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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230455/outcomes-of-pharmacy-led-hepatitis-c-direct-acting-antiviral-utilization-management-at-a-veterans-affairs-medical-center
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Sendra Yang, Rachel B Britt, Mohamed G Hashem, Jamie N Brown
BACKGROUND: The Veterans Affairs Health (VA) Administration has reported hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection rates among veterans to be twice that of the general U.S population. New HCV direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment options offer superior sustained virologic response (SVR) rates, improved side-effect profiles, and shortened treatment courses; yet, these new HCV DAAs are expensive, and utilization management strategies are needed to optimize use and improve clinical outcomes. A VA medical center uses pharmacist-led HCV DAA utilization management strategies that includes clinical guidance, optimizing operational flow, budget tracking and forecasting, and patient outcomes tracking...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224300/nilotinib-first-line-therapy-in-patients-with-philadelphia-chromosome-negative-bcr-abl-positive-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-in-chronic-phase-enest1st-sub-analysis
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Andreas Hochhaus, Franҫois-Xavier Mahon, Philipp le Coutre, Ljubomir Petrov, Jeroen J W M Janssen, Nicholas C P Cross, Delphine Rea, Fausto Castagnetti, Andrzej Hellmann, Gianantonio Rosti, Norbert Gattermann, Maria Liz Paciello Coronel, Maria Asuncion Echeveste Gutierrez, Valentin Garcia-Gutierrez, Beatrice Vincenzi, Luca Dezzani, Francis J Giles
PURPOSE: The ENEST1st sub-analysis presents data based on Philadelphia chromosome (Ph) status, i.e., Ph+ and Ph-/BCR-ABL1 + chronic myeloid leukemia. METHODS: Patients received nilotinib 300 mg twice daily, up to 24 months. RESULTS: At screening, 983 patients were identified as Ph+ and 30 patients as Ph-/BCR-ABL + based on cytogenetic and RT-PCR assessment; 76 patients had unknown karyotype (excluded from this sub-analysis). In the Ph-/BCR-ABL1 + subgroup, no additional chromosomal aberrations were reported...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220376/unveiling-the-relative-efficacy-safety-and-tolerability-of-prophylactic-medications-for-migraine-pairwise-and-network-meta-analysis
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Aijie He, Dehua Song, Lei Zhang, Chen Li
BACKGROUND: A large number patients struggle with migraine which is classified as a chronic disorder. The relative efficacy, safety and tolerability of prophylactic medications for migraine play a key role in managing this disease. METHODS: We conducted an extensive literature search for popular prophylactic medications that are used for migraine patients. Pairwise meta-analysis and network meta-analysis (NMA) were carried out sequentially for determining the relative efficacy, safety and tolerability of prophylactic medications...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213666/patterns-of-abnormal-gastric-pacemaking-after-sleeve-gastrectomy-defined-by-laparoscopic-high-resolution-electrical-mapping
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Rachel Berry, Leo K Cheng, Peng Du, Niranchan Paskaranandavadivel, Timothy R Angeli, Terence Mayne, Grant Beban, Gregory O'Grady
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is increasingly being applied to treat obesity. LSG includes excision of the normal gastric pacemaker, which could induce electrical dysrhythmias impacting on post-operative symptoms and recovery, but these implications have not been adequately investigated. This study aimed to define the effects of LSG on gastric slow-wave pacemaking using laparoscopic high-resolution (HR) electrical mapping. METHODS: Laparoscopic HR mapping was performed before and after LSG using flexible printed circuit arrays (64-96 electrodes; 8-12 cm(2); n = 8 patients) deployed through a 12 mm trocar and positioned on the gastric serosa...
February 17, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203370/abdominal-adhesions-a-practical-review-of-an-often-overlooked-entity
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N Tabibian, E Swehli, A Boyd, A Umbreen, J H Tabibian
Formation of intra-abdominal adhesions is a common consequence of abdomino-pelvic surgery, radiation therapy, and inflammatory processes. In a small but clinically significant proportion of patients, adhesive disease may develop, wherein adhesions lead to a variety of chronic symptoms such as abdominal distension, pain, nausea, and abnormal bowel movement pattern which can be daily, intermittent, or episodic. Due to the chronic and troublesome nature of these symptoms, adhesive disease may be life-altering in many patients, particularly when not recognized and appropriately addressed, as is the case not infrequently...
March 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201975/selective-inhibition-of-phosphodiesterases-4a-b-c-and-d-isoforms-in-chronic-respiratory-diseases-current-and-future-evidences
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Sonia Contreras, Javier Milara, Esteban Morcillo, Julio Cortijo
Chronic respiratory diseases affect millions of people every day. According to World Health Organization estimates, ~235 million people suffer from asthma, ~64 million suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and millions more suffer from allergic rhinitis around the world. In recent last years, the first phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitor, roflumilast, was approved as a treatment to reduce the risk of exacerbations in stable and severe COPD associated with chronic bronchitis and a history of exacerbations...
