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Derek T Dangerfield, Nina T Harawa, Laramie R Smith, William L Jeffries, Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Ricky Bluthenthal
Black men who have sex with men and women (BMSMW) are at high risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Despite knowing that HIV/STI risk varies by sexual positioning practices, limited data have characterized the risk profiles of BSMW. This study utilized latent class analysis (LCA) to explore BMSMW's sexual risk profiles regarding condomless sexual positioning practices. Participants were BMSMW in intervention studies in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia. LCA was used to characterize their sexual risk profiles...
March 14, 2018: Archives of Sexual Behavior
Adriana S Lopez, Bethany LaClair, Vicki Buttery, Yufang Zhang, Jennifer Rosen, Elizabeth Taggert, Sara Robinson, Mychal Davis, Catherine Waters, Carrie A Thomas, Carmen Rodriguez, Ebony Thomas, Jessica Tuttle, Tamara Brantley, Dana Perella, Maria Del Rosario, Mona Marin
Background: In 2007, a routine second dose of varicella vaccine was recommended in the United States for children aged 4 to 6 years to better control varicella-zoster virus circulation and outbreaks. Sentinel varicella outbreak surveillance was established to assess feasibility of surveillance and describe outbreaks that are occurring. Methods: Through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemiology Laboratory Capacity funding, health departments conducted active surveillance for varicella outbreaks in schools from 2012 to 2015...
March 7, 2018: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Elias Jabbour, Maral DerSarkissian, Mei Sheng Duh, Nora McCormick, Wendy Y Cheng, Lisa J McGarry, Ariadne Souroutzidis, Hui Huang, Susan O'Brien, Farhad Ravandi, Hagop M Kantarjian
INTRODUCTION: Complete molecular response (CMR) and 2- and 3-year overall survival (OS) were compared for patients with newly diagnosed Philadelphia-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL) who had undergone front-line combination chemotherapy plus ponatinib versus combination therapy plus earlier generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs; imatinib, dasatinib, and nilotinib). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We identified 26 Ph+ ALL studies: 25 of earlier generation TKIs and 1 of ponatinib...
February 17, 2018: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Steven M Teutsch
This review looks at a compilation of 21 case studies edited by Lloyd F. Novick et al. that provide a broad array of real-life public health challenges from infectious disease and chronic disease to development of evidence-based guidelines and a system of accreditation gathered from the experience of many authors-all seasoned public health professionals. Tracking the 2016 CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health) criteria, the cases provide a vehicle for students, public health professionals and others to understand the complexities of competing demands in public health...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Community Health
Lisa M Fahey, Prasanna M Chandramouleeswaran, Shaobo Guan, Alain J Benitez, Glenn T Furuta, Seema S Aceves, Mei-Lun Wang, Chris A Liacouras, Amanda B Muir, Patrick Ma Sleiman, Hakon Hakonarson, Jonathan M Spergel, Antonella Cianferoni
OBJECTIVES: TSLP has been shown to be associated with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Specifically, children with EoE often have the nucleotides AA or AG instead of GG at the single nucleotide polymorphism position RS3806932. Presently, the phenotypic characteristics in EoE children with the TSLP EoE risk allele are unknown. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed of all children with EoE who had TSLP genotyping at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia from 2008-2014...
March 6, 2018: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
Robert D Ashford, Kevin Lynch, Brenda Curtis
BACKGROUND: Substance use disorder research and practice have not yet taken advantage of emerging changes in communication patterns. While internet and social media use is widespread in the general population, little is known about how these mediums are used in substance use disorder treatment. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this paper were to provide data on patients' with substance use disorders mobile phone ownership rates, usage patterns on multiple digital platforms (social media, internet, computer, and mobile apps), and their interest in the use of these platforms to monitor personal recovery...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
K Lewandowski, M Gniot, M Wojtaszewska, Z Kanduła, R Becht, E Paczkowska, E Mędraś, E Wasilewska, M Iwoła
INTRODUCTION: There are 7 designated conditions under the category of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), including chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) and classical MPN, that is, polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythaemia (ET), and primary myelofibrosis (PMF). Recently, reports about Philadelphia and JAK2 V617F-positive MPN cases have been described in literature. The coexistence of different molecular defects may change the clinical and laboratory manifestation of MPN and may result in an inappropriate interpretation of the response to treatment with tyrosine kinase inhibitors in CML patients...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
Daniel C McFarland, Kelly M Shaffer, Heather Polizzi, John Mascarenhas, Marina Kremyanskaya, Jimmie Holland, Ronald Hoffman
BACKGROUND: The physical symptom burden of patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) may last for extended periods during their disease trajectories and lead to psychologic distress, anxiety, or depression or all of these. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the relationship between physical symptom burden captured by the Physical Problem List (PPL) on the Distress Thermometer and Problem List and psychologic outcomes (distress, anxiety, and depression) in the MPN setting...
