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Aditi A Sidhaye, Kanchan C Bhuran, Sneha Zambare, Munna Abubaker, Niroshini Nirmalan, Kamalinder K Singh
AIM: The intra-erythrocytic development of the malarial parasite is dependent on active uptake of nutrients, including human serum albumin (HSA), into parasitized red blood cells (pRBCs). We have designed HSA-based nanoparticles as a potential drug-delivery option for antimalarials. METHODS: Artemether-loaded nanoparticles (AANs) were designed and antimalarial activity evaluated in vitro/in vivo using Plasmodium falciparum/Plasmodium berghei species, respectively...
October 19, 2016: Nanomedicine
Ibrahim Ali Kabbash, Ehab A Abo Ali, Mostafa Mahmoud Elgendy, Mostafa Mohamed Abdrabo, Helal Mohamed Salem, Mohammed Ramadan Gouda, Yousef Saleh Elbasiony, Nader Elboshy, Mohammed Hamed
HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination among health care professionals is one of the most important factors of this disease expansion. This study aimed to assess the stigmatized attitude among health care providers toward people living with HIV (PLHIV) at Tanta University Hospitals. The study is a cross-sectional survey. Data was gathered from randomly selected 310 health care workers at Tanta University Hospital using a structured questionnaire. Among studied participants, only 24.0 % had previous contact with HIV patients during work and 21...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Adele Bahar, Zahra Kashi, Ezzatossadat Daneshpour, Ozra Akha, Shahram Ala
BACKGROUND: Cabergoline is a long-acting agonist of dopamine, which has a high affinity to dopamine receptors (type 2). Treatment using a dopaminergic agonist reduces hypothalamic stimulation that increases during liver gluconeogenesis, lipids synthesis, and insulin resistance. Our aim was to evaluate the effects of cabergoline on blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). METHODS: This study was a double-blind, controlled clinical trial in patients with type 2 DM...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Wendong Huang, Yongfei Yang, Zhi Zeng, Meiling Su, Qi Gao, Banghao Zhu
Salvia miltiorrhiza and ligustrazine are traditional Chinese medicines that have been used in combination for treatment of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, cardiac angina and atherosclerosis in Asia, in particular, China. The present study aimed to determine the effect of S. miltiorrhiza and ligustrazine injection (SLI) on myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) and hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) injuries via the Akt serine/threonine kinase (Akt)‑endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) signaling pathway...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Vasilios Tsimihodimos, Theodosios D Filippatos, Sebastian Fillippas-Ntekouan, Moses S Elisaf
Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT-2) inhibitors) represent a new class of antidiabetic drugs that act through the inhibition of glucose and sodium reabsorption at proximal tubules. It has been shown that tThese substances may exhibit renonephroprotective properties, since they expressed clinically as a prevention of the deterioration of the glomerular filtration rate and a reductionreduce in the degree of albuminuria in patients with established diabetes-associated kidney disease. In this review we present in detail the pathophysiologic mechanisms that have been recently implicated in the rennephroprotective properties of SGLT-2 inhibitors...
October 7, 2016: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Yi-Chia Su, Chih-Chien Wu
A 54-year-old woman presented at the emergency department after experiencing lower limb weakness and bilateral ankle pain for 2 days. She had a history of type 2 diabetes mellitus, diabetes mellitus nephropathy with chronic kidney disease, and chronic gouty arthritis. She had received 0.6 mg colchicine orally once or twice daily for 8 months. Four days prior to her emergency department visit, she was discharged from our nephrology ward, where she had been admitted because of a urinary tract infection. During hospitalization, she was treated with intravenous cefazolin for 7 days...
December 2015: Drug Saf Case Rep
Frank F Vincenzi, Philippe Lunetta
While SCUBA diving, a 44-year-old Caucasian patient had an abnormal cardiac rhythm, presumably Torsade de Pointes (TdP), during the initial descent to depth. Upon surfacing, she developed ventricular fibrillation and died. The patient had been treated for mild depression for nearly a year with citalopram 60 mg per day, a drug known to cause prolonged QT interval. She had also been treated with two potentially hepatotoxic drugs. Liver impairment causes selective loss of cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2C19 activity, the major pathway for metabolism of citalopram...
