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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645737/alfapump-system-vs-large-volume-paracentesis-for-refractory-ascites-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-study
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Christophe Bureau, Danielle Adebayo, Mael Chalret de Rieu, Laure Elkrief, Dominique Valla, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Anne McCune, Victor Vargas, Macarena Simon-Talero, Juan Cordoba, Paolo Angeli, Silvia Rosi, Stewart MacDonald, Massimo Malago, Maria Stepanova, Zobair M Younossi, Claudia Trepte, Randall Watson, Oleg Borisenko, Sun Sun, Neil Inhaber, Rajiv Jalan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with refractory ascites (RA) require repeated large volume paracenteses (LVP), which involves frequent hospital visits and is associated with poor quality-of-life. This study assessed safety and efficacy of an automated, low-flow pump (alfapump [AP]) compared with LVP [SoC]. METHODS: Randomized, controlled trial, in 7 centers, with 6M patient observation. Primary outcome was time to first LVP. Secondary outcomes included paracentesis requirement, safety, health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL), and survival...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645255/haemoglobin-changes-and-risk-of-anaemia-following-treatment-for-uncomplicated-falciparum-malaria-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Julien Zwang, Umberto D'Alessandro, Jean-Louis Ndiaye, Abdoulaye A Djimdé, Grant Dorsey, Andreas A Mårtensson, Corine Karema, Piero L Olliaro
BACKGROUND: Anaemia is common in malaria. It is important to quantitate the risk of anaemia and to distinguish factors related to the natural history of disease from potential drug toxicity. METHODS: Individual-patient data analysis based on nine randomized controlled trials of treatments of uncomplicated falciparum malaria from 13 sub-Saharan African countries. Risk factors for reduced haemoglobin (Hb) concentrations and anaemia on presentation and after treatment were analysed using mixed effect models...
June 23, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641471/evaluation-of-immunomodulatory-effects-of-zearalenone-in-mice
#3
Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, Jong Won Kim, Yoon-Seok Roh, Jong-Hoon Kim, Han Kang Min, Hyung-Joo Kwon, Chae Woong Lim, Bumseok Kim
Zearalenone (ZEA) is a non-steroidal estrogenic mycotoxin produced by Fusarium species. The toxicity of ZEA has been evaluated for reproductive and developmental effects; however, there is little evidence about its acute toxicity or general immunotoxicity. In the present study, immune regulatory functions were investigated in mice that had been exposed to ZEA (5 or 20 mg/kg BW) daily for 14 days. Results showed that sub-populations of CD4(+), CD8(+) and CD11c(+) cells in the spleen and CD4(+), CD8(+) and F4/80(+) cells in the mesenteric lymph nodes (MLN) of ZEA (20 mg/kg)-exposed hosts were decreased compared to those in the control mice...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636433/immunogenicity-of-ags-004-dendritic-cell-therapy-in-patients-treated-during-acute-hiv-infection
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Cynthia L Gay, Mark A DeBenedette, Irina Y Tcherepanova, Alicia Gamble, Whitney E Lewis, Anna B Cope, JoAnn D Kuruc, Kara S McGee, Mary F Kearney, John M Coffin, Nancie M Archin, Charles B Hicks, Joseph J Eron, Charles A Nicolette, David M Margolis
AGS-004 consists of matured autologous dendritic cells co-electroporated with in vitro transcribed RNA encoding autologous HIV antigens. In an open-label, single arm sub-study of AGS-004-003, AGS-004 was administered monthly to suppressed participants who started antiretroviral therapy (ART) during acute HIV infection. HIV-1 specific T cell responses were measured by multicolor flow cytometry after 3-4 doses. The frequency of resting CD4(+) T-cell infection (RCI) was measured by quantitative viral outgrowth assay...
