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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332348/sorafenib-combined-with-radiofrequency-ablation-as-treatment-for-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Lin Chen, Xingming Ma, Xin Liu, Xiaomeng Cui
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of a combination of sorafenib and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted using PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), China Biology Medicine disc (CBMdisc), WanFang Database, for all years up to January 2017. Pooled analyses of overall survival (OS), tumor- free survival, recurrence rates and adverse events were performed...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332240/preperitoneal-closed-system-suction-drainage-after-totally-extraperitoneal-hernioplasty-in-the-prevention-of-early-seroma-formation-a-prospective-double-blind-randomised-controlled-trial
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J K M Fan, J Liu, K Chen, X Yang, X Xu, H K Choi, F S Y Chan, K W H Chiu, C M Lo
OBJECTIVES: Seroma is a virtually unavoidable early sequela after TEP hernioplasty. This randomised controlled trial evaluated the outcomes of preperitoneal closed-system suction drainage in laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal (TEP) hernioplasty for inguinal hernia. METHODS: Ninety patients aged 18-80 years who presented to our hospital between May 2016 and February 2017 with primary unilateral inguinal hernia were randomised into the preperitoneal drain and no-drain groups...
January 13, 2018: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332134/breast-cancer-survivorship-state-of-the-science
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Kathy Pan, Arti Hurria, Rowan T Chlebowski
PURPOSE: Only recently has breast cancer survivorship earned formal recognition as a research discipline. Complicating survivorship research is the frequent overlap between aging and treatment sequelae. The ACS/ASCO 2016 Breast Cancer Survivorship Care Guideline (Guideline) reflects comprehensive literature review through April 2015, while the jointly sponsored, inaugural Cancer Survivorship Symposium in 2016 (Symposium) reflects ongoing research activity in the area. Together, these platforms provide an opportunity to examine the use of randomized trials and controlled studies in survivorship care research...
January 13, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332050/supplemental-retinal-carotenoids-enhance-memory-in-healthy-individuals-with-low-levels-of-macular-pigment-in-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Rebecca Power, Robert F Coen, Stephen Beatty, Riona Mulcahy, Rachel Moran, Jim Stack, Alan N Howard, John M Nolan
BACKGROUND: There is a biologically plausible rationale whereby the dietary carotenoids lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and meso-zeaxanthin (MZ), which are collectively referred to as macular pigment (MP) in the central retina (macula), support the maintenance of cognition via their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of supplemental L, Z, and MZ on memory, executive function, and verbal fluency among healthy individuals with low MP levels...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332035/an-aspartyl-cathepsin-targeted-pet-agent-application-in-an-alzheimer-s-disease-mouse-model
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Jonatan A Snir, Mojmir Suchy, Geron A Bindseil, Michael Kovacs, Blaine A Chronik, Robert H E Hudson, Stephen H Pasternak, Robert Bartha
BACKGROUND: Early detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology is a serious challenge for both diagnosis and clinical trials. The aspartyl protease, Cathepsin D (CatD), is overexpressed in AD and could be a biomarker of disease. We have previously designed a unique contrast agent (CA) for dual-optical and magnetic resonance imaging of the activity of the CatD class of enzymes. OBJECTIVE: To compare the uptake and retention of a novel, more sensitive, and clinically-translatable 68Ga PET tracer targeting CatD activity in 5XFAD mice and non-Tg littermates...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332024/the-effects-of-apotel-and-remifentanil-on-postoperative-pain
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Alireza Kamali, Katayoun Vakilian, Leyli Mortazavi, Maryam Shokrpour
Context • One of the most common complications of a Caesarean section (C-section) is postoperative inflammation as well as operative and postoperative pain associated with the surgery. The control and mitigation of pain after surgery is the main goal of anesthesiologists. Objectives • This study aimed to compare the effects of intravenous apotel and remifentanil on postoperative pain control in women undergoing an elective C-section. Design • The research team designed a single-blinded, randomized clinical trial...
January 15, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332020/predictors-of-improvements-in-mental-health-from-mindfulness-meditation-in-stressed-older-adults
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Barry S Oken, Elena Goodrich, Daniel Klee, Tabatha Memmott, Jeffrey Proulx
Context • The benefits of a mindfulness meditation (MM) intervention are most often evidenced by improvements in self-rated stress and mental health. Given the physiological complexity of the psychological stress system, it is likely that some people benefit significantly, whereas others do not. Clinicians and researchers could benefit from further exploration to determine which baseline factors can predict clinically significant improvements from MM. Objectives • The study intended to determine (1) whether the baseline measures for participants who significantly benefitted from MM training were different from the baseline measures of participants who did not, and (2) whether a classification analysis using a decision-tree, machine-learning approach could be useful in predicting which individuals would be most likely to improve...
