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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646469/the-cathinones-mdpv-and-%C3%AE-pvp-elicit-different-behavioral-and-molecular-effects-following-acute-exposure
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Giuseppe Giannotti, Isabella Canazza, Lucia Caffino, Sabrine Bilel, Andrea Ossato, Fabio Fumagalli, Matteo Marti
Since the mid-to-late 2000s, synthetic cathinones have gained popularity among drug users due to their psychostimulant effects greater than those produced by cocaine and amphetamine. Among them, 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and 1-phenyl-2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)pentan-1-one (α-PVP) are ones of the most popular cathinones available in the clandestine market as "bath salts" or "fertilizers." Pre-clinical studies indicate that MDPV and α-PVP induced psychomotor stimulation, affected thermoregulation, and promoted reinforcing properties in rodents...
June 23, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645576/mechanisms-of-hepatocellular-toxicity-associated-with-new-psychoactive-synthetic-cathinones
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Dino Luethi, Matthias E Liechti, Stephan Krähenbühl
Synthetic cathinones are a new class of psychostimulant substances. Rarely, they can cause liver injury but associated mechanisms are not completely elucidated. In order to increase our knowledge about mechanisms of hepatotoxicity, we investigated the effect of five frequently used cathinones on two human cell lines. Bupropion was included as structurally related drug used therapeutically. In HepG2 cells, bupropion, MDPV, mephedrone and naphyrone depleted the cellular ATP content at lower concentrations (0...
June 20, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645482/proton-pump-inhibitors-and-survival-outcomes-in-patients-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Aly-Khan A Lalani, Rana R McKay, Xun Lin, Ronit Simantov, Marina D Kaymakcalan, Toni K Choueiri
INTRODUCTION: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are potent inhibitors of gastric acid secretion and can affect the optimal absorption of concomitant oral medications, such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of PPI use on survival in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) patients treated in the targeted therapy era. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a pooled analysis of mRCC patients treated in phase II and III clinical trials...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645092/examining-effectiveness-of-tailorable-computer-assisted-therapy-programmes-for-substance-misuse-programme-usage-and-clinical-outcomes-data-from-breaking-free-online
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Sarah Elison, Andrew Jones, Jonathan Ward, Glyn Davies, Stephanie Dugdale
RATIONALE: When evaluating complex, tailorable digital behavioural interventions, additional approaches may be required alongside established methodologies such as randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Research evaluating a computer-assisted therapy (CAT) programme for substance misuse, Breaking Free Online (BFO), is informed by Medical Research Council (MRC) guidance recommending examination of 'mechanisms of action' of individual intervention strategies, which is relevant when evaluating digital interventions with content that may evolve over time...
May 23, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645060/young-people-who-use-drugs-engaged-in-harm-reduction-programs-in-new-york-city-overdose-and-other-risks
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Michele Calvo, Jessica MacFarlane, Heather Zaccaro, Matthew Curtis, María Cabán, Jamie Favaro, Marian R Passannante, Taeko Frost
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the engagement of young people who use drugs (PWUD) in harm reduction programs (HRPs), and few studies have included non-opioid users and non-injectors. While HRPs have effectively engaged PWUD, young people are under-represented in their services. METHODS: The Injection Drug Users Health Alliance Citywide Study (IDUCS) is the largest community-based study of PWUD in HRPs in the US. From 2014-2015, 2421 HRP participants across New York City (NYC) completed a cross-sectional survey...
June 15, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645059/association-of-elevated-ambient-temperature-with-death-from-cocaine-overdose
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Nathalie Auger, Marianne Bilodeau-Bertrand, Maud Emmanuelle Labesse, Tom Kosatsky
BACKGROUND: Ecologic data suggest that elevated outdoor temperature is correlated with mortality rates from cocaine overdose. Using non-aggregated death records, we studied the association of hot temperatures with risk of death from cocaine overdose. METHODS: We carried out a case-crossover study of all deaths from cocaine or other drug overdose between the months of May and September, from 2000 through 2013 in Quebec, Canada. We used conditional logistic regression to estimate odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for the association between maximum outdoor temperature and death from cocaine or other drug overdose...
