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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645934/repeated-measurements-of-cardiac-biomarkers-in-atrial-fibrillation-and-validation-of-the-abc-stroke-score-over-time
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Ziad Hijazi, Bertil Lindahl, Jonas Oldgren, Ulrika Andersson, Johan Lindbäck, Christopher B Granger, John H Alexander, Bernard J Gersh, Michael Hanna, Veli-Pekka Harjola, Elaine M Hylek, Renato D Lopes, Agneta Siegbahn, Lars Wallentin
BACKGROUND: Cardiac biomarkers are independent risk markers in atrial fibrillation, and the novel biomarker-based ABC stroke score (age, biomarkers, and clinical history of prior stroke) was recently shown to improve the prediction of stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation. Our aim was to investigate the short-term variability of the cardiac biomarkers and evaluate whether the ABC stroke risk score provides a stable short-term risk estimate. METHODS AND RESULTS: According to the study protocol, samples were obtained at entry and also at 2 months in 4796 patients with atrial fibrillation followed for a median of 1...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644370/adaptation-of-new-colombian-food-based-complementary-feeding-recommendations-using-linear-programming
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Marion Tharrey, Gilma A Olaya, Mary Fewtrell, Elaine Ferguson
OBJECTIVE: To use Linear Programming (LP) analyses to adapt New Complementary Feeding Guidelines (NCFg) designed for infants aged 6-12 month (m) living in poor socioeconomic circumstances in Bogota to ensure dietary adequacy for young children aged 12-23 m. DESIGN: A secondary data analysis was performed using dietary and anthropometric data collected from 12 m old infants (n = 72) participating in a randomised controlled trial. LP analyses were performed to identify nutrients whose requirements were difficult to achieve using local foods as consumed; and to test and compare the NCFg and alternative food-based recommendations (FBRs) on the basis of dietary adequacy, for 11 micronutrients, at the population level...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642275/focus-on-sharing-individual-patient-data-distracts-from-other-ways-of-improving-trial-transparency
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Tammy Hoffmann, Paul Glasziou, Elaine Beller, Ben Goldacre, Iain Chalmers
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 22, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632004/behavioral-interventions-to-reduce-infections-in-pediatric-long-term-care-facilities-the-keep-it-clean-for-kids-trial
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Elaine L Larson, Meghan T Murray, Bevin Cohen, Edwin Simpser, Marianne Pavia, Olivia Jackson, Haomiao Jia, R Gordon Hutcheon, Linda Mosiello, Natalie Neu, Lisa Saiman
Children in pediatric long-term care facilities (pLTCF) represent a highly vulnerable population and infectious outbreaks occur frequently, resulting in significant morbidity, mortality, and resource use. The purpose of this quasi-experimental trial using time series analysis was to assess the impact of a 4-year theoretically based behavioral intervention on infection prevention practices and clinical outcomes in three pLTCF (288 beds) in New York metropolitan area including 720 residents, ages 1 day to 26 years with mean lengths of stay: 7...
March 3, 2017: Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627356/aquatic-therapy-for-children-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-a-pilot-feasibility-randomised-controlled-trial-and-mixed-methods-process-evaluation
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Daniel Hind, James Parkin, Victoria Whitworth, Saleema Rex, Tracey Young, Lisa Hampson, Jennie Sheehan, Chin Maguire, Hannah Cantrill, Elaine Scott, Heather Epps, Marion Main, Michelle Geary, Heather McMurchie, Lindsey Pallant, Daniel Woods, Jennifer Freeman, Ellen Lee, Michelle Eagle, Tracey Willis, Francesco Muntoni, Peter Baxter
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a rare disease that causes the progressive loss of motor abilities such as walking. Standard treatment includes physiotherapy. No trial has evaluated whether or not adding aquatic therapy (AT) to land-based therapy (LBT) exercises helps to keep muscles strong and children independent. OBJECTIVES: To assess the feasibility of recruiting boys with DMD to a randomised trial evaluating AT (primary objective) and to collect data from them; to assess how, and how well, the intervention and trial procedures work...
