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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336734/time-to-publication-for-publicly-funded-clinical-trials-in-australia-an-observational-study
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Linn Beate Strand, Philip Clarke, Nicholas Graves, Adrian G Barnett
OBJECTIVE: To examine the length of time between receiving funding and publishing the protocol and main paper for randomised controlled trials. DESIGN: An observational study using survival analysis. SETTING: Publicly funded health and medical research in Australia. PARTICIPANTS: Randomised controlled trials funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia between 2008 and 2010. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Time from funding to the protocol paper and main results paper...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333279/inhibition-of-pim1-kinase-attenuates-inflammation-induced-pro-labour-mediators-in-human-fetal-membranes-in-vitro
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Ratana Lim, Gillian Barker, Martha Lappas
STUDY QUESTION: Does proviral integration site for Moloney murine leukemic virus (PIM)1 kinase play a role in regulating the inflammatory processes of human labour and delivery? SUMMARY ANSWER: PIM1 kinase plays a critical role in fetal membranes in regulating pro-inflammatory and pro-labour mediators. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Infection and inflammation have strong causal links to preterm delivery by stimulating pro-inflammatory cytokines and collagen degrading enzymes, which can lead to rupture of membranes...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333195/genome-wide-genetic-analyses-highlight-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-mapk-signaling-in-the-pathogenesis-of-endometriosis
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Outi Uimari, Nilufer Rahmioglu, Dale R Nyholt, Katy Vincent, Stacey A Missmer, Christian Becker, Andrew P Morris, Grant W Montgomery, Krina T Zondervan
STUDY QUESTION: Do genome-wide association study (GWAS) data for endometriosis provide insight into novel biological pathways associated with its pathogenesis? SUMMARY ANSWER: GWAS analysis uncovered multiple pathways that are statistically enriched for genetic association signals, analysis of Stage A disease highlighted a novel variant in MAP3K4, while top pathways significantly associated with all endometriosis and Stage A disease included several mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)-related pathways...
February 9, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328324/trial-of-pregabalin-for-acute-and-chronic-sciatica
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Stephanie Mathieson, Christopher G Maher, Andrew J McLachlan, Jane Latimer, Bart W Koes, Mark J Hancock, Ian Harris, Richard O Day, Laurent Billot, Justin Pik, Stephen Jan, C-W Christine Lin
Background Sciatica can be disabling, and evidence regarding medical treatments is limited. Pregabalin is effective in the treatment of some types of neuropathic pain. This study examined whether pregabalin may reduce the intensity of sciatica. Methods We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of pregabalin in patients with sciatica. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either pregabalin at a dose of 150 mg per day that was adjusted to a maximum dose of 600 mg per day or matching placebo for up to 8 weeks...
March 23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314746/protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-stepped-wedge-trial-assessing-the-impact-of-a-community-level-hygiene-intervention-and-a-water-intervention-using-riverbank-filtration-technology-on-diarrhoeal-prevalence-in-india
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Sarah L McGuinness, Joanne E O'Toole, Thomas B Boving, Andrew B Forbes, Martha Sinclair, Sumit K Gautam, Karin Leder
INTRODUCTION: Diarrhoea is a leading cause of death globally, mostly occurring as a result of insufficient or unsafe water supplies, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. Our study aims to investigate the impact of a community-level hygiene education program and a water quality intervention using riverbank filtration (RBF) technology on diarrhoeal prevalence. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We have designed a stepped wedge cluster randomised trial to estimate the health impacts of our intervention in 4 rural villages in Karnataka, India...
March 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299371/effect-of-mass-paediatric-influenza-vaccination-on-existing-influenza-vaccination-programmes-in-england-and-wales-a-modelling-and-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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David Hodgson, Marc Baguelin, Edwin van Leeuwen, Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths, Mary Ramsay, Richard Pebody, Katherine E Atkins
BACKGROUND: In 2013 England and Wales began to fund a live attenuated influenza vaccine programme for individuals aged 2-16 years. Mathematical modelling predicts substantial beneficial herd effects for the entire population as a result of reduced influenza transmission. With a decreased influenza-associated disease burden, existing immunisation programmes might be less cost-effective. The aim of this study was to assess the epidemiological effect and cost-effectiveness of the existing elderly and risk group vaccination programme under the new policy of mass paediatric vaccination in England...
