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Karina Jahnz-Różyk, Joanna Lis, Marta Warchoł, Aleksandra Kucharczyk
BACKGROUND: Allergic asthma is the most prevalent phenotype of severe asthma where treatment with omalizumab (OMB) has been proven to be particularly beneficial. In Poland, OMB therapy is available and reimbursed within a drug programme where strict inclusion and exclusion criteria are defined. The objective of this study was to present a descriptive analysis regarding the trends in outcomes (clinical, quality of life, costs) among a cohort of patients who satisfy inclusion criteria for the initiation of OMB treatment and who successfully responded to OMB according to a set of objective criteria...
March 16, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Ruchita Dixit, Sowmya Nettem, Simerjit S Madan, Htoo Htoo Kyaw Soe, Adinegara Bl Abas, Leah D Vance, Patrick J Stover
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of disorders that affects haemoglobin, which causes distorted sickle- or crescent-shaped red blood cells. It is characterized by anaemia, increased susceptibility to infections and episodes of pain. The disease is acquired by inheriting abnormal genes from both parents, the combination giving rise to different forms of the disease. Due to increased erythropoiesis in people with SCD, it is hypothesized that they are at an increased risk for folate deficiency...
March 16, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Shinwan Kany, Mathias Woschek, Niels Kneip, Ramona Sturm, Miriam Kalbitz, Marc Hanschen, Borna Relja
Osteosarcoma is the leading primary bone cancer in young adults and exhibits high chemoresistance rates. Therefore, characterization of both alternative treatment options and the underlying mechanisms is essential. Simvastatin, a cholesterol-lowering drug, has among its pleiotropic effects anticancer potential. Characterizing this potential and the underlying mechanisms in osteosarcoma is the subject of the present study. Human osteosarcoma cells (SaOS-2 and U2OS) were treated with simvastatin (4-66 µM) for 48 or 72 h...
April 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Sofiene Bouali, Nidhal Maatar, Alia Zehani, Maha Mahmoud, Jalel Kallel, Hafedh Jemel
Background: Anaplastic posterior fossa ganglioglioma in adults is exceedingly rare. To date, only one case of adult anaplastic posterior fossa ganglioglioma has been reported in the English literature and none has been described at the cerebellum. To our knowledge, this report is the third case of malignant posterior fossa ganglioglioma in adults and the first at the cerebellum. In general, this entity can be misdiagnosed preoperatively as a primary posterior fossa neoplasm, and by reporting our clinical and radiographic observations we want to add to the existing literature on this rare entity...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Marco Orsini Federici, Janette McQuillan, Giovanni Biricolti, Serena Losi, Jeremie Lebrec, Catrina Richards, Cristiana Miglio, Kirsi Norrbacka
INTRODUCTION: Real-world evidence on glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RAs) usage is emerging in different European countries but is lacking in Italy. This retrospective cohort study aimed to describe the real-world drug utilization patterns in patients initiating GLP-1 RAs for treating T2DM in Italy. METHODS: Adults aged ≥ 20 years and with ≥ 1 oral antidiabetic drug (alone or in combination with insulin) other than GLP-1 RAs in the 6 months prior to initiating exenatide twice daily (exBID), exenatide once weekly (exQW), dulaglutide once weekly (DULA), liraglutide once daily (LIRA) or lixisenatide once daily (LIXI) between March and July 2016 were retrospectively identified in the Italian IMS LifeLink™ longitudinal prescriptions database (retail pharmacy data)...
March 10, 2018: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
Martina Luchetti, Angelina R Sutin, Alessandro Delitala, Yannick Stephan, Edoardo Fiorillo, Michele Marongiu, Marco Masala, David Schlessinger, Antonio Terracciano
INTRODUCTION: This study examines whether the association between Five Factor Model personality traits and alcohol consumption extends beyond self-report to biomarkers of alcohol consumption. METHODS: Community-dwelling adults from Sardinia (N = 5380), Italy, completed the revised NEO Personality Inventory and reported on alcohol consumption, while traditional biomarkers of heavy drinking, such as gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT), were assayed from blood samples...
March 6, 2018: Addictive Behaviors
P Elkan, T Lagerbäck, H Möller, Paul Gerdhem
PURPOSE: Quality registers give unique possibilities to achieve information from large groups of patients, but outcome must be interpreted carefully due to less stringent data collection and lower follow-up rates than in research projects. We tried to quantify any outcome differences between a national spine quality register and a prospective observational study. METHODS: Adult patients treated with lumbar discectomy between 2004 and 2010 were retrieved from the Swedish Spine register (Swespine) (n = 7791) and from the single center lumbar disc herniation study (LDHS) in Stockholm (n = 177)...
