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Mei Chung, Alice M Tang, Zhuxuan Fu, Ding Ding Wang, Sydne Jennifer Newberry
Background: Conflicting evidence exists regarding potential cardiovascular risks associated with high levels of calcium intake. Purpose: To update and reanalyze 2 systematic reviews to examine the effects of calcium intake on cardiovascular disease (CVD) among generally healthy adults. Data Sources: MEDLINE; Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials; Scopus, including EMBASE; and previous evidence reports from English-language publications from 1966 to July 2016...
October 25, 2016: Annals of Internal Medicine
Sally Cudmore, Andrea Doolan, Seán Lacey, Fergus Shanahan
The study objective was to evaluate the safety and effects of Lepicol® (pysllium fibre, inulin and 5 probiotic strains) in adults with chronic, functional constipation during a 4 week intervention. 69 subjects with functional constipation according to Rome III criteria were randomised to receive Lepicol (n = 35) or placebo (n = 34) daily. Both groups had improved frequency of bowel movements, with an increase of 1.082 bowel movements in the Lepicol group over placebo after one week, and 1.079 more than placebo after week 2, but with no significant difference at week 4...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Adrian D Vickers, Claire Ainsworth, Reema Mody, Annika Bergman, Caroline S Ling, Jasmina Medjedovic, Michael Smyth
BACKGROUND: Biological therapies are increasingly used to treat ulcerative colitis (UC). AIM: To compare the efficacy of biologics in adults with moderately-to-severely active UC, stratified by prior exposure to anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy. METHODS: A systematic literature review was undertaken to identify studies of biologics approved for UC. Network meta-analysis was conducted for endpoints at induction and maintenance...
2016: PloS One
Antoun Nader, Mark C Kendall, David W Manning, Matthew Beal, Rohit Rahangdale, Robert Dekker, Gildasio S De Oliveira, Eric Kamenetsky, Robert J McCarthy
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A single-dose adductor canal block can provide postoperative analgesia for patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The purpose of this study was to assess postoperative opioid consumption after ultrasound-guided single-injection bupivacaine compared with saline adductor canal block for patients undergoing TKA. METHODS: After institutional review board approval, written informed consent was obtained from patients (>18 years old) undergoing elective TKA...
November 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Colin F Royse, Leif Saager, Richard Whitlock, Jared Ou-Young, Alistair Royse, Jessica Vincent, P J Devereaux, Andrea Kurz, Ahmed Awais, Krit Panjasawatwong, Daniel I Sessler
BACKGROUND: Inflammation after cardiopulmonary bypass may contribute to postoperative delirium and cognitive dysfunction. The authors evaluated the effect of high-dose methylprednisolone to suppress inflammation on the incidence of delirium and postoperative quality of recovery after cardiac surgery. METHODS: Five hundred fifty-five adults from three hospitals enrolled in the randomized, double-blind Steroids in Cardiac Surgery trial were randomly allocated to placebo or 250 mg methylprednisolone at induction and 250 mg methylprednisolone before cardiopulmonary bypass...
October 24, 2016: Anesthesiology
Jedrzej Kosiuk, Romina Milani, Laura Ueberham, Tobias Uhe, Clara Stegmann, Gerhard Hindricks, Andreas Bollmann
Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) has been studied in models of different cardiovascular entities. Recently, a beneficial effect of RIPC on incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in postsurgical patients has been suggested. However, the potential impact of RIPC on electrophysiological- and thrombogenesis-related parameters in the setting of paroxysmal nonvalvular AF has not been investigated. The aim of the study is to answer the following questions: (1) Does RIPC have impact on inducibility of AF in patients with known paroxysmal AF? If yes, what are the direct electrophysiological mechanisms of this phenomenon, and could RIPC be implemented to reduce AF burden? (2) Does RIPC have the potential to minimize thrombogenic effects of simulated episodes of AF? If so, what are inhibited components of thrombogenesis and can this be used to reduce thromboembolic risk related to paroxysmal AF? The presented study is a 2-arm, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded, single-center trial in a cohort of 146 patients with paroxysmal AF referred for AF ablation in sinus rhythm...