May 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620323/integrated-trauma-focused-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-for-post-traumatic-stress-and-psychotic-symptoms-a-case-series-study-using-imaginal-reprocessing-strategies
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Nadine Keen, Elaine C M Hunter, Emmanuelle Peters
Despite high rates of trauma in individuals with psychotic symptoms, post-traumatic stress symptoms are frequently overlooked in clinical practice. There is also reluctance to treat post-traumatic symptoms in case the therapeutic procedure of reprocessing the trauma exacerbates psychotic symptoms. Recent evidence demonstrates that it is safe to use reprocessing strategies in this population. However, most published studies have been based on treating post-traumatic symptoms in isolation from psychotic symptoms...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619778/in-patients-with-severe-uncontrolled-asthma-does-knowledge-of-adherence-and-inhaler-technique-using-electronic-monitoring-improve-clinical-decision-making-a-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Matshediso C Mokoka, Lorna Lombard, Elaine M MacHale, Joanne Walsh, Breda Cushen, Imran Sulaiman, Damien Mc Carthy, Fiona Boland, Frank Doyle, Eoin Hunt, Desmond M Murphy, John Faul, Marcus Butler, Kathy Hetherington, J Mark FitzGerald, Job Fm van Boven, Liam G Heaney, Richard B Reilly, Richard W Costello
INTRODUCTION: Many patients with asthma remain poorly controlled despite the use of inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists. Poor control may arise from inadequate adherence, incorrect inhaler technique or because the condition is refractory. Without having an objective assessment of adherence, clinicians may inadvertently add extra medication instead of addressing adherence. This study aims to assess if incorporating objectively recorded adherence from the Inhaler Compliance Assessment (INCA) device and lung function into clinical decision making provides more cost-effective prescribing and improves outcomes...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618455/anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-treatment-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-comparison-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-treatments-trials-5%C3%A2-year-outcomes-and-implication-for-clinical-practice
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EDITORIAL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604824/decline-in-cd4-t-lymphocytes-with-monotherapy-bridging-strategy-for-non-adherent-adolescents-living-with-hiv-infection-results-of-the-impaact-p1094-randomized-trial
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Allison L Agwu, Meredith G Warshaw, Elizabeth J McFarland, George K Siberry, Ann J Melvin, Andrew A Wiznia, Lee Fairlie, Sandra Boyd, Paul Harding, Hans M L Spiegel, Elaine J Abrams, Vincent J Carey
INTRODUCTION: Management of persistently non-adherent youth living with HIV (YLHIV) with virologic failure (VF) on combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) remains challenging. One strategy has been using 3TC/ FTC monotherapy (3TC/FTC), which in the presence of the M184V resistance mutation, does not suppress viral replication nor select for additional drug resistance mutations, and reduces viral fitness with limited side effects. P1094 compared the immunologic outcome of continuing failing cART vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596804/bringing-a-humanistic-approach-to-cancer-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Roberto Jun Arai, Elaine Santana Longo, Maria Helena Sponton, Maria Del Pilar Estevez Diz
In this article, we describe some practical aspects that promote the humanisation of clinical research. Actions are not limited to improving the communication skills of medical staff but also include maintenance of care continuity, accessible written information, and application of theoretic models such as shared decision-making and management of stress in decision-making under uncertainty. We believe that a comprehensive strategy will increase patients' motivation to participate in and adhere to clinical research...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596502/correlation-between-mek-signature-and-ras-gene-alteration-in-advanced-gastric-cancer
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Soomin Ahn, Roz Brant, Alan Sharpe, Jonathan R Dry, Darren R Hodgson, Elaine Kilgour, Kyung Kim, Seung Tae Kim, Se Hoon Park, Won Ki Kang, Kyoung-Mee Kim, Jeeyun Lee
MEK inhibitor (selumetinib) is a potent, orally active inhibitor of MAPK/ERK pathway. It is important to develop an accurate and robust method indicative of RAS pathway activity to stratify potential patients who can benefit from selumetinib treatment in gastric cancer (GC). First, we surveyed the sensitivity to selumetinib in a panel of 22 GC cell lines and correlated with MEK signature to selumetinib sensitivity. Next, we analyzed MEK signature via nanostring assay in two Asian cohorts using clinical samples (n = 218) and then performed a correlative analysis with MEK signature status and KRAS genotype in GC...
