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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351667/what-to-expect-and-when-benznidazole-toxicity-in-chronic-chagas-disease-treatment
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E Aldasoro, E Posada, A Requena-Méndez, A Calvo-Cano, N Serret, A Casellas, S Sanz, D Soy, M J Pinazo, J Gascon
Background: Benznidazole is one of the two most effective antiparasitic drugs for Chagas' disease treatment. However, knowledge about its toxicity profile is mostly based on post-marketing observational studies. Objectives: Our study combines data from two prospective clinical trials designed to assess the safety of the drug newly produced by ELEA Laboratories (Abarax®). Methods: Eligible participants were selected using a consecutive sampling strategy in the CINEBENZ and BIOMARCHA studies between 2013 and 2016 (EUDRACT 2011-002900-34 and 2012-002645-38, respectively, and clinicaltrials...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351626/neuroendovascular-fellowship-training-self-assessment-of-a-program-accredited-by-the-committee-on-advanced-subspecialty-training
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Hakeem J Shakir, Hussain Shallwani, Leonardo Rangel-Castilla, Amade Bregy, Jason M Davies, Ashish Sonig, Christopher S Ogilvy, Kenneth V Snyder, L Nelson Hopkins, Adnan H Siddiqui, Elad I Levy
The University at Buffalo's neuroendovascular fellowship is one of the longest running fellowship programs in North America. The burgeoning neurointerventional workforce and the rapid growth in the neurointerventional space on the heels of groundbreaking clinical trials prompted us to assess the fellowship's academic impact and its graduates' perceptions and productivity. An anonymized web-based survey was sent to all former neuroendovascular fellows with specific questions pertaining to current practice, research and funding, and perceptions about the fellowship's impact on their skills, competitiveness, and compensation...
January 17, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351385/development-of-a-recombinase-polymerase-amplification-assay-for-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-detection-with-an-internal-amplification-control
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Huanlan Yang, Shuang Wei, Ravi Gooneratne, Anthony N Mutukumirad, Xuejun Ma, Shuze Tang, Xiyang Wu
A novel RPA-IAC assay using recombinase polymerase and an internal amplification control (IAC) for Vibrio parahaemolyticus detection was developed. Specific primers were designed based on the coding sequence (CDS) for the toxR gene in V. parahaemolyticus. The recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) reaction was conducted at a constant low temperature of 37°C for 20 min. Assay specificity was validated by using 63 Vibrio strains and 10 non-Vibrio bacterial species. In addition, a competitive IAC was employed to avoid false-negative results, which co-amplified simultaneously with the target sequence...
January 19, 2018: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351300/empirical-validation-of-an-agent-based-model-of-wood-markets-in-switzerland
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Stefan Holm, Lorenz M Hilty, Renato Lemm, Oliver Thees
We present an agent-based model of wood markets and show our efforts to validate this model using empirical data from different sources, including interviews, workshops, experiments, and official statistics. Own surveys closed gaps where data was not available. Our approach to model validation used a variety of techniques, including the replication of historical production amounts, prices, and survey results, as well as a historical case study of a large sawmill entering the market and becoming insolvent only a few years later...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351273/understanding-the-legal-trade-of-cattle-and-camels-and-the-derived-risk-of-rift-valley-fever-introduction-into-and-transmission-within-egypt
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Sebastian Napp, Veronique Chevalier, Núria Busquets, Paolo Calistri, Jordi Casal, Mohamed Attia, Rehab Elbassal, Heba Hosni, Hatem Farrag, Noura Hassan, Rasha Tawfik, Sohair Abd Elkader, Shahin Bayomy
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is a mosquito-borne zoonosis, which may cause significant losses for the livestock sector and have serious public health implications. Egypt has been repeatedly affected by RVF epidemics, mainly associated to the importation of animals from sub-Saharan countries, where the disease is endemic. The objective of our study was the improvement of the surveillance and control strategies implemented in Egypt. In order to do that, first we evaluated the legal trade of live animals into and within Egypt...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350568/abp-980-promising-trastuzumab-biosimilar-for-her2-positive-breast-cancer
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Elisavet Paplomata, Rita Nahta
Approval of the HER2-targeted antibody trastuzumab dramatically improved outcomes for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. Multiple trastuzumab biosimilars, including ABP 980, are in clinical development. Biosimilars are not identical to the reference biologic, but exhibit equivalence and safety in analytical and clinical studies. Areas covered: A brief introduction to trastuzumab, overview of trastuzumab biosimilars, and detailed review of ABP 980 preclinical and clinical studies are included. We searched PubMed and 2016-2017 ASCO and ESMO conference proceedings for "ABP 980" or "trastuzumab biosimilar"...
