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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350945/intervertebral-disk-degeneration-and-repair
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James Dowdell, Mark Erwin, Theodoe Choma, Alexander Vaccaro, James Iatridis, Samuel K Cho
Intervertebral disk (IVD) degeneration is a natural progression of the aging process. Degenerative disk disease (DDD) is a pathologic condition associated with IVD that has been associated with chronic back pain. There are a variety of different mechanisms of DDD (genetic, mechanical, exposure). Each of these pathways leads to a final common result of unbalancing the anabolic and catabolic environment of the extracellular matrix in favor of catabolism. Attempts have been made to gain an understanding of the process of IVD degeneration with in Vitro studies...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350935/screening-for-celiac-disease-evidence-report-and-systematic-review-for-the-us-preventive-services-task-force
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Roger Chou, Christina Bougatsos, Ian Blazina, Katherine Mackey, Sara Grusing, Shelley Selph
Importance: Silent or subclinical celiac disease may result in potentially avoidable adverse health consequences. Objective: To review the evidence on benefits and harms of screening for celiac disease in asymptomatic adults, adolescents, and children 3 years and older for the US Preventive Services Task Force. Data Sources: Ovid MEDLINE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, searched to June 14, 2016...
March 28, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346808/patient-reported-outcomes-1-year-after-immediate-breast-reconstruction-results-of-the-mastectomy-reconstruction-outcomes-consortium-study
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Andrea L Pusic, Evan Matros, Neil Fine, Edward Buchel, Gayle M Gordillo, Jennifer B Hamill, Hyungjin M Kim, Ji Qi, Claudia Albornoz, Anne F Klassen, Edwin G Wilkins
Purpose The goals of immediate postmastectomy breast reconstruction are to minimize deformity and optimize quality of life as perceived by patients. We prospectively evaluated patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in women undergoing immediate implant-based or autologous reconstruction. Methods Women undergoing immediate postmastectomy reconstruction for invasive cancer and/or carcinoma in situ were enrolled at 11 sites. Women underwent implant-based or autologous tissue reconstruction. Patients completed the BREAST-Q, a condition-specific PRO measure for breast surgery patients, and Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System-29, a generic PRO measure, before and 1 year after surgery...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346770/a-core-outcome-set-for-localised-prostate-cancer-effectiveness-trials
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Steven MacLennan, Paula R Williamson, Hanneke Bekema, Marion Campbell, Craig Ramsay, James N'Dow, Sara MacLennan, Luke Vale, Philipp Dahm, Nicolas Mottet, Thomas Lam, Paul Abel, Hashim U Ahmed, Gary Akehurst, Robert Almquist, Karl Beck, David Budd, Steven Canfield, James Catto, Philip Cornford, William Cross, Alexander Ewen, Judith Grant, Rakesh Heer, David Hurst, Rob Jones, Roger Kockelbergh, Andrew Mackie, Graham MacDonald, Alan McNeill, Malcolm Mason, Sam McClinton, Duncan McLaren, Hugh Mostafid, Ian Pearce, Linda Pennet, Justine Royle, Hans Schreuder, Grant D Stewart, Henk van der Poel, Kevin Wardlaw, Thomas Wiegel
OBJECTIVE: To develop a core outcome set (COS) applicable for effectiveness trials of all interventions for localised prostate cancer. BACKGROUND: Many treatments exist for localised prostate cancer, although it is unclear which offers the optimal therapeutic ratio. This is confounded by inconsistencies in the selection, definition, measurement and reporting of outcomes in clinical trials. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A list of 79 outcomes was derived from a systematic review of published localised prostate cancer effectiveness studies and semi-structured interviews with 15 prostate cancer patients...
