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Mikyung Lee, Zhichao Liu, Ruili Huang, Weida Tong
BACKGROUND: All biological processes are inherently dynamic. Biological systems evolve transiently or sustainably according to sequential time points after perturbation by environment insults, drugs and chemicals. Investigating the temporal behavior of molecular events has been an important subject to understand the underlying mechanisms governing the biological system in response to, such as, drug treatment. The intrinsic complexity of time series data requires appropriate computational algorithms for data interpretation...
October 6, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
I Bravo-Osuna, V Andrés-Guerrero, P Pastoriza Abal, I T Molina-Martínez, R Herrero-Vanrell
Efficient treatment of ocular diseases can be achieved thanks to the proper use of ophthalmic formulations based on emerging pharmaceutical approaches. Among them, microtechnology and nanotechnology strategies are of great interest in the development of novel drug delivery systems to be used for ocular therapy. The location of the target site in the eye as well as the ophthalmic disease will determine the route of administration (topical, intraocular, periocular, and suprachoroidal administration) and the most adequate device...
October 20, 2016: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Gherardo Mazziotti, Anna Maria Formenti, Robert A Adler, John P Bilezikian, Ashley Grossman, Emilia Sbardella, Salvatore Minisola, Andrea Giustina
Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis is the most frequent form of secondary osteoporosis caused by chronic exposure to glucocorticoid excess. Pathogenesis of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis is multifactorial including direct effects of glucocorticoids on bone cells and indirect effects of glucocorticoids on several neuroendocrine and metabolic pathways. Fragility fractures occur early in glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis and anti-osteoporotic drugs along with calcium and vitamin D should be started soon after exposure to glucocorticoid excess...
October 20, 2016: Endocrine
Nicola Cardascia, Carmela Palmisano, Tersa Centoducati, Giovanni Alessio
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to assess adjuvant treatment with topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (0.9 % bromfenac, 0.1 % nepafenac, 0.5 % indomethacin, or 0.1 % diclofenac) in addition to topical steroidal treatment with 0.1 % dexamethasone and 0.3 % netilmicin for prevention of cystoid macular edema (CME) after uneventful small incision cataract extraction with foldable intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. SETTING: Institute of Ophthalmology, Department of Scienze Mediche di Base, Neuroscienze ed Organi di Senso, Aldo Moro University, Policlinico Consorziale di Bari, Bari, Italy...
October 20, 2016: International Ophthalmology
Tarik Sammour, Ahmed W H Barazanchi, Andrew G Hill
BACKGROUND: The aim of this systematic review was to update previous PROSPECT ( ) review recommendations for the management of pain after excisional haemorrhoidectomy. METHODS: Randomized studies and reviews published in the English language from July 2006 (end date of last review) to March 2016, assessing analgesic, anaesthetic, and operative interventions pertaining to excisional haemorrhoidectomy in adults, and reporting pain scores, were retrieved from the EMBASE and MEDLINE databases...
October 20, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
A-S Dillies, V Gras-Champel, S Fraitag-Spinner, F Al Saïf, E Carmi
BACKGROUND: Imiquimod is a local immune-response modifier that works by stimulating innate and acquired immunity. It is frequently used to treat superficial basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. Marked local inflammatory reaction is common during treatment. We report a case of the rare condition, multiple eruptive milia, during topical imiquimod therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A 67-year-old male patient presented infiltrating basal cell carcinoma above the left eyebrow...
October 17, 2016: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
Ahmad A Aref
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Sustained drug delivery has been recognized as a need for patients with ocular hypertension or glaucomatous optic neuropathy. Several sustained drug delivery systems and devices are currently on the horizon. This review aims to summarize initial results with these platforms, as reported in the literature, and also provide insight into their possible role in the glaucoma treatment paradigm. RECENT FINDINGS: Sustained drug delivery systems currently on the horizon include the topical bimatoprost ocular insert, travoprost and latanoprost punctal plugs, latanoprost-eluting contact lenses, bimatoprost and travoprost intraocular implants, as well as several other therapies in earlier stages of development...
