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Eric Lawitz, Fred Poordad, Julio A Gutierrez, Jennifer T Wells, Carmen E Landaverde, Barbara Evans, Anita Howe, Hsueh-Cheng Huang, Jerry Jing Li, Peggy Hwang, Frank J Dutko, Michael Robertson, Janice Wahl, Eliav Barr, Barbara Haber
Direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) represent the standard of care for patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Combining DAAs with different mechanisms may allow for shorter treatment durations that are effective across multiple genotypes. The aim of the C-SWIFT study was to identify the minimum effective treatment duration across multiple genotypes. C-SWIFT was an open-label, single-center trial in treatment-naïve patients with chronic HCV genotype (GT)1 or 3 infection. All patients received elbasvir (EBR) 100 mg/grazoprevir (GZR) 50 mg with sofosbuvir (SOF) 400 mg for 4-12 weeks...
October 22, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Yumiko Ohbayashi, Fumi Nakai, Akinori Iwasaki, Takaaki Ogawa, Yuka Yamamoto, Yoshihiro Nishiyama, Minoru Miyake
The duration of antiresorptive therapy is an important risk factor for medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw. We performed a pilot study using quantitative analysis by bone scintigraphy to test the hypothesis that mandibular metabolism is affected by long-term bisphosphonate (BP) therapy. Our primary objectives were to assess changes in bone metabolism of the mandible in response to long-term BP therapy and compare the bone metabolism changes of the mandible with other bone sites. We compared the metabolic difference at the site in the mandible unaffected by disease, the humerus and the femur between 14 osteoporosis patients who were being treated with BP (BP group) and 14 patients who were not being treated with BP (control group) using a quantitative analysis and bone scintigraphy...
October 21, 2016: Odontology
Alice Indini, Elisabetta Schiavello, Veronica Biassoni, Luca Bergamaschi, Maria Chiara Magni, Nadia Puma, Stefano Chiaravalli, Federica Pallotti, Ettore Seregni, Barbara Diletto, Emilia Pecori, Lorenza Gandola, Geraldina Poggi, Maura Massimino
To assess the long-term safety of administering growth hormone (GH) in patients with GH deficiency due to treatment for childhood medulloblastoma and primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET). Data were retrospectively retrieved on children receiving GH supplementation, assessing their disease-free and overall survival outcomes and risk of secondary malignancies using Kaplan-Meier and Cox models. Overall 65 children were consecutively collected from May 1981 to April 2013. All patients had undergone craniospinal irradiation (total dose 18-39 Gy), and subsequently received GH for a median (interquartile range, IQR) of 81 (50...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
C Franklin, E Livingstone, A Roesch, B Schilling, D Schadendorf
Malignant melanoma contributes the majority of skin cancer related deaths and shows an increasing incidence in the past years. Despite all efforts of early diagnosis, metastatic melanoma still has a poor prognosis and remains a challenge for treating physicians. In recent years, improved knowledge of the pathophysiology and a better understanding of the role of the immune system in tumour control have led to the development and approval of several immunotherapies. Monoclonal antibodies against different immune checkpoints have been revolutionizing the treatment of metastatic and unresectable melanoma...
September 2, 2016: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Zsolt Sziklavari, Michael Ried, Florian Zeman, Christian Grosser, Tamas Szöke, Reiner Neu, Rudolf Schemm, Hans-Stefan Hofmann
BACKGROUND: This retrospective study analyzed the effectiveness of intrathoracic negative pressure therapy for debilitated patients with empyema and compared the short-term and long-term outcomes of three different intrapleural vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) techniques. METHODS: We investigated 43 consecutive (pre)septic patients with poor general condition (Karnofsky index ≤ 50 %) and multimorbidity (≥ 3 organ diseases) or immunosuppression, who had been treated for primary, postoperative, or recurrent pleural empyema with VAC in combination with open window thoracostomy (OWT-VAC) with minimally invasive technique (Mini-VAC), and instillation (Mini-VAC-Instill)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dominik Madžar, Anna Geyer, Ruben U Knappe, Stephanie Gollwitzer, Joji B Kuramatsu, Stefan T Gerner, Hajo M Hamer, Hagen B Huttner
BACKGROUND: Clobazam (CLB) is a well characterized antiepileptic drug (AED) that differs from other benzodiazepines by its basic chemical structure and pharmacodynamic properties. Only one previous study examined the efficacy of CLB as add-on therapy in refractory status epilepticus (RSE). METHODS: We analyzed RSE episodes treated in our institution between 2001 and 2012. Successful treatment with CLB was scored if CLB was the last AED added to therapy before RSE termination...
