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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29268689/basics-in-endoscopic-ultrasound-part-2-eus-guided-sampling-and-therapeutic-applications
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Marta Serrani, Claudio Calvanese, Andrea Lisotti, Giancarlo Caletti, Ludovico Abenavoli, Pietro Fusaroli
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) has been used in the clinical arena for almost 35 years and it is now well-integrated in everyday hospital practice. METHOD: We conducted a systematic review of the available English-language articles. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review is to summarize the relevant applications of operative EUS. RESULTS: More than 5000 scientific papers published in the literature have demonstrated its high accuracy for the diagnosis and staging of a variety of benign and malignant conditions...
December 20, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189176/the-emerging-role-of-complement-c3-as-a-biomarker-of-insulin-resistance-and-cardiometabolic-diseases-preclinical-and-clinical-evidence
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Francesco Ursini, Ludovico Abenavoli
BACKGROUND: An intricate network of reciprocal interactions between adipose tissue and immune system have been largely demonstrated, leading to the well-accepted concept of insulin resistance as a low grade inflammatory state and, conversely, chronic high-grade inflammation as a dysmetabolic condition. Immune homeostasis is regulated by several players including the complement system, a complex protein network at the crossroad between the innate and adaptive arms of the human defences against pathogens...
November 28, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173182/lupus-nephritis-current-treatment-paradigm-and-unmet-needs
#3
Steven P Menez, Basset El Essawy, Mohamed G Atta
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by chronic inflammation, which can result in a multitude of systemic or organ-limited manifestations, including the skin, lungs, heart, and kidney. SLE nephritis is present in an average of 38% of patients at the time of diagnosis, and may occur as the initial presentation of disease with progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in roughly 10-20% of patients. METHODS: A review of the current literature was undertaken to investigate the evolution of treatment of SLE nephritis based on randomized trials and robust observational studies...
November 22, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165094/potential-risks-and-mitigation-strategies-during-the-conduct-of-a-clinical-trial-an-industry-perspective
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Seema Bhagat, Vaibhavi Kapatkar, Sagar Katare, Ashish Mane, Colette Pinto, Kedar Pawar, Agam Shah, Hanmant Barkate
BACKGROUND: Every phase of a clinical trial should be designed in compliance with good clinical practices by following all relevant regulatory guidelines. Patient safety, data integrity and ethics are an integral part of a successful clinical trial which must be considered. Therefore risk monitoring is an essential tool to identify the risks associated with conduct of any trial. This article is a result of extensive research conducted by a reputed pharmaceutical company to identify the potential stages of risks associated with the conduct phase of trial that could impact the overall quality and safety of a trial...
November 19, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165093/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-crossover-study-to-assess-the-safety-and-beneficial-effects-of-cassia-tora-supplementation-in-healthy-adults
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Himavanth Reddy Kambalachenu, Thandlam Muneeswa Reddy, Sirpurkar Dattatreya Rao, Kambalachenu Dorababu, Kanala Kodanda Reddy, Kvs Sarma
OBJECTIVE: The current clinical trial was aimed at evaluating the safety and beneficial effect of Cassia tora (C.tora) supplementation in healthy adults. DESIGN: A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study with a crossover design was done on 60 healthy normal weight adults (age range: 20-55 yrs). The study consisted of 2 treatment phases of 24 weeks each with a washout period of 4 weeks between the phases. 30 subjects randomly allocated to the 'Placebo first' group and 30 to 'C...
November 19, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032763/basics-in-endoscopic-ultrasound-part-1-diagnostic-indications-and-tissue-sampling
#6
Marta Serrani, Claudio Calvanese, Andrea Lisotti, Giancarlo Caletti, Ludovico Abenavoli, Pietro Fusaroli
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic ultrasound has been used in the clinical arena for almost 35 years and it is now well-integrated in everyday hospital practice. METHOD: We conducted a systematic review of the available English-language articles. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review is to summarize all the relevant indications to endoscopic ultrasound and analyze its relevant data in terms of accuracy and clinical outcomes. RESULTS: More than 5000 scientific papers published in the literature have demonstrated its high accuracy for the diagnosis and staging of a variety of benign and malignant conditions...