January 19, 2018: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350176/pharmacokinetic-characterization-of-three-novel-4-mg-nicotine-lozenges%C3%A2
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Manpreet Sukhija, Reena Srivastava, Aditya Kaushik
OBJECTIVE: Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) increases the probability of smoking cessation. This study was conducted to determine if three prototype 4-mg nicotine lozenges produced locally in India were bioequivalent to a globally marketed reference product, Nicorette® 4-mg nicotine lozenge. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Healthy adult smokers (N = 39) were treated with three prototype 4-mg nicotine lozenges in comparison with a reference 4-mg lozenge in this single-center, randomized, open-label, single-dose, 4-way crossover study...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350140/co-circulation-of-influenza-a-h5-h7-and-h9-viruses-and-co-infected-poultry-in-live-bird-markets-cambodia
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Paul F Horwood, Srey Viseth Horm, Annika Suttie, Sopheak Thet, Phalla Y, Sareth Rith, San Sorn, Davun Holl, Sothyra Tum, Sowath Ly, Erik A Karlsson, Arnaud Tarantola, Philippe Dussart
Longitudinal surveillance of 2 live bird markets in Cambodia revealed year-round, high co-circulation of H5, H7, and H9 influenza viruses. We detected influenza A viruses in 51.3% of ducks and 39.6% of chickens, and co-infections, mainly by H5 and H9 viruses, in 0.8% of ducks and 4.5% of chickens.
February 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350034/probing-the-complexities-of-structural-changes-in-layered-oxide-cathode-materials-for-li-ion-batteries-during-fast-charge-discharge-cycling-and-heating
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Enyuan Hu, Xuelong Wang, Xiqian Yu, Xiao-Qing Yang
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery (LIB) is the most promising energy storage system to power electric vehicles with high energy density and long cycling life. However, in order to meet customers' demands for fast charging, the power performances of current LIBs need to be improved. From the cathode aspect, layer-structured cathode materials are widely used in today's market and will continue to play important roles in the near future. The high rate capability of layered cathode materials during charging and discharging is critical to the power performance of the whole cell and the thermal stability is closely related to the safety issues...
January 19, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349812/drug-promotion-practices-a-review
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Nilan T Jacob
Over the years, the pharmaceutical industry has been at the forefront of research and innovation in drug discovery and development. The process of drug discovery extending from pre-clinical studies to multi-centric clinical trials and post-marketing phase is a costly affair running into billions of dollars. On the flip side, not all investigational molecules clear the trial phases and get approved; which puts pressure on the manufacturers to maximise the profit from approved drugs. It is in this key area, the practice of drug promotion plays its role...
January 18, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349613/tumor-treating-fields-a-new-approach-to-glioblastoma-therapy
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REVIEW
Jonathan Rick, Ankush Chandra, Manish K Aghi
Glioblastoma is an aggressive brain malignancy with poor outcomes. Current standard of care involves surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Even with optimal treatment, 5-year survival rates are low. Many patients are unable to tolerate the considerable side effects that therapy involves and suffer from low quality of life. Anti-mitotic tumor treating fields have shown potential in treating glioblastoma with data suggesting that they prolong disease-free survival and overall survival. Novocure has marketed a device that generates these fields via externally placed electrodes...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349524/-qualification-and-classification-of-medical-apps-what-should-be-noted-and-what-is-bfarm-s-contribution
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REVIEW
Nicole Rämsch-Günther, Sylvia Stern, Wolfgang Lauer
Smartphones and tablets with their nearly unlimited number of different applications have become an integral part of everyday life. Thus, mobile devices and applications have also found their way into the healthcare sector.For developers, manufacturers, or users as well, it is often difficult to decide whether a mobile health application is a medical device.In this context, it is extremely important for manufacturers to decide at an early stage of the development whether the product is to be introduced into the market as a medical device and is therefore subject to the legislation on medical devices...
