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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350554/high-sensitivity-and-specificity-of-the-cepheid-xpert%C3%A2-hiv-1-qualitative-point-of-care-test-among-newborns-in-botswana
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Maryanne Ibrahim, Sikhulile Moyo, Terence Mohammed, Lucy Mupfumi, Simani Gaseitsiwe, Kenneth Maswabi, Gbolahan Ajibola, Rebecca Gelman, Oganne Batlang, Maureen Sakoi, Chloe Auletta-Young, Joseph Makhema, Shahin Lockman, Roger L Shapiro
BACKGROUND: HIV point-of-care (POC) testing allows for early infant HIV diagnosis and treatment, but POC accuracy at birth and in the setting of antiretroviral prophylaxis for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT) is unknown. METHODS: We evaluated the Cepheid Xpert® HIV-1 Qual POC test against the Roche Taqman HIV-1 PCR platform using dried blood spots from 15 HIV-infected and 75 HIV-exposed uninfected newborns. These infants were screened for HIV at <96 hours of life at 5 hospital maternity wards in Botswana; all infants received post-exposure antiretroviral prophylaxis (PEP) and most mothers received 3-drug antiretroviral therapy in pregnancy and at delivery...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345445/the-role-of-patient-financial-assistance-programs-in-reducing-costs-for-cancer-patients
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Leah L Zullig, Steven Wolf, Lisa Vlastelica, Veena Shankaran, S Yousuf Zafar
BACKGROUND: Limited transparency exists regarding eligibility and benefits for patient financial assistance programs (PAPs). OBJECTIVE: To describe oral anticancer medication costs, insurance coverage, and the degree of financial assistance provided by PAPs. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of prescription anticancer medication costs and PAP coverage. The study used data from an academic cancer center's specialty pharmacy. Medication, cost, and coverage data were collected from the specialty pharmacy database for prescriptions filled from January 2013 to November 2015...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343975/trastuzumab-emtansine-versus-taxane-use-for-previously-treated-her2-positive-locally-advanced-or-metastatic-gastric-or-gastro-oesophageal-junction-adenocarcinoma-gatsby-an-international-randomised-open-label-adaptive-phase-2-3-study
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Peter C Thuss-Patience, Manish A Shah, Atsushi Ohtsu, Eric Van Cutsem, Jaffer A Ajani, Hugo Castro, Wasat Mansoor, Hyun Cheol Chung, Gyorgy Bodoky, Kohei Shitara, Gail D Lewis Phillips, Tina van der Horst, Marie-Laurence Harle-Yge, Betsy L Althaus, Yoon-Koo Kang
BACKGROUND: Although trastuzumab plus chemotherapy is the standard of care for first-line treatment of HER2-positive advanced gastric cancer, there is no established therapy in the second-line setting. In GATSBY, we examined the efficacy and tolerability of trastuzumab emtansine in patients previously treated for HER2-positive advanced gastric cancer (unresectable, locally advanced, or metastatic gastric cancer, including adenocarcinoma of the gastro-oesophageal junction). METHODS: This is the final analysis from GATSBY, a randomised, open-label, adaptive, phase 2/3 study, done at 107 centres (28 countries worldwide)...
March 23, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342713/a-laboratory-score-at-presentation-to-rule-out-serious-cardiac-outcomes-or-death-in-patients-presenting-with-symptoms-suggestive-of-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Peter A Kavsak, Colleen Shortt, Jinhui Ma, Natasha Clayton, Jonathan Sherbino, Stephen A Hill, Matthew McQueen, Shamir R Mehta, P J Devereaux, Andrew Worster
BACKGROUND: We evaluated whether a low high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) cutoff combined with glucose, red cell distribution width (RDW), and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) can be used to rule-out a serious cardiac outcome or death in patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: This was a prospective observational emergency department (ED) study enrolling consecutive patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of ACS (ClinicalTrials...
