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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813773/a-case-of-ivig-induced-aseptic-chemical-meningitis
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Anish Patel, Kalyan Chakravarthy Potu, Tamera Sturm
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is a commonly used and generally well-tolerated medication. Common side effects include flu-like symptoms such as fevers, headaches, myalgia, fatigue, and nausea. One of the more rare side effects is aseptic meningitis, with a reported incidence rate of around 0.067 percent of all IVIG infusions. In this paper, we describe a 47-year-old female patient with a history of myasthenia gravis who presented with a headache, neck pain, and neck stiffness while undergoing IVIG infusions for a myasthenia crisis...
March 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812967/tanshinone-induced-ers-suppresses-igfii-activation-to-alleviate-ang-ii-mediated-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Ya-Fang Chen, Nien-Hung Lee, Pei-Ying Pai, Li-Chin Chung, Chia-Yao Shen, Peramaiyan Rajendran, Yu-Feng Chen, Ray-Jade Chen, Vijaya Padma Viswanadha, Wei-Wen Kuo, Chih-Yang Huang
Cardiomyopathy involves changes in myocardial ultrastructure and cardiac hypertrophy. Angiotensin II (AngII) has previously been shown to stimulate the expression of IGF-2 and IGF-2R in H9c2 cardiomyoblasts and increase of blood pressure, and cardiac hypertrophy. Estrogen receptors (ERs) exert protective effects, such as anti-hypertrophy in cadiomyocytes. Tanshinone IIA (TSN), a main active ingredient from a Chinese medical herb, Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge (Danshen), was shown to protect cardiomyocytes hypertrophy by different stress signals...
October 2017: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812869/entry-inhibitors-a-perspective-for-prevention-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-organ-transplantation
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Che C Colpitts, Raymond T Chung, Thomas F Baumert
Entry inhibitors are emerging as an attractive class of therapeutics for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Entry inhibitors target either virion-associated factors or cellular factors necessary for infection. By blocking entry into cells, entry inhibitors prevent both the establishment of persistent reservoirs and the emergence of resistant variants during viral replication. Furthermore, entry inhibitors protect naïve cells from virus-induced alterations. Combining entry inhibitors with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) may therefore improve treatment outcomes, particularly in the context of organ transplantation...
August 16, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812541/systematic-review-of-interventions-for-treating-or-preventing-antipsychotic-induced-tardive-dyskinesia
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Hanna Bergman, Dawn-Marie Walker, Adriani Nikolakopoulou, Karla Soares-Weiser, Clive E Adams
BACKGROUND: Antipsychotic medication can cause tardive dyskinesia (TD) - late-onset, involuntary, repetitive movements, often involving the face and tongue. TD occurs in > 20% of adults taking antipsychotic medication (first-generation antipsychotics for > 3 months), with this proportion increasing by 5% per year among those who continue to use these drugs. The incidence of TD among those taking newer antipsychotics is not different from the rate in people who have used older-generation drugs in moderate doses...
August 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811950/autoscopic-hallucination-in-alcohol-dependence-syndrome-a-rare-or-missed-phenomenon
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Sulochana Joshi, Binita Thapa, Rabi Shakya
Autoscopic phenomenon, a psychic illusionary duplication of one's own self, has been the subject of interest in the literature and science for years. It has been reported in various diseases of the central nervous system but with an unknown mechanism. Hallucinations are a common presentation in alcohol dependence syndrome during delirium tremens and as induced disorder. However, autoscopic hallucination has been rarely reported in the cases of alcohol dependence. We present a case of a 40-year-old man who experienced autoscopic hallucination during the withdrawal state of alcohol...
