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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915960/pleiotropic-effects-of-metformin-to-rescue-statin-induced-muscle-injury-and-insulin-resistance-a-proposed-mechanism-and-potential-clinical-implications
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Nicholas W Carris, Srinivas M Tipparaju, David J Magness, Kalyan C Chapalamadugu, Ronald R Magness
The 2013 American Heart Association Blood Cholesterol Guidelines increased the number of patients recommended for statin therapy in the United States to 56million. Two common statin side effects are muscle pain, referred to as "statin-associated muscle symptoms", and increased risk for new onset type-2-diabetes mellitus. Up to 25% of statin users report muscle symptoms resulting in many patients being switched to lower dose or lower potency statins, or refusing statins altogether. The most likely signaling mechanisms for statin-associated muscle symptoms overlaps with the proposed mechanism of statin-induced insulin resistance...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915796/correlates-of-isoniazid-preventive-therapy-failure-in-child-household-contacts-with-infectious-tuberculosis-in-high-burden-settings-in-nairobi-kenya-a-cohort-study
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Florence Nafula Okwara, John Paul Oyore, Fred Nabwire Were, Samson Gwer
BACKGROUND: Sub-Saharan Africa continues to document high pediatric tuberculosis (TB) burden, especially among the urban poor. One recommended preventive strategy involves tracking and isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) for children under 5 years in close contact with infectious TB. However, sub-optimal effectiveness has been documented in diverse settings. We conducted a study to elucidate correlates to IPT strategy failure in children below 5 years in high burden settings. METHODS: A prospective longitudinal cohort study was done in informal settlings in Nairobi, where children under 5 years in household contact with recently diagnosed smear positive TB adults were enrolled...
September 16, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912263/hemodynamic-phenotyping-of-pulmonary-hypertension-in-left-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Robert Naeije, Mario Gerges, Jean-Luc Vachiery, Sergio Caravita, Christian Gerges, Irene M Lang
Increased pulmonary venous pressure secondary to left heart disease is the most common cause of pulmonary hypertension (PH). The diagnosis of PH due to left heart disease relies on a clinical probability assessment followed by the invasive measurements of a mean pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) ≥25 mm Hg and mean wedged PAP (PAWP) >15 mm Hg. A combination of mean PAP and mean PAWP defines postcapillary PH. Postcapillary PH is generally associated with a diastolic pulmonary pressure gradient (diastolic PAP minus mean PAWP) <7 mm Hg, a transpulmonary pressure gradient (mean PAP minus mean PAWP) <12 mm Hg, and pulmonary vascular resistance ≤3 Wood units (WU)...
September 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911059/forcing-the-vicious-circle-sarcopenia-increases-toxicity-decreases-response-to-chemotherapy-and-worsens-with-chemotherapy
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F Bozzetti
Sarcopenia has recently emerged as a new condition that, independently from malnutrition, may adversely affect the prognosis of cancer patients. Purpose of this narrative review is to define the prevalence of sarcopenia in different primaries, its role in leading to chemotherapy toxicity and decreased compliance with the oncological therapy and the effect of some drugs on the onset of sarcopenia. Finally, the review aims to describe the current approaches to restore the muscle mass through nutrition, exercise and anti-inflammatory agents or multimodal programmes with a special emphasis on the results of randomized controlled trials...
September 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910493/using-interpersonal-process-recall-to-compare-patients-accounts-of-resistance-in-two-psychotherapies-for-generalized-anxiety-disorder
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Nicholas R Morrison, Michael J Constantino, Henny A Westra, Angela Kertes, Brien J Goodwin, Martin M Antony
In a trial examining whether cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) could be improved by integrating motivational interviewing (MI) to target resistance, MI-CBT outperformed CBT over 12-month follow-up (Westra, Constantino, & Antony, 2016). Given that effectively addressing resistance is both a theoretically and an empirically supported mechanism of MI's additive effect, we explored qualitatively patients' experience of resistance, possibly as a function of treatment. For 5 patients from each treatment who exhibited early in-session change ambivalence, and thus were at risk for later resistance, we conducted interpersonal process recall interviews after a session...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906539/a-programme-to-increase-appropriate-usage-of-benzathine-penicillin-for-management-of-streptococcal-pharyngitis-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-zambia
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Aidan Long, Joyce Chipili Lungu, Elizabeth Machila, Sherri Schwaninger, Jonathan Spector, Brigitta Tadmor, Mark Fishman, Bongani M Mayosi, John Musuku
Rheumatic heart disease is highly prevalent and associated with substantial morbidity and mortality in many resource-poor areas of the world, including sub-Saharan Africa. Primary and secondary prophylaxis with penicillin has been shown to significantly improve outcomes and is recognised to be the standard of care, with intra-muscular benzathine penicillin G recommended as the preferred agent by many technical experts. However, ensuring compliance with therapy has proven to be challenging. As part of a public-private partnership initiative in Zambia, we conducted an educational and access-to-medicine programme aimed at increasing appropriate use of benzathine penicillin for the prevention and management of rheumatic heart disease, according to national guidelines...
