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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938525/toxic-effects-of-tripterygium-wilfordii-hook-f-on-the-reproductive-system-of-adolescent-male-rats
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Xiaoping Jing, Weiwei Cheng, Sheng Guo, Ya Zou, Ting Zhang, Li He
Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F. (TWHF) is a compound extracted from Lei Gong Teng (Thunder God Vine) that has been used to treat a variety of immune-related diseases in clinical practice, particularly in pediatrics. Nevertheless, clinical data indicated that glycosides from Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (GTW) are toxic to the male reproductive system, but the mechanism is unknown. Here, the administration of a high dose of GTW for 4 weeks and a low dose for 12 weeks can reduce the body weights and testes weights in adolescent male rats...
September 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938374/contraceptive-counseling-for-continuation-and-satisfaction
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Gillian B Schivone, Laura L Glish
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Quality contraceptive counseling has been identified as a potential means to reduce unintended pregnancy and to increase contraceptive continuation and satisfaction. Past approaches that focused on autonomous decision making and directive counseling have not been shown to meet these goals consistently. Women's health organizations globally are calling for improved counseling through more thorough discussion of side-effects and bleeding changes, and renewed focus on shared decision making and patient-centered care...
September 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937620/dysbindin-1-involvement-in-the-etiology-of-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
Haitao Wang, Jiangping Xu, Philip Lazarovici, Wenhua Zheng
Schizophrenia is a major psychiatric disorder that afflicts about 1% of the world's population, falling into the top 10 medical disorders causing disability. Existing therapeutic strategies have had limited success on cognitive impairment and long-term disability and are burdened by side effects. Although new antipsychotic medications have been launched in the past decades, there has been a general lack of significant innovation. This lack of significant progress in the pharmacotherapy of schizophrenia is a reflection of the complexity and heterogeneity of the disease...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937145/immunoreduction-of-ocular-surface-tumours-with-intralesional-interferon-alpha-2a
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S E Kim, S M Salvi
PurposeTo share our initial experience in the use of intralesional interferon alpha-2a at primary presentation in ocular surface tumours as a method of immunoreduction prior to definitive surgical management.MethodsCase series of patients referred to Sheffield Ocular Oncology Service with rapidly growing ocular surface tumours, treated with intralesional interferon alpha-2a at first presentation prior to definitive surgical management.ResultsAll three patients, two with conjunctival melanoma and one with ocular surface squamous neoplasia (OSSN) demonstrated immunoreduction of tumour without any adverse side effects...
September 22, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936820/-efficacy-of-low-dose-aripiprazole-to-treat-clozapine-associated-tardive-dystonia-in-a-patient-with-schizophrenia
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Lyang Huh, Bong Ju Lee
Tardive dystonia (TDt) is a debilitating side effect of long-term antipsychotic treatment. Even though TDt is associated with increased psychiatric morbidity, mortality, and severely decreased quality of life, there are no treatment modalities for TDt. Clozapine has been used as a treatment option for TDt in patients with schizophrenia. Interestingly, several recent case reports have indicated that it can enhance or induce TDt. We report a case of clozapine-associated TDt that was treated with low-dose aripiprazole (0...
2017: Türk Psikiyatri Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935512/analysis-of-short-and-long-term-outcomes-of-patients-with-surgically-treated-left-sided-infective-endocarditis-a-5-year-longitudinal-follow-up-study
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Oksana Marushchak, Holy Cole, Brett Hiebert, Evelyn Lo, Yoav Keynan, James Tam, Nasir Shaikh, Alan H Menkis, Rakesh C Arora, Pallav Shah
This study aims to analyze survival, repeat hospitalization, and risk factors for surgically treated left-sided endocarditis. Retrospective review of all 166 (114 native and 52 prosthetic) patients operated between January 2004 and March 2015 was performed. Long-term survival and repeat hospitalization data for 134 of 166 patients were obtained via linked clinical databases with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. Kaplan-Meier estimates of survival and hospital readmission and Cox multivariable regression analysis of factors influencing outcomes were performed...
August 23, 2017: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935345/robotic-thymectomy-is-feasible-for-large-thymomas-a-propensity-matched-comparison
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Peter J Kneuertz, Mohamed K Kamel, Brendon M Stiles, Benjamin E Lee, Mohamed Rahouma, Abu Nasar, Nasser K Altorki, Jeffrey L Port
BACKGROUND: Robotic-assisted thymectomy (RAT) is increasingly performed for resection of thymomas. Its application for large tumors remains controversial. In this study, we evaluated the safety and feasibility of RAT for large thymomas in comparison with transsternal thymectomy (ST). METHODS: A single institution database was reviewed for patients who underwent RAT for thymoma of 4 cm or larger between 2004 and 2016. Propensity scores were applied to match RAT with ST patients, based on age, sex, tumor size, and Masaoka stage...
