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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147477/vanishing-vasculitis-a-case-of-acute-necrotic-skin-findings-without-pathologic-features-of-vasculitis-from-adulterated-cocaine
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Adnan Asif Parvez Ghias, Patrick Brine
While the usage of illicit drugs in itself carries significant health risks and associated toxicities, drugs that are adulterated to give them volume, alter their psychogenic properties, and make them cheaper to produce are to be considered even more dangerous. Cocaine is one of them, and it is now most commonly being adulterated with levamisole. We report a case of a 37-year-old female with the chief complaint of painful skin lesions and wounds on both of her upper and lower extremities for three weeks duration...
2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146214/-treatments-of-steroid-dependent-nephrotic-syndrome-in-children
#2
A Couderc, E Bérard, V Guigonis, I Vrillon, J Hogan, V Audard, V Baudouin, C Dossier, O Boyer
Primary nephrotic syndrome (NS) is the most common glomerular disease in children. It is characterized by massive proteinuria and hypoalbuminemia. It typically has a sudden onset and more than 70% of patients will experience at least one relapse. An immunological origin has long been postulated, although the precise molecular mechanisms underlying the disease remain debated. Steroids are the first-line therapy with cumulative dose and duration of initial treatment varying among countries. Steroid-sparing agents may be indicated in case of steroid-dependency or frequent relapses...
November 13, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120332/levamisole-standard-or-intensive-therapy
#3
Aditi Sinha, Arvind Bagga
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 15, 2017: Indian Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099568/a-case-report-on-suspected-levamisole-induced-pseudovasculitis
#4
Tiffany Fan, Jeffrey Macaraeg, Toufik Mahfood Haddad, Holly Bacon, Duc Le, Mohsin Mirza, Carrie Valenta, Tammy Wichman
INTRODUCTION: Levamisole-induced pseudovasculitis should be considered in patients with inconsistent anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) pattern and history of cocaine use. CASE PRESENTATION: A 50-year-old man presented to the emergency department with symptoms of bilateral pulmonary emboli. His hospital course was complicated by multiple end organ failure, which improved dramatically with prednisone. Although he was diagnosed previously with granulomatosis with polyangiitis due to positive proteinase 3 (PR3), myeloperoxidase (MPO), perinuclear anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (P-ANCA) and cytoplasmic anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (C-ANCA) markers, his longstanding cocaine use and history of skin ulcers, thrombotic events, and febrile illnesses suggested a diagnosis of levamisole-induced pseudovasculitis instead...
February 2017: WMJ: Official Publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075480/control-of-nematodirus-spp-infection-by-sheep-flock-owners-in-northern-ireland
#5
Connor McMahon, Hillary W J Edgar, Jason P Barley, Robert E B Hanna, Gerard P Brennan, Ian Fairweather
BACKGROUND: To address a lack of information on the control of ovine helminth parasites in Northern Ireland (NI), a number of research projects have been undertaken, dealing with gastrointestinal nematodes, tapeworms and liver fluke. This investigation concerns Nematodirus and concentrates on three aspects of disease: farm management strategies for its control, derived from the results of a Questionnaire; the efficacy of treatment used by farmers, as determined by a coprological survey; and the hatching requirements of Nematodirus eggs, that is, whether prolonged chilling is a pre-requisite for hatching...
2017: Irish Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074413/galantamine-attenuates-n-n-dimethyl-hydrazine-induced-neoplastic-colon-damage-by-inhibiting-acetylcholinesterase-and-bimodal-regulation-of-nicotinic-cholinergic-neurotransmission
#6
Shreesh Raj Sammi, Jitendra K Rawat, Neetu Raghav, Ajay Kumar, Subhadeep Roy, Manjari Singh, Swetlana Gautam, Rajnish K Yadav, Uma Devi, Rakesh Pandey, Gaurav Kaithwas
The present study reveals the effect of galantamine (GAL) against 1, 2-dimethylhydrazine (DMH) induced colon cancer. Wistar albino rats were arbitrarily divided into four groups (n = 8). Group 1 served as normal control (normal saline, 3ml/kg/day, p.o.); group 2, 3 and 4 received DMH (20mg/kg/week, s.c.), for 6 weeks; groups 3 and 4 also received GAL (2 and 4mg/kg/day, p.o) for 6 weeks. DMH treated rats showed decreased heart rate variability (HRV) factors, increased incidence of aberrant crypt foci (ACF), increased thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARs) along with the decrease in the enzymatic activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase...
October 23, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069158/multiple-anthelmintic-resistance-in-southern-brazil-sheep-flocks
#7
Plínio Aguiar de Oliveira, Beatriz Riet-Correa, Pablo Estima-Silva, Ana Carolina Barreto Coelho, Bianca Lemos Dos Santos, Marco André Paldês Costa, Jerônimo Lopes Ruas, Ana Lucia Schild
Gastrointestinal parasites represent an important cause of reduced productivity of sheep worldwide. As anthelmintic are still the main control tool for these parasites, this work evaluated the efficacy of commercially available active principles in 22 sheep flocks in the southern region of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. In each farm 10 sheep were randomly distributed in seven groups with the following treatments: abamectin; albendazole; closantel; levamisole; monepantel; trichlorphon and no anthelmintic (control)...
