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Luca Tagliabue, Antonella Capozza, Claudio Maioli, Andrea Luciani, Anna M Ierardi, Gianpaolo Carrafiello
Since the beginning of second decade of this century, when it was introduced in many oncologic scenarios, immunotherapy has become an important tool in the management of a growing number of cancers. Engaging the host immune system in cancer therapy seems to be useful, improving not only progression free survival but also overall survival, until the achieving the goal that many advanced cancers, previously considered without effective treatment options, have now become successfully treatable. Moreover, considering the relatively recent introduction of these drugs in clinical scenarios and the continuous releasing of new drugs, large validated clinical experiences are lacking and many issues are today debated; by the way, the evaluation of the response to immune-therapy poses major concerns...
November 22, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166574/altered-tnf-%C3%AE-response-by-aconibal-%C3%A2-and-methotrexate-in-a-lipopolysaccharide-induced-setting-of-inflammatory-conditions-potential-on-a-synergistic-combination
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Gunhyuk Park, Seoung Hoon Lee, Ji-Ye Han, Dal-Seok Oh
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Aconitum carmichaelii (AC) is a common herbal medicine used as anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent in Eastern Asia. In Korea, a commercial processed AC (Aconibal(®)) is traditionally used to treat the symptoms of spondylosis deformans and rheumatic pain. AIM OF STUDY: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is systemic and auto-immune disease characterized by chronic inflammation. Methotrexate (MTX) is often the first-line therapy for RA. If MTX monotherapy is ineffective or RA is initially severe, adding a tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α inhibitor to the treatment can be beneficial...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166438/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-inadequate-medicine-home-storage-a-community-based-study
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Rand Randall Martins, Andreza Duarte Farias, Yonara Monique da Costa Oliveira, Rodrigo Dos Santos Diniz, Antonio Gouveia Oliveira
OBJECTIVE: Assess the extent of inadequate home storage of medicines andidentify important risk factors. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey based on a probability sample in the community, conducted in 267 households in Cuité, State of Paraíba, Northeast Brazil, in 2014. Logistic regression was used to study the risk factors. RESULTS: The prevalence of households with inadequate storage was 76.0%. Problems with storage include direct exposure to sunlight in 10...
November 17, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166396/human-trafficking-and-exploitation-a-global-health-concern
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Cathy Zimmerman, Ligia Kiss
In this collection review, Cathy Zimmerman and colleague introduce the PLOS Medicine Collection on Human Trafficking, Exploitation and Health, laying out the magnitude of the global trafficking problem and offering a public health policy framework to guide responses to trafficking.
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165562/the-diversity-of-recent-and-ancient-human-dream-a-new-microarray-for-genetic-anthropology-and-genealogy-forensics-and-personalized-medicine
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Eran Elhaik, Leeban Yusuf, Ainan I J Anderson, Mehdi Pirooznia, Dimitrios Arnellos, Gregory Vilshansky, Gunes Ercal, Yontao Lu, Teresa Webster, Michael L Baird, Umberto Esposito
The human population displays wide variety in demographic history, ancestry, content of DNA derived from hominins or ancient populations, adaptation, traits, copy number variation (CNVs), drug response, and more. These polymorphisms are of broad interest to population geneticists, forensics investigators, and medical professionals. Historically, much of that knowledge was gained from population survey projects. While many commercial arrays exist for genome-wide single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping, their design specifications are limited and they do not allow a full exploration of biodiversity...
November 20, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164957/expectations-concerns-and-needs-of-patients-who-start-drugs-for-chronic-conditions-a-prospective-observational-study-among-community-pharmacies-in-serbia
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Katarina M Vučićević, Branislava R Miljković, Bojana C Golubović, Marija N Jovanović, Sandra D Vezmar Kovačević, Milica D Ćulafić, Milena M Kovačević, Johan J de Gier
BACKGROUND: During the initiation of treatment of a chronic disease, patients may have varying interests, expectations, concerns, and reasons to stop treatment, influencing compliance with prescribed treatment. Thus, healthcare professionals are expected to integrate these needs into medicines management. OBJECTIVES: To determine what information is important to patients; assess predictors of patients' interests, expectations, concerns, reasons to stop therapy; evaluate drug-related problems following initiation of therapy and summarize how pharmacists resolve them during patient-pharmacist counselling...
November 22, 2017: European Journal of General Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164803/preclinical-evaluation-and-optimization-of-a-cell-therapy-using-human-cord-blood-derived-endothelial-colony-forming-cells-for-ischemic-retinopathies
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Emma Reid, Jasenka Guduric-Fuchs, Christina L O'Neill, Lynsey-Dawn Allen, Sarah E J Chambers, Alan W Stitt, Reinhold J Medina
Cell therapy using endothelial progenitors holds promise for vascular repair in ischemic retinopathies. Using a well-defined subpopulation of human cord blood-derived endothelial progenitors known as endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs), we have evaluated essential requirements for further development of this cell therapy targeting the ischemic retina, including dose response, delivery route, and toxicity. First, to evaluate therapeutic efficacy relating to cell dose, ECFCs were injected into the vitreous of mice with oxygen-induced retinopathy...
