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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352722/daily-intake-of-mucuna-pruriens-in-advanced-parkinson-s-disease-a-16-week-noninferiority-randomized-crossover-pilot-study
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Roberto Cilia, Janeth Laguna, Erica Cassani, Emanuele Cereda, Benedetta Raspini, Michela Barichella, Gianni Pezzoli
BACKGROUND: Thousands of individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) in low-income countries have limited access to marketed levodopa preparations. Mucuna pruriens (MP), a levodopa-containing leguminous plant growing in tropical areas, may be a sustainable alternative therapy for indigent patients. Single-dose intake of MP proved noninferior to marketed levodopa preparations. METHODS: Fourteen PD patients with motor fluctuations and dyskinesias received MP powder (obtained from roasted seeds) and marketed levodopa/carbidopa (LD/CD) in a randomized order and crossover design over a 16-week period...
January 11, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352708/a-systematic-review-and-discussion-of-symptom-specific-cognitive-behavioural-approaches-to-delusions-and-hallucinations
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Tania M Lincoln, Emmanuelle Peters
Studies on cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis (CBTp) have developed from evaluating generic approaches to focusing on specific symptoms. The evidence for targeted studies on delusions and hallucinations was reviewed. We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) examining the effect of individualized CBT-based interventions focusing either on delusions or on hallucinations. Twelve suitable RCTs were identified. Four RCTs focused on delusions, of which three took a focused approach targeting mechanisms assumed causal to persecutory delusions...
January 16, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352704/treatment-of-adult-chronic-indeterminate-chagas-disease-with-benznidazole-and-three-e1224-dosing-regimens-a-proof-of-concept-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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Faustino Torrico, Joaquim Gascon, Lourdes Ortiz, Cristina Alonso-Vega, María-Jesús Pinazo, Alejandro Schijman, Igor C Almeida, Fabiana Alves, Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft, Isabela Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease is a major neglected vector-borne disease. In this study, we investigated the safety and efficacy of three oral E1224 (a water-soluble ravuconazole prodrug) regimens and benznidazole versus placebo in adult chronic indeterminate Chagas disease. METHOD: In this proof-of-concept, double-blind, randomised phase 2 clinical trial, we recruited adults (18-50 years) with confirmed diagnosis of Trypanosoma cruzi infection from two outpatient units in Bolivia...
January 15, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352703/inotuzumab-ozogamicin-in-combination-with-low-intensity-chemotherapy-for-older-patients-with-philadelphia-chromosome-negative-acute-lymphoblastic-leukaemia-a-single-arm-phase-2-study
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Hagop Kantarjian, Farhad Ravandi, Nicholas J Short, Xuelin Huang, Nitin Jain, Koji Sasaki, Naval Daver, Naveen Pemmaraju, Joseph D Khoury, Jeffrey Jorgensen, Yesid Alvarado, Marina Konopleva, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Tapan Kadia, Musa Yilmaz, Gautam Bortakhur, Jan Burger, Steven Kornblau, William Wierda, Courtney DiNardo, Alessandra Ferrajoli, Jovitta Jacob, Rebecca Garris, Susan O'Brien, Elias Jabbour
BACKGROUND: Inotuzumab ozogamicin, an anti-CD22 monoclonal antibody bound to a toxin, calicheamicin, has shown single-agent activity in relapsed or refractory acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. We aimed to assess the activity and safety of inotuzumab ozogamicin in combination with low-intensity chemotherapy in older patients with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. METHODS: We did a single-arm, phase 2 study at the MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX, USA). Eligible patients were aged 60 years or older and had newly diagnosed, Philadelphia chromosome-negative, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status of 3 or lower...
