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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231268/gamma-glutamyltransferase-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-mortality-a-dose-response-meta-analysis-of-prospective-cohort-studies
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Junna Wang, Dandan Zhang, Rongzhong Huang, Xingsheng Li, Wenxiang Huang
BACKGROUND: Serum gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) elevation likely contributes to cardiovascular (CV) mortality, however it has remained unknown whether a dose-response relationship exists between serum GGT and CV mortality. METHODS: We searched the PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane library databases for prospective cohort studies published up to October 2, 2016. Summary hazard ratios (HRs) with their corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using a fixed effects model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230617/acute-kidney-injury-following-efavirenz-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-emtricitabine-atripla%C3%A2-overdose
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Thomas Havenith, David Burger, Maarten Visschers, Jolanda Schippers, Astrid Oude Lashof
We describe a patient with acute renal failure and irreversible kidney damage after an overdose with the fixed dose combination of efavirenz/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine (Atripla). The acute kidney injury was most probably caused by tenofovir. Efavirenz and emtricitabine seemed relatively safe in overdose. The pharmacokinetics in overdose of all three drugs and the effect of hemodialysis on the tenofovir clearance were studied by measuring the plasma concentrations and by the use of clinical pharmacokinetic software...
February 20, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230062/triple-combination-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-hypertension-a-review-of-the-evidence
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R Düsing, B Waeber, M Destro, C Santos Maia, P Brunel
Hypertension is a serious public health concern with inadequate control of blood pressure (BP) worldwide. Contributing factors include low efficacy of drugs, underuse of combination therapies, irrational combinations, physicians' therapeutic inertia and poor adherence to treatment. Current guidelines recommend the use of initial (dual) combination therapy in high-risk patients for immediate BP response, better short- and long-term BP control, and continued/improved patient adherence. This article aims to review the existing evidence of triple-combination therapies with respect to efficacy, safety and adherence to treatment...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228660/estimating-the-economic-consequences-of-an-increased-medication-adherence-due-to-a-potential-improvement-in-the-inhaler-technique-with-spiromax-%C3%A2-compared-with-turbuhaler-%C3%A2-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-in-spain
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Josep Darbà, Gabriela Ramírez, Juan L García-Rivero, Sagrario Mayoralas, José Francisco Pascual, Diego Vargas, Adi Bijedic
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to estimate the economic impact of the introduction of DuoResp(®) Spiromax(®), budesonide/formoterol fixed-dose combination (FDC), focusing on an increase in medication adherence due to an enhancement of the inhalation technique for the treatment of COPD patients in Spain and 5 regions including Andalusia, Catalonia, Galicia, Madrid, and Valencia. METHODS: A 4-year budget impact model was developed for the time period of 2015-2018...
2017: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228162/efficacy-and-safety-of-indacaterol-glycopyrronium-fixed-dose-combination-in-mild-to-moderate-copd-patients-symptomatic-on-tiotropium-in-korea-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Chin Kook Rhee, Hye Yun Park, Jeong-Woong Park, Ji-Hyun Lee, Tae-Hyung Kim, Sei Won Lee, Ji Ye Jung, Song Kim, Yong Il Hwang, Ki-Suck Jung
BACKGROUND: Long-acting bronchodilator monotherapy (long-acting β2-agonist [LABA] or long-acting muscarinic antagonist [LAMA]) is extensively used for treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with mild-to-moderate airflow limitation. However, a substantial number of patients remain symptomatic despite treatment with a single bronchodilator, necessitating a change in therapy. METHODS: This 12-week, randomized, multicenter, open-label, phase IV study aims to show that the once-daily indacaterol/glycopyrronium (IND/GLY) 110/50 μg fixed-dose LABA/LAMA combination results in an improved lung function in symptomatic patients with mild-to-moderate COPD who switch from once-daily tiotropium 18 μg...
