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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817531/bias-confounding-and-interaction-lions-and-tigers-and-bears-oh-my
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Thomas R Vetter, Edward J Mascha
Epidemiologists seek to make a valid inference about the causal effect between an exposure and a disease in a specific population, using representative sample data from a specific population. Clinical researchers likewise seek to make a valid inference about the association between an intervention and outcome(s) in a specific population, based upon their randomly collected, representative sample data. Both do so by using the available data about the sample variable to make a valid estimate about its corresponding or underlying, but unknown population parameter...
September 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817418/neuromodulation-and-neurofeedback-treatments-in-eating-disorders-and-obesity
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Bethan Dalton, Iain C Campbell, Ulrike Schmidt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Psychological interventions are the treatment of choice for most eating disorders; however, significant proportions of patients do not recover with these. Advances in understanding of the neurobiology of eating disorders have led to the development of targeted treatments, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS), noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS), and neurofeedback. We review the emerging clinical evidence for the use of these interventions in eating disorders and obesity, together with their theoretical rationale...
August 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816986/efficacy-and-safety-of-endocrine-monotherapy-as-first-line-treatment-for-hormone-sensitive-advanced-breast-cancer-a-network-meta-analysis
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Jingwen Zhang, Yanhong Huang, Changyi Wang, Yuanfang He, Shukai Zheng, Kusheng Wu
BACKGROUND: Endocrine therapy was recommended as the preferred first-line treatment for hormone receptor-positive (HR+, i.e., ER+ and/or PgR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor-2-negative (HER2-) postmenopausal advanced breast cancer (ABC), but which endocrine monotherapy is optimal lacks consensus. We aimed to identify the optimal endocrine monotherapy with a network meta-analysis. METHODS: We performed a network meta-analysis for a comprehensive analysis of 6 first-line endocrine monotherapies (letrozole, anastrozole, exemestane, tamoxifen, fulvestrant 250 mg and 500 mg) for HR+ HER2- metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal patients...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816867/peripheral-refraction-and-aberration-profiles-with-multifocal-lenses
#4
Cathleen Fedtke, Klaus Ehrmann, Varghese Thomas, Ravi C Bakaraju
SIGNIFICANCE: The amount of central or peripheral myopic shift, as induced by different multifocal contact lenses when viewing objects at distance or near, may provide insights on the potential efficacy for slowing eye growth. PURPOSE: The present study aims to compare peripheral refraction and higher-order aberration profiles of four multifocal contact lenses with a single vision control lens. METHODS: Thirty-five myopes (age 21.2 ± 2.1 years) completed the trial, of whom 16 wore Air Optix Aqua and Proclear Multifocal Distance and Near (group 1, spherical equivalent: -2...
August 14, 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816735/effects-of-an-intervention-to-reduce-sitting-at-work-on-arousal-fatigue-and-mood-among-sedentary-female-employees-a-parallel-group-randomized-trial
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Emily L Mailey, Sara K Rosenkranz, Elizabeth Ablah, Aaron Swank, Kelsey Casey
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether individuals who participated in an intervention to reduce sitting at work would report changes in arousal, fatigue, and mood. METHODS: Inactive females with full-time sedentary occupations (N = 49) were randomly assigned to take short, frequent breaks (SBs) or longer, planned breaks (LBs) from sitting each workday for 8 weeks. At baseline and postintervention, participants completed measures of arousal, fatigue, and mood...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816242/effect-of-the-mglur5-nam-basimglurant-on-behavior-in-adolescents-and-adults-with-fragile-x-syndrome-in-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-fragxis-phase-2-results
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Eriene A Youssef, Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, Christian Czech, Randi J Hagerman, David Hessl, Chin Y Wong, Michael Rabbia, Dennis Deptula, Amy John, Russell Kinch, Philip Drewitt, Lothar Lindemann, Moritz Marcinowski, Rachel Langland, Carsten Horn, Paulo Fontoura, Luca Santarelli, Jorge A Quiroz
Preclinical data suggests that inhibition of the mGluR5 receptor might hold therapeutic benefits in Fragile X syndrome (FXS). Treatment of Fmr1 knockout mice with mGluR5-negative allosteric modulators (NAMs) has been reported to correct a broad range of phenotypes related to FXS. The early short-term clinical trials with mGluR5 NAMs, including basimglurant, assessing the effects in individuals with FXS, were supportive of further exploration in larger, well-controlled trials. We evaluated basimglurant, a potent and selective mGluR5 NAM, in a 12-week, double-blind, parallel-group study of 183 adults and adolescents (aged 14-50, mean 23...
