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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098427/emergence-of-mania-in-two-middle-aged-patients-with-a-history-of-unipolar-treatment-refractory-depression-receiving-vagus-nerve-stimulation
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Naji C Salloum, Marie C Walker, Sunil Gangwani, Charles R Conway
OBJECTIVES: We report on two patients who experienced emergence of full manic symptoms while receiving vagal nerve stimulation (VNS). METHODS: Two patients, both with a well-documented and verified history of longstanding unipolar depression, were initiated on VNS for treatment of their severe major depressive episodes. RESULTS: The two patients had emergence of full manic symptoms after 8 and 9 months of VNS, respectively. Manic symptoms were adequately managed with standard treatments (mood stabilizer and electroconvulsive therapy) and VNS was continued in the two subjects for up to 5 years without any further occurrences of manic/hypomanic episodes...
January 18, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097728/dabigatran-etexilate-in-a-vitamin-k-antagonist-non-responder-patient-during-heartware-hvad-support
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Andrea Baronetto, Paolo Centofanti, Matteo Attisani, Massimo Boffini, Davide Ricci, Erika Simonato, Mauro Rinaldi
We report a case of a patient supported with a HeartWare left ventricular assist device for idiopathic cardiomyopathy who was resistance to vitamin-K antagonists three months after implantation. The patient initially started low-molecular-weight heparin therapy and then, after the onset of an ischemic stroke, switched to dabigatran etexilate (DE). The patient had progressive recovery of cardiac function for which the device was explanted. No thrombotic or bleeding events occurred during DE therapy.
January 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095920/accuracy-of-who-immunological-criteria-in-identifying-virological-failure-among-hiv-infected-adults-on-first-line-antiretroviral-therapy-in-mwanza-north-western-tanzania
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Daniel W Gunda, Benson R Kidenya, Stephen E Mshana, Semvua B Kilonzo, Bonaventura C T Mpondo
BACKGROUND: Optimal HIV treatment monitoring remains a big challenge in resource limited settings. Guidelines recommend the use of clinical and immunological criteria in resource limited settings due to unavailability of viral load monitoring; however their utility is questionable. This study aimed at assessing the accuracy of immunological criteria in detecting treatment failure among HIV infected Tanzanian adults receiving first line ART. METHODS: A clinic based cross sectional study was conducted between February and July 2011 at Bugando Medical centre (BMC) HIV care and treatment clinic (CTC) involving HIV infected patients aged 18 years and above, receiving first line ART; followed up for at least 1 year...
January 17, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095562/the-efficacy-of-q-switched-nd-yag-1064-nm-laser-in-recalcitrant-macular-amyloidosis-a-case-report
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Nevil Khurana, Christine Urman
Macular amyloidosis typically presents as small, dusky-brown or greyish pigmented macules, the result of altered keratin deposition. Treatment of these hyperpigmented regions with topical and systemic therapies remains challenging, however Q-Switched neodymi- um-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (ND:YAG) laser has proven to be an effective treatment modality to reduce hyperpigmentation. In this case report we investigated the ef cacy of Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser treatment on a 34-year old woman with recalcitrant macular amyloidosis who failed to respond to over-the-counter bleaching creams...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095438/vh1-family-immunoglobulin-repertoire-sequencing-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Maya K Sethi, Felicitas Thol, Michael Stadler, Michael Heuser, Arnold Ganser, Christian Koenecke, Oliver Pabst
After allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), recovery of humoral immunity is essential to protect from life-threatening infections. However, monitoring the humoral immune system after transplantation with standard techniques in the clinical routine is imprecise. Here, we performed sequencing of mononuclear bone marrow cells to characterize the VH1-repertoire of switched B cells of healthy volunteers and patients undergoing HSCT. Analysis of healthy bone marrow donors and patients showed virtually no clonally related sequences between individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094851/blood-transfusion-for-preventing-primary-and-secondary-stroke-in-people-with-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Lise J Estcourt, Patricia M Fortin, Sally Hopewell, Marialena Trivella, Winfred C Wang
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease is one of the commonest severe monogenic disorders in the world, due to the inheritance of two abnormal haemoglobin (beta globin) genes. Sickle cell disease can cause severe pain, significant end-organ damage, pulmonary complications, and premature death. Stroke affects around 10% of children with sickle cell anaemia (HbSS). Chronic blood transfusions may reduce the risk of vaso-occlusion and stroke by diluting the proportion of sickled cells in the circulation...
January 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093870/acute-management-of-autoimmune-toxicity-in-cancer-patients-on-immunotherapy-common-toxicities-and-the-approach-for-the-emergency-physician
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Anna J Lomax, Catriona McNeil
When a patient receiving anti-cancer treatment presents acutely unwell, an understanding of associated side effects of their therapy is critical. This review will discuss the approach to patients receiving anti-cancer treatment with immunotherapy presenting with autoimmune toxicities in the emergency setting. These toxicities are commonly referred to as immune-related adverse events (irAE). IrAE might consist of, but are not limited to, dermatologic, gastrointestinal (diarrhoea, colitis), hepatic, endocrine (thyroid dysfunction, hypophysitis, adrenal crisis), renal, ocular and pulmonary toxicity...
