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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452450/-cost-comparison-of-licensed-intravitreal-therapies-for-insufficiently-anti-vegf-responding-fovea-involving-diabetic-macular-edema-in-germany
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Aljoscha S Neubauer, Christos Haritoglou, Michael W Ulbig
BACKGROUND: In the treatment of center-involving diabetic macular edema, despite initial therapy with an anti-VEGF compound, an insufficient response may occur. Further therapy options include a switch of anti-VEGF products or to corticosteroid implants, such as Fluocinolone acetonide or Dexamethasone. OBJECTIVES: Firstly, to investigate systematically which evidence-based study data are available describing the efficacy of in-label treatments after primary anti-VEGF treatment, secondly, to investigate which costs go along for the healthcare provider...
February 16, 2018: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452362/reported-theory-use-in-walking-interventions-a-literature-review-and-research-agenda
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Mohammad Abdul Kadir, Sharyn Rundle-Thiele
There is mixed evidence with some suggesting walking can be increased up to the recommended level through interventions based on behaviour change models and others showing partial or no effects [Arbour and Ginis (A randomised controlled trial of the effects of implementation intentions on women's walking behaviour. Psychol Health, 2009;24:49-65); Merom et al. (Can a motivational intervention overcome an unsupportive environment for walking-findings from the Step-by-Step Study. Ann Behav Med 2009;38:137-46); Ornes and Ransdell (A pilot study examining exercise self-efficacy as a mediator for walking behavior in college-age women...
February 14, 2018: Health Promotion International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452348/non-invasive-screening-for-coronary-artery-disease-in-asymptomatic-diabetic-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-controlled-trials
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Olivier F Clerc, Tobias A Fuchs, Julia Stehli, Dominik C Benz, Christoph Gräni, Michael Messerli, Andreas A Giannopoulos, Ronny R Buechel, Thomas F Lüscher, Aju P Pazhenkottil, Philipp A Kaufmann, Oliver Gaemperli
It is unclear whether non-invasive screening of asymptomatic diabetic patients for coronary artery disease (CAD) may improve cardiac outcomes. Thus, we performed a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials (RCT's) on this topic. We searched appropriate RCT's in five online databases (PubMed/MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, Embase, Scopus, and Web of Science) from January 2000 to November 2017 and in 41 recent reviews. Two investigators independently extracted and assessed study data using standardised forms...
February 14, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452330/atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumor-after-in-vitro-fertilization-illustrative-case-report-and-systematic-literature-review
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REVIEW
Adomas Bunevicius, Algimantas Matukevicius, Vytenis Deltuva, Inga Gudinaviciene, Darius Pranys, Arimantas Tamsauskas
OBJECTIVE: In vitro fertilization (IVF) is increasingly used for treatment of infertile couples worldwide. The association between IVF and cancer risk in offsprings is conflicting. We present a case of atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) in a girl conceived by IVF and present results of systematic review of literature of primary intracranial neoplasms diagnosed in children conceived by IVF. METHODS: A systematic review of literature was conducted on April 12, 2017 to identify previously published reports of intracranial brain tumors in patients conceived after IVF...
February 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452317/the-minimally-invasive-alternative-approaches-to-the-pterional-craniotomy-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Jonathan Rychen, Davide Croci, Michel Roethlisberger, Erez Nossek, Matthew Potts, Ivan Radovanovic, Howard Riina, Luigi Mariani, Raphael Guzman, Daniel W Zumofen
OBJECTIVE: Minimally invasive alternatives to the pterional craniotomy include the minipterional and the supraorbital craniotomy (SOC). The latter is performed via either an eyebrow or an eyelid skin incision. The purpose of this systematic review was to analyze the type and the incidence of approach-related complications of these keyhole craniotomies. METHODS: We review pertinent publications retrieved by search in the PubMed/Medline database. Inclusion criteria were all full-text publications, abstracts, and posters in English, up to 2016, reporting clinical results...
February 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452303/effect-of-biologics-on-fatigue-in-psoriatic-arthritis-a-systematic-literature-review-with-meta-analysis
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Thomas Reygaerts, Stéphane Mitrovic, Bruno Fautrel, Laure Gossec
OBJECTIVES: Fatigue is a significant issue in psoriatic arthritis. The objective was to assess the effect of biological disease modifying antirheumatic drugs and apremilast on fatigue in psoriatic arthritis randomised controlled trials and to compare this effect with the effect in the same trials, on pain, through a systematic literature review and meta-analysis. METHODS: A systematic literature review was performed up to January 2017 in PubMed, Embase and Cochrane databases...