June 21, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634522/popliteal-arterial-thrombosis-in-nephrotic-syndrome-a-case-report
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Niranjan Tachamo, Rashmi Dhital, Bidhya Timilsina, Salik Nazir, Saroj Lohani, Dilli Ram Poudel
Thrombosis is a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with nephrotic syndrome (NS). Though venous thromboses are common in NS, arterial thromboses are relatively rare. Commonly involved arteries include coronary, iliac, femoral, renal, cerebral, pulmonary, mesenteric, and axillary arteries, and the aorta. Arterial thromboses are associated with poor prognosis; treatment options are limited and patients may not always be amenable to treatment. We present the case of a 39-year-old female with NS who presented with thigh pain and was found to have sub-acute popliteal artery thrombosis...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632196/drug-hypersensitivity-and-desensitizations-mechanisms-and-new-approaches
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REVIEW
Leticia de Las Vecillas Sánchez, Leila A Alenazy, Marlene Garcia-Neuer, Mariana C Castells
Drug hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs) are increasing in the 21st Century with the ever expanding availability of new therapeutic agents. Patients with cancer, chronic inflammatory diseases, cystic fibrosis, or diabetes can become allergic to their first line therapy after repeated exposures or through cross reactivity with environmental allergens. Avoidance of the offending allergenic drug may impact disease management, quality of life, and life expectancy. Precision medicine provides new tools for the understanding and management of hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs), as well as a personalized treatment approach for IgE (Immunoglobuline E) and non-IgE mediated HSRs with drug desensitization (DS)...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630576/no-effect-of-a-whey-growth-factor-extract-during-resistance-training-on-strength-body-composition-or-hypertrophic-gene-expression-in-resistance-trained-young-men
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Michael J Dale, Alison M Coates, Peter R C Howe, Grant R Tomkinson, Matthew T Haren, Andrew Brown, Marissa Caldow, David Cameron-Smith, Jonathan D Buckley
Growth factors can be isolated from bovine milk to form a whey growth factor extract (WGFE). This study examined whether WGFE promoted activation of the AKT/mTOR pathway enabling increased lean tissue mass and strength in resistance trained men. Forty six men with >6 months of resistance training (RT) experience performed 12 weeks of RT. Participants consumed 20 g/day of whey protein and were randomised to receive either 1.6 g WGFE/day (WGFE; n = 22) or 1.6 g cellulose/day (control, CONT; n = 24). The primary outcome was leg press one-repetition maximum (LP1-RM) which was assessed at baseline, 6 and 12 weeks...
June 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629622/optical-coherence-tomography-compared-with-fractional-flow-reserve-guided-approach-in-acute-coronary-syndromes-a-propensity-matched-analysis
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Fabrizio D'Ascenzo, Mario Iannaccone, Ovidio De Filippo, Antonio Maria Leone, Giampaolo Niccoli, Filippo Zilio, Fabrizio Ugo, Enrico Cerrato, Massimo Fineschi, Massimo Mancone, Stefano Rigattieri, Nicolas Amabile, Marco Ferlini, Gennaro Sardella, Alberto Cresti, Umberto Barbero, Pascal Motreff, Francesco Colombo, Salvatore Colangelo, Roberto Garbo, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Corrado Tamburino, Antonio Montefusco, Pierlugi Omedè, Claudio Moretti, Maurizio D'amico, Geraud Souteyrand, Fiorenzo Gaita, Ugo Limbruno, Andrea Picchi
AIM: To compare in patients with ACS (acute coronary syndromes) a PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) approach based on FFR (fractional flow reserve) vs. one based on OCT (optical coherence tomography). METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients admitted for ACS and treated with a PCI approach based on OCT or on FFR (recruited in two different studies) were compared and matched with propensity score analysis. Target Lesion revascularization (TLR) was the primary end point, while major adverse cardiovascular events [MACEs defined as the composite of death from cardiac causes, non-fatal MI, clinically driven target vessel revascularization (TVR), or re-hospitalization due to unstable angina] were the secondary ones...
June 3, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628521/experiences-of-acute-pain-in-children-who-present-to-a-healthcare-facility-for-treatment-a-systematic-review-of-qualitative-evidence
#9
Nicole Pope, Mary Tallon, Ruth McConigley, Gavin Leslie, Sally Wilson
BACKGROUND: Pain is a universal and complex phenomenon that is personal, subjective and specific. Despite growing knowledge in pediatric pain, management of children's pain remains sub-optimal and is linked to negative behavioral and physiological consequences later in life. As there is no synthesis of these studies, it was timely to undertake a systematic review. OBJECTIVES: To identify, evaluate and synthesize the existing qualitative evidence on children's experiences of acute pain, including pain management, within a healthcare facility...
