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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149153/analysis-of-reporting-bias-in-vertebral-augmentation
#1
Douglas P Beall, Sean M Tutton, Kieran Murphy, Wayne Olan, Christopher Warner, Jack B Test
Osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCFs) are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and worldwide, with estimates of 750,000 to 1.5 million occurring annually. As the elderly population continues to increase, the incidence of OVCFs will continue to rise, as will the morbidity and mortality associated with this condition. Vertebral augmentation (VA) was almost universally accepted as the appropriate treatment modality prior to 2 sham trials published in 2009 by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133334/national-citation-patterns-of-nejm-the-lancet-jama-and-the-bmj-in-the-lay-press-a-quantitative-content-analysis
#2
Gonzalo Casino, Roser Rius, Erik Cobo
OBJECTIVES: To analyse the total number of newspaper articles citing the four leading general medical journals and to describe national citation patterns. DESIGN: Quantitative content analysis. SETTING/SAMPLE: Full text of 22 general newspapers in 14 countries over the period 2008-2015, collected from LexisNexis. The 14 countries have been categorised into four regions: the USA, the UK, Western World (European countries other than the UK, and Australia, New Zealand and Canada) and Rest of the World (other countries)...
November 12, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058806/an-epidemic-of-multiple-sclerosis-and-falling-infection-rates-reflecting-on-comparisons-made-and-the-rising-ms-incidence-in-bach-s-nejm-2002-figure
#3
Helen Tremlett, Robyn Lucas
Myths are common in science and research. Findings from a publication in a high impact, influential journal, can be accepted as fact, with an assumption that the peer review process ensures study validity. Repeated presentation of graphical representations or summary statements at scientific meetings and through citation in publications can cement the findings such that they guide 'understanding' of science and future research directions. Such may be the case with the multiple sclerosis (MS) related epidemiology presented within a wider review article published in 2002 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)...
October 23, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993088/hip-and-knee-arthroplasty-orthopedic-literature-in-medical-journals-is-it-negatively-biased
#4
Ronald E Delanois, Chukwuweike U Gwam, Nicolas S Piuzzi, Morad Chughtai, Arthur L Malkani, Peter M Bonutti, Michael A Mont
BACKGROUND: Healthcare policy is often determined by well-designed studies most often published in high-impact medical journals. However, concern about the presence of publication bias against lower-extremity arthroplasty-related studies has called into question some of the validity of certain reports. There are only a few studies investigating the presence of the bias in high-impact medical journals against lower-extremity arthroplasty intervention, particularly in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), and the Lancet...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956605/rotational-excitation-of-the-cp-%C3%AE-2-%C3%AE-open-shell-molecule-due-to-collision-with-he-1-s
#5
Cheikh T Bop, N A Boye Faye, K Hammami, N Jaïdane
Phosphorus bearing molecules have been discovered in the circumstellar and interstellar media. Modeling their abundance accurately requires computations of rate coefficients induced by collision with He and H2 (i.e., the most abundant gaseous components). These calculations may be carried out by first determining highly accurate potential energy surface (PES) and cross sections. In this paper, we present the first PES of the CP(X(2)Σ(+))-He((1)S) van der Waals collisional complex. The ab initio interaction potential was performed using the explicitly correlated restricted coupled cluster approach with simple, double, and perturbative triple excitation (RCCSD(T)-F12) in connection with the augmented-correlation consistent-polarized valence triple-ζ Gaussian basis set (aug-cc-pVTZ)...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762422/the-gas-phase-structure-of-dimethyl-peroxide
#6
Olfa Ferchichi, Najoua Derbel, Nejm-Eddine Jaidane, Thibaud Cours, Alexander Alijah
There has been a disagreement amongst experimentalists and between experimentalists and theoreticians as to the gas-phase structure of dimethyl peroxide. We have investigated this problem with high-level CCSD(T)-F12 and MRCI procedures. There can be no doubt anymore that, at the minimum of the potential energy surface, the COOC fragment has a trans-structure. The dynamical structure of the molecule can, however, be different and be explained by the very slow torsional motion. We have analysed the dynamical structure using numerical wavefunctions of the torsional motion and a fully optimized potential curve of MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ quality...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749016/trends-in-study-design-and-the-statistical-methods-employed-in-a-leading-general-medicine-journal
#7
M Gosho, Y Sato, K Nagashima, S Takahashi
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Study design and statistical methods have become core components of medical research, and the methodology has become more multifaceted and complicated over time. The study of the comprehensive details and current trends of study design and statistical methods is required to support the future implementation of well-planned clinical studies providing information about evidence-based medicine. Our purpose was to illustrate study design and statistical methods employed in recent medical literature...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746658/relationship-between-periodontal-disease-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors-among-young-and-middle-aged-brazilians-cross-sectional-study
#8
Alessandra Carvalho Goulart, Favius Armani, Astrid Marie Arap, Thais Nejm, Juliana Barros Andrade, Henry Bittar Bufarah, Danielli Haddad Syllos Dezen
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: It has been suggested in the literature that periodontal disease (PD) is associated with cardiovascular risk. The objective of this study was to appraise the relationship between periodontal disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) and traditional cardiovascular risk factors (obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes and metabolic syndrome) among young and middle-aged adults attended at a health promotion and check-up center in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional study at the Health Promotion and Check-up Center of Hospital Sírio-Libanês, São Paulo, Brazil...
