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Billy Sin, Kimberly Koop, Michelle Liu, Jun-Yen Yeh, Pardeep Thandi
BACKGROUND: The efficacy, safety, opioid-sparing effects, and cost-benefit analyses of intravenous (IV) acetaminophen (APAP) in treating renal colic remain controversial. STUDY QUESTION: To evaluate the safety, efficacy, opioid-sparing effects, and cost-benefits of IV APAP in patients who present with renal colic in the emergency department (ED). DATA SOURCES: We systematically searched PubMed (January 1970 to April 2016). STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trials which evaluated IV APAP for renal colic in the ED were eligible...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Therapeutics
Patricia Yuste-Checa, Sandra Brasil, Alejandra Gámez, Jarl Underhaug, Lourdes R Desviat, Magdalena Ugarte, Celia Pérez-Cerdá, Aurora Martinez, Belén Pérez
The congenital disorder of glycosylation (CDG) due to phosphomannomutase 2 deficiency (PMM2-CDG), the most common N-glycosylation disorder, is a multisystem disease for which no effective treatment is available. The recent functional characterization of disease-causing mutations described in patients with PMM2-CDG led to the idea of a therapeutic strategy involving pharmacological chaperones (PC) to rescue PMM2 loss-of-function mutations. The present work describes the high-throughput screening, by differential scanning fluorimetry, of 10,000 low molecular weight compounds from a commercial library, to search for possible PCs for the enzyme PMM2...
October 24, 2016: Human Mutation
Safiya Imtiaz Shaikh, D Nagarekha, Ganapati Hegade, M Marutheesh
Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is one of the complex and significant problems in anesthesia practice, with growing trend toward ambulatory and day care surgeries. This review focuses on pathophysiology, pharmacological prophylaxis, and rescue therapy for PONV. We searched the Medline and PubMed database for articles published in English from 1991 to 2014 while writing this review using "postoperative nausea and vomiting, PONV, nausea-vomiting, PONV prophylaxis, and rescue" as keywords. PONV is influenced by multiple factors which are related to the patient, surgery, and pre-, intra-, and post-operative anesthesia factors...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Sheena Derry, Cathy Stannard, Peter Cole, Philip J Wiffen, Roger Knaggs, Dominic Aldington, R Andrew Moore
BACKGROUND: Opioid drugs, including fentanyl, are commonly used to treat neuropathic pain, and are considered effective by some professionals. Most reviews have examined all opioids together. This review sought evidence specifically for fentanyl, at any dose, and by any route of administration. Other opioids are considered in separate reviews. OBJECTIVES: To assess the analgesic efficacy of fentanyl for chronic neuropathic pain in adults, and the adverse events associated with its use in clinical trials...
October 11, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Adele Callaghan, Leigh Kinsman, Simon Cooper, Natalie Radomski
OBJECTIVES: Junior doctors are frequently the first doctor to be called by a nurse to review patients whose clinical status has declined in hospital wards, yet little is known about how well prepared they are to deal with this situation. This paper aims to identify the factors that influence junior doctors' early recognition and management of patient deterioration in an acute ward settings. METHOD: Integrative review methodology was used to allow for the inclusion of broad research designs, summarising current knowledge from existing research and identify gaps in the literature...
October 7, 2016: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
Ankush Gupta, Uma A Bhosale, Priyank Shah, Radha Yegnanarayan, Shalini Sardesai
BACKGROUND: Central nervous sensitization, following surgical injury, leads to postoperative pain hypersensitivity due to lowered pain threshold in peripheral nociceptors and increased excitability of spinal neurons. Pre-emptive analgesia is intended to decrease pain perception and overall analgesic need by use of drug regimen, seizing CNS sensitization before exposure to painful stimuli. Few studies support pre-emptive analgesic efficacy of novel antiepileptic agent Gabapentin. Though Topiramate and Lamotrigine have been proven analgesic in animal models of chronic pain and clinical studies of Gabapentin-resistant neuropathic pain, literature search revealed scarce data on its pre-emptive analgesic efficacy...
September 2016: Annals of Neurosciences
Shubin Hong, Shuang Yu, Jin Li, Yali Yin, Yujie Liu, Quan Zhang, Hongyu Guan, Yanbing Li, Haipeng Xiao
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenous, small non-coding RNAs that play important roles in multiple biological processes. MiR-20b has been reported to be dysregulated in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). However, the functional roles are still largely unknown. This study aimed to investigate the biological functions and the underlying molecular mechanisms of miR-20b in PTC. METHOD: The expression of miR-20b was assessed by quantitative RT-PCR in 47 pairs of PTC and adjacent normal thyroid tissues...
