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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634286/conjugate-vaccine-immunotherapy-for-substance-use-disorder
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REVIEW
Paul T Bremer, Kim D Janda
Substance use disorder, especially in relation to opioids such as heroin and fentanyl, is a significant public health issue and has intensified in recent years. As a result, substantial interest exists in developing therapeutics to counteract the effects of abused drugs. A promising universal strategy for antagonizing the pharmacology of virtually any drug involves the development of a conjugate vaccine, wherein a hapten structurally similar to the target drug is conjugated to an immunogenic carrier protein...
July 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634084/drug-delivery-to-melanoma-brain-metastases-can-current-challenges-lead-to-new-opportunities
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Gautham Gampa, Shruthi Vaidhyanathan, Jann N Sarkaria, William F Elmquist
Melanoma has a high propensity to metastasize to the brain, and patients with melanoma brain metastases (MBM) have an extremely poor prognosis. The recent approval of several molecularly-targeted agents (e.g., BRAF, MEK inhibitors) and biologics (anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1 antibodies) has brought new hope to patients suffering from this formerly untreatable and lethal disease. Importantly, there have been recent reports of success in some clinical studies examining the efficacy of both targeted agents and immunotherapies that show similar response rates in both brain metastases and extracranial disease...
June 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629483/the-challenges-of-control-groups-placebos-and-blinding-in-clinical-trials-of-dietary-interventions
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Heidi M Staudacher, Peter M Irving, Miranda C E Lomer, Kevin Whelans
High-quality placebo-controlled evidence for food, nutrient or dietary advice interventions is vital for verifying the role of diet in optimising health or for the management of disease. This could be argued to be especially important where the benefits of dietary intervention are coupled with potential risks such as compromising nutrient intake, particularly in the case of exclusion diets. The objective of the present paper is to explore the challenges associated with clinical trials in dietary research, review the types of controls used and present the advantages and disadvantages of each, including issues regarding placebos and blinding...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624673/a-geographical-analysis-of-trafficking-on-a-popular-darknet-market
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Julian Broséus, Damien Rhumorbarbe, Marie Morelato, Ludovic Staehli, Quentin Rossy
Cryptomarkets are online marketplaces, located on the darknet, that facilitate the trading of a variety of illegal goods, mostly drugs. While the literature essentially focus on drugs, various other goods and products related to financial or identity fraud, firearms, counterfeit goods, as well as doping products are also offered on these marketplaces. Through the analysis of relevant data collected on a popular marketplace in 2014-2015, Evolution, this research provides an analysis of the structure of trafficking (types and proportions of products, number of vendors and shipping countries)...
June 4, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623363/machine-learning-workflow-to-enhance-predictions-of-adverse-drug-reactions-adrs-through-drug-gene-interactions-application-to-drugs-for-cutaneous-diseases
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Kalpana Raja, Matthew Patrick, James T Elder, Lam C Tsoi
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) pose critical public health issues, affecting over 6% of hospitalized patients. While knowledge of potential drug-drug interactions (DDI) is necessary to prevent ADR, the rapid pace of drug discovery makes it challenging to maintain a strong insight into DDIs. In this study, we present a novel literature-mining framework for enhancing the predictions of DDIs and ADR types by integrating drug-gene interactions (DGIs). The ADR types were adapted from a DDI corpus, including i) adverse effect; ii) effect at molecular level; iii) effect related to pharmacokinetics; and iv) DDIs without known ADRs...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621571/targeted-nanotechnologies-for-cancer-intervention-a-patent-review-2010-2016
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Priyamvada Pradeep, Pradeep Kumar, Yahya E Choonara, Viness Pillay
In recent years, several active targeting nanostrategies have been patented for application in cancer theranostics. The versatility of nanostructures in terms of composition, manufacturability, functionalization, and matrix formation make them ideal for carrying large dose of bioactive contents, high density of targeting ligands on their surface, efficient delivery to the site of interest, and capable of forming multicomponent platforms. Areas covered: The patents were classified into polymeric and non-polymeric nanostructures and their applicability in addressing the targeting paradigm related to cancer intervention was explored...
June 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620563/pharmacological-threat-to-lungs-a-case-series-and-literature-review
#7
REVIEW
Omar Irfan, Jaleed A Gilani, Abeel Irshad, Babar Irfan, Javaid A Khan
Drug-induced organ damage stands as a prevalent yet much-neglected issue globally. Keeping in view it's rising frequency, health care providers stand obliged to be well versed with the de-merits of the agents they prescribe. Drug therapies causing damage present with a non-specific clinical presentation, histological findings or radiology, which further elaborates on the necessity of a conscientious diagnosis. Pulmonary architecture ranging from the airways, lung parenchyma, mediastinum, pleura, pulmonary vasculature or the neuromuscular system, all can fall victim to the dreaded outcomes of this menace...
