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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453809/in-patients-undergoing-lung-resection-is-it-safe-to-administer-amiodarone-either-as-prophylaxis-or-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Styliani Maria Kolokotroni, Levon Toufektzian, Leanne Harling, Andrea Billè
A best evidence topic in thoracic surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was whether the administration of amiodarone is safe in patients undergoing lung resection either for prophylaxis or treatment of de novo postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF). A total of 30 papers were identified, of which 13 represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The authors, journal, date, study type, country of publication, patient demographics, relevant outcomes and results were tabulated...
May 1, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449566/dose-trends-of-aripiprazole-from-2004-to-2014-in-psychiatric-inpatients-in-korea
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Young Sup Woo, In Hee Shim, Sang-Yeol Lee, Dae-Bo Lee, Moon-Doo Kim, Young-Eun Jung, Jonghun Lee, Seunghee Won, Duk-In Jon, Won-Myong Bahk
Objective: Although aripiprazole has been widely used to treat various psychiatric disorders, little is known about the adequate dosage for Asian patients in clinical practice. Hence, we evaluated the initial and maximum doses of aripiprazole from 2004 to 2014 to estimate the appropriate dosage for Korean psychiatric inpatients in clinical practice. Methods: In this retrospective study, we reviewed the medical records of patients who were hospitalized in five university hospitals in Korea from March 2004 to December 2014...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449379/naloxone-rescheduling-in-australia-processes-implementation-and-challenges-with-supply-of-naloxone-as-a-pharmacist-only-over-the-counter-medicine
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Angelo Pricolo, Suzanne Nielsen
ISSUES: Numerous studies and systematic reviews have concluded that naloxone for take-home use is an effective intervention to reduce overdose morbidity and mortality, with few side effects and no abuse potential. One barrier to supply is that naloxone has traditionally been a prescription medication. In May 2015, the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia announced the intention to down-schedule naloxone when used for the treatment of opioid overdose, enabling sale in pharmacies without a prescription...
April 27, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449281/effect-of-0-5%C3%A2-mg-vs-1%C3%A2-mg-varenicline-for-smoking-cessation-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Natalia Fouz-Rosón, Teodoro Montemayor-Rubio, Virginia Almadana-Pacheco, Soledad Montserrat-García, Ana Paulina Gómez-Bastero, Concepción Romero-Muñoz, Juan Polo-Padillo
AIMS: Varenicline is used in smoking cessation. The aims of the trial were to test for differences between standard 1 mg and 0.5 mg dose (both twice daily during 8 weeks) in 1) abstinence 2) adherence 3) side effects. DESIGN: Open-label randomized parallel-group controlled trial with 1-year follow-up. All those randomized were included in the final sample using an intention-to-treat (ITT) approach. SETTING: Stop-Smoking Clinic of the Virgen Macarena University Hospital in Seville, Spain...
April 27, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448950/promoting-innovation-in-small-markets-evidence-from-the-market-for-rare-and-intractable-diseases
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Toshiaki Iizuka, Gyo Uchida
In many medical care markets with limited profit potential, firms often have little incentive to innovate. These include the market for rare diseases, "neglected" tropical diseases, and personalized medicine. Governments and not-for-profit organizations promote innovation in such markets but empirical evidence on the policy effect is limited. We study this issue by analyzing the impact of a demand-side policy in Japan, which reduces the cost sharing of patients with some rare and intractable diseases and attempts to establish and promote the treatment of those diseases...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448945/teaching-the-basics-of-cancer-metabolism-developing-antitumor-strategies-by-exploiting-the-differences-between-normal-and-cancer-cell-metabolism
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REVIEW
Balaraman Kalyanaraman
This review of the basics of cancer metabolism focuses on exploiting the metabolic differences between normal and cancer cells. The first part of the review covers the different metabolic pathways utilized in normal cells to generate cellular energy, or ATP, and the glycolytic intermediates required to build the cellular machinery. The second part of the review discusses aerobic glycolysis, or the Warburg effect, and the metabolic reprogramming involving glycolysis, tricarboxylic acid cycle, and glutaminolysis in the context of developing targeted inhibitors in cancer cells...
April 13, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448754/clinical-evaluation-of-cost-efficacy-of-drugs-for-treatment-of-osteoporosis-a-meta-analysis
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Stewart G Albert, Supraja Reddy
OBJECTIVE: To assess the cost efficacy of available regimens for therapy of osteoporosis as defined as the cost time's number need to treat to prevent one fracture. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Existing meta-analyses were supplemented through electronic databases SCOPUS and PubMED between 2013 (a date overlapping the latest meta-analyses) and March 2016. Primary references included all randomized controlled trials of anti-osteoporotic drugs versus comparators using search terms "osteoporosis", "random" and "trial"...