January 18, 2018: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349262/mothers-labor-market-choices-and-child-development-outcomes-in-chile
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Sarah A Reynolds, Lia C H Fernald, Jere R Behrman
This paper examines associations between labor market participation of Chilean mothers and the cognitive, language, and socio-economic development of their children. Using a nationally-representative sample of 3-year-old children, we test if mothers' work intensity in the two previous years is associated with child development outcomes; data were collected in 2010 when children were one year old, and again in 2012, when they were three years old. We find that children who were three years old with mothers who worked for higher fractions of their children's lives in the previous two years perform significantly better on all tests (cognitive, language, socio-emotional) than children whose mothers had worked less, while controlling for baseline test performance...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349242/the-negative-effects-on-mental-health-of-being-in-a-non-desired-occupation-in-an-increasingly-precarious-labour-market
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Catarina Canivet, Gunnar Aronsson, Claudia Bernhard-Oettel, Constanze Leineweber, Mahnaz Moghaddassi, Johanna Stengård, Hugo Westerlund, Per-Olof Östergren
Precarious employment has been associated with poor mental health. Moreover, increasing labour market precariousness may cause individuals to feel 'locked-in', in non-desired workplaces or occupations, out of fear of not finding a new employment. This could be experienced as a 'loss of control', with similar negative health consequences. It is plausible that the extent to which being in a non-desired occupation (NDO) or being in precarious employment (PE) has a negative impact on mental health differs according to age group...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349200/changes-in-living-arrangements-and-mortality-among-older-people-in-china
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Zhixin Feng, Jane Falkingham, Xiaoting Liu, Athina Vlachantoni
Living arrangements in later life are dynamic, with changes associated with life events such as widowhood or moves into an institution. Previous research has found particular changes in living arrangements to be associated with an elevated risk of mortality. However, research in this area within the context of China is limited, despite China being home to the world's largest population of older people. This study investigates the impact of changes in living arrangements on older persons' survival using the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey from 2002 to 2011...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348679/market-watch-2017-fda-drug-approvals-number-rebounds-but-average-value-slips
#16
Mathias Baedeker, Michael Ringel, Valery Panier, Ulrik Schulze
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2018: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348006/importance-of-contrast-aortography-with%C3%A2-lotus-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-a-post-hoc-analysis-from-the-respond-post-market-study
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Lennart van Gils, Jochen Wöhrle, David Hildick-Smith, Sabine Bleiziffer, Daniel J Blackman, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, Ulrich Gerckens, Stephen Brecker, Vinayak Bapat, Thomas Modine, Osama I Soliman, Andrey Nersesov, Dominic Allocco, Volkmar Falk, Nicolas M Van Mieghem
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this post hoc analysis from the RESPOND (Repositionable Lotus Valve System-Post-Market Evaluation of Real World Clinical Outcomes) post-market study was to assess the final implantation depth on the contrast aortogram after Lotus valve (Boston Scientific, Marlborough, Massachusetts) transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and to correlate with permanent pacemaker implantation (PPI) and paravalvular leak (PVL). BACKGROUND: Contrast aortography allows for the assessment of implantation depth and PVL during and after TAVR...
January 22, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347929/the-hiv-self-testing-debate-where-do-we-stand
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REVIEW
Marilou Gagnon, Martin French, Yamilee Hébert
BACKGROUND: Emphasis on HIV testing as a gateway to prevention, treatment and care has grown tremendously over the past decade. In turn, this emphasis on testing has created a demand for new policies, programs, and technologies that can potentially increase access to and uptake of HIV testing. HIV self-testing (HST) technologies have gained important momentum following the approval of the over-the-counter self-tests in the United States, the UK, and France. While the renewed interest in HST has given rise to a number of high quality reviews of empirical studies conducted on this topic, we have yet to find an article that captures the extent of the debate on HST...
January 18, 2018: BMC International Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347922/characteristics-of-individuals-receiving-disability-benefits-in-the-netherlands-and-predictors-of-leaving-the-disability-benefit-scheme-a-retrospective-cohort-study-with-five-year-follow-up
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Ilse Louwerse, Maaike A Huysmans, H Jolanda van Rijssen, Allard J van der Beek, Johannes R Anema
BACKGROUND: Today, work disability is one of the greatest social and labour market challenges for policy makers in most OECD countries, where on average, about 6% of the working-age population relies on disability benefits. Understanding of factors associated with long-term work disability may be helpful to identify groups of individuals at risk for disability benefit entitlement or continuing eligibility, and to develop effective interventions for these groups. The purpose of this study is to provide insight into the main diagnoses of workers who qualify for disability benefits and how these diagnoses differ in age, gender and education...
January 18, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347920/a-qualitative-study-of-tobacco-interventions-for-lgbtq-youth-and-young-adults-overarching-themes-and-key-learnings
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N Bruce Baskerville, Katy Wong, Alanna Shuh, Aneta Abramowicz, Darly Dash, Aamer Esmail, Ryan Kennedy
BACKGROUND: Smoking prevalence is very high among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ+) youth and young adults (YYA) compared to non-LGBTQ+ YYA. A knowledge gap exists on culturally appropriate and effective prevention and cessation efforts for members of this diverse community, as limited interventions have been developed with and for this population, and there are very few studies determining the impact of these interventions. This study identifies the most salient elements of LGBTQ+ cessation and prevention interventions from the perspective of LGBTQ+ YYA...
January 18, 2018: BMC Public Health
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