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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934778/the-effect-of-early-use-of-supplemental-therapy-on-preventing-postherpetic-neuralgia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Xiu-Fang Xing, Zhen-Feng Zhou, Feng-Jiang Zhang, Min Yan
BACKGROUND: Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is the most common and refractory complication of herpes zoster (HZ). Aggressive treatment of acute pain in HZ has the potential to prevent the development of PHN, but the preventive efficacy of supplemental therapy commonly used in clinical practice is controversial. OBJECTIVES: Our aim is to examine the efficacy of supplemental therapy in preventing PHN. STUDY DESIGN: A meta-analysis. SETTING: All of the selected studies are randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933307/the-role-of-xanthine-oxidase-inhibitors-in-patients-with-history-of-stroke-a-systematic-review
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Sara R Britnell, Kelly A Chillari, Jamie N Brown
BACKGROUND: Xanthine oxidase inhibitors are commonly used to lower uric acid levels in patients with gout. Due to their effects on endothelial function, they have also been investigated for possible benefits for patients with cardiovascular disease. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy and safety of xanthine oxidase inhibitors in the treatment of patients with history of stroke. METHODS: MEDLINE (1946-June 2017) and EMBASE (1947-June 2017) were queried using the search terms: "allopurinol" OR "febuxostat" OR "xanthine oxidase inhibitor" OR "xanthine oxidase/antagonists and inhibitors" AND "stroke" OR "cerebral infarction" OR "cerebrovascular accident"...
September 19, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933135/headache-in-a-young-woman-do-not-forget-susac-s-syndrome
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A Kefi, F Said, T Ben Salem, M Khedher, M Khanfir, I Ben Ghorbel, M Lamloum, M H Houman
Susac syndrome is a rare disease characterized by the clinical triad of encephalopathy, branch retinal artery occlusion, and sensorineural hearing loss. This underdiagnosed condition needs to be considered in the differential diagnosis of a broad variety of disorders. An early diagnosis is important as treatment can halt disease progression and prevent permanent disability. Herein, we report a case of Susac syndrome in a 31-year-old woman and we highlight how challenging an early diagnosis was and the importance of an aggressive therapeutic approach, including the combination of steroids and other cytotoxic drugs...
September 21, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932964/treatment-strategies-for-the-opioid-dependent-patient
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REVIEW
Shweta Teckchandani, Meredith Barad
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review is intended to help the headache physician think through and plan for management issues concerning the use of opioids. We ask the headache physician to consider if there are instances where prescribing or continuing prescriptions of opiates is plausible, and if so, how can the physician proceed as safely as possible. Our goal is to start a conversation regarding the inevitable encounter with a patient on opiates or requesting opiates. RECENT FINDINGS: The use of opiates in our society has reached a crisis in staggering death and addiction rates...
September 20, 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932685/pig-s-ear-streptococcus-suis-meningitis-and-its-associated-inner-ear-implications
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S Sena Esteves, J Carvalho de Almeida, J Abrunhosa, C Almeida E Sousa, Q Arshad
Streptococcus suis (S. suis) is a zoonotic pathogen commonly found in Asian countries. Infection with this bacterium typically clinically presents as meningitis and individuals whom handle swine are at increased risk of developing infections. We present a case of a patient with a S. suis meningitis who worked as a butcher. The 48-year-old man was admitted to our department with headaches, fevers, nausea and bilateral hearing loss. According to his medical history, the patient had sustained a cut on his finger while preparing pork meat...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932391/photophobia-in-neurologic-disorders
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REVIEW
Yiwen Wu, Mark Hallett
Photophobia is a common symptom seen in many neurologic disorders, however, its pathophysiology remains unclear. Even the term is ambiguous. In this paper, we review the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of photophobia in neurological disorders, including primary headache, blepharospasm, progressive supranuclear palsy, and traumatic brain injury, discuss the definition, etiology and pathogenesis, and summarize practical methods of diagnosis and treatment.
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932372/acupuncture-and-botulinum-toxin-a-injection-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-migraine-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Bahram Naderinabi, Alia Saberi, Masood Hashemi, Mohammad Haghighi, Gelareh Biazar, Farid Abolhasan Gharehdaghi, Abbas Sedighinejad, Tahereh Chavoshi
BACKGROUND: Migraine is a common type of headache. Sometimes adequate pain relief is not achieved by conventional treatments. Acupuncture and botulinum toxin-A injection are known as non-pharmacological interventions for this purpose. The aim of this research was to compare the effect of acupuncture with botulinum toxin-A injection and pharmacological treatment in controlling chronic migraine. METHODS: This clinical trial was conducted on patients with chronic migraine in the North of Iran during 2014-2015...