January 31, 2018: Psychosomatics
Matt Stevenson, Abdullah Pandor, Jean Hamilton, John Stevens, Clare Rowntree, Marrissa Martyn-St James, Andrew Rawdin, Ruth Wong
As part of its single technology appraisal (STA) process, the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited the manufacturer (Incyte Corporation) of ponatinib (Inclusig® ) to submit evidence of its clinical and cost effectiveness for previously treated Philadelphia-chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (Ph+ ALL) and chronic myeloid leukaemia. This paper focusses on Ph+ ALL. The School of Health and Related Research Technology Appraisal Group at the University of Sheffield was commissioned to act as the independent evidence review group (ERG)...
March 3, 2018: PharmacoEconomics
Qi Zhang, Ce Shi, Lina Han, Nitin Jain, Kathryn G Roberts, Helen Ma, Tianyu Cai, Antonio Cavazos, Yoko Tabe, Rodrigo O Jacamo, Hong Mu, Yang Zhao, Jing Wang, Shuo-Chieh Wu, Fenglin Cao, Zhihong Zeng, Jin Zhou, Yingchang Mi, Elias J Jabbour, Ross Levine, Sarah K Tasian, Charles G Mullighan, David M Weinstock, David A Fruman, Marina Konopleva
Patients with cytokine receptor-like factor 2 rearranged ( CRLF2 -re) subgroup Philadelphia chromosome-like B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph-like B-ALL) have a high relapse rate and poor clinical outcomes. CRFL2 -re Ph-like B-ALL is characterized by heightened activation of multiple signaling pathways, including the JAK/STAT and PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathways. We hypothesized that the combined inhibition by JAK2 and mTOR inhibitors would induce an additive antileukemia effect in CRLF2 -re Ph-like B-ALL. In this study, we tested the antileukemia efficacy of the type I JAK inhibitor ruxolitinib and type II JAK inhibitor NVP-BBT594 (hereafter abbreviated BBT594) [1] alone and combined with allosteric mTOR inhibitor rapamycin and a second generation ATP-competitive mTOR kinase inhibitor AZD2014...
January 30, 2018: Oncotarget
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
Abdullah Pandor, Matt Stevenson, John Stevens, Marrissa Martyn-St James, Jean Hamilton, Jenny Byrne, Claudius Rudin, Andrew Rawdin, Ruth Wong
As part of its single technology appraisal process, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited the company that manufactures ponatinib (Inclusig® ; Incyte Corporation) to submit evidence for the clinical and cost effectiveness for previously treated chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and Philadelphia-chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (Ph+ ALL). This paper focusses on the three phases of CML: the chronic phase (CP), the accelerated phase (AP) and the blast crisis phase (BP)...
February 26, 2018: PharmacoEconomics
Rasmus Tolstrup Larsen, Lars Hermann Tang, Nana Brochmann, Esben Meulengracht Flachs, Anne Illemann Christensen, Hans Carl Hasselbalch, Ann-Dorthe Zwisler
BACKGROUND: Patients with Philadelphia-chromosome negative Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs) report fatigue as the most common symptom and contributing significantly to reduction in their Quality of Life (QoL). Targeted non-pharmacological intervention to increase levels of physical activity is suggested as a fatigue-reducing and QoL-enhancing intervention in MPN patients. The interrelationship between physical activity, fatigue, and QoL have, to our knowledge, never been reported. METHODS: We analyzed data from 1,807 MPN patients...
February 21, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
Moran Gotesman, Thanh-Trang T Vo, Lee-Or Herzog, Tiffeny Tea, Sharmila Mallya, Sarah K Tasian, Marina Konopleva, David A Fruman
High-risk subtypes of B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) include Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) B-ALL driven by the BCR-ABL1 oncogene and a more recently identified subtype known as BCR-ABL -like or Ph-like B-ALL. A hallmark of both Ph+ and Ph-like B-ALL is constitutive activation of tyrosine kinase signaling that is potentially targetable with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). B-ALL cells also receive extracellular signals from the microenvironment that can maintain proliferation and survival following treatment with TKIs...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
Stuart E Siegel, Wendy Stock, Rebecca H Johnson, Anjali Advani, Lori Muffly, Dan Douer, Damon Reed, Mark Lewis, David R Freyer, Bijal Shah, Selina Luger, Brandon Hayes-Lattin, Jerry J Jaboin, Peter F Coccia, Daniel J DeAngelo, Nita Seibel, Archie Bleyer
Importance: The incidence of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and lymphoblastic lymphoma (LBL) in adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients (age range, 15-39 years) in the United States is increasing at a greater rate than in younger or older persons. Their optimal treatment has been increasingly debated as pediatric regimens have become more widely used in the age group. This review compares the basic features of pediatric and adult chemotherapy regimens for ALL and LBL, recognizes and describes the challenges of the pediatric regimen, and suggests strategies to facilitate its adoption for AYAs with ALL and LBL...