March 23, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342637/first-line-rituximab-combined-with-short-term-prednisone-versus-prednisone-alone-for-the-treatment-of-pemphigus-ritux-3-a-prospective-multicentre-parallel-group-open-label-randomised-trial
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Pascal Joly, Maud Maho-Vaillant, Catherine Prost-Squarcioni, Vivien Hebert, Estelle Houivet, Sébastien Calbo, Frédérique Caillot, Marie Laure Golinski, Bruno Labeille, Catherine Picard-Dahan, Carle Paul, Marie-Aleth Richard, Jean David Bouaziz, Sophie Duvert-Lehembre, Philippe Bernard, Frederic Caux, Marina Alexandre, Saskia Ingen-Housz-Oro, Pierre Vabres, Emmanuel Delaporte, Gaelle Quereux, Alain Dupuy, Sebastien Debarbieux, Martine Avenel-Audran, Michel D'Incan, Christophe Bedane, Nathalie Bénéton, Denis Jullien, Nicolas Dupin, Laurent Misery, Laurent Machet, Marie Beylot-Barry, Olivier Dereure, Bruno Sassolas, Thomas Vermeulin, Jacques Benichou, Philippe Musette
BACKGROUND: High doses of corticosteroids are considered the standard treatment for pemphigus. Because long-term corticosteroid treatment can cause severe and even life-threatening side-effects in patients with this disease, we assessed whether first-line use of rituximab as adjuvant therapy could improve the proportion of patients achieving complete remission off-therapy, compared with corticosteroid treatment alone, while decreasing treatment side-effects of corticosteroids. METHODS: We did a prospective, multicentre, parallel-group, open-label, randomised trial in 25 dermatology hospital departments in France (Ritux 3)...
March 22, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341416/a-physiologically-oriented-transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-midgut-of-tenebrio-molitor
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Nathalia R Moreira, Christiane Cardoso, Renata O Dias, Clelia Ferreira, Walter R Terra
Physiological data showed that T. molitor midgut is buffered at pH 5.6 at the two anterior thirds and at 7.9 at the posterior third. Furthermore, water is absorbed and secreted at the anterior and posterior midgut, respectively, driving a midgut counter flux of fluid. To look for the molecular mechanisms underlying these phenomena and nutrient absorption as well, a transcriptomic approach was used. For this, 11 types of transporters were chosen from the midgut transcriptome obtained by pyrosequencing (Roche 454)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339647/detection-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-1-ribonucleic-acid-in-the-peritoneal-effluent-of-renal-failure-patients-on-highly-active-antiretroviral-therapy
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Kwazi C Z Ndlovu, Wilbert Sibanda, Alain Assounga
Background.: We evaluated the shedding of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 particles into continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) effluents of HIV-positive patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Methods.: A total of 58 HIV-positive patients with ESRD on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) who had Tenckhoff catheters inserted between September 2012 and February 2015 were prospectively reviewed and followed for 18 months. Peritoneal dialysis (PD) effluent samples from functioning CAPD catheters and plasma samples were obtained at three points during regular clinic visits on days 45 ± 37, 200 ± 19 and 377 ± 13 after catheter insertion...
February 20, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337595/first-trimester-ttr-rbp4-roh-complex-and-angiogenic-factors-in-the-prediction-of-small-for-gestational-age-infant-s-outcome
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Arrigo Fruscalzo, Julia Frommer, Ambrogio P Londero, Andrea Henze, Florian J Schweigert, Jerzy-Roch Nofer, Johannes Steinhard, Walter Klockenbusch, Ralf Schmitz, Jens Raila
PURPOSE: To study the role of the TTR-RBP4-ROH complex components (transthyretin, serum retinol binding protein, retinol) and of angiogenic factors PlGF (placental growth factor) and sFlt-1 (soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1) in pregnancies complicated by small for gestational age infants (SGA). METHODS: Case control study conducted on maternal serum collected between 11 + 0 to 13 + 6 weeks of gestation. TTR, RBP4, ROH, PlGF and sFlt-1 were measured in SGA patients (birth weight <10%) who delivered at term (n = 37) and before 37 weeks of gestation (n = 17) and in a matched control group with uneventful pregnancies (n = 37)...
March 23, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337330/antimalarial-properties-of-simplified-kalihinol-analogues
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Mary Elisabeth Daub, Jacques Prudhomme, Choukri Ben Mamoun, Karine G Le Roch, Christopher D Vanderwal
Several kalihinol natural products, members of the broader isocyanoterpene family of antimalarial agents, are potent inhibitors of Plasmodium falciparum, the agent of the most severe form of human malaria. Our previous total synthesis of kalihinol B provided a blueprint to generate many analogues within this family, some as complex as the natural product and some much simplified and easier to access. Each analogue was tested for blood-stage antimalarial activity using both drug-sensitive and -resistant P. falciparum strains...
