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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335859/making-it-new-again-insight-into-liver-development-regeneration-and-disease-from-zebrafish-research
#1
Shuang Wang, Sophie R Miller, Elke A Ober, Kirsten C Sadler
The adult liver of most vertebrates is predominantly comprised of hepatocytes. However, these cells must work in concert with biliary, stellate, vascular, and immune cells to accomplish the vast array of hepatic functions required for physiological homeostasis. Our understanding of liver development was accelerated as zebrafish emerged as an ideal vertebrate system to study embryogenesis. Through work in zebrafish and other models, it is now clear that the cells in the liver develop in a coordinated fashion during embryogenesis through a complex yet incompletely understood set of molecular guidelines...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330530/spectrophotometric-methods-for-simultaneous-determination-of-sofosbuvir-and-ledipasvir-harvoni-tablet-comparative-study-with-two-generic-products
#2
Nisreen F Abo-Talib, Mohamed R El-Ghobashy, Marwa H Tammam
Sofosbuvir and ledipasvir are the first drugs in a combination pill to treat chronic hepatitis C virus. Simple, sensitive, and rapid spectrophotometric methods are presented for the determination of sofosbuvir and ledipasvir in their combined dosage form. These methods were based on direct measurement of ledipasvir at 333 nm (due to the lack of interference of sofosbuvir) over a concentration range of 4.0–14.0 μg/mL, with a mean recovery of 100.78 ± 0.64%. Sofosbuvir was determined, without prior separation, by third-derivative values at 281 nm; derivative ratio values at 265...
February 10, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326651/current-activities-and-future-directions-of-comprehensive-hepatitis-control-measures-in-japan-a-supportive-role-of-hepatitis-information-center-in-building-a-solid-foundation
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Noriko Oza, Hiroshi Isoda, Toshiki Ono, Tatsuya Kanto
In Japan, hepatitis B or C virus infection has been a major health issue. For the prevention of liver-related deaths, multifaceted strategies have been taken against hepatitis virus. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2002, nationwide screening for hepatitis was started as a part of health examinations provided by municipal governments. From FY2007, the hepatitis treatment network has been strengthened by the nationwide establishment of regional government-based hepatitis treatment systems, comprising linked regional core centers, specialized institutions for hepatitis treatment, primary care physicians and regional governments...
March 21, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316432/blood-transfusion-safety-current-status-and-challenges-in-nigeria
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REVIEW
John C Aneke, Chide E Okocha
The attainment of blood transfusion safety in Nigeria (and probably the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa) remains an uphill task due to a number of factors, ranging from shortage of blood, poor implementation of blood transfusion guidelines, infrastructural deficits to high prevalence of transfusion-transmissible infections (TTIs), particularly hepatitis and human immune deficiency viruses. We reviewed available data on blood transfusion practices and safety in Nigeria using the PubMed, PubMed Central, Google Scholar, and African Index Medicus search engines, through a combination of word and phrases relevant to the subject...
January 2017: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314252/clinical-target-volume-in-biliary-carcinoma-a-systematic-review-of-pathological-studies
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Ilaria Marinelli, Alessandra Guido, Lorenzo Fuccio, Andrea Farioli, Valeria Panni, Lucia Giaccherini, Alessandra Arcelli, Giorgio Ercolani, Giovanni Brandi, Silvia Cammelli, Andrea Galuppi, Gabriella Macchia, Rezarta Frakulli, Gian C Mattiucci, Francesco Cellini, Milly Buwenge, Matteo Renzulli, Francesco Deodato, Savino Cilla, Vincenzo Valentini, Vincenzo Tombolini, Rita Golfieri, Alessio G Morganti
BACKGROUND/AIM: Radiotherapy is a treatment option for both adjuvant and neo-adjuvant settings for biliary tract cancer. Guidelines on the delineation of the target volume of lymph nodes are lacking; only generic indications are available, without specific recommendations for different primary tumour locations (e.g. intrahepatic, extrahepatic biliary tract or gallbladder cancer). The aim of this study was to systematically review available literature to provide recommendations on lymph node target volume delineation in patients with unresectable biliary tumour...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306597/diagnosis-of-viral-hepatitis
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Philippa J Easterbrook, Teri Roberts, Anita Sands, Rosanna Peeling
