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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223131/photodynamic-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-symptomatic-oral-lichen-planus-a-systematic-review
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Zohaib Akram, Fawad Javed, Mervyn Hosein, Mohammed Ayedh Al-Qahtani, Fayez Alshehri, Ahmed Ibrahim Alzahrani, Fahim Vohra
BACKGROUND: The aim of this systematic review was to assess the efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treatment of symptomatic oral lichen planus (OLP). METHODS: This systematic review aimed to address the following focused question: "Is PDT effective in the treatment of symptomatic OLP?" Indexed databases; MEDLINE, EMBASE and CENTRAL were searched up to and including August 2017. RESULTS: Six clinical studies were included. The risk of bias was considered high in five studies and moderate in one study...
December 9, 2017: Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222946/triheptanoin-protects-against-status-epilepticus-induced-hippocampal-mitochondrial-dysfunctions-oxidative-stress-and-neuronal-degeneration
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Kah Ni Tan, David Simmons, Catalina Carrasco-Pozo, Karin Borges
Triheptanoin, the triglyceride of heptanoate, is anaplerotic (refills deficient tricarboxylic acid cycle intermediates) via the propionyl-CoA carboxylase (PCC) pathway. It has been shown to be neuroprotective and anticonvulsant in several models of neurological disorders. Here, we investigated the effects of triheptanoin against changes of hippocampal mitochondrial functions, oxidative stress and cell death induced by pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus (SE) in mice. Ten days of triheptanoin pre-treatment did not protect against SE, but it preserved hippocampal mitochondrial functions including state 2, state 3 ADP, state 3 uncoupled respiration, respiration linked to ATP synthesis along with the activities of pyruvate dehydrogenase complex and oxoglutarate dehydrogenase complex 24 h post-SE...
December 9, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222923/co-administration-of-low-dose-naltrexone-and-bupropion-reduces-alcohol-drinking-in-alcohol-preferring-p-rats
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Emily R Nicholson, Julian E Dilley, Janice C Froehlich
BACKGROUND: This study examined whether combining naltrexone (NTX) with bupropion (BUP) is more effective in reducing alcohol drinking in alcohol-preferring (P) rats with a genetic predisposition toward high voluntary alcohol intake than is either drug alone. METHODS: Alcohol-experienced, adult, male, alcohol-preferring (P) rats were fed NTX alone in a dose of 10.0 mg/kg BW, BUP alone in a dose of 10.0 mg/kg BW, BUP alone in a dose of 20.0 mg/kg BW, NTX (10.0 mg/kg BW) + BUP (10...
December 9, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222858/obesity-lipid-profiles-and-oxidative-stress-in-children-after-liver-transplantation
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Piotr Czubkowski, Aldona Wierzbicka, Joanna Pawłowska, Irena Jankowska, Piotr Socha
PURPOSE: In adult liver transplant recipients, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure are significant cause of morbidity and mortality. This may be attributed to the long-term immunosuppressive treatment, mostly with calcineurin inhibitors and steroids, which in long-term may be associated with hyperlipidemia, oxidative stress and cardiovascular complications. Since such data for children is sparse, the aim of this study was to assess the lipid and oxidative stress markers after pediatric liver transplantation (LTx)...
December 10, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222813/reln-signaling-modulates-glioblastoma-growth-and-substrate-dependent-migration
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Markus Schulze, Christ Violonchi, Stefan Swoboda, Tobias Welz, Eugen Kerkhoff, Sabine Hoja, Susanne Brüggemann, Johann Simbürger, Jörg Reinders, Markus J Riemenschneider
Glioblastoma (GBM) represents the most common and most malignant type of primary brain tumor and significantly contributes to cancer morbidity and mortality. Invasion into the healthy brain parenchyma is a major feature of glioblastoma aggressiveness. Reelin (RELN) is a large secreted extracellular matrix glycoprotein that regulates neuronal migration and positioning in the developing brain and sustains functionality in the adult brain. We here show that both RELN and its main downstream effector DAB1 are silenced in glioblastoma as compared to non-neoplastic tissue and mRNA expression is inversely correlated with malignancy grade...
