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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919798/femtosecond-laser-assisted-conjunctival-autograft-preparation-for-pterygium-surgery
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REVIEW
Matthias Fuest, Yu-Chi Liu, Gary Hin-Fai Yam, Ericia Pei Wen Teo, Hla Myint Htoon, Minas T Coroneo, Jodhbir S Mehta
PURPOSE: Pterygium is a common ocular surface disorder. Conjunctival autografting (CAG) following pterygium resection is the gold standard treatment. CAGs without Tenon's tissue provide better results but are more technically difficult to achieve. In this study, we evaluated the feasibility and reproducibility of femtosecond laser (FSL)-assisted CAG preparation. METHODS: Fifteen porcine globes were fixed in a suction holder and CAGs of different diameters were created by 1) an experienced consultant and 2) a less experienced fellow using the Ziemer LDV Z8...
December 2, 2016: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913920/ns5a-resistance-associated-variants-undermine-the-effectiveness-of-ledipasvir-and-sofosbuvir-for-cirrhotic-patients-infected-with-hcv-genotype-1b
#2
Eiichi Ogawa, Norihiro Furusyo, Hideyuki Nomura, Kazufumi Dohmen, Nobuhiko Higashi, Kazuhiro Takahashi, Akira Kawano, Koichi Azuma, Takeaki Satoh, Makoto Nakamuta, Toshimasa Koyanagi, Masaki Kato, Shinji Shimoda, Eiji Kajiwara, Jun Hayashi
BACKGROUND: Little real-world cohort data has been reported for Asians who have received interferon-free regimens with sofosbuvir (SOF) for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. We evaluated the effectiveness and safety in clinical practice of ledipasvir (LDV) plus SOF for Japanese patients infected with HCV genotype 1. METHODS: This large, multicenter, real-world cohort study consisted of 772 patients treatment-naive or -experienced, with or without compensated cirrhosis, who were treated with LDV (90 mg)/SOF (400 mg) for a fixed 12-week duration...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910116/the-cost-effectiveness-of-testing-for-ns5a-resistance-associated-polymorphisms-at-baseline-in-genotype-1a-infected-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-and-treatment-experienced-subjects-treated-with-all-oral-elbasvir-grazoprevir-regimens-in-the-united-states
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E H Elbasha, M N Robertson, C Nwankwo
BACKGROUND: The presence of baseline NS5A resistance-associated variants (RAVs) impacted treatment response in HCV genotype 1a (GT1a)-infected patients treated with elbasvir/grazoprevir (EBR/GZR) for 12 weeks, but not patients treated with EBR/GZR and ribavirin (RBV) for 16 weeks. AIM: We assessed the cost-effectiveness of baseline testing for NS5A RAVs in EBR/GZR-treated patients compared without testing and with current treatments for GT1a patients. METHODS: We simulated the course of treatment with EBR/GZR, ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) and ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir+dasabuvir (3D) with or without RBV and natural history of disease of GT1a patients...
December 1, 2016: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882706/high-frequency-of-potential-interactions-between-direct-acting-antivirals-and-concomitant-therapy-in-hiv-hepatitis-c-virus-coinfected-patients-in-clinical-practice
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J Macías, P Monge, M Mancebo, N Merchante, K Neukam, L M Real, J A Pineda
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to analyse the frequency and degree of potential drug-drug interactions (DDIs) between direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) and concomitant medication used by HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV)-coinfected patients, including antiretroviral therapy (ART) and other drugs. METHODS: All patients with HIV infection and viraemic HCV genotype 1, 3 or 4 coinfection attending a tertiary care centre in Spain (November 2014 to November 2015) were included in the study...
