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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103534/examining-the-link-between-cocaine-binging-and-individual-social-and-behavioral-factors-among-street-based-cocaine-users
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Élise Roy, Nelson Arruda, Didier Jutras-Aswad, Djamal Berbiche, Michel Perreault, Karine Bertrand, Magali Dufour, Julie Bruneau
AIMS: To estimate the prevalence of cocaine binging and examine associated factors, to characterize binge episodes and to study the relationship between cocaine binging and HIV and HCV risk behaviors among street-based cocaine users. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted in Montréal, Canada. Interviewer-administered questionnaire were carried out at 3-month intervals. Cocaine binging was defined as using large quantities of cocaine, without stopping, over a limited period of time, until resources run out or until being physically incapable of consuming...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100898/new-oral-anticoagulants-turkey-noac-turk-multicenter-cross-sectional-study
#2
Servet Altay, Özlem Yıldırımtürk, Hüseyin Altuğ Çakmak, Lütfü Aşkın, Ümit Yaşar Sinan, Feyzullah Beşli, Ömer Gedikli, Özge Özden Tok
OBJECTIVE: New oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are increasingly used both for prevention of stroke in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). In this study, we aimed to evaluate the current patterns of NOACs treatment in Turkey. Moreover, demographic and clinical parameters and bleeding and/or embolic events under NOACs treatment were analyzed. METHODS: The New Oral Anticoagulants-TURKey (NOAC-TURK) study was designed as a multicenter cross-sectional study...
January 17, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100012/characterization-and-management-of-patients-with-heroin-versus-non-heroin-opioid-overdoses-experience-at-an-academic-medical-center
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Kate M Morizio, Regan A Baum, Adam Dugan, Julia E Marin, Abby M Bailey
STUDY OBJECTIVES: To characterize the differences between patients who had heroin and non-heroin opioid overdoses and to determine whether there were any significant differences in their management with regard to the naloxone use. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Large, academic medical center. PATIENTS: A total of 923 patients admitted to the medical center who were identified for overdose by heroin or other opiate-related narcotics between January 2010 and September 2015; 480 patients experienced a non-heroin opioid overdose event, and 443 patients experienced a heroin overdose event...
January 18, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097670/acute-liver-failure-in-scotland-changes-in-aetiology-and-outcomes-over-time-the-scottish-look-back-study
#4
M C Donnelly, J S Davidson, K Martin, A Baird, P C Hayes, K J Simpson
BACKGROUND: Acute liver failure is a rare and devastating clinical condition resulting from sudden loss of hepatic parenchyma and metabolic function. The Scottish Liver Transplant Unit (SLTU) offers specialist management and emergency liver transplantation to patients with acute liver failure from across Scotland. AIM: To describe temporal changes in number of admissions, aetiology of acute liver failure, severity of disease at presentation and outcomes over a 22-year period...
January 18, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097615/trends-in-injection-risk-behaviors-among-people-who-inject-drugs-and-the-impact-of-harm-reduction-programs-in-ukraine-2007-2013
#5
Iuliia Makarenko, D C Ompad, Y Sazonova, T Saliuk, J DeHovitz, L Gensburg
The study examined trends in injection risk behaviors among people who inject drugs (PWIDs) and assessed the impact of harm reduction programs in Ukraine during 2007-2013. We performed a secondary analysis of the data collected in serial cross-sectional bio-behavioral surveillance surveys administered with PWIDs in Ukraine in 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2013. Using data from 14 Ukrainian cities, we assessed short-term trends in injection risk behaviors with the Cochran-Armitage test for trend and multivariable logistic regression models, adjusted for age, sex, region, marital status, education level, occupation, age at injection drug use initiation, experience of overdose, and self-reported HIV status...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097095/limited-knowledge-of-acetaminophen-in-patients-with-liver-disease
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Sammy Saab, Peter G Konyn, Matthew R Viramontes, Melissa A Jimenez, Jonathan F Grotts, Wally Hamidzadah, Veronica P Dang, Negin L Esmailzadeh, Gina Choi, Francisco A Durazo, Mohamed M El-Kabany, Steven-Huy B Han, Myron J Tong
Background and Aims: Unintentional acetaminophen overdose remains the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States. Patients with underlying liver disease are at higher risk of poor outcomes from acetaminophen overdose. Limited knowledge of acetaminophen may be a preventable contributor to elevated rates of overdose and thus acute liver failure. The purpose of this study is to assess knowledge of acetaminophen dosing and presence of acetaminophen in common combination products in patients with liver disease...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097012/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-antibiotics-in-critically-ill-acute-kidney-injury-patients
#7
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Welder Zamoner, Fernanda M de Freitas, Durval S S Garms, Mariele Gobo de Oliveira, André L Balbi, Daniela Ponce
Sepsis is the most common cause of death in critically ill patients and is associated with multiorgan failure, including acute kidney injury (AKI). This situation can require acute renal support and increase mortality. Therefore, it is essential to administer antimicrobials in doses that achieve adequate serum levels, avoiding both overdosing and drug toxicity as well as underdosing and the risk of antibiotic resistance and higher mortality. Currently, there are no validated guidelines on antibiotic dose adjustments in septic patients with AKI...
