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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319996/oral-direct-acting-agent-therapy-for-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-a-systematic-review
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Oluwaseun Falade-Nwulia, Catalina Suarez-Cuervo, David R Nelson, Michael W Fried, Jodi B Segal, Mark S Sulkowski
Background: Rapid improvements in hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapy have led to the approval of multiple oral direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of chronic HCV infection. Purpose: To summarize published literature on the efficacy and safety of oral DAAs for treatment of persons with chronic HCV infection. Data Sources: MEDLINE and EMBASE from inception through 1 November 2016. Study Selection: 42 English-language studies from controlled and single-group registered clinical trials of adults with HCV infection that evaluated at least 8 weeks of an FDA-approved interferon-free HCV regimen that included at least 2 DAAs...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319592/trends-in-prevalence-awareness-treatment-and-control-of-high-blood-pressure-in-the-seychelles-between-1989-and-2013
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Samuel Heiniger, Bharathi Viswanathan, Jude Gedeon, Fred Paccaud, Pascal Bovet
BACKGROUND: Limited data are available in the African region on trends in blood pressure (BP) and awareness, treatment and control rates. OBJECTIVE: We examined trends in these indicators for a 25-year period in the Seychelles, a rapidly developing small island state in the African region. METHODS: Population-based surveys of adults aged 25-64 years were performed in 1989, 1994, 2004 and 2013 using nearly identical methods for all surveys...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319336/impact-of-mild-to-severe-hemophilia-on-engagement-in-recreational-activities-by-us-men-women-and-children-with-hemophilia-b-the-bridging-hemophilia-b-experiences-results-and-opportunities-into-solutions-b-hero-s-study
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Kimberly Baumann, Grace Hernandez, Michelle Witkop, Skye Peltier, Spencer Dunn, Susan Cutter, Neil Frick, Kimberly Haugstad, Christine Guelcher, Mary Jane Frey, Dawn Rotellini, David B Clark, Neeraj N Iyer, David L Cooper
The psychosocial impact of hemophilia on activities was recently investigated in the Hemophilia Experiences, Results and Opportunities (HERO) study (675 people with hemophilia and 561 caregivers of children with hemophilia in 10 countries). The impact of hemophilia B may not be accurately reflected in the HERO results, as ~75% of respondents described issues affecting males with hemophilia A. To address the needs of this population, the Bridging Hemophilia B Experiences, Results and Opportunities Into Solutions (B-HERO-S) was developed as a pilot study in the United States in collaboration with the hemophilia community...
April 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319283/critically-evaluating-best-management-practices-for-preventing-freshwater-turtle-extinctions
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R J Spencer, J U Van Dyke, Michael B Thompson
Ex situ conservation tools, such as captive breeding for reintroduction, are considered last resort to help recover threatened or endangered species. However, they may also provide alternative strategies where reducing threats directly is difficult or ineffective. Headstarting, or captive rearing of eggs or neonate animals and subsequent release into the wild, has been controversial for decades. A major criticism is that headstarting is a symptomatic treatment of conservation problems (halfway technology), however, it may provide a mechanism to address multiple threats, particularly in close proximity of population centres...
March 20, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319002/hba1c-in-relation-to-incident-diabetes-and-diabetes-related-complications-in-non-diabetic-adults-at-baseline
#5
Patricia Anne Metcalf, Cam Kyle, Tim Kenealy, Rod T Jackson
AIMS: We compared the utility of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and oral glucose tolerance (oGTT) in non-diabetic patients for identifying incident diabetes; all-cause mortality; cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality; CVD, coronary heart disease (CHD), and ischemic stroke events; and diabetes microvascular complications. METHODS: Data from a New Zealand community setting were prospectively linked to hospitalization, mortality, pharmaceutical and laboratory test results data...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318909/-female-urinary-incontinence-an-update
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C González-Ruiz de León, M L Pérez-Haro, A Jalón-Monzón, J García-Rodríguez
The urinary incontinence is a highly prevalent symptom in the adult female population. It has important psychosocial and economic connotations, and affects the quality of life of these patients. As it is an under-diagnosed problem due to patients not always consulting for it, it is very important to keep this in mind and to provide an opportunistic screening from Primary Health Care. It is difficult to determine the costs of this, but it is estimated to be the 2% of the health budget. Because of all of this, it is very important to know how to make a correct diagnose of this condition, to determine the different types of incontinence, possible causes, and treatments available...
