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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783081/recent-technological-advancements-in-tuberculosis-diagnostics-a-review
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REVIEW
Shagun Gupta, Vipan Kakkar
Early diagnosis and on-time effective treatment are indispensable for Tuberculosis (TB) control - a life threatening infectious communicable disease. The conventional techniques for diagnosing TB normally take two to three weeks. This delay in diagnosis and further increase in detection complexity due to the emerging risks of XDR-TB (Extensively drug Resistant-TB) and MDR-TB (Multidrug Resistant-TB) are evoking interest of researchers in the field of developing rapid TB detection techniques such as biosensing and other point-of-care (POC) techniques...
May 11, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783024/a-pooled-analysis-of-the-phase-3-revive-trials-randomized-double-blind-studies-to-evaluate-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-iclaprim-versus-vancomycin-for-treatment-of-acute-bacterial-skin-and-skin-structure-infections
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David B Huang, G Ralph Corey, Thomas L Holland, Thomas Lodise, William O'Riordan, Mark H Wilcox, Thomas M File, Matthew Dryden, Barbara Balser, Eve Desplats, Antoni Torres
BACKGROUND: Iclaprim, a diaminopyrimidine antibiotic, was compared with vancomycin for the treatment of patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSIs) in two studies (REVIVE-1 and REVIVE-2). OBJECTIVES: We explored the efficacy and tolerability of iclaprim in a pooled analysis of results from both studies. METHODS: REVIVE-1 and REVIVE-2 were Phase 3, double-blind, randomized (1:1), multicenter, active-controlled, non-inferiority (margin of 10%) trials, each designed to enroll 600 patients a piece with ABSSSI...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783018/tumor-inhibitory-effects-of-intravesical-ganoderma-lucidum-instillation-in-the-syngeneic-orthotopic-mb49-c57-bladder-cancer-mice-model
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J W M Yuen, D S Y Mak, E S Chan, M D I Gohel, C F Ng
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ganoderma lucidum (GL) has been traditionally used in oriental medicine as superior health tonic, and there are numerous scientific evidences of its antitumorigenic activities. AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate the intravesical chemopreventive effects of ethanol extract of GL (GLe) on bladder cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Intravesical therapy is defined as the direct instillation of a liquid drug into bladder through a catheter...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782958/changes-in-behavioural-parameters-oxidative-stress-and-neurotrophins-in-the-brain-of-adult-offspring-induced-to-an-animal-model-of-schizophrenia-the-effects-of-fa-deficient-or-fa-supplemented-diet-during-the-neurodevelopmental-phase
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L Canever, T G Freire, G A Mastella, L Damázio, S Gomes, I Fachim, C Michels, G Carvalho, A K Godói, B R Peterle, F F Gava, S Valvassori Sda, J Budni, J Quevedo, A I Zugno
A deficiency of maternal folic acid (FA) can compromise the function and development of the brain, and may produce a susceptibility to diseases such as schizophrenia (SZ) in the later life of offspring. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of both FA deficient and FA supplemented diets during gestation and lactation on behavioural parameters, the markers of oxidative stress and neurotrophic factors in adult offspring which had been subjected to an animal model of SZ. Female mother rats (Dam's) were separated into experimental maternal groups, which began receiving a special diet (food) consisting of the AIN-93 diet, a control diet, or an FA deficient diet during the periods of pregnancy and lactation...
