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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088452/treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-with-combination-of-methotrexate-and-tripterygium-wilfordii-a-meta-analysis
#1
Xiaoyu Wang, Yunyun Zu, Lin Huang, Jie Yu, Huawei Zhao, Chengping Wen, Zhong Chen, Zhenghao Xu
AIMS: Extracts of Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF), a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, have been widely used for treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in combination with methotrexate (MTX) in China for several decades. However, the efficacy and safety of MTX plus TwHF treatment remain unclear. MAIN METHODS: A comprehensive search of databases in both Chinese and English was performed. Data from the selected studies were extracted and analyzed independently by two authors...
January 11, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088109/carbetocin-versus-oxytocin-for-prevention-of-post-partum-haemorrhage-at-caesarean-section-in-the-united-kingdom-an-economic-impact-analysis
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Helen A van der Nelson, Tim Draycott, Dimitrios Siassakos, Christopher W H Yau, Anthony J Hatswell
OBJECTIVE: To determine the economic impact of the introduction of carbetocin for the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) at caesarean section, compared to oxytocin. STUDY DESIGN: The model is a decision tree conducted from a UK National Health Service perspective. 1500 caesarean sections (both elective and emergency) were modelled over a 12 month period. Efficacy data was taken from a published Cochrane meta-analysis, and costs from NHS Reference costs, the British National Formulary and the NHS electronic Medicines Information Tool...
January 3, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086986/radioiodine-sinus-uptake-related-to-mucosal-thickening-or-aspergilloma-a-case-series-of-an-unrecognized-event-well-evidenced-by-spect-ct
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Renaud Ciappuccini, David Blanchard, Jean-Pierre Rame, Dominique de Raucourt, Emmanuel Babin, Stéphane Bardet
BACKGROUND: False-positive radioiodine (RAI) uptake related to chronic sinusitis and mucocele has only rarely been reported in patients with differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) even with the recent use of single photon emission tomography with computed tomography (SPECT/CT) acquisition. No other etiology of sinus RAI uptake has been mentioned to date. OBJECTIVES: We report five cases of DTC patients with sinus RAI uptake on post-RAI scintigraphy. SPECT/CT clearly localized RAI uptake either in the sphenoid, the maxillary or the frontal sinus and highly suspected mucosal thickening in four patients and sinus aspergilloma in one patient...
January 13, 2017: Cancer Imaging: the Official Publication of the International Cancer Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086934/electroacupuncture-plus-moxibustion-therapy-for-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Mikyung Kim, Eun-Ji Choi, Sung-Phil Kim, Jung-Eun Kim, Hyo-Ju Park, Ae-Ran Kim, Bok-Nam Seo, O-Jin Kwon, Jung Hyo Cho, Sun-Yong Chung, Joo-Hee Kim
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders and has a significant societal economic burden. Antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy are two primary interventions for the standardized treatment of MDD. However, their weaknesses, such as a low response rate, a high risk of adverse events from medication, and the high cost of cognitive behavioral therapy, have resulted in a need for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)...
January 13, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078812/gentiana-scabra-bunge-formula-for-herpes-zoster-biological-actions-of-key-herbs-and-systematic-review-of-efficacy-and-safety
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REVIEW
Kaiyi Wang, Meaghan E Coyle, Suzi Mansu, Anthony Lin Zhang, Charlie Changli Xue
This study reviewed the biological action of key herbs and evaluated systematically the efficacy and safety of oral Gentiana formula for herpes zoster (HZ). Experimental studies relevant to HZ were identified in PubMed. Randomized controlled trials using Gentiana formula for HZ were identified from nine English and Chinese databases. The primary outcome was evaluation of pain. Potential risk of bias was assessed. Meta-analysis was conducted using mean difference or risk ratio with 95% confidence intervals. Key herbs Gentiana scabra Bunge, Gentiana triflora Pall, Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, and Gardenia jasminoides Ellis have shown antiinflammatory actions through inhibition of inflammatory cytokines and pro-inflammatory enzymes...
January 12, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077609/travellers-and-influenza-risks-and-prevention
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REVIEW
M Goeijenbier, P van Genderen, B J Ward, A Wilder-Smith, R Steffen, A D M E Osterhaus
BACKGROUND: Influenza viruses are among the major causes of serious human respiratory tract infection worldwide. In line with the high disease burden attributable to influenza, these viruses play an important, but often neglected, role in travel medicine. Guidelines and recommendations regarding prevention and management of influenza in travellers are scarce. Of special interest for travel medicine are risk populations and also circumstances that facilitate influenza virus transmission and spread, like travel by airplane or cruise ship and mass gatherings...
