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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792372/sativex%C3%A2-as-add-on-therapy-vs-further-optimized-first-line-antispastics-savant-in-resistant-multiple-sclerosis-spasticity-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-randomised-clinical-trial
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Jolana Markovà, Ute Essner, Bülent Akmaz, Marcella Marinelli, Christiane Trompke, Arnd Lentschat, Carlos Vila Silván
Purpose/aim: To evaluate the efficacy of tetrahydrocannabinol [THC]:cannabidiol [CBD] oromucosal spray (Sativex®) as add-on therapy to optimized standard antispasticity treatment in patients with moderate to severe multiple sclerosis (MS) spasticity. METHODS: Sativex as Add-on therapy Vs. further optimized first-line ANTispastics (SAVANT) was a two-phase trial. In Phase A, eligible patients received add-on THC:CBD spray for 4 weeks to identify initial responders (≥ 20% improvement from baseline in spasticity 0-10 numerical rating scale [NRS] score)...
May 24, 2018: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791984/-the-management-of-common-bile-duct-stones
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Chang Hwan Park
Common bile duct (CBD) stone is a relatively frequent disorder with a prevalence of 10-20% in patients with gallstones. This is also associated with serious complications, including obstructive jaundice, acute suppurative cholangitis, and acute pancreatitis. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment is the most important for managing CBD stones. According to a recent meta-analysis, endoscopic ultrasonography and magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography have high sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for the diagnosis of CBD stones...
May 25, 2018: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789034/pharmacological-properties-of-cannabidiol-in-the-treatment-of-psychiatric-disorders-a-critical-overview
#3
G M Mandolini, M Lazzaretti, A Pigoni, L Oldani, G Delvecchio, P Brambilla
Cannabidiol (CBD) represents a new promising drug due to a wide spectrum of pharmacological actions. In order to relate CBD clinical efficacy to its pharmacological mechanisms of action, we performed a bibliographic search on PUBMED about all clinical studies investigating the use of CBD as a treatment of psychiatric symptoms. Findings to date suggest that (a) CBD may exert antipsychotic effects in schizophrenia mainly through facilitation of endocannabinoid signalling and cannabinoid receptor type 1 antagonism; (b) CBD administration may exhibit acute anxiolytic effects in patients with generalised social anxiety disorder through modification of cerebral blood flow in specific brain sites and serotonin 1A receptor agonism; (c) CBD may reduce withdrawal symptoms and cannabis/tobacco dependence through modulation of endocannabinoid, serotoninergic and glutamatergic systems; (d) the preclinical pro-cognitive effects of CBD still lack significant results in psychiatric disorders...
May 23, 2018: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786893/primary-cystic-duct-carcinoma-diagnosed-by-targeted-biopsy-with-digital-cholangioscopy
#4
Masaki Miyazawa, Shogo Matsuda, Uichiro Fuchizaki
A 79-year-old man was introduced to our hospital for obstructive jaundice. Computed tomography (CT) showed the stricture of the common bile duct (CBD) and the cystic duct (CD) (Fig. 1). Suspicious diagnosis was cholangiocarcinoma. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiography (ERC) showed the stricture of the CBD and the CD dilatation. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
May 22, 2018: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786675/combined-effectiveness-of-honey-and-immunonutrition-on-bacterial-translocation-secondary-to-obstructive-jaundice-in-rats-experimental-study
#5
Serhat Oguz, Omer Salt, Abdil C Ibis, Saban Gurcan, Dogan Albayrak, Tulin Yalta, Tamer Sagiroglu, Cengiz Erenoglu
BACKGROUND Obstructive jaundice is a serious, life-threatening condition that can lead to death as a result of sepsis and multiorgan failure due to bacterial translocation. Treatment should be started as soon as possible after diagnosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS Forty 24-week-old male Sprague Dawley rats, with an average weight of 250 g to 300 g, were included in this study. The rats were randomly placed into five groups, each group consisted of eight rats. The sham group underwent only common bile duct (CBD) dissection and no ligation was performed...
