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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332075/patient-evaluation-and-selection-for-movement-disorders-surgery-the-changing-spectrum-of-indications
#1
Steffen Paschen, Günther Deuschl
This report summarizes the state-of-the-art and controversies around patient selection for deep brain stimulation (DBS) for various conditions. Parkinson's disease (PD): several class I studies have shown superiority of DBS over best medical treatment for advanced PD with fluctuations and further inclusion criteria. One class I study suggests that PD patients with early motor complications might gain more quality of life if operated within 3 years after the onset of fluctuations. The subthalamic nucleus (STN) is still the standard target...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332023/autonomic-response-testing-compared-with-immunoglobulin-e-allergy-panel-test-results-preliminary-report
#2
Autumn Frandsen, Mark McClure, Myung Kyu Chung, Patrick J LaRiccia
Context • Chronically ill patients who have failed standard medical assessment and therapies are often assessed by integrative medical providers for atypical manifestations of allergies as the possible source or contributing factor(s) to their condition. Skin testing and immunoglobulin E (IgE) allergy panels increase the cost of care in these patients. Objective • The objective of this study was to determine the accuracy of autonomic response testing (ART) as compared with IgE allergy panel blood tests...
January 15, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330334/detection-of-heterozygous-mutation-in-hook-microtubule-tethering-protein-1-in-three-patients-with-decapitated-and-decaudated-spermatozoa-syndrome
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Huixing Chen, Yong Zhu, Zijue Zhu, Erlei Zhi, Keming Lu, Xiaobo Wang, Feng Liu, Zheng Li, Weiliang Xia
BACKGROUND: The mechanism of intramanchette transport is crucial to the transformation of sperm tail and the nuclear condensation during spermiogenesis. Although few dysfunctional proteins could result in abnormal junction between the head and tail of spermatozoon, little is known about the genetic cues in this process. OBJECTIVE: Based on patients with severe decapitated and decaudated spermatozoa (DDS) syndrome, the study aimed to validate whether new mutation exists on their Hook microtubule-tethering protein 1 (HOOK1) genes and follow their results of assisted reproduction treatment (ART)...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330173/seasonal-variations-in-tuberculosis-diagnosis-among-hiv-positive-individuals-in-southern-africa-analysis-of-cohort-studies-at-antiretroviral-treatment-programmes
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Marie Ballif, Kathrin Zürcher, Stewart E Reid, Andrew Boulle, Matthew P Fox, Hans W Prozesky, Cleophas Chimbetete, Marcel Zwahlen, Matthias Egger, Lukas Fenner
OBJECTIVES: Seasonal variations in tuberculosis diagnoses have been attributed to seasonal climatic changes and indoor crowding during colder winter months. We investigated trends in pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) diagnosis at antiretroviral therapy (ART) programmes in Southern Africa. SETTING: Five ART programmes participating in the International Epidemiology Database to Evaluate AIDS in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. PARTICIPANTS: We analysed data of 331 634 HIV-positive adults (>15 years), who initiated ART between January 2004 and December 2014...
January 11, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329396/patient-level-benefits-associated-with-decentralization-of-antiretroviral-therapy-services-to-primary-health-facilities-in-malawi-and-uganda
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George Abongomera, Levison Chiwaula, Paul Revill, Travor Mabugu, Edward Tumwesige, Misheck Nkhata, Fabian Cataldo, J van Oosterhout, Robert Colebunders, Adrienne K Chan, Cissy Kityo, Charles Gilks, James Hakim, Janet Seeley, Diana M Gibb, Deborah Ford
Background: The Lablite project captured information on access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) at larger health facilities ('hubs') and lower-level health facilities ('spokes') in Phalombe district, Malawi and in Kalungu district, Uganda. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional survey among patients who had transferred to a spoke after treatment initiation (Malawi, n=54; Uganda, n=33), patients who initiated treatment at a spoke (Malawi, n=50; Uganda, n=44) and patients receiving treatment at a hub (Malawi, n=44; Uganda, n=46)...
