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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031034/-potential-of-using-vitamin-d-as-an-adjuvant-treatment-of-malignant-melanoma
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B Bolerázska, E Ďurovcová, M Mareková
The incidence of malignant melanoma worldwide continues to grow despite the enormous advances in topical and systemic therapy. This increase is recorded regularly even in countries where, as a result of public health campaigns, dermatological examination and subsequent treatment have become more frequent. However, there have been reports of a stable or even decreasing mortality rate that seem to contradict the objective increase in its incidence. The well-known risk factors for malignant melanoma include sunburns and occasional sunbathing, whereas regular sunbathing is associated with a lower incidence...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029317/the-critical-role-of-supply-chains-in-preventing-human-immunodeficiency-virus-drug-resistance-in-low-and-middle-income-settings
#2
Thomas Minior, Meaghan Douglas, Dianna Edgil, Meena Srivastava, John Crowley, Jacqueline Firth, Ilana Lapidos-Salaiz, Jason Williams, Lana Lee
The functioning of the supply chain may be a driving factor behind the development of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) drug resistance (HIVDR) in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Additionally, the effectiveness of supply chains will likely impact the scale-up of both viral-load monitoring and HIVDR testing. This article describes the complexities of global supply chains relevant for LMICs and presents early data on stock-outs and drug substitutions in several countries supported by the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029278/efficacy-and-safety-of-delafloxacin-compared-with-vancomycin-plus-aztreonam-for-acute-bacterial-skin-and-skin-structure-infections-a-phase-3-double-blind-randomized-study
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J Pullman, J Gardovskis, B Farley, E Sun, M Quintas, L Lawrence, R Ling, S Cammarata
Background: Delafloxacin is an investigational anionic fluoroquinolone in development for oral or intravenous administration for the treatment of infections caused by Gram-positive (including MRSA), Gram-negative, atypical and anaerobic organisms. Objectives: To establish the non-inferiority of delafloxacin compared with vancomycin plus aztreonam for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections and to compare the safety of the two antimicrobials...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029067/pharmacodynamics-of-fosfomycin-against-esbl-and-or-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae
#4
Fiona Fransen, Kelly Hermans, Maria J B Melchers, Claudia C M Lagarde, Joseph Meletiadis, Johan W Mouton
Background: The increase in antibiotic resistance in Gram-negative bacteria and the limited therapeutic options due to the shortage of new antibiotics have increased the interest of the 'old' antibiotic fosfomycin in the treatment of infections. However, there are contradictory reports on the pharmacodynamics of and emergence of resistance to fosfomycin. Methods: Time-kill assays were performed with 11 ESBL-positive and 3 ESBL-negative strains, exposing the bacteria to 2-fold static concentrations from 0...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029033/trial-evaluating-ambulatory-therapy-of-travelers-diarrhea-treat-td-study-a-randomized-controlled-trial-comparing-3-single-dose-antibiotic-regimens-with-loperamide
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Mark S Riddle, Patrick Connor, Jamie Fraser, Chad K Porter, Brett Swierczewski, Emma J Hutley, Brook Danboise, Mark P Simons, Christine Hulseberg, Tahaniyat Lalani, Ramiro L Gutierrez, David R Tribble
Background: Recommended treatment for travelers' diarrhea includes the combination of an antibiotic, usually a fluoroquinolone or azithromycin, and loperamide for rapid resolution of symptoms. However, adverse events, postdose nausea with high-dose azithromycin, effectiveness of single-dose rifaximin, and emerging resistance to front-line agents are evidence gaps underlying current recommendations. Methods: A randomized, double-blind trial was conducted in 4 countries (Afghanistan, Djibouti, Kenya, and Honduras) between September 2012 and July 2015...
September 23, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028964/the-cost-effectiveness-of-hiv-testing-and-treatment-engagement-initiatives-in-british-columbia-canada-2011-2013
#6
B Nosyk, J E Min, E Krebs, X Zang, M Compton, R Gustafson, R Barrios, J S G Montaner
Background: Recognition of the secondary preventive benefits of antiretroviral therapy (ART) has mobilized global efforts to 'seek, test, treat and retain' people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in HIV care. We aimed to determine the cost-effectiveness of a set of HIV testing and treatment engagement interventions initiated in British Columbia (BC), Canada in 2011-2013. Methods: Using a previously-validated dynamic, compartmental HIV transmission model, linked individual-level health administrative data for PLHIV and aggregate-level HIV testing data, we estimated the cost-effectiveness of primary care testing (hospital, emergency department, outpatient), ART initiation and ART retention initiatives, versus a counterfactual scenario approximating the status quo...
