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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346710/an-extensive-caseous-calcification-of-the-mitral-annulus-complicated-with-severe-mitral-regurgitation
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Alper Karakus, Hakan Tibilli, Ibrahim H Inanc, Hakan Tasolar, Serdar Turkmen, Erdal Akturk
Caseous calcification of the mitral annulus (CCMA) is considered a rare variant of mitral annular calcification (MAC) due to caseous transformation of the inner material and prevalence of CCMA, about 0.63% of all MAC cases and 0.06%-0.07% of the population. The precise pathophysiology of CCMA is still unknown. It is a chronic degenerative disorder common in the elderly, particularly in women. Caseous calcification of the mitral annulus (CCMA) is a soft peri-annular extensive calcification, resembling cardiac tumors, abscesses, vegetation, or calcified thrombus, which is composed of an admixture of calcium, fatty acids, and cholesterol with a toothpaste-like texture...
January 18, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346380/rapidly-progressive-dementia-an-eight-year-2008-2016-retrospective-study
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Patil Anuja, Vishnu Venugopalan, Naheed Darakhshan, Pandit Awadh, Vinny Wilson, Goyal Manoj, Modi Manish, Lal Vivek
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Rapidly progressive dementia (RPD) is an emergency in cognitive neurology, defined as cognitive impairment affecting the daily living activities developed over less than 1 year. This study investigated the profile of patients with rapidly progressive dementia at first presentation. METHODS: Retrospective case analysis was done in 187 patients with rapidly progressive dementia who presented to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India from January 2008 to August 2016...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345696/antiemetic-efficacy-and-safety-of-granisetron-or-palonosetron-alone-and-in-combination-with-a-corticosteroid-for-abvd-therapy-induced-nausea-and-vomiting
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Mayako Uchida, Tsutomu Nakamura, Kojiro Hata, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Yasuo Mori, Koji Kato, Kenjiro Kamezaki, Katsuto Takenaka, Motoaki Shiratsuchi, Keiko Hosohata, Toshihiro Miyamoto, Koichi Akashi
Background: Antiemetic effects and safety of granisetron or palonosetron alone and in combination with a corticosteroid against chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) were retrospectively evaluated in patients with Hodgkin lymphoma receiving adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (ABVD) therapy. Methods: A total of 39 patients were eligible for this study. Before ABVD therapy, granisetron or palonosetron was intravenously administered with or without a corticosteroid (dexamethasone or hydrocortisone) and aprepitant...
2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345690/clozapine-induced-myocarditis
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COMMENT
Tanuka Datta, Allen J Solomon
Approved in 1989 for the management of treatment-resistant schizophrenia, Clozapine is a last-line atypical antipsychotic drug used with increasing frequency. In addition to its well-known side effect of agranulocytosis, this drug also carries with it rare but serious adverse cardiovascular risk of myocarditis. We present a patient on Clozapine who was admitted to the cardiology service with chest pain, ST segment elevations and elevated troponin concerning for acute myocardial infarction. Evaluation with imaging revealed decreased left ventricular function, however, no coronary artery disease was present on catheterization; findings consistent with a diagnosis of myocarditis...
January 2018: Oxford Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345201/clinical-validation-of-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-expression-in-invasive-breast-cancer
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Anil Kumar Agrawal, Ewa Pielka, Artur Lipinski, Michal Jelen, Wojciech Kielan, Siddarth Agrawal
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Polish women. The expression of transcription nuclear factor kappa B, a key inducer of inflammatory response promoting carcinogenesis and cancer progression in breast cancer, is not well-established. We assessed the nuclear factor kappa B expression in a total of 119 invasive breast carcinomas and 25 healthy control samples and correlated this expression pattern with several clinical and pathologic parameters including histologic type and grade, tumor size, lymph node status, estrogen receptor status, and progesterone receptor status...
January 2018: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345165/oral-contraceptive-pills-as-an-option-for-non-surgical-management-of-retained-products-of-conception-a-preliminary-study
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Anat Hershko Klement, Mitri Frederic, Yaakov Bentov, Paul Chang, Dan Nayot, Jigal Haas, Robert F Casper
Many Patients with persistent retained products of conception prefers to avoid surgical interventions, such as a dilatation and curettage (D&C) that might pose an additional future risk to their already compromised fertility or obstetric performance. The aim of this study was to the possibility of induced withdrawal bleeding following oral contraceptive administration as a non-surgical treatment for patients with persistent retained products of conception (RPOC). A retrospective study of patients presenting with retained products of conception (RPOC) after failed expectant management or after treatment with PGE1 was performed...
