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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340807/long-term-outcome-of-infliximab-optimization-for-overcoming-immunogenicity-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Konstantinos Papamichael, Ravy K Vajravelu, Mark T Osterman, Adam S Cheifetz
BACKGROUND: Preliminary data suggest that treatment optimization can reverse immunogenicity and regain response in patients with IBD and secondary loss of response (SLR) to anti-TNF therapy due to antidrug antibodies. However, data regarding the long-term outcome of these patients are scarce. AIMS: We aimed to investigate drug retention in IBD patients of whom infliximab was optimized to overcome immunogenicity and variables associated with drug retention. METHODS: This was a retrospective, multicenter study of consecutive IBD patients with antibodies to infliximab (ATI), based on either proactive or reactive therapeutic drug monitoring, who underwent infliximab optimization (increasing dose, shortening interval, adding an immunomodulator, or combination) to overcome immunogenicity from September 2012 to July 2015; they were followed through December 2015...
January 16, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339374/multicenter-evaluation-of-a-new-closed-system-drug-transfer-device-in-reducing-surface-contamination-by-antineoplastic-hazardous-drugs
#2
Sylvia B Bartel, Timothy G Tyler, Luci A Power
PURPOSE: Results of a study to evaluate the effectiveness of a recently introduced closed system drug-transfer device (CSTD) in reducing surface contamination during compounding and simulated administration of antineoplastic hazardous drugs (AHDs) are reported. METHODS: Wipe samples were collected from 6 predetermined surfaces in compounding and infusion areas of 13 U.S. cancer centers to establish preexisting levels of surface contamination by 2 marker AHDs (cyclophosphamide and fluorouracil)...
January 16, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338862/new-generation-stents-compared-with-coronary-bypass-surgery-for-unprotected-left-main-disease-a-word-of-caution
#3
Umberto Benedetto, David P Taggart, Miguel Sousa-Uva, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Antonino Di Franco, Lucas B Ohmes, Mohamed Rahouma, Mohamed Kamel, Massimo Caputo, Leonard N Girardi, Gianni D Angelini, Mario Gaudino
BACKGROUND: With the advent of bare metal stents and drug-eluting stents, percutaneous coronary intervention has emerged as an alternative to coronary artery bypass grafting surgery for unprotected left main disease. However, whether the evolution of stents technology has translated into better results after percutaneous coronary intervention remains unclear. We aimed to compare coronary artery bypass grafting with stents of different generations for left main disease by performing a Bayesian network meta-analysis of available randomized controlled trials...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337932/high-number-of-circulating-tumor-cells-predicts-poor-survival-of-cutaneous-melanoma-patients-in-china
#4
Jisen Li, Wenhua Fu, Wei Zhang, Peng Li
BACKGROUND Melanoma is an aggressive cancer with complex etiology and poor prognosis. Surgical resection is still the primary treatment of melanoma, but shows limited efficacy in late-stage patients. Additionally, reliable prognostic markers of skin melanoma patients are still lacking. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) have shown promise in predicting prognosis of multiple cancers. Evaluating the prognostic value of CTC number in melanoma patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS CTCs were isolated by immunomagnetic capture from 7...
January 16, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335344/can-ultrasound-be-used-to-predict-loss-of-remission-in-patients-with-ra-in-a-real-life-setting-a-multicenter-cohort-study
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Pascal Zufferey, Almut Scherer, Michael J Nissen, Adrian Ciurea, Giorgio Tamborrini, Laure Brulhart, Sandra Blumhardt, Martin Toniolo, Burkhard Möller, Hans-Ruedi Ziswiler
OBJECTIVE: Several studies have suggested that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) presenting with ultrasound (US) synovitis despite clinical remission have more subsequent flares than those who show both clinical and sonographic remission. The objective of our study was to investigate whether these results could be translated to a real-life setting. METHODS: We compared the time from the first US performed in clinical remission to loss of remission (defined by a DAS28 > 2...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333596/risk-of-adverse-events-associated-with-front-line-anti-myeloma-treatment-in-medicare-patients-with-multiple-myeloma
#6
Ying Chen, David R Lairson, Wenyaw Chan, Xianglin L Du
This study aims to examine the risks of adverse events associated with anti-multiple myeloma (MM) therapies in a large population-based cohort of elderly patients with MM. Patients diagnosed with advanced MM from 2005 through 2009 and receiving anti-MM therapy were identified from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare-linked data. We compared safety outcomes between novel agents (proteasome inhibitor (PI) and immunomodulatory drugs (IMiD)) and other therapies and between PI- or IMiD-based regimens and PI plus IMiD combination regimens...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332914/long-term-clinical-outcomes-after-treatment-with-excimer-laser-coronary-atherectomy-for-in-stent-restenosis-of-drug-eluting-stent
#7
Eiji Ichimoto, Tadayuki Kadohira, Takashi Nakayama, Joseph De Gregorio
Excimer laser coronary atherectomy (ELCA) has been used for the treatment of complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) such as in-stent restenosis (ISR). However, little information was provided about the clinical outcomes after treatment with ELCA for ISR of drug-eluting stents (DES). This study aimed to investigate the long-term clinical outcomes after PCI with ELCA for ISR of DES.A total of 81 consecutive patients with 87 lesions who underwent PCI for ISR of DES were included. Patients were classified into a PCI with ELCA group (23 patients with 24 lesions) and a PCI without ELCA group (58 patients with 63 lesions)...