July 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906085/quality-of-life-of-psoriasis-patients-measured-by-the-psodisk-a-new-visual-method-for-assessing-the-impact-of-the-disease
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Santo R Mercuri, Greta Gregorio, Pina Brianti
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease with a chronic course; often it is associated with various serious comorbidity and a compromised quality of life. Psoriasis patients experience a low self-esteem, feelings of shame and frustration, they report a seriously compromised social and sentimental sphere, difficulties at work and in daily activities, coming in most serious cases to suicidal ideation. METHODS: Our job is to experiment the introduction of the innovative PSOdisk tool to quantify the impact of psoriasis on quality of life, comparing it with PASI Index...
October 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904446/levodopa-history-and-therapeutic-applications
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Sujith Ovallath, Bahiya Sulthana
Levodopa - the aromatic amino acid L-3,4-dihydroxy phenylalanine has held the attention of neurologists and pharmacologists alike for more than half a century. Even though extensive research has been done across the globe in treatment of Parkinson's disease, with different molecules, none could replace the gold standard treatment or provide complete relief for the debilitated. Although research brought us better tips and tricks to modulate the dopamine blood levels to balance between the desired and deleterious effects, it could never replace the basic substrate...
July 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902829/-compression-knitwear-venoteks-trend-in-treatment-of-patients-with-chronic-venous-diseases-of-the-lower-limbs
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A V Tsypliashchuk, Iu M Stoĭko, S E Kharitonova, E S Vunder, D M Mamadaliev
The authors assessed efficacy and safety of class 2 compression knitwear VENOTEKS TREND used in conservative and injection phlebosclerosing therapy of patients presenting with clinical class C1-C3 chronic venous diseases of the lower limbs. The study included a total of 30 patients. The compliance rate amounted to 92%. It was demonstrated that class 2 compression knitwear Venoteks Trend statistically significantly decreases the degree of subjective symptomatology, is efficient and safe in therapy for oedematous syndrome in the programmes of conservative treatment and after sclerotherapy...
2017: Angiologii︠a︡ i Sosudistai︠a︡ Khirurgii︠a︡, Angiology and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902639/the-role-of-specialized-prevention-clinics-for-the-short-term-follow-up-of-acute-coronary-syndromes
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Salih Kılıç, Evrim Şimşek, Hatice Soner Kemal, Elif İlkay Yüce, Cüneyt Türkoğlu, Meral Kayıkçıoğlu
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the effect of specialized prevention clinics and standard clinics follow-ups on secondary protection after acute coronary syndrome (ACS) on cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS: A total of 118 patients who received thrombolytic therapy after being diagnosed with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction were followed up for 6 months. After ACS, patients in a specialized prevention clinic (Group 1) (n=67) and those in a standard clinic (Group 2) (n=51) were compared in terms of the change in their lifestyle, management of risk factors, and drug compliance...
September 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902093/bile-acid-synthesis-disorders-in-arabs-a-10-year-screening-study
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Abdulrahman Al-Hussaini, Kenneth D R Setchell, Bader AlSaleem, James E Heubi, Khurram Lone, Anne Davit-Spraul, Emmanuel Jacquemin
OBJECTIVES: Early diagnosis of bile acid synthesis disorders (BASD) is important because, untreated, these conditions can be fatal. Our objectives were to screen children with cholestasis or unexplained liver disease for BASD and in those with confirmed BASD to evaluate the effectiveness of cholic acid therapy. METHODS: A routine serum total bile acid measurement was performed on children with cholestasis, liver cirrhosis, and liver failure. Patients were screened for BASD by fast atom bombardment ionization-mass spectrometry (FAB-MS) analysis of urine, and molecular analysis confirmed diagnosis...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901639/predicting-changes-in-flow-category-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-and-preserved-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-on-medical-therapy
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Jinghao Nicholas Ngiam, Ivandito Kuntjoro, Benjamin Y Q Tan, Hui-Wen Sim, William K F Kong, Tiong-Cheng Yeo, Kian-Keong Poh
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Controversy surrounds the prognosis and management of patients with paradoxical low-flow severe aortic stenosis (AS) with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). It was not certain if patients in a particular flow category remained in the same category as disease progressed. We investigated whether there were switches in categories and if so, their predictors. METHODS: Consecutive subjects (n = 203) with isolated severe AS and paired echocardiography (>180 days apart) were studied...
September 13, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899928/treatment-of-hypertension-by-increasing-impaired-endothelial-trpv4-kca2-3-interaction
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Dongxu He, Qiongxi Pan, Zhen Chen, Chunyuan Sun, Peng Zhang, Aiqin Mao, Yaodan Zhu, Hongjuan Li, Chunxiao Lu, Mingxu Xie, Yin Zhou, Daoming Shen, Chunlei Tang, Zhenyu Yang, Jian Jin, Xiaoqiang Yao, Bernd Nilius, Xin Ma
The currently available antihypertensive agents have undesirable adverse effects due to systemically altering target activity including receptors, channels, and enzymes. These effects, such as loss of potassium ions induced by diuretics, bronchospasm by beta-blockers, constipation by Ca(2+) channel blockers, and dry cough by ACEI, lead to non-compliance with therapies (Moser, 1990). Here, based on new hypertension mechanisms, we explored a new antihypertensive approach. We report that transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) interacts with Ca(2+)-activated potassium channel 3 (KCa2...