October 9, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032762/a-review-of-evolutionary-and-cyclical-changes-in-the-surgical-approach-to-aortic-valve-disease
#7
Marco Piciche, Guglielmo Actis Dato, Roberto Lorusso, Francesco Musumeci
INTRODUCTION: Aortic valve surgery is no exception to the general rule that history is a cycle in many fields. This manuscript aims to assist readers in transitioning from past to present and on into the future within the field of aortic valve surgery. METHODS: The existing literature has been examined, including old and modern articles published on pubmed, old articles non visible on pubmed, old and recent books on the history of medicine, looking for similarities and repetitions in techniques and surgical approaches to the aortic valve in the past and the current times...
October 9, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901851/gestational-diabetes-mellitus-post-partum-risk-and-follow-up
#8
Silpa Poola-Kella, Rachel A Steinman, Bayan Mesmar, Rana Malek
BACKGROUND: Women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) are at an increased risk for developing metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and cardiovascular disease. In this review, we will discuss postpartum cardiovascular and diabetes risk in women with a history of GDM and different ways to improve postpartum screening. METHODS: This review involves a comprehensive literature review on gestational diabetes and post-partum risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus as well as post-partum screening methods...
September 11, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901850/point-of-care-lung-ultrasound-in-critically-ill-patients
#9
Gentle S Shrestha, Dameera Weeratunga, Kylie Baker
Lung ultrasound is increasingly being used by the bedside physicians to complement the findings of physical examination. Lung ultrasound is non-invasive, devoid of radiation exposure and can be performed rapidly and repeatedly as needed at bedside. The diagnostic accuracy of lung ultrasound for common conditions like pleural effusion, pneumothorax, pulmonary edema and pneumonia is superior to chest radiograph and is comparable to chest CT scan. Lung ultrasound is helpful to evaluate the progress of lung pathology and response to treatment, over time...
September 11, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875827/multiple-myeloma-associated-intestinal-amyloidosis-intestinal-pseudo-obstruction-falsely-considered-as-an-ascites
#10
Vladimir Milivojevic, Maja Stojanovic, Ivan Rankovic, Marjan Micev, Rada Jesic Vukicevic, Tomica Milosavljevic
INTRODUCTION: Amyloidosis is a group of diseases pathohistologicaly diagnosed by characteristic extracellular deposition of an abnormal fibrillary protein (i.e. amyloid) into organs, leading to organ dysfunction secondary to destruction of normal tissue architecture. METHOD: Case-report of a 44 year-old female, presenting with massive abdominal distension clinically suspected of ascites. RESULTS: On admission, the patient was complaining of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, distension and bloating associated with weight loss and diarrhea...
August 29, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28847286/review-of-pediatric-osteoarticular-infections
#11
Derek Zhorne, Kathleen Kilroy Bradford, Ravi Jhaveri
BACKGROUND: Pediatric osteoarticular infections are relatively rare but important diseases to identify early and treat appropriately in order to avoid associated acute complications or long-term morbidity. OBJECTIVE: To review the current epidemiology and etiology of pediatric osteoarticular infections as well as recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of these infections. METHODS: We searched PubMed (MEDLINE) and Scopus databases for potentially relevant publications in the past 5 years...
August 28, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828976/brexpiprazole-a-partial-dopamine-agonist-for-the-treatment-of-schizophrenia
#12
Asli Ekinci, Okan Ekinci
BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia is a chronic and debilitating mental disorder that affects the patient's and their family's life. The disease remains a complicated disorder that is challenging to treat, despite there being a large antipsychotic armamentarium. Brexpiprazole acts both as a partial agonist at the serotonin 5-HT1A and dopamine D2 receptors and as an antagonist at the serotonin 5-HT2A and noradrenaline alpha1B and alpha2C receptors, all with similar potency. This balanced receptor profile may produce promising antipsychotic effects on positive, negative and cognitive symptoms in schizophrenia with minimal adverse effects...
August 20, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814262/update-on-the-evaluation-and-management-of-brief-resolved-unexplained-events-previously-apparent-life-threatening-events
#13
Eric Zwemer, Ilene Claudius, Joel Tieder
BACKGROUND: The thirty-year-old term "apparent life-threatening event" (ALTE) is difficult to apply in clinical practice and research. The American Academy of Pediatrics now defines these events as brief resolved unexplained events (BRUEs), stratifies infants based on the risk of recurrence or of a serious underlying condition, and offers evidence-based management recommendations for infants at lower-risk. OBJECTIVE: To review recent ALTE literature as it relates to BRUEs...
