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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906080/tonic-and-burst-spinal-cord-stimulation-waveforms-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-intractable-pain-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Konstantin V Slavin, Richard B North, Timothy R Deer, Peter Staats, Kristina Davis, Roni Diaz
BACKGROUND: Burst stimulation is a novel form of neurostimulation for the treatment of chronic pain which has demonstrated promise in small uncontrolled studies, but has not yet gained approval for use in the U.S. We report the study methods for an ongoing multicenter, randomized, controlled, cross-over study designed to gain United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for burst stimulation. METHODS: Participants who are candidates for a currently approved neurostimulation device were enrolled and screened...
December 1, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906037/integrated-therapy-for-hiv-and-cryptococcosis
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REVIEW
Sirawat Srichatrapimuk, Somnuek Sungkanuparph
Cryptococcosis has been one of the most common opportunistic infections and causes of mortality among HIV-infected patients, especially in resource-limited countries. Cryptococcal meningitis is the most common form of cryptococcosis. Laboratory diagnosis of cryptococcosis includes direct microscopic examination, isolation of Cryptococcus from a clinical specimen, and detection of cryptococcal antigen. Without appropriate treatment, cryptococcosis is fatal. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to treatment success...
November 29, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905916/study-protocol-a-dose-escalating-phase-2-study-of-oral-lisdexamfetamine-in-adults-with-methamphetamine-dependence
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Nadine Ezard, Adrian Dunlop, Brendan Clifford, Raimondo Bruno, Andrew Carr, Alexandra Bissaker, Nicholas Lintzeris
BACKGROUND: The treatment of methamphetamine dependence is a continuing global health problem. Agonist type pharmacotherapies have been used successfully to treat opioid and nicotine dependence and are being studied for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence. One potential candidate is lisdexamfetamine, a pro-drug for dexamphetamine, which has a longer lasting therapeutic action with a lowered abuse potential. The purpose of this study is to determine the safety of lisdexamfetamine in this population at doses higher than those currently approved for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or binge eating disorder...
December 1, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905877/mineralocorticoid-receptor-antagonists-for-heart-failure-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Nicolas M Berbenetz, Marko Mrkobrada
BACKGROUND: Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) have been associated with improved patient outcomes in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) but not preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of selective and nonselective MRAs in HFrEF and HFpEF. METHODS: We searched Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE and EMBASE. We included randomized controlled trials (RCT) of MRAs in adults with HFpEF or HFrEF if they reported data on major adverse cardiac events or drug safety...
December 1, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905182/optimizing-combination-dabrafenib-and-trametinib-therapy-in-braf-mutation-positive-advanced-melanoma-patients-guidelines-from-australian-melanoma-medical-oncologists
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Victoria Atkinson, Georgina V Long, Alexander M Menzies, Grant McArthur, Matteo S Carlino, Michael Millward, Rachel Roberts-Thomson, Benjamin Brady, Richard Kefford, Andrew Haydon, Jonathan Cebon
BRAF mutations occur commonly in metastatic melanomas and inhibition of mutant BRAF and the downstream kinase MEK results in rapid tumor regression and prolonged survival in patients. Combined therapy with BRAF and MEK inhibition improves response rate, progression free survival and overall survival compared with single agent BRAF inhibition, and reduces the skin toxicity that is seen with BRAF inhibitor monotherapy. However, this combination is associated with an increase in other toxicities, particularly drug-related pyrexia, which affects approximately 50% of patients treated with dabrafenib and trametinib (CombiDT)...
December 2016: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905013/impact-of-stent-type-and-prolonged-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-on-long-term-clinical-outcomes-in-hemodialysis-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Masahiko Asami, Jiro Aoki, Tatsuyuki Sato, Shuzou Tanimoto, Mika Watanabe, Yu Horiuchi, Koichi Furui, Kentaro Yasuhara, Yu Sato, Takuya Hashimoto, Sen Yachi, Kazuhiro Hara, Kengo Tanabe
The aim of this study was to address 7-year clinical outcomes and impact of prolonged dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) after coronary stenting in hemodialysis patients. Our study included 123 consecutive hemodialysis patients who had undergone percutaneous coronary intervention with a drug-eluting stent (DES) or bare-metal stent (BMS) (DES: 64, BMS: 59) in our institution. We compared long-term clinical outcomes following DES with BMS implantation as well as clinical outcomes in patients on DAPT for ≥1 year (DAPT on group, 89) with those on DAPT for <1 year (DAPT off group, 34)...
November 30, 2016: Cardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904731/clinical-usefulness-of-long-term-application-of-fentanyl-matrix-in-chronic-non-cancer-pain-improvement-of-pain-and-physical-and-emotional-functions
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Jaewon Lee, Joon Shik Yoon, Jae Hyup Lee, So-Hak Chung, Kyu-Yeol Lee, Young Yul Kim, Jong Moon Kim, Min Ho Kong, Ung Gu Kang, Ye-Soo Park
BACKGROUND: Opioids are recently recommended for those who do not gain adequate pain relief from the use of acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Medical opioids are administered in various routes, and transdermal opioid products that can make up for the weaknesses of the oral or intravenous products have been developed. This study is to evaluate the clinical usefulness of fentanyl matrix in terms of the long-term improvement in pain and physical and mental functions...