January 10, 2018: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329386/the-role-of-service-readiness-and-health-care-facility-factors-in-attrition-from-option-b-in-haiti-a-joint-examination-of-electronic-medical-records-and-service-provision-assessment-survey-data
#6
Lauren Lipira, Christopher Kemp, Jean Wysler Domercant, Jean Guy Honoré, Kesner Francois, Nancy Puttkammer
Background: Option B+ is a strategy wherein pregnant or breastfeeding women with HIV are enrolled in lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. In Haiti, attrition from Option B+ is problematic and variable across health care facilities. This study explores service readiness and other facility factors as predictors of Option B+ attrition in Haiti. Methods: This analysis used longitudinal data from 2012 to 2014 from the iSanté electronic medical record system and cross-sectional data from Haiti's 2013 Service Provision Assessment...
January 10, 2018: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329301/estimated-mortality-on-hiv-treatment-among-active-patients-and-patients-lost-to-follow-up-in-4-provinces-of-zambia-findings-from-a-multistage-sampling-based-survey
#7
Charles B Holmes, Izukanji Sikazwe, Kombatende Sikombe, Ingrid Eshun-Wilson, Nancy Czaicki, Laura K Beres, Njekwa Mukamba, Sandra Simbeza, Carolyn Bolton Moore, Cardinal Hantuba, Peter Mwaba, Caroline Phiri, Nancy Padian, David V Glidden, Elvin Geng
BACKGROUND: Survival represents the single most important indicator of successful HIV treatment. Routine monitoring fails to capture most deaths. As a result, both regional assessments of the impact of HIV services and identification of hotspots for improvement efforts are limited. We sought to assess true mortality on treatment, characterize the extent under-reporting of mortality in routine health information systems in Zambia, and identify drivers of mortality across sites and over time using a multistage, regionally representative sampling approach...
January 2018: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327783/nonsurgical-management-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-associated-parotid-cysts-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#8
Akash N Naik, William B Clinkscales, Masanari G Kato, Shaun A Nguyen, M Boyd Gillespie
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this clinical review was to analyze the effectiveness of nonsurgical management options for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated parotid cysts. METHODS: We conducted systematic and meta-analysis reviews. Primary outcomes were complete or partial responses. RESULTS: Systematic review identified 12 relevant studies. The average rates of complete response for antiretroviral therapy (ART), sclerotherapy, and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) were 52...
January 12, 2018: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327520/risk-factors-of-clinical-and-immunological-failure-in-south-indian-cohort-on-generic-antiretroviral-therapy
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Mucheli Shravan Sadashiv, Priscilla Rupali, Abi Manesh, Rajesh Kannangai, Ooriapadickal Cherian Abraham, Susanne A Pulimood, Rajiv Karthik, S Rajkumar, Kurien Thomas
Background: Since the time of NACO Antiretroviral (ART) roll-out, generic ART has been the mainstay of therapy. There are many studies documenting the efficacy of generic ART but with the passage of time, failure of therapy is on the rise. As institution of second line ART has significant financial implications both for a program and for an individual it is imperative that we determine factors which contribute towards treatment failure in a cohort of patients on generic antiretroviral therapy...
December 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327442/transplantation-or-rurality-migration-and-hiv-risk-among-chinese-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-the-urban-areas
#10
Chuncheng Liu, Rong Fu, Weiming Tang, Bolin Cao, Stephen W Pan, Chongyi Wei, Joseph D Tucker, M Kumi Smith
INTRODUCTION: Migration of men who have sex with men (MSM) from rural to urban areas is common across low- and middle-income countries and is widely believed to contribute to elevated HIV risk among migrant MSM in urban areas. Little consensus exists on whether their risk is due to their transplantation or their being from resource-constrained rural areas. This study seeks to clarify the relationship between migration and HIV risks by comparing differences in HIV-related risky sexual behaviours and healthcare utilization across competing conceptualizations of migratory statuses...
