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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913530/cytokine-release-syndrome-with-novel-therapeutics-for-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Noelle V Frey, David L Porter
T-cell-engaging immunotherapies are exciting new approaches to treat patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). These unique agents, which include blinatumomab, a CD3/CD19 bispecific antibody, and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) modified T cells targeted to CD19 have shown unprecedented remission rates in the relapsed, refractory ALL setting. Cytokine release syndrome (CRS), resulting from the high magnitude of immune activation by these therapies, is the most significant treatment-related toxicity. CRS manifests with fever and malaise and can progress to life-threatening capillary leak with hypoxia and hypotension...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913484/cold-agglutinin-disease
#2
Sigbjørn Berentsen
Primary chronic cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is a well-defined clinicopathologic entity in which a specific, clonal lymphoproliferative B-cell bone marrow disorder results in autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The immune hemolysis is entirely complement-dependent, predominantly mediated by activation of the classical pathway and phagocytosis of erythrocytes opsonized with complement protein C3b. Typical clinical features in CAD have diagnostic and therapeutic implications. Pharmacologic treatment should be offered to patients with symptom-producing anemia or disabling circulatory symptoms...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913462/pure-red-cell-aplasia
#3
Robert T Means
Pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) is a syndrome defined by a normocytic normochromic anemia with severe reticulocytopenia and marked reduction or absence of erythroid precursors from the bone marrow. Diamond-Blackfan anemia is a congenital form of PRCA. Acquired PRCA may be either a primary disorder or secondary to some other disorder or agent. Primary acquired PRCA is an autoimmune disorder that is frequently antibody-mediated. Myelodysplastic syndromes may also present with the morphologic appearance of PRCA. Secondary acquired PRCA may be associated with collagen vascular/autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus; lymphoproliferative disorders such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia or large granular lymphocyte leukemia; infections, particularly B19 parvovirus; thymoma and other solid tumors; or a variety of other disorders, drugs, or toxic agents...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913306/effect-of-bradykinin-receptor-antagonism-on-ace-inhibitor-associated-angioedema
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Brittany T Straka, Claudia E Ramirez, James B Byrd, Elizabeth Stone, Alencia Woodard-Grice, Hui Nian, Chang Yu, Aleena Banerji, Nancy J Brown
BACKGROUND: The B2 receptor antagonist icatibant is approved for treatment of attacks of hereditary angioedema. Icatibant has been reported to decrease time-to-resolution of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor-associated angioedema in one study of European patients. METHODS: Patients with ACE inhibitor-associated angioedema (defined as swelling of lips, tongue, pharynx or face during ACE inhibitor use and no swelling in the absence of ACE inhibitor use) were enrolled at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from October 2007 through September 2015 and at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2012...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913066/prophylactic-treatment-with-a-potent-corticosteroid-cream-ameliorates-radiodermatitis-independent-of-radiation-schedule-a-randomized-double-blinded-study
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Eva Ulff, Marianne Maroti, Jörgen Serup, Mats Nilsson, Ursula Falkmer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The study will test the hypothesis that preventive topical steroid treatment instituted from start of radiotherapy can ameliorate acute radiation dermatitis. Subgroups of increased risk of dermatitis are included. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A double blinded randomized trial in patients with breast cancer receiving adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) after surgery. In total, 202 patients were randomized to betamethasone-17-valerate cream or Essex® cream, a moisturizer...
November 29, 2016: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913032/intervention-studies-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-combined-with-long-acting-theophylline-or-long-acting-%C3%AE-2-agonists-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-asthma-a-randomized-controlled-study
#6
Yan Wang, Ping Chen, Anna Dai, Shengyun Shang, Lingfei Kong
PURPOSE: To evaluate and contrast the therapeutic effect and safety of fluticasone aerosol combined with theophylline tablets in patients with moderate to severe asthma, compared with salmeterol/fluticasone propionate aerosol. METHODS: After a screening period, patients meeting the inclusion criteria were randomly assigned to the experiment group (fluticasone aerosol combined with theophylline tablets) or the control group (salmeterol/fluticasone aerosol combined with placebo tablets) for 12 weeks of treatment...
