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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224437/baseline-hbv-load-increases-the-risk-of-anti-tuberculous-drug-induced-hepatitis-flares-in-patients-with-tuberculosis
#1
Chun-Hui Zhu, Man-Zhi Zhao, Guang Chen, Jun-Ying Qi, Jian-Xin Song, Qin Ning, Dong Xu
Hepatitis associated anti-tuberculous treatment (HATT) has been a main obstacle in managing patients co-infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis and hepatitis B virus (HBV). Therefore, we evaluated the factors related to the severity of adverse effects during HATT, especially those associated with liver failure. A retrospective study was carried out at Tongji Hospital from 2007 to 2012. Increases in serum transaminase levels of >3, 5, and 10 times the upper limit of normal (ULN) were used to define liver damage as mild, moderate, and severe, respectively...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224299/clinical-impact-of-sarcopenia-and-relevance-of-nutritional-intake-in-patients-before-and-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Shouichi Tanaka, Osamu Imataki, Atsuo Kitaoka, Shuji Fujioka, Etsuyo Hanabusa, Yumiko Ohbayashi, Makiko Uemura, Nobuo Arima, Tetsuji Yamamoto
PURPOSE: We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate the effect of rehabilitation on minimizing sarcopenia during hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) therapy. METHODS: We developed a protocol to test for retention of physical function during HSCT. Muscle strength, muscle circumference, and muscle function before and after HSCT were measured. Consecutive patients with hematological malignancies who underwent HSCT treatment were recruited in this research...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223828/preoperative-albumin-to-globulin-ratio-and-prognostic-nutrition-index-predict-prognosis-for-glioblastoma
#3
Wen-Zhe Xu, Feng Li, Zhen-Kuan Xu, Xuan Chen, Bin Sun, Jing-Wei Cao, Yu-Guang Liu
OBJECTIVE: Impaired immunonutritional status has disadvantageous effects on outcomes for cancer patients. Preoperative albumin-to-globulin ratio (AGR) and the prognostic nutrition index (PNI) have been used as prognostic factors in various cancers. We aimed to evaluate the clinical significance of the AGR and PNI in glioblastoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective analysis involved 166 patients. Demographic, clinical, and laboratory data were collected. AGR and the PNI were calculated as AGR = albumin/(total serum protein - albumin) and PNI = albumin (g/L) + 5 × total lymphocyte count (10(9)/L)...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223177/pneumocystis-pneumonia-in-patients-with-inflammatory-or-autoimmune-diseases-usefulness-of-lymphocyte-subtyping
#4
Yi Li, Marc Ghannoum, Chuntao Deng, Yanxia Gao, Huadong Zhu, Xuezhong Yu, Valery Lavergne
OBJECTIVES: No consensus currently exists on indications for Pneumocystis jirovecii prophylaxis in patients with inflammatory or autoimmune diseases. The main objective was to identify biomarkers associated with Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PcP) in this population. METHODS: A retrospective study was carried out at Beijing Union Medical College Hospital (2003-2014). All patients with an inflammatory or autoimmune diseases presenting with acute onset of fever and respiratory symptoms were included...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214659/clinical-outcomes-and-prognostic-factors-of-patients-with-advanced-mesothelioma-treated-in-a-phase-i-clinical-trials-unit
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Dionysis Papadatos-Pastos, Desam Roda, Maria Jose De Miguel Luken, Ann Petruckevitch, Awais Jalil, Marta Capelan, Vasiliki Michalarea, Joao Lima, Nikolaos Diamantis, Jaishree Bhosle, L Rhoda Molife, Udai Banerji, Johann S de Bono, Sanjay Popat, Mary E R O'Brien, Timothy A Yap
BACKGROUND: We have previously reported a prognostic score for patients in phase I trials in the Drug Development Unit, treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital (RPS). The RPS is an objective tool used in patient selection for phase I trials based on albumin, number of disease sites and LDH. Patients with mesothelioma are often selected for phase I trials as the disease remains localised for long periods of time. We have now reviewed the clinical outcomes of patients with relapsed malignant mesothelioma (MM) and propose a specific mesothelioma prognostic score (m-RPS) that can help identify patients who are most likely to benefit from early referral...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213164/carvedilol-use-is-associated-with-improved-survival-in-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis-and-ascites
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Rohit Sinha, Khalida A Lockman, Nethmee Mallawaarachchi, Marcus Robertson, John N Plevris, Peter C Hayes
