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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531278/cardiovascular-toxic-effects-of-targeted-cancer-therapy
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Kazuko Tajiri, Kazutaka Aonuma, Ikuo Sekine
Over the past decade, there has been a major shift in chemotherapy from non-specific cytotoxic drugs to molecular targeted drug therapies. As more molecular targeted therapies are developed, new types of cardiovascular toxicities induced by targeted therapies are a growing problem. Cardiotoxicity induced by the human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 inhibitor trastuzumab manifests as decreased left ventricular ejection fraction. In contrast to anthracycline treatment, most cardiac events occur during trastuzumab treatment, but are reversed quickly when treatment is interrupted and cardiac intervention is established...
May 20, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528519/il-6-blockade-in-the-management-of-non-infectious-uveitis
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Giuseppe Lopalco, Claudia Fabiani, Jurgen Sota, Orso Maria Lucherini, Gian Marco Tosi, Bruno Frediani, Florenzo Iannone, Mauro Galeazzi, Rossella Franceschini, Donato Rigante, Luca Cantarini
Several pathogenetic studies have paved the way for a newer more rational therapeutic approach to non-infectious uveitis, and treatment of different forms of immune-driven uveitis has drastically evolved in recent years after the advent of biotechnological drugs. Tumor necrosis factor-α targeted therapies, the first-line recommended biologics in uveitis, have certainly led to remarkable results in patients with non-infectious uveitis. Nevertheless, the decision-making process turns out to be extremely difficult in anti-tumor necrosis factor or multidrug-resistant cases...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528187/anticonvulsant-activity-of-pseudospondias-microcarpa-a-rich-engl-hydroethanolic-leaf-extract-in-mice-the-role-of-excitatory-inhibitory-neurotransmission-and-nitric-oxide-pathway
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Donatus W Adongo, Priscilla K Mante, Kennedy K E Kukuia, Robert P Biney, Eric Boakye-Gyasi, Charles K Benneh, Elvis O Ameyaw, Eric Woode
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Pseudospondias microcarpa (A. Rich) Engl. is a plant used for managing various diseases including central nervous system disorders. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study explored the anticonvulsant activity of P. microcarpa hydroethanolic leaf extract (PME) as well as possible mechanism(s) of action in animal models. METHODS: Effects of PME was assessed in electroconvulsive (the maximal electroshock and 6-Hz seizures) and chemoconvulsive (pentylenetetrazole-, picrotoxin-, isoniazid-, 4-aminopyridine-, and strychnine-induced seizures) models of epilepsy...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527958/treadmill-exercise-produces-neuroprotective-effects-in-a-murine-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-by-regulating-the-tlr2-myd88-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Jung-Hoon Koo, Yong-Chul Jang, Dong-Ju Hwang, Hyun-Seob Um, Nam-Hee Lee, Jae-Hoon Jung, Joon-Yong Cho
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by progressive dopamine depletion and a loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc). Treadmill exercise is a promising non-pharmacological approach for reducing the risk of PD and other neuroinflammatory disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. The goal of this study was to investigate the effects of treadmill exercise on α-synuclein-induced neuroinflammation and neuronal cell death in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced mouse model of PD...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526719/management-of-treatment-related-adverse-events-with-agents-targeting-the-mapk-pathway-in-patients-with-metastatic-melanoma
#5
Adil Daud, Katy Tsai
Tremendous progress has been made in the clinical landscape of advanced-stage BRAF V600-mutant melanoma treatment over the past 5 years. Targeted therapies that inhibit specific steps of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway have been shown to provide significant overall treatment benefit in patients with this difficult-to-treat disease. Combination therapy with BRAF and MEK inhibitors (dabrafenib plus trametinib or vemurafenib plus cobimetinib, respectively) has become standard of care. These agents are administered until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity occurs; thus, some patients may remain on maintenance therapy for an extended period of time, while toxicities may result in early discontinuation in other patients...
May 18, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525403/genetic-diseases-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-skin-cancer-development-in-childhood
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Alexander L Fogel, Kavita Y Sarin, Joyce M C Teng
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Childhood skin cancers are relatively rare and may indicate an underlying genetic disorder. The increasing elucidation of genetic pathways is changing the diagnosis and management of genetic skin cancer susceptibility syndromes. In this review, we provide an overview of genetic conditions that predispose to skin cancer development in childhood and signs that providers should assess when evaluating affected individuals. RECENT FINDINGS: In basal cell nevus syndrome (BCNS), the patched2 (PTCH2) and suppressor of fused (SUFU) genes have been implicated in disease pathogenesis...
