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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454255/effects-of-adjunctive-eslicarbazepine-acetate-on-neurocognitive-functioning-in-children-with-refractory-focal-onset-seizures
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Sergiusz Jóźwiak, P Veggiotti, J Moreira, H Gama, F Rocha, P Soares-da-Silva
PURPOSE: This was a phase-II, randomized, double-blind (DB), placebo-controlled study aimed to evaluate neurocognitive effects of eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) as adjunctive therapy in pediatric patients with refractory focal-onset seizures (FOS). METHODS: Children (6-16years old) with FOS were randomized (2:1) to ESL or placebo. Treatment started at 10mg/kg/day, was up-titrated up to 30mg/kg/day (target dose), and maintained for 8weeks, followed by one-year open-label follow-up...
February 13, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454155/immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-approaches-on-special-subgroups-and-unresolved-burning-questions
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J Remon, N Vilariño, N Reguart
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) have been incorporated in the treatment strategy of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Beyond the already approved indications in first- and second-line setting of advanced NSCLC, new data has recently emerged demonstrating its efficacy in locally advanced disease as maintenance after chemo-radiotherapy and currently several trials are also exploring its efficacy in earlier stages of the disease to evaluate whether these results could be extrapolated to the adjuvant setting...
February 8, 2018: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454096/jak-stat-inhibitors-and-other-small-molecule-cytokine-antagonists-for-the-treatment-of-allergic-disease
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Michael D Howell, Carolyn Fitzsimons, Paul Smith
OBJECTIVE: To provide an overview of janus kinase (JAK), chemoattractant receptor-homologous molecule expressed on T-helper 2 cells (CRTH2), and phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitors in allergic disorders. DATA SOURCES: PubMed literature review. STUDY SELECTIONS: Articles included in this review discuss the emerging mechanism of action of small molecule inhibitors and their utilization in atopic dermatitis (AD), asthma, and allergic rhinitis (AR)...
February 14, 2018: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454073/the-accumulation-of-assembly-intermediates-of-the-mitochondrial-complex-i-matrix-arm-is-reduced-by-limiting-glucose-uptake-in-a-neuronal-like-model-of-melas-syndrome
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Guillaume Geffroy, Rayane Benyahia, Samuel Frey, Valerie Desquiret-Dumas, Naig Gueguen, Celine Bris, Sophie Belal, Aurore Inisan, Aurelie Renaud, Arnaud Chevrollier, Daniel Henrion, Dominique Bonneau, Franck Letournel, Guy Lenaers, Pascal Reynier, Vincent Procaccio
Ketogenic diet (KD) which combined carbohydrate restriction and the addition of ketone bodies has emerged as an alternative metabolic intervention used as an anticonvulsant therapy or to treat different types of neurological or mitochondrial disorders including MELAS syndrome. MELAS syndrome is a severe mitochondrial disease mainly due to the m.3243A > G mitochondrial DNA mutation. The broad success of KD is due to multiple beneficial mechanisms with distinct effects of very low carbohydrates and ketones...
February 14, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453759/systemic-treatment-of-patients-with-advanced-unresectable-hepatocellular-carcinoma-emergence-of-therapies
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Weijing Sun, Roniel Cabrera
To date, sorafenib, a multiple tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is the only systemic agent approved by the FDA in the first-line treatment of patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Several other tyrosine kinase-inhibiting agents have been investigated in the first-line setting, either alone (sunitinib, brivanib, linifanib, and lenvatinib) or in combination with sorafenib (erlotinib and doxorubicin) in phase 3 trials. However, none of these studies demonstrated an improvement in survival over sorafenib...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453628/safety-tolerability-and-preliminary-activity-of-imgn529-a-cd37-targeted-antibody-drug-conjugate-in-patients-with-relapsed-or-refractory-b-cell-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-a-dose-escalation-phase-i-study
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Anastasios Stathis, Ian W Flinn, Sumit Madan, Kami Maddocks, Arnold Freedman, Steven Weitman, Emanuele Zucca, Mihaela C Munteanu, M Lia Palomba
Background CD37 is expressed on B-cell lymphoid malignancies, thus making it an attractive candidate for targeted therapy in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). IMGN529 is an antibody-drug conjugate comprising a CD37-binding antibody linked to the maytansinoid DM1, a potent anti-mitotic agent. Methods This first-in-human, phase 1 trial recruited adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell NHL. The primary objective was to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and recommended phase 2 dose. Secondary objectives were to evaluate safety, pharmacokinetics, and preliminary clinical activity...
