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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454279/bonding-of-composite-cements-to-zirconia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-in-vitro-studies
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Putsadeeporn Thammajaruk, Masanao Inokoshi, Shanley Chong, Massimiliano Guazzato
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature and statistically analyze bond strength data to identify the influence that composite cements, type of test methodology, chemical and mechanical pre-treatments have on the bond strength of composite cements to zirconia in three different artificial aging conditions. METHODS: The literature was electronically searched in MEDLINE, PUBMED, EMBASE, and SCOPUS to select relevant articles that evaluated the bond strength between zirconia and composite cements...
February 8, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454238/transformations-of-dissolved-organic-matter-induced-by-uv-photolysis-hydroxyl-radicals-chlorine-radicals-and-sulfate-radicals-in-aqueous-phase-uv-based-advanced-oxidation-processes
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Lathika Varanasi, Erica Coscarelli, Maryam Khaksari, Lynn R Mazzoleni, Daisuke Minakata
Considering the increasing identification of trace organic contaminants in natural aquatic environments, the removal of trace organic contaminants from water or wastewater discharge is an urgent task. Ultraviolet (UV) and UV-based advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), such as UV/hydrogen peroxide (UV/H 2 O 2 ), UV/free chlorine and UV/persulfate, are attractive and promising approaches for the removal of these contaminants due to the high reactivity of active radical species produced in these UV-AOPs with a wide variety of organic contaminants...
February 8, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454163/exacerbations-in-adults-with-asthma-a-systematic-review-and-external-validation-of-prediction-models
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Rik Jb Loymans, Thomas Pa Debray, Persijn J Honkoop, Evelien H Termeer, Jiska B Snoeck-Stroband, Tjard Rj Schermer, Willem Jj Assendelft, Merel Timp, Kian Fan Chung, Ana R Sousa, Jaap K Sont, Peter J Sterk, Helen K Reddel, Gerben Ter Riet
BACKGROUND: Several prediction models assessing future risk of exacerbations in adult patients with asthma have been published. Applicability of these models is uncertain because their predictive performance has often not been assessed beyond the population in which they were derived. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to identify and critically appraise prediction models for asthma exacerbations and validate them in two clinically distinct populations. METHODS: PubMed and EMBASE were searched to April 2017 for reports describing adult asthma populations in which multivariable models were constructed to predict exacerbations during any time frame...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454147/factors-associated-with-malignancy-in-hysteroscopically-resected-endometrial-polyps-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Lizandra M Paravidine Sasaki, Keitty R C Andrade, Ana Claudia Morais Godoy Figueiredo, Miriam da S Wanderley, Maurício G Pereira
The objective of our study was to estimate the frequency of pre-malignant and malignant lesions in endometrial polyps and to evaluate associated clinical and demographic factors. A literature search was performed in major databases and the gray literature using the terms polyps OR endometrial polyp AND endometrial neoplasms OR endometrial cancer OR endometrial hyperplasia OR malignan*. Studies describing the frequency of pre-malignant and malignant lesions in endometrial polyps and any clinical or demographic factors associated with malignant lesions extracted using hysteroscopy were considered eligible...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454133/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-neural-axis-anomalies-in-idiopathic-scoliosis-a-systematic-review
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Johan L Heemskerk, Moyo C Kruyt, Dino Colo, René M Castelein, Diederik H R Kempen
BACKGROUND: There is ongoing controversy about the routine use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) preoperatively in patients with presumed idiopathic scoliosis (IS). Routine MRI can help identify possible causes for the deformity and detect anomalies which could complicate deformity surgery. However, routine MRI increases health care costs significantly and may reveal mild variations from normal without clinical relevance, that can still lead to anxiety and influence decision making...