May 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524624/pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-progress-in-understanding-the-disease-and-prioritizing-strategies-for-drug-development
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P Ghataorhe, C J Rhodes, L Harbaum, M Attard, J Wharton, M R Wilkins
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), at one time a largely overlooked disease, is now the subject of intense study in many academic and biotech groups. The availability of new treatments has increased awareness of the condition. This in turn has driven a change in the demographics of PAH, with an increase in the mean age at diagnosis. The diagnosis of PAH in more elderly patients has highlighted the need for careful phenotyping of patients and for further studies to understand how best to manage pulmonary hypertension associated with, for example, left heart disease...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523210/care-pathway-for-cancer-survivorship-in-korea-trend-of-breast-cancer-pathway-from-2003-to-2010
#8
Hwa Jeong Seo, Dong Yong Noh
OBJECTIVES: The survival rate of cancer patients has exceeded 60%. Although cancer survivors may die of other diseases except cancer, the health management system including chronic disease prevention-management for cancer survivors, has not been established in the diverse aspects. Therefore, services according to care pathway of cancer patients need to be provided through a support system based on a platform concept that can be used to meet patient needs in various ways. METHODS: A sample cohort database (2002-2010) of approximately 1 million persons-2% of the whole nation (50 million)-was used to estimate cancer survivors through a principal care pathway for cancer management...
April 2017: Healthcare Informatics Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521839/associations-between-systemic-bone-mineral-density-and-early-knee-cartilage-changes-in-middle-aged-adults-without-clinical-knee-disease-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Andrew J Teichtahl, Yuanyuan Wang, Anita E Wluka, Boyd J Strauss, Joseph Proietto, John B Dixon, Graeme Jones, Flavia M Cicuttini
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis has a high prevalence in people with high bone mineral density (BMD). Nevertheless, whether high systemic BMD predates early structural features of knee osteoarthritis is unclear. This study examined the association between systemic BMD and knee cartilage defect progression and cartilage volume loss in middle-aged people without clinical knee disease. METHODS: Adults (n = 153) aged 25-60 years had total body, lumbar spine, and total hip BMD assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry at baseline (2005-2008), and tibial cartilage volume and tibiofemoral cartilage defects assessed by magnetic resonance imaging at baseline and follow up (2008-2010)...
May 18, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521327/epigenomics-pharmacoepigenomics-and-personalized-medicine-in-cervical-cancer
#10
Shama Prasada Kabekkodu, Sanjiban Chakrabarty, Supriti Ghosh, Angela Brand, Kapaettu Satyamoorthy
Epigenomics encompasses the study of genome-wide changes in DNA methylation, histone modifications and noncoding RNAs leading to altered transcription, chromatin structure, and posttranscription RNA processing, respectively, resulting in an altered rate of gene expression. The role of epigenetic modifications facilitating human diseases is well established. Previous studies have identified histone and cytosine code during normal and pathological conditions with special emphasis on how these modifications regulate transcriptional events...
May 19, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521010/prospective-audit-of-a-pathway-for-in-patient-pain-management-of-chronic-abdominal-pain-a-novel-and-cost-effective-strategy
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Gopinath Niraj, Sanjay Chaudhri
Background.:  Unexplained abdominal pain is a common cause of hospital admission and utilizes significant resource. Current in-patient pain management of acute exacerbation of chronic abdominal pain is primarily directed at pharmacological and psychological management strategies in this group of complex patients. We adopted a novel approach that proved to be both clinically effective and cost-effective. Design.:  Adult patients admitted to a surgical ward with acute exacerbation of chronic abdominal pain referred to in-patient pain management were prospectively audited over a two-year period at a single tertiary centre...
May 17, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520927/preoperative-stratification-of-transsphenoidal-pituitary-surgery-patients-based-on-surgical-urgency
#12
Hasan A Zaidi, Amy J Wang, David J Cote, Timothy R Smith, Daniel Prevedello, Domenico Solari, Paolo Cappabianca, Monica Quiroga, Edward R Laws
BACKGROUND: Currently, there is no prioritization scale available to distinguish those patients with pituitary tumors who require urgent surgical intervention from those who are candidates for elective treatment. OBJECTIVE: To develop a classification system that can help primary care physicians, endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, ancillary support staff, and hospital administrators identify high-priority surgical candidates. METHODS: An expert international panel of clinicians consisting of endocrinologists and neurosurgeons who are involved in the diagnosis and management of sellar disease was convened...
May 18, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516435/management-considerations-in-cancer-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Richard J Zogala, Kristina Goutsouliak, Maria E Suarez-Almazor
Rheumatoid arthritis is a common inflammatory disease that requires treatment with immunosuppressants to control symptoms and avoid joint destruction. Managing cancer in patients with concomitant rheumatoid arthritis poses special challenges that require close coordination of care between oncologists and rheumatologists. Potential clinical issues needing special consideration include: 1) perioperative management in patients undergoing cancer surgery, which often requires discontinuation of antirrheumatic therapy; 2) use of immunosuppressant therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, especially biologic agents that inhibit cytokine and immune pathways, which conceivably could affect immune-mediated antitumor responses (the issues are different in patients with active cancer vs those with a past history of cancer and no recurrences); 3) management in the palliative care setting; and 4) use of cancer immunotherapy, such as checkpoint inhibitor agents, in patients with pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis...
