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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102773/the-optimal-duration-of-anticoagulant-therapy-after-unprovoked-venous-thromboembolism-still-a-challenging-issue
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Giovanna Elmi, Giuseppe Di Pasquale, Raffaele Pesavento
As about 50 % of patients with unprovoked venous thromboembolism (VTE) will develop new episodes after discontinuing therapy, indefinite treatment is suggested in patients with low or moderate bleeding risk. Baseline and post-baseline factors can help clinicians to identify patients at high risk of recurrence, who require extended treatment. Residual vein obstruction and D-dimer assay have been shown to be suitable methods for assessing the risk of VTE recurrences after a first unprovoked VTE. In treatment for VTE the use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) is growing instead of the standard adjusted dose of vitamin K antagonists...
January 19, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102740/update-on-functional-and-genetic-laboratory-assays-for-the-detection-of-platelet-microvesicles
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Maxime Laroche, Claire Dunois, Anne Marie Vissac, Jean Amiral
Functional and genetic assays for measuring platelet microvesicles (PMVs) are presented and discussed. Functional assays concern two groups of methods: a) homogeneous assays using the cofactor activity of phospholipids (PPLs) contained in PMVs and present in assayed plasmas, and a coagulation or a thrombin generation assay (TGA) as "end points"; b) capture-based assays, in which PMVs bind to an immobilized ligand, such as Annexin V in the presence of calcium, or monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) specific for membrane proteins...
January 19, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102575/bcl-2-family-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-its-prognostic-and-therapeutic-implications
#3
Ping-Li Sun, Hironobu Sasano, Hongwen Gao
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for approximately 85% of all lung cancers. Despite significant advances in its research of tumor biology and therapy, the prognosis for this neoplasm has still remained poor. The great majority of anticancer agents, regardless of their mechanisms of action, exert their lethal actions on cancer cells by inducing apoptosis following drug-induced cellular damage. Many reported studies have evaluated the prognostic and therapeutic implications of apoptosis in lung cancer, but their exact clinical value has remained unclear...
January 19, 2017: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101724/drug-drug-multicomponent-solid-forms-cocrystal-coamorphous-and-eutectic-of-three-poorly-soluble-antihypertensive-drugs-using-mechanochemical-approach
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Jamshed Haneef, Renu Chadha
The present study deals with the application of mechanochemical approach for the preparation of drug-drug multicomponent solid forms of three poorly soluble antihypertensive drugs (telmisartan, irbesartan and hydrochlorothiazide) using atenolol as a coformer. The resultant solid forms comprise of cocrystal (telmisartan-atenolol), coamorphous (irbesartan-atenolol) and eutectic (hydrochlorothiazide-atenolol). The study emphasizes that solid-state transformation of drug molecules into new forms is a result of the change in structural patterns, diminishing of dimers and creating new facile hydrogen bonding network based on structural resemblance...
January 18, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101705/tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors-and-proton-pump-inhibitors-an-evaluation-of-treatment-options
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Roelof W F van Leeuwen, Frank G A Jansman, Nicole G Hunfeld, Robert Peric, Anna K L Reyners, Alex L T Imholz, Jacobus R B J Brouwers, Joachim G Aerts, Teun van Gelder, Ron H J Mathijssen
Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have rapidly become an established factor in oncology, and have been shown to be effective in a wide variety of solid and hematologic malignancies. Use of the oral administration route of TKIs offers flexibility and is convenient for the patient; however, despite these advantages, the oral route of administration also causes a highly relevant new problem. Acid-inhibitory drugs, such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), increase the intragastric pH, which may subsequently decrease TKI solubility, bioavailability, and treatment efficacy...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101309/patients-with-haemoglobinopathies-and-chronic-hepatitis-c-a-real-difficult-to-treat-population-in-2016
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Kalliopi Zachou, Pinelopi Arvaniti, Nikolaos K Gatselis, Kalliopi Azariadis, Georgia Papadamou, Eirini Rigopoulou, George N Dalekos
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: In the past, patients with haemoglobinopathies were at high risk of acquiring hepatitis C virus (HCV) due to multiple transfusions before HCV screening. In these patients, the coexistence of haemochromatosis and chronic hepatitis C (CHC) often leads to more severe liver disease. We assessed the HCV prevalence, clinical characteristics and outcome in this setting with particular attention to the response to treatment including therapies with the new direct acting antivirals (DAAs)...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101146/bone-health-in-hiv-and-hepatitis-b-or-c-infections
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REVIEW
Emmanuel Biver, Alexandra Calmy, René Rizzoli
Chronic infections with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) add to age-dependent bone loss and may contribute to lower bone strength in the elderly. In this review, we report recent highlights on the epidemiology of bone fragility in chronic viral infections with HIV, HCV and HBV, its physiopathology and discuss the interference of antiviral therapies with bone metabolism. Chronic infections influence bone through the interactions between risk factors for bone fragility and falls (which are highly prevalent in infected patients), virus activity and antiviral drugs...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100890/research-progress-on-the-direct-antiviral-drugs-for-hepatitis-c-virus
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Jianjun Gao, Chuanxia Ju
Hepatitis C, caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation, is a severe threat to human health. Pegylated interferon α (INF-α) and ribavirin based therapy was once the standard therapy for HCV infection. However, it is suboptimal in efficacy and poorly tolerated in some patients. In the last five years, four classes of direct antiviral drugs (NAAs) that target non-structural proteins (NS) of the virus including NS3/NS4A, NS5A, and NS5B have been developed and opened a new era in HCV treatment as they are more effective and tolerable than the INF-α and ribavirin combination regimen...
