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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214374/a-systematic-review-of-known-interventions-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-non-hypovolaemic-hypotonic-hyponatraemia-and-a-meta-analysis-of-the-vaptans
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Sunil Bhandari, Alessandro Peri, Iain Cranston, Rachael McCool, Alison Shaw, Julie Glanville, Larisa Petrakova, Karl O'Reilly
International and national guidelines on the treatment of chronic non-hypovolaemic hypotonic hyponatraemia differ; therefore we have undertaken this systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the efficacy and safety of interventions for the treatment of chronic non-hypovolaemic hypotonic hyponatraemia. Following registration of the review protocol with PROSPERO, systematic literature searches were conducted to identify randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials assessing any degree of fluid restriction or any drug treatment with the aim of increasing serum sodium concentration in patients with chronic non-hypovolaemic hypotonic hyponatraemia...
February 18, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208749/graphic-warning-labels-and-the-cost-savings-from-reduced-smoking-among-pregnant-women
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John A Tauras, Richard M Peck, Kai-Wen Cheng, Frank J Chaloupka
Introduction: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has estimated the economic impact of Graphic Warning Labels (GWLs). By omitting the impact on tobacco consumption by pregnant women, the FDA analysis underestimates the economic benefits that would occur from the proposed regulations. There is a strong link between the occurrence of low birth weight babies and smoking while pregnant. Low birth weight babies in turn generate much higher hospital costs than normal birth weight babies. This study aims to fill the gap by quantifying the national hospital cost savings from the reductions in prenatal smoking that will arise if GWLs are implemented in the U...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207792/partnering-for-impact-integrated-transmission-assessment-surveys-for-lymphatic-filariasis-soil-transmitted-helminths-and-malaria-in-haiti
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Alaine Kathryn Knipes, Jean Frantz Lemoine, Franck Monestime, Carl R Fayette, Abdel N Direny, Luccene Desir, Valery E Beau de Rochars, Thomas G Streit, Kristen Renneker, Brian K Chu, Michelle A Chang, Kimberly E Mace, Kimberly Y Won, Patrick J Lammie
BACKGROUND: Since 2001, Haiti's National Program for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (NPELF) has worked to reduce the transmission of LF through annual mass drug administration with diethylcarbamazine and albendazole. The NPELF reached full national coverage with MDA for LF in 2012, and by 2014, a total of 14 evaluation units (48 communes) had met WHO eligibility criteria to conduct LF transmission assessment surveys (TAS) to determine whether prevalence had been reduced to below a threshold, such that transmission is assumed to be no longer sustainable...
February 16, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207744/utilization-of-smoking-cessation-medication-benefits-among-medicaid-fee-for-service-enrollees-1999-2008
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Jennifer Kahende, Ann Malarcher, Lucinda England, Lei Zhang, Paul Mowery, Xin Xu, Varadan Sevilimedu, Italia Rolle
OBJECTIVE: To assess state coverage and utilization of Medicaid smoking cessation medication benefits among fee-for-service enrollees who smoked cigarettes. METHODS: We used the linked National Health Interview Survey (survey years 1995, 1997-2005) and the Medicaid Analytic eXtract files (1999-2008) to assess utilization of smoking cessation medication benefits among 5,982 cigarette smokers aged 18-64 years enrolled in Medicaid fee-for-service whose state Medicaid insurance covered at least one cessation medication...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206829/validity-of-low-contrast-letter-acuity-as-a-visual-performance-outcome-measure-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Laura J Balcer, Jenelle Raynowska, Rachel Nolan, Steven L Galetta, Raju Kapoor, Ralph Benedict, Glenn Phillips, Nicholas LaRocca, Lynn Hudson, Richard Rudick
Low-contrast letter acuity (LCLA) has emerged as the leading outcome measure to assess visual disability in multiple sclerosis (MS) research. As visual dysfunction is one of the most common manifestations of MS, sensitive visual outcome measures are important in examining the effect of treatment. Low-contrast acuity captures visual loss not seen in high-contrast visual acuity (HCVA) measurements. These issues are addressed by the MS Outcome Assessments Consortium (MSOAC), including representatives from advocacy organizations, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), academic institutions, and industry partners along with persons living with MS...