December 2015: Drug Saf Case Rep
S Gibiino, A Trappoli, B Balzarro, A R Atti, D De Ronchi
A 71-year-old man developed coma with severe respiratory failure, hypotension, and tachycardia induced by the intentional ingestion of quetiapine fumarate extended release (XR) 20 g. At the time, he had been treated for bipolar depression with venlafaxine 75 mg/day, lamotrigine 100 mg/day, pregabalin 75 mg/day, and quetiapine XR 400 mg/day for approximately 1 year. Comorbidities were hypertension treated with metoprolol, diabetes mellitus type 2 treated with metformin, and benign prostatic hyperplasia treated with silodosin...
December 2015: Drug Saf Case Rep
Andrew A M Ibey, Derek Andrews, Barb Ferreira
The authors present a case in which a physical anomaly with an infusion pump resulted in an unforeseen fault that the nurse's attempts to resolve unknowingly exacerbated. This case study presents the first report in the literature to detail the difficulty in recreating a patient safety event using smart pump logs, support server continuous quality improvement (CQI) data, and the drug order entry system to elucidate the clinical scenario. A 75-year-old male patient presented to a major teaching hospital and was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with a massive gastrointestinal bleed and myocardial infarction, then stabilized...
December 2016: Drug Saf Case Rep
André Duquette, Anne Julie Frenette, Maxime Doré
OBJECTIVE: To report the case of a patient treated with leflunomide that presented with chronic diarrhea associated with high teriflunomide blood concentration. An 84-year-old woman taking leflunomide 20 mg once daily for the past 2 years to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was investigated for severe chronic diarrhea that had been worsening for the past 5 months. The patient's general condition progressively deteriorated and included electrolyte imbalances and a transient loss of consciousness...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
P Rani, V R Hemanth Kumar, M Ravishankar, T Sivashanmugam, R Sripriya, M Trilogasundary
BACKGROUND: Fentanyl and dexmedetomidine have been tried to attenuate airway and circulatory reflexes during emergence and extubation individually but have not been compared with respect to the level of sedation to evolve a reliable technique for rapid and smooth extubation. AIM: To compare the effects of fentanyl and dexmedetomidine in attenuating airway and circulatory reflexes during emergence and extubation of the endotracheal tube. SETTING AND DESIGN: This double-blind, randomized, controlled study was done in patients undergoing surgery under general anesthesia belonging to the American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status 1 or 2...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Takuya Iwamoto, Masaki Maeda, Takuro Hisanaga, Issei Saeki, Koichi Fujisawa, Toshihiko Matsumoto, Isao Hidaka, Tsuyoshi Ishikawa, Taro Takami, Isao Sakaida
Objective Tolvaptan was first approved for use for cirrhosis in Japan in September 2013. The aim of the study was to examine the effect of tolvaptan, a vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist, on the prognosis of cirrhosis. Methods The effect of tolvaptan was evaluated in 26 patients with cirrhosis treated at our hospital from September 2013 to April 2015. Results The primary disease was hepatitis C in 20 patients, hepatitis B in 2, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in 2 and others in 2; and 12 had hepatocellular carcinoma...
2016: Internal Medicine
Joyce Mendes Soares, Athos Gabriel Vilela Queiroz, Vaniely Kaliny Pinheiro de Queiroz, Ana Rodrigues Falbo, Marcelo Neves Silva, Tania Cursino de Menezes Couceiro, Luciana Cavalcanti Lima
INTRODUCTION: Blood is an important resource in several lifesaving interventions, such as anemia correction and improvement of oxygen transport capacity. Despite advances, packed red blood cell (PRBC) transfusion still involves risks. The aim of this study was to describe the knowledge of anesthesiologists about the indications, adverse effects, and alternatives to red blood cell transfusion intraoperatively. METHOD: Cross-sectional study using a questionnaire containing multiple choice questions and clinical cases related to relevant factors on the decision whether to perform PRBC transfusion, its adverse effects, hemoglobin triggers, preventive measures, and blood conservation strategies...