August 17, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816169/long-term-results-of-a-randomized-trial-comparing-iridium-implant-plus-external-beam-radiation-therapy-with-external-beam-radiation-therapy-alone-in-node-negative-locally-advanced-cancer-of-the-prostate
#7
Ian S Dayes, Sameer Parpia, Jaclyn Gilbert, Jim A Julian, Ian R Davis, Mark N Levine, Jinka Sathya
PURPOSE: To determine the impact on long-term survival from the addition of brachytherapy to external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) in patients with prostate cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between 1992 and 1997, 104 men with cT2-3, surgically staged node-negative prostate cancer were randomized to receive either EBRT (40 Gy/20 fractions) with iridium implant (35 Gy/48 hours) or EBRT alone (66 Gy/33 fractions) to the prostate. According to T stage, Gleason score, and prostate-specific antigen level, 60% of patients had high-risk disease...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816042/rapid-and-reliable-detection-of-alkaline-phosphatase-by-a-hot-spots-amplification-strategy-based-on-well-controlled-assembly-on-single-nanoparticle
#8
Yi Zeng, Jia-Qiang Ren, Shaokai Wang, Jiaming Mai, Bing Qu, Yan Zhang, Ai-Guo Shen, Jiming Hu
The first appeal of clinical assay is always accurate and rapid. For alkaline phosphatase (ALP) monitoring in medical treatment, a rapid, reliable surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) test kit is designed based on a "hot spots" amplification strategy. Consisting of alkyne-tagged Au nanoparticles (NPs), Ag+, and enzyme substrate, the packaged test kit can achieve one-step clinical assay of ALP in human serum within several minutes, while the operation is simple as it directly inputs the sample into the test kit...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815334/clinical-characteristics-of-patient-selection-and-imaging-predictors-of-outcome-in-solid-tumors-treated-with-checkpoint-inhibitors
#9
REVIEW
Sabrina Rossi, Luca Toschi, Angelo Castello, Fabio Grizzi, Luigi Mansi, Egesta Lopci
The rapidly evolving knowledge on tumor immunology and the continuous implementation of immunotherapy in cancer have recently led to the FDA and EMA approval of several checkpoint inhibitors as immunotherapic agents in clinical practice. Anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1, and anti-PDL-1 antibodies are becoming standard of care in advanced melanoma, as well as in relapsed or metastatic lung and kidney cancer, demonstrating higher and longer response compared to standard chemotherapy. These encouraging results have fostered the evaluation of these antibodies either alone or in combination with other therapies in several dozen clinical trials for the treatment of multiple tumor types...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815316/health-related-quality-of-life-associated-with-regorafenib-treatment-in-refractory-advanced-gastric-adenocarcinoma
#10
Andrew J Martin, Emma Gibbs, Katrin Sjoquist, Nick Pavlakis, John Simes, Tim Price, Jenny Shannon, Sanjeev Gill, Vikram Jain, Geoffrey Liu, George Kannourakis, Yeul Hong Kim, Jin Won Kim, David Goldstein
BACKGROUND: The INTEGRATE phase II multinational randomized controlled trial demonstrated the activity of regorafenib on progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with refractory advanced gastric adenocarcinoma. We sought to evaluate whether these PFS gains had the potential to be offset by quality of life (QoL) impacts from treatment side effects and to thereby determine the appropriateness of continuing development to phase III. METHODS: QoL was assessed in INTEGRATE at baseline and at each 4 weeks thereafter, until discontinuation of study treatment, using the QLQ-C30, STO22, and EQ-5D questionnaires...
