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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915138/parental-misclassification-of-child-overweight-obese-status-the-role-of-parental-education-and-parental-weight-status
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John Cullinan, John Cawley
Childhood overweight and obesity is a major public health challenge for policymakers in many countries. As the most common supervisors of children's activities, parents have a potentially important role to play in obesity prevention. However, a precondition for parents to improve their children's diets, encourage them to be more physically active, or take them to see a doctor about their weight is for the parent to first recognize that their child is overweight or obese. This paper examines the extent of parental misclassification of child weight status, and its correlates, focusing on the role of parental education and the parent's own obesity status...
November 17, 2016: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914898/conflict-of-evidence-resolving-discrepancies-when-findings-from-randomized-controlled-trials-and-meta-analyses-disagree
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REVIEW
Richard J Sylvester, Steven E Canfield, Thomas B L Lam, Lorenzo Marconi, Steven MacLennan, Yuhong Yuan, Graeme MacLennan, John Norrie, Muhammad Imran Omar, Harman M Bruins, Virginia Hernández, Karin Plass, Hendrik Van Poppel, James N'Dow
CONTEXT: Clinicians and treatment guideline developers are faced with a dilemma when the results of a new, large, well-conducted randomized controlled trial (RCT) are in direct conflict with the results of a previous systematic review (SR) and meta-analysis (MA). OBJECTIVE: To explore and discuss possible reasons for disagreement in results from SRs/MAs and RCTs and to provide guidance to clinicians and guideline developers for making well-informed treatment decisions and recommendations in the face of conflicting data...
November 30, 2016: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914720/improving-publication-quality-and-quantity-for%C3%A2-acute-care-authors-from-low-and-middle-income-settings
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Stevan R Bruijns, Megan Banner, Gabrielle A Jacquet
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Researchers from low- and middle-income countries have limited access to publishing and editing resources. This study describes a journal-initiated platform to improve publication quantity and quality in Sub-Saharan Africa emergency care research: Author Assist. METHODS: This is a descriptive report of a quality improvement project of referrals to the African Journal of Emergency Medicine's (AfJEM's) Author Assist program between January 2011 and December 2015...
November 30, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914110/physical-exercise-for-the-treatment-of-non-ulcerated-chronic-venous-insufficiency
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REVIEW
Diego N Araujo, Cibele Td Ribeiro, Alvaro Cc Maciel, Selma S Bruno, Guilherme Af Fregonezi, Fernando Al Dias
BACKGROUND: Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common disease that causes discomfort and impairs the quality of life of affected persons. Treatments such as physical exercise that aim to increase the movement of the ankle joint and strengthen the muscle pump in the calf of the leg may be useful to reduce the symptoms of CVI. OBJECTIVES: To assess and summarise the existing clinical evidence on the efficacy and safety of physical exercise programmes for the treatment of individuals with non-ulcerated CVI...
December 3, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912961/the-effect-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-on-hemorrhagic-shock-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Da-Long Wang, Xiao-Guang Lu, Wen-Xiu Guo, Tuo Chen, Yi Song, Zhi-Wei Fan
BACKGROUND: Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been widely used in the treatment of hemorrhagic shock (HS) in China. Many controlled trials have been undertaken to investigate its efficacy. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of CHM for Hemorrhagic Shock patients. METHODS: We screening the Web of ScienceDirect database, PubMed, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, China Biomedical Database web (CBM), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and WanFang database (WF), from inception to January 2015...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912945/efficacy-and-safety-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-wenxin-keli-for-ventricular-premature-be-ats-a-systematic-review
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Mei He, Zhan Lv, Zheng-Wei Yang, Jiu-Ling Huang, Fu Liu
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of the Chinese herbal extract Wenxin Keli, alone or in combination with Western medicine, for ventricular premature beats. METHODS: This systematic review was registered at PROSPERO (registration number CRD42013003200). A systematic literature search of 8 core electronic databases and 3 clinical trial registries in Chinese and English, yielded 10 trials whose randomness verified by contacting the authors. The included trials were assessed by the Cochrane risk of bias tool...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911901/the-researchers-view-of-scientific-rigor-survey-on-the-conduct-and-reporting-of-in-vivo-research
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Thomas S Reichlin, Lucile Vogt, Hanno Würbel
Reproducibility in animal research is alarmingly low, and a lack of scientific rigor has been proposed as a major cause. Systematic reviews found low reporting rates of measures against risks of bias (e.g., randomization, blinding), and a correlation between low reporting rates and overstated treatment effects. Reporting rates of measures against bias are thus used as a proxy measure for scientific rigor, and reporting guidelines (e.g., ARRIVE) have become a major weapon in the fight against risks of bias in animal research...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911892/authorization-of-animal-experiments-is-based-on-confidence-rather-than-evidence-of-scientific-rigor
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Lucile Vogt, Thomas S Reichlin, Christina Nathues, Hanno Würbel
Accumulating evidence indicates high risk of bias in preclinical animal research, questioning the scientific validity and reproducibility of published research findings. Systematic reviews found low rates of reporting of measures against risks of bias in the published literature (e.g., randomization, blinding, sample size calculation) and a correlation between low reporting rates and inflated treatment effects. That most animal research undergoes peer review or ethical review would offer the possibility to detect risks of bias at an earlier stage, before the research has been conducted...
