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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633672/influence-of-the-number-and-timing-of-malaria-episodes-during-pregnancy-on-prematurity-and-small-for-gestational-age-in-an-area-of-low-transmission
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Kerryn A Moore, Julie A Simpson, Jacher Wiladphaingern, Aung Myat Min, Mupawjay Pimanpanarak, Moo Kho Paw, Jathee Raksuansak, Sasithon Pukrittayakamee, Freya J I Fowkes, Nicholas J White, François Nosten, Rose McGready
BACKGROUND: Most evidence on the association between malaria in pregnancy and adverse pregnancy outcomes focuses on falciparum malaria detected at birth. We assessed the association between the number and timing of falciparum and vivax malaria episodes during pregnancy on small-for-gestational-age (SGA) and preterm birth. METHODS: We analysed observational data collected from antenatal clinics on the Thailand-Myanmar border (1986-2015). We assessed the effects of the total number of malaria episodes in pregnancy on SGA and the effects of malaria in pregnancy on SGA, very preterm birth, and late preterm birth, by the gestational age at malaria detection and treatment using logistic regression models with time-dependent malaria variables (monthly intervals)...
June 21, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625164/the-effect-of-weekly-specialist-palliative-care-teleconsultations-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#2
Patrick D Hoek, Henk J Schers, Ewald M Bronkhorst, Kris C P Vissers, Jeroen G J Hasselaar
BACKGROUND: Teleconsultation seems to be a promising intervention for providing palliative care to home-dwelling patients; however, its effect on clinically relevant outcome measures remains largely unexplored. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine whether weekly teleconsultations from a hospital-based specialist palliative care consultation team (SPCT) improved patient-experienced symptom burden compared to "care as usual". Secondary objectives were to determine the effects of these teleconsultations on unmet palliative care needs, continuity of care, hospital admissions, satisfaction with teleconsultations, and the burden experienced by informal caregivers...
June 19, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615061/synergistic-effect-of-il-12-and-il-18-induces-tim3-regulation-of-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-function-and-decreases-the-risk-of-clinical-malaria-in-children-living-in-papua-new-guinea
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Louis Schofield, Lisa J Ioannidis, Stephan Karl, Leanne J Robinson, Qiao Y Tan, Daniel P Poole, Inoni Betuela, Danika L Hill, Peter M Siba, Diana S Hansen, Ivo Mueller, Emily M Eriksson
BACKGROUND: γδ T cells are important for both protective immunity and immunopathogenesis during malaria infection. However, the immunological processes determining beneficial or detrimental effects on disease outcome remain elusive. The aim of this study was to examine expression and regulatory effect of the inhibitory receptor T-cell immunoglobulin domain and mucin domain 3 (TIM3) on γδ T cells. While TIM3 expression and function on conventional αβ T cells have been clearly defined, the equivalent characterization on γδ T cells and associations with disease outcomes is limited...
June 15, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606177/recent-household-transmission-of-tuberculosis-in-england-2010-2012-retrospective-national-cohort-study-combining-epidemiological-and-molecular-strain-typing-data
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Maeve K Lalor, Laura F Anderson, Esther L Hamblion, Andy Burkitt, Jennifer A Davidson, Helen Maguire, Ibrahim Abubakar, H Lucy Thomas
BACKGROUND: We estimate the proportion of tuberculosis (TB) in England due to recent household transmission, identify factors associated with being a household transmitter, and investigate the impact that identification of a case has on time to treatment of subsequent cases. METHODS: TB cases notified between 2010 and 2012 in England in the same household as another case were identified; 24 locus MIRU-VNTR strain typing (ST) was used to identify household cases with likely recent transmission...
June 13, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592303/assessing-the-efficiency-of-catch-up-campaigns-for-the-introduction-of-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-a-modelling-study-based-on-data-from-pcv10-introduction-in-kilifi-kenya
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Stefan Flasche, John Ojal, Olivier Le Polain de Waroux, Mark Otiende, Katherine L O'Brien, Moses Kiti, D James Nokes, W John Edmunds, J Anthony G Scott
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organisation recommends the use of catch-up campaigns as part of the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) to accelerate herd protection and hence PCV impact. The value of a catch-up campaign is a trade-off between the costs of vaccinating additional age groups and the benefit of additional direct and indirect protection. There is a paucity of observational data, particularly from low- and middle-income countries, to quantify the optimal breadth of such catch-up campaigns...
June 7, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578692/comprehensive-dna-methylation-study-identifies-novel-progression-related-and-prognostic-markers-for-cutaneous-melanoma
#6
Jasper Wouters, Miguel Vizoso, Anna Martinez-Cardus, F Javier Carmona, Olivier Govaere, Teresa Laguna, Jesuchristopher Joseph, Peter Dynoodt, Claudia Aura, Mona Foth, Roy Cloots, Karin van den Hurk, Balazs Balint, Ian G Murphy, Enda W McDermott, Kieran Sheahan, Karin Jirström, Bjorn Nodin, Girish Mallya-Udupi, Joost J van den Oord, William M Gallagher, Manel Esteller
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous melanoma is the deadliest skin cancer, with an increasing incidence and mortality rate. Currently, staging of patients with primary melanoma is performed using histological biomarkers such as tumor thickness and ulceration. As disruption of the epigenomic landscape is recognized as a widespread feature inherent in tumor development and progression, we aimed to identify novel biomarkers providing additional clinical information over current factors using unbiased genome-wide DNA methylation analyses...
