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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743130/sglt-2-inhibition-a-potential-new-treatment-for-diabetic-kidney-disease
#1
Robert D Toto
Diabetic nephropathy is the leading cause of kidney failure. Treatments with drugs that block the renin-angiotensin system have proven beneficial in slowing kidney disease progression among those with diabetes; their benefit is limited and they do not stop disease progression. Despite multiple clinical trials of various interventions including dual blockade of the renin-angiotensin system over the past 15 years, no new therapies have emerged to slow kidney disease progression in diabetes. SGLT-2 inhibitors are a new class of antiglycemic drugs that have been shown to lower blood glucose by inhibition of the sodium-glucose transporter 2 in the proximal tubule of the kidney...
July 26, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742408/risk-competence-in-dealing-with-alcohol-and-other-drugs-in-adolescence
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Ede Nagy, Rolf Verres, Dennis Grevenstein
BACKGROUND: Adolescence is a critical phase for the development substance use patterns. We propose that individual competence in dealing with psychoactive substances is crucial for the development of healthy substance use behavior and prevention of substance misuse or addiction. OBJECTIVES: We present a new concept of health related skills in dealing with alcohol and other drugs in adolescence, its operationalization and validation. Our conception of risk competence (RICO) consists of the four major factors being Reflective, Informed, Self-Controlled and Life-Oriented, and their sub-facets...
July 25, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742385/sequential-therapy-of-breast-cancer-cell-lines-with-vitamin-c-and-quercetin-improves-the-efficacy-of-chemotherapeutic-drugs
#3
Fatemeh Ramezani, Nasser Samadi, Zohreh Mostafavi-Pour
OBJECTIVE: Prevention by antioxidant agents including vitamin C (VC) and quercetin (QU), which are nontoxic, cost effective, and physiologically bioavailable, is a promising approach in breast cancer handling. The aim of this work is to investigate the influence of VC+QU on cytotoxicity profile of doxorubicin (DOX) plus paclitaxel (PAC) in breast cancer cells. METHODS: The effect of each drug on its own or in combination was evaluated by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay...
July 25, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742068/a-peptide-based-viral-inactivator-inhibits-zika-virus-infection-in-pregnant-mice-and-fetuses
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Yufeng Yu, Yong-Qiang Deng, Peng Zou, Qian Wang, Yanyan Dai, Fei Yu, Lanying Du, Na-Na Zhang, Min Tian, Jia-Nan Hao, Yu Meng, Yuan Li, Xiaohui Zhou, Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Cheng-Feng Qin, Shibo Jiang, Lu Lu
Zika virus (ZIKV), a re-emerging flavivirus associated with neurological disorders, has spread rapidly to more than 70 countries and territories. However, no specific vaccines or antiviral drugs are currently available to prevent or treat ZIKV infection. Here we report that a synthetic peptide derived from the stem region of ZIKV envelope protein, designated Z2, potently inhibits infection of ZIKV and other flaviviruses in vitro. We show that Z2 interacts with ZIKV surface protein and disrupts the integrity of the viral membrane...
July 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741113/approaches-to-prevent-bleeding-associated-with-anticoagulants-current-status-and-recent-developments
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Manu Thomas Kalathottukaren, Charles A Haynes, Jayachandran N Kizhakkedathu
Anticoagulants are widely used for the prophylaxis and treatment of cardiovascular disorders and to prevent blood clotting during surgeries. However, the major limitation associated with anticoagulant therapy is bleeding; all the current anticoagulants do have a bleeding risk. The propensity to bleed is much higher among the elderly population and patients with renal insufficiency. Therefore, there is an utmost and urgent clinical need for a highly efficient, nontoxic antidote with excellent anticoagulant reversal activity...