May 9, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617594/formation-of-polyrotaxane-particles-via-template-assembly
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Blaise L Tardy, Shereen Tan, Henk H Dam, Tomoya Suma, Junling Guo, Greg G Qiao, Frank Caruso
In this study, we report a versatile method to assemble tunable poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based polyrotaxane (PRX) particles and capsules. By threading α-cyclodextrins (αCDs) onto PEG chains physically adsorbed onto template particles and subsequently dissolving the templates, PRX replica particles and hollow capsules are formed. This approach overcomes issues related to CD steric hindrance, and also reduces the multiple processing steps often associated with PRX-based particle formation. By simple variation of the molecular weight and end-group functionality of the PEG, we show that the rate of particle degradation as well as the stability of the particles can be tuned...
June 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612900/italian-law-on-the-vehicular-homicide-medical-legal-issues-and-comparative-analysis
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G Montanari Vergallo, E Marinelli, N M di Luca, V Masotti, R Cecchi, S Zaami
Law no. 41/2016, enacted after a parliamentary debate characterized by a strong media pressure, intends to give a strong response to the growing social alarm caused by road accidents causing deaths. In this perspective, it introduced the categories of road homicide and road injuries within the Penal Code and the new hypotheses of mandatory and facultative arrest in flagrante delicto. This paper aims at comparing the rules by which the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany and Italy protect people's lives and safety of vehicular traffic in order to highlight strengths and weaknesses with a view to future reforms...
May 2017: La Clinica Terapeutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612614/-malignant-melanoma-from-classical-histology-towards-molecular-genetic-testing
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A Ryška, O Horký, J Berkovcová, I Tichá, M Kalinová, M Matějčková, Á Bóday, J Drábek, P Martínek, J Šimová, K Sieglová, H Vošmiková
BACKGROUND: Malignant melanoma is - in comparison with other skin tumors - a relatively rare malignant neoplasm with highly aggressive biologic behavior and variable prognosis. Recent data in pathology and molecular diagnostics indicate that malignant melanoma is in fact not a single entity but a group of different neoplasms with variable etiopathogenesis, biologic behavior and prognosis. New therapeutic options using targeted treatment blocking MAPK signaling pathway require testing of BRAF gene mutation status...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610526/considering-patient-experience-and-evidence-based-choice-of-medicines-in-medicines-optimisation
#11
Gerri Kaufman, Ann Bellerby, Mike Kitching
Medicines optimisation can be used by healthcare professionals to support patients to gain maximum benefit from their medicines, with two of the main principles being understanding the patient experience and ensuring medicines choice is evidence-based. Non-adherence is a significant issue in medicines management. Relational aspects of the patient experience, such as empathetic two-way communication between the healthcare professional and patient, the provision of clear information and shared decision-making, can have a positive influence on whether patients take their medicines as intended...
June 14, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608740/number-needed-to-treat-and-costs-per-responder-among-biologic-treatments-for-moderate-to-severe-plaque-psoriasis-in-japan
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Shinichi Imafuku, Ataru Nakano, Hidetoshi Dakeshita, Junlong Li, Keith A Betts, Annie Guerin
BACKGROUND: Biologics have been shown to improve the outcomes of patients with psoriasis but their cost is an issue. OBJECTIVE: Determine the number needed to treat (NNT) to achieve a 75%/90% reduction in the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI-75/90) and evaluate the incremental cost per PASI-75/90 responder (CPR) relative to placebo in Japan. METHODS: A network meta-analysis was conducted to estimate the relative probabilities of achieving PASI-75/90 and NNTs...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607684/a-multifaceted-quality-improvement-programme-to-improve-acute-kidney-injury-care-and-outcomes-in-a-large-teaching-hospital
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Leonard Ebah, Prasanna Hanumapura, Deryn Waring, Rachael Challiner, Katharine Hayden, Jill Alexander, Robert Henney, Rachel Royston, Cassian Butterworth, Marc Vincent, Susan Heatley, Ged Terriere, Robert Pearson, Alastair Hutchison
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is now widely recognised as a serious health care issue, occurring in up to 25% of hospital in-patients, often with worsening of outcomes. There have been several reports of substandard care in AKI. This quality improvement (QI) programme aimed to improve AKI care and outcomes in a large teaching hospital. Areas of documented poor AKI care were identified and specific improvement activities implemented through sequential Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles. An electronic alert system (e-alert) for AKI was developed, a Priority Care Checklist (PCC) was tested with the aid of specialist nurses whilst targeted education activities were carried out and data on care processes and outcomes monitored...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606340/cardiovascular-protection-in-the-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-a%C3%A2-review-of-clinical-trial-results-across-drug-classes
#14
Francesco Paneni, Thomas F Lüscher
Patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) have a significantly higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD)-namely myocardial infarction, heart failure, and stroke. Despite clear advances in the prevention and treatment of CVD, the impact of T2DM on CVD outcome remains high and continues to escalate. Available evidence indicates that the risk of macrovascular complications increases with the severity of hyperglycemia, thus suggesting that the relation between metabolic disturbances and vascular damage is approximately linear...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602869/solid-state-properties-and-drug-release-behavior-of-co-amorphous-indomethacin-arginine-tablets-coated-with-kollicoat%C3%A2-protect
#15
Ina Petry, Korbinian Löbmann, Holger Grohganz, Thomas Rades, Claudia S Leopold
A promising approach to improve the solubility of poorly water-soluble drugs and to overcome the stability issues related to the plain amorphous form of the drugs, is the formulation of drugs as co-amorphous systems. Although polymer coatings have been proven very useful with regard to tablet stability and modifying drug release, there is little known on coating co-amorphous formulations. Hence, the aim of the present study was to investigate whether polymer coating of co-amorphous formulations is possible without inducing recrystallization...
