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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775695/pulsatilla-decoction-inhibits-candida-albicans-proliferation-and-adhesion-in-a-mouse-model-of-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-via-the-dectin-1-signaling-pathway
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Lilin Yang, Haiwang Wu, Weiyu Qiu, Longyi Guo, Xin Du, Qingying Yu, Jie Gao, Songping Luo
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Pulsatilla decoction (PD) is a classical prescription in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been reported to have inhibitory effects on Candida albicans proliferation. STUDY AIM: To investigate the therapeutic effects of PD in the treatment of Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) and elucidate the potential mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Female BALB/c mice (N=90) were randomized to six treatment groups, including the Control group, Model group, three PD groups and Fluconazole group which served as a positive control (20mg/kg weekly)...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775668/current-approaches-to-the-discovery-of-novel-inhaled-medicines
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REVIEW
Peter Strong, Kazuhiro Ito, John Murray, Garth Rapeport
Inhaled administration is underutilised because the drug discovery process is viewed as challenging, risky, and expensive. However, unmet medical need continues to grow, and significant opportunities exist to discover novel inhaled medicines delivering the required lung concentrations while minimising systemic exposure. This profile could be achieved by a combination of properties, including lung retention and low oral bioavailability. Property-based rules exist for orally administered compounds, but there has been limited progress defining in silico predictors to guide the discovery of novel inhaled drugs...
May 15, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775513/conflicting-priorities-observation-of-medicines-administration
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Johanne Alteren, Marit Hermstad, Jo White, Susan Jordan
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To identify sources of interruptions and distractions to medicine administration rounds in hospitals. BACKGROUND: Nurses are frequently interrupted during medicine administration. There is no systematic description of nurses' behaviours and interruptions during administration of medicines to patients. DESIGN: Exploratory non-participant observational study. METHODS: Three hundred and fifty-one episodes of medicines administration with 32 nurses from three hospitals in Norway were observed using paper-based observation grids between December 2013 and March 2014...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774076/the-human-somatostatin-receptor-type-2-as-an-imaging-and-suicide-reporter-gene-for-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-therapy-of-myocardial-infarction
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Katrien Neyrinck, Natacha Breuls, Bryan Holvoet, Wouter Oosterlinck, Esther Wolfs, Hubert Vanbilloen, Olivier Gheysens, Robin Duelen, Willy Gsell, Ivo Lambrichts, Uwe Himmelreich, Catherine M Verfaillie, Maurilio Sampaolesi, Christophe M Deroose
Rationale: Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) are being investigated as a cell source for regenerative medicine since they provide an infinitive pool of cells that are able to differentiate towards every cell type of the body. One possible therapeutic application involves the use of these cells to treat myocardial infarction (MI), a condition where billions of cardiomyocytes (CMs) are lost. Although several protocols have been developed to differentiate PSCs towards CMs, none of these provide a completely pure population, thereby still posing a risk for neoplastic teratoma formation...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773700/implications-of-involving-pharmacy-technicians-in-obtaining-a-best-possible-medication-history-from-the-perspectives-of-pharmaceutical-medical-and-nursing-staff-a-qualitative-study
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Andrea Niederhauser, Chantal Zimmermann, Liat Fishman, David L B Schwappach
OBJECTIVES: In recent years, the involvement of pharmacy technicians in medication reconciliation has increasingly been investigated. The aim of this study was to assess the implications on professional roles and collaboration when a best possible medication history (BPMH) at admission is obtained by pharmacy technicians. DESIGN: Qualitative study with semistructured interviews. Data were analysed using a qualitative content analysis approach. SETTING: Internal medicine units in two mid-sized Swiss hospitals...
May 17, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773199/health-risk-assessment-of-arsenic-in-realgar-and-niuhuangjiedu-tablets-based-on-pharmacokinetic-study
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Xiao Wu, Shanhu Wu, Yuexin Liu, Rong Guan, Fangmei Liang, Min Song, Taijun Hang
NiuHuangJieDu Tablets (NHJDT), a popular realgar (As4 S4 ) containing patented traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is widely used in the treatment of acute tonsillitis, pharyngitis, periodontitis and mouth ulcer. However, arsenic is considered as one of the most toxic elements, leading to growing concerns about the quality and safety of realgar-containing TCMs recently. In this study, health risk assessment of arsenic in realgar and NHJDT was conducted through oral administration of both substances to rats with single and multiple doses, respectively...
July 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773003/antioxidant-action-of-an-aqueous-extract-of-royal-sun-medicinal-mushroom-agaricus-brasiliensis-agaricomycetes-in-rats-with-adjuvant-induced-arthritis
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Aline Cristine da Silva de Souza, Geferson de Almeida Gonсalves, Andréia Assunсão Soares, Anacharis B de Sá-Nakanishi, Ana Paula de Santi-Rampazzo, Maria Raquel Marсal Natali, Rosane Marina Peralta, Adelar Bracht
The purpose of this study was to evaluate possible effects of the administration of an aqueous Agaricus brasiliensis extract on the oxidative state of the liver, brain, and plasma in adjuvant-induced arthritic rats, a model for human rheumatoid arthritis. Daily doses of 400 mg · kg-1 were administered by gavage for 23 days. This treatment produced significant diminutions in protein carbonylation and lipid damage in the liver, brain, and plasma. It also diminished the tissue reactive oxygen species and increased the antioxidant capacity of the plasma...