March 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337082/pharmacokinetics-of-peramivir-in-an-adolescent-patient-receiving-continuous-venovenous-hemodiafiltration
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Ryan C Dillon, Robert Witcher, Jeffrey J Cies, Wayne S Moore, Arun Chopra
Critically ill patients requiring renal replacement therapy commonly experience pharmacokinetic alterations. This case report describes the pharmacokinetics of peramivir (Rapivab, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Durham, NC), the first US Food and Drug Administration-approved intravenous neuraminidase inhibitor for the treatment of influenza, in an adolescent patient receiving continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). A 49.5-kg, 17-year-old Caucasian female presented with fever, cough, and persistent hypoxia...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334425/risk-reducing-salpingectomy-let-us-be-opportunistic
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Kara C Long Roche, Nadeem R Abu-Rustum, Mlica Nourmoussavi, Oliver Zivanovic
Because there is no screening test for ovarian cancer, effective prevention strategies may be the best way to reduce the mortality of this most lethal gynecologic malignancy. Increasing evidence supports the hypothesis that the fallopian tube is the site of origin for the vast majority of high-grade serous carcinomas. Our growing understanding of the pathogenesis of this disease offers a rare opportunity to explore new preventive measures, such as bilateral salpingectomy, which may provide great benefit without compromising ovarian function...
March 23, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334368/performance-of-two-formal-tests-based-on-martingales-residuals-to-check-the-proportional-hazard-assumption-and-the-functional-form-of-the-prognostic-factors-in-flexible-parametric-excess-hazard-models
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Coraline Danieli, Nadine Bossard, Laurent Roche, Aurelien Belot, Zoe Uhry, Hadrien Charvat, Laurent Remontet
Net survival, the one that would be observed if the disease under study was the only cause of death, is an important, useful, and increasingly used indicator in public health, especially in population-based studies. Estimates of net survival and effects of prognostic factor can be obtained by excess hazard regression modeling. Whereas various diagnostic tools were developed for overall survival analysis, few methods are available to check the assumptions of excess hazard models. We propose here two formal tests to check the proportional hazard assumption and the validity of the functional form of the covariate effects in the context of flexible parametric excess hazard modeling...
February 26, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334245/coordinated-nitrogen-and-carbon-remobilization-for-nitrate-assimilation-in-leaf-sheath-and-root-and-associated-cytokinin-signals-during-early-regrowth-of-lolium-perenne
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Jessica Roche, Matthew H Turnbull, Qianqian Guo, Ondrej Novák, Jana Späth, Steven P Gieseg, Paula E Jameson, Jonathan Love
Background and Aims: The efficiency of N assimilation in response to defoliation is a critical component of plant regrowth and forage production. The aim of this research was to test the effect of the internal C/N balance on NO3- assimilation and to estimate the associated cytokinin signals following defoliation of perennial ryegrass ( Lolium perenne L. 'Grasslands Nui') plants. Methods: Plants, manipulated to have contrasting internal N content and contrasting availability of water soluble carbohydrates (WSCs), were obtained by exposure to either continuous light or short days (8:16 h light-dark), and watered with modified N-free Hoagland medium containing either high (5 m m ) or low (50 μ m ) NO3- as sole N source...
March 14, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333318/a-phase-iii-randomized-controlled-trial-comparing-the-efficacy-safety-and-tolerability-of-oral-dydrogesterone-versus-micronized-vaginal-progesterone-for-luteal-support-in-in-vitro-fertilization
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Herman Tournaye, Gennady T Sukhikh, Elke Kahler, Georg Griesinger
STUDY QUESTION: Is oral dydrogesterone 30 mg daily (10 mg three times daily [TID]) non-inferior to micronized vaginal progesterone (MVP) 600 mg daily (200 mg TID) for luteal support in in vitro fertilization (IVF), assessed by the presence of fetal heartbeats determined by transvaginal ultrasound at 12 weeks of gestation? SUMMARY ANSWER: Non-inferiority of oral dydrogesterone versus MVP was demonstrated at 12 weeks of gestation, with a difference in pregnancy rate and an associated confidence interval (CI) that were both within the non-inferiority margin...