April 27, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447484/assessment-of-pain-during-medical-abortion-with-home-use-of-misoprostol
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Sandra Cavet, Christian Fiala, Agathe Scemama, Henri Partouche
OBJECTIVES: Although medical abortion with home use of misoprostol has been shown to be safe and acceptable, there are few data about the experience of pain during the procedure. The aims of this study were to assess the intensity of pain associated with home use of misoprostol for medical abortion and to identify variables associated with severe pain. METHODS: This was an observational study using an anonymous web-based questionnaire in patients having a medical abortion at home in France between 1 December 2013 and 30 April 2014...
April 27, 2017: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447217/swallowing-disorders-in-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
Deepika P Kulkarni, Vandan D Kamath, Jonathan T Stewart
Disorders of swallowing are poorly characterized but quite common in schizophrenia. They are a source of considerable morbidity and mortality in this population, generally as a result of either acute asphyxia from airway obstruction or more insidious aspiration and pneumonia. The death rate from acute asphyxia may be as high as one hundred times that of the general population. Most swallowing disorders in schizophrenia seem to fall into one of two categories, changes in eating and swallowing due to the illness itself and changes related to psychotropic medications...
April 26, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446829/experimental-evaluation-of-hi%C3%A1-gv%C3%A4-di-gh%C3%A1-ta-in-behavioral-despair-using-animal-models
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Poonam Ashish Gupte, Jayshree Dawane, Asmita Ashish Wele
CONTEXT: Depression, a sustained mood disorder caused by selective diminution of specialized cells in brain is increasing at an alarming rate. It will be the second largest morbid illness by next decade and is the leading cause of suicidal deaths. The available antidepressant medications benefit only a third of its recipients and have many side effects. Hence, it is imperative to search in Ayurveda for leads. AIM: To evaluate Anti- depressant activity of Hiṅgvādi Ghṛta in vivo ...
October 2016: Ancient Science of Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446297/-prophylaxis-of-bortezomib-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-in-patients-with-multiple-myeloma-by-high-dose-intravenous-mecobalamin
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Li-Li Zhang, Yi-Hao Wang, Zong-Hong Shao, Jun Ma
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of high-dose intravenous mecobalamin (HDIME) for the treatment of bortezomib-induced peripheral neuropathy(BIPN) in the patients with multiple myeloma (MM). METHODS: A total of 65 newly diagonsed patients with multiple myeloma receiving bortezomib in Tianjin Medical University General Hospital were enrolled in this single-centre randomized clinical trial from July 2012 to May 2016. Out of 65 patients 38 in control group received bortezomib-based chemotherapy and 27 patients in HDIME group received the additional high-dose intravenous mecobalamin...
April 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446244/ketogenic-diet-in-the-treatment-of-epilepsy-in-children-under-the-age-of-2-years-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Siobhan Titre-Johnson, Natasha Schoeler, Christin Eltze, Ruth Williams, Katharina Vezyroglou, Helen McCullagh, Nick Freemantle, Simon Heales, Rachel Kneen, Louise Marston, Tim Martland, Irwin Nazareth, Elizabeth Neal, Andrew Lux, Alasdair Parker, Shakti Agrawal, Penny Fallon, J Helen Cross
BACKGROUND: The incidence of epilepsy is greatest in the first 2 years of life, an age group where there is generally a poor prognosis for both seizure control and neurodevelopmental outcome. Early control of seizures can be associated with better developmental outcome but many of the epilepsies presenting in infancy are poorly responsive to antiepileptic medication. The ketogenic diet (KD) is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet designed to mimic the effects of starvation on the body. Dietary fat is converted into ketones in the body and used as an energy source by the brain...
April 26, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446176/health-care-providers-perspectives-regarding-the-use-of-chlorhexidine-gel-for-cord-care-in-neonates-in-rural-kenya-implications-for-scale-up
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Angela Muriuki, Francis Obare, Bill Ayieko, Dennis Matanda, Kenneth Sisimwo, Brian Mdawida
BACKGROUND: This paper explores the perspectives of health care providers regarding the use of 7.1% Chlorhexidine Digluconate (CHX) gel that releases 4% chlorhexidine for newborn umbilical cord care under a managed access program (MAP) implemented in Bungoma County of Kenya. Understanding the perspectives of providers regarding CHX is important since they play a key role in the health system and the fact that their views could be influenced by prior beliefs and inconsistent practices regarding umbilical cord care...
April 26, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445783/jump-starting-shared-medical-appointments-for-diabetes-with-weight-management-rationale-and-design-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Matthew J Crowley, David Edelman, Corrine I Voils, Matthew L Maciejewski, Cynthia J Coffman, Amy S Jeffreys, Marsha J Turner, Leslie A Gaillard, Teresa A Hinton, Elizabeth Strawbridge, Jennifer Zervakis, Anna Beth Barton, William S Yancy
BACKGROUND: Rates of glycemic control remain suboptimal nationwide. Medication intensification for diabetes can have undesirable side effects (weight gain, hypoglycemia), which offset the benefits of glycemic control. A Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) intervention for diabetes that emphasizes weight management could improve glycemic outcomes and reduce weight while simultaneously lowering diabetes medication needs, resulting in less hypoglycemia and better quality of life. We describe the rationale and design for a study evaluating a novel SMA intervention for diabetes that primarily emphasizes low-carbohydrate diet-focused weight management...
