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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087312/immunisation-choice-of-host-adjuvants-and-boosting-schedules-with-emphasis-on-polyclonal-antibody-production
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Philippe Delahaut
Polyclonal antibodies are frequently used as immunodiagnostic tools in fundamental research. They are also used for routine diagnostic purposes in human and veterinary medicine and for quality control procedures in the food-processing industry. The antibody is a major component of the detection system. It binds with the molecule to be identified. This conjugate is subsequently revealed by means of binding the antibody with a radio-isotope, a fluorescent substance, an enzyme inducing a color change, or a biosensor based analytical system...
January 10, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087207/continuous-medication-monitoring-comm-a-foundational-model-to-support-the-clinical-work-of-community-pharmacists
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Amber M Goedken, Christine M Butler, Randal P McDonough, Michael J Deninger, William R Doucette
BACKGROUND: Under the Continuous Medication Monitoring (CoMM) approach, community pharmacists prevent, identify, resolve, and document drug therapy problems during the dispensing process. OBJECTIVE: To describe the patients receiving CoMM interventions and the pattern of delivery of CoMM interventions. METHODS: Pharmacy dispensing and clinical records were reviewed for patients filling at least one prescription and receiving at least one continuous medication monitoring intervention at a community pharmacy from April 2014 through March 2015...
January 2, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087145/-computerised-sepsis-protocol-management-description-of-an-early-warning-system
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Begoña de Dios, Marcio Borges, Timothy D Smith, Alberto Del Castillo, Antonia Socias, Leticia Gutiérrez, Jordi Nicolás, Bartolomé Lladó, Jose A Roche, Maria P Díaz, Yolanda Lladó
INTRODUCTION: New strategies need to be developed for the early recognition and rapid response for the management of sepsis. To achieve this purpose, the Multidisciplinary Sepsis Team (MST) developed the Computerised Sepsis Protocol Management (PIMIS). The aim of this study was to evaluate the convenience of using PIMIS, as well as the activity of the MST. METHODS: An analysis was performed on the data collected from solicited MST consultations (direct activation of PIMIS by attending physician or telephone request) and unsolicited ones (by referral from the microbiology laboratory or an automatic referral via the hospital vital signs recording software [SIDCV]), as well as the hospital department, source of infection, treatment recommendation, and acceptance of this...
January 10, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086866/perceptions-and-utilization-of-generic-medicines-in-guatemala-a-mixed-methods-study-with-physicians-and-pharmacy-staff
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David Flood, Irène Mathieu, Anita Chary, Pablo García, Peter Rohloff
BACKGROUND: Access to low-cost essential generic medicines is a critical health policy goal in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs). Guatemala is an LMIC where there is both limited availability and affordability of these medications. However, attitudes of physicians and pharmacy staff regarding low-cost generics, especially generics for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), have not been fully explored in Guatemala. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews with 30 pharmacy staff and 12 physicians in several highland towns in Guatemala were conducted...
January 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086817/cost-of-shingles-population-based-burden-of-disease-analysis-of-herpes-zoster-and-postherpetic-neuralgia
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Kevin J Friesen, Dan Chateau, Jamie Falk, Silvia Alessi-Severini, Shawn Bugden
BACKGROUND: Around 30% of the population will experience herpes zoster (HZ), 10% of whom develop postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Together, these illnesses produce a significant economic burden to the healthcare system. METHODS: Administrative healthcare data collected over the period of April 1(st) 1997 to March 31(st) 2014 were analyzed to determine the healthcare system burden of HZ using direct medical costs. Episodes of HZ were identified using international classification of disease (ICD) codes...
January 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086761/is-treatment-resistant-schizophrenia-categorically-distinct-from-treatment-responsive-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review
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Amy L Gillespie, Ruta Samanaite, Jonathan Mill, Alice Egerton, James H MacCabe
BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia is a highly heterogeneous disorder, and around a third of patients are treatment-resistant. The only evidence-based treatment for these patients is clozapine, an atypical antipsychotic with relatively weak dopamine antagonism. It is plausible that varying degrees of response to antipsychotics reflect categorically distinct illness subtypes, which would have significant implications for research and clinical practice. If these subtypes could be distinguished at illness onset, this could represent a first step towards personalised medicine in psychiatry...
