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Titus Josef Brinker, Bianca Lisa Faria, Martina Gatzka, Olber Moreira de Faria, Markus V Heppt, Michael C Kirchberger, Dirk Schadendorf, Yasuhiro Nakamura, Fabian Buslaff, Oscar Campos Lisboa, Ana Carla Cruz Oliveira, Henrique Augusto Lino, Breno Bernardes-Souza
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of melanoma is increasing faster than any other major cancer both in Brazil and worldwide. The Southeast of Brazil has especially high incidences of melanoma, and early detection is low. Exposure to UV radiation represents a primary risk factor for developing melanoma. Increasing attractiveness is a major motivation for adolescents for tanning. A medical student-delivered intervention that harnesses the broad availability of mobile phones as well as adolescents' interest in their appearance may represent a novel method to improve skin cancer prevention...
March 6, 2018: BMJ Open
Sanne Broeder, Elke Heremans, Marcelo Pinto Pereira, Evelien Nackaerts, Raf Meesen, Geert Verheyden, Alice Nieuwboer
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the primary motor cortex (M1) can boost motor performance in Parkinson's disease (PD) when it is applied at rest. However, the potential supplementary therapeutic effect of the concurrent application of tDCS during the training of motor tasks is largely unknown. The present study examined the effects of tDCS on upper limb motor blocks during a freezing-provoking writing task (the funnel task) requiring up- and down-stroke movements at alternating amplitudes...
February 28, 2018: Human Movement Science
Michele Maio, Karl Lewis, Lev Demidov, Mario Mandalà, Igor Bondarenko, Paolo A Ascierto, Christopher Herbert, Andrzej Mackiewicz, Piotr Rutkowski, Alexander Guminski, Grant R Goodman, Brian Simmons, Chenglin Ye, Yibing Yan, Dirk Schadendorf
BACKGROUND: Systemic adjuvant treatment might mitigate the high risk of disease recurrence in patients with resected stage IIC-III melanoma. The BRIM8 study evaluated adjuvant vemurafenib monotherapy in patients with resected, BRAFV600 mutation-positive melanoma. METHODS: BRIM8 was a phase 3, international, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled study that enrolled 498 adults (aged ≥18 years) with histologically confirmed stage IIC-IIIA-IIIB (cohort 1) or stage IIIC (cohort 2) BRAFV600 mutation-positive melanoma that was fully resected...
February 21, 2018: Lancet Oncology
Alan Winston, Frank A Post, Edwin DeJesus, Daniel Podzamczer, Giovanni Di Perri, Vicente Estrada, François Raffi, Peter Ruane, Paula Peyrani, Gordon Crofoot, Patrick W G Mallon, Francesco Castelli, Mingjin Yan, Stephanie Cox, Moupali Das, Andrew Cheng, Martin S Rhee
BACKGROUND: Abacavir and tenofovir alafenamide offer reduced bone toxicity compared with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. We aimed to compare safety and efficacy of tenofovir alafenamide plus emtricitabine with that of abacavir plus lamivudine. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, active-controlled, non-inferiority phase 3 trial, HIV-1-positive adults (≥18 years) were screened at 79 sites in 11 countries in North America and Europe. Eligible participants were virologically suppressed (HIV-1 RNA <50 copies per mL) and on a stable three-drug regimen containing abacavir plus lamivudine...
February 20, 2018: Lancet HIV
Vikas Menon, Pravallika Madhavapuri
Mirtazapine is a novel tetracyclic antidepressant which enhances noradrenergic and serotonergic transmission by blocking central α2-adrenergic auto- and hetero-receptors. Due to favorable safety and adverse effect profile, it is often viewed as a promising agent for treatment of depression. Particularly, its anxiolytic and sleep-improving properties have led to its favorable positioning for the management of depression with insomnia. Our objective is to describe a case of depression with treatment-emergent nightmares induced by mirtazapine...
October 2017: Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics
Clive Ballard, Carol Banister, Zunera Khan, Jeffrey Cummings, George Demos, Bruce Coate, James M Youakim, Randall Owen, Srdjan Stankovic
BACKGROUND: Pimavanserin is a selective 5-HT2A receptor inverse agonist and antagonist approved in the USA for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson's disease psychosis. No safe or effective pharmacological treatment is approved for psychosis in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of pimavanserin versus placebo in patients with Alzheimer's disease psychosis. METHODS: We did a phase 2, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single-centre (with multiple affiliated nursing home sites across the UK) study...