January 19, 2017: Bioscience Trends
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100340/-outcome-comparison-of-different-therapy-procedures-in-surgical-high-risk-elderly-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis
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Y Q Ye, Y T Wang, Z Li, M Y Wang, H Y Xu, W J Zhang, Q R Liu, G N Niu, Y J Wu
Objective: To compare the outcome of surgical high-risk elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis(SAS) treated by different therapy procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve implantation(TAVI), surgical aortic valve replacement(SAVR), and drug therapy. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 242 surgical high-risk elderly (age ≥65 years old) SAS patients hospitalized in Fuwai Hospital between September 2012 and June 2015. According to the treatment method, patients were divided into TAVI group (81 cases), SAVR group (59 cases) and drug therapy group (102 cases)...
January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100001/transplantation-tolerance-don-t-forget-about-the-b-cells
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REVIEW
Anita S Chong, Stella H Khiew
Establishing a state of transplantation tolerance that leads to indefinite graft survival without the need for lifelong immunosuppression has been successfully achieved in limited numbers of transplant recipients in the clinic. These successes led to studies aimed at identifying potential biomarkers that diagnose allograft tolerance and identify the patients most amenable to drug minimization, and implicated an enriched B cell signature of tolerance. The emergence of a specialized subset of regulatory B cell (Bregs) that possess immune-modulatory function in inflammation and autoimmune disease, raised the possibility that Bregs play critical roles in the promotion of transplantation tolerance and that Bregs are the underlying explanation for the B cell signature of tolerance...
January 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099900/skeletal-muscle-aging-influence-of-oxidative-stress-and-physical-exercise
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REVIEW
Mariana Janini Gomes, Paula Felippe Martinez, Luana Urbano Pagan, Ricardo Luiz Damatto, Marcelo Diacardia Mariano Cezar, Aline Regina Ruiz Lima, Katashi Okoshi, Marina Politi Okoshi
Skeletal muscle abnormalities are responsible for significant disability in the elderly. Sarcopenia is the main alteration occurring during senescence and a key public health issue as it predicts frailty, poor quality of life, and mortality. Several factors such as reduced physical activity, hormonal changes, insulin resistance, genetic susceptibility, appetite loss, and nutritional deficiencies are involved in the physiopathology of muscle changes. Sarcopenia is characterized by structural, biochemical, molecular and functional muscle changes...
January 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099868/pdc-sgb-prediction-of-effective-drug-combinations-using-a-stochastic-gradient-boosting-algorithm
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Qian Xu, Yi Xiong, Hao Dai, Kotni Meena Kumari, Qin Xu, Hong-Yu Ou, Dong-Qing Wei
Combinatorial therapy is a promising strategy for combating complex diseases by improving the efficacy and reducing the side effects. To facilitate the identification of drug combinations in pharmacology, we proposed a new computational model, termed PDC-SGB, to predict effective drug combinations by integrating biological, chemical and pharmacological information based on a stochastic gradient boosting algorithm. To begin with, a set of 352 golden positive samples were collected from the public drug combination database...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099820/new-and-developing-non-adrenoreceptor-small-molecule-drugs-for-the-treatment-of-asthma
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Neil C Thomson
Introduction Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) alone or in combination with an inhaled long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) are the preferred long-term treatment for adults and adolescents with symptomatic asthma. Additional drugs include leukotriene-receptor antagonists, slow-release theophylline and the long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) tiotropium (approved in 2015). There is a need for more effective therapies, as many patients continue to have poorly controlled asthma. Areas covered New and developing long-acting non-adrenoreceptor synthetic drugs for the treatment of symptomatic chronic asthma despite treatment with an ICS alone or combined with a LABA...
