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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329785/beet-root-juice-an-ergogenic-aid-for-exercise-and-the-aging-brain
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Meredith Petrie, W Jack Rejeski, Swati Basu, Paul J Laurienti, Anthony P Marsh, James L Norris, Daniel B Kim-Shapiro, Jonathan H Burdette
Background: Exercise has positive neuroplastic effects on the aging brain. It has also been shown that ingestion of beet root juice (BRJ) increases blood flow to the brain and enhances exercise performance. Here, we examined whether there are synergistic effects of BRJ and exercise on neuroplasticity in the aging brain. Methods: Peak metabolic equivalent (MET) capacity and resting-state magnetic resonance imaging functional brain network organization are reported on 26 older (mean age = 65...
November 9, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329404/tofacitinib-in-the-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-chronic-plaque-psoriasis
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A K Gupta, M Cernea, C W Lynde
Tofacitinib is an oral immunosuppressant approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is currently undergoing investigation (Phase III trials) for treating chronic plaque psoriasis. Tofacitinib inhibits Janus kinases (JAKs), which are essential for the signaling of multiple inflammatory pathways and have been implicated in the pathogenesis of RA and psoriasis. The efficacy and safety of tofacitinib in the treatment of RA and psoriasis have been demonstrated in Phase III trials. Across all studies, the efficacy of tofacitinib in alleviating symptoms of RA and psoriasis were superior to placebo...
March 2017: Skin Therapy Letter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329397/resveratrol-improves-vascular-function-and-mitochondrial-number-but-not-glucose-metabolism-in-older-adults
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Rena M Pollack, Nir Barzilai, Valentin Anghel, Ameya S Kulkarni, Aaron Golden, Pilib O'Broin, David A Sinclair, Michael S Bonkowski, Alexander J Coleville, Danielle Powell, Sharon Kim, Ruin Moaddel, Daniel Stein, Kehao Zhang, Meredith Hawkins, Jill P Crandall
Background: Resveratrol, a plant-derived polyphenol, has been reported to improve glucose metabolism and vascular function and to extend life span in animal models, but studies in humans have been inconclusive. Methods: In a randomized, double-blind crossover study, we treated older glucose-intolerant adults (n = 30) with resveratrol (2-3 g/daily) or placebo, each for 6 weeks. A standard mixed-meal test was used to assess insulin sensitivity (Matsuda index) and secretion (C-peptide deconvolution) and vascular function by reactive hyperemia peripheral arterial tonometry...
March 16, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329368/intermittent-preventive-treatment-with-dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine-for-the-prevention-of-malaria-among-hiv-infected-pregnant-women
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Paul Natureeba, Abel Kakuru, Mary Muhindo, Eric Littmann, Teddy Ochieng, John Ategeka, Catherine A Koss, Albert Plenty, Edwin D Charlebois, Tamara D Clark, Bridget Nzarubara, Miriam Nakalembe, Deborah Cohan, Gabrielle Rizzuto, Atis Muehlenbachs, Theodore Ruel, Prasanna Jagannathan, Diane V Havlir, Moses R Kamya, Grant Dorsey
Background.: Daily trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) and insecticide treated nets (ITNs) remain the main interventions for prevention of malaria in HIV-infected pregnant women in Africa. However, antifolate and pyrethroid resistance threaten the effectiveness of these intervention and new ones are needed. Methods.: We conducted a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial comparing daily TMP-SMX plus monthly dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP) to daily TMP-SMX alone in HIV-infected pregnant women in an area of Uganda where indoor residual spraying of insecticide (IRS) had recently been implemented...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329315/seraphin-haemodynamic-sub-study-the-effect-of-the-dual-endothelin-receptor-antagonist-macitentan-on-haemodynamic-parameters-and-nt-probnp-levels-and-their-association-with-disease-progression-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Nazzareno Galiè, Pavel Jansa, Tomás Pulido, Richard N Channick, Marion Delcroix, Hossein-Ardeschir Ghofrani, Franck-Olivier Le Brun, Sanjay Mehta, Loïc Perchenet, Lewis J Rubin, B K S Sastry, Gérald Simonneau, Olivier Sitbon, Rogério Souza, Adam Torbicki
Aims: The effect of macitentan on haemodynamic parameters and NT-proBNP levels was evaluated in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients in the SERAPHIN study. Association between these parameters and disease progression, assessed by the primary endpoint (time to first morbidity/mortality event), was explored. Methods and results: Of the 742 randomized patients, 187 with right heart catheterization at baseline and month 6 participated in a haemodynamic sub-study...