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections and HIV-HBV and HCV coinfection are major causes of chronic liver disease worldwide. Testing and diagnosis is the gateway for access to both treatment and prevention services, but there remains a large burden of undiagnosed infection globally. We review the global epidemiology, key challenges in the current hepatitis testing response, new tools to support the hepatitis global response (2016-2020 Global Hepatitis Health Sector strategy, and 2017 WHO guidelines on hepatitis testing and their key recommendations) and future directions and innovations in hepatitis diagnostics...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293974/treatment-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-updated-swedish-guidelines-2016
#7
Martin Lagging, Rune Wejstål, Gunnar Norkrans, Olle Karlström, Soo Aleman, Ola Weiland, Maria Castedal, Johan Westin
In a recent expert meeting, Swedish recommendations for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection were updated. An interferon-free combination of direct-acting antiviral agents is considered and indicated for all patients with chronic HCV infection, but the ability to treat all is limited primarily by high cost of medication. The group of patients prioritized for therapeutic intervention has been extended to also include fertile women desiring to become pregnant. A more thorough discussion of treatment for people who inject drugs (PWIDs) in order to diminish transmission is included, and the clinical significance of baseline NS5A resistance associated variants (RAVs), also known as resistance associated substitutions (RASs), for the treatment of HCV genotype 1a or 3 infection is discussed...
March 15, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289523/pcsk9-inhibitors-a-new-era-of-lipid-lowering-therapy
#8
REVIEW
Rahul Chaudhary, Jalaj Garg, Neeraj Shah, Andrew Sumner
Hyperlipidemia is a well-established risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). The recent American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guidelines on lipid management emphasize treatment of individuals at increased risk for developing CVD events with 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) at doses proven to reduce CVD events. However, there are limited options for patients who are either intolerant to statin therapy, develop CVD despite being on maximally tolerated statin therapy, or have severe hypercholesterolemia...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286108/international-therapeutic-guidelines-for-patients-with-hcv-related-extrahepatic-disorders-a-multidisciplinary-expert-statement
#9
REVIEW
Anna Linda Zignego, Manuel Ramos-Casals, Clodoveo Ferri, David Saadoun, Luca Arcaini, Dario Roccatello, Alessandro Antonelli, Anne Claire Desbois, Cloe Commarmond, Laura Gragnani, Milvia Casato, Peter Lamprecht, Alessandra Mangia, Athanasios G Tzioufas, Zobair M Younossi, Patrice Cacoub
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is both hepatotrophic and lymphotropic virus that causes liver as well extrahepatic manifestations including cryoglobulinemic vasculitis, the most frequent and studied condition, lymphoma, and neurologic, cardiovascular, endocrine-metabolic or renal diseases. HCV-extrahepatic manifestations (HCV-EHMs) may severely affect the overall prognosis, while viral eradication significantly reduces non-liver related deaths. Different clinical manifestations may coexist in the same patient. Due to the variety of HCV clinical manifestations, a multidisciplinary approach along with appropriate therapeutic strategies are required...
March 7, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285069/sacubitril-valsartan-the-newest-addition-to-the-toolbox-for-guideline-directed-medical-therapy-of-heart-failure
#10
REVIEW
Jo E Rodgers
Sacubitril/valsartan combines a neprilysin inhibitor with an angiotensin receptor blocker. As an inhibitor of neprilysin, an enzyme that degrade biologically active natriuretic peptides, this first-in-class therapy increases levels of circulating natriuretic peptides resulting in natriuretic, diuretic, and vasodilatory effects. In patients chronic New York Heart Association class II-IV heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, the PARADIGM-HF trial demonstrated that sacubitril/valsartan significantly reduced the primary endpoint of cardiovascular mortality and HF hospitalization compared to enalapril...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280611/baseline-hemoglobin-and-liver-function-predict-tolerability-and-overall-survival-of-patients-receiving-radioembolization-for-chemotherapy-refractory-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
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Andrew S Kennedy, David Ball, Steven J Cohen, Michael Cohn, Douglas M Coldwell, Alain Drooz, Edward Ehrenwald, Samir Kanani, Fred M Moeslein, Charles W Nutting, Samuel G Putnam, Steven C Rose, Michael Savin, Sabine Schirm, Navesh K Sharma, Eric Wang
BACKGROUND: Patients with liver metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) often benefit from receiving (90)Y-microsphere radioembolization (RE) administered via the hepatic arteries. Prior to delivery of liver-directed radiation, standard laboratory tests may assist in improving outcome by identifying correctable pre-radiation abnormalities. METHODS: A database containing retrospective review of consecutively treated patients of mCRC from July 2002 to December 2011 at 11 US institutions was used...
