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Global blood safety

Louis M Katz, John J Donnelly, Christopher J Gresens, Jerry A Holmberg, James MacPherson, Peter J K Zacharias, Jean Stanley, Christine Bales
On March 24, 2017, more than 90 experts in blood safety and international development from blood centers, industry, government, and international and nongovernmental organizations gathered in Arlington, Virginia, for the Third International Blood Safety Forum, cosponsored by America's Blood Centers and Global Healing. This report summarizes presentations and major conclusions. The meeting explored ways to increase access to affordable, safe blood for low- and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs) in an era when funding from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund has been redirected from preventing the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to diagnosing and treating the 25 million-plus people living with HIV in LMICs...
March 14, 2018: Transfusion
Antonello Nicolini, Bruna Grecchi, Maura Ferrari-Bravo, Cornelius Barlascini
Purpose: Chest physiotherapy is an important tool in the treatment of COPD. Intrapulmonary percussive ventilation (IPV) and high-frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) are techniques designed to create a global percussion of the lung which removes secretions and probably clears the peripheral bronchial tree. We tested the hypothesis that adding IPV or HFCWO to the best pharmacological therapy (PT) may provide additional clinical benefit over chest physiotherapy in patients with severe COPD...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
S Lejniece, I Udre, A Rivkina
BACKGROUND: Imatinib is tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) and as a targeted anti-cancer agent has significantly changed chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) prognosis and patient survival. Currently TKI is the main therapy in CML Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph-positive) cases. When generics of imatinib appeared in the pharmaceuticals market, reimbursement policies in many countries switched to using generics or encouraged use of generic imatinib to lower the expenses. Cost savings were substantial; however, for doctors and CML patients the efficacy, safety and quality of generic imatinib were an issue of concern...
July 2017: Experimental Oncology
Karianne S Enerstvedt, Magne O Sydnes, Eivind Larssen, Daniela M Pampanin
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are well known contaminants, ubiquitously present in the habitat and spawning areas for Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). The Atlantic cod is a key species and a globally important food source, thus continuous monitoring of PAHs is considered highly valuable to ensure ecosystem sustainability and human food safety. PAH adducts to plasma proteins are applied as sensitive biomarkers of PAH exposure in humans and other species, thus the presence of PAH protein adducts in Atlantic cod plasma was investigated to identify PAH protein adduct biomarker candidates of exposure to PAHs...
February 16, 2018: Chemosphere
Maria Domenica Cappellini, John B Porter, Vip Viprakasit, Ali T Taher
Beta-thalassaemia causes defective haemoglobin synthesis leading to ineffective erythropoiesis, chronic haemolytic anaemia, and subsequent clinical complications. Blood transfusion and iron chelation allow long-term disease control, and haematopoietic stem cell transplantation offers a potential cure for some patients. Nonetheless, there are still many challenges in the management of beta-thalassaemia. The main treatment option for most patients is supportive care; furthermore, the long-term efficacy and safety of current therapeutic strategies are limited and adherence is suboptimal...
February 12, 2018: Blood Reviews
Calvin Diep, Andrew W Shih, Erin Jamula, Nancy M Heddle, Michael Parvizian, Christopher M Hillis
BACKGROUND: With increasing global use of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), there is interest in its appropriate usage. Efforts to regulate IVIG usage have primarily taken the form of organizational interventions implemented in hospitals to monitor and improve physician prescribing. Similar interventions have proven effective in reducing the inappropriate and total hospital usage of other blood products, but their efficacy on IVIG use is less understood. Thus, we performed a systematic review of studies reporting the change in inappropriate IVIG use following such interventions in hospitals or regions...
January 31, 2018: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Charles Khouri, Jean-Luc Cracowski, Matthieu Roustit
OBJECTIVE: Inhibitors of the sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT-2) are a novel class of glucose lowering agents showing promising results. However, the use of canagliflozin has been associated with an increased risk of lower-limb amputation. Whether this risk concerns other SGLT-2 inhibitors is unclear. METHODS: We performed a disproportionality analysis using the WHO global database of individual case safety reports (VigiBase®) to address this issue. RESULTS: Among the 8,293,886 reports available between January 2013 and December 2017, we identified 79 reports of lower-limb amputations associated with SGLT-2 inhibitors...