May 2017: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681381/epilepsy-transition-from-pediatric-to-adult-care-recommendations-of-the-ontario-epilepsy-implementation-task-force
#9
Danielle M Andrade, Anne S Bassett, Eduard Bercovici, Felippe Borlot, Esther Bui, Peter Camfield, Guida Quaglia Clozza, Eyal Cohen, Timothy Gofine, Lisa Graves, Jon Greenaway, Beverly Guttman, Maya Guttman-Slater, Ayman Hassan, Megan Henze, Miriam Kaufman, Bernard Lawless, Hannah Lee, Lezlee Lindzon, Lysa Boissé Lomax, Mary Pat McAndrews, Dolly Menna-Dack, Berge A Minassian, Janice Mulligan, Rima Nabbout, Tracy Nejm, Mary Secco, Laurene Sellers, Michelle Shapiro, Marie Slegr, Rosie Smith, Peter Szatmari, Leeping Tao, Anastasia Vogt, Sharon Whiting, O Carter Snead
The transition from a pediatric to adult health care system is challenging for many youths with epilepsy and their families. Recently, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care of the Province of Ontario, Canada, created a transition working group (TWG) to develop recommendations for the transition process for patients with epilepsy in the Province of Ontario. Herein we present an executive summary of this work. The TWG was composed of a multidisciplinary group of pediatric and adult epileptologists, psychiatrists, and family doctors from academia and from the community; neurologists from the community; nurses and social workers from pediatric and adult epilepsy programs; adolescent medicine physician specialists; a team of physicians, nurses, and social workers dedicated to patients with complex care needs; a lawyer; an occupational therapist; representatives from community epilepsy agencies; patients with epilepsy; parents of patients with epilepsy and severe intellectual disability; and project managers...
September 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649227/fish-oil-supplementation-reduces-heart-levels-of-interleukin-6-in-rats-with-chronic-inflammation-due-to-epilepsy
#10
Mariana Bocca Nejm, André Abou Haidar, Aparecida Emiko Hirata, Lila Missae Oyama, Antonio-Carlos Guimarães de Almeida, Roberta Monterazzo Cysneiros, Esper Abrão Cavalheiro, Carla Alessandra Scorza, Fulvio Alexandre Scorza
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a major cause of premature death related to epilepsy. The causes of SUDEP remain unknown, but cardiac arrhythmias and asphyxia have been suggested as a major mechanism of this event. Inflammation has been implicated in the pathogenesis of both epilepsy and ventricular arrhythmia, with interleukin-6 (IL-6) being recognized as a crucial orchestrator of inflammatory states. Our group previously reported that levels of IL-6 were increased in the hearts of epileptic rats...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635579/-fish-oil-in-pregnancy-can-it-prevent-asthma-in-children
#11
P L P Brand, M B Katan
Taking fish oil supplements in the third trimester of pregnancy was associated with significantly less wheezing or asthma in the child at the age of 3-5 years, according to a randomized clinical trial by Bisgaard et al., NEJM 2017. However, the results of this study should be interpreted with caution. The primary end points were modified at a late stage in the study, and two primary end points, eczema in the first 3 years of life and allergic sensitization at 18 months of age, were demoted to secondary end points, and showed no significant effect of treatment...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618323/a-systematic-review-of-trends-in-the-selective-exclusion-of-older-participant-from-randomised-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Miriam Thake, Andrew Lowry
INTRODUCTION: The unjustified exclusion of older participants from clinical trials creates research populations that are non-representative, in turn creating difficulties applying research to the target populations. The aim of this study was to assess the proportion of randomised control trials (RCTs) that have unexplained upper age limits and review whether this proportion is reducing over time. METHODS: All RCTs in BMJ, Lancet, JAMA and NEJM from 1998 to 2015 were reviewed to identify any specified upper-age cut off and, if so, whether this exclusion criterion had an explanation in the text...
September 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580651/data-fabrication-and-other-reasons-for-non-random-sampling-in-5087-randomised-controlled-trials-in-anaesthetic-and-general-medical-journals
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J B Carlisle
Randomised, controlled trials have been retracted after publication because of data fabrication and inadequate ethical approval. Fabricated data have included baseline variables, for instance, age, height or weight. Statistical tests can determine the probability of the distribution of means, given their standard deviation and the number of participants in each group. Randomised, controlled trials have been retracted after the data distributions have been calculated as improbable. Most retracted trials have been written by anaesthetists and published by specialist anaesthetic journals...