February 13, 2018: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452284/-micro-endoscopic-vs-pure-endoscopic-surgery-for-spinal-intra-dural-mass-lesions-a-comparative-study-and-review
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Sivashanmugam Dhandapani, Madhivanan Karthigeyan
BACKGROUND: Endoscopy is increasingly being used for minimal invasiveness and panoramic visualization, with unclear efficacy and safety among spinal intradural lesions. OBJECTIVE: To compare micro-endoscopic and pure-endoscopic surgery for spinal intradural lesions. METHODS: Spinal intradural lesions operated by us using endoscopic/access ports were categorized 'micro-endoscopic' (predominant microscope use), or 'pure-endoscopic' (standalone endoscopy) surgery, and studied with respect to clinico-radiological features, techniques, peri-operative course, histopathology, clinical and radiological outcome at minimum of 3 months...
February 13, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452283/posterolateral-fusion-plf-vs-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion-tlif-for-spondylolisthesis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Jay M Levin, Joseph E Tanenbaum, Michael P Steinmetz, Thomas E Mroz, Samuel C Overley
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Lumbar fusion is an effective and durable treatment for symptomatic lumbar spondylolisthesis, however the current literature provides insufficient evidence to recommend an optimal surgical fusion strategy. PURPOSE: To compare the clinical outcomes, fusion rates, blood loss, and operative times between open posterolateral lumbar fusion (PLF) alone and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion + posterolateral fusion (TLIF) for spondylolisthesis...
February 13, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452258/recent-findings-related-to-immune-responses-against-leptospirosis-and-novel-strategies-to-prevent-infection
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Frédérique Vernel-Pauillac, Catherine Werts
What are the new approaches and emerging ideas to prevent leptospirosis, a neglected bacterial re-emerging zoonotic disease? How do Leptospira interrogans escape the host defenses? We aim here to review and discuss the most recent literature that provides some answers to these questions, in particular data related to a better understanding of adaptive and innate immunity towards leptospires, and design of vaccines. This is an opinion paper, not a comprehensive review. We will try to highlight the new strategies and technologies boosting the search for drugs and vaccines...
February 13, 2018: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452240/the-effect-of-non-anti-tnf-targeting-biologics-and-small-molecules-on-insulin-resistance-in-inflammatory-arthritis
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REVIEW
Francesco Ursini, Emilio Russo, Piero Ruscitti, Roberto Giacomelli, Giovambattista De Sarro
Inflammatory arthritides are chronic diseases characterised by an increase in cardiovascular risk, largely attributable to the synergy between high-grade systemic inflammation and an elevated prevalence of traditional cardiovascular risk factors. Amongst the latter, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes (T2D) play a key position. Previous studies demonstrated a potential insulin-sensiting effect of anti-TNF biologic medications. For converse, less is known about the role of newer biologics or small molecules...
February 13, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452221/a-scoping-review-and-survey-provides-the-rationale-perceptions-and-preferences-for-the-integration-of-randomized-and-non-randomized-studies-in-evidence-syntheses-and-grade-assessments
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Carlos A Cuello, Rebecca L Morgan, Jan Brozek, Nancy Santesso, Jos Verbeek, Kris Thayer, Gordon Guyatt, Holger J Schünemann
OBJECTIVES: To review the literature and obtain preferences and perceptions from experts regarding the role of randomized studies (RS) and non-randomized studies (NRS) in systematic reviews of intervention effects. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Scoping review and survey of experts. Using levels of certainty developed by the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) working group, experts expressed their preferences about the use of RS and NRS in health syntheses...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452202/effectiveness-of-indoor-allergen-reduction-in-the-management-of-asthma-a-systematic-review
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Brian F Leas, Kristen E D'Anci, Andrea J Apter, Tyra Bryant-Stephens, Marcus P Lynch, Janice L Kaczmarek, Craig A Umscheid
BACKGROUND: This review will inform updated National Asthma Education and Prevention Program clinical practice guidelines. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of allergen reduction interventions on asthma outcomes. METHODS: We systematically searched the gray literature and five bibliographic databases. Eligible studies included systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, and nonrandomized interventional studies. Risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane Risk of Bias instrument and the Newcastle-Ottawa scale...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452187/purification-of-extra-cellular-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-as-an-antibacterial-agent-using-anion-exchange-chromatography
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M Ijadi Bajestani, S M Mousavi, S B Mousavi, A Jafari, S A Shojaosadati
BLAST analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence for the newly isolated bacterium, revealed significant identity (99.5%) with Bacillus sonorensis [Ijadi Bajestani, M., et al., International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 2017. 96: p. 100-110]. According to the literature review for closely related species of Bacillus sonorensis, the production of poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) as an extra cellular biopolymer was investigated for the isolated bacteria which is deposited in IBRC (Iranian Biological Resource Center) as Bacillus sp...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452155/comparative-developmental-biology-of-the-cardiac-inflow-tract
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REVIEW
Rita Carmona, Laura Ariza, Ana Cañete, Ramón Muñoz-Chápuli
The vertebrate heart receives the blood through the cardiac inflow tract. This area has experienced profound changes along the evolution of vertebrates; changes that have a reflection in the cardiac ontogeny. The development of the inflow tract involves dynamic changes due to the progressive addition of tissue derived from the secondary heart field. The inflow tract is the site where oxygenated blood coming from lungs is received separately from the systemic return, where the cardiac pacemaker is established and where the proepicardium develops...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452151/does-reduced-mastication-influence-cognitive-and-systemic-health-during-aging
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REVIEW
Sophie Miquel, Marcelo Aspiras, Jon E L Day
There is a growing body of literature which suggests that oral health and mastication can influence cognitive and systemic health during aging. However, it is currently unclear whether oral health, masticatory efficiency, cognitive health and systemic health merely deteriorate independently with age, or whether mechanisms exist linking mastication to cognitive and systemic health directly. The aim of this paper is to review the extent to which reduced mastication influences cognitive and systemic health during aging because this knowledge may underpin future interventions that improve quality of life...