December 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911487/external-inspection-of-compliance-with-standards-for-improved-healthcare-outcomes
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REVIEW
Gerd Flodgren, Daniela C Gonçalves-Bradley, Marie-Pascale Pomey
BACKGROUND: Inspection systems are used in healthcare to promote quality improvements (i.e. to achieve changes in organisational structures or processes, healthcare provider behaviour and patient outcomes). These systems are based on the assumption that externally promoted adherence to evidence-based standards (through inspection/assessment) will result in higher quality of healthcare. However, the benefits of external inspection in terms of organisational-, provider- and patient-level outcomes are not clear...
December 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911457/what-is-the-impact-of-extracorporeal-shock-wave-lithotripsy-on-semen-parameters-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mohammad H Radfar, Nasser Simforoosh, Mehdi Sotoudeh, Mehdi H Ramezani, Mohammad J Mollakoochakian, Maryam Nikravesh, Hamidreza Shemshaki
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is an important tool for the management of urolithiasis. The effects of shockwaves on tissues are established. The aim of this meta-analysis is to evaluate the microscopic semen characteristics of young men before and after ESWL treatment for lower ureteral calculi. METHODS: Literature searches were performed following the Cochrane guidelines. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis that included six trials that investigated the effects of ESWL on semen parameters, including sperm concentration, motility, and hematospermia...
December 2, 2016: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910873/an-updated-dose-response-meta-analysis-of-coffee-consumption-and-liver-cancer-risk
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Chengbo Yu, Qing Cao, Ping Chen, Shigui Yang, Min Deng, Yugang Wang, Lanjuan Li
Prospective cohort studies of the relationship between coffee consumption and liver cancer risk have drawn different conclusions. Therefore, a dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies was performed to disentangle this causal relationship. Prospective cohort studies of the association between coffee consumption and liver cancer risk published prior to Jan 9, 2016 were identified by searching in the PubMed and EMBASE databases. Extracted data were analyzed using a random-effects model. Of the 2892 records identified using the search strategy, a total of twenty cohort studies from ten publications were included in the final meta-analysis...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909654/bone-substitutes-and-expanders-in-spine-surgery-a-review-of-their-fusion-efficacies
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Abhijeet Kadam, Paul W Millhouse, Christopher K Kepler, Kris E Radcliff, Michael G Fehlings, Michael E Janssen, Rick C Sasso, James J Benedict, Alexander R Vaccaro
STUDY DESIGN: A narrative review of literature. OBJECTIVE: This manuscript intends to provide a review of clinically relevant bone substitutes and bone expanders for spinal surgery in terms of efficacy and associated clinical outcomes, as reported in contemporary spine literature. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Ever since the introduction of allograft as a substitute for autologous bone in spinal surgery, a sea of literature has surfaced, evaluating both established and newly emerging fusion alternatives...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907167/infusion-advancing-discovery-of-fusion-genes-and-chimeric-transcripts-from-deep-rna-sequencing-data
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Konstantin Okonechnikov, Aki Imai-Matsushima, Lukas Paul, Alexander Seitz, Thomas F Meyer, Fernando Garcia-Alcalde
Analysis of fusion transcripts has become increasingly important due to their link with cancer development. Since high-throughput sequencing approaches survey fusion events exhaustively, several computational methods for the detection of gene fusions from RNA-seq data have been developed. This kind of analysis, however, is complicated by native trans-splicing events, the splicing-induced complexity of the transcriptome and biases and artefacts introduced in experiments and data analysis. There are a number of tools available for the detection of fusions from RNA-seq data; however, certain differences in specificity and sensitivity between commonly used approaches have been found...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906934/can-unilateral-kyphoplasty-replace-bilateral-kyphoplasty-in-treatment-of-osteoporotic-vertebral-compression-fractures-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Han Sun, Pei-Pei Lu, Yi-Jie Liu, Xu Yang, Ping-Hui Zhou, Xiao-Feng Shen, Si-Wei Sun, Huilin Yang
BACKGROUND: Kyphoplasty has been proven to be an efficient method to relieve patient suffering from osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCFs). Because of its technological superiority, unilateral kyphoplasty consumes less operative time and bone cement than traditional bilateral kyphoplasty. However, there is controversy about which method is most efficient in the treatment of OVCFs. Thus, an overall analysis should be performed to shed light on the facts corroborating both procedures...
