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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636855/efficacy-of-recombinant-influenza-vaccine-in-adults-50-years-of-age-or-older
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Lisa M Dunkle, Ruvim Izikson, Peter Patriarca, Karen L Goldenthal, Derek Muse, Janice Callahan, Manon M J Cox
Background Improved influenza vaccines are needed to control seasonal epidemics. This trial compared the protective efficacy in older adults of a quadrivalent, recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV4) with a standard-dose, egg-grown, quadrivalent, inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV4) during the A/H3N2-predominant 2014-2015 influenza season, when antigenic mismatch between circulating and vaccine influenza strains resulted in the reduced effectiveness of many licensed vaccines. Methods We conducted a randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial of RIV4 (45 μg of recombinant hemagglutinin [HA] per strain, 180 μg of protein per dose) versus standard-dose IIV4 (15 μg of HA per strain, 60 μg of protein per dose) to compare the relative vaccine efficacy against reverse-transcriptase polymerase-chain-reaction (RT-PCR)-confirmed, protocol-defined, influenza-like illness caused by any influenza strain starting 14 days or more after vaccination in adults who were 50 years of age or older...
June 22, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635354/the-effects-of-food-on-opioid-induced-nausea-and-vomiting-and-pharmacological-parameters-a-systematic-review
#2
Robert B Raffa, Robert Colucci, Joseph V Pergolizzi
Opioids remain the standard of care for treating moderate to severe pain resulting from surgery or injury in cases of acute pain, and are recommended for patients who have not responded to nonopioid analgesics. Effective management of pain has an impact on clinical course and often depends on achieving an acceptable balance between opioid efficacy, safety, and tolerability. Common opioid-related adverse events such as nausea and vomiting are associated with an overall lower achievement of effective pain management and patient satisfaction...
June 21, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635339/methods-for-estimating-costs-in-patients-with-hyperlipidemia-experiencing-their-first-cardiovascular-event-in-the-united-kingdom
#3
Mark D Danese, Michelle Gleeson, Robert I Griffiths, David Catterick, Lucie Kutikova
AIMS: Methods for integrating external costs into clinical databases are not well-characterized. The purpose of this research was to describe and implement methods for estimating the cost of hospitalizations, prescriptions, and general practitioner and specialist visits used to manage hyperlipidemia patients experiencing cardiovascular (CV) events in the United Kingdom (UK). METHODS: This study was a retrospective cohort study using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink and Hospital Episode Statistics data...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634113/vitamin-d3-supplementation-attenuates-the-early-stage-of-mouse-hepatocarcinogenesis-promoted-by-hexachlorobenzene-fungicide
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Guilherme R Romualdo, Renata L Goto, Ana A H Fernandes, Bruno Cogliati, Luis F Barbisan
Hexachlorobezene (HCB), a fungicide widely distributed in the environment, promotes the development of hepatocellular preneoplastic lesions (PNL) and tumors in rodents. In contrast, vitamin D3 (VD3) supplementation presents a potential role for the prevention/treatment of chronic liver diseases. Thus, we investigated whether VD3 supplementation attenuates the early stage of HCB-promoted hepatocarcinogenesis. Female Balb/C mice were injected a single dose of diethylnitrosamine (DEN, 50 mg/kg) at postnatal day 15...
June 17, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633715/restless-legs-syndrome-and-sleep-wake-disturbances-in-pregnancy
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Galit Levi Dunietz, Lynda D Lisabeth, Kerby Shedden, Q Afifa Shamim-Uzzaman, Alexandra S Bullough, Mark C Chames, Marc F Bowden, Louise M O'Brien
STUDY OBJECTIVES: To estimate the association of restless legs syndrome (RLS) and its frequency with sleep-wake disturbances in pregnancy. METHODS: A cohort of 1,563 women in their third trimester of pregnancy were recruited from prenatal clinics between March 2007 and December 2010. Demographic, pregnancy, and delivery data were extracted from medical records and sleep information was collected with questionnaires. To diagnose RLS, we used standardized criteria of RLS symptoms and frequency that were developed by the International Restless Legs Study Group...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633600/direct-comparison-of-tricyclic-and-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitor-antidepressants-in-randomized-head-to-head-trials-in-acute-major-depression-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Juan Undurraga, Ross J Baldessarini
BACKGROUND: A comparison across trials conducted over several decades suggested superior efficacy of tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) over selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). However, this outcome may reflect a selective secular decline of responses after randomization to placebo. Remaining uncertainty encouraged direct comparison of the drug-types in trials involving randomized, head-to-head comparisons. METHODS: We systematically identified reports of randomized trials of TCAs versus SSRIs for major depression in several digital databases, and applied standard meta-analytic and multiple-factor regression methods to analyze and pool the findings...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633474/interleukin-1-blockade-for-the-treatment-of-pericarditis
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Leo Buckley, Michele M Viscusi, Benjamin Van Tassell, Antonio Abbate
Pericarditis is a debilitating condition that results from profound inflammation of the pericardial tissue. Between 10-15% of first episodes of acute pericarditis will be followed by several episodes refractory to conventional treatment. Current standard of care for pericarditis treatment includes high-dose non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, colchicine and systemic corticosteroids, each associated with potentially severe toxicities and nominal efficacy. Interleukin-1 (IL-1), an apical pro-inflammatory cytokine, plays an important role as an autocrine magnifier of systemic inflammation in pericarditis...
