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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543053/sofosbuvir-and-ribavirin-in-adolescents-12-to-17-years-old-with-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-2-or-3-infection
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Stefan Wirth, Philip Rosenthal, Regino P Gonzalez-Peralta, Maureen M Jonas, William F Balistreri, Lin Chuan-Hao, Winita Hardikar, Kathryn Kersey, Benedetta Massetto, Bittoo Kanwar, Diana M Brainard, Jiang Shao, Evguenia Svarovskaia, Brian Kirby, Ronen Arnon, Karen F Murray, Kathleen B Schwarz
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Children with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection have limited treatment options. We evaluated the all-oral combination of sofosbuvir and ribavirin in adolescents aged 12-17 with HCV genotype 2 or 3. METHODS: Fifty-two patients received sofosbuvir 400mg once daily and weight-based ribavirin twice daily for 12 (genotype 2) or 24 (genotype 3) weeks. The pharmacokinetics of sofosbuvir and its metabolite GS-331007 were evaluated by intensive plasma sampling at day 7 in the first 10 patients enrolled, and by sparse sampling in all patients throughout treatment...
May 22, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540738/somatosensory-gating-is-altered-and-associated-with-migraine-chronification-a-magnetoencephalographic-study
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Fu-Jung Hsiao, Shuu-Jiun Wang, Yung-Yang Lin, Jong-Ling Fuh, Yu-Chieh Ko, Pei-Ning Wang, Wei-Ta Chen
Background Brain excitability is changed in migraine but not fully characterized yet. This study explored if somatosensory gating is altered in migraine and linked to migraine chronification. Methods Paired electrical stimuli were delivered to the left index fingers of 21 patients with migraine without aura (MO), 22 patients with chronic migraine (CM), and 36 controls. The first and second responses to the paired stimuli were obtained from the contralateral primary (cSI), contralateral secondary (cSII) and ipsilateral secondary (iSII) somatosensory cortices to compute the gating ratios (second vs...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535298/ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-plus-ribavirin-in-treatment-naive-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-3-infection-an-open-label-study
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Jordan J Feld, Alnoor Ramji, Stephen D Shafran, Bernard Willems, Paul Marotta, Emmanuelle Huchet, Marie-Louise Vachon, Evguenia S Svarovskaia, K C Huang, Robert H Hyland, Chohee Yun, Benedetta Massetto, Diana M Brainard, John G McHutchison, Edward Tam, Robert Bailey, Curtis Cooper, Eric M Yoshida, Susan Greenbloom, Magdy Elkhashab, Sergio Borgia, Mark G Swain
Background.: Patients chronically infected with genotype 3 hepatitis C virus (HCV) have faster disease progression and are less responsive to current direct-acting antiviral regimens than patients infected with other genotypes. We conducted an open-label trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir plus ribavirin in patients with genotype 3 HCV infection. Methods.: We enrolled treatment-naive patients with and without compensated cirrhosis at 15 sites in Canada...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533997/metoclopramide-for-acute-migraine-treatment-in-the-emergency-department-an-effective-alternative-to-opioids
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Mejdi Najjar, Tyler Hall, Blanca Estupinan
In light of recent warnings by the United States (US) Surgeon General and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for recommending more prudent use of opioid narcotics, the search for a non-opioid alternative for aborting acute migraines is particularly relevant. The CDC also estimates the prevalence of opioid dependence may be as high as 26% among patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain, not due to cancer, in the primary care setting. Given such staggering data, it is imperative that we, as caretakers, not foster opioid dependence but rather continue to investigate non-opioid therapies for the management of acute migraines in the emergent care settings...
April 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532175/patient-presenting-with-frontal-subperiosteal-abscess-and-headache-a-case-of-pott-s-puffy-tumour
#5
Hakan Şimşek
Chronic sinusitis can be complicated with erosion of anterior or posterior wall of the sinus; causing Pott's puffy tumour in the anterior, or epidural abscess in the posterior communication. A 65-year old man with a painful swelling in his forehead is presented. Pott's puffy tumour was diagnosed. CT, MRI, and DTI studies were obtained. Epidural or dural involvement was not present. In the first operation, anterior wall of the frontal sinus wall was opened. Osteomyelitis debridement was performed and the frontonasal duct was enlarged endoscopically...
May 22, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527263/-racemose-neurocysticercosis-neuroimaging-guides-the-diagnosis
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Carlos Hugo Zapata, Sergio Alberto Vargas, Carlos Santiago Uribe
Neurocysticercosis is the leading cause of parasitosis of the central nervous system and acquired epilepsy in developing countries. The clinical manifestations of neurocysticercosis, especially its racemose variant, are pleomorphic and unspecific, characteristics that hinder the diagnosis and make it a challenge for the clinician.The objective of this report was to describe two cases of racemose neurocysticercosis in which neuroimaging led to the definitive diagnosis. The first case involved a patient with persistent headache and focal neurological signs...