July 24, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740525/the-use-of-cholecalciferol-in-patients-with-hip-fracture
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Luisella Cianferotti, Simone Parri, Giorgio Gronchi, Roberto Civinini, Maria Luisa Brandi
INTRODUCTION: Major osteoporotic fractures are steadily increasing due to population aging. Programs of secondary prevention against refracture are essential to decrease morbidity and mortality and the cost for individuals and the society. Vitamin D supplementation and optimization of calcium intake are of a pivotal importance to start specific osteoporosis treatment and for its safety and efficacy. Cholecalciferol is the most widely employed drug for vitamin D supplementation. PURPOSE: Aim of this study was to assess the trends in the use of vitamin D supplements containing cholecalciferol in the population of hip fracture patients older than 65 years, resident in the region of Tuscany (Italy) in the years 2011-2015 and to describe vitamin D status in a subgroup of this individuals directly referred to a bone clinic for further evaluation after hip osteoporotic fracture...
January 2017: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740387/apatinib-loaded-nanoparticles-suppress-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-induced-angiogenesis-and-experimental-corneal-neovascularization
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Jung Eun Lee, Koung Li Kim, Danbi Kim, Yeongju Yeo, Hyounkoo Han, Myung Goo Kim, Sun Hwa Kim, Hyuncheol Kim, Ji Hoon Jeong, Wonhee Suh
Pathological angiogenesis is one of the major symptoms of severe ocular diseases, including corneal neovascularization. The blockade of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) action has been recognized as an efficient strategy for treating corneal neovascularization. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether nanoparticle-based delivery of apatinib, a novel and selective inhibitor of VEGF receptor 2, inhibits VEGF-mediated angiogenesis and suppresses experimental corneal neovascularization. Water-insoluble apatinib was encapsulated in nanoparticles composed of human serum albumin (HSA)-conjugated polyethylene glycol (PEG)...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740367/-open-mesh-or-strictly-selected-population-recruitment-the-experience-of-the-randomized-controlled-mememe-trial
#8
Mauro Cortellini, Franco Berrino, Patrizia Pasanisi
Among randomized controlled trials (RCTs), trials for primary prevention require large samples and long follow-up to obtain a high-quality outcome; therefore the recruitment process and the drop-out rates largely dictate the adequacy of the results. We are conducting a Phase III trial on persons with metabolic syndrome to test the hypothesis that comprehensive lifestyle changes and/or metformin treatment prevents age-related chronic diseases (the MeMeMe trial, EudraCT number: 2012-005427-32, also registered on ClinicalTrials...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739797/unraveling-drug-penetration-of-echinocandin-antifungals-at-the-site-of-infection-in-an-intra-abdominal-abscess-model
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Yanan Zhao, Brendan Prideaux, Yoji Nagasaki, Min Hee Lee, Pei-Yu Chen, Landry Blanc, Hsinpin Ho, Cornelius J Clancy, Minh Hong Nguyen, Véronique Dartois, David S Perlin
Intra-abdominal candidiasis (IAC) is a prominent invasive fungal infection associated with high mortality. Prompt antifungal therapy and source control are crucial for successful treatment. Echinocandin antifungal drugs are first-line agents. Yet, their clinical effectiveness is highly variable with known potential for breakthrough resistance, and little is known about drug exposure at the site of infection. Using matrix-assisted desorption/ionization mass spectrometry imaging technology, we investigated the spatial and quantitative distribution in tissue lesions for two echinocandin drugs, micafungin and CD101, in a clinically relevant IAC mouse model...
July 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739777/establishment-of-a-comprehensive-drug-overdose-fatality-surveillance-system-in-kentucky-to-inform-drug-overdose-prevention-policies-interventions-and-best-practices
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Sarah L Hargrove, Terry L Bunn, Svetla Slavova, Dana Quesinberry, Tracey Corey, William Ralston, Michael D Singleton, Van Ingram
BACKGROUND: According to the National Center for Health Statistics, Kentucky had the third highest drug overdose fatality rate in the nation in 2015 at 29.9 drug overdose fatalities per 100 000 population. OBJECTIVE: The elevated drug overdose fatality rate necessitated the development and implementation of a comprehensive multisource drug overdose fatality surveillance system (DOFSS). METHODS: DOFSS stakeholder work group members and data sources were identified, and memorandums of understanding were established...