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Carvedilol, a non-selective beta-blocker (NSBB) with additional anti-alpha 1 receptor activity, is a potent portal hypotensive agent. It has been used as prophylaxis against variceal bleed. However, its safety in decompensated liver cirrhosis with ascites is still disputed. In this study, we examined whether long-term use of carvedilol in the presence of ascites is a risk factor for mortality. METHODS: This was a single-centre retrospective analysis of 325 consecutive patients with liver cirrhosis and ascites presenting to our Liver Unit between 1(st) of January 2009 to 31(st) August 2012...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212584/hyaluronic-acid-serum-albumin-conjugate-based-nanoparticles-for-targeted-cancer-therapy
#7
Ravit Edelman, Yehuda G Assaraf, Inna Levitzky, Tal Shahar, Yoav D Livney
Multiple carcinomas including breast, ovarian, colon, lung and stomach cancer, overexpress the hyaluronic acid (HA) receptor, CD44. Overexpression of CD44 contributes to key cancer processes including tumor invasion, metastasis, recurrence, and chemoresistance. Herein, we devised novel targeted nanoparticles (NPs) for delivery of anticancer chemotherapeutics, comprised of self-assembling Maillard reaction-based conjugates of HA and bovine serum albumin (BSA). HA served as the hydrophilic block, and as the ligand for actively targeting cancer cells overexpressing CD44...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209267/assessment-of-volume-status-and-appropriate-fluid-replenishment-in-the-setting-of-nephrotic-syndrome
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Pierluigi Marzuillo, Stefano Guarino, Andrea Apicella, Rosaria Marotta, Vincenzo Tipo, Laura Perrone, Angela La Manna, Giovanni Montini
BACKGROUND: When the permeability of the glomerular filtration barrier increases, leading to proteinuria, nephrotic syndrome (NS) occurs. First episodes or relapses of NS can be concurrent with acute gastroenteritis (AGE) infections. This condition can cause further deterioration of the hypovolemic state, as intravascular water is lost through both AGE-related vomiting/diarrhea and NS-related fluid shifting into the interstitium. In this case report, we wish to raise the issues about the difficult management of children presenting with both NS and AGE...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208642/photoluminescent-gold-nanoclusters-in-cancer-cells-cellular-uptake-toxicity-and-generation-of-reactive-oxygen-species
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Marija Matulionyte, Dominyka Dapkute, Laima Budenaite, Greta Jarockyte, Ricardas Rotomskis
In recent years, photoluminescent gold nanoclusters have attracted considerable interest in both fundamental biomedical research and practical applications. Due to their ultrasmall size, unique molecule-like optical properties, and facile synthesis gold nanoclusters have been considered very promising photoluminescent agents for biosensing, bioimaging, and targeted therapy. Yet, interaction of such ultra-small nanoclusters with cells and other biological objects remains poorly understood. Therefore, the assessment of the biocompatibility and potential toxicity of gold nanoclusters is of major importance before their clinical application...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198632/engineering-oral-and-parenteral-amorphous-amphotericin-b-formulations-against-experimental-trypanosoma-cruzi-infections
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Miriam Rolón, Dolores R Serrano, Aikaterini Lalatsa, Esther de Pablo, Juan Jose Torrado, Maria Paloma Ballesteros, Anne Marie Healy, Celeste Vega, Cathia Coronel, Francisco Bolas-Fernández, Maria Auxiliadora Dea-Ayuela
Chagas disease (CD) is a parasitic zoonosis endemic in most mainland countries of Central and South America affecting nearly 10 million people, with 100 million people at high risk of contracting the disease. Treatment is only effective if received at the early stages of the disease. Only two drugs (benznidazole and nifurtimox) have so far been marketed and both share various limitations such as variable efficacy, many side effects and long duration of treatment, thus reducing compliance. The in vitro and in vivo efficacy of poly-aggregated amphotericin B (AmB), encapsulated poly-aggregated AmB in albumin microspheres (AmB-AME) and dimeric AmB - sodium deoxycholate micelles (AmB-NaDC) was evaluated...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195282/albumin-nanoparticle-encapsulation-of-potent-cytotoxic-therapeutics-shows-sustained-drug-release-and-alleviates-cancer-drug-toxicity
#11
Hangxiang Wang, Jiaping Wu, Li Xu, Ke Xie, Chao Chen, Yuehan Dong
We here provide the first report on the construction of nanoparticles formulating highly potent cytotoxic therapeutics using albumin. Maytansinoid DM1 can be efficiently integrated into albumin nanoparticles, resulting in remarkable alleviation of in vivo drug toxicity and expanding the repertoire of albumin technology available for cancer therapy.