February 22, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226536/evaluation-of-a-novel-portable-micro-pump-and-infusion-system-for-drug-delivery
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Paul Pankhurst, Zahra McGuinness Abdollahi, Paul Pankhurst, Zahra McGuinness Abdollahi, Zahra McGuinness Abdollahi, Paul Pankhurst
In this paper the design, fabrication and experimental results of a novel portable fixed-displacement micro-pump for controlled dosing and timing is described. The new pump is developed especially for high efficiency, high accuracy, ease of use and very low cost for single use drug delivery systems which can overcome many of the deficiencies of current portable pumps. Primary tests have been conducted and the results have demonstrated that the pump has the ability to deliver high performance and accuracy with less than +/-1% error over the whole operating flow rate range of 0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226405/comparative-effectiveness-of-long-acting-beta2-agonist-combined-with-a-long-acting-muscarinic-antagonist-or-inhaled-corticosteroid-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Jennifer C Samp, Min J Joo, Glen T Schumock, Gregory S Calip, A Simon Pickard, Todd A Lee
INTRODUCTION: Several dual bronchodilator fixed dose inhaler medications were recently approved for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These products combine a long-acting beta2 -agonist (LABA) and long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA). In clinical trials, the separate mechanisms of the bronchodilators resulted in improved lung function. COPD treatment guidelines currently recommend combination LABA/LAMA as alternative therapy to combination LABA/ inhaled corticosteroid (ICS)...
February 22, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223385/deletion-of-nudb-causes-increased-susceptibility-to-antifolates-in-escherichia-coli-and-salmonella-enterica
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Kun Li, Ting Li, Shan-Shan Yang, Xu-De Wang, Lei-Xin Gao, Rui-Qi Wang, Jing Gu, Xian-En Zhang, Jiao-Yu Deng
Co-trimoxazole, a fixed-dose combination of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) and trimethoprim (TMP), has been used for the treatment of bacterial infections since the 1960s. Since it has long been assumed that the synergistic effects between SMX and TMP are the consequence of targeting 2 different enzymes of bacterial folate biosynthesis, 2 genes (pabB and nudB) involved in the folate biosynthesis of Escherichia coli were deleted, and their effects on the susceptibility to antifolates were tested. The results showed that the deletion of nudB resulted in a lag of growth in minimal medium, and increased susceptibility to both SMX and TMP...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220512/sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-voxilaprevir-with-or-without-ribavirin-in-daa-experienced-patients-with-genotype-1-hcv
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Eric Lawitz, Fred Poordad, Jennifer Wells, Robert H Hyland, Yin Yang, Hadas Dvory-Sobol, Luisa M Stamm, Diana M Brainard, John G McHutchison, Carmen Landaverde, Julio Gutierrez
: The optimal retreatment strategy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1-infected patients who fail direct-acting antiviral (DAA)-based regimens remains unknown. In this phase 2, open-label study conducted at a single center in the United States, patients with HCV genotype 1 infection who previously failed to achieve sustained virologic response on a DAA-based regimen were randomized to receive treatment with a fixed-dose combination tablet of sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-voxilaprevir with or without ribavirin for 12 weeks...
February 21, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219610/bictegravir-versus-dolutegravir-each-with-emtricitabine-and-tenofovir-alafenamide-for-initial-treatment-of-hiv-1-infection-a-randomised-double-blind-phase-2-trial
#10
Paul E Sax, Edwin DeJesus, Gordon Crofoot, Douglas Ward, Paul Benson, Robin Dretler, Anthony Mills, Cynthia Brinson, Julie Peloquin, Xuelian Wei, Kirsten White, Andrew Cheng, Hal Martin, Erin Quirk
BACKGROUND: All recent treatment guidelines recommend integrase strand transfer inhibitors (INSTIs) as components of initial HIV therapy. Bictegravir, a novel, once-daily, unboosted INSTI, showed potent activity in a 10 day monotherapy study and has a high in-vitro resistance barrier. On the basis of these results, we did a phase 2 trial comparing bictegravir with dolutegravir. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, phase 2 trial, we recruited previously untreated adults (aged ≥18 years) with HIV-1 infections from 22 outpatient centres in the USA...