October 21, 2016: BMC Neurology
Bharat V Shah, Zamurrud M Patel
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a worldwide public health problem and more so in India. With limited availability and high cost of therapy, barely 10 % of patients with incident end stage renal disease (ESRD) cases get treatment in India. Therefore, all possible efforts should be made to retard progression of CKD. This article reviews the role of low protein diet (LPD) in management of CKD subjects and suggests how to apply it in clinical practice. DISCUSSION: The role of LPD in retarding progression of CKD is well established in animal experimental studies...
October 21, 2016: BMC Nephrology
B Lipe, R Vukas, J Mikhael
Multiple myeloma is the second most common type of blood cancer and remains incurable despite advances in therapy. Current therapy for multiple myeloma includes a phased-approach, often consisting of initial induction therapy, consolidation and maintenance therapy. With an ever-growing landscape of treatment options, the approach to optimal therapy has become increasingly complex. Specifically, controversy surrounds the optimal use and duration of maintenance therapy. We conducted a comprehensive literature search to analyze the most current literature and to provide recommendations for maintenance therapy in multiple myeloma...
October 21, 2016: Blood Cancer Journal
Manan Jhaveri, Nicholas Procaccini, Kris V Kowdley
Chronic Hepatitis C is a major public health problem. The chronicity of the Hepatitis C can lead to advanced liver disease, cirrhosis and even hepatocellular carcinoma. Chronic hepatitis C is the leading indication of for liver transplantation in the United States. Since the introduction of directly acting antiviral agents (DAAs), there have been there have been dramatic advances in treatment of hepatitis C in terms of tolerability, duration of therapy with significant increases in the rates of sustained virology response (SVR)...
October 21, 2016: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
Jung Min Kim, Jae Won Hong, Jung Hyun Noh, Dong Jun Kim
BACKGROUND: A recent study revealed that the participation rate in diabetes education among diabetic patients was only about 50% in Korea. We investigated the factors associated with participation in diabetes education. METHODS: The study included 1,255 patients (≥19 years old) diagnosed with diabetes drawn from the total Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007 to 2009 population comprising 30,705 individuals. We compared age, sex, and age- and sex-adjusted clinical characteristics in patients who had received diabetes education versus those who had not...
September 20, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolism Journal
Jörg Michel, Michael Hofbeck, Gina Spiller, Hanna Renk, Matthias Kumpf, Felix Neunhoeffer
INTRODUCTION: Data are still lacking about the use of terlipressin or vasopressin in the treatment of pediatric patients who are in a state of therapy-refractory shock. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of terlipressin on hemodynamics in children with distributive shock and to describe any severe side effects. METHODS: Consecutive patients (n = 20) with catecholamine-resistant distributive shock who were treated with terlipressin were retrospectively enrolled in this study...
October 20, 2016: Paediatric Drugs
Silvia Mangiacavalli, A Pompa, V Ferretti, C Klersy, F Cocito, M Varettoni, C S Cartia, M Cazzola, A Corso
Extramedullary relapse (EMR) represents a poor prognostic marker in the course of multiple myeloma (MM). We reviewed data from 329 patients, diagnosed between 2000 and 2010, without extramedullary disease at onset to explore possible risk factors for EMR. The median overall survival of our study cohort was 6.4 years. The risk of EMR was 28 % with a median time from diagnosis to first EMR of 2.2 years (0.2-9.1 years). Patients with soft tissue masses located in extra-osseous organs (EMR-S) showed the worst outcome, compared to those with tumor masses arising from adjacent bone (EMR-B) (median OS 1...
