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Amir S Steinberg, Anish B Parikh, Sara Kim, Damaris Peralta-Hernandez, Talaat Aggour, Luis Isola
OBJECTIVES: Antibiotic stewardship is an integral aspect of hospital care, limiting the potential for resistance while working to minimize waste. A similar system is needed in oncology, given the rapid proliferation of new therapies and the challenges of navigating a complicated reimbursement environment. A "cancer therapy stewardship program" has never been described in the literature. Here, we detail our efforts to design and implement such a program and share lessons learned to inform future projects...
March 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Aida Niñerola-Baizán, Judith Gallego, Albert Cot, Pablo Aguiar, Francisco Lomeña, Javier Pavía, Domenec Ros
The aim of this work was to obtain a set of parameters to be applied in [123I]FP-CIT SPECT reconstruction in order to minimize the error between standardized and true values of the Specific Uptake Ratio (SUR) in dopaminergic neurotransmission SPECT studies. To this end, Monte Carlo simulation was used to generate a database of 1,380 projection data-sets from 23 subjects, including normal cases and a variety of pathologies. Studies were reconstructed using Filtered Back Projection (FBP) with attenuation correction and Ordered Subset Expectation Maximization (OSEM) with correction for different degradations (attenuation, scatter and PSF)...
March 19, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Karim Yahia Jaffer, Tiffany Chang, Brigitte Vanle, Jonathan Dang, Alexander J Steiner, Natalie Loera, Marina Abdelmesseh, Itai Danovitch, Waguih William Ishak
OBJECTIVE: While trazodone is approved for the treatment of depression, the off-label use of this medication for insomnia has surpassed its usage as an antidepressant. In this systematic review, we examined the evidence for the efficacy and safety of trazodone for insomnia. METHODS: A literature search was conducted using MEDLINE/PubMed databases from the past 33 years (1983-2016) and the keywords insomnia, trazodone, sedative, treatment, and hypnotics. The results were restricted to English language and human subjects...
July 2017: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
Mikhail E Kandel, Michael Fanous, Catherine Best-Popescu, Gabriel Popescu
As a label-free, nondestructive method, phase contrast is by far the most popular microscopy technique for routine inspection of cell cultures. However, features of interest such as extensions near cell bodies are often obscured by a glow, which came to be known as the halo . Advances in modeling image formation have shown that this artifact is due to the limited spatial coherence of the illumination. Nevertheless, the same incoherent illumination is responsible for superior sensitivity to fine details in the phase contrast geometry...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Irving Zucker
Breastfeeding women are excluded from clinical trials of psychoactive drugs because of ethical concerns. Animal testing, which often is predictive of adverse effects in humans, represents the only avenue available for assessing drug safety for human offspring exposed to drugs during lactation. I determined whether behavioral outcomes for children exposed during breastfeeding to antidepressants, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, anti-seizure medications, analgesics, sedatives, and marijuana can be predicted by rodent studies of offspring exposed to drugs during lactation...
March 16, 2018: Psychopharmacology
Melissa S Howse, Rita E Anderson, Carolyn J Walsh
This study examines the activity budgets and social behaviours initiated and received by 69 focal dogs in an off-leash dog park for 400 seconds after entry, a time of high activity about which little is known. Using motivationally-neutral labels for social behaviour categories, we describe the frequency of behaviours, and correlations among them. We then examine these relationships in the context of proposed functions for some behaviours in dogs, in terms of information gathering and communication, including visual and tactile signalling...
March 13, 2018: Behavioural Processes
Ana M Molina, Thomas E Hutson, Dmitry Nosov, Piotr Tomczak, Oleg Lipatov, Cora N Sternberg, Robert Motzer, Tim Eisen
BACKGROUND: Tivozanib is a selective inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptors 1, 2 and 3 tyrosine kinases. This open-label, crossover clinical study (AV-951-09-902) provided access to tivozanib for patients who progressed on sorafenib in TIVO-1, comparing tivozanib with sorafenib in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). METHODS: Patients enrolled in this single-arm, phase 2 crossover study were previously randomised to sorafenib on TIVO-1, progressed and then crossed over to tivozanib...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Jochem Deen, Su Wang, Sven Van Snick, Volker Leen, Kris Janssen, Johan Hofkens, Robert K Neely
The methyltransferase enzymes can be applied to deliver a range of modifications to pre-determined sites on large DNA molecules with exceptional specificity and efficiency. To date, however, a limited number of modifications have been delivered in this way because of the complex chemical synthesis that is needed to produce a cofactor analogue carrying a specific function, such as a fluorophore. Here, we describe a method for the direct transfer of a series of functional compounds (seven fluorescent dyes, biotin and polyethylene glycol) to the DNA duplex...
