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Ping Yao, Peng Li, Jun-Jian Jiang, Hong-Ye Li
Scar hyperplasia at the suture site is an important reason for hindering the repair effect of peripheral nerve injury anastomosis. To address this issue, two repair methods are often used. Biological agents are used to block nerve sutures and the surrounding tissue to achieve physical anti-adhesion effects. Another agent is glucocorticosteroid, which can prevent scar growth by inhibiting inflammation. However, the overall effect of promoting regeneration of the injured nerve is not satisfactory. In this regard, we envision that these two methods can be combined and lead to shared understanding for achieving improved nerve repair...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Cécile Guenot, Karine Dubrit, Karine Lepigeon, Eric Giannoni, David Baud, Yvan Vial
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March 19, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Maryam Kashanian, Nooshin Eshraghi, Narges Sheikhansari, Arash Bordbar, Elahehsadat Khatami
The purpose of the present study was to compare the effect of a two-dose administration of betamethasone with 12 hours interval vs. 24 hours interval on neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). The study was performed as a randomised clinical trial on 201 pregnant women with a gestational age of 26-34 weeks. In one group 12 mg of betamethasone every 12 hours for two doses and in the other group 12 mg of betamethasone every 24 hours for two doses were prescribed intramuscularly. There were no significant differences between the two groups according to maternal age, parity, gravidity, BMI, neonatal sex, need to surfactant, NICU admission, NICU stay, neonatal death, neonatal sepsis and Apgar score at minutes 1 and 5, but the gestational age at the beginning of the study and delivery receiving complete course of betamethasone and neonatal weight were lower in 24 hours group...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Lucyna Konieczna, Mariusz Belka, Magdalena Okońska, Magdalena Pyszka, Tomasz Bączek
In recent years, there has been an increasing worldwide interest in the use of alternative sample preparation methods that are proceeded by separation techniques. Fused deposition modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing technique that is based the consecutive layering of softened/melted thermoplastic materials. In this study, a group of natural steroids and sexual hormones - namely, aldosterone, cortisol, β-estradiol, testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, and synthetic methyltestosterone and betamethasone - were separated and determined using an optimized high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LC-MS) method in positive ionization mode...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Kim M J Verdurmen, Guy J J Warmerdam, Carlijn Lempersz, Alexandra D J Hulsenboom, Joris Renckens, Jeanne P Dieleman, Rik Vullings, Judith O E H van Laar, S Guid Oei
BACKGROUND: Betamethasone is widely used to enhance fetal lung maturation in case of threatened preterm labour. Fetal heart rate variability is one of the most important parameters to assess in fetal monitoring, since it is a reliable indicator for fetal distress. AIM: To describe the effect of betamethasone on fetal heart rate variability, by applying spectral analysis on non-invasive fetal electrocardiogram recordings. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study...
March 2, 2018: Early Human Development
Halis Kaan Akturk, Ana Maria Chindris, Jolaine M Hines, Ravinder J Singh, Victor J Bernet
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether dietary supplements that are herbal and/or animal-derived products, marketed for enhancing metabolism or promoting energy, "adrenal fatigue," or "adrenal support," contain thyroid or steroid hormones. METHODS: Twelve dietary adrenal support supplements were purchased. Pregnenolone, androstenedione, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, cortisol, cortisone, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, synthetic glucocorticoids (betamethasone, dexamethasone, fludrocortisone, megestrol acetate, methylprednisolone, prednisolone, prednisone, budesonide, and triamcinolone acetonide) levels were measured twice in samples in a blinded fashion...
March 2018: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Sascha Gerdes, Marion Krakor, Tobias Anger, Hans Joachim Hutt, Andreas Körber
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To assess the efficacy and tolerability of the new aerosol foam of calcipotriol 50 µg/g plus betamethasone dipropionate 0.5 mg/g (Cal/BD foam, Enstilar®) in psoriasis vulgaris under daily practice conditions. METHODS: 410 adult psoriasis patients (56% male) from 87 German sites were enrolled in a 4-week, open-label, prospective, non-controlled, observational, non-interventional study. RESULTS: At baseline, patients presented with a psoriasis severity of mild (41...