February 2017: Lancet Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285333/south-asian-health-from-research-to-practice-and-policy-an-overview
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Francesca Gany, Latha Palaniappan, Lakshmi Prasad, Sudha Acharya, Jennifer Leng
The US South Asian population has grown tremendously, and is now over 2.5 million. South Asians often face tremendous cultural, socioeconomic, linguistic and structural obstacles to good health, and face staggering cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer risk. Coupled with this is a paucity of detailed data on the population's unique CVD and cancer risk profiles, etiologic mechanisms, and effective interventions to address South Asian health disparities. This data gap compelled an initiative to develop more targeted research and evidence-based practice and policy approaches...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243672/a-new-model-of-collaborative-research-experiences-from-one-of-australia-s-nhmrc-partnership-centres-for-better-health
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Sonia Wutzke, Sally Redman, Adrian Bauman, Penelope Hawe, Alan Shiell, Sarah Thackway, Andrew Wilson
There is often a disconnection between the creation of evidence and its use in policy and practice. Cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary partnership research, founded on shared governance and coproduction, is considered to be one of the most effective means of overcoming this research-policy-practice disconnect. Similar to a number of funding bodies internationally, Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council has introduced Partnership Centres for Better Health: a scheme explicitly designed to encourage coproduced partnership research...
February 15, 2017: Public Health Research & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241215/effectiveness-of-an-internet-delivered-exercise-and-pain-coping-skills-training-intervention-for-persons-with-chronic-knee-pain-a-randomized-trial
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Kim L Bennell, Rachel Nelligan, Fiona Dobson, Christine Rini, Francis Keefe, Jessica Kasza, Simon French, Christina Bryant, Andrew Dalwood, J Haxby Abbott, Rana S Hinman
Background: Effective, accessible biopsychosocial treatments are needed to manage chronic knee pain on a population level. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of Internet-delivered, physiotherapist-prescribed home exercise and pain-coping skills training (PCST). Design: Pragmatic parallel-group randomized, controlled trial. (Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry: ACTRN12614000243617). Setting: Community (Australia)...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237791/long-term-incidence-of-microvascular-disease-after-bariatric-surgery-or-usual-care-in-patients-with-obesity-stratified-by-baseline-glycaemic-status-a-post-hoc-analysis-of-participants-from-the-swedish-obese-subjects-study
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Lena M S Carlsson, Kajsa Sjöholm, Cecilia Karlsson, Peter Jacobson, Johanna C Andersson-Assarsson, Per-Arne Svensson, Ingrid Larsson, Stephan Hjorth, Martin Neovius, Magdalena Taube, Björn Carlsson, Markku Peltonen
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery is associated with remission of diabetes and prevention of diabetic complications in patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes. Long-term effects of bariatric surgery on microvascular complications in patients with prediabetes are unknown. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of bariatric surgery on incidence of microvascular complications in patients with obesity stratified by baseline glycaemic status. METHODS: Patients were recruited to the Swedish Obese Subjects (SOS) study between Sept 1, 1987, and Jan 31, 2001...
April 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236464/future-life-expectancy-in-35-industrialised-countries-projections-with-a-bayesian-model-ensemble
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Vasilis Kontis, James E Bennett, Colin D Mathers, Guangquan Li, Kyle Foreman, Majid Ezzati
BACKGROUND: Projections of future mortality and life expectancy are needed to plan for health and social services and pensions. Our aim was to forecast national age-specific mortality and life expectancy using an approach that takes into account the uncertainty related to the choice of forecasting model. METHODS: We developed an ensemble of 21 forecasting models, all of which probabilistically contributed towards the final projections. We applied this approach to project age-specific mortality to 2030 in 35 industrialised countries with high-quality vital statistics data...
February 22, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219619/effect-of-availability-of-hiv-self-testing-on-hiv-testing-frequency-in-gay-and-bisexual-men-at-high-risk-of-infection-forth-a-waiting-list-randomised-controlled-trial
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Muhammad S Jamil, Garrett Prestage, Christopher K Fairley, Andrew E Grulich, Kirsty S Smith, Marcus Chen, Martin Holt, Anna M McNulty, Benjamin R Bavinton, Damian P Conway, Handan Wand, Phillip Keen, Jack Bradley, Johann Kolstee, Colin Batrouney, Darren Russell, Matthew Law, John M Kaldor, Rebecca J Guy
BACKGROUND: Frequent testing of individuals at high risk of HIV is central to current prevention strategies. We aimed to determine if HIV self-testing would increase frequency of testing in high-risk gay and bisexual men, with a particular focus on men who delayed testing or had never been tested before. METHODS: In this randomised trial, HIV-negative high-risk gay and bisexual men who reported condomless anal intercourse or more than five male sexual partners in the past 3 months were recruited at three clinical and two community-based sites in Australia...
