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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092846/status-epilepticus-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-how-to-avoid-misdiagnosis-in-patients-with-hepatic-encephalopathy
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Marika Rudler, Clémence Marois, Nicolas Weiss, Dominique Thabut, Vincent Navarro
PURPOSE: Status epilepticus (SE) in patients with cirrhosis is a rare but serious situation. Diagnosis may be difficult in emergency presentation, especially when patients present with hepatic encephalopathy (HE). Misdiagnosis must be avoided since some anti-epileptic drugs aggravate HE. In this retrospective study, we therefore assessed the frequency of SE in patients with cirrhosis, evaluated the accuracy of diagnosis and determined rates of mortality. METHOD: We reviewed data from all patients hospitalized from 2005 to 2013 in the Hepatology ICU for complications of cirrhosis with an initial diagnosis of SE...
December 27, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092838/development-and-validation-of-the-stigma-scale-for-epilepsy-in-turkey
#2
Sevim Baybaş, Zerrin Yıldırım, Harika Ertem Özhan, Ayten Dirican, Ahmet Dirican
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy is a chronic disease with an increased risk of stigma. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of a scale developed by the authors to determine the level of stigma in Turkish patients with epilepsy and their relatives. METHODS: In this pilot study, two scales were developed, one consisting of 32 questions for the patients and one of 20 questions for the patients' relatives. Initially, a total of 30 patients with epilepsy and 30 relatives of the patients were included...
January 13, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092822/combination-of-everolimus-with-sorafenib-for-solid-renal-tumors-in-tsc2-mice-is-superior-to-everolimus-alone
#3
Jian Yang, Paulina A Samsel, Kalin Narov, Ashley Jones, Daniel Gallacher, John Gallacher, Julian R Sampson, Ming Hong Shen
Tuberous sclerosis (TSC) is an inherited tumor syndrome caused by mutations in TSC1 or TSC2 that lead to aberrant activation of mTOR and development of tumors in multiple organs including the kidneys. The mTOR inhibitors rapamycin and everolimus (rapalogs) have demonstrated clinical efficacy in treating TSC-associated tumors including renal angiomyolipomas. However, tumor responses are usually only partial, and regrowth occurs after drug withdrawal. TSC-associated tumors are highly vascular, and TSC patients with renal angiomyolipomas have elevated levels of circulating vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) A and VEGFD...
January 13, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092804/enhancement-of-nk-cell-mediated-lysis-of-non-small-lung-cancer-cells-by-npkc-activator-ingenol-3-20-dibenzoate
#4
Chenyuan Gong, Chao Yao, Zihang Xu, Zhongya Ni, Xiaowen Zhu, Lixin Wang, Xuewei Yan, Wuxiong Zhou, Shiguo Zhu
The IFN-γ production is crucial for NK cell-mediated lysis of cancer cells. Thus increasing the IFN-γ production by NK cells may be an ideal strategy to improve their tumoricidal effect. Since the focus on new drug development has shifted towards natural products, limited information is out there about natural products that enhance the IFN-γ production by NK cells. In this study, through a high-throughput screening, we have identified a natural product ingenol 3,20 dibenzoate (IDB), an activator of tumor suppressor protein kinase C (PKC) isozymes, could increase the IFN-γ production and degranulation by NK cells, especially when NK cells were stimulated by non-small lung cancer (NSCLC) cells...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092793/high-dilutions-of-antimony-modulate-cytokines-production-and-macrophage-leishmania-l-amazonensis-interaction-in-vitro
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Fabiana Rodrigues de Santana, Luciane C Dalboni, Kátia F Nascimento, Fabiana Toshie Konno, Anuska M Alvares-Saraiva, Michelle S F Correia, Maristela Dutra Correa Bomfim, Renato C V Casarin, Elizabeth C Perez, Maria Anete Lallo, Giovani B Peres, Márcia Dalastra Laurenti, Nilson R Benites, Dorly F Buchi, Leoni Villano Bonamin
BACKGROUND: In previous results mice treated with high dilutions of antimony presented reduction of monocyte migration to the site of infection with increase in B lymphocytes population in the local lymph node. AIMS: To know the mechanisms involved, a series of in vitro studies was done, using co-cultures of macrophages (RAW 264.7) and Leishmania (L.) amazonensis treated with different dilutions of antimony (Antimonium crudum or AC), in different times. METHODOLOGY: Spreading, phagocytosis, the oxidative activity of macrophages, the viability of free promastigotes and the cytokines/chemokines concentration in the supernatant were evaluated...