January 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077162/a-fixed-inhaled-nitrous-oxide-oxygen-mixture-as-an-analgesic-for-adult-cancer-patients-with-breakthrough-pain-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Qiang Liu, Yu Wang, Xiang-Jiang Luo, Ning-Ju Wang, Ping Chen, Xin Jin, Guo-Xia Mu, Xiao-Min Chai, Yue-Juan Zhang, Yu-Xiang Li, Jian-Qiang Yu
BACKGROUND: The management of breakthrough pain in cancer patients is always a challenge for medical professions. Occurring in 80% of cancer patients with advanced disease, breakthrough pain significantly decreases both patient's and caregiver's quality of life. The aim of this study is to assess the analgesic efficacy of a fixed inhaled nitrous oxide/oxygen mixture for adult cancer patients with breakthrough pain. METHODS/DESIGN: This is a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study; it will be conducted in the General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University...
January 11, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076656/combined-inhaled-beta-agonist-and-anticholinergic-agents-for-emergency-management-in-adults-with-asthma
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REVIEW
Scott W Kirkland, Christine Vandenberghe, Britt Voaklander, Taylor Nikel, Sandra Campbell, Brian H Rowe
BACKGROUND: Inhaled short-acting anticholinergics (SAAC) and short-acting beta₂-agonists (SABA) are effective therapies for adult patients with acute asthma who present to the emergency department (ED). It is unclear, however, whether the combination of SAAC and SABA treatment is more effective in reducing hospitalisations compared to treatment with SABA alone. OBJECTIVES: To conduct an up-to-date systematic search and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of combined inhaled therapy (SAAC + SABA agents) vs...
January 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076183/markov-influence-diagrams
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Francisco J Díez, Mar Yebra, Iñigo Bermejo, Miguel A Palacios-Alonso, Manuel Arias Calleja, Manuel Luque, Jorge Pérez-Martín
Markov influence diagrams (MIDs) are a new type of probabilistic graphical model that extends influence diagrams in the same way that Markov decision trees extend decision trees. They have been designed to build state-transition models, mainly in medicine, and perform cost-effectiveness analyses. Using a causal graph that may contain several variables per cycle, MIDs can model various patient characteristics without multiplying the number of states; in particular, they can represent the history of the patient without using tunnel states...
February 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075379/veterinary-compounding-regulation-challenges-and-resources
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REVIEW
Gigi Davidson
The spectrum of therapeutic need in veterinary medicine is large, and the availability of approved drug products for all veterinary species and indications is relatively small. For this reason, extemporaneous preparation, or compounding, of drugs is commonly employed to provide veterinary medical therapies. The scope of veterinary compounding is broad and focused primarily on meeting the therapeutic needs of companion animals and not food-producing animals in order to avoid human exposure to drug residues. As beneficial as compounded medical therapies may be to animal patients, these therapies are not without risks, and serious adverse events may occur from poor quality compounds or excipients that are uniquely toxic when administered to a given species...
January 10, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073516/early-diagnosis-of-systemic-amyloidosis-by-means-of-a-transverse-carpal-ligament-biopsy-carried-out-during-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-surgery
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Judit Fernández Fuertes, Óscar Rodríguez Vicente, Sergio Sánchez Herráez, Luis Rafael Ramos Pascua
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: The systematic analysis of a carpal transverse ligament (CTL) sample obtained during routine carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) surgery may constitute a method of early diagnosis for systemic amyloidosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective study carried out on 147 consecutive CTL samples collected from patients intervened for CTS at the University Hospital of León from April 2006 to May 2007. In those cases in which amyloid deposition was observed in the CTL sample, the study was completed with a fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) of the subcutaneous fascia, using the Red Congo stain in both cases...
January 7, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071691/comparative-mitochondrial-genomics-toward-exploring-molecular-markers-in-the-medicinal-fungus-cordyceps-militaris
#12
Shu Zhang, Ai-Jing Hao, Yu-Xiang Zhao, Xiao-Yu Zhang, Yong-Jie Zhang
Cordyceps militaris is a fungus used for developing health food, but knowledge about its intraspecific differentiation is limited due to lack of efficient markers. Herein, we assembled the mitochondrial genomes of eight C. militaris strains and performed a comparative mitochondrial genomic analysis together with three previously reported mitochondrial genomes of the fungus. Sizes of the 11 mitochondrial genomes varied from 26.5 to 33.9 kb mainly due to variable intron contents (from two to eight introns per strain)...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068415/same-day-discharge-versus-overnight-stay-in-the-hospital-following-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Mohammad Zafooruddin Sani Soogund, Wei-Qiang Huang
BACKGROUND: New research in interventional cardiology has shown the demand for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) to have increased tremendously. Effective treatment with a lower hospital cost has been the aim of several PCI capable centers. This study aimed to compare the adverse clinical outcomes associated with same day discharge versus overnight stay in the hospital following PCI in a population of randomized patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: The National Library of Medicine (MEDLINE/PubMed), the Cochrane Registry of Randomized Controlled Trials and EMBASE databases were searched (from March to June 2016) for randomized trials comparing same-day discharge versus overnight stay in the hospital following PCI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067828/pharmacogenetic-foundations-of-therapeutic-efficacy-and-adverse-events-of-statins
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REVIEW
Elena Arrigoni, Marzia Del Re, Leonardo Fidilio, Stefano Fogli, Romano Danesi, Antonello Di Paolo
BACKGROUND: In the era of precision medicine, more attention is paid to the search for predictive markers of treatment efficacy and tolerability. Statins are one of the classes of drugs that could benefit from this approach because of their wide use and their incidence of adverse events. METHODS: Literature from PubMed databases and bibliography from retrieved publications have been analyzed according to terms such as statins, pharmacogenetics, epigenetics, toxicity and drug-drug interaction, among others...
