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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098924/-hypernatremia-caused-by-treatment-with-ghb-obtained-via-a-doctor-s-prescription
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I M Rood, C G W Seijger, J A van Waarde, M M R de Maat, J C Verhave, M J Blans
In the last few years, gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) has been used increasingly as a party drug; this has led to a marked increase in the number of requests for professional help with the treatment of GHB addiction. Pharmaceutical GHB (sodium oxybate, the sodium-salt of GHB), registered for cataplexia in narcolepsy patients, is used off-label to treat the withdrawal symptoms associated with GHB addiction. Pharmaceutical GHB has a high sodium load. In this report we present the cases of two patients who developed symptomatic hypernatremia following treatment with pharmaceutical GHB and who thereafter needed intensive care for the severe withdrawal symptoms that they experienced...
2017: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093990/insight-to-pharmacokinetics-of-tkis-optimizing-practical-guidelines-for-individualized-therapy
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Ruiqing Wang, Chaoqin Zhong, Chen Zhang, Mingqiang Hua, Daoxin Ma
Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) are widely used drugs which have high availability in reducing the activity of BCR-ABL1 tyrosine kinase, therefore they play an indispensable role in the treatment of Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Imatinib, dasatinib and nilotinib have been proved to have absolute bioavailability and stable blood concentration in humans. TKIs pharmacokinetics has close relationships with the clinical response and clinical treatment of CML. We conducted a systematic PubMed search to look for studies relating to TKIs pharmacokinetics with proper inclusion/exclusion criteria...
January 16, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
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/28092494/zebrafish-are-able-to-detect-ethanol-in-their-environment
#4
Steven Tran, Hayden Chow, Benjamin Tsang, Amanda Facciol, Prabhlene Gandhi, Priyanka Desai, Robert Gerlai
Zebrafish have become a popular animal model for studying the development of alcohol addiction. Several behavioral paradigms for studying alcohol addiction have been developed for zebrafish, including conditioned place preference, alcohol-induced tolerance, and withdrawal. However, alcohol choice preference tasks have not been established in zebrafish as of yet. The ability of zebrafish to detect alcohol in their environment is required in alcohol choice or preference tasks. To our knowledge, it is currently unknown whether zebrafish are able to detect alcohol in their environment immediately following bath immersion...
January 16, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092214/treatment-of-delta-hepatitis-today-and-in-the-future-a-review
#5
Ibrahim Halil Bahcecioglu, Abdurrahman Sahin
Hepatitis delta virus (HDV) is a defective satellite virus and propagates in the presence of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) surface antigen (HBsAg). Approximately 5% of the people who infected with HBV are also infected with HDV. Chronic hepatitis caused by delta is the most severe form of chronic viral hepatitis including accelerated fibrosis, liver decompensation and development of hepatocellular carcinoma. Interferon-based therapies still remain the only treatment option of the hepatitis delta. The beneficiary effects of the interferon-based therapies, however, stop frequently with termination of the given therapy and relapse rate is very high...
January 16, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088971/-eltrombopag-for-refractory-thrombocytopenia-in-patients-with-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Y R Ma, X J Huang, X D Mo, W Han, C H Yan, Y Chen, Y Ji, Y Y Chen, Y Wang, X H Zhang, K Y Liu, L P Xu
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of eltrombopag in post-HSCT thrombocytopenia. Methods: A total of 10 patients who underwent post-HSCT thrombocytopenia at Peking University center, who had been treated with eltrombopag, were retrospectively evaluated. Results: Of the 10 cases, 5 males and 5 females with a median of 34 years old (range, 17-54 years), 5 patients were acute myeloid leukemia, 3 with acute lymphoid leukemia and 2 with severe aplastic anemia. Nine patients had undergone haplo-identical donor transplantation, and one patient was a matched related recipient...
December 14, 2016: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088741/prevalence-and-correlates-of-fentanyl-contaminated-heroin-exposure-among-young-adults-who-use-prescription-opioids-non-medically
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Alexandria Macmadu, Jennifer J Carroll, Scott E Hadland, Traci C Green, Brandon D L Marshall
BACKGROUND: The rate of overdose deaths caused by fentanyl-contaminated heroin (FCH) use is increasing rapidly in the United States. We examined risk factors for exposure to FCH and experiences with FCH use among young adult non-medical prescription opioids (NMPO) users. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Rhode Island Young Adult Prescription Drug Study (RAPiDS), which enrolled young adults aged 18 to 29 reporting prior 30day NMPO use between January 2015 and February 2016...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088257/clinical-and-experimental-research-in-antituberculosis-drug-induced-hepatotoxicity-a-review
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REVIEW
Udhaya Lavinya Baskaran, Evan Prince Sabina
Drug-induced liver injury is the common adverse effect seen in patients receiving antituberculosis drugs (ATDs). There are several risk factors associated with the development of hepatotoxicity in such patients. Though there have been appreciable efforts taken by carrying out studies investigating the efficacy of several natural and synthetic compounds in minimising this effect, the only choice available for clinicians is withdrawal of drugs. This review would give a precise idea of ATD-induced hepatotoxicity, its underlying mechanisms and alternative therapies for the same...