August 16, 2017: Gastric Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815065/neoadjuvant-treatment-of-locally-advanced-esophageal-and-junctional-cancer-the-evidence-base-current-key-questions-and-clinical-trials
#11
REVIEW
Claire L Donohoe, John V Reynolds
Recent trials, including CROSS, MAGIC, ACCORD, and OEO2, have established neoadjuvant therapy as standard of care for locally advanced (cT2-3NanyM0) esophageal and junctional cancer compared with surgery alone. The CROSS trial in particular defines a new benchmark for outcomes from multimodal therapy, with a 5 year survival rate of 47%, a median survival of 47 months, a pathologic complete response rate (pCR) of 29% and an R0 resection rate of 92%. Several key questions remain, in particular whether CROSS-regimen chemoradiotherapy is superior to neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone for esophageal cancer, in particular adenocarcinoma...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815043/the-mek-inhibitor-selumetinib-complements-ctla-4-blockade-by-reprogramming-the-tumor-immune-microenvironment
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Edmund Poon, Stefanie Mullins, Amanda Watkins, Geoffrey S Williams, Jens-Oliver Koopmann, Gianfranco Di Genova, Marie Cumberbatch, Margaret Veldman-Jones, Shaun E Grosskurth, Vasu Sah, Alwin Schuller, Corrine Reimer, Simon J Dovedi, Paul D Smith, Ross Stewart, Robert W Wilkinson
BACKGROUND: T-cell checkpoint blockade and MEK inhibitor combinations are under clinical investigation. Despite progress elucidating the immuno-modulatory effects of MEK inhibitors as standalone therapies, the impact of MEK inhibition on the activity of T-cell checkpoint inhibitors remains incompletely understood. Here we sought to characterize the combined effects of MEK inhibition and anti-CTLA-4 mAb (anti-CTLA-4) therapy, examining effects on both T-cells and tumor microenvironment (TME)...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814476/phase-i-trial-of-the-androgen-receptor-modulator-cr1447-in-breast-cancer
#13
Martin Zweifel, Beat Thuerlimann, Salome Riniker, Patrik Weder, Roger von Moos, Olivia Pagani, Martin Bigler, Karin M Rothgiesser, Christiane Pilop, Hanne Hawle, Peter Brauchli, Coya Tapia, Wolfgang Schoenfeld, Cristiana Sessa
CR 1447 (4-hydroxytestosterone, 4-OHT) binds to the androgen receptor and has antiproliferative activity in both ER-positive and ER-negative/AR-positive breast cancer cells in pre-clinical studies. The objective of this first-in man trial was to evaluate safety and to determine the dose of CR1447, administered as an ointment, for Phase II. Escalating doses (100, 200, 400 mg) of CR1447 were administered topically on a daily basis to patients with ER-positive/AR-positive/HER2-negative advanced breast cancer pretreated with several lines of therapy...
August 16, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814396/consumption-of-galacto-oligosaccharides-increases-iron-absorption-from-a-micronutrient-powder-containing-ferrous-fumarate-and-sodium-iron-edta-a-stable-isotope-study-in-kenyan-infants
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Daniela Paganini, Mary A Uyoga, Colin I Cercamondi, Diego Moretti, Edith Mwasi, Clarissa Schwab, Salome Bechtler, Francis M Mutuku, Valeria Galetti, Christophe Lacroix, Simon Karanja, Michael B Zimmermann
Background: Whether consumption of prebiotics increases iron absorption in infants is unclear.Objective: We set out to determine whether prebiotic consumption affects iron absorption from a micronutrient powder (MNP) containing a mixture of ferrous fumarate and sodium iron EDTA (FeFum+NaFeEDTA) in Kenyan infants.Design: Infants (n = 50; aged 6-14 mo) consumed maize porridge that was fortified with an MNP containing FeFum+NaFeEDTA and 7.5 g galacto-oligosaccharides (GOSs) (Fe+GOS group, n = 22) or the same MNP without GOSs (Fe group, n = 28) each day for 3 wk...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813414/a-randomized-synbiotic-trial-to-prevent-sepsis-among-infants-in-rural-india
#15
Pinaki Panigrahi, Sailajanandan Parida, Nimai C Nanda, Radhanath Satpathy, Lingaraj Pradhan, Dinesh S Chandel, Lorena Baccaglini, Arjit Mohapatra, Subhranshu S Mohapatra, Pravas R Misra, Rama Chaudhry, Hegang H Chen, Judith A Johnson, J Glenn Morris, Nigel Paneth, Ira H Gewolb
Sepsis in early infancy results in one million annual deaths worldwide, most of them in developing countries. No efficient means of prevention is currently available. Here we report on a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of an oral synbiotic preparation (Lactobacillus plantarum plus fructooligosaccharide) in rural Indian newborns. We enrolled 4,556 infants that were at least 2,000 g at birth, at least 35 weeks of gestation, and with no signs of sepsis or other morbidity, and monitored them for 60 days...