December 8, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222234/progress-in-adult-all-incorporation-of-new-agents-to-frontline-treatment
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Jessica Leonard, Wendy Stock
Treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in adults remains a challenge, as the delivery of intensive chemotherapeutic regimens in this population is less feasible than it is in the pediatric population. This has led to higher rates of treatment-related toxicity as well as lower overall survival in the adult population. Over the past several years, a host of novel therapies (eg, immunotherapy and targeted therapies) with better tolerability than traditional chemotherapy are now being introduced into the relapsed/refractory population with very encouraging results...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222232/minimal-residual-disease-in-adult-all-technical-aspects-and-implications-for-correct-clinical-interpretation
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Monika Brüggemann, Michaela Kotrova
Nowadays, minimal residual disease (MRD) is accepted as the strongest independent prognostic factor in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It can be detected by molecular methods that use leukemia-specific or patient-specific molecular markers (fusion gene transcripts, or immunoglobulin/T-cell receptor [IG/TR] gene rearrangements), and by multi-parametric flow cytometry. The sensitivity and specificity of these methods can vary across treatment time points and therapeutic settings. Thus, knowledge of the principles and limitations of each technology is of the utmost importance for correct interpretation of MRD results...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222139/effect-of-losartan-on-rv-dysfunction-results-from-the-double-blind-randomized-redefine-trial-in-adults-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Jouke P Bokma, Michiel M Winter, Arie P van Dijk, Hubert W Vliegen, Joost P van Melle, Folkert Meijboom, Martijn C Post, Jacqueline K Berbee, S Matthijs Boekholdt, Maarten Groenink, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Barbara J M Mulder, Berto J Bouma
Background -The effect of angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) on right ventricular (RV) function is still unknown. ARBs are beneficial in patients with acquired left ventricular (LV) dysfunction and recent findings suggested a favorable effect in symptomatic patients with systemic RV dysfunction. The current study aimed to determine the effect of losartan, an ARB, on subpulmonary RV dysfunction in adults after repair of tetralogy of Fallot (rTOF). Methods -REDEFINE is an investigator-initiated, multicenter, prospective, 1:1 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study...
December 8, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221943/religious-hospital-policies-on-reproductive-care-what-do-patients-want-to-know
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Lori R Freedman, Luciana E Hebert, Molly F Battistelli, Debra B Stulberg
BACKGROUND: Religious hospitals are a large and growing part of the American healthcare system. Patients who receive obstetric and other reproductive care in religious hospitals may face religiously-based restrictions on the treatment their doctor can provide. Little is known about patients' knowledge or preferences regarding religiously restricted reproductive healthcare. OBJECTIVE(S): We aimed to assess women's preferences for knowing a hospital's religion and religiously-based restrictions before deciding where to seek care and the acceptability of a hospital denying miscarriage treatment options for religious reasons, with and without informing the patient that other options may be available...