February 13, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194809/prodromal-symptoms-in-hidradenitis-suppurativa
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H C Ring, P Theut Riis, K Zarchi, I M Miller, D M Saunte, G B Jemec
BACKGROUND: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease, which presents as recurrent nodules and sinus tracts (tunnels) with subsequent scarring, predominantly involving the intertriginous regions. Although prodromal symptoms (i.e. various symptoms preceding the eruption of the HS lesions) are often mentioned, there have been no formal investigations into this aspect. Insight into prodromal symptoms may enable patients with HS or dermatologists in choosing a more targeted treatment at a much earlier stage, potentially increasing treatment efficacy and quality of life...
February 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191384/delayed-temporal-lobe-hemorrhage-after-initiation-of-acyclovir-in-an-immunocompetent-patient-with-herpes-simplex-virus-2-encephalitis-a-case-report
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Kyle Mueller, Joshua E Ryan, Alex Tai, Rocco A Armonda
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is the most common cause of non-epidemic, sporadic, acute focal encephalitis in the United States. Inflammation of the vasculature makes them friable and susceptible to hemorrhage. Massive hemorrhage, though rare, can present in a delayed fashion after initiation of acyclovir and often requires surgical intervention. We report a unique case of delayed temporal lobe hemorrhage after initiation of acyclovir in an immunocompetent patient, specifically for its presentation, virology, and surgical management...
January 15, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182123/long-term-safety-and-analgesic-efficacy-of-buprenorphine-buccal-film-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-chronic-pain-requiring-around-the-clock-opioids
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Martin Hale, Veronica Urdaneta, M Todd Kirby, Qinfang Xiang, Richard Rauck
BACKGROUND: This open-label, single-arm study was conducted to evaluate the long-term safety and efficacy of a novel buprenorphine formulation, buprenorphine buccal film, in the treatment of moderate-to-severe chronic pain requiring around-the-clock opioids. METHODS: The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the long-term safety and tolerability of buprenorphine buccal film. Five hundred and six patients who completed previous studies with buprenorphine buccal film (n=445; rollover patients) or were recruited de novo for this study (n=61) were enrolled in this study...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177093/-pharmacological-and-nutritional-problems-in-pregnant-patient-on-chronic-dialysis
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Michele Giannattasio, Federica Giannattasio, Giuseppe Gernone
Many of information on the safety of drugs during pregnancy were obtained many years ago, before the pregnant women were excluded from the study protocols for possible fetal risks. Because randomized trials in pregnancy are complex and considered unethical. For the same reasons, there are no randomized controlled trials in pregnant women on dialysis. Moreover Compared to the normal subject, the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in these patients are influenced or by pregnancy or from dialysis techniques or from chronic uremia...
January 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176463/severe-chronic-norovirus-diarrheal-disease-in-transplant-recipients-clinical-features-of-an-under-recognized-syndrome
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Robin K Avery, Bonnie E Lonze, Edward S Kraus, Kieren A Marr, Robert A Montgomery
BACKGROUND: Norovirus (NV) infection has been reported as a cause of severe chronic diarrhea in transplant recipients, but this entity remains under-recognized in clinical practice, leading to diagnostic delays. Transplant clinicians should become familiar with this syndrome in order to facilitate early detection and management. METHODS: Demographic, clinical, and outcomes variables were summarized from a series of transplant recipients with positive stool NV reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assays at Johns Hopkins in 2013-2014...
February 7, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176047/gastrointestinal-physiology-and-function
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Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Anthony C Johnson, David Grundy
The gastrointestinal (GI) system is responsible for the digestion and absorption of ingested food and liquids. Due to the complexity of the GI tract and the substantial volume of material that could be covered under the scope of GI physiology, this chapter briefly reviews the overall function of the GI tract, and discusses the major factors affecting GI physiology and function, including the intestinal microbiota, chronic stress, inflammation, and aging with a focus on the neural regulation of the GI tract and an emphasis on basic brain-gut interactions that serve to modulate the GI tract...
February 8, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160213/a-multicenter-single-arm-phase-ii-clinical-trial-of-bendamustine-monotherapy-in-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-in-japan
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Yoshiaki Ogawa, Koji Izutsu, Toru Kiguchi, Ilseung Choi, Yoshifusa Takatsuka, Kiyoshi Ando, Junji Suzumiya
The present study was intended to examine the efficacy and safety of bendamustine monotherapy in patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) for whom treatment with fludarabine (FLU) was not suitable, and in FLU-naïve patients with relapsed/refractory CLL. We intravenously administered bendamustine 100 mg/m(2)/day on days 1 and 2 of each 28-day cycle to 10 patients (eight previously untreated; two relapsed/refractory) up to six cycles. The primary endpoint was overall response rate (ORR: partial remission or better) according to the 2008 International Workshop on the CLL guidelines...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158929/the-analgesic-and-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-salvinorin-a-analogue-%C3%AE-tetrahydropyran-salvinorin-b-in-mice
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K F Paton, N Kumar, R S Crowley, J L Harper, T E Prisinzano, B M Kivell
BACKGROUND: Drugs activating the mu opioid receptor are routinely used to treat severe acute and chronic pain. Unfortunately, side effects including nausea, constipation, respiratory depression, addiction and tolerance can limit clinical utility. In contrast, kappa opioid receptor (KOPr) agonists, such as Salvinorin A (SalA), have analgesic properties with little potential for abuse. METHODS: We evaluated SalA and the novel analogue β-tetrahydropyran Salvinorin B (β-THP SalB) for the ability to modulate pain and inflammation in vivo...
