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Holly M Burke, Mario Chen, Mercy Buluzi, Rachael Fuchs, Silver Wevill, Lalitha Venkatasubramanian, Leila Dal Santo, Bagrey Ngwira
BACKGROUND: Injectable contraceptives are popular in sub-Saharan Africa but have high discontinuation rates due partly to the need for provider-administered re-injection. We compared continuation rates of women who self-injected subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC) and women who received DMPA-SC from a health-care provider, including community health workers (CHWs). METHODS: We did an open-label randomised controlled trial based at six Ministry of Health clinics in rural Mangochi District, Malawi...
March 8, 2018: Lancet Global Health
Renee Zahnow, Jim McVeigh, Geoff Bates, Vivian Hope, Joseph Kean, John Campbell, Josie Smith
BACKGROUND: Despite recognition that the Anabolic Androgenic Steroid (AAS) using population is diverse, empirical studies to develop theories to conceptualise this variance in use have been limited. METHODS: In this study, using cluster analysis and multinomial logistic regression, we identify typologies of people who use AAS and examine variations in motivations for AAS use across types in a sample of 611 men who use AAS. RESULTS: The cluster analysis identified four groups in the data with different risk profiles...
March 8, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
Jen-Ta Shih, Chun-Lin Kuo, Tsu-Te Yeh, Hsain-Chung Shen, Ru-Yu Pan, Chia-Chun Wu
BACKGROUND: The ideal treatment for comminuted intraarticular calcaneal fractures is still debated. Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) is the most popular surgical procedure; however, wound complications, implant choice, and infection remain major concerns. This study aimed to demonstrate the results of an innovative, minimally invasive surgical procedure, namely, a closed reduction technique using large-diameter Steinmann pins and percutaneous calcaneoplasty using injectable calcium sulfate cement (MIIG X3, Wright Medical Technology, Inc...
March 9, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Jessica E McDonald, Amy M Knollinger
PURPOSE: To evaluate the use of hyaluronic acid (HA) subdermal filler in canines and felines for entropion. METHODS: Complete ophthalmologic examination was performed by a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist or ABVO-approved resident. Each case was characterized as primary, secondary, spastic or cicatricial entropion. HA subdermal filler, specifically Restylane® and Restylane Silk® , were utilized in dogs and cats, respectively. Subdermal injection was performed 1-2 mm from the eyelid margin in the affected area until normal eyelid conformation was achieved...
March 9, 2018: Veterinary Ophthalmology
Kyoung Lee, Jae Min Chung, Sang Don Lee
Purpose: Local anesthetic agents such as bupivacaine and lidocaine are commonly used after surgery for pain control. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the safety of a mixture of bupivacaine and lidocaine in children who underwent urologic inguinal and scrotal surgery. Materials and Methods: Fifty-five patients who underwent pediatric urologic outpatient surgeries, were prospectively enrolled in this study. The patients were divided into three groups according to age (group I: under 2 years, group II: between 3-4 years, and group III: 5 years and above)...
March 2018: Investigative and Clinical Urology
Jozko Racnik, Tanja Svara, Marko Zadravec, Mitja Gombac, Maja Cemazar, Gregor Sersa, Natasa Tozon
Background: Mast cell tumour, sebaceous gland adenoma, and less common squamous papilloma are skin tumours in ferrets ( Mustela putorius furo ), and early excisional surgery is usually the treatment of choice. The aim of our study was to investigate the effectiveness of electrochemotherapy (ECT), a new, minimally invasive non-surgical method, as first treatment option of different types of ferret skin tumours located on surgically difficult sites. Materials and methods: A 5-year-old castrated male ferret with two cutaneous masses, presenting 4 months apart and a 7-year-old spayed female ferret with two cutaneous masses, that appeared simultaneously on two locations are presented...
March 2018: Radiology and Oncology
Praneet Wander, Daniel Castaneda, Lionel D'Souza, Simi Singh, Sam Serouya, Ana I Velazquez, Rifat Mamun, Rebecca Voaklander, Petros Benias, David L Carr-Locke
BACKGROUND: To assess the safety and efficacy of the Instinct clip in the acute endoscopic treatment of upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is the first large series reporting this clip in achieving hemostasis. A retrospective descriptive chart review was performed on patients presenting with recent overt GI bleeding treated with endoclip therapy at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center between May 2013 and January 2016. Results are expressed in absolute numbers, percentages, and trends...
