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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457345/robot-assisted-vs-freehand-pedicle-screw-fixation-in-spine-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-a-meta-analysis-of-comparative-studies
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Lingjia Yu, Xi Chen, Adam Margalit, Huiming Peng, Guixing Qiu, Wenwei Qian
BACKGROUND: Medical robotics has progressively become more compelling in modern orthopaedic surgery. Several studies comparing robot-assisted (RA) and freehand (FH) conventional techniques for pedicle screw fixation have been published, but the results are unclear. Here, we assessed current evidence regarding the efficiency, safety and accuracy of RA compared with FH techniques. METHODS: A literature search of PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library and Web of Science was performed to compare the differences between RA and FH in spine surgery...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454976/defective-endogenous-pain-modulation-in-fibromyalgia-a-meta-analysis-of-temporal-summation-and-conditioned-pain-modulation-paradigms
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REVIEW
Anthony Terrence O'Brien, Alicia Deitos, Yolanda Triñanes Pego, Felipe Fregni, Maria Teresa Carrillo-de-la-Peña
To study the characteristics of temporal summation (TS) and conditioned pain modulation (CPM) in fibromyalgia (FM) patients, we systematically searched Pubmed and EMBASE for studies using TS or CPM comparing FM patients to healthy controls. We computed Hedge's g, risk of bias, sensitivity analysis and meta-regression tests with 10000 Monte-Carlo permutations. Twenty-three studies (625 female/23 male FM patients and 591 female/81 male healthy controls) were included. The meta-analyses showed an effect size of 0...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451088/a-marginalized-two-part-model-with-heterogeneous-variance-for-semicontinuous-data
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Valerie A Smith, John S Preisser
Semicontinuous data, characterized by a point mass at zero followed by a positive, continuous distribution, arise frequently in medical research. These data are typically analyzed using two-part mixtures that separately model the probability of incurring a positive outcome and the distribution of positive values among those who incur them. In such a conditional specification, however, standard two-part models do not provide a marginal interpretation of covariate effects on the overall population. We have previously proposed a marginalized two-part model that yields more interpretable effect estimates by parameterizing the model in terms of the marginal mean...
January 1, 2018: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450686/capsule-commentary-on-goddu-et-al-do-words-matter-stigmatizing-language-and-the-transmission-of-bias-in-the-medical-record
#4
Jason Schnittker
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449189/adjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-versus-radiotherapy-alone-for-women-with-high-risk-endometrial-cancer-portec-3-final-results-of-an-international-open-label-multicentre-randomised-phase-3-trial
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Stephanie M de Boer, Melanie E Powell, Linda Mileshkin, Dionyssios Katsaros, Paul Bessette, Christine Haie-Meder, Petronella B Ottevanger, Jonathan A Ledermann, Pearly Khaw, Alessandro Colombo, Anthony Fyles, Marie-Helene Baron, Ina M Jürgenliemk-Schulz, Henry C Kitchener, Hans W Nijman, Godfrey Wilson, Susan Brooks, Silvestro Carinelli, Diane Provencher, Chantal Hanzen, Ludy C H W Lutgens, Vincent T H B M Smit, Naveena Singh, Viet Do, Romerai D'Amico, Remi A Nout, Amanda Feeney, Karen W Verhoeven-Adema, Hein Putter, Carien L Creutzberg
BACKGROUND: Although women with endometrial cancer generally have a favourable prognosis, those with high-risk disease features are at increased risk of recurrence. The PORTEC-3 trial was initiated to investigate the benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy during and after radiotherapy (chemoradiotherapy) versus pelvic radiotherapy alone for women with high-risk endometrial cancer. METHODS: PORTEC-3 was an open-label, international, randomised, phase 3 trial involving 103 centres in six clinical trials collaborating in the Gynaecological Cancer Intergroup...
February 12, 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447854/risk-factors-associated-complications-for-postoperative-urinary-retention-after-lumbar-surgery-for-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
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Joshua L Golubovsky, Haariss Ilyas, Jinxiao Chen, Joseph E Tanenbaum, Thomas E Mroz, Michael P Steinmetz
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Postoperative Urinary Retention (POUR) is a very common post-operative complication of all surgeries (5 - 70%) that may lead to complications such as urinary tract infection (UTI), bladder over-distention, autonomic dysregulation, and increased postoperative length of stay (LOS). Within the field of spine surgery, the reported incidence of POUR is highly variable (5.6 - 38%). Lack of clear stratification of surgical level, spinal pathology, and inadequate sample size is a major limitation of available studies concerning POUR following spine surgery that may lead to inconsistency in the incidence of POUR and the ability to model its occurrence and consequences...
