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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533098/the-current-epidemiology-of-injecting-drug-use-associated-infective-endocarditis-in-victoria-australia-in-the-midst-of-increasing-crystal-methamphetamine-use
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Alexandra Wright, Ohide Otome, Craig Harvey, Steve Bowe, Eugene Athan
BACKGROUND: Infective endocarditis (IE) is associated with significant mortality and morbidity despite recent advances in management. Injecting drug use (IDU) remains an important risk factor. Our aim was to evaluate the rates and patient demographics of IE and injecting drug use-associated infective endocarditis (IDU-IE) in Victoria from 2009 to 2014. METHODS: The Victorian Admitted Episode Dataset (VAED) was used to identify a population-based cohort with a diagnosis of IE and IDU-IE between 2009 and 2014 in Victoria...
May 9, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529359/the-journey-of-opioid-substitution-therapy-in-india-achievements-and-challenges
#2
Ravindra Rao
Opioids are one of the most problematic illegal substances globally. Opioid abuse is associated with complications in various spheres of the user's life, his/her family, and the society. Injecting drug use (IDU) is also linked to public health problems such as HIV infection and viral hepatitis. Medications form an important cornerstone in the treatment of opioid dependence. Treatment strategies such as "detoxification" alone or long-term treatment with opioid antagonist have limited acceptability and retention rates...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521814/access-to-healthcare-insurance-and-healthcare-services-among-syringe-exchange-program-clients-in-massachusetts-qualitative-findings-from-health-navigators-with-the-idu-i-do-care-collaborative
#3
Thomas J Stopka, Marguerite Hutcheson, Ashley Donahue
BACKGROUND: Little is known about access to health insurance among people who inject drugs (PWID) who attend syringe exchange programs (SEPs). The goal of the current study was to assess perceptions of SEP staff, including health navigators and program managers, on access to health insurance and healthcare access among SEP clients following implementation of state and federal policies to enhance universal healthcare access in Massachusetts. METHODS: Between December 2014 and January 2015, we conducted in-depth interviews (n = 14) with SEP staff, including both program managers and health navigators, to assess knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to health insurance enrollment and access to enhanced referrals among SEP clients...
May 18, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507583/intravenous-drug-use-an-independent-predictor-for-hcv-genotypes-3-and-4-infection-among-hiv-hcv-co-infected-patients
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Dubravka Salemovic, Ivana Pesic-Pavlovic, Djordje Jevtovic, Ksenija Bojovic, Jovan Ranin, Branko Brmbolic, Maja Stanojevic
INTRODUCTION: About one quarter of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected persons in Serbia have also been found to be hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infected. In the general population, HCV genotype 1 has been shown to be the most prevalent one. Here, we present the first study on the distribution of HCV genotypes among HIV/HCV co-infected patients in Serbia, in relation to epidemiological and clinical features. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included HIV/HCV co-infected and a group of HCV mono-infected patients in the period 1998-2012, with collection of epidemiological, clinical, and behavioral data using a standardized questionnaire...
