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Julian C Harnoss, Isabelle Zelienka, Pascal Probst, Kathrin Grummich, Catharina Müller-Lantzsch, Jonathan M Harnoss, Alexis Ulrich, Markus W Büchler, Markus K Diener
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to investigate available evidence regarding effectiveness and safety of surgical versus conservative treatment of acute appendicitis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: There is ongoing debate on the merits of surgical and conservative treatment for acute appendicitis. METHODS: A systematic literature search (Cochrane Library, Medline, Embase) and hand search of retrieved reference lists up to January 2016 was conducted to identify randomized and nonrandomized studies...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Kevin Wong, Jessica R Levi
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Evaluate the readability of pediatric otolaryngology-related patient education materials from leading online sources. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis. METHODS: All pediatric otolaryngology-related articles from the online patient health libraries of the top 10 US News & World Report-ranked children's hospitals, top 5 Doximity-ranked pediatric otolaryngology fellowships, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery were collected...
October 18, 2016: Laryngoscope
Zhantao Su, Rui Li, Zhongtao Gai
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of intravenous (IV) and nebulized magnesium sulfate in acute asthma in children. METHODS: The PubMed, Cochrane Library, and EMBASE databases were searched. Randomized controlled trials and quasi-randomized controlled trials of IV and nebulized magnesium sulfate in pediatric acute asthma were included. The outcomes subject to meta-analysis were pulmonary function, hospitalization, and further treatment. If statistical heterogeneity was significant, random-effects models were used for meta-analysis, otherwise, fixed-effects models were applied...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Bin-Fei Zhang, Chao-Yuan Ge, Bo-Long Zheng, Ding-Jun Hao
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) versus posterolateral fusion (PLF) in degenerative lumbar spondylosis. METHODS: A systematic literature review was performed to obtain randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and observational studies (OSs) of TLIF and PLF for degenerative lumbar spondylosis. Trials performed before November 2015 were retrieved from the Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane library, and Chinese databases...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Kam Lun Hon, Michael Ho Ming Chan, Ming Him James Ng, Chi Cheung Ho, Yin Ching Kathy Tsang, Wing Hung Tam, Chung Shun Ho
OBJECTIVE: Maternal drug abuse may influence neonatal outcomes. We compared neonatal outcomes of patients with urine screened positive for commonly abused drugs (CAD) versus those who were screened negative, and reviewed the pattern of drugs detected at a university teaching hospital. METHODS: Urine samples collected from babies with suspected illicit drug exposure who were admitted to the neonatal unit were sent for comprehensive drug screen (CDS) performed by liquid chromatography-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-TOF/MS)...
October 10, 2016: Current Clinical Pharmacology
David J Keene, Dipesh Mistry, Julian Nam, Elizabeth Tutton, Robert Handley, Lesley Morgan, Emma Roberts, Bridget Gray, Andrew Briggs, Ranjit Lall, Tim Js Chesser, Ian Pallister, Sarah E Lamb, Keith Willett
BACKGROUND: Close contact casting (CCC) may offer an alternative to open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery for unstable ankle fractures in older adults. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to (1) determine if CCC for unstable ankle fractures in adults aged over 60 years resulted in equivalent clinical outcome compared with ORIF, (2) estimate cost-effectiveness to the NHS and society and (3) explore participant experiences. DESIGN: A pragmatic, multicentre, equivalence randomised controlled trial incorporating health economic evaluation and qualitative study...
October 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
A-Bing Li, Wei-Jiang Zhang, Jie Wang, Wei-Jun Guo, Xin-Hua Wang, You-Ming Zhao
PURPOSE: Intramedullary and extramedullary fixation methods are widely used to treat unstable femoral intertrochanteric fractures, but the optimal surgical method remains controversial. The aim of this study was to estimate the outcomes of intramedullary fixation versus extramedullary fixation in treating unstable femoral intertrochanteric fractures. METHODS: Electronic literature databases were used for searching including MEDLINE (Ovid interface), EMBASE (Ovid interface) and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (Wiley Online Library) (up to March 30, 2016)...
