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Nádia Sitoe, Rosa Macamo, Bindiya Meggi, Ocean Tobaiwa, Osvaldo Loquiha, Timothy Bollinger, Lara Vojnov, Ilesh Jani
BACKGROUND: In resource-limited countries, CD4 T-cell (CD4) testing continues to be used for determining antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation eligibility and opportunistic infection monitoring. To support expanded access to CD4 testing, simple and robust technologies are necessary. We conducted this study to evaluate the performance of a new Point-of-Care (POC) CD4 technology, the MyT4, compared to conventional laboratory CD4 testing. METHODS: EDTA venous blood from 200 HIV-positive patients was tested in the laboratory using the MyT4 and BD FACSCalibur™...
2016: PloS One
Katelyn G Bennett, Theodore A Kung, James A Hayman, David L Brown
BACKGROUND: Management of keloids has remained a conundrum, because an optimum treatment regimen has yet to be elucidated. Currently, treatment varies widely between more conservative measures, such as steroid injections, topical medications, and silicone sheeting, to more aggressive options, such as surgery and postoperative radiation. The latter combination has been touted to have superior results, with the lowest rates of pathologic scar recurrence. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review to critically evaluate the effectiveness of surgical excision and radiation treatment in patients with keloids...
October 19, 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Sara Gianella, Sergei L Kosakovsky Pond, Michelli F Oliveira, Konrad Scheffler, Matt C Strain, Antonio De la Torre, Scott Letendre, Davey M Smith, Ronald J Ellis
To design effective eradication strategies, it may be necessary to target HIV reservoirs in anatomic compartments other than blood. This study examined HIV RNA rebound following interruption of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to determine whether the central nervous system (CNS) might serve as an independent source of resurgent viral replication. Paired blood and CSF samples were collected longitudinally from 14 chronically HIV-infected individuals undergoing ART interruption...
July 2016: Virus Evolution
Omar Mahmoud, Lara Hathout, Sherif G Shaaban, Mohamed A Elshaikh, Sushil Beriwal, William Small
PURPOSE: The Gynecologic Oncology group (GOG) 0263 trial is currently exploring whether adding chemotherapy to adjuvant radiotherapy improves recurrence-free and/or overall survival in stage IB-IIA cervical cancer patients with pathologic intermediate-risk factors. Using the National Cancer Data Base, we evaluated the benefit of adjuvant chemoradiotherapy over adjuvant radiotherapy alone in the community practice setting. MATERIALS: The analysis included 869 stage IB-IIA cervical cancer patients who underwent radical hysterectomy retrieving intermediate-risk factors justifying adjuvant therapy...
October 18, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
Svetlana Villevalde, Zhanna Kobalava
OBJECTIVE: Antihypertensive medication nonadherence is significant contributor to poor BP control. Patient-related factors (lack of motivation or risk understanding) are important. The aim of PRISMA study was to determine the impact of integrated approach with therapy based on perindopril arginine in the improvement of motivation, adherence to antihypertensive treatment and BP control. DESIGN AND METHOD: 906 (315 male, 56.0 ± 10.6 years) non-adherent (score < 4 in Morisky and Green Test for Measure of Adherence to Therapy) hypertensive patients with planning or action stages of behavior changes (Prochaska and DiClemente model) with uncontrolled hypertension (BP > 140/90 mmHg) were randomly assigned to 2 strategies: integrated approach with therapy based on perindopril arginine with added-on therapy if necessary (G1, n = 755) or routine practice (G2, n = 151)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Marco Moschini, Vidit Sharma, Giorgio Gandaglia, Paolo Dell'Oglio, Nicola Fossati, Emanuele Zaffuto, Francesco Montorsi, Alberto Briganti, R Jeffrey Karnes
INTRODUCTION: The literature is conflicting on the long-term utility of adjuvant therapy after radical prostatectomy (RP) for prostate cancer (PCa) demonstrating seminal vesicle invasion (pT3b; SVI). METHODS: Patients with SVI during RP and pelvic lymph node dissection at two major referral centers from 1986-2014 were included. Kaplan-Meier analyses and multivariable Cox regressions were performed to determine if adjuvant radiotherapy (aRT) and adjuvant hormonal therapy (aHT) were predictors of biochemical recurrence, cancer specific mortality (CSM) and overall mortality (OM)...