December 5, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221918/low-variability-in-peak-expiratory-flow-predicts-successful-inhaled-corticosteroid-step-down-in-adults-with-asthma
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Naomi Tsurikisawa, Chiyako Oshikata, Toshio Sato, Goro Kimura, Masami Mizuki, Takahiro Tsuburai, Shunsuke Shoji, Hiroshi Saito, Terufumi Shimoda
BACKGROUND: The prognosis for patients beyond 1 year after reduction of their inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) dose remains unknown. Predictive factors that can be evaluated before the initiation of asthma treatment or at ICS dose reduction are unknown. METHODS: We prospectively studied 223 patients in 6 hospitals in the National Hospital Organization of Japan during the 36 months after 50% reduction of their daily ICS dose. All patients recorded their morning and evening peak expiratory flows (PEFs) in their diaries...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221659/cardiovascular-outcomes-with-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-agonists-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-meta-analysis
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M Angelyn Bethel, Rishi A Patel, Peter Merrill, Yuliya Lokhnygina, John B Buse, Robert J Mentz, Neha J Pagidipati, Juliana C Chan, Stephanie M Gustavson, Nayyar Iqbal, Aldo P Maggioni, Peter Öhman, Neil R Poulter, Ambady Ramachandran, Bernard Zinman, Adrian F Hernandez, Rury R Holman
BACKGROUND: Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists are effective glucose-lowering drugs. Findings from cardiovascular outcome trials showed cardiovascular safety of GLP-1 receptor agonists, but results for cardiovascular efficacy were varied. We aimed to examine overall cardiovascular efficacy for lixisenatide, liraglutide, semaglutide, and extended-release exenatide. METHODS: In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we analysed data from eligible trials that assessed the safety and efficacy of GLP-1 receptor agonists compared with placebo in adult patients (aged 18 years or older) with type 2 diabetes and had a primary outcome including, but not limited to, cardiovascular mortality, non-fatal myocardial infarction, and non-fatal stroke...
December 5, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220347/assessing-the-benefits-of-five-years-of-different-approaches-to-treatment-of-urogenital-schistosomiasis-a-score-project-in-northern-mozambique
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Anna E Phillips, Pedro H Gazzinelli-Guimaraes, Herminio O Aurelio, Josefo Ferro, Rassul Nala, Michelle Clements, Charles H King, Alan Fenwick, Fiona M Fleming, Neerav Dhanani
BACKGROUND: In Mozambique, schistosomiasis is highly endemic across the whole country. The Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation (SCORE) coordinates a five-year study that has been implemented in various African countries, including Mozambique. The overall goal of SCORE was to better understand how to best apply preventive chemotherapy with praziquantel (PZQ) for schistosomiasis control by evaluating the impact of alternative treatment approaches. METHODS: This was a cluster-randomised trial that compared the impact of different treatment strategies in study areas with prevalence among school children of ≥21% S...
December 8, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219877/effectiveness-of-robotic-assisted-rehabilitation-for-mobility-and-functional-ability-in-adult-stroke-patients-a-systematic-review
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Kenneth Lo, Matthew Stephenson, Craig Lockwood
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability, and rehabilitation, involving repetitive, high intensity, task-specific exercises, is the pathway to restoring motor skills. Robotic assistive devices are increasingly being used and it is hoped that with robotic devices, rehabilitation progress can be achieved for patients. OBJECTIVES: To examine the effectiveness of robotic devices in the rehabilitation of stroke patients for upper limb mobility, lower limb mobility, and activities of daily living...
December 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219873/efficacy-and-harms-of-pharmacological-interventions-for-neurobehavioral-symptoms-in-post-traumatic-amnesia-after-traumatic-brain-injury-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-protocol
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Amelia J Hicks, Fiona J Clay, Malcolm Hopwood, Mahesh Jayaram, Rachel Batty, Jennie L Ponsford
The objective of this systematic review is to synthesize the best available evidence on the effectiveness and harms of pharmacotherapy as compared to all types of comparators for the management of neurobehavioral symptoms in post-traumatic amnesia in adults aged 16 years and over who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. This review forms part of a larger project which aims to gather the evidence for the pharmacological treatment of neurobehavioral symptoms post traumatic brain injury as a prelude to the development of a clinical guideline...
December 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219812/helicobacter-pylori-resistance-in-the-netherlands-a-growing-problem
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R Ruiter, H F Wunderink, R A Veenendaal, L G Visser, M G J de Boer
Helicobacter pylori infection is clinically associated with dyspepsia, gastric and duodenal ulcers, and gastric cancer. Increasing antimicrobial resistance in H. pylori is a worldwide problem and failure of eradication with standard triple therapy (high-dose proton pump inhibition, amoxicillin and clarithromycin) is directly related to the presence of a resistant strain. Other treatment combinations have been investigated, but with inconsistent results. Based on a review of the recent literature in conjunction with an analysis of the regional resistance data, we address the increasing complexity of H...