March 9, 2018: European Spine Journal
Nadav Yayon, Amir Dudai, Nora Vrieler, Oren Amsalem, Michael London, Hermona Soreq
Three-dimensional structures in biological systems are routinely evaluated using large image stacks acquired from fluorescence microscopy; however, analysis of such data is muddled by variability in the signal across and between samples. Here, we present Intensify3D: a user-guided normalization algorithm tailored for overcoming common heterogeneities in large image stacks. We demonstrate the use of Intensify3D for analyzing cholinergic interneurons of adult murine brains in 2-Photon and Light-Sheet fluorescence microscopy, as well as of mammary gland and heart tissues...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Manju Ohri, Smriti Parashar, Venkatesh S Pai, Sujata Ghosh, Anuradha Chakraborti
Group B streptococcus (GBS) or Streptococcus agalactiae, is an opportunistic pathogen causing a wide range of infections like pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis in newborn, pregnant women and adults. While this bacterium has adapted well to asymptomatic colonization of adult humans, it still remains a potentially devastating pathogen to susceptible infants. Advances in molecular techniques and refinement of in vitro and in vivo model systems have elucidated key elements of the pathogenic process, from initial attachment to the maternal vaginal epithelium to penetration of the newborn blood-brain barrier...
March 8, 2018: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
K A Engebretsen, S Kezic, C Riethmüller, J Franz, I Jakasa, A Hedengran, A Linneberg, J D Johansen, J P Thyssen
BACKGROUND: During the winter in northern countries, the risk of dermatitis is increased due to low temperature and humidity. Dermatitis is particularly common on weather-exposed skin such as the cheeks and hands. Recently, increased numbers of unidentified nanosized protrusions on the corneocyte surface were associated with dermatitis and deficiency of natural moisturizing factor (NMF). OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of season on NMF levels and corneocyte surface texture in cheek and hand skin of healthy adults...
March 7, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
Liliana C Baptista, André Pinto Amorim, João Valente-Dos-Santos, Aristides M Machado-Rodrigues, Manuel Teixeira Veríssimo, Raul A Martins
BACKGROUND: The increasing prevalence of functionally-limited hypertensive individuals highlights the need for interventions to reduce the burden of hypertension-aging-disability and to maximize the chances of healthy aging. AIM: This study aims to compare the effects of multicomponent exercise and different pharmacological treatments on functional status and cardiovascular risk outcomes in hypertensive older adults with comorbidities. METHODS: Participants (n = 96) engage in a 3 days/week multicomponent (aerobic + resistance) exercise program and for one of the following three conditions: (1) thiazide-related diuretics (TDs; n = 33, 69...
March 6, 2018: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Nissreen Mohammad, Vishal Avinashi, Edmond Chan, Bruce A Vallance, Elodie Portales-Casamar, Jonathan W Bush
OBJECTIVE: Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is considered a TH2-mediated food allergy disease that leads to submucosal esophageal fibrosis and strictures. Recent studies focused on adults with EoE identified a strong association with elevated esophageal IgG4 immunostaining. Our study aimed to determine the association of IgG4 with EoE in pediatric patients. METHODS: Using our local EoE research registry, we identified 41 adequate biopsies from EoE patients. We used 10 age- and sex-matched patients with no diagnostic abnormalities at endoscopy or on biopsy...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Linda Dirven, Terri S Armstrong, Jaishri O Blakeley, Paul D Brown, Robin Grant, Rakesh Jalali, Heather Leeper, Tito Mendoza, Lakshmi Nayak, Jaap C Reijneveld, Emilie Le Rhun, Tobias Walbert, Michael Weller, Patrick Y Wen, Martin J B Taphoorn
The Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology-Patient-Reported Outcome (RANO-PRO) working group is an international multidisciplinary collaboration that provides guidance on the use of patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures in clinical trials and practice for adult patients with brain tumours. Findings from both PROs and traditional outcome measures, such as survival, and clinical or radiological response, are essential to inform the research community, policy makers, physicians, and patients in the treatment decision-making process...
March 2018: Lancet Oncology
Tricia McKeever, Kevin Mortimer, Andrew Wilson, Samantha Walker, Christopher Brightling, Andrew Skeggs, Ian Pavord, David Price, Lelia Duley, Mike Thomas, Lucy Bradshaw, Bernard Higgins, Rebecca Haydock, Eleanor Mitchell, Graham Devereux, Timothy Harrison
Background Asthma exacerbations are frightening for patients and are occasionally fatal. We tested the concept that a plan for patients to manage their asthma (self-management plan), which included a temporary quadrupling of the dose of inhaled glucocorticoids when asthma control started to deteriorate, would reduce the incidence of severe asthma exacerbations among adults and adolescents with asthma. Methods We conducted a pragmatic, unblinded, randomized trial involving adults and adolescents with asthma who were receiving inhaled glucocorticoids, with or without add-on therapy, and who had had at least one exacerbation in the previous 12 months...
