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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933591/charcoal-hemoperfusion-in-the-treatment-of-medically-refractory-pruritus-in-cholestatic-liver-disease
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Wonngarm Kittanamongkolchai, Ziad M El-Zoghby, J Eileen Hay, Russell H Wiesner, Patrick S Kamath, Nicholas F LaRusso, Kymberly D Watt, Carl H Cramer, Nelson Leung
BACKGROUND: Pruritus is a distressing symptom in a considerable proportion of cholestatic patients and a few of them do not respond to conventional treatment. Charcoal hemoperfusion (CH) is an extracorporeal technique that is effective in eliminating protein-bound substances which may have accumulated during cholestasis. Several case reports have shown significant reduction of bilirubin in mechanical jaundice and neonatal hemolytic jaundice. However, the published data of CH for the treatment of refractory pruritus in cholestatic patients are scarce...
December 8, 2016: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933242/transtuzumab-induced-organizing-pneumonia-a-case-report
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Ajay Gupta, Louise Teo, Philip Masel, David Godbolt, Geoffrey Beadle
BACKGROUND: Patients with metastatic breast cancer often have pulmonary symptoms with varying aetiologies. Transtuzumab is an extremely important drug used in the treatment of Her 2 neu over-expressing breast cancers. In this report we describe a case of organizing pneumonia associated with use of transtuzumab in metastatic breast cancer. Only three such cases have previously been reported. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 43 year old lady with Her 2 neu 3+, estrogen and progesterone receptor positive, metastatic breast cancer was started on weekly transtuzumab and albumen bound paclitaxel...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932229/regorafenib-for-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-who-progressed-on-sorafenib-treatment-resorce-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-3-trial
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Jordi Bruix, Shukui Qin, Philippe Merle, Alessandro Granito, Yi-Hsiang Huang, György Bodoky, Marc Pracht, Osamu Yokosuka, Olivier Rosmorduc, Valeriy Breder, René Gerolami, Gianluca Masi, Paul J Ross, Tianqiang Song, Jean-Pierre Bronowicki, Isabelle Ollivier-Hourmand, Masatoshi Kudo, Ann-Lii Cheng, Josep M Llovet, Richard S Finn, Marie-Aude LeBerre, Annette Baumhauer, Gerold Meinhardt, Guohong Han
BACKGROUND: There are no systemic treatments for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) whose disease progresses during sorafenib treatment. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of regorafenib in patients with HCC who have progressed during sorafenib treatment. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, parallel-group, phase 3 trial done at 152 sites in 21 countries, adults with HCC who tolerated sorafenib (≥400 mg/day for ≥20 of last 28 days of treatment), progressed on sorafenib, and had Child-Pugh A liver function were enrolled...
December 5, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931305/subcutaneous-administration-of-human-c1-inhibitor-with-recombinant-human-hyaluronidase-in-patients-with-hereditary-angioedema
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Marc A Riedl, William R Lumry, H Henry Li, Aleena Banerji, Jonathan A Bernstein, Murat Ba, Janne Bjrkander, Markus Magerl, Marcus Maurer, Kevin Rockich, Hongzi Chen, Jennifer Schranz
BACKGROUND: The currently approved method of C1 inhibitor (C1 INH) administration for patients with hereditary angioedema with C1 INH deficiency (HAE) is by intravenous injection. A C1 INH subcutaneous formulation may provide an attractive mode of administration for some patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate efficacy and safety of two doses of subcutaneous, plasma-derived C1 INH with the dispersing agent, recombinant human hyaluronidase (rHuPH20) to prevent angioedema attacks in patients with HAE...
November 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931280/safety-profile-of-oral-immunotherapy-with-cows-milk-and-hen-egg-a-10-year-experience-in-controlled-trials
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Giovanni B Pajno, Lucia Caminiti, Fernanda Chiera, Giuseppe Crisafulli, Giuseppina Salzano, Stefania Arasi, Giovanni Passalacqua
BACKGROUND: Oral immunotherapy (OIT) for food allergy is gaining interest due to the favorable clinical results reported with cow's milk, hen egg and peanut. The safety of the procedure remains a critical aspect that can limit the introduction of OIT in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: We described herein, in detail, the occurrence and characteristics of adverse events (AE) with OIT in children who participated in controlled trials at our unit. METHODS: The clinical records of 68 children who received active treatment (40 for cow's milk and 28 for hen egg) were carefully reviewed...
