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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589493/a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-evaluating-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-adding-omarigliptin-to-antihyperglycemic-therapies-in-japanese-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-and-inadequate-glycemic-control
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Ira Gantz, Taro Okamoto, Yuka Ito, Asako Sato, Kotoba Okuyama, Edward A O'Neill, Samuel S Engel, Eseng Lai
INTRODUCTION: Daily dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors are commonly used with other orally administered antihyperglycemic agents (AHA), as combination therapy, to treat Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes. When combination therapy is indicated, use of a once-weekly (q.w.) orally administered DPP-4 inhibitor might be an appropriate therapeutic option for some patients. METHODS: A 52-week trial was conducted to assess the safety and tolerability (primary objectives) and glycemic efficacy (secondary objectives) of the q...
June 6, 2017: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576451/elbasvir-plus-grazoprevir-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-and-stage-4-5-chronic-kidney-disease-clinical-virological-and-health-related-quality-of-life-outcomes-from-a-phase-3-multicentre-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Annette Bruchfeld, David Roth, Paul Martin, David R Nelson, Stanislas Pol, Maria-Carlota Londoño, Howard Monsour, Marcelo Silva, Peggy Hwang, Jean-Marie Arduino, Michael Robertson, Bach-Yen Nguyen, Janice Wahl, Eliav Barr, Wayne Greaves
BACKGROUND: In the C-SURFER study, therapy with the all-oral elbasvir plus grazoprevir regimen for 12 weeks in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and stage 4-5 chronic kidney disease resulted in a high rate of virological cure compared with placebo. Here, we report sustained virological response (SVR), safety data, health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL), and virological resistance analyses in patients in C-SURFER who received immediate antiviral therapy or who received placebo before therapy...
May 30, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552090/deep-neuromuscular-blockade-and-low-insufflation-pressure-during-laparoscopic-hysterectomy
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Matias Vested Madsen, Olav Istre, Henrik Halvor Springborg, Anne Kathrine Staehr-Rye, Jacob Rosenberg, Jørgen Lund, Mona Ring Gätke
INTRODUCTION: Establishment of sufficient muscle relaxation is essential in laparoscopic surgery. During laparoscopy, surgeons can experience abdominal contractions in their patients. Deep neuromuscular block (NMB) has the potential to prevent such episodes. In this study, we explored if deep NMB reduces the incidence of sudden abdominal contractions as compared with standard NMB. METHODS: This was a pre-planned secondary analysis of a randomized, controlled study...
May 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543540/computational-modeling-of-915-mhz-microwave-ablation-comparative-assessment-of-temperature-dependent-tissue-dielectric-models
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Garron Deshazer, Mark Hagmann, Derek Merck, Jan Sebek, Kent B Moore, Punit Prakash
PURPOSE: The objective of this study is to develop a computational model for simulating 915 MHz microwave ablation (MWA), and verify the simulation predictions of transient temperature profiles against experimental measurements. Due to the limited experimental data characterizing temperature-dependent changes of tissue dielectric properties at 915 MHz, we comparatively assess two temperature dependent approaches of modeling of dielectric properties: model A- piecewise linear temperature dependencies based on existing, but limited, experimental data, and model B- similar to model A, but augmented with linear decrease in electrical conductivity above 95 °C, as guided by our experimental measurements...
May 23, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533473/u-s-food-and-drug-administration-approval-summary-pembrolizumab-for-the-treatment-of-recurrent-or-metastatic-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-with-disease-progression-on-or-after-platinum-containing-chemotherapy
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Erin Larkins, Gideon M Blumenthal, Weishi Yuan, Kun He, Rajeshwari Sridhara, Sriram Subramaniam, Hong Zhao, Chao Liu, Jingyu Yu, Kirsten B Goldberg, Amy E McKee, Patricia Keegan, Richard Pazdur
On August 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA injection, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ) for treatment of patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) with disease progression on or after platinum-containing chemotherapy. Approval was based on the objective response rate (ORR) and duration of response (DoR) in a cohort of patients in a nonrandomized multi-cohort trial (KEYNOTE-012) that included 174 patients with recurrent or metastatic HNSCC who had disease progression on or after platinum-containing chemotherapy...