March 16, 2017: Semergen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318792/halogen-free-organophosphorus-flame-retardants-caused-oxidative-stress-and-multixenobiotic-resistance-in-asian-freshwater-clams-corbicula-fluminea
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Saihong Yan, Huimin Wu, Jianhui Qin, Jinmiao Zha, Zijian Wang
Halogen-free organophosphorus flame retardants are widespread in aquatic environments. Although it has been documented that they affect the behavior and reproduction of aquatic species, researches investigating cellular detoxification and the defense system in bivalves are scarce. In this study, adult Asian clams (C. fluminea) were exposed to tris (2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBEP) and tributyl phosphate (TBP) at 20, 200, and 2000 μg/L for 28 d. The results showed no noticeable difference in siphoning behavior...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318510/comparative-efficacy-of-coronary-revascularization-procedures-for-multivessel-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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John K Roberts, Sunil V Rao, Linda K Shaw, Dianne S Gallup, Oscar C Marroquin, Uptal D Patel
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death, yet little data exist regarding the comparative efficacy of coronary revascularization procedures in CKD patients with multivessel disease. We created a cohort of 4,687 adults who underwent cardiac catheterization, had a serum creatinine value measured within 30 days, and had more than one vessel with ≥50% stenosis. We used Cox proportional hazard regression modeling weighted by the inverse probability of treatment to examine the association between 4 treatment strategies (medical management, percutaneous coronary intervention [PCI] with bare metal stent, PCI with drug-eluting stent, and coronary artery bypass grafting [CABG]) and mortality among patients across categories of estimated glomerular filtration rate; secondary outcome was a composite of mortality, myocardial infarction, or revascularization...
February 9, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317402/glycemic-variability-and-its-association-with-demographics-and-lifestyles-in-a-general-adult-population
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Francisco Gude, Pablo Díaz-Vidal, Cintia Rúa-Pérez, Manuela Alonso-Sampedro, Carmen Fernández-Merino, Jesús Rey-García, Carmen Cadarso-Suárez, Marcos Pazos-Couselo, José Manuel García-López, Arturo Gonzalez-Quintela
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to investigate glycemic variability indices in relation to demographic factors and common environmental lifestyles in a general adult population. METHODS: The A Estrada Glycation and Inflammation Study is a cross-sectional study covering 1516 participants selected by sampling of the population aged 18 years and over. A subsample of 622 individuals participated in the Glycation project, which included continuous glucose monitoring procedures...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317143/role-of-pharmaceutical-care-for-self-administered-pulmonary-tuberculosis-treatment-in-thailand
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P Tanvejsilp, E Pullenayegum, M Loeb, J Dushoff, F Xie
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: With resource constraints in Thailand, directly observed therapy (DOT) for treating tuberculosis (TB) may not be feasible to implement. To improve patients' adherence, hospitals either modify DOT or adopt different approaches: pharmaceutical care or home visit. Our objective was to assess pulmonary TB treatment success rate of pharmaceutical care compared to home visit and modified DOT in Thailand. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using data collected in adult pulmonary TB patients starting treatment between October 2010 and September 2013 in three hospitals in Thailand...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317073/effect-of-8-weeks-prebiotics-probiotics-supplementation-on-alcohol-metabolism-and-blood-biomarkers-of-healthy-adults-a-pilot-study
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Christopher Irwin, Saman Khalesi, Amanda J Cox, Gary Grant, Andrew K Davey, Andrew C Bulmer, Ben Desbrow
PURPOSE: Modulating gut bacteria via regular prebiotics/probiotics consumption may improve the metabolism of acute alcohol ingestion. This study investigated the impact of 8-weeks prebiotics/probiotics supplementation on microbiome changes and responses to acute alcohol consumption. METHODS: 38 participants (21 females, 23.6 ± 3.4 kg m(-2), mean ± SD) attended the laboratory on two occasions separated by an 8-week intervention period. On each of these visits, a dose of alcohol (0...
March 19, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316123/the-msc-adhesion-cascade-insights-into-homing-and-transendothelial-migration
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Franziska Nitzsche, Claudia Müller, Barbara Lukomska, Jukka Jolkkonen, Alexander Deten, Johannes Boltze
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are promising candidates for adult cell therapies in regenerative medicine. To fully exert their potential, efficient homing and migration towards lesion sites plays an important role. Local transplantation deposits MSC in spatial proximity to the lesion, but often requires invasive procedures. Systemic administration routes are favored, but require the targeted extravasation of the circulating MSC at the site of injury. Transplanted MSC can indeed leave the blood flow and transmigrate through the endothelial barrier, and reach the lesion site...
March 18, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316120/synergistic-effects-of-g-csf-and-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-on-nerve-regeneration-with-acellular-nerve-xenografts
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Hua Jia, Ying Wang, Tao Wang, Yi Dong, Wei-Li Li, Jun-Ping Li, Wen-Zhi Ma, Xiao-Jie Tong, Zhong-Yi He
Peripheral nerve defects result in severe denervation presenting sensory and motor functional incapacitation. Currently, a satisfactory therapeutic treatment promoting the repair of injured nerves is not available. As shown in our previous study, acellular nerve xenografts (ANX) implanted with bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) replaced allografts and promoted nerve regeneration. Additionally, granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) has been proven to mobilize supplemental cells and enhance vascularization in the niche...
