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REVIEW
L Leelarathna, G Wilmot
The FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitor became available on prescription (subject to local health authority approval) in all four nations of the UK from November 2017, a watershed moment in the history of diabetes care. Calibration free, the FreeStyle Libre is a disc worn on the arm for 14 days which is designed largely to replace the recommended 4-10 painful finger-stick blood glucose tests required each day for the self-management of diabetes. This review discusses clinical data from randomized and observational studies, considers device accuracy metrics and deliberates its popularity and the potential challenges that this new device brings to diabetes care in the UK...
January 22, 2018: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29355982/ipad-applications-that-required-a-range-of-motor-skills-promoted-motor-coordination-in-children-commencing-primary-school
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Caitlin Axford, Annette V Joosten, Courtenay Harris
BACKGROUND/AIM: Children are reported to spend less time engaged in outdoor activity and object-related play than in the past. The increased use and mobility of technology, and the ease of use of tablet devices are some of the factors that have contributed to these changes. Concern has been raised that the use of such screen and surface devices in very young children is reducing their fine motor skill development. We examined the effectiveness of iPad applications that required specific motor skills designed to improve fine motor skills...
January 21, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29355224/rationale-and-design-of-a-multi-center-open-label-randomised-clinical-trial-comparing-hiv-incidence-and-contraceptive-benefits-in-women-using-three-commonly-used-contraceptive-methods-the-echo-study
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G Justus Hofmeyr, Charles S Morrison, Jared M Baeten, Tsungai Chipato, Deborah Donnell, Peter Gichangi, Nelly Mugo, Kavita Nanda, Helen Rees, Petrus Steyn, Douglas Taylor
BACKGROUND: In vitro, animal, biological and observational clinical studies suggest that some hormonal methods, particularly depot medroxyprogesterone acetate - DMPA, may increase women's risk of HIV acquisition. DMPA is the most common contraceptive used in many countries worst affected by the HIV epidemic. To provide robust evidence for contraceptive decision-making among women, clinicians and planners, we are conducting the Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) study in four countries with high HIV incidence and DMPA use: Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zambia (Clinical Trials...
December 29, 2017: Gates Open Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29354911/-clinical-efficacy-of-electroacupuncture-combined-with-motor-imagery-therapy-on-hemiplegic-cerebral-infarction
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Feng Zhu, Jianyun Gao, Run Gao, Yikang He, Li Liu, Bingwei Ai
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) combined with motor imagery therapy on motor function and activity of daily living in patients with hemiplegic cerebral infarction. METHODS: Ninety patients with hemiplegic cerebral infarction were randomly divided into a rehabilitation group, an EA group and a comprehensive group, 30 patients in each one. The patients in the rehabilitation group were treated with regular care, medication and rehabilitation training; based on the rehabilitation group, the patients in the EA group were treated mainly with electroacupuncture at Baihui (GV 20), Dingnieqianxiexian (MS 6), Dingniehouxiexian (MS 7), Jianyu (LI 15), Waiguan (TE 5), Fengshi (GB 31) and Sanyinjiao (SP 6); with the arrival of qi...
September 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352994/topical-drug-delivery-devices-a-review
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REVIEW
C J F Bertens, M Gijs, R M M A Nuijts, F J H M van den Biggelaar
For the treatment and prevention of ocular diseases, most patients are treated with conventional drug delivery formulations such as eye drops or ointments. However, eye drops and ointments suffer from low patient compliance and low effective drug concentration at the target site. Therefore, new medical devices are being explored to improve drug delivery to the eye. Over the years, various delivery devices have been developed including resorbable devices, oval- and ring-shaped devices, rod-shaped devices, punctum plugs, contact lenses and corneal shields...
January 15, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352057/feasibility-complications-morbidity-and-mortality-results-at-6-months-for-aneurysm-treatment-with-the-flow-re-direction-endoluminal-device-report-of-safe-study
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Laurent Pierot, Laurent Spelle, Jérôme Berge, Anne-Christine Januel, Denis Herbreteau, Mohamed Aggour, Michel Piotin, Alessandra Biondi, Xavier Barreau, Charbel Mounayer, Chrisanthi Papagiannaki, Jean-Paul Lejeune, Jean-Yves Gauvrit, Vincent Costalat
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Flow diverters are increasingly used for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms. Evaluation of the first devices available for clinical use showed high efficacy of this treatment although safety results were worse compared with coiling or balloon-assisted coiling. The Safety and Efficacy Analysis of FRED Embolic Device in Aneurysm Treatment (SAFE) trial is a single-arm, multicenter, prospective study conducted to precisely analyze the safety and efficacy of the FRED and FRED Jr devices...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351759/tracheal-intubation-in-critically-ill-patients-a-comprehensive-systematic-review-of-randomized-trials
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Luca Cabrini, Giovanni Landoni, Martina Baiardo Radaelli, Omar Saleh, Carmine D Votta, Evgeny Fominskiy, Alessandro Putzu, Cézar Daniel Snak de Souza, Massimo Antonelli, Rinaldo Bellomo, Paolo Pelosi, Alberto Zangrillo
BACKGROUND: We performed a systematic review of randomized controlled studies evaluating any drug, technique or device aimed at improving the success rate or safety of tracheal intubation in the critically ill. METHODS: We searched PubMed, BioMed Central, Embase and the Cochrane Central Register of Clinical Trials and references of retrieved articles. Finally, pertinent reviews were also scanned to detect further studies until May 2017. The following inclusion criteria were considered: tracheal intubation in adult critically ill patients; randomized controlled trial; study performed in Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department or ordinary ward; and work published in the last 20 years...