October 19, 2016: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
M Hrubý, J Kučka, J Pánek, P Štěpánek
For many important research topics in polymer science the use of radionuclides brings significant benefits concerning nanotechnology, polymer drug delivery systems, tissue engineering etc. This contribution describes important achievements of the radionuclide laboratory at Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (IMC) in the area of polymers for biomedical applications. Particular emphasis will be given to water-soluble polymer carriers of radionuclides, thermoresponsive polymer radionuclide carriers, thermoresponsive polymers for local brachytherapy, polymer scaffolds modified with (radiolabeled) peptides and polymer copper chelators for the therapy of Wilson´s disease...
October 20, 2016: Physiological Research
E Corden, E Higgins, C Smith
A 55-year-old man with severe plaque psoriasis presented with a 2-week history of feeling generally unwell with lethargy and thirst. His symptoms had developed 6 weeks after commencement of the topical vitamin D3 analogue calcitriol. Investigations revealed hypercalcaemia and acute-on-chronic kidney injury, probably directly induced by systemic absorption of vitamin D3 following extensive topical use. Topical calcitriol had been started as a steroid-sparing agent to reduce the patient's liberal potent corticosteroid usage during anti-tumour necrosis factor-alfa therapy...
October 20, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
T A Cranga, M A Simpson, P Featherstone
Acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis is a rare drug-induced dermatosis with an incidence of 1-5 cases per million cases per year, characterised by the appearance of hundreds of sterile pustules over erythematous and oedematous skin. Fever and neutrophilia are usually present. It has a rapid course and usually resolves following discontinuation of the precipitating drug or as a result of topical corticosteroid treatment. A patient with AGEP, who presented with generalized pustulosis lesions after the use of Flucloxacillin for cellulitis is described, along with the management and differential diagnosis of this condition...
2016: Acute Medicine
Griffin D Santarelli, Joseph K Han
Propel and Propel Mini sinus implants are mometasone furoate-coated bioabsorbable stents used as an adjunct in the management of chronic rhinosinusitis after endoscopic sinus surgery. The original sinus implant was deployed in the ethmoid sinuses to provide medialization of the middle turbinate, decrease scarring and mucosal adhesions, limit polyp regrowth, and reduce mucosal inflammation. A structurally smaller version of the Propel, the Propel Mini, was developed and now has been approved for endoscopic placement in the frontal sinuses...
October 19, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
Vanessa F Carvalho, Debora P de Lemos, Camila S Vieira, Amanda Migotto, Luciana B Lopes
In this study, non-aqueous microemulsions were developed because of the challenges associated with finding pharmaceutically acceptable solvents for topical delivery of drugs sparingly soluble in water. The formulation irritation potential and ability to modulate the penetration of lipophilic compounds (progesterone, α-tocopherol, and lycopene) of interest for topical treatment/prevention of skin disorders were evaluated and compared to solutions and aqueous microemulsions of similar composition. The microemulsions (ME) were developed with BRIJ, vitamin E-TPGS, and ethanol as surfactant-co-surfactant blend and tributyrin, isopropyl myristate, and oleic acid as oil phase...
October 18, 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
Davide Amato, Clare L Beasley, Margaret K Hahn, Anthony C Vernon
Antipsychotic drugs, all of which block the dopamine D2 receptor to a greater or lesser extent, are the mainstay for the pharmacological treatment of schizophrenia. Engaging in a deeper understanding of how antipsychotics act on the brain and body, at the cellular, molecular and physiological level is vital to comprehend both the beneficial and potentially harmful actions of these medications and stimulate development of novel therapeutics. To address this, we review recent advances in our understanding of neuroadaptations to antipsychotics, focusing on (1) treatment efficacy, (2) impact on brain volume and (3) evidence from human post-mortem studies that attempt to dissect neuropathological effects of antipsychotic drugs from organic schizophrenia neurobiology and (4) cardio-metabolic side effects...
