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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332417/-concise-history-of-toxicology-from-empiric-knowledge-to-science
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Anna Tompa, Péter Balázs
Toxicology is a science of poisonings by xenobiotics and endogenous physiological changes. Its empiric roots may be traced back to the emerging of the human race because the most important pledge of our predecessors' survival was the differentiation between eatable and poisonous plants and animals. In the course of social evolution, there were three main fields of using poisons: 1) hunting and warfare, 2) to settle social tensions by avoiding military conflicts through hiding strategy of eliminating enemies by toxic substances, 3) medicines applied first as anti-poisons and later by introducing strong substances to defeat diseases, but paradoxically active euthanasia is also a part of the whole story...
January 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330835/international-guidelines-for-groin-hernia-management
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INTRODUCTION: Worldwide, more than 20 million patients undergo groin hernia repair annually. The many different approaches, treatment indications and a significant array of techniques for groin hernia repair warrant guidelines to standardize care, minimize complications, and improve results. The main goal of these guidelines is to improve patient outcomes, specifically to decrease recurrence rates and reduce chronic pain, the most frequent problems following groin hernia repair. They have been endorsed by all five continental hernia societies, the International Endo Hernia Society and the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery...
January 12, 2018: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319295/advances-in-polymer-design-for-enhancing-oral-drug-solubility-and-delivery
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Jeffrey M Ting, William W Porter, Jodi M Mecca, Frank S Bates, Theresa M Reineke
Synthetic polymers have enabled amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) to emerge as an oral delivery strategy for overcoming poor drug solubility in aqueous environments. Modern ASD products noninvasively treat a range of chronic diseases (for example, hepatitis C, cystic fibrosis, and HIV). In such formulations, polymeric carriers generate and maintain drug supersaturation upon dissolution, increasing the apparent drug solubility to enhance gastrointestinal barrier absorption and oral bioavailability. In this Review, we outline several approaches in designing polymeric excipients to drive interactions with active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in spray-dried ASDs, highlighting polymer-drug formulation guidelines from industrial and academic perspectives...
January 10, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318114/the-impact-of-the-national-essential-medicines-policy-on-rational-drug-use-in-primary-care-institutions-in-jiangsu-province-of-china
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Jianqian Chao, Jiangyi Gu, Hua Zhang, Huanghui Chen, Zhenchun Wu
Background: Essential medicine policy is a successful global health policy to promote rational drug use. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of the National Essential Medicines Policy (NEMP) on the rational drug use in primary care institutions in Jiangsu Province of China. Methods: In this exploratory study, a multistage, stratified, random sampling was used to select 3400 prescriptions from 17 primary care institutions who implemented the NEMP before (Jan 2010) and after the implementation of the NEMP (Jan 2014)...
January 2018: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311092/pharmacodynamics-of-flubendazole-for-cryptococcal-meningoencephalitis-repurposing-and-reformulation-of-an-anti-parasitic-agent-for-a-neglected-fungal-disease
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Gemma L Nixon, Laura McEntee, Adam Johnson, Nikki Farrington, Sarah Whalley, Joanne Livermore, Cristien Natal, Gina Washbourn, Jaclyn Bibby, Neil Berry, Jodi Lestner, Megan Truong, Andrew Owen, David Lalloo, Ian Charles, William Hope
Current therapeutic options for cryptococcal meningitis are limited by toxicity, global supply and emergence of resistance. There is an urgent need to develop additional antifungal agents that are fungicidal within the central nervous system and preferably orally bioavailable. The benzimidazoles have broad-spectrum anti-parasitic activity, but also have in vitro antifungal activity that includes Cryptococcus neoformans Flubendazole (a benzimidazole) has been reformulated by Janssen Pharmaceutica as an amorphous solid drug nanodispersion to develop an orally bioavailable medicine for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases such as onchocerciasis...
January 8, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310484/pathology-proteomics-and-the-pathway-to-personalised-medicine
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Ping Jin, Jiang Lan, Kui Wang, Mark S Baker, Canhua Huang, Edouard C Nice
As we move from a discovery to a translational phase in proteomics, with a focus on developing validated clinical assays to assist personalized medicine, there is a growing need for strong bidirectional interactions with the clinical pathology community. Thus, while on one hand the proteomics community will provide candidate biomarkers to assist in diagnosis, prognosis, surveillance, identification of individualized patient medication and development and validation of new assays for diagnostic use, on the other the pathology community will assist with specific tissue identification and selection (e...
