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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29424697/patterns-of-efavirenz-use-as-first-line-antiretroviral-therapy-in-the-united-states-1999-2015
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Angela M Bengtson, Brian W Pence, Ellen F Eaton, Jessie K Edwards, Joseph J Eron, William C Mathews, Katie Mollan, Richard D Moore, Connall O'Cleirigh, Elvin Geng, Michael J Mugavero
BACKGROUND: Efavirenz has been a mainstay of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for over 15 years in the US. Its association with neuropsychiatric side effects may influence clinical prescribing and management. METHODS: We included HIV-infected adults enrolled in care at 7 sites across the US, who initiated combination ART between 1999 and 2015. We examined the proportion initiating and continuing on efavirenz, overall and by mental health status. Log binomial and Cox models were used to estimate associations between mental health, clinical, and sociodemographic characteristics and initiating or switching from efavirenz as first line ART...
February 9, 2018: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29424324/nano-medicine-as-a-newly-emerging-approach-to-combat-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv
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Muthupandian Saravanan, Tsehaye Asmalash, Atsebaha Gebrekidan, Dawit Gebreegziabiher, Tadele Araya, Haftamu Hilekiros, Hamed Barabadi, Kumaresan Ramanathan
BACKGROUND: Human Immuno deficiency Virus (HIV) infection has attained pandemic level due to its complexity on both the HIV infection cycle and on the targets for drug delivery. This limits medication and consequently requires prominent and promising drug delivery systems to be invented. Notably, various nanomaterial have been studied to enhance effective delivery of the antiretroviral drugs for HIV prevention, diagnosis and cure. Some of these nanomaterials are liposomes, dendrimers, inorganic nanoparticles (NPs), polymeric micelles, natural and synthetic polymers...
February 8, 2018: Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29400010/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-cannabinoids-in-palliative-medicine
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REVIEW
Martin Mücke, Megan Weier, Christopher Carter, Jan Copeland, Louisa Degenhardt, Henning Cuhls, Lukas Radbruch, Winfried Häuser, Rupert Conrad
We provide a systematic review and meta-analysis on the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of cannabinoids in palliative medicine. The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, PsycINFO, PubMed, Scopus, and http://clinicaltrials.gov, and a selection of cancer journals were searched up until 15th of March 2017. Of the 108 screened studies, nine studies with a total of 1561 participants were included. Overall, the nine studies were at moderate risk of bias. The quality of evidence comparing cannabinoids with placebo was rated according to Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation as low or very low because of indirectness, imprecision, and potential reporting bias...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29396773/dolutegravir-in-pregnancy-effects-on-hiv-positive-women-and-their-infants
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Riikka Bornhede, Sandra Soeria-Atmadja, Katarina Westling, Karin Pettersson, Lars Navér
The development of new drugs for treatment of HIV has increased the efficacy and the quality of life together with decreased unwanted side-effect for people living with HIV. The integrase inhibitor dolutegravir has in short time become part of the first-line treatment in many countries, but is not a recommended first-line drug in pregnancy. As there are few publications of dolutegravir use during pregnancy, we found it valuable to analyze the Stockholm pregnancy cohort. A retrospective analysis of all pregnant women and their infants exposed to dolutegravir at Karolinska University Hospital, 2014-August 2017...
February 2, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29361675/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-fixed-dose-combination-antiretroviral-drugs-adherence-among-hiv-positive-pregnant-women-on-option-b-treatment-in-mpumalanga-province-south-africa
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Shandir Ramlagan, Karl Peltzer, Robert A C Ruiter, Nicole A Barylski, Stephen M Weiss, Sibusiso Sifunda
The possibility for all babies to be born and remain HIV-negative for the first year of life is achievable in South Africa. HIV-positive mothers' adherence to their antiretroviral medication is one of the crucial factors to achieve this target. Cross-sectional data were collected at 12 community health centres, over 12 months (2014-2015), from 673 HIV-positive women, less than 6 months pregnant, attending antenatal care, and on Option B treatment. Adherence measures included the Adults AIDS Clinical Trials Group (AACTG) four-day measure, as well as the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) seven-day measure...
