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Yoshio Nakamura, Shigehisa Kitano, Akira Takahashi, Arata Tsutsumida, Kenjiro Namikawa, Keiji Tanese, Takayuki Abe, Takeru Funakoshi, Noboru Yamamoto, Masayuki Amagai, Naoya Yamazaki
BACKGROUND: An anti-programmed cell death protein 1 monoclonal antibody, nivolumab, is one of the most effective drugs for advanced melanoma. Tumor cell-derived or immune cell-derived markers and clinical predictors such as serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and cutaneous adverse events, have already been described as prognostic factors for advanced melanoma treated with nivolumab. We sought to identify further clinical predictors that can be determined in routine clinical practice. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed clinical findings of 98 consecutive patients with unresectable stage III or IV melanoma treated with nivolumab, at the National Cancer Center Hospital or at Keio University Hospital, in Tokyo, Japan, between July 2014 and July 2016...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Nicoletta Staropoli, Domenico Ciliberto, Silvia Chiellino, Francesca Caglioti, Teresa Del Giudice, Simona Gualtieri, Angela Salvino, Alessandra Strangio, Cirino Botta, Sandro Pignata, Pierfrancesco Tassone, Pierosandro Tagliaferri
OBJECTIVES: The current gold-standard for the first-line treatment in IIIb/IV stages of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the combination of carboplatin and paclitaxel plus bevacizumab in some countries. In the era of personalized medicine, there is still uncertainty on the impact of several molecularly targeted agents, which have been investigated for the management of this disease. To shed light on the actual role of targeted therapy in EOC, a systematic review and meta-analysis was performed...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Ru-Qian He, Qing-Yi Zeng, Pan Zhu, Yi-Xin Bao, Rong-Yuan Zheng, Hui-Qin Xu
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to estimate the risk of a seizure relapse and the high-risk period of recurrence after antiepileptic drug (AED) withdrawal and to determine the predictive factors for a seizure relapse in adult patients with focal epilepsy who were seizure-free for more than 2years. METHODS: Using the Wenzhou Epilepsy Follow-Up Registry Database, 200 adult patients with focal epilepsy were recruited, who were undergoing follow-up, met the inclusion criteria of this study, were seizure-free for more than 2years, began withdrawing between June 2003 and June 2014, and were followed up prospectively for at least 1year or until a seizure relapse...
October 17, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Charles F Haines, John A Fleishman, Baligh R Yehia, Bryan Lau, Stephen A Berry, Allison L Agwu, Richard D Moore, Kelly A Gebo
BACKGROUND: In the current antiretroviral (ART) era, the evolution of HIV guidelines and emergence of new ART agents might be expected to impact the times to ART initiation and HIV virologic suppression. We sought to determine if times to AI and virologic suppression decreased and if disparities exist by age, race/ethnicity, and HIV risk. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of data from 12 sites of the HIV Research Network, a consortium of US clinics caring for HIV-infected patients...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Christina Ludema, Stephen R Cole, Joseph J Eron, Andrew Edmonds, G Mark Holmes, Kathryn Anastos, Jennifer Cocohoba, Mardge Cohen, Hannah L F Cooper, Elizabeth T Golub, Seble Kassaye, Deborah Konkle-Parker, Lisa Metsch, Joel Milam, Tracey E Wilson, Adaora A Adimora
BACKGROUND: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act motivates assessment of health insurance and supplementary programs, such as the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) on health outcomes of HIV-infected people in the United States. We assessed the effects of health insurance, ADAP, and income on HIV viral load suppression. METHODS: We used existing cohort data from the HIV-infected participants of the Women's Interagency HIV Study. Cox proportional hazards models were used to estimate the time from 2006 to unsuppressed HIV viral load (>200 copies/mL) among those with Medicaid, private, Medicare, or other public insurance, and no insurance, stratified by the use of ADAP...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Silvana Giacinti, Paolo Carlini, Michela Roberto, Maria Bassanelli, Lidia Strigari, Francesco Pavese, Anna M Aschelter, Alessandra Felici, Maurizio Valeriani, Francesco Cognetti, Paolo Marchetti
Abiraterone acetate (AA) demonstrated its efficacy in the treatment of patients with metastatic castration resistance prostate cancer (mCRPC) in predocetaxel and postdocetaxel setting. However, we learn from pivotal studies that forms of primary and acquired resistance to this drug exist. Patient selection becomes so crucial to optimize treatment results. Potential predictive biomarkers have been identified but are not yet validated. In this scenario, clinical features and disease characteristics may still be of value in selecting patients for different treatments...
