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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742529/risk-factors-for-early-mortality-on-antiretroviral-therapy-in-advanced-hiv-infected-adults
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Gregory P Bisson, Ritesh Ramchandani, Sachiko Miyahara, Rosie Mngqibisa, Mitch Matoga, McNeil Ngongondo, Wadzanai Samaneka, Lucy Koech, Kogieleum Naidoo, Mohammed Rassool, Fredrick Kirui, Peter Banda, Vidya Mave, Dileep Kadam, Paul Leger, German Henostroza, Yukari C Manabe, Jing Bao, Johnstone Kumwenda, Amita Gupta, Mina C Hosseinipour
BACKGROUND: Many HIV-infected individuals present with advanced HIV disease. These patients are at high risk of death after antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation, but risk factors for death in these patients are unclear. METHODS: We used data from a multi-site randomized trial comparing empiric versus preventive TB therapy in HIV-infected adults initiating ART with CD4 counts <50 cells/mm to evaluate risk factors for death within 48 weeks after ART initiation...
July 24, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741689/superparamagnetic-gold-nanoparticles-synthesized-on-protein-particle-scaffolds-for-cancer-theragnosis
#2
Koo Chul Kwon, Eunji Jo, Young-Wan Kwon, Boram Lee, Ju Hee Ryu, Eun Jung Lee, Kwangmeyung Kim, Jeewon Lee
Cancer theragnosis using a single multimodality agent is the next mainstay of modern cancer diagnosis, treatment, and management, but a clinically feasible agent with in vivo cancer targeting and theragnostic efficacy has not yet been developed. A new type of cancer theragnostic agent is reported, based on gold magnetism that is induced on a cancer-targeting protein particle carrier. Superparamagnetic gold-nanoparticle clusters (named SPAuNCs) are synthesized on a viral capsid particle that is engineered to present peptide ligands targeting a tumor cell receptor (TCR)...
July 25, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741102/the-range-of-neurological-complications-in-chikungunya-fever
#3
T Cerny, M Schwarz, U Schwarz, J Lemant, P Gérardin, E Keller
BACKGROUND: Chikungunya fever is a globally spreading mosquito-borne disease that shows an unexpected neurovirulence. Even though the neurological complications have been a major cause of intensive care unit admission and death, to date, there is no systematic analysis of their spectrum available. OBJECTIVE: To review evidence of neurological manifestations in Chikungunya fever and map their epidemiology, clinical spectrum, pathomechanisms, diagnostics, therapies and outcomes...
May 25, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740697/successful-treatment-of-acute-respiratory-failure-in-a-patient-with-pulmonary-mycobacterium-abscessus-infection-accompanied-by-organizing-pneumonia
#4
Goohyeon Hong, Doh Hyung Kim, Youn Seup Kim
Organizing pneumonia (OP) is an inflammatory lung disease characterized pathologically by the presence of buds of granulation tissue in the distal air spaces. There are numerous causes of OP including acute respiratory infections such as viral and bacterial infections. However, Mycobacterium abscessus (M. abscessus) has rarely been reported as a causative pathogen of OP. Here, we report a 67-year-old woman with rapidly progressive pulmonary M. abscessus infection who developed OP and acute respiratory failure (ARF)...
June 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740687/infections-causing-central-airway-obstruction-role-of-bronchoscopy-in-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Sevak Keshishyan, Lawrence DeLorenzo, Kassem Hammoud, Arpine Avagyan, Hussein Assallum, Kassem Harris
Central airway obstructive infections (CAOI) are challenging medical conditions that may represent an advanced and complicated process of ongoing infections. The epidemiology of CAOI is unknown as well as the pathophysiology and the mechanism of development. This is due to sparse data in the literature that consists mainly of case reports and retrospective case series. CAOI can be caused by fungal, bacterial, parasitic and viral infections. Most patients with CAOI can be diagnosed clinically and with chest imaging, which demonstrate obstruction of the central airways...