January 13, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092725/strontium-ranelate-a-promising-disease-modifying-osteoarthritis-drug
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Weiyu Han, Shicai Fan, Xiaochun Bai, Changhai Ding
The articular cartilage and subchondral bone may have potential crosstalk in the development and progression of osteoarthritis (OA). Strontium ranelate (SrR) has the ability to dissociate the bone remodeling process and to change the balance between bone resorption and bone formation. Its effect on subchondral bone makes it a potential disease- modifying osteoarthritis drug (DMOAD) in the treatment of OA. The aim of the current review is to summarize up-to-date pharmacological and clinical data of SrR for OA treatment...
January 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092723/pertuzumab-and-breast-cancer-another-piece-in-the-anti-her2-puzzle
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Dr Lorenzo Gerratana, Dr Marta Bonotto, Dr Claudia Bozza, Dr Elena Ongaro, Dr Valentina Fanotto, Dr Giacomo Pelizzari, Prof Fabio Puglisi
The mechanism of action of pertuzumab, a recombinant anti-HER2 humanized monoclonal antibody, is complementary to trastuzumab's. On June 8, 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved the combination of pertuzumab with trastuzumab and docetaxel as first-line treatment of HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. Furthermore, pertuzumab is the first drug to be approved in the neoadjuvant setting using a pathological complete response as an endpoint. Areas covered: The review provides insights into the main mechanisms of action of pertuzumab...
January 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092693/pathogenic-streptococcus-strains-employ-novel-escape-strategy-to-inhibit-bacteriostatic-effect-mediated-by-mammalian-peptidoglycan-recognition-protein
#8
Jing Wang, Youjun Feng, Changjun Wang, Swaminath Srinivas, Chen Chen, Hui Liao, Elaine He, Shibo Jiang, Jiaqi Tang
Pathogenic streptococcal species are responsible for some of the most lethal and prevalent animal and human infections. Previous reports have identified a candidate pathogenicity island (PAI) in two highly virulent clinical isolates of Streptococcus suis type 2 (SS2), a causative agent of high-mortality streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS). This PAI contains a Type-IVC secretion system C subgroup (Type-IVC secretion system) that is involved in the secretion of unknown pathogenic effectors that are responsible for STSS caused by highly virulent strains of SS2...
January 16, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092469/investigational-drugs-in-recent-clinical-trials-for-treatment-resistant-depression
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Ricardo P Garay, Carlos A Zarate, Thomas Charpeaud, Leslie Citrome, Christoph U Correll, Ahcène Hameg, Pierre-Michel Llorca
The authors describe the medications for treatment-resistant depression (TRD) in phase II/III of clinical development in the EU and US and provide an opinion on how current treatment can be improved in the near future. Areas covered: Sixty-two trials were identified in US and EU clinical trial registries that included six investigational compounds in recent phase III development and 12 others in recent phase II clinical trials. Glutamatergic agents have been the focus of many studies. A single intravenous dose of the glutamatergic modulator ketamine produces a robust and rapid antidepressant effect in persons with TRD; this effect continues to remain significant for 1 week...