April 2018: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Christopher Inglefield, Ulf Emanuel Samuelson, Marina Landau, Dale DeVore
Background: Despite the increasing popularity of facial contouring with hyaluronic acid, innovation has been limited to iterations that feature different particle sizes, concentrations and degrees of crosslinking. Bio-dermal restoration is a new approach for correcting facial tissue defects by supplementing the natural dermal structure providing a scaffold for fibroblast adherence and proliferation. Objective: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the safety of RPC Pure-Collagen for the treatment of facial contours...
March 2, 2018: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
Bahendeka Silver, Kaushik Ramaiya, Swai Babu Andrew, Otieno Fredrick, Sarita Bajaj, Sanjay Kalra, Bavuma M Charlotte, Karigire Claudine, Anthony Makhoba
A diagnosis of diabetes or hyperglycemia should be confirmed prior to ordering, dispensing, or administering insulin (A). Insulin is the primary treatment in all patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) (A). Typically, patients with T1DM will require initiation with multiple daily injections at the time of diagnosis. This is usually short-acting insulin or rapid-acting insulin analogue given 0 to 15 min before meals together with one or more daily separate injections of intermediate or long-acting insulin...
March 5, 2018: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
In Sil Jeong, Youngjin Park, Hyun Aae Ryu, Hyun Sook An, Ju Hye Han, Sung-Whan Kim
BACKGROUND: Even though mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have angiogenic property, their cytokine secretory capacity is limited to treat ischemic vascular disorders. In present study, we produced genome-edited MSCs that secreted dual chemokine granulocyte chemotactic protein-2 (GCP-2) and stromal-derived factor-1α (SDF-1α) and determined their therapeutic potential in the context of experimental ischemia. METHODS: GCP-2 and SDF-1α genes were integrated into safe harbor site at the safe harbor genomic locus of amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (AMM) via transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALEN)...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Alexander Rivkin, Susan H Weinkle, Bhushan Hardas, Robert A Weiss, Dee Anna Glaser, Brian S Biesman, Andrew Schumacher, Diane K Murphy
Background: VYC-15L (Juvéderm Volbella XC) is a non-animal crosslinked hyaluronic acid (HA) gel with lidocaine. Objective: To evaluate safety and effectiveness of repeat treatment with VYC-15L administered 1 year after treatment for lip and perioral enhancement. Methods: In this prospective multicenter study, 124 subjects with minimal, mild, or moderate lip fullness on the validated 5-point Allergan Lip Fullness Scale (LFS) who received initial/touch-up treatment with VYC-15L received repeat treatment with VYC-15L 1 year after initial treatment...
January 30, 2018: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
Edwin P Armitage, Janko Camara, Sulayman Bah, Alice S Forster, Ed Clarke, Beate Kampmann, Thushan I de Silva
BACKGROUND: The burden of influenza is increasingly recognised in Africa. The WHO recommends introducing influenza vaccination to high-risk groups: pregnant women, children <5 years, and the elderly. The Gambia currently has no influenza vaccination policy, but the NASIMMUNE study, a clinical trial of intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccines (LAIV) in young children provided an opportunity to study maternal attitudes towards LAIV for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa. We assess acceptability of LAIV, influenza knowledge and attitudes towards influenza vaccination in Gambian women...
February 23, 2018: Vaccine
Alvaro Campero, Juan F Villalonga, Ramiro Lopez Elizalde, Pablo Ajler
BACKGROUND: A critical step in the far lateral approach (FLA) is the exposure of V3 segment of the vertebral artery (VA), located in the depth of the suboccipital triangle (SOT). A safe exposure of the SOT is achieved by means of a plane-by-plane dissection, which carries the risk of devascularization. A suitable alternative is to lift a cutaneous muscle flap including the 3 first muscle planes, and leave the deepest plane (SOT) attached to the skull base. To achieve this, it is necessary to have superficial anatomic repairs to help us identify our cleavage site...
February 22, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Jessica M Khouri, Ruth N Motter, Stephen S Arnon
OBJECTIVES: We undertook an open-label, uncontrolled study of investigational recombinant botulinum vaccine for botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) serotypes A and B (rBV A/B) to assess its safety and immunogenicity in healthy volunteers who had been previously immunized with investigational pentavalent botulinum toxoid. Study participants who wished to do so could donate their hyperimmune plasma for production of Human Botulism Immune Globulin Intravenous (BIG-IV, BabyBIG®). STUDY DESIGN: A single 0...