May 23, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594462/determinants-of-sexual-function-and-dysfunction-in-men-and-women-with-stroke-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Wendy Dusenbury, Pernille Palm Johansen, Victoria Mosack, Elaine E Steinke
AIM: The aim of this systematic review was to examine determinants of sexual function and dysfunction in men and women poststroke, and to evaluate effectiveness of interventions. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted using the databases of PubMed, Medline, CINAHL, Cochrane, and Psychinfo, for studies published between January, 2000 and October, 2016. Included were original research, adult ≥18 years, English language, and experimental and non-experimental designs...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591564/effect-of-a-model-consultation-informed-by-guidelines-on-recorded-quality-of-care-of-osteoarthritis-mosaics-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-in-primary-care
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K P Jordan, J J Edwards, M Porcheret, E L Healey, C Jinks, J Bedson, K Clarkson, E M Hay, K S Dziedzic
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of a model osteoarthritis (OA) consultation (MOAC) informed by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommendations compared with usual care on recorded quality of care of clinical OA in general practice. DESIGN: Two-arm cluster randomised controlled trial. SETTING: Eight general practices in Cheshire, Shropshire, or Staffordshire UK. PARTICIPANTS: General practitioners and nurses with patients consulting with clinical OA...
June 4, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590362/a-randomized-clinical-trial-of-oxytocin-or-galantamine-for-the-treatment-of-negative-symptoms-and-cognitive-impairments-in-people-with-schizophrenia
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Robert W Buchanan, Deanna L Kelly, Elaine Weiner, James M Gold, Gregory P Strauss, Maju M Koola, Robert P McMahon, William T Carpenter
PURPOSE/BACKGROUND: Negative symptoms and cognitive impairments tend to co-occur in people with schizophrenia. If their association with each other is due, in part, to shared pathophysiology, then this suggests that a single drug could potentially be effective for both domains. The current study was designed to examine this hypothesis. METHODS/PROCEDURES: Fifty-eight participants with either Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder entered into a 6-week double-blind, placebo-controlled, double-dummy, randomized clinical trial of intranasal oxytocin and galantamine...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575201/birth-weight-and-preterm-delivery-outcomes-of-perinatally-vs-non-perinatally-hiv-infected-pregnant-women-in-the-u-s-results-from-the-phacs-smartt-study-and-impaact-p1025-protocol
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Jennifer Jao, Deborah Kacanek, Paige L Williams, Mitchell E Geffner, Elizabeth G Livingston, Rhoda S Sperling, Kunjal Patel, Arlene D Bardeguez, Sandra K Burchett, Nahida Chakhtoura, Gwendolyn B Scott, Russell B Van Dyke, Elaine J Abrams
Background: Pregnancy outcomes of perinatally HIV-infected women (PHIV) are poorly defined. Methods: We compared preterm delivery and birth weight (BW) outcomes [low BW (LBW, <2500 g), small-for-gestational-age (SGA), and BW z-scores (BWZ)] in HIV-exposed uninfected infants of PHIV vs. non-perinatally HIV-infected (NPHIV) pregnant women in the PHACS SMARTT or IMPAACT P1025 studies. Mixed effects models were fit to assess the association of maternal PHIV status with infant BWZ; log binomial models were used to estimate adjusted relative risks (aRR) for dichotomous outcomes...