May 22, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785537/differentiation-of-benign-and-malignant-ampullary-obstruction-by-multi-row-detector-ct
#6
Wirana Angthong, Kran Jiarakoop, Kaan Tangtiang
PURPOSE: To determine useful CT parameters to differentiate ampullary carcinomas from benign ampullary obstruction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study included 93 patients who underwent abdominal CT, 31 patients with ampullary carcinomas, and 62 patients with benign ampullary obstruction. Two radiologists independently evaluated CT parameters then reached consensus decisions. Statistically significant CT parameters were identified through univariate and multivariate analyses...
May 21, 2018: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784129/the-non-psychoactive-phytocannabinoid-cannabidiol-cbd-attenuates-pro-inflammatory-mediators-t-cell-infiltration-and-thermal-sensitivity-following-spinal-cord-injury-in-mice
#7
Hongbo Li, Weimin Kong, Christina R Chambers, Daohai Yu, Doina Ganea, Ronald F Tuma, Sara Jane Ward
We evaluated the effects of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) on the inflammatory response and recovery of function following spinal cord injury (SCI). Female C57Bl/6 mice were exposed to spinal cord contusion injury (T9-10) and received vehicle or CBD (1.5 mg/kg IP) injections for 10 weeks following injury. The effect of SCI and CBD treatment on inflammation was assessed via microarray, qRT-PCR and flow cytometry. Locomotor and bladder function and changes in thermal and mechanical hind paw sensitivity were also evaluated...
March 8, 2018: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783790/quality-traits-of-cannabidiol-oils-cannabinoids-content-terpene-fingerprint-and-oxidation-stability-of-european-commercially-available-preparations
#8
Radmila Pavlovic, Giorgio Nenna, Lorenzo Calvi, Sara Panseri, Gigliola Borgonovo, Luca Giupponi, Giuseppe Cannazza, Annamaria Giorgi
Cannabidiol (CBD)-based oil preparations are becoming extremely popular, as CBD has been shown to have beneficial effects on human health. CBD-based oil preparations are not unambiguously regulated under the European legislation, as CBD is not considered as a controlled substance. This means that companies can produce and distribute CBD products derived from non-psychoactive hemp varieties, providing an easy access to this extremely advantageous cannabinoid. This leaves consumers with no legal quality guarantees...
May 20, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782432/two-biliary-cannulation-techniques-for-ercp-in-patients-with-intradiverticular-papilla-a-retrospective-review
#9
Long Huang, Qing-Sheng Yu, Kun Sun
PURPOSE: To compare the effectiveness and complications of the different cannulation techniques for bile duct stones removal in patients with intradiverticular papilla. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The records of 472 patients with common bile duct (CBD) stones who underwent endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures for bile duct stones removal from January 2014 to December 2016 were retrospectively reviewed. A total of 42 patients with CBD stones were included in the study and data of included patients were collected retrospectively...
May 18, 2018: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776349/randomised-controlled-trial-rct-of-cannabinoid-replacement-therapy-nabiximols-for-the-management-of-treatment-resistant-cannabis-dependent-patients-a-study-protocol
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Anjali K Bhardwaj, David J Allsop, Jan Copeland, Iain S McGregor, Adrian Dunlop, Marian Shanahan, Raimondo Bruno, Nghi Phung, Mark Montebello, Craig Sadler, Jessica Gugusheff, Melissa Jackson, Jennifer Luksza, Nicholas Lintzeris
BACKGROUND: The cannabis extract nabiximols (Sativex®) effectively supresses withdrawal symptoms and cravings in treatment resistant cannabis dependent individuals, who have high relapse rates following conventional withdrawal treatments. This study examines the efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of longer-term nabiximols treatment for outpatient cannabis dependent patients who have not responded to previous conventional treatment approaches. METHODS/DESIGN: A phase III multi-site outpatient, randomised, double-blinded, placebo controlled parallel design, comparing a 12-week course of nabiximols to placebo, with follow up at 24 weeks after enrolment...