June 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740520/vitamin-d-levels-and-their-impact-on-mineral-metabolism-in-hiv-infected-patients-an-exploratory-study
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Silvina Mastaglia, Dana Watson, Natalia Bello, Vanesa Fridman, Daniel Stecher, Beatriz Oliveri
Vitamin D has immunomodulating properties. The nuclear receptor for vitamin D is expressed in several immune cells, which convert 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) to the active form 1,25 hydroxyvitamin D [1,25(OH)2 D]. Under conditions of infection, 1,25(OH)2 D promotes production of cathelicidin (an antimicrobial peptide) in monocytes and activated macrophages. In vitro studies have shown the ability of cathelicidin to inhibit replication of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) in T CD4 lymphocytes and macrophages...
January 2017: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740490/inhibition-of-the-nod-like-receptor-protein-3-inflammasome-is-protective-in-juvenile-influenza-a-virus-infection
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Bria M Coates, Kelly L Staricha, Nandini Ravindran, Clarissa M Koch, Yuan Cheng, Jennifer M Davis, Dale K Shumaker, Karen M Ridge
Influenza A virus (IAV) is a significant cause of life-threatening lower respiratory tract infections in children. Antiviral therapy is the mainstay of treatment, but its effectiveness in this age group has been questioned. In addition, damage inflicted on the lungs by the immune response to the virus may be as important to the development of severe lung injury during IAV infection as the cytotoxic effects of the virus itself. A crucial step in the immune response to IAV is activation of the NOD-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome and the subsequent secretion of the inflammatory cytokines, interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and interleukin-18 (IL-18)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739427/the-impact-of-genetic-variation-in-il28b-ifnl4-and-hla-genes-on-treatment-responses-against-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#8
Fatemeh Sakhaee, Morteza Ghazanfari, Farzam Vaziri, Fatemeh Rahimi Jamnani, Mehdi Davari, Safoora Gharibzadeh, Roohollah Fateh, Farid Abdolrahimi, Shahin Pourazar Dizaji, Abolfazl Fateh, Seyed Davar Siadat
Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) near the interleukin-28B (IL28B), interferon lambda 4 (IFNL4) and the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene are associated with treatment responses in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) virus infection treated with pegylated interferon-α and ribavirin (pegIFN-α/RBV). We compared the role of IL28B SNPs (rs12979860, rs12980275, and rs8099917), IFNL4 ss469415590 and HLA rs4273729 with treatment outcomes in patients with CHC virus. A total of 520 Iranian patients with CHC infection were enrolled...
July 21, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738861/the-risk-of-hiv-transmission-at-each-step-of-the-hiv-care-continuum-among-people-who-inject-drugs-a-modeling-study
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Daniel J Escudero, Mark N Lurie, Kenneth H Mayer, Maximilian King, Sandro Galea, Samuel R Friedman, Brandon D L Marshall
BACKGROUND: People who inject drugs (PWID) are at continued risk for HIV in the U.S., and experience disparities across the HIV care continuum compared to other high-risk groups. Estimates of the risk of HIV transmission at each stage of the care continuum may assist in identifying public health priorities for averting incident infections among PWID, in addition to transmissions to sexual partners of PWID. METHODS: We created an agent-based model simulating HIV transmission and the HIV care continuum for PWID in New York City (NYC) in 2012...
July 25, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738768/current-status-of-the-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-hiv-1-entry-inhibitors-and-hiv-therapy
#10
Fengyan Xu, Edward P Acosta, Liyu Liang, Yingchun He, Juan Yang, Corenna Kerstner-Wood, Qingshang Zheng, Jihan Huang, Kun Wang
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) entry inhibitors target the first step of the HIV life cycle and efficiently inhibit HIV from infecting the immune cells which is a key prerequisite for viral spread. Because of their unique mechanism of action on cell-cell transmission they may provide a promising perspective for the treatment of AIDS. Maraviroc (MVC) and Enfuvirtide (ENF) have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of HIV-1 infection. Attachment inhibitors (BMS-663068 and TNX-355) and co-receptor inhibitors (PRO-140 and Cenicriviroc (CVC)) have reached phase II or III clinical trials...