September 26, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028854/clinical-insights-and-emerging-strategies-in-managing-cutaneous-t-cell-lymphoma
#7
Christina C Patrone, Larisa J Geskin
<p>Mycosis Fungoides and Sézary Syndrome, the two most common types of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL), present many management challenges for dermatologists. Here, we provide a comprehensive review of up-to-date literature, guidelines, and expert clinical insights. We highlight the updates in the World Health Organization Classification of Cutaneous Lymphomas; we summarize the epidemiology, including a recently observed stabilization of increasing incidence of CTCL in the past decade and increased incidence in males, blacks, and veterans; we also provide the most recent updates on prognostic factors for CTCL...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028739/association-of-the-syntax-score-ii-with-cardiac-rupture-in-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-undergoing-a-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Ibrahim Rencuzogullari, Metin Çağdaş, Yavuz Karabağ, Süleyman Karakoyun, Mahmut Yesin, Mustafa O Gürsoy, Sabri Seyis, İnanç Artaç, Doğan İliş, Süleyman Ç Efe, İbrahim H Tanboğa
BACKGROUND: Despite advances in reperfusion strategies, medical therapy, and emergent surgery, cardiac rupture (CR) is still a major lethal complication. Numerous parameters have been found to be associated with CR development after a primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI). SYNTAX Score (SS) and SYNTAX Score II (SSII) have been studied in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients, and higher scores have been associated with higher mortality. However, the relationship between CR and SSII is unclear...
October 12, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028568/virulence-genotypes-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-patterns-of-arcobacter-butzleri-isolated-from-seafood-and-its-environment
#9
Srinu Rathlavath, Vandita Kohli, Asem Sanjit Singh, Manjusha Lekshmi, Gayatri Tripathi, Sanath Kumar, Binaya Bhusan Nayak
Arcobacter butzleri is an emerging pathogen isolated from animals, food and the environment. In this study, 147 A. butzleri isolated from seafood and the coastal environment were tested for the presence of ten putative virulence genes (cadF, cj1349, ciaB, mviN, pldA, tlyA, hecA, hecB, irgA, iroE) and antimicrobial susceptibilities. Majority of the isolates harbored mviN (100%), cj1349 (97.2%), ciaB (95.9%), tlyA (91.8%), pldA (91.1%) and cadF (89.7%). Lower detection rates were observed for hecA (10.8%), hecB (19%), iroE (12...
October 3, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028480/revisiting-the-cholinergic-hypothesis-in-alzheimer-s-disease-emerging-evidence-from-translational-and-clinical-research
#10
Harald Hampel, Marsel M Mesulam, A Claudio Cuello, Ara S Khachaturian, Martin R Farlow, Peter J Snyder, Ezio Giacobini, Zaven S Khachaturian
Scientific evidence collected over the past four decades suggests that a loss of cholinergic innervation in the cerebral cortex of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an early pathogenic event correlated with cognitive impairment. This evidence led to the formulation of the "cholinergic hypothesis of AD" and the development of cholinesterase inhibitor therapies. Although approved only as symptomatic therapies, recent studies suggest that long-term use of these drugs may also have disease-modifying benefits...
October 10, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028178/zika-virus-immune-evasion-mechanisms-currently-available-therapeutic-regimens-and-vaccines
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Arun Asif, Sobia Manzoor, Fatima Tuz-Zahra, Muhammad Saalim, Maliha Ashraf, Javeria Ishtiyaq, Madiha Khalid
The sudden emergence of infectious pathogens such as Zika virus (ZIKV) holds global health concerns. Recent dissemination of ZIKV from Pacific to Americas with an upsurge of congenital anomalies and Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) in adults has created an alarming situation. High-throughput studies are in progress to understand ZIKV's mode of pathogenesis and mechanism of immune escape, yet the pathogenesis remains obscure. Mainly ZIKV's envelope (E) protein and nonstructural proteins (mainly NS1 and NS5) manipulate host cell to support viral immune escape by modulation of the interferon pathway and complement antagonism...
October 13, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028076/intestinal-probiotics-in-relieving-clinical-symptoms-of-severe-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-and-potential-mechanism-analysis
#12
F Zhu, Z Jiang, H-W Li
OBJECTIVE: In this prospective cohort study, the efficacy and action mechanism of an intestinal probiotic formulation, Golden Bifid, in severe hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) were determined in 63 consecutively admitted patients successfully treated in the Pediatrics Emergency Department of our hospital. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients had a persistent fever; 43 patients had rashes on hands, feet, crissum, and hips; and 45 patients had neurological signs and symptoms...
September 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027537/optimal-detection-of-clinically-relevant-mutations-in-colorectal-carcinoma-sample-pooling-overcomes-intra-tumoral-heterogeneity
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Andrew C Nelson, Jamie Boone, David Cartwright, Bharat Thyagarajan, Robyn Kincaid, Aaron P Lambert, Kylene Karnuth, Christine Henzler, Sophia Yohe
Intra-tumoral genomic heterogeneity is a well-established biologic property of human malignancies with emerging roles in cancer progression and therapy resistance. However, its impact on the clinical utility of genomic testing in patient management remains unclear. Furthermore, best practices to account for heterogeneity in the provision of highly accurate, clinically valid molecular testing have yet to be firmly established. Genomic biomarkers for the management of colorectal carcinoma are both well-established (ie, KRAS, NRAS) and emerging (BRAF, PIK3CA, and others) in respect to therapy selection and clinical trial eligibility...