February 14, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454121/complications-of-impulse-generator-exchange-surgery-for-deep-brain-stimulation-a-single-centre-retrospective-study
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Ann-Kristin Helmers, Isabel Lübbing, Falk Birkenfeld, Karsten Witt, Michael Synowitz, Hubertus Maximilian Mehdorn, Daniela Falk
OBJECTIVE: Non-rechargeable deep brain stimulation (DBS) impulse generators (IG) with a low or empty battery status require surgical IG exchange several years after initial implantation. Complication rates in patients undergoing DBS surgery range from 7.6% to 25.3%. The aim of this study was to investigate the complication rates after IG exchange surgery and to identify risk factors for complications. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed complications following IG exchange surgery from 2008 to 2015 in a single-centre university hospital setting...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454115/traumatic-spinal-injury-global-epidemiology-and-worldwide-volume
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Ramesh Kumar, Jaims Lim, Rania A Mekary, Abbas Rattani, Michael C Dewan, Salman Y Sharif, Enrique Osorio-Fonseca, Kee B Park
BACKGROUND: Traumatic spinal injury (TSI) results from injury to bony, ligamentous and/or neurological structures of the spinal column and can cause significant morbidity and mortality. The global burden of TSI is poorly understood, so we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate the global volume of TSI. METHODS: We performed a systematic review through PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Databases on TSI studies published from 2000 to 2016. Collected data were used to perform a meta-analysis to estimate the annual incidence of TSI across World Health Organization (WHO) regions and World Bank income groups using random effect models...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454036/percutaneous-endovenous-intervention-plus-anticoagulation-versus-anticoagulation-alone-for-treating-patients-with-proximal-deep-vein-thrombosis-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
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Chao-Nan Wang, Hong-Ru Deng
BACKGROUND: Combination treatment with percutaneous endovenous intervention (PEVI) and anticoagulation has been proposed for treating lower-extremity proximal deep vein thrombosis (DVT). We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to assess the effect of PEVI plus anticoagulation versus anticoagulation alone in patients with lower-extremity proximal DVT. METHODS: We systematically searched PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library from inception to May 2016...
February 14, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454030/using-decision-thresholds-for-ranking-treatments-in-network-meta-analysis-results-in-more-informative-rankings
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Romina Brignardello-Petersen, Bradley C Johnston, Alejandro R Jadad, George Tomlinson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate how the rank probabilities obtained from NMA change with the use of increasingly stringent criteria for the relative effect comparing two treatments that ranks one treatment better than the other. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Systematic survey and re-analysis of published data. We included all systematic reviews (SRs) with NMA from the field of cardiovascular medicine that had trial-level data available, published in Medline up to February 2015...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453996/systematic-review-of-botulinum-toxin-treatment-for-oromandibular-dystonia
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Cynthia L Comella
Oromandibular dystonia (OMD) is an isolated focal dystonia that affects the muscles of the jaw, lower face and tongue. It is a rare disorder but is associated with significant impairment in quality of life. Treatment with oral medications has not been successful. Surgical interventions, such as deep brain stimulation, may be of benefit but have not been adequately evaluated. Currently, botulinum toxin (BoNT) injections are regarded as the treatment of choice for OMD. However, the evidence supporting this is not available...
February 14, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453969/s100-proteins-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Muhammad Arsalan Raffat, Naila Irum Hadi, Mervyn Hosein, Sana Mirza, Sana Ikram, Zohaib Akram
BACKGROUND: Controversy exists in the literature regarding the differential expression of S100 protein members and their functional correlations in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). The aim of the present study was to systematically review the expression of S100 protein family members among OSCC and healthy controls and to evaluate whether S100 protein members serve as diagnostic marker in OSCC. METHODS: Indexed databases were searched up to and including October 2017...
February 14, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453925/impact-of-opioid-therapy-on-gonadal-hormones-focus-on-buprenorphine
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Anjali Varma, Mamta Sapra, Ali Iranmanesh
Objective The USA is in the midst of an opioid crisis. Understanding the impact of opioids and commonly used treatments for opioid dependence is essential for clinicians and researchers in order to educate and treat the nation's growing population with opioid use disorders. As a relatively new treatment for opioid dependence, buprenorphine is gaining popularity to the extent of becoming not only a preferred approach to the maintenance of opiate addiction, but also an option for chronic pain management. The purpose of this report is to review the available evidence on the endocrine effects of buprenorphine, particularly as it relates to the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, which is controversial and not fully defined...
February 17, 2018: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453902/perioperative-outcome-and-complications-following-laparoscopic-versus-robotic-assisted-dismembered-pyeloplasty-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Alexander Light, Sandeep Karthikeyan, Sachan Maruthan, Oussama ElHage, Hansjörg Danuser, Prokar Dasgupta
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the current difference between dismembered robotic-assisted pyeloplasty (RP) and laparoscopic pyeloplasty (LP) in the treatment of pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction (PUJO) patients as of June 26 2017, focusing on operative time, length of hospital stay, complication rate, and success rate. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We searched PubMed, Medline, and Embase databases, consulted experts, reviewed reference lists, used the related articles PubMed feature, and reviewed scientific meeting abstracts for eligible articles from 1993 to June 26 2017...