May 30, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570119/effect-of-opioids-and-benzodiazepines-on-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-receiving-palliative-care-an-exploratory-analysis
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Jason W Boland, Victoria Allgar, Elaine G Boland, Osaretin Oviasu, Meera Agar, David C Currow, Miriam J Johnson
BACKGROUND: Medications for symptom management in palliative care have associated, but poorly understood, harms. Drug-related harms have important clinical implications, may impact on patients' compliance and contribute to symptoms. OBJECTIVE: To explore the longitudinal relationship between oral morphine equivalent daily dose (MEDD) and oral diazepam equivalent daily dose (DEDD) with functional, cognitive, and symptom outcomes in patients receiving palliative care...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553113/methotrexate-carried-in-lipid-core-nanoparticles-reduces-myocardial-infarction-size-and-improves-cardiac-function-in-rats
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Raul C Maranhão, Maria C Guido, Aline D de Lima, Elaine R Tavares, Alyne F Marques, Marcelo D Tavares de Melo, Jose C Nicolau, Vera Mc Salemi, Roberto Kalil-Filho
PURPOSE: Acute myocardial infarction (MI) is accompanied by myocardial inflammation, fibrosis, and ventricular remodeling that, when excessive or not properly regulated, may lead to heart failure. Previously, lipid core nanoparticles (LDE) used as carriers of the anti-inflammatory drug methotrexate (MTX) produced an 80-fold increase in the cell uptake of MTX. LDE-MTX treatment reduced vessel inflammation and atheromatous lesions induced in rabbits by cholesterol feeding. The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of LDE-MTX on rats with MI, compared with commercial MTX treatment...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549929/pragmatic-trials-and-real-world-evidence-an-introduction-to-the-series
#18
Mira Zuidgeest, Iris Goetz, Rolf Groenwold, Elaine Irving, Ghislaine van Thiel, Diederick E Grobbee
This is the introductory paper in a series of 8 papers (see box). In this series we integrate the theoretical design options with the practice of conducting pragmatic trials. For most new market-approved treatments the clinical evidence is insufficient to fully guide physicians and policy makers in choosing the optimal treatment for their patients. Pragmatic trials can fill this gap, by providing evidence on the relative effectiveness of a treatment strategy in routine clinical practice, already in an early phase of development, while maintaining the strength of randomized controlled trials...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549870/accuracy-of-cyst-versus-solid-diagnosis-in-the-breast-using-quantitative-transmission-qt-ultrasound
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Elaine Iuanow, Kathleen Smith, Nancy A Obuchowski, Jennifer Bullen, John C Klock
RATIONAL AND OBJECTIVES: This study aims to evaluate the diagnostic utility of breast imaging using transmission ultrasound. We present readers' accuracy in determining whether a breast lesion is a cyst versus a solid using transmission ultrasound as an adjunct to mammography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective multi-reader, multi-case receiver operating characteristic study included 37 lesions seen on mammography and transmission ultrasound. Cyst cases were confirmed as cysts using their appearance on handheld ultrasound...
May 23, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536655/supporting-looked-after-children-and-care-leavers-in-decreasing-drugs-and-alcohol-solid-protocol-for-a-pilot-feasibility-randomised-controlled-trial-of-interventions-to-decrease-risky-substance-use-drugs-and-alcohol-and-improve-mental-health-of-looked-after
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Hayley Alderson, Ruth McGovern, Rebecca Brown, Denise Howel, Frauke Becker, Louise Carr, Alex Copello, Tony Fouweather, Eileen Kaner, Paul McArdle, Elaine McColl, Janet Shucksmith, Alison Steele, Luke Vale, Raghu Lingam
BACKGROUND: Looked after children (LAC) and care leavers are young people who have been placed under the legal care of local authorities, in many instances due to a history of abuse and/or neglect. These young people have a significantly increased risk of substance use and mental disorder compared to their peers. The aim of the SOLID study is to assess the feasibility and acceptability of a definitive three-arm multi-centre randomised controlled trial (RCT) that compares the effectiveness of two interventions that aim to reduce risky drug and alcohol use and improve mental health among LAC aged 12 to 20 years with usual care...
2017: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
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