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T Schmitz
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate short- and long-term benefits and risks associated with antenatal administration of a single course of corticosteroids and the related strategies: multiple and rescue courses. METHODS: The PubMed database, the Cochrane Library and the recommendations from the French and foreign obstetrical societies or colleges have been consulted. RESULTS: Antenatal administration of a single course of corticosteroids before 34 weeks of gestation is associated in the neonatal period with a significant reduction of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and death (LE1), and in possibly childhood with a reduction of cerebral palsy and increased psychomotor development index and intact survival (LE3)...
October 21, 2016: Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction
S Møller-Bisgaard, B J Ejbjerg, I Eshed, K Hørslev-Petersen, M L Hetland, A G Jurik, H Thomsen, T Torfing, K Stengaard-Pedersen, P Junker, N S Krogh, T Lottenburger, T Ellingsen, L S Andersen, H Skjødt, A J Svendsen, U Tarp, I T Hansen, J Pødenphant, J K Pedersen, H Lindegaard, L G Hanson, A Vestergaard, D Glinatsi, M Østergaard
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether a treat-to-target strategy based on methotrexate (MTX) and intra-articular (IA) betamethasone suppresses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-determined measures of disease activity and reduces joint destruction in early rheumatoid arthritis (eRA) patients, and to investigate whether concomitant cyclosporin A (CyA) provides an additional effect. METHOD: In the 2-year randomized, double-blind, treat-to-target trial CIMESTRA, 160 patients with eRA (< 6 months) were randomized to MTX, intra-articular betamethasone and CyA, or placebo CyA...
October 24, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
J Do Cao, A Wiedemann, T Quinaux, S F Battaglia-Hsu, L Mainard, R Froissart, C Bonnemains, S Ragot, B Leheup, P Journeau, F Feillet
: Patients under 5 years were not evaluated in the phase-3 study for enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) in MPS IV A. Here we describe the evolution of a severe Morquio A pediatric patient who was diagnosed at 19 months old and treated by ERT at 21 months old for the next 30 months. Applying the standard ERT protocol on this very young patient appeared to reduce his urinary excretion of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs); the improvements in both the 6 minute-walk test (6MWT) and the stair climb test, however, were no different than those reported in the nature history study...
December 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
Kanako Yasuda, Ryosuke Motohashi, Osamu Kotake, Hayate Nakagawa, Hidetaka Noma, Masahiko Shimura
PURPOSE: To compare the effects of topical diclofenac and betamethasone on postoperative inflammation after combined sutureless cataract and vitreoretinal surgery in patients with macular hole (MH), epiretinal membrane (ERM), diabetic macular edema (DME), and rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD). METHODS: The study involved 180 eligible eyes that underwent the combined surgery, followed by treatment with topical diclofenac (n = 100) or betamethasone (n = 80) for 12 weeks...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Yong Hyun Jang, Sang Lim Kim, Kyou Chae Lee, Min Ji Kim, Kyung Hea Park, Weon Ju Lee, Seok-Jong Lee, Do Won Kim
BACKGROUND: Various systemic agents have been assessed for the treatment of alopecia areata (AA); however, there is a paucity of comparative studies. OBJECTIVE: To assess and compare cyclosporine and betamethasone minipulse therapy as treatments for AA with regard to effectiveness and safety. METHODS: Data were collected from 88 patients who received at least 3 months of oral cyclosporine (n=51) or betamethasone minipulse therapy (n=37) for AA...
October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Bethany Stetson, Judith U Hibbard, Isabelle Wilkins, Heidi Leftwich
OBJECTIVE: To examine the differences in perinatal outcomes among women with a prior preterm birth who received cerclage compared with cerclage plus 17α-hydroxyprogesterone caproate. METHODS: Women with transvaginal cerclage placement and a prior delivery between 16 and 36 weeks of gestation were identified over a 10-year period (July 2002 to May 2012) in this retrospective cohort study. Exclusion criteria were delivery at another institution, abdominal cerclage, multiple gestations, and major fetal anomalies...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gabriele Saccone, Vincenzo Berghella
OBJECTIVE:  To evaluate the effectiveness of antenatal corticosteroids given at ≥34 weeks' gestation. DESIGN:  Systematic review with meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES:  Electronic databases were searched from their inception to February 2016. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR STUDY SELECTION:  Randomized clinical trials comparing antenatal corticosteroids with placebo or no treatment in women with a singleton pregnancy at ≥34 weeks' gestation...
