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Adrian L Lopresti, Hemant Gupta, Stephen J Smith
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of a poly-herbal formulation, Herbagut, for the treatment of gastrointestinal symptoms and its effect on quality of life parameters in patients presenting with self-reported, unsatisfactory bowel habits. METHODS: This was a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Fifty adults with self-reported unsatisfactory bowel habits, primarily characterised by chronic constipation were randomly allocated to take Herbagut or a matching placebo for 28 days...
March 20, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Jennifer R Brown, Mehdi Hamadani, John Hayslip, Ann Janssens, Nina Wagner-Johnston, Oliver Ottmann, Jon Arnason, Hervé Tilly, Michael Millenson, Fritz Offner, Nashat Y Gabrail, Siddhartha Ganguly, Sikander Ailawadh, Siddha Kasar, Arnon P Kater, Jeanette K Doorduijn, Lei Gao, Joanne J Lager, Bin Wu, Coumaran Egile, Marie José Kersten
BACKGROUND: Patients with relapsed or refractory lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukaemia have a poor prognosis. Therapies targeting more than one isoform of PI3K, as well as mTOR, might increase antitumour activity. We aimed to investigate the efficacy and safety of voxtalisib (also known as XL765 or SAR245409), a pan-PI3K/mTOR inhibitor, in patients with relapsed or refractory lymphoma, or chronic lymphocytic leukaemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma. METHODS: We did a non-randomised, open-label, phase 2 trial at 30 oncology clinics in the USA, Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Australia...
March 14, 2018: Lancet Haematology
Amirsaeed Hosseini, Fatemeh Mirzaee, Ali Davoodi, Hossein Bakhshi Jouybari, Mohammad Azadbakh
Arnebia, a sub cosmopolitan and important genus of the Boraginaceae family, comprises 25 species distributed among the world. Based on the studies of Persian medicine texts, there are some promising bioactivities for this genus that is unknown in modern medicine and some of them are still the basis of new remedies. This article presents Arnebia according to the most important ancient information by the most famous Persian medicine books like Makhzan Al Advieh, Tohfat Al-Momenin, Al-Qanun, Al-Seidaneh and Ekhtiarate Badiei...
February 1, 2018: Medicinski Glasnik
Elena Kilian, Jan S Suchodolski, Katrin Hartmann, Ralf S Mueller, Gerhard Wess, Stefan Unterer
BACKGROUND: Canine parvovirus (CPV) is the most important viral cause of acute canine enteritis leading to severe damage of the intestinal barrier. It has been speculated that dogs might develop chronic disorders after surviving CPV infection. However, no studies regarding the long-term implications of CPV infection have been published to date. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether dogs that have survived CPV infection will have an increased risk for developing chronic gastroenteritis, atopic dermatitis, or cardiac disease...
2018: PloS One
Anna Wickbom, Johan Bohr, Nils Nyhlin, Anders Eriksson, Annika Lapidus, Andreas Münch, Kjell-Arne Ung, Lina Vigren, Åke Öst, Curt Tysk
OBJECTIVES: Onset of microscopic colitis (MC) in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn's disease (CD), or vice versa, has been reported occasionally but the subject is not well described. We therefore report a retrospective observational study of such patients and review the literature. METHODS: Forty-six Swedish gastroenterology clinics were contacted about patients with diagnoses of both inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and MC. Publications were searched on PubMed...
March 16, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Young-A Heo, Emma D Deeks
A fixed-dose combination of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS5B polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir, the HCV NS5A inhibitor velpatasvir and the HCV NS3/4A protease inhibitor voxilaprevir (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir; Vosevi® ) is approved in the EU for the treatment of chronic HCV genotype 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 infection in adults. In the phase III POLARIS trials, in patients who had HCV genotype 1-6 infection with or without compensated cirrhosis, overall rates of sustained virological response at 12 weeks post-treatment (SVR12 ) with sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir were high after 8 weeks of treatment in direct-acting antiviral (DAA)-naïve patients and 12 weeks of treatment in DAA-experienced patients...
March 15, 2018: Drugs
Vanesa Alende-Castro, Cristina Macía-Rodríguez, Ignacio Novo-Veleiro, Xana García-Fernández, Mercedes Treviño-Castellano, Sergio Rodríguez-Fernández, Arturo González-Quintela
BACKGROUND: Forms of presentation of Q fever vary widely across Spain, with differences between the north and south. In the absence of reported case series from Galicia (north-west Spain), this study sought to describe a Q-fever case series in this region for the first time, and conduct a systematic review to analyse all available data on the disease in Spain. METHODS: Patients with positive serum antibodies to Coxiella burnetii from a single institution over a 5-year period (January 2011-December 2015) were included...