January 16, 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092280/challenges-and-opportunities-to-enhance-global-drug-development-in-neonates
#10
Alexandra M Smith, Jonathan M Davis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study reviews the history of neonatal drug development, recent legislative efforts designed to facilitate the study of therapeutic agents in neonates, and future steps necessary to advance drug development. RECENT FINDINGS: Although many federal regulations have been introduced over the past 15 years to encourage pediatric and neonatal drug development, the majority of medications that are used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in neonates...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092204/impact-of-combination-therapy-and-early-de-escalation-on-outcome-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-caused-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#11
Laurène Deconinck, Agnès Meybeck, Pierre Patoz, Nicolas Van Grunderbeeck, Nicolas Boussekey, Arnaud Chiche, Pierre-Yves Delannoy, Hugues Georges, Olivier Leroy
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common cause of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Guidelines recommend dual coverage of P. aeruginosa, but the beneficial effect of combination therapy is controversial. We described antibiotic prescriptions and evaluated the clinical impact of initial combination antibiotic therapy and de-escalation strategy in patients with VAP caused by P. aeruginosa. METHODS: Between 1994 and 2014, all 100 patients with VAP caused by P...
January 16, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091786/a-new-look-at-the-drug-resistance-investigation-of-uropathogenic-e-coli-strains
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Wioletta Adamus-Białek, Łukasz Lechowicz, Anna B Kubiak-Szeligowska, Monika Wawszczak, Ewelina Kamińska, Magdalena Chrapek
Bacterial drug resistance and uropathogenic tract infections are among the most important issues of current medicine. Uropathogenic Escherichia coli strains are the primary factor of this issue. This article is the continuation of the previous study, where we used Kohonen relations to predict the direction of drug resistance. The characterized collection of uropathogenic E. coli strains was used for microbiological (the disc diffusion method for antimicrobial susceptibility testing), chemical (ATR/FT-IR) and mathematical (artificial neural networks, Ward's hierarchical clustering method, the analysis of distributions of inhibition zone diameters for antibiotics, Cohen's kappa measure of agreement) analysis...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091770/relevance-of-surgery-in-patients-with-non-variceal-upper-gastrointestinal-bleeding
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S Dango, T Beißbarth, E Weiss, A Seif Amir Hosseini, D Raddatz, V Ellenrieder, J Lotz, B M Ghadimi, A Beham
INTRODUCTION: Upper GI bleeding remains one of the most common emergencies with a substantial overall mortality rate of up to 30%. In severe ill patients, death does not occur due to failure of hemostasis, either medical or surgical, but mainly from comorbidities, treatment complications, and decreased tolerated blood loss. Management strategies have changed dramatically over the last two decades and include primarily endoscopic intervention in combination with acid-suppressive therapy and decrease in surgical intervention...
January 14, 2017: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091751/long-term-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease-with-levodopa-and-other-adjunctive-drugs
#14
Yoshikuni Mizuno, Satoe Shimoda, Hideki Origasa
We report a long-term treatment of Parkinson's disease in out-patient clinics. The patients with Parkinson's disease were evaluated at the time of clinic visit from September 1st, 2015 to February 29th, 2016. Total number of the patients was 498. The age at the evaluation was 69.9 ± 9.3 years and the age of onset was 60.2 ± 11.3. Hoehn and Yahr severity was 3.28 ± 0.94 in patients who were from 16 to 20 years (n = 53) and 3.00 ± 0.86 in patients from 21 years or more (n = 38) from the onset of the disease to the evaluation...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091702/platelet-receptor-gene-p2y12-p2y1-and-platelet-glycoprotein-gene-gpiiia-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-antiplatelet-drug-responsiveness-and-clinical-outcomes-after-acute-minor-ischemic-stroke
#15
Xingyang Yi, Qiang Zhou, Chun Wang, Jing Lin, Ping Liu, Cheng Fu
PURPOSE: Patients with minor ischemic stroke (MIS) are at high risk of recurrent ischemic stroke (RIS). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of platelet receptor gene (P2Y12, P2Y1) and glycoprotein gene (GPIIIa) polymorphisms, as well as their interactions, on antiplatelet drug responsiveness and clinical outcomes in patients with acute MIS. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 426 patients with acute MIS who had been receiving combined aspirin and clopidogrel treatment for at least 3 months...