January 16, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092986/a-review-of-the-treatment-of-primary-orthostatic-hypotension
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Genevieve M Hale, Jose Valdes, Michael Brenner
OBJECTIVE: To review the efficacy and safety of pharmacological and nonpharmacological strategies used to treat primary orthostatic hypotension (OH). DATA SOURCES: A literature review using PubMed and MEDLINE databases searching hypotension, non-pharmacological therapy, midodrine, droxidopa, pyridostigmine, fludrocortisone, atomoxetine, pseudoephedrine, and octreotide was performed. STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: Randomized or observational studies, cohorts, case series, or case reports written in English between January 1970 and November 2016 that assessed primary OH treatment in adult patients were evaluated...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092361/designed-cell-consortia-as-fragrance-programmable-analog-to-digital-converters
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Marius Müller, Simon Ausländer, Andrea Spinnler, David Ausländer, Julian Sikorski, Marc Folcher, Martin Fussenegger
Synthetic biology advances the rational engineering of mammalian cells to achieve cell-based therapy goals. Synthetic gene networks have nearly reached the complexity of digital electronic circuits and enable single cells to perform programmable arithmetic calculations or to provide dynamic remote control of transgenes through electromagnetic waves. We designed a synthetic multilayered gaseous-fragrance-programmable analog-to-digital converter (ADC) allowing for remote control of digital gene expression with 2-bit AND-, OR- and NOR-gate logic in synchronized cell consortia...
January 16, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090783/probing-the-druggability-of-membrane-bound-rab5-by-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Eileen Edler, Matthias Stein
Rab5 is a small GTPase and a key regulator in early endosomal trafficking. Rab5 and its effectors are involved in a large number of infectious diseases and certain types of cancer. We performed µs atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of inactive and active full-length Rab5 anchored to a complex model bilayer with composition of the early endosome membrane. Direct interactions between the Rab5 G domain and the bilayer were observed. We found two dominant nucleotide-dependent orientations characterised by a different accessibility of the switch regions...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090225/efficacy-and-safety-of-combination-therapy-consisting-of-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptor-blocker-calcium-channel-blocker-and-hydrochlorothiazide-in-patients-with-hypertension
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Yuhei Shiga, Shin-Ichiro Miura, Kota Motozato, Yuka Yoshimine, Kenji Norimatsu, Tadaaki Arimura, Rie Koyoshi, Joji Morii, Takashi Kuwano, Ken Inoue, Tetsuro Shirotani, Kazuaki Fujisawa, Eiyu Matsunaga, Keijiro Saku
BACKGROUND: Many patients continue to have high blood pressure (BP) even after treatment with high-dose (H)-angiotensin II type 1 receptor blocker (ARB)/calcium channel blocker (CCB) or middle-dose (M)-ARB/CCB/hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). METHODS: Thirty-two hypertensive patients who had the use of H-ARB/CCB or M-ARB/CCB/HCTZ were enrolled in this study. We applied a changeover with a switch to H-ARB (telmisartan 80 mg/day)/CCB (amlodipine 5 mg/day or nifedipine CR 40 mg/day)/HCTZ (12...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089969/changes-in-treatment-patterns-in-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis-initiating-biologic-and-nonbiologic-therapy-in-a-clinical-registry
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Philip J Mease, Tamara Lesperance, Mei Liu, David H Collier, Marc Mason, Sabrina Deveikis, Neil A Accortt
OBJECTIVE: Treatment options for psoriatic arthritis (PsA) have increased and improved in the past decade; treatment patterns in PsA remain poorly understood. Understanding current practices would aid in treatment management of patients with PsA. METHODS: This observational study was based on data from the Corrona registry of adult patients with PsA in North America collected between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2012. Patients were divided among 3 therapy cohorts: tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) monotherapy, methotrexate (MTX) monotherapy, and TNFi and MTX combination therapy...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088884/dual-raltegravir-etravirine-combination-as-maintenance-regimen-in-virologically-suppressed-hiv-1-infected-patients
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Leonardo Calza, Eleonora Magistrelli, Vincenzo Colangeli, Roberto Manfredi, Marco Borderi, Nicolò Rossi, Matteo Conti, Rita Mancini, Pierluigi Viale
BACKGROUND: Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI)- and protease inhibitor (PI)-sparing antiretroviral regimens may be useful in selected HIV-infected patients with resistance or intolerance to these drug classes. METHODS: This was an observational prospective study of patients on suppressive antiretroviral therapy containing two NRTIs plus one ritonavir-boosted PI who switched to a dual regimen containing raltegravir plus etravirine. Patients were required not to have prior virological failure to raltegravir and to have efficacy of etravirine showed through the genotypic resistance assay in case of prior non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) virological failure...
