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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543978/the-impact-of-the-boxed-warning-on-the-duration-of-use-for-depot-medroxprogesterone-acetate
#1
Efe Eworuke, Joo-Yeon Lee, Lisa Soule, Vaishali Popat, David G Moeny
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the impact of the Food and Drug Administration's boxed warning on the utilization of depot medroxyprogesterone (DMPA). METHODS: From the IMS Lifelink data (2001-2009), we identified DMPA and oral combined hormonal contraceptive (CHC) users without a prescription claim 6 months before and after the first and last claim. Episodes were defined as all contiguous claims with no more than 90-day DMPA or 30-day CHC between claims...
May 23, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543275/the-role-of-itpa-and-ribavirin-transporter-genes-polymorphisms-in-prediction-of-ribavirin-induced-anemia-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-egyptian-patients
#2
Ehab S El Desoky, Alaa T Abdelhafez, Jessica Cusato, Sherif I Kamel, Abeer M R Hussein, Amedeo De Nicolo, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
Few data are available concerning the roles of polymorphisms of inosine triphosphatase (ITPA) gene and ribavirin (RBV) transporter genes in the prediction of RBV-induced anemia among Egyptians with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Genotyping of 3 ITPA gene variants and 2 variants of RBV transporter genes has been performed in 123 patients under pegylated interferon-α/ribavirin treatment. The baseline hemoglobin and ITPA rs1127354 CA/AA have been found as predictors of anemia at 4, 8 and 12 weeks of RBV therapy. In addition, ITPA rs7270101 AC/CC and age predicted anemia after 12 weeks of therapy...
May 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543135/bone-mineral-density-testing-and-bisphosphonate-and-oestrogen-prescribing-associated-with-depot-medroxyprogesterone-acetate-utilization-the-impact-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-boxed-warning
#3
E Eworuke, V Popat, D G Moeny
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) prevents follicular maturation and ovulation, resulting in oestrogen deficiency. Oestrogen deficiency is particularly concerning as it is associated with decreases in bone mineral density (BMD) or bone mass. Widespread use of concurrent oestrogen or bisphosphonates with DMPA has been observed in a previous single-centre US study. The authors also reported that more than half of obstetrician-gynaecologists ordered BMD testing solely due to DMPA...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540156/quality-of-life-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients-and-its-associated-factors
#4
Hoo Jeung Cho, Euna Park
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the factors affecting the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). METHODS: This study is based on a descriptive survey and involved 125 gastroenterology outpatients visiting a university hospital in South Korea as the participants. HRQOL was assessed using the Liver Disease Quality of Life 1.0, which consisted of Short Form-36 (SF-36) and the Liver Disease Targeted Scale. Data were collected from December 2015 to April 2016, which were then analyzed through multiple regression analysis...
April 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539950/association-of-changes-in-mood-status-and-psychosocial-well-being-with-depression-during-interferon-based-treatment-for-hepatitis-c
#5
Jung-Seok Choi, Won Kim, Bo Kyung Sohn, Jun-Young Lee, Hee Yeon Jung, Sohee Oh, Sae Kyoung Joo, Hwi Young Kim, Yong Jin Jung
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this prospective study were to investigate temporal changes in mood status and distress level, as well as the development of depression, during pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN)-based treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). We also explored whether baseline demographic, psychiatric, and personality traits predicted the evolution of depression. METHODS: CHC patients without depression were screened with laboratory tests; psychiatric interviews; and evaluations of mood symptoms, level of distress, and personality traits...