January 18, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099515/polymorphisms-and-mutational-covariation-associated-with-death-in-a-prospective-cohort-of-hiv-aids-patients-receiving-long-term-art-in-china
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Pengtao Liu, Yi Feng, Jianjun Wu, Suian Tian, Bin Su, Zhe Wang, Lingjie Liao, Hui Xing, Yinghui You, Yiming Shao, Yuhua Ruan
BACKGROUND: HIV drug resistance is associated with faster clinical progression of AIDS. However, the effect of significant polymorphisms and mutational covariation on mortality among HIV/AIDS patients receiving long-term antiretroviral therapy (ART), have rarely been studied. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study from December 2003 to December 2014, we present a new computational modelling approach based on bioinformatics-based models and several statistical methods to elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in the acquisition of polymorphisms and mutations on death in HIV/AIDS patients receiving long-term ART in China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099273/making-the-most-of-hypomethylating-agents-in-myelodysplastic-syndrome
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Geetika Bhatt, William Blum
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hypomethylating agents (HMA) are the preferred therapy for patients with higher risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and an alternative therapeutic strategy for older patients with acute myeloid leukemia. These agents have improved both survival and quality of life, but results overall remain poor. The purpose of this review is to highlight recent developments in clinical research with HMA in MDS/acute myeloid leukemia over the last year. RECENT FINDINGS: Combination of HMA with B-cell lymphoma-2 inhibitors, hedgehog inhibitors, and a variety of other agents are underway, as are further studies with reformulated HMA that have more favorable pharmacokinetics (including oral bioavailability)...
January 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098869/core%C3%A2-shell-lipid-polymer-nanoparticles-for-combined-chemo%C3%A2-and-gene-therapy-of-childhood-head-and-neck-cancers
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Tiesong Zhang, Jing Ma, Chao Li, Ken Lin, Fan Lou, Hongchao Jiang, Yingqin Gao, Yanli Yang, Cheng Ming, Biao Ruan
Pediatric head and neck cancers account for overall 12% of all pediatric cancers. Despite recent advances in therapeutic modalities, children with tumor metastasis have poor prognosis. Therefore, there is an unmet need for new and effective treatment modalities for pediatric head and neck cancers. The present study describes a simple and efficient method for fabrication of cationic lipid‑polymer hybrid nanoparticles (CLPNs) for co‑delivery of cisplatin (CDDP) and DNA (CDDP/DNA CLPNs) for the therapy of childhood head and neck cancers...
January 13, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098816/estrogen-enhances-the-expression-of-the-multidrug-transporter-gene-abcg2-increasing-drug-resistance-of-breast-cancer-cells-through-estrogen-receptors
#17
Fung-Wei Chang, Hueng-Chuen Fan, Jui-Ming Liu, Tai-Ping Fan, Jin Jing, Chia-Ling Yang, Ren-Jun Hsu
BACKGROUND: Multidrug resistance is a major obstacle in the successful therapy of breast cancer. Studies have proved that this kind of drug resistance happens in both human cancers and cultured cancer cell lines. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of drug resistance is important for the reasonable design and use of new treatment strategies to effectively confront cancers. RESULTS: In our study, ATP-binding cassette sub-family G member 2 (ABCG2), adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthase and cytochrome c oxidase subunit VIc (COX6C) were over-expressed more in the MCF-7/MX cell line than in the normal MCF7 cell line...
January 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098629/right-dose-right-now-customized-drug-dosing-in-the-critically-ill
#18
Jason A Roberts, Anand Kumar, Jeffrey Lipman
Drugs are key weapons that clinicians have to battle against the profound pathologies encountered in critically ill patients. Antibiotics in particular are commonly used and can improve patient outcomes dramatically. Despite this, there are strong opportunities for further reducing the persisting poor outcomes for infected critically ill patients. However, taking these next steps for improving patient care requires a new approach to antibiotic therapy. Giving the right dose is highly likely to increase the probability of clinical cure from infection and suppress the emergence of resistant pathogens...
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098411/an-efficient-basket-trial-design
#19
Kristen M Cunanan, Alexia Iasonos, Ronglai Shen, Colin B Begg, Mithat Gönen
The landscape for early phase cancer clinical trials is changing dramatically because of the advent of targeted therapy. Increasingly, new drugs are designed to work against a target such as the presence of a specific tumor mutation. Because typically only a small proportion of cancer patients will possess the mutational target, but the mutation is present in many different cancers, a new class of basket trials is emerging, whereby the drug is tested simultaneously in different baskets, that is, subgroups of different tumor types...
January 18, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097717/estimating-drug-free-period-using-a-graphical-method-an-alternative-way-to-monitor-extended-interval-dosing-of-gentamicin-therapy
#20
Ab Fatah Ab Rahman, Nursahjohana Md Sahak, Ahmad Maujad Ali
OBJECTIVES: Published nomograms to monitor extended-interval dosing (EID) gentamicin therapy were based on a fixed dose of 5 or 7 mg/kg. However, the average dose used for EID gentamicin regimen in our setting was about 3 mg/kg per day. We developed a new method of monitoring based on the duration of drug-free period (DFP) in a 24-h dosing interval. METHODS: Hospitalised adult patients on EID gentamicin were selected. We considered a DFP of between 2 and 8 h as appropriate...
February 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
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