February 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201993/structure-and-variation-of-crispr-and-crispr-flanking-regions-in-deleted-direct-repeat-region-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-strains
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Paul Jeffrey Freidlin, Israel Nissan, Anna Luria, Drora Goldblatt, Lana Schaffer, Hasia Kaidar-Shwartz, Daniel Chemtob, Zeev Dveyrin, Steven Robert Head, Efrat Rorman
BACKGROUND: CRISPR and CRISPR-flanking genomic regions are important for molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) strains, and potentially for adaptive immunity to phage and plasmid DNA, and endogenous roles in the bacterium. Genotyping in the Israel National Mycobacterium Reference Center Tel-Aviv of over 1500 MTBC strains from 2008-2013 showed three strains with validated negative 43-spacer spoligotypes, that is, with putatively deleted direct repeat regions (deleted-DR/CRISPR regions)...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196428/the-association-of-psychedelic-use-and-opioid-use-disorders-among-illicit-users-in-the-united-states
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Vincent D Pisano, Nathaniel P Putnam, Hannah M Kramer, Kevin J Franciotti, John H Halpern, Selma C Holden
BACKGROUND: Preliminary studies show psychedelic compounds administered with psychotherapy are potentially effective and durable substance misuse interventions. However, little is known about the association between psychedelic use and substance misuse in the general population. This study investigated the association between psychedelic use and past year opioid use disorders within illicit opioid users. METHODS: While controlling for socio-demographic covariates and the use of other substances, the relationship between classic psychedelic use and past year opioid use disorders was analyzed within 44,000 illicit opioid users who completed the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2008 to 2013...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193288/accreditation-in-general-practice-in-denmark-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Merethe K Andersen, Line B Pedersen, Volkert Siersma, Flemming Bro, Susanne Reventlow, Jens Søndergaard, Marius Brostrøm Kousgaard, Frans B Waldorff
BACKGROUND: Accreditation is used increasingly in health systems worldwide. However, there is a lack of evidence on the effects of accreditation, particularly in general practice. In 2016 a mandatory accreditation scheme was initiated in Denmark, and during a 3-year period all practices, as default, should undergo accreditation according to the Danish Healthcare Quality Program. The aim of this study is primarily to evaluate the effects of a mandatory accreditation scheme. METHODS/DESIGN: The study is conducted as a cluster-randomized controlled trial among 1252 practices (clusters) with 2211 general practitioners in Denmark...
February 13, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192509/drug-versus-placebo-randomized-controlled-trials-in-neonates-a-review-of-clinicaltrials-gov-registry
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Emilie Desselas, Claudia Pansieri, Stephanie Leroux, Maurizio Bonati, Evelyne Jacqz-Aigrain
BACKGROUND: Despite specific initiatives and identified needs, most neonatal drugs are still used off-label, with variable dosage administrations and schedules. In high risk preterm and term neonates, drug evaluation is challenging and randomized controlled trials (RCT) are difficult to conduct and even more is the use of a placebo, required in the absence of a reference validated drug to be used as comparator. METHODS: We analyzed the complete ClinicalTrials.gov registry 1) to describe neonatal RCT involving a placebo, 2) to report on the medical context and ethical aspects of placebo use...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191917/newborn-birth-weight-of-pregnant-women-on-methadone-or-buprenorphine-maintenance-treatment-a-national-contingency-management-approach-trial
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Einat Peles, Anat Sason, Shaul Schreiber, Miriam Adelson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is the gold standard for pregnant women with opioid use disorders. Still, low birth-weights were reported, in particular of mothers who became pregnant before admission to MMT. We studied whether an escalating incentive contingency-management approach may contribute to better newborn birth-weights. METHODS: A nationwide controlled randomized trial among all Israeli methadone/buprenorphine maintenance treatment (MBMT), newly or already in treatment pregnant women was performed...
February 13, 2017: American Journal on Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191796/the-cost-of-treating-mucormycosis-with-isavuconazole-compared-with-standard-therapy-in-the-uk
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Emma Bagshaw, Daniel Kuessner, Jan Posthumus, Cesar Escrig, Michael Blackney, Sebastian Marcel Heimann, Oliver Andreas Cornely
AIM: Mucormycosis is a fungal infection associated with high mortality. Until recently, the only licensed treatments were amphotericin B (AMB) formulations. Isavuconazole (ISAV) is a new mucormycosis treatment. A UK-based economic model explored treatment costs with ISAV versus liposomal AMB followed by posaconazole. MATERIALS & METHODS: As a matched case-control analysis showed similar efficacy for ISAV and AMB, a cost-minimization approach was taken. Direct costs - drug acquisition, monitoring and administration, and hospitalization costs - were estimated from the National Health Service perspective...
