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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927084/thalidomide-and-lenalidomide-for-recurrent-ovarian-cancer-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Clemens B Tempfer, Beate Schultheis, Ziad Hilal, Askin Dogan, Günther A Rezniczek
The present review aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of thalidomide and lenalidomide, two immunomodulatory drugs with anti-angiogenic properties, in women with recurrent ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancer. A systematic review of the literature was conducted whereby Medline and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched using terms associated with thalidomide, lenalidomide, and recurrent ovarian, fallopian tube and primary peritoneal cancer. Published English language case reports, trials and studies that described the safety and efficacy of thalidomide or lenalidomide alone, or in combination with other drugs were reviewed...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926423/a-noninterventional-multicenter-prospective-phase-iv-study-of-trabectedin-in-patients-with-advanced-soft-tissue-sarcoma
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Angela Buonadonna, Charlotte Benson, Jose Casanova, Bernd Kasper, Antonio López Pousa, Filomena Mazzeo, Thomas Brodowicz, Nicolas Penel
This prospective, noninterventional study is the first phase IV trial designed to evaluate trabectedin in patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma in real-life clinical practice across Europe. To be included in the study, patients must have received more than or equal to one cycle of trabectedin and be currently on treatment. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival as defined by investigators. The secondary endpoints included objective response rate, disease control rate, time to progression and the growth modulation index (GMI), overall survival, and an assessment of the cancer-related symptoms and safety...
September 18, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926203/qualitative-and-quantitative-analysis-of-chemical-constituents-in-ardisiae-japonicae-herba
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Ke-Yun Yu, Wen Gao, Shang-Zhen Li, Wei Wu, Pei Li, Li-Li Dou, Yuan-Zhong Wang, E-Hu Liu
Ardisiae Japonicae Herba is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of bronchitis conjunctivitis, pneumonia and trauma. In this work, a high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry method was firstly established for the separation and structural identification of the chemical constituents in Ardisiae Japonicae Herba. A total of 15 compounds including coumarins, flavonoid glycosides, and catechins were identified or tentatively characterized based on their chromatographic behaviors and mass spectral fragmentation and by comparisons with the reference standards...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925663/top-poems-of-2016-consistent-with-the-principles-of-the-choosing-wisely-campaign
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Roland Grad, Mark H Ebell
A challenge in the Choosing Wisely campaign is to identify low-value clinical actions supported by high-quality evidence. We applied a method based on crowdsourcing the Daily POEM (patient-oriented evidence that matters) to identify low-value clinical actions from research studies consistent with the principles of Choosing Wisely. In 2016, we analyzed an average of 1,382 questionnaires on 265 unique POEMs delivered to physician members of the Canadian Medical Association. From these questionnaires, we identified the POEMs ranking highest on one questionnaire item directly linked to reducing overdiagnosis or overtreatment...
August 15, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925655/pleuritic-chest-pain-sorting-through-the-differential-diagnosis
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Brian V Reamy, Pamela M Williams, Michael Ryan Odom
Pleuritic chest pain is characterized by sudden and intense sharp, stabbing, or burning pain in the chest when inhaling and exhaling. Pulmonary embolism is the most common serious cause, found in 5% to 21% of patients who present to an emergency department with pleuritic chest pain. A validated clinical decision rule for pulmonary embolism should be employed to guide the use of additional tests such as d-dimer assays, ventilation-perfusion scans, or computed tomography angiography. Myocardial infarction, pericarditis, aortic dissection, pneumonia, and pneumothorax are other serious causes that should be ruled out using history and physical examination, electrocardiography, troponin assays, and chest radiography before another diagnosis is made...
September 1, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925574/radiographic-fibrosis-score-predicts-survival-in-systemic-sclerosis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease
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Reoto Takei, Machiko Arita, Shogo Kumagai, Yuhei Ito, Fumiaki Tokioka, Takashi Koyama, Rintaro Saito, Keisuke Nishimura, Hironobu Tokumasu, Tadashi Ishida
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a common pulmonary manifestation of systemic sclerosis (SSc). It is unknown whether radiographic fibrosis score predicts mortality in SSc-associated ILD (SSc-ILD). We retrospectively analysed patients with SSc-ILD to evaluate whether radiographic fibrosis score was a useful predictor of mortality. METHODS: We identified SSc-ILD patients evaluated at Kurashiki Central Hospital (Japan) from 2006 to 2016, and radiographic fibrosis scores based on the extent of reticulation and honeycombing on high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scanning were calculated by manually tracing around each fibrotic area...
September 19, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925332/spine-deformity-surgery-in-the-elderly-risk-factors-and-30-day-outcomes-are-comparable-in-posterior-versus-combined-approaches
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John K Yue, David C Sing, Sourabh Sharma, Pavan S Upadhyayula, Ethan A Winkler, Jeremy D Shaw, Lionel N Metz
Objectives Risk factors portending poor outcome following elective spine deformity fusion remain in need of characterization and stratification in the elderly population. Methods Cases aged ≥60 years who underwent elective posterior or anterior-posterior ('combined') fusion were extracted from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program years 2007-2013 and analyzed by surgical cohort (posterior vs. combined). The 30-day outcomes included operation time, hospital length of stay (HLOS), perioperative complications, and discharge destination...
