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Bridging therapy

Masoumeh Ghafarzadeh, Mehrdad Namdari, Ali Eatemadi
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most prevalent congenital anomaly in newborn babies. Cardiac malformations have been induced in different animal model experiments, by perturbing some molecules that take part in the developmental pathways associated with myocyte differentiation, specification, or cardiac morphogenesis. The exact epigenetic, environmental, or genetic, basis for these molecules perturbations is yet to be understood. But, scientist have bridged this gap by introducing autologous stem cell into the defective hearts to treat CHD...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Avinadav Rubin, Tohar Dolev, Sigal Zilcha-Mano
: Approximately one in five patients drops out of treatment before its completion. Little is known about consistent predictors of dropout, and most studies focus on patients' demographic characteristics. A mass of information is collected daily at intake in clinical practice. Based on psychodynamic theoretical conceptualizations and accumulative clinical experience, this information may help predict dropout, and thereby expand the empirically based predictors of dropout. OBJECTIVE: The present study aims at bridging between scientific research and clinical practice by investigating potential predictors of unilateral termination collected at intake, before therapy, in addition to predictors already identified in the literature...
October 24, 2016: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
Yuriy Pya, Makhabbat Bekbossynova, Saltanat Jetybayeva, Serik Bekbossynov, Saltanat Andossova, Roman Salov, Assel Medressova, Svetlana Novikova, Muradym Murzagaliyev
AIMS: The need for the left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) in patients with end-stage heart failure is well established, but prior to 2011, this was not available to patients in Kazakhstan. We describe the development of the sole LVAD programme in the context of a nascent heart transplantation programme and clinical outcomes for the first three years. METHODS AND RESULTS: From November 2011 to November 2014, 146 patients underwent implantation of 152 VADs (approximately 50 devices implanted per year)...
March 2016: ESC Heart Failure
Kathleen O Degnan, Emily A Blumberg
Patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are living longer, healthier lives on highly active antiretroviral therapy and, as a result, interest in kidney transplantation for HIV-infected patients with end-stage renal disease has increased. HIV is no longer considered a contraindication to solid-organ transplantation and the number of kidney transplants performed in HIV-infected patients each year is increasing steadily. HIV-infected kidney transplant recipients have had excellent outcomes overall, but there are still significant challenges, including high rates of acute rejection, drug-drug interactions, and poor outcomes in patients co-infected with hepatitis C virus...
September 2016: Seminars in Nephrology
Laura C Coates
As in rheumatoid arthritis, treating to target in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) has been shown to improve outcomes over standard therapy. As a result of this, the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) updated recommendations for the management of PsA now recommend a treat-to-target approach for all patients with PsA. However, translating the results of this research remains challenging in clinical practice. Prolonged consultation time associated with implementing this into practice can be minimised using a simple to calculate but inclusive target for treatment and assessing this within information technology (IT) systems...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Carlos Walter Sobrado, Lucas Faraco Sobrado
Introduction: Acute severe colitis is a potentially lethal medical emergency and, even today, its treatment remains a challenge for clinicians and surgeons. Intravenous corticoid therapy, which was introduced into the therapeutic arsenal in the 1950s, continues to be the first-line treatment and, for patients who are refractory to this, the rescue therapy may consist of clinical measures or emergency colectomy. Objective: To evaluate the indications for and results from drug rescue therapy (cyclosporine, infliximab and tacrolimus), and to suggest a practical guide for clinical approaches...
July 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
Christoffer C Jørgensen, Henrik Kehlet
Background - The benefit of preoperative bridging in surgical patients with continuous anticoagulant therapy is debatable, and drawing of meaningful conclusions may have been limited by mixed procedures with different thromboembolic and bleeding risks in most published studies. Patients and methods - This was an observational cohort treatment study in consecutive primary unilateral total hip and knee arthroplasty patients between January 2010 and November 2013 in 8 Danish fast-track departments. Data were collected prospectively on preoperative comorbidity and anticoagulants in patients with preoperative vitamin K antagonist (VKA) treatment...