February 17, 2018: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453887/coronary-artery-disease-in-heart-transplantation-new-concepts-for-an-old-disease
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REVIEW
Mandy Langstraat, Kyra J S Musters, Olivier Manintveld, Marco Masetti, Luciano Potena
BACKGROUND: Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) remains one of the main long-term complications after heart transplantation. We performed a systematic review focused on articles published in the previous 6 years to reappraise the novel evidences supporting risk-factors, pathology, prevention and treatment of CAV. METHODS: We identified a search string for a literature search on PubMed. We excluded articles specifically focused on diagnosis/biomarkers/imaging only or complications of other diseases...
February 17, 2018: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453873/association-between-pemphigus-and-neurologic-diseases
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Khalaf Kridin, Shira Zelber-Sagi, Doron Comaneshter, Arnon D Cohen
Importance: The association between pemphigus and neurologic diseases was not evaluated systematically in the past. In a recent uncontrolled cross-sectional study, Parkinson disease was found to be significantly associated with pemphigus; in the same study, epilepsy had a nonsignificant association with pemphigus. Several case reports have suggested that pemphigus coexists with multiple sclerosis and dementia. Objective: To estimate the association between pemphigus and 4 neurologic conditions (dementia, epilepsy, Parkinson disease, and multiple sclerosis), using one of the largest cohorts of patients with pemphigus...
February 16, 2018: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453860/fungal-infections-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
George A Stamatiades, Petros Ioannou, George Petrikkos, Constantinos Tsioutis
BACKGROUND: Despite reports of fungal infections in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), their clinical and microbiological characteristics remain unknown. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this systematic review is to examine all available evidence regarding fungal infections in patients with IBD. METHODS: Systematic search of PubMed (through 27 May 2017) for studies providing data on clinical, microbiological, treatment and outcome data of fungal infections in patients with IBD...
February 17, 2018: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453834/demystifying-evidence-based-policy-analysis-by-revealing-hidden-value-laden-constraints
#17
Adam M Finkel
Consider any choice that affects some social policy. A decision that considers evidence will, at its heart, contain some kind of explicit or implicit "because" statement: "We are doing X because the evidence says Y." But can evidence ever truly speak for itself, in the sense of being reducible to objective utterances that are either correct or in need of correction? Before answering, consider what you'd prefer. Would you rather receive evidence that was free of any value judgments imposed by human actors, that was laden with value judgments that you agree with, or laden with value judgments that you disagree with? The central assertion of this essay is that, throughout policy analysis but especially in assessments of the costs and benefits of regulating versus encouraging new technologies (cost-benefit analysis, or CBA), the first possibility above is a mirage, and the second and third are self-contradictory...
January 2018: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453808/three-dimensional-printing-in-congenital-heart-disease-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Ivan Lau, Zhonghua Sun
Three-dimensional (3D) printing has shown great promise in medicine with increasing reports in congenital heart disease (CHD). This systematic review aims to analyse the main clinical applications and accuracy of 3D printing in CHD, as well as to provide an overview of the software tools, time and costs associated with the generation of 3D printed heart models. A search of different databases was conducted to identify studies investigating the application of 3D printing in CHD. Studies based on patient's medical imaging datasets were included for analysis, while reports on in vitro phantom or review articles were excluded from the analysis...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453807/tunable-poly-methacrylic-acid-co-acrylamide-nanoparticles-through-inverse-emulsion-polymerization
#19
Justin X Zhong, John R Clegg, Eric W Ander, Nicholas A Peppas
Environmentally responsive biomaterials have played key roles in the design of biosensors and drug delivery vehicles. Their physical response to external stimuli, such as temperature or pH, can transduce a signal or trigger the release of a drug. In this work, we designed a robust, highly tunable, pH responsive nanoscale hydrogel system. We present the design and characterization of poly((methacrylic acid) - co - acrylamide) hydrogel nanoparticles, crosslinked with methylenebisacrylamide, through inverse emulsion polymerization...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453799/impact-of-post-diagnostic-statin-use-on-ovarian-cancer-mortality-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
#20
Xia Li, Jing Zhou
AIM: To comprehensively evaluate the association between post-diagnostic statin use and mortality of ovarian cancer (OC) patients. METHODS: Using a comprehensive strategy, multiple databases (Medline, Embase, and Web of Science) were systematically searched to identify observational studies that examined the correlation between statin use and OC mortality up to December 31, 2017. The studies were independently reviewed and selected based on predetermined selection criteria...
February 17, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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