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Background: A ready to use betamethasone valerate 0.1% (BMV) dressing was effective and well-tolerated by patients receiving chronic plaque psoriasis treatment. Objective: Collect data related to BMV dressing used in the context of market authorization. Methods: An observational, prospective study, including 258 patients with a maximum 4-weeks-treatment of inflammatory dermatosis with BMV 2.25 mg plaster was performed. The prescription pattern was described and the disease severity assessed using a Physician Global Assessment (PGA). Patient satisfaction as well as their quality of life (DLQI) were evaluated. Clinical evaluation was performed before and after the treatment. Results: The DLQI scores improved from 10.0 ± 5.4 to 3.5 ± 3.5 points (p < 0.0001) and PGA decreased from 12.5 ± 3.1 to 4.2 ± 3.0 points (p < 0.0001). The highest DLQI and PGA improvement was reported for the eczema group. Subjects reported the test dressing was better than prior therapies with 93.5% very satisfied and 90.4% satisfied. Conclusions: The BMV dressing is well-tolerated and effective in the treatment of inflammatory dermatoses, improving both the objective signs of the disease as well as patients quality of life. © 2015 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. Source

Bel A.,University of Paris Descartes | Planat-Bernard V.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Saito A.,Osaka University | Bonnevie L.,Hopital dinstruction des armees Begin | And 21 more authors.

Background-: The safety and efficacy of myocardial regeneration using embryonic stem cells are limited by the risk of teratoma and the high rate of cell death. Methods and results-: To address these issues, we developed a composite construct made of a sheet of adipose tissue-derived stroma cells and embryonic stem cell-derived cardiac progenitors. Ten Rhesus monkeys underwent a transient coronary artery occlusion followed, 2 weeks later, by the open-chest delivery of the composite cell sheet over the infarcted area or a sham operation. The sheet was made of adipose tissue-derived stroma cells grown from a biopsy of autologous adipose tissue and cultured onto temperature-responsive dishes. Allogeneic Rhesus embryonic stem cells were committed to a cardiac lineage and immunomagnetically sorted to yield SSEA-1+ cardiac progenitors, which were then deposited onto the cell sheet. Cyclosporine was given for 2 months until the animals were euthanized. Preimplantation studies showed that the SSEA-1+ progenitors expressed cardiac markers and had lost pluripotency. After 2 months, there was no teratoma in any of the 5 cell-treated monkeys. Analysis of >1500 histological sections showed that the SSEA-1+ cardiac progenitors had differentiated into cardiomyocytes, as evidenced by immunofluorescence and real-time polymerase chain reaction. There were also a robust engraftment of autologous adipose tissue-derived stroma cells and increased angiogenesis compared with the sham animals. Conclusions-: These data collected in a clinically relevant nonhuman primate model show that developmentally restricted SSEA-1+ cardiac progenitors appear to be safe and highlight the benefit of the epicardial delivery of a construct harboring cells with a cardiomyogenic differentiation potential and cells providing them the necessary trophic support. © 2010 American Heart Association, Inc. Source

Mahe E.,Hopital Victor Dupouy | MacCari F.,Hopital dinstruction des armees Begin | Beauchet A.,University of Versailles | Lahfa M.,University Paul Sabatier | And 12 more authors.
British Journal of Dermatology