December 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096230/haemodialysis-in-acute-paracetamol-poisoning
#8
L Serjeant, J Evans, F Sampaziotis, W G Petchey
A woman aged 23 years presented late with clinical and biochemical features of a life-threatening paracetamol (acetaminophen) overdose. Despite instigating N-acetylcysteine treatment, due to evidence of mitochondrial dysfunction together with an exceedingly high paracetamol level, the decision was made to dialyse the patient acutely to remove the parent drug. This was highly effective, and with on-going supportive care, the patient made a full recovery without the need for transplantation. This case highlights the role of extracorporeal therapy as a treatment option in selected cases of paracetamol overdose, consistent with the international guidelines...
January 17, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096225/not-so-patchy-story-of-attempted-suicide%C3%A2-leading-to-24%C3%A2-hours-of-deep-sleep-and-survival
#9
Adam Joseph Trist, Hardeep Sahota, Lucy Williams
Here, we present a somewhat unusual suicide attempt where, despite an unbelievable overdose with transdermal fentanyl patches, the patient survived. The patient-a woman aged 70 years, who has suffered from chronic back pain despite starting transdermal fentanyl patches in 2007. The unconventional method of attempted suicide was based on online research into deaths from fentanyl patch toxicity. She had gradually accumulated 100 µg fentanyl patches from repeat prescriptions, applying 14 patches with fatal intent, alongside 2 45 mg mirtazapine tablets, and concurrent therapeutic doses of tramadol and morphine sulfate oral solution...
January 17, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093016/acute-and-residual-effects-in-adolescent-rats-resulting-from-exposure-to-the-novel-synthetic-cannabinoids-ab-pinaca-and-ab-fubinaca
#10
Richard C Kevin, Katie E Wood, Jordyn Stuart, Andrew J Mitchell, Michael Moir, Samuel D Banister, Michael Kassiou, Iain S McGregor
Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) have rapidly proliferated as recreational drugs, and may present a substantial health risk to vulnerable populations. However, information on possible effects of long-term use is sparse. This study compared acute and residual effects of the popular indazole carboxamide SC compounds AB-PINACA and AB-FUBINACA in adolescent rats with ∆(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and control treatments. Albino Wistar rats were injected (i.p.) with AB-PINACA or AB-FUBINACA every second day (beginning post-natal day (PND) 31), first at a low dose (0...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089521/trends-in-naloxone-prescriptions-prescribed-after-implementation-of-a-national-academic-detailing-service-in-the-veterans-health-administration-a-preliminary-analysis
#11
Mark Bounthavong, Michael A Harvey, Daina L Wells, Sarah J Popish, Julianne Himstreet, Elizabeth M Oliva, Chad L Kay, Marcos K Lau, Priyanka P Randeria-Noor, Andrea G Phillips, Melissa L D Christopher
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VA) National Academic Detailing Service alongside the Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) program on naloxone prescriptions prescribed from October 2014 to September 2016. METHODS: A retrospective, repeated measures cohort study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of a real-world application of academic detailing (AD) alongside OEND on providers' outpatient naloxone prescribing from October 2014 to September 2016...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089300/mitragynine-concentrations-in-two-fatalities
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Olwen Domingo, Gabriele Roider, Andreas Stöver, Matthias Graw, Frank Musshoff, Hans Sachs, Wolfgang Bicker
Two cases of fatalities are reported of which the recreational use of Mitragyna speciosa ("kratom") could be confirmed. One of these cases presents with one of the highest postmortem mitragynine concentrations published to date. Our results show that even extremely high mitragynine blood concentrations following the consumption of kratom do not necessarily have to be the direct cause of death in such fatalities as a result of an acute overdose. The two cases are compared with regard to the differences in mitragynine concentrations detected and the role of mitragynine in the death of the subjects...
December 23, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088875/goldstein-et-al-s-secondary-analysis-of-progesterone-clinical-trial-for-tbi-can-only-reflect-the-same-trial-design-flaws-a-response-to-very-early-administration-of-progesterone-does-not-improve-neuropsychological-outcomes-in-subjects-with-moderate-to-severe
#13
Donald Stein, Iqbal Sayeed, Claudia Espinosa-Garcia, Fahim Atif, Elena G Sergeeva
In contrast to the conclusions of Goldstein et al., we argue that the failure of the Phase III trials for progesterone in TBI were due to a 6-fold overdosing with the test drug along with too short a course of treatment. These can and should be considered serious flaws in the design of the trials.
