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We evaluated the 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)-induced modifications in glucose, insulin, and norepinephrine plasma concentrations, and in plasma, erythrocyte, and platelet magnesium levels in two groups of obese subjects (normotensive obese, NT-Ob, N = 19; hypertensive obese, HT-Ob, N = 15), and in a group of healthy control subjects (N = 12). During OGTT we detected a reduction in plasma magnesium concentrations and an increase in erythrocyte and platelet magnesium levels in the controls, whereas in both normotensive and hypertensive obese subjects, there was a reduction in plasma, erythrocyte, and platelet magnesium levels. Furthermore, no statistically significant difference was detected among the groups studied as regards delta-plasma magnesium. On the other hand, delta-erythrocyte magnesium and delta-platelet magnesium were negative in the NT-Ob (delta-erythrocyte magnesium: -0.24+/-0.08 mmol/L; delta-platelet magnesium: -0.49+/-0.09 micromol/10(8) cells) and HT-Ob (delta-erythrocyte magnesium: -0.20+/-0.10 mmol/L; delta-platelet magnesium: -0.50+/-0.11 micromol/10(8) cells) groups, and positive in control subjects (delta-erythrocyte magnesium: 0.40+/-0.08 micromol/L; delta-platelet magnesium: 0.47+/-0.09 mmol/ 10(8) cells). Finally, a direct correlation was found between delta-norepinephrine and delta-erythrocyte magnesium (r = 0.80, P < .01) in the control group, and a negative correlation was detected between delta-norepinephrine and delta-platelet magnesium (r = -0.58, P < .05) in the HT-Ob group. Our results seem to indicate that the insulin resistance status, the hyperglycemia, and the disregulation of the adrenergic system in obese subjects could be involved in the pathogenesis of the magnesium homeostasis impairment observed in the obese subjects.
Twelve patients with clinical and laboratory findings typical of essential mixed cryoglobulinemia, type II (EMC II) underwent multiple liver and bone marrow biopsies. In 9 of 12 cases (all hepatitis B surface antibody-negative), routine histology revealed patent infiltration of liver portal tracts, lobules and sinusoids by small lymphocytes provided with cytological characteristics closely resembling those of the LP immunocytoma of the Kiel classification. At immunophenotyping on frozen sections, these elements expressed the CD22 antigen (marker of B cells) and bore the same type of immunoglobulin (IgM/k = 8, IgM/lambda = 1) as the monotypic component in the serum. Furthermore, in 7 of 9 patients repeated bone marrow needle biopsies showed multiple foci of infiltration by plasmacytoid cells, often with paratrabecular location. In the remaining 3 cases (all hepatitis B surface and core antigen-positive), liver biopsies were consistent with a diagnosis of cirrhosis (two) or chronic active hepatitis (one). In two of them, however, Jamshidi needle biopsy evidenced bone marrow infiltrates quite similar to those observed in the other group. On the basis of these findings, the authors discuss the hypothesis that most EMC II are substained by a low-grade malignant lymphoma.
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A PMSS in CIU patients evaluated the tolerability and efficacy of desloratadine in clinical practice. At Visit 1 (baseline), demographic and CIU history were recorded and patients/physicians rated the severity of CIU symptoms, interference with sleep/daily activities and the general state of urticaria. Patients also noted the use and effectiveness of previous antihistamine therapy. At the end of treatment (Visit 2), CIU symptom severity and other disease criteria were re-assessed. Adverse events reported during or < or = 30 days after treatment were collected.
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A mathematical model for the prediction of response to endocrine therapy of breast cancer has been developed based on a clonal concept of metastatic spread. The model includes an expression of the likelihood of response of an estrogen receptor-positive site and an expression of the concordance of receptor assays when multiple sites are assayed. Both of these are raised to a power function based on the number of sites of metastases to yield a predicted response rate. An excellent fit of patients receiving endocrine therapy was observed. This model offers valuable insight into the biology of response to endocrine therapy. The model may be extended and refined through additional analyses.