April 1, 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490629/pharmacological-targeting-of-rad6-enzyme-mediated-translesion-synthesis-overcomes-resistance-to-platinum-based-drugs
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Matthew A Sanders, Brittany Haynes, Pratima Nangia-Makker, Lisa A Polin, Malathy P Shekhar
Platinum drug-induced crosslink repair requires the concerted activities of translesion synthesis (TLS), Fanconi anemia (FA) and homologous recombination repair pathways. The E2 ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme Rad6 is essential for TLS. Here, we show that Rad6 plays a universal role in platinum-based drug tolerance. Using a novel Rad6-selective small molecule inhibitor (SMI#9) targeting the Rad6 catalytic site, we demonstrate that SMI#9 potentiates the sensitivities of cancer cells with innate or acquired cisplatin or oxaliplatin resistance...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480974/comorbidities-and-medications-of-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-under-specialist-care-in-the-uk
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Benjamin Hudson, Alex J Walker, William L Irving
Designing services with the capacity and expertise to meet the needs of the chronic hepatitis C (CHC) population in the era of direct acting antivirals (DAAs), and widening access to such treatments, requires detailed understanding of the characteristics and healthcare needs of the existing patient population. In this retrospective analysis of data from the National HCV Research UK Biobank between March 2012-October 2014 the characteristics of the CHC population currently under specialist care in the UK were evaluated - with specific focus upon use of medications, adverse lifestyle choices, and comorbidities...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480087/rhodotorula-endogenous-endophthalmitis-a-novel-harbinger-of-the-injection-drug-epidemic-in-the-united-states
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Preston M Luong, Basilio Kalpakian, Lawrence J Jaeger, Timothy Lahey, Christopher B Chapman, Michael E Zegans
Endogenous endophthalmitis is a rare but feared infectious ocular complication of injection drug use (IDU). The recent opioid epidemic in the United States threatens to increase the incidence of this disease. We report the first case of endogenous endophthalmitis in the United States caused by the emerging fungal pathogen Rhodotorula in an injection drug user which led to no light perception vision (NLP). Worldwide experience with Rhodotorula endogenous endophthalmitis is limited, but existing cases suggest infection by this particular fungal genus has a grim prognosis...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462622/trends-in-hiv-continuum-of-care-outcomes-over-10-years-of-follow-up-at-a-large-hiv-primary-medical-home-in-the-southeastern-united-states
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Michael K Ghiam, Peter Rebeiro, Megan Turner, William B Rogers, Sally Bebawy, Stephen P Raffanti, Anna Kristine Person, April C Pettit
BACKGROUND: Longitudinal studies of retention in care (RIC) and viral suppression (VS) in the southeastern United States (US), a region disproportionately affected by HIV-infection, are lacking. METHODS: HIV-infected adults with ≥1 medical visit at the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic (Nashville, Tennessee) from 2004-2013 were included. RIC was ≥2 (a) laboratory dates [CD4+ counts or HIV-1 viral loads (VL)] or (b) provider encounters and/or laboratory dates in the year of interest, ≥90 days apart...
May 2, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444470/sexual-orientation-differences-in-health-and-wellbeing-among-women-living-with-hiv-in-canada-findings-from-a-national-cohort-study
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Carmen H Logie, Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, Ying Wang, Angela Kaida, Alexandra de Pokomandy, Kath Webster, Tracey Conway, Mona Loutfy
Sexual orientation differences in health and wellbeing among women living with HIV (WLH) are underexplored. Limited research available, however, suggests that sexual minority WLH may experience barriers to HIV care. Cross-sectional baseline data was analyzed from a Canadian cohort study with WLH (sexual minority women [SMW]: n = 180; heterosexual women: n = 1240). SMW (median age 38 years, IQR 13) included bisexual (58.9%), lesbian (17.8%) and other sexualities (23.3%). In multivariable analyses adjusting for age, poverty, education, and ethnicity, SMW identity was associated with increased odds of: clinical (80% vs...
April 25, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430081/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-criminal-behavior-among-illicit-drug-users-a-cross-sectional-study
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Rafael Alves Guimarães, Natália Silva Mesquita, Renata Silva Lopes, Roselma Lucchese, Rodrigo Lopes de Felipe, Ivânia Vera, Inaina Lara Fernandes, Paulo Alexandre de Castro, Luiz Henrique Batista Monteiro, Graciele Cristina Silva
BACKGROUND: Studies indicate high rates of criminal behavior, violent activities, and legal problems among illicit drug users (IDU) in Brazil. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence and factors associated with criminal behavior among IDU undergoing treatment for chemical dependency in Central Brazil. METHODS: Cross-sectional study carried out with IDU undergoing treatment for chemical dependence. Data were collected by means of face-to-face interviews and analyzed using logistic regression...