January 15, 2018: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331750/phosphoinositide-3-kinase-inhibitors-in-advanced-breast-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jacques Raphael, Danielle Desautels, Kathleen I Pritchard, Ekaterina Petkova, Prakeshkumar S Shah
Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitors may overcome drug resistance and improve advanced breast cancer (ABC) outcomes. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the efficacy and safety of adding a PI3K inhibitor to the standard of care (SOC) treatment in ABC. The electronic databases Ovid, PubMed, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and Embase, were searched for relevant randomised trials. Pooled hazard ratios (HRs) for progression-free survival (PFS) and pooled risk ratios (RRs) for objective response rates (ORRs), disease control rates (DCRs) and toxicity were meta-analysed using the Mantel-Haenszel method and generic inverse variance...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330986/use-of-psychoactive-drugs-among-medical-undergraduates-in-abbottabad
#9
Haq Nawaz, Aftab Alam Khan, Saima Bukhari
BACKGROUND: Psychoactive substance abuse is prevalent among medical undergraduates of Pakistan, India & Western countries which can adversely affect the physical & psychological grooming of a medical undergraduate thus threatening to compromise their role as future physicians & health-care providers in the society. The objective of the present cross-sectional study was to explore the prevalence and patterns of psychoactive substance/drug consumption among undergraduate students of a public sector medical college in Abbottabad...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330165/survival-in-relation-to-multimorbidity-patterns-in-older-adults-in-primary-care-in-barcelona-spain-2010-2014-a-longitudinal-study-based-on-electronic-health-records
#10
Carolina Ibarra-Castillo, Marina Guisado-Clavero, Concepció Violan-Fors, Mariona Pons-Vigués, Tomàs López-Jiménez, Albert Roso-Llorach
BACKGROUND: Several studies have analysed the characteristics of multimorbidity patterns but none have evaluated the relationship with survival. The purpose of this study was to compare survival across older adults with different chronic multimorbidity patterns (CMPs). METHODS: Prospective longitudinal observational study using electronic health records for 190 108 people aged ≥65 years in Barcelona, Spain (2009-2014). CMPs were identified by cluster analysis...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329484/effects-of-teriparatide-compared-with-risedronate-on-the-risk-of-fractures-in-subgroups-of-postmenopausal-women-with-severe-osteoporosis-the-vero-trial
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Piet Geusens, Fernando Marin, David L Kendler, Luis A Russo, Cristiano A F Zerbini, Salvatore Minisola, Jean Jacques Body, Eric Lespessailles, Susan L Greenspan, Alicia Bagur, Jan J Stepan, Péter Lakatos, Enrique Casado, Rüdiger Moericke, Pedro López-Romero, Astrid Fahrleitner-Pammer
The 2-year, randomized, double-blind, active-controlled fracture endpoint VERO study included postmenopausal women with established osteoporosis, who had at least 2 moderate or 1 severe baseline vertebral fractures (VFx), and BMD T-score ≤-1.5. Patients were treated with either s.c. daily teriparatide 20 μg or oral weekly risedronate 35 mg. As previously reported, the risk of new VFx and clinical fractures (a composite of clinical VFx and non vertebral fragility fractures [NVFFx]) was statistically significantly reduced with teriparatide compared with risedronate...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326773/clinical-outcomes-of-patients-undergoing-rotational-atherectomy-followed-by-drug-eluting-stent-implantation-a-single-center-real-world-experience
#12
Lucky R Cuenza, Ada Cherryl Jayme, James Ho Khe Sui
Background: Rotational atherectomy (RA) is used to improve procedural success of percutaneous catheter interventions (PCIs) of complex and heavily calcified coronary lesions. We report the clinical experience and outcomes in our institution with the use of RA, followed by drug-eluting stent implantation. Materials and Methods: Data of 81 patients treated with PCI and adjunctive RA were analyzed. Clinical follow-up for the occurrence of major adverse events (MAEs) was obtained in all patients and correlated with significant variables using multivariate Cox proportional hazards analysis...
October 2017: Heart Views: the Official Journal of the Gulf Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326106/risk-of-hypoglycemia-after-hospital-discharge-after-acute-kidney-injury-in-patients-with-diabetes
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Adriana M Hung, Edward D Siew, Otis D Wilson, Amy M Perkins, Robert A Greevy, Jeffrey Horner, Khaled Abdel-Kader, Sharidan K Parr, Christianne L Roumie, Marie R Griffin, T Alp Ikizler, Theodore Speroff, Michael E Matheny
OBJECTIVE: Hypoglycemia is common in patients with diabetes. The risk of hypoglycemia after acute kidney injury (AKI) is not well-defined. The purpose of this study was to compare the risk for postdischarge hypoglycemia among hospitalized patients with diabetes who do and do not experience AKI. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We performed a propensity-matched analysis of patients with diabetes, with and without AKI, using a retrospective national cohort of veterans hospitalized between 2004 and 2012...