February 17, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453595/cardio-oncology-conflicting-priorities-of-anticancer-treatment-and-cardiovascular-outcome
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Lisa M Tilemann, Markus B Heckmann, Hugo A Katus, Lorenz H Lehmann, Oliver J Müller
BACKGROUND: This article about the emerging field of cardio-oncology highlights typical side effects of oncological therapies in the cardiovascular system, cardiovascular complications of malignancies itself, and potential preventive or therapeutic modalities. METHODS: We performed a selective literature search in PubMed until September 2016. RESULTS: Cardiovascular events in cancer patients can be frequently attributed to oncological therapies or to the underlying malignancy itself...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452919/high-dose-insulin-for-beta-blocker-and-calcium-channel-blocker-poisoning-17years-of-experience-from-a-single-poison-center
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Jon B Cole, Ann M Arens, JoAn R Laes, Lauren R Klein, Stacey A Bangh, Travis D Olives
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: High dose insulin (HDI) is a standard therapy for beta-blocker (BB) and calcium channel-blocker (CCB) poisoning, however human case experience is rare. Our poison center routinely recommends HDI for shock from BBs or CCBs started at 1U/kg/h and titrated to 10U/kg/h. The study objective was to describe clinical characteristics and adverse events associated with HDI. METHODS: This was a structured chart review of patients receiving HDI for BB or CCB poisoning with HDI defined as insulin infusion of ≥0...
February 6, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452859/evaluation-of-liquid-biopsies-for-detection-of-emerging-mutated-genes-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
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Hiroyasu Furuki, Takeshi Yamada, Goro Takahashi, Takuma Iwai, Michihiro Koizumi, Seiichi Shinji, Yasuyuki Yokoyama, Kohki Takeda, Nobuhiko Taniai, Eiji Uchida
BACKGROUND: Detection of gene mutations is important for planning molecular targeted therapy. Although most gene mutations are concordant between primary colon cancers and their liver metastases, new mutations can emerge in metastases. The liquid biopsy is a newly developed, gene analytic method to detect mutations in metastatic tumors. In this prospective study, we evaluated the applicability of liquid biopsies in the detection of mutations in primary and metastatic tumors. METHODS: We included 22 patients with liver metastases from colorectal cancer and extracted DNA from primary colorectal tumors, metastatic liver tumors, and peripheral blood (liquid biopsy)...
February 2, 2018: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452724/mathematical-modelling-for-patient-selection-in-proton-therapy
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T Mee, N F Kirkby, K J Kirkby
Proton beam therapy (PBT) is still relatively new in cancer treatment and the clinical evidence base is relatively sparse. Mathematical modelling offers assistance when selecting patients for PBT and predicting the demand for service. Discrete event simulation, normal tissue complication probability, quality-adjusted life-years and Markov Chain models are all mathematical and statistical modelling techniques currently used but none is dominant. As new evidence and outcome data become available from PBT, comprehensive models will emerge that are less dependent on the specific technologies of radiotherapy planning and delivery...
February 13, 2018: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452671/what-is-the-optimal-initial-management-of-the-younger-mantle-cell-lymphoma-patient
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REVIEW
Rory McCulloch, Simon Rule
The last 20 years has seen considerable advances made in the management of younger patients with mantle cell lymphoma. The use of high dose cytarabine and rituximab in induction therapy, usually followed by autologous stem cell transplant consolidation, has become established practice and the median overall survival now exceeds 10 years. However, this high intensity upfront approach is not necessarily appropriate for all newly diagnosed patients. A minority exhibit disease that behaves in an indolent fashion with no proven benefit from early intervention, and at the opposite end of the spectrum a high-risk group exists who do poorly with conventional treatment...
March 2018: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452669/optimal-management-of-the-young-patient-cll-patient
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John N Allan, Richard R Furman
The emergence of targeted therapy for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has permanently altered the therapeutic landscape. In both upfront and relapsed settings, safe and effective oral kinase inhibitors are available which rival the responses and durability seen with standard chemo immunotherapy regimens. In 2016, ibrutinib was granted Federal Drug Administration approval for first-line therapy in patients with CLL. While its role as initial therapy for older, unfit or deleted 17p CLL patients is less controversial, its role as first-line treatment for younger fit patients is less clear, begging the question, what is the optimal treatment for these patients, novel agents or standard CIT strategies? In this review, we aim to provide guidance for what we believe is the optimal management of young fit patients with CLL...
March 2018: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452619/monitoring-response-to-therapy
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Mike M Sathekge, Alfred O Ankrah, Ismaheel Lawal, Mariza Vorster
Monitoring response to treatment is a key element in the management of infectious diseases, yet controversies still persist on reliable biomarkers for noninvasive response evaluation. Considering the limitations of invasiveness of most diagnostic procedures and the issue of expression heterogeneity of pathology, molecular imaging is better able to assay in vivo biologic processes noninvasively and quantitatively. The usefulness of 18 F-FDG-PET/CT in assessing treatment response in infectious diseases is more promising than for conventional imaging...