January 8, 2018: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276617/antimicrobial-resistance-in-human-populations-challenges-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
S Allcock, E H Young, M Holmes, D Gurdasani, G Dougan, M S Sandhu, L Solomon, M E Török
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global public health threat. Emergence of AMR occurs naturally, but can also be selected for by antimicrobial exposure in clinical and veterinary medicine. Despite growing worldwide attention to AMR, there are substantial limitations in our understanding of the burden, distribution and determinants of AMR at the population level. We highlight the importance of population-based approaches to assess the association between antimicrobial use and AMR in humans and animals. Such approaches are needed to improve our understanding of the development and spread of AMR in order to inform strategies for the prevention, detection and management of AMR, and to support the sustainable use of antimicrobials in healthcare...
2017: Glob Health Epidemiol Genom
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275244/environmental-arsenic-exposure-from-genetic-susceptibility-to-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Brenda C Minatel, Adam P Sage, Christine Anderson, Roland Hubaux, Erin A Marshall, Wan L Lam, Victor D Martinez
More than 200 million people in 70 countries are exposed to arsenic through drinking water. Chronic exposure to this metalloid has been associated with the onset of many diseases, including cancer. Epidemiological evidence supports its carcinogenic potential, however, detailed molecular mechanisms remain to be elucidated. Despite the global magnitude of this problem, not all individuals face the same risk. Susceptibility to the toxic effects of arsenic is influenced by alterations in genes involved in arsenic metabolism, as well as biological factors, such as age, gender and nutrition...
December 21, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29262260/breaking-the-in-vitro-barrier-in-respiratory-medicine-engineered-microphysiological-systems-for-copd-and-beyond
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Kambez H Benam, Melanie Königshoff, Oliver Eickelberg
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading global health problem; however, our ability to understand the disease pathogenic processes and discover new pharmacotherapies have been significantly hindered due to lack of reliable model systems that are human-derived, physiologically more relevant, and can be applied predictively. Recent advances in microsystems engineering have made it possible to create biomimetic microfluidic cell culture devices, known as 'organs-on-chips'. In this Pulmonary Perspective, we discuss the emergence of 'Lung- and Small Airway-on-a-Chip' technologies and their application to recapitulate critical aspects of human lung pathophysiology, in particular COPD...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237376/the-role-of-pet-in-monitoring-therapy-in-fungal-infections
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Alfred O Ankrah, Hans C Klein, Lambert F R Span, Erik F J de Vries, Rudi A J O Dierckx, Mike M Sathekge, Andor W J M Glaudemans
Positron emission tomography (PET) is a powerful diagnostic nuclear medicine imaging technique. PET allows in vivo detection of a wide variety of physiologic and pathologic phenomena and it offers a noninvasive tool for the monitoring of therapy in various diseases. Invasive fungal infections (IFIs) are a global concern because of the increasing population of patients at risk of IFIs and the high morbidity and mortality. Therapy with antifungal agents is long-standing and expensive. The emerging resistant fungal strains make the management of IFIs challenging...
December 12, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232052/the-us-food-and-drug-administration-s-tentative-approval-process-and-the-global-fight-against-hiv
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Harinder Singh Chahal, Jeffrey S Murray, Martin Shimer, Peter Capella, Ryan Presto, Mary Lou Valdez, Peter G Lurie
INTRODUCTION: In 2004, the US government began to utilize the Food and Drug Administration's (USFDA) tentative approval process (tFDA) as a basis to determine which HIV drugs are appropriate to be purchased and used in resource-constrained settings. This process permits products that are not approved for marketing in the US, including medicines with active patents or marketing restrictions in the US, to be purchased and distributed in resource-constrained settings. Although the tFDA was originally intended to support the United States' President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the USFDA list has become a cornerstone of international HIV programmes that support procurement of ARVs, such as the World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria...
December 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214157/towards-a-global-initiative-for-fibrosis-treatment-gift
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Maria Molina-Molina, Alvar Agusti, Bruno Crestani, David A Schwartz, Melanie Königshoff, Rachel C Chambers, Toby M Maher, Rosa Faner, Ana Lucia Mora, Mauricio Rojas, Katerina M Antoniou, Jacobo Sellares
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive lung disease characterised by increased scarring of lung tissue. Despite the recent introduction of novel drugs that slow disease progression, IPF remains a deadly disease, and the benefits of these new drugs differ markedly between patients. Human diseases arise due to alterations in an almost limitless network of interconnected genes, proteins, metabolites, cells and tissues, in direct relationship with a continuously changing macro- or microenvironment...
