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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937065/mycophenolate-mofetil-or-cyclophosphamide-in-indian-patients-with-lupus-nephritis-which-is-better-a-single-center-experience
#1
Satish Mendonca, Devika Gupta, Sofia Ali, Pooja Gupta
Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is used extensively for the induction therapy of lupus nephritis (LN) and has even outpaced intravenous (i.v.) cyclophosphamide (CyP) as the initial choice of therapy. There are no studies comparing the response of MMF with standard dose i.v. CyP in Indian patients with LN. We conducted a 24-week prospective, randomized, open-label trial comparing oral MMF with monthly i.v. CyP as induction therapy for active biopsy proven Class III and IV LN. The primary end-point was response to treatment at 24 weeks, and the secondary end-points were complete remission, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index scores (SLEDAI) and adverse reactions...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936957/-pk-pd-of-vancomycin-in-patients-with-severe-acute-pancreatitis-combined-with-augmented-renal-clearance
#2
Juan He, Enqiang Mao, Feng Jing, Huiting Jiang, Wenyun Xu, Wanhua Yang, Erzhen Chen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the serum trough concentration and the pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) of vancomycin in patients with severe acute pancreatitis (SAP), and analyze the effect of vancomycin continuous infusion for optimizing the characteristics of its PK/PD. METHODS: The inhospital patients with SAP received vancomycin treatment and admitted to emergency intensive care unit (EICU) of Ruijin Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine from January 2011 to December 2016 were enrolled...
September 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936898/co-operation-of-employers-in-the-area-of-personal-monitoring-a-commentary-on-bir-guidance-on-the-uk-regulatory-situation
#3
Andy Rogers
The requirement for organisations to co-operate regarding doses to staff who work across organisational boundaries is well established. However, in the field of personal dosimetry there is little guidance as to how to actually achieve legal compliance. Following improvement action in the UK by the regulator, The Health & Safety Executive, a guidance document was developed by the leading professional bodies in this area. This guidance was also commented on by the HSE Specialist Inspectorate (Radiation) enabling the published guidance to represent a compliant standard...
September 22, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936890/radiation-dose-reduction-in-plain-radiography-of-the-full-length-lower-extremity-and-full-spine
#4
Mi Ran Jeon, Hee Jin Park, So Yeon Lee, Kyung A Kang, Eun Young Kim, Hyun Pyo Hong, Inyoung Youn
OBJECTIVE: To compare the diagnostic performance of standard- and low-dose radiographs of the full-length lower extremity and spine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study included 223 patients who visited our hospital and received full-length lower extremity standing radiographs and full-spine radiographs. We determined the dose area product (DAP) of each image, and effective doses (ED, mSv) were calculated based on the DAP. Subjective evaluation of the full-length radiographs was based on image quality, which was assessed by bony cortex and trabecula evaluation, and on diagnostic performance, which was assessed by leg length measurement...
September 22, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936627/the-accuracy-of-emergency-weight-estimation-systems-in-children-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Mike Wells, Lara Nicole Goldstein, Alison Bentley
The safe and effective administration of fluids and medications during the management of medical emergencies in children depends on an appropriately determined dose, based on body weight. Weight can often not be measured in these circumstances and a convenient, quick and accurate method of weight estimation is required. Most methods in current use are not accurate enough, but the newer length-based, habitus-modified (two-dimensional) systems have shown significantly higher accuracy. This meta-analysis evaluated the accuracy of weight estimation systems in children...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936051/bacterial-contamination-of-multi-dose-eye-drops-at-ophthalmology-department-university-of-gondar-northwest-ethiopia
#6
Asegedech Tsegaw, Asamere Tsegaw, Tefera Abula, Yared Assefa
PURPOSE: Ophthalmic solutions used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes were found to be contaminated with bacteria pathogens and caused serious ocular infections such as keratitis and endophthalmitis. The objective was to assess the magnitude and pattern of bacterial contamination of multi-dose ophthalmic medications and investigate the drug susceptibility pattern of the isolates in the Department of Ophthalmology at Gondar University Teaching Hospital. METHODS: A total of 100 ophthalmic medications in-use by patients and eye-care workers have been taken and cultured for potential bacterial contamination in the Microbiology Department after 1 week and >1 week of use...