February 16, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209331/treatment-effectiveness-of-alemtuzumab-compared-with-natalizumab-fingolimod-and-interferon-beta-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-a-cohort-study
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Tomas Kalincik, J William L Brown, Neil Robertson, Mark Willis, Neil Scolding, Claire M Rice, Alastair Wilkins, Owen Pearson, Tjalf Ziemssen, Michael Hutchinson, Christopher McGuigan, Vilija Jokubaitis, Tim Spelman, Dana Horakova, Eva Havrdova, Maria Trojano, Guillermo Izquierdo, Alessandra Lugaresi, Alexandre Prat, Marc Girard, Pierre Duquette, Pierre Grammond, Raed Alroughani, Eugenio Pucci, Patrizia Sola, Raymond Hupperts, Jeannette Lechner-Scott, Murat Terzi, Vincent Van Pesch, Csilla Rozsa, François Grand'Maison, Cavit Boz, Franco Granella, Mark Slee, Daniele Spitaleri, Javier Olascoaga, Roberto Bergamaschi, Freek Verheul, Steve Vucic, Pamela McCombe, Suzanne Hodgkinson, Jose Luis Sanchez-Menoyo, Radek Ampapa, Magdolna Simo, Tunde Csepany, Cristina Ramo, Edgardo Cristiano, Michael Barnett, Helmut Butzkueven, Alasdair Coles
BACKGROUND: Alemtuzumab, an anti-CD52 antibody, is proven to be more efficacious than interferon beta-1a in the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, but its efficacy relative to more potent immunotherapies is unknown. We compared the effectiveness of alemtuzumab with natalizumab, fingolimod, and interferon beta in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis treated for up to 5 years. METHODS: In this international cohort study, we used data from propensity-matched patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis from the MSBase and six other cohorts...
February 10, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203120/international-lessons-in-new-methods-for-grading-and-integrating-cost-effectiveness-evidence-into-clinical-practice-guidelines
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REVIEW
Kathryn M Antioch, Michael F Drummond, Louis W Niessen, Hindrik Vondeling
Economic evidence is influential in health technology assessment world-wide. Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) can enable economists to include economic information on health care provision. Application of economic evidence in CPGs, and its integration into clinical practice and national decision making is hampered by objections from professions, paucity of economic evidence or lack of policy commitment. The use of state-of-art economic methodologies will improve this. Economic evidence can be graded by 'checklists' to establish the best evidence for decision making given methodological rigor...
2017: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation: C/E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190578/quarter-dose-quadruple-combination-therapy-for-initial-treatment-of-hypertension-placebo-controlled-crossover-randomised-trial-and-systematic-review
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Clara K Chow, Jay Thakkar, Alex Bennett, Graham Hillis, Michael Burke, Tim Usherwood, Kha Vo, Kris Rogers, Emily Atkins, Ruth Webster, Michael Chou, Hakim-Moulay Dehbi, Abdul Salam, Anushka Patel, Bruce Neal, David Peiris, Henry Krum, John Chalmers, Mark Nelson, Christopher M Reid, Mark Woodward, Sarah Hilmer, Simon Thom, Anthony Rodgers
BACKGROUND: Globally, most patients with hypertension are treated with monotherapy, and control rates are poor because monotherapy only reduces blood pressure by around 9/5 mm Hg on average. There is a pressing need for blood pressure-control strategies with improved efficacy and tolerability. We aimed to assess whether ultra-low-dose combination therapy could meet these needs. METHODS: We did a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover trial of a quadpill-a single capsule containing four blood pressure-lowering drugs each at quarter-dose (irbesartan 37·5 mg, amlodipine 1·25 mg, hydrochlorothiazide 6·25 mg, and atenolol 12·5 mg)...
March 11, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166798/identifying-and-characterising-health-policy-and-system-relevant-documents-in-uganda-a-scoping-review-to-develop-a-framework-for-the-development-of-a-one-stop-shop
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Boniface Mutatina, Robert Basaza, Ekwaro Obuku, John N Lavis, Nelson Sewankambo
BACKGROUND: Health policymakers in low- and middle-income countries continue to face difficulties in accessing and using research evidence for decision-making. This study aimed to identify and provide a refined categorisation of the policy documents necessary for building the content of a one-stop shop for documents relevant to health policy and systems in Uganda. The on-line resource is to facilitate timely access to well-packaged evidence for decision-making. METHODS: We conducted a scoping review of Uganda-specific, health policy, and systems-relevant documents produced between 2000 and 2014...