September 19, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925058/the-association-between-mica-micb-polymorphism-and-respiratory-syncytial-virus-infection-in-children
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Q Luo, X Guo, S Peng, W Luo, F Tian, P Yu, Y Zou
MICA/MICB gene polymorphisms are related to several cancers and infectious diseases, but there are no reports on the association between MICA/MICB gene polymorphisms and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. To clarify the association between MICA/MICB gene polymorphisms and infection of RSV in children, we collected fresh blood samples from paediatric patients with and without pneumonia after RSV infection. The MICA/MICB alleles were characterized by PCR sequence-specific primers (PCR-SSP) and PCR sequence-based genotyping (PCR-SBT), and then, the frequency of the MICA/MICB alleles and haplotypes was calculated...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924117/successful-treatment-of-herpes-simplex-virus-hsv-1-associated-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-hlh-with-acyclovir-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Tomohiro Yabushita, Satoshi Yoshioka, Yusuke Koba, Yuichirou Ono, Nobuhiro Hiramoto, Sumie Tabata, Munehiro Itou, Norio Shimizu, Keisuke Tomii, Takayuki Ishikawa
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) associated with herpes simplex virus (HSV)-1 infection (HSV-1-HLH) is uncommon and is potentially fatal without appropriate treatment. We herein report the case of an adult patient with HSV-1-HLH who was successfully treated with acyclovir. A 69-year-old man developed fever, pancytopenia and liver enzyme elevation after the resolution of pneumonia. These findings and the presence of hemophagocytosis in the patient's bone marrow were consistent with a diagnosis of HLH...
September 15, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923865/an-in-vitro-comparison-of-ceftolozane-tazobactam-compared-to-traditional-beta-lactams-as-an-alternative-to-combination-antimicrobial-therapy-for-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Kellie J Goodlet, David P Nicolau, Michael D Nailor
Background: Guidelines for sepsis, febrile neutropenia, and hospital-acquired pneumonia include empiric regimens incorporating two antibiotics from different classes with activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa for select at-risk patients to increase the likelihood of susceptibility to at least one agent.Objectives: The activity and cross-resistance rates of ceftolozane/tazobactam were compared to β-lactam comparators cefepime, ceftazidime, piperacillin/tazobactam, and meropenem alone and cumulatively with ciprofloxacin or tobramycin against P...
September 18, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923644/combination-of-echinocandins-and-trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole-for-the-treatment-of-pneumocystis-jiroveci-pneumonia-after-heart-transplantation
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Y-M Lu, Y-T Lee, H-C Chang, H-S Yang, C-Y Chang, C-M Huang, J Wei
BACKGROUND: The echinocandins have shown anti-Pneumocystis jiroveci activity in nonhuman animal models; however, the corresponding human clinical experience has been rarely reported. We report a clinical picture of P jiroveci pneumonia (PJP) and determine the effects of concomitant therapy with echinocandins and trimethoprim (TMP)-sulfamethoxazole (SMZ). METHODS: We investigated a retrospective case series of heart transplantation (HT) recipients with PJP from July 1988 to December 2015...
October 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923605/microbial-pathogenicity-and-virulence-mediated-by-integrons-on-gram-positive-microorganisms
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REVIEW
Yanmei Li, Ling Yang, Jie Fu, Muxia Yan, Dingqiang Chen, Li Zhang
Gram-positive microorganisms are one of leading pathogenic microorganisms in public health, including several typical "Super Bugs" as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase and vancomycin-resistant enterococci, which caused a increasement of infections, clinical failures and expenses. Regarded as a common genetic element responsible for horizontal gene transfer, integrons are widely distributed in various pathogens considered as a determinant in the acquisition and evolution of antibiotic resistance...
September 15, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923604/study-on-the-excision-and-integration-mediated-by-class-1-integron-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Qun Lin, Pusheng Xu, Jiaowu Li, Jinhua Huang, Yin Chen, Shuhuan Deng
As a novel antibiotic resistance mobile element, integron was recognized as a primary source of antibiotic genes among Gram-positive organisms for its excision and integration of exogenous genes. In this study, Streptococcus pneumoniae was subjected to investigate the excision and integration of class 1 integron with eight different plasmids. As the results indicated, excision in both att site and gene cassettes were successfully observed, which was further confirmed by integration assays and PCR amplification...
September 16, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923474/beyond-the-inhaled-nitric-oxide-in-persistent-pulmonary-hypertension-of-the-newborn
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REVIEW
Mei-Yin Lai, Shih-Ming Chu, Satyan Lakshminrusimha, Hung-Chih Lin
Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) is a consequence of failed pulmonary vascular transition at birth and leads to pulmonary hypertension with shunting of deoxygenated blood across the ductus arteriosus (DA) and foramen ovale (FO) resulting in severe hypoxemia, and it may eventually lead to life-threatening circulatory failure. PPHN is a serious event affecting both term and preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. It is often associated with diseases such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia, meconium aspiration, sepsis, congenital pneumonia, birth asphyxia and respiratory distress syndrome...
