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Alcohol detoxification

Baoshan Liu, Rui Zhang, Shujian Wei, Qiuhuan Yuan, Mengyang Xue, Panpan Hao, Feng Xu, Jiali Wang, Yuguo Chen
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin II (Ang II) in the local cardiac renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is closely associated with alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM). Inhibition of local cardiac RAS has great significance in the treatment of ACM. Although aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) has been demonstrated to protect against ACM through detoxification of aldehydes, the precise mechanisms are largely unknown. In the present study, we determined whether ALDH2 improved cardiac damage by inhibiting the local RAS in ACM and investigated the related regulatory mechanisms...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Penelope Truman, Moira Gilmour, Geoffrey Robinson
AIM: A feasibility/acceptability trial was undertaken at Ward 5, Kenepuru Hospital, Porirua, to ascertain whether electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) were a useful option to replace or reduce smoking in the detoxification ward. METHODS: Two groups of patients were studied. Tobacco use and dependency data were collected for each. The first group was surveyed on the usefulness of standard nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). The second group were offered e-cigarettes with the option of standard NRT as well...
February 23, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
Sheheryar Muhammad, John R Tomko, Laura M Wilson
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of ibuprofen administration in patients who are undergoing alcohol and opioid detoxification, and have concomitant alcohol-related thrombocytopenia. Methods: This was a single-center, cross-sectional, prospective, observational study. A daily manual review of electronic health records was conducted for patients admitted to the detoxification unit of the hospital. Patients who (1) were of age 18 years or more, (2) were ordered both alcohol and opioid detoxification protocols, and (3) had a platelet count of less than 150 000/µL were included in the study...
February 2018: Hospital Pharmacy
Thomas Münzel, Andreas Daiber
Mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH-2) plays a major role in the ethanol detoxification pathway by removing acetaldehyde. Therefore, ALDH-2 inhibitors such as disulfiram represent the first therapeutic targeting of ALDH-2 for alcoholism therapy. Areas covered: Recently, ALDH-2 was identified as an essential bioactivating enzyme of the anti-ischemic organic nitrate nitroglycerin, bringing ALDH-2 again into the focus of clinical interest. Mechanistic studies on the nitroglycerin bioactivation process revealed that during bioconversion of nitroglycerin and in the presence of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species the active site thiols of ALDH-2 are oxidized and the enzyme activity is lost...
February 10, 2018: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
Alexia Anagnostopoulos, Alison G Abraham, Becky L Genberg, Gregory D Kirk, Shruti H Mehta
BACKGROUND: Prescription drug misuse and its consequences (e.g., overdose) are a major public health concern. While national focus has been on opioids, misuse of sedatives/tranquilizers also occurs. Here we describe the use, correlates, and sources of prescription drugs in a community-based cohort of people who inject drugs (PWID). METHODS: We included participants of the AIDS Linked to the IntraVenous Experience (ALIVE) study in follow-up in 2014. We defined prescription drug use as use of opioids or sedatives/tranquilizers considering both medical "prescribed by a doctor" and non-medical sources "obtained from the street/friend/relative...
February 2, 2018: Addictive Behaviors
RaeAnn E Anderson, Bryce Hruska, Alec P Boros, Christopher J Richardson, Douglas L Delahanty
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Poly-substance use and psychiatric comorbidity are common among individuals receiving substance detoxification services. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) are the most common co-occurring psychiatric disorders with substance use disorder (SUD). Current treatment favors a one-size-fits-all approach to treating addiction focusing on one substance or one comorbidity. Research examining patterns of substance use and comorbidities can inform efforts to effectively identify and differentially treat individuals with co-occurring conditions...
March 2018: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Chun-Seob Ahn, Jeong-Geun Kim, Myeong Heon Shin, Young Ah Lee, Yoon Kong
The obligatory intracellular protozoan parasite, Entamoeba histolytica, causes amebic dysentery and liver abscess. E. histolytica adheres to the host tissues in a contact-dependent manner. E. histolytica excretory-secretory products (ESP) might play critical roles during invasion. We comparatively analyzed the secretome profile of E. histolytica pathogenic HM-1:IMSS and non-pathogenic Rahman strains. The two ESP revealed similar but distinct spotting patterns. In both ESP, alcohol dehydrogenase, enolase 1 and transketolase, which control classical carbohydrate metabolism and other moonlighting effects, constituted the most abundant fractions...