February 12, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
Maya Miyoshi, Shuang Liu, Asuka Morizane, Erika Takemasa, Yashuyuki Suzuki, Takeshi Kiyoi, Kazutaka Maeyama, Masaki Mogi
The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of YM-58483, a small molecular antagonist of Ca2+ release-activated Ca2+ (CRAC) channels, for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), in vivo and ex vivo. YM-58483 was continuously injected subcutaneously in a collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) mouS.E.M.odel using an implanted osmotic pump. The severity of CIA was evaluated using the following parameters: body weight, hind paw volume, clinical score, histological analysis, cytokine levels, Ca2+ influx, and specific IgG production...
February 8, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Michael Chez, Christopher Lepage, Carol Parise, Ashley Dang-Chu, Andrea Hankins, Michael Carroll
The aim of this exploratory study was to assess the safety and clinical effects of autologous umbilical cord blood (AUCB) infusion in children with idiopathic autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Twenty-nine children 2 to 6 years of age with a confirmed diagnosis of ASD participated in this randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. Participants were randomized to receive AUCB or placebo, evaluated at baseline, 12, and 24 weeks, received the opposite infusion, then re-evaluated at the same time points...
February 6, 2018: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Diahann T S L Jansen, Nishta Ramnoruth, Khai L Loh, Jamie Rossjohn, Hugh H Reid, Hendrik J Nel, Ranjeny Thomas
With the advent of novel strategies to induce tolerance in autoimmune and autoimmune-like conditions, clinical trials of antigen-specific tolerizing immunotherapy have become a reality. Besides safety, it will be essential to gather mechanistic data on responding CD4+ T cells to assess the effects of various immunomodulatory approaches in early-phase trials. Peptide-MHC class II (pMHCII) multimers are an ideal tool for monitoring antigen-specific CD4+ T cell responses in unmanipulated cells directly ex vivo...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Marissa F Dockendorf, Ryan C Vargo, Ferdous Gheyas, Anne S Y Chain, Manash S Chatterjee, Larissa A Wenning
Cardiovascular disease remains a significant global health burden, and development of cardiovascular drugs in the current regulatory environment often demands large and expensive cardiovascular outcome trials. Thus, the use of quantitative pharmacometric approaches which can help enable early Go/No Go decision making, ensure appropriate dose selection, and increase the likelihood of successful clinical trials, have become increasingly important to help reduce the risk of failed cardiovascular outcomes studies...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
Inge E P M van Haren, J Bart Staal, Carin M Potting, Femke Atsma, Thomas J Hoogeboom, Nicole M A Blijlevens, Maria W G Nijhuis-van der Sanden
PURPOSE: This study explores the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of an exercise program in people scheduled for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). METHODS: In this controlled clinical trial, we compare pre-transplantation exercise to no exercise in the waiting period for an allogeneic of autologous HSCT. The supervised individually tailored exercise program (4-6 weeks) consisted of aerobic endurance, muscle strength, and relaxation exercises, administered twice a week in the period prior to HSCT...
January 16, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
María Jesus Chaparro, Felix Calderon, Pablo Castañeda, Elena Fernandez Alvaro, Raquel Gabarro, Francisco-Javier Gamo, María G Gómez-Lorenzo, Julio Martín, Esther Fernandez
Malaria remains a major global health problem. In 2015 alone, more than 200 million cases of malaria were reported, and more than 400,000 deaths occurred. Since 2010, emerging resistance to current front-line ACTs (Artemisinin Combination Therapies) has been detected in endemic countries. Therefore, there is an urgency for new therapies based on novel modes of action, able to relieve symptoms as fast as the artemisinins and/or block malaria transmission. During the past few years, the antimalarial community has focused their efforts on phenotypic screening as a pragmatic approach to identify new hits...
January 10, 2018: ACS Infectious Diseases
Marika Vereb, Knut Liepe, Manfred Fischer, Lucia Kaliska, Lucia Noskovicova, Sona Balogova
BACKGROUND: There is a clinical need for therapeutic alternative in patients with persisting painful arthritis of AC-joint and failure of previous treatments. However, no radiopharmaceutical is currently explicitly approved for radiosynoviorthesis of acromioclavicular joint. The aim of our study was to prospectively assess the efficacy and safety of radiosynoviorthesis of acromioclavicular joint using erbium-169 citrate. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Radiosynoviorthesis of acromioclavicular joint was performed in 51 consecutive patients (18 males, 33 females) mean age 64...