September 12, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898708/cue-exposure-therapy-reduces-overeating-of-exposed-and-non-exposed-foods-in-obese-adolescents
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Ghislaine Schyns, Anne Roefs, Fren T Y Smulders, Anita Jansen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: This study tested whether two sessions of food cue exposure therapy reduced eating in the absence of hunger (EAH), specified for exposed and non-exposed food, in overweight and obese adolescents, and whether habituation of food cue reactivity and reduced CS-US expectancies predicted a decrease in EAH. METHODS: 41 overweight adolescents (aged 12-18 years) were randomly assigned to a cue exposure intervention or a lifestyle intervention (control condition)...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895958/atopic-dermatitis-phototherapy-and-systemic-therapy
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Dawn Marie Davis, Jenna Borok, Jeremy Udkoff, Peter Lio, Jonathan Spergel
The majority of atopic dermatitis (AD) patients respond satisfactorily to gentle bathing, frequent moisturizing, and topical medications. Second-line therapies for AD should be used in recalcitrant cases or in patients with uncontrolled disease despite compliance with first-line measures and avoidance of allergens. Recommended advanced therapies include phototherapy, especially narrowband ultraviolet B, systemic immunosuppressants, and a new biologic agent. Few studies have compared head-to-head efficacy of the different immunosuppressant therapies such as cyclosporine, methotrexate, azathioprine and mycophenolate mofetil...
September 2017: Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895104/concordance-of-adherence-measurement-using-self-reported-adherence-questionnaires-and-medication-monitoring-devices-an-updated-review
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REVIEW
Alisha Monnette, Yichen Zhang, Hui Shao, Lizheng Shi
INTRODUCTION: As medication adherence continues to be a prevalent issue in today's society, the methods used to monitor medication-taking behaviors are constantly being re-evaluated and compared in search of the 'gold standard' measure. Our review aimed to assess the current literature surrounding the correlation between self-reported questionnaires (SRQs) and electronic monitoring devices to determine if these measures produce similar results. METHODS: We performed a literature search from 2009 to 2017 using PubMed, PubMed In-Process and Non-Indexed, EMBASE, Ovid MEDLINE, and Ovid MEDLINE In-Process...
September 11, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894547/a-novel-therapy-for-cocaine-dependence-during-abstinence-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#17
Bijan Pirnia, Ali Reza Moradi, Kambiz Pirnia, Parisa Kolahi, Rasool Roshan
BACKGROUND: Topiramate is an anticonvulsant drug and an ideal candidate for reducing the craving in people relying on cocaine. Contingency management is one of the common therapies in the domain of addiction. OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to evaluate and compare three medication methods of Topiramate (TPM), Contingency Management (CM) and the combined TPM treatment and cash intervention on craving during abstinence. METHODS: This randomized clinical trial was conducted at Bijan Center for Substance Abuse Treatment in Tehran, Iran, from December 15, 2014 to November 20, 2015...
July 2017: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893153/emotion-focused-perspective-on-generalized-anxiety-disorder-a-qualitative-analysis-of-clients-in-session-presentations
#18
Katie O'Brien, Nora O'Keeffe, Hannah Cullen, Aoife Durcan, Ladislav Timulak, James McElvaney
OBJECTIVE: The classification of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is influenced by the tradition of conceptualizing disorders in the context of their clinical presentation and subsequent professional thinking around them. Our qualitative, descriptive-interpretative study uses a theoretical framework drawn from emotion-focused therapy (EFT) as the basis of our interpretation of GAD clients' presentation of their difficulties. METHOD: The current research consists of an investigation into the GAD presentation based on a multiple case study observational qualitative design...
September 11, 2017: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892800/polymeric-nanoparticle-constructs-as-devices-for-antibacterial-therapy
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REVIEW
Ortensia Ilaria Parisi, Luca Scrivano, Maria Stefania Sinicropi, Francesco Puoci
Diseases related to bacterial infections represent a relevant challenge for public health. Despite the success obtained with the conventional antibiotic therapies, indeed, new drawbacks have been identified. In addition to poor drugs solubility and stability, adverse side effects, and many other factors which together lead to a low patient compliance, the antibiotic resistance and the lack in the development of new antimicrobial agents are the main problems. On the basis of these considerations, the research interest is focused on the exploration of new strategies able to circumvent these drawbacks improving the efficacy of current antibiotics...
September 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892318/-lipertance%C3%A2-the-ascot-single-pill-combination-has-finally-arrived
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REVIEW
R P Radermecker
The fixed association of atorvastatin, perindopril and amlodipine was recently launched by the firm SERVIER under the name of Lipertance®. It is the first fixed association of a statin, an ACE inhibitor and a calcium blocker present on the Belgian market to handle the risk factors that are hypertension and dyslipidemia which can be used both in primary and secondary cardiovascular prevention. The interests of such a triple combined therapy are many in terms of morbimortality reduction, as observed in ASCOT trial...
September 2017: Revue Médicale de Liège
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