March 15, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
N Fakhfakh, R Abdelmlak, S Aissa, A Kallel, Y Boudawara, S Bel Hadj, N Ben Romdhane, H Touiri Ben Aissa, K Kallel
Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection caused by a dimorphic fungus, Histoplasma capsulatum. We report a first case of disseminated histoplasmosis in a 34-year-old woman, infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), originating from Ivory Coast and living in Tunisia for 4 years. She was complaining from fever, chronic diarrhoea and pancytopenia. The Histoplasma capsulatum var. capsulatum was identified by direct microscopic examination of the bone marrow. She was treated by Amphotericin B, relayed by itraconazole...
March 5, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Stephen A Harrison, Mary E Rinella, Manal F Abdelmalek, James F Trotter, Angelo H Paredes, Hays L Arnold, Marcelo Kugelmas, Mustafa R Bashir, Mark J Jaros, Lei Ling, Stephen J Rossi, Alex M DePaoli, Rohit Loomba
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis is a chronic liver disease characterised by the presence of hepatic steatosis, inflammation, and hepatocellular injury, for which no Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatment exists. FGF19 is a hormone that regulates bile acid synthesis and glucose homoeostasis. We aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of NGM282, an engineered FGF19 analogue, for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 2 study, we recruited patients aged 18-75 years with biopsy-confirmed non-alcoholic steatohepatitis as defined by the non-alcoholic steatohepatitis clinical research network histological scoring system, from hospitals and gastroenterology and liver clinics in Australia and the USA...
March 5, 2018: Lancet
Anke Heida, Els Van de Vijver, Don van Ravenzwaaij, Stephanie Van Biervliet, Thalia Z Hummel, Zehre Yuksel, Gieneke Gonera-de Jong, Renate Schulenberg, Anneke Muller Kobold, Patrick Ferry van Rheenen
OBJECTIVE: Calgranulin-C (S100A12) is a new faecal marker of inflammation that is potentially more specific for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) than calprotectin, since it is only released by activated granulocytes. We compared calgranulin-C and calprotectin to see which of the two tests best predicted IBD in children with chronic abdominal pain and diarrhoea. DESIGN: Delayed-type cross-sectional diagnostic study. SETTING AND PATIENTS: Previously undiagnosed patients aged 6-17 years, who were seen in paediatric clinics in the Netherlands and Belgium, sent in a stool sample for analysis...
March 7, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Ana Lopes, Ana Filipa Santos, Maria Joana Alvarenga, Alberto Mello E Silva
Whipple's disease is a chronic, rare, multisystemic, infectious entity, described for the first time in 1907. Its aetiological agent is the Gram-negative rod, Tropheryma whipplei, which was isolated for the first time in 2001 from a cardiac valve of a patient with endocarditis. We present the case of a 71-year-old man, who came into the emergency room complaining of anorexia, weakness, abdominal pain and diarrhoea with haematochezia and presented disseminated palpable purpuric lesions, predominantly in the lower limbs...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Maria Cristina Angelici, Chiara Nardis, Riccardo Scarpelli, Paola Ade
In the reported case, a 41-year-old Italian man came to the clinician's observation reporting cramps, bloating and watery diarrhoea a few days after drinking water indicated as unpotable from a fountain in a farm area. The medical suspicion was directed at both gluten intolerance and enteric infection, eventually of waterborne origin. Gluten intolerance was investigated by intestinal biopsy and excluded, while stool analyses ruled out infective bacteriological or viral agents and parasites. Subsequently, a persistent eosinophilia was revealed and a parasitological analysis was again suggested, planning for a more sensitive molecular method...
March 2, 2018: New Microbiologica
M Hatanaka, K Yamamoto, N Suzuki, S Iio, T Takara, H Morita, T Takimoto, T Nakamura
Ingestion of Bacillus subtilis C-3102 spores (C-3102) has relieved the symptoms of diarrhoea in piglets and changed the composition of gut microbiota in humans. Recently, it was suggested that the composition of the human gut microbiota affects stool consistency. In this study, a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial was conducted to assess the preventive effects of chronic diarrhoea in healthy volunteers with loose stools by ingestion of C-3102. The results showed that oral doses of C-3102 tablets significantly decreased the Bristol Stool Scale score and stool frequency, and also significantly improved abdominal sounds...