November 24, 2016: HIV Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861337/the-levels-of-monoamine-neurotransmitters-and-measures-of-mental-and-emotional-health-in-hcv-patients-treated-with-ledipasvir-ldv-and-sofosbuvir-sof-with-or-without-ribavirin-rbv
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Pegah Golabi, Elzafir Elsheikh, Azza Karrar, James M Estep, Issah Younossi, Maria Stepanova, Lynn Gerber, Zobair M Younossi
Mental and emotional health (MEH) impairment is commonly encountered in hepatitis C patients. Although the exact mechanism remains unknown, alterations in neurotransmitter and cytokine levels maybe associated with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related MEH issues.The aim of the study was to assess association of serum biomarkers with self-reports of MEH in HCV patients before treatment and after achieving sustained virologic response (SVR).The HCV genotype-1-infected patients who achieved SVR at 12 weeks after treatment with ledipasvir (LDV)/sofosbuvir (SOF) ± ribavirin (RBV) were selected...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855988/development-of-a-platelet-adhesion-transport-equation-for-a-computational-thrombosis-model
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Joshua O Taylor, Ling Yang, Steven Deutsch, Keefe B Manning
Thrombosis is a significant issue for cardiovascular device development and use. While thrombosis models are available, very few are device-related and none have been thoroughly validated experimentally. Here, we introduce a surface adherent platelet transport equation into a continuum model to account for the biomaterial interface/blood interaction. Using a rotating disc system and polyurethane-urea material, we characterize steady and pulsatile flow fields using laser Doppler velocimetry. In vitro measurements of platelet adhesion are used in combination with the LDV data to provide further experimental validation...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810652/alcohol-use-and-hepatitis-c-virus-treatment-outcomes-among-patients-receiving-direct-antiviral-agents
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Judith I Tsui, Emily C Williams, Pamela K Green, Kristin Berry, Feng Su, George N Ioannou
BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether alcohol use negatively impacts HCV treatment outcomes in the era of direct antiviral agents (DAAs). We aimed to evaluate the associations between current levels of drinking and treatment response among persons treated for HCV with DAAs in the national Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system. METHODS: We identified patients who initiated HCV DAAs over 18 months (1/1/14-6/30/15) and had documented alcohol screening with the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Consumption (AUDIT-C) questionnaire within one year prior to initiating therapy...
December 1, 2016: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803856/effect-of-femtosecond-and-microkeratome-flaps-creation-on-the-cornea-biomechanics-during-laser-in-situ-keratomileusis-one-year-follow-up
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Qian Sun, Zheng-Zheng Deng, Yue-Hua Zhou, Jing Zhang, Xiao-Yan Peng
AIM: To compare the corneal biomechanical outcomes at one year after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with the flaps created by Ziemer and Moria M2 microkeratome with 110 head and -20 blade. METHODS: Totally 100 eyes of 50 consecutive patients were enrolled in this prospective study and divided into two groups for corneal flaps created by ZiemerFemto LDV and Moria M2 microkeratome with 110 head and -20 blade. Corneal biomechanical properties including cornea resistance factor (CRF) and cornea hysteresis (CH) were measured before and 1, 3, 6, 12mo after surgery by ocular response analyzer...
2016: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802716/approaching-attometer-laser-vibrometry
#9
C Rembe, L Kadner, M Giesen
The heterodyne two-beam interferometer has been proven to be the optimal solution for laser-Doppler vibrometry (LDV) regarding accuracy and signal robustness. The theoretical resolution limit for a two-beam interferometer of laser class 3R (up to 5 mW visible measurement-light) is in the regime of a few femtometer per square-root Hertz and well suited to study vibrations in microstructures. However, some new applications of radio-frequency microelectromechanical (RF-MEM) resonators, nanostructures, and surface-nano-defect detection require resolutions beyond that limit...
October 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802696/features-of-the-non-contact-carotid-pressure-waveform-cardiac-and-vascular-dynamics-during-rebreathing
#10
S Casaccia, E J Sirevaag, E J Richter, J A O'Sullivan, L Scalise, J W Rohrbaugh
This report amplifies and extends prior descriptions of the use of laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV) as a method for assessing cardiovascular activity, on a non-contact basis. A rebreathing task (n = 35 healthy individuals) was used to elicit multiple effects associated with changes in autonomic drive as well as blood gases including hypercapnia. The LDV pulse was obtained from two sites overlying the carotid artery, separated by 40 mm. A robust pulse signal was obtained from both sites, in accord with the well-described changes in carotid diameter over the blood pressure cycle...
