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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530786/morphine-for-chronic-neuropathic-pain-in-adults
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Tess E Cooper, Junqiao Chen, Philip J Wiffen, Sheena Derry, Daniel B Carr, Dominic Aldington, Peter Cole, R Andrew Moore
BACKGROUND: Neuropathic pain, which is caused by a lesion or disease affecting the somatosensory system, may be central or peripheral in origin. Neuropathic pain often includes symptoms such as burning or shooting sensations, abnormal sensitivity to normally painless stimuli, or an increased sensitivity to normally painful stimuli. Neuropathic pain is a common symptom in many diseases of the nervous system. Opioid drugs, including morphine, are commonly used to treat neuropathic pain...
May 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530527/health-care-costs-associated-with-addition-titration-and-switching-antihypertensive-medications-after-first-line-treatment-results-from-a-commercially-insured-sample
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Kalyani B Sonawane Deshmukh, Jingjing Qian, Kimberly B Garza, Bradley M Wright, Peng Zeng, Cecilia M Ganduglia Cazaban, Richard A Hansen
BACKGROUND: Treatment modifications are necessary for addressing issues related to efficacy and tolerance of first-line monotherapy, but they increase the economic burden on patients and their health plans. Understanding the differences in costs between alternative treatment modification strategies, if any, can serve as a guideline for clinical decision making and for designing cost-containment strategies. OBJECTIVE: To compare the health care utilization costs between (a) addition (i...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528633/correlative-light-electron-microscopy-in-liquid-using%C3%A2-an-inverted-sem-asem
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Chikara Sato, Takaaki Kinoshita, Nassirhadjy Memtily, Mari Sato, Shoko Nishihara, Toshiko Yamazawa, Shinya Sugimoto
In atmospheric scanning electron microscope (ASEM), the inverted scanning electron microscope (SEM) observes the wet sample from below, while an optical microscope observes it from above simultaneously. The ASEM sample holder has a disposable dish shape with a silicon nitride film window at the bottom. It can be coated variously for the primary-culture of substrate-sensitive cells; primary cells were cultured in a few milliliters of culture medium in a stable incubator environment. For the inverted SEM observation, cells and the excised tissue blocks were aldehyde-fixed, immersed in radical scavenger solution, and observed at minimum electron dose...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527785/the-effectiveness-of-a-fixed-dose-combination-pour-on-formulation-of-1-25-fipronil-and-2-5-fluazuron-against-economically-important-ectoparasites-and-associated-pharmacokinetics-in-cattle
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Welber Daniel Zanetti Lopes, Rafael Marin Chiummo, Luis Fernando Vettorato, Daniel de Castro Rodrigues, Rafael Bazaglia Sonada
The present work consisted of eight studies to evaluate the ectoparasiticidal spectrum and determine the pharmacokinetic parameters of a pour-on combination of fipronil 1.25mg/kg+fluazuron 2.5mg/kg for cattle against Rhipicephalus microplus, Haematobia irritans and the larvae of Dermatobia hominis and Cochliomyia hominivorax. The analysis fipronil and fluazuron were performed by liquid chromatography using a mass detector for the detection and quantification of analytes (LC-MS/MS). Additionally, in two of these studies, the animals were artificially infested with R...
May 17, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525632/effect-of-baseline-characteristics-on-the-pain-response-to-pregabalin-in-fibromyalgia-patients-with-comorbid-depression
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Stuart L Silverman, Miroslav Backonja, Lynne Pauer, Jaren Landen, Pritha Bhadra Brown, Joseph M Scavone, Richard Vissing, Andrew Clair
Objective. : To evaluate the effect of baseline characteristics on the treatment response to pregabalin in fibromyalgia (FM) patients with depression. Design. : Post hoc analysis from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, two-way crossover study of pregabalin (300 or 450 mg/day, twice daily). Subjects. : A total of 193 FM patients taking an antidepressant for comorbid depression. Methods. : The effect of patient baseline characteristics on the treatment response to pregabalin vs placebo was assessed for the primary efficacy end point (mean pain score on an 11-point numeric rating scale)...