May 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515299/a-diverse-range-of-novel-rna-viruses-in-geographically-distinct-honey-bee-populations
#14
Emily J Remnant, Mang Shi, Gabriele Buchmann, Tjeerd Blacquière, Edward C Holmes, Madeleine Beekman, Alyson Ashe
Understanding the diversity and consequences of viruses present in honey bees is critical to maintain pollinator health and manage the spread of disease. The viral landscape of honey bees (Apis mellifera) has changed dramatically since the emergence of the parasitic mite Varroa destructor, which increased the spread of virulent variants of viruses such as Deformed wing virus. Previous genomic studies have focused on colonies suffering from Varroa and virulent viruses, which could mask other viral species present in honey bees, resulting in a distorted view of viral diversity...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511673/long-term-safety-and-efficacy-of-vismodegib-in-patients-with-advanced-basal-cell-carcinoma-final-update-of-the-pivotal-erivance-bcc-study
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Aleksandar Sekulic, Michael R Migden, Nicole Basset-Seguin, Claus Garbe, Anja Gesierich, Christopher D Lao, Chris Miller, Laurent Mortier, Dedee F Murrell, Omid Hamid, Jorge F Quevedo, Jeannie Hou, Edward McKenna, Natalie Dimier, Sarah Williams, Dirk Schadendorf, Axel Hauschild
BACKGROUND: In the primary analysis of the ERIVANCE BCC trial, vismodegib, the first US Food and Drug Administration-approved Hedgehog pathway inhibitor, showed objective response rates (ORRs) by independent review facility (IRF) of 30% and 43% in metastatic basal cell carcinoma (mBCC) and locally advanced BCC (laBCC), respectively. ORRs by investigator review were 45% (mBCC) and 60% (laBCC). Herein, we present long-term safety and final investigator-assessed efficacy results in patients with mBCC or laBCC...
May 16, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511181/1-cmdb-a-curated-database-of-genomic-variations-of-the-one-carbon-metabolism-pathway
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Manoj K Bhat, Veerendra P Gadekar, Aditya Jain, Bobby Paul, Padmalatha S Rai, Kapaettu Satyamoorthy
BACKGROUND: The one-carbon metabolism pathway is vital in maintaining tissue homeostasis by driving the critical reactions of folate and methionine cycles. A myriad of genetic and epigenetic events mark the rate of reactions in a tissue-specific manner. Integration of these to predict and provide personalized health management requires robust computational tools that can process multiomics data. The DNA sequences that may determine the chain of biological events and the endpoint reactions within one-carbon metabolism genes remain to be comprehensively recorded...
May 17, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510119/genetic-epidemiology-of-titin-truncating-variants-in-the-etiology-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#17
REVIEW
Ali M Tabish, Valerio Azzimato, Aris Alexiadis, Byambajav Buyandelger, Ralph Knöll
Heart failure (HF) is a complex clinical syndrome defined by the inability of the heart to pump enough blood to meet the body's metabolic demands. Major causes of HF are cardiomyopathies (diseases of the myocardium associated with mechanical and/or electrical dysfunction), among which the most common form is dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). DCM is defined by ventricular chamber enlargement and systolic dysfunction with normal left ventricular wall thickness, which leads to progressive HF. Over 60 genes are linked to the etiology of DCM...
May 5, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509816/variations-in-health-insurance-policies-regarding-biologic-therapy-use-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#18
Abhijeet Yadav, Joshua Foromera, Ilana Feuerstein, Kenneth R Falchuk, Joseph D Feuerstein
BACKGROUND: The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has developed guidelines for the management of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease (CD) recommending anti-TNF therapy in moderate-severe disease. However, which drug is used is often dictated by insurance company policies. We sought to determine the insurance policy requirements prior to approval of biologic therapies. METHODS: Using the National Association of Insurance Commissioners report of the top 125 insurance companies by market share in 2014, we reviewed the first 50 that had online policies regarding anti-TNF and vedolizumab available...
June 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509767/variations-in-health-insurance-policies-regarding-biologic-therapy-use-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#19
Abhijeet Yadav, Joshua Foromera, Ilana Feuerstein, Kenneth R Falchuk, Joseph D Feuerstein
BACKGROUND: The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has developed guidelines for the management of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease (CD) recommending anti-TNF therapy in moderate-severe disease. However, which drug is used is often dictated by insurance company policies. We sought to determine the insurance policy requirements prior to approval of biologic therapies. METHODS: Using the National Association of Insurance Commissioners report of the top 125 insurance companies by market share in 2014, we reviewed the first 50 that had online policies regarding anti-TNF and vedolizumab available...
May 15, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502277/lactobacillus-paracasei-gmnl-32-lactobacillus-reuteri-gmnl-89-and-l-reuteri-gmnl-263-ameliorate-hepatic-injuries-in-lupus-prone-mice
#20
Tsai-Ching Hsu, Chih-Yang Huang, Chung-Hsien Liu, Kuo-Ching Hsu, Yi-Hsing Chen, Bor-Show Tzang
Probiotics are known to regulate host immunity by interacting with systemic and mucosal immune cells as well as intestinal epithelial cells. Supplementation with certain probiotics has been reported to be effective against various disorders, including immune-related diseases. However, little is known about the effectiveness of Lactobacillus paracasei GMNL-32 (GMNL-32), Lactobacillus reuteri GMNL-89 (GMNL-89) and L. reuteri GMNL-263 (GMNL-263) in the management of autoimmune diseases, especially systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)...
May 15, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
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