2017: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931106/a-case-of-prethoracic-pain-radiating-upward-and-initiating-nervus-intermedius-neuralgia-and-migraine-headache-could-epicrania-fugax-pain-start-in-the-upper-body
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Yu Wang, Pei-Lin Kan, Yuan-Feng Tao, Xiao-Yan Li, Xiao-Juan Yang, Gui-Ling Liang
Epicrania fugax (EF) was recently classified as a primary headache in the Appendix of the International Classification of Headache Disorders, third edition (ICHD-III). It is characterized by a paroxysmal pain rapidly radiating forward or backward along a linear or zigzag trajectory on the surface of the head. This article reports a 76-year-old woman who newly developed a paroxysmal EF-type pain distributed not only in the territories of the trigeminal and occipital nerves, but also in the territories of the cervical and thoracic nerves...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931105/neurofibromatosis-type-1-accompanied-by-craniofacial-pain-literature-review-and-descriptive-case
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Chunghwan Son, Ji Woon Park
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1) is a genetic disease with characteristic neurofibromas and bony dysplasia that manifest throughout the body, including the craniofacial region. NF-1 patients are known to frequently report chronic pain in areas below the head; however, the matter of pain in the craniofacial region in this patient group has not been handled intensively so far, and studies have mainly focused on headaches. This article comprehensively reviews the related literature and reports a case of an NF-1 patient whose chief complaint was headache and pain in the temporomandibular joint area...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930248/the-effect-of-acupuncture-on-visual-function-in-patients-with-congenital-and-acquired-nystagmus
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Tilo Blechschmidt, Maike Krumsiek, Margarita G Todorova
Background: The aim of this study is to examine the short-term effect of visual function following acupuncture treatment in patients with congenital idiopathic nystagmus and acquired nystagmus (CIN and AN). Methods: An observational pilot study on six patients with confirmed diagnosis of nystagmus (three CIN and three AN patients (2♀, 4♂; mean age 42.67; SD ± 20.57 y)), was performed. Acupuncture treatment was done following a standardized protocol applying needle-acupuncture on the body and the ears. The treatment was scheduled with 10 sessions of 30 min duration over five weeks...
May 23, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930006/fatal-rocky-mountain-spotted-fever-along-the-united-states-mexico-border-2013-2016
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Naomi A Drexler, Hayley Yaglom, Mariana Casal, Maria Fierro, Paula Kriner, Brian Murphy, Anne Kjemtrup, Christopher D Paddock
Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is an emerging public health concern near the US-Mexico border, where it has resulted in thousands of cases and hundreds of deaths in the past decade. We identified 4 patients who had acquired RMSF in northern Mexico and subsequently died at US healthcare facilities. Two patients sought care in Mexico before being admitted to US-based hospitals. All patients initially had several nonspecific signs and symptoms, including fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, or myalgia, but deteriorated rapidly without receipt of a tetracycline-class antimicrobial drug...
October 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929666/-32-546-intensive-hospital-monitoring-cases-of-shuxuetong-injection
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Jun-Jie Jiang, Yan-Ming Xie, Yin Zhang, Zhi-Xin Yang, Dan-Hui Yi
This study adopted multi-center and large sample design to understand the incidence, characteristics and other information about adverse reaction of Shuxuetong injection. In 54 medical institutions, use of Shuxuetong injection of entire treatment period was monitored, including patients' general information, diagnostic information, medication, adverse reaction/event information, etc. Sixty four cases of adverse reactions in 32 546 patients was monitored, adverse rate was 0.197%, mainly characterized by skin itching, rash, flu-like, dyspnea, palpitations, headache, chest tightness and other allergic reactions...
October 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929521/safety-tolerability-and-pharmacokinetics-of-radavirsen-avi-7100-an-antisense-oligonucleotide-targeting-influenza-a-m1-m2-translation
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John H Beigel, Jocelyn Voell, Paula Muñoz, Parag Kumar, Kristina M Brooks, Jianbo Zhang, Patrick Iversen, Alison Heald, Michael Wong, Richard T Davey
AIMS: To assess the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics (PK) of radavirsen following single ascending doses and multiple doses given as IV infusions in healthy adults. METHODS: A Phase 1 safety and pharmacokinetic (PK) study of radavirsen was performed in healthy volunteers. The study was divided into 2 parts. The first was a single-ascending dose study of 5 cohorts of 8 subjects each, randomized 6:2 to receive single intravenous doses of radavirsen ranging from 0...
September 20, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926506/family-perspectives-on-visiting-the-pediatric-emergency-department-for-migraine-a-qualitative-study
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Serena Laura Orr, Liam OʼSullivan, Roger Zemek, Natalie M Ward, Hugh J McMillan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the perspectives of families regarding their expectations and experience of visiting the emergency department (ED) for migraine. METHODS: This was a qualitative study involving the families of 25 patients aged 10 to 18 years receiving ED care for acute migraine. Following their visit, independent semistructured telephone interviews were conducted with both the patient and parent or guardian. Questions were designed to explore factors pertaining to the family's perspective regarding their visit to the ED and expectations for the ED visit...