October 8, 2016: International Orthopaedics
Catherine Sherrington, Zoe A Michaleff, Nicola Fairhall, Serene S Paul, Anne Tiedemann, Julie Whitney, Robert G Cumming, Robert D Herbert, Jacqueline C T Close, Stephen R Lord
OBJECTIVE: Previous meta-analyses have found that exercise prevents falls in older people. This study aimed to test whether this effect is still present when new trials are added, and it explores whether characteristics of the trial design, sample or intervention are associated with greater fall prevention effects. DESIGN: Update of a systematic review with random effects meta-analysis and meta-regression. DATA SOURCES: Cochrane Library, CINAHL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, PubMed, PEDro and SafetyLit were searched from January 2010 to January 2016...
October 4, 2016: British Journal of Sports Medicine
Robin A Ducas, Christopher Labos, David Allen, Mehrdad Golian, Maya Jeyaraman, Justin Lys, Amrinder Mann, Leslie Copstein, Sherri Vokey, Rasheda Rabbani, Ryan Zarychanski, Ahmed M Abou-Setta, Alan H Menkis
BACKGROUND: Delays in reperfusion for patients with myocardial ischemia leads to increased morbidity and mortality. The objective of this review was to identify, evaluate, and critically appraise the evidence on whether pre-hospital electrocardiography (ECG) reduces patient mortality and improves post-ST-segment myocardial infarction patient-oriented outcomes. METHODS: We searched PubMed/MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library (1990-2015) for controlled clinical studies...
June 14, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Xiao-Liang Shu, Kai Kang, Li-Juan Gu, Yong-Sheng Zhang
Postoperative early enteral nutrition (EEN) is useful for the effective recovery of patients that have undergone surgery. However, the feasibility and efficacy of EEN in patients with digestive tract surgery remain inconclusive. In the present meta-analysis, the PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, The Cochrane Library, China National Knowledge Infrastructure and VIP databases were searched to identify controlled trials of patients with and without EEN following digestive tract surgery between October, 1966 and December, 2014...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
W Xu, Z Xu, H Cheng, J Ying, F Cheng, W Xu, J Cao, J Luo
AIM: The objective of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the feasibility, safety, and short-term clinical outcomes of transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME) comparing with laparoscopy total mesorectal excision (LapTME) for mid and low rectal cancer. METHODS: Relevant studies were searched from the databases of Pubmed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library. The qualities of all of the included studies were evaluated using Newcastle-Ottawa Scale (NOS). The synthesized outcomes were pooled using fixed-effects models or random-effects models, which weighted the odds ratio (OR) or mean difference (MD) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CI)...
September 19, 2016: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Z W R Loh, M H H Cheen, H L Wee
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Recent reviews have shown that pharmacist-provided medication review in the elderly can improve clinical outcomes and reduce medication discrepancies compared with usual care. However, none determined whether these translate to improved humanistic and economic outcomes. This review sought to evaluate the effects of medication review on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and healthcare costs in the elderly. METHODS: A systematic search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Web of Science and the Cochrane library for studies published in English from inception to 31 August 2015 was conducted...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Anna R Gagliardi, Ariel Ducey, Pascale Lehoux, Sue Ross, Patricia Trbovich, Anthony Easty, Chaim Bell, Julie Takata, Christof Pabinger, David R Urbach
INTRODUCTION: Some cardiovascular devices are licensed based on limited evidence, potentially exposing patients to devices that are not safe or effective. Research is needed to ascertain if the same is true of other types of medical devices. Knee arthroplasty is a widely-used surgical procedure yet implant failures are not uncommon. The purpose of this study was to characterize available evidence on the safety and effectiveness of knee implants. METHODS: A review of primary studies included in health technology assessments (HTA) on total (TKA) and unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) was conducted...
