
March 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29549653/the-h3-haplotype-of-the-epcr-gene-determines-high-sepcr-levels-in-critically-ill-septic-patients
#14
Alice G Vassiliou, Anastasia Kotanidou, Zafeiria Mastora, Carlo Tascini, Gianluigi Cardinali, Stylianos E Orfanos
INTRODUCTION: A soluble (s) form of the endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR) circulates in plasma and inhibits activated protein C (APC) activities. The clinical impact of sEPCR and its involvement in the septic process is under investigation. This study determined the frequencies of EPCR haplotypes H1 and H3 to investigate possible associations with plasma admission levels of sEPCR in an intensive care unit (ICU) cohort of septic patients. METHODS: Three polymorphisms in the EPCR gene were genotyped in 239 Caucasian critically ill patients, and their plasma sEPCR levels were also measured at the time of admission to the ICU...
March 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470837/past-present-and-future-approaches-to-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-infection-in-children
#15
REVIEW
Eric A F Simões, Louis Bont, Paolo Manzoni, Brigitte Fauroux, Bosco Paes, Josep Figueras-Aloy, Paul A Checchia, Xavier Carbonell-Estrany
INTRODUCTION: The REGAL (RSV Evidence - A Geographical Archive of the Literature) series has provided a comprehensive review of the published evidence in the field of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Western countries over the last 20 years. This seventh and final publication covers the past, present and future approaches to the prevention and treatment of RSV infection among infants and children. METHODS: A systematic review was undertaken of publications between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2017 across PubMed, Embase and The Cochrane Library...
March 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470836/role-of-vancomycin-minimum-inhibitory-concentrations-by-modified-population-analysis-profile-method-and-clinical-outcomes-in-high-inoculum-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-infections
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Trang D Trinh, Evan J Zasowski, Kimberly C Claeys, Anthony M Casapao, Matthew Compton, Abdalhamid Lagnf, Shravya D Kidambi, Donald P Levine, Michael J Rybak
INTRODUCTION: Vancomycin remains the standard of care for invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Treatment failures from heteroresistant vancomycin-intermediate subpopulations (hVISA) are challenging to detect. Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) identified by modified population analysis profile (PAP) is an alternative testing method. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of PAP MIC on vancomycin failures in two high inoculum infections: MRSA infective endocarditis and pneumonia...
March 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450831/comparison-of-different-strategies-for-providing-fecal-microbiota-transplantation-to-treat-patients-with-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-two-english-hospitals-a-review
#17
REVIEW
Simon D Goldenberg, Rahul Batra, Ian Beales, Jonathan Leith Digby-Bell, Peter Miles Irving, Lee Kellingray, Arjan Narbad, Ngozi Franslem-Elumogo
Fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) has emerged as a highly efficacious treatment for difficult cases of refractory and/or recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). There have been many well-conducted randomized controlled trials and thousands of patients reported in case series that describe success rates of approximately 90% following one or more FMT. Although the exact mechanisms of FMT have yet to be fully elucidated, replacement or restoration of a 'normal' microbiota (or at least a microbiota resembling those who have never had CDI) appears to have a positive effect on the gut dysbiosis that is thought to exist in these patients...
March 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441500/the-epidemiology-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-japan-a-systematic-review
#18
REVIEW
Thomas V Riley, Tomomi Kimura
To increase understanding of the epidemiology, risks, consequences and resource utilization of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in Japan, a systematic literature review was undertaken of relevant publications from January 2006 to November 2017. Using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines and methods, 55 articles met the criteria for full review. The majority (58%) of studies were from a single site, with the most recent data from 2015. The incidence, reported prevalence and recurrence rate of CDI in Japan were 0...
March 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29392577/post-obstructive-pneumonia-in-patients-with-cancer-a-review
#19
REVIEW
Kenneth V I Rolston, Lior Nesher
Published literature on post-obstructive pneumonia is difficult to find and consists mainly of case reports or small case series. This entity is encountered most often in patients with advanced lung malignancy but is also occasionally seen in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). There are substantial differences in the manifestations, treatment, and outcomes of post-obstructive pneumonia in these two settings. When obstruction is present in patients with CAP, it is almost always secondary to an underlying pulmonary malignancy...
March 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335895/pharmacokinetics-antiviral-activity-and-safety-of-rilpivirine-in-pregnant-women-with-hiv-1-infection-results-of-a-phase-3b-multicenter-open-label-study
#20
Olayemi Osiyemi, Salih Yasin, Carmen Zorrilla, Ceyhun Bicer, Vera Hillewaert, Kimberley Brown, Herta M Crauwels
INTRODUCTION: Physiologic changes during pregnancy may impact the pharmacokinetics of drugs. In addition, efficacy and safety/tolerability concerns have been identified for some antiretroviral agents. METHODS: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1-infected pregnant women (18-26 weeks gestation) receiving the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor rilpivirine 25 mg once daily were enrolled in this phase 3b, open-label study examining the impact of pregnancy on the pharmacokinetics of rilpivirine when it is given in combination with other antiretroviral agents...
March 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
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