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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340451/the-role-of-drug-drug-interactions-in-prostate-cancer-treatment-focus-on-abiraterone-acetate-prednisone-and-enzalutamide
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Marzia Del Re, Stefano Fogli, Lisa Derosa, Francesco Massari, Paul De Souza, Stefania Crucitta, Sergio Bracarda, Daniele Santini, Romano Danesi
Elderly patients with cancer may have comorbidities, each requiring additional pharmacologic treatment. Therefore, the occurrence of pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) interactions is very likely, and the risk of adverse reactions (ADRs), due to the narrow therapeutic window of anticancer drugs, is increased. Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) may occur in prostate cancer patients due to inhibition by abiraterone of liver cytochrome P450 (CYP)-dependent enzymes CYP2C8 and 2D6, which are involved in the metabolism of approximately 25% of all drugs, and induction by enzalutamide of CYP3A4, 2C9 and 2C19, which metabolize up to 50% of medications...
March 9, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340438/long-term-stability-and-nutrient-removal-efficiency-of-aerobic-granules-at-low-organic-loads
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Abbass Jafari Kang, Qiuyan Yuan
The feasibility of application of aerobic granular sludge cultivated with high organic loads for biological nutrient removal (BNR) from low-strength wastewater was studied. Granules obtained with high-strength (COD=1400mg/L) wastewater were fed with medium (COD=700mg/L) and then low-strength (COD=400mg/L) wastewater. The granules rapidly acclimated to the medium-strength wastewater. However, feeding with low-strength wastewater reduced the F/M ratio from 0.4 to 0.2gCOD/gVSSd and granules disintegration occurred...
March 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340374/ebola-virus-persistence-as-a-new-focus-in-clinical-research
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REVIEW
Katie Caviness, Jens H Kuhn, Gustavo Palacios
Ebola virus (EBOV) causes severe acute human disease with high lethality. Viremia is typical during the acute disease phase. However, EBOV RNA can remain detectable in immune-privileged tissues for prolonged periods of time after clearance from the blood, suggesting EBOV may persist during convalescence and thereafter. Eliminating persistent EBOV is important to ensure full recovery of survivors and decrease the risk of outbreak re-ignition caused by EBOV spread from apparently healthy survivors to naive contacts...
March 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340252/urinary-tract-infection-recent-insight-into-the-evolutionary-arms-race-between-uropathogenic-escherichia-coli-and-our-immune-system
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Sebastian Schwab, Katarzyna Jobin, Christian Kurts
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common bacterial infections worldwide. Humans evolved various immune-dependent and independent defense mechanisms, while pathogens evolved multiple virulence factors to fight back. This article summarizes recent findings regarding the arms race between hosts and pathogens in UTIs. It was recently reported that macrophage subsets regulate neutrophil-mediated defense in primary UTIs but seem to subvert adaptive immunity upon re-infection. Moreover, some bacterial strains can survive inside macrophages, leading to recurrent infections...
March 15, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340244/bupropion-administration-increases-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-dorso-medial-prefrontal-cortex
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Ewelina Rzepa, Zola Dean, Ciara McCabe
Background: Patients on the selective serotonergic re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI) like citalopram report emotional blunting. We have shown previously that citalopram reduces resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) in healthy volunteers in a number of brain regions including the dorso-medial prefrontal cortex, which may be related to its clinical effects. Bupropion is a dopaminergic and noradrenergic re-uptake inhibitor (DNRI) and is not reported to cause emotional blunting. However how bupropion affects RSFC in healthy controls remains unknown...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340197/the-evolution-and-benefit-of-device-therapy-in-patients-listed-for-heart-transplant
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Bert Vandenberk, Mark Hinderks, Gabor Voros, Christophe Garweg, Johan Vanhaecke, Rik Willems
Aims: The latest 2015 ESC Guidelines on the prevention of sudden cardiac death make a Class IIa recommendation for ICD implantation in patients listed for heart transplantation. This recommendation was based on expert consensus in view of the sparsity of data. Methods and results: All patients listed for heart transplantation at the University Hospitals of Leuven from 2002 until 2014 were studied retrospectively. Exclusion criteria were age <16 years, cardiac disease other than ischaemic or dilated cardiomyopathy and re-transplantation...