February 13, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191694/generalizability-of-findings-from-randomized-controlled-trials-application-to-the-national-institute-of-drug-abuse-clinical-trials-network
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Ryoko Susukida, Rosa M Crum, Cyrus Ebnesajjad, Elizabeth A Stuart, Ramin Mojtabai
AIMS: To compare randomized controlled trial (RCT) sample treatment effects with the population effects of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. DESIGN: Statistical weighting was used to re-compute the effects from ten RCTs such that the participants in the trials had characteristics that resembled those of patients in the target populations. SETTINGS: Multi-site RCTs and usual SUD treatment settings in the USA. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 3,592 patients in ten RCTs and 1,602,226 patients from usual SUD treatment settings between 2001 and 2009...
February 13, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190578/quarter-dose-quadruple-combination-therapy-for-initial-treatment-of-hypertension-placebo-controlled-crossover-randomised-trial-and-systematic-review
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Clara K Chow, Jay Thakkar, Alex Bennett, Graham Hillis, Michael Burke, Tim Usherwood, Kha Vo, Kris Rogers, Emily Atkins, Ruth Webster, Michael Chou, Hakim-Moulay Dehbi, Abdul Salam, Anushka Patel, Bruce Neal, David Peiris, Henry Krum, John Chalmers, Mark Nelson, Christopher M Reid, Mark Woodward, Sarah Hilmer, Simon Thom, Anthony Rodgers
BACKGROUND: Globally, most patients with hypertension are treated with monotherapy, and control rates are poor because monotherapy only reduces blood pressure by around 9/5 mm Hg on average. There is a pressing need for blood pressure-control strategies with improved efficacy and tolerability. We aimed to assess whether ultra-low-dose combination therapy could meet these needs. METHODS: We did a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover trial of a quadpill-a single capsule containing four blood pressure-lowering drugs each at quarter-dose (irbesartan 37·5 mg, amlodipine 1·25 mg, hydrochlorothiazide 6·25 mg, and atenolol 12·5 mg)...
February 9, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187915/effect-of-ileal-bile-acid-transporter-inhibitor-gsk2330672-on-pruritus-in-primary-biliary-cholangitis-a-double-blind-randomised-placebo-controlled-crossover-phase-2a-study
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Vinod S Hegade, Stuart F W Kendrick, Robert L Dobbins, Sam R Miller, Douglas Thompson, Duncan Richards, James Storey, George E Dukes, Margaret Corrigan, Ronald P J Oude Elferink, Ulrich Beuers, Gideon M Hirschfield, David E Jones
BACKGROUND: Up to 70% of patients with primary biliary cholangitis develop pruritus (itch) during the course of their disease. Treatment of pruritus in primary biliary cholangitis is challenging and novel therapies are needed. Ursodeoxycholic acid, the standard first-line treatment for primary biliary cholangitis, is largely ineffective for pruritus. We investigated the efficacy and safety of GSK2330672, a selective inhibitor of human ileal bile acid transporter (IBAT), in patients with primary biliary cholangitis with pruritus...
February 7, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181177/outcomes-associated-with-generic-drugs-approved-using-product-specific-determinations-of-therapeutic-equivalence
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Joshua J Gagne, Jennifer M Polinski, Wenlei Jiang, Sarah K Dutcher, Jing Xie, Joyce Lii, Lisa A Fulchino, Aaron S Kesselheim
OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine rates of clinical outcomes among patients before and after market introduction of generic versions of five drugs approved using product-specific equivalence determinations. METHODS: We used data from a large national insurer to identify patients who initiated a study (acarbose tablets, salmon calcitonin nasal spray, enoxaparin injection, vancomycin capsules, venlafaxine extended-release tablets) or control drug (nateglinide, glimepiride, alendronate, fondaparinux, metronidazole, sertraline, paroxetine) in each calendar month between 2003 and 2012 and to determine rates of claims-based proxies for lack of effectiveness outcomes following initiation...