June 4, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550129/the-editor-in-chief-of-clinical-chemistry-chats-with-the-editor-in-chief-of-nejm-group-about-aacc-learning-lab-for-laboratory-medicine-on-nejm-knowledge
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June 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441094/background-rates-of-disease-in-latin-american-children-from-a-rotavirus-vaccine-study
#15
Marc Baay, Kaatje Bollaerts, Claudio Struchiner, Thomas Verstraeten
BACKGROUND: Knowledge of background rates of adverse events is crucial to assess vaccine safety concerns. We used data from a rotavirus vaccine study (Ruiz-Palacios et al., NEJM, 2006) including 63,225 infants from 11 Latin American countries to investigate reporting rates of serious adverse events (SAEs) among these infants, and describe rates by country, gender, age, and season. METHODS: For this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial, investigators from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela recruited 6-to-13-week-old healthy infants...
August 3, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438655/assessing-the-relevancy-of-citation-classics-in-neurosurgery-part-ii-foundational-papers-in-neurosurgery
#16
REVIEW
Michael A Bohl, Jay D Turner, Andrew S Little, Peter Nakaji, Francisco A Ponce
BACKGROUND: The second part of this study reanalyzes Ponce and Lozano's (2010) list of classics to create a new list of "foundational" articles in neurosurgery. Ponce and Lozano (2010) previously published a list of 106 neurosurgery classics, as defined by Garfield and his 400 citation criterion. METHODS: We used the Web of Science citation reports to create graphs for each study showing the total citations it received as a function of time. Each graph was subjectively analyzed independently and scored as "foundational" or "classic only," based on whether the trend of citations received per year was uptrending, neutral, or downtrending...
August 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390380/solvation-energies-of-the-proton-in-ammonia-explicitly-versus-temperature
#17
Alhadji Malloum, Jean Jules Fifen, Zoubeida Dhaouadi, Serge Guy Nana Engo, Nejm-Eddine Jaidane
We provide in this work, the absolute solvation enthalpies and the absolute solvation free energies of the proton in ammonia explicitly versus temperature. As a result, the absolute solvation free energy of the proton remains quite constant for temperatures below 200 K. Above this temperature, it increases as a linear function of the temperature: ΔGam(H(+),T)=-1265.832+0.210 T. This indicates that a temperature change of 100 K would induce a solvation free energy change of 21 kJ mol(-1). Thus, ignoring this free energy change would lead to a bad description of hydrogen bonds and an unacceptable error higher than 3...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152956/implementing-value-based-cancer-care-a-multidisciplinary-approach-to-defining-breast-cancer-outcomes
#18
Tinisha L Mayo, Tracy E Spinks, Seohyun Lee, Carlos Hernando Barcenas, Benjamin D Smith, Sharon Hermes Giordano, Rosa F Hwang, Richard A Ehlers, Jesse C Selber, Ronald Stewart Walters, Debu Tripathy, Kelly Hunt, Thomas A Buchholz, Thomas W Feeley, Henry Mark Kuerer
16 Background: Value in healthcare (patient-centered outcomes achieved per dollar spent) unifies performance improvement goals with health outcomes of importance to patients. We describe the process through which value-based measures for breast cancer patients and dynamic capture of these metrics via our new electronic health record (EHR) were developed at our institution. METHODS: A review of the breast cancer literature was conducted on treatment options as well as expected outcomes and potential treatment complications...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147547/structures-and-spectroscopy-of-medium-size-protonated-ammonia-clusters-at-different-temperatures-h-nh3-10-16
#19
Alhadji Malloum, Jean Jules Fifen, Zoubeida Dhaouadi, Serge Guy Nana Engo, Nejm-Eddine Jaidane
Structures of protonated ammonia clusters (H(+)(NH3)n) are very important for the determination of pKa's and solvation energies of the proton in ammonia. In this work, their structures were investigated at M06-2X/6-31++g(d,p) level of theory, for n=10-16 and for temperatures ranging from 0 to 400 K. In the cluster community, this is the first theoretical study on the protonated ammonia clusters larger than the nonamer. We noted that the population of the investigated clusters is reproduced by branched cage or cage like structures at low temperatures, while branched linear and branched cyclic or branched double cyclic isomers are the only isomers responsible for the population at higher temperatures...
January 28, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126598/reporting-of-data-monitoring-boards-in-publications-of-randomized-clinical-trials-is-often-deficient-acttion-systematic-review
#20
REVIEW
Jennifer S Gewandter, Rachel A Kitt, Matthew R Hunsinger, Joseph Poku, Jacqueline Lozano, Jenna Chaudari, Scott Evans, Robert A Gross, Michael P McDermott, Michael C Rowbotham, Dennis C Turk, Robert H Dworkin
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether primary reports of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) in six high-impact, general medical journals reported (1) whether or not a Data Monitoring Committee/Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DMC/DSMB) was used and (2) the composition of the responsibilities of the reported DSMB/DMCs. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Systematic review of RCTs published in 2014 in Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, NEJM, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, and Lancet...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
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