March 9, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340121/atrioventricular-nodal-echoes-over-a-wide-echo-window-as-a-therapeutic-end-point-for-the-catheter-guided-radiofrequency-ablation-of-atrioventricular-nodal-reentrant-tachycardia-a-prospective-study
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Mohammad Hossein Nikoo, Armin Attar, Mohammad Pourmontaseri, Mohammad Vahid Jorat, Mohammad Kafi
Aims: In previous retrospective studies, it was shown that the presence of residual single atrioventricular node (AVN) echoes with an echo zone longer than 30 ms may increase the rate of recurrence after radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of slow pathway in patients with AVN reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT). Based on that, some centres perform additional RFA in these patients. However, this opinion has never been tested prospectively and many centres do not perform re-ablation in these patients...
March 15, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340054/outcomes-of-atrial-arrhythmia-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-in-patients-with-ebstein-s-anomaly
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Abdallah Hassan, Nicholas Y Tan, Htin Aung, Heidi M Connolly, David O Hodge, Emily R Vargas, Bryan C Cannon, Douglas L Packer, Samuel J Asirvatham, Christopher J McLeod
Aims: Atrial arrhythmias are common in patients with Ebstein's anomaly (EA) despite cardiac surgical repair and concomitant Maze procedures. We aimed to evaluate the outcome of radiofrequency catheter ablation in this group of patients. Methods and results: All patients with EA and atrial arrhythmias who underwent catheter ablation for atrial arrhythmias between 1/1999 and 1/2016 were included. Atrial arrhythmia recurrence was identified as the primary outcome; secondary outcomes included repeat ablation, need for antiarrhythmic medications after ablation, and death...
February 27, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340046/validation-of-a-screening-risk-index-for-serious-prescription-opioid-induced-respiratory-depression-or-overdose-in-a-us-commercial-health-plan-claims-database
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Barbara K Zedler, William B Saunders, Andrew R Joyce, Catherine C Vick, E Lenn Murrelle
Objective.:  To validate a risk index that estimates the likelihood of overdose or serious opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD) among medical users of prescription opioids. Subjects and Methods.:  A case-control analysis of 18,365,497 patients with an opioid prescription from 2009 to 2013 in the IMS PharMetrics Plus commercially insured health plan claims database (CIP). An OIRD event occurred in 7,234 cases. Four controls were selected per case. Validity of the Risk Index for Overdose or Serious Opioid-induced Respiratory Depression (RIOSORD), developed previously using Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patient data, was assessed...
March 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339980/pushing-the-limits-establishing-an-ultra-low-framerate-and-antiscatter-grid-less-radiation-protocol-for-left-atrial-ablations
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Philipp Attanasio, Tobias Schreiber, Burkert Pieske, Florian Blaschke, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Martin Huemer
Aims: Despite the use of 3D mapping systems and new developments of non-fluoroscopic options, most centres still rely at least in part on fluoroscopy for catheter visualization during catheter ablations. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of using an ultra-low frame rate and antiscatter grid-less radiation protocol during complex left atrial ablations to minimize radiation exposure for the patient and staff. Methods and results: A total of 150 consecutive patients undergoing left atrial ablations in our hospital were included in the analysis...
