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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049078/hearts-and-minds-real-life-cardiotoxicity-with-clozapine-in-psychosis
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George Joy, Eromona Whiskey, Mark Bolstridge, Alejandro Porras-Segovia, Theresa A McDonagh, Carla M Plymen, Sukhi S Shergill
BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia has a 1% prevalence in the population; 30% of these patients are treatment refractory. Clozapine is the only drug licensed to treat treatment refractory psychosis, but concerns about potential adverse effects result in only a proportion of eligible patients being treated. Although a well-documented neutropenia risk is mitigated by routine blood testing, cardiac toxicity is a commonly cited reason to discontinue clozapine treatment. However, there is little data on the real-life cardiac outcomes in those receiving clozapine treatment...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046649/psychological-flexibility-as-a-buffer-against-caregiver-distress-in-families-with-psychosis
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Jens E Jansen, Ulrik H Haahr, Hanne-Grethe Lyse, Marlene B Pedersen, Anne M Trauelsen, Erik Simonsen
Background: Research has shown that caregivers of persons with psychosis play an invaluable role in recovery, but unfortunately, often report high levels of distress. While cognitive models of caregiver distress have been well-supported, there is still limited knowledge of the psychological factors involved. Recent advances in cognitive behavioral therapy seem to converge on the importance of acceptance- and mindfulness based processes. Aim: To examine the impact of psychological flexibility on caregiver distress in the early phases of psychosis, while controlling for known predictors of caregiver distress...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045126/characterization-of-three-druggable-hotspots-in-the-aurora-a-tpx2-interaction-using-biochemical-biophysical-and-fragment-based-approaches
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Patrick J McIntyre, Patrick M Collins, Lukáš Vrzal, Kristian Birchall, Laurence H Arnold, Chido Mpamhanga, Peter J Coombs, Selena G Burgess, Mark W Richards, Anja Winter, Václav Veverka, Frank von Delft, Andy Merritt, Richard Bayliss
The mitotic kinase Aurora-A and its partner protein TPX2 (Targeting Protein for Xenopus kinesin-like protein 2), are overexpressed in cancers and it has been proposed that they work together as an oncogenic holoenzyme. TPX2 is responsible for activating Aurora-A during mitosis, ensuring proper cell division. Disruption of the interface with TPX2 is therefore a potential target for novel anti-cancer drugs that exploit the increased sensitivity of cancer cells to mitotic stress. Here, we investigate the interface using co-precipitation assays and isothermal titration calorimetry to quantify the energetic contribution of individual residues of TPX2...
October 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034831/graphene-oxide-based-metallic-nanoparticles-and-their-some-biological-and-environmental-application
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Aftab Aslam Parwaz Khan, Anish Khan, Abdullah M Asiri, Basma Galeb Alhogbia, Ghulam Md Ashraf
Recently the decoration of graphene with metallic nanoparticles by a synchronized reduction of graphene oxide (GO) and synthesis of metallic nanoparticles has gained energy. Metal-decorated carbon substrates, for example, carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide have been of mind boggling excitement to the scientific group all through the past three decades on account of different potential applications.The utilization of graphene oxide as the nano scale substrates for the formation of nanocomposites with metal oxides is a novel thought to acquire a hybrid which would show both the properties of GO as an interesting paper-shape material and the elements of single nano-sized metal particles...
October 16, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033727/ultrasound-assessment-of-cranial-spread-during-caudal-blockade-in-children-effect-of-different-volumes-of-local-anesthetic
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Chandni Sinha, Amarjeet Kumar, Shalini Sharma, Akhilesh Kumar Singh, Somak Majumdar, Ajeet Kumar, Nishant Sahay, Bindey Kumar, U K Bhadani
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound-guided caudal block injection is a simple, safe, and effective method of anesthesia/analgesia in pediatric patients. The volume of caudal drug required has always been a matter of debate. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This present prospective, randomized, double-blinded study aimed to measure extent of the cranial spread of caudally administered levobupivacaine in Indian children by means of real-time ultrasonography. Ninety American Society of Anesthesiologists I/II children scheduled for urogenital surgeries were enrolled in this trial...
October 2017: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022518/research-on-a-drug-centred-approach-to-psychiatric-drug-treatment-assessing-the-impact-of-mental-and-behavioural-alterations-produced-by-psychiatric-drugs
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J Moncrieff
AIMS: This article explores an alternative understanding of how psychiatric drugs work that is referred to as the drug-centred model of drug action. Unlike the current disease-centred model, which suggests that psychiatric drugs work by correcting an underlying brain abnormality, the drug-centred model emphasises how psychiatric drugs affect mental states and behaviour by modifying normal brain processes. The alterations produced may impact on the emotional and behavioural problems that constitute the symptoms of mental disorders...