September 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931082/pharmacotherapeutic-considerations-for-individuals-with-down-syndrome
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Erik J Hefti, Javier G Blanco
Down syndrome (DS, trisomy 21) is the most common survivable disorder due to aneuploidy. Individuals with DS may experience multiple comorbid health problems including congenital heart defects, endocrine abnormalities, skin and dental problems, seizure disorders, leukemia, dementia, and obesity. These associated conditions may necessitate pharmacotherapeutic management with various drugs. The complex pathobiology of DS may alter drug disposition and drug response in some individuals. For example, reports have documented increased rates of adverse drug reactions in patients with DS treated for leukemia and dementia...
December 8, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929758/determinants-of-influenza-vaccination-among-solid-organ-transplant-recipients-attending-sicilian-reference-centre
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Vincenzo Restivo, Giovanni Vizzini, Alessandra Mularoni, Cinzia Di Benedetto, Santi Mauro Gioè, Francesco Vitale
In solid organ transplant recipients, influenza infection is commonly associated with higher morbidity and mortality than immunocompetent hosts. Therefore, in these subjects influenza vaccination is of paramount importance. The main objective of the study was to assess compliance to vaccination and analyze factors associated with influenza vaccination of solid organ transplant recipients admitted to the Sicilian solid organ transplant Reference Center IRCCS-ISMETT in Palermo during 2014-2015 influenza season...
December 8, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929475/anticancer-efficacy-of-photodynamic-therapy-with-lung-cancer-targeted-nanoparticles
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Ji-Eun Chang, Hyun-Jong Cho, Sanghoon Jheon
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive and non-surgical method representing an attractive alternative choice for lung cancer treatment. Photosensitizers selectively accumulate in tumor tissue and lead to tumor cell death in the presence of oxygen and the proper wavelength of light. To increase the therapeutic effect of PDT, we developed both photosensitizer- and anticancer agent-loaded lung cancer-targeted nanoparticles. Both enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect-based passive targeting and hyaluronic-acid-CD44 interaction-based active targeting were applied...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929206/acute-bronchitis
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Scott Kinkade, Natalie A Long
Cough is the most common illness-related reason for ambulatory care visits in the United States. Acute bronchitis is a clinical diagnosis characterized by cough due to acute inflammation of the trachea and large airways without evidence of pneumonia. Pneumonia should be suspected in patients with tachypnea, tachycardia, dyspnea, or lung findings suggestive of pneumonia, and radiography is warranted. Pertussis should be suspected in patients with cough persisting for more than two weeks that is accompanied by symptoms such as paroxysmal cough, whooping cough, and post-tussive emesis, or recent pertussis exposure...
October 1, 2016: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928926/clinical-observation-of-adverse-drug-reactions-to-nonionic-iodinated-contrast-media-in-population-with-underlying-diseases-and-risk-factors
#10
Xue Li, Heng Liu, Li Zhao, Junling Liu, Li Cai, Lei Liu, Weiguo Zhang
OBJECTIVES: To determine the adverse drug reactions (ADRs) profile of nonionic iodinated contrast media (NICMs) in population with underlying diseases and risk factors, and to provide guidance for more safe and rational use of ICMs in clinic. METHODS: Data from 120,822 cases who underwent enhanced CT examination in our hospital from January 2014 to March 2016 were collected. A standardized case report form (CRF) was used for data collection and analysis. RESULTS: The incidence of ADRs was 0...
