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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738235/treatment-decisions-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-beyond-first-and-second-line-combination-therapies
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A Vogel, R D Hofheinz, S Kubicka, D Arnold
Median overall survival (OS) of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) has reached up to 30months in recent clinical trials of first line therapies. Following disease progression after the standard in both, 1st and 2nd line, combination chemotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, many patients maintain a good performance status and a significant proportion is motivated to undergo further therapy. Choices of treatment beyond the second line setting for mCRC are therefore becoming increasingly important...
May 4, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737050/efficacy-of-elagolix-in-the-treatment-of-endometriosis
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Alexandra Perricos, René Wenzl
Much research has gone into developing medications that can be used to alleviate endometriosis-associated symptoms. In addition to already established medications, a new GnRH antagonist, elagolix, is in development. The novelty of this drug compared to other GnRH antagonists, is its nonpeptide structure, allowing it to be administered orally. Areas covered: We analyzed several Phase I, II and III clinical trials that have evaluated the safety and efficacy of this new medication. Expert opinion: Since many medications have been put on the market and have gained popularity for the treatment of endometriosis-associated symptoms, the demonstration of equality or superiority of effect, tolerability, as well as patient compliance should be assessed when introducing a new drug...
July 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736629/biologic-therapy-in-esophageal-and-gastric-malignancies-current-therapies-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Pamela Samson, A Craig Lockhart
Biologic agents, including targeted antibodies as well as immunomodulators, are demonstrating unparalleled development and study across the entire spectrum of human malignancy. This review summarizes the current state of biologic therapies for esophageal, esophagogastric, and gastric malignancies, including those that target human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), c-Met, mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) and immunomodulators...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735109/design-and-rationale-for-a-real-world-observational-cohort-of-patients-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-the-target-nash-study
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A Sidney Barritt, Norman Gitlin, Samuel Klein, Anna S Lok, Rohit Loomba, Laura Malahias, Margaret Powell, Miriam B Vos, L Michael Weiss, Kenneth Cusi, Brent A Neuschwander-Tetri, Arun Sanyal
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is highly prevalent and can lead to cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and end-stage liver disease. NAFLD comprises the spectrum from simple steatosis (nonalcoholic fatty liver, NAFL), to steatosis with inflammation (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, NASH). Current primary therapy recommended for NAFLD is weight loss induced by lifestyle modification. The difficulty in achieving this has led to robust pharmacological therapy development. While new drugs may show efficacy in selected phase II/III clinical trial populations, their real-world effectiveness is unknown...
July 19, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735067/treatment-sequence-with-either-irinotecan-cetuximab-followed-by-folfox-4-or-the-reverse-strategy-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-patients-progressing-after-first-line-folfiri-bevacizumab-an-italian-group-for-the-study-of-gastrointestinal-cancer-phase-iii-randomised
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Stefano Cascinu, Gerardo Rosati, Guglielmo Nasti, Sara Lonardi, Alberto Zaniboni, Paolo Marchetti, Francesco Leone, Domenico Bilancia, Rosario Vincenzo Iaffaioli, Vittorina Zagonel, Monica Giordano, Domenico C Corsi, Francesco Ferraú, Roberto Labianca, Monica Ronzoni, Mario Scartozzi, Francesca Galli
INTRODUCTION: The optimal treatment strategy for RAS wild type (WT) mCRC is controversial. Our phase III study investigated the effect of introducing earlier (second-line) or later (third-line) cetuximab in patients progressed after FOLFIRI/bevacizumab first-line. PATIENTS AND METHODS: mCRC patients progressing after FOLFIRI/bevacizumab first-line were randomised to receive second-line irinotecan/cetuximab followed by third-line FOLFOX-4 (arm A) or the reverse sequence (arm B)...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734183/influence-of-non-measurable-disease-on-progression-free-survival-in-patients-with-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Hadar Goldvaser, Domen Ribnikar, Rouhi Fazelzad, Bostjan Seruga, Arnoud J Templeton, Alberto Ocana, Eitan Amir
BACKGROUND: The presence of non-measurable disease is common in metastatic breast cancer. It is unknown whether treatment effect on progression free survival (PFS) is consistent among patients with measurable and non-measurable disease. METHODS: A systematic literature search identified phase III randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in metastatic breast cancer that reported outcomes in patients with non-measurable and measurable disease. Hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals were computed to compare the individual trial treatment effect on PFS in non-measurable versus measurable disease...
July 11, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733429/proteogenomic-analysis-and-discovery-of-immune-antigens-in-mycobacterium-vaccae
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Jianhua Zheng, Lihong Chen, Liguo Liu, Haifeng Li, Bo Liu, Dandan Zheng, Tao Liu, Jie Dong, Lilian Sun, Yafang Zhu, Jian Yang, Xiaobing Zhang, Qi Jin
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, especially in developing countries. Neonatal BCG vaccination occurs in various regions, but the level of protection varies in different populations. Recently, Mycobacterium vaccae is found to be an immunomodulating therapeutic agent that could confer a significant level of protection against TB. It is the only vaccine in a phase III trial from WHO to assess its efficacy and safety in preventing TB disease in people with latent TB infection. However, the mechanism of immunotherapy of M...
