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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151280/oral-nutritional-supplementation-in-patients-undergoing-peritoneal-dialysis-a-randomised-crossover-pilot-study
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Karen M Salamon, Kelly Lambert
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is a significant problem in those undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD). Factors such as gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms and the need for a fluid reduced diet can limit tolerance and thereby the efficacy of oral nutritional supplements to treat malnutrition. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the acceptability and impact of two different forms of oral nutrition supplementation for 16 weeks on nutritional markers and quality of life of malnourished patients undergoing PD...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Renal Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151271/development-of-spin-orbit-coupling-for-stochastic-configuration-interaction-techniques
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Paul Murphy, Jeremy P Coe, Martin J Paterson
To perform spin-orbit coupling calculations on atoms and molecules, good zeroth-order wavefunctions are necessary. Here, we present the software development of the Monte Carlo Configuration Interaction (MCCI) method, to enable calculation of such properties, where MCCI iteratively constructs a multireference wavefunction using a stochastic procedure. In this initial work, we aim to establish the efficacy of this technique in predicting the splitting of otherwise degenerate energy levels on a range of atoms and small diatomic molecules...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151264/renal-protection-strategies-after-heart-transplantation
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REVIEW
Daniel Reichart, Hermann Reichenspurner, Markus Johannes Barten
Renal dysfunction caused by calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) nephrotoxicity occurs often and contributes significantly to late mortality after heart transplantation (HTx). Over the last decades, this has prompted many clinical studies in an effort to develop kidney-protecting immunosuppressive strategies including delayed CNI start, minimization, withdrawal or even de-novo CNI avoidance. In the past, these strategies often failed due to the lack of efficacy. Since 2009, novel CNI-reducing strategies are under investigation...
November 19, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151253/a-two-week-fecal-microbiota-transplantation-course-in-pediatric-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Katarzyna Karolewska-Bochenek, Pawel Grzesiowski, Aleksandra Banaszkiewicz, Agnieszka Gawronska, Maria Kotowska, Marcin Dziekiewicz, Piotr Albrecht, Andrzej Radzikowski, Izabella Lazowska-Przeorek
Dysbiosis plays a major role in the etiology of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is a new promising option for IBD treatment. We aimed to assess the effectiveness of a two-week FMT course in children with IBD. Ten patients, 10-17 years of age with moderate to severe IBD received a course of eight doses of freshly prepared FMT via a naso-duodenal tube or gastroscopy. All of the patients had pancolitis. There were eight cases of ulcerative colitis (UC) and two of Crohn's disease (CD)...
November 19, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151192/impact-of-oral-ketamine-augmentation-on-hospital-admissions-in-treatment-resistant-depression-and-ptsd-a-retrospective-study
#5
John Hartberg, Simone Garrett-Walcott, Angelo De Gioannis
RATIONALE: Depressive episodes are the leading cause of mental health-related hospital admissions in Australia, and 44% of those admitted have a previous history of hospitalisations for depression (Admitted patient mental health-related care: (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Aust Hospital Stat 2011-12, 2013). Despite numerous available antidepressant treatments, many patients do not respond to conventional therapy, having what is called 'treatment resistance' (Fava Biol Psychiatry 53:649-659, 2003)...
November 18, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151186/biochar-effects-on-uptake-of-cadmium-and-lead-by-wheat-in-relation-to-annual-precipitation-a-3-year-field-study
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Fengfeng Sui, Jing Zuo, De Chen, Lianqing Li, Genxing Pan, David E Crowley
Biochar has been widely studied for its ability to reduce plant uptake of heavy metals by lowering metal bioavailabilities through adsorption and pH-driven fixation reactions. However, the long-term effect of biochar on heavy metal bioavailabilities in alkaline soils under natural redox condition is rarely studied. Here, we report a study examining the effects of biochar on bioavailability and partitioning of cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) among different soil fractions over 3 years in a field study with wheat (Triticum aestivum L...
