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Aniko Krumbholz, Martin Schönfelder, Hande Hofmann, Detlef Thieme
BACKGROUND: The endogenous glucocorticosteroid cortisol (F) and its metabolite cortisone (E) are known to be involved in stress adaption and anti-inflammatory and immune regulatory effects. The ratios of F to E in the matrices serum, hair and saliva are different. The shift of this ratio by the enzyme activity of 11β-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase, which inactivates cortisol, was often discussed. The aim of our study was to calculate the contribution of the plasma protein binding (PPB) to this shift...
February 26, 2018: Forensic Science International
Sathyadeepak Ramesh, Danica Fiaschetti, Robert A Goldberg
The authors herein describe a case of orbital and ocular ischemic syndrome with blindness after cosmetic hyaluronic acid filler injection. Orbital function, but not visual function, returned after treatment with orbital hyaluronidase and corticosteroids.
March 14, 2018: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Manas Panigrahi, Manoranjitha Kumari, Sudhindra Vooturi
Background: The diagnosis of lymphocytic hypophysitis (LYH) is a clinical challenge. Medical management with steroids may result in complete resolution of the symptoms and radiological features. We report our approach to the diagnosis and treatment of LYH. Materials and Methods: Retrospective analysis of data of nine consecutive patients of LYH from August 2013 to August 2015 was done. The average age of the study population was 38.4 ± 19.8 years, with five (55...
March 2018: Neurology India
Augustine Tee, Wai Leng Chow, Colin Burke, Guruprasad Basavarajaiah
INTRODUCTION: In light of the growing evidence base for better clinical results with the use of the dual bronchodilator indacaterol/glycopyrronium (IND/GLY) over inhaled corticosteroid-containing salmeterol/fluticasone combination (SFC), this study aimed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of IND/GLY over SFC in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are at low risk of exacerbations in the Singapore healthcare setting. METHODS: A previously published patient-level simulation model was adapted for use in Singapore by applying local unit costs...
March 16, 2018: Singapore Medical Journal
Juanita Romero-Díaz, Roberto Iván Acosta-Hernández, Sergio Criales-Vera, Erick Kimura-Hayama, Maricruz Domínguez-Quintana, Rocío Morán-Contla, Carlos Núñez-Alvarez, Pilar Lara-Reyes, Carlos Aguilar-Salinas, Jorge Sánchez-Guerrero
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the prevalence and extent of asymptomatic coronary artery atherosclerosis are increased in men with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) compared with age- and sex-matched controls, and to define the associated risk factors. METHODS: Ninety-five patients with SLE (mean ± SD age, 34.7 ± 10.1 yrs) and 100 control subjects (age 34.8 ± 9.7 yrs) with no history of coronary artery disease were screened for coronary artery calcification using multidetector computed tomography...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
Gisela Eugénio, Joao Tavares, Joana Fonseca Ferreira, Armando Malcata
We report a case of a 46-year-old woman with a history of autoimmune atrophic gastritis and recurrent erythema nodosum (EN). Laboratory results showed iron-deficiency anaemia, positive antiparietal cell antibodies and marginal deficiency of vitamin B12. Although EN was refractory to general measures (rest and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and corticosteroid therapy, it was successfully treated with vitamin B12 supplementation.
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Hannah Major-Monfried, Anne S Renteria, Attaphol Pawarode, Pavan Reddy, Francis Ayuk, Ernst Holler, Yvonne A Efebera, William J Hogan, Matthias Wölfl, Muna Qayed, Elizabeth O Hexner, Kitsada Wudhikarn, Rainer Ordemann, Rachel Young, Jay Shah, Matthew J Hartwell, Mohammed Chaudhry, Mina Aziz, Aaron Etra, Gregory A Yanik, Nicolaus Kröger, Daniela Weber, Yi-Bin Chen, Ryotaro Nakamura, Wolf Rösler, Carrie L Kitko, Andrew C Harris, Michael Pulsipher, Ran Reshef, Steven Kowalyk, George Morales, Ivan Torres, Umut Özbek, James L M Ferrara, John E Levine
Acute graft versus host disease (GVHD) is treated with systemic corticosteroid immunosuppression. Clinical response after one week of therapy often guides further treatment decisions, but long term outcomes vary widely between centers and more accurate predictive tests are urgently needed. We analyzed clinical data and blood samples taken after one week of systemic treatment for GVHD from 507 patients from 17 centers of the Mount Sinai Acute GVHD International Consortium (MAGIC), dividing them into test (n=236) and two validation cohorts separated in time (n = 142 and 129, respectively)...