October 7, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Li Shuying, Li Ping, Lin Xuemei
BACKGROUND: Postoperative shivering (POS) is a common complication that occurs after regional and general anesthesia. Thus far, numerous studies have reported on the effectiveness of tramadol in preventing or treating POS. Here, we performed a meta-analysis to assess the efficacy of tramadol in the prevention of POS. METHODS: We systematically searched PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Library to identify studies of the efficacy of tramadol in the prevention of POS...
October 5, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
Ahitagni Biswas, Lakhan Kashyap, Aanchal Kakkar, Chitra Sarkar, Pramod Kumar Julka
Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) is a highly malignant embryonal central nervous system tumor commonly affecting children <3 years of age. It roughly constitutes 1%-2% of all pediatric central nervous system tumors. Recent data show that it is the most common malignant central nervous system tumor in children <6 months of age. Management of this aggressive tumor is associated with a myriad of diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. On the basis of radiology and histopathology alone, distinction of AT/RT from medulloblastoma or primitive neuroectodermal tumor is difficult, and hence this tumor has been commonly misdiagnosed as primitive neuroectodermal tumor for decades...
2016: Cancer Management and Research
Yukio Koizumi, Kenichiro Nagai, Keiji Hasumi, Keiji Kuba, Toshihiro Sugiyama
The formation of blood clots in blood vessels causes severe ischemic diseases such as cerebral infarction and myocardial infarction. While searching for microbial products that increase fibrinolytic activity using an in vitro fibrin degradation assay, we found malformin A1, a disulfide form of cyclo(-d-Cys-d-Cys-l-Val-d-Leu-l-Ile-), as an active compound. In this study, we synthesized malformin derivatives using a solid-phase peptide synthesis method and evaluated their fibrinolytic activity and cytotoxicity...
September 16, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Krishna S Vyas, Sibi Rajendran, Shane D Morrison, Afaaf Shakir, Samir Mardini, Valerie Lemaine, Maurice Y Nahabedian, Stephen B Baker, Brian D Rinker, Henry C Vasconez
BACKGROUND: Management of postoperative pain often requires multimodal approaches. Suboptimal dosages of current therapies can leave patients experiencing periods of insufficient analgesia, often requiring rescue therapy. With absence of a validated and standardized approach to pain management, further refinement of treatment protocols and targeted therapeutics is needed. Liposomal bupivacaine (Exparel) is a longer acting form of traditional bupivacaine that delivers the drug by means of a multivesicular liposomal system...
October 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Hui-Lian Wang, Xi Lu, Xudong Yang, Nan Xu
The relative efficacy of different strategies for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients with lamivudine resistance (LAM-R) has not yet been systematically studied. Clinical trials were searched in PUBMED, MEDLINE, EMBASE, and CNKI databases up to February 15, 2016. Nine trials including 764 patients met the entry criteria. In direct meta-analysis, TDF showed a stronger antiviral effect than any one of ETV, LAM/ADV, and ADV against LAM-R hepatitis B virus. LAM/ADV therapy was superior to ADV in suppressing viral replication...
2016: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Hirofumi Harashima, Nico Dissmeyer, Philippe Hammann, Yuko Nomura, Katharina Kramer, Hirofumi Nakagami, Arp Schnittger
BACKGROUND: Modulation of protein activity by phosphorylation through kinases and subsequent de-phosphorylation by phosphatases is one of the most prominent cellular control mechanisms. Thus, identification of kinase substrates is pivotal for the understanding of many - if not all - molecular biological processes. Equally, the possibility to deliberately tune kinase activity is of great value to analyze the biological process controlled by a particular kinase. RESULTS: Here we have applied a chemical genetic approach and generated an analog-sensitive version of CDKA;1, the central cell-cycle regulator in Arabidopsis and homolog of the yeast Cdc2/CDC28 kinases...
September 26, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Dylan G Clark, James D Ford, Tristan Pearce, Lea Berrang-Ford
Injury is the leading cause of death for Canadians aged 1 to 44, occurring disproportionately across regions and communities. In the Inuit territory of Nunavut, for instance, unintentional injury rates are over three times the Canadian average. In this paper, we develop a framework for assessing vulnerability to injury and use it to identify and characterize the determinants of injuries on the land in Nunavut. We specifically examine unintentional injuries on the land (outside of hamlets) because of the importance of land-based activities to Inuit culture, health, and well-being...