December 8, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928714/phase-i-study-of-nivolumab-an-anti-pd-1-antibody-in-patients-with-malignant-solid-tumors
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Noboru Yamamoto, Hiroshi Nokihara, Yasuhide Yamada, Takashi Shibata, Yosuke Tamura, Yoshitaka Seki, Kazunori Honda, Yuko Tanabe, Hiroshi Wakui, Tomohide Tamura
Background This study evaluated the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, immunogenicity and antitumor activity of single and multiple doses of nivolumab in Japanese patients with malignant solid tumors. Subjects and Methods This was an open-label, dose-escalation study in 17 patients with advanced solid tumors with a life expectancy of ≥3 months. Patients were observed for 3 weeks after a single dose of nivolumab at 1, 3, 10 or 20 mg/kg, then received the same dose of nivolumab every 2 weeks until unacceptable toxicity or disease progression occurred...
December 8, 2016: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928553/proliferation-of-the-biocontrol-agent-fusarium-oxysporum-f-sp-strigae-and-its-impact-on-indigenous-rhizosphere-fungal-communities-in-maize-under-different-agro-ecologies
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Judith Zimmermann, Mary K Musyoki, Georg Cadisch, Frank Rasche
Our objectives were to (1) monitor the proliferation of the biocontrol agent (BCA) Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. strigae strain "Foxy-2", an effective soil-borne BCA against the parasitic weed Striga hermonthica, in the rhizosphere of maize under different agro-ecologies, and (2) investigate its impact on indigenous rhizosphere fungal community abundance and composition. Field experiments were conducted in Busia and Homa Bay districts in western Kenya during two cropping seasons to account for effects of soil type, climate, growth stage and seasonality...
June 2016: Rhizosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928184/ismp-adverse-drug-reactions-chronic-marijuana-use-associated-with-recurrent-diabetic-ketoacidosis-lamotrigine-induced-cataplexy-trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole-induced-hyponatremia-ziprasidone-induced-sleepwalking-and-sleep-related-eating-metabolic-acidosis-associated
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Michael A Mancano
The purpose of this feature is to heighten awareness of specific adverse drug reactions (ADRs), discuss methods of prevention, and promote reporting of ADRs to the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) MedWatch program (800-FDA-1088). If you have reported an interesting, preventable ADR to MedWatch, please consider sharing the account with our readers. Write to Dr. Mancano at ISMP, 200 Lakeside Drive, Suite 200, Horsham, PA 19044 (phone: 215-707-4936; e-mail: mmancano@temple.edu). Your report will be published anonymously unless otherwise requested...
November 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927827/introduction-to-drug-allergy-and-whom-to-refer-for-specialist-assessment
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Bogusia Kasternow, Mohammed Yousuf Karim
Drug allergy is defined as an adverse drug reaction with an established immunological mechanism. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published clinical guidelines on drug allergy in 2014 and quality standards in 2015. The intention of this article is to highlight indications for referral to specialists for management of drug allergy. Accurate diagnosis of drug allergy is critical of course for patient safety, but also for better use of the drugs that we have available and to reduce unnecessary avoidance of drugs...
December 2016: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927586/rituximab-bendamustine-and-low-dose-cytarabine-as-induction-therapy-in-elderly-patients-with-mantle-cell-lymphoma-a-multicentre-phase-2-trial-from-fondazione-italiana-linfomi
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Carlo Visco, Annalisa Chiappella, Luca Nassi, Caterina Patti, Simone Ferrero, Daniela Barbero, Andrea Evangelista, Michele Spina, Annalia Molinari, Luigi Rigacci, Monica Tani, Alice Di Rocco, Graziella Pinotti, Alberto Fabbri, Renato Zambello, Silvia Finotto, Manuel Gotti, Angelo M Carella, Flavia Salvi, Stefano A Pileri, Marco Ladetto, Giovannino Ciccone, Gianluca Gaidano, Marco Ruggeri, Maurizio Martelli, Umberto Vitolo
BACKGROUND: The combination of rituximab, bendamustine, and cytarabine (R-BAC) was highly active in a pilot trial of mantle cell lymphoma, but its use was restricted by high haematological toxicity. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of an R-BAC regimen with low-dose cytarabine (RBAC500). METHODS: In this multicentre, phase 2 trial, we recruited previously untreated patients with an established histological diagnosis of mantle cell lymphoma from 29 Fondazione Italiana Linfomi centres in Italy...