June 10, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644761/effectiveness-of-satir-informed-family-therapy-on-the-codependency-of-drug-dependents-family-members-in-iran-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Fatemeh Karimi Ahmad-Abadi, Masoomeh Maarefvand, Hakimeh Aghaei, Samaneh Hosseinzadeh, Mahboubeh Abbasi, Jagdish Khubchandani
PURPOSE: Social workers in substance abuse treatment settings are responsible for involving families in treatment program to improve family functioning. The effectiveness of available interventions in treating codependency of family members of drug users in Iran is not well explored. We evaluated the effectiveness of the Satir communication family therapy (CFT) in healing codependency of drug dependents' family members in Tehran, Iran. METHODS: The intervention group participants (n = 27) received a seven-session social work intervention with CFT approach and the control group (n = 26) received treatment as usual...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642027/-monitoring-devices-and-their-alarms-incident-reports-suggest-problems-with-device-knowledge
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Kathrin Lange, Miriam Nowak, Claudia Neudörfl, Wolfgang Lauer
Missing or false device alarms pose a risk in clinical practice. Publications from the United States suggest that alarm errors are not only caused by technical issues but to a considerable degree result from user-device interaction problems. To safely operate a medical device, users have to thoroughly understand both device behavior and device functioning. They also need to foresee the exact consequences of their interactions with the device. This can be challenging, especially if a device has multiple functions, is applied in various use contexts or networked with other devices - as is often the case with patient monitors...
June 19, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641529/irna-2methyl-identify-rna-2-o-methylation-sites-by-incorporating-sequence-coupled-effects-into-general-pseknc-and-ensemble-classifier
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Wang-Ren Qiu, Shi-Yu Jiang, Bi-Qian Sun, Xuan Xiao, Xiang Cheng, Kuo-Chen Chou
OBJECTIVE: Being a kind of post-transcriptional modification (PTCM) in RNA, the 2'-O-methylation modification occurs in the processes of life development and disease formation as well. Accordingly, from the angles of both basic research and drug development, we are facing a challenging problem: given an uncharacterized RNA sequence formed by many nucleotides of A (adenine), C (cytosine), G (guanine), and U (uracil), which one can be of 2-O-methylation modification, and which one cannot? Unfortunately, so far no computational method whatsoever has been developed to address such a problem...
June 22, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641310/potentiating-the-effects-of-radiotherapy-in-rectal-cancer-the-role-of-aspirin-statins-and-metformin-as-adjuncts-to-therapy
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K J Gash, A C Chambers, D E Cotton, A C Williams, M G Thomas
BACKGROUND: Complete tumour response (pCR) to neo-adjuvant chemo-radiotherapy for rectal cancer is associated with a reduction in local recurrence and improved disease-free and overall survival, but is achieved in only 20-30% of patients. Drug repurposing for anti-cancer treatments is gaining momentum, but the potential of such drugs as adjuncts, to increase tumour response to chemo-radiotherapy in rectal cancer, is only just beginning to be recognised. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted and all studies investigating the use of drugs to enhance response to neo-adjuvant radiation in rectal cancer were included...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641281/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-a-clinical-study-in-1-016-hematology-oncology-patients
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Marina Hierl, Jochen Pfirstinger, Reinhard Andreesen, Ernst Holler, Stephanie Mayer, Daniel Wolff, Martin Vogelhuber
INTRODUCTION: Surveys state a widespread use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in patients with malignant diseases. CAM methods might potentially interfere with the metabolization of tumor-specific therapy. However, there is little communication about CAM use in hematology/oncology patients between patients, CAM providers, and oncologists. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire was handed out to all patients attending to the hematology/oncology outpatient clinic of Regensburg University Hospital...
June 23, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641132/heritability-of-lifetime-ecstasy-use
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Karin J H Verweij, Jorien L Treur, Annabel Vreeker, Tibor M Brunt, Gonneke Willemsen, Dorret I Boomsma, Jacqueline M Vink
BACKGROUND: Ecstasy is a widely used psychoactive drug that users often take because they experience positive effects such as increased euphoria, sociability, elevated mood, and heightened sensations. Ecstasy use is not harmless and several immediate and long term side effects have been identified. Lifetime ecstasy use is likely to be partly influenced by genetic factors, but no twin study has determined the heritability. Here, we apply a classical twin design to a large sample of twins and siblings to estimate the heritability of lifetime ecstasy use...
June 15, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641128/expectancy-of-impairment-attenuates-marijuana-induced-risk-taking
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Rachel L Gunn, Linda Skalski, Jane Metrik
BACKGROUND: Marijuana use has been associated with increased risk-taking and impulsive behavior. While pharmacologic effects of marijuana can lead to inhibitory impairment, expectancy of potential impairment may result in compensatory behavioral response by decreasing impulsive decisions and risky behaviors. With the increases in marijuana use and related problems, a better understanding of the individual characteristics associated with marijuana intoxication and risky behavior is needed...
