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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352477/benzodiazepines-for-antipsychotic-induced-tardive-dyskinesia
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Hanna Bergman, Paranthaman S Bhoopathi, Karla Soares-Weiser
BACKGROUND: Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a disfiguring movement disorder, often of the orofacial region, frequently caused by using antipsychotic drugs. A wide range of strategies have been used to help manage TD, and for those who are unable to have their antipsychotic medication stopped or substantially changed, the benzodiazepine group of drugs have been suggested as a useful adjunctive treatment. However, benzodiazepines are very addictive. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of benzodiazepines for antipsychotic-induced tardive dyskinesia in people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or other chronic mental illnesses...
January 20, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351764/quantification-and-kinetics-of-viral-rna-transcripts-produced-in-orthohantavirus-infected-cells
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Julia Wigren Byström, Jonas Näslund, Fredrik Trulsson, Magnus Evander, Olivia Wesula Lwande, Clas Ahlm, Göran Bucht
BACKGROUND: Rodent borne viruses of the Orthohantavirus genus cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome among people in Eurasia, and hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome in the Americas. At present, there are no specific treatments or efficient vaccines against these diseases. Improved understanding of viral transcription and replication may instigate targeted treatment of Orthohantavirus infections. For this purpose, we investigated the kinetics and levels of viral RNA transcription during an ongoing infection in-vitro...
January 19, 2018: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351661/estimation-of-measurement-uncertainty-in-quantitation-of-benzoylecgonine-bze-and-11-nor-%C3%AE-9-thc-9-carboxylic-acid-thca
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Darryl P Arfsten, Erick Roman Perez, Neal C Goebel
Calculating measurement uncertainty is a helpful exercise for identifying components or steps in a forensic analytical procedure that contribute to measurement variance. In this study, we used a bottom up approach to identify components in our procedures that contribute to measurement variance in our Department of Defense (DoD) Drug Demand Reduction Program (DDRP) Gas Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy (GCMS) analytical procedures for benzoylecgonine (BZE) and the THC metabolite, 11-nor-Δ9-THC-9-carboxylic acid (THCA) at 125% the DDRP concentration threshold (cutoff)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351547/mortality-and-continuity-of-care-definitions-matter-a-cohort-study-in-diabetics
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Angelika Geroldinger, Simone Katja Sauter, Georg Heinze, Gottfried Endel, Wolfgang Dorda, Georg Duftschmid
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that when investigating the relevance of continuity of care for patient outcomes, different definitions can lead to contradicting results. METHODS: We used claims data from the regional public health insurer of Lower Austria covering the period from 2008 to 2011. The study sample included subjects with repeated dispensings of anti-diabetic drugs. The continuity of care index was calculated firstly based on a patient's contacts with general practitioners (primary COCI) and secondly based on contacts at all medical disciplines (total COCI)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349834/drug-adherence-in-treatment-resistant-and-in-controlled-hypertension-results-from-the-swedish-primary-care-cardiovascular-database-spccd
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Lina Holmqvist, Kristina Bengtsson Boström, Thomas Kahan, Linus Schiöler, Miriam Qvarnström, Björn Wettermark, Per Hjerpe, Jan Hasselström, Karin Manhem
PURPOSE: To assess drug adherence in patients treated with ≥3 antihypertensive drug classes, with both controlled and uncontrolled blood pressure and describe associated factors for nonadherence. METHODS: Patients with hypertension, without cardiovascular comorbidity, aged >30 years treated with ≥3 antihypertensive drug classes were followed for 2 years. Both patients with treatment resistant hypertension (TRH) and patients with controlled hypertension were included...
January 19, 2018: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348991/medical-expulsive-therapy-for-distal-ureteral-stones-tamsulosin-versus-silodosin-in-the-turkish-population
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Ersan Arda, Basri Cakiroglu, Ilkan Yuksel, Esra Akdeniz, Gizem Cetin
Introduction Our aim was to contribute a study that includes a higher patient population to the limited number of studies comparing tamsulosin and silodosin in the treatment of distal ureteral stones. Material and methods Patients who presented with renal colic to the urology emergency clinic and were diagnosed with ureteral stones and followed-up with conservative treatment between January 2010 and January 2016 were retrospectively screened. According to the inclusion-exclusion criteria, the patients were divided into three groups...
November 15, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347890/disproportionately-higher-unintentional-injury-mortality-among-alaska-native-people-2006-2015
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Gretchen Day, Peter Holck, Hillary Strayer, Kathryn Koller, Timothy Thomas
We compared rates of unintentional injury (UI) deaths (total and by injury category) among Alaska Native (AN) people to rates of U.S. White (USW) and Alaska White (AKW) populations during 2006-2015. The mortality data for AN and AKW populations were obtained from Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics and USW mortality data were obtained from WISQARS, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention online injury data program. AN and AKW rates were age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 Standard Population and rate ratios (RR) were calculated...