April 2017: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936010/dextromethorphan-in-cough-syrup-the-poor-man-s-psychosis
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Bridgette Martinak, Ramy A Bolis, Jeffrey Ryne Black, Rachel E Fargason, Badari Birur
Dextromethorphan (3-methoxy-N-methylmorphinan), also known as "DXM" and "the poor man's PCP," is a synthetically produced drug that is available in more than 140 over-the-counter cough and cold preparations. Dextromethorphan (DXM) has overtaken codeine as the most widely used cough suppressant due to its availability, efficacy, and safety profile at directed doses. However, DXM is subject to abuse. When consumed at inappropriately high doses (over 1500 mg/day), DXM can induce a state of psychosis characterized by Phencyclidine (PCP)-like psychological symptoms, including delusions, hallucinations, and paranoia...
September 15, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935542/phase-i-trial-of-veliparib-a-poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-inhibitor-plus-metronomic-cyclophosphamide-in-metastatic-her2-negative-breast-cancer
#8
Jesus Anampa, Alice Chen, John Wright, Margi Patel, Christine Pellegrino, Karen Fehn, Joseph A Sparano, Eleni Andreopoulou
BACKGROUND: Poly-ADP-ribose-polymerase is an essential nuclear enzyme, involved in base-excision repair of damaged DNA. Poly-ADP-ribose-polymerase inhibition sensitizes tumor cells to cytotoxic agents, which induce DNA damage, including cyclophosphamide (C), and metronomic dosing of C may optimize potential for synergy. METHODS: The primary objective of this phase I trial was to determine the safety and identify the recommended phase II dose of the combination of low-dose oral C (50, 75, 100, and 125 mg) once daily in combination with veliparib (V) (100, 200, and 300 mg) administered twice a day (BID) for 21-day cycles using a standard 3 + 3 design in patients with metastatic human epidermal growth factor receptor 2/neu-negative breast cancer...
September 1, 2017: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934782/the-dose-dependent-effects-of-ketoprofen-on-dynamic-pain-after-open-heart-surgery
#9
Vedat Eljezi, Claire Biboulet, Henri Boby, Pierre Schoeffler, Bruno Pereira, Christian Duale
BACKGROUND: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can reduce postoperative pain, in both static (i.e., at rest) and dynamic contexts (e.g., during coughing or mobilization), and reduced doses could improve their efficacy/tolerance balance. OBJECTIVES: To test this hypothesis of efficacy after open heart surgery, in which NSAIDs are poorly used, particularly for safety concerns. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized, double-blind trial. SETTING: Single-center, French university hospital...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934710/calcium-availability-but-not-its-content-modulates-metal-toxicity-in-scenedesmus-quadricauda
#10
Jozef Kováčik, Sławomir Dresler
Impact of calcium nutrition (pre-culture on solid medium with standard or elevated Ca dose, i. e. 0.17 and 4.40mM marked as low and high Ca) on acute metal toxicity (Cd, Mn and Pb, 24h of exposure to 10µM) in freshwater green alga Scenedesmus quadricauda was studied. Surprisingly, Ca content differed only slightly between low and high Ca samples and applied metals rather suppressed its amount. Na content was higher in metal-exposed high Ca samples, indicating that Ca/Na ratio may affect accumulation of metals...