March 2, 2018: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
Mari Kiyomatsu-Oda, Hiroshi Uchi, Saori Morino-Koga, Masutaka Furue
BACKGROUND: Chronic eczema such as atopic dermatitis imposes significant socio-econo-psychologic burdens on the affected individuals. In addition to conventional topical treatments, phototherapy is recommended for patients with extensive lesions. Although immunosuppression is believed to explain its primary effectiveness, the underlying mechanisms of phototherapy remain unsolved. Ultraviolet irradiation generates various tryptophan photoproducts including 6-formylindolo[3,2-b]-carbazole (FICZ)...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Science
Sandeep Grover, Pooja Sikka, Shiv Sajan Saini, Neeru Sahni, Subho Chakrabarti, Devakshi Dua, Anisha Aggarwal, Anita Thakur, Shallu Dhiman, Amal Jolly, Swapnajeet Sahoo, Aseem Mehra, Aditya Somani
There is limited literature on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) during pregnancy. ECT is considered as a treatment of last resort during pregnancy. In this case series, we present the data of five patients who were administered ECT during pregnancy. The use of ECT required multidisciplinary approach involving psychiatrist, gynecologist, anesthetist and neonatologist. Two patients received ECT during the second trimester and three patients received ECT during the third trimester. In all the patients, ECT was administered by placing the patients in the left lateral position, glycopyrrolate was used for premedication, thiopentone was used for induction, and succinylcholine was used for muscle relaxation...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
Cihan Inan, N Cenk Sayin, Zehra N Dolgun, Selen G Erzincan, Isil Uzun, Havva Sutcu, Necdet Sut, Fusun G Varol
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the possible effects of prenatal steroid administration on Doppler parameters of the umbilical artery, uterine artery, middle cerebral artery, and ductus venosus, the cerebroplacental ratio, and the amniotic fluid index in preterm fetuses. METHODS: The present prospective observational study was performed at the Perinatology Department of Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey, between June 1, 2015, and September 1, 2016. It included patients with healthy singleton pregnancies who had received betamethasone at 24-34 weeks of pregnancy...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
Farah Asad, Moosa Khan, Fatima Rizvi
Objectives: To evaluate the effect of Atorvastatin as an adjuvant with betamethasone valerate on disease severity and cardiovascular risks in chronic plaque type psoriatic patients. Methods: It is an interventional study conducted in Pharmacology Department of BMSI, JPMC with the collaboration of Dermatology Department of JPMC, Karachi. The duration of study was from June 2013 to June 2016. Seventy five psoriatic patients were prescribed Tablet Atorvastatin 40-20 mg/day (40mg for first three months twice daily followed by 20mg once daily for the next three month) plus topical Betamethasone Valerate 0...
November 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
Burcu Kisa Karakaya, Yasemin Tasci, Ozlem Yoruk, Hatice Kansu-Celik, Fuat Emre Canpolat
Objective: To investigate the effect of antenatal corticosteroid prophylaxis on neonatal respiratory morbidity between 34 and 37 weeks of gestation. Methods: This retrospective study evaluated the neonatal respiratory complications of 683 low risk singleton pregnancies delivered at 34-37 weeks of gestation in a tertiary care center between Jan 2012 and Sept 2015. Group-I (n=294) comprised data of woman who did not receive betamethasone and Group-II(n=396) comprised those who received betamethasone after 34 weeks of gestation for cases at risk of preterm birth...
November 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
E Cirillo, E Del Giudice, R Micheli, A M Cappellari, A Soresina, R M Dellepiane, M C Pietrogrande, L Dell'Era, F Specchia, A Pession, A Plebani, C Pignata
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T) is a rare neurodegenerative disease, due to A-T Mutated (ATM) gene mutations, which typically presents with signs of progressive neurological dysfunction, cerebellar ataxia and uncoordinated movements. A-T severely affects patients' quality of life (QoL). Successful treatment options are still not available. Aim of this multicenter study, performed with a blind evaluation procedure, was to define the minimal effective dosage of oral betamethasone, thus preventing the occurrence of side effects...
February 28, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Manisha Pandey, Hira Choudhury, Tarakini A P Gunasegaran, Saranyah Shanmugah Nathan, Shadab Md, Bapi Gorain, Minaketan Tripathy, Zahid Hussain
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronically relapsing eczematous skin disease characterised by frequent episodes of rashes, severe flares, and inflammation. Till date, there is no absolute therapy for the treatment of AD; however, topical corticosteroids (TCs) are the majorly prescribed class of drugs for the management of AD in both adults and children. Though, topical route is most preferable; however, limited penetration of therapeutics across the startum cornum (SC) is one of the major challenges for scientists...