January 13, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086754/making-the-most-of-mealtimes-m3-protocol-of-a-multi-centre-cross-sectional-study-of-food-intake-and-its-determinants-in-older-adults-living-in-long-term-care-homes
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Heather H Keller, Natalie Carrier, Susan Slaughter, Christina Lengyel, Catriona M Steele, Lisa Duizer, K Steve Brown, Habib Chaudhury, Minn N Yoon, Alison M Duncan, Veronique M Boscart, George Heckman, Lita Villalon
BACKGROUND: Older adults living in long term care (LTC) homes are nutritionally vulnerable, often consuming insufficient energy, macro- and micronutrients to sustain their health and function. Multiple factors are proposed to influence food intake, yet our understanding of these diverse factors and their interactions are limited. The purpose of this paper is to fully describe the protocol used to examine determinants of food and fluid intake among older adults participating in the Making the Most of Mealtimes (M3) study...
January 13, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081556/stressful-events-and-circumstances-reported-by-patients-prior-to-being-prescribed-antidepressants
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Morgyn Hartdegen, Kerry Gibson, Claire Cartwright, John Read
AIMS: This study investigates the extent to which those who receive a prescription for antidepressants perceive psychosocial stressors to be significant in their difficulties. METHODS: This study draws on a survey of adults prescribed antidepressants. It analyses 1,683 responses to an open-ended question that enquired about difficult events and circumstances participants experienced in the time leading up to receiving an antidepressant prescription. RESULTS: Sixty-five percent of respondents described experiencing one or more stressful events or circumstances, with 19 % reporting two and 20% reporting three or more...
January 13, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081047/the-challenges-of-implementing-and-evaluating-prescription-expedited-partner-treatment
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Patricia J Kissinger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081042/detection-of-hydrocodone-and-morphine-as-metabolites-in-oral-fluid-by-lc-ms-ms-in-patients-prescribed-codeine
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Robert E West, Maria G Guevara, Charles Mikel, Ruben Gamez
A retrospective analysis of oral fluid drug testing results using LC-MS/MS was performed to determine the prevalence rates in oral fluid for codeine (COD) and 3 COD metabolites-morphine (MOR), norhydrocodone (NHC), and hydrocodone (HCOD). Oral fluid samples were collected using Quantisal oral fluid collection device (Immunalysis Inc.) and submitted to Millennium Health, LLC for the routine drug analysis by LC-MS/MS. Consistent with previously published literature, COD was the primary analyte detected in oral fluid after the use of COD...
February 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079929/the-impact-of-age-on-psoriasis-health-care-in-germany
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A Trettel, C Spehr, A Körber, M Augustin
INTRODUCTION: Inequality between age groups has been demonstrated in the prescription of biologics, yet systematic real-world data about age-related differences in psoriasis care are missing. OBJECTIVE: To investigate disparities in psoriasis characteristics by age groups and to identify potential impact on psoriasis health care. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data analysis included 3,615 patients from the German Psoriasis registry PsoBest, which observes adult patients with moderate to severe psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis (PsA) on systemic treatment over a time period of 10 years...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079746/sentinel-surveillance-for-expedited-partner-therapy-prescriptions-using-pharmacy-data-in-2-new-york-city-neighborhoods-2015
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Ebiere Okah, Vibhuti Arya, Meighan Rogers, Michelle Kim, Julia Ann Schillinger
BACKGROUND: Expedited partner therapy (EPT) for Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) is the practice of providing Ct-infected patients with medication, or prescription (prescription-EPT) to deliver to their sex partners without first examining those partners. New York City (NYC) providers commonly use prescription-EPT, yet NYC pharmacists report only occasional receipt of EPT prescriptions. This project assessed the frequency of EPT prescriptions filled in 2 NYC neighborhoods. METHODS: The 2 NYC facilities reporting the most frequent use of prescription-EPT were identified from Ct provider case reports and contacted to ascertain their EPT practices...
February 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079704/modeling-perceived-exertion-during-graded-arm-cycling-exercise-in-spinal-cord-injury
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Jason S Au, Julia O Totosy de Zepetnek, Maureen J MacDonald
PURPOSE: Ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) may be useful for exercise testing and prescription in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI), though the roles of differentiated central and peripheral fatigue during exercise are not clear. We aimed to model differentiated RPE responses during graded arm cycling in individuals with SCI and describe their relationship to cardiorespiratory outcomes. METHODS: Thirty-six individuals with SCI (13 paraplegia; 23 tetraplegia) completed a maximal graded-arm cycling exercise test to volitional exhaustion (5W/min paraplegia; 10W/min tetraplegia)...