May 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539815/increase-of-soluble-programmed-cell-death-ligand-1-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
#6
Satoshi Yamagiwa, Toru Ishikawa, Nobuo Waguri, Soichi Sugitani, Kenya Kamimura, Atsunori Tsuchiya, Masaaki Takamura, Hirokazu Kawai, Shuji Terai
Objectives: To determine whether the soluble programmed cell death ligand 1 (sPD-L1) levels in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) are associated with the clinical features of the disease and the efficacy of treatment, including interferon (IFN)-α. Methods: We investigated the sPD-L1 levels in the sera of 80 genotype 1b Japanese patients with CHC who underwent 12 weeks of telaprevir (TVR)- or simeprevir (SMV)-based triple therapy followed by 12 weeks of dual therapy with pegylated IFN-α plus ribavirin...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535787/novel-serum-biomarkers-modified-by-the-body-mass-index-z-score-for-the-detection-of-liver-fibrosis-and-steatosis-in-children-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
#7
Maria Pokorska-Śpiewak, Barbara Kowalik-Mikołajewska, Małgorzata Aniszewska, Magdalena Pluta, Magdalena Marczyńska
BACKGROUND: There is a need for validation of noninvasive alternatives to liver biopsy for the evaluation of fibrosis in children with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of serum biomarkers modified by the body mass index z-score (BMI z-score) for the detection of fibrosis and steatosis in children with CHC. METHODS: Thirty children aged 9.4 ± 3.7 years (14 males, 16 females) with CHC underwent liver biopsy...
May 23, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530032/hcv-ag-quantification-as-a-one-step-procedure-in-diagnosing-chronic-hepatitis-c-infection-in-cameroon-the-anrs-12336-study
#8
REVIEW
Léa Duchesne, Richard Njouom, Frédéric Lissock, Gishlaine Flore Tamko-Mella, Sandrine Rallier, Lila Poiteau, Alexandre Soulier, Stéphane Chevaliez, Guy Vernet, Nicolas Rouveau, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Pierre-Marie Girard, Karine Lacombe
INTRODUCTION: The diagnostic procedure for chronic hepatitis C infection (CHC) usually combines anti-HCV antibody (HCV-Ab) and HCV-RNA measurement. Quantifying HCV core antigen (cAg) as a one-step procedure could shorten the diagnostic process. We aimed to assess the performance of cAg quantification in diagnosing CHC and how it is influenced by concomitant HIV or HBV infections. METHODS: The cAg was quantified by an automated assay (Abbott Diagnostics) in 465 HCV-Ab negative serum samples and 544 HCV-RNA positive serum samples (n = 1009) collected in patients from the Pasteur Center in Cameroon, some of whom were infected by HBV or HIV...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523926/quantitative-evaluation-of-insulin-resistance-markers-in-pakistani-patients-suffering-from-hcv-associated-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#9
S N Sabir, S Manzoor, F Parvaiz, M Saalim, E Ghani
The current study was designed to determine the role of the host genes involved in the development of chronic hepatitis C-associated type 2 diabetes mellitus. This study was carried out in patients in four different stages of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, including treatment-naïve HCV patients, HCV-positive patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), non-responders and responders. The mRNA expression level of host genes, such as glucose-6-phosphatase (G6Pase), tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) and different adipokines including adiponectin, leptin and resistin, was quantified and compared to healthy controls...
2017: Acta Virologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514410/-cryoglobulinemic-vasculitis-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-genetic-aspects
#10
M G Artemova, D T Abdurakhmanov
Cryoglobulinemia (CG) is detected in more than 50% of patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC); however, only 15-25% of them develop cryoglobulinemic vasculitis (CV) that is a systemic vasculitis due to the formation of immune deposits, which affects small (less than medium-sized) vessels and which is frequently fatal for the patient. The causes of CG only in some patients with CHC and the pathogenesis of CV remain unstudied; however, the accumulated data allow one to identify the special contribution of the patient's genetic factors to the development of the disease...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513813/hepatitis-b-virus-reactivation-after-effective-sofosbuvir-and-ribavirin-treatment-in-a-patient-with-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
#11
Silvia Odolini, Paola Lanza, Angiola Angiola, Serena Zaltron, Lucia Urbinati, Andrea Vavassori, Paola Nasta, Elena Festa, Franco Gargiulo, Anna Rodella, Arnaldo Caruso, Salvatore Casari, Francesco Castelli, Mauro Viganò