June 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627690/data-mining-and-pathway-analysis-of-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-with-natural-language-processing
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Long Chen, Chunhua Zhang, Yanling Wang, Yuqian Li, Qiaoqiao Han, Huixin Yang, Yuechun Zhu
Human glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) is a crucial enzyme in the pentose phosphate pathway, and serves an important role in biosynthesis and the redox balance. G6PD deficiency is a major cause of neonatal jaundice and acute hemolyticanemia, and recently, G6PD has been associated with diseases including inflammation and cancer. The aim of the present study was to conduct a search of the National Center for Biotechnology Information PubMed library for articles discussing G6PD. Genes that were identified to be associated with G6PD were recorded, and the frequency at which each gene appeared was calculated...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625940/prodromal-stage-of-disease-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-how-to-diagnose-in-practice
#11
Frédéric Blanc, Marc Verny
Disease with Lewy bodies or dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), particularly at the prodromal stage, is a complex disease to diagnose because of different clinical beginnings and variable paths in terms of clinical expression. Thus DLB can be entcountered in different input modes: mild cognitive impairment, depression, acute behavioral disorders, confusion and delirium, or sleep disorders. In the aim to better diagnose the disease, should be sought obviously to search for the key symptoms: fluctuations, hallucinations, extra-pyramidal syndrome, and REM sleep behavior disorder...
June 1, 2017: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625248/-core-knowledge-and-skill-based-approach-to-subspecialty-construction-in-critical-intensive-care-medicine-with-distinct-chinese-peculiarity
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Lijun Wang, Fang Tian
With the rapid development of critical care medicine (CCM) in China, there are increases in the number of intensive care units (ICUs), the scale of one center ICU and the team. Subspecialty construction of CCM is of great concerns for personnel training as well as discipline development, and is currently one of the urgent problems that need to be resolved. Experience of CCM subspecialty construction from Europe and the United States is lacking and it is necessary to propose some opinions on innovation to construct CCM subspecialties with Chinese characteristics...
June 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625110/ultrasound-facilitated-catheter-directed-low-dose-fibrinolysis-in-elderly-patients-with-pulmonary-embolism-a-seattle-ii-sub-analysis
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Brett J Carroll, Samuel Z Goldhaber, Ping-Yu Liu, Gregory Piazza
Elderly patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) have higher mortality than non-elderly patients, but receive systemic fibrinolysis less frequently. In this sub-analysis of the SEATTLE II trial, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of ultrasound-facilitated, catheter-directed, low-dose fibrinolysis in elderly patients with submassive and massive PE. We compared patients ⩾65 years old with those <65 years old. Eligible patients had proximal PE and a right ventricular-to-left ventricular (RV/LV) diameter ratio ⩾0...
June 1, 2017: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623724/sub-lethal-pharmaceutical-hazard-tracking-in-adult-zebrafish-using-untargeted-lc-ms-environmental-metabolomics
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Ryan B De Sotto, Carl D Medriano, Yunchul Cho, Hyuk Kim, In-Young Chung, Kwang-Seol Seok, Kyung Guen Song, Seok Won Hong, Youngja Park, Sungpyo Kim
Antibiotics in the aquatic environment are dispersed through anthropogenic activities at low concentrations. Despite their sub lethal concentration, these biologically active compounds may still have adverse effects to non-target species. This study examined the response of adult zebrafish to 0.1mg/L concentration of clarithromycin, florfenicol, sulfamethazine, and their mixture using environmental metabolomics. Embryo and larvae of the fish were also used to assess fish embryo acute toxicity and behavior tests respectively...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623688/exposure-to-sublethal-concentrations-of-co3o4-and-mn2o3-nanoparticles-induced-elevated-metal-body-burden-in-daphnia-magna
#15
Margit Heinlaan, Marge Muna, Katre Juganson, Olena Oriekhova, Serge Stoll, Anne Kahru, Vera I Slaveykova
Despite the significant progress made in ecotoxicological research on nanoparticles (NPs), there is still very limited information available regarding the biological effects of certain types of NPs such as Co3O4 and Mn2O3. Only a couple of studies provide data on their impact on aquatic organisms whereas, alarmingly, these NPs have been proposed to have high toxicity potential. In addition, more data are needed to determine whether the adverse effects the metal NPs induce on aquatic organisms are rather due to their chemical or particulate nature...