August 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813037/concomitant-bladder-cancer-and-prostate-cancer-challenges-and-controversies
#16
REVIEW
Antonio Lopez-Beltran, Liang Cheng, Francesco Montorsi, Maria Scarpelli, Maria R Raspollini, Rodolfo Montironi
Radical cystoprostatectomy (RCP) followed by bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy and urinary diversion remains the gold-standard therapy for men with localized muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC). Prostate cancer might be incidentally detected at the time of RCP with a reported prevalence of 24-51%. Typically, these patients are considered to have clinically insignificant disease, but data from emerging series challenge this assumption and suggest that some of these tumours might be aggressive, or somehow increase the aggressiveness of the associated MIBC, and can negatively influence the patient's overall survival outcomes...
August 16, 2017: Nature Reviews. Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812979/truth-in-research-labelling
#17
John H Noble
This report describes the background and context of a currently circulating petition to the US Congress that seeks amendment of Section 801 of the Public Health Services Act (42 U.S.C. 282) to close a loophole in existing law which makes possible post hoc adjustment of randomised controlled trial (RCT) results reported to the Food and Drug Administration that differ from those reported to ClinicalTrials.gov and to medical journals. The report describes the petition's rationale, underlying assumptions, and support for its proposed remedy in deontological, consequentialist, and casuist philosophical ethics theories...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812164/efficacy-of-fractional-lasers-in-treating-alopecia-a-literature-review
#18
Marina Perper, Adam S Aldahan, Rachel A Fayne, Christopher P Emerson, Keyvan Nouri
Hair loss stemming from different types of alopecia, such as androgenic alopecia and alopecia areata, negatively affects over half the population and, in many circumstances, causes serious psychosocial distress. Current treatment options for alopecia, such as minoxidil, anthralin, and intralesional corticosteroids, vary efficacy and side effect profiles. It is known that low-level laser/light therapies (LLLT), or photobiomodulations, such as the US FDA-cleared HairMax Lasercomb®, He-Ne laser, and excimer laser, are relatively affordable, user-friendly, safe, and effective forms of treatment for hair loss...
August 16, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811748/salivary-diagnostic-markers-in-males-and-females-during-rest-and-exercise
#19
Kay Rutherfurd-Markwick, Carlene Starck, Deborah K Dulson, Ajmol Ali
BACKGROUND: Saliva is a useful diagnostic tool for analysis in sports, exercise and nutrition research, as collection is easy and non-invasive and it contains a large number of analytes affected by a range of physiological and pathological stressors and conditions. This study examined key salivary electrolytes and stress and immune markers in males and females at rest and during exercise. METHODS: Unstimulated whole saliva from 20 healthy, recreationally active participants (8 males and 12 females) was analysed for flow rate, osmolality, sodium (Na(+)), potassium (K(+)), chloride (Cl(-)), secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA), α-amylase activity and cortisol during both rest and moderate intensity (70% peak power) cycling exercise in a randomised crossover design...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811325/ppar%C3%AE-ligand-induced-annexin-a1-expression-determines-chemotherapy-response-via-deubiquitination-of-death-domain-kinase-rip-in-triple-negative-breast-cancers
#20
Luxi Chen, Yi Yuan, Shreya Kar, Madhu M Kanchi, Suruchi Arora, Ji E Kim, Pei F Koh, Einas Yousef, Ramar P Samy, Muthu K Shanmugam, Tuan Z Tan, Sung W Shin, Frank Arfuso, Han M Shen, Henry Yang, Boon C Goh, Joo I Park, Louis Gaboury, Peter E Lobie, Gautam Sethi, Lina Hk Lim, Alan P Kumar
Metastatic breast cancer is still remain incurable so far, new specifically targeted and more effective therapies for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) are required in the clinic. In this study, our clinical data has established that basal and claudin-low subtypes of breast cancer (TNBC types) express significantly higher levels of Annexin A1 (ANXA1) with poor survival outcomes. Using human cancer cell lines which model the TNBC subtype, we observed a strong positive correlation between expression of ANXA1 and Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma (PPARγ)...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
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