February 6, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159391/socioeconomic-status-and-the-25%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-25-risk-factors-as-determinants-of-premature-mortality-a-multicohort-study-and-meta-analysis-of-1%C3%A2-7-million-men-and-women
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Silvia Stringhini, Cristian Carmeli, Markus Jokela, Mauricio Avendaño, Peter Muennig, Florence Guida, Fulvio Ricceri, Angelo d'Errico, Henrique Barros, Murielle Bochud, Marc Chadeau-Hyam, Françoise Clavel-Chapelon, Giuseppe Costa, Cyrille Delpierre, Silvia Fraga, Marcel Goldberg, Graham G Giles, Vittorio Krogh, Michelle Kelly-Irving, Richard Layte, Aurélie M Lasserre, Michael G Marmot, Martin Preisig, Martin J Shipley, Peter Vollenweider, Marie Zins, Ichiro Kawachi, Andrew Steptoe, Johan P Mackenbach, Paolo Vineis, Mika Kivimäki
BACKGROUND: In 2011, WHO member states signed up to the 25 × 25 initiative, a plan to cut mortality due to non-communicable diseases by 25% by 2025. However, socioeconomic factors influencing non-communicable diseases have not been included in the plan. In this study, we aimed to compare the contribution of socioeconomic status to mortality and years-of-life-lost with that of the 25 × 25 conventional risk factors. METHODS: We did a multicohort study and meta-analysis with individual-level data from 48 independent prospective cohort studies with information about socioeconomic status, indexed by occupational position, 25 × 25 risk factors (high alcohol intake, physical inactivity, current smoking, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity), and mortality, for a total population of 1 751 479 (54% women) from seven high-income WHO member countries...
February 1, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139368/noninvasive-ventilation-for-acute-exacerbations-of-asthma-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Elyce Green, Paras Jain, Maree Bernoth
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic disease characterised by reversible airway obstruction caused by bronchospasm, mucous and oedema. People with asthma commonly experience acute exacerbations of their disease requiring hospitalisation and subsequent utilisation of economic and healthcare resources. Noninvasive ventilation has been suggested as a treatment for acute exacerbations of asthma due to its ability to provide airway stenting, optimal oxygen delivery and decreased work of breathing...
January 27, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130434/selective-progesterone-receptor-modulator-sprm-ulipristal-acetate-upa-and-its-effects-on-the-human-endometrium
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L H R Whitaker, A A Murray, R Matthews, G Shaw, A R W Williams, P T K Saunders, H O D Critchley
STUDY QUESTION: What is the impact of administration of the selective progesterone receptor modulator (SPRM), ulipristal acetate (UPA) on the endometrium of women with fibroids? SUMMARY ANSWER: UPA administration altered expression of sex-steroid receptors and progesterone-regulated genes and was associated with low levels of glandular and stromal cell proliferation. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Administration of all SPRM class members results in PAEC (progesterone receptor modulator associated endometrial changes)...
January 26, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130063/effects-of-control-interventions-on-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-england-an-observational-study
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Kate E Dingle, Xavier Didelot, T Phuong Quan, David W Eyre, Nicole Stoesser, Tanya Golubchik, Rosalind M Harding, Daniel J Wilson, David Griffiths, Alison Vaughan, John M Finney, David H Wyllie, Sarah J Oakley, Warren N Fawley, Jane Freeman, Kirsti Morris, Jessica Martin, Philip Howard, Sherwood Gorbach, Ellie J C Goldstein, Diane M Citron, Susan Hopkins, Russell Hope, Alan P Johnson, Mark H Wilcox, Timothy E A Peto, A Sarah Walker, Derrick W Crook
BACKGROUND: The control of Clostridium difficile infections is an international clinical challenge. The incidence of C difficile in England declined by roughly 80% after 2006, following the implementation of national control policies; we tested two hypotheses to investigate their role in this decline. First, if C difficile infection declines in England were driven by reductions in use of particular antibiotics, then incidence of C difficile infections caused by resistant isolates should decline faster than that caused by susceptible isolates across multiple genotypes...
January 25, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
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