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Hirokazu Chishina, Satoru Hagiwara, Naoshi Nishida, Kazuomi Ueshima, Toshiharu Sakurai, Hiroshi Ida, Yasunori Minami, Masahiro Takita, Masashi Kono, Tomohiro Minami, Mina Iwanishi, Yasuko Umehara, Tomohiro Watanabe, Yoriaki Komeda, Tadaaki Arizumi, Masotoshi Kudo
OBJECTIVE: Refractory ascites reduces the quality of life of liver cirrhosis patients. Albumin preparation and diuretics, such as furosemide, have been used to treat refractory ascites, but the effect was poor in many patients. In this study, we analyzed patients treated with tolvaptan (TLV) at our hospital and investigated predictors of the effect. METHODS: The subjects were 70 patients for whom TLV was introduced to treat refractory ascites who could be analyzed between November 2013 and March 2015 at our hospital...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Susanne Bendesgaard Pedersen, Jens Cosedis Nielsen, Hans Erik Bøtker, Jeffrey J Goldberger
BACKGROUND: Beta-blocker (BB) therapy after myocardial infarction (MI) reduces all-cause mortality. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate BB dosing patterns and compliance following MI. METHODS: Using medical patient files and nationwide databases, we identified 100 patients who were discharged following MI in 2012 from Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, and subsequently redeemed one or more BB prescriptions within 6 months...
September 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
Dario Gulin, Jozica Sikic, Jasna Cerkez Habek, Sandra Jerkovic Gulin, Edvard Galic
Eosinophilic myocarditis (EM) is a rare and potentially fatal disease if left untreated. Because the disease can have a delayed presentation and can appear even after 2 years, its underlying causes often remain unknown. We report the case of a 63-year-old man with an atypical clinical presentation of hypersensitive EM and significant coronary artery disease, which was confirmed through coronary angiography. The patient was treated with hydrochlorothiazide (12.5 mg once daily for 2 years) and budesonide/formoterol (160/4...
December 2016: Drug Saf Case Rep
Silvia Bini, Cesare Cerri, Antonello E Rigamonti, Pietro A Bertazzi, Gianfrancesco Fiorini, Silvano G Cella
We analysed drug dispensation by charitable organisations in a year time. Drugs were grouped according to the Anatomic Therapeutic Chemical classification and the amount dispensed was calculated with the system of the Daily Defined Dose (DDD) and expressed as DDD/1000 subjects/day. A number of 87,550 subjects were studied (13,308 Italians; 74,242 Immigrants). Though we noticed a great sesonal variability, the drugs most frequently dispensed were those for the respiratory, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal system and antibiotics, which is different from the rest of the Italian population and the immigrant population assisted by our National Health Service (NHS)...
August 19, 2016: Journal of Public Health Research
Sara Tedeschi, Filippo Trapani, Maddalena Giannella, Francesco Cristini, Fabio Tumietto, Michele Bartoletti, Annalisa Liverani, Salvatore Pignanelli, Luisa Toni, Roberto Pederzini, Augusto Cavina, Pierluigi Viale
OBJECTIVE To assess the impact of an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) on antibiotic consumption, Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), and antimicrobial resistance patterns in a rehabilitation hospital. DESIGN Quasi-experimental study of the periods before (from January 2011 to June 2012) and after (from July 2012 to December 2014) ASP implementation. SETTING 150-bed rehabilitation hospital dedicated to patients with spinal-cord injuries. INTERVENTION Beginning in July 2012, an ASP was implemented based on systematic bedside infectious disease (ID) consultation and structural interventions (ie, revision of protocols for antibiotic prophylaxis and education focused on the appropriateness of antibiotic prescriptions)...
