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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729151/standard-dose-pembrolizumab-in-combination-with-reduced-dose-ipilimumab-for-patients-with-advanced-melanoma-keynote-029-an-open-label-phase-1b-trial
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Georgina V Long, Victoria Atkinson, Jonathan S Cebon, Michael B Jameson, Bernie M Fitzharris, Catriona M McNeil, Andrew G Hill, Antoni Ribas, Michael B Atkins, John A Thompson, Wen-Jen Hwu, F Stephen Hodi, Alexander M Menzies, Alexander D Guminski, Richard Kefford, Benjamin Y Kong, Babak Tamjid, Archana Srivastava, Anna J Lomax, Mohammed Islam, Xinxin Shu, Scot Ebbinghaus, Nageatte Ibrahim, Matteo S Carlino
BACKGROUND: Reduced-dose nivolumab in combination with standard-dose ipilimumab improves objective response and progression-free survival compared with standard-dose ipilimumab alone, but increases toxicity. We assessed the safety and anti-tumour activity of standard-dose pembrolizumab in combination with reduced-dose ipilimumab. METHODS: In this open-label, phase 1b trial, we recruited patients from 12 medical centres in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. Eligible patients were aged at least 18 years, had advanced melanoma, had an Eastern Coooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0 or 1, had measurable disease according to the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) version 1...
July 17, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720462/a-novel-trivalent-hpv-16-18-58-vaccine-with-anti-hpv-16-and-18-neutralizing-antibody-responses-comparable-to-those-induced-by-the-gardasil-quadrivalent-vaccine-in-rhesus-macaque-model
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Fei Yin, Yajun Wang, Na Chen, Dunquan Jiang, Yefeng Qiu, Yan Wang, Mei Yan, Jianping Chen, Haijiang Zhang, Yongjiang Liu
Persistent infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) is a key factor in the development of precancerous lesions and invasive cervical cancer. Prophylactic vaccines to immunize against HPV are an effective approach to reducing HPV related disease burden. In this study, we investigated the immunogenicity and dosage effect of a trivalent HPV 16/18/58 vaccine (3vHPV) produced in Escherichia coli (E.coli), with Gardasil quadrivalent vaccine (4vHPV, Merck & Co.) as a positive control. Sera collected from rhesus macaques vaccinated with three dosage formulations of 3vHPV (termed low-, mid-, and high-dosage formulations, respectively), and the 4vHPV vaccine were analyzed by both Pseudovirus-Based Neutralization Assay (PBNA) and Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA)...
June 2017: Papillomavirus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712188/a-novel-link-between-adipokines-and-lipoprotein-a-to-contemplate-their-diagnostic-role-in-patients-with-stemi-and-nstemi
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Shazia Rashid, Rukhshan Khurshid, Uzma Faryal Amir, Arif Malik, Sumera Qazi
BACKGROUND: Early detection of cardiac events allow better and cost-effective triage and welltimed management of these patients. Study was conducted to evaluate the prognostic significance of plasma adiponectin, resistin and lipoprotein (a) in a group of patients with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. These parameters were also compared with other predictors like troponin T, troponin I and CK-MB. METHODS: Present study was based on the 100 patients with AMI of whom 52 had a diagnosis of STEMI, and 48 had NSTEMI...
January 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700541/merck-kgaa-f-star-shake-on-immune-oncology-bispecifics
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July 12, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695415/the-real-life-effectiveness-and-care-patterns-of-diabetes-management-study-for-balkan-region-slovenia-croatia-serbia-bulgaria-a-multicenter-observational-cross-sectional-study
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Sanja Klobucar Majanovic, Andrej Janez, Ivaylo Lefterov, Sanja Tasic, Tatjana Cikac
INTRODUCTION: Recent large randomized controlled trials highlighted the clinical significance of hypoglycemic episodes in the treatment of diabetes. The present survey was conducted to provide information from real-life practice on the incidence of hypoglycemia in type 2 diabetic patients treated with sulfonylureas. METHODS: This multicenter, observational, cross-sectional study collected data on incidence of side effects of sulfonylurea-based therapy in type 2 diabetic patients in four countries of the Balkan region (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria) from October 2014 to June 2015...