June 13, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639121/montelukast-use-a-19-year-nationwide-drug-utilisation-study
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Daniel Pilsgaard Henriksen, Jesper Rømhild Davidsen, Christian B Laursen, Anders Christiansen, Per Damkier, Jesper Hallas, Anton Pottegård
PURPOSE: Montelukast is a leukotriene receptor antagonist used in asthma and rhinitis treatment. Despite being marketed nearly two decades ago, little is known about its utilisation pattern. METHODS: Using the Danish National Prescription Registry, we identified subjects filling a montelukast prescription between 1998 and 2017. Using descriptive statistics, we reported the development in incidence, and prevalence, as well as a measure of treatment duration, and concomitant use of asthma- or anti-allergic therapy...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638885/anti-ulcerogenic-efficacy-and-mechanisms-of-edible-and-natural-ingredients-in-nsaid-induced-animal-models
#15
Weiping Bi, Lizhi Hu, Mao-Qiang Man
BACKGROUND: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a class of the most commonly used medicines and proven to be effective for certain disorders. Some people use NSAIDs on daily basis for preventive purpose. But a variety of severe side effects can be induced by NSAIDs. Studies have shown that edible natural ingredients exhibit preventive benefit of gastric ulcer. This paper reviews the efficacy and safety of edible natural ingredients in preventing the development of gastric ulcer induced by NSAIDs in animal models...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638824/dual-epidemics-of-club-drug-use-and-sexually-transmitted-infections-among-chinese-female-sex-workers-new-challenges-to-sti-prevention
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Jing Li, Xiang-Dong Gong, Xiaoli Yue, Ning Jiang
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate club drug use and its potential association with STI among female sex workers (FSWs) in China. METHODS: From November 2008 to January 2009, participants were recruited at sex work venues in five cities for a questionnaire survey. Free testing for syphilis, Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) was provided. Logistic regression models were used to assess factors associated with club drug use and its association with STI...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636638/outcomes-from-a-large-10-year-hepatitis-c-treatment-programme-in-people-who-inject-drugs-no-effect-of-recent-or-former-injecting-drug-use-on-treatment-adherence-or-therapeutic-response
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Omar Elsherif, Ciaran Bannan, Shay Keating, Susan McKiernan, Colm Bergin, Suzanne Norris
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: People who inject drugs (PWID) are historically viewed as having "difficult to treat" hepatitis C disease, with perceived inferior treatment adherence and outcomes, and concerns regarding reinfection risk. We evaluated for differences in treatment adherence and response to Peginterferon-alfa-2a/Ribavirin (Peg-IFNα/RBV) in a large urban cohort with and without a history of remote or recent injection drug use. METHODS: Patient data was retrospectively reviewed for 1000 consecutive patients-608 former (no injecting drug use for 6 months of therapy), 85 recent (injecting drug use within 6 months) PWID, and 307 non-drug users who were treated for chronic hepatitis C with Peg-IFNα/RBV...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635119/the-detection-and-prevention-of-unintentional-consumption-of-dox-and-25x-nbome-at-portugal-s-boom-festival
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Daniel Martins, Monica J Barratt, Cristiana Vale Pires, Helena Carvalho, Mireia Ventura, Iván Fornís, Helena Valente
OBJECTIVE: This paper describes the misrepresentation of LSD at Portugal's Boom Festival 2014 and the prevention of unintentional consumption of DOx and 25x-NBOMe among LSD consumers attending a drug-checking service. METHODS: Two hundred forty-five drug samples expected to contain LSD were submitted to the drug-checking service for chemical analysis. One hundred ten post-test questionnaires were successfully matched with test results. RESULTS: About 67...
June 21, 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634162/linking-the-content-to-demographic-reach-of-online-advertising-of-electronic-nicotine-delivery-systems
#19
David S Timberlake, Dmitriy Nikitin, Jennifer Garcia-Cano, Samantha Cino, Margarita Savkina, Cornelia Pechmann
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies have separately examined the content and demographic reach of the advertising of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). No study to our knowledge has linked the two in investigating whether racial/ethnic groups are differentially exposed to the comparative messages conveyed in online ENDS advertisements. METHODS: 932 unique ENDS advertisements (6311 total), which were posted on 3435 websites between December, 2009 and October, 2015, were categorized as either comparative or non-comparative with respect to the traditional cigarette...
June 20, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634103/undetectable-mannose-binding-lectin-and-corticosteroids-increase-serious-infection-risk-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Graeme J Carroll, Krista Makin, Maxine Garnsey, Max Bulsara, Bronwyn V Carroll, Shona M Curtin, Erin M Allan, Andrew McLean-Tooke, Christine Bundell, Monica L Kemp, Pooja Deshpande, Dana Ihdayhid, Sophie Coleman, Tracie Easter, James Triplett, Timothy Disteldorf, C Helen Marsden, Michaela Lucas
BACKGROUND: Infection is the leading cause of death in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Corticosteroid (CS) use is a known and important risk factor for serious infections (SIs). Mannose binding lectin (MBL) is a genetically determined component of the innate immune system implicated in neonatal infections. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to determine whether MBL deficiency is a risk factor for SIs in RA and to compare it with CS use and also synthetic and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
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