May 18, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782947/multifunctional-degradable-electronic-scaffolds-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering
#5
Ron Feiner, Sharon Fleischer, Assaf Shapira, Or Kalish, Tal Dvir
The capability to on-line sense tissue function, provide stimulation to control contractility and efficiently release drugs within an engineered tissue microenvironment may enhance tissue assembly and improve the therapeutic outcome of implanted engineered tissues. To endow cardiac patches with such capabilities we developed elastic, biodegradable, electronic scaffolds. The scaffolds were composed of electrospun albumin fibers that served as both a substrate and a passivation layer for evaporated gold electrodes...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782822/simultaneous-determination-of-intestinal-permeability-and-potential-drug-interactions-of-complex-mixtures-using-caco-2-cells-and-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-studies-with-rauwolfia-serpentina-extract
#6
Thomas J Flynn, Sanah N Vohra
Caco-2 cells are a commonly used model for estimating the intestinal bioavailability of single chemical entity pharmaceuticals. Caco-2 cells, when induced with calcitriol, also express other biological functions such as phase I (CYP) and phase II (glucuronosyltransferases) drug metabolizing enzymes which are relevant to drug-supplement interactions. Intestinal bioavailability is an important factor in the overall safety assessment of products consumed orally. Foods, including herbal dietary supplements, are complex substances with multiple chemical components...
May 18, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782820/onchocerciasis-prevalence-human-migration-and-risks-for-onchocerciasis-elimination-in-the-upper-mouhoun-nakamb%C3%A3-and-nazinon-river-basins-in-burkina-faso
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Achille S Nikièma, Lassane Koala, Rory J Post, Alain B Paré, Claude Montant Kafando, François Drabo, Adrien M G Belem, Roch K Dabiré, Soungalo Traoré
Historically, the whole of Burkina Faso was considered to be endemic for onchocerciasis (except a small area in the far north of the country) with prevalence rates 60-80%, but all endemic areas were included in the World Health Organisation Onchocerciasis Control Programme, which operated a system of vector control by larviciding beginning in 1974. In Burkina Faso larviciding had been phased out by 1989 when it was considered that onchocerciasis had been reduced to levels below the transmission breakpoint (and any residual infections would disappear without further intervention)...
May 18, 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782706/biological-stimulus-driven-assembly-disassembly-of-functional-nanoparticles-for-targeted-delivery-controlled-activation-and-bioelimination
#8
REVIEW
Xi Hu, Fangyuan Li, Shuying Wang, Fan Xia, Daishun Ling
Nanoassembly technology has emerged as a powerful tool for targeted drug delivery and provides a basis for fabricating medical theranostic nanosystems. However, it is extremely difficult to concentrate nanoparticles at tumor sites, and the poor target-to-background ratio undoubtedly obstructs the accurate diagnosis and effective therapy of cancerous tissues. Importantly, the addition of biological stimulus-responsive groups to nanoassembly systems can enable a biological stimulus-driven assembly-disassembly mutual switch or structural composition/conformation change, thereby amplifying the imaging signal and/or enhancing the therapeutic effect...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782623/astrocytic-hypertrophy-in-the-rat-ventral-tegmental-area-following-chronic-morphine-differs-with-age
#9
Emily C Goins, Dusica Bajic
The ventral tegmental area (VTA) is the origin of the mesolimbic dopaminergic system known to play an integral role in mediating reward and development of drug addiction. Although the differences in neuronal plasticity of VTA at various ages remain to be understood, age is known to influence the effects of chronic opioids. In addition, adaptations associated with exposure to opioids within glial populations located in the VTA are poorly understood. The objective of the study was to determine if there are changes in astrocytic immunofluorescent labeling in the VTA following chronic morphine administration in a rat model at different ages: newborn at postnatal day (PD)7 and adult (estimated PD57)...