April 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430013/barriers-to-access-to-sterile-syringes-as-perceived-by-pharmacists-and-injecting-drug-users-implications-for-harm-reduction-in-lebanon
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Ali Ghaddar, Karine Nassar, Ghadier Elsoury
BACKGROUND: Access to sterile syringes to injecting drug users (IDU) reduces sharing behavior and prevents the transmission of HIV. OBJECTIVES: To describe the barriers to access to sterile syringes for IDUs in Lebanon from the perspectives of pharmacists and IDUs. METHODS: in this qualitative study conducted in Lebanon, data were collected from 72 syringe purchase tests at pharmacies, 64 interviewees with pharmacists and 2 focus groups with injecting drug users...
April 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406271/the-relationship-between-higher-social-trust-and-lower-late-hiv-diagnosis-and-mortality-differs-by-race-ethnicity-results-from-a-state-level-analysis
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Yusuf Ransome, Ashley Batson, Sandro Galea, Ichiro Kawachi, Denis Nash, Kenneth H Mayer
INTRODUCTION: Black men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to suffer a disproportionate burden of new HIV diagnoses and mortality. To better understand some of the reasons for these profound disparities, we examined whether the association between social trust and late HIV diagnosis and mortality differed by race/ethnicity, and investigated potential indirect effects of any observed differences. METHODS: We performed generalized structural equation modelling to assess main and interaction associations between trust among one's neighbours in 2009 (i...
April 6, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403241/characterization-of-a-novel-hiv-1-unique-recombinant-form-between-crf07_bc-and-crf55_01b-in-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-guangzhou-china
#13
Yue Wu, Xuqi Ren, Dan Yin, Haiying Wang, Zhengwei Wan, Xiufen Li, Guifang Hu, Shixing Tang
Here, we report the genetic diversity of HIV-1 and emergence of novel HIV-1 unique recombinant forms (URF) in both HIV-infected intravenous drug users (IDU) and men who have sex with men (MSM) in Guangzhou, China. We further characterized a novel URF strain isolated from an HIV-infected MSM, GD698. Near full-length genome (NFLG) phylogenic analysis showed that this novel URF was composed of CRF07_BC and CRF55_01B, with two recombinant breakpoints (nt 6,003 and 8,251 relative to the HXB2 genome) in the vpu/env and env genes, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291919/an-in-house-protocol-for-improved-flood-field-calibration-of-truebeam-fff-cine-imaging
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Austin M Faught, Fang-Fang Yin, Justus Adamson
PURPOSE: TrueBeams equipped with the 40 × 30 cm(2) Electronic Portal Imaging Devices (EPIDs) are prone to image saturation at the image center when used with flattening filter free (FFF) photon energies. While cine imaging during treatment may not saturate because the beam is attenuated by the patient, the flood field calibration is affected when the standard calibration procedure is followed. Here, we describe the hardware and protocol to achieve improved image quality for this model of TrueBeam EPID...
January 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282246/sex-race-and-hiv-risk-disparities-in-discontinuity-of-hiv-care-after-antiretroviral-therapy-initiation-in-the-united-states-and-canada
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Peter F Rebeiro, Alison G Abraham, Michael A Horberg, Keri N Althoff, Baligh R Yehia, Kate Buchacz, Bryan M Lau, Timothy R Sterling, Stephen J Gange
Disruption of continuous retention in care (discontinuity) is associated with HIV disease progression. We examined sex, race, and HIV risk disparities in discontinuity after antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation among patients in North America. Adults (≥18 years of age) initiating ART from 2000 to 2010 were included. Discontinuity was defined as first disruption of continuous retention (≥2 visits separated by >90 days in the calendar year). Relative hazard ratio (HR) and times from ART initiation until discontinuity by race, sex, and HIV risk were assessed by modeling of the cumulative incidence function (CIF) in the presence of the competing risk of death...