January 2017: Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088201/anti-allodynic-effect-of-buja-in-a-rat-model-of-oxaliplatin-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-via-spinal-astrocytes-and-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-suppression
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Yongjae Jung, Ji Hwan Lee, Woojin Kim, Sang Hyub Yoon, Sun Kwang Kim
BACKGROUND: Oxaliplatin, a widely used anticancer drug against metastatic colorectal cancer, can induce acute peripheral neuropathy, which is characterized by cold and mechanical allodynia. Activation of glial cells (e.g. astrocytes and microglia) and increase of pro-inflammatory cytokines (e.g. IL-1β and TNF-α) in the spinal cord play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain. Our previous study demonstrated that Gyejigachulbu-Tang (GBT), a herbal complex formula, alleviates oxaliplatin-induced neuropathic pain in rats by suppressing spinal glial activation...
January 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087399/advances-with-using-crispr-cas-mediated-gene-editing-to-treat-infections-with-hepatitis-b-virus-and-hepatitis-c-virus
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REVIEW
Buhle Moyo, Kristie Bloom, Tristan Scott, Abdullah Ely, Patrick Arbuthnot
Chronic infections with hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses (HBV and HCV) account for the majority of cases of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Current therapies for the infections have limitations and improved efficacy is necessary to prevent complications in carriers of the viruses. In the case of HBV persistence, the replication intermediate comprising covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) is particularly problematic. Licensed therapies have little effect on cccDNA and HBV replication relapses following treatment withdrawal...
January 10, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086777/profile-of-molecular-mutations-in-pfdhfr-pfdhps-pfmdr1-and-pfcrt-genes-of-plasmodium-falciparum-related-to-resistance-to-different-anti-malarial-drugs-in-the-bata-district-equatorial-guinea
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Pedro Berzosa, Andrés Esteban-Cantos, Luz García, Vicenta González, Marisa Navarro, Taiomara Fernández, María Romay-Barja, Zaida Herrador, José Miguel Rubio, Policarpo Ncogo, María Santana-Morales, Basilio Valladares, Matilde Riloha, Agustín Benito
BACKGROUND: The emergence of drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum has been a major contributor to the global burden of malaria. Drug resistance complicates treatment, and it is one of the most important problems in malaria control. This study assessed the level of mutations in P. falciparum genes, pfdhfr, pfdhps, pfmdr1, and pfcrt, related to resistance to different anti-malarial drugs, in the Continental Region of Equatorial Guinea, after 8 years of implementing artesunate combination therapies as the first-line treatment...
January 13, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081197/morphine-withdrawal-modifies-prion-protein-expression-in-rat-hippocampus
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Vincenzo Mattei, Stefano Martellucci, Francesca Santilli, Valeria Manganelli, Tina Garofalo, Niccolò Candelise, Alessandra Caruso, Maurizio Sorice, Sergio Scaccianoce, Roberta Misasi
The hippocampus is a vulnerable brain structure susceptible to damage during aging and chronic stress. Repeated exposure to opioids may alter the brain so that it functions normally when the drugs are present, thus, a prolonged withdrawal might lead to homeostatic changes headed for the restoration of the physiological state. Abuse of morphine may lead to Reacting Oxygen Species-induced neurodegeneration and apoptosis. It has been proposed that during morphine withdrawal, stress responses might be responsible, at least in part, for long-term changes of hippocampal plasticity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077487/calcium-permeable-ampa-receptors-and-silent%C3%A2-synapses-in-cocaine-conditioned-place-preference
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Avani Shukla, Anna Beroun, Myrto Panopoulou, Peter A Neumann, Seth Gn Grant, M Foster Olive, Yan Dong, Oliver M Schlüter
Exposure to cocaine generates silent synapses in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), whose eventual unsilencing/maturation by recruitment of calcium-permeable AMPA-type glutamate receptors (CP-AMPARs) after drug withdrawal results in profound remodeling of NAc neuro-circuits. Silent synapse-based NAc remodeling was shown to be critical for several drug-induced behaviors, but its role in acquisition and retention of the association between drug rewarding effects and drug-associated contexts has remained unclear. Here, we find that the postsynaptic proteins PSD-93, PSD-95, and SAP102 differentially regulate excitatory synapse properties in the NAc...