May 19, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517613/a-quantitative-method-to-the-analysis-of-mlc-leaf-position-and-speed-based-on-epid-and-ebt3-film-for-dynamic-imrt-treatment-with-different-types-of-mlc
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Yinghui Li, Lixin Chen, Jinhan Zhu, Bin Wang, Xiaowei Liu
A quantitative method based on the electronic portal imaging system (EPID) and film was developed for MLC position and speed testing; this method was used for three MLC types (Millennium, MLCi, and Agility MLC). To determine the leaf position, a picket fence designed by the dynamic (DMLC) model was used. The full-width half-maximum (FWHM) values of each gap measured by EPID and EBT3 were converted to the gap width using the FWHM versus nominal gap width relationship. The algorithm developed for the picket fence analysis was able to quantify the gap width, the distance between gaps, and each individual leaf position...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516156/single-arm-phase-i-ii-study-of-everolimus-and-intravesical-gemcitabine-in-patients-with-primary-or-secondary-carcinoma-in-situ-of-the-bladder-who-failed-bacillus-calmette-guerin-nct01259063
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Guido Dalbagni, Nicole Benfante, Daniel D Sjoberg, Bernard H Bochner, S Machele Donat, Harry W Herr, Asia S Mc Coy, Alicia J Fahrner, Caitlyn Retinger, Jonathan E Rosenberg, Dean F Bajorin
Background: Standard treatment for BCG-refractory urothelial cancer is radical cystectomy. Identification of active agents is clearly warranted. Objective: To determine a safe dose of oral everolimus in combination with standard intravesical gemcitabine and to evaluate the efficacy of this combination. Methods: Patients with carcinoma in situ refractory to intravesical bacillus Calmette-Guérin and refusing cystectomy were eligible. Patients in the phase I part of the trial received one of three dose levels of oral everolimus...
April 27, 2017: Bladder Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515943/evaluation-of-dosing-strategy-for-pembrolizumab-for-oncology-indications
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Tomoko Freshwater, Anna Kondic, Malidi Ahamadi, Claire H Li, Rik de Greef, Dinesh de Alwis, Julie A Stone
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, most monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have been dosed based on body weight because of perceived contribution of body size in pharmacokinetic variability. The same approach was used in the initial pembrolizumab studies; however, following availability of PK data, the need for weight-based dosing for pembrolizumab was reassessed. METHODS: A previously established population PK (popPK) model as well as exposure-response results from patients with advanced melanoma or non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) were used to evaluate the potential application of a fixed dosing regimen with the aim of maintaining pembrolizumab exposures within the range demonstrated to provide near maximal efficacy and acceptable safety...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513969/effect-of-steady-state-faldaprevir-on-pharmacokinetics-of-atorvastatin-or-rosuvastatin-in-healthy-volunteers-a-prospective-open-label-fixed-sequence-crossover-study
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Fenglei Huang, Kristell Marzin, Rüdiger Koenen, Klaus Peter Kammerer, Natalja Strelkowa, Mabrouk Elgadi, Anne-Marie Quinson, Sebastian Haertter
Faldaprevir (FDV) is a potent, orally administered inhibitor of hepatitis C virus protease. It inhibits multiple cytochrome P-450 enzymes and multiple membrane transporters. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of steady-state faldaprevir on the pharmacokinetics (PK) of a single dose of atorvastatin or rosuvastatin. In this single-center, open-label, fixed-sequence crossover study, 33 healthy adult male and female volunteers were given either atorvastatin 10 mg (n = 16) or rosuvastatin 10 mg (n = 17) on day 1...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513851/population-pharmacokinetics-of-brentuximab-vedotin-in-patients-with-cd30-expressing-hematologic-malignancies
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Hong Li, Tae H Han, Naomi N Hunder, Graham Jang, Baiteng Zhao
Brentuximab vedotin, a CD30-directed antibody-drug conjugate (ADC), is approved for treating certain patients with CD30-expressing hematologic malignancies. Its primary mechanism of action is the targeted delivery of a microtubule-disrupting agent, monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE), to CD30-expressing cells. A population pharmacokinetic (PopPK) analysis was conducted to characterize the PK of ADC and unconjugated MMAE in patients with CD30-expressing hematologic malignancies by compartmental analysis and to evaluate the effects of covariates on PK of the ADC...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513831/avoidance-versus-use-of-neuromuscular-blocking-agents-for-improving-conditions-during-tracheal-intubation-or-direct-laryngoscopy-in-adults-and-adolescents
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REVIEW
Lars H Lundstrøm, Christophe Hv Duez, Anders K Nørskov, Charlotte V Rosenstock, Jakob L Thomsen, Ann Merete Møller, Søren Strande, Jørn Wetterslev
BACKGROUND: Tracheal intubation during induction of general anaesthesia is a vital procedure performed to secure a patient's airway. Several studies have identified difficult tracheal intubation (DTI) or failed tracheal intubation as one of the major contributors to anaesthesia-related mortality and morbidity. Use of neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBA) to facilitate tracheal intubation is a widely accepted practice. However, because of adverse effects, NMBA may be undesirable. Cohort studies have indicated that avoiding NMBA is an independent risk factor for difficult and failed tracheal intubation...