October 24, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
Nina Kimer, Julie Steen Pedersen, Troels Malte Busk, Lise Lotte Gluud, Lise Hobolth, Aleksander Krag, Søren Møller, Flemming Bendtsen
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE: Decompensated cirrhosis is characterized by disturbed systemic and splanchnic hemodynamics. Bacterial translocation from the gut is considered the key driver in this process. Intestinal decontamination with rifaximin may improve hemodynamics. This double-blind, randomized, controlled trial investigates the effects of rifaximin on hemodynamics, renal function and vasoactive hormones. METHODS: We randomized 54 stable out-patients with cirrhosis and ascites to rifaximin 550 mg BD (n=36) or placebo BD (n=18)...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
S Møller-Bisgaard, B J Ejbjerg, I Eshed, K Hørslev-Petersen, M L Hetland, A G Jurik, H Thomsen, T Torfing, K Stengaard-Pedersen, P Junker, N S Krogh, T Lottenburger, T Ellingsen, L S Andersen, H Skjødt, A J Svendsen, U Tarp, I T Hansen, J Pødenphant, J K Pedersen, H Lindegaard, L G Hanson, A Vestergaard, D Glinatsi, M Østergaard
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether a treat-to-target strategy based on methotrexate (MTX) and intra-articular (IA) betamethasone suppresses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-determined measures of disease activity and reduces joint destruction in early rheumatoid arthritis (eRA) patients, and to investigate whether concomitant cyclosporin A (CyA) provides an additional effect. METHOD: In the 2-year randomized, double-blind, treat-to-target trial CIMESTRA, 160 patients with eRA (< 6 months) were randomized to MTX, intra-articular betamethasone and CyA, or placebo CyA...
October 24, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
Paul S Myles, Julian A Smith, Andrew Forbes, Brendan Silbert, Mohandas Jayarajah, Thomas Painter, D James Cooper, Silvana Marasco, John McNeil, Jean S Bussières, Shay McGuinness, Kelly Byrne, Matthew T V Chan, Giovanni Landoni, Sophie Wallace
Background Tranexamic acid reduces the risk of bleeding among patients undergoing cardiac surgery, but it is unclear whether this leads to improved outcomes. Furthermore, there are concerns that tranexamic acid may have prothrombotic and proconvulsant effects. Methods In a trial with a 2-by-2 factorial design, we randomly assigned patients who were scheduled to undergo coronary-artery surgery and were at risk for perioperative complications to receive aspirin or placebo and tranexamic acid or placebo. The results of the tranexamic acid comparison are reported here...
October 23, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
Aiko Tanaka, Mie Nishimura, Yuji Sato, Hiroki Sato, Jun Nishihira
Pleurotus cornucopiae (Oyster mushroom, Tamogitake) has long been eaten as a functional food for enhancement of the immune system, but its effectiveness has not been well confirmed in humans. To this end, we set up a double-blind placebo-controlled human clinical trial to investigate the potential of Oyster mushrooms with respect to the up-regulation of the immune system. The subjects ingested Oyster mushroom extract for 8 weeks. We measured the serum cytokine levels involved in regulation of the immune system, including interferon (IFN)-γ, interleukin (IL)-4, IL-5, IL-10, IL-12, IL-13, and tumor-necrosis factor (TNF)-α...
October 2016: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
Richard A Anderson, Zhiwei Zhan, Rencai Luo, Xiuhua Guo, Qingqing Guo, Jin Zhou, Jiang Kong, Paul A Davis, Barbara J Stoecker
Cinnamon ( ròu guì) has in vitro insulin potentiating activity, and proanthocyanidins from cinnamon prevent in vitro formation of advanced glycation end products. Some human studies were equivocal, but several have shown beneficial effects of cinnamon supplementation on circulating glucose, lipids, and/or insulin. This placebo-controlled double-blind trial tested the effects of a dried water extract of cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) on circulating glucose, lipids, insulin, and insulin resistance. Men and women from Beijing and Dalian, China, were invited to participate if they had fasting serum glucose >6...
October 2016: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
Tee Joo Yeo, Poh Shuan Daniel Yeo, Farid Abdul Hadi, Timothy Cushway, Kim Yee Lee, Bee Choo Tai, Carolyn S P Lam
AIMS: Iron deficiency (ID) is highly prevalent in patients with heart failure (HF) worldwide regardless of haemoglobin levels. Results from therapeutic trials of intermittently dosed intravenous (i.v.) iron are promising in the ambulatory Caucasian population with HF with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction, although evidence is scarce in Asia. The Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess the Role of Intravenous Ferric Carboxymaltose in Asian Patients with Heart Failure aims to assess the effect of single-dose i...
June 2016: ESC Heart Failure
A Tefferi, H K Al-Ali, G Barosi, T Devos, H Gisslinger, Q Jiang, J-J Kiladjian, R Mesa, F Passamonti, V Ribrag, G Schiller, A M Vannucchi, D Zhou, D Reiser, J Zhong, R P Gale
: RBC-transfusion-dependence is common in persons with myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN)-associated myelofibrosis. Determine rates of RBC-transfusion-independence after therapy with pomalidomide vs. placebo in persons with MPN-associated myelofibrosis and RBC-transfusion-dependence. 252 subjects (intent-to-treat population) including 229 subjects confirmed by central review (modified intent-to-treat population) were randomly-assigned (2:1) to pomalidomide or placebo. Trialists and subjects were blinded to treatment allocation...