October 18, 2016: BJU International
Linda Aurpibul, Sirinya Teerananchai, Wasana Prasitsuebsai, Tavitiya Sudjaritruk, Pope Kosalaraksa, Nia Kurniati, Khanh Huu Truong, Viet Chau Do, Lam Van Nguyen, Kulkanya Chokephaibulkit, Thida Singtoroj, Stephen J Kerr
BACKGROUND: Failure rates of second-line boosted protease inhibitor antiretroviral therapy regimens in children rise over time. Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) can contribute to assessments of adherence. The authors assessed the performance characteristics of the US DHHS-recommended lopinavir (LPV) concentration of 1.0 mg/L for predicting virologic failure (VF) and intermediate-to-high level LPV resistance in Asian children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: LPV concentration, HIV RNA level, and adherence data from study participants in Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam receiving second-line LPV-based ART and followed for ≥24 weeks were analyzed...
August 1, 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Derya Tilki, Felix Preisser, Pierre Tennstedt, Patrick Tober, Philipp Mandel, Thorsten Schlomm, Thomas Steuber, Hartwig Huland, Schwarz Rudolf, Cordula Petersen, Markus Graefen, Sascha Ahyai
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the comparative effectiveness of no treatment or salvage radiation therapy at biochemical recurrence (NT/sRT) versus adjuvant radiation therapy (aRT) in LN positive patients after radical prostatectomy (RP). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 773 patients with LN positive prostate cancer (PCa) at RP with or without additional radiation treatment from 2005 to 2013 were retrospectively analyzed. Cox regressions addressed factors influencing biochemical recurrence (BCR) and metastasis-free survival (MFS)...
October 15, 2016: BJU International
Nicholas T Funderburg, Dihua Xu, Martin P Playford, Aditya A Joshi, Adriana Andrade, Daniel R Kuritzkes, Michael M Lederman, Nehal N Mehta
BACKGROUND: Persons infected with HIV often have altered lipid profiles that may be affected by antiretroviral therapies (ART). Traditional lipid measurements may be insufficient to assess cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in this population. METHODS: We report results from 39 ART-naïve participants in a substudy of A5248, a single-arm study of raltegravir (RAL), emtricitabine/tenofovir administration. Samples were collected at baseline, 12, 24, and 48 weeks after ART initiation...
October 14, 2016: Antiviral Therapy
Charles L Francoeur, Stephan A Mayer
For patients who survive the initial bleeding event of a ruptured brain aneurysm, delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) is one of the most important causes of mortality and poor neurological outcome. New insights in the last decade have led to an important paradigm shift in the understanding of DCI pathogenesis. Large-vessel cerebral vasospasm has been challenged as the sole causal mechanism; new hypotheses now focus on the early brain injury, microcirculatory dysfunction, impaired autoregulation, and spreading depolarization...
October 14, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
D L Fink, L Hedley, R F Miller
Biologic therapies are injectable immunomodulatory agents directed against specific immune cell or chemical targets. They have transformed the lives of HIV-uninfected individuals with severe inflammatory conditions including psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis. The perceived increased infection risk associated with these agents means that HIV-infected individuals have not been included in randomised control trials of these drugs. The literature for use of biologic therapies in HIV-infected populations is limited to case reports and case series...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of STD & AIDS
Sikhulile Moyo, Terence Mohammed, Kathleen E Wirth, Melanie Prague, Kara Bennett, Molly Pretorius Holme, Lucy Mupfumi, Philemon Sebogodi, Natasha O Moraka, Corretah Boleo, Comfort N Maphorisa, Boitumelo Seraise, Simani Gaseitsiwe, Rosemary M Musonda, Erik van Widenfelt, Kathleen M Powis, Tendani Gaolathe, Eric J Tchetgen Tchetgen, Joseph M Makhema, Max Essex, Shahin Lockman, Vladimir Novitsky
BACKGROUND: Routine monitoring of HIV-1 RNA, or viral load (VL) in patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is important, but there are multiple impediments to VL testing in resource-constrained settings. An accurate point-of-care (POC) HIV-1 VL test could alleviate many of these challenges. METHODS: We compared the performance of the Cepheid Xpert® HIV-1 VL against the laboratory-based Abbott m2000sp/m2000rt assay (Abbot assay). ART-naïve individuals participating in the Botswana Combination Prevention Project in 20 communities provided EDTA blood specimens during household surveys...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Mesut Mutluoglu, Gunalp Uzun, Michael Bennett, Peter Germonpré, David Smart, Daniel Mathieu
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are one of the most common indications for hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT). The role of HBOT in DFUs is often debated. Recent evidence based guidelines, while recommending its use, urge further studies to identify the patient subgroups most likely to benefit from HBOT. A recent study in Diabetes Care aimed to assess the efficacy of HBOT in reducing the need for major amputation and improving wound healing in patients with chronic DFUs. In this study, patients with Wagner grade 2-4 diabetic foot lesions were randomly assigned to have HBOT (30 sessions/90 min/244 kPa) or sham treatment (30 sessions/90 min/air/125 kPa)...