October 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799966/recommendations-for-the-clinical-management-of-hepatitis-c-in-iran-a-consensus-based-national-guideline
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REVIEW
Seyed Moayed Alavian, Behzad Hajarizadeh, Kamran Bagheri Lankarani, Heidar Sharafi, Nasser Ebrahimi Daryani, Shahin Merat, Minoo Mohraz, Masoud Mardani, Mohamad Reza Fattahi, Hossein Poustchi, Mehri Nikbin, Mahmood Nabavi, Peyman Adibi, Masood Ziaee, Bita Behnava, Mohammad Saeid Rezaee-Zavareh, Massimo Colombo, Hatef Massoumi, Abdul Rahman Bizri, Bijan Eghtesad, Majid Amiri, Ali Namvar, Khashayar Hesamizadeh, Reza Malekzadeh
CONTEXT: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major public health issue worldwide, including Iran. The new direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) with high efficacy have changed the landscape of HCV treatment. This guideline provides updated recommendations for clinical management of HCV infection in Iran. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: The recommendations of this guideline are based on international and national scientific evidences and consensus-based expert opinion. Scientific evidences were collected through a systematic review of studies that evaluated efficacy and safety of DAA regimens, using PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science...
August 2016: Hepatitis Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797596/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-sofosbuvir-and-ledipasvir-for-the-treatment-of-hepatitis-c
#12
Francisca Cuenca-Lopez, Antonio Rivero, Antonio Rivero-Juárez
The sofosbuvir (SOF) plus ledipasvir (LDV) fixed dose combination is the first direct action antiviral (DAA) single-treatment regimen (STR) to be commercialized. It is approved for the treatment of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1,3,4,5 and 6. Following approval in 2014, new pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics data were reported, which led to important clinical applications. Areas covered: This article reviews the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of the SOF/LDV fixed dose combination for the treatment of HCV...
October 31, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784968/retrospective-analysis-of-hepatitis-c-infected-patients-treated-through-an-integrated-care-model
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James M Levin, Shabnam Dabirshahsahebi, Mindy Bauer, Eric Huckins
AIM: To determine if our health system's integrated model reflects sustained virologic response (SVR) outcomes similar to those in clinical trial data, maximizes adherence, and averts drug interactions. METHODS: Subjects with chronic hepatitis C had their medical records reviewed from November 1(st), 2014 through March 1(st), 2016. Patients eligible for treatment were entered into an integrated care model therapy algorithm. The primary outcome was SVR12 based on intention to treat (ITT) analysis...
October 14, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775854/the-association-between-race-ethnicity-and-the-effectiveness-of-direct-antiviral-agents-for-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#14
Feng Su, Pamela K Green, Kristin Berry, George N Ioannou
: Black race and Hispanic ethnicity were associated with lower rates of sustained virologic response (SVR) to interferon (IFN)-based treatments for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection whereas Asian race was associated with higher SVR rates compared to white patients. We aimed to describe the association between race/ethnicity and effectiveness of new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens in the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system nationally. We identified 21,095 HCV-infected patients (11,029 [52%] white, 6,171 [29%] black, 1,187 [6%] Hispanic, 348 [2%] Asian/Pacific Islander/American Indian/Alaska Native [Asian/PI/AI/AN] and 2,360 [11%] declined/missing race or ethnicity) who initiated antiviral treatment with regimens containing sofosbuvir (SOF), simeprevir + sofosbuvir (SMV+SOF), ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) or paritaprevir/ombitasvir/ritonavir/dasabuvir (PrOD), during the 18-month period from 01/01/2014 to 06/30/2015...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730717/real-world-effectiveness-for-12-weeks-of-ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-for-genotype-1-hepatitis-c-the-trio-health-study
#15
E B Tapper, B R Bacon, M P Curry, D T Dieterich, S L Flamm, L E Guest, K V Kowdley, Y Lee, N C Tsai, Z M Younossi, N H Afdhal