February 27, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Kyosuke Satake, Toru Amano, Tadao Okamoto
Vitamin D3 (VD3 ) analogues-containing ointments are known to occasionally cause hypercalcemia in psoriasis patients, and the frequency of hypercalcemia is suggested to vary based on the VD3 analogue used. In this study, to address the differences in calcemic effects of VD3 -containing ointments, the calcemic effects of marketed VD3 -containing ointments, including calcipotriol (Cal), maxacalcitol (Max), tacalcitol (Tac), calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate (Cal/BDP) and maxacalcitol/betamethasone butyrate propionate (Max/BBP) ointments, were evaluated in a rat model of imiquimod-induced dermatitis...
February 21, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Sarah Ehling, Ronald E Baynes, Wolfgang Bäumer
OBJECTIVE To determine the pharmacokinetics of florfenicol, terbinafine, and betamethasone acetate after topical application to canine auricular skin and the influence of synthetic canine cerumen on pharmacokinetics. SAMPLE Auricular skin from 6 euthanized shelter dogs (3 females and 3 neutered males with no visible signs of otitis externa). PROCEDURES Skin adjacent to the external opening of the ear canal was collected and prepared for use in a 2-compartment flow-through diffusion cell system to evaluate penetration of an otic gel containing florfenicol, terbinafine, and betamethasone acetate over a 24-hour period...
March 2018: American Journal of Veterinary Research
Jingfeng Zhang, Junli Wang, Xiongwei Mao, Zhengang Li
RATIONALE: Synovial cysts are well known in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and most common in the popliteal fossa. They may produce lots of local symptoms and complaints, which may present initially as an unrelated clinical condition. Few studies have reported multiple extra-articular synovial cysts (MESCs) in the RA patients. Early diagnosis is crucial for patient treatment. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 50-year-old man without any special clinical histories found a soya bean size bump at the left elbow medially, then multiple lumps were found at bilateral elbows and gradually increasing...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Sonia Molesini, Federica Urto, Alexandra D Cvetkovska, Vincenzo Bettoli, Giuseppe Valacchi, Alessandra Pecorelli, Stefano Manfredini, Silvia Vertuani
AIM: We compared the performances of two different commercial products both based on betamethasone and an antibiotic but using different pharmaceutical vehicles: a polymer and lipid-enriched cream and a conventional oil-in-water emulsion. METHODOLOGY: Evaluation was conducted on a reconstructed human epidermis model. Moreover, skin barrier properties and cutaneous hydration of the two vehicles were evaluated on 20 human healthy volunteers. RESULTS: Overall, the polymer and lipid-enriched formulation works as a film-forming product that retains the therapeutic agent for a long time, ensuring its penetration and absorption through the skin, and promoting skin hydration...
February 1, 2018: Therapeutic Delivery
Larissa Schenkel, Ana Paula Simões-Wüst, Irene Hösli, Ursula von Mandach
BACKGROUND: In order to improve the safety for drugs in pregnancy and lactation, data on the clinical practice must be collected and validated. METHODS: Data on the medications routinely used were requested from the university hospitals for obstetrics and the non-university perinatal centres in Switzerland and recommendations and guidelines of scientific societies for the various fields of application were sought. RESULTS: Part I: For during pregnancy and the peripartal period respectively, 69 and 21 different active constituents of medications were identified from at least 4 centres...
February 8, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
Mathias Tiedemann Svendsen, Flemming Andersen, Kirsten Hammond Andersen, Klaus Ejner Andersen
BACKGROUND: Topical corticosteroid or corticosteroid/calcipotriol preparations are recommended first-line topical treatments of psoriasis, but a main cause for the lack of efficacy of topical treatments is considered low rates of adherence to topical drugs. Patient support by the use of applications (apps) for smartphones is suggested to improve medical adherence. METHODS/DESIGN: Design: An investigator-initiated, single-center, single-blind, parallel-group, phase-4 clinical superiority randomized controlled trial (RCT)...
February 7, 2018: BMC Dermatology
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