September 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934680/a-phase-1-study-of-the-janus-kinase-2-jak2-v617f-inhibitor-gandotinib-ly2784544-in-patients-with-primary-myelofibrosis-polycythemia-vera-and-essential-thrombocythemia
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Srdan Verstovsek, Ruben A Mesa, Mohamed E Salama, Li Li, Celine Pitou, Fabio P Nunes, Gregory L Price, Jennifer L Giles, Deborah N D'Souza, Richard A Walgren, Josef T Prchal
Mutations in Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) are implicated in the pathogenesis of Philadelphia-chromosome negative myeloproliferative neoplasms, including primary myelofibrosis, polycythemia vera, and essential thrombocythemia. Gandotinib (LY2784544), a potent inhibitor of JAK2 activity, shows increased potency for the JAK2(V617F) mutation. The study had a standard 3+3 dose-escalation design to define the maximum-tolerated dose. Primary objectives were to determine safety, tolerability, and recommended oral daily dose of gandotinib for patients with JAK2(V617F)-positive myelofibrosis, essential thrombocythemia, or polycythemia vera...
August 31, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934640/continuous-longitudinal-infusion-of-rhigf-1-rhigfbp-3-in-extremely-preterm-infants-evaluation-of-feasibility-in-a-phase-ii-study
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Ingrid Hansen-Pupp, Ann Hellström, Mohamed Hamdani, Adina Tocoian, Nerissa C Kreher, David Ley, Boubou Hallberg
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility of continuous longitudinal intravenous infusion of recombinant human insulin-like growth factor-1/recombinant human insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (rhIGF-1/rhIGFBP-3) for prevention of retinopathy of prematurity and other complications in extremely preterm infants (<28weeks' gestational age), based on initial sections of a phase II randomized controlled trial. DESIGN: The phase II trial was designed in four sections (A-D); we report pharmacokinetic and adverse events (AEs) data pooled for Sections B and C...
August 31, 2017: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934422/low-frequency-of-acquired-isoniazid-and-rifampicin-resistance-in-rifampicin-susceptible-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-a-setting-of-high-hiv-1-infection-and-tuberculosis-coprevalence
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Neesha Rockwood, Frederick Sirgel, Elizabeth Streicher, Robin Warren, Graeme Meintjes, Robert J Wilkinson
Background: We estimated the incidence of acquired isoniazid and rifampicin resistance in rifampicin-susceptible tuberculosis in a setting of high human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection and tuberculosis coprevalence. Methods: GeneXpert MTB/RIF-confirmed patients with rifampicin-susceptible tuberculosis were recruited at antituberculosis treatment initiation in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Liquid culture and adherence assessment were performed at 2 and 5-6 months...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934410/approach-to-cardio-oncologic-patients-with-special-focus-on-patients-with-cardiac-implantable-electronic-devices-planned-for-radiotherapy-results-of-the-european-heart-rhythm-association-survey
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Radoslaw Lenarczyk, Tatjana S Potpara, Kristina H Haugaa, Jean-Claude Deharo, Antonio Hernandez-Madrid, Maria Del Carmen Exposito Pineda, Marek Kiliszek, Nikolaos Dagres
The aim of this European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) survey was to evaluate clinical practice regarding cardio-oncologic patients, with special focus on patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) planned for anticancer radiotherapy (RT), among members of the EHRA electrophysiology research network. Of the 36 responding centres, 89% managed patients who were diagnosed or treated oncologically, and this diagnosis affected 1-5% of cardiovascular patients in majority of centres (57%). The main side effects of anticancer therapy in patients treated by cardiologists were thromboembolic complications and left ventricular dysfunction (both reported as 'frequent' by 43% of the centres)...
September 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933668/nasal-aluminum-oxy-hydroxide-enables-adsorbed-antigens-to-induce-specific-systemic-and-mucosal-immune-responses
#15
Haiyue Xu, Tinashe B Ruwona, Sachin G Thakkar, Yanping Chen, Mingtao Zeng, Zhengrong Cui
Some insoluble aluminum salts are commonly used in injectable vaccines as adjuvants to accelerate, prolong, or enhance the antigen-specific immune responses. Data from previous studies testing the nasal mucosal vaccine adjuvant activity of aluminum salts are conflicting. The present study is designed to further assess the feasibility of repurposing aluminum salts in injectable vaccines as nasal mucosal vaccine adjuvants. Using Alhydrogel®, the international scientific standard of aluminum (oxy)hydroxide gels, and ovalbumin or 3 × M2e-HA2, a synthetic influenza virus fusion protein, as antigens, we showed in a mouse model that when dosed intranasally Alhydrogel® enables antigens adsorbed on it to induce stronger antigen-specific immune responses in both serum samples (e...