October 2017: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204185/bioengineering-considerations-in-liver-regenerative-medicine
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REVIEW
Ogechi Ogoke, Janet Oluwole, Natesh Parashurama
Background: Liver disease contributes significantly to global disease burden and is associated with rising incidence and escalating costs. It is likely that innovative approaches, arising from the emerging field of liver regenerative medicine, will counter these trends. Main body: Liver regenerative medicine is a rapidly expanding field based on a rich history of basic investigations into the nature of liver structure, physiology, development, regeneration, and function...
2017: Journal of Biological Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202092/china-s-engagement-with-development-assistance-for-health-in-africa
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Mohon Shajalal, Junfang Xu, Jun Jing, Madeleine King, Jie Zhang, Peicheng Wang, Jennifer Bouey, Feng Cheng
Background: As an emerging donor in health related development across the world, particularly towards Africa, the People's Republic of China (PRC) has been increasing its influence within the field of global public health over the past few decades. Yet between the period of 2000 and 2013, little is known about the scope, scale and priority of China's grant-making programs. Methods: Based on data sourced from the China Aid Database (version-1.2), descriptive analyses were applied to analyze the features of 531 health related projects that were undertaken between 2000 and 2013...
2017: Global Health Research and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191247/the-implication-of-the-shortage-of-health-workforce-specialist-on-universal-health-coverage-in-kenya
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Mumbo Hazel Miseda, Samuel Odhiambo Were, Cirindi Anne Murianki, Milo Peter Mutuku, Stephen N Mutwiwa
BACKGROUND: Globally, there is an acute shortage of human resources for health (HRH), and the greatest burden is borne by low-income countries especially in sub-Saharan Africa and some parts of Asia. This shortage has not only considerably constrained the achievement of health-related development goals but also impeded accelerated progress towards universal health coverage (UHC). Like any other low-income country, Kenya is experiencing health workforce shortage particularly in specialized healthcare workers to cater for the rapidly growing need for specialized health care (MOH Training Needs Assessment report (2015))...
December 1, 2017: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189589/pediatric-emergency-research-canada-origins-and-evolution
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Liza Bialy, Amy Plint, Roger Zemek, David Johnson, Terry Klassen, Martin Osmond, Stephen Freedman
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to describe the origins, growth, and progress of a national research network in pediatric emergency medicine. METHODS: The success of Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) is described in terms of advancing the pediatric emergency medicine agenda, grant funding, peer-reviewed publications, mentoring new investigators, and global collaborations. RESULTS: Since 1995, clinicians and investigators within PERC have grown the network to 15 active tertiary pediatric emergency medicine sites across Canada...
November 20, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181254/hip-range-of-motion-in-recreational-weight-training-participants-a-descriptive-report
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Scott Cheatham, William J Hanney, Morey J Kolber
Background: The surveillance of hip injuries and risk factors have become an emerging focus in sports medicine due to the increased recognition of hip pathologies. Researchers suggest that decreased hip range of motion (ROM) is a risk factor for injury in various athletic activities. One under reported population that has potential for hip injuries is recreational weight training (WT) participants. Currently, no studies have reported hip ROM values in WT participants which creates a knowledge gap in this population...
October 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175876/what-we-can-learn-from-global-emergency-medicine
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EDITORIAL
Najeeb Rahman
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November 24, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173101/advancing-global-precision-medicine-an-overview-of-genomic-testing-and-counseling-services-in-malaysia
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Angeliki Balasopoulou, Foong-Ming Mooy, Darrol J Baker, Christina Mitropoulou, Efthymios Skoufas, Awang Bulgiba, Theodora Katsila, George P Patrinos
Precision medicine, genomic and diagnostic services are no longer limited to developed countries. This broadening in geography of biomarker applications and omics diagnostics also demands empirical study of implementation, diagnostic testing, and counseling practices in the field. For example, the Malaysian population has large ethnic diversity and high prevalence of genetic disorders such as hemoglobinopathies and metabolic disorders. Increased morbidity and mortality from such diseases have a direct impact on society and health system sustainability and for this, decision-making becomes of outmost importance...
November 27, 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173078/omics-oral-cancer-molecular-landscapes-and-clinical-practice
#20
Wendy D'Souza, Dhananjaya Saranath
Molecular pathogenesis of oral cancers continues to be researched by omics systems science biotechnologies. Oral cancers rank as the 13th most common cancer globally. Notably, the burden of oral cancers from the Asian continent is 56.21%, with 26% of the burden contributed by India. Despite easy accessibility of the oral cavity and hence early detection of oral cancers, majority are diagnosed in advanced stages in the Asian countries. Innovation in oral cancer diagnostics, as well as theranostics for precision medicine, would aid their early diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment, not to mention discovery of novel molecular targets for drug development...
November 27, 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
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