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At ED discharge, patients were randomized to either 50 mg prednisone daily for 5 days or identical-appearing placebo. Patients were contacted after 5 days to assess pain on a 0-3 scale (none, mild, moderate, severe) as well as functional status.
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Data from 15936 stage III patients accrued to phase III clinical trials since 1989 were used to construct Cox models for TTR and OS. Variables included age, sex, race, body mass index, performance status, tumor grade, tumor stage, ratio of positive lymph nodes to nodes examined, number and location of primary tumors, and adjuvant treatment (fluoropyrimidine single agent or in combination). Missing data were imputed, and final models internally validated for optimism-corrected calibration and discrimination and compared with AJCC. External validation and comparisons against Numeracy were performed using stage III patients from NSABP trial C-08. All statistical tests were two-sided.
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The present study examined the impact of once-daily fexofenadine hydrochloride (HCl) 180 mg on health-related quality of life (HRQL) in subjects with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). This was a multicenter, randomized, double-blind. parallel-group, placebo-controlled study. Subjects completed the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) and the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment (WPAI) questionnaire at baseline and at weeks 2 and 4. The primary HRQL end point was mean change from baseline to week 4 in total DLQI score. Subjects in the fexofenadine HCl treatment group (n = 163) experienced significantly greater improvements in mean total DLQI score (P = .0219) and in the individual domains of symptoms and feelings (P = .0119) and personal relationships (P = .0091) compared with those in the placebo group (n = 91). Subjects who received fexofenadine HCl experienced less work productivity impairment, overall work impairment, and activity impairment than those who received placebo. The results indicated that once-daily fexofenadine HCl 180 mg improved the HRQL of subjects with CIU, as assessed by change in total DLQI score.
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The aim of this work was to investigate the distribution of 5-methoxypsoralen in the skin after oral administration of the drug and to examine the correlation between skin and plasma concentrations. 5-Methoxypsoralen skin concentration was measured in both healthy and psoriatic sites of 10 psoriatic patients after single and multiple oral doses. The results obtained show that 5-methoxypsoralen accumulates at higher levels in the more external layers of the skin after oral administration. The high affinity of drug for the stratum corneum was confirmed by in vitro skin affinity measurements. The concentration of 5-methoxypsoralen in the skin was similar in both psoriatic and healthy sites, indicating that the pathology does not influence drug distribution in the skin. After single dose administration, a linear correlation was found between skin and plasma drug concentration. After multiple dose administration, drug concentration in the skin was fairly constant despite the variable plasma concentrations in different subjects.
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Throughout 16 weeks of treatment, the mean daily nasal severity score was significantly lower in omalizumab-treated patients than with placebo (P < 0.001). The improvement in symptoms when taking omalizumab was paralleled by a reduction in use of rescue antihistamine (P < or = 0.005 overall) and improved RQoL relative to placebo. Patients' evaluation of treatment efficacy significantly favored omalizumab over placebo (P = 0.001). Omalizumab therapy was well tolerated. There were no safety concerns.
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Nasal congestion is the predominant symptom in perennial allergic rhinitis (PAR), and it seems to be mainly related to the late-phase inflammatory events. The present pilot study aimed to evaluate the therapeutic effect exerted by fexofenadine in patients with PAR due to mite allergy.
