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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438197/anti-malarial-landscape-in-myanmar-results-from-a-nationally-representative-survey-among-community-health-workers-and-the-private-sector-outlets-in-2015-2016
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Si Thu Thein, Hnin Su Su Khin, Aung Thi
BACKGROUND: In 2015/2016, an ACTwatch outlet survey was implemented to assess the anti-malarial and malaria testing landscape in Myanmar across four domains (Eastern, Central, Coastal, Western regions). Indicators provide an important benchmark to guide Myanmar's new National Strategic Plan to eliminate malaria by 2030. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional survey, which employed stratified cluster-random sampling across four regions in Myanmar. A census of community health workers (CHWs) and private outlets with potential to distribute malaria testing and/or treatment was conducted...
April 25, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438189/modulated-evaluation-metrics-for-drug-based-ontologies
#2
Muhammad Amith, Cui Tao
BACKGROUND: Research for ontology evaluation is scarce. If biomedical ontological datasets and knowledgebases are to be widely used, there needs to be quality control and evaluation for the content and structure of the ontology. This paper introduces how to effectively utilize a semiotic-inspired approach to ontology evaluation, specifically towards drug-related ontologies hosted on the National Center for Biomedical Ontology BioPortal. RESULTS: Using the semiotic-based evaluation framework for drug-based ontologies, we adjusted the quality metrics based on the semiotic features of drug ontologies...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Semantics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438145/insights-into-the-availability-and-distribution-of-oral-artemisinin-monotherapy-in-myanmar-evidence-from-a-nationally-representative-outlet-survey
#3
Si Thu Thein, Hnin Su Su Khin, Aung Thi
BACKGROUND: The containment of artemisinin resistance in Myanmar, historically an important probable origin and route of anti-malarial resistance to the India sub-continent and beyond, is crucial to global malaria control and elimination. This paper describes what is currently known about the sale and distribution of oral artemisinin monotherapy (AMT) across Myanmar, where this medicine is commonly found. METHODS: A nationally representative 2015 outlet survey was conducted in the private sector, and among community health workers across four geographical domains...
April 25, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437620/american-association-of-clinical-endocrinologists-and-american-college-of-endocrinology-guidelines-for-management-of-dyslipidemia-and-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Paul S Jellinger, Yehuda Handelsman, Paul D Rosenblit, Zachary T Bloomgarden, Vivian A Fonseca, Alan J Garber, George Grunberger, Chris K Guerin, David S H Bell, Jeffrey I Mechanick, Rachel Pessah-Pollack, Kathleen Wyne, Donald Smith, Eliot A Brinton, Sergio Fazio, Michael Davidson
OBJECTIVE: The development of these guidelines is mandated by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Board of Directors and American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Board of Trustees and adheres with published AACE protocols for the standardized production of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). METHODS: Recommendations are based on diligent reviews of the clinical evidence with transparent incorporation of subjective factors, according to established AACE/ACE guidelines for guidelines protocols...
April 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434855/health-care-use-before-a-first-demyelinating-event-suggestive-of-a-multiple-sclerosis-prodrome-a-matched-cohort-study
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José M A Wijnands, Elaine Kingwell, Feng Zhu, Yinshan Zhao, Tanja Högg, Karen Stadnyk, Okechukwu Ekuma, Xinya Lu, Charity Evans, John D Fisk, Ruth Ann Marrie, Helen Tremlett
BACKGROUND: Degenerative processes in neurodegenerative diseases can start years before clinical manifestation. We aimed to establish whether a multiple sclerosis prodromal period exists by examining patterns of health-care use before a first demyelinating event. METHODS: In this matched cohort study, we used data from linked health administrative and clinical databases from four Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia) to compare hospital, physician, and prescription use data from people with multiple sclerosis and matched general population controls in the 5 years before the first demyelinating disease claim (health administrative index date) or clinically reported symptom onset (clinical index date)...