November 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151179/comparison-of-three-analgesic-drug-regimens-with-twelfth-subcostal-nerve-block-for-pain-control-during-extracorporeal-shock-wave-lithotripsy
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Miguel Maldonado-Avila, Leopoldo Mateo Garduño-Arteaga, Roberto Alejandro Vela-Mollinedo, Jorge Jaspersen-Gastelum, Francisco Virgen-Gutierrez, Marcos Del Rosario-Santiago, Victor Rios-Davila
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is the first-line treatment in the majority of cases of upper urinary tract stones. Since its introduction, attempts have been made to establish the ideal accompanying analgesic method to enable the application of shock waves of adequate duration and intensity for efficacious stone fragmentation. An open, randomized, prospective, longitudinal, comparative, and experimental clinical study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of subcostal nerve block with lidocaine, comparing it in combination with tramadol or diclofenac for pain control during ESWL...
November 18, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151143/salinity-reduces-2-4-d-efficacy-in-echinochloa-crusgalli-by-affecting-redox-balance-nutrient-acquisition-and-hormonal-regulation
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Faisal Islam, Yuan Xie, Muhammad A Farooq, Jian Wang, Chong Yang, Rafaqat A Gill, Jinwen Zhu, Weijun Zhou
Distinct salinity levels have been reported to enhance plants tolerance to different types of stresses. The aim of this research is to assess the interaction of saline stress and the use of 2,4-D as a means of controlling the growth of Echinochloa crusgalli. The resultant effect of such interaction is vital for a sustainable approach of weed management and food production. The results showed that 2,4-D alone treatment reduces the chlorophyll contents, photosynthetic capacity, enhanced MDA, electrolyte leakage, and ROS production (H2O2, O2(·-)) and inhibited the activities of ROS scavenging enzymes...
November 18, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151138/optical-coherence-tomography-guided-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-compared-with-other-imaging-guidance-a-meta-analysis
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Kayode O Kuku, Emmanuel Ekanem, Viana Azizi, Gebremedhin Melaku, Anh Bui, Yael F Meirovich, Aaphtaab Dheendsa, Solomon Beyene, Alexandre Hideo-Kajita, Michael J Lipinski, Ron Waksman, Hector M Garcia-Garcia
The use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in PCI guidance is limited perhaps by the lack of adequately powered studies which compare its efficacy and outcomes to the other more popular imaging modalities. We therefore performed a meta-analysis to compare clinical outcomes following OCT-guided PCI with the other imaging modalities in two separate comparisons. We abstracted data from randomized control trials and observational comparative studies focusing on OCT versus either angiography- or IVUS-guided PCI outcomes identified following a systematic search (April 2006 and May 2017)...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151133/treatment-of-relapsed-aml-and-mds-after-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-with-decitabine-and-dli-a-retrospective-multicenter-analysis-on-behalf-of-the-german-cooperative-transplant-study-group
#10
Thomas Schroeder, Christina Rautenberg, William Krüger, Uwe Platzbecker, Gesine Bug, Juliane Steinmann, Stefan Klein, Olaf Hopfer, Kathrin Nachtkamp, Mustafa Kondakci, Stefanie Geyh, Rainer Haas, Ulrich Germing, Martin Bornhäuser, Guido Kobbe
In contrast to the evidence regarding azacitidine (Aza), there is limited knowledge about the combination of decitabine (DAC) and donor lymphocyte infusions as salvage therapy for relapse after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) so far. We retrospectively analyzed data of 36 patients with hematological (n = 35) or molecular relapse (n = 1) of acute myeloid leukemia (AML, n = 29) or myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS, n = 7) collected from 6 German transplant centers. Patients were treated with a median of 2 cycles DAC (range, 1 to 11)...
November 18, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151116/do-alpha-1-antagonist-medications-affect-the-success-of-semi-rigid-ureteroscopy-a-prospective-randomised-single-blind-multicentric-study
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Mustafa Aydın, Muhammet Fatih Kılınç, Abdulmecit Yavuz, Göksel Bayar
The objective of this study is to assess the efficacy of adjunctive silodosin therapy in improving the success rate of semi-rigid ureteroscopy for removing ureteral stones. Prospective randomised controlled clinical trial performed between July 2016 and September 2016. All the patients underwent ureteroscopic holmium lithotripsy with a YAG laser. The patients were randomised into one of three groups: those who did not use an alpha-1 blocker (AB) (Group 1, n = 50), those who used an AB for one day (Group 2, n = 50), and those who used an AB for three days (Group 3, n = 47)...