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A high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC-UV) based simple and specific method for simultaneous quantitative determination of Ofloxacin, Fexofenadine HCl and Diclofenac Potassium has been developed and validated according to ICH guidelines. Chromatographic separation of the three drugs was carried out on 4.6 x 250 mm x 5 µ Licrospher RP Select B Column, using mobile phase constituted of methanol and phosphate buffer pH 3.5 (650: 350), pH adjusted to 3.5 ± 0.05 with dilute ortho-phosphoric acid and delivered at a flow rate of 1 ml/min. The eluents were detected at UV wavelength of 220 nm and the retention times for Ofloxacin, Fexofenadine HCl and Diclofenac Potassium were 2.5 minutes, 4 minutes and 11.5 minutes, respectively. This method is suitable and specific for the three drugs and was found to be linear (R² > 0.996), accurate, specific, reproducible and robust over a concentration range of 0.05 to 0.15 mg/ml for Ofloxacin, 0.015 to 0.045 mg/ml for Fexofenadine HCl and 0.0125 to 0.0375 mg/ml for Diclofenac Potassium. The proposed method is simple and convenient, hence easily utilized for the characterization and quantitation of the three drugs in a single formulation for combination therapy of rheumatoid arthritis, sepsis, infection with fever and flu.
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PD patients with LRRK2 mutations are more likely to be women, suggesting a stronger genetic load compared to idiopathic PD. Further studies are needed to elucidate whether there is a different effect of gender on the balance between genetic and environmental factors in the pathogenesis of PD.
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A multicenter, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled trial compared the efficacy and safety of fexofenadine HCl (120 and 180 mg administered once daily) and cetirizine (10 mg once daily) in the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis.
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We address the degradation of continuous variable (CV) entanglement in a noisy channel focusing on the set of photon-number entangled states. We exploit several separability criteria and compare the resulting separation times with the value of non-Gaussianity at any time, thus showing that in the low-temperature regime: (i) non-Gaussianity is a bound for the relative entropy of entanglement and (ii) Simon's criterion provides a reliable estimate of the separation time also for non-Gaussian states. We provide several evidences supporting the conjecture that Gaussian entanglement is the most robust against noise, i.e., it survives longer than a non-Gaussian one, and that this may be a general feature for CV systems in Markovian channels.
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Allergic rhinitis is a highly prevalent disorder and oral antihistamines are often used to manage patient symptoms. Older-generation antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine and chlorpheniramine, are effective at relieving the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR); however, they are associated with adverse events, including sedation and impairment, at, or above, the recommended dose. Newer-generation antihistamines, such as desloratadine, cetirizine and fexofenadine, were developed to minimize adverse events. In this article, studies examining newer-generation antihistamines in adults and children were reviewed. The clinical evidence confirms that desloratadine, cetirizine and fexofenadine are effective at managing the symptoms of SAR in adults and children; however, cetirizine is more likely to cause sedation. Physician intervention is paramount to SAR symptom management. It is essential that appropriate treatment relieves SAR symptoms with absent or minimal adverse events. This is particularly important for those patients involved in skilled and cognitive activities or safety-critical jobs.
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An investigation was performed to determine whether the sound-attenuation-insuspensions theory of Allegra and Hawley can be used to explain the compressional (longitudinal wave) attenuation of ultrasonically tissue-mimicking materials commonly used in phantoms for testing the performance of medical ultrasound systems. These materials are composed of microscopic graphite particles suspended in a gel. The theory was first tested using materials containing spherical glass beads instead of graphite particles because these materials more closely fit the geometric conditions assumed in the theory. For the glass bead type materials as well as the graphite particle type materials, the attenuation coefficients predicted using the Allegra and Hawley model agreed rather well with experimental measurements over the diagnostic frequency range.
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In this study of rifampicin 450 mg, the interactive magnitude of the mean AUC values of fexofenadine enantiomers was higher than that observed in the previous study of rifampicin 600 mg, and no dose-dependent inhibitory effects of rifampicin were observed. These effects may be clinically significant in patients receiving fexofenadine and rifampicin.