October 15, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
S Saeidpour, S B Lohan, M Anske, M Unbehauen, E Fleige, R Haag, M C Meinke, R Bittl, C Teutloff
The skin and especially the stratum corneum (SC) act as a barrier and protect epidermal cells and thus the whole body against xenobiotica of the external environment. Topical skin treatment requires an efficient drug delivery system (DDS). Polymer-based nanocarriers represent novel transport vehicles for dermal application of drugs. In this study dendritic core-multishell (CMS) nanoparticles were investigated as promising candidates. CMS were loaded with a drug (analogue) and were applied to penetration studies of skin...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Paolo Spallarossa, Nicola Maurea, Christian Cadeddu, Rosalinda Madonna, Donato Mele, Ines Monte, Giuseppina Novo, Pasquale Pagliaro, Alessia Pepe, Carlo G Tocchetti, Concetta Zito, Giuseppe Mercuro
Anthracyclines are the mainstay of treatment of a variety of haematological malignancies and solid tumours. Unfortunately, the clinical use of these drugs is limited by cumulative, dose-related cardiotoxicity which may ultimately lead to a severe and irreversible form of cardiomyopathy. Thus, there is an increasing need for close cooperation among cardiologists, oncologists and haemato-oncologists. As anthracyclines save lives, the logical goal of this cooperation, besides preventing or mitigating cardiotoxicity, is to promote an acceptable balance between the potential cardiac side effects and the vital benefit of anticancer treatment...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Concetta Zito, Luca Longobardo, Christian Cadeddu, Ines Monte, Giuseppina Novo, Sonia Dell'Oglio, Alessia Pepe, Rosalinda Madonna, Carlo G Tocchetti, Donato Mele
The evaluation by cardiovascular imaging of chemotherapy patients became a central topic in the last several years. The use of drugs for the treatment of cancers increased, and new molecules and protocols were developed to improve outcomes in these patients. Although, these novel approaches also produced a progressive increase in side effects, particularly myocardial dysfunction. Imaging of the heart was highly accurate in the early diagnosis of cancer therapeutics related-cardiac dysfunction. Echocardiography is the first-line method to assess ventricular function alterations, and it is required to satisfy the need for an early, easy and accurate diagnosis to stratify the risk of heart failure and manage treatments...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Michael J Murray, Heidi DeBlock, Brian Erstad, Anthony Gray, Judi Jacobi, Che Jordan, William McGee, Claire McManus, Maureen Meade, Sean Nix, Andrew Patterson, M Karen Sands, Richard Pino, Ann Tescher, Richard Arbour, Bram Rochwerg, Catherine Friederich Murray, Sangeeta Mehta
OBJECTIVE: To update the 2002 version of "Clinical practice guidelines for sustained neuromuscular blockade in the adult critically ill patient." DESIGN: A Task Force comprising 17 members of the Society of Critical Medicine with particular expertise in the use of neuromuscular-blocking agents; a Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation expert; and a medical writer met via teleconference and three face-to-face meetings and communicated via e-mail to examine the evidence and develop these practice guidelines...
November 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Kanako Yasuda, Ryosuke Motohashi, Osamu Kotake, Hayate Nakagawa, Hidetaka Noma, Masahiko Shimura
PURPOSE: To compare the effects of topical diclofenac and betamethasone on postoperative inflammation after combined sutureless cataract and vitreoretinal surgery in patients with macular hole (MH), epiretinal membrane (ERM), diabetic macular edema (DME), and rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD). METHODS: The study involved 180 eligible eyes that underwent the combined surgery, followed by treatment with topical diclofenac (n = 100) or betamethasone (n = 80) for 12 weeks...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Bo Carlberg
The J curve hypothesis propose that the relation between blood pressure and risk for cardiovascular events is non-linear. Instead of a decreased risk with lower blood pressure, the risk increases at lower blood pressures. This issue has been discussed for many years, and is still a hot topic. The debates have most often had its origin in the question about how far blood pressure should be lowered with antihypertensive drugs.One one hand, we know that many patients with hypertension is not treated to targets according to guidelines and that this contributes to the high risk for cardiovascular diseases in patients with hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Nobuhiro Nagai, Satoru Iwata, Hirokazu Kaji, Kaori Sampei, Yuki Katsukura, Hideyuki Onami, Matsuhiko Nishizawa, Toru Nakazawa, Yukihiko Mashima, Toshiaki Abe
It has been suggested that unoprostone isopropyl (UNO) has potent neuroprotective activity in the retina. The effect of sustained transscleral UNO delivery to the posterior segment of the eye on photoreceptor degeneration was evaluated. UNO was loaded into a device made of poly(ethyleneglycol) dimethacrylate by polydimethylsiloxane mold-based UV-curing. The amount of UNO diffusing from these devices was measured using high-performance liquid chromatography. The polymeric devices that released UNO at 1.8 μg/day were implanted on the sclerae of S334ter rats at postnatal 21 days, and electroretinograms (ERGs) were compared with those of topical application and placebo devices...
November 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
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