February 8, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179212/association-between-n363s-and-bcli-polymorphisms-of-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-gene-nr3c1-and-glucocorticoid-side-effects-during-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-treatment
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Meriç Kaymak Cihan, Halil Gürhan Karabulut, Nüket Yürür Kutlay, Hatice Ilgın Ruhi, Ajlan Tükün, Lale Olcay
OBJECTIVE: Glucocorticoids (GCs) are the key drugs for the treatment of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Herein, investigation of the relationship between the N363S and BclI polymorphisms of the GC receptor gene (NR3C1) and the side effects of GCs during pediatric ALL therapy was aimed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: N363S and BclI polymorphisms were analyzed in 49 patients with ALL treated between 2000 and 2012. Control group consisted 46 patients with benign disorders...
February 9, 2017: Turkish Journal of Haematology: Official Journal of Turkish Society of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174317/dual-antiplatelet-therapy-and-clinical-outcomes-after-coronary-drug-eluting-stent-implantation-in-patients-on-hemodialysis
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Yung-Tai Chen, Hung-Ta Chen, Chien-Yi Hsu, Pei-Wen Chao, Shu-Chen Kuo, Shuo-Ming Ou, Chia-Jen Shih
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate the benefits and risks of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) after coronary drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation in patients undergoing hemodialysis. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: A nested case-control analysis of patients on hemodialysis after receipt of DES and DAPT treatment was conducted using data from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database for the period 2007-2011. Cases of myocardial infarction or death within 1 year after DES implantation were matched one-to-one with control patients...
February 7, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169941/novel-index-to-quantify-the-risk-of-surgery-in-the-setting-of-adult-spinal-deformity-a-study-on-10-912-patients-from-the-nationwide-inpatient-sample
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Bassel G Diebo, Cyrus M Jalai, Vincent Challier, Bryan J Marascalchi, Samantha R Horn, Gregory W Poorman, Olivia J Bono, Denis Cherkalin, Nancy Worley, Jason Oh, Qais Naziri, Allison Spitzer, Kris Radcliff, Ashish Patel, Virginie Lafage, Carl B Paulino, Peter G Passias
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 2001 to 2010, a prospectively collected national database. OBJECTIVE: Structure an index to quantify adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgical risk based on risk factors for medical complications, surgical complications, revisions (R), mortality (M) rates, and length of hospital stay. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Evidence supporting ASD surgery cost-effectiveness and anticipating surgical risk is critical to evaluate the risk/benefit balance of such treatment for patients...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166722/integration-of-vdr-genome-wide-binding-and-gwas-genetic-variation-data-reveals-co-occurrence-of-vdr-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-binding-that-is-linked-to-immune-phenotypes
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Prashant K Singh, Patrick R van den Berg, Mark D Long, Angie Vreugdenhil, Laurie Grieshober, Heather M Ochs-Balcom, Jianmin Wang, Sylvie Delcambre, Sami Heikkinen, Carsten Carlberg, Moray J Campbell, Lara E Sucheston-Campbell
BACKGROUND: The nuclear hormone receptor superfamily acts as a genomic sensor of diverse signals. Their actions are often intertwined with other transcription factors. Nuclear hormone receptors are targets for many therapeutic drugs, and include the vitamin D receptor (VDR). VDR signaling is pleotropic, being implicated in calcaemic function, antibacterial actions, growth control, immunomodulation and anti-cancer actions. Specifically, we hypothesized that the biologically significant relationships between the VDR transcriptome and phenotype-associated biology could be discovered by integrating the known VDR transcription factor binding sites and all published trait- and disease-associated SNPs...
February 6, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157459/multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-bangladesh-results-from-a-sentinel-surveillance-system
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S Banu, M T Rahman, S Ahmed, R Khatun, S S Ferdous, B Hosen, M M Rahman, T Ahmed, J S Cavanaugh, J D Heffelfinger
BACKGROUND: Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a serious obstacle to successful TB control. The 2010-2011 Bangladesh Drug Resistance Survey (DRS) showed MDR-TB prevalence to be 7% overall, 1.4% in new and 28.5% in previously treated patients. We aimed to determine the rate of MDR-TB in selected sentinel sites in Bangladesh. METHODS: Fourteen hospitals from the seven divisions in Bangladesh were selected as sentinel surveillance sites. Newly registered TB patients were systematically enrolled from August 2011 to December 2014...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
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