December 2018: International Journal of Circumpolar Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347247/multivalent-ligand-receptor-mediated-interaction-of-small-filled-vesicles-with-a-cellular-membrane
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Vladimir P Zhdanov
The ligand-receptor-mediated contacts of small sub-100-nm-sized lipid vesicles (or nanoparticles) with the cellular membrane are of interest in the contexts of cell-to-cell communication, endocytosis of membrane-coated virions, and drug (RNA) delivery. In all these cases, the interior of vesicles is filled by biologically relevant content. Despite the diversity of such systems, the corresponding ligand-receptor interaction possesses universal features. One of them is that the vesicle-membrane contacts can be accompanied by the redistribution of ligands and receptors between the contact and contact-free regions...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346431/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-two-dried-blood-spot-methods-for-hiv-1-viral-load-monitoring-among-patients-in-hanoi-vietnam
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Todd M Pollack, Hao T Duong, Phuong T Truong, Thuy T Pham, Cuong D Do, Donn Colby
The use of dried blood spot (DBS) specimens for HIV viral load (VL) monitoring is recommended to support the roll-out of routine VL monitoring in low and middle income countries (LMICs). To better understand the use of DBS for VL monitoring, we evaluated two DBS testing methods, Roche TaqMan® Free Virus Evolution protocol (DBS-FVE) and Roche TaqMan® SPEX protocol (DBS-SPEX)) in patients receiving ART at an HIV clinic in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value (NPV) were calculated for each DBS testing method at the thresholds of 1000 and 5000 copies/ml compared to plasma VL...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346366/testing-for-soil-transmitted-helminth-transmission-elimination-analysing-the-impact-of-the-sensitivity-of-different-diagnostic-tools
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Marleen Werkman, James E Wright, James E Truscott, Alice V Easton, Rita G Oliveira, Jaspreet Toor, Alison Ower, Kristjana H Ásbjörnsdóttir, Arianna R Means, Sam H Farrell, Judd L Walson, Roy M Anderson
In recent years, an increased focus has been placed upon the possibility of the elimination of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) transmission using various interventions including mass drug administration. The primary diagnostic tool recommended by the WHO is the detection of STH eggs in stool using the Kato-Katz (KK) method. However, detecting infected individuals using this method becomes increasingly difficult as the intensity of infection decreases. Newer techniques, such as qPCR, have been shown to have greater sensitivity than KK, especially at low prevalence...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346071/identification-of-potential-inhibitors-against-nuclear-dam1-complex-subunit-ask1-of-candida-albicans-using-virtual-screening-and-md-simulations
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Himanshu Tripathi, Feroz Khan
Identification of hit compounds against specific target form the starting point for a drug discovery program. A consistent decline of new chemical entities (NCEs) in recent years prompted a challenge to explore newer approaches to discover potential hit compounds that in turn can be converted into leads, and ultimately drug with desired therapeutic efficacy. The vast amount of omics and activity data available in public databases offers an opportunity to identify novel targets and their potential inhibitors...
January 1, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343977/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-six-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-due-to-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia
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James C Ulchaker, Melissa S Martinson
Objective: To conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis from payers' perspectives of six treatments for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and to examine positioning of these modalities in the marketplace for the best use of health care funds and quality-of-life benefits for patients. Methods: The economic analysis was conducted with a Markov model to compare combination prescription drug therapy (ComboRx), minimally invasive therapies (MITs) including convective radiofrequency (RF) water vapor thermal therapy (Rezūm®), conductive RF thermal therapy (Prostiva®), and prostatic urethral lift (UroLift®), and invasive surgical procedures including photovaporization of the prostate (Greenlight® PVP) and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)...
2018: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343839/musical-auditory-stimulus-acutely-influences-heart-rate-dynamic-responses-to-medication-in-subjects-with-well-controlled-hypertension
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Eli Carlos Martiniano, Milana Drumond Ramos Santana, Érico Luiz Damasceno Barros, Maria do Socorro da Silva, David Matthew Garner, Luiz Carlos de Abreu, Vitor E Valenti
Music can improve the efficiency of medical treatment when correctly associated with drug action, reducing risk factors involving deteriorating cardiac function. We evaluated the effect of musical auditory stimulus associated with anti-hypertensive medication on heart rate (HR) autonomic control in hypertensive subjects. We evaluated 37 well-controlled hypertensive patients designated for anti-hypertensive medication. Heart rate variability (HRV) was calculated from the HR monitor recordings of two different, randomly sorted protocols (control and music) on two separate days...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343701/alanine-mutation-of-the-catalytic-sites-of-pantothenate-synthetase-causes-distinct-conformational-changes-in-the-atp-binding-region
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Bharati Pandey, Sonam Grover, Sukriti Goyal, Anchala Kumari, Aditi Singh, Salma Jamal, Jagdeep Kaur, Abhinav Grover
The enzyme Pantothenate synthetase (PS) represents a potential drug target in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Its X-ray crystallographic structure has demonstrated the significance and importance of conserved active site residues including His44, His47, Asn69, Gln72, Lys160 and Gln164 in substrate binding and formation of pantoyl adenylate intermediate. In the current study, molecular mechanism of decreased affinity of the enzyme for ATP caused by alanine mutations was investigated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and free energy calculations...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343250/evaluation-of-health-status-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-treated-with-and-without-interferon
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R Ragusa, G Bertino, A Bruno, E Frazzetto, F Cicciu, G Giorgianni, L Lupo
BACKGROUND: The evolution of technology in healthcare has increased the health care's costs and, the universal healthcare systems, in developed countries, need to ensure proper allocation of resources. Thus, the major issue is assessing the effectiveness of new medical technologies. The evaluation of quality of life in response to new treatments has become a key indicator in chronic conditions for which medical interventions are evaluated not only in terms of increasing the number of expected life years but also in terms of increasing quality of life...