May 18, 2018: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774157/risk-assessment-of-choledocholithiasis-prior-to-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-and-its-management-options
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Ausra Aleknaite, Gintaras Simutis, Juozas Stanaitis, Jonas Valantinas, Kestutis Strupas
Background: Accurate risk evaluation of choledocholithiasis prior to laparoscopic cholecystectomy is essential to determine optimal management strategy. Objective: Our study aimed to evaluate the accuracy of separate predictors and Vilnius University Hospital Index (VUHI = A/30 + 0.4 × B; A = total bilirubin concentration (µmol/l), B = common bile duct (CBD) diameter (mm) measured by ultrasound) diagnosing choledocholithiasis and to assess different management strategies (cholecystectomy with intraoperative cholangiography and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP))...
April 2018: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773016/is-cannabidiol-a-promising-substance-for-new-drug-development-a-review-of-its-potential-therapeutic-applications
#12
Nida Noreen, Faqir Muhammad, Bushra Akhtar, Farooq Azam, Muhammad Irfan Anwar
The pharmacological importance of cannabidiol (CBD) has been in study for several years. CBD is the major nonpsychoactive constituent of plant Cannabis sativa and its administration is associated with reduced side effects. Currently, CBD is undergoing a lot of research which suggests that it has no addictive effects, good safety profile and has exhibited powerful therapeutic potential in several vital areas. It has wide spectrum of action because it acts through endocannabinoid receptors; CB1 and CB2 and it also acts on other receptors, such as GPR18, GPR55, GPR 119, 5HT1A, and TRPV2...
2018: Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770338/basic-fibroblast-growth-factor-fused-with-tandem-collagen-binding-domains-from-clostridium-histolyticum-collagenase-colg-increases-bone-formation
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Hiroyuki Sekiguchi, Kentaro Uchida, Osamu Matsushita, Gen Inoue, Nozomu Nishi, Ryo Masuda, Nana Hamamoto, Takaki Koide, Shintaro Shoji, Masashi Takaso
Basic fibroblast growth factor 2 (bFGF) accelerates bone formation during fracture healing. Because the efficacy of bFGF decreases rapidly following its diffusion from fracture sites, however, repeated dosing is required to ensure a sustained therapeutic effect. We previously developed a fusion protein comprising bFGF, a polycystic kidney disease domain (PKD; s2b), and collagen-binding domain (CBD; s3) sourced from the Clostridium histolyticum class II collagenase, ColH, and reported that the combination of this fusion protein with a collagen-like peptide, poly(Pro-Hyp-Gly)10 , induced mesenchymal cell proliferation and callus formation at fracture sites...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770251/review-of-the-neurological-benefits-of-phytocannabinoids
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REVIEW
Joseph Maroon, Jeff Bost
Background: Numerous physical, psychological, and emotional benefits have been attributed to marijuana since its first reported use in 2,600 BC in a Chinese pharmacopoeia. The phytocannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD), and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) are the most studied extracts from cannabis sativa subspecies hemp and marijuana. CBD and Δ9-THC interact uniquely with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Through direct and indirect actions, intrinsic endocannabinoids and plant-based phytocannabinoids modulate and influence a variety of physiological systems influenced by the ECS...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766748/medical-cannabis-for-pediatric-moderate-to-severe-complex-motor-disorders
#15
Stephanie Libzon, Lihi Bar-Lev Schleider, Naama Saban, Luda Levit, Yulia Tamari, Ilan Linder, Tally Lerman-Sagie, Lubov Blumkin
A complex motor disorder is a combination of various types of abnormal movements that are associated with impaired quality of life (QOL). Current therapeutic options are limited. We studied the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of medical cannabis in children with complex motor disorder. This pilot study was approved by the institutional ethics committee. Two products of cannabidiol (CBD) enriched 5% oil formulation of cannabis were compared: one with 0.25% δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) 20:1 group, the other with 0...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766540/gaps-in-predicting-clinical-doses-for-cannabinoids-therapy-overview-of-issues-for-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-modelling
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REVIEW
Zheng Liu, Jennifer H Martin
AIM: Model-based prediction on clinical doses for cannabinoids therapy is beneficial in the clinical setting, especially for seriously ill patients with both altered pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic responses. The objective of this article is to review the currently available PK and/or PD models of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) and to highlight the major issues for modelling this complex therapeutic area. METHODS: A systematic search was conducted in the electronic databases PubMed and EMBASE using the key words "cannabis", "cannabinoid", "tetrahydrocannabinol", "THC", "cannabidiol", "CBD", "pharmacokinetic model", "pharmacodynamics model" and their combinations...