February 14, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194064/therapeutic-plasma-exchange-in-patients-with-neurologic-disorders-review-of-63-cases
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Anil Tombak, Mehmet Ali Uçar, Aydan Akdeniz, Arda Yilmaz, Hakan Kaleagası, Mehmet Ali Sungur, Eyup Naci Tiftik
Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) is a procedure that reduces circulating autoantibodies of the patients. TPE is commonly used in neurological disorders where autoimmunity plays a major role. We report our experience with regard to the indications, adverse events and outcomes of plasma exchange in neurological disorders. Sixty-three patients were included to this retrospective study. Median age was 48 years (range 1-85), there was a predominance of males. Neurological indications included Guillain-Barrè syndrome (n = 22), myasthenia gravis (n = 21), chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (n = 7), polymyositis (n = 3), multifocal motor neuropathy (n = 2), acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (n = 2), neuromyelitis optica (n = 2), multiple sclerosis (n = 2), limbic encephalitis (n = 1) and transverse myelitis (n = 1)...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192499/vitamin-d-status-in-pediatric-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Benjamin Udoka Nwosu, Louise Maranda, Ninfa Candela
IMPORTANCE: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is associated with significant morbidity in children and adolescents, and the therapeutic efficacy of available treatment options is limited. The role of vitamin D supplementation in pediatric IBS is unclear as the vitamin D status of pediatric patients with IBS is unknown. Equally, the relationship of vitamin D status with psychosomatic symptoms in children and adolescents is unclear. AIM: To characterize the vitamin D status of pediatric patients with IBS using a case-control study design...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191789/attenuation-of-partial-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction-induced-renal-damage-with-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-in-a-rat-model
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Eyup Burak Sancak, Yusuf Ziya Tan, Hakan Turkon, Coskun Silan
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of HBO therapy on biochemical parameters, renal morphology and renal scintigraphy in rats undergoing chronic unilateral partial ureteral obstruction (UPUO). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-five rats were divided into five equal groups: Control group; Sham group; HBO group; UPUO group and UPUO/HBO group. The effects of HBO therapy were examined using biochemical parameters and histopathological changes...
