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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445941/palliative-radiotherapy-for-gastric-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Jeremy Tey, Yu Yang Soon, Wee Yao Koh, Cheng Nang Leong, Bok Ai Choo, Francis Ho, Balamurugan Vellayappan, Keith Lim, Ivan Wk Tham
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To review the efficacy and toxicity of palliative radiotherapy (RT) for symptomatic locally advanced gastric cancer (GC) and to determine the optimal RT schedule for symptom palliation. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE and CENTRAL for eligible studies published from 1995 to 2015. Outcomes of interest were relief of bleeding, pain and obstruction. RESULTS: Seven non-comparative observational studies were included. There were large variations in RT dose and fractionation...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445887/use-of-phosphorus-binders-among-non-dialysis-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-and-mortality-outcomes
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Simran K Bhandari, In-Lu A Liu, Dean A Kujubu, Trung Huynh, Hind Behayaa, Csaba P Kovesdy, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Steven J Jacobsen, John J Sim
BACKGROUND: Whether the benefits of phosphorus binders extend to those without end stage renal disease is uncertain. Among a large diverse non-dialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD) population with hyperphosphatemia, we sought to evaluate phosphorus binder use and compare mortality risk between patients prescribed and not prescribed binders. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study within an integrated health system (January 1, 1998 - December 31, 2012) among CKD patients (age ≥18) was performed...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445608/sexual-and-gender-minority-adolescents-views-on-hiv-research-participation-and-parental-permission-a-mixed-methods-study
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Brian Mustanski, Ryan Coventry, Kathryn Macapagal, Miriam R Arbeit, Celia B Fisher
CONTEXT: Sexual and gender minority adolescents are underrepresented in HIV research, partly because institutional review boards (IRBs) are reluctant to waive parental permission requirements for these studies. Understanding teenagers' perspectives on parental permission and the risks and benefits of participating in HIV research is critical to informing evidence-based IRB decisions. METHODS: Data from 74 sexual and gender minority adolescents aged 14-17 who participated in an online focus group in 2015 were used to examine perspectives on the risks and benefits of participation in a hypothetical HIV surveillance study and the need for parental permission and adequate protections...
April 26, 2017: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445256/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-ultrasonography-screening-for-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-metabolic-syndrome-patients
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Pochamana Phisalprapa, Siripen Supakankunti, Phunchai Charatcharoenwitthaya, Piyaporn Apisarnthanarak, Aphinya Charoensak, Chaiwat Washirasaksiri, Weerachai Srivanichakorn, Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can be diagnosed early by noninvasive ultrasonography; however, the cost-effectiveness of ultrasonography screening with intensive weight reduction program in metabolic syndrome patients is not clear. This study aims to estimate economic and clinical outcomes of ultrasonography in Thailand. METHODS: Cost-effectiveness analysis used decision tree and Markov models to estimate lifetime costs and health benefits from societal perspective, based on a cohort of 509 metabolic syndrome patients in Thailand...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445209/intelligence-and-interleukin-6-in-older-adults-the-role-of-repetitive-thought
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Suzanne C Segerstrom, Rebecca G Reed, April B Scott
OBJECTIVE: Higher IQ correlates with lower systemic inflammation, consistent with an association between lower IQ and disease risk. The present study examined the role of repetitive thought (RT) in the relationship between IQ and interleukin (IL)-6. RT is thinking attentively, repeatedly, and frequently about oneself and one's world and is characterized by Valence (positive-negative), Purpose (searching-solving), and Total quantity (much-little). METHODS: Estimated IQ and RT dimension scores were assessed at baseline in a sample of older adults (N=120, Mage=74 years), who thereafter had blood drawn up to 10 times semiannually (n=799)...
April 26, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444868/an-ecological-approach-to-discover-new-bioactive-extracts-and-products-the-case-of-extremophile-plants
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Ramla Sahli, Céline Rivière, Christel Neut, Joanne Bero, Marie-Emmanuelle Sahuc, Abderrazak Smaoui, Claire Beaufay, Vincent Roumy, Thierry Hennebelle, Yves Rouillé, Joëlle Quetin-Leclercq, Karin Séron, Riadh Ksouri, Sevser Sahpaz
OBJECTIVES: Eight extremophile plants from Tunisia were screened to find natural products with benefits in human health. METHODS: These plants were collected in different areas in Tunisia. Their methanolic extracts were evaluated for their total phenolic content and for their antiradical (DPPH), antimicrobial (on 35 bacteria and one yeast), antiviral (hepatitis C virus, HCV) and cytotoxic activity (against WI38 and J774 cell lines). The most active species were subjected to a bioguided fractionation...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444695/exercise-therapy-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome
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REVIEW
Lillebeth Larun, Kjetil G Brurberg, Jan Odgaard-Jensen, Jonathan R Price
BACKGROUND: Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterised by persistent, medically unexplained fatigue, as well as symptoms such as musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, headaches and impaired concentration and short-term memory. CFS presents as a common, debilitating and serious health problem. Treatment may include physical interventions, such as exercise therapy, which was last reviewed in 2004. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to determine the effects of exercise therapy (ET) for patients with CFS as compared with any other intervention or control...