June 8, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599300/cancer-and-the-kidney-dangereoux-liasons-or-price-paid-for-the-progress-in-medicine
#16
REVIEW
Jolanta Małyszko, Leszek Kozlowski, Klaudia Kozłowska, Maciej Małyszko, Jacek Małyszko
A long time ago, the links between renal disease and malignancy were observed, however, quite recently, their importance was recognized and 'new' subspecialty in nephrology, namely 'onconephrology' was established. In the XXI century, patients with malignancy make up the most growing number of the subjects seen for nephrology consult and/or critical care nephrology services. A plethora of renal problems may be found in patients with malignancy. They may influence not only their short-term outcomes but also the adequate therapy of the underlying oncological problem...
May 23, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597537/the-challenge-of-complex-drug-use-associated-use-of-codeine-containing-medicines-and-new-psychoactive-substances-in-a-european-cross-sectional-online-population
#17
Andreas Kimergård, Michelle Foley, Zoe Davey, Elle Wadsworth, Colin Drummond, Paolo Deluca
OBJECTIVE: Misuse of codeine-containing medicines in combination with new psychoactive substances (NPS) is inadequately described. This study characterises codeine consumption amongst NPS users and non-NPS users to provide warning of health issues. METHODS: Online survey conducted between July 2015 and March 2016. RESULTS: Out of 340 respondents, residing in a country in Europe and using codeine recently, 63.8% were female. Mean age: 34.9 years (SD = 12...
June 9, 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597531/attitudes-in-australia-on-the-upscheduling-of-over-the-counter-codeine-to-a-prescription-only-medication
#18
Jacqui McCoy, Raimondo Bruno, Suzanne Nielsen
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: In December 2016, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration announced that over-the-counter (OTC) codeine would be available by prescription-only in February 2018. Prior to this announcement, the authors aimed to evaluate attitudes among Australian codeine consumers, pharmacists and general medical practitioners (GP) towards the proposed upscheduling of OTC codeine. DESIGN AND METHODS: Public Therapeutic Goods Administration submissions on codeine upscheduling were assessed, and a brief questionnaire was developed to assess the common issues raised...
June 8, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597173/problems-interventions-and-their-outcomes-during-the-routine-work-of-hospital-pharmacists-in-bosnia-and-herzegovina
#19
Gordana Ljubojević, Branislava Miljković, Tatjana Bućma, Milica Ćulafić, Milica Prostran, Sandra Vezmar Kovačević
Background In the last 30 years, activities of hospital pharmacists have gone through significant changes. Pharmacists are increasingly involved in patient care. Objectives To explore drug-related and logistic problems, interventions, and their outcomes during routine everyday work of hospital pharmacists. Setting Institute for physical medicine and rehabilitation, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Methods In the period of January 2013-October 2015 a prospective observational study was performed. Medical doctors, nurses, therapists, and patients addressed pharmacists, face-to-face or by telephone, with drug-related problems (DRPs) and/or logistic issues...
June 9, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595539/targeted-drug-delivery-systems-and-its-therapeutic-applications-in-cancer-and-related-immune-pathological-conditions
#20
Saifullah Afridi, Jamshed Iqbal, Fareeha Anwar
BACKGROUND: Earlier a century ago, Paul Ehrlich proposed an idea of a drug "magic bullet" that selectively eradicate diseased cells without harming the surrounding normal cells. OBJECTIVE: Since a lot of progress has been attained in this field to discover new horizons for targeted delivery of drug. As major problem in disease therapy is the severe toxic effects of prescribed drugs on healthy cells. In order to reduce the adverse effects of chemotherapy on healthy tissues, herein, we summaries the use of recent drug delivery systems for targeted therapy...
June 5, 2017: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
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