January 15, 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352696/safety-and-efficacy-of-prostatic-artery-chemoembolization-for-prostate-cancer-initial-experience
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João Pisco, Tiago Bilhim, Nuno V Costa, Manuel Pinto Ribeiro, Lucia Fernandes, António G Oliveira
PURPOSE: To evaluate outcome of prostatic artery chemoembolization for patients with prostate cancer (PCa). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This single-center prospective cohort study was conducted between August 2013 and July 2016 in 20 patients with PCa who underwent chemoembolization. Mean patient age was 67.5 years ± 6.4. Gleason score was 6-10, and staging was T2N0M0. Fifteen patients refused prostatectomy and 5 wanted to stop hormonal therapy because of side effects...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352665/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-cam-practices-and-dietary-patterns-in-children-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-in-singapore-and-malaysia
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Fangyi Ong, Way Seah Lee, Charlotte Lin, Ruey Terng Ng, Shin Yee Wong, Su Lin Lim, Seng Hock Quak, Marion Aw
BACKGROUND: The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been associated with adverse effects and self-imposed dietary restrictions. The prevalence of its use in Asian children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is unknown. We aimed to determine the prevalence, types, and factors associated with the use of CAM among children with IBD from Singapore and Malaysia, and to ascertain if dietary restriction was prevalent in patients who used CAM. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in which parents of children with IBD attending two tertiary pediatric IBD referral centres in Singapore and Malaysia were interviewed...
December 26, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352654/resistance-training-during-a-12-week-protein-supplemented-vlcd-treatment-enhances-weight-loss-outcomes-in-obese-patients
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Edward Jo, Phillip R Worts, Marcus L Elam, Ann Frost Brown, Andy V Khamoui, Do-Houn Kim, Ming-Chia Yeh, Michael J Ormsbee, Carla M Prado, Angelina Cain, Katie Snyder, Jeong-Su Kim
BACKGROUND: This investigation evaluated the efficacy by which resistance training enhances body composition, metabolic, and functional outcomes for obese patients undergoing a 12-week medically supervised hypocaloric treatment. METHODS: This was a single-blind, randomized, parallel-group prospective trial. Morbidly obese patients were prescribed a 12-week proprietary very low calorie diet (VLCD) treatment (Optifast®) with supplemental protein (1120 kcals/day) and were placed in one of two groups for 14 weeks: 1) Standard Treatment Control (CON) (n = 5) or 2) Resistance Training (RT) (n = 6)...
December 23, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352653/commentary-on-catheter-injected-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-induce-efficacious-occlusion-of-arteriovenous-nidus-in-a-chronic-swine-model
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Byung-Boong Lee
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January 15, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352651/catheter-injected-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-induce-efficacious-occlusion-of-arteriovenous-nidus-in-a-swine-model
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Joseph Touma, Jianping Dai, Andre Gaston, Marianne Gervais, Eric Allaire
OBJECTIVES: Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are complex vascular lesions. Surgical excision is the treatment of choice, but is often not achievable. Embolo-sclerotherapy alone is associated with high recurrence rates. This study tested the hypothesis that seeding hydrogel conditioned bone marrow derived mesenchymatous stem cells (BM-MSCs) in an AVM nidus model induces solid microvascular occlusion through endoluminal tissue growth. METHODS: AVMs were modelled as arteriovenous microvascular nidus, using swine rete mirabile, a plexiform intracranial structure composed of arterial microvessels that extensively anastomose...
