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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784846/pharmacokinetics-of-piperaquine-and-safety-profile-of-dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine-co-administered-with-antiretroviral-therapy-in-malaria-uninfected-hiv-positive-malawian-adults
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Clifford G Banda, Fraction Dzinjalamala, Mavuto Mukaka, Jane Mallewa, Victor Maiden, Dianne J Terlouw, David G Lalloo, Saye H Khoo, Victor Mwapasa
There are limited data on the pharmacokinetic and safety profiles of dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DHA-PQ) among human immunodeficiency virus infected (HIV+) individuals taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). In a two step (parallel-group) pharmacokinetic trial with intensive blood sampling, we compared area under the concentration-time curve (AUC0-28 days ) and safety outcomes of piperaquine among malaria-uninfected HIV+ adults. In step 1, half the adult dose of DHA-PQ was administered for three days as an intitial safety check in four groups (n=6/group) of HIV+ adults (age≥18 years): (i) antiretroviral-naïve, (ii) on nevirapine-based ART, (iii) on efavirenz-based ART, and (iv) on ritonavir-boosted lopinavir-based ART...
May 21, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781885/improved-cognitive-performance-and-reduced-monocyte-activation-in-virally-suppressed-chronic-hiv-following-dual-ccr2-and-ccr5-antagonism
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Michelle L D'Antoni, Robert H Paul, Brooks I Mitchell, Lindsay Kohorn, Laurent Fischer, Eric Lefebvre, Star Seyedkazemi, Beau K Nakamoto, Maegen Walker, Kalpana J Kallianpur, Debra Ogata-Arakaki, Lishomwa C Ndhlovu, Cecilia Shikuma
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate changes in neuropsychological (NP) performance and in plasma and cell surface markers of peripheral monocyte activation/migration following treatment with cenicriviroc (CVC), a dual C-C chemokine receptor type 2 (CCR2) and type 5 (CCR5) antagonist, in treatment-experienced, HIV-infected individuals. SETTING: Single-arm, 24-week, open-label clinical trial. METHODS: HIV-infected individuals on antiretroviral therapy (ART) >1 year with plasma HIV RNA <50 copies/ml and below-normal cognitive performance [defined as age, gender and education-adjusted NP performance (NPZ) <-0...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780899/perspectives-on-the-evolving-state-of-the-art-management-of-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumours
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REVIEW
Zoltan Szucs, Robin L Jones
Gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs) represent a very exciting tumour entity for the medical oncologist. There has been extensive clinical and preclinical research dissecting the natural behaviour, molecular landscape and therapeutic responsiveness of this rare mesenchymal tumour. Various molecular subtypes of GIST have a differing prognostic and predictive relevance in the state of the art management of the disease. Emerging mature clinical trial data gathered over the last one and half decade provided substantial molecular profiling information in understanding the success and eventual failure of treatment...
2018: Translational Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778349/a-contemporary-prostate-biopsy-risk-calculator-based-on-multiple-heterogeneous-cohorts
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Donna P Ankerst, Johanna Straubinger, Katharina Selig, Lourdes Guerrios, Amanda De Hoedt, Javier Hernandez, Michael A Liss, Robin J Leach, Stephen J Freedland, Michael W Kattan, Robert Nam, Alexander Haese, Francesco Montorsi, Stephen A Boorjian, Matthew R Cooperberg, Cedric Poyet, Emily Vertosick, Andrew J Vickers
BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer prediction tools provide quantitative guidance for doctor-patient decision-making regarding biopsy. The widely used online Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial Risk Calculator (PCPTRC) utilized data from the 1990s based on six-core biopsies and outdated grading systems. OBJECTIVE: We prospectively gathered data from men undergoing prostate biopsy in multiple diverse North American and European institutions participating in the Prostate Biopsy Collaborative Group (PBCG) in order to build a state-of-the-art risk prediction tool...