March 27, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346758/commentary-distillation-and-element-based-design-of-psychological-treatments-in-global-mental-health-a-commentary-on-brown-et%C3%A2-al-2017
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Daniel Michelson, Vikram Patel
This commentary reflects on the "elements" approach in psychological treatment research, and its specific application to a systematic review of psychosocial interventions for youth in conflict-affected areas. We discuss three key questions for the field. First, what psychological treatment elements are necessary and/or sufficient to achieve clinically significant change for a given population? Second, how should elements be sequenced to achieve optimal outcomes? Third, what might account for the large heterogeneity observed in psychological treatment trials, other than the constituent practice elements? We conclude by describing a new research programme that aims to develop a transdiagnostic intervention targeting common mental health difficulties among school-going adolescents in India...
April 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346597/association-of-risk-of-viremia-immunosuppression-serious-clinical-events-and-mortality-with-increasing-age-in-perinatally-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-youth
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Anne M Neilan, Brad Karalius, Kunjal Patel, Russell B Van Dyke, Mark J Abzug, Allison L Agwu, Paige L Williams, Murli Purswani, Deborah Kacanek, James M Oleske, Sandra K Burchett, Andrew Wiznia, Miriam Chernoff, George R Seage, Andrea L Ciaranello
Importance: As perinatally human immunodeficiency virus-infected youth (PHIVY) in the United States grow older and more treatment experienced, clinicians need updated information about the association of age, CD4 cell count, viral load (VL), and antiretroviral (ARV) drug use with risk of opportunistic infections, key clinical events, and mortality to understand patient risks and improve care. Objective: To examine the incidence or first occurrence during follow-up of key clinical events (including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stage B [CDC-B] and stage C [CDC-C] events) and mortality among PHIVY stratified by age, CD4 cell count, and VL and ARV status...
March 27, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345977/spinal-cord-injuries-overcoming-barriers-to-seamless-care-for-patients
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Lorraine Donovan, Lee Francis, Paula Muter, Sheila Nevin, Rebecca Warren
Patients with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) often have complex needs that require multidisciplinary support in specialist centres. Optimal management depends on seamless transitions between service providers. Delays at any point potentially compromise clinical outcomes and efficient resource utilisation. The Spinal Advisory Working Group aims to develop and implement practical initiatives to improve SCI care, initially focusing on admission and discharge. A literature review identified few relevant papers. In addition, the generalisability of the findings of these papers to SCI centres in the UK is unclear...
March 23, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345729/medication-adherence-among-cardiac-patients-in-khartoum-state-sudan-a-cross-sectional-study
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Abdelmoneim Awad, Nahid Osman, Siham Altayib
INTRODUCTION: Non-adherence to medication among cardiac patients is often the major risk factor for poor clinical outcomes, increased mortality rates and higher healthcare costs. The literature evaluating the prevalence of and reasons for non-adherence in resource-poor settings is extremely limited compared to resource-rich settings. There is a scarcity of data about medication adherence in Sudan hence this study was performed to identify prevalence, predictors and barriers of non-adherence to medication among cardiac patients in Khartoum State...
March 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345590/associations-of-parental-age-with-health-and-social-factors-in-adult-offspring-methodological-pitfalls-and-possibilities
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David Carslake, Per Tynelius, Gerard van den Berg, George Davey Smith, Finn Rasmussen
Parental age is increasing rapidly in many countries. Analysis of this potentially important influence on offspring well-being is hampered by strong secular trends and socioeconomic patterning and by a shortage of follow-up data for adult offspring. We used Swedish national data on up to 3,653,938 offspring to consider the associations of parental age with a suite of outcomes in adult offspring, comparing the results from an array of statistical methods for optimal causal inference. The offspring of older mothers had higher BMI, blood pressure, height, intelligence, non-cognitive ability and socioeconomic position...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345498/the-effects-of-payments-for-pharmaceuticals-a-systematic-literature-review
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Katarzyna Kolasa, Marta Kowalczyk
The existence of different forms of out-of-pocket payments (OOPs) for pharmaceuticals across the globe provokes the question whether they can achieve more negative or positive consequences. A systematic literature review was conducted to assess the association between drug cost sharing and health care services utilization, health care costs as well as health outcomes. Studies published in The Cochrane Library, PubMed, Embase were searched with such keywords as: drug, pharmaceutical, cost sharing, out of pocket, co-payments paired with the following: impact, health outcomes, health care costs and utilization...
