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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777328/a-systematic-review-on-the-off-label-use-of-montelukast-in-atopic-dermatitis-treatment
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Weng Khong Chin, Shaun Wen Huey Lee
Background Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most common form of eczema. As leukotriene mediators are involved in the inflammatory phase of atopic dermatitis, montelukast has been suggested as a possible therapy. Aim of the review To evaluate the safety and efficacy of montelukast off-label use for the treatment atopic dermatitis. Method A search was performed from database inception until March 2018 in six electronic databases for randomized-controlled-trials examining the use of montelukast for AD. Results Among 301 articles screened, 11 studies met the inclusion criteria and were included in the review...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773497/indications-for-red-cell-transfusions-in-pediatric-patients
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REVIEW
Jill M Cholette, Suzie A Noronha, Jerard Seghatchian, Neil Blumberg
Red cell transfusions are amongst the most common therapeutic procedures in seriously ill children, particularly in the inpatient setting. This is despite the fact that there is no evidence base for most clinical settings, with the exception of patients with hemoglobinopathies, particularly thalassemia and sickle cell anemia. Obviously exsanguinating hemorrhage and life threatening anemia are urgent indications for which no other therapeutic approach is currently available. Most transfusions are, however, given prophylactically to prevent the complications of hypoxia or hemodynamic stability, based upon expert opinion and a faith in the oxygen carrying capacity and beneficial hemodynamic properties of transfused red cells...
May 10, 2018: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770715/enasidenib-for-the-treatment-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#3
James Dugan, Daniel Pollyea
In August 2017 the United States Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved enasidenib (Idhifa, Celgene/Agios) for adults with relapsed and refractory acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) with an IDH2 mutation. Enasidenib targets cells with mutant copies of isocitrate dehydrogenase-2 (IDH2), inhibiting the oncometabolite 2-hydroxyglutarte (2-HG) formed by the mutant IDH2. Areas covered: We review the studies leading to enasidenib's approval, as well as common side effects and safety issues experienced during the clinical trials...
May 17, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770225/quality-of-life-of-irradiated-brain-tumor-survivors-treated-with-donepezil-or-placebo-results-of-the-wfu-ccop-research-base-protocol-91105
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Michelle J Naughton, L Douglas Case, Ann Peiffer, Michael Chan, Volker Stieber, Dennis Moore, Steven Falchuk, James Piephoff, William Edenfield, Jeffrey Giguere, Monica Loghin, Edward G Shaw, Stephen R Rapp
Background: The health-related quality of life (HRQL) and fatigue of brain cancer survivors treated with donepezil or placebo for cognitive symptoms after radiation therapy were examined. Methods: One hundred ninety-eight patients who completed >30 Gy fractionated whole or partial brain irradiation at least 6 months prior to enrollment were randomized to either placebo or donepezil (5 mg for 6 weeks followed by 10 mg for 18 weeks) in a phase 3 trial. A neurocognitive battery, the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Brain (FACT-Br) and the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (FACIT)-fatigue, was administered at baseline, 12 weeks, and 24 weeks...
May 2018: Neuro-oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768937/cotton-rat-model-for-testing-vaccines-and-antivirals-against-respiratory-syncytial-virus
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M S Boukhvalova, K C Yim, Jcg Blanco
Respiratory syncytial virus is the leading cause of pneumonia and bronchiolitis in infants and is a serious health risk for elderly and immunocompromised individuals. No vaccine has yet been approved to prevent respiratory syncytial virus infection and the only available treatment is immunoprophylaxis of severe respiratory syncytial virus disease in high-risk infants with Palivizumab (Synagis® ). The development of respiratory syncytial virus vaccine has been hampered by the phenomenon of enhanced respiratory syncytial virus disease observed during trials of a formalin-inactivated respiratory syncytial virus in 1960s...
January 2018: Antiviral Chemistry & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768017/the-signaling-network-resulting-in-ventilator-induced-diaphragm-dysfunction
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Huibin Tang, Joseph B Shrager
Mechanical ventilation (MV) is a life-saving measure for those incapable of adequately ventilating or oxygenating without assistance. Unfortunately, even brief periods of MV result in diaphragm weakness (i.e., "ventilator-induced diaphragm dysfunction" - VIDD) that may render it difficult to wean the ventilator. Prolonged MV is associated with cascading complications and is a strong risk factor for death. Thus, prevention of VIDD may have a dramatic impact on mortality rates. Here, we summarized the current understanding of the pathogenic events underlying VIDD...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765348/numerical-affordance-influences-action-execution-a-kinematic-study-of-finger-movement
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Rosa Rugani, Sonia Betti, Luisa Sartori
Humans represent symbolic numbers as oriented from left to right: the mental number line (MNL). Up to now, scientific studies have mainly investigated the MNL by means of response times. However, the existing knowledge on the MNL can be advantaged by studies on motor patterns while responding to a number. Cognitive representations, in fact, cannot be fully understood without considering their impact on actions. Here we investigated whether a motor response can be influenced by number processing. Participants seated in front of a little soccer goal...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763511/a-review-of-non-invasive-imaging-in-extramammary-paget-s-disease
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REVIEW
Claire-Audrey Y Bayan, Trisha Khanna, Veronica Rotemberg, Faramarz H Samie, Nathalie C Zeitouni
Extramammary Paget's Disease (EMPD) is a rare intraepithelial adenocarcinoma that classically manifests with pruritic, erythematous, scaling plaques. The clinical picture frequently mimics inflammatory or infectious conditions, and is thus commonly misdiagnosed. The assessment of tumor margins is equally challenging as tumors have a propensity to spread beyond clinically visible boundaries. Appropriate non-invasive diagnostic tools can assist in the early detection, diagnosis, and management of EMPD. This paper will review the literature on non-invasive imaging modalities used in EMPD...