April 23, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444118/development-and-evaluation-of-the-medication-based-index-of-physical-function-medip
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Courtney D Hall, Samuel C Karpen, Brian Odle, Peter C Panus, Zachary F Walls
Background: the development of an objective and comprehensive drug-based index of physical function for older adults has the potential to more accurately predict fall risk. Design: the index was developed using 862 adults (ages 57-85) from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP) Wave 1 study. The index was evaluated in 70 adults (ages 51-88) from a rehabilitation study of dizziness and balance. Methods: the prevalence among 601 drugs for 1,694 side effects was used with fall history to determine the magnitude of each side effect's contribution towards physical function...
April 24, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443941/knowledge-attitudes-and-perceptions-regarding-lymphatic-filariasis-study-on-systematic-noncompliance-with-mass-drug-administration
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Silvia Cabral, Cristine Bonfim, Rosalira Oliveira, Paula Oliveira, Terezinha Guimarães, Eduardo Brandão, Ana Maria Aguiar-Santos, Zulma Medeiros
The aim of this study was to investigate the epidemiological characteristics, antigenic profile, perceptions, attitudes and practices of individuals who have been systematically non-compliant in mass drug administration (MDA) campaigns targeting lymphatic filariasis, in the municipality of Olinda, State of Pernambuco, Northeastern Brazil. A pretested questionnaire was used to obtain information on socioenvironmental demographics, perceptions of lymphatic filariasis and MDA, and reasons for systematic noncompliance with treatment...
April 20, 2017: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443503/kratom-and-future-treatment-for-the-opiods-addiction-and-chroic-pain-periculo-beneficium
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Ismaliza Ismail, Suzaily Wahab, Hatta Sidi, Srijit Das, Loo Jiann Lin, Rosdinom Razali
Kratom (Mitragynaspeciosa), a natural existing plant found in South-East Asia, is tradi-tionally used as an herb to help to elevate a person's energy and also to treat numerous medical ailments. Other than the analgesic property, kratom has been used as an agent to overcome opioid withdrawal as it contains natural alkaloids, i.e. mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine, and MGM-9, which has agonist affinity on the opioid receptors, including mu (μ) and kappa (κ). The role of neural reward pathway linked to μ-opioid receptors and both dopaminergic and GABA-ergic interneurons that express μ-opioid receptors were deliberated...
April 25, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443376/remote-ischemic-conditioning-and-renal-protection
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Georgios Giannopoulos, Dimitrios A Vrachatis, Vasiliki Panagopoulou, Manolis Vavuranakis, Michael W Cleman, Spyridon Deftereos
Over the course of the last 2 decades, the concept of remote ischemic conditioning (RIC) has attracted considerable research interest, because RIC, in most of its embodiments offers an inexpensive way of protecting tissues against ischemic damage inflicted by a number of medical conditions or procedures. Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common side effect in the context of various medical procedures, and RIC has been suggested as a means of reducing its incidence. Outcomes regarding kidney function have been reported in numerous studies that evaluated the effects of RIC in a variety of settings (eg, cardiac surgery, interventions requiring intravenous administration of contrast media)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443351/current-and-future-chemical-therapies-for-treating-anaemia-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#19
Francesco Locatelli, Lucia Del Vecchio, Maria Carmen Luise
Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) are not perfect, since they have potential side effects. Iron therapy is also receiving growing attention in recent years. Areas covered: We performed a literature search on PubMed using the following key words: anaemia, chronic kidney disease, HIF stabilisers, sotatercept, actin traps, iron, iron-containing phosphate binders, iron dialysate. We reviewed new drugs that are under clinical development to obtain better safety and activity and/or easier and cheaper manufacturing processes in comparison to available ESAs...
April 26, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442953/role-of-flupirtine-in-reducing-preoperative-anxiety-of-patients-undergoing-craniotomy-procedure
#20
Ghanshyam Yadav, Gaurav Jain, Malkhan Singh
BACKGROUND: Kv7 neuronal channels are recognized as a potential drug target for anxiolytic effects. We hypothesize that flupirtine as a potassium channel opener would effectively reduce the preoperative anxiety of patients undergoing craniotomy procedure. METHODS: In prospective-double-blinded fashion, 124 counseled patients were randomized to receive 5 sequential doses of capsule flupirtine 100 mg (F Group) or physically similar starch capsules (C Group), at 12 h intervals during preoperative hospitalization...
April 2017: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
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