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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454089/p-akt-as-a-potential-poor-prognostic-factor-for-gastric-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Fang Cao, Cong Zhang, Wei Han, Xiao-Jiao Gao, Jun Ma, Yong-Wei Hu, Xing Gu, Hou-Zhong Ding, Li-Xia Zhu, Qin Liu
To understand the relationship between p-Akt expression and the prognosis of patients with gastric cancer, we searched six databases, Pubmed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, CNKI, Wanfang and CBM for relevant articles in order to conduct this metaanalysis. The pooled hazard ratios and corresponding 95%CI of overall survival were calculated to evaluate the prognostic value of p-Akt expression in patients with gastric cancer. With 2261 patients combined from 13 available studies, the pooled HR showed a poor prognosis in patients with gastric cancer in the univariate analysis (HR=1...
April 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453966/psychotherapy-for-depression-among-advanced-incurable-cancer-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Toru Okuyama, Tatsuo Akechi, Lisa Mackenzie, Toshi A Furukawa
BACKGROUND: There is a high prevalence of depressive disorder and depressive symptoms among advanced, incurable cancer patients. Patients commonly report a preference for non-pharmacological treatments such as psychotherapy over pharmacological treatments for depression. The objective of this review was to investigate the effectiveness of psychotherapy for the treatment of depression in people with advanced, incurable cancer via a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). METHODS: We searched research databases and clinical trial registries for studies published prior to June 2015...
April 11, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453908/sexual-dysfunction-in-subjects-treated-with-inhibitors-of-5%C3%AE-reductase-for-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-a-comprehensive-review-and-meta-analysis
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G Corona, G Tirabassi, D Santi, E Maseroli, M Gacci, M Dicuio, A Sforza, E Mannucci, M Maggi
Despite their efficacy in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, the popularity of inhibitors of 5α-reductase (5ARIs) is limited by their association with adverse sexual side effects. The aim of this study was to review and meta-analyze currently available randomized clinical trials evaluating the rate of sexual side effects in men treated with 5ARIs. An extensive Medline Embase and Cochrane search was performed including the following words: 'finasteride', 'dutasteride', 'benign prostatic hyperplasia'...
April 28, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453713/does-charging-different-user-fees-for-primary-and-secondary-care-affect-first-contacts-with-primary-healthcare-a-systematic-review
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Thomas Hone, John Tayu Lee, Azeem Majeed, Lesong Conteh, Christopher Millett
Policy-makers are increasingly considering charging users different fees between primary and secondary care (differential user charges) to encourage utilisation of primary health care in health systems with limited gate keeping. A systematic review was conducted to evaluate the impact of introducing differential user charges on service utilisation. We reviewed studies published in MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane library, EconLIT, HMIC, and WHO library databases from January 1990 until June 2015. We extracted data from the studies meeting defined eligibility criteria and assessed study quality using an established checklist...
June 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453627/patient-reported-physical-function-measures-in-cancer-clinical-trials
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Thomas M Atkinson, Angela M Stover, Daniel F Storfer, Rebecca M Saracino, Thomas A D'Agostino, Denise Pergolizzi, Konstantina Matsoukas, Yuelin Li, Ethan Basch
Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are increasingly used to monitor treatment-related symptoms and physical function decrements in cancer clinical trials. As more patients enter survivorship, it is important to capture PRO physical function throughout trials to help restore pretreatment levels of function. We completed a systematic review of PRO physical function measures used in cancer clinical trials and evaluated their psychometric properties on the basis of guidelines from the US Food and Drug Administration...