April 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444518/video-based-approach-to-engaging-parents-into-a-preventive-parenting-intervention-for-divorcing-families-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Emily B Winslow, Sanford Braver, Robert Cialdini, Irwin Sandler, Jennifer Betkowski, Jenn-Yun Tein, Liza Hita, Mona Bapat, Lorey Wheeler, Monique Lopez
The public health impact of evidence-based, preventive parenting interventions has been severely constrained by low rates of participation when interventions are delivered under natural conditions. It is critical that prevention scientists develop effective and feasible parent engagement methods. This study tested video-based methods for engaging parents into an evidence-based program for divorcing parents. Three alternative versions of a video were created to test the incremental effectiveness of different theory-based engagement strategies based on social influence and health behavior models...
April 25, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444349/adult-children-s-education-and-physiological-dysregulation-among-older-parents
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Chioun Lee
Objectives: Despite growing awareness that children's education benefits the health of older parents, the underlying mechanisms of this relationship are not well-understood. We investigated (a) the associations between children's education and biological functioning of parents, (b) psychosocial and behavioral factors that explain the associations, and (c) gendered patterns in the associations. Methods: Using longitudinal data from a nationally representative sample of older Taiwanese, we performed mediation analysis of the association between adult children's education and physiological dysregulation of their parents...
April 21, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444285/preeclampsia-screening-evidence-report-and-systematic-review-for-the-us-preventive-services-task-force
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Jillian T Henderson, Jamie H Thompson, Brittany U Burda, Amy Cantor
Importance: Preeclampsia is a complex disease of pregnancy with sometimes serious effects on maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. It is defined by hypertension after 20 weeks' gestation and proteinuria or other evidence of multisystem involvement. Objective: To systematically review the benefits and harms of preeclampsia screening and risk assessment for the US Preventive Services Task Force. Data Sources: MEDLINE, PubMed, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases from 1990 through September 1, 2015...
April 25, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444204/murine-models-of-sepsis-and-trauma-can-we-bridge-the-gap
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Julie A Stortz, Steven L Raymond, Juan C Mira, Lyle L Moldawer, Alicia M Mohr, Philip A Efron
Sepsis and trauma are both leading causes of death in the United States and represent major public health challenges. Murine models have largely been used in sepsis and trauma research to better understand the pathophysiological changes that occur after an insult and to develop potential life-saving therapeutic agents. Mice are favorable subjects for this type of research given the variety of readily available strains including inbred, outbred, and transgenic strains. In addition, they are relatively easy to maintain and have a high fecundity...
April 21, 2017: ILAR Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444000/strengthening-the-regulatory-system-through-the-implementation-and-use-of-a-quality-management-system
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Reinhold Eisner, Rakeshkumar Patel
Quality management systems (QMS), based on ISO 9001 requirements, are applicable to government service organizations such as Health Canada's Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate (BGTD). This communication presents the process that the BGTD followed since the early 2000s to implement a quality management system and describes how the regulatory system was improved as a result of this project. BGTD undertook the implementation of a quality management system based on ISO 9001 and containing aspects of ISO 17025 with the goal of strengthening the regulatory system through improvements in the people, processes, and services of the organization...
April 20, 2017: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443947/economic-evaluation-of-human-albumin-use-in-patients-with-nephrotic-syndrome-in-four-brazilian-public-hospitals-pharmacoeconomic-study
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Leonardo Augusto Kister de Toledo, Antônio Carlos Beisl Noblat, Harrison Floriano do Nascimento, Lúcia de Araújo Costa Beisl Noblat
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: In 2004, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA) published a resolution establishing guidelines for albumin use. Although the published data do not indicate any definitive conclusions about the benefits of albumin use in patients with nephrotic syndrome (NS), the guidelines recommend this procedure only in cases of edema that is refractory to use of diuretics. The aim here was to analyze albumin use among patients with nephrotic syndrome...