November 2017: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218794/examining-the-potential-for-porcine-derived-islet-cells-to-harbour-viral-pathogens
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Claire Crossan, Zoe O'Hara, Nizar Mourad, Pierre Gianello, Linda Scobie
With an onus on safety in the potential use of porcine islet cells as a treatment for diabetes, the use of animals lacking exogenous pathogens is clearly important and multilevel screening strategies have been presented on testing animals and the product. In this study, we wished to investigate whether islet cells indeed harboured the same viral pathogens of concern in the source animal. PMBC and islet cells from both adult and neonatal source animals were directly compared and tested for PCMV, PLHV, PCV2, PPV and HEV using both molecular and serological assays...
December 7, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218680/cardiovascular-profile-of-valbenazine-analysis-of-pooled-data-from-three-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trials
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Dao Thai-Cuarto, Christopher F O'Brien, Roland Jimenez, Grace S Liang, Joshua Burke
INTRODUCTION: Valbenazine is a novel vesicular monoamine transporter 2 inhibitor approved for the treatment of tardive dyskinesia in adults. OBJECTIVE: Using data from double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, analyses were conducted to evaluate the cardiovascular effects of once-daily valbenazine in patients with a psychiatric disorder who developed tardive dyskinesia after exposure to a dopamine-blocking medication. METHODS: Data were pooled from three 6-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials: KINECT (NCT01688037), KINECT 2 (NCT01733121), and KINECT 3 (NCT02274558)...
December 7, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218501/evaluating-safety-reporting-in-paediatric-antibiotic-trials-2000-2016-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Paola Pansa, Yingfen Hsia, Julia Bielicki, Irja Lutsar, A Sarah Walker, Mike Sharland, Laura Folgori
BACKGROUND: There are very few options to treat multidrug-resistant bacterial infections in children. A major barrier is the duration and complexity of regulatory trials of new antibiotics. Extrapolation of safety data from adult trials could facilitate drug development for children. OBJECTIVE: We performed a systematic review on the safety of antibiotic clinical trials (CTs) in children (0-18 years) to evaluate the overall quality of safety trials conducted in children and to determine if age-specific adverse events (AEs) could be identified for specific antibiotic classes...
December 7, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218423/early-intraocular-pressure-change-after-peripheral-iridotomy-with-ultralow-fluence-pattern-scanning-laser-and-nd-yag-laser-in-primary-angle-closure-suspect-kowloon-east%C3%A2-pattern-scanning-laser-study-report-no-3
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Jeffrey Chi Wang Chan, Bonnie Nga Kwan Choy, Orlando Chia Chieh Chan, Kenneth Kai Wang Li
PURPOSE: Our purpose was to assess the early intraocular pressure (IOP) changes of ultralow fluence laser iridotomy using pattern scanning laser followed by neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-gamet (Nd:YAG) laser. METHODS: This is a prospective interventional study. Thirty-three eyes of 33 adult Chinese primary angle-closure suspect subjects were recruited for prophylactic laser peripheral iridotomy. Sequential laser peripheral iridotomy was performed using pattern scanning laser followed by Nd:YAG laser...
December 7, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218132/portal-vein-thrombosis-in-adult-omani-patients-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Khalid Al Hashmi, Lamya Al Aamri, Sulayma Al Lamki, Anil Pathare
OBJECTIVES: We sought to study the occurrence of portal vein thrombosis (PVT) in adult Omani patients. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cross-sectional study in patients diagnosed with PVT, which was confirmed by radiological imaging, from two tertiary hospitals over a 10-year period. Results: Amongst the 39 patients enrolled in the study, 15 (38.4%) had cirrhosis of the liver, and 24 (61.5%) were non-cirrhotic. In the non-cirrhotic PVT patients, 15 (62.5%) had acute PVT, whereas nine (37...
November 2017: Oman Medical Journal
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