October 19, 2016: Acta Orthopaedica
Erin R Weeda, Philip S Wells, W Frank Peacock, Gregory J Fermann, Christopher W Baugh, Veronica Ashton, Concetta Crivera, Peter Wildgoose, Jeff R Schein, Craig I Coleman
We sought to compare length-of-stay (LOS), total hospital costs, and readmissions among pulmonary embolism (PE) patients treated with rivaroxaban versus parenterally bridged warfarin. We identified adult PE (primary diagnostic code = 415.1x) patients in the Premier Database (11/2012-9/2015), and included those with ≥1 PE diagnostic test on days 0-2. Rivaroxaban users (allowing ≤2 days of prior parenteral therapy) were 1:1 propensity score matched to patients parenterally bridged to warfarin. LOS, total costs, and readmission for venous thromboembolism (VTE) or major bleeding within the same or subsequent 2 months were compared between cohorts...
October 18, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Geoffrey M Fleming, Rashmi Sahay, Michael Zappitelli, Eileen King, David J Askenazi, Brian C Bridges, Matthew L Paden, David T Selewski, David S Cooper
OBJECTIVE: In a population of neonatal and pediatric patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; to describe the prevalence and timing of acute kidney injury utilizing a consensus acute kidney injury definition and investigate the association of acute kidney injury with outcomes (length of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and mortality). DESIGN: Multicenter retrospective observational cohort study. SETTING: Six pediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation centers...
October 13, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Stacey S Huppert, Kathleen M Campbell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although the liver possesses a unique, innate ability to regenerate through mass compensation, transplantation remains the only therapy when damage outpaces regeneration, or liver metabolic capacity is irreversibly impacted. Recent insight from developmental biology has greatly influenced the advancement of alternative options to transplantation in these settings. RECENT FINDINGS: Factors known to direct liver cell specification, expansion, and differentiation have been used to generate hepatocyte-like cells from stem and somatic cells for developing cell therapies...
October 15, 2016: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
Solène Le Pennec-Prigent, Erwan Flecher, Vincent Auffret, Guillaume Leurent, Jean-Claude Daubert, Christophe Leclercq, Philippe Mabo, Jean-Philippe Verhoye, Raphael P Martins
OBJECTIVES: Extracorporeal life support is used for patients with severe heart failure as a bridge to heart transplantation or recovery. We aimed at analyzing the efficacy and safety of extracorporeal life support to treat refractory arrhythmic storm responsible for cardiogenic shock in patients resistant to antiarrhythmic drugs. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: University Hospital of Rennes, France. PATIENTS: Patients with refractory arrhythmic storm admitted between January 2005 and March 2015...
October 14, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
S Binita Chanu, Samya Banerjee, Mithun Roy
Cancer-specific anticancer drugs are still an elusive goal. Using light as the temporal control to generate cytotoxic species from photo-activated prodrug in the presence or absence of molecular oxygen has shown potential application targeted chemotherapy as in photodynamic therapy (PDT). In the present work we explored the chemistry of several photo-active (μ-oxo)diiron(III) complexes of the following formulation [{Fe(μ-O) (L-his)(B)}2](ClO4)2 (1a-1c), [Fe2(μ-O)(H2O)2B4](ClO4)4 (2b, 2c) and [Fe2(μ-O)(μ-O2CMe)B4](ClO4)3 (3b, 3c), L-his = l-histidine, B is 2,2'-bipyridine, 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) and dipyrido[3,2-d:2',3'-f]quinoxaline (dpq) complexes for tumor-specific anticancer activity...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Shiv Kumar Sarin, Ashok Choudhury
Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a distinct entity that differs from acute liver failure and decompensated cirrhosis in timing, presence of treatable acute precipitant, and course of disease, with a potential for self-recovery. The core concept is acute deterioration of existing liver function in a patient of chronic liver disease with or without cirrhosis in response to an acute insult. The insult should be a hepatic one and presentation in the form of liver failure (jaundice, encephalopathy, coagulopathy, ascites) with or without extrahepatic organ failure in a defined time frame...