October 23, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054532/a-randomized-clinical-trial-indicates-that-levamisole-increases-the-time-to-relapse-in-children-with-steroid-sensitive-idiopathic-nephrotic-syndrome
#8
Mariken P Gruppen, Antonia H Bouts, Marijke C Jansen-van der Weide, Maruschka P Merkus, Aleksandra Zurowska, Michal Maternik, Laura Massella, Francesco Emma, Patrick Niaudet, Elisabeth A M Cornelissen, Thierry Schurmans, Ann Raes, Johan van de Walle, Mieke van Dyck, Ashima Gulati, Arvind Bagga, Jean-Claude Davin
Levamisole has been considered the least toxic and least expensive steroid-sparing drug for preventing relapses of steroid-sensitive idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (SSINS). However, evidence for this is limited as previous randomized clinical trials were found to have methodological limitations. Therefore, we conducted an international multicenter, placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized clinical trial to reassess its usefulness in prevention of relapses in children with SSINS. The efficacy and safety of one year of levamisole treatment in children with SSINS and frequent relapses were evaluated...
October 17, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035859/gastrointestinal-nematodes-infections-and-anthelmintic-resistance-in-grazing-sheep-in-the-eastern-inner-mongolia-in-china
#9
Tianlong Han, Min Wang, Guanghe Zhang, Dongsheng Han, Xinwei Li, Guowen Liu, Xiaobing Li, Zhe Wang
Gastrointestinal nematodes (GIN) are a crucial restraint to grazing sheep production worldwide. This study was conducted to determine the infections and anthelmintic resistance (AR) of GIN in pasture-based sheep in the Eastern Inner Mongolia, China. GIN eggs were tested from 600 grazing sheep feces of 10 farms using saturated saline flotation method and McMaster's method. The egg hatch test (EHT) and the faecal egg count reduction test (FECRT) were used to evaluate resistance of GIN to anthelmintics. We found that the average infection rate was 79...
December 20, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016857/biallelic-mutation-of-unc50-encoding-a-protein-involved-in-achr-trafficking-is-responsible-for-arthrogryposis
#10
Emanuela Abiusi, Manuela D'Alessandro, Klaus Dieterich, Loic Quevarec, Sandrina Turczynski, Aurore-Cecile Valfort, Paulette Mezin, Pierre Simon Jouk, Marta Gut, Ivo Gut, Jean Louis Bessereau, Judith Melki
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is a developmental condition characterized by multiple joint contractures resulting from reduced or absent fetal movements. Homozygosity mapping of disease loci combined with whole exome sequencing in a consanguineous family presenting with lethal AMC allowed the identification of a homozygous frameshift deletion in UNC50 gene (c.750_751del:p.Cys251Phefs*4) in the index case. To assess the effect of the mutation, an equivalent mutation in the Caenorhabditis elegans orthologous gene was created using CRISPR/Cas9...
October 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988555/mid-season-targeted-selective-anthelmintic-treatment-based-on-flexible-weight-gain-threshold-for-nematode-infection-control-in-dairy-calves
#11
A Merlin, N Ravinet, A Madouasse, N Bareille, A Chauvin, C Chartier
The suitability of a single mid-season targeted selective treatment (TST) for gastrointestinal nematodes control, based on flexible average daily weight gain (ADWG) thresholds, was investigated in 23 groups of first grazing season calves. In each group, animals were weighed three times: before turnout, at mid-season and at housing. Just after the first weighing, each group was divided in two homogenous sub-groups in terms of age, breed and weight, and randomly allocated to one of two sub-groups intented for two different mid-season anthelmintic treatment strategies: (1) a treatment of all calves composing the sub-group (whole-group treatment (WT)) or (2) a targeted selective weight gain-based treatment (TST) of the animals showing an individual pre-treatment ADWG inferior to the mean pre-treatment ADWG of the corresponding WT sub-group...
October 9, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976239/anthelmintic-drugs-their-efficacy-and-cost-effectiveness-in-different-parity-cattle
#12
Muhammad Saqib Ali, Khalid Saeed, Muhmmad Imran Rashid, Muhammad Ijaz, Haroon Akbar, Muhammad Rashid, Kamran Ashraf
Gastrointestinal nematodes are responsible for economic losses in bovines and are characterized by reduced milk production, decreased working efficiency and even death. In our study, the effect of different anthelmintic treatments on nematode control in different parity cattle (Friesian Crossbreds) at calving and their effect on milk yield was evaluated. Economic of anthelmintic and farm benefit in term of increase milk production after deworming was also calculated. We screened cattle of first and second parity for nematodes...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972099/vasculitis-due-to-levamisole-adulterated-cocaine
#13
Vishnu Mohan, Abhishek Maiti, Michael G Swaby, Sujith V Cherian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 29, 2017: Postgraduate Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969826/controlling-gastrointestinal-nematodes-in-cattle-by-bacillus-species
#14
Natália Berne Pinto, Leonardo Mortagua de Castro, Gabriela de Almeida Capella, Tairan Ourique Motta, Ana Paula de Souza Stori de Lara, Micaele Quintana de Moura, Maria Elisabeth Aires Berne, Fábio Pereira Leivas Leite
In this study, we tested the in vitro and in vivo larvicidal activity of Bacillus species against gastrointestinal nematodes in cattle, and their viability in the presence of anthelmintics. For in vitro tests, cattle feces naturally infected with trichostrongylides were incubated with spore suspensions of Bacillus circulans (Bcir), B. thuringiensis var. osvaldocruzi (Bto), B. thuringiensis var. israelensis (Bti) or B. thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Btk). Subsequently, residual larvae were counted and identified...