January 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064353/who-is-a-healthy-subject-consensus-results-on-pivotal-eligibility-criteria-for-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Kerstin Breithaupt-Groegler, Christoph Coch, Martin Coenen, Frank Donath, Katharina Erb-Zohar, Klaus Francke, Karin Goehler, Mario Iovino, Klaus Peter Kammerer, Gerd Mikus, Jens Rengelshausen, Hildegard Sourgens, Reinhard Schinzel, Thomas Sudhop, Georg Wensing
INTRODUCTION/METHODS: A discussion forum was hosted by the German not-for-profit Association for Applied Human Pharmacology (AGAH e.V.) to critically review key eligibility criteria and stopping rules for clinical trials with healthy subjects, enrolling stakeholders from the pharmaceutical industry, contract research organisations, academia, ethics committees and competent authority. RESULTS: Pivotal eligibility criteria were defined for trials with new investigational medicinal products (IMPs) or with clinically established IMPs...
January 7, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063021/hepatotoxicity-with-vismodegib-an-md-anderson-cancer-center-and-research-on-adverse-drug-events-and-reports-project
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Beatrice J Edwards, Dennis W Raisch, Smita S Saraykar, Ming Sun, Josh A Hammel, Hai T Tran, Nathaniel Wehr, Rasha Arabyat, Dennis P West
BACKGROUND: On 30 January 2012, the US FDA approved vismodegib (Erivedge(®), Genentech, CA, USA) for the management of both metastatic and locally advanced basal cell carcinoma. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to identify evidence of hepatotoxicity with vismodegib in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) in treated patients in two National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Centers. METHODS: FAERS was searched for reports dated 1 January 2009 through 31 December 2015 using terms including hedgehog pathway and vismodegib and hepatic-related terms such as liver, jaundice, and hepatitis, among others...
January 6, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062204/impact-of-formulation-properties-and-process-parameters-on-the-dispensing-and-depositioning-of-drug-nanosuspensions-using-micro-valve-technology
#17
Bastian Bonhoeffer, Arno Kwade, Michael Juhnke
Flexible manufacturing processes with continuously adjustable dose strengths are considered particularly innovative and interesting for applications in personalized medicine, continuous manufacturing or early drug development. A piezo-actuated micro-valve has been investigated for the dispensing and depositioning of drug nanosuspensions onto substrates to facilitate the manufacturing of solid oral dosage forms. The investigated micro-valve has been characterized regarding dispensing behavior, mass flow, accuracy and robustness...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057602/formin-like-1-expression-is-increased-on-cd4-t-lymphocytes-in-spontaneous-autoimmune-uveitis
#18
Roxane L Degroote, Patrizia B Uhl, Barbara Amann, Angela M Krackhardt, Marius Ueffing, Stefanie M Hauck, Cornelia A Deeg
: The membrane protein expression repertoire of cells changes in course of activation. In equine recurrent uveitis (ERU), a spontaneous autoimmune disease in horses with relapsing and ultimately blinding inner eye inflammation, CD4+ T lymphocytes are the crucial pathogenic cells activated in the periphery directly prior to an inflammatory episode. In order to find relevant changes in the membrane proteome associated to disease, we sorted CD4+ lymphocytes and compared protein abundance from the generated proteome datasets of both healthy horses and ERU cases...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057073/a-comparison-of-emergency-airway-management-between-neuromuscular-blockades-alone-and-rapid-sequence-intubation-an-analysis-of-multicenter-prospective-study
#19
Nobuhiro Sato, Yusuke Hagiwara, Hiroko Watase, Kohei Hasegawa
BACKGROUND: Although airway management with neuromuscular blockade (NMB) alone is discouraged in the emergency department (ED), our previous study demonstrated that many patients were intubated using NMBs alone without sedatives. To refute this practice, we sought to compare the intubation success and adverse event rates between NMBs only and rapid sequence intubation (RSI). METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of the data from a prospective observational study of ED patients in 13 hospitals who underwent emergency airway management from April 2010 to August 2012...
January 3, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056795/bleeding-outcomes-associated-with-rivaroxaban-and-dabigatran-in-patients-treated-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Mohammad Zafooruddin Sani Soogund, Abhishek Rishikesh Teeluck, Manish Pursun, Akash Bhurtu, Wei-Qiang Huang
BACKGROUND: Warfarin is commonly used as a secondary prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, limitations have been observed even with the use of this medication. Recently, several newer direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have been approved for use by the food and drug administrations. Unfortunately, these newer drugs have seldom been compared directly with each other. Therefore, this study aimed to compare the bleeding events associated with rivaroxaban and dabigatran in patients treated for non-valvular AF...
January 6, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
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