June 19, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633197/influence-of-electron-beam-irradiation-doses-on-bone-regeneration-by-octacalcium-phosphate-collagen-composites
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Fumihiko Kajii, Atsushi Iwai, Hidenori Tanaka, Keiko Matsui, Tadashi Kawai, Shinji Kamakura
An octacalcium phosphate and collagen composite (OCP/Col) achieved efficient bone regeneration with excellent resorbability. After the confirmation of its safety and efficacy in preclinical animal studies, the present study investigated the influence of electron beam irradiation doses on bone regeneration by OCP/Col in order to secure its commercialization. OCP/Col was prepared as previously described, and the packed OCP/Col was sterilized using different doses of electron beam irradiation. A standardized defect, 9 mm in diameter, was made in the rat calvarium...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633147/tranexamic-acid-safely-reduced-blood-loss-in-hemi-and-total-hip-arthroplasty-for-acute-femoral-neck-fracture-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Chad D Watts, Matthew T Houdek, S Andrew Sems, William W Cross, Mark W Pagnano
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to determine whether (1) tranexamic acid (TXA) reduces the incidence of transfusion (2) TXA reduces the calculated blood loss, and (3) there are any observable differences in 30- and 90-day complications with TXA administration during arthroplasty for femoral neck fracture (FNF). DESIGN: Prospective, double-blinded, randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Level 1 Academic Trauma Center. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: One hundred thirty-eight patients who presented with a low-energy, isolated, FNF (AO 31B) treated with either hemi- or total hip arthroplasty within 72 hours of injury were randomized to either the TXA group (69 patients) or placebo group (69 patients)...
July 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632726/infradiaphragmatic-irradiation-and-high-procarbazine-doses-increase-colorectal-cancer-risk-in-hodgkin-lymphoma-survivors
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Anna M van Eggermond, Michael Schaapveld, Cécile Pm Janus, Jan Paul de Boer, Augustinus Dg Krol, Josée M Zijlstra, Richard Wm van der Maazen, Leontien C Kremer, Monique E van Leerdam, Marieke Wj Louwman, Otto Visser, Marie L De Bruin, Berthe Mp Aleman, Flora E van Leeuwen
BACKGROUND: Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) survivors are at increased risk of second malignancies, but few studies have assessed colorectal cancer (CRC) risk after HL treatment. We assessed long-term, subsite-specific CRC risk associated with specific radiation fields and chemotherapy regimens. METHODS: In a Dutch cohort of 3121 5-year HL survivors treated between 1965 and 1995, subsite-specific CRC incidence was compared with general population rates. Treatment effects were quantified by Cox regression analyses...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632501/evaluation-of-automatic-dose-rate-control-for-flat-panel-imaging-using-a-spatial-frequency-domain-figure-of-merit
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Michiel Dehairs, Hilde Bosmans, Walter Desmet, Nicholas W Marshall
Current automatic dose rate controls (ADRCs) of dynamic x-ray imaging systems adjust acquisition parameters in response to changes in patient thickness in order to achieve a constant signal level in the image receptor. This work compares a 3 parameter (3P) ADRC control to a more flexible 5-parameter (5P) method to meet this goal. A phantom composed of 15 composite poly(methyl) methacrylate (PMMA)/aluminium (Al) plates was imaged on a Siemens Artis Q dynamic system using standard 3P and 5P ADRC technique. Phantom thickness covered a water equivalent thickness range of 2...
June 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632500/photon-detection-efficiency-of-laboratory-based-x-ray-phase-contrast-imaging-techniques-for-mammography-a-monte-carlo-study
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Somayeh Saghamanesh, Seyed Mohammad Reza Aghamiri, Alireza Kamali-Asl, Wataru Yashiro
An important challenge in real-world biomedical applications of X-ray phase contrast imaging (XPCI) techniques is the efficient use of the photon flux generated by an incoherent and polychromatic X-ray source. This efficiency can directly influence dose and exposure time and ideally should not affect the superior contrast and sensitivity of XPCI. In this paper, we present a quantitative evaluation of the photon detection efficiency of two laboratory-based XPCI methods, grating interferometry (GI) and coded-aperture (CA)...
June 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631809/anabolic-steroids-for-treating-pressure-ulcers
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Cho Naing, Maxine A Whittaker
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers develop as a result of a localised injury to the skin or underlying tissue, or both. The ulcers usually arise over a bony prominence, and are recognised as a common medical problem affecting people confined to a bed or wheelchair for long periods of time. Anabolic steroids are used as off-label drugs (drugs which are used without regulatory approval) and have been used as adjuvants to usual treatment with dressings, debridement, nutritional supplements, systemic antibiotics and antiseptics, which are considered to be supportive in healing of pressure ulcers...