February 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280374/optimizing-choice-of-oral-interferon-free-treatment-for-genotype-1-hepatitis-c-virus-using-testing-for-ns5a-resistance-a-cost-utility-analysis-from-the-perspective-of-the-italian-national-health-service
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Kirsten Y Westerhout, Walter Bouwmeester, Inge Duchesne, Marta Pisini, Marjanne A Piena, Francesco Damele, Beatrice Gueron, Maarten Treur, Jonathan Belsey
BACKGROUND: Patients with genotype-1 hepatitis C virus infection who have failed to respond to standard therapy or who relapse following treatment may be considered for an interferon-free regimen incorporating a nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) inhibitor. Sustained virologic response (SVR) with these regimens is typically >90%, but this is reduced in patients with NS5A resistance. European Association for Study of the Liver guidelines recommend simeprevir + sofosbuvir ± ribavirin (SMV+SOF±R) for re-treating patients failing an NS5A inhibitor-containing regimen...
2017: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260595/a-danish-nationwide-questionnaire-study-of-hepatitis-b-virus-screening-before-immunosuppressive-therapy
#13
Kristine Ifigenia Bunyoz, Henrik Krarup, Nina Weis
INTRODUCTION: Difficulty in identifying patients who are at risk for hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation makes it import-ant to screen for HBV before initiating immunosuppressive therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate screening procedures for HBV infection before initiation of immunosuppressive therapy and to explore HBV treatment strategies. METHODS: All Danish units of haematology, oncology, dermatology, rheumatology and gastroenterology using immunosuppressive agents were invited to fill out a questionnaire for The Danish Database for Hepatitis B and C...
March 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251100/quantitative-nucleic-acid-amplification-methods-and-their-implications-in-clinical-virology
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REVIEW
Mini P Singh, Shipra Galhotra, Karnika Saigal, Archit Kumar, Radha Kanta Ratho
Recently, a number of techniques have been approved for quantification of viral nucleic acids in clinical samples. Viral load (VL) tests have considerable importance in the management of patients and are widely used in routine diagnosis. In clinical virology, VL testing are important to monitor the antiviral treatment, to initiate preemptive therapy, to understand pathogenesis, and to evaluate the infectivity. These tests have now become a part of many diagnostic and treatment guidelines. Considering the various challenges for in-house viral testing related to the standardization, validation, and precision; they are gradually being replaced by the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) cleared tests...
January 2017: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249573/dangerous-practices-in-a-hemodialysis-unit-in-vietnam-identify-from-mixed-methods
#15
Minh Cuong Duong, Mary-Louise McLaws
BACKGROUND: Non-compliance with infection control practices poses a serious risk to patients receiving chronic hemodialysis. We aimed to identify the type and frequency of non-compliance with infection control practices in a hemodialysis unit in Vietnam where a large outbreak of hepatitis C infection had occurred. METHODS: Mixed methods approach included observations and discussions of non-compliance with all 12 nurses at the Hemodialysis Unit, District-6 Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City...
March 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240597/telaprevir-containing-triple-therapy-in-acute-hcv-coinfection-the-chat-study
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Christoph Boesecke, Gurmit K Jagjit Singh, Stefan H-A Scholten, Thomas Lutz, Axel Baumgarten, Stephan M Schneeweiss, Andreas Trein, Michael Rausch, Patrick Ingiliz, Jürgen K Rockstroh, Mark Nelson
BACKGROUND: No published randomised controlled data on the use of direct acting antivirals (DAA) in acute hepatitis C (AHC) coinfection exist. However, with the AHC epidemic ongoing among men who have sex with men (MSM) these are urgently needed. METHODS: The CHAT study is a randomised controlled trial of pegylated interferon + ribavirin (PR) plus telaprevir (TVR) for 12-24 weeks versus PR alone for 24-48 weeks in the response guided treatment of patients with AHC genotype (GT) 1 infection and HIV-1 co-infection in Germany and Great Britain...