October 13, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027279/long-non-coding-rna-pvt1-emerging-biomarker-in-digestive-system-cancer
#14
REVIEW
Dan-Dan Zhou, Xiu-Fen Liu, Cheng-Wei Lu, Om Prakash Pant, Xiao-Dong Liu
The digestive system cancers are leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide, and have high risks of morbidity and mortality. More and more long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been studied to be abnormally expressed in cancers and play a key role in the process of digestive system tumour progression. Plasmacytoma variant translocation 1 (PVT1) seems fairly novel. Since 1984, PVT1 was identified to be an activator of MYC in mice. Its role in human tumour initiation and progression has long been a subject of interest...
October 12, 2017: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027218/cell-death-and-immunity-in-cancer-from-danger-signals-to-mimicry-of-pathogen-defense-responses
#15
REVIEW
Abhishek D Garg, Patrizia Agostinis
The immunogenicity of cancer cells is an emerging determinant of anti-cancer immunotherapy. Beyond developing immunostimulatory regimens like dendritic cell-based vaccines, immune-checkpoint blockers, and adoptive T-cell transfer, investigators are beginning to focus on the immunobiology of dying cancer cells and its relevance for the success of anticancer immunotherapies. It is currently accepted that cancer cells may die in response to anti-cancer therapies through regulated cell death programs, which may either repress or increase their immunogenic potential...
November 2017: Immunological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027216/the-long-pentraxin-ptx3-a-prototypical-sensor-of-tissue-injury-and-a-regulator-of-homeostasis
#16
REVIEW
Marco Erreni, Angelo A Manfredi, Cecilia Garlanda, Alberto Mantovani, Patrizia Rovere-Querini
Tissue damage frequently occurs. The immune system senses it and enforces homeostatic responses that lead to regeneration and repair. The synthesis of acute phase molecules is emerging as a crucial event in this program. The prototypic long pentraxin PTX3 orchestrates the recruitment of leukocytes, stabilizes the provisional matrix in order to facilitate leukocyte and stem progenitor cells trafficking, promotes swift and safe clearance of dying cells and of autoantigens, limiting autoimmunity and protecting the vasculature...
November 2017: Immunological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027107/viral-factors-for-hbv-mother-to-child-transmission
#17
James S Park, Calvin Q Pan
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) remains a leading cause of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma worldwide. Because chronic hepatitis B infection is rarely eradicated, preventing mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) is the most effective strategy to eliminate HBV globally. Although immunoprophylaxis strategy is widely available and effective for infants born to mothers with chronic hepatitis B infection, postnatal immunoprophylaxis fails in approximately 5-10 % of infants, and this failure rate goes up to 30 % in infants born to highly viremic mothers...
October 12, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026920/immunotherapy-as-an-option-for-cancer-treatment
#18
REVIEW
Tillmann Rusch, Jagadeesh Bayry, Jens Werner, Ivan Shevchenko, Alexandr V Bazhin
The progress in melanoma immunotherapy highlights the importance of immunotherapy for cancer treatment. Although the concept of immunotherapy emerged in the beginning of the twentieth century, the end of the century signaled the start of modern immunotherapy, which has recently allowed a staggering progress in the field of cancer immunotherapy. Currently, there is a wide variety of immunotherapeutic approaches and critical improvements are continually being made. Among different immunotherapeutic strategies, therapies based on the blockade of immune checkpoint molecules have shown unparalleled efficacy in late-stage cancer patients...
October 12, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026893/descending-necrotizing-mediastinitis-after-a-trigger-point-injection
#19
Jae Young Choe, Jong Kun Kim, Dong Eun Lee, Kang Suk Seo, Jung Bae Park, Mi Jin Lee, Hyun Wook Ryoo, Jae Yun Ahn, Sungbae Moon
Descending necrotizing mediastinitis (DNM) is a rare form of mediastinal infection. Most cases are associated with esophageal rupture. DNM after a trigger point injection in the upper trapezius has not been described previously. We present a case of DNM after a trigger point injection in the upper trapezius. A 70-year-old man visited the emergency department with chest discomfort and fever after a trigger point injection in the left upper trapezius. Chest computed tomography showed evidence of DNM, and antibiotic therapy was immediately administered intravenously...
September 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026889/study-design-of-real-world-evidence-for-treatment-of-hyperkalemia-in-the-emergency-department-reveal-ed-a-multicenter-prospective-observational-study
#20
Zubaid Rafique, Mikhail Kosiborod, Carol L Clark, Adam J Singer, Stewart Turner, Joseph Miller, Douglas Char, W Frank Peacock
OBJECTIVE: Hyperkalemia affects up to 10% of hospitalized patients and, if left untreated, can lead to serious cardiac arrhythmias or death. Although hyperkalemia is frequently encountered in the emergency department (ED), and is potentially life-threatening, standard of care for the treatment is poorly defined, with little supporting evidence. The main objectives of this observational study are to define the overall burden of hyperkalemia in the ED setting, describe its causes, the variability in treatment patterns and characterize the effectiveness and safety of ED standard of care therapies used in the United States...
September 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
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