March 2018: Lancet Neurology
Qiao-Ning Yang, Rui-Na Bai, Guo-Ju Dong, Chang-Jiang Ge, Jing-Min Zhou, Li Huang, Yan He, Jun Wang, Ai-Hua Ren, Zhan-Quan Huang, Guang-Li Zhu, Shu Lu, Shang-Quan Xiong, Shao-Xiang Xian, Zhi-Jun Zhu, Da-Zhuo Shi, Shu-Zheng Lu, Li-Zhi Li, Ke-Ji Chen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect and safety of Kuanxiong Aerosol (, KA) on patients with angina pectoris. METHODS: Block randomization was performed to randomly allocate 750 patients into KA (376 cases) and control groups (374 cases). During an angina attack, the KA group received 3 consecutive sublingual sprays of KA (0.6 mL per spray). The control group received 1 sublingual nitroglycerin tablet (NT, 0.5 mg/tablet). Log-rank tests and Kaplan-Meier estimations were used to estimate the angina remission rates at 6 time-points after treatment (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and >5 min)...
February 13, 2018: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Roxanne Hastie, Elgene Lim, Pavel Sluka, Lisa Campbell, Andrew W Horne, Lenore Ellett, Natalie J Hannan, Fiona Brownfoot, Tu'uhevaha J Kaitu'u-Lino, Stephen Tong
Ectopic pregnancies complicate 1-2 pregnancies and are a leading cause of maternal death. An effective oral drug therapy that replaces surgery might make its treatment safer, cheaper, simpler and therefore more widely accessible. The only current medical treatment offered to women is intramuscular methotrexate, but this only reliably resolves smaller ectopic pregnancies. As such, many ectopic pregnancies require surgical excision. We show that vinorelbine, an orally available chemotherapeutic agent, potently induced placental cell death but did not harm fertility in mice...
February 2, 2018: EBioMedicine
Carsten Bantel, Shiva S Tripathi, David Molony, Tony Heffernan, Susmita Oomman, Vivek Mehta, Sara Dickerson
Background: Opioids are an effective treatment for moderate-to-severe pain. However, they are associated with a number of gastrointestinal side effects, most commonly constipation. Laxatives do not target the underlying mechanism of opioid-induced constipation (OIC), so many patients do not have their symptoms resolved. Fixed-dose prolonged-release (PR) oxycodone/naloxone (OXN) tablets contain the opioid agonist oxycodone and the opioid antagonist naloxone. Nal-oxone blocks the action of oxycodone in the gut without compromising its analgesic effects...
2018: Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology
George J Kahaly, Michaela Riedl, Jochem König, Susanne Pitz, Katharina Ponto, Tanja Diana, Elena Kampmann, Elisa Kolbe, Anja Eckstein, Lars C Moeller, Dagmar Führer, Mario Salvi, Nicola Curro, Irene Campi, Danila Covelli, Marenza Leo, Michele Marinò, Francesca Menconi, Claudio Marcocci, Luigi Bartalena, Petros Perros, Wilmar M Wiersinga
BACKGROUND: European guidelines recommend intravenous methylprednisolone as first-line treatment for active and severe Graves' orbitopathy; however, it is common for patients to have no response or have relapse after discontinuation of treatment. We aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of add-on mycophenolate to methylprednisolone in comparison with methylprednisolone alone in patients with moderate-to-severe Graves' orbitopathy. METHODS: MINGO was an observer-masked, multicentre, block-randomised, centre-stratified trial done in two centres in Germany and two in Italy...
January 30, 2018: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Maqsood Ahmed Khan, Kevin B Patel, Mohammed Nooruddin, Garth Swanson, Louis Fogg, Ali Keshavarzian, Michael Brown
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Polyethylene glycol (PEG)-3350, approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only for constipation, combined with 1.9 L of sports drink (SD) (GatoradeR) and bisacodyl (B) is commonly used in outpatient practice for bowel preparation due to cited patient satisfaction and tolerability of this specific regimen. We aim to compare PEG-3350 (MiralaxR) with PEG-AA-based (MoviPrepR) in terms of efficacy, patient satisfaction, and the effects of these two regimen on serum electrolytes...
January 2018: Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Journal of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology
Baomin Zheng, Xiaodong Zhu, Mengzhong Liu, Zhenzhou Yang, Ling Yang, Jinyi Lang, Mei Shi, Gang Wu, Xia He, Xiaozhong Chen, Xuping Xi, Dan Zhao, Guangying Zhu
PURPOSE: Oral mucositis is a common unpreventable complication associated with chemoradiation therapy. Shuanghua Baihe tablets have been approved by the Chinese Food and Drug Administration for treating recurrent oral mucosa ulceration. This study assessed whether Shuanghua Baihe tablets could prevent oral mucositis during chemoradiation therapy for locally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma. METHODS AND MATERIALS: This multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted at 11 hospitals in China between January 22, 2014, and September 21, 2015...
February 1, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Faustino Torrico, Joaquim Gascon, Lourdes Ortiz, Cristina Alonso-Vega, María-Jesús Pinazo, Alejandro Schijman, Igor C Almeida, Fabiana Alves, Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft, Isabela Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease is a major neglected vector-borne disease. In this study, we investigated the safety and efficacy of three oral E1224 (a water-soluble ravuconazole prodrug) regimens and benznidazole versus placebo in adult chronic indeterminate Chagas disease. METHOD: In this proof-of-concept, double-blind, randomised phase 2 clinical trial, we recruited adults (18-50 years) with confirmed diagnosis of Trypanosoma cruzi infection from two outpatient units in Bolivia...