February 28, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329131/effectiveness-of-long-term-doxycycline-treatment-and-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-on-fatigue-severity-in-patients-with-q-fever-fatigue-syndrome-qure-study-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Stephan P Keijmel, Corine E Delsing, Gijs Bleijenberg, Jos W M van der Meer, Rogier T Donders, Monique Leclercq, Linda M Kampschreur, Michel van den Berg, Tom Sprong, Marrigje H Nabuurs-Franssen, Hans Knoop, Chantal P Bleeker-Rovers
Background.: Approximately 20% of patients with acute Q fever will develop chronic fatigue, referred to as Q fever fatigue syndrome (QFS). The objective of this randomized controlled clinical trial was to assess the efficacy of either long-term treatment with doxycycline or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in reducing fatigue severity in patients with QFS. Methods.: Adult patients were included who met the QFS criteria according to the Dutch guideline: a new onset of severe fatigue lasting ≥6 months with significant disabilities, related to an acute Q fever infection, without other somatic or psychiatric comorbidity explaining the fatigue...
February 27, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328847/effect-of-topical-isopropyl-unoprostone-on-macular-atrophy-progression-in-eyes-with-exudative-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Chieko Shiragami, Masahiro Miyake, Atsushi Fujiwara, Yuki Morizane, Akitaka Tsujikawa, Ayana Yamashita, Fumio Shiraga
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of topical isopropyl unoprostone (IU) in treating macular atrophy in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients. METHODS: Fifty-two AMD patients with macular atrophy were included and randomly assigned (1:1) to the treatment (topical 0.15% IU) or placebo group. Subjects used study eye drops 3 times a day for 54 weeks. The macular atrophy was documented on fundus autofluorescence photographs and measured using RegionFinder...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328526/impact-of-a-single-oral-dose-of-100-000-iu-vitamin-d3-on-profiles-of-serum-25-oh-d3-and-its-metabolites-24-25-oh-2d3-3-epi-25-oh-d3-and-1-25-oh-2d3-in-adults-with-vitamin-d-insufficiency
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Lanja Saleh, Jonathan Tang, Joanna Gawinecka, Lukas Boesch, William D Fraser, Arnold von Eckardstein, Albina Nowak
BACKGROUND: We investigate the effect of a high dose of vitamin D3 on circulating concentrations of 25(OH)D3 and its metabolites 24,25(OH)2D3, 3-epi-25(OH)D3, and 1,25(OH)2D3 in healthy individuals with self-perceived fatigue and vitamin D insufficiency [25(OH)D3<50 nmol/L]. METHODS: One hundred and seven study participants (age 20-50 years) were randomized to receive a single 100,000 IU dose of vitamin D3 (n=52) or placebo (n=55). Vitamin D metabolite concentrations in serum were measured before, and 4 weeks after, supplementation...
March 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328347/prevention-of-hereditary-angioedema-attacks-with-a-subcutaneous-c1-inhibitor
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Hilary Longhurst, Marco Cicardi, Timothy Craig, Konrad Bork, Clive Grattan, James Baker, Huamin H Li, Avner Reshef, James Bonner, Jonathan A Bernstein, John Anderson, William R Lumry, Henriette Farkas, Constance H Katelaris, Gordon L Sussman, Joshua Jacobs, Marc Riedl, Michael E Manning, Jacques Hebert, Paul K Keith, Shmuel Kivity, Sergio Neri, Donald S Levy, Maria L Baeza, Robert Nathan, Lawrence B Schwartz, Teresa Caballero, William Yang, Ioana Crisan, María D Hernandez, Iftikhar Hussain, Michael Tarzi, Bruce Ritchie, Pavlina Králíčková, Mar Guilarte, Syed M Rehman, Aleena Banerji, Richard G Gower, Debra Bensen-Kennedy, Jonathan Edelman, Henrike Feuersenger, John-Philip Lawo, Thomas Machnig, Dipti Pawaskar, Ingo Pragst, Bruce L Zuraw
Background Hereditary angioedema is a disabling, potentially fatal condition caused by deficiency (type I) or dysfunction (type II) of the C1 inhibitor protein. In a phase 2 trial, the use of CSL830, a nanofiltered C1 inhibitor preparation that is suitable for subcutaneous injection, resulted in functional levels of C1 inhibitor activity that would be expected to provide effective prophylaxis of attacks. Methods We conducted an international, prospective, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging, phase 3 trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of self-administered subcutaneous CSL830 in patients with type I or type II hereditary angioedema who had had four or more attacks in a consecutive 2-month period within 3 months before screening...