July 24, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738696/the-role-of-autoantibodies-in-the-syndromes-of-orthostatic-intolerance-a-systematic-review
#11
Mohammed Ruzieh, Lillian Batizy, Osama Dasa, Carson Oostra, Blair Grubb
Orthostatic intolerance is defined as the provocation of symptoms upon standing, commonly caused by neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (OH) and postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS), the etiology for which has not been fully uncovered yet. Many reports have described the occurrence of dysautonomia, orthostatic intolerance and POTS following febrile illness, presumably viral and post-vaccine. Furthermore, patients with dysautonomia have higher rates of autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto thyroiditis and SLE...
July 24, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738050/intralesional-therapy-consensus-statements-for-best-practices-in-administration-from-the-melanoma-nursing-initiative%C3%A2
#12
Virginia Seery
BACKGROUND: Talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) is the first intralesional therapy for melanoma approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This oncolytic viral immunotherapy has improved outcomes for patients with locoregional recurrent melanoma and is showing promise in combination with systemic therapies. 
. OBJECTIVES: This article aims to provide oncology nurses with expert guidance on best practices in incorporating intralesional therapy for patients diagnosed with melanoma in practice...
August 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736390/-side-effects-are-central-effects-that-challenge-retention-in-hiv-treatment-programmes-in-six-sub-saharan-african-countries-a-multicountry-qualitative-study
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Jenny Renju, Mosa Moshabela, Estelle McLean, William Ddaaki, Morten Skovdal, Fred Odongo, Dominic Bukenya, Joyce Wamoyi, Oliver Bonnington, Janet Seeley, Basia Zaba, Alison Wringe
OBJECTIVES: To explore the bodily and relational experience of taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) and the subsequent effect on retention in HIV care in six sub-Saharan African countries. METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted with 130 people living with HIV (PLHIV) who had initiated ART, 38 PLHIV who were lost to follow-up and 53 healthcare workers (HCWs) in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa. PLHIV were purposely selected to include a range of HIV treatment histories...
July 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736304/advances-in-cancer-stem-cell-targeting-how-to-strike-the-evil-at-its-root
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Brigitte M Pützer, Manish Solanki, Ottmar Herchenröder
Cancer progression to metastatic stages is still unmanageable and the promise of effective anti-metastatic therapy remains largely unmet, emphasizing the need to develop novel therapeutics. The special focus here is on cancer stem cells (CSC) as the seed of tumor initiation, epithelial-mesenchymal transition, chemoresistance and, as a consequence, drivers of metastatic dissemination. We report on targeted therapies gearing towards the CSC's internal and membrane-anchored markers using agents such as antibody derivatives, nucleic therapeutics, small molecules and genetic payloads...
July 20, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736303/the-good-and-the-bad-collagens-of-fibrosis-their-role-in-signaling-and-organ-function
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M A Karsdal, S H Nielsen, D J Leeming, L L Langholm, M J Nielsen, T Manon-Jensen, A Siebuhr, N S Gudmann, S Rønnow, J M Sand, S J Daniels, J H Mortensen, D Schuppan
Usually the dense extracellular structure in fibrotic tissues is described as extracellular matrix (ECM) or simply as collagen. However, fibrosis is not just fibrosis, which is already exemplified by the variant morphological characteristics of fibrosis due to viral versus cholestatic, autoimmune or toxic liver injury, with reticular, chicken wire and bridging fibrosis. Importantly, the overall composition of the ECM, especially the relative amounts of the many types of collagens, which represent the most abundant ECM molecules and which centrally modulate cellular functions and physiological processes, changes dramatically during fibrosis progression...