November 29, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913001/cancer-related-fatigue-persistent-pervasive-and-problematic
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REVIEW
Lynn H Gerber
Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is commonly reported by patients with cancer before, during, and after treatment. It is a persistent sense of tiredness that interferes with function, is distressing, and requires monitoring and, possibly, treatment. Fatigue assessment requires objective measures and self-reports, such as Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Fatigue. Significant contributors to CRF include anemia, pain, insomnia, depressive symptoms, and elevated BMI. Elevated inflammatory cytokines, diabetes mellitus, cortisol, and cellular dysregulation have been associated with CRF...
February 2017: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912982/should-recommendations-about-starting-inhaled-corticosteroid-treatment-for-mild-asthma-be-based-on-symptom-frequency-a-post-hoc-efficacy-analysis-of-the-start-study
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Helen K Reddel, William W Busse, Søren Pedersen, Wan C Tan, Yu-Zhi Chen, Carin Jorup, Dan Lythgoe, Paul M O'Byrne
BACKGROUND: Low-dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are highly effective for reducing asthma exacerbations and mortality. Conventionally, ICS treatment is recommended for patients with symptoms on more than 2 days per week, but this criterion has scant evidence. We aimed to assess the validity of the previous symptom-based cutoff for starting ICS by establishing whether there was a differential response to budesonide versus placebo for severe asthma exacerbations, lung function, and asthma symptom control across subgroups identified by baseline asthma symptom frequency...
November 29, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912950/a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-as-an-add-on-therapy-to-oral-montelukast-in-the-treatment-of-mild-persistent-asthma-in-children
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Pak-Hong Chan, Ching-Yee To, Eric Yat-Tung Chan, Handong Li, Xiuxia Zhang, Pok-Yu Chow, Po-Ling Liu, Shuk-Yu Leung, Chung-Hong Chan, Ka-Yan Chan, Johnny Yick-Chun Chan, Jonathan Pak-Heng Ng, Daniel Kwok-Keung Ng
OBJECTIVES: Traditional Chinese medicine are commonly used for treatment of asthma. However, there are only very limited data about its efficacy in children. Therefore, we aimed to determine the efficacy of augmented Yu Ping Feng San (aYPFS) as an add-on to oral montelukast compared with montelukast alone for treatment of mild persistent asthma in children. DESIGN: A single centre, placebo-controlled, double-blinded, randomized control trial was carried out. Participants with age 6-18 years who had mild persistent asthma were randomized according to random number list to receive either aYPFS plus montelukast for 24 weeks or placebo plus montelukast for 24 weeks...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911973/prevalence-of-osteopenia-and-osteoporosis-in-patients-with-noncystic-fibrosis-bronchiectasis
#10
Nathan Diehl, Margaret M Johnson
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to define the prevalence of osteoporosis and osteopenia in patients with noncystic fibrosis bronchiectasis (NCFB). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of all patients with physician-diagnosed NCFB evaluated at Mayo Clinic Florida between January 1, 2011 and June 3, 2013. RESULTS: A total of 113 patients with physician-diagnosed NCFB and confirmatory findings on computed tomography scan were identified...
December 2016: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911446/treatment-patterns-of-ranibizumab-intravitreal-injection-and-dexamethasone-intravitreal-implant-for-retinal-vein-occlusion-in-the-usa
#11
S Nghiem-Buffet, S Baillif, S Regnier, A Skelly, N Yu, A Sodi
PurposeRanibizumab, an anti-vascular endothelial growth factor, and dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, have been shown to be effective in treating macular oedema secondary to retinal vein occlusion (RVO) (central RVO (CRVO) and branch RVO (BRVO)). Their real-world usage, however, has yet to be compared. We therefore evaluated ophthalmology visits for both drugs using US patient-level data.MethodsThe IMS Health Real-World Data Medical Claims database was used to identify treatment-naive patients receiving ranibizumab intravitreal injections or dexamethasone intravitreal implants between June 2010 and February 2014 who had 12 months of follow-up data...