January 20, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29357899/pediatric-multi-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-and-hiv-co-infection-in-a-resource-limited-setting-a-case-report
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Christelle Géneviève Jouego, Valirie Ndip Agbor, Juergen Noeske, Ndo Akono Manuel, Leo Njock Ayuk
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, especially in developing countries. The diagnosis and treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in children remain a major limitation in this setting, largely due to difficulties in isolating Mycobacterium tuberculosis from pediatric specimens, management with toxic second line drugs, and practically the inexistence of contact tracing. In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended a standardized 9-month regimen for adults and children in zones which are highly endemic for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)...
January 22, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29354928/-moxibustion-combined-with-highly-active-antiretroviral-therapy-for-cd4-and-%C3%AE-chain-cytokines-of-hiv-infected-patients
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Zhenwei Liu, Xin Deng, Jinhua Mo, Feng Jiang, Bin Wen, Yaping Zhang, Jun Pang
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of moxibustion combined with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and simple HAART for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected patients. METHODS: A total of 100 patients with HIV receiving HAART were randomized into an observation group and a control group, 50 cases in each one. In the observation group, moxibustion was used at Zusanli (ST 36), Guanyuan (CV 4) and Sanyinjiao (SP 6), etc. combined with HAART of zidovudine, lamivudine, nevirapine and efavirenzone, etc...
January 12, 2018: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299858/hydrogeochemical-and-biomedical-insights-into-germanium-potential-of-curative-waters-a-case-study-of-health-resorts-in-the-sudetes-mountains-poland
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Dariusz Dobrzyński, Anna Boguszewska-Czubara, Kenji Sugimori
Germanium is considered to be a non-essential element; however, little is still known about its significance for living organisms. It exerts prophylactic and therapeutic effects in the treatment of serious diseases such as cancer, HIV infection, and others. Germanium does not exhibit acute toxicity, but, as it tends to accumulate in various organs and tissues, undesirable and even dangerous side effects have been reported after prolonged and/or high dosage application. In general, inorganic compounds of germanium are more toxic than its organic compounds...
January 3, 2018: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290197/primary-cns-lymphoma-vs-tumefactive-multiple-sclerosis-a-diagnostic-challenge
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Sameen Bin Naeem, Farheen Niazi, Atif Baig, Hina Sadiq, Mubbasher Sattar
Primary CNS (central nervous system) lymphoma is a rare condition with the incidence of less than 1% of all non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHLs) and approximately 2% of all primary brain tumours. Diagnosis can be challenging and necessitates brain biopsy for definitive diagnosis. A 41-year male presented with history of impaired cognition, facial asymmetry, visual impairment and left sided body weakness. MRI brain demonstrated multiple enhancing lesions with one larger lesion in right basal ganglia with surrounding oedema and mass effect...
January 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258916/potential-of-selected-lamiaceae-plants-in-anti-retro-viral-therapy
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REVIEW
Maja Bekut, Snežana Brkić, Nebojša Kladar, Gordana Dragović, Neda Gavarić, Biljana Božin
Constant search for new drugs with antiviral properties often extends to products of natural origin. Lamiaceae is one of the most important herbal families, well known for various biological and medicinal effects of a variety of aromatic spices, including thyme, mint, oregano, basil, sage, savory, rosemary, self-heal, hyssop, lemon balm and many others. The paper provides a review of antiviral potential of previously mentioned plants which has been demonstrated so far, with special emphasis on anti-HIV properties...
December 16, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250442/conceptualising-the-factors-affecting-retention-in-care-of-patients-on-antiretroviral-treatment-in-kabwe-district-zambia-using-the-ecological-framework
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Ferdinand C Mukumbang, Joyce Chali Mwale, Brian van Wyk
Background: HIV remains a major public health challenge in Zambia. The roll-out of antiretroviral treatment (ART) has engendered new challenges in retention in care. Objective: To conceptualise the factors affecting retention in care of ART patients at three primary healthcare facilities using the ecological framework. Method: Qualitative data were collected through in-depth interviews with 45 ART patients and three focus group discussions with 20 healthcare providers from three primary healthcare facilities in Kabwe district, Zambia, and subjected to thematic content analysis...