February 14, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217544/assessment-of-knowledge-attitude-and-practices-on-fixed-dose-combinations-among-postgraduate-dental-students
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Narayana R Vinnakota, V Krishna, V Viswanath, Zaheer Ahmed, Kamal S Shaik, Naveen K Boppana
AIM: To assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices of fixed dose combination drugs among postgraduate dental students. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out among postgraduate dental students of dental colleges in coastal Andhra Pradesh. Three colleges were randomly selected and students of all the three years were included. Data was collected from the specialities of oral medicine and radiology, oral surgery, endodontics, pedodontics, periodontics, and public health dentistry...
December 2016: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216528/the-measurement-of-x-ray-fluoroscopy-input-output-characteristics-in-angiography-system
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Yoshiaki Hagihara, Takayoshi Umehara, Kazuma Matsumoto, Tomoko Fujita, Youko Ikeuchi, Keita Fujikawa, Yoshiyuki Takahashi, Noriko Kotoura
PURPOSE: Determination of X-ray fluoroscopy radiation dose and contrast with angiographic system automatically depending on the objects, and to control setting manually, which is difficult for the measurement of characteristics. Therefore, we examined the method to adjust the conditions of fluoroscopy and measured the input-output characteristics. METHOD: To adjust and fix the condition of fluoroscopy, the exposure adjustment area at the center of the irradiation field was moved to the left side and attached the copper plates to regulate the exposure dose...
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215833/effects-of-platelet-rich-plasma-against-experimental-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rat-testis
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C A Sekerci, Y Tanidir, T E Sener, G Sener, O Cevik, A Yarat, B Alev-Tuzuner, S Cetinel, E Kervancioglu, A Sahan, C Akbal
BACKGROUND: Testicular torsion is a common problem and, to date, there is no agent to preserve testicular function following detorsion. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), with its rich growth factor composition, has proven beneficial in regenerative therapy. It is believed that PRP has not been studied in testis for ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the effect of PRP in an I/R rat model 1 month after detorsion. STUDY DESIGN: Of 24 adult male Sprague-Dawley rats, 18 were randomly assigned into three groups, with six in each: control, I/R and I/R + PRP...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214841/drug-dosing-and-estimated-renal-function-any-step-forward-from-effersoe
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Mads Hornum, Bo Feldt-Rasmussen
Drug dosing in accordance with the renal function is a long-standing challenge to clinicians. For many years it has been evident that in many clinical situations there is no easy way to correctly dose any drug that is mainly cleared by the kidneys. Despite the development of many formulas for estimating the glomerular filtration rate, they all have serious shortcomings. Much effort has been put in to develop estimation formulas to evaluate the renal function as an alternative to direct methods with the aim of safely dosing drugs that are mainly cleared by the kidneys...
February 18, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214683/neutron-measurements-in-radiotherapy-a-method-to-correct-neutron-sensitive-devices-for-parasitic-photon-response
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L Irazola, J A Terrón, R Bedogni, A Pola, M Lorenzoli, E Jimenez-Ortega, A R Barbeiro, B Sánchez-Nieto, F Sánchez-Doblado
One of the major causes of secondary malignancies after radiotherapy treatments are peripheral doses, known to increase for some newer techniques (such as IMRT or VMAT). For accelerators operating above 10MV, neutrons can represent important contribution to peripheral doses. This neutron contamination can be measured using different passive or active techniques, available in the literature. As far as active (or direct-reading) procedures are concerned, a major issue is represented by their parasitic photon sensitivity, which can significantly affect the measurement when the point of test is located near to the field-edge...