March 3, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
Tingzhong Yang, Sihui Peng, Ross Barnett, Chichen Zhang
BACKGROUND: Ecological models have emphasized that short sleep duration (SSD) is influenced by both individual and environmental variables. However, few studies have considered the latter. OBJECTIVES: The present study explores the influence of urban and regional contextual factors, net of individual characteristics, on the prevalence of SSD among university students in China. METHODS: Participants were 11,954 students, who were identified through a multistage survey sampling process conducted in 50 universities...
2018: Global Health Action
Divya Kumar, Laura M Tully, Ana-Maria Iosif, Lauren N Zakskorn, Kathleen E Nye, Aqsa Zia, Tara Ann Niendam
BACKGROUND: A growing body of literature indicates that smartphone technology is a feasible add-on tool in the treatment of individuals with early psychosis (EP) . However, most studies to date have been conducted independent of outpatient care or in a research clinic setting, often with financial incentives to maintain user adherence to the technology. Feasibility of dissemination and implementation of smartphone technology into community mental health centers (CMHCs) has yet to be tested, and whether young adults with EP will use this technology for long periods of time without incentive is unknown...
February 27, 2018: JMIR Mental Health
Mario Cazzola, Maria Gabriella Matera, Francesca Levi-Schaffer, Paola Rogliani
Reslizumab, a humanized mAb against IL-5, reduces the number of eosinophils in the blood and lungs. Based on efficacy and safety data from pivotal RCTs, reslizumab had been approved for use as an add-on maintenance treatment of severe asthma with an eosinophilic phenotype in adults who have a history of exacerbations despite receiving their current asthma medicines. Areas covered: Current literature on reslizumab has been reviewed with a specific focus on its safety profile in the treatment of severe asthma...
February 27, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
Stephan Arnold, Vincent Badalamenti, Anyzeila Diaz, Teresa Gasalla, Cindy McShea, John Whitesides, Toufic Fakhoury
Brivaracetam (BRV), a selective, high-affinity ligand for synaptic vesicle protein 2A, is a new antiepileptic drug (AED) approved for monotherapy (in the USA) and adjunctive treatment of focal (partial-onset) seizures in adults, at a dose range of 50-200 mg/day taken in two equal doses, with a recommended starting dose of 100 mg/day. Two Phase III, randomized, double-blind, multicenter, historical-controlled, conversion-to-monotherapy studies (N01276, NCT00698581; N01306, NCT00699283) were conducted to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of conversion to BRV 50 mg/day monotherapy in adults with uncontrolled focal seizures...
February 12, 2018: Epilepsy Research
Bernhard Ludvik, Juan P Frías, Francisco J Tinahones, Julio Wainstein, Honghua Jiang, Kenneth E Robertson, Luis-Emilio García-Pérez, D Bradley Woodward, Zvonko Milicevic
BACKGROUND: Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists and sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors improve glycaemic control and reduce bodyweight in patients with type 2 diabetes through different mechanisms. We assessed the safety and efficacy of the addition of the once-weekly GLP-1 receptor agonist dulaglutide to the ongoing treatment regimen in patients whose diabetes is inadequately controlled with SGLT2 inhibitors, with or without metformin. METHODS: AWARD-10 was a phase 3b, double-blind, parallel-arm, placebo-controlled, 24-week study done at 40 clinical sites in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Mexico, Spain, and the USA...
February 23, 2018: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Jutta S Mayer, Katharina Hees, Juliane Medda, Oliver Grimm, Philip Asherson, Mariano Bellina, Michael Colla, Pol Ibáñez, Elena Koch, Antonio Martinez-Nicolas, Adrià Muntaner-Mas, Anna Rommel, Nanda Rommelse, Saskia de Ruiter, Ulrich W Ebner-Priemer, Meinhard Kieser, Francisco B Ortega, Johannes Thome, Jan K Buitelaar, Jonna Kuntsi, J Antoni Ramos-Quiroga, Andreas Reif, Christine M Freitag
BACKGROUND: The risk for major depression and obesity is increased in adolescents and adults with attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and adolescent ADHD predicts adult depression and obesity. Non-pharmacological interventions to treat and prevent these co-morbidities are urgently needed. Bright light therapy (BLT) improves day-night rhythm and is an emerging therapy for major depression. Exercise intervention (EI) reduces obesity and improves depressive symptoms. To date, no randomized controlled trial (RCT) has been performed to establish feasibility and efficacy of these interventions targeting the prevention of co-morbid depression and obesity in ADHD...
February 26, 2018: Trials
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