October 17, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Abrar K Thabit, Jared L Crandon, David P Nicolau
Increasing antimicrobial resistance in community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) pathogens has contributed to infection-related morbidity and mortality. Delafloxacin is a novel fluoroquinolone with broad-spectrum activity against Gram-positive and -negative organisms, including Streptococcus pneumoniae and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This study aimed to define the pharmacodynamic profile of delafloxacin against CAP pathogens using a neutropenic murine lung infection model. Five S. pneumoniae, 2 methicillin-susceptible S...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Gregory A Reed, Gary J Schiller, Suman Kambhampati, Martin S Tallman, Dan Douer, Mark D Minden, Karen W Yee, Vikas Gupta, Joseph Brandwein, Yulia Jitkova, Marcela Gronda, Rose Hurren, Aisha Shamas-Din, Andre C Schuh, Aaron D Schimmer
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells meet the higher energy, metabolic, and signaling demands of the cell by increasing mitochondrial biogenesis and mitochondrial protein translation. Blocking mitochondrial protein synthesis through genetic and chemical approaches kills human AML cells at all stages of development in vitro and in vivo. Tigecycline is an antimicrobial that we found inhibits mitochondrial protein synthesis in AML cells. Therefore, we conducted a phase 1 dose-escalation study of tigecycline administered intravenously daily 5 of 7 days for 2 weeks to patients with AML...
October 13, 2016: Cancer Medicine
David S Hong, Van K Morris, Badi El Osta, Alexey V Sorokin, Filip Janku, Siqing Fu, Michael J Overman, Sarina Piha-Paul, Vivek Subbiah, Bryan Kee, Apostolia Tsimberidou, David Fogelman, Jorge Bellido, Imad Shureiqi, Helen Huang, Johnique Atkins, Gabi Tarcic, Nicolas Sommer, Richard Lanman, Funda Meric-Bernstam, Scott Kopetz
In vitro, EGFR inhibition, combined with the BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib, causes synergistic cytotoxicity for BRAFV600E metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), further augmented by irinotecan. The safety and efficacy of vemurafenib, irinotecan, and cetuximab in BRAF-mutated malignancies are not defined. In this 3+3 phase I study, patients with BRAFV600E advanced solid cancers received cetuximab and irinotecan with escalating doses of vemurafenib. Nineteen patients (18 with mCRC, 1 with appendiceal cancer) were enrolled...
October 11, 2016: Cancer Discovery
G P Senadheera, S Sri Ranganathan, G Patabendige, G H Fernando, D Gamage, R M Maneke, B M Fernandopulle
OBJECTIVES: Antibacterial resistance (ABR) is a public threat. Sri Lanka is a country with limited surveillance of ABR in the community. The WHO methodology was adapted to identify ABR in outpatient settings (nonhospitalised patients) and its link to consumption of antibiotics. METHODS: It was a cross-sectional descriptive community based study to collect ABR data from Out Patient Department (OPD) of two leading Teaching Hospitals in Colombo district. The indicator organism Escherichia coli (E...
2016: Ceylon Medical Journal
Brian I Rini, Arnulf Stenzl, Romauld Zdrojowy, Mikhail Kogan, Mikhail Shkolnik, Stephane Oudard, Steffen Weikert, Sergio Bracarda, Simon J Crabb, Jens Bedke, Joerg Ludwig, Dominik Maurer, Regina Mendrzyk, Claudia Wagner, Andrea Mahr, Jens Fritsche, Toni Weinschenk, Steffen Walter, Alexandra Kirner, Harpreet Singh-Jasuja, Carsten Reinhardt, Tim Eisen
BACKGROUND: In a phase 2 study in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma, overall survival was associated with T-cell responses against IMA901, a vaccine consisting of ten tumour-associated peptides. In this phase 3 trial, we aimed to determine the clinical effect of adding IMA901 to sunitinib, the standard first-line treatment in metastatic renal cell carcinoma with postulated favourable immunomodulatory effects. METHODS: The IMPRINT study is an open-label, randomised, controlled, phase 3 trial done at 124 clinical sites in 11 countries...