March 18, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316087/influence-of-abcc2-cyp2c8-and-cyp2j2-polymorphisms-on-tacrolimus-and-mycophenolate-sodium-based-treatment-in-brazilian-kidney-transplant-recipients
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Fabiana D V Genvigir, Alvaro M Nishikawa, Claudia R Felipe, Helio Tedesco-Silva, Nagilla Oliveira, Antony B C Salazar, Jose O Medina-Pestana, Sonia Q Doi, Mario H Hirata, Rosario D C Hirata
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To investigate the influence of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes encoding metabolizing enzymes (CYP2C8, CYP2J2, and UGT2B7) and transporters (ABCC2 and ABCG2) on dose and/or dose-adjusted trough blood concentrations (C/D ratio), clinical outcomes, and occurrence of adverse events of tacrolimus and mycophenolate sodium in Brazilian kidney transplant recipients. DESIGN: Pharmacogenetic analysis of patients enrolled in a previously published study...
March 17, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316007/talimogene-laherparepvec-for-treating-metastatic-melanoma-an-evidence-review-group-perspective-of-a-nice-single-technology-appraisal
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Nigel Fleeman, Adrian Bagust, Angela Boland, Sophie Beale, Marty Richardson, Ashma Krishan, Angela Stainthorpe, Ahmed Abdulla, Eleanor Kotas, Lindsay Banks, Miranda Payne
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited the manufacturer (Amgen) of talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) to submit clinical and cost-effectiveness evidence for previously untreated advanced (unresectable or metastatic) melanoma as part of the Institute's Single Technology Appraisal process. The Liverpool Reviews and Implementation Group (LRiG) at the University of Liverpool was commissioned to act as the Evidence Review Group (ERG). This article presents a summary of the company's submission of T-VEC, the ERG review and the resulting NICE guidance (TA410), issued in September 2016...
March 18, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315862/the-evolving-role-of-rituximab-in-adult-minimal-change-glomerulopathy
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Landon C Brown, Meghan A Jobson, Fernanda Payan Schober, Emily H Chang, Ronald J Falk, Patrick H Nachman, William F Pendergraft
BACKGROUND: Minimal-change glomerulopathy is defined histologically by the presence of normal glomeruli on light microscopy and diffuse podocyte effacement on electron microscopy. Although effective in children, corticosteroid treatment in adults is more variable and time to response can be prolonged. Data to support rituximab use in adults with corticosteroid-dependent or resistant minimal-change glomerulopathy are limited. Here, we describe the clinical course of adults with corticosteroid-dependent or -resistant minimal-change glomerulopathy who received rituximab...
March 18, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315848/changes-in-some-biochemical-parameters-of-alloxanized-rats-administered-with-varying-concentrations-of-quail-egg-solution
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Patrick Emeka Aba, Christian Onwuchekwa Okorie-Kanu
Background Quail egg is said to heal all sorts of ailments including diabetes and liver diseases, and people have started taking it indiscriminately without verification and standardization. This study investigated some biochemical effects associated with administration of varying concentrations of quail egg solution to alloxanized rats. Methods Thirty (30) adult male albino Wistar rats were assigned to 5 groups of 6 rats each. Groups 2-5 rats were injected with alloxan monohydrate intraperitoneally at the dose of 160 mg/kg while rats in group 1 served as normal control...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315656/expression-of-odc1-spd-spm-and-azin1-in-the-hypothalamus-ovary-and-uterus-during-rat-estrous-cycle
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Joseph R D Fernandes, Sammit Jain, Arnab Banerjee
The aim of the present study was to investigate variation in the expression pattern of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC1), spermine (SPM), spermidine (SPD) and antizyme inhibitor (AZIN1) in hypothalamus, ovary and uterus during the estrous cycle of rats. Further, to understand any correlation between polyamines and GnRH I expression in hypothalamus; effect of putrescine treatment on GnRH I expression in hypothalamus and progesterone and estradiol levels in serum were investigated. The study also aims in quantifying all the immunohistochemistry images obtained based on pixel counting algorithm to yield the relative pixel count...
March 15, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314745/differences-in-predictors-of-permanent-work-disability-between-immigrants-and-natives-a-cohort-study-of-adults-with-sick-leave-due-to-common-mental-disorders
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Laura Werlen, Magnus Helgesson, Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz
OBJECTIVES: Immigrants with common mental disorders (CMDs) are reported to have a higher risk of disability pension (DP) compared with native residents; however, the reasons for this are not fully understood. This study aimed to investigate (1) differences in morbidity (3 measures) and socioeconomic status in native Swedes, 'Western' and 'non-Western' immigrants with CMDs and (2) interactions between morbidity and socioeconomic status and immigrant status regarding subsequent DP. DESIGN: The study was a prospective population-based cohort study using national register data...
March 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314685/association-of-psoriasis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-with-osteoporosis-and-pathological-fractures
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Parul Kathuria, Kenneth B Gordon, Jonathan I Silverberg
BACKGROUND: Previous studies examining the relationship between psoriasis (Pso), osteoporosis, and pathological fractures found conflicting results. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether Pso and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are associated with osteoporosis and fractures in US adults. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of 198,102,435 children and adults, including 183,725 with Pso and 28,765 with PsA from the 2006-2012 National Emergency Department Sample, including 20% of the emergency care visits throughout the United States...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
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