March 27, 2017: Health Economics, Policy, and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345202/prognostic-value-of-long-term-blood-pressure-changes-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Florian A Schmid, Oliver Schlager, Philipp Keller, Burkhardt Seifert, Ruizhu Huang, Georg M Fröhlich, Thomas F Lüscher, Frank Ruschitzka, Frank Enseleit
BACKGROUND: Chronic heart failure (CHF) is the final stage of many heart diseases. To improve outcomes, important risk factors for adverse clinical events in the CHF population need to be identified. The aim of the present study was to delineate the influence of long-term blood pressure (BP) changes on prognosis and mortality in a real-world cohort of CHF patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: This is a retrospective longitudinal analysis. Repeated office BP measurements were scheduled during follow-up visits every 3-6 months...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345025/optimization-of-a-neural-stem-cell-mediated-carboxylesterase-irinotecan-gene-therapy-for-metastatic-neuroblastoma
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Margarita Gutova, Leanne Goldstein, Marianne Metz, Anahit Hovsepyan, Lyudmila G Tsurkan, Revathiswari Tirughana, Lusine Tsaturyan, Alexander J Annala, Timothy W Synold, Zesheng Wan, Robert Seeger, Clarke Anderson, Rex A Moats, Philip M Potter, Karen S Aboody
Despite improved survival for children with newly diagnosed neuroblastoma (NB), recurrent disease is a significant problem, with treatment options limited by anti-tumor efficacy, patient drug tolerance, and cumulative toxicity. We previously demonstrated that neural stem cells (NSCs) expressing a modified rabbit carboxylesterase (rCE) can distribute to metastatic NB tumor foci in multiple organs in mice and convert the prodrug irinotecan (CPT-11) to the 1,000-fold more toxic topoisomerase-1 inhibitor SN-38, resulting in significant therapeutic efficacy...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345017/proof-of-concept-demonstration-of-optimal-composite-mri-endpoints-for-clinical-trials
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Steven D Edland, M Colin Ard, Jaiashre Sridhar, Derin Cobia, Adam Martersteck, M Marsel Mesulam, Emily J Rogalski
BACKGROUND: Atrophy measures derived from structural MRI are promising outcome measures for early phase clinical trials, especially for rare diseases such as primary progressive aphasia (PPA), where the small available subject pool limits our ability to perform meaningfully powered trials with traditional cognitive and functional outcome measures. METHODS: We investigated a composite atrophy index in 26 PPA participants with longitudinal MRIs separated by two years...
September 2016: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345002/cxcl12-promotes-stem-cell-recruitment-and-uterine-repair-after-injury-in-asherman-s-syndrome
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Gulcin Sahin Ersoy, Masoumeh Majidi Zolbin, Emine Cosar, Irene Moridi, Ramanaiah Mamillapalli, Hugh S Taylor
Asherman's syndrome is an acquired condition of uterine fibrosis and adhesions in response to injury that adversely affects fertility and pregnancy. We have previously demonstrated that bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMDSCs) contribute to uterine repair after injury and that stem cells supplementation improves fertility. Here, we demonstrate that CXCL12 is the chemokine that mediates stem cell engraftment and functional improvement using a murine model of Asherman's syndrome. After uterine injury, we demonstrate that CXCL12 augmentation increased BMDSC engraftment and that the CXCL12 receptor (CXCR4) antagonist, ADM3100, blocked stem cell recruitment...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344987/safe-and-effective-gene-therapy-for-murine-wiskott-aldrich-syndrome-using-an-insulated-lentiviral-vector
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Swati Singh, Iram Khan, Socheath Khim, Brenda Seymour, Karen Sommer, Matthew Wielgosz, Zachary Norgaard, Hans-Peter Kiem, Jennifer Adair, Denny Liggitt, Arthur Nienhuis, David J Rawlings
Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is a life-threatening immunodeficiency caused by mutations within the WAS gene. Viral gene therapy to restore WAS protein (WASp) expression in hematopoietic cells of patients with WAS has the potential to improve outcomes relative to the current standard of care, allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. However, the development of viral vectors that are both safe and effective has been problematic. While use of viral transcriptional promoters may increase the risk of insertional mutagenesis, cellular promoters may not achieve WASp expression levels necessary for optimal therapeutic effect...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344764/atypical-antipsychotics-recent-research-findings-and-applications-to-clinical-practice-proceedings-of-a-symposium-presented-at-the-29th-annual-european-college-of-neuropsychopharmacology-congress-19-september-2016-vienna-austria
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Robin Murray, Christoph U Correll, Gavin P Reynolds, David Taylor
Available evidence suggests that second-generation atypical antipsychotics are broadly similar to first-generation agents in terms of their efficacy, but may have a more favourable tolerability profile, primarily by being less likely to cause extrapyramidal symptoms. However, atypical antipsychotics are variably associated with disturbances in the cardiometabolic arena, including increased body weight and the development of metabolic syndrome, which may reflect differences in their receptor binding profiles...