March 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Anita H Clayton, Irwin Goldstein, Noel N Kim, Stanley E Althof, Stephanie S Faubion, Brooke M Faught, Sharon J Parish, James A Simon, Linda Vignozzi, Kristin Christiansen, Susan R Davis, Murray A Freedman, Sheryl A Kingsberg, Paraskevi-Sofia Kirana, Lisa Larkin, Marita McCabe, Richard Sadovsky
The International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health process of care (POC) for management of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) algorithm was developed to provide evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of HSDD in women by health care professionals. Affecting 10% of adult females, HSDD is associated with negative emotional and psychological states and medical conditions including depression. The algorithm was developed using a modified Delphi method to reach consensus among the 17 international panelists representing multiple disciplines...
March 9, 2018: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Emma Dean, Udai Banerji, Jan H M Schellens, Matthew G Krebs, Begona Jimenez, Emilie van Brummelen, Chris Bailey, Ed Casson, Diana Cripps, Marie Cullberg, Stephen Evans, Andrew Foxley, Justin Lindemann, Paul Rugman, Nigel Taylor, Guy Turner, James Yates, Peter Lawrence
PURPOSE: AZD5363 is a potent pan-AKT inhibitor originally formulated as a capsule; a tablet was developed for patient convenience and manufacturing ease. This study assessed the PK comparability of both formulations (Part A) and the effect of food (Part B) on the PK/safety of the tablet. METHODS: Adults with advanced solid tumours received AZD5363 480 mg bid in a partially fasted state by tablet (Week 1) and capsule (Week 2) in a '4-days-on/3-days-off' schedule (Part A)...
March 14, 2018: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Bangari Haldipur, Prudhvi Lal Bhukya, Vidya Arankalle, Kavita Lole
Molecular mechanisms of liver pathology and clinical disease in HEV infection remain unclear. MicroRNAs are known to modulate viral pathogenesis either by directly altering viral gene expression or by enhancing cellular antiviral responses. Given the importance of microRNA-122 (miR-122) in liver pathobiology, we investigated possible role of miR-122 in HEV infection. In silico predictions using genotype 1, 2, 3 and 4 HEV sequences showed that majority of genomes (203/222) harbor at least one miR-122/miR-122* target site...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
E E Morrison, E A Sandilands, D J Webb
Gabapentin and pregabalin prescribing in Scotland has increased substantially over recent years. Evidence suggests that prescribers may be advocating the use of these medicines off-label to avoid prescribing opioid analgesics. The evidence to support gabapentin and pregabalin use in non-neuropathic pain disorders indicates they are less effective than several other licensed non-opioid analgesics. Notably, patients may not benefit from gabapentin and pregabalin but remain at risk of adverse drug reactions. Furthermore, greater availability has resulted in increased diversion of gabapentin and pregabalin; creating problems within the opioid misuse population and prison service...
December 2017: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Dong-Feng Zhang, Guo-Xiang Hao, Chun-Zhen Li, Yan-Jun Yang, Fu-Juan Liu, Ling Liu, Xiao-Ying Yuan, Rui-Hong Li, Lei Dong, Qian Dong, Evelyne Jacqz-Aigrain, Wei Zhao
BACKGROUND: Tacrolimus is used off-label in the treatment of Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis (HSPN) in children, with limited evidence-based data. Based on clinical empirical experience and mechanism of action, tacrolimus might be promoted as treatment for childhood HSPN. The objectives of this pilot study were to assess its effectiveness and safety, and to explore the potential impact of CYP3A5 genotype. METHODS: Children with HSPN receiving tacrolimus as empirical treatment were included in this prospective, observational study...