2018: Journal of neurology and neurorehabilitation research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782546/chronic-use-of-psychotropic-medications-in-breastfeeding-women-is-it-safe
#10
Nirit Kronenfeld, Tomer Ziv Baran, Maya Berlin, Nour Karra, Natalie Dinavitser, Rana Cohen, Yifat Wiener, Eyal Schwartzberg, Matitiahu Bercovitch
BACKGROUND: Current knowledge regarding chronic use of psychotropic medications during breastfeeding is limited. The objective of this study was to evaluate the long-term effects of psychotropic monotherapy use during lactation on the breastfed infant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective study, we followed 280 infants whose mothers contacted the Drug Consultation Center (DCC) at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center between January 2011 and December 2015, seeking information regarding the chronic use of psychotropic medications during lactation...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782500/the-human-snail-transmission-environment-shapes-long-term-schistosomiasis-control-outcomes-implications-for-improving-the-accuracy-of-predictive-modeling
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David Gurarie, Nathan C Lo, Martial L Ndeffo-Mbah, David P Durham, Charles H King
INTRODUCTION: Schistosomiasis is a chronic parasitic trematode disease that affects over 240 million people worldwide. The Schistosoma lifecycle is complex, involving transmission via specific intermediate-host freshwater snails. Predictive mathematical models of Schistosoma transmission have often chosen to simplify or ignore the details of environmental human-snail interaction in their analyses. Schistosome transmission models now aim to provide better precision for policy planning of elimination of transmission...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782290/-the-notion-of-chf-course-stability-is-it-acceptable-for-russian-practice
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I V Fomin, N Kraiem, D S Polyakov, N G Vinogradova, F Y Valikulova, A R Vaysberg, E V Shechrbinina
AIM: To evaluate preparedness of physicians in real clinical practice to strive for stabilizing the course of CHF by control of clinical and hemodynamic indexes both in prevention of admission for decompensated CHF and following discharge from the hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 750 CHF patients with any NYHA FC who were admitted in emergency for decompensated CHF. All patients with CHF were followed up for a year after discharge from the hospital...
2018: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782180/current-evidence-on-heart-rate-variability-biofeedback-as-a-complementary-anticraving-intervention
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Nour Alayan, Lucille Eller, Marsha E Bates, Dennis P Carmody
BACKGROUND: The limited success of conventional anticraving interventions encourages research into new treatment strategies. Heart rate variability biofeedback (HRVB), which is based on slowed breathing, was shown to improve symptom severity in various disorders. HRVB, and certain rates of controlled breathing (CB), may offer therapeutic potential as a complementary drug-free treatment option to help control substance craving. METHODS: This review evaluated current evidence on the effectiveness of HRVB and CB training as a complementary anticraving intervention, based on guidelines from the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Protocols...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782049/use-of-most-bothersome-symptom-as-a-coprimary-endpoint-in-migraine-clinical-trials-a-post-hoc-analysis-of-the-pivotal-zotrip-randomized-controlled-trial
#14
David W Dodick, Stewart J Tepper, Deborah I Friedman, Amy A Gelfand, Donald J Kellerman, Peter C Schmidt
OBJECTIVE: To better understand the utility of using pain freedom and most bothersome headache-associated symptom (MBS) freedom as co-primary endpoints in clinical trials of acute migraine interventions. BACKGROUND: Adhesive dermally applied microarray (ADAM) is an investigational system for intracutaneous drug administration. The recently completed pivotal Phase 2b/3 study (ZOTRIP), evaluating ADAM zolmitriptan for the treatment of acute moderate to severe migraine, was one of the first large studies to incorporate MBS freedom and pain freedom as co-primary endpoints per recently issued guidance by the US Food and Drug Administration...
May 21, 2018: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782045/revisiting-the-table-2-fallacy-a-motivating-example-examining-preeclampsia-and-preterm-birth
#15
Gretchen Bandoli, Kristin Palmsten, Christina D Chambers, Laura L Jelliffe-Pawlowski, Rebecca J Baer, Caroline A Thompson
BACKGROUND: A "Table Fallacy," as coined by Westreich and Greenland, reports multiple adjusted effect estimates from a single model. This practice, which remains common in published literature, can be problematic when different types of effect estimates are presented together in a single table. The purpose of this paper is to quantitatively illustrate this potential for misinterpretation with an example estimating the effects of preeclampsia on preterm birth. METHODS: We analysed a retrospective population-based cohort of 2 963 888 singleton births in California between 2007 and 2012...