January 11, 2018: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325708/promising-roles-for-pharmacists-in-addressing-the-u-s-opioid-crisis
#14
Wilson M Compton, Christopher M Jones, Jack B Stein, Eric M Wargo
Overdoses of prescription or illicit opioids claimed the lives of 116 Americans each day in 2016, and the crisis continues to escalate. As healthcare systems evolve to address the crisis, the potential of pharmacists to make a positive difference is significant. In addition to utilizing available prescription drug monitoring programs to help prevent diversion of opioids, practicing pharmacists can be alert for signs of opioid misuse by patients (e.g., multiple prescriptions from different physicians) as well as inappropriate prescribing or hazardous drug combinations that physicians may not be aware of (e...
December 31, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325289/-optimal-treatment-regimen-for-patients-with-hbeag-positive-chronic-hepatitis-b-after-suboptimal-response-to-24-weeks-of-peg-ifn-%C3%AE-2a
#15
X D Luo, X P Chen, X F Chen
Objective: To investigate the optimal treatment regimen for patients with HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B (CHB) after suboptimal response to 24 weeks of pegylated interferon (Peg-IFN) α-2a. Methods: A total of 188 patients with HBeAg-positive CHB who had suboptimal response to 24 weeks of Peg-IFN α-2a were randomly divided into entecavir group (n = 93) and telbivudine group (n = 95). The two groups received entecavir 0.5 mg/d and telbivudine 0.6 g/d, respectively, for 208 weeks. After 208 weeks of treatment, the following indices were assessed: HBeAg clearance rate and seroconversion rate, hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA clearance rate (HBV DNA < 500 IU/ml), safety, and drug resistance rate...
December 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325268/-clinical-significance-of-targeting-drug-based-molecular-biomarkers-expression-in-ovarian-clear-cell-carcinoma
#16
M J Li, H R Li, X Cheng, R Bi, X Y Tu, F Liu, L H Chen
Objective: To assess the expression level of targeting drug-based molecular biomarkers in ovarian clear cell carcinoma (OCCC) tissues and its clinical significance. Methods: A total of 63 OCCC patients included 40 primary OCCC and 23 recurrent OCCC for secondary cytoreductive surgery (SCS), who had received primary surgeries at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center between January, 2008 and December, 2015 were enrolled, and immunohistochemistry SP method was used to test human epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2), aurora kinase A (AURKA), breast cancer susceptibility gene 1 (BRCA1), BRCA2 and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1)protein expression in paraffin-embedded tissues...
December 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325084/metformin-use-reverses-the-increased-mortality-associated-with-diabetes-mellitus-during-tuberculosis-treatment
#17
Nicholas R Degner, Jann-Yuan Wang, Jonathan E Golub, Petros C Karakousis
Background: The global type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) epidemic threatens progress made in reducing tuberculosis (TB)-related mortality worldwide. Previous clinical studies have not fully evaluated potential confounding variables in addressing the impact of DM on TB treatment outcomes. The antidiabetic agent metformin regulates autophagy and may play a role as a host-directed therapeutic adjuvant to antitubercular treatment. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study comprising patients aged ≥13 years undergoing treatment for culture-confirmed, drug-susceptible pulmonary TB...
January 6, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321166/fetal-and-early-life-antibiotics-exposure-and-very-early-onset-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-population-based-study
#18
Anne K Örtqvist, Cecilia Lundholm, Jonas Halfvarson, Jonas F Ludvigsson, Catarina Almqvist
OBJECTIVE: Earlier studies on antibiotics exposure and development of IBD (Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC)) may have been biased by familial factors and gastroenteritis. We aimed to estimate the association between antibiotics during pregnancy or infantile age and very early onset (VEO) IBD. DESIGN: In this cohort study of 827 239 children born in Sweden between 2006 and 2013, we examined the link between exposure to systemic antibiotics and VEO-IBD (diagnosis <6 years of age), using Cox proportional hazard regression models...
January 10, 2018: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319947/schedules-of-controlled-substances-temporary-placement-of-cyclopropyl-fentanyl-in-schedule-i-temporary-amendment-temporary-scheduling-order
#19
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The Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration is issuing this temporary scheduling order to schedule the synthetic opioid, -(1-phenethylpiperidin-4-yl)-N-phenylcyclopropanecarboxamide (cyclopropyl fentanyl), and its isomers, esters, ethers, salts, and salts of isomers, esters, and ethers in schedule I. This action is based on a finding by the Administrator that the placement of cyclopropyl fentanyl in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety...
January 4, 2018: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319538/-hidden-occupational-allergens-such-as-additives
#20
Santiago Quirce, Darío Antolín-Amérigo, Javier Domínguez-Ortega
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: With the development of innovative technologies, new agents are continually introduced to the workplace. Some of these agents can act as hidden allergens whenever they are not declared in the product labels or whenever their health hazards are unknown. This review article focuses on the identification and description of unusual and/or hidden allergens recently incriminated in occupational diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: Occupational exposure is an important global health issue that can induce respiratory and cutaneous disorders, as well as life-threatening anaphylaxis...
January 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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