July 10, 2017: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682222/the-clinical-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-cetuximab-review-of-technology-appraisal-no-176-and-panitumumab-partial-review-of-technology-appraisal-no-240-for-previously-untreated-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-economic-evaluation
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Nicola Huxley, Louise Crathorne, Jo Varley-Campbell, Irina Tikhonova, Tristan Snowsill, Simon Briscoe, Jaime Peters, Mary Bond, Mark Napier, Martin Hoyle
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK after breast, lung and prostate cancer. People with metastatic disease who are sufficiently fit are usually treated with active chemotherapy as first- or second-line therapy. Targeted agents are available, including the antiepidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) agents cetuximab (Erbitux(®), Merck Serono UK Ltd, Feltham, UK) and panitumumab (Vecitibix(®), Amgen UK Ltd, Cambridge, UK). OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of panitumumab in combination with chemotherapy and cetuximab in combination with chemotherapy for rat sarcoma (RAS) wild-type (WT) patients for the first-line treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer...
June 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677020/treatment-discontinuation-adherence-and-real-world-effectiveness-among-patients-treated-with-ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-in-the-united-states
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Amy Puenpatom, Michael Hull, Jeffrey McPheeters, Kay Schwebke
INTRODUCTION: Ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) for hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment provides an oral interferon-free treatment regimen with high rates of sustained virologic response (SVR). This study assessed treatment discontinuation, factors associated with treatment completion, and real-world effectiveness. METHODS: Patients with HCV treated with LDV/SOF between October 2014 and June 2015 and enrolled in a large US health plan were identified. Expected treatment duration was calculated based on IDSA/AASLD treatment guidelines and US labels using data for genotype, initial treatment regimen, baseline cirrhosis, and prior treatments...
July 4, 2017: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674310/distribution-of-rotavirus-genotypes-from-the-2008-2009-to-2015-2016-season-in-nara-prefecture-japan
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Daichi Sugimoto, Mamoru Nakano, Machi Inada, Misako Fujitani, Shoko Chiba, Takeshi Sakai
This study was conducted to investigate the distribution of rotavirus genotypes in Nara Prefecture, Japan before and after introduction of vaccination in 2011. Since the 2011/2012 season, DS-1-like G1P[8] strains have been detected in Nara Prefecture, accounting for about half of all strains in the 2014/2015 season. During the 2015/2016 season, no DS-1-like G1P[8] strain was detected. G2P[4] was the predominant genotype. Group A rotavirus (RVA), a major cause of severe gastroenteritis in infants and young children, poses an important public health issue in Japan...
July 1, 2017: Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661847/keytruda-crosses-first-line-finish-line-first
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Thomas Reinke
Approval of Merck's checkpoint inhibitor is further evidence that cancer treatment decisions are increasingly dependent on the PD-L1 biomarker and other molecular-level differences in tumor cells. But testing for PD-L1 is tricky, and variations in the concentration of PD-L1 cells in different regions of the sample can produce different test results.
May 2017: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650253/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-osteoporosis-before-and-after-fracture-a-side-by-side-analysis-of-commercially-insured-and-medicare-advantage-osteoporosis-patients
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Jessica Weaver, Shiva Sajjan, E Michael Lewiecki, Steven T Harris
BACKGROUND: Although treatment for osteoporosis is recommended by U.S. clinical guidelines, a lack of diagnosis and treatment is common among patients with osteoporotic fractures. OBJECTIVE: To determine the rates of osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment before and after various types of fractures. METHODS: This was a retrospective claims analysis using data from the Humana Medicare Advantage claims (Medicare group) and Optum Insight Clinformatics Data Mart commercial claims (Commercial group)...