March 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332886/inhaler-technique-mastery-and-maintenance-in-healthcare-professionals-trained-on-different-devices
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Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich, Christina Callan, Henry Chrystyn, Federico Lavorini, Vasilis Nikolaou, Vicky Kritikos, P N Richard Dekhuijzen, Nicolas Roche, Leif Bjermer, Cynthia Rand, Nicholas Zwar, David B Price
OBJECTIVE: Healthcare professionals (HCPs) are required to assess and train patients in the correct use of inhalers but are often unable to demonstrate correct technique themselves. We sought to assess the level of training required for HCPs to master and maintain device mastery when using two different dry powder inhalers (DPIs). METHODS: We conducted a randomised, un-blinded, cross-over study in undergraduate HCPs who undertook a six-step training procedure (intuitive use, patient information leaflet, instructional video, individual tuition from expert, then two repeats of individual tuition) for the use of Turbuhaler® (an established device) and Spiromax® (a newer device, reportedly easier to use)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332763/prevalence-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome-following-oropharyngeal-cancer-treatment-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Anthony Loth, Justin Michel, Roch Giorgi, Laure Santini, Marc Rey, Jean-Marc Elbaum, Nicolas Roux, Antoine Giovanni, Patrick Dessi, Nicolas Fakhry
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) in a population of patients treated for an advanced cancer of the oropharynx (AJCC Stage III or IV), depending on treatment strategy and to evaluate its impact on quality of life. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: University Teaching Hospital of La Conception, Marseille, France. PARTICIPANTS: ifty-one disease free patients were included...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329432/user-compliance-with-documenting-on-a-track-and-trigger-based-observation-and-response-chart-a-two-phase-multi-site-audit-study
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Doug Elliott, Emily Allen, Sharon McKinley, Lin Perry, Christine Duffield, Margaret Fry, Robyn Gallagher, Rick Iedema, Michael Roche
AIMS: To examine user compliance and completeness of documentation with a newly designed Observation and Response Chart and whether a rapid response system call was triggered when clinically indicated. BACKGROUND: Timely recognition and responses to patient deterioration in hospital general wards remains a challenge for health care systems globally. Evaluating practice initiatives to improve recognition and response are required. DESIGN: Two-phase audit...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329317/patient-prosthesis-mismatch-in-new-generation-trans-catheter-heart-valves-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Alexis Theron, Johan Pinto, Dominique Grisoli, Karolina Griffiths, Erwan Salaun, Nicolas Jaussaud, Eléonore Ravis, Marc Lambert, Lyna Messous, Cecile Amanatiou, Thomas Cuisset, Vlad Gariboldi, Roch Giorgi, Gilbert Habib, Frederic Collart
Aims: When compared with the former Sapien XT (XT-THV), the Sapien 3 trans-catheter heart valve (S3-THV) embeds an outer annular sealing cuff to prevent para-valvular regurgitation (PVR). The consequences of this new feature on valve haemodynamics have never been evaluated. We aimed to compare both types of prostheses regarding patient-prosthesis mismatch (PPM). Methods and results: Patients who underwent a TAVR for aortic stenosis were retrospectively included...
February 27, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329154/brugada-syndrome-induced-by-braf-and-mek-inhibitors-in-a-melanoma-patient
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Charlée Nardin, Morgane Colas, Marc Badoz, Blandine Roche-Kubler, Nicolas Meneveau, Eve Puzenat, François Aubin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326064/contribution-of-ultra-deep-sequencing-in-the-clinical-diagnosis-of-a-new-fungal-pathogen-species-basidiobolus-meristosporus
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Emilie Sitterlé, Christophe Rodriguez, Roman Mounier, Julien Calderaro, Françoise Foulet, Michel Develoux, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Françoise Botterel
Some cases of fungal infection remained undiagnosed, especially when the pathogens are uncommon, require specific conditions for in vitro growth, or when several microbial species are present in the specimen. Ultra-Deep Sequencing (UDS) could be considered as a precise tool in the identification of involved pathogens in order to upgrade patient treatment. In this study, we report the implementation of UDS technology in medical laboratory during the follow-up of an atypical fungal infection case. Thanks to UDS technology, we document the first case of gastro-intestinal basidiobolomycosis (GIB) due to Basidiobolus meristosporus...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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