December 2, 2016: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911335/european-cross-sectional-survey-of%C3%A2-current-care-practices-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-reveals-regional-and%C3%A2-age-dependent-differences
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Julia Vry, Kathrin Gramsch, Sunil Rodger, Rachel Thompson, Birgit F Steffensen, Jes Rahbek, Sam Doerken, Adrian Tassoni, María de Los Angeles Beytía, Velina Guergueltcheva, Teodora Chamova, Ivailo Tournev, Anna Kostera-Pruszczyk, Anna Kaminska, Anna Lusakowska, Lenka Mrazova, Lenka Pavlovska, Jana Strenkova, Petr Vondráček, Marta Garami, Veronika Karcagi, Ágnes Herczegfalvi, Katherine Bushby, Hanns Lochmüller, Janbernd Kirschner
BACKGROUND: Publication of comprehensive clinical care guidelines for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in 2010 was a milestone for DMD patient management. Our CARE-NMD survey investigates the neuromuscular, medical, and psychosocial care of DMD patients in Europe, and compares it to the guidelines. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of 1677 patients contacted via the TREAT-NMD patient registries was conducted using self-report questionnaires in seven European countries...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910751/recent-advances-in-pharmacotherapeutic-paradigm-of-mild-to-recalcitrant-atopic-dermatitis
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Zahid Hussain, Shariza Sahudin, Hnin Ei Thu, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari, Endang Kumolosasi
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, chronic skin inflammatory disorder characterized by perivascular infiltration of immunoglobulin E (IgE), T lymphocytes, and mast cells. The key factors responsible for the pathophysiology of this disease are immunological disorders and defects in epidermal barrier properties. Pruritus, intense itching, psychological stress, deprived physical and mental performance, and sleep disturbance are the hallmark features of this dermatological disorder. Preventive interventions such as educational programs, avoidance of allergens, and exclusive care toward the skin could play a partial role in suppressing the symptoms...
2016: Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910127/treatment-of-severe-chronic-hand-eczema-results-from-a-uk-wide-survey
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I L Smith, S Brown, J Nixon, F C Cowdell, S Ersser, C Fernandez, M Goodfield, C M Green, P Hampton, J T Lear, C H Smith, L Sunderland, S Tubeuf, M Wittmann
Treatment of severe hand eczema (HE) that is resistant to topical potent corticosteroid treatment is challenging. In 2013, we surveyed 194 UK dermatologists to obtain information about their usual treatment pathways to inform the choice of the comparator in a trial of alitretinoin in severe HE (ALPHA trial); the results indicated that the treatment approaches favoured by UK dermatologists differ. Psoralen combined with ultraviolet A (PUVA) and alitretinoin were identified as the most frequent first-line treatment options for hyperkeratotic HE, whereas oral corticosteroids were identified as the most frequent first-line treatment for vesicular HE, followed by PUVA and alitretinoin...
December 2, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909975/immunoglobulin-g4-related-hepatic-inflammatory-pseudotumor-invading-the-abdominal-wall
#15
Shinji Miyajima, Akihiro Okano, Masaya Ohana
A 50-year-old woman presented with epigastralgia. Computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen revealed a 6-cm well-enhanced mass extending from the left lobe of the liver to the abdominal wall, suggestive of cholangiocarcinoma. Liver and skin mass biopsies did not provide evidence of hepatic malignancy but were rich in plasma cells and sclerotic lesions. Subsequent detection of elevated serum immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) led to a diagnosis IgG4-related inflammatory pseudotumor (IPT) of the liver. Treatment with systemic corticosteroids resulted in rapid clinical improvement...