2017: AIDS Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237833/neutralizing-activity-of-broadly-neutralizing-anti-hiv-1-antibodies-against-clade-b-clinical-isolates-produced-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
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Yehuda Z Cohen, Julio C C Lorenzi, Michael S Seaman, Lilian Nogueira, Till Schoofs, Lisa Krassnig, Allison Butler, Katrina Millard, Tomas Fitzsimons, Xiaoju Daniell, Juan P Dizon, Irina Shimeliovich, David C Montefiori, Marina Caskey, Michel C Nussenzweig
Recently discovered broadly neutralizing anti-HIV-1 antibodies (bNAbs) demonstrate extensive breadth and potency against diverse HIV-1 strains, and represent a promising approach for the treatment and prevention of HIV-1 infection. The breadth and potency of these antibodies have primarily been evaluated using panels of HIV-1 Env-pseudotyped viruses produced in 293T cells expressing molecularly cloned Envs. Here we report on the ability of 5 bNAbs currently in clinical development to neutralize circulating primary HIV-1 isolates derived from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), and compare the results to the pseudovirus panels used to characterize the bNAbs...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218501/evaluating-safety-reporting-in-paediatric-antibiotic-trials-2000-2016-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Paola Pansa, Yingfen Hsia, Julia Bielicki, Irja Lutsar, A Sarah Walker, Mike Sharland, Laura Folgori
BACKGROUND: There are very few options to treat multidrug-resistant bacterial infections in children. A major barrier is the duration and complexity of regulatory trials of new antibiotics. Extrapolation of safety data from adult trials could facilitate drug development for children. OBJECTIVE: We performed a systematic review on the safety of antibiotic clinical trials (CTs) in children (0-18 years) to evaluate the overall quality of safety trials conducted in children and to determine if age-specific adverse events (AEs) could be identified for specific antibiotic classes...
December 7, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218008/improving-the-adherence-to-antiretroviral-therapy-a-difficult-but-essential-task-for-a-successful-hiv-treatment-clinical-points-of-view-and-practical-considerations
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REVIEW
Simona A Iacob, Diana G Iacob, Gheorghita Jugulete
HIV infection is responsible for one the most devastating human pandemics. The advent of antiretroviral therapy has changed the course of the pandemic and saved millions of lives. Complex therapeutic regimens have been introduced since 1996 and have contributed to the transformation of HIV infection into a treatable chronic diseases. New types of potent antiretrovirals and their combinations, including "once daily" treatment, have simplified the regimens and diminished side effects. Nevertheless the adherence to antiretroviral therapy remains unsatisfactory and varies between 27 and 80% across different population in various studies, compared with the required level of 95%...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216346/darunavir-ritonavir-monotherapy-at-a-low-dose-600-100%C3%A2-mg-day-in-hiv-1-infected-individuals-with-suppressed-hiv-viraemia
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S Seang, L Schneider, T Nguyen, M P Lê, C Soulie, R Calin, F Caby, M-A Valantin, R Tubiana, L Assoumou, A-G Marcelin, G Peytavin, C Katlama
Background: Darunavir/ritonavir is a potent PI with a high genetic barrier and pharmacological robustness favourably investigated as monotherapy. Whether darunavir could be dose reduced in the context of monotherapy deserves investigation. Methods: Patients with HIV suppressed viraemia (plasma viral load <50 copies/mL for 12 months) under ART who had switched to darunavir/ritonavir monotherapy at 600/100 mg/day between 2013 and 2015 were included in this observational 48 week single-centre study...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192171/a-strategy-for-effective-latent-hiv-reactivation-using-subtherapeutic-drug-doses
#16
James Cotterell, Greg Neely
Cell state switches underlie a plethora of biological phenomena and disease treatment strategies. Hence the ability to efficiently switch states in a chosen direction is of central importance in a number of scenarios. Increasing the concentration of an effector that results in a given switch is often limited by side effects. Approaches are thus increasingly sought to bypass these constraints, increasing the frequency of state switching without increasing the frequency of the side effect. Here, we employ dynamical systems theory to uncover a simple strategy as to how to maximize the probability of reactivating latent Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) whilst maintaining minimal side effects...