2018: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772297/pharmacokinetic-profile-and-oral-bioavailability-of-kaurenoic-acid-from-copaifera-spp-in-rats
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Dalyara Mendonça de Matos, Milainy Rocha Viana, Marcela Cristina de Oliveira Alvim, Lara Soares Aleixo de Carvalho, Laura Hora Rios Leite, Ademar Alves da Silva Filho, Jorge Willian Leandro Nascimento
Kaurenoic acid (KA) is a kaurane diterpene found in several medicinal plants that displays biological activities, such as anti-inflammatory, smooth muscle relaxant and hypotensive response. However, there are no pharmacokinetic data available about this molecule. The purpose of the study was to determine the pharmacokinetics profile and the oral bioavailability of KA in rats. Wistar rats submitted to jugular vein cannulation received 50 mg/kg of KA by intravenous or oral route. The implanted cannula allowed intravenous administration and serial blood collection along 10 h...
May 14, 2018: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771623/effects-of-an-ethanolic-extract-of-mulberry-fruit-on-blood-pressure-and-vascular-remodeling-in-spontaneous-hypertensive-rats
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Sang Woong Park, Kyung Chul Shin, Soon-Kyu Yoou, Hyun Ji Park, Seo Hyeon Eun, Young Min Bae, Hyang Mi Lee, Han-Jung Chae, Soo-Wan Chae, Bok Hee Choi
Mulberry (Morus alba) has been used in traditional oriental medicine since ages. Recently, it has been reported that mulberry produces hypotensive effects through the eNOS signaling pathway. However, the mechanism underlying the hypotensive effects of mulberry is not entirely clear. Moreover, the effects of mulberry on vascular remodeling events such as hyperplasia, an important etiology in the pathogenesis of hypertension and arteriosclerosis, are also ambiguous. Here, we hypothesized that an ethanolic extract of mulberry fruit (EMF) has beneficial effects on vascular remodeling and produces hypotensive effects...
May 17, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770054/new-vaccine-administration-practice-recommendations-from-the-canadian-immunization-guide
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C Jensen, D Moore, C Mah, O Baclic, S Marchant-Short
Background: The Canadian Immunization Guide (CIG) is published online by the Public Health Agency of Canada and summarizes guidance on vaccines for human use into a single resource. Chapters are reviewed and updated on a regular basis. Vaccine administration is a critical part of any immunization program. Recently, the CIG chapter on vaccine administration practices was updated. Objective: To provide highlights of recent changes to the Vaccine Administration Practices chapter of the CIG...
November 2, 2017: Canada Communicable Disease Report, Relevé des Maladies Transmissibles Au Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767290/stem-cells-in-alzheimer-s-disease-current-standing-and-future-challenges
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Haitham Salem, Gabriela D Colpo, Antonio L Teixeira
To date, there is no definitive treatment for Alzheimer's disease (AD). The realm of stem cells is very promising in regenerative medicine, particularly for neurodegenerative diseases. Various types of stem cells have been used in preclinical/clinical trials for AD aiming the development of an elusive disease modifying therapy. Over the last decade, much knowledge has been gained in this field regarding types of cells, routes and timing of administration, and outcomes of stem cells-based strategies for AD. In this chapter, we will trace the state of art and the challenges facing the use of stem cells in AD...
May 17, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766208/-adequate-anti-infective-treatment-importance-of-individual-dosing-and-application
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A Brinkmann, A C Röhr, A Köberer, T Fuchs, W A Krüger, C König, D Richter, M A Weigand, O R Frey
Sepsis-induced changes in pharmacokinetic parameters are a well-known problem in intensive care medicine. Dosing of antibiotics in this setting is therefore challenging. Alterations to the substance-specific kinetics of anti-infective substances have an effect on the distribution and excretion processes in the body. Increased clearance and an increased distribution volume (Vd ) and particularly compromized organ function with reduced antibiotic elimination are often encountered in patients with sepsis. Renal replacement treatment, which is frequently used in intensive care medicine, represents a substantial intervention in this system...