January 18, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344987/prior-uterine-evacuation-and-the-risk-of-short-cervical-length-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Rupsa C Boelig, Michela Villani, Eva Jiang, Kelly M Orzechowski, Vincenzo Berghella
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether a prior uterine evacuation procedure is associated with an increased risk of short cervical length (≤20 mm) in women without prior spontaneous preterm birth. METHODS: This work was a retrospective cohort study from January 2012 to December 2014 of singletons without prior spontaneous preterm birth with cervical length screening between 18 weeks and 23 weeks 6 days. Women with a prior miscarriage/abortion were excluded if management (medical, surgical, or expectant) was not specified...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344981/severe-and-recurrent-levamisole-induced-cutaneous-vasculopathy
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J M Fernandez Armenteros, A Veà Jódar, C Matas Nadal, C Cortés Pinto, X Soria Gili, R M Martí Laborda, F Vilardell Villellas, J M Casanova Seuma
Levamisole-induced vasculopathy is a thrombotic and necrotic vasculitis usually seen in cocaine users due to adulteration of the drug with this veterinary medication. Some cases can be severe or very extensive, which could lead to sepsis and death.
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344895/bioinformatics-approaches-to-predict-drug-responses-from-genomic-sequencing
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Neel S Madhukar, Olivier Elemento
Fulfilling the promises of precision medicine will depend on our ability to create patient-specific treatment regimens. Therefore, being able to translate genomic sequencing into predicting how a patient will respond to a given drug is critical. In this chapter, we review common bioinformatics approaches that aim to use sequencing data to predict sample-specific drug susceptibility. First, we explain the importance of customized drug regimens to the future of medical care. Second, we discuss the different public databases and community efforts that can be leveraged to develop new methods for identifying new predictive biomarkers...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344468/levetiracetam-induced-skin-hyperpigmentation-an-extremely-rare-undesirable-side-effect
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Hussein Algahtani, Siham Marghalani, Mohamed Satti, Bader Shirah
Levetiracetam is one of the newer second-generation antiepileptic drugs with multiple mechanisms of action. Cutaneous side effects due to levetiracetam are rarely reported in the literature. In this article, we describe a patient with skin hyperpigmentation due to the treatment with levetiracetam with complete resolution after discontinuation of the medication. In addition, we review the topic and hypothesize the mechanism behind this rare complication. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of skin hyperpigmentation as a side effect of levetiracetam in the literature...
December 2017: Journal of Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344253/diagnostic-value-of-medical-thoracoscopy-in-malignant-pleural-effusion-induced-by-non-hodgkin-s-lymphoma
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Zhen Wang, Yan-Bing Wu, Li-Li Xu, Mu-Lan Jin, Xiao-Li Diao, Xiao-Juan Wang, Zhao-Hui Tong, Huan-Zhong Shi
Malignant pleural effusion (MPE) appears in up to 20% of patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). The present study aimed to assess the efficacy of medical thoracoscopy (MT) in the diagnosis of patients with MPE induced by NHL. Between July 2005 and June 2014, 833 patients with pleural effusions of unknown etiology underwent MT in Beijing Chaoyang Hospital (Beijing, China), where diagnostic thoracocentesis or/and blind pleural biopsy had failed to yield an answer. Demographic, radiographic, thoracoscopic, histological and immunophenotyping data of 10 NHL patients with MPE were then retrospectively analyzed...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344207/novel-homobarringtonie-containing-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-primary-acute-myeloid-leukemia-that-are-resistant-to-conventional-therapy
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Jingsong He, Li Li, Jingjing Zhu, Weiyan Zheng, Wenjun Wu, Yanlong Zheng, Xiujin Ye
The current study investigated the efficacy and safety of a novel treatment regime consisting of homobarringtonie, cytosine arabinoside and etoposide (HCE) for the treatment of primary acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In the present study, 141 patients diagnosed with AML were divided into the HCE (n=47) and the conventional AML therapy, consisting of idamycin combined with cytarabine (IA; n=94), treatment groups. The measured patient outcome parameters were the emission and response rates, as well as medication-induced adverse events, with a median follow-up time of 28 months...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343477/role-of-asic3-nav1-7-and-nav1-8-in-electroacupuncture-induced-analgesia-in-a-mouse-model-of-fibromyalgia-pain
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Liang-Ta Yen, Yu-Chan Hsu, Jaung-Geng Lin, Ching-Liang Hsieh, Yi-Wen Lin
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms underlying fibromyalgia (FM) pain are not understood. The US Food and Drug Administration has recommended three drugs for treating FM-namely, pregabalin, duloxetine and milnacipran; however, these medications are associated with severe side effects. OBJECTIVE: To create a mouse model of FM pain using dual injections of acidic saline to cause mechanical hyperalgesia and test whether ASIC3, Nav1.7 and Nav1.8 are involved in this process and whether electroacupuncture (EA) can reverse these phenomena...