April 20, 2017: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443522/legal-and-organisational-innovation-in-the-italian-pharmacy-system-commercial-vs-public-interest
#14
Alceste Santuari
Pharmacy services are undoubtedly an important part of primary care. Pharmacists are entrepreneurs and simultaneously they are entrusted with a public mission in the health care sector. Pharmacies then reflect a contrast between a commercial/economic objective and public interest, which is to be identified with citizens' universal right to health care services. This is the reason why in Italy, as in many other EU countries, pharmacies supply their services according to a prior authorisation granted by public authorities...
April 26, 2017: Health Economics, Policy, and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443425/hearing-mother-s-voice-increases-stability-in-premature-babies
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Hearing their mother's voice appears to benefit the health of premature babies, a study has suggested.
April 26, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443355/investigational-dopamine-antagonists-for-the-treatment-of-schizophrenia
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Sheng-Min Wang, Changsu Han, Soo-Jung Lee, Tae-Youn Jun, Ashwin A Patkar, Prakash S Masand, Chi-Un Pae
Introduction Schizophrenia is a debilitating illness with a chronic impact on social function and daily living. Although various antipsychotics are available, there are still many challenges and unmet needs. Thus, many compounds with diverse mechanisms have been investigated, but all approved antipsychotics still require interactions with dopamine D2 receptors. Areas Covered We searched for investigational drugs using the key words 'dopamine' and 'schizophrenia' in American and European clinical trial registers (clinicaltrials...
April 26, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443180/terpenes-from-forests-and-human-health
#17
REVIEW
Kyoung Sang Cho, Young-Ran Lim, Kyungho Lee, Jaeseok Lee, Jang Ho Lee, Im-Soon Lee
Forest bathing has beneficial effects on human health via showering of forest aerosols as well as physical relaxation. Terpenes that consist of multiple isoprene units are the largest class of organic compounds produced by various plants, and one of the major components of forest aerosols. Traditionally, terpene-containing plant oil has been used to treat various diseases without knowing the exact functions or the mechanisms of action of the individual bioactive compounds. This review categorizes various terpenes easily obtained from forests according to their anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic, or neuroprotective activities...
April 2017: Toxicological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443132/disease-resistance-and-the-definition-of-genetic-enhancement
#18
Derek So, Erika Kleiderman, Seydina B Touré, Yann Joly
Recent gene editing experiments carried out in human embryos have raised the question of whether interventions like the introduction of a CCR5-Δ32 deletion, which could provide heritable resistance to HIV infection, ought to be considered enhancements. Many authors have used the term "enhancement" in different ways, some based on patients' biomedical outcomes and others on their social context. These classifications are often considered overly imprecise. Nevertheless, the concept of "enhancement" could affect the ways in which these applications are regulated in different jurisdictions, the availability of coverage by insurers or public health care, and the force of public opinion in shaping future policy on gene editing...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443017/premature-brain-aging-in-baboons-resulting-from-moderate-fetal-undernutrition
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Katja Franke, Geoffrey D Clarke, Robert Dahnke, Christian Gaser, Anderson H Kuo, Cun Li, Matthias Schwab, Peter W Nathanielsz
Contrary to the known benefits from a moderate dietary reduction during adulthood on life span and health, maternal nutrient reduction during pregnancy is supposed to affect the developing brain, probably resulting in impaired brain structure and function throughout life. Decreased fetal nutrition delivery is widespread in both developing and developed countries, caused by poverty and natural disasters, but also due to maternal dieting, teenage pregnancy, pregnancy in women over 35 years of age, placental insufficiency, or multiples...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442450/implementing-an-internet-delivered-skin-cancer-genetic-testing-intervention-to-improve-sun-protection-behavior-in-a-diverse-population-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jennifer L Hay, Marianne Berwick, Kate Zielaskowski, Kirsten Am White, Vivian M Rodríguez, Erika Robers, Dolores D Guest, Andrew Sussman, Yvonne Talamantes, Matthew R Schwartz, Jennie Greb, Jessica Bigney, Kimberly A Kaphingst, Keith Hunley, David B Buller
BACKGROUND: Limited translational genomic research currently exists to guide the availability, comprehension, and appropriate use of personalized genomics in diverse general population subgroups. Melanoma skin cancers are preventable, curable, common in the general population, and disproportionately increasing in Hispanics. OBJECTIVE: Variants in the melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) gene are present in approximately 50% of the population, are major factors in determining sun sensitivity, and confer a 2-to-3-fold increase in melanoma risk in the general population, even in populations with darker skin...
April 25, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
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