February 6, 2018: Proteomics
Yanli Liu, Dan Cao, Linlong Ma, Xiaofang Jin, Pingfang Yang, Fei Ye, Panpan Liu, Ziming Gong, Chaoling Wei
The tea plant is a fluoride hyperaccumulator, and fluoride accumulation in its leaves is closely related to human health. To dissect molecular mechanisms underlying fluoride accumulation/detoxification, the leaves of tea seedlings exposed to different fluoride treatments for 30 days were sampled for physiological and proteomics analyses. The results showed that fluoride had no adverse effects on the growth of tea seedlings in spite of high content fluoride accumulation in their leaves. Through TMT coupled with UPLC MS/MS, 189 differentially accumulated proteins were quantified, of which 41 and 148 were localized in the cell wall and cellular compartments respectively...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
Gwenyth R Wallen, Jumin Park, Michael Krumlauf, Alyssa T Brooks
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are often accompanied by comorbid physiologic and psychosocial conditions, including sleep disturbances. Sleep disturbances in these individuals may be associated with increased risk of relapse to drinking following detoxification and rehabilitation. PARTICIPANTS: The sample of inpatient treatment-seeking individuals with AUDs (N = 164) was 70.1% male and 47.6% African American with a mean age of 45.6 years (±9...
January 29, 2018: Behavioral Sleep Medicine
A Uhlmann, B Bandelow, D J Stein, S Bloch, K R Engel, U Havemann-Reinecke, Dirk Wedekind
Although depression and anxiety disorders are common comorbid conditions in alcohol dependence, few structural brain imaging studies have compared alcohol-dependent subjects with and without such comorbidity. In the current study, brain scans of 35 alcohol-dependent with and 40 individuals without diagnosis of a comorbid ICD-10 depressive or anxiety disorder receiving detoxification inpatient treatment were evaluated. Thickness and volumes of automatically segmented neuroanatomical structures were measured in FreeSurfer...
January 25, 2018: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
John R Stephens, Carlton Moore, Kelly V Stepanek, James C Garbutt, Britta Starke, Allen Liles, Daniel E Jonas
BACKGROUND: Naltrexone trials have demonstrated improved outcomes for patients with alcohol use disorders. Hospital initiation of naltrexone has had limited study. OBJECTIVE: To describe the implementation and impact of a process for counseling hospitalized patients with alcohol withdrawal about naltrexone. DESIGN: A pre-post study analysis. SETTING: A tertiary academic center. PATIENTS: Patients hospitalized for alcohol withdrawal...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Arthur Günthner, Volker Weissinger, Heribert Fleischmann, Clemens Veltrup, Bettina Jäpel, Gerhard Längle, Klaus Amann, Eva Hoch, Karl Mann
BACKGROUND: Alcohol dependence is one of the most serious diseases of addiction in Germany. The new S3-guideline "Screening, Diagnostics and Treatment of Alcohol-Related Disorders" has been presented in 2015 and summarizes the present state of knowledge pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. METHODS: This guideline was developed over four years within the framework of the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (AWMF)...
January 22, 2018: Die Rehabilitation
Na Le Dang, Tyler B Hughes, Grover Paul Miller, S Joshua Swamidass
Cytochromes P450 (CYPs) oxidize alkylated amines commonly found in drugs and other biologically active molecules, splitting them into an amine and an aldehyde. Metabolic studies usually neglect to report or investigate aldehydes, even though they can be toxic. It is assumed that they are efficiently detoxified into carboxylic acids and alcohols. Nevertheless, some aldehydes are reactive and escape detoxification pathways to cause adverse events by forming DNA and protein adducts. Herein, we modeled N-dealkylations that produce both amine and aldehyde metabolites and then predicted the reactivity of the aldehyde...