December 2016: Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904631/the-effect-of-clinical-supervision-model-on-high-alert-medication-safety-in-intensive-care-units-nurses
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Asghar Khalifehzadeh Esfahani, Fatemeh Ramezany Varzaneh, Tahereh Changiz
BACKGROUND: Medication errors and adverse drug events of high alert medication are one of the major problems in therapeutic system. The purpose of the present study was to investigate ύthe effect of clinical supervision model on high alert medication safety in intensive care units nurses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a quasi-experimental study conducted on 32 nurses of intensive care units. The researcher observed the administration of high alert drugs including heparin, warfarin, norepinephrine, dobutamine, and dopamine by nurses and recorded the scores of the work in preventing medication errors, the work in preventing adverse drug events, and medication safety...
September 2016: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904057/potential-of-ravuconazole-and-its-prodrugs-as-the-new-oraltherapeutics-for-onychomycosis
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Hideyo Yamaguchi
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail apparatus caused by dermatophytes, Candida and non-dermatophytic molds. It is highly prevalent in the general population worldwide and also responsible for significant morbidity and complications and does not usually cure itself. Thus, the condition needs to be treated in view of physical and psychological problems produced. Currently, oral medications using terbinafine are the most effective therapy, but it has relatively limited therapeutic success, particularly for long-term management...
2016: Medical Mycology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903924/randomized-phase-ii-study-of-cabazitaxel-versus-methotrexate-in-patients-with-recurrent-and-or-metastatic-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck-previously-treated-with-platinum-based-therapy
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Jean-Pascal Henry Machiels, Aline Van Maanen, Jean-Marie Vandenbulcke, Bertrand Filleul, Emmanuel Seront, Stéphanie Henry, Lionel D'Hondt, Christophe Lonchay, Stéphane Holbrechts, Petra Boegner, Dany Brohee, Didier Dequanter, Ingrid Louviaux, Brieuc Sautois, Nicolas Whenham, Guy Berchem, Brigitte Vanderschueren, Christel Fontaine, Sandra Schmitz, Aline Gillain, Joelle Schoonjans, Sylvie Rottey
LESSONS LEARNED: Cabazitaxel has activity in squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) and taxane-resistant cell lines. For the first time, cabazitaxel was investigated in incurable patients with recurrent SCCHN. Patients were randomly assigned to cabazitaxel every 3 weeks or weekly methotrexate.This phase II study did not meet its primary endpoint.Cabazitaxel has low activity in SCCHN.The toxicity profile in this population also was not favorable owing to the high rate of febrile neutropenia observed (17%)...
November 30, 2016: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903216/treatment-and-response-to-statins-gender-related-differences
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Raparelli Valeria, Pannitteri Gaetano, Todisco Tommaso, Toriello Filippo, Napoleone Laura, Manfredini Roberto, Basili Stefania
Response to drug administration is a primary determinant for treatment success. Sex and gender disparities play a role in determining the efficacy and safety of the most common used medications suggesting the need for a sex-tailored approach in prescription. Statins are a cost-effective strategy for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention. While statins are similarly effective in secondary CVD prevention, some concerns raised by conflicting data reported in primary CVD prevention clinical trials. The small representation of women in clinical trials and the fewer rates of events due to the lower female baseline CVD risk may have conditioned contradictory meta-analysis findings...
November 17, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901275/peripheral-nerve-blocks-for-the-treatment-of-headache-in-older-adults-a-retrospective-study
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Jacob R Hascalovici, Matthew S Robbins
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to provide demographical and clinical descriptions of patients age 65 years old and older who were treated with peripheral nerve blocks (PNBs) at our institution and evaluate the safety and efficacy of this treatment. BACKGROUND: Headache disorders are common, disabling chronic neurological diseases that often persist with advancing age. Geriatric headache management poses unique therapeutic challenges because of considerations of comorbidity, drug interactions, and adverse effects...
November 30, 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900915/multiple-morbidities-assessment
#13
Erin Dean
Essential facts Multimorbidity, in which a person has two or more long-term health conditions, is associated with reduced quality of life, higher mortality, polypharmacy and high treatment burden, higher rates of adverse drug events, and much greater health services usage, including unplanned or emergency care.
November 30, 2016: Nursing Older People
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900570/concomitant-use-of-statins-in-tocilizumab-treated-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-post-hoc-analysis
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Martin Soubrier, Jinglan Pei, Frédérick Durand, Lars Gullestad, Ani John
INTRODUCTION: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have decreased survival because of increased cardiovascular risk compared with the general population, and treatment with tocilizumab (TCZ) has been shown to increase lipid levels; however, the relationship between lipids and cardiovascular risk is unknown. This post hoc analysis expanded on previously reported 24-week results by characterizing statin use and subsequent changes in lipid parameters in patients with RA treated with intravenous or subcutaneous TCZ (TCZ-IV or TCZ-SC) over 2 years of treatment...