June 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631620/effectiveness-of-pelvic-lead-blanket-to-reduce-the-doses-to-eye-lens-and-hands-of-interventional-cardiologists-and-assistant-nurses
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Włodzimierz Grabowicz, Joanna Karolina Domienik-Andrzejewska, Konrad Masiarek, Tomasz Górnik, Tomasz Grycewicz, Marcin Brodecki, Andrzej Lubiński
The aim of the present study is to analyse quantitatively the potential reduction of the doses to eye lens and the hands of an operator and a nurse by the pelvic lead blanket during coronary angiography (CA) and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) procedures. Thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs) were used to assess dose levels to left eye lens and left and right fingers of both physician and nurses during single procedures performed with or without lead blanket. The measurements were carried out in one medical centre and include dosimetric data from100 procedures...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631387/umeclidinium-bromide-versus-placebo-for-people-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd
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REVIEW
Han Ni, Aung Htet, Soe Moe
BACKGROUND: People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have poor quality of life, reduced survival, and accelerated decline in lung function, especially associated with acute exacerbations, leading to high healthcare costs. Long-acting bronchodilators are the mainstay of treatment for symptomatic improvement, and umeclidinium is one of the new long-acting muscarinic antagonists approved for treatment of patients with stable COPD. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of umeclidinium bromide versus placebo for people with stable COPD...
June 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631191/effect-of-angiotensin-system-inhibitors-on-survival-in-newly-diagnosed-glioma-patients-and-recurrent-glioblastoma-patients-receiving-chemotherapy-and-or-bevacizumab
#16
Victor A Levin, James Chan, Meenal Datta, Jennie L Yee, Rakesh K Jain
Given prior studies that suggest the use of angiotensin system inhibitors (ASIs) is associated with prolonged overall survival (OS) in glioblastoma (GBM) patients, we evaluated the effect of ASIs in glioma patients receiving chemotherapy and/or bevacizumab (BEV). Using retrospective IRB-approved electronic chart review of newly diagnosed WHO grade 2-4 glioma patients from the Kaiser Permanente Tumor Registry of Northern California, we evaluated the impact of ASIs on OS by Cox proportional hazard model analysis for subgroups who received cytotoxic therapy, cytotoxic therapy with BEV, or BEV alone, as well as those with recurrent GBM (rGBM)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631150/low-dose-subcutaneous-ketamine-for-postoperative-pain-management-in-rwanda-a-dose-finding-study
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Jon Tuchscherer, William P McKay, Theogene Twagirumugabe
PURPOSE: Good pain control is not a normal part of surgical care in sub-Saharan Africa due to lack of resources. The primary objective of this study was to determine an efficacious dose of subcutaneous ketamine for postoperative pain for use in a future randomized controlled trial. METHODS: Following research ethics board and local hospital approval for this research, we obtained informed consent from 31 patients undergoing major surgery for a random walk dose-finding study...
June 19, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630886/review-of-the-current-status-of-radiation-protection-in-diagnostic-radiology-in-africa
#18
REVIEW
Wilbroad Muhogora, Madan M Rehani
The aim of this paper is to review the available published studies from African countries on patient doses and medical radiation protection and identify strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. Papers on radiation doses to patients published until 2016 pertaining to studies in African countries were reviewed. Radiography, interventional radiology, computed tomography (CT), and mammography modalities were covered. In radiography, the entrance surface air kerma values were below the established diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency, European Commission, and National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630863/the-effects-of-melatonin-on-elevated-liver-enzymes-during-statin-treatment
#19
Cezary Chojnacki, Aleksandra Błońska, Jan Chojnacki
Taking statins can cause increase in the level of aspartate and alanine aminotransferase. The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of melatonin in counteracting the adverse hepatic events from statins. Methods. The research program included 60 patients (aged 47-65 years, 41 women and 19 men) with hyperlipidemia taking atorvastatin or rosuvastatin at a dose of 20-40 mg daily. The patients were randomly allocated in two groups. Group I (n = 30) was recommended to take the same statin at a standardized daily dose of 20 mg together with melatonin at a dose of 2 × 5 mg...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630651/improving-antiretroviral-therapy-adherence-in-resource-limited-settings-at-scale-a-discussion-of-interventions-and-recommendations
#20
Jessica E Haberer, Lora Sabin, K Rivet Amico, Catherine Orrell, Omar Galárraga, Alexander C Tsai, Rachel C Vreeman, Ira Wilson, Nadia A Sam-Agudu, Terrence F Blaschke, Bernard Vrijens, Claude A Mellins, Robert H Remien, Sheri D Weiser, Elizabeth Lowenthal, Michael J Stirratt, Papa Salif Sow, Bruce Thomas, Nathan Ford, Edward Mills, Richard Lester, Jean B Nachega, Bosco Mwebesa Bwana, Fred Ssewamala, Lawrence Mbuagbaw, Paula Munderi, Elvin Geng, David R Bangsberg
Introduction: Successful population-level antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence will be necessary to realize both the clinical and prevention benefits of antiretroviral scale-up and, ultimately, the end of AIDS. Although many people living with HIV are adhering well, others struggle and most are likely to experience challenges in adherence that may threaten virologic suppression at some point during lifelong therapy. Despite the importance of ART adherence, supportive interventions have generally not been implemented at scale...
2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
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