April 27, 2017: Epidemiologic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453545/the-impact-of-gender-difference-on-clinical-and-echocardiographic-outcomes-in-patients-with-heart-failure-after-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Fa-Hui Yin, Chun-Lei Fan, Ya-Ya Guo, Hai Zhu, Zhi-Lu Wang
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy(CRT) has been recommended as a standard treatment for patients with advanced heart failure. However, some studies have reported different clinical and echocardiographic outcomes between male and female patients who received CRT. This Meta-analysis is to determine whether gender difference has any significant impact on clinical and echocardiographic outcomes in patients with heart failure after CRT. METHODS AND RESULTS: PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane library database were searched...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453378/effectiveness-of-written-action-plans-for-acute-asthma-a-systematic-review
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Cristina Villa-Roel, Britt Voaklander, Maria B Ospina, Taylor Nikel, Sandra Campbell, Brian H Rowe
OBJECTIVE: Self-management is an essential part of achieving asthma control and improving long-term outcomes. While guidelines recommend the provision of written asthma action plans (AAPs), few patients presenting to emergency departments (ED) have one. This systematic review examined if individualized written AAPs reduce relapses in adults following an ED visit for acute asthma. DATA SOURCES: Comprehensive searches of seven electronic databases and grey literature were conducted...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449464/the-role-of-bioglue-in-thoracic-surgery-a-systematic-review
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Diamantis I Tsilimigras, Aspasia Antonopoulou, Ioannis Ntanasis-Stathopoulos, Davide Patrini, Kostas Papagiannopoulos, David Lawrence, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos
BACKGROUND: BioGlue is a commonly used sealant in thoracic surgery. Prolonged air leak and presence of bronchopleural fistulae (BPF) are often encountered in clinical practice. We therefore, investigated the role and the efficacy of BioGlue in these scenarios. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted by searching Medline [1966-2016] and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) [1999-2016] along with reference lists of the included studies. Included studies reported on thoracic surgery operations and use of BioGlue in thoracic surgical procedures, whereas excluded studies met at least one of the following criteria: non-English language studies, non-human population, studies on surgical specialties other than Thoracic surgery, reviews and meta-analyses and sealants other than BioGlue...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449363/health-literacy-interventions-for-immigrant-populations-a-systematic-review
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M Fernández-Gutiérrez, P Bas-Sarmiento, M J Albar-Marín, O Paloma-Castro, J M Romero-Sánchez
BACKGROUND: Health literacy is considered a social health determinant that influences improvement in health, patient empowerment and reduction in inequalities. There is a lack of health literacy interventions for vulnerable social groups (i.e. immigrants), and nurses have shown little familiarity with the concept. AIM: This study aimed to identify and analyse whether interventions directed at immigrant populations improve the functional (basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills), interactive (social and cognitive skills) and critical (advanced cognitive and social skills in critically analyzing information and making informed decisions) dimensions of health literacy, taking into account the role played by nursing in these interventions...
April 27, 2017: International Nursing Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449338/metformin-use-and-the-risk-of-colorectal-adenoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yoon Suk Jung, Chan Hyuk Park, Chang Soo Eun, Dong Il Park, Dong Soo Han
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Although it is known that metformin can reduce risk of colorectal cancer, it is unclear whether it protects against colorectal adenoma. METHODS: This study conducted a systematic literature search on MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library using the primary keywords "colorectal," "colon," "rectal," "rectum," "adenoma," "polyp," "neoplasia," "neoplasm," "metformin," and "diabetes." Studies were included if they evaluated the association between metformin use and colorectal adenoma and reported odds ratios (ORs) or provided data from which these could be estimated...
May 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449312/the-effect-of-sclerotherapy-and-prolotherapy-on-chronic-painful-achilles-tendinopathy-a-systematic-review-including-meta-analysis
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Oliver Morath, Eva Johanna Kubosch, Jan Taeymans, Jörn Zwingmann, Lukas Konstantinidis, Norbert P Südkamp, Anja Hirschmüller
Chronic painful AT is a common disorder among athletes. Sclerotherapy (ST) and prolotherapy (AT) are two promising options among the numerous other conservative therapies. Since their efficacy and potential adverse effects (AE) are still unclear, we systematically searched, analysed, and synthesised the available literature on ST and PT for treatingAT. Electronic databases, GoogleScholar and articles' reference lists were searched according to PRISMA guidelines. Eligibility criteria were set up according to the PICOS-scheme including human and animal studies...
April 27, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449124/labia-majora-augmentation-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Samer Jabbour, Elio Kechichian, Barbara Hersant, Philippe Levan, Lena El Hachem, Warren Noel, Marwan Nasr
Background: Currently, there is no standardized approach for labia majora augmentation and controversies still exist regarding this subject. Objectives: This systematic review aimed to assess the evidence in the literature regarding labia majora augmentation. Methods: On November 20, 2016, we conducted an online search of published articles in the Medline, Embase, and Cochrane databases. All articles describing labia majora augmentation were included in this review...
April 26, 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449030/spillover-effects-on-health-outcomes-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-systematic-review
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Jade Benjamin-Chung, Jaynal Abedin, David Berger, Ashley Clark, Veronica Jimenez, Eugene Konagaya, Diana Tran, Benjamin F Arnold, Alan E Hubbard, Stephen P Luby, Edward Miguel, John M Colford
Background: Many interventions delivered to improve health may benefit not only direct recipients but also people in close physical or social proximity. Our objective was to review all published literature about the spillover effects of interventions on health outcomes in low-middle income countries and to identify methods used in estimating these effects. Methods: We searched 19 electronic databases for articles published before 2014 and hand-searched titles from 2010 to 2013 in five relevant journals...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448368/managing-chemotherapy-induced-anemia-with-erythropoiesis-stimulating-agents-plus-iron
#14
Lisa Whitehead
Editor's note: This is a summary of a nursing care-related systematic review from the Cochrane Library.