March 23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328346/efficacy-of-a-low-cost-heat-stable-oral-rotavirus-vaccine-in-niger
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Sheila Isanaka, Ousmane Guindo, Celine Langendorf, Amadou Matar Seck, Brian D Plikaytis, Nathan Sayinzoga-Makombe, Monica M McNeal, Nicole Meyer, Eric Adehossi, Ali Djibo, Bruno Jochum, Rebecca F Grais
Background Each year, rotavirus gastroenteritis is responsible for about 37% of deaths from diarrhea among children younger than 5 years of age worldwide, with a disproportionate effect in sub-Saharan Africa. Methods We conducted a randomized, placebo-controlled trial in Niger to evaluate the efficacy of a live, oral bovine rotavirus pentavalent vaccine (BRV-PV, Serum Institute of India) to prevent severe rotavirus gastroenteritis. Healthy infants received three doses of the vaccine or placebo at 6, 10, and 14 weeks of age...
March 23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328324/trial-of-pregabalin-for-acute-and-chronic-sciatica
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Stephanie Mathieson, Christopher G Maher, Andrew J McLachlan, Jane Latimer, Bart W Koes, Mark J Hancock, Ian Harris, Richard O Day, Laurent Billot, Justin Pik, Stephen Jan, C-W Christine Lin
Background Sciatica can be disabling, and evidence regarding medical treatments is limited. Pregabalin is effective in the treatment of some types of neuropathic pain. This study examined whether pregabalin may reduce the intensity of sciatica. Methods We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of pregabalin in patients with sciatica. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either pregabalin at a dose of 150 mg per day that was adjusted to a maximum dose of 600 mg per day or matching placebo for up to 8 weeks...
March 23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328179/effect-of-delayed-release-dimethyl-fumarate-on-no-evidence-of-disease-activity-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-integrated-analysis-of-the-phase-iii-define-and-confirm-studies
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E Havrdova, G Giovannoni, R Gold, R J Fox, L Kappos, J Theodore Phillips, M Okwuokenye, J L Marantz
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Significant effects on clinical/neuroradiological disease activity have been reported in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis treated with delayed-release dimethyl fumarate (DMF) in phase III DEFINE/CONFIRM trials. We conducted a post hoc analysis of integrated data from DEFINE/CONFIRM to evaluate the effect of DMF on achieving no evidence of disease activity (NEDA) in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. METHODS: The analysis included patients randomized to DMF 240 mg twice daily, placebo or glatiramer acetate (CONFIRM only) for ≤2 years...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328159/improved-disease-activity-with-fosdagrocorat-pf-04171327-a-partial-agonist-of-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-phase-2-randomized-study
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Thomas Stock, Dona Fleishaker, Xin Wang, Arnab Mukherjee, Charles Mebus
AIM: To assess efficacy and safety of fosdagrocorat (PF-04171327), a potential dissociated agonist of the glucocorticoid receptor, in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: This multicenter, double-blind, parallel-group, active- and placebo-controlled Phase 2 study (NCT00938587) randomized 86 patients (1 : 1 : 1 : 1) to receive fosdagrocorat 10 mg, fosdagrocorat 25 mg, prednisone 5 mg or placebo, all with stable background methotrexate therapy. The primary outcome was change from baseline in Disease Activity Score of 28 joints (DAS28-4[C-reactive protein (CRP)]) after 2 weeks of treatment...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327526/survivin-and-naip-in-human-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-protective-role-of-the-association-of-serenoa-repens-lycopene-and-selenium-from-the-randomized-clinical-study
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Giuseppe Morgia, Antonio Micali, Mariagrazia Rinaldi, Natasha Irrera, Herbert Marini, Domenico Puzzolo, Antonina Pisani, Salvatore Privitera, Giorgio I Russo, Sebastiano Cimino, Antonio Ieni, Vincenzo Trichilo, Domenica Altavilla, Francesco Squadrito, Letteria Minutoli
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) treatment includes the apoptosis machinery modulation through the direct inhibition of caspase cascade. We previously demonstrated that Serenoa repens (Ser) with lycopene (Ly) and selenium (Se) reawakened apoptosis by reducing survivin and neuronal apoptosis inhibitory protein (NAIP) levels in rats. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of Ser-Se-Ly association on survivin and NAIP expression in BPH patients. Ninety patients with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to clinical BPH were included in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327453/combining-transcutaneous-electrical-nerve-stimulation-tens-with-oxybutynin-is-superior-to-monotherapy-in-children-with-urge-incontinence-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-study
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L Borch, S Hagstroem, K Kamperis, C V Siggaard, S Rittig
PURPOSE: To evaluate if combination therapy with TENS and oxybutynin results in a superior treatment response than monotherapy with the two modalities in childhood urge incontinence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this placebo-controlled study 66 urge incontinent children (mean age 7.3 ± 1.6 years) were randomized into three treatment groups. Group 1: active TENS + active oxybutynin (n = 22). Group 2: active TENS + placebo oxybutynin (n = 21). Group 3: active oxybutynin + placebo TENS (n = 23)...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327172/effect-of-guizhifulingwan-keishibukuryogan-on-climacteric-syndrome-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-pilot-trial
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Jung-Eun Kim, Junghyo Cho, Ojin Kwon, Ae-Ran Kim, Hyo-Ju Park, So-Young Jung, Joo-Hee Kim, Mikyung Kim, Hye-Yoon Lee, Jun-Hwan Lee
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to explore the efficacy of Guizhifulingwan (GFW) in the treatment of climacteric syndrome in women. METHODS/DESIGN: This is a single-center, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group design pilot trial. Fifty participants with climacteric syndrome will be randomly allocated to the GFW or placebo group in a 1:1 ratio. The participants will be administered GFW or placebo granules three times a day for 4 weeks and will be followed up for a further 4 weeks...
