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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933632/association-of-alirocumab-therapy-with-inflammatory-lesions-of-the-vocal-folds-a-case-report
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Peter A Benedict, Rania M Abdou, Gregory R Dion, Peak Woo, Ryan C Branski, Milan R Amin
Therapeutic monocolonal antibodies (MAbs) are a new, rapidly growing class of medications that frequently have poorly characterized side-effect profiles. We present a patient who developed inflammatory lesions of the vocal folds in temporal relation to the initiation of alirocumab. Lesions of the vocal folds represent a previously unreported adverse effect of alirocumab therapy, making it the second MAb documented with such a side effect. The potential laryngeal effects of alirocumab specifically, and of MAbs more broadly, warrant investigation...
December 9, 2016: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933614/antiviral-agents-for-infectious-mononucleosis-glandular-fever
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REVIEW
Muireann De Paor, Kirsty O'Brien, Tom Fahey, Susan M Smith
BACKGROUND: Infectious mononucleosis (IM) is a clinical syndrome, usually caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EPV), characterised by lymphadenopathy, fever and sore throat. Most cases of symptomatic IM occur in older teenagers or young adults. Usually IM is a benign self-limiting illness and requires only symptomatic treatment. However, occasionally the disease course can be complicated or prolonged and lead to decreased productivity in terms of school or work. Antiviral medications have been used to treat IM, but the use of antivirals for IM is controversial...
December 8, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933587/development-of-a-more-efficient-albumin-based-delivery-system-for-gambogic-acid-with-low-toxicity-for-lung-cancer-therapy
#3
Yan Zhang, Zhijie Yang, Xinyi Tan, Xing Tang, Zaixing Yang
Gambogic acid (GA) has been proven to be a potent chemotherapeutic agent for the treatment of lung cancer in clinical trials. However, GA is limited in its therapeutic value by properties such as poor water solubility and low chemical stability. In clinical trials, cationic arginine (Arg) was added to solubilize GA, and this may also cause other side effects. Here, we have designed and developed a more efficient human serum albumin (HSA)-based delivery system for GA with low toxicity which helps improve its solubility, chemical stability and increases its antitumor efficacy...
December 8, 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933471/factors-associated-with-medication-non-adherence-in-patients-with-end-stage-liver-disease
#4
Selena Z Kuo, Marta Haftek, Jennifer C Lai
BACKGROUND: Low medication adherence is known to contribute to worse health outcomes in the general population. AIM: We aimed to evaluate the medication regimen and determine the adherence levels among patients with end-stage liver disease. METHODS: We measured adherence in patients awaiting liver transplantation at a single center using the 8-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8), with a score <8 classified as low adherence...
December 8, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933449/clearing-the-fog-a-review-of-the-effects-of-dietary-omega-3-fatty-acids-and-added-sugars-on-chemotherapy-induced-cognitive-deficits
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REVIEW
Tonya S Orchard, Monica M Gaudier-Diaz, Kellie R Weinhold, A Courtney DeVries
Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy have been an important part of extending survival in women diagnosed with breast cancer. However, chemotherapy can cause potentially toxic side effects in the brain that impair memory, verbal fluency, and processing speed in up to 30% of women treated. Women report that post-chemotherapy cognitive deficits negatively impact quality of life and may last up to ten years after treatment. Mechanisms underlying these cognitive impairments are not fully understood, but emerging evidence suggests that chemotherapy induces structural changes in the brain, produces neuroinflammation, and reduces adult hippocampal neurogenesis...
December 8, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932986/role-of-quercetin-in-modulating-chloride-transport-in-the-intestine
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Bo Yu, Yu Jiang, Lingling Jin, Tonghui Ma, Hong Yang
Epithelial chloride channels provide the pathways for fluid secretion in the intestine. Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) and calcium-activated chloride channels (CaCCs) are the main chloride channels in the luminal membrane of enterocytes. These transmembrane proteins play important roles in many physiological processes. In this study, we have identified a flavonoid quercetin as a modulator of CaCC chloride channel activity. Fluorescence quenching assay showed that quercetin activated Cl(-) transport in a dose-dependent manner, with EC50 ~37 μM...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932983/cannabidiol-regulation-of-learned-fear-implications-for-treating-anxiety-related-disorders
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Regimantas Jurkus, Harriet L L Day, Francisco S Guimarães, Jonathan L C Lee, Leandro J Bertoglio, Carl W Stevenson