March 2018: Seminars in Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452247/persistent-candidemia-despite-appropriate-fungal-therapy-first-case-of-candida-auris-from-the-united-arab-emirates
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Adnan Alatoom, Mohammad Sartawi, Karen Lawlor, Laila AbdelWareth, Jens Thomsen, Ahmad Nusair, Imran Mirza
In this case, we report an elderly patient with multiple chronic conditions and prolonged intensive care units (ICU) stay who had recurrent Candida auris (C. auris) in blood despite antifungal therapy. C. auris was misidentified using conventional automated identification system as Candida haemulonii resulting in delayed diagnosis. The isolate showed increasing minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) to different antifungal drugs and persisted in the patient's blood before the patient deceased. This is the first case of C...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452204/antiviral-therapy-in-hepatitis-b-virus-infected-children-with-immune-tolerant-characters-a-pilot-open-lable-randomized-study
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Shishu Zhu, Hongfei Zhang, Yi Dong, Limin Wang, Zhiqiang Xu, Weiwei Liu, Yu Gan, Hongmei Tang, Dawei Chen, Fuchuan Wang, Pan Zhao
BACKGROUND & AIM: Chronic infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) in children possesses a serious health problem worldwide. It remains unresolved how children with immune-tolerant chronic hepatitis B should be treated, who were commonly characterized by HBeAg positivity, high viral load, normal or mildly elevated ALT and no or minimal inflammation in liver histology. This trial aims to study the benefits of antiviral therapy in children with these characters. METHODS: This is a pilot open-lable randomized controlled study...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451410/inclisiran-for-the-treatment-of-dyslipidemia
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Toshiyuki Nishikido, Kausik K Ray
Dyslipidemia is one of the most important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Insufficient reduction in LDL-C from existing therapies in patients at high risk of atherogenic cardiovascular disease is an unmet clinical need. Circulating PCSK9 causes hypercholesterolemia by reducing LDL receptors in hepatocytes. Areas covered: PCSK9 inhibition has emerged as a promising new therapeutic strategy to reduce LDL-C. Inclisiran, a novel, synthetic, siRNA molecule, inhibits PCSK9 synthesis in hepatocytes. Inclisiran targets intracellular PCSK9 synthesis specifically, resulting in a dose-dependent, long-term, significant reduction in LDL-C...
February 16, 2018: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451200/modulation-of-mitochondrial-bioenergetics-as-a-therapeutic-strategy-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Isaac G Onyango
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an increasingly pressing worldwide public-health, social, political and economic concern. Despite significant investment in multiple traditional therapeutic strategies that have achieved success in preclinical models addressing the pathological hallmarks of the disease, these efforts have not translated into any effective disease-modifying therapies. This could be because interventions are being tested too late in the disease process. While existing therapies provide symptomatic and clinical benefit, they do not fully address the molecular abnormalities that occur in AD neurons...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451116/population-tailored-care-for-homeless-veterans-and-acute-care-use-cost-and-satisfaction-a-prospective-quasi-experimental-trial
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Thomas P O'Toole, Erin E Johnson, Matthew Borgia, Amy Noack, Jean Yoon, Elizabeth Gehlert, Jeanie Lo
INTRODUCTION: Although traditional patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) are effective for patients with complex needs, it is unclear whether homeless-tailored PCMHs work better for homeless veterans. We examined the impact of enrollment in a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) homeless-tailored PCMH on health services use, cost, and satisfaction compared with enrollment in a traditional, nontailored PCMH. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, multicenter, quasi-experimental, single-blinded study at 2 VHA medical centers to assess health services use, cost, and satisfaction during 12 months among 2 groups of homeless veterans: 1) veterans receiving VHA homeless-tailored primary care (Homeless-Patient Aligned Care Team [H-PACT]) and 2) veterans receiving traditional primary care services (PACT)...
February 15, 2018: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450831/comparison-of-different-strategies-for-providing-fecal-microbiota-transplantation-to-treat-patients-with-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-two-english-hospitals-a-review
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REVIEW
Simon D Goldenberg, Rahul Batra, Ian Beales, Jonathan Leith Digby-Bell, Peter Miles Irving, Lee Kellingray, Arjan Narbad, Ngozi Franslem-Elumogo
Fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) has emerged as a highly efficacious treatment for difficult cases of refractory and/or recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). There have been many well-conducted randomized controlled trials and thousands of patients reported in case series that describe success rates of approximately 90% following one or more FMT. Although the exact mechanisms of FMT have yet to be fully elucidated, replacement or restoration of a 'normal' microbiota (or at least a microbiota resembling those who have never had CDI) appears to have a positive effect on the gut dysbiosis that is thought to exist in these patients...
February 15, 2018: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450799/iron-oxide-labeling-does-not-affect-differentiation-potential-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-exhibited-by-their-differentiation-into-cardiac-and-neuronal-cells
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Sujata Mohanty, Krishan Gopal Jain, Sushmita Bose Nandy, Anupama Kakkar, Manoj Kumar, Amit Kumar Dinda, Harpal Singh, Alok Ray
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have shown promising outcomes in cardiac and neuronal diseases. Efficient and noninvasive tracking of MSCs is essential to harness their therapeutic potential. Iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) have emerged as effective means to label stem cells and visualize them using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It is known that IONPs do not affect viability and cell proliferation of stem cells. However, very few studies have demonstrated differentiation potential of iron oxide-labeled MSCs and their differentiation into specific lineages that can contribute to cellular therapies...
February 15, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
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