July 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650246/economic-outcomes-of-first-line-regimen-switching-among-stable-patients-with-hiv
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Lisa Rosenblatt, Ami R Buikema, Jerry Seare, Lindsay G S Bengtson, Jonathan Johnson, Feng Cao, Angelina Villasis-Keever
BACKGROUND: Although switching of antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a valid approach for addressing treatment failure in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), ART changes among those who are well maintained on their current regimens may lead to the development of new side effects or resistance. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of first-line regimen switching on subsequent health care utilization and cost among stable HIV patients. METHODS: This was a retrospective claims data study of adult patients with HIV who initiated ART between 2007 and 2013 and had been treated with their initial regimens for at least 6 continuous months...
July 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647166/clinical-development-of-a-recombinant-ebola-vaccine-in-the-midst-of-an-unprecedented-epidemic
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Beth-Ann G Coller, Jeffrey Blue, Rituparna Das, Sheri Dubey, Lynn Finelli, Swati Gupta, Frans Helmond, Rebecca J Grant-Klein, Kenneth Liu, Jakub Simon, Sean Troth, Susan VanRheenen, Julie Waterbury, Ashley Wivel, Jayanthi Wolf, D Gray Heppner, Tracy Kemp, Rick Nichols, Thomas P Monath
The 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak caused over 28,000 cases and 11,000 deaths. Merck & Co. Inc., Kenilworth, NJ USA and NewLink Genetics are working with private and public partners to develop and license an Ebola vaccine that was evaluated extensively during the outbreak. The vaccine referred to as V920 is a recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus (rVSV) in which the VSV-G envelope glycoprotein (GP) is completely replaced by the Zaire ebolavirus GP (rVSVΔG-ZEBOV-GP). Eight Phase I and four Phase II/III clinical trials enrolling approximately 17,000 subjects were conducted in parallel to the outbreak to assess the safety, immunogenicity, and/or efficacy of V920...
June 21, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644739/treatment-of-hepatitis-c-with-new-fixed-dose-combinations
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Vicente Soriano
The advent of oral direct-acting antivirals (DAA) has revolutionized the hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapeutic landscape providing cure rates over 90%. However, a subset of patients remains at higher risk for treatment failure, including those infected with: i) genotype 3 and cirrhosis; ii) resistance-associated substitutions (RAS) occurring either as natural polymorphisms or selected after prior DAA failure; and iii) poor drug adherence associated with social disabilities (homeless, psychiatric illnesses, injection drug use, alcoholism, etc...
June 23, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640195/pharmacogenomic-variants-may-influence-the-urinary-excretion-of-novel-kidney-injury-biomarkers-in-patients-receiving-cisplatin
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Cara Chang, Yichun Hu, Susan L Hogan, Nickie Mercke, Madeleine Gomez, Cindy O'Bryant, Daniel W Bowles, Blessy George, Xia Wen, Lauren M Aleksunes, Melanie S Joy
Nephrotoxicity is a dose limiting side effect associated with the use of cisplatin in the treatment of solid tumors. The degree of nephrotoxicity is dictated by the selective accumulation of cisplatin in renal tubule cells due to: (1) uptake by organic cation transporter 2 (OCT2) and copper transporter 1 (CTR1); (2) metabolism by glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) and γ-glutamyltransferase 1 (GGT1); and (3) efflux by multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2) and multidrug and toxin extrusion protein 1 (MATE1)...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636480/the-emerging-role-of-pimavanserin-in-the-management-of-parkinson-s-disease-psychosis
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Neal Hermanowicz, Gustavo Alva, Fernando Pagan, Alberto J Espay, Amita Patel, Katya Cruz Madrid, Daniel Kremens, Jim Kenney, Sheila Arquette, Gary Tereso, Maria Lopes, Carolyn Farnum
A panel of experts drawn from neurology, psychiatry, geropsychiatry, geriatrics, and pharmacy representatives of 3 health plans convened in New York City on July 30, 2016, with the objective of sharing opinions, ideas, and information regarding the optimal management of Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP). Three key points emerged from the discussion: (1) Because of the nature of Parkinson's disease and PDP, finding appropriate treatment can prove challenging; (2) emerging therapies may present an opportunity for effective disease management; and (3) moving forward, provider and patient education regarding PDP and available treatment options is essential for well-managed symptoms and better quality of life...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628796/evaluation-of-cd-cr-cu-ni-and-pb-in-selected-cosmetic-products-from-jordanian-sudanese-and-syrian-markets
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A M Massadeh, M Y El-Khateeb, S M Ibrahim
OBJECTIVES: There is no sufficient data that evaluate heavy metal content in cosmetic products in Jordan as well as Sudan and Syria. This study aims to assess metal levels which include Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Copper (Cu), Nickel (Ni), and Lead (Pb) in cosmetic products. These elements have draft limits because they are identified as potential impurities and are known to be toxic. This study aims to provide information to the population that may be beneficial to public health. STUDY DESIGN: Samples were collected from different brands obtained from markets in Jordan, Sudan, and Syria...