2017: Case Reports in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811823/protective-barrier-properties-of-rhinosectan-%C3%A2-spray-containing-xyloglucan-on-an-organotypic-3d-airway-tissue-model-mucilair-results-of-an-in-vitro-study
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Barbara De Servi, Francesco Ranzini, Núria Piqué
BACKGROUND: To evaluate barrier protective properties of Rhinosectan(®) spray, a medical device containing xyloglucan, on nasal epithelial cells (MucilAir). METHODS: MucilAir-Nasal, a three-dimensional organotypic (with different cell types) airway tissue model, was treated with the medical device Rhinosectan(®) (30 µL) or with controls (Rhinocort-budesonide-or saline solution). The protective barrier effects of Rhinosectan(®) were evaluated by: TEER (trans-epithelial electrical resistance) (preservation of tight junctions), Lucifer Yellow assay (preservation of paracellular flux) and confocal immunofluorescence microscopy (localization of tight junction proteins)...
2017: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811131/assessment-of-translational-risk-in-drug-research-role-of-biomarker-classification-and-mechanism-based-pkpd-concepts
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Sandra A G Visser, Tjerk J H Bueters
In 2005, Danhof and coauthors proposed a new biomarker classification in the context of the application of mechanism-based PKPD modeling. They defined the term 'biomarker' as a measure that characterizes a drug-induced response, which is on the causal path between drug administration and clinical outcome. The biomarker classification identified seven categories that provide different insights into the kinetics of drug action, such as target site distribution, target engagement, or into the impact of the drug on physiology or disease...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810532/plga-ctab-curcumin-nanoparticles-fabrication-characterization-and-molecular-basis-of-anticancer-activity-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cell-lines-mda-mb-231-cells
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Ramovatar Meena, Sumit Kumar, Raj Kumar, Usha Singh Gaharwar, Paulraj Rajamani
Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) are aggressive cancers, which do not control by hormonal therapy or therapies that target HER-2 receptors. Curcumin (Cur) has shown cytotoxic effects in multiple cancer cell lines. However, its medical uses remain limited due to low aqueous solubility and poor bioavailability. Therefore, present study was aimed to fabricate the small positive charge curcumin nanoparticles (CN) by nanoprecipitation methods using PLGA and CTAB, and to evaluate its anticancer efficacy and underlying the mechanism in triple negative breast cancer cell lines (MDA-MB-231 cells)...
August 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810098/a-rare-case-of-pulmonary-lymphomatoid-granulomatosis
#9
Ukamaka Nwakife Nwadibia, Kalyan Chakravarthy Potu, Eric A Larson, Galal Ahmed
In this report, we discuss an unusual case of pulmonary lymphomatoid granulomatosis (LYG), a rare form of angiocentric and angiodestructive lymphoproliferative disorder. This disease is thought to be caused by Epstein-Barr virus-induced lymphoproliferation. A 39-year-old male with no signi ficant past medical history presented with flu-like symptoms. Upon further evaluation, laboratory studies noted pancytopenia, and a chest X-ray showed bilateral nodular densities. A computerized tomography (CT) scan demonstrated bilateral pulmonary nodules and splenomegaly...
