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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546977/how-much-elderly-people-of-isfahan-are-adherent-to-their-drug-therapy-regimens
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Parvaneh Abazari, Tayebe Arab Jafari, Ali Mohammad Sabzghabaee
BACKGROUND: The need for a correct follow-up for medical advices of health givers is the cornerstone for avoiding drug-related complications in especial period of elderly people life. There isn't any data about drug therapy regimens adherence of elderly people of Isfahan. In this study, we aimed to cover this deficit. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional study which was carried out in Isfahan (Iran) in 2013 senior citizens (aged 65 or more) who were taking at least one medication and had no record of residency in nursing homes were included...
2017: Journal of Education and Health Promotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542035/trends-and-factors-associated-with-antipsychotic-use-among-elderly-patients-with-dementia-in-taiwan-from-2005-to-2013-a-population-based-study
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Yu-Wen Chiu, Chih-Wan Huang, Pei-Jung Chen, Nan-Wen Yu, Hui-Ju Tsai, Chi-Shin Wu, Chia-Ming Chang
This study aimed to examine the trends and factors associated with antipsychotic prescriptions for elderly outpatients with dementia in Taiwan from 2005 to 2013. We assessed the annual prescription patterns of antipsychotic medications among elderly patients attending outpatient visits for dementia between 2005 and 2013 using the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. We also carried out logistic regression analyses to test the trends and associated factors. We found that any antipsychotic prescriptions for elderly patients making visits for dementia increased slightly, from 25...
May 24, 2017: International Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538182/targeting-metabolic-reprogramming-by-influenza-infection-for-therapeutic-intervention
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Heather S Smallwood, Susu Duan, Marie Morfouace, Svetlana Rezinciuc, Barry L Shulkin, Anang Shelat, Erika E Zink, Sandra Milasta, Resha Bajracharya, Ajayi J Oluwaseum, Martine F Roussel, Douglas R Green, Ljiljana Pasa-Tolic, Paul G Thomas
Influenza is a worldwide health and financial burden posing a significant risk to the immune-compromised, obese, diabetic, elderly, and pediatric populations. We identified increases in glucose metabolism in the lungs of pediatric patients infected with respiratory pathogens. Using quantitative mass spectrometry, we found metabolic changes occurring after influenza infection in primary human respiratory cells and validated infection-associated increases in c-Myc, glycolysis, and glutaminolysis. We confirmed these findings with a metabolic drug screen that identified the PI3K/mTOR inhibitor BEZ235 as a regulator of infectious virus production...
May 23, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533886/a-case-management-of-hypertension-in-the-elderly-in-sub-sahara-africa-lessons-from-granny
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Ahmadou Musa Jingi, Liliane Mfeukeu Kuate, Jean Jacques Noubiap
Management of chronic disease conditions in the elderly is challenging. They usually have many co-morbidities requiring multiple drug regimens, and memory or cognitive problems that can interfere with management. Also, they sometimes have a degree of social problems as they might often live alone, and thereby cater for their daily activities with minimal assistance. Multiple drug use combined with their fragile health predispose them to adverse drug reactions, drug-drug interactions, and direct drug toxicity from overdosing...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533098/the-current-epidemiology-of-injecting-drug-use-associated-infective-endocarditis-in-victoria-australia-in-the-midst-of-increasing-crystal-methamphetamine-use
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Alexandra Wright, Ohide Otome, Craig Harvey, Steve Bowe, Eugene Athan
BACKGROUND: Infective endocarditis (IE) is associated with significant mortality and morbidity despite recent advances in management. Injecting drug use (IDU) remains an important risk factor. Our aim was to evaluate the rates and patient demographics of IE and injecting drug use-associated infective endocarditis (IDU-IE) in Victoria from 2009 to 2014. METHODS: The Victorian Admitted Episode Dataset (VAED) was used to identify a population-based cohort with a diagnosis of IE and IDU-IE between 2009 and 2014 in Victoria...
May 9, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530080/-cataract-surgery-complications-in-males-treated-with-alpha-1-antagonists-for-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia
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REVIEW
Tamar Pedut Kloizman, Raneen Shehadeh Mashour
Intraoperative floppy iris syndrome (IFIS) was first described by Chang and Campbell in 2005. The characteristics of this syndrome include: 1. Floppy iris that billows in reaction to intraocular fluid currents during standard phacoemulsification procedure; 2. Flaccid iris stroma that tends to prolapse through well-constructed surgical incisions; 3. Insufficient pupillary mydriasis despite proper pharmacologic preparation and progressive pupillary constriction during the operation. Surgical procedures with IFIS have since been noted to have an exceptionally high rate of complications, some of which can be vision threatening...