September 18, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925560/apremilast-in-psoriasis-a-prospective-real-world-study
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I Vujic, R Herman, M Sanlorenzo, C Posch, B Monshi, K Rappersberger, L Richter
BACKGROUND: Apremilast is a novel oral phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor approved for psoriasis treatment. Randomized trials have documented its efficacy and safety, but data on real-world patients are scarce. OBJECTIVES: We aim to characterize psoriasis patients treated with apremilast in a real-world setting and calculate drug survival as an important measure of efficacy and compliance. METHODS: All psoriasis patients that received apremilast between April 1(st) 2015 and January 19(th) 2017 were evaluated every 4 weeks and we documented: age, weight, height, smoking status, family history of psoriasis, joint involvement, previous treatments, psoriasis area severity index (PASI) scores, and the onset and duration of adverse events (AE)...
September 19, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925498/electronic-diary-for-recording-headaches-triggers-and-medication-use-development-and-evaluation
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Siavash Bandarian-Balooch, Paul R Martin, Brenton McNally, Arissa Brunelli, Sharon Mackenzie
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate an e-diary developed for measuring headaches, triggers, and medication consumption, in terms of reliability and validity, and variables such as ease of use and participant compliance. BACKGROUND: For many decades, behavioral treatment of headaches has been evaluated via participants completing paper diaries recording their headaches and associated phenomena. There is some limited evidence supporting the reliability and validity of paper diaries, and criticisms have been offered such as the large amount of effort involved for both participants and researchers...
September 19, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923789/assessing-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-an-11%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-type-1-inhibitor-azd4017-in-the-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-drug-trial-iih-dt-clinical-methods-and-design-for-a-phase-ii-randomized-controlled-trial
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Keira Annie Markey, Ryan Ottridge, James L Mitchell, Caroline Rick, Rebecca Woolley, Natalie Ives, Peter Nightingale, Alexandra J Sinclair
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a condition with few effective management options. So far, there have been no randomized controlled trials evaluating new treatments in IIH. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this paper is to outline the trial design for the Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Drug Trial (IIH:DT), assessing an innovative medical treatment in IIH and the rationale for the chosen trial methodology. METHODS: IIH:DT is a phase II double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial recruiting 30 female participants with active IIH (intracranial pressure >25cm H2 O and papilledema)...
September 18, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923637/ledipasvir%C3%A2-sofosbuvir-for-liver-transplant-recipients-with-recurrent-hepatitis-c-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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H-T Liao, P Tan, J-W Huang, K-F Yuan
INTRODUCTION: Studies focusing on the efficacy and safety of ledipasvir (LDV) + sofosbuvir (SOF) therapy in liver transplant (LT) recipients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) recurrence are still limited. Therefore, the aim of our work was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate outcome data of LDV + SOF therapy in LT recipients. METHODS: Multiple databases were systematically searched for eligible studies. We included studies reporting sustained virological response 12 weeks after treatment (SVR12) and treatment-related adverse events (AEs) in LT recipients treated with LDV + SOF ± ribavirin (RBV) for HCV recurrence...
October 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923020/caretakers-understanding-of-malaria-use-of-insecticide-treated-net-and-care-seeking-behavior-for-febrile-illness-of-their-children-in-ethiopia
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Zewdie Birhanu, Yemane Ye-Ebiyo Yihdego, Delenasaw Yewhalaw
BACKGROUND: Local understandings of malaria and use of preventive measures-are critical factors in sustained control of malaria. This study assessed caretakers' knowledge on malaria, use of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) and care-seeking behavior for their children's illness in different malaria transmission settings of Ethiopia. METHODS: Data were collected from 709 caretakers of children of 2-9 years of age during in 2016. A standard questionnaire was used to assess caretakers' perceptions of malaria, use of LLIN and care seeking behavior for febrile illness of children aged 2-9 years...
September 18, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922459/therapeutic-plasma-exchange-in-the-treatment-of-complicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-a-case-report
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Tsong-Yih Ou, Cheng-Yen Chuang, Chun-Da Chen, Chung-Yi Cheng
Severe falciparum malaria is associated with multiple organ dysfunction and a high rate of fatal outcome. Malaria is a world-wide disease in tropical areas through the bites of vector mosquitoes. Parasitic protozoans introduced by the mosquito's saliva to the blood travel to the liver then mature and reproduce. In humans, malaria is caused by Plasmodium falciparum, P. malariae, P. ovale, P. vivax, and P. knowlesi, and P. falciparum causes most deaths. Typical malaria symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, headache, nausea, and vomiting...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
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