March 4, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339950/improving-the-quality-of-radiological-examinations-effectiveness-of-an-internal-participatory-approach
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Francisco Manuel Batista Mamede, Zenewton André da Silva Gama, Pedro Jesus Saturno-Hernández
Quality problem or issue: To assess the quality of radiological examinations (REs) and to evaluate the effectiveness of a participatory continuous improvement approach to ensure best practices in a Portuguese hospital imaging department. Initial assessment: At baseline, we found 232 (10.2%) non-compliances, mostly related to the criteria image centering and framing in chest radiography (CXR), proper use of radiological protection equipment in other conventional RE (CR) and X-ray beam collimation (CXR/CR)...
March 2, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339794/short-term-dabigatran-interruption-before-cardiac-rhythm-device-implantation-multi-centre-experience-from-the-re-ly-trial
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Vidal Essebag, Riccardo Proietti, David H Birnie, Jia Wang, James Douketis, Benoit Coutu, Ratika Parkash, Gregory Y H Lip, Stefan H Hohnloser, Andrew Moriarty, Jonas Oldgren, Stuart J Connolly, Michael Ezekowitz, Jeff S Healey
Aims: Cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) surgery is commonly performed in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The current analysis was undertaken to compare peri-operative anticoagulation management, bleeding, and thrombotic events in AF patients treated with dabigatran vs. warfarin. Methods and results: This study included 611 patients treated with dabigatran vs. warfarin who underwent CIED surgery during the RE-LY trial. Among 201 warfarin-treated patients, warfarin was interrupted a median of 144 (inter-quartile range, IQR: 120-216) h, and 37 (18...
February 23, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339683/addressing-beacon-re-identification-attacks-quantification-and-mitigation-of-privacy-risks
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Jean Louis Raisaro, Florian Tramèr, Zhanglong Ji, Diyue Bu, Yongan Zhao, Knox Carey, David Lloyd, Heidi Sofia, Dixie Baker, Paul Flicek, Suyash Shringarpure, Carlos Bustamante, Shuang Wang, Xiaoqian Jiang, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Haixu Tang, XiaoFeng Wang, Jean-Pierre Hubaux
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) created the Beacon Project as a means of testing the willingness of data holders to share genetic data in the simplest technical context-a query for the presence of a specified nucleotide at a given position within a chromosome. Each participating site (or "beacon") is responsible for assuring that genomic data are exposed through the Beacon service only with the permission of the individual to whom the data pertains and in accordance with the GA4GH policy and standards...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339633/osmotic-indices-and-kidney-concentrating-activity-population-based-data-on-correlates-and-prognostic-power
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Massimo Cirillo, Giancarlo Bilancio, Cinzia Lombardi, Pierpaolo Cavallo, Oscar Terradura Vagnarelli, Alberto Zanchetti, Martino Laurenzi
Background.: Research data are limited on indices of osmotic equilibrium and of kidney concentrating activity (KCA). This study investigated correlates and prognostic power of these indices in a sample of the general population. Methods.: Urine osmolality (U-osm), plasma osmolality (P-osm), plasma creatinine and other variables were measured by the Gubbio Study for the 1988-92 exam (baseline). Plasma creatinine and other variables were re-measured in the 2001-07 exam (follow-up)...
February 4, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339601/characterization-and-consistency-of-interactions-of-triggers-and-substrate-at-the-onset-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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David G Jones, Vias Markides, Anthony W C Chow, Richard J Schilling, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Tom Wong, D Wyn Davies, Nicholas S Peters
Aims: Initiating mechanisms of atrial fibrillation (AF) remain poorly understood, involving complex interaction between triggers and the atrial substrate. This study sought to classify the transitional phenomena, hypothesizing that there is consistency within and between patients in trigger-substrate interaction during transition to AF. Methods and results: Non-contact left atrial (LA) mapping was performed in 17 patients undergoing ablation for paroxysmal AF. All had spontaneous ectopy...