January 20, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350390/dual-antiplatelet-therapy-is-safe-and-efficient-after-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Jakub Maksym, Tomasz Mazurek, Janusz Kochman, Marek Grygier, Agnieszka Kapłon-Cieślicka, Michał Marchel, Piotr Lodziński, Radosław Piątkowski, Radosław Wilimski, Paweł Czub, Anna Fojt, Natalia Karolczak, Piotr Hendzel, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: Despite of PROTECT AF trial results many patients undergoing left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) have unconditional contraindications to warfarin. AIM: We sought to investigate whether double antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is safe in patients after LAAC. METHODS: 44 (22 males, mean age 74±7.8) consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) underwent LAAC procedure using Watchman device followed by DAPT (75 mg Aspirin and 75 mg Clopidogrel)...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349613/tumor-treating-fields-a-new-approach-to-glioblastoma-therapy
#9
REVIEW
Jonathan Rick, Ankush Chandra, Manish K Aghi
Glioblastoma is an aggressive brain malignancy with poor outcomes. Current standard of care involves surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Even with optimal treatment, 5-year survival rates are low. Many patients are unable to tolerate the considerable side effects that therapy involves and suffer from low quality of life. Anti-mitotic tumor treating fields have shown potential in treating glioblastoma with data suggesting that they prolong disease-free survival and overall survival. Novocure has marketed a device that generates these fields via externally placed electrodes...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346140/neonatal-hypoglycemia-continuous-glucose-monitoring
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Rajesh Shah, Christopher J D McKinlay, Jane E Harding
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is increasingly used in the management of diabetes in children and adults, but there are few data regarding its use in neonates. The purpose of this article is to discuss the potential benefits and limitations of CGM in neonates. RECENT FINDINGS: Smaller electrodes in new sensors and real-time monitoring have made CGM devices more approachable for neonatal care. CGM is well tolerated in infants including very low birth weight babies, and few if any local complications have been reported...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345632/brain-machine-interfaces-for-controlling-lower-limb-powered-robotic-systems
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Yongtian He, David Eguren, José M Azorín, Robert Grossman, Trieu Phat Luu, Jose Luis Pepe Contreras-Vidal
Lower-limb, powered robotics systems such as exoskeletons and orthoses have emerged as novel robotic interventions to assist or rehabilitate people with walking disabilities. These devices are generally controlled by certain physical maneuvers, for example pressing buttons or shifting body weight. Although effective, these control schemes are not what humans naturally use. The usability and clinical relevance of these robotics systems could be further enhanced by brain-machine interfaces (BMIs). A number of preliminary studies have been published on this topic, but a systematic understanding of the experimental design, tasks, and performance of BMI-exoskeleton systems for restoration of gait is lacking...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345049/cryolipolysis-for-the-treatment-of-submental-fat-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Shari R Lipner
BACKGROUND: Submental fat accumulation is a common cosmetic concern. Cryolipolysis utilizes noninvasive cooling to lyse adipocytes. A cryolipolysis device was recently approved for treatment of submental fat. OBJECTIVE: This manuscript provides a review of the preclinical work and clinical trials related to cryolipolysis for the treatment of submental fat. Settings, efficacy, and side effects are also discussed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A literature search was performed through Pubmed, EMBASE, Web of Science, and CINAHL, using the search terms "cryolipolysis," "submental," and "paradoxical adipose hyperplasia"...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342054/multicenter-us-clinical-trial-with-an-electric-acoustic-stimulation-eas-system-in-adults-final-outcomes
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Harold C Pillsbury, Margaret T Dillon, Craig A Buchman, Hinrich Staecker, Sandra M Prentiss, Michael J Ruckenstein, Douglas C Bigelow, Fred F Telischi, Diane M Martinez, Christina L Runge, David R Friedland, Nikolas H Blevins, Jannine B Larky, George Alexiades, David M Kaylie, Peter S Roland, Richard T Miyamoto, Douglas D Backous, Frank M Warren, Hussam K El-Kashlan, Heidi K Slager, Carisa Reyes, Allison I Racey, Oliver F Adunka
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the MED-EL Electric-Acoustic Stimulation (EAS) System, for adults with residual low-frequency hearing and severe-to-profound hearing loss in the mid to high frequencies. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, repeated measures. SETTING: Multicenter, hospital. PATIENTS: Seventy-three subjects implanted with PULSAR or SONATA cochlear implants with FLEX electrode arrays. INTERVENTION: Subjects were fit postoperatively with an audio processor, combining electric stimulation and acoustic amplification...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341978/assessment-of-clinical-trials-for-devices-intended-to-control-myopia-progression-in-children
#14
Marc W Robboy, Gene Hilmantel, Michelle E Tarver, Malvina B Eydelman
The increased prevalence of myopia in the United States and other regions of the world, and the sight-threatening problems associated with higher levels of myopia have led to great interest in research designed to reduce these rates. As most of the progression of myopia occurs in childhood, these investigations have been directed toward slowing the progression of myopia in children. Treatments described to potentially slow the progression of myopia have included pharmacological interventions, multifocal spectacles, and multifocal correction created by contact lenses...