July 21, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732819/individual-dose-adjustment-of-riociguat-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-and-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
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Nicholas S Hill, Franck F Rahaghi, Namita Sood, Reiner Frey, Hossein-Ardeschir Ghofrani
Riociguat is a soluble guanylate cyclase stimulator that has been approved for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension and inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension or persistent/recurrent pulmonary hypertension following pulmonary endarterectomy. Riociguat is administered using an 8-week individual dose-adjustment scheme whereby a patient initially receives riociguat 1.0 mg three times daily (tid), and the dose is then increased every 2 weeks in the absence of hypotension, indicated by systolic blood pressure measurements and symptoms, up to a maximum dose of 2...
August 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732369/efficacy-and-safety-of-accelerated-partial-breast-irradiation-a-meta-analysis-of-published-randomized-studies
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Gengchun Liu, Zhongyi Dong, Baqun Huang, Yuelong Liu, Yan Tang, Qing Li, Yihui Zhu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) technology has theoretical advantages in comparison with traditional adjuvant radiation therapy (whole-breast irradiation; WBI) after breast-conserving surgery. However, published randomized controlled trials have shown inconsistent outcomes. Therefore, a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness and safety of APBI technology is needed. RESULTS: A total of 7 studies of 7452 patients were included in this analysis...
July 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732152/secukinumab-in-the-treatment-of-psoriasis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-a-review-of-the-literature
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M Abrouk, J Gandy, M Nakamura, K Lee, M Brodsky, R Singh, H Zhu, B Farahnik, T Bhutani, J Koo
While there are several commercially available treatment options for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, there remains a large number of individuals who are refractory to current modalities. In the recent past, there has been increasing evidence that interleukin (IL)-17 plays a vital role in the pathophysiology of psoriasis. Preclinical, phase II, and phase III studies of secukinumab (Cosentyx®) targeting IL-17 and its receptor have thus far proved to be promising. We reviewed the results of phase II and phase III clinical trials for secukinumab in the treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis...
July 2017: Skin Therapy Letter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731634/measuring-the-quality-of-hospital-food-services-development-and-reliability-of-a-meal-quality-audit-tool
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Merrilyn Banks, Mary Hannan-Jones, Lynda Ross, Ann Buckley, Jennifer Ellick, Adrienne Young
AIM: To develop and test the reliability of a Meal Quality Audit Tool (MQAT) to audit the quality of hospital meals to assist food service managers and dietitians in identifying areas for improvement. METHODS: The MQAT was developed using expert opinion and was modified over time with extensive use and feedback. A phased approach was used to assess content validity and test reliability: (i) trial with 60 dietetic students, (ii) trial with 12 food service dietitians in practice and (iii) interrater reliability study...
April 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730948/nonvitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-versus-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-previous-stroke-or-transient-ischemic-attack-an-updated-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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George Ntaios, Vasileios Papavasileiou, Hans-Chris Diener, Konstantinos Makaritsis, Patrik Michel
Background In a previous systematic review and meta-analysis, we assessed the efficacy and safety of nonvitamin-K antagonist oral anticoagulants versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation and stroke or transient ischemic attack. Since then, new information became available. Aim The aim of the present work was to update the results of the previous systematic review and meta-analysis. Methods We searched PubMed until 24 August 2016 for randomized controlled trials using the following search items: "atrial fibrillation" and "anticoagulation" and "warfarin" and "previous stroke or transient ischemic attack...
August 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730885/ataluren-in-cystic-fibrosis-development-clinical-studies-and-where-are-we-now
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Noreen Zainal Abidin, Iram J Haq, Aaron I Gardner, Malcolm Brodlie
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common genetically-acquired life-limiting conditions worldwide. The underlying defect is dysfunction of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane-conductance regulator (CFTR) which leads to progressive lung disease and other multi-system effects. Around 10% of people with CF have a class I nonsense mutation that leads to production of shortened CFTR due to a premature termination codon (PTC). Areas covered: We discuss the discovery of the small-molecule drug ataluren, which in vitro has been shown to allow read-through of PTCs and facilitate synthesis of full-length protein...