October 12, 2017: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993453/antidiabetic-therapies-and-male-reproductive-function-where-do-we-stand
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Renata Santos Tavares, Sara Escada-Rebelo, Andreia F Silva, Maria Inês Sousa, Joao Ramalho-Santos, Sandra Amaral
Diabetes mellitus has been increasing at alarming rates in recent years, thus jeopardizing human health worldwide. Several antidiabetic drugs have been introduced in the market to manage glycemic levels, proven effective in avoiding, minimizing or preventing the appearance or development of diabetes mellitus-related complications. However, and despite the established association between such pathology and male reproductive dysfunction, the influence of these therapeutic interventions on such topic have been scarcely explored...
October 9, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987771/-mind-the-gap-between-the-development-of-therapeutic-innovations-and-the-clinical-practice-in-oncology-a-proposal-of-the-european-organisation-for-research-and-treatment-of-cancer-eortc-to-optimise-cancer-clinical-research
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Emmanuelle Kempf, Jan Bogaerts, Denis Lacombe, Lifang Liu
In Europe, most of the cancer clinical research dedicated to therapeutic innovations aims primarily at regulatory approval. Once an anticancer drug enters the common market, each member state determines its real-world use based on its own criteria: pricing, reimbursement and clinical indications. Such an innovation-centred clinical research landscape might neglect patient-relevant issues in real-world setting, such as comparative effectiveness of distinct treatment options or long-term safety monitoring. The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) advocates reforming the current 'innovation-centred' system to a truly 'patient-centred' paradigm with systematically coordinated applied clinical research in conjunction with drug development, featuring the following strategy...
October 4, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984784/severe-hypokalemic-paralysis-and-rhabdomyolysis-occurring-after-binge-eating-in-a-young-bodybuilder-case-report
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Tae Won Lee, Eunjin Bae, Kyungo Hwang, Ha Nee Chang, Hee Jung Park, Dae-Hong Jeon, Hyun Seop Cho, Se-Ho Chang, Dong Jun Park
RATIONALE: Severe hypokalemia can be a potentially life-threatening disorder and is associated with variable degrees of skeletal muscle weakness. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of severe hypokalemic paralysis and rhabdomyolysis in a 28-year-old bodybuilder. He was admitted to the emergency room due to progressive paralysis in both lower extremities, which had begun 12 hours earlier. He was a bodybuilder trainer and had participated in a regional competition 5 days earlier...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981182/development-and-psychometric-testing-the-health-of-body-mind-and-spirit-scale-hbmss-for-assessing-individuals-who-have-drug-abuse-histories
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Fan-Ko Sun, Chun-Ying Chiang, Chu-Yun Lu, Pei-Jane Yu, Tzu-Chiao Liao, Chu-Mei Lan
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to develop the Health of Body, Mind and Spirit Scale (HBMSS), which was designed to assess drug abusers' health condition. BACKGROUND: Helping drug abusers to become healthy is important to healthcare professionals. However, no instrument exists to assess drug abusers' state of health. DESIGN: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was implemented to examine the validity of the HBMSS. METHODS: Data were collected from 2015 to 2016 at one drug abuse prevention centre in Taiwan...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974592/ulcerative-colitis-management-in-adults-children-and-young-people-concise-guidance%C3%A2
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Gloria Sz Tun, Adam Harris, Alan J Lobo
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, relapsing and remitting -inflammatory disease of the colon and rectum. Effective -management requires prompt recognition and treatment of those with acute relapses as well as appropriate choice and monitoring of drugs for maintenance of remission. This therefore involves specialist gastroenterology teams as well as acute and general physicians and primary care clinicians. Treatment options need to be discussed with those with -ulcerative colitis and their families and appropriate information provided...
October 2017: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957754/discovery-of-selective-dengue-virus-inhibitors-using-combination-of-molecular-fingerprint-based-virtual-screening-protocols-structure-based-pharmacophore-model-development-molecular-dynamics-simulations-and-in-vitro-studies
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Shaher Bano Mirza, Regina Ching Hua Lee, Justin Jang Hann Chu, Ramin Ekhteiari Salmas, Thomas Mavromoustakos, Serdar Durdagi
Dengue virus is a major issue of tropical and sub-tropical regions. The proliferation of virus results in immense number of deaths each year because of unavailability of on-shelf drugs. This issue necessitates the design of novel anti-Dengue drugs. The protease enzyme pathway is the critical target for drug design due to its significance in the replication, survival and other cellular activities of Dengue virus. Keeping in mind the worsening situation regarding Dengue virus, approximately eighteen million drug-like compounds from the ZINC small molecule database have been screened against Nonstructural Protein 3 (NS3) previously by our group...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915274/prevalence-of-mind-and-body-exercises-mbe-in-relation-to-demographics-self-rated-health-and-purchases-of-prescribed-psychotropic-drugs-and-analgesics
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Lina Rådmark, Linda L Magnusson Hanson, Eva Bojner Horwitz, Walter Osika
This study aims to identify any differences regarding gender, age, socioeconomic status (SES), self-rated health, perceived stress and the purchase of prescribed drugs among people who practice mind and body exercises (MBE) extensively compared to people who do not. METHODS: The study includes 3,913 men and 4,803 women aged 20-72 who participated in the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health (SLOSH). The respondents were divided into three groups depending on frequency of MBE practice (never/seldom/often)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911309/formulation-quality-control-and-safety-issues-of-nanocarriers-used-for-cancer-treatment
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Ismael D Bianco, Marcelo R Ceballos, Cristian Casado, Viviana G Dabbene, Carolina Rizzi, R Kiyomi Mizutamari
Cancer is becoming a leading cause of death in the last years. Although we have seen great advances, most human cancers remain incurable because many patients either do not respond or relapse to treatment. Several lines of research are disclosing new therapeutic targets which lead to new active drugs. However, there are still unsolved problems related to stabilization of the pharmaceutical ingredient in aqueous and biological media, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles and cellular uptake to name just a few...
