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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241082/the-effect-of-n-acetylcysteine-and-working-memory-training-on-cocaine-use-craving-and-inhibition-in-regular-cocaine-users-correspondence-of-lab-assessments-and-ecological-momentary-assessment
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Mieke H J Schulte, Reinout W Wiers, Wouter J Boendermaker, Anna E Goudriaan, Wim van den Brink, Denise S van Deursen, Malte Friese, Emily Brede, Andrew J Waters
INTRODUCTION: Effective treatment for cocaine use disorder should dampen hypersensitive cue-induced motivational processes and/or strengthen executive control. Using a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled intervention, the primary aim of this study was to investigate the effect of N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) and working memory (WM)-training to reduce cocaine use and craving and to improve inhibition assessed in the laboratory and during Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA). The second aim was to examine correspondence between laboratory and EMA data...
December 11, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237039/development-of-a-brief-version-of-the-current-opioid-misuse-measure-comm-the-comm-9
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Stacey A McCaffrey, Ryan A Black, Albert J Villapiano, Robert N Jamison, Stephen F Butler
Objective: The Current Opioid Misuse Measure (COMM) is a commonly used self-report instrument to identify and monitor aberrant opioid-related behavior in chronic pain patients on opioid therapy. However, the length of the COMM may limit its clinical utility. Additionally, this paper-and-pencil screener requires hand scoring, which increases paperwork and staff burden. Therefore, the current study presents development of the "COMM-9," a brief electronically administered form of the COMM...
December 11, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235378/the-hexane-fraction-of-bursera-microphylla-a-gray-induces-p21-mediated-anti-proliferative-and-pro-apoptotic-effects-in-human-cancer-derived-cell-lines
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Sabrina Adorisio, Alessandra Fierabracci, Giulia Gigliarelli, Isabella Muscari, Lorenza Cannarile, Anna Marina Liberati, Maria Carla Marcotullio, Carlo Riccardi, Massimo Curini, Ramon Enrique Robles Zepeda, Domenico V Delfino
Bursera microphylla (BM), one of the common elephant trees, is widely distributed in the Sonoran Desert in Mexico. The Seri ethnic group in the Sonoran Desert uses BM as an anti-inflammatory and painkiller drug for the treatment of sore throat, herpes labialis, abscessed tooth, and wound healing. Dried stems and leaves of BM are used in a tea to relieve painful urination and to stimulate bronchial secretion. Furthermore, BM is used for fighting venereal diseases. To investigate the effects of the hexane fraction of resin methanol extract (BM-H) on cell growth, the acute myeloid cell line (OCI-AML3) was treated with 250, 25, or 2...
March 1, 2017: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228024/detection-of-duo-schistosome-infection-from-filtered-urine-samples-from-school-children-in-zambia-after-mda
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Megan J Hessler, Austin Cyrs, Steven C Krenzke, El Shaimaa Mahmoud, Chummy Sikasunge, James Mwansa, Nilanjan Lodh
Schistosomiasis is one of the major Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in sub-Saharan Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, two major human schistosome species namely Schistosoma mansoni and S. haematobium often occur sympatrically largely affecting children. Recognizing the public health impact of Schistosomiasis, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging member states to regularly treat at least 75% and up to 100%, of all school-aged children at risk of morbidity. For control strategies based on targeted mass drug administration (MDA) to succeed it is essential to have a simple and sensitive test for monitoring the success of these interventions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226762/assessing-cognitive-functioning-in-individuals-with-cocaine-use-disorder
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Kirsten M Frazer, Jennifer J Manly, Geraldine Downey, Carl L Hart
INTRODUCTION: There have been mixed findings assessing the impact of regular cocaine use on cognitive functioning. This study employed a comprehensive cognitive battery to compare the performance of individuals diagnosed with a cocaine use disorder (N = 3 abusers, N = 17 dependent) against the performance of two control groups: (a) non-drug-users, and (b) marijuana users who report no cocaine use (N = 7 marijuana abusers, N = 0 dependent, N = 13 marijuana users with no Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition, DSM-IV, diagnosis)...
December 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226017/buprenorphine-for-medication-assisted-treatment-of-opioid-use-disorder-in-pregnancy-relationship-to-neonatal-opioid-withdrawal-syndrome
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Niraj R Chavan, Kristin B Ashford, Amanda T Wiggins, Michelle R Lofwall, Agatha S Critchfield
Objective  To examine the relationship between antepartum buprenorphine dose for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorder (OUD) and incident neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS). Study Design  We performed a prospective cohort study of pregnant women with a singleton gestation diagnosed with OUD and receiving buprenorphine for MAT at a tertiary care academic institution from July 2015 to January 2017. We divided the study cohort into two groups-pregnancies with versus without NOWS...