October 19, 2016: Anti-cancer Drugs
Min Soo Kim, Kyung Il Jo, Je Young Yeon, Jong Soo Kim, Keon Ha Kim, Pyoung Jeon, Seung Chyul Hong
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to explore the safety and efficacy of an antiplatelet response assay and drug adjustment to prevent delayed thromboembolic events after stent-assisted coil embolization. METHODS: A total of 370 patients were enrolled in this study between December 2005 and July 2014. Of these, 124 patients were placed into the drug resistance test (DRT) group with drug adjustment according to response to an antiplatelet agent, and 246 patients comprised the control group with a standard antiplatelet regimen...
October 18, 2016: Neuroradiology
Natalie J Loxton, Renée J Tipman
Sensitivity to the rewarding properties of appetitive substances has long been implicated in excessive consumption of palatable foods and drugs of abuse. Previous research focusing on individual differences in reward responsiveness has found heightened trait reward sensitivity to be associated with binge-eating, hazardous drinking, and illicit substance use. Food addiction has been proposed as an extreme form of compulsive-overeating and has been associated with genetic markers of heightened reward responsiveness...
October 15, 2016: Appetite
Saud M Alsanad, Rachel L Howard, Elizabeth M Williamson
BACKGROUND: Herb/Dietary Supplements (HDS) are the most popular Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) modality used by cancer patients and the only type which involves the ingestion of substances which may interfere with the efficacy and safety of conventional medicines. This study aimed to assess the level of use of HDS in cancer patients undergoing treatment in the UK, and their perceptions of their effects, using 127 case histories of patients who were taking HDS. Previous studies have evaluated the risks of interactions between HDS and conventional drugs on the basis on numbers of patient using HDSs, so our study aimed to further this exploration by examining the actual drug combinations taken by individual patients and their potential safety...
October 18, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Mark D Mathew, Neal D Mathew, Angela Miller, Mike Simpson, Vinci Au, Stephanie Garland, Marie Gestin, Mark L Edgley, Stephane Flibotte, Aruna Balgi, Jennifer Chiang, Guri Giaever, Pamela Dean, Audrey Tung, Michel Roberge, Calvin Roskelley, Tom Forge, Corey Nislow, Donald Moerman
BACKGROUND: The lack of new anthelmintic agents is of growing concern because it affects human health and our food supply, as both livestock and plants are affected. Two principal factors contribute to this problem. First, nematode resistance to anthelmintic drugs is increasing worldwide and second, many effective nematicides pose environmental hazards. In this paper we address this problem by deploying a high throughput screening platform for anthelmintic drug discovery using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as a surrogate for infectious nematodes...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Chan Joo Lee, Jaewon Oh, Sang-Hak Lee, Seok-Min Kang, Donghoon Choi, Hyeon-Chang Kim, Sungha Park
OBJECTIVE: In most cases, the 5 first line drugs are recommended for management of hypertension without preference for one or the other. However, it is unclear whether different classes of anti-hypertensive agents have different effect on survival in low risk, uncomplicated hypertension. The aim of this study was to evaluate effects of 4 classes of first line anti-hypertensive agents on improving survival in patients with low risk, uncomplicated hypertension. DESIGN AND METHOD: Adult hypertensive patients without chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, diabetes mellitus, acute coronary syndrome, and heart failure in 2002 were selected from Korean National Health Insurance sample cohort consisting of one million subjects...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jinho Shin
Arterial pulsation which had long been studied for estimation of blood pressure or mean blood pressure was replaced by the measurement of systolic and diastolic blood pressure using Korotkoff sound detected by stethoscope in the beginning of the previous century. In the meantime, vast of modern knowledge of human hypertension from epidemiology to randomized clinical trial had been built on the Korotkoff sound and stethoscope methodology. Hypertension is very special clinical entity in terms of the diagnosis is solely dependent on the manual blood pressure measurement by a physician or nurse...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Manan Pareek, Mette Lundgren Nielsen, Margrét Leósdóttir, Peter M Nilsson, Michael Hecht Olsen
OBJECTIVE: To explore the independent prognostic value of left ventricular (LV) mass, diastolic function, and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) for the prediction of incident cardiac events in a random population sample. DESIGN AND METHOD: 415 women and 999 men aged 56-79 years, included between 2002-2006, underwent echocardiography based on groups defined by FPG, i.e. normal (NFG): FPG ≤ 6.0 mmol/L; impaired (IFG): FPG 6.1-6.9 mmol/L; and diabetes mellitus (DM): FPG ≥ 7...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yichao Lu, Haifeng Zhang, Fang Zhou, Shan-Shan Li, Fang-Fei Wei, Wen-Ming Yao, Lei Gong, Yan-Li Zhou, Xiang-Qing Kong