April 20, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432172/why-tuberculosis-control-programmes-fail-role-of-microlevel-and-macrolevel-factors-an-analysis-from-india
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Sudip Bhattacharya, Amarjeet Singh
India accounts for one-fourth of the global tuberculosis (TB) burden. The National TB Program was started in 1962. Over a period of time, some lacunae such as poor case detection rate and incomplete treatment were observed. Later, the government formulated the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP), which achieved a case detection rate of 70% and a cure rate of 85%. Still, the problem of relapse and defaulter cases persists. In 2014, 6% defaulter cases were reported from India. RNTCP has also focused on microlevel aspects, that is, newer diagnostics such as GenXpert, line probe assay and medicines such as bedaquiline for drug-resistant TB...
April 21, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429577/investigating-general-medication-prescription-by-general-practitioners-during-a-12-month-randomized-controlled-weight-loss-trial
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N R Fuller, N S Lau, T P Markovic, I D Caterson
Much healthcare expenditure is on pharmaceutical drugs. Expenditure on medications has increased both in absolute terms, and as a proportion of total health expenditure. No previous studies have investigated the prescribing costs by general practitioners when managing patients during a weight loss intervention. This study evaluated the medication costs by individual class during a 1-year study in which 268 participants were randomized to one of two weight loss programmes, either standard care (SC) as defined by national guidelines, or a commercial provider (Weight Watchers) (CP)...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428184/clinical-and-cost-effectiveness-safety-and-acceptability-of-community-intravenous-antibiotic-service-models-civas-systematic-review
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E D Mitchell, C Czoski Murray, D Meads, J Minton, J Wright, M Twiddy
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate evidence of the efficacy, safety, acceptability and cost-effectiveness of outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) models. DESIGN: A systematic review. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, National Health Service (NHS) Economic Evaluation Database (EED), Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), Tufts Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) Registry, Health Business Elite, Health Information Management Consortium (HMIC), Web of Science Proceedings, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy website...
April 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424499/tamsulosin-for-treatment-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-in-women-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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H L Zhang, Z G Huang, Y Qiu, X Cheng, X Q Zou, T T Liu
Tamsulosin has been used for the off-label treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in women. Over the past few years, several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have reported the clinical effectiveness and safety of tamsulosin for LUTS in women. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to perform a meta-analysis to evaluate the safety and efficacy of tamsulosin in treating LUTS in women, which may resolve some of the current controversies over use of the drug and provide more reliable evidence for the use of tamsulosin...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423479/does-a-crossover-age-effect-exist-for-african-american-and-hispanic-binge-drinkers-findings-from-the-2010-to-2013-national-study-on-drug-use-and-health
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Tamika C B Zapolski, Patrick Baldwin, Devin E Banks, Timothy E Stump
BACKGROUND: Among general population studies, lower rates of binge drinking tend to be found among African Americans and Hispanics compared to Whites. However, among older adult populations, minority groups have been shown to be at higher risk for binge drinking, suggesting the presence of a crossover effect from low to high risk as a function of age. To date, limited research has examined the crossover effect among African American and Hispanic populations compared to non-Hispanic Whites across large developmental time frames or explored variation in risk based on income or gender...