November 18, 2017: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151105/eryptosis-the-neglected-cause-of-anemia-in-end-stage-renal-disease
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Florian Lang, Rosi Bissinger, Majed Abed, Ferruh Artunc
End stage renal disease (ESRD) invariably leads to anemia which has been mainly attributed to compromised release of erythropoietin from the defective kidneys with subsequent impairment of erythropoiesis. However, erythropoietin replacement only partially reverses anemia pointing to the involvement of additional mechanisms. As shown more recently, anemia of ESRD is indeed in large part a result of accelerated erythrocyte loss due to suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis, characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the cell surface...
October 23, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151104/clinical-efficacy-and-safety-of-first-line-dasatinib-therapy-and-the-relevance-of-velocity-of-bcr-abl1-transcript-decline-for-achievement-of-molecular-responses-in-newly-diagnosed-chronic-phase-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-report-from-the-juntendo-yamanashi-cooperative
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Tomoiku Takaku, Noriyoshi Iriyama, Toru Mitsumori, Eriko Sato, Akihiko Gotoh, Keita Kirito, Masaaki Noguchi, Michiaki Koike, Junichi Sakamoto, Koji Oba, Norio Komatsu
OBJECTIVE: The use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors led to an improvement in the prognoses of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). The aims of this study were to investigate the efficacy and safety of dasatinib in Japanese patients and to explore the factors that affect the achievement of molecular responses. METHODS: The primary endpoint was a major molecular response (MMR) by 12 months. The halving time for BCR-ABL1 transcripts was calculated using transcript levels...
November 18, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151054/effect-of-ephedrine-and-phenylephrine-on-brain-oxygenation-and-microcirculation-in-anaesthetised-patients-with-cerebral-tumours-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Klaus Ulrik Koch, Anna Tietze, Joel Aanerud, Gorm von Öettingen, Niels Juul, Jens Christian Hedemann Sørensen, Lone Nikolajsen, Leif Østergaard, Mads Rasmussen
INTRODUCTION: During brain tumour surgery, vasopressor drugs are commonly administered to increase mean arterial blood pressure with the aim of maintaining sufficient cerebral perfusion pressure. Studies of the commonly used vasopressors show that brain oxygen saturation is reduced after phenylephrine administration, but unaltered by ephedrine administration. These findings may be explained by different effects of phenylephrine and ephedrine on the cerebral microcirculation, in particular the capillary transit-time heterogeneity, which determines oxygen extraction efficacy...
November 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151036/combination-therapy-is-superior-to-sequential-monotherapy-for-the-initial-treatment-of-hypertension-a-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
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Thomas M MacDonald, Bryan Williams, David J Webb, Steve Morant, Mark Caulfield, J Kennedy Cruickshank, Ian Ford, Peter Sever, Isla S Mackenzie, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Gerald P McCann, Jackie Salsbury, Gordon McInnes, Morris J Brown
BACKGROUND: Guidelines for hypertension vary in their preference for initial combination therapy or initial monotherapy, stratified by patient profile; therefore, we compared the efficacy and tolerability of these approaches. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a 1-year, double-blind, randomized controlled trial in 605 untreated patients aged 18 to 79 years with systolic blood pressure (BP) ≥150 mm Hg or diastolic BP ≥95 mm Hg. In phase 1 (weeks 0-16), patients were randomly assigned to initial monotherapy (losartan 50-100 mg or hydrochlorothiazide 12...