February 15, 2018: JAMA Oncology
Joseph Gibbons, Tse-Chuan Yang
An ongoing obstacle in dealing with minority health disparities is discriminatory behavior from healthcare practitioners, also known as medical discrimination. It is not clear, however, if the effects of medical discriminations onto health are constant across space. For example, there is evidence to suspect minorities in racially segregated neighborhoods suffer less from discrimination compared to those living elsewhere. To determine the presence of spatial heterogeneity underlying medical discrimination, we implement logistic geographically weighted regression (GWR) using individual data in the city of Philadelphia from the 2006 and 2008 Public Health Management Corporation's Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Surveys...
March 2018: Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy
Habibe Kurt, Lan Zheng, Hagop M Kantarjian, Guilin Tang, Farhad Ravandi-Kashani, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Zimu Gong, Hesham M Amin, Sergej N Konoplev, Mark J Routbort, Xin Han, Wei Wang, L Jeffery Medeiros, Shimin Hu
The Philadelphia chromosome resulting from t(9;22)(q34;q11.2) or its variants is a defining event in chronic myeloid leukemia. It is also observed in several types of de novo acute leukemia, commonly in B lymphoblastic leukemia, and rarely in acute myeloid leukemia, acute leukemia of ambiguous lineage, and T lymphoblastic leukemia. Acquisition of the Philadelphia chromosome during therapy of acute leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome is rare. We reported 19 patients, including 11 men and 8 women with a median age of 53 years at initial diagnosis...
February 14, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Haodong Cai, Li Yang, Kefeng Shen, Wei Zhang, Jie Xiong, Meilan Zhang, Xia Mao, Ying Wang, Min Xiao
E14a3 breakpoint cluster region (BCR)/ABL proto-oncogene 1, non-receptor tyrosine kinase (ABL) fusion transcript is rare in Philadelphia chromosome positive disease, particularly in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Recently an e14a3 fusion transcript was detected by multiple laboratory examinations, and the patient was suffering from ALL. Except for the BCR/ABL fusion gene, in the present study the patient additionally had an IKAROS family zinc finger 1 deletion which, has been confirmed as a significant adverse prognosis factor...
February 2018: Oncology Letters
Yingchi Zhang, Yufeng Gao, Hui Zhang, Jingliao Zhang, Fuhong He, Aleš Hnízda, Maoxiang Qian, Xiaoming Liu, Yoshihiro Gocho, Ching-Hon Pui, Tao Cheng, Qianfei Wang, Jun J Yang, Xiaofan Zhu, Xin Liu
Philadelphia chromosome-like acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph-like ALL) comprises of approximately 10-15% of childhood ALL cases, many of whom respond exquisitely to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), e.g., imatinib in PDGFRB -rearranged ALL. However, some cases developed drug resistance to TKIs with mechanisms poorly understood. In this study, we identified a novel PDGFRB fusion gene, namely AGGF1-PDGFRB , and functionally characterized its oncogenic potential in vitro. Further genomic profiling of longitudinally collected samples during treatment revealed the emergence of a mutation PDGFRBC843G , which directly conferred resistance to all generations of ABL TKIs, including imatinib, dasatinib, nilotinib, and ponatinib...
February 6, 2018: Blood
Hong-Yan Zhao, Yang Song, Xie-Na Cao, Ya-Zhen Qin, Yue-Yun Lai, Hao Jiang, Qian Jiang, Xiao-Jun Huang, Yuan Kong
Relapse remains one of the major obstacles in Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph + ALL) even after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The persistence of leukemia-propagating cells (LPCs) may lead to the recurrence of Ph + ALL. Using a xenograft assay, LPCs enrichment in the CD34 + CD38 - CD58 - fraction in Ph + ALL was recently identified. A further cohort study indicated that the LPCs phenotype at diagnosis was an independent risk factor for relapse of Ph + ALL...
February 10, 2018: Annals of Hematology
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