January 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809991/treatment-of-inverse-intertriginous-psoriasis-updated-guidelines-from-the-medical-board-of-the-national-psoriasis-foundation
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Hasan Khosravi, Michael P Siegel, Abby S Van Voorhees, Joseph F Merola
<p>Inverse or intertriginous psoriasis commonly involves skin fold areas including the axillae, perianal skin, intergluteal cleft, inframammary, genital/inguinal, abdominal, and retroauricular folds. After reviewing the literature for new treatments, a task force was convened to update a consensus on inverse psoriasis therapy. Short-term treatment continues to be low-potency topical steroids. In order to avoid steroid-induced adverse effects, long-term therapy includes topical immunomodulators, calcitriol, and calcipotriene...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809934/long-term-exposure-to-air-pollution-and-the-incidence-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-nested-case-control-study
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Chiu-Ying Chen, Hui-Jung Hung, Kuang-Hsi Chang, Chung Y Hsu, Chih-Hsin Muo, Chon-Haw Tsai, Trong-Neng Wu
BACKGROUND: Previous studies revealed that chronic exposure to air pollution can significantly increase the risk of the development of Parkinson's disease (PD), but this relationship is inconclusive as large-scale prospective studies are limited and the results are inconsistent. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to ascertain the adverse health effects of air pollution exposure in a nationwide population using a longitudinal approach. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a nested case-control study using the National Health Insurance Research Dataset (NHIRD), which consisted of 1,000,000 beneficiaries in the National Health Insurance Program (NHI) in the year 2000 and their medical records from 1995 to 2013 and using public data on air pollution concentrations from monitoring stations across Taiwan released from the Environmental Protection Administration to identify people with ages ≥ 40 years living in areas with monitoring stations during 1995-1999 as study subjects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809467/multidimensional-control-of-cas9-by-evolved-rna-polymerase-based-biosensors
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Jinyue Pu, Kaitlin Kentala, Bryan C Dickinson
Systems to control Cas9 with spatial and temporal precision offer opportunities to decrease side effects, protect sensitive tissues, and create gene therapies that are only activated at defined times and places. Here, we present the design of new Cas9 controllers based on RNA polymerase (RNAP)-based biosensors that produce gRNAs, thereby regulating target knockout. After development and validation of a new abscisic acid-inducible biosensor to control Cas9, we lowered the background of the system using continuous evolution...
August 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809421/-reactive-nano-complex-coated-medical-cotton-a-facile-avenue-for-tailored-release-of-small-molecules
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Adil Majeed Rather, Sulendar Mahato, Kousik Maji, Neeha Gogoi, Uttam Manna
Controlled and sustained release of drug-like small molecules in an aqueous medium still remains a challenging problem due to rapid infiltration of liquid water in most reported drug release systems. However, internal-superhydrophobicity with an antifouling property extending beyond the surface of a material recently has been recognized as a potential avenue for sustained and extended release of drug-like small molecules. Sluggish removal of metastable trapped air in a superhyrophobic material provides a basis to achieve extended release of encapsulated small molecules...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808688/adaptive-mistranslation-accelerates-the-evolution-of-fluconazole-resistance-and-induces-major-genomic-and-gene-expression-alterations-in-candida-albicans
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Tobias Weil, Rodrigo Santamaría, Wanseon Lee, Johan Rung, Noemi Tocci, Darren Abbey, Ana R Bezerra, Laura Carreto, Gabriela R Moura, Mónica Bayés, Ivo G Gut, Attila Csikasz-Nagy, Duccio Cavalieri, Judith Berman, Manuel A S Santos
Regulated erroneous protein translation (adaptive mistranslation) increases proteome diversity and produces advantageous phenotypic variability in the human pathogen Candida albicans. It also increases fitness in the presence of fluconazole, but the underlying molecular mechanism is not understood. To address this question, we evolved hypermistranslating and wild-type strains in the absence and presence of fluconazole and compared their fluconazole tolerance and resistance trajectories during evolution. The data show that mistranslation increases tolerance and accelerates the acquisition of resistance to fluconazole...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808393/evaluation-of-the-antidiabetic-properties-of-s-1708-mulberry-variety
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Brijesh Ranjan, Randhir Kumar, Neeraj Verma, Swati Mittal, Pranab Lal Pakrasi, R Venkatesh Kumar
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is a metabolic disease prevalent worldwide in all age group of people. The source of diabetes is due to an oxidation process that can produce free radicals. An increase in oxidative free radicals in the body is reported to be one of the several causes of diabetes. The best remedy to combat oxidative stress is the use of antioxidants, which inhibit and scavenge free radicals. AIM: This study has been undertaken to evaluate the antioxidant activity and antidiabetic effect of mulberry leaf extract in diabetic mice...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807916/inhibition-of-calcineurin-or-impdh-exerts-moderate-to-potent-antiviral-activity-against-norovirus-replication
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Wen Dang, Yuebang Yin, Yijin Wang, Wenshi Wang, Junhong Su, Dave Sprengers, Luc J W van der Laan, Krzysztof Felczak, Krzysztof W Pankiewicz, Kyeong-Ok Chang, Marion P G Koopmans, Herold J Metselaar, Maikel P Peppelenbosch, Qiuwei Pan
Norovirus is a major cause of acute gastroenteritis worldwide and has emerged as an important issue of chronic infection in transplantation patients. Since no approved antiviral is available, we evaluated the effects of different immunosuppressants and ribavirin on norovirus and explored their mechanism-of-actions by using a human norovirus (HuNV) replicon-harboring model and a surrogate murine norovirus (MNV) infectious model. Roles of corresponding drug targets were investigated by gain- or loss-of-function approaches...
