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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351053/macular-edema-rationale-for-therapy
#1
Thomas J Wolfensberger
Macular edema represents the end-stage of multiple pathophysiological pathways in a multitude of ocular vascular, inflammatory, and other diseases. The rationale for clinical treatment of macular edema is based on the understanding and the inhibition of these pathophysiological mechanisms. When macular edema is caused by a generalized health problem such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or generalized inflammatory conditions, treatment of these generalized diseases can in many cases cure macular edema directly...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351048/retinitis-pigmentosa-and-other-dystrophies
#2
Sarah Mrejen, Isabelle Audo, Sébastien Bonnel, José-Alain Sahel
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a heterogeneous group of inherited retinal degenerations characterized by progressive degeneration of rod and cone cells that affects predominantly peripheral visual fields. Macular edema may cause additional central visual acuity decrease. Cystoid macular edema (CME) is one of the few treatable causes of visual loss in RP. The prevalence of CME in RP has been found to be between 10 and 20% on fluorescein angiography-based studies, and as high as 49% on reports based on optical coherence tomography...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351047/postsurgical-cystoid-macular-edema
#3
Dinah Zur, Anat Loewenstein
Cystoid macular edema (CME) is a primary cause of reduced vision following both cataract and successful vitreoretinal surgery. The incidence of clinical CME following modern cataract surgery is 0.1-2.35%. Preexisting conditions such as diabetes mellitus and uveitis as well as intraoperative complications can raise the risk of postsurgical CME. The etiology of CME is not completely understood. Prolapsed or incarcerated vitreous and postoperative inflammatory processes have been proposed as causative agents. Pseudophakic CME is characterized by poor postoperative visual acuity...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350822/asthma-corticosteroid-use-and-schizophrenia-a-nationwide-population-based-study-in-taiwan
#4
Wei-Chen Wang, Mong-Liang Lu, Vincent Chin-Hung Chen, Mei-Hing Ng, Kuo-You Huang, Ming-Hong Hsieh, Meng-Jer Hsieh, Roger S McIntyre, Yena Lee, Charles Tzu-Chi Lee
OBJECTIVE: Asthma and corticosteroid use have been implicated as possible risk factors for schizophrenia. The retrospective cohort study herein aimed to investigate the association between asthma, corticosteroid use, and schizophrenia. METHOD: Longitudinal data (2000 to 2007) from adults with asthma (n = 50,046) and without asthma (n = 50,046) were compared on measures of schizophrenia incidence using Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345385/activation-of-5-ht1a-receptors-in-the-rat-dorsomedial-hypothalamus-inhibits-stress-induced-activation-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis
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Christopher E Stamper, James E Hassell, Adam J Kapitz, Kenneth J Renner, Miles Orchinik, Christopher A Lowry
Acute activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, leading to the release of corticosteroid hormones into the circulation, is an adaptive response to perceived threats. Persistent activation of the HPA axis can lead to impaired physiological or behavioral function with maladaptive consequences. Thus, efficient control and termination of stress responses is essential for well-being. However, inhibitory control mechanisms governing the HPA axis are poorly understood. Previous studies suggest that serotonergic systems, acting within the medial hypothalamus, play an important role in inhibitory control of stress-induced HPA axis activity...
March 27, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345122/effect-of-laser-on-pain-relief-and-wound-healing-of-recurrent-aphthous-stomatitis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Valerie G A Suter, Sophia Sjölund, Michael M Bornstein
The aim of this systematic review was to assess a potential benefit of laser use in the treatment of recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS). The primary outcome variables were pain relief, duration of wound healing and reduction in episode frequency. A PICO approach was used as a search strategy in Medline, Embase and Cochrane databases. After scanning and excluding titles, abstracts and full texts, 11 studies (ten RCTs and one non-randomised controlled trial) were included. Study selection and data extraction was done by two observers...