October 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220679/interaction-between-pre-treatment-drug-use-and-heterogeneity-of-psychiatric-diagnosis-predicts-outcomes-in-outpatients-with-co-occurring-disorders
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Oladunni Oluwoye, Katherine Hirchak, Emily Leickly, Jordan Skalisky, Sterling McPherson, Debra Srebnik, John M Roll, Richard K Ries, Michael G McDonell
We examined whether the interaction of baseline stimulant use, assessed by urine drug tests, and type of serious mental illness (SMI) diagnosis predicted stimulant use in a trial of contingency management (CM). The interaction between baseline stimulant use and SMI diagnoses was significant in the overall sample (p=0.002) when controlling for the main effects of treatment condition, baseline stimulant use, and SMI diagnosis. Similar results were also found within the CM sample. Individuals with bipolar disorder were more or less likely, depending on their baseline stimulant-drug test results, to use stimulants during treatment compared to those with other SMI diagnoses...
November 29, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220642/substance-use-patterns-associated-with-recent-exposure-to-fentanyl-among-people-who-inject-drugs-in-vancouver-canada-a-cross-sectional-urine-toxicology-screening-study
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Kanna Hayashi, M-J Milloy, Mark Lysyshyn, Kora DeBeck, Ekaterina Nosova, Evan Wood, Thomas Kerr
INTRODUCTION: Vancouver, Canada is experiencing an opioid overdose crisis where fentanyl, a potent, synthetic opioid contaminating the illicit drug supply, has been detected in the majority of fatal overdose cases. Despite its growing presence throughout North America, few studies have characterized exposure to fentanyl among people who use illicit drugs (PWUD). We sought to identify the prevalence and correlates of fentanyl exposure among PWUD in Vancouver. METHODS: Data were derived from cohort studies of PWUD in Vancouver...
December 5, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220347/assessing-the-benefits-of-five-years-of-different-approaches-to-treatment-of-urogenital-schistosomiasis-a-score-project-in-northern-mozambique
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Anna E Phillips, Pedro H Gazzinelli-Guimaraes, Herminio O Aurelio, Josefo Ferro, Rassul Nala, Michelle Clements, Charles H King, Alan Fenwick, Fiona M Fleming, Neerav Dhanani
BACKGROUND: In Mozambique, schistosomiasis is highly endemic across the whole country. The Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation (SCORE) coordinates a five-year study that has been implemented in various African countries, including Mozambique. The overall goal of SCORE was to better understand how to best apply preventive chemotherapy with praziquantel (PZQ) for schistosomiasis control by evaluating the impact of alternative treatment approaches. METHODS: This was a cluster-randomised trial that compared the impact of different treatment strategies in study areas with prevalence among school children of ≥21% S...
December 8, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216523/use-of-synthetic-stimulants-and-hallucinogens-in-a-cohort-of-electronic-dance-music-festival-attendees
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Amanda L A Mohr, Melissa Friscia, Jillian K Yeakel, Barry K Logan
Novel psychoactive substances (NPS), often characterized as unregulated psychoactive compounds designed to circumvent existing legislation, have become mainstream on the illicit drug market. Because of their physical and mind-altering properties, NPS may be deliberately or inadvertently ingested at electronic dance music (EDM) festivals to enhance the attendees' appreciation of the music and overall experience. Their widespread use at EDM festivals have been well documented and several adverse events and fatalities associated with NPS ingestion have been reported in the United States...
November 21, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212999/-a-case-of-hyperammonemia-resulting-from-urinary-tract-infection-caused-by-urease-producing-bacteria-in-a-parkinson-s-disease-patient-with-drug-induced-urinary-retention
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Masahiro Yasunishi, Akihiro Koumura, Yuichi Hayashi, Shohei Nishida, Takashi Inuzuka
A 71-year-old woman with a 9-year history of Parkinson's disease was admitted to our hospital emergently because of consciousness disturbance. Her consciousness level was 200 on the Japan coma scale (JCS), and she presented with tenderness and distension of the lower abdomen. Brain computed tomography showed normal findings. Blood tests showed an increased ammonia level (209 μg/dl) with normal AST and ALT levels. We catheterized the bladder for urinary retention. Five hours after admission, the blood ammonia level decreased to 38 μg/dl, and her consciousness level improved dramatically...
2017: Nihon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206984/rational-urine-drug-monitoring-in-patients-receiving-opioids-for-chronic-pain-consensus-recommendations
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Charles E Argoff, Daniel P Alford, Jeffrey Fudin, Jeremy A Adler, Matthew J Bair, Richard C Dart, Roy Gandolfi, Bill H McCarberg, Steven P Stanos, Jeffrey A Gudin, Rosemary C Polomano, Lynn R Webster
Objective: To develop consensus recommendations on urine drug monitoring (UDM) in patients with chronic pain who are prescribed opioids. Methods: An interdisciplinary group of clinicians with expertise in pain, substance use disorders, and primary care conducted virtual meetings to review relevant literature and existing guidelines and share their clinical experience in UDM before reaching consensus recommendations. Results: Definitive (e...
December 1, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204224/bacteriology-and-antibiogram-of-urinary-tract-infection-among-female-patients-in-a-tertiary-health-facility-in-south-eastern-nigeria
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Angus N Oli, Vivian B Akabueze, Chijioke E Ezeudu, George U Eleje, Obiora S Ejiofor, Ifeanyichukwu U Ezebialu, Charlotte B Oguejiofor, Ifeoma M Ekejindu, George O Emechebe, Kenneth N Okeke
Background: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is a common contagion among men and women with the incidence relatively higher among women due to their differing anatomy. An understanding of the kind of pathogens implicated in urinary tract infections as well as antibiotic susceptibility profiling may help the clinician make rationally correct empirical choice in their treatment. Objective: This study is aimed at determining the type and antibiotic susceptibility pattern of bacterial uropathogens isolated from female patients attending Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka, Nigeria...