Reactivation of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been reported in patients with occult infection (OBI), i.e. HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) negative, HBV core antibody (anti-HBc) positive ± antibodies against HBsAg (anti-HBs) and detectable HBV DNA in serum or liver, receiving immunosuppressive or cytotoxic therapies. Recently, concerns have been raised regarding the risk of HBV reactivation in OBI patients treated with direct acting antiviral agents (DAAs) for chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Here we describe a case of HBV reactivation in a 72-year-old woman with OBI as a possible consequence of effective treatment with sofosbuvir (SOF) and ribavirin (Rbv) for genotype 2a/2c CHC...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512294/the-potential-use-of-cuticular-hydrocarbons-and-multivariate-analysis-to-age-empty-puparial-cases-of-calliphora-vicina-and-lucilia-sericata
#12
Hannah E Moore, Jennifer L Pechal, M Eric Benbow, Falko P Drijfhout
Cuticular hydrocarbons (CHC) have been successfully used in the field of forensic entomology for identifying and ageing forensically important blowfly species, primarily in the larval stages. However in older scenes where all other entomological evidence is no longer present, Calliphoridae puparial cases can often be all that remains and therefore being able to establish the age could give an indication of the PMI. This paper examined the CHCs present in the lipid wax layer of insects, to determine the age of the cases over a period of nine months...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508624/temperature-treatment-of-highly-porous-zirconium-containing-metal-organic-frameworks-extends-drug-delivery-release
#13
Michelle H Teplensky, Marcus Fantham, Peng Li, Timothy C Wang, Joshua P Mehta, Laurence J Young, Peyman Z Moghadam, Joseph T Hupp, Omar K Farha, Clemens F Kaminski, David Fairen-Jimenez
Utilizing metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as a biological carrier can lower the amount of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) required in cancer treatments to provide a more efficacious therapy. In this work, we have developed a temperature treatment process for delaying the release of a model drug compound from the pores of NU-1000 and NU-901, while taking care to utilize these MOFs' large pore volume and size to achieve exceptional model drug loading percentages over 35 wt.%. Video-rate super-resolution microscopy reveals movement of MOF particles when located outside of the cell boundary, and their subsequent immobilization when taken up by the cell...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507928/the-role-of-direct-acting-antivirals-in-the-treatment-of-children-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
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REVIEW
Christine Hong Ting Yang, Eric R Yoo, Aijaz Ahmed
In the United States, chronic infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) affects an estimated 0.1-2% of the pediatric population, who are consequently at risk for major complications, including cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and death. The current standard of treatment for chronic hepatitis C (CHC) in children is pegylated-interferon-alpha (PEG-IFN) in combination with ribavirin. PEG-IFN/ribavirin therapy is approved for children ages 3 and older; however, it is often held from use until adulthood because of its extensive list of potential side effects and high likelihood of causing adverse symptoms...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507922/sofosbuvir-use-in-the-setting-of-end-stage-renal-disease-a-single-center-experience
#15
Avin Aggarwal, Eric R Yoo, Ryan B Perumpail, George Cholankeril, Radhika Kumari, Tami J Daugherty, Alex S Lapasaran, Aijaz Ahmed
Background and Aims: Patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who are dialysis-dependent form a unique group, in which safety, tolerability and efficacy of sofosbuvir (SOF)-based direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) need further evaluation. Methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of 14 patients with CHC and ESRD on dialysis who received 15 courses of SOF-based therapy. We evaluated dose escalation to standard-dose SOF in this proof-of-principle experience. Results: Sustained virological response (defined as undetectable viral load at 12 weeks, SVR-12) was achieved in 13 out of the 15 (86...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499694/effectiveness-and-safety-of-community-based-treatment-with-sofosbuvir-plus-ribavirin-for-elderly-patients-with-genotype-2-chronic-hepatitis-c
#16
Masanori Atsukawa, Akihito Tsubota, Chisa Kondo, Noritomo Shimada, Hiroshi Abe, Keizo Kato, Tomomi Okubo, Taeang Arai, Norio Itokawa, Etsuko Iio, Yasuhito Tanaka, Katsuhiko Iwakiri
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to clarify the effectiveness and safety of sofosbuvir/ribavirin therapy for elderly patients with genotype 2-infected chronic hepatitis C (CHC) in Japan. METHODS: A multicenter, retrospective study evaluated the effectiveness and safety of sofosbuvir/ribavirin based on real-world clinical data. RESULTS: The subjects consisted of 270 patients, 47.0% of whom were aged ≥65 years. The sustained virological response rates in patients aged <65 and ≥65 years were 98...