October 12, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Fernanda Pacella, Enzo Agostinelli, Sandra Cinzia Carlesimo, Marcella Nebbioso, Roberto Secondi, Michele Forastiere, Elena Pacella
BACKGROUND: Ozurdex is a 700 mcg dexamethasone intravitreal implant, approved for the management of macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion, and other related pathoglogiesAnterior chamber dislocation of Ozurdex represents an uncommon complication of the intravitreal injection, which can be managed by repositioning the implant into the vitreous cavity. We describe the case of a successful repositioning of an Ozurdex implant by mobilization and subsequent balanced saline solution injection in the anterior chamber...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Marta Diez-Castellnou, Marie-Virginie Salvia, Sara Springhetti, Federico Rastrelli, Fabrizio Mancin
A simple and effective method for high-sensitivity NMR detection of selected compounds is reported. The method combines 1D NMR diffusion filter experiments and small monolayer-protected nanoparticles as high-affinity receptors. Once bound to the nanoparticles, the diffusion coefficient of the analyte decreases in such way that spectral editing based on diffusion filters can separate its signals from those of other mixture components. Using nanoparticles functionalized with Zn(2+) -triazacyclonane complexes, detection and identification of phosphorylated organic molecules can be achieved...
October 10, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
J-H Lee, C-J Park, T-Y Kim, Y-B Choe, N-I Kim, H-J Song, J-I Youn, S-W Youn, J-H Choi, K-J Kim
BACKGROUND: There is a lack of response data for topical treatments for psoriasis vulgaris in Asian patients. OBJECTIVES: To determine the optimal maintenance regimen for topical treatment with calcipotriol monohydrate/betamethasone dipropionate gel in Korean patients with psoriasis vulgaris, by comparing the efficacy of three 8-week maintenance regimens. METHODS: This was a multicentre, prospective, randomized, controlled, parallel-group, open-label, phase 4 clinical trial, conducted in South Korea...
October 10, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Liming Lu, Meiling Xuan, Yuhong Yan, Geng Li, Li Zhou, Zehuai Wen, Chuanjian Lu
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis vulgaris (PV) has been causing increasing concern due to its highly prevalent, harmful and therapy-resistant characteristics. The YXBCM01 (Chinese herbal medicine) for PV trial evaluates the effects of YXBCM01 on relapse rate in patients suffering from PV. As an update to the published design and method for the trial, this paper presents the statistical plan for the main publication to avoid the risk of outcome reporting bias, selective reporting, and data-driven results...
October 3, 2016: Trials
Kunitaro Watanabe, Joho Tokumine, Tomoko Yorozu, Kumi Moriyama, Hideaki Sakamoto, Tetsuo Inoue
BACKGROUND: Dexamethasone added to local anesthetic for brachial plexus block improves postoperative pain after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, as compared with the use of local anesthetic alone. Dexamethasone is present in non-particulate form in local anesthetic solution, while betamethasone is partially present in particulate form. The particulate betamethasone gradually decays and is expected to cause its longer-lasting effect. This study investigated the postoperative analgesic effect of betamethasone added to ropivacaine for brachial plexus block in patients who underwent arthroscopic rotator cuff repair...
October 4, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
Linda Stein Gold, John Villumsen, Monika Rosen
INTRODUCTION: Good treatment adherence is important in the effective management of psoriasis and is related to both the frequency of applications and the amount of product used versus the recommended dose. The efficacy and safety of fixed combination calcipotriol 50 µg/g (Cal) and betamethasone 0.5 mg/g as dipropionate (BD) in the treatment of psoriasis is well established; an aerosol foam formulation has been developed to enhance adherence. This subanalysis from the Phase III PSO-FAST study evaluates the amount of Cal/BD foam used during treatment and the association between the extent and severity of baseline disease...
October 6, 2016: Dermatology and Therapy
Man-Yun Chen, Yong-Jun Tang, Yi-Cheng Wang, Chong-Zhi Wang, Chun-Su Yuan, Yao Chen, Zhi-Rong Tan, Wei-Hua Huang, Hong-Hao Zhou
The compound medicine of betamethasone sodium phosphate (BSP) and betamethasone dipropionate (BDP) is widely used for diverse glucocorticoid-sensitive acute and chronic diseases such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. It will be useful and beneficial to validate sensitive method for the determination of BSP, BDP and their metabolites for their pharmacokinetic study. Hereby, an ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) has been validated for the determination of BSP, BDP and their metabolites betamethasone (BOH), betamethasone 17-monodipropionate (B17P) and betamethasone 21-monodipropionate (B21P) in human plasma...