January 11, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076752/methotrexate-associated-primary-hepatic-malignant-lymphoma-following-hepatectomy-a-case-report
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Daisuke Takei, Tomoyuki Abe, Hironobu Amano, Naomichi Hirano, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi, Hideki Ohdan, Toshinori Kondo, Masahiro Nakahara, Toshio Noriyuki
INTRODUCTION: Recently, immunosuppressant-associated malignant lymphoma (ML) cases have been increasing along with the development of several effective immunosuppressant drugs for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Among methotrexate (MTX)-associated lymphoproliferative disorders, primary hepatic lymphoma (PHL) in patients with RA following surgical resection has not been reported previously. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 65-year-old woman who is a hepatitis B virus carrier with a history of RA was admitted...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076696/proton-pump-inhibitors-for-preventing-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drug-induced-gastrointestinal-toxicity-a-systematic-review
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Man Yang, Min He, Miao Zhao, Bing Zou, Jun Liu, Ling-Min Luo, Qiu-Lan Li, Jun-Hui He, Ping-Guang Lei
OBJECTIVE: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are recommended for preventing gastrointestinal lesions induced by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). We performed this study (1) to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of PPIs, (2) to explore the association between effectiveness and potential influential factors, and (3) to investigate the comparative effect of different PPIs. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library were searched to identify randomized controlled trials comparing different classes of PPIs, or comparing PPIs with placebo, H2 receptor antagonists or misoprostol in NSAIDs users...
January 11, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073819/the-opioid-epidemic-and-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-in-the-usa-a-review-of-the-continuum-of-care
#16
Jason R Pryor, Faouzi I Maalouf, Elizabeth E Krans, Robert E Schumacher, William O Cooper, Stephen W Patrick
As the prescription opioid epidemic grew in the USA, its impact extended to pregnant women and their infants. This review summarises how increasing rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome resulted in a need to improve care to pregnant women and opioid-exposed infants. We discuss the variations in care delivery with particular emphasis on screening at-risk mothers, scoring systems for neonatal drug withdrawal, type and duration of pharmacotherapy, and discharge safety.
January 10, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073687/adverse-event-detection-using-the-fda-post-marketing-drug-safety-surveillance-system-cardiotoxicity-associated-with-loperamide-abuse-and-misuse
#17
Kimberley A Swank, Eileen Wu, Cindy Kortepeter, Jana McAninch, Robert L Levin
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this investigation was to identify and characterize post-marketing reports of cardiotoxicity, including torsades de pointes (TdP), associated with loperamide use. METHODS: We searched the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database for post-marketing reports of serious cardiac adverse events associated with loperamide use from December 28, 1976 (U.S. drug approval date), through December 14, 2015. We also conducted a Pubmed and Google Scholar search to identify additional published reports of cardiotoxicity associated with loperamide in the medical literature through February 11, 2016...
January 7, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072812/is-kratom-the-new-legal-high-on-the-block-the-case-of-an-emerging-opioid-receptor-agonist-with-substance-abuse-potential
#18
George C Chang-Chien, Charles A Odonkor, Prin Amorapanth
Kratom is an unscheduled opioid receptor agonist that comes in the form of dietary supplements currently being abused by chronic pain patients on prescription opioids. Active alkaloids isolated from kratom such as mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are thought to act on mu- and delta-opioid receptors as well as alpha-2 adrenergic and 5-HT2A receptors. Animal studies suggest that kratom may be more potent than morphine. Consequently, kratom consumption produces analgesic and euphoric feelings among users. In particular, some chronic pain patients on opioids take kratom to counteract the effects of opioid withdrawal...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070469/leukocytoclastic-vasculitis-with-systemic-involvement-associated-with-ciprofloxacin-therapy-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#19
REVIEW
Bruno Morgado, Catarina Madeira, Joana Pinto, Joana Pestana
A 71-year-old woman presented with constitutional signs and lower extremity palpable purpura after being prescribed a four-day course of 500 mg of ciprofloxacin two times daily for a gastrointestinal infection. She was admitted for inpatient treatment. During the third hospital day, she presented with an episode of abundant hematemesis while her skin lesions remained unchanged. Upper endoscopy revealed multiple lesions consistent with vasculitis and histological examination of the skin biopsy disclosed a leukocytoclastic vasculitis...
November 28, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069987/transgenic-zebrafish-reporter-lines-as-alternative-in-vivo-organ-toxicity-models
#20
Kar Lai Poon, Xingang Wang, Serene Gp Lee, Ashley S Ng, Wei Huang Goh, Zhonghua Zhao, Muthafar Al-Haddawi, Haishan Wang, Sinnakaruppan Mathavan, Phillip W Ingham, Claudia Mcginnis, Tom J Carney
Organ toxicity, particularly liver toxicity, remains one of the major reasons for termination of drug candidates in the development pipeline as well as withdrawal or restrictions of marketed drugs. A screening-amenable alternative in vivo model such as zebrafish would therefore find immediate application in the early prediction of unacceptable organ toxicity. To identify highly upregulated genes as biomarkers of toxic responses in the zebrafish model, a set of well-characterized reference drugs that cause drug induced liver injury (DILI) in the clinic were applied to zebrafish larvae and adults...
January 9, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
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