November 29, 2016: Rheumatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899001/drug-interventions-for-the-treatment-of-obesity-in-children-and-adolescents
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REVIEW
Emma Mead, Greg Atkinson, Bernd Richter, Maria-Inti Metzendorf, Louise Baur, Nicholas Finer, Eva Corpeleijn, Claire O'Malley, Louisa J Ells
BACKGROUND: Child and adolescent obesity has increased globally, and can be associated with significant short- and long-term health consequences. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of drug interventions for the treatment of obesity in children and adolescents. SEARCH METHODS: We searched CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, PubMed (subsets not available on Ovid), LILACS as well as the trial registers ICTRP (WHO) and ClinicalTrials.gov. Searches were undertaken from inception to March 2016...
November 29, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898459/characterization-of-the-adverse-effects-induced-by-acetaminophen-and-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-based-on-the-analysis-of-the-japanese-adverse-drug-event-report-database
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Junko Nagai, Yoshihiro Uesawa, Ryotaro Shimamura, Hajime Kagaya
OBJECTIVES: Acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are antipyretic analgesics with established adverse effects; however, only a few studies have compared their adverse effects simultaneously. We aimed to compare the adverse effects of these medications to confirm the respective frequencies of both rare and major adverse effects. METHODS: We used a high-quality database for spontaneous adverse drug event reporting in Japan. Data were extracted regarding the adverse effects of acetaminophen and NSAIDs to compare the tendency of the appearance of those adverse effects between the drugs...
November 24, 2016: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898167/nsaids-prescription-prevalence-after-a-cardiovascular-event-related-hospitalization-in-medicaid-beneficiaries-from-puerto-rico
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Suzette M Vélez, José J Hernández, Sasha M Davis, María G Almodóvar, José R Mercado
OBJECTIVE: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly prescribed for pain and inflammation. NSAIDs are associated with serious adverse effects and cardiovascular (CV) risks that include myocardial infarction, stroke and heart failure. In the period of time immediately after a CV event, modification to the drug therapy regimen and lifestyle habits should be instituted to decrease morbidity and mortality. The objective of this study is to measure the prevalence of NSAIDs prescribing in the immediate 90 days after a CV-related hospitalization in Medicaid beneficiaries in Puerto Rico...
December 2016: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898164/dexmedetomidine-reduces-catheter-related-bladder-discomfort-a-prospective-randomized-placebo-controlled-double-blind-study
#18
Yang Zhao Yun, Xu Jun Mei, Zhu Rong, Dai Ru Ping, Liu Lei
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of dexmedetomidine in preventing catheterrelated bladder discomfort (CRBD) in a postanesthesia care unit (PACU). METHODS: A total of 138 consecutive adult male patients, classified by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) as ASA class I and ASA class II, were scheduled for elective open upper-middle abdominal surgery. They were randomized into 2 groups, C and D, comprising 69 patients each. Group C was given a saline solution as placebo, and group D received dexmedetomidine...
December 2016: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896908/bixalomer-in-hyperphosphatemic-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-not-on-dialysis-phase-3-randomized-trial
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Tadao Akizawa, Hideki Origasa, Chisato Kameoka, Junko Tsukada, Kentarou Kuroishi, Yusuke Yamaguchi
Currently, calcium- or metal-containing phosphate binders are available to treat hyperphosphatemia in predialysis patients with chronic kidney disease. Bixalomer, a non-calcium, metal-free phosphate binder, has not been studied in these patients. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of bixalomer versus placebo for treatment of hyperphosphatemia in Japanese predialysis patients with chronic kidney disease. This multicenter, randomized, double-blind, phase 3 trial, randomized eligible patients 1:1 to receive bixalomer or placebo for 12 weeks...
November 29, 2016: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896858/efficacy-and-safety-of-simeprevir-and-sofosbuvir-with-and-without-ribavirin-in-subjects-with-recurrent-genotype-1-hepatitis-c-post-orthotopic-liver-transplant-the-randomized-galaxy-study
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Jacqueline G O'Leary, Robert J Fontana, Kimberly Brown, James R Burton, Roberto Firpi-Morell, Andrew Muir, Christopher O'Brien, Mordechai Rabinovitz, K Rajender Reddy, Robert Ryan, Adam Shprecher, Shirley Villadiego, Avinash Prabhakar, Robert S Brown
This prospective, randomized, phase 2 study in subjects with recurrent hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 post-orthotopic liver transplant evaluated once-daily simeprevir 150mg+sofosbuvir 400mg, with and without ribavirin 1,000mg. Primary endpoint was proportion of subjects with Week 12 sustained virologic response (SVR12). Thirty-three subjects without cirrhosis were randomized 1:1:1 into three arms (stratified by geno/subtype and Q80K): Arm 1, simeprevir+sofosbuvir+ribavirin, 12 weeks; Arm 2, simeprevir+sofosbuvir, 12 weeks; Arm 3, simeprevir+sofosbuvir, 24 weeks; 13 additional subjects (2 with cirrhosis, 11 without cirrhosis) entered Arm 3...
November 29, 2016: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
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