January 2018: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327397/translating-international-hiv-treatment-guidelines-into-local-priorities-in-indonesia
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Noor Tromp, Rozar Prawiranegara, Adiatma Siregar, Rudi Wisaksana, Lucas Pinxten, Juul Pinxten, Arry Lesmana Putra, Deni Sunjaya Lesmana, Maarten Jansen, Jan Hontelez, Scott Maurits, Febrina Maharani, Leon Bijlmakers, Rob Baltussen
OBJECTIVE: International guidelines recommend countries to expand Antiretroviral therapy (ART) to all HIV-infected individuals and establish local-level priorities in relation to other treatment, prevention and mitigation interventions through fair processes. However, no practical guidance is provided for such priority setting processes. Evidence-informed deliberative processes (EDPs) fill this gap and combine stakeholder deliberation to incorporate relevant social values with rational decision-making informed by evidence on these values...
January 12, 2018: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327206/brain-photobiomodulation-therapy-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Farzad Salehpour, Javad Mahmoudi, Farzin Kamari, Saeed Sadigh-Eteghad, Seyed Hossein Rasta, Michael R Hamblin
Brain photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy using red to near-infrared (NIR) light is an innovative treatment for a wide range of neurological and psychological conditions. Red/NIR light is able to stimulate complex IV of the mitochondrial respiratory chain (cytochrome c oxidase) and increase ATP synthesis. Moreover, light absorption by ion channels results in release of Ca2+ and leads to activation of transcription factors and gene expression. Brain PBM therapy enhances the metabolic capacity of neurons and stimulates anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and antioxidant responses, as well as neurogenesis and synaptogenesis...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325739/anti-programmed-cell-death-1-ligand-1-pd-1-pd-l1-antibodies-for-the-treatment-of-urothelial-carcinoma-state-of-the-art-and-future-development
#13
REVIEW
Thomas Powles, Andrea Necchi, Galit Rosen, Subramanian Hariharan, Andrea B Apolo
Immunotherapy with programmed cell death 1/ligand 1 (PD-1/PD-L1) checkpoint inhibitors has expanded a previously limited pool of effective treatment options for patients with metastatic urothelial carcinoma, particularly those with recurring or refractory disease and those who are ineligible for cisplatin. This review reports key findings from completed and ongoing clinical trials that highlight the potential of PD-1/PD-L1 blockade in urothelial carcinoma. A literature search was performed of PubMed, Embase, ClinicalTrials...
December 6, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325495/management-of-cancer-associated-venous-thromboembolism-a-case-based-practical-approach
#14
Minna Voigtlaender, Florian Langer
In patients with solid tumours or haematological malignancies, venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a leading cause of death and significantly contributes to morbidity and healthcare resource utilization. Current practice guidelines recommend long-term anticoagulation with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) as the treatment of choice for cancer-associated VTE, based on clinical trial data showing an overall improved safety and efficacy profile of LMWH compared to vitamin K antagonists. However, several open questions remain, e...
January 12, 2018: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325435/early-stages-of-hiv-treatment-cascade-in-people-living-with-hiv-in-saint-petersburg-russia
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M V Vetrova, O V Aleksandrova, A E Paschenko, S E Toropov, V V Rassokhin, R A Abyshev, O S Levina, L M Niccolai, R Heimer
The proportion of people living with HIV (PLWH) in need of antiretroviral therapy (ART) is growing rapidly in Russia. Successful treatment outcomes reduces disease progression and contributes to HIV epidemic control. We conducted a pilot study following 100 PLWH newly found eligible for ART in St. Petersburg, Russia. We determined the proportion of PLWH who initiated ART, remained in treatment, and achieved an undetectable VL during 6-month follow up. Semi-structured interviews were conducted prior the initiation of ART and progress along the cascade was assessed through medical chart review...