November 22, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164222/strain-stiffening-gels-based-on-latent-crosslinking
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Yen H Tran, Matthew J Rasmuson, Todd Emrick, John Klier, Shelly R Peyton
Gels represent an increasingly important class of soft materials with applications ranging from regenerative medicine to commodity materials. However, gels typically exhibit relative mechanical weakness, which worsens under repeated strain. Here we report a new class of responsive gels with latent crosslinking moieties that exhibit strain-stiffening behavior. This property results from the lability of disulfides, initially isolated in a protected state, then activated to crosslink on-demand. The thiol groups are induced to form inter-chain crosslinks when subjected to mechanical compression, resulting in a gel that strengthens under strain...
November 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164196/supramolecular-polymeric-biomaterials
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REVIEW
Joseph L Mann, Anthony C Yu, Gillie Agmon, Eric A Appel
Polymeric chains crosslinked through supramolecular interactions-directional and reversible non-covalent interactions-compose an emerging class of modular and tunable biomaterials. The choice of chemical moiety utilized in the crosslink affords different thermodynamic and kinetic parameters of association, which in turn illustrate the connectivity and dynamics of the system. These parameters, coupled with the choice of polymeric architecture, can then be engineered to control environmental responsiveness, viscoelasticity, and cargo diffusion profiles, yielding advanced biomaterials which demonstrate rapid shear-thinning, self-healing, and extended release...
November 22, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163881/displacement-and-hybridization-reactions-in-aptamer-functionalized-hydrogels-for-biomimetic-protein-release-and-signal-transduction
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Jinping Lai, Shihui Li, Xuechen Shi, James Coyne, Nan Zhao, Fengping Dong, Yingwei Mao, Yong Wang
A variety of hydrogels have been synthesized for controlling the release of signaling molecules in applications such as drug delivery and regenerative medicine. However, it remains challenging to synthesize hydrogels with the ability to control the release of signaling molecules sequentially or periodically under physiological conditions as living cells do in response to the variation of metabolism. The purpose of this work was to study a novel biomimetic hydrogel system with the ability of recapitulating the procedure of cellular signal transduction and controlling the sequential release of signaling molecules under physiological conditions...
November 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163536/drug-hypersensitivity-and-anaphylaxis-in-cancer-and-chronic-inflammatory-diseases-the-role-of-desensitizations
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REVIEW
Mariana Castells
Drug allergy is a rising problem in the twenty-first century which affects all populations and races, children, and adults, and for which the recognition, diagnosis, management, and treatment is still not well standardized. Classical and new chemotherapy drugs, monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs), and small molecules to treat cancer and chronic inflammatory diseases are aimed at improving quality of life and life expectancy of patients, but an increasing number of reactions including anaphylaxis precludes their use in targeted populations...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163522/the-vagus-nerve-in-the-neuro-immune-axis-implications-in-the-pathology-of-the-gastrointestinal-tract
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REVIEW
Bruno Bonaz, Valérie Sinniger, Sonia Pellissier
The vagus nerve (VN) is the longest nerve of the organism and a major component of the parasympathetic nervous system which constitutes the autonomic nervous system (ANS), with the sympathetic nervous system. There is classically an equilibrium between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems which is responsible for the maintenance of homeostasis. An imbalance of the ANS is observed in various pathologic conditions. The VN, a mixed nerve with 4/5 afferent and 1/5 efferent fibers, is a key component of the neuro-immune and brain-gut axes through a bidirectional communication between the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) tract...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162476/prevention-and-treatment-of-respiratory-viral-infections-presentations-on-antivirals-traditional-therapies-and-host-directed-interventions-at-the-5th-isirv-antiviral-group-conference
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Jennifer L McKimm-Breschkin, Shibo Jiang, David S Hui, John H Beigel, Elena A Govorkova, Nelson Lee
The International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases held its 5th Antiviral Group (isirv-AVG) Conference in Shanghai, China, in conjunction with the Shanghai Public Health Center and Fudan University from 14-16 June, 2017. The three-day programme encompassed presentations on some of the clinical features, management, immune responses and virology of respiratory infections, including influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and A(H7N9) viruses, MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, adenovirus Type 80, enterovirus D68, metapneumovirus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)...
November 18, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161850/preface
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Daozhou Gao, Shigui Ruan, Jifa Jiang
In the new century, with rapid population growth, large-scale urbanization, global warming and many other factors, we are facing unprecedented ecological, health, social, and other challenges and issues. These include biological invasion, environmental degradation, sharp increase in cancer morbidity, high frequency of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, which pose a grave threat to biological diversity, public health, economic development and so on. Based on the solid research in population dynamics and disease dynamics, mathematical modeling, analysis and simulation have been widely used over the past decades to study various problems in life sciences and medicine, from the expression of gene sequence to the pathogenesis of cancer, from the control of molecular organisms to the resistance of bacteria and viruses, from immune response to diseases to the design and evaluation of treatments, and so on...