May 22, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530520/cardiovascular-disease-and-gout-real-world-experience-evaluating-patient-characteristics-treatment-patterns-and-health-care-utilization
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Michael H Pillinger, Sripal Bangalore, Alyssa B Klein, Scott Baumgartner, Robert Morlock
BACKGROUND: Gout, hyperuricemia, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are prevalent conditions in the United States, and while they share common risk factors such as obesity, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and type 2 diabetes mellitus, relatively little is known about what patient and disease characteristics may link CVD with hyperuricemia and gout and how the presence of both diseases affects management decisions differently than for patients with gout alone. OBJECTIVE: To identify differences in patient characteristics, patterns of urate-lowering therapy (ULT) use, and gout control in gout patients with and without cardiovascular comorbidity...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530518/antiplatelet-therapy-and-clinical-outcomes-following-myocardial-infarction-among-patients-in-a-u-s-employer-based-insurance-database
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Mehul D Patel, David Wu, Monica Reed Chase, Panagiotis Mavros, Kim Heithoff, Mary E Hanson, Ross J Simpson
BACKGROUND: Estimates of residual cardiovascular risks among patients who have experienced a recent acute myocardial infarction (MI) are predominantly derived from secondary prevention trial populations, patient registries, and population-based cohorts. OBJECTIVE: To generate real-world evidence of antiplatelet treatment and recurrent events following MI in patients on antiplatelet treatment among commercial, employer-based insured patients in a large administrative database...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507772/clinically-significant-depressive-symptoms-and-sexual-behaviour-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Ada R Miltz, Alison J Rodger, Janey Sewell, Andrew Speakman, Andrew N Phillips, Lorraine Sherr, Richard J Gilson, David Asboe, Nneka C Nwokolo, Amanda Clarke, Mark M Gompels, Sris Allan, Simon Collins, Fiona C Lampe
BACKGROUND: The relationship between depression and sexual behaviour among men who have sex with men (MSM) is poorly understood. AIMS: To investigate prevalence and correlates of depressive symptoms (Patient Health Questionnaire-9 score ≥10) and the relationship between depressive symptoms and sexual behaviour among MSM reporting recent sex. METHOD: The Attitudes to and Understanding of Risk of Acquisition of HIV (AURAH) is a cross-sectional study of UK genitourinary medicine clinic attendees without diagnosed HIV (2013-2014)...
May 2017: BJPsych Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502823/niaid-niehs-nhlbi-mcan-workshop-report-the-indoor-environment-and-childhood-asthma-implications-for-home-environmental-intervention-in-asthma-prevention-and-management
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Diane R Gold, Gary Adamkiewicz, Syed Hasan Arshad, Juan C Celedón, Martin D Chapman, Ginger L Chew, Donald N Cook, Adnan Custovic, Ulrike Gehring, James E Gern, Christine C Johnson, Suzanne Kennedy, Petros Koutrakis, Brian Leaderer, Herman Mitchell, Augusto A Litonjua, Geoffrey A Mueller, George T O'Connor, Dennis Ownby, Wanda Phipatanakul, Victoria Persky, Matthew S Perzanowski, Clare D Ramsey, Päivi M Salo, Julie M Schwaninger, Joanne E Sordillo, Avrum Spira, Shakira F Suglia, Alkis Togias, Darryl C Zeldin, Elizabeth C Matsui
Environmental exposures have been recognized as critical in the initiation and exacerbation of asthma, one of the most common chronic childhood diseases. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and Merck Childhood Asthma Network (MCAN) sponsored a joint workshop to discuss the current state of the science with respect to the indoor environment and its effects on the development and morbidity of childhood asthma...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495562/nucleoside-reverse-transcriptase-inhibitor-cross-resistance-and-outcomes-from-second-line-antiretroviral-therapy-in-the-public-health-approach-an-observational-analysis-within-the-randomised-open-label-earnest-trial
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Nicholas I Paton, Cissy Kityo, Jennifer Thompson, Immaculate Nankya, Leonard Bagenda, Anne Hoppe, James Hakim, Andrew Kambugu, Joep J van Oosterhout, Mary Kiconco, Silvia Bertagnolio, Philippa J Easterbrook, Peter Mugyenyi, A Sarah Walker
BACKGROUND: Cross-resistance after first-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) failure is expected to impair activity of nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) in second-line therapy for patients with HIV, but evidence for the effect of cross-resistance on virological outcomes is limited. We aimed to assess the association between the activity, predicted by resistance testing, of the NRTIs used in second-line therapy and treatment outcomes for patients infected with HIV. METHODS: We did an observational analysis of additional data from a published open-label, randomised trial of second-line ART (EARNEST) in sub-Saharan Africa...