January 11, 2018: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325112/autologous-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-ahsct-in-severe-crohn-s-disease-a-review-on-behalf-of-ecco-and-ebmt
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John A Snowden, Julián Panés, Tobias Alexander, Matthieu Allez, Sandro Ardizzone, Daan Dierickx, Jürgen Finke, Peter Hasselblatt, Chris Hawkey, Majid Kazmi, James O Lindsay, Francesco Onida, Azucena Salas, Riccardo Saccardi, Severine Vermeire, Montserrat Rovira, Elena Ricart
Despite the major recent progress in the treatment of Crohn's disease (CD), there is a subset of patients in whom the disease runs an aggressive course with progressive tissue damage requiring early and repeated surgical management. Increasing evidence supports sustained and profound improvement in gastrointestinal parameters and quality of life following high dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) compared to standard therapy in this context. In addition, international transplant registry data reflects the use of AHSCT in CD outside of trials in selected patients...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324842/effect-of-analytical-treatment-interruption-and-reinitiation-of-antiretroviral-therapy-on-hiv-reservoirs-and-immunologic-parameters-in-infected-individuals
#17
Katherine E Clarridge, Jana Blazkova, Kevin Einkauf, Mary Petrone, Eric W Refsland, J Shawn Justement, Victoria Shi, Erin D Huiting, Catherine A Seamon, Guinevere Q Lee, Xu G Yu, Susan Moir, Michael C Sneller, Mathias Lichterfeld, Tae-Wook Chun
Therapeutic strategies aimed at achieving antiretroviral therapy (ART)-free HIV remission in infected individuals are under active investigation. Considering the vast majority of HIV-infected individuals experience plasma viral rebound upon cessation of therapy, clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of curative strategies would likely require inclusion of ART interruption. However, it is unclear what impact short-term analytical treatment interruption (ATI) and subsequent reinitiation of ART have on immunologic and virologic parameters of HIV-infected individuals...
January 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324811/scale-up-of-kenya-s-national-hiv-viral-load-program-findings-and-lessons-learned
#18
Matilu Mwau, Catherine Akinyi Syeunda, Maureen Adhiambo, Priska Bwana, Lucy Kithinji, Joy Mwende, Laura Oyiengo, Martin Sirengo, Caroline E Boeke
OBJECTIVES: Kenya is one of the first African countries to scale up a national HIV viral load monitoring program. We sought to assess program scale up using the national database and identify areas for systems strengthening. METHODS: Data from January 2012 to March 2016 were extracted from Kenya's national viral load database. Characteristics of 1,108,356 tests were assessed over time, including reason for testing, turnaround times, test results, treatment regimens, and socio-demographic information...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324258/il-18-and-stem-cell-factor-affect-hematopoietic-progenitor-cells-in-hiv-infected-patients-treated-during-primary-hiv-infection
#19
Veronica Bordoni, Domenico Viola, Alessandra Sacchi, Carmela Pinnetti, Rita Casetti, Eleonora Cimini, Nicola Tumino, Andrea Antinori, Adriana Ammassari, Chiara Agrati
The impact of early antiretroviral therapy (ART) during Primary HIV Infection (PHI) on the hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs) homeostasis is not available. This study aimed to characterize HPCs and their relationship with cytokines regulating progenitors function in ART-treated patients with PHI. We enrolled HIV infected patients treated with ART during PHI. Circulating HPCs, Lymphoid-HPCs (L-HPCs) frequency and plasmatic concentrations of IL-7, IL-18 and Stem Cell Factor (SCF) were analysed at baseline and after 6 months of therapy...
January 8, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324227/getting-the-kill-into-shock-and-kill-strategies-to-eliminate-latent-hiv
#20
REVIEW
Youry Kim, Jenny L Anderson, Sharon R Lewin
Despite the success of antiretroviral therapy (ART), there is currently no HIV cure and treatment is life long. HIV persists during ART due to long-lived and proliferating latently infected CD4+ T cells. One strategy to eliminate latency is to activate virus production using latency reversing agents (LRAs) with the goal of triggering cell death through virus-induced cytolysis or immune-mediated clearance. However, multiple studies have demonstrated that activation of viral transcription alone is insufficient to induce cell death and some LRAs may counteract cell death by promoting cell survival...
January 10, 2018: Cell Host & Microbe
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