December 2, 2016: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927009/efficacy-and-safety-of-guardcel-nasal-packing-after-endoscopic-sinus-surgery-a-prospective-single-blind-randomized-controlled-study
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Byungjin Kang, Jeong-Rok Kim, Jae-Min Shin, Il-Ho Park, Heung-Man Lee
Objectives: Nasal packing after endoscopic sinus surgery is frequently used to control postoperative bleeding, enhance the wound healing process, and prevent lateralization of the middle turbinate, which causes insufficient ventilation. Many biodegradable materials have been developed to reduce pain and mucosal damage during packing removal. The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of Guardcel (Genewel Co.) middle meatal packing with a traditional nonabsorbable middle meatal packing, Merocel (Medtronic Xomed), on wound healing and patient satisfaction...
November 17, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926987/impact-of-everolimus-on-japanese-patients-with-advanced-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-neoplasms
#17
Lingaku Lee, Tetsuhide Ito, Hisato Igarashi, Keijiro Ueda, Takashi Fujiyama, Ken Kawabe, Yoshihiro Ogawa
BACKGROUND: Although everolimus has become a key therapeutic agent in patients with advanced pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (PNEN), its efficacy and safety in clinical practice remains unclear. METHODS: Forty-seven patients with advanced PNEN treated with everolimus were reviewed retrospectively. To evaluate the safety of everolimus as a long-term treatment, the patients were divided into 2 groups according to treatment duration: group A, ≤1 year (n = 21); group B, >1 year (n = 26)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Hepato-biliary-pancreatic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924687/the-fluad-case-in-italy-could-it-have-been-dealt-differently
#18
Miriam Levi, Ersilia Sinisgalli, Chiara Lorini, Francesca Santomauro, Martina Chellini, Paolo Bonanni
During the influenza vaccination campaign 2014-2015, the reporting of three deaths within 48 hours of vaccination with Fluad brought the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) to pronounce the withdrawal of two batches of vaccine, based on the precautionary principle. Investigations by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, the National Institute of Health, and by the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC), the committee at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) responsible for monitoring and assessing the safety profiles of human drugs, concluded that there was a lack of causality between the reported deaths and the vaccines administered...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924646/influence-of-anti-tnf-immunogenicity-on-safety-in-rheumatic-disease-a-narrative-review
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Andrea Matucci, Daniele Cammelli, Fabrizio Cantini, Delia Goletti, Valentina Marino, Giuseppe Maria Milano, Raffaele Scarpa, Giuliano Tocci, Enrico Maggi, Alessandra Vultaggio
Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) antagonists have been shown to be effective in the treatment of chronic inflammatory rheumatic conditions. The use of anti-TNF agents, combined with improved diagnosis, aggressive regimens and regular monitoring, have substantially improved patient outcomes. However, all biological agents are immunogenic, resulting in the formation of anti-drug antibodies (ADAs), which can neutralize drug activity leading to loss of response and potential relapse. In addition, ADAs can also cause serious adverse events such as infusion hypersensitivity reactions...
December 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923408/pharmacokinetic-and-pharmacodynamic-characterization-of-a-novel-formulation-containing-co-formulated-interferons-alpha-2b-and-gamma-in-healthy-male-volunteers
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Idrian García-García, Ignacio Hernández-González, Alina Díaz-Machado, Carlos A González-Delgado, Sonia Pérez-Rodríguez, Yanelda García-Vega, Rosario Campos-Mojena, Ángela D Tuero-Iglesias, Carmen M Valenzuela-Silva, Alieski Cruz-Ramírez, Alis Martín-Trujillo, Héctor Santana-Milián, Pedro A López-Saura, Iraldo Bello-Rivero
BACKGROUND: More potent antitumor activity is desired in Interferon (IFN)-treated cancer patients. This could be achieved by combining IFN alpha and IFN gamma. The aim of this work was to characterize the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of a novel formulation containing a co-formulated combination of IFNs alpha-2b and gamma (CIGB-128-A). METHODS: A group of nine healthy male subjects received intramuscularly 24.5 × 10(6) IU of CIGB-128-A. IFN concentrations were evaluated for 48 h...
December 7, 2016: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
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