September 2016: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
Jim H Hu, Padraic O'Malley, Bilal Chughtai, Abby Isaacs, Jialin Mao, Jason D Wright, Dawn Hershman, Art Sedrakyan
PURPOSE: Robot-assisted surgery has been rapidly adopted in the U.S. for prostate cancer. Its adoption has been driven by market forces and patient preference, and debate continues regarding whether it offers improved outcomes to justify the higher cost relative to open surgery. We examined the comparative effectiveness of robot-assisted vs open radical prostatectomy in cancer control and survival in a nationally representative population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This population based observational cohort study of patients with prostate cancer undergoing robot-assisted radical prostatectomy and open radical prostatectomy during 2003 to 2012 used data captured in the SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results)-Medicare linked database...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Urology
Hansaim Lim, Aleksandar Poleksic, Yuan Yao, Hanghang Tong, Di He, Luke Zhuang, Patrick Meng, Lei Xie
Target-based screening is one of the major approaches in drug discovery. Besides the intended target, unexpected drug off-target interactions often occur, and many of them have not been recognized and characterized. The off-target interactions can be responsible for either therapeutic or side effects. Thus, identifying the genome-wide off-targets of lead compounds or existing drugs will be critical for designing effective and safe drugs, and providing new opportunities for drug repurposing. Although many computational methods have been developed to predict drug-target interactions, they are either less accurate than the one that we are proposing here or computationally too intensive, thereby limiting their capability for large-scale off-target identification...
October 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Alan L Schooley, Pocha Samuel Kamudumuli, Sitaram Vangala, Chi-Hong Tseng, Chifundo Soko, Julie Parent, Khumbo Phiri, Andreas Jahn, Dan Namarika, Risa M Hoffman
Background.  Given the uncertainty about the ability of a single CD4 count to accurately classify a patient as antiretroviral therapy (ART) eligible, we sought to understand the extent to which CD4 variability results in misclassification at a CD4 threshold of 500 cells/mm(3). Methods.  We performed a prospective study of CD4 variability in Malawian human immunodeficiency virus-infected, ART-naive, World Health Organization (WHO) stage 1 or 2, nonpregnant adults. CD4 counts were performed daily for 8 days...
September 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Jie Yu, Ping Liang
Tumor ablation is defined as the direct application of chemical or thermal therapy to eradicate or substantially destroy a tumor. Currently, minimally invasive ablation techniques are available for the local destruction of focal tumors in multiple organ sites. Microwave ablation is premised on the biological response of solid tumors to tissue hyperthermia, and it is a relatively low-risk procedure. Due to several advantages of microwave ablation, including higher thermal efficiency, higher capability for coagulating blood vessels, faster ablation time, and the simultaneous application of multiple antennae, microwave ablation could be a promising minimally invasive ablation technique for the treatment of solid tumors...
October 4, 2016: International Journal of Hyperthermia
Hanif Esmail, Tolu Oni, Friedrich Thienemann, Nashreen Omar-Davies, Robert J Wilkinson, Mpiko Ntsekhe
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disorders are common in HIV-1 infected persons in Africa and presentation is often insidious. Development of screening algorithms for cardiovascular disorders appropriate to a resource-constrained setting could facilitate timely referral. Cardiothoracic ratio (CTR) on chest radiograph (CXR) has been suggested as a potential screening tool but little is known about its reproducibility and stability. Our primary aim was to evaluate the stability and the inter-observer variability of CTR in HIV-1 infected outpatients...
2016: PloS One
Alba Garin-Muga, Fernando J Corrales, Victor Segura
The integration of genomics and proteomics has led to the emergence of proteogenomics, a field of research successfully applied to the characterization of cancer samples. The diagnosis, prognosis and response to therapy of cancer patients will largely benefit from the identification of mutations present in their genome. The current state of the art of high throughput experiments for genome-wide detection of somatic mutations in cancer samples has allowed the development of projects such as the TCGA, in which hundreds of cancer genomes have been sequenced...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Wisit Prasithsirikul, Sukanya Chongthawonsatid, Pirapon June Ohata, Siriwan Keadpudsa, Virat Klinbuayaem, Patsamon Rerksirikul, Stephen J Kerr, Kiat Ruxrungtham, Jintanat Ananworanich, Anchalee Avihingsanon
HIV/AIDS and anxiety/depression are interlinked. HIV-infected patients suffering from depression may be at risk for poor adherence which may contribute to HIV disease progression. Additionally, an HIV diagnosis and/or using certain antiretroviral agents may trigger symptoms of anxiety/depression. The objective of the study was to assess the prevalence and factors associated with anxiety and depression in HIV-infected patients from the Thai National HIV Treatment Program. This cross-sectional study was performed from January 2012 to December 2012 in HIV-infected out-patients, aged ≥18 years, from three HIV referral centers...
August 10, 2016: AIDS Care
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