August 10, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923301/clinical-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamic-target-attainment-of-pazufloxacin-in-prostate-tissue-dosing-considerations-for-prostatitis
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Kogenta Nakamura, Kazuro Ikawa, Genya Nishikawa, Ikuo Kobayashi, Masahiro Narushima, Hiroyuki Muramatsu, Shingo Morinaga, Keishi Kajikawa, Yoshiharu Kato, Masahito Watanabe, Kenji Zennami, Kent Kanao, Norifumi Morikawa, Makoto Sumitomo
The present study examined the clinical pharmacokinetics of pazufloxacin in prostate tissue and estimated the probability of target attainment for tissue-specific pharmacodynamic goals related to treating prostatitis using various intravenous dosing regimens. Patients with prostatic hypertrophy received prophylactic infusions of pazufloxacin (500 mg, n = 23; 1000 mg, n = 25) for 0.5 h prior to transurethral prostate resection. Drug concentrations in plasma (0.5-5 h) and prostate tissue (0.5-1.5 h) were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography and used for subsequent noncompartmental and three-compartmental analysis...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922625/living-and-dying-with-advanced-dementia-a-prospective-cohort-study-of-symptoms-service-use-and-care-at-the-end-of-life
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Elizabeth L Sampson, Bridget Candy, Sarah Davis, Anna Buylova Gola, Jane Harrington, Michael King, Nuriye Kupeli, Gerry Leavey, Kirsten Moore, Irwin Nazareth, Rumana Z Omar, Victoria Vickerstaff, Louise Jones
BACKGROUND: Increasing number of people are dying with advanced dementia. Comfort and quality of life are key goals of care. AIMS: To describe (1) physical and psychological symptoms, (2) health and social care service utilisation and (3) care at end of life in people with advanced dementia. DESIGN: 9-month prospective cohort study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Greater London, England, people with advanced dementia (Functional Assessment Staging Scale 6e and above) from 14 nursing homes or their own homes...
August 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922613/the-etiology-of-community-acquired-pneumonia-among-children-under-5%C3%A2-years-of-age-in-mainland-china-2001-2015-a-systematic-review
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Guijun Ning, Xuxia Wang, Dan Wu, Zundong Yin, Yixing Li, Huaqing Wang, Weizhong Yang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this systematic review was to examine the etiology of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) among Chinese children younger than 5 years and provide evidence for further cost-effectiveness analyses for vaccine development, diagnostic strategies and empirical treatments. METHODS: The literature review followed the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses statement. Data were obtained by searching PubMed, Embase, Web-of Science, and the Chinese databases Wanfang Data and China National Knowledge Infrastructure...
September 18, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922566/streptococcus-pneumoniae-and-chronic-endobronchial-infections-in-childhood
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Kim M Hare, Amanda J Leach, Heidi C Smith-Vaughan, Anne B Chang, Keith Grimwood
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is the main cause of bacterial pneumonia worldwide and has been studied extensively in this context. However, its role in chronic endobronchial infections and accompanying lower airway neutrophilic infiltration has received little attention. Severe and recurrent pneumonia are risk factors for chronic suppurative lung disease (CSLD) and bronchiectasis; the latter causes considerable morbidity and, in some populations, premature death in children and adults. Protracted bacterial bronchitis (PBB) is another chronic endobronchial infection associated with substantial morbidity...
September 18, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922451/low-medical-morbidity-and-mortality-after-acute-courses-of-electroconvulsive-therapy-in-a-population-based-sample
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D M Blumberger, D P Seitz, N Herrmann, J G Kirkham, R Ng, C Reimer, P Kurdyak, A Gruneir, M J Rapoport, Z J Daskalakis, B H Mulsant, S N Vigod
BACKGROUND: To determine event rates for specific medical events and mortality among individuals receiving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). METHOD: Population-based cohort study using health administrative data of acute ECT treatments delivered in Ontario, Canada, from 2003 to 2011. We measured the following medical event rates, per 10 000 ECT treatments, up to 7 and 30 days post-treatment: stroke, seizure, acute myocardial infarction, arrhythmia, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, deep vein thrombosis, gastrointestinal bleeding, falls, hip fracture, and mortality...
September 18, 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922297/quality-of-care-in-the-united-states-territories-1999-2012
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Sudhakar V Nuti, Yun Wang, Frederick A Masoudi, Marcella Nunez-Smith, Sharon-Lise T Normand, Karthik Murugiah, Orlando Rodríguez-Vilá, Joseph S Ross, Harlan M Krumholz
BACKGROUND: Millions of Americans live in the US territories, but health outcomes and payments among Medicare beneficiaries in these territories are not well characterized. METHODS: Among Fee-for-Service Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years and older hospitalized between 1999 and 2012 for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), and pneumonia, we compared hospitalization rates, patient outcomes, and inpatient payments in the territories and states...
September 15, 2017: Medical Care
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