Anxiety and trauma-related disorders are psychiatric diseases with a lifetime prevalence of up to 25%. Phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are characterized by abnormal and persistent memories of fear-related contexts and cues. The effects of psychological treatments such as exposure therapy are often only temporary and medications can be ineffective and have adverse side effects. Growing evidence from human and animal studies indicates that cannabidiol, the main non-psychotomimetic phytocannabinoid present in Cannabis sativa, alleviates anxiety in paradigms assessing innate fear...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932961/patient-specific-electric-field-simulations-and-acceleration-measurements-for-objective-analysis-of-intraoperative-stimulation-tests-in-the-thalamus
#8
Simone Hemm, Daniela Pison, Fabiola Alonso, Ashesh Shah, Jérôme Coste, Jean-Jacques Lemaire, Karin Wårdell
Despite an increasing use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) the fundamental mechanisms of action remain largely unknown. Simulation of electric entities has previously been proposed for chronic DBS combined with subjective symptom evaluations, but not for intraoperative stimulation tests. The present paper introduces a method for an objective exploitation of intraoperative stimulation test data to identify the optimal implant position of the chronic DBS lead by relating the electric field (EF) simulations to the patient-specific anatomy and the clinical effects quantified by accelerometry...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932945/monoaminergic-and-histaminergic-strategies-and-treatments-in-brain-diseases
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REVIEW
Giuseppe Di Giovanni, Dubravka Svob Strac, Montse Sole, Mercedes Unzeta, Keith F Tipton, Dorotea Mück-Šeler, Irene Bolea, Laura Della Corte, Matea Nikolac Perkovic, Nela Pivac, Ilse J Smolders, Anna Stasiak, Wieslawa A Fogel, Philippe De Deurwaerdère
The monoaminergic systems are the target of several drugs for the treatment of mood, motor and cognitive disorders as well as neurological conditions. In most cases, advances have occurred through serendipity, except for Parkinson's disease where the pathophysiology led almost immediately to the introduction of dopamine restoring agents. Extensive neuropharmacological studies first showed that the primary target of antipsychotics, antidepressants, and anxiolytic drugs were specific components of the monoaminergic systems...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932625/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-graduated-and-inverse-graduated-compression-hosiery-in-patients-with-chronic-venous-insufficiency-and-healthy-volunteers-a-prospective-mono-centric-blinded-open-randomised-controlled-and-cross-over-trial
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Helene Riebe, Wolfgang Konschake, Hermann Haase, Michael Jünger
BACKGROUND: The therapeutic effectiveness of compression therapy depends on the selection of compression hosiery. OBJECTIVES: To assess efficacy and tolerability of graduated elastic compression stockings (GECS) and inverse graduated elastic compression stockings (PECS). METHODS: Thirty-two healthy volunteers and thirty-two patients with chronic venous insufficiency were analysed; wear period: one week for each stocking type (randomised, blinded)...
December 8, 2016: Phlebology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932411/mod-4023-a-long-acting-carboxy-terminal-peptide-ctp-modified-human-growth-hormone-results-of-a-phase-2-study-in-growth-hormone-deficient-adults
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Christian J Strasburger, Peter Vanuga, Juraj Payer, Marija Pfeifer, Vera Popović, Laszlo Bajnok, Miklós I Góth, Věra Olšovská, Ľudmila Trejbalová, Janos Vadasz, Eyal Fima, Ronit Koren, Leanne Amitzi, Martin Bidlingmaier, Gili Hart, Beverly M K Biller
OBJECTIVE: Growth hormone (GH) replacement therapy currently requires daily injections, which may cause distress and low compliance. C-terminal peptide (CTP)-modified growth hormone (MOD-4023) is being developed as a once-weekly dosing regimen in patients with GH deficiency (GHD). This study's objective is to evaluate the safety, pharmacokinetics (PK), pharmacodynamics (PD) and efficacy of MOD-4023 administered once weekly in GHD adults. DESIGN: 54 adults with GHD currently treated with daily GH were normalized and randomized into 4 weekly dosing cohorts of MOD-4023 at 18...
December 8, 2016: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932242/elevated-salivary-iga-decreased-anxiety-and-an-altered-oral-microbiota-are-associated-with-active-participation-on-an-undergraduate-athletic-team
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Ashley L Lamb, Debra E Hess, Sherie Edenborn, Elizabeth Ubinger, Andres E Carrillo, Pierette M Appasamy
BACKGROUND: Previous reports indicate that regular, but not excessive, exercise can moderate the response to anxiety and alter the immune response, therefore we hypothesized that college student athletes who were actively participating on an NCAA Division III athletics team ("in-season") would have lower levels of anxiety and higher salivary IgA levels than similar college athletes who were in their "off-season".NCAA Division III athletes participate in athletics at a level of intensity that is more moderate compared to other NCAA divisions...