Early data regarding the "real-world" experience with novel therapies for hepatitis C (HCV) are encouraging. Data are still limited, however, regarding real-world rates of sustained virologic response (SVR) for ledipasvir-sofosbuvir (LDV-SOF), particularly for patients with prior treatment failure. We performed a retrospective cohort study of 1597 patients with chronic genotype 1 HCV who were treated using 12 weeks of the following regimens LDV-SOF±ribavirin (RBV) (n=1521 without RBV, n=76 with RBV). The primary outcome was SVR-determined at 12 weeks in an intention-to-treat design...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27680885/rapid-increase-in-serum-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-concentration-during-hepatitis-c-interferon-free-treatment
#16
Satoru Hashimoto, Hiroshi Yatsuhashi, Seigo Abiru, Kazumi Yamasaki, Atsumasa Komori, Shinya Nagaoka, Akira Saeki, Shinjiro Uchida, Shigemune Bekki, Yuki Kugiyama, Kazuyoshi Nagata, Minoru Nakamura, Kiyoshi Migita, Kazuhiko Nakao
BACKGROUND & AIM: We performed lipid analyses at the early period of therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis C who underwent interferon (IFN)-free direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment, and we attempted to identify the factors that contributed to a rapid increase in the patients' serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) concentration. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the cases of 100 consecutive patients with HCV infection treated at the National Hospital Organization Nagasaki Medical Center: 24 patients underwent daclatasvir (DCV) and asunaprevir (ASV) combination therapy (DCV/ASV) for 24 weeks, and the other 76 patients underwent ledipasvir and sofosbuvir combination therapy (LDV/SOF) for 12 weeks...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677786/community-based-real-world-treatment-outcomes-of-sofosbuvir-ledipasvir-in-asians-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-6-in-the-united-states
#17
R J Wong, M T Nguyen, H N Trinh, A Huynh, M T Ly, H A Nguyen, K K Nguyen, J Yang, R T Garcia, B Levitt, E da Silveira, R G Gish
Sofosbuvir/ledipasvir (SOF/LDV) is the first all-oral ribavirin-free treatment approved for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 6, offering a safe and highly efficacious treatment option. Large studies evaluating real-world outcomes of this regimen are lacking. We aim to evaluate real-world treatment outcomes for HCV genotype 6. A retrospective cohort study evaluated 65 adults (age ≥18) with chronic HCV genotype 6 treated with SOF/LDV without ribavirin at a community gastroenterology clinic in the United States from November 2014 to May 2016...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27672299/second-generation-direct-acting-antiviral-hepatitis-c-virus-treatment-efficacy-safety-and-predictors-of-svr12
#18
Christoph R Werner, Julia M Schwarz, Daniel P Egetemeyr, Robert Beck, Nisar P Malek, Ulrich M Lauer, Christoph P Berg
AIM: To gather data on the antiviral efficacy and safety of second generation direct acting antiviral (DAA) treatment with respect to sustained virological response (SVR) 12 wk after conclusion of treatment, and to determine predictors of SVR12 in this setting. METHODS: Two hundred and sixty patients treated with SOF combination partners PR (n = 51), R (n = 10), SMV (n = 30), DCV (n = 81), LDV (n = 73), or 3D (n = 15). 144/260 were pre-treated, 89/260 had liver cirrhosis, 56/260 had portal hypertension with platelets < 100/nL, 25/260 had a MELD score ≥ 10 and 17/260 were post-liver transplantation patients...
September 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27665076/monolayers-of-poly-amido-amine-dendrimers-on-mica-in-situ-streaming-potential-measurements
#19
Aneta Michna, Zbigniew Adamczyk, Kamila Sofińska, Katarzyna Matusik
The deposition of poly(amido amine) dendrimers on mica at various pHs was studied by the atomic force microscopy (AFM) and in situ streaming potential measurements. Bulk characteristics of dendrimers were acquired by using the dynamic light scattering (DLS) and the laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV). The hydrodynamic radius derived from DLS measurements was 5.2nm for the ionic strength of 10(-2)M and pH range 4-10. The electrophoretic mobility, the zeta potential and the number of electrokinetic charges per molecule were derived as a function of pH from the LDV measurements...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27661585/detection-and-counting-of-a-submicrometer-particle-in-liquid-flow-by-self-mixing-microchip-yb-yag-laser-velocimetry
#20
Takayuki Ohtomo, Seiichi Sudo, Kenju Otsuka
We observed intermittent modulation by scattered light from a single submicrometer particle moving in the flow channel using a self-mixing microchip Yb:YAG laser Doppler velocimeter (LDV) under lateral beam access. The Doppler-shift frequency chirping (i.e., velocity change) was identified in accordance with a particle passage through the beam focus. Single particle counting, which obeys the Poisson distribution, was performed successfully over a long period of time. The experimental results have been reproduced by a numerical simulation...
September 20, 2016: Applied Optics
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