January 15, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352624/anesthetic-management-of-two-parturients-with-cerebral-palsy-and-prior-selective-dorsal-rhizotomy
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C M Aiudi, E E Sharpe, K W Arendt, J J Pasternak, H P Sviggum
Selective dorsal rhizotomy is a surgical spine procedure used to reduce spasticity in patients with upper motor neuron dysfunction caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy. The optimal anesthetic approach for obstetric patients who have undergone a selective dorsal rhizotomy is unknown. The use and efficacy of neuraxial anesthesia in these patients has not been described. We describe the use of neuraxial anesthesia in two patients with prior selective dorsal rhizotomy. Unless contraindicated for other reasons, a neuraxial anesthetic approach appears to be an effective option in patients with a history of a selective dorsal rhizotomy...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352572/phase-i-combination-study-of-the-parp-inhibitor-veliparib-plus-carboplatin-and-gemcitabine-in-patients-with-advanced-ovarian-cancer-and-other-solid-malignancies
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Heidi J Gray, Katherine Bell-McGuinn, Gini F Fleming, Mihaela Cristea, Hao Xiong, Danielle Sullivan, Yan Luo, Mark D McKee, Wijith Munasinghe, Lainie P Martin
OBJECTIVE: Determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and recommended phase II dose (RP2D) of veliparib combined with carboplatin and gemcitabine in patients with advanced ovarian cancer and other nonhematologic malignancies. METHODS: In this phase I study, patients with metastatic or unresectable solid tumors and ≤2 prior chemotherapy regimens received veliparib combined with carboplatin area under the curve (AUC) 4 on day 1 and gemcitabine 800mg/m2 on days 1 and 8 of a 21-day cycle for maximum 10cycles, followed by optional veliparib maintenance therapy...
January 15, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352526/ectrims-ean-guideline-on-the-pharmacological-treatment-of-people-with-multiple-sclerosis
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X Montalban, R Gold, A J Thompson, S Otero-Romero, M P Amato, D Chandraratna, M Clanet, G Comi, T Derfuss, F Fazekas, H P Hartung, E Havrdova, B Hemmer, L Kappos, R Liblau, C Lubetzki, E Marcus, D H Miller, T Olsson, S Pilling, K Selmaj, A Siva, P S Sorensen, M P Sormani, C Thalheim, H Wiendl, F Zipp
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex disease of the central nervous system. As new drugs are becoming available, knowledge on diagnosis and treatment must continuously evolve. There is therefore a need for a reference tool compiling current data on benefit and safety, to aid professionals in treatment decisions and use of resources across Europe. The European Committee of Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) and the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) have joined forces to meet this need...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352521/microdenervation-of-the-spermatic-cord-for-post-vasectomy-pain-syndrome
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Wei Phin Tan, Peter N Tsambarlis, Laurence A Levine
INTRODUCTION: Post Vasectomy Pain Syndrome (PVPS) is an uncommon urologic problem that remains a challenge to manage. We aim to evaluate the outcomes of patients who underwent microdenervation of the spermatic cord (MDSC) for PVPS at our institution. METHODS: A retrospective study of all patients who underwent MDSC for PVPS by a single surgeon from March 2002 to October 2016 was performed. Pain was documented using the numerical rating scale (NRS). Spermatic cord block (SCB) was performed on all patients and success was defined as NRS ≤1 for >4 hours...
January 20, 2018: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352519/nafamostat-mesilate-attenuates-inflammation-and-apoptosis-and-promotes-locomotor-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Hui-Quan Duan, Qiu-Li Wu, Xue Yao, Bao-You Fan, Hong-Yu Shi, Chen-Xi Zhao, Yan Zhang, Bo Li, Chao Sun, Xiao-Hong Kong, Xin-Fu Zhou, Shi-Qing Feng
AIM: Spinal cord injury (SCI) leads to severe neural damage for which there is currently no effective treatment. Exploration of the neuroprotective effect among clinically approved drugs will speed up clinical translation of SCI. Nafamostat mesilate (NM) as a synthetic serine protease inhibitor has been used clinically in pancreatitis treatments. However, its effectiveness in SCI is unknown. The aim of this study was to confirm the efficacy of NM in ameliorating SCI. METHODS: Intraperitoneal administration of NM was performed on a contusion SCI model in Wistar rat...