December 5, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932167/gangliocytoma-presenting-with-tacrolimus-neurotoxicity-in-a-renal-transplant-recipient-case-report
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S Alagoz, S Gulcicek, M Oruc, S Trabulus, N Seyahi
Tacrolimus is a widely used macrolide immunosuppressant in transplant surgery, with mild and major neurologic side effects. A 21-year-old woman had undergone preemptive transplantation of a kidney from her mother. On the 1st postoperative day, the patient had headache, nausea, vomiting, and agitation. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain showed hyperintensity and a lesion in the right mesial temporal lobe. After we switched from tacrolimus to cyclosporine, the symptoms regressed. Persistence of the lesion, confirmed by repeated MRI, required that the patient be operated on...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932166/renal-allograft-failure-after-ipilimumab-therapy-for-metastatic-melanoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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A Jose, P Yiannoullou, S Bhutani, H Denley, M Morton, M Picton, A Summers, D van Dellen, T Augustine
Transplant recipients are at an increased risk of malignant melanoma, a result of chronic immunosuppression. Ipilimumab is a newer biological agent targeting T lymphocytes to potentiate an immune response against melanoma, and the use of this agent results in a new adverse effect profile that the clinician must be aware of while a patient is on therapy. We report the case of a male renal transplant recipient who developed graft failure while treated with ipilimumab and minimal immunosuppressive therapy for metastatic ocular melanoma, with biopsy evidence of glomerulonephritis and acute rejection...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932113/hepatitis-c-treatment-with-direct-acting-antivirals-in-kidney-transplant-preliminary-results-from-a-multicenter-study
#15
M A Gentil, C González-Corvillo, M Perelló, S Zarraga, C Jiménez-Martín, L R Lauzurica, A Alonso, A Franco, D Hernández-Marrero, A Sánchez-Fructuoso
Hepatitis C (HC) is a very relevant negative prognosis factor for graft and transplant recipient survival. New direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) allow us to solve this problem in an effective way. It is crucial to understand their real impact in our daily practice. We analyzed treatment results with DAA, free of interferon, in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) from 15 Spanish hospitals (Grupo Español de Actualización en Trasplante), regarding effectiveness, tolerance, and impact on immunosuppression, renal function-proteinuria, and diabetes...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932111/hepatitis-c-virus-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-a-problem-on-the-path-to-eradication
#16
A Suarez Benjumea, C Gonzalez-Corvillo, J M Sousa, G Bernal Blanco, M Suñer Poblet, M A Perez Valdivia, F M Gonzalez Roncero, P Acevedo, M A Gentil Govantez
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) still has significant prevalence in kidney transplant (KT) recipients and is related to poor recipient and graft survival. New direct-acting antivirals (DAA) are leading to a radical change in the problem. METHODS: We studied HCV prevalence at the time of transplantation and in follow-up patients, the way cases are handled, and the results of DAA. RESULTS: A total of 2,001 KT had been performed in our center since 1978...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932097/desensitization-protocol-in-recipients-of-deceased-kidney-donor-with-donor-specific-antibody-low-titers
#17
J Kanter Berga, A Sancho Calabuig, E Gavela Martinez, N Puig Alcaraz, A Avila Bernabeu, J Crespo Albiach, P Molina Vila, S Beltrán Catalan, L Pallardó Mateu
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplantation is the better option for end-stage renal disease (ESRD), but for patients with human leukocyte antigen (HLA) sensitization, the wait times are significantly longer than for patients without antibodies. Many desensitization protocols have been described involving strong immunosuppression, the use of apheresis, and B-cell-modulating therapies. We have designed a desensitization protocol from day 0 for deceased donor kidney transplantation. Our aim was to present our initial experience with five kidney transplant patients...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932052/factors-associated-with-parents-attitudes-to-the-hpv-vaccination-of-their-adolescent-sons
#18
REVIEW
Gorjana Radisic, Janine Chapman, Ingrid Flight, Carlene Wilson
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to identify factors associated with human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine acceptability in parents of adolescent boys. This information is critical to the development of approaches to optimise HPV vaccine uptake among this population group. METHODS: We performed a systematic search of the literature in addressing factors influencing parental attitudes to and beliefs about HPV vaccine and its acceptability for use. The findings were organised within the framework of the Health Belief Model (HBM) and summarised using a semi quantitative method...
December 5, 2016: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932010/bottleneck-analysis-approach-to-accelerate-newborn-care-services-in-two-regions-in-ghana-implications-for-national-newborn-care
#19
A E Yawson, J K Awoonor-Williams, I Sagoe-Moses, P K Aboagye, A O Yawson, L K Senaya, G Bonsu, J B Eleeza, E E A Agongo, H K Banskota
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work is to describe application of a data-driven approach (bottleneck analysis [BNA] approach process) to accelerate newborn care services in two regions and what effect it had on national-level newborn care interventions in Ghana. STUDY DESIGN: A mixed-method approach was used for the study. The BNA tool generated quantitative data and group discussions provided phenomenological explanations to identified service gaps. METHODS: Regional newborn care health service assessments were conducted in November 2013 through desk reviews, field and health facility visits and coaching/mentorship...
December 2016: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931918/sexual-dysfunction-among-women-with-schizophrenia-a-cross-sectional-study-from-india
#20
Manjula Simiyon, Prabha S Chandra, Geetha Desai
: Sexual dysfunction among women usually has a multifactorial etiology and is also difficult to study in cultures where open discussions about sexuality are not common. Not much is known about sexual function in women with schizophrenia even though it may have a significant impact on their quality of life and maybe influenced by several factors. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the frequency and nature of sexual dysfunction in women with schizophrenia and study its association with marital quality, illness, treatment, and socio-demographic factors...
December 2016: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
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