May 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513604/exploring-the-statistical-uncertainty-in-acceptable-exposure-limit-values-for-hexavalent-chromium-exposure
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Göran Kauermann, Heiko Becher, Verena Maier
Exposure limit values give the exposure level at which an accepted (or acceptable) number of additional work related diseases are expected. The values are derived from dose-response curves and carry a large amount of uncertainty. In this paper we aim to quantify some of this uncertainty with statistical means. We explore the limit value issued by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) for occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium, CR(VI). We investigate how the dose-response model and statistical estimation variability influences the data-based fixation of exposure limit values...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511893/assessment-of-the-effectiveness-of-attenuation-of-pb-aprons-by-using-tld-dosimetry-and-monte-carlo-calculations
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H Olaya Dávila, J A Díaz Merchán, H R Vega Carrillo, S A Martínez Ovalle
We developed an experimental set-up by using a continuous emission X-ray (Pantak DXT-3000) and three types of Pb aprons, with thicknesses of 0.25, 0.5, and 0.75mm, coated with Mylar fiber on their surface. Aprons were placed at a distance of 2.5m from the focus. Aluminum filtration was performed at the beam output to reproduce the qualities of narrow beams, N40 (Eeffective =33keV), N80 (Eeffective =65keV), and N100 (Eeffective =83keV), according to the ISO standard 4037 (1-3). Each apron was fixed with 10 thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs) over its surface, five dosimeters before and five dosimeters after irradiation with X-rays...
May 10, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511405/evaluation-of-acute-oral-toxicity-of-ethanol-leaves-extract-of-catharanthus-roseus-in-wistar-albino-rats
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Venkateswar Rao Vutukuri, M C Das, Muralidhar Reddy, Siva Prabodh, Padma Sunethri
INTRODUCTION: Herbal drugs have gained importance globally in the treatment of various diseases. Catharanthus roseus is traditionally used as an anti diabetic and anti cancer drug. To the best of our knowledge limited data are available on acute and sub acute toxicity of C. roseus extract despite its wide spread use in traditional medicine. The present study was under taken to evaluate the acute oral toxicity of the ethanol leaves extract of C. roseus. AIM: To investigate the acute oral toxic effects of ethanol leaves extract of C...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509674/evidence-for-more-intensive-cholesterol-lowering
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Handrean Soran, See Kwok, Safwaan Adam, Jan Hoong Ho, Paul N Durrington
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In randomized clinical trials, reduction in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk with cholesterol-lowering drugs correlates with the LDL cholesterol decrease. However, because the majority have investigated a fixed statin dose, current guidelines disagree about the use of statin dose titration or non-statin adjunctive cholesterol-lowering drugs. RECENT FINDINGS: We conducted a meta-analysis of all randomized controlled trials with CVD end-points, comparing two intensities of lipid-lowering regimens within the same population, using varying statins doses and/or potency, ezetimibe or PCSK9 inhibitors and compared the observed number of patients needed to be treated for 10 years to prevent one CVD event (NNT) with NNT predicted from trials of predominantly single-dose statin...