May 15, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765215/in-vivo-investigation-on-the-chronic-hepatotoxicity-induced-by-intraperitoneal-administration-of-10-nm-silicon-dioxide-nanoparticles
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Mansour Almansour, Saud Alarifi, Bashir Jarrar
Background: Silicon dioxide (silica) nanoparticles (SDNPs) are widely used in nanotechnology and medicine, but these nanomaterials may carry a high risk for human health while little is known about their toxicity. Methods: We investigated the alterations in morphometry, biochemistry, hematology, histology of liver tissue and gene expression of drug-metabolizing enzymes induced by 10-nm SDNPs. Healthy male Wistar albino rats were exposed to 20, 35 and 50 repeated injections of SDNPs (2 mg/kg body weight)...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764494/precision-medicine-becomes-reality-tumor-type-agnostic-therapy
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Li Yan, Wei Zhang
Precision medicine just witnessed two breakthroughs in oncology in 2017. Pembrolizumab (Keytruda), Merck's anti-programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) monoclonal antibody (mAb), received accelerated approval in May 2017 by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with unresectable or metastatic solid tumors that have been identified as having microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or deficient DNA mismatch repair (dMMR). Shortly after, nivolumab (Opdivo), Bristol-Myers Squibb's anti-PD-1 mAb, gained an accelerated approval in August 2017 for adult and pediatric patients with MSI-H or dMMR metastatic colorectal cancer that has progressed after standard chemotherapy...
March 31, 2018: Cancer communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764430/drug-prescribing-during-pregnancy-in-a-central-region-of-italy-2008-2012
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Martina Ventura, Alice Maraschini, Paola D'Aloja, Ursula Kirchmayer, Ilaria Lega, Marina Davoli, Serena Donati
BACKGROUND: Drug consumption during pregnancy is a matter of concern, especially regarding drugs known or suspected to be teratogens. Little is known about drug use in pregnant women in Italy. The present study is aimed at examining the prevalence, and to detect potential inappropriateness of drug prescribing among pregnant women in Latium, a region of central Italy. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted on a cohort of women aged 18-45 years who delivered between 2008 and 2012 in public hospitals...
May 15, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764226/oral-disease-modifying-therapies-for-multiple-sclerosis-in-the-middle-eastern-and-north-african-mena-region-an-overview
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Dirk Deleu, Boulenouar Mesraoua, Beatriz Canibaño, Gayane Melikyan, Hassan Al Hail, Lubna El-Sheikh, Musab Ali, Hassan Al Hussein, Faiza Ibrahim, Yolande Hanssens
The introduction of new disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) for remitting-relapsing multiple sclerosis (RRMS) have considerably transformed the landscape of therapeutic opportunities for this chronic disabling disease. Unlike injectable drugs, oral DMTs, promote patient satisfaction and increase therapeutic adherence. This article reviews the salient features about the mode of action, efficacy, safety and tolerability profile of approved oral DMTs in RRMS and reviews their place in clinical algorithms in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region...
May 15, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763344/from-the-valley-of-death-to-the-crossroads-of-opportunity-a-discussion-of-evolving-benefit-risk-evaluation-standards
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Peter J Pitts, Patrick Brady
A series of recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals (such as Sarepta's Exondys 51, Merck's Keytruda, and Portola's Bevyxxa) has generated significant interest within the drug development ecosystem. Facilitated regulatory pathways aimed toward expediting medicines to patients suffering from serious and life-threatening conditions are a good thing, even if it raises curiosity and introduces some degree of uncertainty. Over the last 20 years, two key words in drug development have been speed and innovation...
January 1, 2018: Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761775/-the-role-of-the-food-and-drug-administration-as-times-change
#18
Niels Keiding
The prestigious journal Biostatistics published in July 2017 six solicited commentaries on the role of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as times change, with ever developing technical tools for clinical trials and their evaluation, with increased focus on personalised medicine (possibly aided by genetic testing), and on patient self-determination. Two were written by American economists, four by leading biostatisticians, mostly from the USA. This paper summarises these texts for a Danish audience...
May 7, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761688/collagenase-clostridium-histolyticum-a-novel-medical-treatment-for-peyronie-s-disease
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Amr Abdel Raheem, Mark Johnson, David Ralph, Giulio Garaffa
INTRODUCTION: Peyronie's disease (PD) affects up to 9% of the male population. PD causes scarring of the tunica albuginea of the penis which leads to penile deformity making sexual intercourse difficult or impossible. PD also causes significant psychological, emotional and relationship difficulties for both patient and partner. Up until the licencing of Collagenase clostridium histolyticum (CCH) (Xiapex®, Xiaflex®), surgical correction of the penile deformity was the mainstay of treatment...
May 14, 2018: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761015/the-influence-of-thc-cbd-oromucosal-spray-on-driving-ability-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-related-spasticity
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Elisabeth G Celius, Carlos Vila
Background: Driving ability is a key function for the majority of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) to help maintain daily interactions. Both physical and cognitive disability, as well as treatments, may affect the ability to drive. Spasticity is a common symptom associated with MS, and it may affect driving performance either directly or via the medications used to treat it. In this article, we review the evidence relating the antispasticity medicine, Δ9 -tetrahydrocannabinol:cannabidiol (THC:CBD) oromucosal spray (Sativex® ), and its potential impact on driving performance...
May 2018: Brain and Behavior
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