March 2017: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280891/number-of-medications-and-adverse-drug-events-by-unintentional-poisoning-among-older-adults-in-consideration-of-inappropriate-drug-use-a-swedish-population-based-matched-case-control-study
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Christian Rausch, L Laflamme, U Bültmann, J Möller
PURPOSE: This national, population-based study aims to determine the association between the number of prescribed medications and adverse drug events (ADE) by unintentional poisoning and examine this risk when known indicators of inappropriate drug use (IDU) are accounted for. METHODS: We employed a matched case-control design among people living in Sweden who were 50 years and older. Cases experiencing an ADE by unintentional poisoning resulting in hospitalization or death (n = 5336) were extracted from the National Health and Death Registers from January 2006 to December 2009...
March 9, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272135/the-adherence-gap-a-longitudinal-examination-of-men-s-and-women-s-antiretroviral-therapy-adherence-in-british-columbia-2000-2014
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Cathy M Puskas, Angela Kaida, Cari L Miller, Wendy Zhang, Benita Yip, Neora Pick, Julio S G Montaner, Robert S Hogg
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to observe the effect of sex on attaining optimal adherence to combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) longitudinally while controlling for known adherence confounders - IDU and ethnicity. DESIGN: Using the population-based HAART Observational Medical Evaluation and Research cohort, data were collected from HIV-positive adults, aged at least 19 years, receiving cART in British Columbia, Canada, with data collected between 2000 and 2014...
March 27, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266696/mortality-disparities-among-hiv-men-and-women-in-puerto-rico-data-from-the-hiv-aids-surveillance-system-2003-2014
#18
Vivian Colón-López, Sandra Miranda-De León, Mark Machin-Rivera, Edna Marrero, Yadira Rolón-Colón, Ileska M Valencia-Torres, Erick Suárez
OBJECTIVE: Describe the trend of the indirect standardized death rate of HIV for different modes of HIV transmission from 2003 to 2014 in Puerto Rico. Estimate the magnitude of the association between mode of HIV transmission and mortality at different time periods in Puerto Rico. METHODS: ISDRs by sex and mode of transmission were computed using data from the PR National HIV/AIDS Surveillance System (2003-2014). Poisson models were used to assess the annual percent change of the ISDRs and RRs by sex...
March 2017: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259090/gender-based-differences-in-injecting-drug-use-by-young-adults-who-experienced-maltreatment-in-childhood-findings-from-an-australian-birth-cohort-study
#19
Amanuel Alemu Abajobir, Steve Kisely, Gail Williams, Alexandra Clavarino, Lane Strathearn, Jake Moses Najman
BACKGROUND: Childhood maltreatment has been associated with a range of adverse mental and psychosocial outcomes, but its association with subsequent injecting drug use (IDU) is less clear. This study investigates the associations between specific and multiple forms of substantiated childhood maltreatment and IDU reported at 21 years. METHOD: The Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy is a prospective birth cohort study. It recruited pregnant women at their first antenatal clinic visit and collected data on their children at 21 years...
April 1, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257759/blockade-of-trkb-receptors-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-prior-to-heterotypic-stress-alters-corticotropin-releasing-hormone-crh-vesicular-glutamate-transporter-2-vglut2-and-glucocorticoid-receptor-gr-within-the-mesolimbic-pathway
#20
Idu Azogu, Helene Plamondon
Inhibition of stress-induced elevations in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) or its primary receptor tyrosine-related kinase B (TrkB) within the reward pathway may modulate vulnerability to anxiety and mood disorders. The current study examined the role of BDNF/TrkB signaling on biochemistry and behavior under basal conditions and following exposure to a 10-day heterotypic stress paradigm in male rats. Effects of intra-accumbal administration of TrkB antagonist ANA-12 (0.25μg/0.5μl/min) on anxiety, and expression of Trk-B, corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (vGluT2) and glucocorticoid receptor (GR) within the mesolimbic pathway were determined...
March 14, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
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