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the predictive value for cardiovascular disease incidence (CVD) of brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) based on a general Chinese population. DESIGN AND METHOD: The study group included 4251 participants with an average age of 52.1 ± 12.1 years and a mean baPWV of 14.8 ± 3.3 m/s. Cox regression was used to investigate the prognostic value of baPWV and forced the appropriate interaction term into the regression models to test the absolute risk associated with baPWV at different levels of mean arterial pressure...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Adriana Van Ballegooijen, Natasja Van Schoor, Ingeborg Brouwer, Marjolein Visser, Joline Beulens
OBJECTIVE: Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium homeostasis. The role of vitamin D in bone and cardiovascular health has mainly been studied in isolation and the synergistic effect of vitamin D and vitamin K is largely unknown. We assessed whether serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels and dephosphorylated, uncarboxylated matrix Gla protein (dp-unMGP) levels -an established marker of vitamin K status- are associated with incident hypertension among older adults in the Netherlands...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Daniel Fuster, Arantza Sanvisens, Ferran Bolao, Paola Zuluaga, Inmaculada Rivas, Magi Farré, Jordi Tor, Robert Muga
BACKGROUND: The health burden of cannabis use in patients with other substance dependencies is not fully understood. OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of cannabis use as secondary drug on mortality of patients with other major substance use disorders. PARTICIPANTS: Patients with opiate, cocaine, or alcohol dependence admitted to detoxification from 2001 to 2010 at a teaching hospital in Badalona, Spain. MAIN MEASUREMENTS: Sociodemographic characteristics, drug use, medical comorbidities, and urine drug screens were obtained at admission...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Addiction Medicine
Nora T Oliver, Christine M Hartman, Jennifer R Kramer, Elizabeth Y Chiao
INTRODUCTION: Chronic HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV) coinfection carries increased risk of cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and death. Due to anti-inflammatory properties, 3-hydroxy-3methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) inhibitors (statins) may be useful adjunctive therapy to reduce liver disease progression. METHODS: Clinical information was extracted from the Veterans Affairs HIV and HCV Clinical Case Registries (1999-2010). HIV-related variables included combination antiretroviral therapy era of diagnosis, CD4 cell count, and percentage time with undetectable HIV viral load...
October 23, 2016: AIDS
Jesús F San-Miguel, Vania T M Hungria, Sung-Soo Yoon, Meral Beksac, Meletios A Dimopoulos, Ashraf Elghandour, Wieslaw W Jedrzejczak, Andreas Günther, Thanyaphong N Nakorn, Noppadol Siritanaratkul, Robert L Schlossman, Jian Hou, Philippe Moreau, Sagar Lonial, Jae H Lee, Hermann Einsele, Monika Sopala, Bourras-Rezki Bengoudifa, Florence Binlich, Paul G Richardson
BACKGROUND: Panobinostat plus bortezomib and dexamethasone significantly increased median progression-free survival compared with placebo plus bortezomib and dexamethasone in the phase 3 PANORAMA 1 trial. Here, we present the final overall survival analysis for this trial. METHODS: PANORAMA 1 is a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind, phase 3 trial of patients with relapsed or relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma with one to three previous treatments...
October 14, 2016: Lancet Haematology
Laurent Alric, Caroline Besson, Nathanael Lapidus, Juliette Jeannel, Jean-Marie Michot, Patrice Cacoub, Danielle Canioni, Stanislas Pol, Frédéric Davi, Pascaline Rabiega, Loic Ysebaert, Delphine Bonnet, Olivier Hermine
: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with lymphoproliferative disorders and B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (B-NHLs). Evaluation of the efficacy and safety profiles of different antiviral therapies in HCV patients with B-NHL is warranted. METHODS: First, we evaluated the sustained virologic response (SVR) and safety of Peg-interferon-alpha (Peg-IFN) + ribavirin +/- first protease inhibitors (PI1s) therapy in 61 HCV patients with B-NHL enrolled in a nationwide observational survey compared with 94 matched HCV-infected controls without B-NHL...
2016: PloS One
Edward Chia-Cheng Lai, Cheng-Yang Hsieh, Chien-Chou Su, Yea-Huei Kao Yang, Chin-Wei Huang, Swu-Jane Lin, Soko Setoguchi
We compared persistence of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) including carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, gabapentin, lamotrigine, topiramate, valproic acid, and phenytoin in an Asian population with epilepsy.A retrospective cohort study was conducted by analyzing Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD). Adult epilepsy patients newly prescribed with AEDs between 2005 and 2009 were included. The primary outcome was persistence, defined as the treatment duration from the date of AED initiation to the date of AED discontinuation, switching, hospitalization due to seizure or disenrollment from databases, whichever came first...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
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