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Overall rates of grade 4 or 5 toxicities were nearly identical in the FOLFOX6 and FOLFOX6 plus bevacizumab arms (15.2% and 15.0%, respectively). Six-month mortality rates were 0.96% and 0.90% for the control and experimental groups, respectively. Grade 3+ toxicities that occurred more often in the experimental arm versus control arm included hypertension (12% v 1.8%, respectively), wound complications (abdominal incisional hernia or infusion port dehiscence/inflammation; 1.7% v 0.3%, respectively), pain (11.1% v 6.3%, respectively), and proteinuria (2.7% v 0.8%, respectively). Grade 2+ neuropathy was increased in the experimental arm versus the control arm (grade 2, 33% v 29%, respectively; grade 3, 16% v 14%, respectively; and grade 4, < 1% each). In the experimental arm versus control arm, significantly less thrombocytopenia (1.4% v 3.4%, respectively) and fewer allergic reactions (3.1% v 4.7%, respectively) were observed. Advanced age was associated with a significantly greater rate of grade 4 and 5 toxicities regardless of treatment.
Cerebral hypoxia and subsequent reoxygenation stress (H/R) is a component of several diseases. One approach that may enable neural tissue rescue after H/R is central nervous system (CNS) delivery of drugs with brain protective effects such as 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (i.e., statins). Our present in vivo data show that atorvastatin, a commonly prescribed statin, attenuates poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) cleavage in the brain after H/R, suggesting neuroprotective efficacy. However, atorvastatin use as a CNS therapeutic is limited by poor blood-brain barrier (BBB) penetration. Therefore, we examined regulation and functional expression of the known statin transporter organic anion transporting polypeptide 1a4 (Oatp1a4) at the BBB under H/R conditions. In rat brain microvessels, H/R (6% O2, 60 minutes followed by 21% O2, 10 minutes) increased Oatp1a4 expression. Brain uptake of taurocholate (i.e., Oap1a4 probe substrate) and atorvastatin were reduced by Oatp inhibitors (i.e., estrone-3-sulfate and fexofenadine), suggesting involvement of Oatp1a4 in brain drug delivery. Pharmacological inhibition of transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)/activin receptor-like kinase 5 (ALK5) signaling with the selective inhibitor SB431542 increased Oatp1a4 functional expression, suggesting a role for TGF-β/ALK5 signaling in Oatp1a4 regulation. Taken together, our novel data show that targeting an endogenous BBB drug uptake transporter (i.e., Oatp1a4) may be a viable approach for optimizing CNS drug delivery for treatment of diseases with an H/R component.
LST-18 succeeded in increasing oral FXD bioavailability by 62% and reducing Tmax to 2.16 h.
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This was a retrospective analysis of a computerized billing database of ED visits, involving seven northern New Jersey hospitals EDS: Consecutive patients seen by emergency physicians over an 11-year period (January 1, 1988--December 31, 1998) were included. Chi-square tests were used to evaluate for significant differences (p < 0.05).
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Single oral doses of desloratadine 5mg and fexofenadine 60mg taken without and with grapefruit juice (pretreatment with 240ml of double-strength juice three times daily for 2 days prior to administration of study drug, plus the same amount simultaneously with, and 2 hours after, the drug dose). Each treatment was separated by at least 10 days.
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The authors, using a radio-enzymatic and a radio-immunological method, investigated the serum levels of Thymidine Kinase (TK) and Beta 2 Microglobulin (Beta 2M) in 24 subjects affected by Multiple Myeloma (MM) and in 10 controls. The data obtained confirm the good prognostical significance already reported for TK and Beta 2M in subjects with MM. First of all, the results indicate higher levels of TK compared to the controls (9.31 U/l vs 2.9 U/l - p less than 0.005). Similarly, also the levels of Beta 2M indicate a significant increase compared to the healthy subjects. Both TK and Beta 2M levels increased with the progression of the stage of the disease (6.69 mg/ml vs 1.67 mg/ml - p less than 0.005). After therapy there was a significant decrease of TK and Beta 2M levels in responders. Finally, TK demonstrated to be able to detect during the follow-up a possible relapse of the disease.