May 15, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762046/effects-of-calcimimetics-on-long-term-outcomes-in-dialysis-patients-literature-review-and-bayesian-meta-analysis
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Greta Lozano-Ortega, Nathalie Waser, Mark E Bensink, Sarah Goring, Heather Bennett, Geoffrey A Block, Glenn M Chertow, Marie-Louise Trotman, Kerry Cooper, Adrian R Levy, Vasily Belozeroff
AIM: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with clinical outcomes are considered the gold standard for regulatory approval. However, by design they are only able to answer a small number of clinical questions. Other high-quality studies are required for clinical decision-making. The EVOLVE was the largest RCT, evaluating the effects of cinacalcet on clinical outcomes among adult patients receiving maintenance dialysis suffering from secondary hyperparathyroidism. While the EVOLVE trial did not reach its primary end point, imbalance in subjects' age at randomization and discontinuation rates are two of the reasons that the lack of mortality benefit is in question...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760704/exploring-the-immunomodulatory-moonlighting-activities-of-acute-phase-proteins-for-tolerogenic-dendritic-cell-generation
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REVIEW
Inmaculada Serrano, Ana Luque, Josep M Aran
The acute phase response is generated by an overwhelming immune-inflammatory process against infection or tissue damage, and represents the initial response of the organism in an attempt to return to homeostasis. It is mediated by acute phase proteins (APPs), an assortment of highly conserved plasma reactants of seemingly different functions that, however, share a common protective role from injury. Recent studies have suggested a crosstalk between several APPs and the mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS) in the resolution of inflammation, to restore tissue integrity and function...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759154/mrd-testing-in-multiple-myeloma-the-main-future-driver-for-modern-tailored-treatment
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REVIEW
Ola Landgren, Sydney X Lu, Malin Hultcrantz
The past decade, several highly efficacious drugs have been approved for the treatment of multiple myeloma. Many of these newer drugs are less toxic than older chemotherapy drugs. Using modern combination therapy in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients, high proportions of newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients obtain minimal residual disease (MRD) negativity and MRD testing has rapidly become an integral part of clinical trials focusing on patients in this setting. Only recently, MRD negativity was reported in clinical trials focusing on older newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients (ie, nontransplant candidates), as well as studies focusing on patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma...
January 2018: Seminars in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759006/interplay-between-hypercholesterolaemia-and-inflammation-in-atherosclerosis-translating-experimental-targets-into-clinical-practice
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José Tuñón, Magnus Bäck, Lina Badimón, Marie-Luce Bochaton-Piallat, Bertrand Cariou, Mat J Daemen, Jesus Egido, Paul C Evans, Sheila E Francis, Daniel Fj Ketelhuth, Esther Lutgens, Christian M Matter, Claudia Monaco, Sabine Steffens, Erik Stroes, Cécile Vindis, Christian Weber, Imo E Hoefer
Dyslipidaemia and inflammation are closely interconnected in their contribution to atherosclerosis. In fact, low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-lowering drugs have anti-inflammatory effects. The Canakinumab Antiinflammatory Thrombosis Outcome Study (CANTOS) has shown that interleukin (IL)-1β blockade reduces the incidence of cardiovascular events in patients with previous myocardial infarction and C-reactive protein levels >2 mg/L. These data confirm the connection between lipids and inflammation, as lipids activate the Nod-like receptor protein 3 inflammasome that leads to IL-1β activation...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758180/predicting-the-unknown-novelty-processing-depends-on-expectations
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J Schomaker, M Meeter
Fulfilled predictions lead to neural suppression akin to repetition suppression, but it is currently unclear if such effects generalize to broader stimulus categories in the absence of exact expectations. In particular, does expecting novelty alter the way novel stimuli are processed? In the present study, the effects of expectations on novelty processing were investigated using event-related potentials, while controlling for the effect of repetition. The sequences of five stimuli were presented in a continuous way, such that the last stimulus of a 5-stimulus sequence was followed by the first stimulus of a new 5-stimulus sequence without interruption...