May 16, 2018: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777528/state-of-the-art-review-on-physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-modeling-in-pediatric-drug-development
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REVIEW
Venkata Yellepeddi, Joseph Rower, Xiaoxi Liu, Shaun Kumar, Jahidur Rashid, Catherine M T Sherwin
Physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling and simulation is an important tool for predicting the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and safety of drugs in pediatrics. Physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling is applied in pediatric drug development for first-time-in-pediatric dose selection, simulation-based trial design, correlation with target organ toxicities, risk assessment by investigating possible drug-drug interactions, real-time assessment of pharmacokinetic-safety relationships, and assessment of non-systemic biodistribution targets...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775399/dolutegravir-and-rilpivirine-for-the-maintenance-treatment-of-virologically-suppressed-hiv-1-infection
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Jose L Casado, Marta Monsalvo, Aurora M Rojo, María Fontecha, Miguel A Rodriguez-Sagrado
Triple combinations of antiretroviral (ART) drugs are the standard treatment for HIV infection, but the challenges include long-term side effects, high costs, and adherence. The recent advent of potent and well tolerated ART has renewed the interest for newer ART strategies. A dual regimen with the combination of dolutegravir (DTG) and rilpivirine (RPV), two well tolerated, metabolic-friendly, and potent drugs could offer additional benefits. Areas covered: A review of recent randomized trials and observational cohorts concerning the use of a dual therapy with DTG plus RPV as a switching strategy in patients with viral suppression...
May 18, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773527/acceptability-and-feasibility-of-real-time-antiretroviral-therapy-adherence-interventions-in-rural-uganda-mixed-method-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Angella Musiimenta, Esther C Atukunda, Wilson Tumuhimbise, Emily E Pisarski, Melanie Tam, Monique A Wyatt, Norma C Ware, Jessica E Haberer
BACKGROUND: Wireless electronic adherence monitors can detect antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence lapses and trigger interventions in real time, thus potentially avoiding unnecessary HIV viremia. Evidence about the acceptability and feasibility of these monitors and associated interventions, however, is limited. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the acceptability and feasibility of real-time adherence monitoring linked to text messaging (short message service, SMS) reminders and notifications to support adherence among individuals living with HIV who are taking ART in rural southwestern Uganda...
May 17, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771277/effect-of-antiretroviral-therapy-on-plasma-concentrations-of-chloroquine-and-desethyl-chloroquine
#8
Matthew M Ippolito, Jeffrey M Jacobson, Michael M Lederman, Markus Winterberg, Joel Tarning, Theresa A Shapiro, Charles Flexner
The effect of antiretroviral therapy (ART) on chloroquine and desethyl-chloroquine plasma concentrations was evaluated in clinical trial participants. Concentrations did not differ among participants on protease inhibitor-based ART (n=9), efavirenz-based ART (n=15), other ART (n=8), and those not on ART (n=31). Efavirenz appeared to inhibit chloroquine desethylation.
May 16, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770183/colour-for-behavioural-success
#9
Birgitta Dresp-Langley, Adam Reeves
Colour information not only helps sustain the survival of animal species by guiding sexual selection and foraging behaviour but also is an important factor in the cultural and technological development of our own species. This is illustrated by examples from the visual arts and from state-of-the-art imaging technology, where the strategic use of colour has become a powerful tool for guiding the planning and execution of interventional procedures. The functional role of colour information in terms of its potential benefits to behavioural success across the species is addressed in the introduction here to clarify why colour perception may have evolved to generate behavioural success...
March 2018: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767290/stem-cells-in-alzheimer-s-disease-current-standing-and-future-challenges
#10
Haitham Salem, Gabriela D Colpo, Antonio L Teixeira
To date, there is no definitive treatment for Alzheimer's disease (AD). The realm of stem cells is very promising in regenerative medicine, particularly for neurodegenerative diseases. Various types of stem cells have been used in preclinical/clinical trials for AD aiming the development of an elusive disease modifying therapy. Over the last decade, much knowledge has been gained in this field regarding types of cells, routes and timing of administration, and outcomes of stem cells-based strategies for AD. In this chapter, we will trace the state of art and the challenges facing the use of stem cells in AD...