February 12, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446673/a-systematic-review-of-fatigue-in-radiology-is-it-a-problem
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Nadia Stec, Danielle Arje, Alan R Moody, Elizabeth A Krupinski, Pascal N Tyrrell
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to review current literature regarding radiologist fatigue. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A literature search was performed using PubMed. Key words and Medical Subject Heading terms were used to generate refined queries with inclusion and exclusion criteria, focusing on fatigue and error. Results were selected according to these criteria: examined radiologist fatigue and radiologic error stemming from fatigue; experimental results measured as accuracy, error, or performance; and peer-reviewed publication...
February 15, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446485/effects-of-glucosamine-supplements-on-painful-temporomandibular-joint-osteoarthritis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Gilberto Melo, Elora Casett, Juliana Stuginski-Barbosa, Eliete Neves da Silva Guerra, Daniel Araujo Fernandes, André Luís Porporatti, Carlos Flores-Mir, Graziela De Luca Canto
OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the literature for studies that assessed the effects of glucosamine supplements (GS) on pain and maximum mouth opening (MMO) restriction compared to other therapies, placebo, or no intervention on painful temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis (TMJ OA). METHODS: Randomized controlled trials were selected in a two-phase process. Seven electronic databases, in addition to three grey literature databases, were searched. Risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane Collaboration's tool for assessing risk of bias in randomized trials...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444786/task-sharing-to-improve-the-prevention-diagnosis-and-management-of-rheumatic-heart-disease-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Leila Hussein Abdullahi, Inge Smit, Mark E Engel, David A Watkins, Liesl Joanna Zühlke
INTRODUCTION: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains an important cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality globally due to weak health systems in many countries. RHD can be effectively prevented and managed; however, RHD-related interventions have not been widely adopted in countries with severe human resource constraints. Task sharing is a recognised approach to personnel shortages that could prove effective for RHD and has, anecdotally, been attempted in a few settings. We propose a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol to assess models that use non-physician workers to expand access to, and quality of, RHD-related healthcare...
February 14, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441818/comparative-effectiveness-and-harms-of-intraoperative-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-noncardiac-surgery-a-systematic-review
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Ashraf Fayad, Sasha Shillcutt, Massimiliano Meineri, Terrence D Ruddy, Mohammed Toseef Ansari
Intraoperative use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has become commonplace in high-risk noncardiac surgeries but the balance of benefits and harms remains unclear. This systematic review investigated the comparative effectiveness and harms of intraoperative TEE in noncardiac surgery. We searched Ovid MEDLINE, PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library from 1946 to March 2017. Two reviewers independently screened the literature for eligibility. Studies were assessed for the risk of selection bias, confounding, measurement bias, and reporting bias...
February 1, 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441637/from-intelligence-analysis-to-medical-education-using-structured-tools-to-manage-bias
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Amy K Blake
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440164/standard-echocardiography-versus-handheld-echocardiography-for-the-detection-of-subclinical-rheumatic-heart-disease-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
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Lisa H Telford, Leila H Abdullahi, Eleanor A Ochodo, Liesl J Zühlke, Mark E Engel
INTRODUCTION: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a preventable and treatable chronic condition which persists in many developing countries largely affecting impoverished populations. Handheld echocardiography presents an opportunity to address the need for more cost-effective methods of diagnosing RHD in developing countries, where the disease continues to carry high rates of morbidity and mortality. Preliminary studies have demonstrated moderate sensitivity as well as high specificity and diagnostic odds for detecting RHD in asymptomatic patients...
February 10, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439690/a-systematic-review-of-the-effects-of-acupuncture-on-xerostomia-and-hyposalivation
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Zainab Assy, Henk S Brand
BACKGROUND: Saliva is fundamental to our oral health and our well-being. Many factors can impair saliva secretion, such as adverse effects of prescribed medication, auto-immune diseases (for example Sjögren's syndrome) and radiotherapy for head and neck cancers. Several studies have suggested a positive effect of acupuncture on oral dryness. METHODS: Pubmed and Web of Science were electronically searched. Reference lists of the included studies and relevant reviews were manually searched...
February 13, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438575/primary-care-professionals-providing-non-urgent-care-in-hospital-emergency-departments
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REVIEW
Daniela Gonçalves-Bradley, Jaspreet K Khangura, Gerd Flodgren, Rafael Perera, Brian H Rowe, Sasha Shepperd
BACKGROUND: In many countries emergency departments (EDs) are facing an increase in demand for services, long waits, and severe crowding. One response to mitigate overcrowding has been to provide primary care services alongside or within hospital EDs for patients with non-urgent problems. However, it is unknown how this impacts the quality of patient care and the utilisation of hospital resources, or if it is cost-effective. This is the first update of the original Cochrane Review published in 2012...