October 2017: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161429/crosstalk-between-the-microbiome-and-epigenome-messages-from-bugs
#15
Yufeng Qin, Paul A Wade
Mammals exist in a complicated symbiotic relationship with their gut microbiome, which is postulated to have broad impacts on host health and disease. As omics-based technologies have matured, the potential mechanisms by which the microbiome affects host physiology are being addressed. The gut microbiome, which provides environmental cues, can modify host cell responses to stimuli through alterations in the host epigenome and, ultimately, gene expression. Increasing evidence highlights microbial generation of bioactive compounds that impact the transcriptional machinery in host cells...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161397/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-in-the-united-kingdom-an-exemplar-for-the-role-of-anaesthetists-in-perioperative-medicine
#16
S J Howell
The past two decades have seen an increasing recognition that the delivery of safe surgery with low complication rates and good long-term outcomes is a team endeavour embracing the whole patient care pathway. The key role of the anaesthetist in managing the patient through the surgical process is widely understood and has driven the emergence of perioperative medicine. In parallel with these developments there has been a sea change in the organisation of the care of patients presenting for elective abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair...
December 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161391/an-overview-of-space-medicine
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P D Hodkinson, R A Anderton, B N Posselt, K J Fong
Space medicine is fundamental to the human exploration of space. It supports survival, function and performance in this challenging and potentially lethal environment. It is international, intercultural and interdisciplinary, operating at the boundaries of exploration, science, technology and medicine. Space medicine is also the latest UK specialty to be recognized by the Royal College of Physicians in the UK and the General Medical Council. This review introduces the field of space medicine and describes the different types of spaceflight, environmental challenges, associated medical and physiological effects, and operational medical considerations...
December 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160465/patient-satisfaction-with-pharmaceutical-services-in-brazilian-primary-health-care
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Orlando Mario Soeiro, Noêmia Urruth Leão Tavares, José Miguel do Nascimento, Augusto Afonso Guerra, Ediná Alves Costa, Francisco de Assis Acurcio, Ione Aquemi Guibu, Juliana Álvares, Margô Gomes de Oliveira Karnikowski, Silvana Nair Leite, Karen Sarmento Costa
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate patient satisfaction with pharmaceutical services in Brazilian primary health care. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional, exploratory, and evaluative study on a representative sample from the five Brazilian geopolitical regions resulting from the Pesquisa Nacional sobre Acesso, Utilização e Promoção do Uso Racional de Medicamentos - Serviços, 2015 (PNAUM - National Survey on Access, Use and Promotion of Rational Use of Medicines - Services, 2015)...
November 13, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160462/access-to-medicines-relations-with-the-institutionalization-of-pharmaceutical-services
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Rafael Damasceno de Barros, Ediná Alves Costa, Djanilson Barbosa Dos Santos, Gisélia Santana Souza, Juliana Álvares, Augusto Afonso Guerra, Francisco de Assis Acurcio, Ione Aquemi Guibu, Karen Sarmento Costa, Margô Gomes de Oliveira Karnikowski, Orlando Mario Soeiro, Silvana Nair Leite
OBJETIVE: To analyze the relationship between access to medicines by the population and the institutionalization of pharmaceutical services in Brazilian primary health care. METHODS: This study is part of the Pesquisa Nacional sobre Acesso, Utilização e Promoção do Uso Racional de Medicamentos - Serviços 2015 (PNAUM - National Survey on Access, Use and Promotion of Rational Use of Medicines - Services 2015), a cross-sectional, exploratory, and evaluative study composed of an information survey in a representative sample of cities, stratified by Brazilian regions...
November 13, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160459/characterization-of-the-institutionalization-of-pharmaceutical-services-in-brazilian-primary-health-care
#20
Gisélia Santana Souza, Ediná Alves Costa, Rafael Damasceno de Barros, Marcelo Tavares Pereira, Joslene Lacerda Barreto, Augusto Afonso Guerra, Francisco de Assis Acurcio, Ione Aquemi Guibu, Juliana Álvares, Karen Sarmento Costa, Margô Gomes de Oliveira Karnikowski, Orlando Mario Soeiro, Silvana Nair Leite
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the current stage of the institutionalization of pharmaceutical services in Brazilian cities. METHODS: This study is part of the Pesquisa Nacional sobre Acesso, Utilização e Promoção do Uso Racional de Medicamentos (PNAUM - National Survey on Access, Use and Promotion of Rational Use of Medicines), a cross-sectional, exploratory, and evaluative study composed by an information survey in a representative sample of cities, stratified by Brazilian regions...
November 13, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
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