April 27, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499070/higher-risk-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-vs-chronic-hepatitis-c-after-achievement-of-virologic-response
#17
Gi-Ae Kim, Seungbong Han, Hyung-Don Kim, Jihyun An, Young-Suk Lim
It is unclear whether the achievement of virologic response modifies the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) differently in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Our aim was to compare the risk of HCC between patients with CHB and CHC who achieved virological response. We analyzed data from patients with CHB treated with entecavir (n=2000) or CHC treated with peg-interferon and ribavirin (n=733) at a tertiary hospital from 2004 through 2011. Virological response was defined as serum HBV DNA <15 IU/mL at 1 year of treatment for CHB or the achievement of sustained virologic response for CHC...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485028/the-evolution-of-a-complex-trait-cuticular-hydrocarbons-in-ants-evolve-independent-from-phylogenetic-constraints
#18
Florian Menzel, Thomas Schmitt, Bonnie B Blaimer
Cuticular hydrocarbons (CHC) are ubiquitous and highly diverse in insects, serving as communication signal and waterproofing agent. Despite their vital function, the causes, mechanisms and constraints on CHC diversification are still poorly understood. Here, we investigated phylogenetic constraints on the evolution of CHC profiles, using a global dataset of the species-rich and chemically diverse ant genus Crematogaster. We decomposed CHC profiles into quantitative (relative abundances, chain length) and qualitative traits (presence/absence of CHC classes)...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482405/-efficacy-and-safety-of-pegylated-interferon-%C3%AE-2b-injection-y-shape-40-kd-in-treatment-of-patients-with-genotype-1-6-chronic-hepatitis-c
#19
B Feng, J Shang, S H Wu, H Chen, Y Han, Y Q Li, D Z Zhang, L F Zhao, S F Wei, Q Mao, C B Yin, T Han, M R Wang, S J Chen, J Li, Q Xie, Z Zhen, Z L Gao, Y X Zhang, G Z Gong, D L Yang, C Pan, J F Sheng, H Tang, Q Ning, G F Shi, J Q Niu, G H Luo, Y T Sun, H You, G Q Wang, L L Zhang, J Peng, Q Zhang, J J Liu, C W Chen, X Y Chen, W Zhao, R H Wang, L Sun, L Wei
Objective: To investigate the efficacy and safety of the new investigational drug pegylated interferon α-2b (Peg-IFN-α-2b) (Y shape, 40 kD) injection (180 µg/week) combined with ribavirin in the treatment of patients with genotype 1/6 chronic hepatitis C (CHC), with standard-dose Peg-IFN-α-2a combined with ribavirin as a positive control. Methods: A multicenter, randomized, open-label, and positive-controlled phase III clinical trial was performed. Eligible patients with genotype 1/6 CHC were screened out and randomly divided into Peg-IFN-α-2b(Y shape, 40kD) group and Peg-IFN-α-2a group at a ratio of 2:1...
March 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481325/impaired-platelet-aggregation-and-rebalanced-hemostasis-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#20
Nick S Nielsen, Sofie Jespersen, Julie C Gaardbo, Caroline J Arnbjerg, Mette R Clausen, Mette Kjær, Jan Gerstoft, Vibe Ballegaard, Sisse R Ostrowski, Susanne D Nielsen
Increased risk of both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and bleeding has been found in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) infection, and a re-balanced hemostasis has been proposed. The aim of this study was to investigate functional whole blood coagulation and platelet function in CHC infection. The prospective study included 82 patients with CHC infection (39 with advanced liver fibrosis and 43 with no or mild liver fibrosis) and 39 healthy controls. A total of 33 patients were treated for CHC infection and achieved sustained virological response (SVR)...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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