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OBJECTIVES: To perform comparative analysis of the efficacy and the safety of six months formulation of LHRH analogues indicated for prostate cancer treatment. METHOD: Search in the PubMed database for clinical trials published between 2006 and 2009 using the following key words: "prostate cancer", "triptorelin or leuprorelin" and "6-month depot". RESULTS: The efficacy of all 3 six months formulation of LHRH analogues currently approved is high (96-98%) for reducing testosterone levels down to below 50 ng/dl. As the patients included in the three trials are quite heterogeneous, and due to the variability in the way of presenting results, it is not possible to compare testosterone escapes and their effect on PSA levels. The incidence of adverse events (AE) reported across the three trials was high, but only 0.9% to 15.8% were severe. Only one trial reported patient withdrawal (2.5%) because of drug-related AEs. CONCLUSION: Even though all the studies show and important variability in the analysis and data management, no significant efficacy and safety differences seem to exist. Source


Heras Canas V.,University of Granada | Perez Ramirez M.D.,University of Granada | Bermudez Jimenez F.,University of Granada | Rojo Martin M.D.,University of Granada | And 3 more authors.
New Microbes and New Infections | Year: 2015

Lactococcus garvieae is a Gram-positive, catalase negative coccus arranged in pairs or short chains, well-known as a fish pathogen. We report a case of Infective Endocarditis (IE) by L.garvieae in a native valve from a 68-year-old male with unknown history of contact with raw fish and an extensive history of heart disease. This case highlights the reliability of MALDI-TOF MS compared to conventional methods in the identification of rare microorganisms like this. © 2015 . Source


Vallejo M.A.,Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED) | Ortega J.,Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED) | Rivera J.,University General Hospital Gregorio Maranon | Comeche M.I.,Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED) | Vallejo-Slocker L.,Complutense University of Madrid
Journal of Psychiatric Research | Year: 2015

Background: The aim of this study was to explore the effectiveness of Internet-delivered cognitive-behavioral therapy (iCBT) in treating fibromyalgia (FM) compared with an identical protocol using conventional group face-to-face CBT. Methods: Sixty participants were assigned to either (a) the waiting list group, (b) the CBT group, or (c) the iCBT group. The groups were assessed at baseline, after 10 weeks of treatment, and at 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-ups. The primary outcome measured was the impact of FM on daily functioning, as measured by the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ). The secondary outcomes were psychological distress, depression, and cognitive variables, including self-efficacy, catastrophizing, and coping strategies. Results: In post-treatment, only the CBT group showed improvement in the primary outcome. The CBT and iCBT groups both demonstrated improvement in psychological distress, depression, catastrophizing, and utilizing relaxation as a coping strategy. The iCBT group showed an improvement in self-efficacy that was not obtained in the CBT group. CBT and iCBT were dissimilar in efficacy at follow-up. The iCBT group members improved their post-treatment scores at their 6- and 12-month follow-ups. At the 12-month follow-up, the iCBT group showed improvement over their primary outcome and catastrophizing post-treatment scores. A similar effect of CBT was expected, but the positive results observed at the post-treatment assessment were not maintained at follow-up. Conclusions: The results suggest that some factors, such as self-efficacy or catastrophizing, could be enhanced by iCBT. Specific characteristics of iCBT may potentiate the social support needed to improve treatment adherence. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Source


Dzhugashvili M.,University of Murcia | Dzhugashvili M.,Madrid Oncology Institute Group IMO | Luengo-Gil G.,University of Murcia | Garcia T.,University of Murcia | And 6 more authors.
International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics | Year: 2014

Purpose: To investigate whether polymorphisms of genes related to inflammation are associated with pathologic response (primary endpoint) in patients with rectal cancer treated with primary chemoradiation therapy (PCRT).Methods and Materials: Genomic DNA of 159 patients with locally advanced rectal cancer treated with PCRT was genotyped for polymorphisms rs28362491 (NFKB1), rs1213266/rs5789 (PTGS1), rs5275 (PTGS2), and rs16944/rs1143627 (IL1B) using TaqMan single nucleotide polymorphism genotyping assays. The association between each genotype and pathologic response (poor response vs complete or partial response) was analyzed using logistic regression models.Conclusions: Our results suggest that genetic variation in NFKB-related inflammatory pathways might influence sensitivity to primary chemoradiation for rectal cancer. If confirmed, an inflammation-related radiogenetic profile might be used to select patients with rectal cancer for preoperative combined-modality treatment.Results: TheNFKB1DEL/DEL genotypewas associated with pathologic response (odds ratio [OR], 6.39; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.78-52.65; P=.03) after PCRT. No statistically significant associations between other polymorphisms and response to PCRT were observed. Patients with the NFKB1 DEL/DEL genotype showed a trend for longer disease-free survival (log-rank test, P=.096) and overall survival (P=.049), which was not significant in a multivariate analysis that included pathologic response. Analysis for 6 polymorphisms showed that patients carrying the haplotype rs28362491-DEL/rs1143627-A/rs1213266-G/rs5789-C/rs5275-A/rs16944-G (13.7% of cases) had a higher response rate to PCRT (OR, 8.86; 95% CI, 1.21-64.98; PZ.034) than the reference group (rs28362491-INS/rs1143627-A/rs1213266-G/rs5789-C/rs5275-A/ rs16944-G). Clinically significant (grade≥ 2) acute organ toxicity was alsomore frequent in patients with that same haplotype (OR, 4.12; 95% CI, 1.11-15.36; P=.037). © 2014 Elsevier Inc. Source


Fernandez Carballal C.,University General Hospital Gregorio Maranon | Gonzalez Rodrigalvarez R.,University General Hospital Gregorio Maranon | Lopez De La Riva M.,University General Hospital Gregorio Maranon | Ares C.,Paul Scherrer Institute
Acta Neurochirurgica | Year: 2010

A 31-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital with paraparesis and pyramidal signs. Magnetic resonance imaging disclosed a homogenously enhaced mass occupying the spinal canal at the T1-T2 level and extending to the apical pleural space through the right intervertebral foramen. Surgical resection was achieved using a laminectomy and complete facetectomy. Histological examination indicated chondroid chordoma. The patient received postoperative proton radiotheraphy. Chondroid chordoma is a subtype of chordomas with better prognosis, and it may appear as a dumbbell-shaped tumor as previously described in classical chordomas. © 2009 Springer-Verlag. Source

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