July 20, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736139/long-term-response-after-stopping-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-in-non-cirrhotic-hbeag-negative-patients-finite-study
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Thomas Berg, Karl-Georg Simon, Stefan Mauss, Eckart Schott, Renate Heyne, Dietmar M Klass, Christoph Eisenbach, Tania Mara Welzel, Reinhart Zachoval, Gisela Felten, Julian Schulze-Zur-Wiesch, Markus Cornberg, Marjoleine L Op den Brouw, Belinda Jump, Hans Reiser, Lothar Gallo, Tobias Warger, Jörg Petersen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: There is currently no virological cure for chronic hepatitis B but successful nucleos(t)ide analogue (NA) therapy can suppress hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA replication and, in some cases, result in HBsAg loss. Stopping NA therapy often leads to viral relapse and therefore life-long therapy is usually required. This study investigated the potential to discontinue tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) therapy in HBeAg-negative patients. METHODS: Non-cirrhotic HBeAg-negative patients who had received TDF for ≥4 years, with suppressed HBV DNA for ≥3...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736138/how-viral-genetic-variants-and-genotypes-influence-disease-and-treatment-outcome-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-time-for-an-individualized-approach
#17
REVIEW
Neil Rajoriya, Christophe Combet, Fabien Zoulim, Harry L A Janssen
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains a global problem. Several HBV (sub)genotypes exist with different biology and geographical preponderances. While the future aim of HBV treatment remains virus eradication, current strategies of treatment aim to suppress the virus and prevent the progression of liver disease. Current strategies also involve identification of patients for treatment - those at risk of progressive liver disease. Identification of HBV genotype, HBV mutants and other predictive factors allow for tailored treatments, and also risk-surveillance pathways such as for hepatocellular cancer screening...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736015/fibrosing-cholestatic-hepatitis-c-after-liver-transplantation-therapeutic-options-before-and-after-introduction-of-direct-acting-antivirals-our-experience-and-literature-review
#18
O Tronina, K Ślubowska, N Mikołajczyk-Korniak, E Komuda-Leszek, R Wieczorek-Godlewska, B Łągiewska, M Pacholczyk, W Lisik, M Kosieradzki, M Durlik
BACKGROUND: Cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C is the most common indication for liver transplantation. The most aggressive form of hepatitis C virus (HCV) relapse after liver transplantation is fibrosing cholestatic hepatitis C, which can be observed in 2% to 15% of recipients. METHODS: Double therapy with peg-interferon and ribavirin was characterized by low antiviral response, rapid fibrosis, and frequent graft failure within 1 year after surgery. RESULTS: Introduction of direct-acting antivirals for HCV treatment allows for more efficient therapy with less adverse reactions, including patients with fibrosing cholestatic hepatitis C...
July 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734831/effects-of-all-oral-anti-viral-therapy-on-hvpg-and-systemic-hemodynamics-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-associated-cirrhosis
#19
Sabela Lens, Edilmar Alvarado, Zoe Mariño, María-Carlota Londoño, Elba LLop, Javier Martinez, Jose Ignacio Fortea, Luís Ibañez, Xavier Ariza, Anna Baiges, Adolfo Gallego, Rafael Bañares, Angela Puente, Agustín Albillos, Jose Luís Calleja, Xavier Torras, Virginia Hernández-Gea, Jaume Bosch, Cándid Villanueva, Xavier Forns, Juan Carlos García-Pagán
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-associated cirrhosis and clinical significant portal hypertension (CSPH, hepatic venous pressure gradient [HVPG] 10 mmHg or greater), despite achieving sustained virological response (SVR) to therapy, remain at risk of liver decompensation. We investigated hemodynamic changes following SVR in patients with CSPH and whether liver stiffness measurements (LSMs) can rule out the presence of CSPH. METHODS: We performed a multicenter prospective study of 226 patients with HCV-associated cirrhosis and CSPH who had SVR to interferon-free therapy at 6 Liver Units in Spain...
July 19, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734516/pediatric-human-immunodeficiency-virus-continuum-of-care-a-concise-review-of-evidence-based-practice
#20
REVIEW
Megan E Gray, Phillip Nieburg, Rebecca Dillingham
Children and adolescents living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) represent a population that requires a unique approach to HIV care. Prevention, testing, initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART), and retention and engagement in care are critical steps. Each step requires providers to address age-specific barriers, so that successful and prolonged viral suppression can occur. Adherence to ART, disclosure of HIV-positive status, and stigma are examples of struggles faced by youth, their families, and health care providers...
August 2017: Pediatric Clinics of North America
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