November 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183228/recommendations-for-buprenorphine-and-methadone-therapy-in-opioid-use-disorder-a-european-consensus
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Maurice Dematteis, Marc Auriacombe, Oscar D'Agnone, Lorenzo Somaini, Néstor Szerman, Richard Littlewood, Farrukh Alam, Hannu Alho, Amine Benyamina, Julio Bobes, Jean Pierre Daulouede, Claudio Leonardi, Icro Maremmani, Marta Torrens, Stephan Walcher, Michael Soyka
Management of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) commonly includes opioid agonist therapy (OAT) as a part of an integrated treatment plan. These interventions are associated with proven benefits to the individual and society. Areas covered: The use of methadone and buprenorphine within an integrated treatment plan in the management of patients with OUD: this work provides consensus recommendation on pharmacotherapy in OUD to assist clinicians with practical decision making in this field. Expert opinion: Pharmacotherapy is recommended as part of an integrated OUD treatment approach with psychosocial interventions, with the goal of reducing risks of illicit opioid use, overdose mortality, infection with HIV or HCV, improving health, psychological and social outcomes...
December 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181714/discontinuation-of-efavirenz-in-paediatric-patients-why-do-children-switch
#18
Elke Wynberg, Eleri Williams, Gareth Tudor-Williams, Hermione Lyall, Caroline Foster
BACKGROUND: Efavirenz, a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) is used globally as first-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) in combination with a dual nucleoside backbone in adults and children from 3 years of age. Up to 40% of adults taking efavirenz report central nervous system (CNS) adverse effects, and the rates of discontinuation of efavirenz-based treatment are higher than other first-line regimens. Data on efavirenz discontinuation are more limited for children and adolescents...
November 27, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166481/-prep-forum-an-on-line-debate-on-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-in-brazil
#19
Artur Acelino Francisco Luz Nunes Queiroz, Alvaro Francisco Lopes de Sousa
This study aimed to identify health-promoting contents focused on HIV/Aids prevention in messages posted in a Facebook group for debates on the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). This was a prospective observational study using systematic non-participant observation. From July 2015 to June 2016, all the posts in the group were catalogued and formed a corpus. Everything was processed in IRaMuTeQ and analyzed by descending hierarchical classification. The collected data were grouped in three classes: (1) HIV/Aids prevention: discussing prophylaxis, treatment, target public, and side effects; (2) universal access to PrEP in Brazil: discussing government responsibilities; (3) on-line purchase of truvada: exposing a situation of vulnerability...
November 21, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155164/a-new-promising-candidate-to-overcome-drug-resistant-herpes-simplex-virus-infections
#20
Elisabeth Zinser, Adalbert Krawczyk, Petra Mühl-Zürbes, Ulrich Aufderhorst, Lena Stich, Mirko Zaja, Stefan Strobl, Alexander Steinkasserer, Christiane Silke Heilingloh
Infections with Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) belong to the most common human diseases worldwide, resulting in symptoms ranging from painful, but commonly self-limiting lesions of the orofacial or genital tract to severe infections of the eye or life-threatening generalized infections. Frequent HSV-reactivations at the eye may lead to the development of herpetic stromal keratitis, which is one of the major causes of infectious blindness in developed countries. The vast majority of life-threatening generalized infections occur in immunocompromised individuals, such as transplant recipients or patients suffering from advanced human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection with concurrent HSV-reactivation...
November 15, 2017: Antiviral Research
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