January 19, 2018: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352504/trophic-niche-capture-efficiency-and-venom-profiles-of-six-sympatric-ant-eating-spider-species-araneae-zodariidae
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Stano Pekár, Lenka Petráková, Ondrej Šedo, Stanislav Korenko, Zbyněk Zdráhal
The arms race between specialist predators and their prey has resulted in the evolution of a variety of specific adaptations. In venomous predators this can include venom composition, particularly if predators are specialised on dangerous prey. Here, we performed an integrative study using six species of highly specialised ant-eating spiders of the genus Zodarion in order to investigate their phylogeny, realised trophic niche, efficacy in the capture of various ant species, and venom composition. Data on natural diet obtained by next-generation sequencing and field observations showed that the six Zodarion species exploit different ant species...
January 19, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352489/prospective-questionnaire-study-showed-that-higher-self-efficacy-predicted-longer-exclusive-breastfeeding-by-the-mothers-of-late-preterm-infants
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Emma Gerhardsson, Ingegerd Hildingsson, Elisabet Mattsson, Eva-Lotta Funkquist
AIM: An important variable that influences breastfeeding outcomes is how confident a woman feels about her ability to breastfeed successfully at an early stage. We investigated breastfeeding self-efficacy in the mothers of late preterm infants. METHODS: This was a prospective, comparative study that focused on mothers who had delivered babies at 34+0 to 36+6 weeks and were recruited in 2012-2015 from a neonatal intensive care unit and a postnatal ward at a Swedish university hospital...
January 20, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352469/amoxicillin-current-use-in-swine-medicine
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REVIEW
D G S Burch, D Sperling
Amoxicillin has become a major antimicrobial substance in pig medicine for the treatment and control of severe, systemic infections such as Streptococcus suis. The minimum inhibitory concentration 90% (MIC 90) is 0.06 μg amoxicillin/ml, and the proposed epidemiological cut-off value (ECOFF) is 0.5 μg/ml, giving only 0.7% of isolates above the ECOFF or of reduced susceptibility. Clinical breakpoints have not been set for amoxicillin against porcine pathogens yet, hence the use of ECOFFs. It has also been successfully used for bacterial respiratory infections caused by Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae and Pasteurella multocida...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352465/efficacy-of-local-phytotherapy-in-the-nonsurgical-treatment-of-periodontal-disease-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
M G Moro, M L Silveira Souto, G C N Franco, M Holzhausen, C M Pannuti
Herbal drugs are commonly used in the treatment of several diseases, including periodontitis. So far, no systematic review had evaluated the evidence regarding the efficacy of these agents in the treatment of periodontal disease. Therefore, the purpose of this review was to evaluate the effect of local application of phytotherapic agents as adjuncts to scaling and root planing (SRP), compared to SRP alone, on clinical parameters of chronic periodontal patients. Only randomized controlled trials of at least 3 months follow-up, of SRP alone in association with local phytotherapic agents were included...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352461/clinical-and-microbiological-evaluation-of-the-effect-of-lactobacillus-reuteri-in-the-treatment-of-mucositis-and-peri-implantitis-a-triple-blind-randomized-clinical-trial
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M Galofré, D Palao, M Vicario, J Nart, D Violant
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Oral probiotics appear to improve the treatment of periodontal diseases but there is limited evidence on their efficacy in the treatment of peri-implant diseases. The objective of the present study was to evaluate, clinically and microbiologically, the effect of the oral probiotic, Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis, as adjuvant to non-surgical mechanical therapy in implants with mucositis or peri-implantitis, placed in patients with a history of periodontal disease...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352459/web-based-training-methods-for-behavioral-health-providers-a-systematic-review
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Carrie B Jackson, Lauren B Quetsch, Laurel A Brabson, Amy D Herschell
There has been an increase in the use of web-based training methods to train behavioral health providers in evidence-based practices. This systematic review focuses solely on the efficacy of web-based training methods for training behavioral health providers. A literature search yielded 45 articles meeting inclusion criteria. Results indicated that the serial instruction training method was the most commonly studied web-based training method. While the current review has several notable limitations, findings indicate that participating in a web-based training may result in greater post-training knowledge and skill, in comparison to baseline scores...
January 19, 2018: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
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