June 6, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622743/endovascular-treatment-for-chronic-lower-extremity-ischaemia-with-sub-acute-deterioration
#16
Liangxi Yuan, Songlin Guo, Jian Dong, Jian Zhou, Qingsheng Lu, Junmin Bao, Zaiping Jing
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to report the efficacy of endovascular treatment for patients with sub-acute (14-day to 2-month) deterioration of chronic lower extremity ischaemia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between June 2013 and May 2015, 26 consecutive patients (22 men, 4 women; mean age, 68.6 years; range, 50-86 years) were treated for sub-acute deterioration of chronic lower extremity ischaemia in our hospital. All patients were treated with catheter-directed thrombolysis initially and then adjunctive percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and/or stenting was performed to correct underlying lesions...
July 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622489/the-role-of-exercise-and-patient-education-in-the-noninvasive-management-of-whiplash-a-clinical-commentary
#17
Trudy Rebbeck
Synopsis The majority of people with whiplash associated disorder (WAD) do not have neurological deficit or fracture and are therefore largely managed with non-surgical interventions such as exercise, patient education, and behavioral based-interventions. To date clinical guidelines, systematic reviews, and the results of high quality randomized controlled trials recommend exercise and patient education as the primary interventions for people in both acute and chronic stages after injury. However, the relatively weak evidence and small effect sizes in individual trials have led authors of some systematic reviews to reach equivocal recommendations for either exercise or patient education and for policy makers and funders to question whether the more expensive intervention (exercise) should be funded at all...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620858/toxicity-assessment-of-five-emerging-pollutants-alone-and-in-binary-or-ternary-mixtures-towards-three-aquatic-organisms
#18
Carole Di Poi, Katherine Costil, Valérie Bouchart, Marie-Pierre Halm-Lemeille
Despite a growing scientific attention on ecological impact of emerging pollutants (EPs) such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and pesticides, knowledge gaps remain regarding mixture toxicity and effects on aquatic organisms. Several EPs were screened in seawater (Normandy, France), and the ecotoxicity of five compounds, chosen on their occurrence in ecosystems and use worldwide, was assessed and were the biocides methylparaben (MP) and triclosan (TCS), a pesticide degradation product (AMPA), and the pharmaceuticals venlafaxine (VEN) and carbamazepine (CBZ)...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619754/antitumor-effect-of-the-atypical-retinoid-st1926-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-and-nanoparticle-formulation-prolongs-lifespan-and-reduces-tumor-burden-of-xenograft-mice
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Leeanna El-Houjeiri, Walid Saad, Berthe Hayar, Patrick Aouad, Nadim Tawil, Rana Abdel-Samad, Rita Hleihel, Maguy Hamie, Angelo Mancinelli, Claudio Pisano, Hiba El Hajj, Nadine Darwiche
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is one of the most frequent types of blood malignancies. It is a complex disorder of undifferentiated hematopoietic progenitor cells. The majority of patients generally respond to intensive therapy. Nevertheless, relapse is the major cause of death in AML, warranting the need for novel treatment strategies. Retinoids have demonstrated potent differentiation and growth regulatory effects in normal, transformed and hematopoietic progenitor cells. All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) is the paradigm of treatment in acute promyelocytic leukemia, an AML subtype...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619235/morphological-and-pharmacological-determinants-of-peri-procedural-myocardial-infarction-following-elective-stent-implantation-optical-coherence-tomography-sub-analysis-of-the-prasfit-elective-study
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Kenzo Uzu, Toshiro Shinke, Hiromasa Otake, Tomofumi Takaya, Tsuyoshi Osue, Masamichi Iwasaki, Hiroto Kinutani, Akihide Konishi, Masaru Kuroda, Hachidai Takahashi, Daisuke Terashita, Ken-Ichi Hirata, Shigeru Saito, Masato Nakamura, Junya Shite, Takashi Akasaka
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have suggested that peri-procedural myocardial infarction (PMI) following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is associated with adverse short- and long-term outcomes, and several morphological predictors of PMI have been studied. However, the determinants of PMI under novel anti-platelet therapy are not fully elucidated. METHODS AND RESULTS: PRASFIT-Elective is a multicenter, parallel-group study of PCI patients in non-acute settings receiving either prasugrel or clopidogrel in addition to aspirin...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
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