Background Psoriasis is associated with higher prevalences of cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities in adults but the relationship of age at onset and those prevalences is unknown. Objective To evaluate whether the childhood onset of psoriasis (COP) is correlated with the frequency of cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities in adulthood. Methods This noninterventional, cross-sectional, multicentre study of adults with psoriasis was conducted in 29 dermatology centres in France. Data on sex, age at onset of psoriasis and its clinical characteristics, and cardiovascular risk factors, including weight, body mass index, waist circumference, dyslipidaemia, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, and personal/familial major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) were systematically recorded. Results Two thousand two hundred and one patients with psoriasis (male: 56%; mean age: 49 years; 25% with COP) were included consecutively in the study. Univariate analysis showed that COP was associated with lower frequencies of obesity, high waist circumference, diabetes, dyslipidaemia, hypertension, familial cardiovascular disease, MACE and metabolic syndrome, but more frequent active smoking. Multivariate analysis retained age as being associated with frequency of cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities, and sex with smoking, but not age at the onset of psoriasis. Psoriasis severity was associated with higher frequencies of obesity and psoriatic arthritis. Conclusion Our results showed that COP does not seem to be an additional risk factor for higher frequencies of cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities during adulthood. What's already known about this topic? Psoriasis and its severity are associated with higher prevalence of cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities in adults. Childhood onset of psoriasis is not associated with obesity in adulthood. What does this study add? Childhood onset of psoriasis is not associated with cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities in adulthood. In France, as in most countries, psoriasis is associated with high frequencies of cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities in adults. © 2013 The Authors BJD © 2013 British Association of Dermatologists. Source

Michel R.,Center Depidemiologie Et Of Sante Publique Des Armees | Demoncheaux J.P.,Orange S.A. | Creach M.A.,Center Depidemiologie Et Of Sante Publique Des Armees | Rapp C.,Hopital dinstruction des armees Begin | And 3 more authors.
Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease

Military personnel in operations have always paid a high toll to infections. In the 21st century some of these diseases still cause outbreaks with significant morbidity and impact on deployments. The new configuration of the French Armed Forces requires the permanent preparedness of deployable units. During deployments, soldiers are at least exposed to the infectious diseases that are observed in travellers, but with a potentially severe impact for the combatting strengths and a risk for cancelation or failure of the operational durability. The most common disabling infections during military deployments are faeco-oral transmitted diseases including diarrhoea. Preventing infectious diseases during deployments is of great concern and the French medical service has established a strategy based on different components; risk assessment and preparation, immunizations, protective measures and chemoprophylaxis, health education, health surveillance, outbreak investigations and medical tracking. In this review, the authors present the context of deployment of the French Armed Forces, the main health risks they are exposed to and develop the key points of the force health protection strategy, focused on infections related to military deployments. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Llanes C.,Center National Of Reference Of La Resistance Aux Antibiotiques | Pourcel C.,University Paris - Sud | Richardot C.,Center National Of Reference Of La Resistance Aux Antibiotiques | Plesiat P.,Center National Of Reference Of La Resistance Aux Antibiotiques | And 15 more authors.
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Objectives: To investigate the resistance mechanisms of β-lactam-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from cystic fibrosis (CF) patients in France. Methods: Two-hundred-and-four P. aeruginosa CF isolates were collected in 10 French university hospitals in 2007. Their susceptibility to 14 antibiotics and their resistance mechanisms to β-lactams were investigated. Their β-lactamase contents were characterized by isoelectric focusing, PCR and enzymatic assays. Expression levels of efflux pumps and the intrinsic β-lactamase AmpC were quantified by reverse transcription real-time quantitative PCR. Genotyping was performed using multiple-locus variable number of tandem repeats analysis (MLVA). The oprD genes were sequenced and compared with those of reference P. aeruginosa strains. To assess deficient OprD production, western blotting experiments were carried out on outer membrane preparations. Results: MLVA typing discriminated 131 genotypes and 47 clusters. One-hundred-and-twenty-four isolates (60.8%) displayed a susceptible phenotype to β-lactams according to EUCAST breakpoints. In the 80 remaining isolates, resistance to β-lactams resulted from derepression of intrinsic cephalosporinase AmpC (61.3%) and/or acquisition of secondary β-lactamases (13.8%). Efflux pumps were up-regulated in 88.8% of isolates and porin OprD was lost in 53.8% of isolates due to frameshifting or nonsense mutations in the oprD gene. Conclusions: β-Lactam resistance rates are quite high in CF strains of P. aeruginosa isolated in France and not really different from those reported for nosocomial strains. Development of β-lactam resistance is correlated with patient age. It results from intrinsic mechanisms sequentially accumulated by bacteria isolated from patients who have undergone repeated courses of chemotherapy. © The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. All rights reserved. Source

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