May 21, 2018: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781876/postpartum-pain-management
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Pain and fatigue are the most common problems reported by women in the early postpartum period. Pain can interfere with a woman's ability to care for herself and her infant. Untreated pain is associated with a risk of greater opioid use, postpartum depression, and development of persistent pain. Nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies are important components of postpartum pain management. Because 81% of women in the United States initiate breastfeeding during the postpartum period, it is important to consider the drug effects of all prescribed medications on the mother-infant dyad...
May 17, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781872/nat2-ultra-slow-acetylator-and-risk-of-anti-tuberculosis-drug-induced-liver-injury-a-genotype-based-meta-analysis
#17
Supharat Suvichapanich, Koya Fukunaga, Hilyatuz Zahroh, Taisei Mushiroda, Surakameth Mahasirimongkol, Licht Toyo-Oka, Usa Chaikledkaew, Jiraphun Jittikoon, Rika Yuliwulandari, Hideki Yanai, Sukanya Wattanapokayakit, Katsushi Tokunaga
BACKGROUND: NAT2 slow acetylator is a confirmed risk of anti-tuberculosis drug-induced liver injury (ATDILI). However, NAT2 ultra-slow acetylators, a new refinement among NAT2 slow acetylators, have been recently proposed. The patients with NAT2 genotypes of *6A/*6A, *6A/*7B and *7B/*7B are referred to in this group. OBJECTIVE: We aim to prove an association of the NAT2 ultra-slow acetylators with the risk of ATDILI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Systematic review and meta-analysis were performed based on each NAT2 genotype and risk of ATDILI cases and also new classification of the ultra-slow acetylators up to 31 October 2016...
May 17, 2018: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781829/comparison-of-adults-with-polyarticular-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-to-adults-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-clinical-features-and-medication-use
#18
Danielle M Feger, Nicholas Longson, Hiranda Dodanwala, Barbara E Ostrov, Nancy J Olsen, Rayford R June
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Many individuals with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) have persistent disease into adulthood. Polyarticular JIA (pJIA) is often mislabeled as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adult rheumatology clinics, and treatment for adult pJIA patients is not well defined. We aimed to describe clinical features and medication use in the adult pJIA population in relation to an RA control cohort. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study of 45 adults with pJIA and 94 with RA seen from 2013 to 2017...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781803/tendency-of-k562-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-cells-towards-cell-reprogramming
#19
Açelya Yılmazer Aktuna
Cancer cell reprogramming is a potential tool to study cancer progression, disease pathology and drug sensitivity. Prior to performing cancer reprogramming studies, it is important to evaluate the stemness predisposition of cells that will be reprogrammed. Here, we performed a proof-of-concept study with chronic myeloid leukemia K562 cells in order to evaluate their tendency for cancer cell reprogramming. Expression of reprogramming factors, pluripotency markers and tumor-suppressor genes were analyzed at gene and protein level via real-time RT-PCR and flow cytometry...
May 21, 2018: Turkish Journal of Haematology: Official Journal of Turkish Society of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781779/comparisons-of-false-negative-rates-from-a-trend-test-alone-and-from-a-trend-test-jointly-with-a-control-high-groups-pairwise-test-in-the-determination-of-the-carcinogenicity-of-new-drugs
#20
Karl K Lin, Mohammad A Rahman
Interest has been expressed in using a joint test procedure that requires that the results of both a trend test and a pairwise comparison test between the control and the high groups be statistically significant simultaneously at the levels of significance recommended in the FDA 2001 draft guidance for industry document for the separate tests in order for the drug effect on the development of an individual tumor type to be considered as statistically significant. Results of our simulation studies show that there is a serious consequence of large inflations of the false negative rate through large decreases of false positive rate in the use of the above joint test procedure in the final interpretation of the carcinogenicity potential of a new drug if the levels of significance recommended for separate tests are used...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
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