May 11, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753401/vitamin-d-and-calcimimetics-in-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Kenneth Lim, Takayuki Hamano, Ravi Thadhani
Cardiovascular disease has earned its place as one of the leading noncommunicable diseases that has become a modern-day global epidemic. The increasing incidence and prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) has added to this enormous burden, given that CKD is now recognized as an established risk factor for accelerated cardiovascular disease. In fact, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the CKD population, with significant prognostic implications. Alterations in vitamin D levels as renal function declines has been linked invariably to the development of cardiovascular disease beyond a mere epiphenomenon, and has become an important focus in recent years in our search for new therapies...
May 2018: Seminars in Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750801/streptococcus-agalactiae-carriage-among-pregnant-women-living-in-rio-de-janeiro-brazil-over-a-period-of-eight-years
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Ana Caroline N Botelho, Juliana G Oliveira, Andreia P Damasco, Késia T B Santos, Ana Flávia M Ferreira, Gabriel T Rocha, Penélope S Marinho, Rita B G Bornia, Tatiana C A Pinto, Marco A Américo, Sergio E L Fracalanzza, Lúcia M Teixeira
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) carriage by pregnant women is the primary risk factor for early-onset GBS neonatal sepsis. Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAP) can prevent this transmission route, and two main approaches are recommended to base the selection of pregnant women to be submitted to IAP: the risk-based and the culture-based strategies. In Brazil, compliance to such recommendations is poor, and not much is known about GBS carriage. In the present study, 3,647 pregnant women living in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, were screened for GBS anogenital colonization, over a period of 8 years (2008-2015)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750734/evolution-of-visual-outcomes-in-clinical-trials-for-multiple-sclerosis-disease-modifying-therapies
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Rachel C Nolan, Omar Akhand, John-Ross Rizzo, Steven L Galetta, Laura J Balcer
: BACKGROUND:: The visual pathways are increasingly recognized as an ideal model to study neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis (MS). Low-contrast letter acuity (LCLA) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) are validated measures of function and structure in MS. In fact, LCLA was the topic of a recent review by the Multiple Sclerosis Outcome Assessments Consortium (MSOAC) to qualify this visual measure as a primary or secondary clinical trial endpoint with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory agencies...
June 2018: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749682/psycho-oncology-overview-obstacles-and-opportunities
#17
Jimmie C Holland
Worldwide, psychological and social issues in cancer were not the subject of scientific inquiry until the past two decades. Since then, a new subspecialty of oncology has evolved, psycho-oncology. It addresses two dimensions of cancer: the emotional responses of patients at all stages of disease, as well as their families and caretakers (psychosocial); and the pyschological, social and behavioral factors that may influence cancer morbidity and mortality (psychobiological). Obstacles to development have been the facts of small numbers of clinicians and investigators worldwide and the few valid assessment instruments and research methods available to the biomedical community...
May 2018: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749607/increasing-antipsychotic-dose-versus-switching-antipsychotic-for-non-response-in-schizophrenia
#18
REVIEW
Myrto T Samara, Elisabeth Klupp, Bartosz Helfer, Philipp H Rothe, Johannes Schneider-Thoma, Stefan Leucht
BACKGROUND: Many people with schizophrenia do not respond to an initially prescribed antipsychotic drug. In such cases, one treatment strategy could be to increase the antipsychotic dose; and another strategy could be to switch to a different antipsychotic drug. OBJECTIVES: To examine the efficacy of increasing the antipsychotic dose versus switching the antipsychotic drug in the treatment of non-responsive people with schizophrenia. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group Trials Register (10 June 2014, 6 October 2015, and 30 March 2017)...
May 11, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748696/the-effect-of-mild-acute-psychological-stress-on-attention-processing-an-erp-study
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Mingming Qi, Heming Gao, Guangyuan Liu
We aimed to investigate the effect of mild acute psychological stress on attention processing by adopting a consecutive task paradigm. In each trial, a probe stimulus (left or right arrow) was presented immediately after a mental arithmetic task (psychological stressor). Participants were asked to estimate whether the product of a multiplication term was above 10 or not, either with (stress block) or without (control block) time pressure and social-evaluative threat. When the probe was presented, participants were asked to judge the direction of the arrows...
May 10, 2018: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748367/pcsk9-from-basic-science-discoveries-to-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Michael D Shapiro, Hagai Tavori, Sergio Fazio
Unknown 15 years ago, PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) is now common parlance among scientists and clinicians interested in prevention and treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. What makes this story so special is not its recent discovery nor the fact that it uncovered previously unknown biology but rather that these important scientific insights have been translated into an effective medical therapy in record time. Indeed, the translation of this discovery to novel therapeutic serves as one of the best examples of how genetic insights can be leveraged into intelligent target drug discovery...
May 11, 2018: Circulation Research
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