June 5, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571584/spotlight-on-landmark-oncology-trials-the-latest-evidence-and-novel-trial-designs
#7
EDITORIAL
Helena Earl, Stefano Molica, Piotr Rutkowski
The era of precision oncology is marked with prominent successes in the therapy of advanced soft tissue sarcomas, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and haematological neoplasms, among others. Moreover, recent trials of immune checkpoint inhibitors in melanoma, non-small cell lung carcinoma, and head and neck cancers have significantly influenced the therapeutic landscape by providing promising evidence for immunotherapy efficacy in the adjuvant setting in high-risk locoregional disease. To speed up the introduction of targeted therapy for cancer patients, novel phase II trials are being designed, and may likely form the basis for the 'landmark trials' of the future...
June 2, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571578/immunotherapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-aiming-at-extreme-precision
#8
Petr Szturz, Jan B Vermorken
BACKGROUND: Locoregionally advanced, recurrent, and metastatic squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck (SCCHN) remain difficult to treat disease entities, in which systemic treatment often forms an integral part of their management. Immunotherapy is based on functional restoration of the host immune system, helping to counteract various tumour evasion strategies. Broadly, immunotherapeutic approaches encompass tumour-specific antibodies, cancer vaccines, cytokines, adoptive T-cell transfer, and immune-modulating agents...
June 2, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571564/systemic-treatment-in-advanced-soft-tissue-sarcoma-what-is-standard-what-is-new
#9
REVIEW
Anna Maria Frezza, Silvia Stacchiotti, Alessandro Gronchi
For metastatic soft tissue sarcoma (STS) patients not eligible for surgery, systemic treatments, including standard chemotherapy and newer biological compounds, still play the most relevant role in the management of the disease. An anthracycline and alkylating agent combination has formed the cornerstone of chemotherapy in STS for more than 30 years, with its value over that of administration of anthracycline as a single agent still being debated. Efforts have been made to improve the activity and minimise the toxicity of the combination, as well as to explore the upfront efficacy of agents known to be active in sarcoma and to develop new biological compounds...
June 2, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571585/number-needed-to-treat-nnt-in-clinical-literature-an-appraisal
#10
Diogo Mendes, Carlos Alves, Francisco Batel-Marques
BACKGROUND: The number needed to treat (NNT) is an absolute effect measure that has been used to assess beneficial and harmful effects of medical interventions. Several methods can be used to calculate NNTs, and they should be applied depending on the different study characteristics, such as the design and type of variable used to measure outcomes. Whether or not the most recommended methods have been applied to calculate NNTs in studies published in the medical literature is yet to be determined...
June 1, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566086/the-genetics-of-gout-towards-personalised-medicine
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REVIEW
Nicola Dalbeth, Lisa K Stamp, Tony R Merriman
Over the last decade, there have been major advances in the understanding of the genetic basis of hyperuricaemia and gout as well as of the pharmacogenetics of urate-lowering therapy. Key findings include the reporting of 28 urate-associated loci, the discovery that ABCG2 plays a central role on extra-renal uric acid excretion, the identification of genes associated with development of gout in the context of hyperuricaemia, recognition that ABCG2 variants influence allopurinol response, and the impact of HLA-B*5801 testing in reducing the prevalence of allopurinol hypersensitivity in high-risk populations...
May 31, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539119/towards-the-concept-of-disease-modifier-in-post-stroke-or-vascular-cognitive-impairment-a-consensus-report
#12
Régis Bordet, Ralf Ihl, Amos D Korczyn, Giuseppe Lanza, Jelka Jansa, Robert Hoerr, Alla Guekht
BACKGROUND: Vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) is a complex spectrum encompassing post-stroke cognitive impairment (PSCI) and small vessel disease-related cognitive impairment. Despite the growing health, social, and economic burden of VCI, to date, no specific treatment is available, prompting the introduction of the concept of a disease modifier. CONSENSUS AND SUGGESTIONS: Within this clinical spectrum, VCI and PSCI remain advancing conditions as neurodegenerative diseases with progression of both vascular and degenerative lesions accounting for cognitive decline...
May 24, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539118/when-less-may-be-more-calorie-restriction-and-response-to-cancer-therapy
#13
REVIEW
Ciara H O'Flanagan, Laura A Smith, Shannon B McDonell, Stephen D Hursting
Calorie restriction (CR) extends lifespan and has been shown to reduce age-related diseases including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases in experimental models. Recent translational studies have tested the potential of CR or CR mimetics as adjuvant therapies to enhance the efficacy of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and novel immunotherapies. Chronic CR is challenging to employ in cancer patients, and therefore intermittent fasting, CR mimetic drugs, or alternative diets (such as a ketogenic diet), may be more suitable...