January 15, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088030/efficacy-and-safety-of-linagliptin-metformin-single-pill-combination-as-initial-therapy-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-asian-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Yiming Mu, Changyu Pan, Bei Fan, Uwe Hehnke, Xiuzhen Zhang, Xuejun Zhang, Xiaoyue Wang, Jingdong Liu, Ying Zhang, Jianling Du, Jianhua Ma, Yan Gong
AIM: To assess efficacy/safety of initial linagliptin/metformin single-pill combination (SPC) therapies versus individual drug components over 24weeks in treatment-naïve Asian patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and insufficient glycemic control. METHODS: Patients (initial glycated hemoglobin [HbA1c] ⩾7.5% to <11.0% [58-97mmol/mol]; main group) were randomized to: linagliptin 5mg once daily (qd); metformin 500mg twice daily (bid); metformin 1000mg bid; linagliptin 2...
December 5, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086993/lack-of-partial-renal-response-by-12%C3%A2-weeks-after-induction-therapy-predicts-poor-renal-response-and-systemic-damage-accrual-in-lupus-nephritis-class-iii-or-iv
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Hironari Hanaoka, Hidehiro Yamada, Tomofumi Kiyokawa, Harunobu Iida, Takeshi Suzuki, Yoshioki Yamasaki, Seido Ooka, Hiroko Nagafuchi, Takahiro Okazaki, Daisuke Ichikawa, Sayuri Shirai, Yugo Shibagaki, Junki Koike, Shoichi Ozaki
BACKGROUND: Lupus nephritis class III or IV is associated with a poor prognosis for both patient and renal survival. Recommendations for the management of lupus nephritis have recently been established, and changing therapies is recommended for patients who do not respond adequately to induction therapy. However, it remains a major challenge to determine when to switch the treatment. In this study, we identified early prognostic factors capable of predicting poor renal outcome as well as overall damage accrual in patients with lupus nephritis class III or IV...
January 13, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086979/b-cell-repertoires-in-hla-sensitized-kidney-transplant-candidates-undergoing-desensitization-therapy
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John F Beausang, H Christina Fan, Rene Sit, Maria U Hutchins, Kshama Jirage, Rachael Curtis, Edward Hutchins, Stephen R Quake, Julie M Yabu
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplantation is the most effective treatment for end-stage renal disease. Sensitization refers to pre-existing antibodies against human leukocyte antigen (HLA) protein and remains a major barrier to successful transplantation. Despite implementation of desensitization strategies, many candidates fail to respond. Our objective was to determine whether measuring B cell repertoires could differentiate candidates that respond to desensitization therapy. METHODS: We developed an assay based on high-throughput DNA sequencing of the variable domain of the heavy chain of immunoglobulin genes to measure changes in B cell repertoires in 19 highly HLA-sensitized kidney transplant candidates undergoing desensitization and 7 controls with low to moderate HLA sensitization levels...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081595/switch-to-tenofovir-based-therapy-or-to-continue-adefovir-based-therapy-in-chb-patients-with-suboptimal-response-to-adefovir-based-combination
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Byung-Cheol Song
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080220/predictors-of-response-to-first-line-immunosuppressive-therapy-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
#18
Su-Hyun Kim, Jae-Won Hyun, AeRan Joung, Eun Young Park, Jungnam Joo, Ho Jin Kim
BACKGROUND: Azathioprine (AZA) and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) are the most commonly used first-line therapies for patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD). However, some patients experience a relapse following AZA or MMF treatment. OBJECTIVES: To identify factors that predict a response to AZA or MMF in NMOSD. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated medical records from 116 patients who were initially treated with AZA or MMF for at least 6 months...
January 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078563/changes-in-first-line-injectable-disease-modifying-therapy-for-multiple-sclerosis-predictors-of-non-adherence-switching-discontinuation-and-interruption-of-drugs
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Luca Degli Esposti, Carlo Piccinni, Diego Sangiorgi, Valentina Perrone, Lucia Aledda, Maria Giovanna Marrosu, Fabio Lombardo
This study was aimed to describe changes of Disease-Modifying Treatments (DMT) in an Italian cohort of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and to identify predictors of therapeutic modifications. Patients with MS and treated with the first-line injectable DMT (interferons-IFNs or glatiramer) between 1/7/2009 and 31/10/2012 were selected from administrative databases of the MS Center of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy). Socio-demographic, therapeutic, and clinical information was collected in the 6 months preceding the index date...
January 11, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078314/onset-of-secondary-progressive-ms-after-long-term-rituximab-therapy-a-case-report
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H-Christian von Büdingen, Antje Bischof, Erica L Eggers, Shengzhi Wang, Carolyn J Bevan, Bruce A C Cree, Roland G Henry, Stephen L Hauser
A patient with relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) was treated with a standard immunomodulatory therapy, but due to ongoing disease activity was switched to rituximab. Relapses ceased, but secondary progressive MS (SPMS) eventually appeared, associated with new focal spinal cord white matter lesions. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) showed persistent oligoclonal bands (OCB) and clonally related B cells in CSF and peripheral blood. The treatment escalation approach failed to prevent evolution to SPMS, raising the question of whether initiation of B-cell depleting therapy at the time of RMS diagnosis should be tested to more effectively address the immune pathology leading to SPMS...
January 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
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