September 18, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933169/-history-and-presence-of-hepatitis-b%C3%A2-and-c%C3%A2-therapy
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Petr Husa
Infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are the worlds major causes of chronic liver disease. Care of patients infected with HBV and HCV and/or over the last 20 years has significantly improved thanks to the better understanding of the pathophysiology of disease, improvement of diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive options. The goal of treatment of chronic hepatitis B is to extend the length of life and improve its quality through the barriers of the progression of chronic hepatitis to cirrhosis, decompensation cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932575/pediatric-lung-transplantation
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REVIEW
Christian Benden
Pediatric lung transplantation has been undertaken since the 1980s, and it is today considered an accepted therapy option in carefully selected children with end-stage pulmonary diseases, providing carefully selected children a net survival benefit and improved health-related quality of life. Nowadays, >100 pediatric lung transplants are done worldwide every year. Here, specific pediatric aspects of lung transplantation are reviewed such as the surgical challenge, effects of immunosuppression on the developing pediatric immune system, and typical infections of childhood, as it is vital to comprehend that children undergoing lung transplants present a real challenge as children are not 'just small adults'...
August 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932291/neurological-safety-of-fingolimod-an-updated-review
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REVIEW
Fumihito Yoshii, Yusuke Moriya, Tomohide Ohnuki, Masafuchi Ryo, Wakoh Takahashi
Fingolimod (FTY) is the first oral medication approved for treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Its effectiveness and safety were confirmed in several phase III clinical trials, but proper evaluation of safety in the real patient population requires long-term post-marketing monitoring. Since the approval of FTY for RRMS in Japan in 2011, it has been administered to approximately 5000 MS patients, and there have been side-effect reports from 1750 patients. Major events included infectious diseases, hepatobiliary disorders, nervous system disorders and cardiac disorders...
August 2017: Clinical & Experimental Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931662/-i-have-lost-in-every-facet-of-my-life-the-hidden-burden-of-severe-asthma
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Juliet M Foster, Vanessa M McDonald, Michael Guo, Helen K Reddel
People with severe asthma are thought to face a sizeable daily disease burden. This study aimed to explore the little-known life experiences of people living with severe asthma.Adults with severe asthma were invited for telephone interview. Semistructured interviews were conducted until no new themes emerged. The 25 interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed thematically.Four themes emerged. 1) "The body as a hindrance": severe asthma placed broad limits on life from daily chores to career, relationships and family life that left interviewees feeling emotionally distressed...
September 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931095/-new-recommendations-in-oncocardiology
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Csaba András Nagy, Mária Lódi, Ingrid Balogh, Dániel Czuriga, Judit Kocsis
It is well-known that modern oncotherapy significantly reduced the mortality of malignant diseases. However, serious side effects of the applied cancer therapies have evolved, which may adversely affect the cardiovascular system. Early side effects often limit therapeutic success of oncotherapy and may require treatment interruption, while late-onset side effects can adversely influence the long-term survival of patients recovering from cancer. Oncocardiology is a new medical field gaining more and more attention...
September 20, 2017: Magyar Onkologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929471/-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-cannabidiol-in-the-treatment-of-spasticity-in-chronic-spinal-cord-injury-a-clinical-experience
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C Grao-Castellote, F Torralba-Collados, L M Gonzalez, M Giner-Pascual
INTRODUCTION: Spasticity in chronic spinal cord injury is a condition that can have negative repercussions on the patient's quality of life. Its treatment is complex and sometimes the outcome is insufficient. Cannabinoids have recently been used in multiple sclerosis to successfully treat spasticity that is refractory to other therapies. AIM: To quantify the clinical response of a group of patients with spastic chronic spinal cord injury to the orally administered drug delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-cannabidiol (Sativex ®) as medication for use in special situations...
October 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928549/efficacy-of-tramadol-or-dexamethasone-as-an-adjuvant-to-levobupivacaine-in-ultrasound-guided-supraclavicular-plexus-block-for-upper-limb-surgery-a-randomized-double-blinded-controlled-study
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S Aravind Raj, Dewan Roshan Singh, S Antony John Charles, N Krishnaveni
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of tramadol or dexamethasone as an adjuvant to levobupivacaine in ultrasound-guided supraclavicular brachial plexus block in terms of onset time of complete sensory and motor blockade, duration of motor blockade, duration of analgesia, and any complication. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This was a randomized controlled trial conducted in the Department of Anesthesiology, a tertiary care hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty consecutive patients of the American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status Class I and II who were posted for upper limb surgeries were recruited...