January 22, 2018: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Maja Thiele, Vanessa Rausch, Gabriele Fluhr, Maria Kjærgaard, Felix Piecha, Johannes Mueller, Beate Katharina Straub, Monica Lupşor-Platon, Victor De-Ledinghen, Helmut Karl Seitz, Sönke Detlefsen, Bjørn Madsen, Aleksander Krag, Sebastian Mueller
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) is a novel non-invasive measure of hepatic steatosis, but has not been evaluated in alcoholic liver disease. We therefore aimed to validate CAP for assessment of biopsy-verified alcoholic steatosis and to study the effect of alcohol detoxification on CAP. METHODS: Cross-sectional, biopsy-controlled, diagnostic study in four European liver centers. Consecutive alcohol-overusing patients underwent concomitant CAP, regular ultrasound and liver biopsy...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Roger Lee Mendoza
Purpose: While the individual and social costs of alcoholism or alcohol use disorder are well established, few are aware that medical problems can arise during detoxification, some of which can be life-threatening. This study determines if sustained treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS) might be based on the strategic choices and expectations of patients and health care providers alike, as well as the risk mitigation options available to them. Design/approach: AWS was modeled as a Stag Hunt to explain both risk and decision-making in medical treatments for detoxification, since it can deduce a set of equilibrium strategies available to both patient and provider...
2018: Risk Management and Healthcare Policy
Daniel J Schad, Maria Garbusow, Eva Friedel, Christian Sommer, Miriam Sebold, Claudia Hägele, Nadine Bernhardt, Stephan Nebe, Sören Kuitunen-Paul, Shuyan Liu, Uta Eichmann, Anne Beck, Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, Henrik Walter, Philipp Sterzer, Ulrich S Zimmermann, Michael N Smolka, Florian Schlagenhauf, Quentin J M Huys, Andreas Heinz, Michael A Rapp
The influence of Pavlovian conditioned stimuli on ongoing behavior may contribute to explaining how alcohol cues stimulate drug seeking and intake. Using a Pavlovian-instrumental transfer task, we investigated the effects of alcohol-related cues on approach behavior (i.e., instrumental response behavior) and its neural correlates, and related both to the relapse after detoxification in alcohol-dependent patients. Thirty-one recently detoxified alcohol-dependent patients and 24 healthy controls underwent instrumental training, where approach or non-approach towards initially neutral stimuli was reinforced by monetary incentives...
January 8, 2018: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
Kelly Brogan
This case report illustrates the relationship between gut, hormonal, and brain function in that dietary change, mindfulness interventions, and detoxification led to resolution of disabling psychiatric symptoms. In this case, a single Caucasian female resolved her symptoms of bipolar disorder (BD) including psychotic features and suicidality, posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms from childhood torture, disordered eating, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome through lifestyle interventions. This patient survived a severe trauma history only to develop alcohol dependence, disordered eating, and depressive symptoms, which were treated with a polypharmaceutical psychiatric approach...
October 2017: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
Shivanand Kattimani, Balaji Bharadwaj, Anand Babu Arun
Alcohol addiction is a chronic relapsing syndrome. Benzodiazepines remain as the mainstay for detoxification, taking care of the acute withdrawal syndrome. There is fear of dependence and abuse of benzodiazepines on prolonged use. Here, we selectively interviewed ten cases who were on longer duration of benzodiazepines to elicit their potential perceived benefits, attitudes, and any adverse effect. Three patients experienced adverse effects. None of them had features of benzodiazepine dependence. We opine that in select cases, benzodiazepine use should persist beyond detox period, and its benefits continue beyond the acute withdrawal phase while monitoring their safety/adverse effects...
April 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Farzad Pakdel, Mostafa S Sanjari, Asieh Naderi, Niloofar Pirmarzdashti, Anousheh Haghighi, Mohsen B Kashkouli
BACKGROUND: Methanol poisoning can cause an optic neuropathy that is usually severe and irreversible and often occurs after ingestion of illicit or homemade alcoholic beverages. In this study, we evaluated the potential neuroprotective effect of erythropoietin (EPO) on visual acuity (VA) in patients with methanol optic neuropathy. METHODS: In a prospective, noncomparative interventional case series, consecutive patients with methanol optic neuropathy after alcoholic beverage ingestion were included...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
Leila M Soravia, Alexander Wopfner, Luzius Pfiffner, Sophie Bétrisey, Franz Moggi
Aims: As there are only a few existing experimental studies on symptom-triggered therapy for patients with alcohol withdrawal, we investigated the effectiveness of symptom-triggered detoxification regarding the use and dosage of benzodiazepine and withdrawal complications in a naturalistic clinical setting of a specialized treatment center for alcohol use disorder. Methods: In total, 301 charts of patients who entered residential treatment for alcohol withdrawal were included in the retrospective analysis...
January 1, 2018: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
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