February 12, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212705/detection-of-dna-damage-by-space-radiation-in-human-fibroblasts-flown-on-the-international-space-station
#16
Tao Lu, Ye Zhang, Michael Wong, Alan Feiveson, Ramona Gaza, Nicholas Stoffle, Huichen Wang, Bobby Wilson, Larry Rohde, Louis Stodieck, Fathi Karouia, Honglu Wu
Although charged particles in space have been detected with radiation detectors on board spacecraft since the discovery of the Van Allen Belts, reports on the effects of direct exposure to space radiation in biological systems have been limited. Measurement of biological effects of space radiation is challenging due to the low dose and low dose rate nature of the radiation environment, and due to the difficulty in distinguishing the radiation effects from microgravity and other space environmental factors. In astronauts, only a few changes, such as increased chromosome aberrations in their lymphocytes and early onset of cataracts, are attributed primarily to their exposure to space radiation...
February 2017: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212464/oxytocin-reduces-ethanol-self-administration-in-mice
#17
Courtney E King, William C Griffin, Lauryn N Luderman, Malcolm M Kates, Jacqueline F McGinty, Howard C Becker
BACKGROUND: Excessive ethanol consumption remains an important health concern and effective treatments are lacking. The central oxytocin system has emerged as a potentially important therapeutic target for alcohol and drug addiction. These studies tested the hypothesis that oxytocin reduces ethanol consumption. METHODS: Male C57BL/6J mice were given access to ethanol (20% v/v) using a model of binge-like drinking ("drinking-in-the-dark") that also included the use of lickometer circuits to evaluate the temporal pattern of intake as well as 2-bottle choice drinking in the home cage...
February 17, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211784/generic-antiretrovirals-for-the-treatment-of-hiv-a-novel-challenge-for-western-countries-%C3%A2
#18
Dario Cattaneo, Massimo Andreoni, Gianpiero Carosi, Roberto Cauda, Adriano Lazzarin, Giuliano Rizzardini
The introduction of generic antiretroviral medications in developing countries has resulted in significant CD4 cell restoration, HIV viral decline, and a noteworthy reduction in the time to initiation of therapy. Projection models have also predicted significant cost saving associated with the extensive diffusion of generic antiretrovirals in developed countries. However, some uncertainties on generics have recently been raised. These concerns mainly relate to the adequacy of the study design for bioequivalence testing, the potential for uncontrolled switching from one generic to another, and the loss of adherence if patients switched from fixed-dose coformulations to single components in order to incorporate the new generic drugs...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205025/the-multistate-tuberculosis-pharmacometric-model-a-semi-mechanistic-pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-model-for-studying-drug-effects-in-an-acute-tuberculosis-mouse-model
#19
Chunli Chen, Fatima Ortega, Joaquin Rullas, Laura Alameda, Iñigo Angulo-Barturen, Santiago Ferrer, Ulrika Sh Simonsson
The Multistate Tuberculosis Pharmacometric (MTP) model, a pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic disease model, has been used to describe the effects of rifampicin on Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) in vitro. The aim of this work was to investigate if the MTP model could be used to describe the rifampicin treatment response in an acute tuberculosis mouse model. Sixty C57BL/6 mice were intratracheally infected with M. tuberculosis H37Rv strain on Day 0. Fifteen mice received no treatment and were sacrificed on Days 1, 9 and 18 (5 each day)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199397/efficacy-and-safety-of-preoperative-iop-reduction-using-a-preservative-free-fixed-combination-of-dorzolamide-timolol-eye-drops-versus-oral-acetazolamide-and-dexamethasone-eye-drops-and-assessment-of-the-clinical-outcome-of-trabeculectomy-in-glaucoma
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Katrin Lorenz, Joanna Wasielica-Poslednik, Katharina Bell, Giulia Renieri, Alexander Keicher, Christian Ruckes, Norbert Pfeiffer, Hagen Thieme
INTRODUCTION: To demonstrate that preoperative treatment for 28 days with topical dorzolamide/timolol is non-inferior (Δ = 4 mm Hg) to oral acetazolamide and topical dexamethasone (standard therapy) in terms of intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction 3 and 6 months after trabeculectomy in glaucoma patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-two eyes undergoing trabeculectomy with mitomycin C were included in this monocentric prospective randomized controlled study. IOP change between baseline and 3 months post-op was defined as the primary efficacy variable...
2017: PloS One
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