February 20, 2018: Vaccine
Bei-Bei Yang, Hua Xiao, Xiao-Jie Li, Min Zheng
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of etanercept (ETN) plus methotrexate (MTX) in patients with rhupus without using corticosteroids. METHODS: Twenty rhupus patients [meeting the criteria for both rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)] who had never been treated with corticosteroids, DMARDs, or biological agents with a 28-joint Disease Activity Score (DAS28) >3.2 and lupus nephritis determined from histopathological specimens were enrolled...
January 2018: Discovery Medicine
Rizwan Romee, Sarah Cooley, Melissa M Berrien-Elliott, Peter Westervelt, Michael R Verneris, John E Wagner, Daniel J Weisdorf, Bruce R Blazar, Celalettin Ustun, Todd E DeFor, Sithara Vivek, Lindsey Peck, John F DiPersio, Amanda F Cashen, Rachel Kyllo, Amy Musiek, András Schaffer, Milan J Anadkat, Ilana Rosman, Daniel Miller, Jack O Egan, Emily K Jeng, Amy Rock, Hing C Wong, Todd A Fehniger, Jeffrey S Miller
New therapies for patients with hematologic malignancies who relapse after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) are needed. Interleukin (IL)-15 is a cytokine that stimulates CD8+ T cell and NK cell anti-tumor responses, and we hypothesized this cytokine may augment anti-leukemia/lymphoma immunity in vivo. To test this, we performed a first-in-human multi-center phase 1 trial ( NCT01885897) of the IL-15 superagonist complex ALT-803 in patients who relapsed >60 days after allo-HCT...
February 20, 2018: Blood
Amy Fischer, Valerie Aw Benka, Joyce Briggs, Marc-Antoine Driancourt, Joanne Maki, Darcy So Mora, Kevin Morris, Kayla A Myers, Linda Rhodes, Lindsey M Vansandt, George Robert Weedon, Julie Wolf, Julie K Levy
Objectives Non-surgical contraceptive management of free-roaming cat populations is a global goal for public health and humane reasons. The objectives of this study were to measure the duration of contraception following a single intramuscular injection of a gonadotropin-releasing hormone-based vaccine (GonaCon) and to confirm its safe use in female cats living in colony conditions. Methods GonaCon (0.5 ml/cat) was administered intramuscularly to 20 intact female cats (queens), and saline was administered to 10 queens serving as sham-treated controls...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Feng Hai, Chen Xueming, Zhang Zhiwen, Li Chenyu, Fang Jie, Zhang Zhe, Lian Lishan, Zhu Renming, Yu Hongzhi, Liu Bin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of selective catheter-directed thrombolysis in treating acute massive pulmonary thromboembolism (AMPTE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-six AMPTE patients were enrolled between March 2010 and March 2013. A Uni*Fuse infusion system was inserted into the main pulmonary artery thrombus. The thrombolytic regimen included an intraoperative bolus injection of 250,000 IU urokinase, followed by continuous thrombolytic infusion of 5,000IU/kg...
February 15, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Suping Li, Qiao Jiang, Shaoli Liu, Yinlong Zhang, Yanhua Tian, Chen Song, Jing Wang, Yiguo Zou, Gregory J Anderson, Jing-Yan Han, Yung Chang, Yan Liu, Chen Zhang, Liang Chen, Guangbiao Zhou, Guangjun Nie, Hao Yan, Baoquan Ding, Yuliang Zhao
Nanoscale robots have potential as intelligent drug delivery systems that respond to molecular triggers. Using DNA origami we constructed an autonomous DNA robot programmed to transport payloads and present them specifically in tumors. Our nanorobot is functionalized on the outside with a DNA aptamer that binds nucleolin, a protein specifically expressed on tumor-associated endothelial cells, and the blood coagulation protease thrombin within its inner cavity. The nucleolin-targeting aptamer serves both as a targeting domain and as a molecular trigger for the mechanical opening of the DNA nanorobot...
March 2018: Nature Biotechnology
Tadashi Terui, Satomi Kobayashi, Yukari Okubo, Masamoto Murakami, Keiichiro Hirose, Hiroshi Kubo
Importance: Palmoplantar pustulosis (PPP) is a recalcitrant skin disease with no biologics currently approved for treatment. The involvement of interleukin 23 (IL-23) and cytokines of the type 17 helper T cell lineage in the pathogenesis of PPP has been recently postulated. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of guselkumab, an anti-IL-23 monoclonal antibody, in Japanese patients with PPP. Design, Setting, and Participants: This double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, 24-week trial was conducted between May 14, 2013, and September 27, 2014, at 11 centers in Japan...
February 7, 2018: JAMA Dermatology
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