May 8, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489950/the-return-of-d4-dopamine-receptor-antagonists-in-drug-discovery
#17
Craig W Lindsley, Corey R Hopkins
The dopamine D4 receptor garnered a great deal of interest in the early 1990s when studies showed the atypical antipsychotic clozapine possessed higher affinity for D4, relative to other dopamine receptor subtypes, and that this activity might underlie the unique clinical efficacy of clozapine. Coupled with genetic association of the DRD4 gene with various CNS disorders, multiple companies launched discovery programs to develop selective D4 antagonists. Merck's D4 antagonist L-745,870 was the first to reach the clinic, where it was found to be ineffective in schizophrenia patients, and other groups failed to recapitulate some of the genetic data...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489506/prehospital-intubation-is-associated-with-favorable-outcomes-and-lower-mortality-in-protect-iii
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Kurt R Denninghoff, Tomas Nuño, Qi Pauls, Sharon D Yeatts, Robert Silbergleit, Yuko Y Palesch, Lisa H Merck, Geoff T Manley, David W Wright
OBJECTIVE: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes more than 2.5 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, or deaths annually. Prehospital endotracheal intubation has been associated with poor outcomes in patients with TBI in several retrospective observational studies. We evaluated the relationship between prehospital intubation, functional outcomes, and mortality using high quality data on clinical practice collected prospectively during a randomized multicenter clinical trial...
May 10, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485203/expert-panel-recommendations-for-the-identification-and-management-of-hyperkalemia-and-role-of-patiromer-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-heart-failure
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Zubaid Rafique, Matthew R Weir, Macaulay Onuigbo, Bertram Pitt, Richard Lafayette, Javed Butler, Maria Lopes, Carolyn Farnum, W Frank Peacock
Virtual panel meetings were conducted among 7 physicians, all of whom are independent experts, including 3 nephrologists, 2 cardiologists, and 2 emergency medicine physicians (the panel). The panel met with the purpose of discussing the current treatment landscape, treatment challenges, economic impact, and gaps in care for patients with hyperkalemia that is associated with heart failure and chronic kidney disease. The stated goal of the panel discussion was to develop practical solutions in the identification and management of hyperkalemia in this patient population...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481690/two-year-antibody-persistence-in-children-vaccinated-at-12-15%C3%A2-months-with-a-measles-mumps-rubella-virus-vaccine-without-human-serum-albumin
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Andrea A Berry, Remon Abu-Elyazeed, Clemente Diaz-Perez, Maurice A Mufson, Christopher J Harrison, Michael Leonardi, Jerry D Twiggs, Christopher Peltier, Stanley Grogg, Antonio Carbayo, Steven Shapiro, Michael Povey, Carmen Baccarini, Bruce L Innis, Ouzama Henry
One combined measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine without Human Serum Albumin (HSA) is currently licensed in the USA (M-M-R II; Merck, USA) and another has been developed (Priorix™ [MMR-RIT, GSK, Belgium]). In this follow-up study, children from USA or Puerto Rico, who had received one dose of M-M-R II or MMR-RIT at 12-15 months of age in the primary study (NCT00861744), were followed-up for 2 y post-vaccination. Anti-measles and anti-rubella antibodies were measured using Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), and anti-mumps antibodies using ELISA and plaque reduction neutralization (PRN) assays...
May 8, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
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