January 17, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343220/antimicrobial-resistance-of-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-in-germany-low-levels-of-cephalosporin-resistance-but-high-azithromycin-resistance
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Susanne Buder, Sandra Dudareva, Klaus Jansen, Anna Loenenbach, Sergejs Nikisins, Andrea Sailer, Eva Guhl, Peter K Kohl, Viviane Bremer
BACKGROUND: The widespread antimicrobial resistance of Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a serious problem for the treatment and control of gonorrhoea. Many of the previously effective therapeutic agents are no longer viable. Because N. gonorrhoeae infections are not reportable in Germany, only limited data on disease epidemiology and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns are available. The Gonococcal Resistance Network (GORENET) is a surveillance project to monitor trends in the antimicrobial susceptibility of N...
January 17, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342972/the-effect-of-combining-natural-terpenes-and-antituberculous-agents-against-reference-and-clinical-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-strains
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Elwira Sieniawska, Rafal Sawicki, Marta Swatko-Ossor, Agnieszka Napiorkowska, Agata Przekora, Grazyna Ginalska, Ewa Augustynowicz-Kopec
Background: On account of emergence of multi- and extensively drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) strains, combinations of drugs with natural compounds were tested to search for antibiotic activity enhancers. In this work we studied terpenes (α-pinene, bisabolol, β-elemene, (R)-limonene, (S)-limonene, myrcene, sabinene), which are the main constituents of essential oil obtained from Mutellina purpurea L., a plant with described antitubercular activity, to investigate their interactions with antibiotics against reference Mtb strains and multidrug-resistant clinical isolates...
January 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340855/the-relationship-between-target-joints-and-direct-resource-use-in-severe-haemophilia
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Jamie O'Hara, Shaun Walsh, Charlotte Camp, Giuseppe Mazza, Liz Carroll, Christina Hoxer, Lars Wilkinson
OBJECTIVES: Target joints are a common complication of severe haemophilia. While factor replacement therapy constitutes the majority of costs in haemophilia, the relationship between target joints and non drug-related direct costs (NDDCs) has not been studied. METHODS: Data on haemophilia patients without inhibitors was drawn from the 'Cost of Haemophilia across Europe - a Socioeconomic Survey' (CHESS) study, a cost assessment in severe haemophilia A and B across five European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom) in which 139 haemophilia specialists provided demographic and clinical information for 1285 adult patients...
January 16, 2018: Health Economics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340075/extracting-microtentacle-dynamics-of-tumor-cells-in-a-non-adherent-environment
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Eleanor C Ory, Desu Chen, Kristi R Chakrabarti, Peipei Zhang, James I Andorko, Christopher M Jewell, Wolfgang Losert, Stuart S Martin
During metastasis, tumor cells dynamically change their cytoskeleton to traverse through a variety of non-adherent microenvironments, including the vasculature or lymphatics. Due to the challenges of imaging drift in non-adhered tumor cells, the dynamic cytoskeletal phenotypes are poorly understood. We present a new approach to analyze the dynamic cytoskeletal phenotypes of non-adhered cells that support microtentacles (McTNs), which are cell surface projections implicated in metastatic reattachment. Combining a recently-developed cell tethering method with a novel image analysis framework allowed McTN attribute extraction...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339061/dose-dependent-photochemical-photothermal-toxicity-of-indocyanine-green-based-therapy-on-three-different-cancer-cell-lines
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Mustafa Kemal Ruhi, Ayşe Ak Can, Murat Gülsoy
The Food and Drug Administration-approved Indocyanine Green can be used as a photosensitizer to kill cancer cells selectively. Although indocyanine green is advantageous as a photosensitizer in terms of strong absorption in the near-infrared region, indocyanine green-based cancer treatment is still not approved as a clinical method. Some reasons for this are aggregation at high concentrations, rapid clearance of the photosensitizer from the body, low singlet oxygen quantum yield, and the uncertainty concerning its action mechanism...
January 12, 2018: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
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