February 13, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452113/technological-innovation-strategies-for-the-specific-treatment-of-chagas-disease-based-on-benznidazole
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REVIEW
Leslie Raphael de Moura Ferraz, Alinne Élida Gonçalves Alves, Débora Dolores Souza da Silva Nascimento, Isabela Araújo E Amariz, Aline Silva Ferreira, Salvana Priscylla Manso Costa, Larissa Araújo Rolim, Ádley Antonini Neves de Lima, Pedro José Rolim Neto
Caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, Chagas disease is responsible for public health problems greater in magnitude than those attributed to malaria, schistosomiasis, or leishmaniasis. A factor in the socioeconomic development of poor countries, Chagas disease can cause death due to a high parasitic burden during its acute phase due and irreversible damage in organs such as the heart, esophagus, and colon during its chronic phase, even when the number of parasites is minimal. For treating Chagas disease, benznidazole (BNZ) remains the drug of choice and, in Latin America, the only drug on the market for treating the disease...
February 13, 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452069/idiopathic-isolated-unilateral-hypoglossal-nerve-palsy-a-report-of-2-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
#17
Akio Shibata, Masashi Kimura, Kenichiro Ishiabashi, Masahiro Umemura
Hypoglossal nerve palsy (HNP) is a common finding in neurologic diseases when associated with other cranial nerve palsies or further pathology and exhibits characteristic clinical manifestations, including unilateral atrophy of the musculature of the tongue. It occasionally appears as the initial or solitary sign of an intracranial or extracranial space-occupying lesion, head or neck injury, or vascular abnormality of the internal carotid artery. There are few cases of idiopathic isolated unilateral HNP, which should be diagnosed through exclusion...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452004/review-of-literature-on-measurements-of-non-invasive-break-up-times-lipid-morphology-and-tear-meniscal-height-using-commercially-available-hand-held-instruments
#18
Louis Tong, Lim Shee Teng
Purpose/aims: Dry eye is a common multi-factorial disease characterized by tearfilm dysfunction. Diagnosis of dry eye requires documentation of tear status with non-invasive tear break up times (NIBUT), tear meniscal height (TMH), and tearfilm lipid layer. These parameters objectively assess tear stability and indirectly, the functional impact of meibomian gland dysfunction. While it is obvious that portable instrumentation gives broader access than fixed instrumentation, its value would be limited if it is unreliable and its precision and accuracy substantially worse than fixed instruments...
February 16, 2018: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452002/conditions-based-learning-theory-as-a-framework-for-comparative-effectiveness-reviews-a-worked-example
#19
Liam Rourke, Jessica Leong, Patricia Chatterly
Phenomenon: An evidence-informed era of medical education encourages the generation and use of comparative-effectiveness reviews, yet the reviews often conclude, curiously, that all instructional approaches are equally effective. APPROACH: We used a conditions-based learning theory to structure a review of the comparative-effectiveness literature on electrocardiogram instruction. We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE (Ovid), ERIC (Ovid), PsycINFO (Ovid), and CINAHL (EBSCO) from inception to June 2016...
February 16, 2018: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451959/network-analysis-an-innovative-framework-for-understanding-eating-disorder-psychopathology
#20
Kathryn E Smith, Ross D Crosby, Stephen A Wonderlich, Kelsie T Forbush, Tyler B Mason, Markus Moessner
Network theory and analysis is an emerging approach in psychopathology research that has received increasing attention across fields of study. In contrast to medical models or latent variable approaches, network theory suggests that psychiatric syndromes result from systems of causal and reciprocal symptom relationships. Despite the promise of this approach to elucidate key mechanisms contributing to the development and maintenance of eating disorders (EDs), thus far, few applications of network analysis have been tested in ED samples...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Eating Disorders
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