February 27, 2018: Beneficial Microbes
Dóra Antal-Uram, László Harsányi, Dóra Perczel-Forintos
Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and colitis ulcerosa) is a chronic, long-term condition that causes chronic inflammation in the digestive tract, and shows an increasing incidence and prevalence worldwide. Changes in disease activity over time affect psychological distress which increases the risk of exacerbations. Beside somatic symptoms (such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea and weight loss), psychiatric comorbidity (in particular major depression, anxiety, social phobia) is common in patients with Crohn's disease...
March 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
Howard A Burris, Ian W Flinn, Manish R Patel, Timothy S Fenske, Changchun Deng, Danielle M Brander, Martin Gutierrez, James H Essell, John G Kuhn, Hari P Miskin, Peter Sportelli, Michael S Weiss, Swaroop Vakkalanka, Michael R Savona, Owen A O'Connor
BACKGROUND: Umbralisib (TGR-1202) is a novel next-generation inhibitor of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) isoform p110δ (PI3Kδ), which is structurally distinct from other PI3Kδ inhibitors and shows improved isoform selectivity. Umbralisib also uniquely inhibits casein kinase-1ε, a major regulator of protein translation. The aim of this first-in-human phase 1 study was to establish the safety and preliminary activity profile of umbralisib in patients with haematological malignancies...
February 20, 2018: Lancet Oncology
J Yakoob, Z Abbas, R Khan, K Tariq, S Awan, M A Beg
Introduction An association of Helicobacter pylori and common protozoal parasites in patients with abdominal discomfort and chronic diarrhoea is unclear and may be pathological. Materials and methods One hundred and sixty-one patients with diarrhoea were compared to 114 age and sex matched controls. Stool samples were examined by microscopy and DNA extracted for PCR with specific primers for H. pylori and protozoal parasites Blastocystis sp., Entamoeba sp. (Entamoeba histolytica, Entamoeba dispar and Entamoeba moshkovskii) and Giardia duodenalis (G...
February 16, 2018: British Journal of Biomedical Science
Alexis L Maule, Patricia A Janulewicz, Kimberly A Sullivan, Maxine H Krengel, Megan K Yee, Michael McClean, Roberta F White
OBJECTIVES: Across diverse groups of Gulf War (GW) veterans, reports of musculoskeletal pain, cognitive dysfunction, unexplained fatigue, chronic diarrhoea, rashes and respiratory problems are common. GW illness is a condition resulting from GW service in veterans who report a combination of these symptoms. This study integrated the GW literature using meta-analytical methods to characterise the most frequently reported symptoms occurring among veterans who deployed to the 1990-1991 GW and to better understand the magnitude of ill health among GW-deployed veterans compared with non-deployed GW-era veterans...
February 13, 2018: BMJ Open
Andreia Ribeiro, Diana Moreira, Cristina Costa, Isabel Pinto Pais
Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) is a non-IgE-mediated gastrointestinal food hypersensitivity triggered by food proteins. It may present acutely, with repetitive vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy leading to dehydration and eventually shock or insidiously with intermittent emesis, chronic diarrhoea or failure to thrive. We describe a paediatric male patient with recurrent sepsis-like episodes of fever, lethargy, ashen-grey skin colouration and vomiting followed by diarrhoea. These episodes were triggered by cow's milk formula and grains...
February 8, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Ibrahim Alkatout, Thilo Wedel, Nicolai Maass
Endometriosis is the second most common benign female genital disease after uterine myoma. This review discusses the management of individual patients. This should take into account the severity of the disease and whether the patient desires to have children. Particular emphasis is laid on the anatomical intersections which, when injured, can lead to persistent damage of the anterior, middle or posterior compartment and are not infrequently the cause of urological and urogynaecological follow-up measures. Typical symptoms of endometriosis include chronic pelvic pain, subfertility, dysmenorrhoea, deep dyspareunia, cyclical bowel or bladder symptoms (e...
February 2018: Aktuelle Urologie
Judit Várkonyi, Gergely Szombath, Anna Vályi-Nagy, Judit Csomor, Krisztina Egedi, Ilona Kovalszky, Katalin Tölgyesi, László Szerafin, László Tóth, Györgyi Soós, Tamás Masszi
Authors report on a case of a male patient of systemic mastocytosis that was associated with extensive cutaneous lesions. Chronic diarrhoea worsening his quality of life was well managed by the administration of antihistamines. The pleural fluid recurrence soon after drainage has been controlled by the administration of alpha interferon. 40 years after the onset of the first skin signs progression has been manifested in the development of "B" (bone marrow infiltration rate >30%, dysmyelopoiesis, serum tryptase >20 μg/L, hepato- and splenomegaly) and "C" symptoms (liver function test abnormalities, cytopenia, malabsorption, osteoporosis)...
February 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
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