April 19, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422961/characterization-of-the-mechanism-of-drug-drug-interactions-from-pubmed-using-mesh-terms
#11
Yin Lu, Bryan Figler, Hong Huang, Yi-Cheng Tu, Ju Wang, Feng Cheng
Identifying drug-drug interaction (DDI) is an important topic for the development of safe pharmaceutical drugs and for the optimization of multidrug regimens for complex diseases such as cancer and HIV. There have been about 150,000 publications on DDIs in PubMed, which is a great resource for DDI studies. In this paper, we introduced an automatic computational method for the systematic analysis of the mechanism of DDIs using MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) terms from PubMed literature. MeSH term is a controlled vocabulary thesaurus developed by the National Library of Medicine for indexing and annotating articles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421123/study-of-the-hypoglycemic-activity-of-derivatives-of-isoflavones-from-cicer-arietinum-l
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Ying Wei, Pengshou Li, Bo Li, Jiaqi Gao, Dongchao Wang, Lingling Qin, Wen Sun, Yunling Xu, Haoxia Shi, Tunhai Xu, Tonghua Liu
The chickpea, a food and medicine used by the people of Xinjiang, has a beneficial hypoglycemic effect. To better utilize this national resource and develop hypoglycemic agents from components of the chickpea, a series of new derivatives of isoflavone compounds from the chickpea were synthesized. An insulin-resistant (IR) HepG2 cell model was used to screen the hypoglycemic activities of these compounds. And the structure-activity relationships of these compounds were explored. Additionally, several combinations of these compound displayed higher hypoglycemic activity than any single compound, and they had similar hypoglycemic activity to that of the positive control group (p > 0...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419657/a-new-approach-to-clinical-research-integrating-clinical-care-quality-reporting-and-research-using-a-wound-care-network-based-learning-healthcare-system
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Thomas E Serena, Caroline E Fife, Kristen A Eckert, Raphael A Yaakov, Marissa J Carter
The disparity between ideal evidence from randomized controlled trials and real-world evidence in medical research has prompted the United States Food and Drug Administration to consider the use of real-world data to better understand safety and effectiveness of new devices for a broader patient population and to prioritize real-world data in regulatory decision making. As the healthcare system transitions from volume- to value-based care, there is a growing need to harness the power of real-world data to change the paradigm for wound care clinical research and enable more generalizable clinical trials...
April 17, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419106/quality-improvement-intervention-to-increase-adherence-to-art-prescription-policy-at-hiv-treatment-clinics-in-lusaka-zambia-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Elizabeth A McCarthy, Hamsa L Subramaniam, Margaret L Prust, Marta R Prescott, Felton Mpasela, Albert Mwango, Leah Namonje, Crispin Moyo, Benjamin Chibuye, Jan Willem van den Broek, Lindsey Hehman, Sarah Moberley
INTRODUCTION: In urban areas, crowded HIV treatment facilities with long patient wait times can deter patients from attending their clinical appointments and picking up their medications, ultimately disrupting patient care and compromising patient retention and adherence. METHODS: Formative research at eight facilities in Lusaka revealed that only 46% of stable HIV treatment patients were receiving a three-month refill supply of antiretroviral drugs, despite it being national policy for stable adult patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418984/anger-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-co-infected-with-hiv-and-hepatitis-c-virus-a-cross-sectional-study-anrs-co13-hepavih
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Fabienne Marcellin, Camelia Protopopescu, Laure Esterle, Linda Wittkop, Lionel Piroth, Hugues Aumaitre, Olivier Bouchaud, Cécile Goujard, Daniel Vittecoq, François Dabis, Dominique Salmon-Ceron, Bruno Spire, Perrine Roux, Maria P Carrieri
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to document the relationship between anger dimensions (state, trait, expression, and control) and quality of life (QoL) in patients co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study nested in the ANRS CO13-HEPAVIH French national cohort. Anger and QoL were assessed using self-administered questionnaires in 536 HIV-HCV-co-infected patients. Correlations between anger scores (STAXI-2 scale) and QoL scores (WHOQOL-HIV BREF scale) were assessed using Spearman's coefficients...
April 17, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415989/evaluation-of-genotype-mtbdrplus-ver-2-0-line-probe-assay-for-the-detection-of-mdr-tb-in-smear-positive-and-negative-sputum-samples
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Abyot Meaza, Abebaw Kebede, Zelalem Yaregal, Zekarias Dagne, Shewki Moga, Bazezew Yenew, Getu Diriba, Helina Molalign, Mengistu Tadesse, Desalegn Adisse, Muluwork Getahun, Kassu Desta
BACKGROUND: Multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) poses formidable challenges to TB control due to its complex diagnostic and treatment challenges and often associated with a high rate of mortality. Accurate and rapid detection of MDR-TB is critical for timely initiation of treatment. Line Probe Assay (LPA) is a qualitative in vitro diagnostic test based on DNA-STRIP technology for the identification of the M. tuberculosis complex and its resistance to rifampicin (RMP) and/or isoniazid (INH)...