January 15, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088741/prevalence-and-correlates-of-fentanyl-contaminated-heroin-exposure-among-young-adults-who-use-prescription-opioids-non-medically
#14
Alexandria Macmadu, Jennifer J Carroll, Scott E Hadland, Traci C Green, Brandon D L Marshall
BACKGROUND: The rate of overdose deaths caused by fentanyl-contaminated heroin (FCH) use is increasing rapidly in the United States. We examined risk factors for exposure to FCH and experiences with FCH use among young adult non-medical prescription opioids (NMPO) users. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Rhode Island Young Adult Prescription Drug Study (RAPiDS), which enrolled young adults aged 18 to 29 reporting prior 30day NMPO use between January 2015 and February 2016...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088739/the-effects-of-rurality-on-substance-use-disorder-diagnosis-a-multiple-groups-latent-class-analysis
#15
Billy Brooks, Matthew McBee, Robert Pack, Arsham Alamian
BACKGROUND: Rates of accidental overdose mortality from substance use disorder (SUD) have risen dramatically in the United States since 1990. Between 1999 and 2004 alone rates increased 62% nationwide, with rural overdose mortality increasing at a rate 3 times that seen in urban populations. Cultural differences between rural and urban populations (e.g., educational attainment, unemployment rates, social characteristics, etc.) affect the nature of SUD, leading to disparate risk of overdose across these communities...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087496/digital-pills-to-measure-opioid-ingestion-patterns-in-emergency-department-patients-with-acute-fracture-pain-a-pilot-study
#16
Peter R Chai, Stephanie Carreiro, Brendan J Innes, Rochelle K Rosen, Conall O'Cleirigh, Kenneth H Mayer, Edward W Boyer
BACKGROUND: Nonadherence to prescribed regimens for opioid analgesic agents contributes to increasing opioid abuse and overdose death. Opioids are frequently prescribed on an as-needed basis, placing the responsibility to determine opioid dose and frequency with the patient. There is wide variability in physician prescribing patterns because of the lack of data describing how patients actually use as-needed opioid analgesics. Digital pill systems have a radiofrequency emitter that directly measures medication ingestion events, and they provide an opportunity to discover the dose, timing, and duration of opioid therapy...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081060/erratum-vol-65-nos-50-51
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In the report "Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths - United States, 2010-2015" in both "TABLE 1. Number and age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths* involving natural and semisynthetic opioids(†) and methadone,(§,¶) by sex, age group, race/ethnicity,** U.S. Census region, and selected states(††) - United States, 2014 and 2015," and in "TABLE 2. Number and age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths* involving synthetic opioids other than methadone(†) and heroin,(§,¶) by sex, age group, race/ethnicity,** U...
January 13, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076550/suicide-in-university-students-in-bogot%C3%A3-colombia-2004-2014
#18
Saúl Alonso Franco, Martha Lucia Gutiérrez, Julián Sarmiento, Decsy Cuspoca, Javier Tatis, Alejandro Castillejo, Miguel Barrios, Magnolia Del Pilar Ballesteros-Cabrera, Sara Zamora, Carlos Iván Rodríguez
We report the results of a retrospective, descriptive, qualitative study of suicide among university students in Bogotá, Colombia. The objective of this study was to document the magnitude, principal characteristics, and impact of this phenomenon in the selected population. A semi-structured survey was employed to collect information from 66 individuals linked to the universities. A total of 45 cases of suicide were documented in the study period (2004 - 2014). Of these, 69% occurred in males and 31% in females...
January 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076304/the-use-of-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-antibiotics-in-cancer-patients
#19
Nahed El-Najjar, Jonathan Jantsch, André Gessner
Cancer remains a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. In addition to organ failure, the most frequent reasons for admission of cancer patients to intensive care units (ICU) are: infections and sepsis. As critically ill, the complexity of the health situation of cancer patients renders the standard antimicrobial regimen more complex and even inadequate which results in increased mortality rates. This is due to pathophysiological changes in the volume of distribution, increased clearance, as well as to organ dysfunction...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074520/assessing-the-accuracy-of-opioid-overdose-and-poisoning-codes-in-diagnostic-information-from-electronic-health-records-claims-data-and-death-records
#20
Carla A Green, Nancy A Perrin, Shannon L Janoff, Cynthia I Campbell, Howard D Chilcoat, Paul M Coplan
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to assess positive predictive value (PPV), relative to medical chart review, of International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-9/10 diagnostic codes for identifying opioid overdoses and poisonings. METHODS: Data were obtained from Kaiser Permanente Northwest and Northern California. Diagnostic data from electronic health records, submitted claims, and state death records from Oregon, Washington, and California were linked. Individual opioid-related poisoning codes (e...
January 10, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
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