May 7, 2016: Analytical Methods: Advancing Methods and Applications
Calan Savoy, Mark A Ferro, Louis A Schmidt, Saroj Saigal, Ryan J Van Lieshout
BACKGROUND: Mortality rates among extremely low birthweight (ELBW) infants have declined since the advent of antenatal glucocorticoid use. However, the long term neuropsychiatric effects of exposure are not well understood. We utilized the world's oldest longitudinally followed cohort of ELBW survivors to compare psychopathology over two decades in adulthood in those exposed to prenatal betamethasone and those who were not. METHODS: ELBW survivors (n=179) and matched normal birth weight (NBW) controls (n=145) completed the Young Adult Self-Report questionnaire at 22-26 and 29-36 years, and the Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories at 29-36 years...
September 28, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Gustavo F Wandalsen, Carolina Miranda, Luis Felipe Ensina, Flavio Sano, Roberto Bleul Amazonas, Joyce Macedo da Silva, Dirceu Solé
INTRODUCTION: A combination of antihistamines and oral corticosteroids is often used to treat acute symptoms of allergic rhinitis. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate safety and efficacy of desloratadine plus prednisolone in the treatment of acute symptoms of children (2-12 years) with allergic rhinitis, and to compare it to dexchlorpheniramine plus betamethasone. METHODS: Children with moderate/severe persistent allergic rhinitis and symptomatic (nasal symptoms score [0-12]≥6) were allocated in a double-blind, randomized fashion to receive dexchlorpheniramine plus betamethasone (n=105; three daily doses) or desloratadine plus prednisolone (n=105; single dose followed by two of placebo) for 7 days...
September 13, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
Esther S Kim, James E Frampton
Calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate foam (Enstilar(®)) is a once-daily synthetic vitamin D3 analogue and synthetic corticosteroid fixed-dose combination foam formulation that is indicated for the topical treatment of plaque psoriasis in adults. In randomized, multicentre trials, treatment with calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate foam for 4 weeks resulted in greater proportions of patients achieving treatment success [of the body (i.e. trunk and/or limbs), as assessed by a physician] compared with 4 weeks' treatment with the foam vehicle, individual components as foam, or calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate fixed-dose combination as an ointment, or 8 weeks' treatment with the fixed-dose combination as a topical suspension...
October 2016: Drugs
M Nasimi, R Abedini, A Azizpour, A Nikoo
Linear psoriasis (LPs) is considered a rare clinical presentation of psoriasis, which is characterized by linear erythematous and scaly lesions along the lines of Blaschko. We report the case of a 20-year-old man who presented with asymptomatic linear and S-shaped erythematous, scaly plaques on right side of his trunk. The plaques were arranged along the lines of Blaschko with a sharp demarcation at the midline. Histological examination of a skin biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of psoriasis. Topical calcipotriol and betamethasone dipropionate ointments were prescribed for 2 months...
October 2016: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
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Corticosteroid administration before anticipated preterm birth is one of the most important antenatal therapies available to improve newborn outcomes. A single course of corticosteroids is recommended for pregnant women between 24 0/7 weeks and 33 6/7 weeks of gestation, including for those with ruptured membranes and multiple gestations. It also may be considered for pregnant women starting at 23 0/7 weeks of gestation who are at risk of preterm delivery within 7 days, based on a family's decision regarding resuscitation, irrespective of membrane rupture status and regardless of fetal number...
October 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Corticosteroid administration before anticipated preterm birth is one of the most important antenatal therapies available to improve newborn outcomes. A single course of corticosteroids is recommended for pregnant women between 24 0/7 weeks and 33 6/7 weeks of gestation, including for those with ruptured membranes and multiple gestations. It also may be considered for pregnant women starting at 23 0/7 weeks of gestation who are at risk of preterm delivery within 7 days, based on a family's decision regarding resuscitation, irrespective of membrane rupture status and regardless of fetal number...
October 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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