August 16, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814261/recent-studies-on-the-care-of-first-febrile-urinary-tract-infection-in-infants-and-children-for-the-pediatric-hospitalist
#14
Ashley G Sutton, Nicole Chandler, Kenneth B Roberts
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common cause of bacterial infection in young children, and accounts for a significant number of pediatric hospitalizations. OBJECTIVE: To review recent publications focusing on the care of children hospitalized with their first febrile UTI Methods: A PubMed search was performed including publications from 2011-2016 on first febrile UTI in childhood. Abstracts were reviewed for being relevant to the care of hospitalized children and their follow-up...
August 16, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814260/neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-management-a-review-of-recent-evidence
#15
Matthew Grossman, Carl Seashore, Alison Volpe Holmes
BACKGROUND: The evaluation and management of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), the constellation of opioid withdrawal specific to newborns, has received renewed attention over the past decade during a new epidemic of opioid use, misuse, abuse, and dependence. Infants with NAS often endure long and costly hospital stays. OBJECTIVE: We aim to review recent literature on the management and outcomes of infants with, and at risk for, opioid withdrawal...
August 16, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814259/may-gender-or-ethnicity-affect-delta-over-baseline-values-obtained-by-13-c-urea-breath-test
#16
Carmine Petruzziello, Dario Sinatti, Maria Gnarra, Alessio Migneco, Valentina Tesori, Cristina Graziani, Antonio Gasbarrini, Francesco Franceschi, Veronica Ojetti
INTRODUCTION: 13C-urea breath test (UBT) is a non-invasive test for detecting active H.pylori infection. Previous studies showed a correlation of delta over baseline (DOB) values with bacterial load, mucosal inflammation and successful eradication. Gender has been shown to affect DOB in children. Aim of our study was to verify whether gender or ethnicity affects DOB in adults. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed data of 2922 patients (1024M/1898F mean age 47±15 years) that underwent UBT in our outpatient unit, from October 2015 to October 2016...
August 16, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814258/management-of-complicated-pneumonia-in-childhood-a-review-of-recent-literature
#17
John B Darby, Amrita Singh, Ricardo Quinonez
BACKGROUND: Despite declining rates of community acquired pneumonia (CAP) in children, complicated pneumonia has been on the rise in the last two decades. The management of complicated pneumonia is challenging and continues to be an area of investigation. Despite recently published guidelines, many gaps exist and recent studies attempt to answer challenging questions. OBJECTIVE: To review recently published literature to inform the clinician on the most up to date management of complicated pneumonia in children...
August 16, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814257/discharge-interventions-and-modifiable-risk-factors-for-preventing-hospital-readmissions-in-children-with-medical-complexity
#18
John Stephens, Kelly S Kimple, Michael J Steiner, Jay G Berry
BACKGROUND: Concerns about the costs and quality of hospital care have led to increased interest in hospital readmissions in children. Children with medical complexity account for high proportions of inpatient utilization and have a higher risk of hospital readmission. OBJECTIVE: To identify studies of discharge interventions to prevent hospital readmissions in children with medical complexity. METHODS: We conducted a search to identify studies of discharge interventions...
August 16, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814256/current-issues-in-intravenous-fluid-use-in-hospitalized-children
#19
Jennifer Fuchs, Sarah T Adams, Julie Byerley
BACKGROUND: Fluid and electrolyte therapy is an important component in the care of the hospitalized child. Previous pediatric guidelines have followed the Holliday-Segar method of calculating and delivering maintenance IV fluids, using hypotonic fluids in maintenance therapy. However, research demonstrates that hypotonic fluids can lead to iatrogenic hyponatremia and that isotonic fluid is a safer alternative. OBJECTIVE: To provide the ideal approach to intravenous (IV) fluid use in the hospitalized child and determine the safety and effectiveness of isotonic maintenance fluid therapy...
August 16, 2017: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814255/current-evidence-on-the-evaluation-and-management-of-fever-without-a-source-in-infants-aged-0-90-days-a-review
#20
Joyee G Vachani, Kenya McNeal-Trice, Sowdhamini S Wallace
BACKGROUND: Despite development of risk stratification tools decades ago, the best strategy for evaluation and management of young infants with fever without a clear source remains uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To describe the variability in current practice and review recently published evidence in three key areas: inflammatory markers as a tool for risk stratification, impact of viral testing, and optimal observation time on antibiotics. METHODS: Articles were identified using PubMed, Scopus, and Cochrane databases and via experts...
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