September 16, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
Joeva J Barrow, Eduardo Balsa, Francisco Verdeguer, Clint D J Tavares, Meghan S Soustek, Louis R Hollingsworth, Mark Jedrychowski, Rutger Vogel, Joao A Paulo, Jan Smeitink, Steve P Gygi, John Doench, David E Root, Pere Puigserver
Mitochondrial diseases comprise a heterogeneous group of genetically inherited disorders that cause failures in energetic and metabolic function. Boosting residual oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) activity can partially correct these failures. Herein, using a high-throughput chemical screen, we identified the bromodomain inhibitor I-BET 525762A as one of the top hits that increases COX5a protein levels in complex I (CI) mutant cybrid cells. In parallel, bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4), a target of I-BET 525762A, was identified using a genome-wide CRISPR screen to search for genes whose loss of function rescues death of CI-impaired cybrids grown under conditions requiring OXPHOS activity for survival...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Cell
Peter D Cooper
BACKGROUND: Modern living is awash with low-frequency electromagnetic radiation raising concern over health effects, birth defects, and infant cancers especially leukemias. Medical/scientific opinion is ambivalent, especially regarding possible mechanisms of action despite our bodies׳ many electric currents. AIMS: Are some cancers induced by morphogenetic changes rather than direct mutation? We wished to see if morphogenetic effects of weak, extremely low-frequency electric (ELF) fields in embryonated hen׳s eggs could induce cancers, knowing that such treatment is usually deleterious...
August 18, 2016: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Hans K H Ng, Kaleeckal G Harikumar, Laurence J Miller, Billy K C Chow
The involvement of secretin (SCT) and secretin receptor (SCTR) in regulating body water homeostasis is well established. Identified as one of the vasopressin (Vp)-independent mechanisms in fluid balance, SCT regulates aquaporin 2 (AQP2) in the kidney distal collecting duct cells through activating intracellular cAMP production. This ability to bypass Vp-mediated water reabsorption in kidney implicates SCT's potential to treat nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (NDI). Research on NDI in the past has largely been focused on the searching for mutations in vasopressin receptor 2 (AVPR2), while the functional relationship between SCTR, AVPR2 and NDI remains unclear...
2016: PloS One
Ke Peng, Hua-Yue Liu, Shao-Ru Wu, Hong Liu, Zhao-Cai Zhang, Fu-Hai Ji
BACKGROUND: Many studies have compared propofol-based anesthesia with inhalational anesthesia. Results from several studies have shown improved postoperative analgesia after propofol anesthesia, but other studies showed contradictory results. There are no large prospective studies that compare postoperative pain after propofol versus inhalational anesthesia. This meta-analysis was designed to focus on this question. METHODS: A systematic literature search for randomized controlled trials that compared propofol-based anesthesia with volatile agents-based anesthesia in adults undergoing surgery was conducted...
October 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Sean A P Clouston, Roman Kotov, Robert H Pietrzak, Benjamin J Luft, Adam Gonzalez, Marcus Richards, Camilo J Ruggero, Avron Spiro, Evelyn J Bromet
INTRODUCTION: During the World Trade Center (WTC) attacks, responders who helped in search, rescue, and recovery endured multiple traumatic and toxic exposures. One-fifth subsequently developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD has been linked to dementia in veterans. This study examined the association between WTC-related PTSD and cognitive impairment (CI) in WTC responders. METHODS: A one-third sample of responders (N = 818) reporting for annual monitoring visits were screened for cognitive impairment and dementia using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment from January 2014-April 2015...
2016: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
Ragnar Glomseth, Fritz I Gulbrandsen, Knut Fredriksen
BACKGROUND: Search and rescue (SAR) operations constitute a significant proportion of Norwegian ambulance helicopter missions, and they may limit the service's capacity for medical operations. We compared the relative contribution of the different helicopter resources using a common definition of SAR-operation in order to investigate how the SAR workload had changed over the last years. METHODS: We searched the mission databases at the relevant SAR and helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) bases and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (North) for helicopter-supported SAR operations within the potential operation area of the Tromsø HEMS base in 2000-2010...
2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
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