March 15, 2018: Blood
Catia Cilloniz, Miquel Ferrer, Adamanthia Liapikou, Carolina Garcia-Vidal, Albert Gabarrus, Adrian Ceccato, Jorge Puig de La Bellacasa, Francesco Blasi, Antoni Torres
Question: To assess the incidence, characteristics, aetiology, risk factors and mortality of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in ICU patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) using the Berlin definition. Methods: We prospectively enrolled consecutive mechanically-ventilated ICU adults with CAP over 20 years, compared with mechanically-ventilated patients without ARDS. The main outcome was 30-day mortality. Results: Among 5,334 patients hospitalized with CAP, 930 (17%) were admitted to the ICU, and 432 required mechanical ventilation; 125 (29%) cases met the Berlin ARDS criteria...
March 15, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Konstantinos H Katsanos, Konstantinos Papamichael, Joseph D Feuerstein, Dimitrios K Christodoulou, Adam S Cheifetz
The pharmacological management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) over the last two decades has transitioned from reliance on aminosalycilates, corticosteroids and immunomodulators to earlier treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy. Nevertheless, 20-30% of patients discontinue anti-TNF therapy for primary non-response and another 30-40% for losing response within one year of treatment. These undesirable therapeutic outcomes can be attributed to pharmacokinetic (anti-drug antibodies and/or low drug concentrations) or pharmacodynamic issues characterized by a non-TNF driven inflammation...
March 12, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
A Sicras-Mainar, S Traseira-Lugilde, T Fernández-Sánchez, R Navarro-Artieda
OBJECTIVE: To determine the persistence, exacerbations, and use of resources in patients who use inhaler treatment with fluticasone propionate/formoterol (PF/Form) in relation with other combinations of inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting β-adrenergic (ICS/LABA) at fixed doses, for the treatment of asthma in real-life practice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Observational study conducted by reviewing medical records. The study included subjects ≥18 years of age who started treatment with ICS/LABA and who met certain inclusion/exclusion criteria...
March 12, 2018: Semergen
Mariola A Dietrich, Piotr Hliwa, Mikołaj Adamek, Dieter Steinhagen, Halina Karol, Andrzej Ciereszko
The environmental temperature affects plasma biochemical indicators, antioxidant status and hematological and immunological parameters in fish. So far, only single blood proteins have been identified in response to temperature changes. The aim of this study was to compare the proteome of carp blood plasma from males acclimated to warm (30 °C) and cold (10 °C) temperatures by two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis followed by MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry. A total of 47 spots were found to be differentially regulated by temperature (>1...
March 12, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Patrick Darken, Paolo DePetrillo, Colin Reisner, Earl St Rose, Paul Dorinsky
The budesonide/glycopyrronium/formoterol fumarate dihydrate metered dose inhaler (BGF MDI) is an inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting muscarinic antagonist/long-acting β2 -agonist fixed-dose combination formulated with innovative co-suspension delivery technology that is in clinical development for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This randomized, Phase I, single-dose, six-treatment, four-period, crossover study (NCT01980615) examined the pharmacokinetic (PK) and safety profile of three doses of BGF MDI (320/14...