January 15, 2018: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339126/addressing-the-impact-and-unmet-needs-of-nonadherence-in-asthma-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-where-do-we-go-from-here
#15
Richard Dekhuijzen, Federico Lavorini, Omar S Usmani, Job F M van Boven
Nonadherence to treatment, and its associated health and economic burden, is particularly problematic in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease management because of heterogeneous patient populations and the need for an inhaled route of drug administration. Symptom variability, comorbidities, and device switching further add to suboptimal adherence rates. As opposed to controlled clinical trials, real-life studies show consistently low inhaler adherence in daily practice, yet exact adherence rates have long been affected by disagreement on standardized definitions...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338934/systematic-review-of-the-safety-and-effectiveness-of-peripheral-neurostimulation-of-the-sphenopalatine-ganglion-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-chronic-cluster-headache
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L M Sánchez-Gómez, M Polo-deSantos, A Pinel-González, C Oreja-Guevara, S Luengo-Matos
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to assess the safety and effectiveness of peripheral neurostimulation of the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) in the treatment of refractory chronic cluster headache. DEVELOPMENT: Various medical databases were used to perform a systematic review of the scientific literature. The search for articles continued until 31 October 2016, and included clinical trials, systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses, health technology assessment reports, and clinical practice guidelines that included measurements of efficiency/effectiveness or adverse effects associated with the treatment...
January 12, 2018: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337125/facilitating-hemostasis-after-proximal-aortic-surgery-results-of-the-protect-trial
#17
Ali Khoynezhad, Jacob DelaRosa, Marc R Moon, William T Brinkman, Richard B Thompson, Nimesh D Desai, S Chris Malaisrie, Leonard N Girardi, Joseph E Bavaria, T Brett Reece
BACKGROUND: This study intended to evaluate the safety and hemostatic efficacy of a novel vascular sealant (Tridyne™ , Neomend, Inc., Irvine, CA) compared to an accepted adjunctive hemostatic agent applied to aortotomy and sutures lines in cardiovascular surgery. METHODS: Subjects undergoing aortic valve replacement, ascending aortic replacement and/or aortic root replacement were randomized 2:1 to Tridyne™ (n =107) or Gelfoam®+ (Gelfoam®+, Baxter Healthcare Corp...
January 11, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334636/impact-of-demographic-factors-on-the-antidepressant-effect-a-patient-level-data-analysis-from-depression-trials-submitted-to-the-pharmaceuticals-and-medical-devices-agency-in-japan
#18
Tetsuo Nakabayashi, Ayako Hara, Hirofumi Minami
A substantial and variable placebo response can cause unreliable findings in clinical trials designed to demonstrate the efficacy of antidepressants, and the high rate of failed trials represents a major obstacle in the development of new drugs for major depressive disorder (MDD). However, the influence of demographic and symptom factors on the antidepressant effect remains to be established. The purpose of this study was to estimate the magnitude of this influence. A patient-level meta-analysis of data from double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials involving the use of antidepressants for adults with MDD was performed...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334467/robot-assisted-upper-extremity-rehabilitation-for-cervical-spinal-cord-injuries-a-systematic-scoping-review
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Hardeep Singh, Janelle Unger, José Zariffa, Maureen Pakosh, Susan Jaglal, B Catharine Craven, Kristin E Musselman
Abstact Purpose: To provide an overview of the feasibility and outcomes of robotic-assisted upper extremity training for individuals with cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), and to identify gaps in current research and articulate future research directions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search was conducted using Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, CCTR, CDSR, CINAHL and PubMed on June 7, 2017. Search terms included 3 themes: (1) robotics; (2) SCI; (3) upper extremity. Studies using robots for upper extremity rehabilitation among individuals with cervical SCI were included...
January 15, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332078/magnetic-resonance-guided-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-for-treating-movement-disorders
#20
Young Goo Kim, Eun Jung Kweon, Won Seok Chang, Hyun Ho Jung, Jin Woo Chang
Transcranial magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) surgery has recently gained favor as a novel, noninvasive alternative to conventional neurosurgery. In contrast to traditional ablative interventions, transcranial MRgFUS surgery is entirely imaging-guided and uses continuous temperature measurements at the target and surrounding tissue taken in real-time. Unlike Gamma Knife radiosurgery, MRgFUS surgery can make a lesion immediately and does not use ionizing radiation. Moreover, since no metallic device is implanted, MR imaging-based diagnosis is not restricted throughout life...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
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