January 17, 2018: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343146/induction-of-labor-in-cases-of-late-preterm-isolated-oligohydramnios-is-it-justified
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Noa A Brzezinski-Sinai, Moshe Stavsky, Tal Rafaeli-Yehudai, Maayan Yitshak-Sade, Isaac Brzezinski-Sinai, Majdi Imterat, Salvatore Andrea Mastrolia, Offer Erez
OBJECTIVES: To analyze in a retrospective cohort study the outcomes of pregnancies with isolated oligohydramnios at the late preterm period (34-36.6 weeks of gestation). STUDY DESIGN: This retrospective cohort study included three groups of women: 1) Women with isolated oligohydramnios whose pregnancy was managed conservatively (n = 33 births); 2) women with isolated oligohydramnios who were managed actively (ie induction of labor) (n = 111 births); and 3) a control group including women with normal amount of amniotic fluid who had a spontaneous late preterm delivery (n = 10 445 births)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342874/rodent-models-of-alcoholic-liver-disease-role-of-binge-ethanol-administration
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REVIEW
Shubha Ghosh Dastidar, Jeffrey B Warner, Dennis R Warner, Craig J McClain, Irina A Kirpich
Both chronic and acute (binge) alcohol drinking are important health and economic concerns worldwide and prominent risk factors for the development of alcoholic liver disease (ALD). There are no FDA-approved medications to prevent or to treat any stage of ALD. Therefore, discovery of novel therapeutic strategies remains a critical need for patients with ALD. Relevant experimental animal models that simulate human drinking patterns and mimic the spectrum and severity of alcohol-induced liver pathology in humans are critical to our ability to identify new mechanisms and therapeutic targets...
January 13, 2018: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342497/non-antipsychotic-catecholaminergic-drugs-for-antipsychotic-induced-tardive-dyskinesia
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REVIEW
Hany G El-Sayeh, John Rathbone, Karla Soares-Weiser, Hanna Bergman
BACKGROUND: Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a disabling movement disorder associated with the prolonged use of antipsychotic medication. Several strategies have been examined in the treatment of TD. Currently, however, there is no clear evidence of the effectiveness of these drugs in TD and they have been associated with many side effects. One particular strategy would be to use pharmaceutical agents which are known to influence the catecholaminergic system at various junctures. OBJECTIVES: 1...
January 18, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342042/long-term-administration-of-salicylate-induced-changes-in-bdnf-expression-and-creb-phosphorylation-in-the-auditory-cortex-of-rats
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Bin Yi, Cong Wu, Runjie Shi, Kun Han, Haibin Sheng, Bei Li, Ling Mei, Xueling Wang, Zhiwu Huang, Hao Wu
HYPOTHESIS: We investigated whether salicylate induces tinnitus through alteration of the expression levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), proBDNF, tyrosine kinase receptor B (TrkB), cAMP-responsive element-binding protein (CREB), and phosphorylated CREB (p-CREB) in the auditory cortex (AC). BACKGROUND: Salicylate medication is frequently used for long-term treatment in clinical settings, but it may cause reversible tinnitus. Salicylate-induced tinnitus is associated with changes related to central auditory neuroplasticity...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341996/retinal-arterio-arterial-collaterals-in-susac-syndrome
#18
Robert A Egan, Guy Jirawuthiworavong, Norah S Lincoff, John J Chen, Courtney E Francis, Jacqueline A Leavitt
BACKGROUND: The ophthalmic findings of Susac syndrome (SS) consist of visual field defects related to branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO), and fluorescein angiography (FA) reveals a unique staining pattern. To date, retinal arterial collateral development has been described only in a single patient. Given that the immunopathological process in SS induces retinal ischemia, it is conceivable that abnormal blood vessel development may occur in affected individuals. METHODS: This is a retrospective observational study...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341340/bias-from-restricting-to-live-births-when-estimating-effects-of-prescription-drug-use-on-pregnancy-complications-a-simulation
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Elizabeth A Suarez, Suzanne N Landi, Mitchell C Conover, Michele Jonsson Funk
PURPOSE: Administrative claim databases are increasingly being used to study the safety of medication exposures during pregnancy. These studies are restricted to live births due to a reliance on algorithms for estimating gestational age that are based on codes associated with live delivery. Conditioning on live birth may induce selection bias when studying the effect of a drug on a pregnancy complication if fetal death is a competing risk for the complication or is caused by the complication...
January 17, 2018: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341071/anticholinergic-medication-for-antipsychotic-induced-tardive-dyskinesia
#20
REVIEW
Hanna Bergman, Karla Soares-Weiser
BACKGROUND: Antipsychotic (neuroleptic) medication is used extensively to treat people with serious mental illnesses. However, it is associated with a wide range of adverse effects, including movement disorders. Because of this, many people treated with antipsychotic medication also receive anticholinergic drugs in order to reduce some of the associated movement side-effects. However, there is also a suggestion from animal experiments that the chronic administration of anticholinergics could cause tardive dyskinesia...
January 17, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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