October 3, 2016: Lancet Oncology
Jacqueline A Pongracic, Rebecca Z Krouse, Denise C Babineau, Edward M Zoratti, Robyn T Cohen, Robert A Wood, Gurjit K Khurana Hershey, Carolyn M Kercsmar, Rebecca S Gruchalla, Meyer Kattan, Stephen J Teach, Christine C Johnson, Leonard B Bacharier, James E Gern, Steven M Sigelman, Peter J Gergen, Alkis Togias, Cynthia M Visness, William W Busse, Andrew H Liu
BACKGROUND: Treatment levels required to control asthma vary greatly across a population with asthma. The factors that contribute to variability in treatment requirements of inner-city children have not been fully elucidated. OBJECTIVE: We sought to identify the clinical characteristics that distinguish difficult-to-control asthma from easy-to-control asthma. METHODS: Asthmatic children aged 6 to 17 years underwent baseline assessment and bimonthly guideline-based management visits over 1 year...
October 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Haluk Sen, Sakip Erturhan, Erkan Sadioglu, Omer Bayrak, İlker Seckiner
We aimed to investigate the efficacy of two different doses of doxazosin, 4 and 8 mg, in medical expulsive therapy (MET). This prospective randomized study included a total of 66 patients with distal ureteral stones which were radio-opaque and ≤10 mm. All patients were randomly divided into three groups: Group 1 included 25 patients receiving 4 mg doxazosin. Group 2 included 22 patients receiving 8 mg doxazosin. Diclofenac 100 mg p.o. and daily 1500-2000 cc hydration were advised to the patients in Groups 1 and 2 to relieve pain...
October 7, 2016: Urolithiasis
Natalia I Chekalina, Yuri M Kazakov, Tatyana V Mamontova, Ludmila E Vesnina, Igor P Kaidashev
INTRODUCTION: endothelial dysfunction (ED) is one of the most important links in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis (ASVD) - morphological basis of coronary artery disease (CAD). OBJECTIVE: to study the effect of polyphenolic antioxidants, resveratrol and quercetin, on endothelial degeneration factors in CAD patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: the study involved 93 patients with coronary artery disease: stable angina pectoris, FC II. The cytofluorometric technique was applied to define the level of circulating endothelial microparticles (EMP) CD32+CD40+ in peripheral blood in order to identify ED...
2016: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Kai-Hsiang Kang, Li-Fen Kuo, I-Chen Cheng, Chih-Shiuh Chang, Wen-Ing Tsay
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: According to WHO guideline, the consumption of opioids is an important sign of national progress in cancer pain relief. However, precise data on the consumption of opioid analgesics consumption in Taiwan has not been published. We investigate opioid analgesic consumption in Taiwan between 2002 and 2014 compare the results with those in other countries to see what we could learn about other methods of pain management. To find out the different patterns between Taiwan and other country, improves the quality of pain management...
October 4, 2016: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Christoph Schliemann, Joachim Gerss, Stefanie Wiebe, Jan-Henrik Mikesch, Nicola Knoblauch, Tim Sauer, Linus Angenendt, Tobias Kewitz, Marc Urban, Trude Butterfass-Bahloul, Sabine Edemir, Kerstin Vehring, Carsten Müller-Tidow, Wolfgang E Berdel, Utz Krug
: Nintedanib (BIBF 1120), a potent multikinase inhibitor of VEGFR-1/-2/-3, FGFR-1/-2/-3 and PDGFR-α/-β, exerts growth inhibitory and pro-apoptotic effects in myeloid leukemic cells, especially when used in combination with cytarabine. This phase I study evaluated nintedanib in combination with low-dose cytarabine (LDAC) in elderly patients with untreated or relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) ineligible for intensive chemotherapy in a 3+3 design. Nintedanib (dose levels 100, 150, and 200 mg orally twice daily) and LDAC (20 mg subcutaneous injection twice daily for 10 days) were administered in 28-day cycles...