January 10, 2018: Nuclear Medicine Review. Central & Eastern Europe
Rishi M Kanna, Ajoy P Shetty, S Rajasekaran
PURPOSE: Surgical reduction of uni and bi-facetal dislocations of the cervical spine (AO type C injuries) can be performed by posterior, anterior or combined approaches. Ease of access, low infection rates and less risks of neurological worsening has popularized anterior approach. However, the reduction of locked cervical facets can be intricate through anterior approach. We analyzed the safety, efficacy and outcomes at a minimum 1 year, of a novel anterior reduction technique for consecutively treated cervical facet dislocations...
December 26, 2017: European Spine Journal
Wenjuan Sun, Shuhong Duan, Gang Xin, Juan Xiao, Fanzhen Hong, Haijie Hong, Yuange Wu, Yongping Xu
BACKGROUND: With the increase of cesarean deliveries globally, the incidence of placenta adhesive disorder has been on the rise greatly which is associated closely with maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. We sought to investigate the safety and efficacy of preoperative transfemoral balloon occlusion of abdominal aorta in cesarean section of women with placenta increta or percreta. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of 31 patients with placenta increta or percreta diagnosed by ultrasound and/or magnetic resonance imaging...
February 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Jue Liu, Shikun Zhang, Qiaomei Wang, Haiping Shen, Yiping Zhang, Min Liu
OBJECTIVES: ABO and RhD blood groups are key factors affecting blood transfusion safety. The distribution of ABO and RhD blood groups varies globally, but limited data exist for ethnic distributions of these blood groups in Asian populations. We aimed to evaluate the distribution of ABO and RhD blood groups among Chinese ethnic groups. DESIGN: A population-based cross-sectional study. SETTING: Data on ABO groups and ethnicities were obtained from the National Free Preconception Health Examination Project (NFPHEP) with participants from 220 counties of 31 provinces in China PARTICIPANTS: There were 3 832 034 participants aged 21-49 years who took part in the NFPHEP from January 2010 to December 2012 and were included in this study...
December 3, 2017: BMJ Open
Xiao Lou, Chuanhua Zhao, Hu Chen
Acute leukemia is a global disease with a poor prognosis for many patients. While an increasing number of patients with acute leukemia are being treated with unrelated hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT) or umbilical cord blood transplants (UCBT), recent comparative reports of these 2 procedures are lacking. Therefore, we conducted a meta-analysis of the safety and efficacy of unrelated HSCT and unrelated single-unit UCBT for the treatment of pediatric and adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) or acute myeloid leukemia (AML)...
November 15, 2017: Blood Reviews
Yohannes Samuel Tiku, Tefera Chane Mekonnen, Shimelash Bitew Workie, Endale Amare
BACKGROUND: Globally, a large number of children aged 6-59 months are affected by anaemia. In Ethiopia, like other developing countries, more than 40% of children under 5 years are affected by anaemia. Anaemia during infancy and childhood period is associated with poor health and impaired cognitive development, leading to reduced academic achievement and earning potential in their adult life. The aim of this research was to assess whether anaemia remained a major public health problem among children aged 6-59 months or not in Duggina Fanigo District of Wolaita Zone, South Ethiopia in 2016...
November 16, 2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
Peter M A Calverley, Helgo Magnussen, Marc Miravitlles, Jadwiga A Wedzicha
Triple inhaled therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) consists of an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS), a long-acting β2 -agonist (LABA) and a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) taken in combination. Triple therapy is recommended by the Global initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) for patients who experience recurrent exacerbations despite treatment with either a dual bronchodilator (preferred initial therapy) or LABA/ICS combination (alternative initial therapy). Although there is evidence for the greater efficacy of triple therapy compared with LABA/ICS and LAMA monotherapy with regards to improved lung function, health status, and exacerbation rate, the efficacy of triple therapy when compared with dual bronchodilation (LABA/LAMA) is as yet unknown...
December 2017: COPD
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