June 16, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628260/society-for-academic-emergency-medicine-statement-on-plagiarism
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Shellie L Asher, Kenneth V Iserson, Lisa H Merck
The integrity of the research enterprise is of the utmost importance for the advancement of safe and effective medical practice for patients and for maintaining the public trust in health care. Academic societies and editors of journals are key participants in guarding scientific integrity. Avoiding and preventing plagiarism helps to preserve the scientific integrity of professional presentations and publications. The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Ethics Committee discusses current issues in scientific publishing integrity and provides a guideline to avoid plagiarism in SAEM presentations and publications...
June 19, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618526/comparative-study-of-the-anchoring-strength-of-reactive-mesogens-and-industrial-polyimides-used-for-the-alignment-of-liquid-crystals
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T Sergan, I Dozov, V Sergan, R Voss
We measured the Rapini-Papoular polar anchoring strength coefficient W for 4^{'}-pentyl-4-cyanobiphenyl (5CB) on alignment layers formed by the reactive mesogen photopolymers RM 257, RM 82, and RM 84 [4,4^{'}-bis(acryloyl)biphenyl] (by Merck). These materials are commonly used for the photostabilization of the liquid crystal (LC) director in the bulk as well as at the surface of the LC layer via the formation of a loose polymer network that captures the director orientation. We developed a method of fabrication of alignment layers from these polymers, and estimated W from the measurements of the optical retardation as a function of applied voltage in uniformly aligned cells...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603465/spinal-cord-as-an-adjunct-to-brain-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-defining-no-evidence-of-disease-activity-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Subhash Tummala, Tarun Singhal, Vinit V Oommen, Gloria Kim, Fariha Khalid, Brian C Healy, Rohit Bakshi
ACTIVITY AVAILABLE ONLINE: To access the article, post-test, and evaluation online, go to http://www.cmscscholar.org. TARGET AUDIENCE: The target audience for this activity is physicians, physician assistants, nursing professionals, and other health-care providers involved in the management of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 1) Describe the concept of "no evidence of disease activity" in MS.2) Recognize the role of spinal cord imaging in routine monitoring of MS disease activity...
May 2017: International Journal of MS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596043/tildrakizumab-versus-placebo-or-etanercept-for-chronic-plaque-psoriasis-resurface-1-and-resurface-2-results-from-two-randomised-controlled-phase-3-trials
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Kristian Reich, Kim A Papp, Andrew Blauvelt, Stephen K Tyring, Rodney Sinclair, Diamant Thaçi, Kristine Nograles, Anish Mehta, Nicole Cichanowitz, Qing Li, Kenneth Liu, Carmen La Rosa, Stuart Green, Alexa B Kimball
BACKGROUND: Tildrakizumab is a high-affinity, humanised, IgG1 κ antibody targeting interleukin 23 p19 that represents an evolving treatment strategy in chronic plaque psoriasis. Previous research suggested clinical improvement with inhibition of interleukin 23 p19. We did two phase 3 trials to investigate whether tildrakizumab is superior to placebo and etanercept in the treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis. METHODS: We did two three-part, parallel group, double-blind, randomised controlled studies, reSURFACE 1 (at 118 sites in Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK, and the USA) and reSURFACE 2 (at 132 sites in Europe, Israel, and the USA)...
June 5, 2017: Lancet
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