March 12, 2018: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Sophie Vincent, Nicholas Czuzoj-Shulman, Andrea R Spence, Haim A Abenhaim
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and neonatal respiratory-related outcomes among women who underwent an elective cesarean section (CS). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s 2009-2013 period linked birth/infant death dataset. Women who had elective CSs at term were categorized by their pre-pregnancy BMI as normal, overweight, obese or morbidly obese...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
Respati W Ranakusuma, Yupitri Pitoyo, Eka D Safitri, Sarah Thorning, Elaine M Beller, Sudigdo Sastroasmoro, Chris B Del Mar
BACKGROUND: Acute otitis media (AOM) is a common acute infection in children. Pain is its most prominent and distressing symptom. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for AOM, although they have only a modest effect in reducing pain at two to three days. There is insufficient evidence for benefits of other treatment options, including systemic corticosteroids. However, systemic corticosteroids are potent anti-inflammatory drugs, and so theoretically could be effective, either alone or as an addition to antibiotics...
March 15, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Christina Krudy, Kavita Shah Arora
The United States, along with other resource-rich countries, leads global health care by advancing medical care through randomized controlled trials (RCTs). While most medical research is conducted in these resource-rich areas, RCTs, including replications of previous trials, are additionally carried out in low- and middle-income countries. On the basis of positive findings from several RCTs conducted in high-income countries, the Antenatal Corticosteroids Trial (ACT) evaluated the effectiveness of antenatal corticosteroids in reducing neonatal mortality in low- and middle-income countries...
March 1, 2018: AMA Journal of Ethics
Emilio Russo, Salvatore D'Angelo, Giorgio Ammerata, Ludovico Abenavoli, Daniele Mauro, Caterina Bruno, Saverio Naty, Ignazio Olivieri, Giovambattista De Sarro, Francesco Ursini
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence demonstrated a potential role of complement C3 as a candidate biomarker of cardiometabolic risk in the general population. OBJECTIVE: Aim of the present study was to investigate the correlation between complement C3 levels and comorbid type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: For the present study, 40 consecutive diabetic RA patients (RA/T2DM+ group) and 80 consecutive RA patients without diabetes (RA/T2DM- group) were recruited...
March 13, 2018: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
Daniel Geh, Caroline Gordon
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multi-system autoimmune disease. There are three drugs licensed for the treatment of lupus: corticosteroids, hydroxychloroquine and belimumab. Immunosuppressants such as azathioprine, methotrexate and mycophenolate are also used. Despite these treatments there is still considerable morbidity. New treatments are needed for the management of active lupus. Epratuzumab a humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody that targets CD22 resulting in selective B cell modulation that has been considered a potential treatment for SLE...
March 15, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
Jee Hee Son, Sook Young Park, Yong Se Cho, Bo Young Chung, Hye One Kim, Chun Wook Park
Corticosteroids are potent anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic agents used in the treatment of various inflammatory diseases, including allergic disease. They are frequently considered the therapy-of-choice for many skin diseases. However, allergic reactions caused by corticosteroids have been reported. Among these, delayed reactions to topical steroids are more common, whereas immediate reactions to systemic steroids are rare. Herein, we report the case of a 32-year-old woman with triamcinolone-induced immediate hypersensitivity reaction, in which the patient had a positive prick test result with triamcinolone...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Christian Viniol, Claus F Vogelmeier
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death worldwide. While COPD is a mainly chronic disease, a substantial number of patients suffer from exacerbations. Severe exacerbations are related to a significantly worse survival outcome. This review summarises the current knowledge on the different aspects of COPD exacerbations. The impact of risk factors and triggers such as smoking, severe airflow limitation, bronchiectasis, bacterial and viral infections and comorbidities is discussed...
March 31, 2018: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
Ming Gao, Weihua Zhang, Waiou Zhao, Ling Qin, Fei Pei, Yang Zheng
RATIONALE: Hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) is a rare disease characterized by hypereosinophilia and its ensuing organ damage. Cardiac involvement is divided into 3 chronological stages: an acute necrotic stage; a thrombus formation stage; and a fibrotic stage. Infiltration of the myocardium by eosinophilic cells followed by endomyocardial fibrosis is known as "Loeffler endocarditis." PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of a 60-year-old man diagnosed with left-sided restrictive cardiomyopathy...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
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