January 27, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191759/heparin-promotes-cardiac-differentiation-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-chemically-defined-albumin-free-medium-enabling-consistent-manufacture-of-cardiomyocytes
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Yongshun Lin, Kaari L Linask, Barbara Mallon, Kory Johnson, Michael Klein, Jeanette Beers, Wen Xie, Yubin Du, Chengyu Liu, Yinzhi Lai, Jizhong Zou, Mark Haigney, Hushan Yang, Mahendra Rao, Guokai Chen
Cardiomyocytes can be differentiated from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) in defined conditions, but efficient and consistent cardiomyocyte differentiation often requires expensive reagents such as B27 supplement or recombinant albumin. Using a chemically defined albumin-free (E8 basal) medium, we identified heparin as a novel factor that significantly promotes cardiomyocyte differentiation efficiency, and developed an efficient method to differentiate hPSCs into cardiomyocytes. The treatment with heparin helped cardiomyocyte differentiation consistently reach at least 80% purity (up to 95%) from more than 10 different hPSC lines in chemically defined Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium/F-12-based medium on either Matrigel or defined matrices like vitronectin and Synthemax...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185616/tuberculous-peritonitis
#16
Urvashi Vaid, Gregory C Kane
Tuberculous peritonitis is rare in the United States but continues to be reported to occur in certain high-risk populations, which include patients with AIDS or cirrhosis, patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, recent immigrants from areas of high endemicity, and those who are immunosuppressed. The diagnosis of this disease requires a high clinical index of suspicion and should be considered in the differential of ascites with a lymphocyte predominance and serum-ascitic albumin gradient of <1...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185302/patterns-and-challenges-of-treatment-sequencing-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-experience-from-a-referral-center
#17
Martha M Kirstein, Nora Schweitzer, Theresa Winter, Katerina Lappas, Nathalie Graen, Isabell Kunstmann, Torsten Voigtländer, Tanja Reineke-Plaaß, Michael P Manns, Frank Lehner, Thomas Rodt, Arndt Vogel
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most prevalent and lethal cancers. Several local and systemic therapies are available for patients with HCC depending on the stage of the disease. In clinical practice, treatment decision-making and sequencing may be very heterogeneous. METHODS: In this study, we retrospectively analyzed treatment algorithms in 2,101 patients with HCC treated from 2000 to 2015 at Hannover Medical School, Germany. RESULTS: Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) was the most common initial treatment (n = 545; 25...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183639/prodrug-encapsulated-albumin-nanoparticles-as-an-alternative-approach-to-manifest-anti-proliferative-effects-of-suicide-gene-therapy
#18
Bulbul Tirkey, Bharat Bhushan, S Uday Kumar, P Gopinath
Conventional anticancer agents are associated with limited therapeutic efficacy and substantial nonspecific cytotoxicity. Thus, there is an imminent need for an alternative approach that can specifically annihilate the cancer cells with minimal side effects. Among such alternative approaches, CD::UPRT (cytosine deaminase uracil phosphoribosyl transferase) suicide gene therapy has tremendous potential due to its high efficacy. Prodrug 5-Fluorocytosine (5-FC) used in combination with CD::UPRT suicide gene suffers from limited solubility which subsequently leads to decline in therapeutic efficacy...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181108/circulating-levels-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-21-in-early-stage-diabetic-kidney-disease
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A Esteghamati, A Khandan, A Momeni, A Behdadnia, A Ghajar, M S Nikdad, S Noshad, M Nakhjavani, M Afarideh
AIMS/PURPOSE: Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), a hepatoadipokine with pleiotropic metabolic regulatory actions, is emerging as a novel biomarker of progressive nephropathy. We sought to evaluate circulating FGF21 and its association with clinical and biochemical characteristics as well as the urinary albumin excretion (UAE) rates in a population of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) with or without microalbuminuria and their matched healthy controls. METHODS: Cross-sectionally, 130 consecutive individuals comprising patients with T2D with (n = 44) or without (n = 44) microalbuminuria and their healthy controls (n = 42) were recruited for analysis...
February 8, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179965/primary-care-based-investigation-of-the-effect-of-sitagliptin-on-blood-pressure-in-hypertensive-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
#20
Shouhei Yuasa, Kazuyoshi Sato, Takamoto Furuki, Kosuke Minamizawa, Hiroyuki Sakai, Yuichi Numata, Keiichi Chin, Jisho Kojima, Masaaki Miyakawa, Ikuro Matsuba
BACKGROUND: The influence of long-term sitagliptin therapy on office blood pressure (BP) and home BP has been unclear. METHODS: In a retrospective cohort study of 454 patients with type 2 diabetes, the following variables were analyzed before and at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after initiation of sitagliptin therapy: office systolic blood pressure (SBP), office diastolic blood pressure (DBP), office pulse rate, morning home SBP, morning home DBP, morning home pulse rate, evening home SBP, evening home DBP, evening home pulse rate, hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), plasma glucose, lipid profile, and renal function parameters...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
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