July 24, 2017: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738876/enterolactone-has-stronger-effects-than-enterodiol-on-ovarian-cancer
#11
Huidi Liu, Jianrui Liu, Siwen Wang, Zheng Zeng, Ting Li, Yongfang Liu, Emilio Mastriani, Qing-Hai Li, Hong-Xia Bao, Yu-Jie Zhou, Xiaoyu Wang, Sijing Hu, Shan Gao, Yingying Qi, Zhihang Shen, Hongyue Wang, Miao Yu, Tingting Gao, Randal N Johnston, Shu-Lin Liu
BACKGROUND: Ovarian cancer is one of the three leading gynecological malignancies, characterized by insidious growth, highly frequent metastasis, and quick development of drug resistance. As a result, this disease has low 5-year survival rates. Estrogen receptor inhibitors were commonly used for the treatment, but only 7% to 18% of patients respond to anti-estrogen therapies. Therefore, more effective therapies to inhibit estrogen-related tumors are urgently needed. Recently, phytoestrogens, such as lignans with estrogen-like biological activities, have attracted attention for their potential effects in the prevention or treatment of estrogen-related diseases...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738861/the-risk-of-hiv-transmission-at-each-step-of-the-hiv-care-continuum-among-people-who-inject-drugs-a-modeling-study
#12
Daniel J Escudero, Mark N Lurie, Kenneth H Mayer, Maximilian King, Sandro Galea, Samuel R Friedman, Brandon D L Marshall
BACKGROUND: People who inject drugs (PWID) are at continued risk for HIV in the U.S., and experience disparities across the HIV care continuum compared to other high-risk groups. Estimates of the risk of HIV transmission at each stage of the care continuum may assist in identifying public health priorities for averting incident infections among PWID, in addition to transmissions to sexual partners of PWID. METHODS: We created an agent-based model simulating HIV transmission and the HIV care continuum for PWID in New York City (NYC) in 2012...
July 25, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738806/financial-crisis-and-income-related-inequalities-in-the-universal-provision-of-a-public-service-the-case-of-healthcare-in-spain
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Ignacio Abásolo, Marc Saez, Guillem López-Casasnovas
BACKGROUND: The objective of this paper is to analyse whether the recent recession has altered health care utilisation patterns of different income groups in Spain. METHODS: Based on information concerning individuals 'income and health care use, along with health need indicators and demographic characteristics (provided by the Spanish National Health Surveys from 2006/07 and 2011/12), econometric models are estimated in two parts (mixed logistic regressions and truncated negative binominal regressions) for each of the public health services studied (family doctor appointments, appointments with specialists, hospitalisations, emergencies and prescription drug use)...
July 24, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738683/state-prescription-drug-monitoring-programs-and-fatal-drug-overdoses
#14
Young Hee Nam, Dennis G Shea, Yunfeng Shi, John R Moran
OBJECTIVES: To examine the impact of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) on drug overdose deaths. STUDY DESIGN: We used variation in the timing of state PDMP legislation and implementation to estimate the impact of these programs on drug overdose mortality rates across all drug categories from 1999 to 2014 and separately for each category from 1999 to 2010. Data used include US all-jurisdiction mortality data, estimated population data, and sociodemographic data from the CDC and the US Census Bureau...