September 21, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933607/a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-web-based-multi-modal-therapy-program-to-improve-executive-functioning-in-children-and-adolescents-with-acquired-brain-injury
#16
Adina Piovesana, Stephanie Ross, Owen Lloyd, Koa Whittingham, Jenny Ziviani, Robert S Ware, Lynne McKinlay, Roslyn N Boyd
OBJECTIVE: To examine the efficacy of a multi-modal web-based therapy program, Move it to improve it (Mitii™) delivered at home to improve Executive Functioning (EF) in children with an acquired brain injury (ABI). DESIGN: Randomised Waitlist controlled trial. SETTING: Home environment. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty children with an ABI were matched in pairs by age and intelligence quotient then randomised to either 20-weeks of Mitii™ training or 20 weeks of Care As Usual (waitlist control; n=30; 17 males; mean age=11y, 11m (±2y, 6m); Full Scale IQ=76...
October 2017: Clinical Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933516/anti-il5-therapies-for-asthma
#17
REVIEW
Hugo A Farne, Amanda Wilson, Colin Powell, Lynne Bax, Stephen J Milan
BACKGROUND: This review is the first update of a previously published review in The Cochrane Library (Issue 7, 2015). Interleukin-5 (IL-5) is the main cytokine involved in the activation of eosinophils, which cause airway inflammation and are a classic feature of asthma. Monoclonal antibodies targeting IL-5 or its receptor (IL-5R) have been developed, with recent studies suggesting that they reduce asthma exacerbations, improve health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and lung function...
September 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933513/effect-of-transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation-for-pain-control-after-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
Yongjun Zhu, Yuxing Feng, Lihua Peng
INTRODUCTION: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is a possible adjunctive therapy to pharmacological treatment for controlling pain after total knee arthroplasty. However, the results are controversial. A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to explore the effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on patients with total knee arthroplasty. METHODS: PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, EBSCO, and Cochrane Library databases were searched systematically...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933328/-local-application-of-tranexamic-acid-in-total-hip-arthroplasty-decreases-blood-loss-and-consumption-of-blood-transfusion
#19
J Lošťák, J Gallo, M Večeřa, J Špička, K Langová
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY The primary aim of our study was to identify the effects of local application of tranexamic acid (TXA, Exacyl) on the amount of postoperative blood loss and blood transfusion requirement in primary total hip arthroplasty. We also recorded the levels of postoperative haemoglobin and its drop in early period after surgery. In each patient, we monitored in detail the incidence of early complications (haematoma, wound exudate). Lastly, the economic aspect of TXA administration was also taken into account...
2017: Acta Chirurgiae Orthopaedicae et Traumatologiae Cechoslovaca
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933307/the-role-of-xanthine-oxidase-inhibitors-in-patients-with-history-of-stroke-a-systematic-review
#20
Sara R Britnell, Kelly A Chillari, Jamie N Brown
BACKGROUND: Xanthine oxidase inhibitors are commonly used to lower uric acid levels in patients with gout. Due to their effects on endothelial function, they have also been investigated for possible benefits for patients with cardiovascular disease. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy and safety of xanthine oxidase inhibitors in the treatment of patients with history of stroke. METHODS: MEDLINE (1946-June 2017) and EMBASE (1947-June 2017) were queried using the search terms: "allopurinol" OR "febuxostat" OR "xanthine oxidase inhibitor" OR "xanthine oxidase/antagonists and inhibitors" AND "stroke" OR "cerebral infarction" OR "cerebrovascular accident"...
September 19, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
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