October 21, 2016: Annals of Hematology
C Tsentidis, D Gourgiotis, L Kossiva, A Marmarinos, A Doulgeraki, K Karavanaki
: Higher levels of Dickkopf-1, which is an inhibitor of Wnt/β-catenin bone metabolic pathway, could be indicative of downregulated Wnt system, with possible lower osteoblast activation and higher osteoclast signaling in type 1 diabetes mellitus children and adolescents. Dickkopf-1 could significantly contribute to diabetes osteopathy. INTRODUCTION: Increased fracture risk and elevated Dickkopf-1 levels, which is an inhibitor of Wnt/β-catenin bone metabolic pathway, have been documented in adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D), while no relevant data exist on childhood type 1 diabetes (T1D)...
October 20, 2016: Osteoporosis International
Kishan A Manani, Kim Christensen, Nicholas S Peters
Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of stroke by a factor of 4-5 and is the most common abnormal heart rhythm. The progression of AF with age, from short self-terminating episodes to persistence, varies between individuals and is poorly understood. An inability to understand and predict variation in AF progression has resulted in less patient-specific therapy. Likewise, it has been a challenge to relate the microstructural features of heart muscle tissue (myocardial architecture) with the emergent temporal clinical patterns of AF...
October 2016: Physical Review. E
Alexandra Ahmet, Eric I Benchimol, Ellen B Goldbloom, Janice L Barkey
BACKGROUND: Adrenal suppression (AS), a glucocorticoid (GC) side effect associated with significant morbidity, is well described related to inhaled corticosteroid therapy for asthma. Swallowed topical glucocorticoid therapy is the main pharmacotherapy treatment for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and therefore children with EoE are potentially at increased risk of AS. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, we included children and youth <18 years diagnosed with EoE and treated with swallowed fluticasone or oral viscous budesonide for more than 1 month...
2016: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Gabriel Bsteh, Julia Feige, Rainer Ehling, Michael Auer, Harald Hegen, Franziska Di Pauli, Florian Deisenhammer, Markus Reindl, Thomas Berger
BACKGROUND: Stable disease course may prompt consideration of disease-modifying treatment (DMT) discontinuation in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical outcome after DMT discontinuation and to identify predictive factors supporting decision-making. METHODS: We included 221 RRMS patients, who discontinued DMT after ⩾12 months and had documented follow-up ⩾2 years after discontinuation...
October 20, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
Andrew J Hahne, Jon J Ford, Rana S Hinman, Matthew C Richards, Luke D Surkitt, Alexander Yp Chan, Sarah L Slater, Nicholas F Taylor
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Physical therapy is commonly sought by people with lumbar disc herniation and associated radiculopathy. It is unclear whether physical therapy is effective for this population. PURPOSE: To determine the effectiveness of physical therapist delivered individualized functional restoration as an adjunct to guideline-based advice in people with lumbar disc herniation and associated radiculopathy. DESIGN: Pre-planned subgroup analysis of a multicenter parallel group randomized controlled trial...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
S El Batti, F Solla, J-L Clément, O Rosello, I Oborocianu, E Chau, V Rampal
BACKGROUND: The initial treatment of congenital idiopathic clubfoot (CIC) is nonoperative. Either the French physiotherapy method or the Ponseti casting method may be used. Whether either method is superior over the other remains unclear. However, the method used initially is not the only determinant of the final outcome. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective was to identify determinants of the final outcome as evaluated based on the need for surgical treatment and on the Ghanem-Seringe score...
October 17, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
I Fusier, O Parent de Curzon, S Touratier, L Escaut, M Lafaurie, S Fournier, M Sinègre, P Lechat, D Vittecoq
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to document amoxicillin-clavulanic acid prescription to improve the proper use of antibiotics in hospital settings. We used three criteria: quality of medical charts, adequacy of indications, and adequacy of treatment duration. METHOD: This study was designed as a one-day point prevalence survey carried out by antibiotic lead specialists. RESULTS: We included 387 prescriptions from 32 hospitals. Immunodeficiency was recorded as a risk factor in 30% of patients...
October 17, 2016: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
Robert C Welsh, Eric D Peterson
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October 25, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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