March 21, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327134/the-effect-of-intra-articular-botulinum-toxin-a-on-substance-p-prostaglandin-e2-and-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-in-the-canine-osteoarthritic-joint
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Helka M Heikkilä, Anna K Hielm-Björkman, John F Innes, Outi M Laitinen-Vapaavuori
BACKGROUND: Recently, intra-articular botulinum toxin A (IA BoNT A) has been shown to reduce joint pain in osteoarthritic dogs. Similar results have been reported in human patients with arthritis. However, the mechanism of the antinociceptive action of IA BoNT A is currently not known. The aim of this study was to explore this mechanism of action by investigating the effect of IA BoNT A on synovial fluid (SF) and serum substance P (SP), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) in osteoarthritic dogs...
March 21, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327122/midodrine-as-adjunctive-support-for-treatment-of-refractory-hypotension-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-multicenter-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-the-midas-trial
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Matthew H Anstey, Bradley Wibrow, Tharusan Thevathasan, Brigit Roberts, Khushi Chhangani, Pauline Yeung Ng, Alexander Levine, Alan DiBiasio, Todd Sarge, Matthias Eikermann
BACKGROUND: Patients admitted to intensive care units (ICU) are often treated with intravenous (IV) vasopressors. Persistent hypotension and dependence on IV vasopressors in otherwise resuscitated patients lead to delay in discharge from ICU. Midodrine is an oral alpha-1 adrenergic agonist approved for treatment of symptomatic orthostatic hypotension. This trial aims to evaluate whether oral administration of midodrine is an effective adjunct to standard therapy to reduce the duration of IV vasopressor treatment, and allow earlier discharge from ICU and hospital...
March 21, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326925/interaction-of-acupuncture-treatment-and-manipulation-laterality-modulated-by-the-default-mode-network
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Xuan Niu, Ming Zhang, Zhenyu Liu, Lijun Bai, Chuanzhu Sun, Shan Wang, Xiaocui Wang, Zhen Chen, Hongyan Chen, Jie Tian
Appropriate selection of ipsilateral or contralateral electroacupuncture (corresponding to the pain site) plays an important role in reaching its better curative effect; however, the involving brain mechanism still remains unclear. Compared with the heat pain model generally established in previous study, capsaicin pain model induces reversible cutaneous allodynia and is proved to be better simulating aspects of clinical nociceptive and neuropathic pain. In the current study, 24 subjects were randomly divided into two groups with a 2 × 2 factorial design: laterality (ipsi- or contralateral side, inter-subject) × treatment with counter-balanced at an interval of one week (verum and placebo electroacupuncture, within-subject)...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326881/the-effects-of-probiotic-supplementation-on-biomarkers-of-inflammation-oxidative-stress-and-pregnancy-outcomes-in-gestational-diabetes
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Bita Badehnoosh, Maryam Karamali, Mitra Zarrati, Mehri Jamilian, Fereshteh Bahmani, Maryam Tajabadi-Ebrahimi, Parvaneh Jafari, Elham Rahmani, Zatollah Asemi
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to evaluate the effects of probiotic supplementation on biomarkers of inflammation, oxidative stress and pregnancy outcomes among subjects with gestational diabetes (GDM). METHODS: This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was done among 60 subjects with GDM who were not on oral hypoglycemic agents. Patients were randomly allocated to intake either probiotic capsule containing Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium bifidum (2 × 10(9) CFU/g each) (n = 30) or placebo (n = 30) for 6 weeks...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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