May 16, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766538/chronic-exposure-to-cannabidiol-induces-reproductive-toxicity-in-male-swiss-mice
#17
Renata K Carvalho, Monaliza L Santos, Maingredy R Souza, Thiago L Rocha, Francisco S Guimarães, Janete A Anselmo-Franci, Renata Mazaro-Costa
Children and adults with frequent and severe episodes of epilepsy that do not respond to standard treatments (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin and valproate) have long been prescribed cannabidiol (CBD) as an anticonvulsant drug. However, the safety of its chronic use in relation to reproduction has not been fully examined. This study aimed to assess the effects of chronic CBD exposure on the male reproductive system. CBD was orally administered to 21-day-old male Swiss mice at doses of 15 and 30 mg kg-1 daily (CBD 15 and 30 groups, respectively), with a control group receiving sunflower oil, for 34 consecutive days...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765102/the-effects-of-cannabidiol-on-impulsivity-and-memory-during-abstinence-in-cigarette-dependent-smokers
#18
C Hindocha, T P Freeman, M Grabski, H Crudgington, A C Davies, J B Stroud, R K Das, W Lawn, C J A Morgan, H V Curran
Acute nicotine abstinence in cigarette smokers results in deficits in performance on specific cognitive processes, including working memory and impulsivity which are important in relapse. Cannabidiol (CBD), the non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis, has shown pro-cognitive effects and preliminary evidence has indicated it can reduce the number of cigarettes smoked in dependent smokers. However, the effects of CBD on cognition have never been tested during acute nicotine withdrawal. The present study therefore aimed to investigate if CBD can improve memory and reduce impulsivity during acute tobacco abstinence...
May 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761015/the-influence-of-thc-cbd-oromucosal-spray-on-driving-ability-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-related-spasticity
#19
Elisabeth G Celius, Carlos Vila
Background: Driving ability is a key function for the majority of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) to help maintain daily interactions. Both physical and cognitive disability, as well as treatments, may affect the ability to drive. Spasticity is a common symptom associated with MS, and it may affect driving performance either directly or via the medications used to treat it. In this article, we review the evidence relating the antispasticity medicine, Δ9 -tetrahydrocannabinol:cannabidiol (THC:CBD) oromucosal spray (Sativex® ), and its potential impact on driving performance...
May 2018: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755786/laparoscopic-assisted-transgastric-ercp-a-single-institution-experience
#20
Katherine Habenicht Yancey, Lauren Katherine McCormack, Stephen Samuel McNatt, Myron Sheavictor Powell, Adolfo Zachariah Fernandez, Carl Joseph Westcott
Background: Laparoscopic-assisted transgastric endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (LAERCP) is used for treatment in patients after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), where transoral access to the biliary tree is not possible. We describe our technique and experience with this procedure. Methods: Electronic medical record search was performed from September 2012 to January 2016, identifying patients who underwent LAERCP per operative records. Charts were reviewed for demographic, clinical, and outcomes data...
2018: Journal of Obesity
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