May 2017: American Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447852/pressure-ulcers-prevalence-in-the-acute-care-setting-a-systematic-review-2000-2015
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Ahmad Tubaishat, Panos Papanikolaou, Denis Anthony, Laila Habiballah
Little is known about the prevalence of pressure ulcer (PrU) in acute care settings. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence rate of PrU in acute care settings and to assess the methodological quality of the reviewed publications. The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, British Nursing Index, MEDLINE, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews were searched using the keywords pressure ulcer or decubitus ulcer or bed sore or pressure sore or pressure injury, with prevalence and acute care, for studies published between January 2000 and December 2015...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447767/biopsy-versus-resection-for-the-management-of-low-grade-gliomas
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REVIEW
Bowen Jiang, Kaisorn Chaichana, Anand Veeravagu, Steven D Chang, Keith L Black, Chirag G Patil
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in 2013, Issue 4.Low-grade gliomas (LGG) constitute a class of slow-growing primary brain neoplasms. Patients with clinically and radiographically suspected LGG have two initial surgical options, biopsy or resection. Biopsy can provide a histological diagnosis with minimal risk but does not offer a direct treatment. Resection may have additional benefits such as increasing survival and delaying recurrence, but is associated with a higher risk for surgical morbidity...
April 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447766/supervised-dosing-with-a-long-acting-opioid-medication-in-the-management-of-opioid-dependence
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Rosella Saulle, Simona Vecchi, Linda Gowing
BACKGROUND: Opioid dependence (OD) is an increasing clinical and public health problem worldwide. International guidelines recommend opioid substitution treatment (OST), such as methadone and buprenorphine, as first-line medication treatment for OD. A negative aspect of OST is that the medication used can be diverted both through sale on the black market, and the unsanctioned use of medications. Daily supervised administration of medications used in OST has the advantage of reducing the risk of diversion, and may promote therapeutic engagement, potentially enhancing the psychosocial aspect of OST, but costs more and is more restrictive on the client than dispensing for off-site consumption...
April 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447363/tobacco-packaging-design-for-reducing-tobacco-use
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REVIEW
Ann McNeill, Shannon Gravely, Sara C Hitchman, Linda Bauld, David Hammond, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce
BACKGROUND: Tobacco use is the largest single preventable cause of death and disease worldwide. Standardised tobacco packaging is an intervention intended to reduce the promotional appeal of packs and can be defined as packaging with a uniform colour (and in some cases shape and size) with no logos or branding, apart from health warnings and other government-mandated information, and the brand name in a prescribed uniform font, colour and size. Australia was the first country to implement standardised tobacco packaging between October and December 2012, France implemented standardised tobacco packaging on 1 January 2017 and several other countries are implementing, or intending to implement, standardised tobacco packaging...
April 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447207/prevalence-of-fibromyalgia-in-general-population-and-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Fatemeh Heidari, Mahdi Afshari, Mahmood Moosazadeh
This study aims to estimate the reliable prevalence of fibromyalgia using meta-analysis method. Available databanks were searched using appropriate keywords. According to the heterogeneity between the results (indicated by Cochrane and I square indices), random- or fixed-effects model was applied to combine the point prevalences. Meta-regression models were used to assess the suspected factors in the heterogeneity. In 65 selected papers, 81 evidences regarding prevalence of fibromyalgia among 3,609,810 subjects from general population and specific groups were investigated...
April 26, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446732/docetaxel-versus-docetaxel-plus-cisplatin-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-clinical-trials
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Ang Li, Zhi-Jian Wei, Han Ding, Hao-Shuai Tang, Heng-Xing Zhou, Xue Yao, Shi-Qing Feng
OBJECTIVE: To compare the activity, efficacy and toxicity of docetaxel versus docetaxel plus cisplatin in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer. METHODS: A literature search was performed in the EMBASE, Medline, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, China National Knowledge Internet, Wan-fang databases. The trials that were found were then evaluated for eligibility. The Cochrane Collaboration's Review Manager software was used to perform the meta-analyses. RESULTS: Nine clinical trials including 1257 patients were included...
April 13, 2017: Oncotarget
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