July 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927529/targeting-telomerase-and-telomeres-to-enhance-ionizing-radiation-effects-in-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-cancer-models
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REVIEW
F Berardinelli, E Coluzzi, A Sgura, A Antoccia
One of the hallmarks of cancer consists in the ability of tumor cells to divide indefinitely, and to maintain stable telomere lengths throughout the activation of specific telomere maintenance mechanisms (TMM). Therefore in the last fifteen years, researchers proposed to target telomerase or telomeric structure in order to block limitless replicative potential of cancer cells providing a fascinating strategy for a broad-spectrum cancer therapy. In the present review, we report in vitro and in vivo evidence regarding the use of chemical agents targeting both telomerase or telomere structure and showing promising antitumor effects when used in combination with ionizing radiation (IR)...
July 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927453/employment-status-and-health-related-quality-of-life-among-hodgkin-lymphoma-survivors-results-based-on-data-from-a-major-treatment-center-in-hungary
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Ferenc Magyari, Karolina Kósa, Roland Berecz, Anna Illés, Zsófia Miltényi, Zsófia Simon, Árpád Illés
BACKGROUND: Due to risk and response adapted treatment strategies, more than 80% of newly diagnosed classical Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) patients can be cured, and become long-term survivors. However, a high proportion of survivors suffer from treatment-related long-term side effects such as secondary malignancy, organ failure, persistent fatigue and psychological distress. The aim of this study was to evaluate psychological distress and its risk factors among our HL survivors. METHODS: One hundred sixty-three (50% female) adult HL survivors were contacted between January 1, 2012 and march 31, 2015 in our outpatient centre...
September 19, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927372/potentially-inappropriate-medication-use-in-nursing-homes-an-observational-study-using-the-norgep-nh-criteria
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Gunhild Nyborg, Mette Brekke, Jørund Straand, Svein Gjelstad, Maria Romøren
BACKGROUND: Frail residents in the nursing home sector call for extra care in prescribing. The Norwegian General Practice Nursing Home (NORGEP-NH) list of 34 explicit criteria for potentially inappropriate medication use in nursing homes was developed explicitly for this population. The aim of this study was to employ the NORGEP-NH Criteria to study the extent of potentially inappropriate medication use among nursing home residents and explore possible associated factors. METHODS: Cross-sectional observational pharmacoepidemiological study from residents in nursing homes in the county of Vestfold, Norway...
September 19, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926829/continuous-subcutaneous-recombinant-parathyroid-hormone-1-34-infusion-in-the-management-of-childhood-hypoparathyroidism-associated-with-malabsorption
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Vrinda Saraff, Anya Rothenbuhler, Wolfgang Högler, Agnès Linglart
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hypoparathyroidism associated with malabsorption can be particularly challenging to manage due to limited and erratic intestinal absorption of calcium and vitamin D analogues, resulting in episodes of hypo- or hypercalcaemia. We evaluated the role of continuous subcutaneous recombinant parathyroid hormone (rhPTH 1-34) infusion (CSPI) in children with hypoparathyroidism associated with intestinal malabsorption resistant to conventional therapy. METHOD: Four patients (8-13 years of age), with symptomatic hypocalcaemia resistant to conventional therapy, were started on CSPI (follow-up 3-8 years) in two paediatric endocrinology units in Europe...
September 19, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924342/steroid-induced-glaucoma-an-avoidable-irreversible-blindness
#19
REVIEW
Sonia Phulke, Sushmita Kaushik, Savleen Kaur, S S Pandav
Steroids are a group of anti-inflammatory drugs, commonly used to treat ocular and systemic conditions. Unmonitored use of steroids especially in eye drop formulations is common in situations when it is easily available over-the-counter, resulting in undesirable side effects. Among the ocular side effects, cataract and glaucoma are common. Steroid-induced ocular hypertension was reported in 1950, when long-term use of systemic steroid was shown to increase the intraocular pressure (IOP). Chronic administration of steroids in any form with raised IOP can cause optic neuropathy resulting in steroid-induced glaucoma...
May 2017: Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922964/oral-treprostinil-in-the-treatment-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#20
Jeremy Feldman, Naomi Habib, John Radosevich, Mohan Dutt
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare disease resulting in progressive remodeling of the pulmonary vasculature and eventual right ventricular failure. Despite the development of 13 therapies for PAH since 2000, the use of continuously infused prostanoids retains a special role. Infused medications present unique challenges, and the search for an efficacious oral prostanoid culminated in the FDA approval of oral treprostinil - a first in class oral prostanoid medication approved to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)...
September 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
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