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Male and female patients aged 12 to 60 years received loratadine 10 mg once daily (n = 331) or fexofenadine 60 mg twice daily (n = 328) for 14 days (phase 1); nonresponders (ie, those who had <25% reduction in the sum of 5 SAR symptoms rated by the investigator on a 4-point scale) subsequently received the alternate medication for 14 days (phase 2). The investigator's rating of relief (complete, marked, moderate, or slight relief of symptoms or treatment failure) at the end of phase 2 was the primary efficacy measure; changes in total symptom severity (TSS) assessed by the investigator (4-point scale) and the patient (11-point visual analog scale) were secondary measures.
We report five cases of crescentic IgA nephropathy. All are males, 16-60 years of age. One case each came to medical attention with uremia, nephrotic syndrome, and gross hematuria; two cases presented with microhematuria and proteinuria on routine urinalysis. All had hypertension, azotemia (serum creatinine 1.6-9.4 mg/dl), proteinuria (greater than 6 g/24 hr in four cases), hypoalbuminemia (less than 3 g/dl), and hematuria (gross in two cases). All progressed to end-stage renal failure renal failure ending in dialysis (three cases) or death from unrelated causes (two cases). Prednisone, 60 mg/day for 1 month in two patients (with two 1-g doses of iv methylprednisolone in 1 case) did not improve the serum creatinine level, but one patient subsequently experienced a less rapid fall in renal function. A crescentic glomerulonephritis was present in all biopsies (crescents in 31-80% of glomeruli; mean, 50%). The size and stage of the crescents were variable. Numerous glomeruli had focal or diffuse sclerosis. In all cases, there was a 3 or 4+ deposition of IgA. Low-intensity staining for IgG and IgM was noted in four and three patients, respectively. On electron microscopy, dense granular mesangial deposits were noted in all cases and in four patients capillary subepithelial deposits were also observed. This form of IgA nephropathy is not common, but some studies indicate that it may occur in about 5% of patients with IgA nephropathy.
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It has been proposed that proarrhythmia assessment for safety pharmacology testing includes the use of human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CM) to detect drug-induced changes in cardiac electrophysiology. This study measured the actions of diverse agents on action potentials (AP) and ion currents recorded from hiPSC-CM.
7-Ketocholesterol (7-KC)-induced apoptosis of macrophages is considered a key event in the development of human atheromas. In the present study, the effect of indicaxanthin (Ind), a bioactive pigment from cactus pear fruit, on 7-KC-induced apoptosis of human monocyte/macrophage THP-1 cells was investigated. A pathophysiological condition was simulated by using amounts of 7-KC that can be reached in human atheromatous plaque. Ind was assayed within a micromolar concentration range, consistent with its plasma level after dietary supplementation with cactus pear fruit. Pro-apoptotic effects of 7-KC were assessed by cell cycle arrest, exposure of phosphatidylserine at the plasma membrane, variation of nuclear morphology, decrease of mitochondrial trans-membrane potential, activation of Bcl-2 antagonist of cell death and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 cleavage. Kinetic measurements within 24 h showed early formation of intracellular reactive oxygen species over basal levels, preceding NADPH oxidase-4 (NOX-4) over-expression and elevation of cytosolic Ca²⁺, with progressive depletion of total thiols. 7-KC-dependent activation of the redox-sensitive NF-κB was observed. Co-incubation of 2·5 μm of Ind completely prevented 7-KC-induced pro-apoptotic events. The effects of Ind may be ascribed to inhibition of NOX-4 basal activity and over-expression, inhibition of NF-κB activation, maintaining cell redox balance and Ca homeostasis, with prevention of mitochondrial damage and consequently apoptosis. The findings suggest that Ind, a highly bioavailable dietary phytochemical, may exert protective effects against atherogenetic toxicity of 7-KC at a concentration of nutritional interest.
This double-blind, double-dummy, randomized, 2-phase, multicenter study was designed primarily to compare the therapeutic responses to loratadine and fexofenadine in patients who failed initial therapy with the other drug.
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It is presumed that exposure to allergens in the environment occurs through both the eyes and the nose. Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis is typically treated with a nasal spray or systemic antihistamine, neither of which may provide adequate relief of the ocular component of the disease.