October 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969781/an-attempt-to-replace-an-ivermectin-resistant-cooperia-spp-population-by-a-susceptible-one-on-grazing-pastures-based-on-epidemiological-principles-and-refugia-management
#15
C A Fiel, P E Steffan, S M Muchiut, A S Fernández, G Bernat, E Riva, M M Lloberas, A Almada, D Homer
The maintenance of anthelmintic-susceptible parasite refugia to delay the onset of anthelmintic resistance is an almost impossible effort in many grazing livestock production countries given that current refugia consist of already resistant parasites. Rather, efforts could be focused on replacing the resistant parasite refugia by susceptible parasite ones and implementing sustainable parasite control measures from then on. To this purpose, a trial was conducted to attempt to establish a new population of ivermectin-susceptible Cooperia sp...
November 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957962/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-in-vasculitis-friend-or-foe
#16
Daniel Söderberg, Mårten Segelmark
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) can be found at the sites of vascular lesions and in the circulation of patients with active small vessel vasculitis. Neutrophils from vasculitis patients release more NETs in vitro, and NETs have properties that can harm the vasculature both directly and indirectly. There are several ways to interfere with NET formation, which open for new therapeutic options. However, there are several types of NETs and different mechanisms of NET formation, and these might have different effects on inflammation...
September 27, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947636/efficacy-of-recommended-drugs-against-soil-transmitted-helminths-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
#17
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Wendelin Moser, Christian Schindler, Jennifer Keiser
Objective To evaluate efficacies of anthelmintic drugs against soil transmitted helminths in terms of cure rates and egg reduction rates.Design Systematic review and network meta-analysis.Data Sources PubMed, ISI Web of Science, Embase, ScienceDirect, the Cochrane Central Register of Clinical Trials, and the World Health Organization library database from 1960 until 31 December 2016.Study selection Randomised controlled trials evaluating the efficacy of a single dose regimen of albendazole, mebendazole, levamisole, and pyrantel pamoate against Ascaris lumbricoides, hookworm (Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale) and Trichuris trichiura...
September 25, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940647/drug-therapy-targeting-pyrophosphate-slows-the-ossification-of-spinal-ligaments-in-twy-mice
#18
Shigeto Hiratsuka, Masahiko Takahata, Tomohiro Shimizu, Hiroki Hamano, Masahiro Ota, Dai Sato, Norimasa Iwasaki
The lack of an effective drug therapy against ossification of spinal ligament (OSL) warrants investigation into the therapeutic target of this disease. An endogenous inhibitor of biomineralization, pyrophosphate (PPi) is a potential therapy for ectopic ossification; however, exogenous PPi is rapidly hydrolyzed by tissue non-specific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP) present in body fluids. In this study, we examined whether a drug therapy targeting PPi is efficacious for the treatment of OSL using the Enpp1(ttw/ttw) (twy) mouse model...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913883/interactions-between-erythromycin-flunixin-meglumine-levamisole-and-plant-secondary-metabolites-towards-bovine-gastrointestinal-motility-in-vitro-study
#19
M Mendel, M Chłopecka, N Dziekan, W Karlik
Continued ingestion of plant secondary metabolites by ruminants can provoke pharmacological interactions with pharmaceutical agents used in animals. As some drugs and phytocompounds affect smooth muscle activity, the aim of this study was to verify the possible interaction between selected pharmaceutical agents and plant secondary metabolites towards bovine gastrointestinal motility. The interactions between phytocompounds-apigenin, quercetin, hederagenin, medicagenic acid-and medicines-erythromycin, flunixin meglumine and levamisole-were evaluated on bovine isolated abomasal and duodenal specimens obtained from routinely slaughtered cows...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813206/levamisole-in-illicit-trafficking-cocaine-seized-a-one-year-study
#20
Simona Martello, Massimo Pieri, Cristiano Ialongo, Stefano Pignalosa, Gianluca Noce, Francesca Vernich, Carmelo Russo, Federico Mineo, Sergio Bernardini, Luigi Tonino Marsella
Cocaine use is increasing around the world and its purity is frequently altered through dilution, substitution, contamination, and adulteration. Sugars, talc, starch, and carbonates represent the principal diluents of cocaine, while phenacetin, levamisole, caffeine, and lidocaine are its major adulterants in Europe. Levamisole is used because it is an odorless powder, with physical properties similar to cocaine, and it has reasonable cost and availability, being widely used in veterinary medicine. For this study, we analyzed 88 cocaine samples...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
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