November 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151034/efficacy-and-safety-of-adding-ezetimibe-to-statin-therapy-among-women-and-men-insight-from-improve-it-improved-reduction-of-outcomes-vytorin-efficacy-international-trial
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Eri Toda Kato, Christopher P Cannon, Michael A Blazing, Erin Bohula, Sema Guneri, Jennifer A White, Sabina A Murphy, Jeong-Gun Park, Eugene Braunwald, Robert P Giugliano
BACKGROUND: IMPROVE-IT (Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy International Trial) showed that adding the nonstatin ezetimibe to statin therapy further reduced cardiovascular events in patients after an acute coronary syndrome. In a prespecified analysis, we explore results stratified by sex. METHODS AND RESULTS: In IMPROVE-IT, patients with acute coronary syndrome and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol of 50 to 125 mg/dL were randomized to placebo/simvastatin 40 mg or ezetimibe/simvastatin 10/40 mg...
November 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151024/insecticide-resistance-in-anopheles-arabiensis-from-ethiopia-2012-2016-a-nationwide-study-for-insecticide-resistance-monitoring
#17
Louisa A Messenger, Josephat Shililu, Seth R Irish, Gedeon Yohannes Anshebo, Alemayehu Getachew Tesfaye, Yemane Ye-Ebiyo, Sheleme Chibsa, Dereje Dengela, Gunawardena Dissanayake, Estifanos Kebede, Endalew Zemene, Abebe Asale, Mekonnen Yohannes, Hiwot Solomon Taffese, Kristen George, Christen Fornadel, Aklilu Seyoum, Robert A Wirtz, Delenasaw Yewhalaw
BACKGROUND: Indoor residual spraying (IRS) and long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) remain the cornerstones of malaria vector control. However, the development of insecticide resistance and its implications for operational failure of preventative strategies are of concern. The aim of this study was to characterize insecticide resistance among Anopheles arabiensis populations in Ethiopia and describe temporal and spatial patterns of resistance between 2012 and 2016. METHODS: Between 2012 and 2016, resistance status of An...
November 18, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151016/osteomyelitis-after-calcium-phosphate-subchondroplasty-a-case-report
#18
Andrew Dold, Donato Perretta, Thomas Youm
Subchondroplasty is a relatively new procedure developed to treat bone marrow lesions by injecting a calcium phosphate bone substitute into the pathologic, subchondral area of bone under fluoroscopic guidance. The procedure is described as a minimally invasive strategy that provides reliable relief of pain while preserving the native joint with minimal risk of significant complications. No prospective, randomized clinical trials have reported the efficacy of the procedure. Here, we present the case of a 64-year-old healthy male who developed Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis following subchondroplasty requiring further surgical intervention and intravenous antibiotic therapy...
December 2017: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151009/risk-stratification-triage-and-implementation-of-an-expedited-hip-fracture-treatment-protocol-is-it-safe-and-effective
#19
William Zelenty, Richard Yoon, Lorraine Hutzler, Nirmal Tejwani, Joseph Bosco
INTRODUCTION: The population of patients in the USA over the age of 65 is expected to significantly increase over the next 40 years. These patients are at increased risk for hip fractures and will pose a burden to providers in the near future. In order to provide high value care, providers will need to maintain positive outcomes, mitigate complications, and reduce overall cost burdens. This study was designed to investigate the safety and efficacy of a patient transfer protocol between a large academic medical center and a single specialty orthopaedic institution...
December 2017: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150995/efficacy-and-safety-of-extracranial-vein-angioplasty-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Paolo Zamboni, Luigi Tesio, Stefania Galimberti, Luca Massacesi, Fabrizio Salvi, Roberto D'Alessandro, Patrizia Cenni, Roberto Galeotti, Donato Papini, Roberto D'Amico, Silvana Simi, Maria Grazia Valsecchi, Graziella Filippini
Importance: Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is characterized by restricted venous outflow from the brain and spinal cord. Whether this condition is associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) and whether venous percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) is beneficial in persons with MS and CCSVI is controversial. Objective: To determine the efficacy and safety of venous PTA in patients with MS and CCSVI. Design, Setting, and Participants: We analyzed 177 patients with relapsing-remitting MS; 62 were ineligible, including 47 (26...
November 18, 2017: JAMA Neurology
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