2017: Open Microbiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202304/development-and-validation-of-an-uhplc-ms-ms-method-for-%C3%AE-2-agonists-quantification-in-human-urine-and-application-to-clinical-samples
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Cristina Bozzolino, Marta Leporati, Federica Gani, Cinzia Ferrero, Marco Vincenti
A fast analytical method for the simultaneous detection of 24 β2-agonists in human urine was developed and validated. The method covers the therapeutic drugs most commonly administered, but also potentially abused β2-agonists. The procedure is based on enzymatic deconjugation with β-glucuronidase followed by SPE clean up using mixed-phase cartridges with both ion-exchange and lipophilic properties. Instrumental analysis conducted by UHPLC-MS/MS allowed high peak resolution and rapid chromatographic separation, with reduced time and costs...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199397/opioid-tolerance-and-urine-drug-testing-among-initiates-of-extended-release-or-long-acting-opioids-in-food-and-drug-administration-s-sentinel-system
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Marc R Larochelle, Noelle M Cocoros, Jennifer Popovic, Elizabeth C Dee, Cynthia Kornegay, Jing Ju, Judith A Racoosin
OBJECTIVE: A risk evaluation and mitigation strategy for extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012. Our objective was to assess frequency of opioid tolerance and urine drug testing for individuals initiating ER/LA opioid analgesics. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Sentinel, a distributed database with electronic healthcare data on >190 million predominantly commercially insured members...
September 2017: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194289/lack-of-detection-of-new-amphetamine-like-drugs-using-conventional-urinary-immunoassays
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A Begeman, E J F Franssen
BACKGROUND: The number of reports of serious adverse effects and intoxication after the use of the new drug 4-fluoroamphetamine (4-FA) increases. At the Emergency Department of the OLVG-Oost Hospital in Amsterdam an on-site drug test, the Triage® TOX Drug Screen, is available to assist in a rapid diagnosis. In less urgent cases, an EMIT® II Plus immunoassay is used to determine semi-quantitatively the presence of drugs of abuse. The antibodies in these immunoassays are designed to detect classic drugs of abuse and its urinary metabolites...
November 29, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190268/synthetic-cannabinoid-and-mitragynine-exposure-of-law-enforcement-agents-during-the-raid-of-an-illegal-laboratory-nevada-2014
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Loren Tapp, Jessica G Ramsey, Anita Wen, Roy Gerona
Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs), commonly known by the street name "Spice," are designer drugs of abuse that mimic the psychoactive effects of marijuana. Intentional SC use has resulted in multiple toxicities (1,2), but little is known about occupational SC exposure. After a federal agency's law enforcement personnel in Nevada reported irritability and feeling "high" after raiding illegal SC laboratories and processing seized SCs, a request for a health hazard evaluation was made by the agency to CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 2014 to evaluate agents' occupational SC exposures...
December 1, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189366/role-of-urine-drug-testing-in-the-current-opioid-epidemic
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REVIEW
Gagan Mahajan
While the evidence for urine drug testing for patients on chronic opioid therapy is weak, the guidelines created by numerous medical societies and state and federal regulatory agencies recommend that it be included as one of the tools used to monitor patients for compliance with chronic opioid therapy. To get the most comprehensive results, clinicians should order both an immunoassay screen and confirmatory urine drug test. The immunoassay screen, which can be performed as an in-office point-of-care test or as a laboratory-based test, is a cheap and convenient study to order...
December 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187146/determination-of-antimicrobial-susceptibility-patterns-in-staphylococcus-aureus-strains-recovered-from-patients-at-two-main-health-facilities-in-kabul-afghanistan
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Haji Mohammad Naimi, Hamidullah Rasekh, Ahmad Zia Noori, Mohammad Aman Bahaduri
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a major pathogen implicated in skin and soft tissue infections, abscess in deep organs, toxin mediated diseases, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, post-surgical wound infections, meningitis and many other diseases. Irresponsible and over use of antibiotics has led to an increased presence of multidrug resistant organisms and especially methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as a major public health concern in Afghanistan...
November 29, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184671/urine-test-for-egfr-analysis-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Aleksandra Franovic, Victoria M Raymond, Mark G Erlander, Karen L Reckamp
Precision medicine approaches in oncology are reliant on the accurate genomic characterization of tumors. While tissue remains the mainstay specimen for molecular testing, tumor biopsies are riddled with challenges and limitations due to their invasive and site-specific nature. Tumor inaccessibility and intratumoral heterogeneity, in particular, represent significant obstacles to the identification of actionable genetic alterations and hence effective mono- and combination therapy strategies. Proof-of-concept studies indicate that circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) released from multiple tumor regions and anatomical locations is more reflective of intra- and intertumoral heterogeneity...
October 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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