March 27, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343176/proactive-approach-at-the-limits-of-viability-improves-the-short-term-outcome-of-neonates-born-after-23-weeks-gestation
#7
Patrik Šimják, Jan Smíšek, Michal Koucký, Tereza Lamberská, Richard Plavka, Zdeněk Hájek
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this single-center study was to identify factors that affect the short-term outcome of newborns delivered around the limits of viability. METHODS: A group of 137 pregnant women who gave birth between 22+0/7 and 25+6/7 weeks of gestation was retrospectively studied. The center supports a proactive approach to infants around the limits of viability. Perinatal and neonatal characteristics were obtained and statistically evaluated. RESULTS: A total of 166 live-born infants were enrolled during a 6-year period; 162 (97...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
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/28342395/longitudinal-progression-of-fetal-short-term-variation-and-average-acceleration-and-deceleration-capacity-after-antenatal-maternal-betamethasone-application
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Joy Weyrich, Anna Setter, Alexander Müller, Georg Schmidt, Christine E Brambs, Javier U Ortiz, Silvia M Lobmaier
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the effect of maternal betamethasone given for fetal lung maturation on fetal short-term variation (STV) and average acceleration and deceleration capacity (AAC/ADC). Both of these factors are calculated by phase-rectified signal averaging (PRSA) and represent new parameters to assess the fetal autonomic nervous system. STUDY DESIGN: A longitudinal prospective study including 26 pregnant women at risk for preterm delivery was performed. Two injections of 12mg betamethasone were administered intramuscularly at a 24h interval for lung maturation...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342389/pilot-randomised-controlled-trial-comparing-the-risk-of-neonatal-respiratory-distress-in-elective-caesarean-section-at-38-weeks-gestation-following-a-course-of-corticosteroids-versus-caesarean-at-39-weeks
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Nicolas Sananès, Antoine Koch, Benoît Escande, Germain Aissi, Gabrielle Fritz, Emmanuel Roth, Michèle Weil, Ahmad Bakri, Chantal Bolender, Nicolas Meyer, Christophe Vayssiere, Adrien Gaudineau, Israël Nisand, Romain Favre, Pierre Kuhn, Bruno Langer
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to compare neonatal respiratory morbidity and rate of emergency caesarean section between elective caesarean sections at 38 gestational weeks following a course of corticosteroids and planned caesarean sections at 39 gestational weeks. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a multicentre randomised controlled trial. The study was conducted between 2007 and 2013 in level 2 and 3 maternity units in France. A total of 208 women with an indication for elective caesarean section were enrolled and 200 analysed in per-protocol analysis...
March 10, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342195/a-simple-self-diagnosis-tool-to-assess-the-prevalence-of-dermatoporosis-in-france
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Jean-Hilaire Saurat, Valérie Mengeaud, Victor Georgescu, Christine Coutanceau, Khaled Ezzedine, Charles Taïeb
IMPORTANCE: The term dermatoporosis has been proposed to describe clinical signs and functional consequences of age-related extreme skin fragility. OBJECTIVE: To create a simple dermatoporosis self-diagnosis tool (IDA: Index Dermatoporosis Assessment) and to use this tool to estimate the prevalence of dermatoporosis in France. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: A specific dermatoporosis questionnaire was developed with the help of senior dermatologists and survey experts...
March 25, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342067/the-incidence-of-post-transplant-cancer-among-kidney-transplant-recipients-is-associated-with-the-level-of-tacrolimus-exposure-during-the-first-year-after-transplantation
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Shelly Lichtenberg, Ruth Rahamimov, Hefziba Green, Benjamin D Fox, Eytan Mor, Uzi Gafter, Avry Chagnac, Benaya Rozen-Zvi
PURPOSE: Immunosuppressive therapy plays a major role in the development of post-transplant cancer. In this nested case-control study of kidney transplant recipients (KTRs), we investigated whether the incidence of post-transplant cancer is associated with the level of tacrolimus exposure over time. METHODS: We screened the Rabin Medical Center database for adults who received kidney transplants between 2001 and 2014 and developed post-transplant cancer (excluding basal and squamous cell skin cancers)...
March 24, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342017/primary-localized-cutaneous-amyloidosis-a-systematic-treatment-review
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REVIEW
Till Weidner, Tanja Illing, Peter Elsner
BACKGROUND: Primary localized cutaneous amyloidosis (PLCA) is characterized by extracellular deposition of heterogenic amyloid proteins in the skin without systemic involvement. Lichen amyloidosis, macular amyloidosis, and (primary localized cutaneous) nodular amyloidosis are different subtypes of PLCA. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to review the current reported treatment options for PLCA. METHODS: This systematic review was based on a search in the PubMed database for English and German articles from 1985 to 2016...
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341877/short-courses-of-daily-prednisolone-during-upper-respiratory-tract-infections-reduce-relapse-frequency-in-childhood-nephrotic-syndrome
#14
Asiri S Abeyagunawardena, R S Thalgahagoda, Pathum V Dissanayake, Shamali Abeyagunawardena, Y A Illangasekera, Umeshi I Karunadasa, Richard S Trompeter
BACKGROUND: Relapses of childhood nephrotic syndrome (NS) are frequently precipitated by viral upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs). A review of the literature reveals that in patients with steroid-dependent NS on alternate day corticosteroids, a short course of daily corticosteroid therapy during the course of an URTI may reduce relapse frequency. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of a short course of low-dose corticosteroid therapy during the course of an URTI on relapse frequency in patients with steroid-sensitive NS who have not been taking any treatment for a minimum period of 3 months...