May 17, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766019/abacavir-use-and-risk-for-myocardial-infarction-and-cardiovascular-events-pooled-analysis-of-data-from-clinical-trials
#11
Cassandra Nan, Mark Shaefer, Rimgaile Urbaityte, James Oyee, Judy Hopking, Leigh Ragone, Teodora Perger, Beta Win, Harald Vangerow, Cynthia McCoig, Vani Vannappagari
Background: Some observational studies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have suggested an association between abacavir (ABC) use and myocardial infarction (MI), whereas others have not. Methods: This pooled analysis of 66 phase II-IV RCTs estimates exposure-adjusted incidence rates (IRs) and relative rates (RRs) of MI and cardiovascular events (CVEs) in participants receiving ABC- and non-ABC-containing combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). The primary analysis of MI included ABC-randomized trials with ≥48-week follow-up...
May 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765298/real-time-tracking-of-selective-auditory-attention-from-m-eeg-a-bayesian-filtering-approach
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Sina Miran, Sahar Akram, Alireza Sheikhattar, Jonathan Z Simon, Tao Zhang, Behtash Babadi
Humans are able to identify and track a target speaker amid a cacophony of acoustic interference, an ability which is often referred to as the cocktail party phenomenon. Results from several decades of studying this phenomenon have culminated in recent years in various promising attempts to decode the attentional state of a listener in a competing-speaker environment from non-invasive neuroimaging recordings such as magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG). To this end, most existing approaches compute correlation-based measures by either regressing the features of each speech stream to the M/EEG channels (the decoding approach) or vice versa (the encoding approach)...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762365/multiplex-real-time-pcr-detection-of-intestinal-protozoa-in-hiv-infected-children-in-malawi-enterocytozoon-bieneusi-is-common-and-associated-with-gastrointestinal-complaints-and-may-delay-bmi-nutritional-status-recovery
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Minke H W Huibers, Peter Moons, Nelson Maseko, Monfort B Gushu, Oluwadamilola H Iwajomo, Robert S Heyderman, Michael Boele van Hensbroek, Eric A Brienen, Lisette van Lieshout, Job C J Calis
BACKGROUND: Intestinal protozoa are common opportunistic infections in HIV patients. Longitudinal studies on either the clinical relevance, or the effect of immune reconstitution by anti-retroviral therapy on intestinal protozoan infections are children is lacking however. This study investigates prevalence and clinical relevance of intestinal protozoa in HIV-infected Malawian children prior to and during their first year of ART. METHODS: Stool samples collected at enrolment and during follow-up were tested for non-opportunistic (Giardia lamblia, Dientamoeba fragilis, Entamoeba histolytica) and opportunistic protozoa (Entroctytoon bieneusi, Encephalitozoon spp...
May 14, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762175/pregnancy-outcomes-and-infant-growth-among-babies-with-in-utero-exposure-to-tenofovir-based-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-for-hiv-prevention
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Renee Heffron, Nelly Mugo, Ting Hong, Connie Celum, Mark A Marzinke, Kenneth Ngure, Stephen Asiimwe, Elly Katabira, Elizabeth Bukusi, Josephine Odoyo, Edna Tindimwebwa, Nulu Bulya, Jared M Baeten
BACKGROUND: Global guidelines recommend pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use by women at risk for HIV, including during pregnancy, a period with heightened HIV risk. However, data to support safety of PrEP use during pregnancy are limited, particularly from women using PrEP throughout pregnancy. METHODS: In an open-label delivery study of PrEP integrated with ART for high risk HIV serodiscordant couples in Kenya and Uganda (the Partners Demonstration Project), women who became pregnant while using PrEP were offered the option to continue PrEP throughout pregnancy...
May 11, 2018: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762171/hiv-transmission-in-discordant-couples-in-africa-in-the-context-of-art-availability
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Evonne Woodson, Alec Goldberg, Clive Michelo, Debby Basu, Sijia Tao, Raymond Schinazi, Yong Jiang, William Kilembe, Etienne Karita, Susan Allen, Eric Hunter
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to understand the basis of continued HIV-1 transmission in Zambian and Rwandan HIV-1 discordant couples in the context of ART. DESIGN: We identified 9 Zambian and 7 Rwandan acutely-infected, epidemiologically-linked couples from government CVCT clinics where transmitting partners reported being on ART near the time of transmission. METHODS: We quantified viral load (VL) and plasma antiretroviral (ARV) drug concentrations near the time of transmission and used these as surrogate measures for adherence...