May 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738608/a-fast-bioanalytical-method-based-on-microextraction-by-packed-sorbent-and-uplc-ms-ms-for-determining-new-psychoactive-substances-in-oral-fluid
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A M Ares, P Fernández, M Regenjo, A M Fernández, A M Carro, R A Lorenzo
The emergence in recent years of potentially dangerous new psychoactive substances (NPS) that are not under international control has led to the development of multi-analyte procedures for their unequivocal quantification. A fast ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method (UPLC-MS/MS), in combination with a sample pretreatment based on microextraction by packed sorbent (MEPS), was for the first time used in this work for the simultaneous determination of NPS in oral fluid. This matrix is an effective alternative to typical biological samples for drug control in substitution therapy programs, and also for the prevention and reduction of traffic accidents...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738499/aqueous-extract-of-codium-fragile-suppressed-inflammatory-responses-in-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-raw264-7-cells-and-carrageenan-induced-rats
#16
Seul Ah Lee, Sung-Min Moon, Yun Hee Choi, Seul Hee Han, Bo-Ram Park, Mi Suk Choi, Jae-Sung Kim, Yong Hwan Kim, Do Kyung Kim, Chun Sung Kim
Codium fragile (Suringar) Hariot has been used in Oriental medicine for the treatment of enterobiasis, dropsy, and dysuria and has been shown to have various biological effects. In this study, we evaluated the anti-inflammatory effects of aqueous extract of C. fragile (AECF) using in vitro and in vivo models. Nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), inflammatory-related mRNAs, and proteins were determined using the Griess assay, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and western blotting, respectively...
July 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738461/-role-of-maternal-drug-use-and-environmental-exposure-during-pregnancy-and-delivery-pattern-in-allergic-infants-and-toddlers
#17
S Wang, H S Wang, J X Jiang, Y Wang, T Xu
Objective: To understand correlation between maternal drug use and environmental exposure during pregnancy and delivery pattern and allergy in infants and toddlers, and provide theoretical bases for the early prevention and intervention of infantile allergies. Methods: Case control study based on cross-sectional investigation was conducted. Thirty-three cities were selected in China. Randomly cluster sampling method was used to select a community in each city as the study sample, the women with infants aged 0-24 months were interviewed in the form of face-to-face questionnaire survey...
July 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738456/-cost-effectiveness-of-community-based-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-in-china
#18
S X Zhang, P C Yang, Y L Cai, Y Lin, Y H Zou
Objective: Since eliminating hepatitis B in China would need considerable public health resources, the economics problem of the strategy of community-based antiviral treatment for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) has become an important issue. The cost-effectiveness and affordability of the strategy were evaluated in this study. Methods: According to the advocacy on eliminating hepatitis B by WHO and the comprehensive protocol of community based prevention of major infectious diseases and the guideline for CHB prevention and treatment in China, the decision analytic Markov model was constructed with the parameters from national surveys or Meta-analysis...
July 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738379/neurodegeneration-neuroregeneration-and-neuroprotection-in-psychiatric-disorders
#19
Siu W Tang, Daiga M Helmeste, Brian E Leonard
Prevention of deterioration of brain function over time is important in the long-term management of chronic brain disorders such as dementia, schizophrenia, and mood disorders. Although the possibility of neurogenesis in the adult human brain is attractive, and there are psychiatric drugs proven to be effective inducers of neurogenesis in animals, we have yet to see their utility in clinical practice. The terms neurodegeneration and neuroregeneration are often used in a nonspecific manner. Neuroregeneration may mean neurogenesis, dendritogenesis, spinogenesis, or axonogenesis...
July 24, 2017: Modern Trends in Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738291/inflammation-responsive-self-regulated-drug-release-from-ultrathin-hydrogel-coating
#20
Min He, Qian Wang, Zhenqiang Shi, Yi Xie, Weifeng Zhao, Changsheng Zhao
Heterotopic ossification(HO) is a potential severe complication after many biomaterial implanting surgeries, and the inflammation environment caused by the implanting-associated infections is considered as the main nosogenesis. Herein, an inflammation-responsive drug release system was designed by chemically conjugating indometacin (via ester group) onto hydrogel coating to realize local self-regulated drug release to prevent HO. In our strategy, poly(3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane-co-acrylic acrylate and polyvinyl alcohol (providing anchoring sites for drug molecules) were firstly synthesized and functionalized with ene-groups, then a hydrogel layer was formed and covalently attached onto thiol-modified substrate via thiol-ene click chemistry, followed by grafting indometacin...
July 18, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
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