July 21, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730115/diabetic-macular-edema-in-proliferative-stage-treated-with-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-agent-and-triamcinolone-acetonide-by-laser-based-strategies
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Gang Qiao, Wan-Jiang Dong, Yan Dai, Zhen-Hua Jiang, Hai-Ke Guo
AIM: To appraise the effect of treatment for diabetic macular edema (DME) in proliferative stage with sufficient panrentinal photocoagulation (PRP) therapy and intravitreal injections (IV) Conbercept and posterior subtenon's triamcinolone acetonide (STTA) sequential therapy. METHODS: This prospective clinical randomized controlled trial of cross-over design was conducted in three phases. The participants included cases of DME in proliferative stage. They were divided into two groups and treated with PRP before enrollment...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729180/symptom-and-quality-of-life-improvement-in-lux-lung-8-an-open-label-phase-iii-study-of-second-line-afatinib-versus-erlotinib-in-patients-with-advanced-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-lung-after-first-line-platinum-based-chemotherapy
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Enriqueta Felip, Vera Hirsh, Sanjay Popat, Manuel Cobo, Andrea Fülöp, Charles Dayen, José M Trigo, Richard Gregg, Cornelius F Waller, Jean-Charles Soria, Glenwood D Goss, James Gordon, Bushi Wang, Michael Palmer, Eva Ehrnrooth, Shirish M Gadgeel
INTRODUCTION: In the phase III LUX-Lung 8 trial, afatinib significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) versus erlotinib in patients with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the lung progressing during or after platinum-based chemotherapy. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and health-related quality of life (QoL) in these patients are presented. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients (n = 795) were randomized 1:1 to oral afatinib (40 mg/d) or erlotinib (150 mg/d)...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728599/a-phase-iii-randomized-two-armed-double-blind-parallel-active-controlled-and-non-inferiority-clinical-trial-to-compare-efficacy-and-safety-of-biosimilar-adalimumab-cinnora%C3%A2-to-the-reference-product-humira%C3%A2-in-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Ahmadreza Jamshidi, Farhad Gharibdoost, Mahdi Vojdanian, Soosan G Soroosh, Mohsen Soroush, Arman Ahmadzadeh, Mohammad Ali Nazarinia, Mohammad Mousavi, Hadi Karimzadeh, Mohammad Reza Shakibi, Zahra Rezaieyazdi, Maryam Sahebari, Asghar Hajiabbasi, Ali Asghar Ebrahimi, Najmeh Mahjourian, Amin Mohammadinejad Rashti
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to compare efficacy and safety of test-adalimumab (CinnoRA®, CinnaGen, Iran) to the innovator product (Humira®, AbbVie, USA) in adult patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: In this randomized, double-blind, active-controlled, non-inferiority trial, a total of 136 patients with active RA were randomized to receive 40 mg subcutaneous injections of either CinnoRA® or Humira® every other week, while receiving methotrexate (15 mg/week), folic acid (1 mg/day), and prednisolone (7...
July 20, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728489/idarucizumab-for-the-treatment-of-hemorrhage-and-dabigatran-reversal-in-patients-requiring-urgent-surgery-or-procedures
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Ovidiu Vornicu, Anne-Sophie Larock, Anne-Sophie Dincq, Jonathan Douxfils, Jean-Michel Dogné, François Mullier, Sarah Lessire
Idarucizumab is a specific antagonist for dabigatran etexilate (DE). The recent market authorization of idarucizumab in Europe and the USA may reassure prescribers of DE, as it can increase the safety of the emergency management of patients taking this anticoagulant. However, idarucizumab use should be limited to specific indications to avoid unnecessary risks to patients and costs to healthcare systems. Areas covered: The authors provide an overview of idarucizumab development and its pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties...
July 20, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727332/-inhibitors-of-pcsk9
#18
Iveta Petrova-Slater, Andrea Denegri, Elena Pasotti, Maria Grazia Rossi, David Spirk, Walter F Riesen, Tiziano Moccetti, Marco Moccetti
Observational data show a consistent association between elevated low density lipoproteins (LDL-C) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Reduction of LDL-C reduces the risk of CVD as has been shown by many trials. Statins are currently the most effective drugs for lowering LDL-C, but can present side effects which might limit the prescribed dosage and prevent patients from reaching the recommended LDL levels. Although treated with statins important residual cardiovascular event risk remains in patients in primary and secondary prevention for CVD...
April 12, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725914/vascular-complications-in-diabetes-old-messages-new-thoughts
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REVIEW
Josephine M Forbes, Amelia K Fotheringham
In parallel with the growing diabetes pandemic, there is an increasing burden of micro- and macrovascular complications, occurring in the majority of patients. The identification of a number of synergistic accelerators of disease, providing therapeutic pathways, has stabilised the incidence of complications in most western nations. However, the primary instigators of diabetic complications and, thus, prevention strategies, remain elusive. This has necessitated a refocus on natural history studies, where tissue and plasma samples are sequentially taken to determine when and how disease initiates...
July 19, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725277/sabcs-2016-systemic-therapy-for-metastatic-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Simon Peter Gampenrieder, Gabriel Rinnerthaler, Richard Greil
At the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, several interesting phase II and phase III studies investigating systemic therapies for metastatic breast cancer were presented. The PrEGOC 0102 trial demonstrated that the combination of fulvestrant plus everolimus is safe and effective and could be an alternative to exemestane plus everolimus for selected patients with hormone-receptor positive, HER2-negative disease. The pan-PI3K inhibitor buparlisib showed some activity in combination with fulvestrant after failure of everolimus in the BELLE-3 trial...
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