February 27, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222098/multicenter-study-of-skin-rashes-and-hepatotoxicity-in-antiretroviral-na%C3%A3-ve-hiv-positive-patients-receiving-non-nucleoside-reverse-transcriptase-inhibitor-plus-nucleoside-reverse-transcriptase-inhibitors-in-taiwan
#17
Pei-Ying Wu, Chien-Yu Cheng, Chun-Eng Liu, Yi-Chien Lee, Chia-Jui Yang, Mao-Song Tsai, Shu-Hsing Cheng, Shih-Ping Lin, De-Yu Lin, Ning-Chi Wang, Yi-Chieh Lee, Hsin-Yun Sun, Hung-Jen Tang, Chien-Ching Hung
OBJECTIVES: Two nucleos(t)ide reverse-transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) plus 1 non-NRTI (nNRTI) remain the preferred or alternative combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) for antiretroviral-naive HIV-positive patients in Taiwan. The three most commonly used nNRTIs are nevirapine (NVP), efavirenz (EFV) and rilpivirine (RPV). This study aimed to determine the incidences of hepatotoxicity and skin rashes within 4 weeks of initiation of cART containing 1 nNRTI plus 2 NRTIs. METHODS: Between June, 2012 and November, 2015, all antiretroviral-naive HIV-positive adult patients initiating nNRTI-containing cART at 8 designated hospitals for HIV care were included in this retrospective observational study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219610/bictegravir-versus-dolutegravir-each-with-emtricitabine-and-tenofovir-alafenamide-for-initial-treatment-of-hiv-1-infection-a-randomised-double-blind-phase-2-trial
#18
Paul E Sax, Edwin DeJesus, Gordon Crofoot, Douglas Ward, Paul Benson, Robin Dretler, Anthony Mills, Cynthia Brinson, Julie Peloquin, Xuelian Wei, Kirsten White, Andrew Cheng, Hal Martin, Erin Quirk
BACKGROUND: All recent treatment guidelines recommend integrase strand transfer inhibitors (INSTIs) as components of initial HIV therapy. Bictegravir, a novel, once-daily, unboosted INSTI, showed potent activity in a 10 day monotherapy study and has a high in-vitro resistance barrier. On the basis of these results, we did a phase 2 trial comparing bictegravir with dolutegravir. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, phase 2 trial, we recruited previously untreated adults (aged ≥18 years) with HIV-1 infections from 22 outpatient centres in the USA...
February 14, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218867/-screening-diagnosis-treatment-and-follow-up-of-hepatitis-c-virus-related-liver-disease-national-consensus-guideline-in-hungary-from-15-october-2016
#19
Béla Hunyady, Zsuzsanna Gerlei, Judit Gervain, Gábor Horváth, Gabriella Lengyel, Alajos Pár, Zoltán Péter, László Rókusz, Ferenc Schneider, Ferenc Szalay, István Tornai, Klára Werling, Mihály Makara
Treatment of hepatitis C is based on a national consensus guideline updated six-monthly according to local availability and affordability of approved therapies through a transparent allocation system in Hungary. This updated guideline incorporates some special new aspects, including recommendations for screening, diagnostics, use and allocation of novel direct acting antiviral agents. Indication of therapy in patients with no contraindication is based on demonstration of viral replication with consequent inflammation and/or fibrosis in the liver...
February 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217253/miliary-tuberculosis-infection-during-hepatitis-c-treatment-with-sofosbuvir-and-ledipasvir-plus-ribavirin
#20
Maria Pilar Ballester-Ferré, Fernando Martínez, Natalia Garcia-Gimeno, Francisco Mora, Miguel A Serra
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is one of the main causes of chronic liver disease worldwide. In the last 5 years, treatment for HCV infection has experienced a marked development. In 2014, the use of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir with or without concomitant weight-based ribavirin was approved with a very significant increase in the sustained virological response. However, new side effects have been associated. We report the first case of an HCV infected patient treated for 12 wk with the combination of sofosbuvir/ledipasvir plus ribavirin who developed a miliary tuberculosis (TB) infection while on therapy...
January 28, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
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