May 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508378/population-pharmacokinetic-and-pharmacodynamic-modeling-of-etelcalcetide-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-secondary-hyperparathyroidism-receiving-hemodialysis
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Ping Chen, Adimoolam Narayanan, Benjamin Wu, Per Olsson Gisleskog, John P Gibbs, Andrew T Chow, Murad Melhem
INTRODUCTION: Etelcalcetide is a novel calcimimetic that binds and activates calcium-sensing receptors (CaSRs) for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT). METHODS: To assess titrated dosing regimens, population pharmacokinetic (PK) and PK/pharmacodynamic (PKPD) modeling of etelcalcetide was performed using NONMEM 7.2. In this analysis, plasma etelcalcetide, serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) and calcium (Ca) concentration-time data were collected from five phase I, II, and III clinical trials following single or multiple intravenous doses of etelcalcetide ranging from 2...
May 15, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507988/comparative-therapeutic-efficacy-of-153-sm-edtmp-and-177-lu-edtmp-for-bone-pain-palliation-in-patients-with-skeletal-metastases-patients-pain-score-analysis-and-personalized-dosimetry
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Sarika Sharma, Baljinder Singh, Ashwani Koul, Bhagwant Rai Mittal
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the present study was to compare the therapeutic efficacy of (153)Sm-EDTMP and (177)Lu-EDTMP in pain palliation in cancer patients with skeletal metastases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty patients (25 M:5 F, mean age: 66.0 ± 14.7 years) of breast/prostate cancer with documented skeletal metastases were recruited prospectively. Twenty patients were considered randomly for treatment with (153)Sm-EDTMP and with (177)Lu-EDTMP in 10 patients, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506538/epitope-specific-immunotherapy-targeting-cd4-positive-t-cells-in-coeliac-disease-two-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-1-studies
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Gautam Goel, Tim King, A James Daveson, Jane M Andrews, Janakan Krishnarajah, Richard Krause, Gregor J E Brown, Ronald Fogel, Charles F Barish, Roger Epstein, Timothy P Kinney, Philip B Miner, Jason A Tye-Din, Adam Girardin, Juha Taavela, Alina Popp, John Sidney, Markku Mäki, Kaela E Goldstein, Patrick H Griffin, Suyue Wang, John L Dzuris, Leslie J Williams, Alessandro Sette, Ramnik J Xavier, Ludvig M Sollid, Bana Jabri, Robert P Anderson
BACKGROUND: A gluten-free diet is the only means to manage coeliac disease, a permanent immune intolerance to gluten. We developed a therapeutic vaccine, Nexvax2, designed to treat coeliac disease. Nexvax2 is an adjuvant-free mix of three peptides that include immunodominant epitopes for gluten-specific CD4-positive T cells. The vaccine is intended to engage and render gluten-specific CD4-positive T cells unresponsive to further antigenic stimulation. We assessed the safety and pharmacodynamics of the vaccine in patients with coeliac disease on a gluten-free diet...
May 11, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505360/comparative-total-and-unbound-pharmacokinetics-of-cefazolin-administered-by-bolus-versus-continuous-infusion-in-patients-undergoing-major-surgery-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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B I Naik, C Roger, K Ikeda, M S Todorovic, S C Wallis, J Lipman, J A Roberts
Background.: Perioperative administration of cefazolin reduces the incidence of perioperative infections. Intraoperative re-dosing of cefazolin is commonly given between 2 and 5 h after the initial dose. This study was undertaken to determine whether intraoperative continuous infusions of cefazolin achieve better probability of target attainment (PTA) and fractional target attainment (FTA) than intermittent dosing. Methods.: Patients undergoing major surgery received cefazolin 2 g before surgical incision...
May 15, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505305/efficacy-and-safety-of-ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-persons-with-sickle-cell-disease
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Juhi Moon, Robert H Hyland, Fangqiu Zhang, Diana M Brainard, Sophie Lanzkron, John G McHutchison, Mark Sulkowski
Patients with sickle cell disease are at high risk for chronic hepatitis C infection. Prior treatment has been limited due to the use of ribavirin causing hemolytic anemia and interferon causing cytopenias. We demonstrate the safety and efficacy of fixed dose combination, ledipasvir and sofosbuvir for 12 weeks in this population.
May 13, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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