April 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415694/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-cidec-gene-are-associated-with-metabolic-syndrome-components-risks-and-antihypertensive-drug-efficacy
#17
Hui Wang, Yun Ti, Jin-Bo Zhang, Jie Peng, Hui-Min Zhou, Ming Zhong, Yan-Qiu Xing, Yun Zhang, Wei Zhang, Zhi-Hao Wang
The association of single nucleotide polymorphisms rs1053239 and rs2479 of cell death-inducing DFFA-like effector c with the risk of metabolic syndrome and its components, and with the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of antihypertensive drugs was investigated. Totally 1064 subjects with metabolic syndrome and 1099 controls of Chinese Han nationality were recruited. Clinical assessment was conducted with medication records collected at baseline and during 5-year follow-up. Carriers of rs2479 A allele were at higher risk to develop elevated fasting glucose than non-carriers (P = 0...
March 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414415/ultrasonography-for-confirmation-of-gastric-tube-placement
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REVIEW
Hiraku Tsujimoto, Yasushi Tsujimoto, Yukihiko Nakata, Mai Akazawa, Yuki Kataoka
BACKGROUND: Gastric tubes are commonly used for the administration of drugs and tube feeding for people who are unable to swallow. Feeding via a tube misplaced in the trachea can result in severe pneumonia. Therefore, the confirmation of tube placement in the stomach after tube insertion is important. Recent studies have reported that ultrasonography provides good diagnostic accuracy estimates in the confirmation of appropriate tube placement. Hence, ultrasound could provide a promising alternative to X-rays in the confirmation of tube placement, especially in settings where X-ray facilities are unavailable or difficult to access...
April 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413099/second-line-biologic-therapy-optimization-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-psoriatic-arthritis-and-ankylosing-spondylitis
#19
REVIEW
Fabrizio Cantini, Laura Niccoli, Carlotta Nannini, Emanuele Cassarà, Olga Kaloudi, Ennio Giulio Favalli, Andrea Becciolini, Maurizio Benucci, Francesca Li Gobbi, Serena Guiducci, Rosario Foti, Marta Mosca, Delia Goletti
OBJECTIVE: The Italian board for the TAilored BIOlogic therapy (ITABIO) reviewed the most consistent literature to indicate the best strategy for the second-line biologic choice in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), spondyloarthritis (SpA), and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS: Systematic review of the literature to identify English-language articles on efficacy of second-line biologic choice in RA, PsA, and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Data were extracted from available randomized, controlled trials, national biologic registries, national healthcare databases, post-marketing surveys, and open-label observational studies...
March 22, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412995/development-and-validation-of-prediction-models-for-risks-of-complications-in-early-onset-pre-eclampsia-prep-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Shakila Thangaratinam, John Allotey, Nadine Marlin, Ben W Mol, Peter Von Dadelszen, Wessel Ganzevoort, Joost Akkermans, Asif Ahmed, Jane Daniels, Jon Deeks, Khaled Ismail, Ann Marie Barnard, Julie Dodds, Sally Kerry, Carl Moons, Richard D Riley, Khalid S Khan
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of early-onset pre-eclampsia (before 34 weeks' gestation) is variable. Accurate prediction of complications is required to plan appropriate management in high-risk women. OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate prediction models for outcomes in early-onset pre-eclampsia. DESIGN: Prospective cohort for model development, with validation in two external data sets. SETTING: Model development: 53 obstetric units in the UK...
April 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
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