June 7, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905193/siglec-8-as-mast-cell-selective-target-developing-paradigms-amidst-inconvenient-truths
#15
Gerhard J Molderings
Due to the limited efficacy of current drugs in treating systemic mast cell activation disease, there is an urgent need for more effective drugs selectively acting at mast cells. In the past, a large number of compounds have been claimed to be effective and mast cell selective on the basis of cell culture experiments and studies on blood leukocytes which could not be verified in organ and animal studies. Nevertheless, over time in review papers about potential mast cell targets mast cell selectivity of these targets has been no longer challenged...
September 14, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890738/moral-enhancement-should-target-self-interest-and-cognitive-capacity
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Rafael Ahlskog
Current suggestions for capacities that should be targeted for moral enhancement has centered on traits like empathy, fairness or aggression. The literature, however, lacks a proper model for understanding the interplay and complexity of moral capacities, which limits the practicability of proposed interventions. In this paper, I integrate some existing knowledge on the nature of human moral behavior and present a formal model of prosocial motivation. The model provides two important results regarding the most friction-free route to moral enhancement...
2017: Neuroethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887755/prokinetics-in-the-management-of-functional-gastrointestinal-disorders
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REVIEW
Eamonn M M Quigley
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The goal of this review is to review the current status of prokinetics and to place it in historical context. Impaired motility and thus propulsion have long been thought to play important roles in the pathogenesis of a number of gastrointestinal disorders including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastroparesis, chronic idiopathic pseudo-obstruction, and constipation. Historically, disordered motility was also thought to contribute to a number of functional gastrointestinal disorders such as functional dyspepsia (FD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)...
September 8, 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879021/diamond-digital-alcohol-management-on-demand-a-mixed-methods-feasibility-rct-and-embedded-process-evaluation-of-a-digital-health-intervention-to-reduce-hazardous-and-harmful-alcohol-use
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Fiona L Hamilton, Jo Hornby, Jessica Sheringham, Stuart Linke, Charlotte Ashton, Kevin Moore, Fiona Stevenson, Elizabeth Murray
BACKGROUND: Alcohol is a major risk factor for preventable illness, with huge cost to healthcare economies. There is a role for alcohol-specific digital health interventions (DHI), but there have been few randomised controlled trials (RCT) comparing DHI with face-to-face treatment. Such trials are complex and face obstacles in recruitment and retention. METHODS: Mixed-methods feasibility RCT of an alcohol DHI, testing recruitment, online data-collection and randomisation processes, with an embedded process evaluation...
2017: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875834/argemone-mexicana-a-boon-to-medicinal-and-pharmacological-approaches-in-current-scenario
#19
A Nancy, A Praveena
Nature is God's gift to human beings. Natural products are a source of new chemical diversity and are the choice of today's world. Nature itself gives remedy to all our health problems. The sources of natural product are plants, animals and microorganisms. Among them plant and its products are more reliable for its renewability and therefore, considered as fortunate thing for human welfare. Our traditional system of medicine which has been followed by our ancestors has its own impact on human life. Due to the inadequate knowledge many plant derived products (drugs) has not yet been explored to the society...
August 30, 2017: Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868073/antithrombotic-treatment-tailoring-and-risk-score-evaluation-in-elderly-patients-diagnosed-with-an-acute-coronary-syndrome
#20
REVIEW
Alexandru Nicolae Mischie, Catalina Liliana Andrei, Crina Sinescu, Gani Bajraktari, Eugen Ivan, Georgios Nikolaos Chatziathanasiou, Michele Schiariti
Age is an important prognostic factor in the outcome of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). A substantial percentage of patients who experience ACS is more than 75 years old, and they represent the fastest-growing segment of the population treated in this setting. These patients present different patterns of responses to pharmacotherapy, namely, a higher ischemic and bleeding risk than do patients under 75 years of age. Our aim was to identify whether the currently available ACS ischemic and bleeding risk scores, which has been validated for the general population, may also apply to the elderly population...
July 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
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