December 1, 2016: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909950/hatt-a-phase-iv-single-arm-open-label-study-of-sorafenib-in-taiwanese-patients-with-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#16
Shi-Ming Lin, Sheng-Nan Lu, Ping-Tsung Chen, Long-Bin Jeng, Shinn-Cherng Chen, Chi-Tan Hu, Sien-Sing Yang, Marie-Aude Le Berre, Xuan Liu, David Y Mitchell, Klaas Prins, Joachim Grevel, Carol A E Peña, Gerold Meinhardt
BACKGROUND: Sorafenib significantly improves survival in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This phase IV study assessed sorafenib efficacy/safety in Taiwanese patients with advanced HCC and Child-Pugh A status. METHODS: All patients received 400 mg sorafenib BID. Safety, efficacy, sorafenib pharmacokinetics, and Child-Pugh progression were evaluated. A hand-foot skin reaction (HFSR) prevention substudy assessed HFSR incidence and grade/severity and time to HFSR in 29 and 34 patients randomized to corticosteroid and noncorticosteroid ointments, respectively, and in 88 nonrandomized patients...
December 1, 2016: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908218/risk-factors-for-dural-tears-a-study-of-elective-spine-surgery
#17
Meghan E Murphy, Panagiotis Kerezoudis, Mohammed Ali Alvi, Brandon A McCutcheon, Patrick R Maloney, Lorenzo Rinaldo, Daniel Shepherd, Daniel S Ubl, William E Krauss, Elizabeth B Habermann, Mohamad Bydon
OBJECTIVE: This study moves beyond previous cohort studies and benchmark data by studying a population of elective spine surgery from a multicenter registry in an effort to validate, disprove, and/or identify novel risk factors for dural tears. METHODS: A retrospective cohort analysis queried a multicenter registry for patients with degenerative spinal diagnoses undergoing elective spinal surgery from 2010-2014. Multivariable logistic regression analysis interrogated for independent risk factors of dural tears...
December 2, 2016: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907909/egfr-kinase-inhibitors-and-gastric-acid-suppressants-in-egfr-mutant-nsclc-a-retrospective-database-analysis-of-potential-drug-interaction
#18
Nesaretnam Barr Kumarakulasinghe, Nicholas Syn, Yu Yang Soon, Atasha Asmat, Huili Zheng, En Yun Loy, Brendan Pang, Ross Andrew Soo
BACKGROUND: Erlotinib and gefitinib are weak base drugs whose absorption and clinical efficacy may be impaired by concomitant gastric acid suppressive (AS) therapy, yet proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2As) are widely indicated in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients for the prevention and treatment of erlotinib-induced gastrointestinal injury and corticosteroid-associated gastric irritation. We assessed the clinical relevance of this potential drug-drug interaction (DDI) in a retrospective cohort of EGFR-mutant NSCLC patients...
November 19, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906935/long-term-prednisolone-in-post-stroke-complex-regional-pain-syndrome
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Jayantee Kalita, Usha Misra, Ajit Kumar, Sanjeev K Bhoi
BACKGROUND: There is no study on the long-term use of prednisolone in post-stroke complex regional pain syndrome-1 (CRPS1). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of long-term low dose prednisolone in post-stroke CRPS-I. STUDY DESIGN: Open-labeled randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Tertiary care teaching institute. METHODS: Seventy-seven out of 396 (19.4%) patients with stroke had CRPS-1 and 58 met the inclusion criteria...
November 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906696/medical-therapy-refractory-chronic-rhinosinusitis-and-productivity-costs
#20
Kristine A Smith, Luke Rudmik
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to address the most recent advances in the medical therapy for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), define recalcitrant and refractory CRS, and discuss the productivity costs associated with CRS. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies evaluating anti-IL-4 receptor α antibodies and calcium channel blockers have demonstrated promising early results during management of CRS. Recent appropriateness criteria have been developed to assist clinicians with defining which patients have 'refractory' CRS and may be considered candidates for endoscopic sinus surgery...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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