September 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529701/recent-advances-in-the-management-of-dry-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-review
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REVIEW
Francesco Bandello, Riccardo Sacconi, Lea Querques, Eleonora Corbelli, Maria Vittoria Cicinelli, Giuseppe Querques
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most important cause of vision loss in elderly people, is a degenerative disorder of the central retina with a multifactorial etiopathology. AMD is classified in dry AMD (d-AMD) or neovascular AMD depending on the presence of choroidal neovascularization. Currently, no therapy is approved for geographic atrophy, the late form of d-AMD, because no treatment can restore the damage of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) or photoreceptors. For this reason, all treatment approaches in d-AMD are only likely to prevent and slow down the progression of existing atrophy...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527218/the-mechanisms-of-action-of-curcumin-in%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease
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Mengxi Tang, Changiz Taghibiglou
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder of the elderly. As the prevalence of AD rises in the 21st century, there is an urgent need for the development of effective pharmacotherapies. Currently, drug treatments target the symptoms of the disease and do not modify or halt the disease progress. Thus, natural compounds have been investigated for their ability to treat AD. This review examines the efficacy of curcumin, a polyphenol derived from turmeric herb, to treat AD. We summarize the in vivo and in vitro research describing the mechanisms of action in which curcumin modifies AD pathology: curcumin inhibits the formation and promotes the disaggregation of amyloid-β plaques, attenuates the hyperphosphorylation of tau and enhances its clearance, binds copper, lowers cholesterol, modifies microglial activity, inhibits acetylcholinesterase, mediates the insulin signaling pathway, and is an antioxidant...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527149/characterisation-of-drug-related-problems-and-associated-factors-at-a-clinical-pharmacist-service-na%C3%A3-ve-hospital-in-northern-sweden
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Cecilia Peterson, Maria Gustafsson
BACKGROUND: Polypharmacy and increased sensitivity to side effects cause adverse drug events, drug-drug interactions and medication errors in the elderly. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence and type of drug-related problems and associated factors among patients admitted to a clinical pharmacist service-naïve medical ward in an inland hospital in northern Sweden. METHODS: During September-November 2015 and February-April 2016, clinical pharmacists working as part of a ward team on the medical ward conducted 103 medication reviews...
May 19, 2017: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527134/comparison-of-nurses-and-general-caregivers-knowledge-attitude-and-practice-on-medication-administration-process-and-their-distress-level-in-long-term-care-facilities-across-penang-kuala-lumpur-and-selangor-of-malaysia
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Balamurugan Tangiisuran, Sok Cin Tye, May Yen Leow, Rahmat Awang
AIM: Comparing nurses and general caregivers' knowledge, attitude, and practices (KAP) on medication administration process in long-term care (LTC) setting and an assessment of their stress, anxiety, and depression (SAD) level. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among nurses and general caregivers working in LTC using a validated questionnaire. Consisting of demographic characteristics (Section 1); 40 questions on KAP (Section 2); and assessment of Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale (DASS-21) (Section 3)...
May 19, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527083/shared-mechanisms-of-epilepsy-migraine-and-affective-disorders
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Davide Zarcone, Simona Corbetta
Since the nineteenth century several clinical features have been observed in common between migraine and epilepsy (such as episodic attacks, triggering factors, presence of aura, frequent familiarity), but only in recent years researchers have really engaged in finding a common pathogenic mechanism. From studies of disease incidence, we understand how either migraine among patients with epilepsy or epilepsy among migraine patients are more frequent than in the general population. This association may result from a direct causality, by the same environmental risk factors and/or by a common genetic susceptibility...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526836/characterisation-of-antibiotic-prescriptions-for-acute-respiratory-tract-infections-in-danish-general-practice-a-retrospective-registry-based-cohort-study
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Rune Aabenhus, Malene Plejdrup Hansen, Laura Trolle Saust, Lars Bjerrum
Inappropriate use of antibiotics is contributing to the increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance. Several Danish guidelines on antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory tract infections in general practice have been issued to promote rational prescribing of antibiotics, however it is unclear if these recommendations are followed. We aimed to characterise the pattern of antibiotic prescriptions for patients diagnosed with acute respiratory tract infections, by means of electronic prescriptions, labeled with clinical indications, from Danish general practice...
May 19, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514771/istaroxime-a-potential-anticancer-drug-in-prostate-cancer-exerts-beneficial-functional-effects-in-healthy-and-diseased-human-myocardium
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Markus Wallner, Mounir Khafaga, Ewald Kolesnik, Aris Vafiadis, Gerold Schwantzer, Deborah M Eaton, Pero Curcic, Martin Köstenberger, Igor Knez, Peter P Rainer, Martin Pichler, Burkert Pieske, Dirk Von Lewinski
The current gold standard for prostate cancer treatment is androgen deprivation therapy and antiandrogenic agents. However, adverse cardiovascular events including heart failure can limit therapeutic use. Istaroxime, which combines Na+-K+-ATPase (NKA) inhibition with sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase 2a (SERCA2a) stimulation, has recently shown promising anti-neoplastic effects in prostate cancer (PC) models and may also improve cardiac function. Considering the promising anticancer effects of istaroxime, we aimed to assess its functional effects on human myocardium...