January 25, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339567/role-of-biomechanical-forces-in-hyperfiltration-mediated-glomerular-injury-in-congenital-anomalies-of-the-kidney-and-urinary-tract
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Tarak Srivastava, Ganesh Thiagarajan, Uri S Alon, Ram Sharma, Ashraf El-Meanawy, Ellen T McCarthy, Virginia J Savin, Mukut Sharma
Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) including solitary kidney constitute the main cause of progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD) in children. Children born with CAKUT develop signs of CKD only during adolescence and do not respond to renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system blockers. Early cellular changes underlying CKD progression to end-stage renal disease by early adulthood are not well understood. The mechanism of maladaptive hyperfiltration that occurs from loss of functional nephrons, including solitary kidney, is not clear...
January 17, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339305/development-of-anxiety-depression-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-oncology-patients-without-initial-symptoms-according-to-the-hospital-anxiety-and-depression-scale-a-comparative-study
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Annika Thalén-Lindström, Bengt Glimelius, Birgitta Johansson
BACKGROUND: Depression and anxiety are associated with decreased health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The knowledge about the development of anxiety, depression and HRQoL in cancer patients without depression or anxiety, that is initially scoring as non-cases (cutoff <8) according to the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), is sparse. The objectives were: (1) to evaluate changes in anxiety, depression and HRQoL over 6 months in two independent cohorts of oncology patients initially scoring as non-cases by the HADS, (2) to compare stable non-case patients with the general population regarding HRQoL and (3) to explore the outcomes using >4 rather than >7 as cutoff on any of HADS subscales...
March 24, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339103/iterative-dataset-optimization-in-automated-planning-implementation-for-breast-and-rectal-cancer-radiotherapy
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Jiawei Fan, Jiazhou Wang, Zhen Zhang, Weigang Hu
PURPOSE: To develop a new automated treatment planning solution for breast and rectal cancer radiotherapy. METHODS: The automated treatment planning solution developed in this study includes selection of the iterative optimized training dataset, dose volume histogram (DVH) prediction for the organs at risk (OARs), and automatic generation of clinically acceptable treatment plans. The iterative optimized training dataset is selected by an iterative optimization from 40 treatment plans for left-breast and rectal cancer patients who received radiation therapy...
March 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338991/mir-30e-is-negatively-regulated-by-myostatin-in-skeletal-muscle-and-is-functionally-related-to-fiber-type-composition
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Haixue Jia, Yixia Zhao, Tingting Li, Yong Zhang, Dahai Zhu
Myostatin (MSTN) negatively regulates skeletal myogenesis in which microRNAs (miRNAs) also play critical roles. Using miRNA microarrays of skeletal muscle from MSTN-knockout (MSTN-/-) mice, we recently showed that miR-431 is regulated by MSTN signaling. To identify additional miRNAs regulated by MSTN, we re-analyzed these miRNA arrays and validated their expression by quantitative RT-PCR. Herein, we demonstrated that miR-30e was significantly upregulated in skeletal muscle of MSTN-/- mice compared with that of the wild-type littermates...
March 17, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338936/establishment-of-a-human-hepatocellular-cell-line-capable-of-maintaining-long-term-replication-of-hepatitis-b-virus
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Wan-Ling Yao, Sotaro Ikeda, Yuta Tsukamoto, Keiko Shindo, Yukie Otakaki, Main Qin, Yoshikazu Iwasawa, Fumihiko Takeuchi, Yuki Kaname, Yu-Chi Chou, Chungming Chang, Koichi Watashi, Takaji Wakita, Takeshi Noda, Hiroki Kato, Takashi Fujita
Hepatitis B virus is a virus whose replication cycle cannot be completely reproduced using cultured cell lines. Here, we report an engineered cell line capable of supporting the complete HBV life cycle. We generated HepG2 cells overexpressing HBV entry receptor human NTCP, and defective in RIG-I-like receptor signaling, by knocking down the IPS-1 adaptor molecule. The resultant NtG20.i7 cells were susceptible to HBV, and its replication was detectable at 14 days post-infection and persisted for at least 35 days with a gradual increase of HBc expression...
March 11, 2017: International Immunology
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