March 13, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
L Klotz, A Loblaw, R Siemens, P Ouellette, A Kapoor, M Kebabdjian, L Zhang, F Saad
BACKGROUND: In men initiating intermittent androgen deprivation therapy (IADT), a range of induction durations, between 3 and 12 months, have been employed. OBJECTIVE: To determine if the duration of induction ADT influences the duration of the off treatment interval and the recovery of serum testosterone (T). MANEUVER: This was a prospective, randomized, open label study. Men with biochemical recurrence after local therapy for prostate cancer, with a negative bone scan, were randomized between 4 and 10 months of monthly Degarelix...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Urology
James M Hawley, Laura J Owen, Miguel De Bono, John Newell-Price, Brian G Keevil
BACKGROUND: Measurement of serum dexamethasone during the overnight dexamethasone-suppression test (ONDST) has been recommended to reduce false positive results when investigating Cushing's syndrome or increasingly commonly found adrenal incidentalomas. Despite this, there remains a paucity of well-validated dexamethasone methods currently available. Here, we describe the development of a rapid and sensitive LC-MS/MS serum dexamethasone assay and validate its utility in a cohort of postmenopausal females...
January 1, 2018: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
Brian Luk, Yao Jiang, Jonathan Copp, Che-Ming J Hu, Nishta Krishnan, Weiwei Gao, Shulin Li, Ronnie H Fang, Liangfang Zhang
Within the body, cellular recognition is mediated in large part by receptor-ligand interactions that result from the surface marker expression of the participant cells. In the case of immune cells, these interactions can be highly specific, enabling them to carry out their protective functions in fighting off infection and malignancy. In this work, we demonstrate the biomimetic targeting of antigen-specific immune cell populations by using nanoparticles functionalized with natural membrane derived from cells expressing the cognate antigen...
March 13, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Mathieu Gauthé, Nathalie Testart Dardel, Fernando Ruiz Santiago, Jessica Ohnona, Valérie Nataf, Françoise Montravers, Jean-Noël Talbot
OBJECTIVES: To develop criteria to improve discrimination between vertebral metastases from neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) and benign bone lesions on PET combined with CT using DOTA-D-Phe1 -Tyr3 -octreotide labelled with gallium-68 (68 Ga-DOTA-TOC). METHODS: In 535 NET patients,68 Ga-DOTA-TOC PET/CT examinations were reviewed retrospectively for vertebral CT lesions and/or PET foci. For each vertebral PET abnormality, appearance on CT, biological volume (BV), standardized uptake value (SUVmax ) and ratios to those of reference organs were determined...
March 12, 2018: European Radiology
Fang He, Peng-Fei Luo, Tao Tang, Fang Zhang, He Fang, Shi-Zhao Ji, Yu Sun, Guo-Sheng Wu, Bo-Han Pan, Zhi-Bao Huo, Guang-Yi Wang, Zhao-Fan Xia
Rapid repair of vascular injury is an important prognostic factor for electrical burns. This repair is achieved mainly via stromal cell-derived factor (SDF)-1α promoting the mobilization, chemotaxis, homing, and targeted differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) into endothelial cells. Forming a concentration gradient from the site of local damage in the circulation is essential to the role of SDF-1α. In a previous study, we developed reactive oxygen species (ROS)-sensitive PPADT nanoparticles containing SDF-1α that could degrade in response to high concentration of ROS in tissue lesions, achieving the goal of targeted SDF-1α release...
2018: PloS One
Marc R Matthews, Asia N Quan, Alexandra S Weir, Kevin N Foster, Daniel M Caruso
Introduction: Leaving the abdominal cavity open is a well-described and frequently utilized technique in the treatment of severe intra-abdominal sepsis. Irrigation through a negative pressure wound therapy device is a technique employed to assist in the closure of wounds as well as the reduction of bacterial contamination. Furthermore, hypochlorous acid has been found to be safe and effective in microorganismal elimination from extremity wounds. There is no literature regarding the infusion of hypochlorous solution into the abdominal cavity for intra-abdominal sepsis or mucopurulent abscesses or biofilm...
2018: Eplasty
Saratram Gopalakrishnan, Himadri B Pakrasi, Costas D Maranas
Completeness and accuracy of metabolic mapping models impacts the reliability of flux estimation in photoautotrophic systems. In this study, metabolic fluxes under photoautotrophic growth conditions in the widely-used cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC 6803 are quantified by re-analyzing an existing dataset using genome-scale isotopic instationary13 C-Metabolic Flux Analysis (INST-MFA). The reconstructed carbon mapping model imSyn617 and implemented algorithmic updates afforded an approximately 48% reduction in computation time...
March 8, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
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