January 13, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091407/clinical-characteristics-of-patients-with-drug-induced-liver-injury
#16
Li-Xia Yang, Cheng-Yuan Liu, Lun-Li Zhang, Ling-Ling Lai, Ming Fang, Chong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Drug is an important cause of liver injury and accounts for up to 40% of instances of fulminant hepatic failure. Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is increasing while the diagnosis becomes more difficult. Though many drugs may cause DILI, Chinese herbal medicines have recently emerged as a major cause due to their extensive use in China. We aimed to provide drug safety information to patients and health carers by analyzing the clinical and pathological characteristics of the DILI and the associated drug types...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091393/viral-blips-were-infrequent-in-treatment-naive-adults-treated-with-rilpivirine-emtricitabine-tenofovir-df-or-efavirenz-emtricitabine-tenofovir-df-through-96-weeks
#17
Danielle P Porter, Rima Kulkarni, Will Garner, Michael D Miller, Kirsten L White
BACKGROUND: The clinical impact of transient episodes of HIV viremia (viral blips) on virologic failure and resistance development is not fully understood. Here we investigated the blip frequency and virologic outcomes of HIV-1-infected subjects experiencing viral blips among treatment-naïve subjects initiating therapy on rilpivirine (RPV)/emtricitabine (FTC)/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) or efavirenz (EFV)/FTC/TDF through 96 weeks of treatment. METHODS: Subjects treated with at least one dose of study drug and with at least one post-baseline HIV-1 RNA value were included in this analysis...
January 16, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090798/switching-from-branded-to-generic-glatiramer-acetate-15-month-gate-trial-extension-results
#18
Krzysztof Selmaj, Frederik Barkhof, Anna N Belova, Christian Wolf, Evelyn Rw van den Tweel, Janine Jl Oberyé, Roel Mulder, David F Egging, Norbert P Koper, Jeffrey A Cohen
BACKGROUND: Open-label 15-month follow-up of the double-blind, placebo-controlled Glatiramer Acetate clinical Trial to assess Equivalence with Copaxone(®) (GATE) trial. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate efficacy, safety, and tolerability of prolonged generic glatiramer acetate (GTR) treatment and to evaluate efficacy, safety, and tolerability of switching from brand glatiramer acetate (GA) to GTR treatment. METHODS: A total of 729 patients received GTR 20 mg/mL daily...
January 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090719/diversity-oriented-synthesis-of-cyclic-azapeptides-by-a-3-macrocyclization-provides-high-affinity-cd36-modulating-peptidomimetics
#19
Jinqiang Zhang, Mukandila Mulumba, Huy Ong, William D Lubell
Macrocyclization has enabled the use of peptides in drug discovery creating a need for methods to synthesize diverse peptide macrocycles. Azapeptides have advanced to clinically used drugs, however, few cyclic azapeptides have been studied. A multiple component "A(3) -macrocyclization" strategy is described for the preparation of diverse cyclic azapeptides and is demonstrated by the synthesis of 15 growth hormone releasing hormone-6 (GHRP-6) analogs. Certain cyclic aza-GHRP-6 analogs exhibited unprecedented affinity for the CD36 receptor, and capacity to modulate Toll-like receptor agonist-induced overproduction of nitric oxide, and reduce pro-inflammatory cytokine and chemokine production in macrophages...
January 16, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090681/excess-of-exercise-increases-the-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
A Müssigbrodt, A Weber, J Mandrola, Y van Belle, S Richter, M Döring, A Arya, P Sommer, A Bollmann, G Hindricks
An interesting and still not well-understood example for old medical wisdom "Sola dosis facit venenum" is the increased prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in athletes. Numerous studies have shown a fourfold to eightfold increased risk of AF in athletes compared to the normal population. Analysis of the existing data suggests a dose-dependent effect of exercise. Moderate exercise seems to have a protective effect and decreases the risk of AF, whereas excessive exercise seems to increase the risk of AF. The described cases illustrate clinical manifestations within the spectrum of AF in elderly athletes, that is, exercise-induced AF, vagal AF, chronic AF, and atrial flutter...
January 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
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