October 10, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Sang-Hyun Kim, Sang-Ho Jo, Sang-Cheol Lee, Sung-Yoon Lee, Myung-Ho Yoon, Hyang-Lim Lee, Nae-Hee Lee, Jong-Won Ha, Nam-Ho Lee, Dong-Woon Kim, Gyu-Rok Han, Min-Su Hyon, Deok-Gyu Cho, Chang-Gyu Park, Young-Dae Kim, Gyu-Hyung Ryu, Cheol-Ho Kim, Kee-Sik Kim, Myung-Ho Chung, Sung-Chul Chae, Ki-Bae Seung, Byung-Hee Oh
PURPOSE: A fixed-dose combination of a stain and an antihypertensive drug may be useful for the treatment of patients with hypertension and hyperlipidemia. It may also improve patient drug compliance to help control risk factors of cardiovascular disease. This study was designed to evaluate the blood pressure-lowering and cholesterol-lowering effect of a fixed-dose combination of irbesartan-atorvastatin compared with monotherapy by either agent over an 8-week treatment period. METHODS: Patients with comorbid hypertension and hypercholesterolemia were screened for this randomized, double-blind, Phase III study...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Juyoung Park, Muna Aryal, Natalia Vykhodtseva, Yong-Zhi Zhang, Nathan McDannold
Drug delivery in brain tumors is challenging because of the presence of blood-brain barrier (BBB) and the blood-tumor barrier (BTB). Focused ultrasound (FUS) combined with microbubbles can enhance the permeability of the BTB in brain tumors, as well as disrupting the BBB in the surrounding tissue. In this study, dynamic contrast-enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DCE-MRI) was used to characterize FUS-induced permeability changes in a rat glioma model and in the normal brain and to investigate the relationship between these changes and the resulting concentration of the chemotherapy agent doxorubicin (DOX)...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Kazuki Okamoto, Shizu Hirata-Tsuchiya, Chiaki Kitamura, Kazuki Omoteyama, Toshiyuki Sato, Mitsumi Arito, Manae S Kurokawa, Naoya Suematsu, Tomohiro Kato
Nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) is the most potent pro-inflammatory transactivator, and an inhibitor of NF-κB is a good anti-inflammatory drug. Glucocorticoids (GCs) are the strongest and the most frequently used anti-inflammatory drugs. GCs-bound glucocorticoid receptor (GR) inhibits the transcriptional activity of NF-κB, and thereby suppresses a broad range of inflammatory processes. Concurrently, in whole body out side of inflammation area, GR exerts a lot of hormone action, which results in severe side effects...
October 14, 2016: Endocrinology
Maike Stahlhut, Teng-Cheong Ha, Michael Morgan, Axel Schambach, Olga S Kustikova
Tetracycline-regulated systems with efficient temporal and dose regulation of transgene expression are useful for development of new physiologic/pathophysiologic experimental models and gene therapy approaches. Lentiviral vectors with improved tetracycline-regulated promoters help to overcome the existing limitations such as basal activity in the drug absence, poor inducibility or unstable transgene expression. To compare conventional and improved tetracycline-regulated promoters in lentiviral based vectors in vivo, we investigated doxycycline-regulated gene transfer/expression levels in a long-term murine transplantation model and demonstrated that the lentiviral vector with the improved T11 promoter exhibited more efficient inducibility and higher gene transfer level...
October 13, 2016: Current Gene Therapy
J Trnka, M Špaček, V Šírová, P Mitáš, G Hodková, J Kubinyi, R Špunda, J Lindner
BACKGROUND: Hyperthermic isolated limb perfusion is used to treat irresectable extremity malignancies. It is based on the following principle - the perfusion of the extremity is isolated from systemic circulation and connected to an extra-corporal circuit via which a very high concentration of a chemotherapeutic agent is administered into the blood compartment of the extremity. In some cases, treatment efficiency can be improved using tasonermin (a TNF-α agent). By itself, tasonermin can cause severe health complications in patients if leakage into systemic circulation results in a level that exceeds the maximally tolerated dose...
2016: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
Ashvini Keshavan, Amanda Heslegrave, Henrik Zetterberg, Jonathan M Schott
Biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease (AD) have the potential to allow early and more accurate diagnosis, predict disease progression, stratify individuals and track response to candidate therapies in drug trials. The first fluid biomarkers reflecting aspects of AD neuropathology were identified in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the 1990s. Three CSF biomarkers (amyloid-β 1-42, total tau and phospho-tau) have consistently been shown to have diagnostic utility and are incorporated into the new diagnostic criteria for AD...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
I Tuleta, F Stöckigt, U R Juergens, C Pizarro, J W Schrickel, G Kristiansen, G Nickenig, D Skowasch
INTRODUCTION: Intermittent hypoxia as a surrogate of obstructive sleep apnea is associated with different cardiovascular complications. However, the effects of intermittent hypoxia on the lung tissue are less known. Therefore, the aim of our present study was to investigate if intermittent hypoxia may influence oxidative stress, inflammation, and protease/antiprotease system in the lung. Additionally, potential protective properties of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative drugs have been evaluated...
October 13, 2016: Lung
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