December 2016: Current Gastroenterology Reports
Jack H Boyd, Vedant S Pargaonkar, David H Scoville, Ian S Rogers, Takumi Kimura, Shigemitsu Tanaka, Ryotaro Yamada, Michael P Fischbein, Jennifer A Tremmel, Robert Scott Mitchell, Ingela Schnittger
BACKGROUND: Left anterior descending artery myocardial bridges (MBs) range from clinically insignificant incidental angiographic findings to a potential cause of sudden cardiac death. Within this spectrum, a group of patients with isolated, symptomatic, and hemodynamically significant MBs despite maximally tolerated medical therapy exist for whom the optimal treatment is controversial. We evaluated supraarterial myotomy, or surgical unroofing, of the left anterior descending MBs as an isolated procedure in these patients...
October 1, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Ivan Netuka, Pierre-Yves Litzler, Michael Berchtold-Herz, Erwan Flecher, Daniel Zimpfer, Laura Damme, Kartik S Sundareswaran, David J Farrar, Jan D Schmitto
BACKGROUND: Current recommendations of antithrombotic therapy for HeartMate II (HMII) patients include the use of both an anticoagulant and an antiplatelet agent. Because bleeding is still the most frequent adverse event, the TRACE (STudy of Reduced Anti-Coagulation/Anti-platelet Therapy in Patients with the HeartMatE II) study was initiated to evaluate the incidence of adverse events in HMII patients on reduced antithrombotic (RT) therapy. METHODS: HMII patients (n = 101) from nine centers were enrolled in the European arm of TRACE and were managed on a single anticoagulant (vitamin K antagonist) with no antiplatelet agents...
October 12, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Paul Kostenuik, Faisal M Mirza
Delayed healing and nonunion of fractures represent enormous burdens to patients and healthcare systems. There are currently no approved pharmacological agents for the treatment of established nonunions, or for the acceleration of fracture healing, and no pharmacological agents are approved for promoting the healing of closed fractures. Yet several pharmacologic agents have the potential to enhance some aspects of fracture healing. In preclinical studies, various agents working across a broad spectrum of molecular pathways can produce larger, denser and stronger fracture calluses...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Amit Odelia, Joffe Erel, Perry Chava, Herishanu Yair, Sarid Nadav, Lishner Michael, Avivi Irit
INTRODUCTION: Due to the rarity of lymphoma during pregnancy, management guidelines are based upon evidence from retrospective studies and case reports. Here, we review the major dilemmas in the field and examine the approach of hemato-oncologists in Israel to the management of lymphoma in pregnancy. METHODOLOGY: We performed a literature search on the PubMed database using keywords for all papers on the subject from 1990-2014. The papers were reviewed by an expert panel who devised a questionnaire covering the main dilemmas...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
S Fischer, A Weber, A Carolus, F Drescher, F Götz, W Weber
BACKGROUND: Endovascular treatment of wide-necked aneurysms remains challenging without the use of adjunctive devices to preserve the parent artery. OBJECTIVE: To present our initial experience with a temporary bridging device, the Comaneci (Rapid Medical, Israel). The compliant remodeling mesh protects the parent artery during coil occlusion without flow arrest in the distal vasculature. Permanent dual antiplatelet therapy is not required since the device is fully removed at the end of the procedure...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
Paola Friedrich, Catherine G Lam, Geetinder Kaur, Elena Itriago, Raul C Ribeiro, Ramandeep S Arora
BACKGROUND: Understanding and addressing treatment abandonment (TxA) is crucial for bridging the pediatric cancer survival gap between high-income (HIC) and low-and middle-income countries (LMC). In childhood cancer, TxA is defined as failure to start or complete curative cancer therapy and known to be a complex phenomenon. With rising interest on causes and consequences of TxA in LMC, this study aimed to establish the lay-of-the-land regarding determinants of TxA globally, perform and promote comparative research, and raise awareness on this subject...
2016: PloS One
Jacob Kjell, Lars Olson
A long-standing goal of spinal cord injury research is to develop effective spinal cord repair strategies for the clinic. Rat models of spinal cord injury provide an important mammalian model in which to evaluate treatment strategies and to understand the pathological basis of spinal cord injuries. These models have facilitated the development of robust tests for assessing the recovery of locomotor and sensory functions. Rat models have also allowed us to understand how neuronal circuitry changes following spinal cord injury and how recovery could be promoted by enhancing spontaneous regenerative mechanisms and by counteracting intrinsic inhibitory factors...
October 1, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
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