April 30, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513794/psychotropic-drug-use-among-older-adults-prevalence-and-associated-factors
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Mariza Miranda Abi-Ackel, Maria Fernanda Lima-Costa, Érico Castro-Costa, Antônio Ignácio de Loyola
Objective: Investigating the prevalence of psychotropic drug use among older adults and factors associated with it. Methods: This study was based on the Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Area Health Survey, conducted in 2003. It involved 1,635 elderly (60 years or older) citizens, who were residents of cities within the Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Area and were selected using complex randomize sampling. Logistic regression models were used to identify factors associated with psychotropic drug use, with a 5...
January 2017: Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia, Brazilian Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511403/a-prospective-analysis-of-drug-interactions-in-patients-of-intensive-cardiac-care-unit
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Shipra Jain, Pushpawati Jain, Kopal Sharma, Pushpendra Saraswat
INTRODUCTION: Drug-Drug Interaction (DDI) is a serious concern in cardiac patients due to polypharmacy. AIM: The present study was aimed to identify the potential DDI among hospitalized cardiac patients and evaluate the mechanism and severity of such interactions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted in intensive cardiac care unit of a tertiary care hospital for six months. Patients aged 18 years and above and taking two or more drugs were included in the study...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509794/an-allometric-model-of-remifentanil-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics
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Douglas J Eleveld, Johannes H Proost, Hugo Vereecke, Anthony R Absalom, Erik Olofsen, Jaap Vuyk, Michel M R F Struys
BACKGROUND: Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models are used to predict and explore drug infusion schemes and their resulting concentration profiles for clinical application. Our aim was to develop a pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic model for remifentanil that is accurate in patients with a wide range of age and weight. METHODS: Remifentanil pharmacokinetic data were obtained from three previously published studies of adults and children, one of which also contained pharmacodynamic data from adults...
June 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507653/use-of-potentially-inappropriate-medications-among-ambulatory-home-dwelling-elderly-patients-with-dementia-a-review-of-the-literature
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Tejal Patel, Karen Slonim, Linda Lee
BACKGROUND: Older adults with dementia are at high risk for drug-related adverse outcomes. While much is known about potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults, its prevalence and characteristics among those with dementia are not as well elucidated. We conducted a literature review to examine the prevalence of potentially inappropriate medication use among home-dwelling older adults with dementia. Our secondary aim was to determine the most frequently implicated medications and factors associated with potentially inappropriate medication use...
May 2017: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506569/-identifying-potentially-inappropriate-prescriptions-in-patients-over-65-years-old-using-original-beers-criteria-and-their-spanish-adaptation
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Josep Pastor Cano, Ana Aranda García, Juan José Gascón Cánovas, José Francisco Sánchez Ruiz, Víctor José Rausell Rausell, Mariana Tobaruela Soto
OBJECTIVE: To compare the detection of potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) using the original Beers criteria, a global reference for evaluating prescriptions in the elderly, and their Spanish version. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study LOCATION: A Primary Care area in the province of Murcia, Spain. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 7,856 subjects aged 65 and over, with at least one drug prescribed in a Primary Care Area of Spain during study period...
May 13, 2017: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506139/effects-of-aging-and-depression-on-mnemonic-discrimination-ability
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D A Camfield, R Fontana, K A Wesnes, J Mills, R J Croft
Ageing and depression have been found to be associated with poorer performance in mnemonic discrimination. In the current study, a two-response format mnemonic similarity test, Cognitive Drug Research MST, was used to compare these effects. Seventy-six participants were tested; with 52 participants in the young group, aged 18-35 years, and 24 participants in the elderly group, aged 55 years or older. Twenty-two young participants and 10 elderly participants met DSM-IV criteria for MDD or dysthymia. Age-related deficits were found for lure identification and speed of response...
May 16, 2017: Neuropsychology, Development, and Cognition. Section B, Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502674/evidence-based-drug-treatment-for-special-patient-populations-through-model-based-approaches
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REVIEW
Elke H J Krekels, J G Coen van Hasselt, John N van den Anker, Karel Allegaert, Dick Tibboel, Catherijne A J Knibbe
The majority of marketed drugs remain understudied in some patient populations such as pregnant women, paediatrics, the obese, the critically-ill, and the elderly. As a consequence, currently used dosing regimens may not assure optimal efficacy or minimal toxicity in these patients. Given the vulnerability of some subpopulations and the challenges and costs of performing clinical studies in these populations, cutting-edge approaches are needed to effectively develop evidence-based and individualized drug dosing regimens...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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