January 10, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079594/impact-of-concurrent-medication-use-on-pancreatic-cancer-survival-seer-medicare-analysis
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Muhammad S Beg, Arjun Gupta, David Sher, Sadia Ali, Saad Khan, Ang Gao, Tyler Stewart, Chul Ahn, Jarett Berry, Eric M Mortensen
OBJECTIVES: Preclinical studies have suggested that non-antineoplastic medication use may impact pancreatic cancer biology. We examined the association of several medication classes on pancreatic cancer survival in a large medical claims database. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Histologically confirmed pancreatic adenocarcinoma diagnosed between 2006 and 2009 were analyzed from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare database with available part D data...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079339/survey-of-bullous-pemphigoid-in-an-italian-university-hospital-clinical-epidemiological-characteristics-and-follow-up
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Riccardo Balestri, Giulia Odorici, Annalisa Patrizi, Salvatore D Infusino, Michela Magnano, Federico Bardazzi
BACKGROUND: The clinical-epidemiological characteristics and course of bullous pemphigoid in the general population is not clear. Few studies have been performed to date, and only one in the Italian population more than ten years ago. We decided to evaluate the characteristics and outcome of patients admitted for a bullous pemphigoid at our Hospital in the last 4 years. METHODS: We retrospectively review the last 4 years' medical records of the Department of Dermatology of the University of Bologna, identifying all patients with histological and immunological data typical for bullous pemphigoid...
January 12, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078665/computerized-pharmacy-surveillance-and-alert-system-for-drug-related-problems
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O Ferrández, O Urbina, S Grau, J Mateu-de-Antonio, M Marin-Casino, J Portabella, S Mojal, M Riu, E Salas
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Because of the impact of drug-related problems (DRPs) on morbidity and mortality, there is a need for computerized strategies to increase drug safety. The detection and identification of the causes of potential DRPs can be facilitated by the incorporation of a pharmacy warning system (PWS) in the computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE) and its application in the routine validation of inpatient drug therapy. A limited number of studies have evaluated a clinical decision support system to monitor drug treatment...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078644/eight-or-12-week-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-with-ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-real-world-experience-in-a-large-integrated-health-system
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Jennifer B Lai, Maxwell A Witt, Mary Patricia Pauly, Joanna Ready, Michael Allerton, Suk Seo, David J Witt
BACKGROUND: Second-generation direct-acting antiviral agents are integral to treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) infection. Eight-week courses of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) have been supported in some studies, but data are limited on efficacy in real-world use. Controversy exists regarding applicability of clinical trials to real-world effectiveness. We report virologic responses of patients with HCV genotype 1 infection receiving LDV/SOF for 8 or 12 weeks in a large integrated healthcare system...
January 11, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078633/benzodiazepine-use-and-risk-of-developing-alzheimer-s-disease-a-case-control-study-based-on-swiss-claims-data
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Fabienne A Biétry, Alena M Pfeil, Oliver Reich, Matthias Schwenkglenks, Christoph R Meier
BACKGROUND: A possible association between benzodiazepine use and Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been hypothesized in previous studies. OBJECTIVES: Using claims data from the Helsana Group, a large Swiss health insurance provider, we examined the association between previous benzodiazepine use and the risk of AD. METHODS: We conducted a matched case-control study and identified 1438 incident AD cases between 2013 and 2014 based on recorded first-time use of drugs used to treat AD [i...
January 11, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078563/changes-in-first-line-injectable-disease-modifying-therapy-for-multiple-sclerosis-predictors-of-non-adherence-switching-discontinuation-and-interruption-of-drugs
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Luca Degli Esposti, Carlo Piccinni, Diego Sangiorgi, Valentina Perrone, Lucia Aledda, Maria Giovanna Marrosu, Fabio Lombardo
This study was aimed to describe changes of Disease-Modifying Treatments (DMT) in an Italian cohort of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and to identify predictors of therapeutic modifications. Patients with MS and treated with the first-line injectable DMT (interferons-IFNs or glatiramer) between 1/7/2009 and 31/10/2012 were selected from administrative databases of the MS Center of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy). Socio-demographic, therapeutic, and clinical information was collected in the 6 months preceding the index date...
January 11, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077783/association-between-metformin-use-and-mortality-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-localized-resectable-pancreatic-cancer-a-nationwide-population-based-study-in-korea
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Won Il Jang, Mi-Sook Kim, Shin Hee Kang, Ae Jung Jo, Yun Jung Kim, Ha Jin Tchoe, Chan Mi Park, Hyo Jeong Kim, Jin A Choi, Hyung Jin Choi, Eun-Kyung Paik, Young Seok Seo, Hyung Jun Yoo, Jin-Kyu Kang, Chul Ju Han, Yeon Ju Kim, Sang Beom Kim, Min Jung Ko
BACKGROUND: Preclinical studies support an antitumor effect of metformin. However, clinical studies have conflicting results and metformin's effect remains controversial. The aim of this study was to evaluate metformin's effect on clinical outcomes in diabetic patients with pancreatic cancer treated with curative resection. RESULTS: A total of 764 patients underwent curative resection, met none of the exclusion criteria, and were prescribed oral hypoglycemic agents...
January 5, 2017: Oncotarget
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