May 11, 2018: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757877/report-from-the-20th-meeting-of-the-european-society-of-gynaecological-oncology-esgo-2017
#16
Kamil Zalewski, Elisa Piovano, Zoia Razumova, Ilker Selcuk, Tanja Nikolova
This is a report from the 20th Meeting of the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO) held in Vienna, Austria on November 4 to 7, 2017. The conference offered state-of-the-art educational sessions and oral and poster abstract presentations. The general sessions throughout the meeting focused not only on prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and translational research but also emerging trends, and current innovations in gynecological cancers were discussed. The ESGO-European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology-European Society of Pathology guidelines on management of cervical cancers were reported for the first time in public...
May 4, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756991/the-immune-landscape-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-utility-of-cytologic-and-histologic-samples-obtained-through-minimally-invasive-pulmonary-procedures
#17
Jason Beattie, Lonny Yarmus, Momen Wahidi, M Patricia Rivera, Christopher Gilbert, Fabien Maldonado, Kasia Czarnecka, Angela Argento, Alexander Chen, Felix Herth, Daniel H Sterman
The success of immune checkpoint inhibitors and the discovery of useful biomarkers to predict response to these agents has shifted much of the focus of personalized care for advanced non-small cell lung cancer towards harnessing the immune response. With further advancement, more effective immunotherapy options will emerge along with more useful biomarkers. For patients with advanced disease, minimally invasive techniques will remain most appropriate for acquisition of tissue. This is in contrast to default gold-standard large tissue specimens obtained through surgical resection...
May 14, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756790/a-manual-based-phenomenological-art-therapy-for-individuals-diagnosed-with-moderate-to-severe-depression-patd-a-randomized-controlled-study
#18
Christina Blomdahl, Suzanne Guregård, Marie Rusner, Helle Wijk
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the effects of manual-based Phenomenological Art Therapy for individuals living with depression in addition to treatment as usual (PATd/TAU) compared with only treatment as usual (TAU) for individuals diagnosed with moderate to severe depression. METHOD: 79 adults (men = 29.1%) were included in this randomized-controlled-trial (RCT), multicenter study in Sweden with an intention-to-treat design. Participants were randomized into either the PATd/TAU-group (n = 43) or TAU-group (n = 36)...
May 14, 2018: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755767/utilization-of-neoadjuvant-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-and-proton-beam-therapy-for-esophageal-cancer-in-the-united-states
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Waqar Haque, Vivek Verma, E Brian Butler, Bin S Teh
Background: Randomized esophageal cancer (EC) trials have utilized two- or three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT). Advanced radiotherapy (RT) techniques [(ARTs): intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and proton beam therapy (PBT)] may have benefits, but are relatively unproven. This is the first study to date evaluating utilization of ARTs versus 3DCRT in the trimodality setting in the United States. Methods: The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) was queried (2004-2013) for newly-diagnosed cT1b-T4bN0/N+M0 EC receiving neoadjuvant CRT followed by esophagectomy...
April 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754661/catheter-ablation-versus-antiarrhythmic-drug-therapy-for-atrial-fibrillation-cabana-trial-study-rationale-and-design
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Douglas L Packer, Daniel B Mark, Richard A Robb, Kristi H Monahan, Tristram D Bahnson, Kathleen Moretz, Jeanne E Poole, Alice Mascette, Yves Rosenberg, Neal Jeffries, Hussein R Al-Khalidi, Kerry L Lee
The Catheter Ablation Versus Anti-arrhythmic Drug Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation (CABANA,NCT00911508)(1) trial is testing the hypothesis that the treatment strategy of percutaneous left atrial catheter ablation for the purpose of eliminating atrial fibrillation (AF) is superior to current state-of-the-art pharmacologic therapy. This international 140-center clinical trial was designed to randomize 2200 patients to a strategy of catheter ablation versus state-of-the-art rate or rhythm control drug therapy. Inclusion criteria include: 1) age> 65, or ≤65 with≥ 1 risk factor for stroke, 2) documented AF warranting treatment, and 3) eligibility for both catheter ablation and≥ 2 anti-arrhythmic or≥ 2 rate control drugs...
May 2018: American Heart Journal
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