2016: PloS One
Francesco Pelliccia, Salvatore Rosanio, Giuseppe Marazzi, Sara Poggi, Alessandra Tanzilli, Cesare Greco, Carlo Gaudio, Giuseppe Rosano
The high risk of both stroke and major bleeding in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) defines an important population for whom the assessment of the balance between the risk of ischemic stroke and of bleeding is essential. The use of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) may be a viable option in this population due to their greater net clinical benefit than warfarin, as demonstrated by the results of the clinical phase III trials. NOACs have been found to have a greater net clinical benefit than warfarin in patients at high risk of either stroke (CHADS2≥1 or CHA2DS2-VASc score≥2) or bleeding (HAS-BLED≥3)...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Marwan A Ahmed, George Muntingh, Paul Rheeder
BACKGROUND: The association between long-term metformin use and low vitamin B12 levels has been proven. However, the prevalence estimates of metformin-induced vitamin B12 deficiency showed considerable variation among the studies. The potential of the deficiency to cause or worsen peripheral neuropathy in type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients has been investigated with conflicting results. The aim of the study was to investigate: 1) the prevalence of vitamin B12 deficiency in T2DM patients on metformin; 2) the association between vitamin B12 and peripheral neuropathy; 3) and the risk factors for vitamin B12 deficiency in these patients...
October 7, 2016: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
Christian T Ruff, Robert P Giugliano, Eugene Braunwald, Sabina A Murphy, Karen Brown, Petr Jarolim, Michele Mercuri, Elliott M Antman, David A Morrow
Importance: Treatment decisions in atrial fibrillation (AF) are based on clinical assessment of risk. The CHA2DS2-VASc (cardiac failure or dysfunction, hypertension, age 65-74 [1 point] or ≥75 years [2 points], diabetes mellitus, and stroke, transient ischemic attack or thromboembolism [2 points]-vascular disease, and sex category [female]) risk score is pragmatic and widely used but has only moderate discrimination. Objective: To develop and test a cardiovascular biomarker score for indication of risk in patients with AF...
October 5, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
Chun-Chao Chen, Yi-Ping Hsu, Ju-Chi Liu, Pai-Feng Kao, Li-Chin Sung, Chao-Feng Lin, Wen-Rui Hao, Shing-Hwa Liu, Szu-Yuan Wu
PURPOSE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with an increased cancer risk. We evaluated the chemopreventive effect of statins against all cancers in COPD patients and identified the statin with the strongest chemopreventive effect. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients diagnosed with COPD at health care facilities in Taiwan (n = 116,017) from January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2012, were recruited. Each patient was followed to assess the following protective and risk factors for all cancers: age; sex; comorbidities (diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia) and the Charlson comorbidity index [CCI]); urbanization level; monthly income; and nonstatin drug use...
2016: Journal of Cancer
Chaitra S Ujjani, Sin-Ho Jung, Brandelyn Pitcher, Peter Martin, Steven I Park, Kristie A Blum, Sonali M Smith, Myron Czuczman, Matthew S Davids, Ellis Levine, Lionel D Lewis, Scott E Smith, Nancy L Bartlett, John P Leonard, Bruce D Cheson
Chemoimmunotherapy in follicular lymphoma is associated with significant toxicity. Targeted therapies are being investigated as potentially more efficacious and tolerable alternatives for this multiply-relapsing disease. Based on promising activity with rituximab and lenalidomide in previously untreated follicular lymphoma (ORR 90-96%) and ibrutinib in relapsed disease (ORR 30-55%), the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology conducted a phase I trial of rituximab, lenalidomide, and ibrutinib. Previously untreated patients with follicular lymphoma received rituximab 375 mg/m(2) on Day 1, 8, 15, 22 of Cycle 1 and Day 1 of Cycle 4, 6, 8, 10, lenalidomide as per cohort dose on Days 1-21/28 for 18 cycles, and ibrutinib as per cohort dose daily until progression...
October 3, 2016: Blood
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