November 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906602/meta-analysis-of-pre-clinical-trials-of-therapeutic-hypothermia-for-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#15
Kara R Melmed, Patrick D Lyden
Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is a potent neuroprotectant for experimental ischemic stroke, but studies of TH for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) are emerging. We systematically reviewed the experimental literature to assess TH efficacy for ICH. We found 18 suitable papers; quality scores were moderately good. Compared with normothermia, TH reduced measures of edema (mean effect size (95% CI) -1.6873 (-2.3640, -1.0106), p < 0.0001) or blood-brain barrier leakage (p < 0.0001) and improved behavioral outcomes (p < 0...
December 1, 2016: Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905673/single-versus-multiple-visits-for-endodontic-treatment-of-permanent-teeth
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REVIEW
Maddalena Manfredi, Lara Figini, Massimo Gagliani, Giovanni Lodi
BACKGROUND: Root canal treatment (RoCT), or endodontic treatment, is a common procedure in dentistry. The main indications for RoCT are irreversible pulpitis and necrosis of the dental pulp caused by carious processes, tooth cracks or chips, or dental trauma. Successful RoCT is characterised by an absence of symptoms (i.e. pain) and clinical signs (i.e. swelling and sinus tract) in teeth without radiographic evidence of periodontal involvement (i.e. normal periodontal ligament). The success of RoCT depends on a number of variables related to the preoperative condition of the tooth, as well as the endodontic procedures...
December 1, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904149/quality-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials-in-the-international-journal-of-impotence-research-quality-assessment-and-relevant-clinical-impact
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K S Kim, J K Jo, J H Chung, J H Kim, H Y Choi, S W Lee
The quality of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) reported in the International Journal of Impotence Research (IJIR) was analyzed. The original articles that reported RCTs and were published in the IJIR in 1997-2014 were identified by PubMed. Their methodological quality was assessed using the Jadad scale, van Tulder scale and Cochrane Collaboration Risk of Bias Tool. The review period was divided into three periods: early (1997-2002), mid (2003-2008) and late (2009-2014). The effect of study subject and presence of Institutional Review Board approval, intervention, funding and adequate allocation concealment on RCT quality was assessed...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903984/association-between-xrcc1-polymorphisms-and-the-risk-of-cervical-cancer-a-meta-analysis-based-on-4895-subjects
#18
Xianling Zeng, Yafei Zhang, Ting Yue, Taohong Zhang, Junxia Wang, Yan Xue, Ruifang An
The present meta-analysis was intended to explore the relationship between the x-ray repair cross complementing 1 (XRCC1) polymorphisms (Arg194Trp, Arg280His and Arg399Gln) and cervical cancer risk. Several electronic databases were searched systematically and bibliographies of relevant papers were identified carefully. Then, a meta-analysis was performed based on eligible studies in various genetic models. Pooled odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) were employed to evaluate the strength of associations between the XRCC1 polymorphisms and cervical cancer risk...
November 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903364/-a-meta-analysis-of-hiv-seroprevalence-in-pregnant-women-with-syphilis-and-the-impact-of-syphilis-infection-on-mother-to-child-hiv-transmission
#19
T T Wang, Y Xu, Z Z Li, L Z Chen
Objective: To estimate HIV seroprevalence among pregnant women with syphilis and evaluate the influence of syphilis infection on mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) of HIV by meta-analysis. Methods: We conducted a systematic literature search for 1 678 articles related to maternal syphilis and HIV infection published until October 1(st) 2015 using the PubMed, Web of Science, Chinese Web of Knowledge, Wanfang, Weipu, and SinoMed databases and evaluated the quality of each papers using the STROBE checklist, and the keywords were " pregnant women/maternal/pregnancy" , "syphilis/AIDS" , "HIV/human immunodeficiency virus" , "mother- to-child transimission/vertical transmission" ...
November 6, 2016: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903302/preventing-the-ends-from-justifying-the-means-withholding-results-to-address-publication-bias-in-peer-review
#20
EDITORIAL
Katherine S Button, Liz Bal, Anna Clark, Tim Shipley
The evidence that many of the findings in the published literature may be unreliable is compelling. There is an excess of positive results, often from studies with small sample sizes, or other methodological limitations, and the conspicuous absence of null findings from studies of a similar quality. This distorts the evidence base, leading to false conclusions and undermining scientific progress. Central to this problem is a peer-review system where the decisions of authors, reviewers, and editors are more influenced by impressive results than they are by the validity of the study design...
December 1, 2016: BMC Psychology
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