January 15, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Kim N Chi, Andrew Protheroe, Alfredo Rodríguez-Antolín, Gaetano Facchini, Henrik Suttman, Nobuaki Matsubara, Zhangqun Ye, Bhumsuk Keam, Ronaldo Damião, Tracy Li, Kelly McQuarrie, Bin Jia, Peter De Porre, Jason Martin, Mary B Todd, Karim Fizazi
BACKGROUND: In the LATITUDE trial, addition of abiraterone acetate plus prednisone to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) improved overall survival compared with placebos plus ADT in patients with newly diagnosed, high-risk, metastatic castration-naive prostate cancer. Understanding the effects of treatments on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is important for treatment decisions; therefore we aimed to analyse the effects of ADT plus abiraterone acetate and prednisone versus ADT plus placebos on PROs and HRQOL in patients in the LATITUDE study...
February 2018: Lancet Oncology
Csaba Varga, Tamás Malina, Viktória Alföldi, Gergely Bilics, Ferenc Nagy, Tibor Oláh
We report a severe envenoming associated with minimal local symptoms following a Balkan adder (Vipera berus bosniensis) bite in South-Western Hungary. A 63-year-old male with a history of hypertension and sinus bradycardia (45/min) was bitten by a sub-adult specimen of V. b. bosniensis in Somogy County on 04 May 2017. The patient was transported to and treated at the Emergency Department of Somogy County "Moritz Kaposi" General Hospital, Kaposvár. Locally only pain and minimal swelling with a small haematoma developed on the bitten finger...
January 2, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Christos V Rizos, Theodosios D Filippatos, Moses S Elisaf
Type 2 diabetes mellitus has become a growing epidemic and therefore efficient treatment strategies that target its management are needed. The treatment of diabetic patients often requires the combination of antidiabetic drug classes. Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) block glucose reabsorption in the proximal renal tubules. Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP-4i) improve glucose metabolism by blocking the enzyme that degrades incretins leading to increased insulin secretion. Areas covered: The aim of the review is to present the available data on pharmacokinetic properties/pharmacodynamics, metabolic and cardiovascular effects of empagliflozin plus linagliptin combination...
December 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Junshu Zhao, David Yin, Jasmine Rowe, Sherif Badawy, Faranak Nikfar, Preetanshu Pandey
Despite the increasing importance of mini-tablet for its advantages as pediatric formulations and in modified-release applications, its popularity is limited due to the lack of formulation and processing knowledge in developing such dosage forms. In this study, common grades of microcrystalline cellulose and roller compacted granules with a range of powder properties were used to evaluate the critical material properties required for the successful manufacturing of 1.7-mm mini-tablets. It was found that blends with small particle size had poor flow properties that did not support consistent die filling and also tended to cause tooling jam and damage...
April 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sheetal Dalal, Vikas Chaudhari
An 11-year-old male child with fractures in both bones in his left forearm presented for open reduction and internal fixation. The pre-anesthetic check-up and investigations did not reveal any pre-existing underlying cardio-respiratory disease. The patient had an uneventful peri-operative period during the operation and was comfortable without any anxiety or restlessness. After an uneventful induction and intubation as per routine protocol, the patient received 600 mg of amoxicillin+clavunate intravenously as an antibiotic...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
Bo Yuan, Zhu Liang, Jinhai Wang, Yan Pu, Xinghua Zhang, Xiaozheng Du
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy differences between heat-reinforcing needling and conventional treatment of western medicine on Kashin-Beck disease (KBD) with cold-dampness blocking collaterals syndrome. METHODS: Sixty KBD patients of cold-dampness blocking collaterals syndrome were randomly assigned into a heat-reinforcing needling group and a western medication group, 30 cases in each one. In the heat-reinforcing needling group, the heat-reinforcing needling was applied at local painful sites, combined with the acupoints based on the syndrome differentiation and the distal acupoints on the affected meridians...
February 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Bianca Lisa Faria, Christian M Brieske, Ioana Cosgarea, Albert J Omlor, Fabian N Fries, Christian Olber Moreira de Faria, Henrique Augusto Lino, Ana Carla Cruz Oliveira, Oscar Campos Lisboa, Joachim Klode, Dirk Schadendorf, Breno Bernardes-Souza, Titus J Brinker
INTRODUCTION: Most smokers start smoking during their early adolescence, often with the idea that smoking is glamorous; the dramatic health consequences are too far in the future to fathom. We recently designed and tested an intervention that takes advantage of the broad availability of mobile phones as well as adolescents' interest in their appearance. A free photoageing mobile app (Smokerface) was implemented by medical students in secondary schools via a novel method called mirroring...
December 10, 2017: BMJ Open
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