March 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344415/percutaneous-coronary-intervention-versus-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-in-patients-with-diabetic-nephropathy-and-left-main-coronary-artery-disease
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Hsin-Ru Li, Chiao-Po Hsu, Shih-Hsien Sung, Chun-Che Shih, Shing-Jong Lin, Wan-Leong Chan, Cheng-Hsueh Wu, Tse-Min Lu
BACKGROUND: Patients with diabetic nephropathy and unprotected left main (LM) coronary artery disease suffer from high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Although surgical revascularization is currently recommended in this special patient population, the optimal revascularization method for this distinct patient group has remained unclear. METHODS: We collected 99 consecutive patients with unprotected LM disease and diabetic nephropathy, including 46 patients who had undergone percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), and 53 who had coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), with a mean age of 72 ± 10; with 80...
March 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344380/time-is-money-rational-life-cycle-inertia-and-the-delegation-of-investment-management
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Hugh Hoikwang Kim, Raimond Maurer, Olivia S Mitchell
Many households display inertia in investment management over their life cycles. Our calibrated dynamic life cycle portfolio choice model can account for such an apparently 'irrational' outcome, by incorporating the fact that investors must forgo acquiring job-specific skills when they spend time managing their money, and their efficiency in financial decision making varies with age. Resulting inertia patterns mesh well with findings from prior studies and our own empirical results from Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) data...
August 2016: Journal of Financial Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344181/stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-pediatric-high-grade-brain-arteriovenous-malformations-our-experience-and-review-of-literature
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Mohana Rao Patibandla, Dale Ding, Zhiyuan Xu, Jason P Sheehan
INTRODUCTION: Although high-grade AVMs pose a particularly high lifetime hemorrhage risk to pediatric patients (age <18 years), little is known about the treatment outcomes. Therefore, the aim of this retrospective cohort study was to evaluate the outcomes after single-session stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for pediatric high-grade AVMs. METHODS: we reviewed baseline and treatment outcomes data from pediatric patient's age less than 18 years with SM Grade IV AVMs treated with SRS in a single session at our institution...
March 23, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344120/a-systematic-review-of-lifestyle-counseling-for-diverse-patients-in-primary-care
#20
REVIEW
Cathy L Melvin, Melanie S Jefferson, LaShanta J Rice, Lynne S Nemeth, Andrea M Wessell, Paul J Nietert, Chanita Hughes-Halbert
Prior research and systematic reviews have examined strategies related to weight management, less is known about lifestyle and behavioral counseling interventions optimally suited for implementation in primary care practices generally, and among racial and ethnic patient populations. Primary care practitioners may find it difficult to access and use available research findings on effective behavioral and lifestyle counseling strategies and to assess their effects health behaviors among their patients. This systematic review compiled existing evidence from randomized trials to inform primary care providers about which lifestyle and behavioral change interventions are shown to be effective for changing patients' diet, physical activity and weight outcomes...
March 23, 2017: Preventive Medicine
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