2016: PloS One
Yejiang Zhou, Lulu Wang, Xinwu Huang, Hua Li, Yuxia Xiong
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Rhubarb is one of the common herbs used in traditional Chinese complex prescriptions for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases. We sought to determine the add-on effect of crude rhubarb to somatostatin in patients with acute pancreatitis by conducting a meta-analysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched the Pubmed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, CNKI, Wanfang, VIP databases up to November 2015. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing crude rhubarb plus somatostatin to somatostatin alone for acute pancreatitis were included...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Juana Oyanguren, Pedro María Latorre García, Jesús Torcal Laguna, Iñaki Lekuona Goya, Susana Rubio Martín, Elena Maull Lafuente, Gonzalo Grandes
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Heart failure management programs reduce hospitalizations. Some studies also show reduced mortality. The determinants of program success are unknown. The aim of the present study was to update our understanding of the reductions in mortality and readmissions produced by these programs, elucidate their components, and identify the factors determining program success. METHODS: Systematic literature review (1990-2014; PubMed, EMBASE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library) and manual search of relevant journals...
October 2016: Revista Española de Cardiología
Jayant S Vaidya, Frederik Wenz, Max Bulsara, Jeffrey S Tobias, David J Joseph, Christobel Saunders, Chris Brew-Graves, Ingrid Potyka, Stephen Morris, Hrisheekesh J Vaidya, Norman R Williams, Michael Baum
BACKGROUND: Based on our laboratory work and clinical trials we hypothesised that radiotherapy after lumpectomy for breast cancer could be restricted to the tumour bed. In collaboration with the industry we developed a new radiotherapy device and a new surgical operation for delivering single-dose radiation to the tumour bed - the tissues at highest risk of local recurrence. We named it TARGeted Intraoperative radioTherapy (TARGIT). From 1998 we confirmed its feasibility and safety in pilot studies...
September 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
Felix J Hüttner, Rosa Klotz, Alexis Ulrich, Markus W Büchler, Markus K Diener
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer remains one of the five leading causes of cancer deaths in industrialized nations. For adenocarcinomas in the head of the gland and premalignant lesions, partial pancreaticoduodenectomy represents the standard treatment for resectable tumours. The gastro- or duodenojejunostomy after partial pancreaticoduodenectomy can be reestablished via either an antecolic or a retrocolic route. The debate about the more favourable technique for bowel reconstruction is ongoing...
September 30, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Evangelos K Oikonomou, Theodoros I Repanas, Christos Papanastasiou, Damianos G Kokkinidis, Michael Miligkos, Attila Feher, Dipti Gupta, Polydoros N Kampaktsis
BACKGROUND: In-hospital acquired thrombocytopenia (TP) is relatively common among patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndromes (ACS). However, its effect on short-term and long-term outcomes has yet to be reviewed systematically. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical studies assessing the relationship between new-onset in-hospital TP and adverse outcomes among ACS patients. MEDLINE, Scopus and the Cochrane Library were searched for eligible studies published before March 20, 2016...
September 24, 2016: Thrombosis Research
Marieke Zegers, Gijs Hesselink, Wytske Geense, Charles Vincent, Hub Wollersheim
OBJECTIVE: To provide an overview of effective interventions aimed at reducing rates of adverse events in hospitals. DESIGN: Systematic review of systematic reviews. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, CINAHL, PsycINFO, the Cochrane Library and EMBASE were searched for systematic reviews published until October 2015. STUDY SELECTION: English-language systematic reviews of interventions aimed at reducing adverse events in hospitals, including studies with an experimental design and reporting adverse event rates, were included...
2016: BMJ Open
Jing Wang, Yiqiong Yang, Ming Chen, Tao Tao, Chunhui Liu, Yeqing Huang, Han Guan, Xu Han, Bin Xu
OBJECTIVE: To systematically assess the efficacy and safety of laparoscopic pyelolithotomy (LP) versus percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) for the treatment of renal pelvic calculi >2 cm. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, and Google Scholar about LP and PCNL for the treatment of renal stones. The retrieval time ended in September 2015. Two reviewers independently assessed the quality of all included studies. The available data in the studies were analyzed using the RevMan 5...
August 10, 2016: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
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