May 24, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528578/a-cluster-randomized-trial-to-reduce-caesarean-delivery-rates-in-quebec-cost-effectiveness-analysis
#14
Mira Johri, Edmond S W Ng, Clara Bermudez-Tamayo, Jeffrey S Hoch, Thierry Ducruet, Nils Chaillet
BACKGROUND: Widespread increases in caesarean section (CS) rates have sparked concerns about risks to mothers and infants and rising healthcare costs. A multicentre, two-arm, cluster-randomized trial in Quebec, Canada assessed whether an audit and feedback intervention targeting health professionals would reduce CS rates for pregnant women compared to usual care, and concluded that it reduced CS rates without adverse effects on maternal or neonatal health. The effect was statistically significant but clinically small...
May 22, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514961/how-many-people-will-need-palliative-care-in-2040-past-trends-future-projections-and-implications-for-services
#15
S N Etkind, A E Bone, B Gomes, N Lovell, C J Evans, I J Higginson, F E M Murtagh
BACKGROUND: Current estimates suggest that approximately 75% of people approaching the end-of-life may benefit from palliative care. The growing numbers of older people and increasing prevalence of chronic illness in many countries mean that more people may benefit from palliative care in the future, but this has not been quantified. The present study aims to estimate future population palliative care need in two high-income countries. METHODS: We used mortality statistics for England and Wales from 2006 to 2014...
May 18, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514962/revisiting-annual-screening-for-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-healthcare-workers-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
#16
Guillaume A Mullie, Kevin Schwartzman, Alice Zwerling, Dieynaba S N'Diaye
BACKGROUND: In North America, tuberculosis incidence is now very low and risk to healthcare workers has fallen. Indeed, recent cohort data question routine annual tuberculosis screening in this context. We compared the cost-effectiveness of three potential strategies for ongoing screening of North American healthcare workers at risk of exposure. The analysis did not evaluate the cost-effectiveness of screening at hiring, and considered only workers with negative baseline tests. METHODS: A decision analysis model simulated a hypothetical cohort of 1000 workers following negative baseline tests, considering duties, tuberculosis exposure, testing and treatment...
May 17, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511652/ing3-promotes-prostate-cancer-growth-by-activating-the-androgen-receptor
#17
Arash Nabbi, Urszula L McClurg, Subhash Thalappilly, Amal Almami, Mahsa Mobahat, Tarek A Bismar, Olivier Binda, Karl T Riabowol
BACKGROUND: The androgen receptor (AR) is a major driver of prostate cancer, and increased AR levels and co-activators of the receptor promote the development of prostate cancer. INhibitor of Growth (ING) proteins target lysine acetyltransferase or lysine deacetylase complexes to the histone H3K4Me3 mark of active transcription, to affect chromatin structure and gene expression. ING3 is a stoichiometric member of the TIP60 lysine acetyltransferase complex implicated in prostate cancer development...
May 16, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494808/observational-studies-goldmines-of-information-on-rare-diseases
#18
EDITORIAL
Robert S Benjamin
The article by Savina et al. from the large METASARC database of the French Sarcoma Group (BMC Med 15:78, 2017) provides a wealth of information about the natural history and therapy of patients with metastatic soft tissue sarcomas. The information complements - and in some cases surpasses - that obtained from randomized clinical trials, and should not be overlooked because of its retrospective nature. For rare diseases, retrospective data are often more important than data from randomized trials because of the inherent restrictions on sample size...
May 12, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490333/micronutrient-powders-to-combat-anemia-in-young-children-does-it-work
#19
Frank T Wieringa
In developing countries, anemia and iron deficiency in early childhood are two highly prevalent public health problems. Providing caregivers with a powder containing multiple vitamins and minerals (also known as micronutrient powder or MNP) as a food supplement is a widely used strategy to combat these problems. However, concerns exist around MNP programs with regards to effectiveness and potential negative impact on diarrheal disease prevalence and gut flora. Teshome et al. (BMC Medicine 15:89, 2017) recently tested a MNP with a new iron formulation, iron-EDTA, which has a potentially higher bioavailability and thus requires a lower iron content...
May 11, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486979/mediation-of-the-effect-of-malaria-in-pregnancy-on-stillbirth-and-neonatal-death-in-an-area-of-low-transmission-observational-data-analysis
#20
Kerryn A Moore, Freya J I Fowkes, Jacher Wiladphaingern, Nan San Wai, Moo Kho Paw, Mupawjay Pimanpanarak, Verena I Carrara, Jathee Raksuansak, Julie A Simpson, Nicholas J White, François Nosten, Rose McGready
BACKGROUND: Malaria in pregnancy is preventable and contributes significantly to the estimated 5.5 million stillbirths and neonatal deaths that occur annually. The contribution of malaria in pregnancy in areas of low transmission has not been quantified, and the roles of maternal anaemia, small-for-gestational-age status, and preterm birth in mediating the effect of malaria in pregnancy on stillbirth and neonatal death are poorly elucidated. METHODS: We analysed observational data routinely collected at antenatal clinics on the Thai-Myanmar border (1986-2015)...
May 10, 2017: BMC Medicine
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