August 14, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807733/early-trabeculotomy-ab-externo-in-treatment-of-sturge-weber-syndrome
#17
Yue Wu, Rujing Yu, Di Chen, Li Xu, Li Zhu, Mao Li, Chunyu Guo, Ping Gu, Xiaoxi Lin, Wenyi Guo
PURPOSE: To evaluate the intermediate-term efficacy and safety of trabeculotomy in infant Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS). DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. METHODS: All SWS-induced glaucoma patients less than 12 months of age who underwent trabeculotomy at our Ophthalmology Department from August 2011 to March 2017 were reviewed. Baseline demographics, intraocular pressure (IOP), cup-to-disc ratio (C/D) and cornea diameters were noted before surgery...
August 11, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807414/transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-4-expressing-macrophages-and-keratinocytes-contribute-differentially-to-allergic-and-nonallergic-chronic-itch
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Jialie Luo, Jing Feng, Guang Yu, Pu Yang, Madison R Mack, Junhui Du, Weihua Yu, Aihua Qian, Yujin Zhang, Shenbin Liu, Shijin Yin, Amy Xu, Jizhong Cheng, Qingyun Liu, Roger G O'Neil, Yang Xia, Liang Ma, Susan M Carlton, Brian S Kim, Kenneth Renner, Qin Liu, Hongzhen Hu
BACKGROUND: Chronic itch is a highly debilitating symptom that underlies many medical disorders with no universally effective treatments. Although unique neuronal signaling cascades in the sensory ganglia and spinal cord have been shown to critically promote the pathogenesis of chronic itch, the role of skin-associated cells remains poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine the cutaneous mechanisms underlying transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4)-mediated allergic and nonallergic chronic itch...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806793/holding-providers-accountable-for-health-care-outcomes
#19
David W Baker, Mark R Chassin
Federal public reporting and payment programs have increasingly emphasized the measurement of outcomes (such as readmission, health care-associated infections, and mortality). Yet, the criteria for assessing whether outcome measures are accurate and valid enough to use for public reporting, payment, and accreditation are not well-defined. An outcome measure should be used only if the outcome can be influenced substantially by providers (that is, a strong process-outcome link exists) and statistical adjustment can be made for differences in patient populations across providers so that differences in outcomes are truly attributable to differences in the care provided...
August 15, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805813/analysis-of-genome-wide-association-data-highlights-candidates-for-drug-repositioning-in-psychiatry
#20
Hon-Cheong So, Carlos Kwan-Long Chau, Wan-To Chiu, Kin-Sang Ho, Cho-Pong Lo, Stephanie Ho-Yue Yim, Pak-Chung Sham
Knowledge of psychiatric disease genetics has advanced rapidly during the past decade with the advent of genome-wide association studies (GWAS). However, less progress has been made in harnessing these data to reveal new therapies. Here we propose a framework for drug repositioning by comparing transcriptomes imputed from GWAS data with drug-induced gene expression profiles from the Connectivity Map database and apply this approach to seven psychiatric disorders. We found a number of repositioning candidates, many supported by preclinical or clinical evidence...
August 14, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
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