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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786901/degradable-polymers-and-nanoparticles-built-from-salicylic-acid
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Saeed Akkad, Christopher J Serpell
As more evidence emerges supporting the possibility that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, especially aspirin (acetyl salicylic acid), might have a role in the prevention and management of certain types of cancer, there have been several attempts to fabricate salicylic acid-based polymers that can be employed in the targeted therapy of tumors. The primary disadvantage so far has been in use of nontherapeutic polymeric backbones that constitute the majority of the therapeutic particle's size. The focus of this research is the creation of a biodegradable polymer consisting only of salicylic acid, and its use as the main building block in targeted nanotherapeutics that would consequently provide both high local dose and sustained release of the active moiety...
May 22, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786898/adults-with-comorbid-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-alcohol-use-disorder-and-opioid-use-disorder-the-effectiveness-of-modified-prolonged-exposure
#2
Kelly R Peck, Julie A Schumacher, Paul R Stasiewicz, Scott F Coffey
Opioid use disorders (OUDs) are a growing problem in the United States. When OUDs co-occur with problematic drinking and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), negative drug-related mental and physical health outcomes may be exacerbated. Thus, it is important to establish whether PTSD treatments with established efficacy for dually diagnosed individuals also demonstrate efficacy in individuals who engage in problematic drinking and concurrent opioid misuse. Adults who met DSM-IV-TR criteria for PTSD and alcohol dependence were recruited from a substance use treatment facility and were randomly assigned to receive either modified prolonged exposure (mPE) therapy for PTSD or a non-trauma-focused comparison treatment...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786883/left-ventricular-aneurysms-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-with-midventricular-obstruction-a-systematic-review-of-literature
#3
Moustafa O Elsheshtawy, Ahmed N Mahmoud, Mahmoud Abdelghany, Ida H Suen, Adnan Sadiq, Jacob Shani
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) with or without left ventricular apical aneurysm (LVA) had been studied in the past. Midventricular obstruction associated with HCM and LVA is a unique entity that has not been distinguished previously as a separate phenotypic disease in HCM patients. METHODS: A systematic review of Pubmed and Google Scholar was conducted from inception until September 2017 for all observational studies conducted on HCM with midventricular obstruction and LVA...
May 22, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786807/-pharmacotherapy-of-epilepsy
#4
Torbjörn Tomson, Olof Rask
Pharmacotherapy of epilepsy is usually initiated after two or more unprovoked seizures, a decision that should be made after assessment of the individual risk of further seizures. Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are selected based on documented efficacy for the type of seizures, the epilepsy and possible epilepsy syndrome of the patient, taking potential adverse effects and comorbidity into account. For many AEDs, the mechanisms of action are incompletely understood. More than half of patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy achieve sustained seizure freedom with their first or second drug trials...
May 21, 2018: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786782/preclinical-impact-of-high-dose-intermittent-antiangiogenic-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-pazopanib-in-intrinsically-resistant-tumor-models
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Elaine Reguera-Nuñez, Shan Man, Ping Xu, Robert S Kerbel
Antiangiogenic tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) target vascular endothelial growth factor receptors and other receptor tyrosine kinases. As a result of toxicity, the clinical failures or the modest benefits associated with antiangiogenic TKI therapy may be related in some cases to suboptimal drug dosing and scheduling, thereby facilitating resistance. Most antiangiogenic TKIs, including pazopanib, are administered on a continuous daily basis. Here, instead, we evaluated the impact of increasing the dose and administering the drug intermittently...
May 21, 2018: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786658/melatonin-as-a-therapy-for-traumatic-brain-injury-a-review-of-published-evidence
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REVIEW
Nicole Osier, Emily McGreevy, Lan Pham, Ava Puccio, Dianxu Ren, Yvette P Conley, Sheila Alexander, C Edward Dixon
Melatonin (MEL) is a hormone that is produced in the brain and is known to bind to MEL-specific receptors on neuronal membranes in several brain regions. MEL's documented neuroprotective properties, low toxicity, and ability to cross the blood-brain-barrier have led to its evaluation for patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI), a condition for which there are currently no Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved therapies. The purpose of this manuscript is to summarize the evidence surrounding the use of melatonin after TBI, as well as identify existing gaps and future directions...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786642/determining-the-radiation-enhancement-effects-of-gold-nanoparticles-in-cells-in-a-combined-treatment-with-cisplatin-and-radiation-at-therapeutic-megavoltage-energies
#7
Celina Yang, Kyle Bromma, Wonmo Sung, Jan Schuemann, Devika Chithrani
Combined use of chemotherapy and radiation therapy is commonly used in cancer treatment, but the toxic effects on normal tissue are a major limitation. This study assesses the potential to improve radiation therapy when combining gold nanoparticle (GNP) mediated radiation sensitization with chemoradiation compared to chemoradiation alone. Incorporation of GNPs with 2 Gy, 6 MV (megavoltage) radiation resulted in a 19 ± 6% decrease in survival of MDA-MB-231 cells. Monte-Carlo simulations were performed to assess dosimetric differences in the presence of GNPs in radiation...
