High blood pressure. Causes, symptoms, treatments

Comparative efficacy of famciclovir and valacyclovir for suppression of recurrent genital herpes and viral shedding.


We retrospectively collected the clinical data of mCRPC patients who has received docetaxel chemotherapy in Peking University First Hospital between February 2010 and March 2015, and the clinical factors were analyzed using univariate analysis.

Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) is a rare systemic inflammatory response associated with fever, tachycardia, profound hypotension, and respiratory distress, which has been reported in cancer patients receiving T cells genetically modified with chimeric antigen receptors to retarget their specificity to tumor-associated antigens. The syndrome usually occurs following significant in vivo expansion of the infused cells and has been associated with tumor destruction/lysis. Analysis of patient plasma has shown elevated cytokine levels, and resolution of symptoms has been reported after administration of steroids and/or antibodies (such as anti-tumor necrosis factor and anti-interleukin (IL)-6 receptor antibodies) that interfere with cytokine responses.To date, SIRS has not been reported in subjects receiving genetically unmodified T cells with native receptors directed against tumor antigens, in which greater physiological control of T-cell activation and expansion may occur. Here, however, we report a patient with bulky refractory Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated lymphoma, who developed this syndrome 2 weeks after receiving T cells directed against EBV antigens through their native receptors. She was treated with steroids and etanercept, with rapid resolution of symptoms. SIRS may therefore occur even when T cells recognize antigens physiologically through their "wild-type" native receptors and should be acknowledged as a potential complication of this therapy.

We report a case of a 19-year-old woman presenting bilateral neurosensorial hearing loss, mental abnormalities, and loss of visual field in the left eye. Visual acuity was 20/20 in OD and 20/25 in OS. Patient was examined systemically. Audiometry showed sensorineural hearing loss in both ears. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of brain revealed multiple small lesions in the white matter in both cerebral hemispheres and at the corpus callosum. Fundoscopy showed bilateral normal optic disc and sheathing of the arterioles in the middle periphery of OD. Retinal edema and cotton-wool spots were observed. Fluorescein angiography showed bilateral peripheral occlusive arterial vasculopathy. The patient was diagnosed with Susac syndrome and treated with quetiapine fumarate, flunitrazepam, and prednisone, which resulted in stabile outcome. This case shows that a high index of suspicion leading to early recognition and treatment is important to avoid irreversible damage.

Cancer-related fatigue, learned resourcefulness.

Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF), a traditional Chinese herbal medicine used as an immunosuppressive agent, has been prescribed in China for patients with primary nephrotic syndrome (NS) for more than two decades. Although patients with primary NS in China have benefited from TwHF treatment, its properties have not yet been fully understood.

Since the 1980s, a host of autoimmune phenomena and rheumatologic illnesses have been linked to infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Given the broad effects of this virus on both the humoral and cell-mediated arms of the immune system, illnesses such as polymyositis and Reiter's syndrome appear to be more prevalent in HIV-infected individuals and occur in the absence of well-described predispositions. The activities of some rheumatologic illnesses exhibit an inverse relationship with the course of HIV infection, such as rheumatoid arthritis, which becomes more quiescent with advancing disease. Dermatomyositis is a rheumatologic illness that very infrequently occurs and during our review of literature only three other cases were reported. We present the case of a Caucasian male in his mid-20s who presented with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and subsequently developed dermatomyositis. In this review, we highlight the current relationship between HIV infection and autoimmunity, the possible ways HIV infection may foster an environment favorable for the development of dermatomyositis, and review the previously reported cases of individuals with HIV infection who developed dermatomyositis. The complex issues of how to treat individuals with HIV and dermatomyositis is also discussed.

Clinical responses to abiraterone plus prednisone were frequent and durable in men with metastatic CRPC. Further investigation is needed to clarify the confounding effect of bone scan flare on patient management and interpretation of results. Clin Cancer Res; 17(14); 4854-61. ©2011 AACR.

The overall response rate was 57.1%; a complete response was seen in 23.8% of patients, a partial response in 33.3%, and stable disease in 9.5%. After a median follow-up time of 16.1 months, the median time to progression was 11.4 months (95% confidence interval, 2.1 to 20.6); the median overall survival was not reached. Grades 3 and 4 adverse events included infection (10%), peripheral neuropathy (5%), diarrhea (5%), thrombosis (10%), and loss of consciousness (10%). Two patients discontinued treatment due to loss of consciousness and neuropathy.