March 24, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341069/open-surgery-versus-ultrasound-guided-corticosteroid-injection-for-trigger-finger-a-randomized-controlled-trial-with-1-year-follow-up
#15
Rehne L Hansen, Morten Søndergaard, Jeppe Lange
PURPOSE: Trigger finger is a common condition with a lifetime prevalence of 2%. Corticosteroid injection is a treatment often considered as a first-line intervention with reported cure rates between 60% and 90% in observational cohorts. Nevertheless, open surgery remains the most effective treatment with reported cure rates near 100%. Head-to-head trials on these treatments are limited. We investigated the efficacy of open surgery compared with ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injections...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339540/interventional-pain-management-for-sacroiliac-tumors-in-the-oncologic-population-a-case-series-and-paradigm-approach
#16
Nathan Hutson, Joseph C Hung, Vinay Puttanniah, Eric Lis, Ilya Laufer, Amitabh Gulati
Introduction.:  Tumors invading the sacrum and/or ilium often represent incurable metastatic disease, and treatment is targeted toward palliation of symptoms and control of pain. As systemic opioid therapy is frequently inadequate and limited by side effects, a variety of interventional techniques are available to better optimize analgesia. Using six patients as a paradigm for interventional approaches to pain relief, we present a therapeutic algorithm for treating sacroiliac tumor-related pain in the oncologic population...
October 7, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339528/the-utility-of-comprehensive-autoantibody-testing-to-differentiate-connective-tissue-disease-associated-and-idiopathic-interstitial-lung-disease-subgroup-cases
#17
Caroline V Cotton, Lisa G Spencer, Robert P New, Robert G Cooper
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) comprises many heterogeneous disease groups, the largest being CTD-associated and those labelled as idiopathic out of necessity. The mechanisms causing ILD are poorly understood, but most CTD- and idiopathic-ILD cases can respond to immunosuppression, clearly suggesting a pathological role for inflammation. By contrast, corticosteroid immunosuppression causes harm without benefit in the feared idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, suggesting that inflammation plays little pathological role, and where ILD progresses rapidly to lethal outcome even with anti-fibrotic drug use...
October 20, 2016: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339360/critical-role-of-stir-mri-in-early-detection-of-post-streptococcal-periostitis-with-dysproteinaemia-goldbloom-s-syndrome
#18
Riccardo Papa, Alessandro Consolaro, Francesca Minoia, Roberta Caorsi, Gianmichele Magnano, Marco Gattorno, Angelo Ravelli, Paolo Picco
OBJECTIVES: In 1966, Goldbloom et al. described two children who developed a peculiar clinical picture characterized by intermittent daily bone pain in the lower limbs, fever spikes, increased acute phase reactants and dysproteinaemia. The syndrome occurred two weeks after a group A β-haemolytic streptococcus infection. So far, only a few cases have been reported in the medical literature in English. METHODS: We report two further cases of Goldbloom's syndrome with a review of the literature in English...
March 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339136/eosinophilic-oesophagitis-phenotypes-ready-for-primetime
#19
REVIEW
Dan Atkins, Glenn T Furuta, Chris A Liacouras, Jonathan M Spergel
Eosinophilic Oesophagitis (EoE) is one of the most common causes of reflux like symptoms and feeding problems in children and food impaction and dysphagia in adults with a prevalence of 1:2500. Therapeutic options include diet, use of swallowed corticosteroids or dilation. In the last several years, recent clinical and translational research have identified some common and distinctive features, for example, the varying response to diet and medications. As EoE shares some characteristics with both asthma and inflammatory bowel disease, the advances in these fields suggests that various phenotypes may also exist in patients with EoE...
March 24, 2017: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338836/a-novel-pathogenesis-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-from-the-perspective-of-glyco-immunology
#20
Shinichiro Shinzaki, Hideki Iijima, Hironobu Fujii, Yoshihiro Kamada, Tetsuji Naka, Tetsuo Takehara, Eiji Miyoshi
Oligosaccharide modifications play an essential role in various inflammatory diseases and cancers, but their pathophysiologic roles, especially in inflammation, are not clear. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an intractable chronic inflammatory disorder with an unknown aetiology, and the number of patients with IBD is increasing throughout the world. Certain types of immunosuppressant drugs, such as corticosteroids, are effective for IBD, suggesting that immune function is closely associated with the pathophysiology of IBD...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
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