May 22, 2018: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786605/hydrophobic-interaction-mediated-coating-of-pluronics-on-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticle-with-stimuli-responsiveness-for-cancer-therapy
#8
Luping Sha, Da Wang, Yuling Mao, Wei Shi, Tianbin Gao, Qinfu Zhao, Si-Ling Wang
In this research, a novel method was used to successfully make Pluronic P123 stably coated on mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN). That P123 and MSN co-constructed a drug delivery system (DDS) had not been reported. In this DDS, the coating of P123 was realized through hydrophobic interaction with octadecyl chain modified MSN. Experiments found only Pluronic with an appropriate ratio of hydrophilic and lipophilic segment could keep the nanoassemblies stable.
 For comparison, nanoassemblies consisted of P123 and octadecyl chain modified MSN with or without disulfide bond were prepared, which were denoted as PSMSN and PMSN respectively...
May 22, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786552/intestinal-organoids-for-modelling-intestinal-development-and-disease
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REVIEW
Kathryn L Fair, Jennifer Colquhoun, Nicholas R F Hannan
Gastrointestinal diseases are becoming increasingly prevalent in developed countries. Immortalized cells and animal models have delivered important but limited insight into the mechanisms that initiate and propagate these diseases. Human-specific models of intestinal development and disease are desperately needed that can recapitulate structure and function of the gut in vitro Advances in pluripotent stem cells and primary tissue culture techniques have made it possible to culture intestinal epithelial cells in three dimensions that self-assemble to form 'intestinal organoids'...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786183/-hyperkalemia-as-a-limiting-factor-in-the-use-of-drugs-that-block-the-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-raas
#10
Antonio Santoro, Marcora Mandreoli
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE-I) inhibitors and ARBs have shown real efficacy in reducing blood pressure, proteinuria, in slowing the progression of chronic kidney disease (MRC) and in clinical improvement. in patients with heart failure, diabetes mellitus and ischemic heart disease. However, their use is limited by some side effects such as the increase in serum potassium (K), which can be particularly severe in patients with renal insufficiency. In the 23,000 patients followed by the PIRP project of the Emilia-Romagna Region, hyperkalaemia at the first visit (K> 5...
May 2018: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786138/association-of-different-immunosuppressive-medications-with-periodontal-condition-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-results-from-a-cross-sectional-study
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Dirk Ziebolz, Annegret Rupprecht, Jan Schmickler, Laura Bothmann, Juliane Krämer, Daniel Patschan, Gerhard A Müller, Rainer F Mausberg, Jana Schmidt, Gerhard Schmalz, Susann Patschan
BACKGROUND: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate clinical periodontal findings as well as prevalence of selected potentially periodontal pathogenic bacteria in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with different immunosuppressive rheumatic medications. METHODS: 168 patients with RA undergoing different immunosuppressive medications were included and divided into subgroups according to their medication, which was taken in the past six months, in detail I) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and glucocorticoids combined, and II-VII) different disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs): II) Methotrexate (MTX), III) Leflunomide, IV) MTX and TNF-α antagonists combined, V) Interleukin-6 (IL-6) antagonist, VI) MTX and Rituximab combined, and VII) combination therapies of more than two of these DMARDs...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785886/treatment-of-homozygous-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-in-paediatric-patients-a-monocentric-experience
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Paola S Buonuomo, Marina Macchiaiolo, Giovanna Leone, Paola Valente, Gerarda Mastrogiorgio, Maria Gnazzo, Ippolita Rana, Michaela V Gonfiantini, Maria G Gagliardi, Francesca Romano, Andrea Bartuli
Background Homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia is a rare life-threatening disease characterized by markedly elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) concentrations and accelerated atherosclerosis. The presence of double gene defects in the LDL-Receptor, either the same defect (homozygous) or two different LDL-raising mutations (compound heterozygotes) or other variants, identify the homozygous phenotype (HopFH). Apheresis is a procedure in which plasma is separated from red blood cells before the physical removal of LDL-C or the LDL-C is directly removed from whole blood...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785841/effects-of-antipsychotic-drugs-on-neurites-relevant-to-schizophrenia-treatment
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REVIEW
Xu-Feng Huang, Xueqin Song
Although antipsychotic drugs are mainly used for treating schizophrenia, they are widely used for treating various psychiatric diseases in adults, the elderly, adolescents and even children. Today, about 1.2% of the worldwide population suffers from psychosis and related disorders, which translates to about 7.5 million subjects potentially targeted by antipsychotic drugs. Neurites project from the cell body of neurons and connect neurons to each other to form neural networks. Deficits in neurite outgrowth and integrity are implicated in psychiatric diseases including schizophrenia...