April 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527084/neurobiology-of-chronicization
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Gian Camillo Manzoni, Marco Russo, Arens Taga, Paola Torelli
In the past few years, research on chronicization of headache has focussed primarily on migraine, even though there are other types of primary headache that over time can turn into chronic forms. Only a minority of migraine sufferers will develop a chronic condition, with attacks that are likely to vary in their clinical features. As a result, in chronic migraine the specific diagnostic criteria for this headache type do not always exhibit the typical features of migraine. Among the factors that play a major role in favouring chronicization are a high frequency of migraine attacks since the beginning, overuse of symptomatic medication and onset of depression or arterial hypertension...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527083/shared-mechanisms-of-epilepsy-migraine-and-affective-disorders
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Davide Zarcone, Simona Corbetta
Since the nineteenth century several clinical features have been observed in common between migraine and epilepsy (such as episodic attacks, triggering factors, presence of aura, frequent familiarity), but only in recent years researchers have really engaged in finding a common pathogenic mechanism. From studies of disease incidence, we understand how either migraine among patients with epilepsy or epilepsy among migraine patients are more frequent than in the general population. This association may result from a direct causality, by the same environmental risk factors and/or by a common genetic susceptibility...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527082/usefulness-of-an-occlusal-device-in-the-treatment-of-medication-overuse-headache-and-persistent-idiopathic-facial-pain-preliminary-results
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H A Didier, M Curone, V Tullo, A H Didier, R Cornalba, A B Giannì, G Bussone
There is a debate in literature about the therapeutic usefulness of oral devices in patients suffering from Medication Overuse Headache (MOH) or in patients suffering from Persistent Idiopathic Facial Pain (PIFP). From the case histories of 3356 patients, referred to us with a diagnosis of chronic craniofacial pain for assessment of the eventual application of an occlusal device to correct an impaired neuromuscular relationship between the mandible and the maxilla, we selected, following the criteria of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD-3beta), two groups of patients suffering from MOH and PIFP...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527079/endolymphatic-hydrops-in-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-prevalence-and-clinical-outcome-after-lumbar-puncture-preliminary-data
#10
Angelo Ranieri, Michele Cavaliere, Stefania Sicignano, Pietro Falco, Federico Cautiero, Roberto De Simone
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is characterized by raised intracranial pressure (ICP) without any underlying pathology, presenting with (IIH) or without papilledema (IIHWOP). Headache, often on daily basis, is the most frequent symptom. Among audiovestibular symptoms, tinnitus and dizziness are commonly reported, while vertigo and hearing impairment are infrequent reports. Endolymphatic hydrops (ELH) is the typical histopathologic feature of Ménière disease, a condition featured by episodes of vertigo, dizziness, fluctuating hearing loss, tinnitus, and aural fullness...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527075/intravenous-mannitol-in-status-migrainosus-treatment-a-clinical-case-series
#11
Roberto De Simone, Angelo Ranieri, Guido Ferra, Federico Cautiero
Status migrainosus (SM) is defined as a severe migraine attack, usually poorly responsive to treatments, lasting more than 72 h. Recurrent SM predicts chronic migraine (CM) development in 83.7% of cases. There is evidence that in most unresponsive CM patients a sinus stenosis-associated raised intracranial pressure is causatively involved in migraine chronification. To test the hypothesis that SM may reflect a sustained rise in intracranial pressure, we tested the efficacy of a 3-day treatment with intravenous mannitol 18% 250 ml b...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527069/clinical-and-psychosocial-features-of-frequent-relapsers-fr-among-patients-with-chronic-migraine-and-medication-overuse
#12
Alberto Raggi, Licia Grazzi, Roberta Ayadi, Matilde Leonardi, Alberto Proietti, Silvia Schiavolin, Chiara Scaratti, Susanna Usai, Domenico D'Amico
The objective was to characterize frequent relapsers (FR)-i.e. those requiring two or more withdrawals in a 3-year period-in a sample of 188 patients with chronic migraine with medication overuse (CM-MO). We tested differences between FR and non-FR for age, gender, employment status, days with headache, headache severity, type of overused medication, BDI-II, WHODAS 2.0 and MSQ. 30.8% of participants were FR: they were more frequently treated as inpatients and living alone, had a lower education, higher disability and lower QoL, higher frequency and intensity of headaches, and higher depression scores...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527063/the-role-of-anti-cgrp-antibodies-in-the-pathophysiology-of-primary-headaches
#13
Piero Barbanti, Cinzia Aurilia, Luisa Fofi, Gabriella Egeo, Patrizia Ferroni
Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), a potent vasodilator and pain-signaling neuropeptide, is a validated therapeutic target for migraine and cluster headache. Four anti-CGRP monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have been developed, representing the first specific, mechanism-based, migraine prophylactic treatment. CGRP mAbs demonstrated good efficacy coupled to excellent tolerability and safety in 5 phase II clinical trials. Notably, CGRP mAbs induced complete migraine remission in a patients' subset. To date, more than 20 phase III trials using CGRP mAbs for of episodic and chronic migraine and cluster headache prevention are ongoing...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527059/personality-disorders-in-cluster-headache-a-study-using-the-millon-clinical-multiaxial-inventory-iii
#14
Sylvie Hélène Marie Jeanne Piacentini, Lara Draghi, Alberto Proietti Cecchini, Massimo Leone
A great deal of studies suggests that cluster headache (CH) patients are usually comorbid to anxiety-mood spectrum disorders and psychopathological symptoms; however, the personality profiles reported in the literature strictly depend on type of assessment used. Psychiatric comorbidities have been extensively studied in migraine and they are recognized to represent a major risk factor associated with poorer outcome, playing a role in the headache chronification process at once as cause and consequence of it...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527058/headache-and-arterial-hypertension
#15
Cinzia Finocchi, Davide Sassos
Elevated blood pressure (BP) and headache have long been linked in the medical literature. Headache associated with arterial hypertension is a main concern in emergency department. It is believed that headache may be a symptom attributed to arterial hypertension only if the BP values are very high or rise quickly. Many studies support the hypothesis that migraine patients have an increased risk of developing hypertension, while hypertensive subjects do not seem to have an increased risk of migraine or other types of headache...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527056/pathogenesis-of-chronic-cluster-headache-and-bouts-role-of-tryptamine-arginine-metabolism-and-%C3%AE-1-agonists
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G D'Andrea, G Bussone, P Di Fiore, F Perini, A Gucciardi, A Bolner, M Aguggia, G Saracco, E Galloni, G Giordano, A Leon
The aim of this study was to explore the possible role of tryptamine in the pathogenesis of chronic cluster headache along with that of adrenaline and noradrenaline (α-agonists) together with arginine metabolism in the origin of cluster bouts. Plasma levels of tyramine, tryptamine, serotonin, 5-hydroxyindolacetic acid, noradrenalin, adrenalin and the markers of arginine metabolism such as arginine, homoarginine, citrulline, ADMA and NMMA, were measured in 23 chronic cluster headache patients (10 chronic cluster ab initio and 13 transformed from episodic cluster) and 28 control subjects...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527055/cluster-headache-present-and-future-therapy
#17
Massimo Leone, Alessandro Giustiniani, Alberto Proietti Cecchini
Cluster headache is characterized by severe, unilateral headache attacks of orbital, supraorbital or temporal pain lasting 15-180 min accompanied by ipsilateral lacrimation, rhinorrhea and other cranial autonomic manifestations. Cluster headache attacks need fast-acting abortive agents because the pain peaks very quickly; sumatriptan injection is the gold standard acute treatment. First-line preventative drugs include verapamil and carbolithium. Other drugs demonstrated effective in open trials include topiramate, valproic acid, gabapentin and others...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527054/understanding-migraine-as-a-cycling-brain-syndrome-reviewing-the-evidence-from-functional-imaging
#18
Arne May
Due to the clinical picture and also based on early imaging data (Weiller et al. Nat Med 1:658-660, 1995), the brainstem and midbrain structures have been intensely discussed as possible driving or generating structures in migraine. The fact that the brainstem activation persisted after treatment makes it unlikely that this activation was only due to increased activity of the endogenous anti-nociceptive system. It was consequently (and somewhat simplifying) coined the "migraine generator". Since then several studies have focussed on this region when investigating episodic, but also chronic migraine...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527053/transcutaneous-supraorbital-neurostimulation-for-the-prevention-of-chronic-migraine-a-prospective-open-label-preliminary-trial
#19
Paola Di Fiore, Gennaro Bussone, Alberto Galli, Henri Didier, Cesare Peccarisi, Domenico D'Amico, Fabio Frediani
Since chronic migraine is difficult to treat and often associated with medication overuse, non-invasive neurostimulation approaches are worth investigating. Transcutaneous supraorbital neurostimulation using the Cefaly(®) device is promising as a non-invasive preventive treatment for episodic migraine, but no data are available for chronic migraine. Our aim was to perform a preliminary evaluation of the efficacy of the Cefaly(®) device for the prophylaxis of chronic migraine with or without medication overuse...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527052/action-mechanisms-of-onabotulinum-toxin-a-hints-for-selection-of-eligible-patients
#20
Carlo Lovati, Luca Giani
In the past few decades, the so-feared botulinum toxin has conversely acquired the role of a ever more versatile therapeutic substance, used in an increasing number of pathological situations, including chronic headache and more precisely in the prophylaxis of chronic migraine. The medical use of botulinum toxin allowed to better understand its multiple mechanisms of action. Investigations about the pathophysiology of primary and secondary headaches has shown a series of common biological elements that frequently are also targets of the action of botulinum toxin...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
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