February 13, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437934/morphological-characteristics-associated-with-the-rupture-risk-of-mirror-posterior-communicating-artery-aneurysms
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Guang-Xian Wang, Jun Liu, You-Qiang Chen, Li Wen, Ming-Guang Yang, Ming-Fu Gong, Dong Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Patient related clinical factors and intracranial aneurysms (IAs) at different locations may lead to statistical bias when investigating the rupture risk of IAs. Thus the purpose of this study was to identify the morphological parameters that are related to the rupture of mirror posterior communicating artery aneurysms (PComAAs). METHODS: Between August 2011 and July 2017, 68 patients with mirror PComAAs and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage were diagnosed by CT angiography at three medical centers...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437877/how-many-people-have-been-bitten-by-dogs-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-prevalence-incidence-and-factors-associated-with-dog-bites-in-a-uk-community
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Carri Westgarth, Megan Brooke, Robert M Christley
BACKGROUND: Dog bite studies are typically based on hospital records and may be biased towards bites requiring significant medical treatment. This study investigated true dog bite prevalence and incidence at a community-level and victim-related risk factors, in order to inform policy and prevention. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of a community of 1280 households in Cheshire, UK, surveyed 694 respondents in 385 households. Data included dog ownership and bite history, demographics, health and personality (Ten Item Personality Inventory (TIPI) brief measure)...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435578/comparative-effectiveness-of-levetiracetam-vs-phenobarbital-for-infantile-epilepsy
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Zachary M Grinspan, Renée A Shellhaas, Jason Coryell, Joseph E Sullivan, Elaine C Wirrell, John R Mytinger, William D Gaillard, Eric H Kossoff, Ignacio Valencia, Kelly G Knupp, Courtney Wusthoff, Cynthia Keator, Nicole Ryan, Tobias Loddenkemper, Catherine J Chu, Edward J Novotny, John Millichap, Anne T Berg
Importance: More than half of infants with new-onset epilepsy have electroencephalographic and clinical features that do not conform to known electroclinical syndromes (ie, nonsyndromic epilepsy). Levetiracetam and phenobarbital are the most commonly prescribed medications for epilepsy in infants, but their comparative effectiveness is unknown. Objective: To compare the effectiveness of levetiracetam vs phenobarbital for nonsyndromic infantile epilepsy. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Early Life Epilepsy Study-a prospective, multicenter, observational cohort study conducted from March 1, 2012, to April 30, 2015, in 17 US medical centers-enrolled infants with nonsyndromic epilepsy and a first afebrile seizure between 1 month and 1 year of age...
February 12, 2018: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435177/prostate-selective-%C3%AE-antagonists-increase-fracture-risk-in-prostate-cancer-patients-with-and-without-a-history-of-androgen-deprivation-therapy-a-nationwide-population-based-study
#18
Wei-Heng Kao, Chang-Fu Kuo, I-Jun Chou, Lai-Chu See, Wen-Kuan Huang, Meng-Jiun Chiou, Weiya Zhang, Michael Doherty, Chun-Chieh Wang, Jun-Te Hsu, Hsien-Hsin Chen, Ji-Hong Hong
Introductions: Prostate-selective α antagonists are recommended for relief of lower urinary tract symptoms in prostate cancer patients despite uncertainty of fracture risk as an addition to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). The purpose of this study is to estimate fracture risk associated with these medications in prostate cancer patients who did and did not receive ADT. Methods: The Taiwan National Health Insurance database was used to identify prostate cancer patients...
January 12, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29431861/non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-agents-to-induce-regression-and-prevent-the-progression-of-cervical-intraepithelial-neoplasia
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REVIEW
Shannon M Grabosch, Osman M Shariff, C William Helm
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in 2014, Issue 4. Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) precedes the development of invasive carcinoma of the cervix. Current treatment of CIN is quite effective, but there is morbidity for the patient related to pain, bleeding, infection, cervical stenosis and premature birth in a subsequent pregnancy. Effective treatment with medications, rather than surgery, would be beneficial. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), including cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors, to induce regression and prevent the progression of CIN...
February 12, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29431009/a-questionnaire-survey-of-second-year-graduate-entry-medical-students-perception-of-obstetrics-and-gynaecology-as-a-future-career-speciality
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Sharif I M F Ismail, Euan H Kevelighan
The aim of this study was to explore the impressions of second year graduate-entry medical students of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, before their attachment in the speciality in the subsequent year, so as to improve its appeal to them and increase their recruitment into it. A total of 74 questionnaires were distributed at the end of the Learning Opportunities in Clinical Setting (LOCS) week in the speciality and 66 (89.19%) completed questionnaires were returned. Over 4% of the respondents were considering the speciality as their career choice and less than half would consider it as a second option...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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