May 22, 2018: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785785/metabolism-within-the-tumor-microenvironment-and-its-implication-on-cancer-progression-an-ongoing-therapeutic-target
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REVIEW
Ma Carmen Ocaña, Beatriz Martínez-Poveda, Ana R Quesada, Miguel Ángel Medina
Since reprogramming energy metabolism is considered a new hallmark of cancer, tumor metabolism is again in the spotlight of cancer research. Many studies have been carried out and many possible therapies have been developed in the last years. However, tumor cells are not alone. A series of extracellular components and stromal cells, such as endothelial cells, cancer-associated fibroblasts, tumor-associated macrophages, and tumor-infiltrating T cells, surround tumor cells in the so-called tumor microenvironment (TME)...
May 22, 2018: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785683/targeted-therapies-and-adverse-drug-reactions-in-oncology-the-role-of-clinical-pharmacist-in-pharmacovigilance
#15
G Fornasier, M Taborelli, S Francescon, J Polesel, M Aliberti, P De Paoli, P Baldo
Background The majority of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) reported in the summary of product characteristics (SPCs) are based on pivotal clinical trials, performed under controlled conditions and with selected patients. Objectives (1) to observe ADRs in the real-world setting and to evaluate if the supervision of the pharmacist impacts on the management of ADRs and on the satisfaction of patients; (2) to sensitise health professionals and patients on the need to increase the reporting of ADRs, in compliance with Pharmacovigilance...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785653/valproic-acid-treatment-response-in-vitro-is-determined-by-tp53-status-in-medulloblastoma
#16
Bruna Mascaro-Cordeiro, Indhira Dias Oliveira, Francine Tesser-Gamba, Lorena Favaro Pavon, Nasjla Saba-Silva, Sergio Cavalheiro, Patrícia Dastoli, Silvia Regina Caminada Toledo
PURPOSE: Histone deacetylate inhibitors (HDACi), as valproic acid (VA), have been reported to enhance efficacy and to prevent drug resistance in some tumors, including medulloblastoma (MB). In the present study, we investigated VA role, combined to cisplatin (CDDP) in cell viability and gene expression of MB cell lines. METHODS: Dose-response curve determined IC50 values for each treatment: (1) VA single, (2) CDDP single, and (3) VA and CDDP combined. Cytotoxicity and flow cytometry evaluated cell viability after exposure to treatments...
May 22, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785613/neuroinfections-caused-by-fungi
#17
REVIEW
Katarzyna Góralska, Joanna Blaszkowska, Magdalena Dzikowiec
BACKGROUND: Fungal infections of the central nervous system (FIs-CNS) have become significantly more common over the past 2 decades. Invasion of the CNS largely depends on the immune status of the host and the virulence of the fungal strain. Infections with fungi cause a significant morbidity in immunocompromised hosts, and the involvement of the CNS may lead to fatal consequences. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-five articles on fungal neuroinfection in PubMed, Google Scholar, and Cochrane databases were selected for review using the following search words: "fungi and CNS mycoses", CNS fungal infections", "fungal brain infections", " fungal cerebritis", fungal meningitis", "diagnostics of fungal infections", and "treatment of CNS fungal infections"...
May 21, 2018: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785581/anti-jc-virus-antibody-sera-positivity-and-index-value-among-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-may-be-correlated-with-age-sex-and-area-of-residence
#18
Sogol Koolaji, Narges Sistany Allahabadi, Arash Ahmadi, Sharareh Eskandarieh, Abdorreza Naser Moghadasi, Amir Reza Azimi, Mohammad Ali Sahraian
Anti-JC virus (JCV) antibody index is the predictive factor of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients treating with natalizumab. The aim of this study is to evaluate the prevalence of anti-JCV antibody positivity and index among Iranian patients who are the candidate for natalizumab and its correlation with their demographic data and previous therapies. A cross-sectional design was assessed for receiving anti-JCV antibody test results between January 2014 and December 2016...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785508/lacosamide-a-review-in-focal-onset-seizures-in-patients-with-epilepsy
#19
Sheridan M Hoy
Lacosamide (Vimpat® ) is a functionalized amino acid (available orally and intravenously) approved in the EU and the USA for use as monotherapy and adjunctive therapy for the treatment of focal-onset seizures in adults, adolescents and children aged ≥ 4 years with epilepsy. In adults and adolescents (aged ≥ 16 years), oral lacosamide as adjunctive therapy to other antiepileptic drugs was generally effective in reducing seizure frequency during short-term (up to 18 weeks) treatment, with efficacy sustained over the longer-term (up to 8 years)...
May 21, 2018: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785478/changing-trend-of-infectious-diseases-in-nepal
#20
Shiba Kumar Rai
Many infectious/communicable diseases (IDs) are endemic in Nepal. Until a decade and half ago, IDs were the major cause of both morbidity and mortality accounting 70% for both. However, as a result of various preventive measures implemented by both the state and non-state actors, the overall IDs have shown a changing (declining) trend. The most impressive decline has been seen in the intestinal helminth infection. Though the overall burden of IDs is decreasing, several newer infectious diseases (emerging infections) namely, dengue fever, scrub typhus, influenza (H5N1 and H1N1), and others are posing a great public health problem...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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