February 3, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138049/clinical-manifestations-associated-with-peripheral-joint-involvement-in-patients-with-acute-chikungunya-virus-infection
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Mariangelí Arroyo-Ávila, Amanda Cabán, Enid J García-Rivera, Marisela Irizarry-Pérez, Hilda Torres, Héctor Gorbea, Luis M Vilá
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) causes an acute febrile illness usually accompanied by severe polyarthralgia and polyarthritis. Previous studies have shown that older age, female gender, and some comorbid conditions are associated with chronic CHIKV arthritis. However, the factors associated with acute arthralgia and arthritis are not well known. Thus, we studied the clinical manifestations associated with acute peripheral joint involvement in a group of CHIKV patients from Puerto Rico. Patients with a history of fever for < 7 days evaluated at the emergency department of a university-based hospital were tested for several pathogens including CHIKV...
January 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137593/efficacy-of-ledipasvir-plus-sofosbuvir-for-8-or-12-weeks-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-2-infection
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Edward J Gane, Robert H Hyland, Yin Yang, Evguenia Svarovskaia, Luisa M Stamm, Diana M Brainard, John G McHutchison, Catherine A M Stedman
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 2 have high rates of response to treatment with sofosbuvir and ribavirin. However, ribavirin is associated with hemolytic events and is poorly tolerated by some patients. We evaluated the effectiveness of sofosbuvir and ledipasvir in treatment-naïve and treatment-experienced patients with HCV genotype 2, comparing 12 versus 8 weeks of treatment. METHODS: This Phase 2, open-label study included 2 cohorts in New Zealand...
January 27, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137426/scientific-familial-lessons-in-ingestive-behavior-research-2016-alan-n-epstein-research-award
#17
REVIEW
Matthew R Hayes
While energy balance is under the control of the central nervous system (CNS), a major source of neural regulation for the behavioral, physiological and endocrine processes governing energy balance originates in the periphery. Indeed, the organs of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, supporting organs of the peritoneal cavity and adipose tissue are the source of numerous neurotransmitter and neuroendocrine signals released from non-neuronal peripheral tissue that signal in a paracrine and endocrine fashion to regulate the physiological and behavioral processes that affect energy balance...
January 27, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135794/an-incidental-discovery-of-morgagni-hernia-in-an-elderly-patient-presented-with-chronic-dyspepsia
#18
Duk Ki Kim, Hee Seok Moon, Hyeon Yong Jung, Jae Kyu Sung, Sun Hyeong Gang, Myeong Hee Kim
A Morgagni hernia was first described in 1761 by Giovanni Morgagni. In adults, it is accompanied by gastrointestinal- or respiratory-type symptoms. Herein, we report an 84-year-old woman presented to our hospital with nausea and vomiting. After hospitalization, an X-ray revealed a right diaphragmatic hernia. Based on the results of abdominal computed tomography, duodenoscopy, and upper gastrointestinography (gastrografin), we concluded that her symptoms were caused by Morgagni hernia. Our patient underwent laparoscopic surgery, and shortly thereafter, her symptoms resolved...
January 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127997/investigational-drug-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-gastroparesis
#19
Gareth J Sanger, Pankaj Jay Pasricha
Gastroparesis is defined by nausea, vomiting, pain, early satiety and bloating, and characterized by delayed gastric emptying without obvious structural abnormalities. Metoclopramide is widely used, increasing gastric emptying and inhibiting nausea and vomiting. Other drugs are available in certain countries and some are used 'off-label' because they increase gastric emptying or inhibit emesis. However, correlation between gastroparesis symptoms and rates of gastric emptying is poor. For anti-emetic drugs, dose-ranging and Phase III trials in gastroparesis are lacking...
January 27, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124511/ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-and-sofosbuvir-plus-ribavirin-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-and-bleeding-disorders
#20
C E Walsh, K Workowski, N A Terrault, P E Sax, A Cohen, C L Bowlus, A Y Kim, R H Hyland, B Han, J Wang, L M Stamm, D M Brainard, J G McHutchison, A von Drygalski, F Rhame, M W Fried, P Kouides, G Balba, K R Reddy
INTRODUCTION: Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is prevalent among patients with inherited bleeding disorders and is a leading cause of mortality in those with haemophilia. AIM: We evaluated the efficacy and safety of ledipasvir-sofosbuvir and sofosbuvir plus ribavirin in patients with chronic HCV genotype 1-4 infection and an inherited bleeding disorder. METHODS: Ledipasvir-sofosbuvir was administered for 12 weeks to patients with genotype 1 or 4 infection and for 12 or 24 weeks to treatment-experienced cirrhotic patients with genotype 1 infection...
January 25, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
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