October 24, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Chung-Hsiang Liu, Chang-Hai Tsai, Tsai-Chung Li, Yu-Wan Yang, Wei-Shih Huang, Ming-Kui Lu, Chun-Hung Tseng, Hui-Chun Huang, Kuan-Fei Chen, Thih-Shan Hsu, Yi-Ting Hsu, Chon-Haw Tsai, Ching-Liang Hsieh
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Astragalus membranaceus (AM) is the first-choice herb for fatigue treatment in traditional Chinese medicine and the main herb used for stroke treatment in China and Taiwan. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of AM on poststroke fatigue (PSF). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was designed as a double-blind, randomized, controlled preliminary study. Sixty-four patients with PSF were assigned to treatment group (TG; 31 patients), which received oral administration of AM (2...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Vinoth Kumar Vilvanathan, Budunur C Srinivas Prabhavathi Bhat, Manjunath Cholenahally Nanjappa, Bharathi Pandian, Vithal Bagi, Sridhar Kasturi, Shiva Kumar Bandimida
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia in patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD). This study was conducted to determine the maintenance of sinus rhythm with amiodarone therapy following DC cardioversion (DCCV), early after successful balloon mitral valvuloplasty (BMV). METHODS: Patients were randomized to amiodarone group and placebo group and their baseline characteristics were recorded. DCCV was done 48h after BMV. After cardioversion, oral amiodarone was started initially 200mg three times a day for 2 weeks, then 200mg twice daily for two weeks followed by 200mg once daily for 12 months...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Roee Admon, Roselinde H Kaiser, Daniel G Dillon, Miranda Beltzer, Franziska Goer, David P Olson, Gordana Vitaliano, Diego A Pizzagalli
OBJECTIVE: Major depressive disorder is characterized by reduced reward-related striatal activation and dysfunctional reward learning, putatively reflecting decreased dopaminergic signaling. The goal of this study was to test whether a pharmacological challenge designed to facilitate dopaminergic transmission can enhance striatal responses to reward and improve reward learning in depressed individuals. METHOD: In a double-blind placebo-controlled design, 46 unmedicated depressed participants and 43 healthy control participants were randomly assigned to receive either placebo or a single low dose (50 mg) of the D2/D3 receptor antagonist amisulpride, which is believed to increase dopamine signaling through presynaptic autoreceptor blockade...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Psychiatry
Muath M Altarawneh, Aaron Petersen, Robert Smith, David M Rouffet, Francois Billaut, Ben D Perry, Victoria L Wyckelsma, Antony Tobin, Michael J McKenna
PURPOSE: Salbutamol inhalation is permissible by WADA in athletic competition for asthma management and affects potassium regulation, which is vital for muscle function. Salbutamol effects on arterial potassium concentration ([K(+)]a) during and after high-intensity continuous exercise (HIcont) and intermittent exercise comprising repeated, brief sprints (HIint), and on performance during HIint are unknown and were investigated. METHODS: Seven recreationally active men participated in a double-blind, randomised, cross-over design, inhaling 1000 µg salbutamol or placebo...
October 22, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Adam M Leventhal, Matthew G Kirkpatrick, Mollie S Pester, John E McGeary, Robert M Swift, Steve Sussman, Christopher W Kahler
RATIONALE: A previous genome-wide association study (GWAS) in a predominately Caucasian sample of healthy young adults linked greater amphetamine-induced rewarding effects with the rs3784943 G allele of the cadherin 13 (CDH13; i.e., a cell adhesion molecule implicated in neuronal connectivity) gene. This association has not been subsequently examined, nor has it been studied in Asian populations, which may have greater frequencies of the risk allele. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the association of rs3784943 with amphetamine response in a racially heterogeneous sample (37 % Asian) of healthy young adults...
October 22, 2016: Psychopharmacology
Ronald M Rapee, Michael P Jones, Jennifer L Hudson, Gin S Malhi, Heidi J Lyneham, Sophie C Schneider
Use of the partial NMDA receptor agonist d-Cycloserine (DCS) to increase extinction to feared cues among anxious adults has shown mixed, although overall positive effects. Few studies have extended this effect to youth and none have addressed young people with broad-based anxiety such as separation anxiety, social anxiety, or generalised anxiety. In the current trial 51 children and adolescents with diagnosed anxiety disorders, aged 7-14 years received four sessions of graduated, experimenter-led, in vivo exposure to a hierarchy of feared cues relevant to their primary fear...
October 18, 2016: Behaviour Research and Therapy
Donald F Smee, Dale L Barnard, Steven M Jones
JNJ63623872 (formerly known as VX-787) is an inhibitor of influenza A virus polymerases through interaction with the viral PB2 subunit. This interaction blocks the cap-snatching activity of the virus that is essential for virus replication. Previously published work has documented antiviral activity of JNJ63623872 in cell culture and mouse infection studies. In this report, we extend the in vivo observations by comparing the efficacies of JNJ63623872 and oseltamivir in mice infected with influenza A/California/04/2009 (H1N1pdm) and A/Victoria/3/75 (H3N2) viruses...
October 19, 2016: Antiviral Research
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