January 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331971/a-study-protocol-for-a-non-randomised-comparison-trial-evaluating-the-feasibility-and-effectiveness-of-a-mobile-cognitive-behavioural-programme-with-integrated-coaching-for-anxious-adults-in-primary-care
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Eva Szigethy, Francis Solano, Meredith Wallace, Dina L Perry, Lauren Morrell, Kathryn Scott, Megan Jones Bell, Megan Oser
INTRODUCTION: Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and subclinical GAD are highly prevalent in primary care. Unmanaged anxiety worsens quality of life in patients seen in primary care practices and leads to increased medical utilisation and costs. Programmes that teach patients cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques have been shown to improve anxiety and to prevent the evolution of anxiety symptoms to disorders, but access and engagement have hampered integration of CBT into medical settings...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331966/effectiveness-and-safety-of-oral-sedation-in-adult-patients-undergoing-dental-procedures-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
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Jimmy de Oliveira Araújo, Rogério Heládio Lopes Motta, Cristiane de Cássia Bergamaschi, Caio Chaves Guimarães, Juliana Cama Ramacciato, Natalia Karol de Andrade, Mabel Fernandes Fiqueiró, Luciane Cruz Lopes
INTRODUCTION: The management of anxious patients undergoing dental procedures is still a challenge in clinical practice. Despite a wide variety of drugs for oral sedation in adult patients, there are relatively few systematic reviews that compare the effectiveness and safety of different drugs administered via this route. Thus, this study will evaluate the effectiveness and safety of oral sedation with benzodiazepines and other agents to patients undergoing dental surgical procedures...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331959/probenecid-improves-cardiac-function-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-in-vivo-and-cardiomyocyte-calcium-sensitivity-in-vitro
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Nathan Robbins, Mark Gilbert, Mohit Kumar, James W McNamara, Patrick Daly, Sheryl E Koch, Ginger Conway, Mohamed Effat, Jessica G Woo, Sakthivel Sadayappan, Jack Rubinstein
BACKGROUND: Transient receptor potential vanilloid 2 is a calcium channel activated by probenecid. Probenecid is a Food and Drug Administration-approved uricosuric drug that has recently been shown to induce positive lusitropic and inotropic effects in animal models through cardiomyocyte transient receptor potential vanilloid 2 activation. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that oral probenecid can improve cardiac function and symptomatology in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and to further elucidate its calcium-dependent effects on myocyte contractility...
January 13, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331692/memory-performance-predicts-response-to-psychotherapy-for-depression-in-bipolar-disorder-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial-with-exploratory-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Thilo Deckersbach, Amy T Peters, Conor Shea, Aishwarya Gosai, Jonathan P Stange, Andrew D Peckham, Kristen K Ellard, Michael W Otto, Scott L Rauch, Darin D Dougherty, Andrew A Nierenberg
OBJECTIVE: This pilot randomized controlled trial compared Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Supportive Psychotherapy (SP) for the treatment of depression in bipolar I disorder. We also examined whether exploratory verbal memory, executive functioning, and neural correlates of verbal memory during functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) predicted change in depression severity. METHODS: Thirty-two adults (ages 18-65) with DSM-IV bipolar I disorder meeting current criteria for a major depressive episode were randomized to 18 weeks of CBT or SP...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331656/effect-of-a-wearable-patient-sensor-on-care-delivery-for-preventing-pressure-injuries-in-acutely-ill-adults-a-pragmatic-randomized-clinical-trial-ls-hapi-study
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David Pickham, Nic Berte, Mike Pihulic, Andre Valdez, Barbara Mayer, Manisha Desai
IMPORTANCE: Though theoretically sound, studies have failed to demonstrate the benefit of routine repositioning of at-risk patients for the prevention of hospital acquired pressure injuries. OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical effectiveness of a wearable patient sensor to improve care delivery and patient outcomes by increasing the total time with turning compliance and preventing pressure injuries in acutely ill patients. DESIGN: Pragmatic, investigator initiated, open label, single site, randomized clinical trial...
December 30, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331584/protein-neddylation-and-its-alterations-in-human-cancers-for-targeted-therapy
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REVIEW
Lisha Zhou, Wenjuan Zhang, Yi Sun, Lijun Jia
Neddylation, a post-translational modification that conjugates an ubiquitin-like protein NEDD8 to substrate proteins, is an important biochemical process that regulates protein function. The best-characterized substrates of neddylation are the cullin subunits of Cullin-RING ligases (CRLs), which, as the largest family of E3 ubiquitin ligases, control many important biological processes, including tumorigenesis, through promoting ubiquitylation and subsequent degradation of a variety of key regulatory proteins...
January 10, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331524/strategies-and-technical-challenges-for-imaging-oligometastatic-disease-recommendations-from-the-european-organisation-for-research-and-treatment-of-cancer-imaging-group
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REVIEW
Nandita M deSouza, Yan Liu, Arturo Chiti, Daniela Oprea-Lager, Géraldine Gebhart, Bernard E Van Beers, Ken Herrmann, Frederic E Lecouvet
Patients with oligometastatic disease (OMD) often have controllable symptoms, and cures are possible. Technical improvements in surgery and radiotherapy have introduced the option of metastasis-directed ablative therapies as an adjunct or alternative to standard-of-care systemic therapies. Several clinical trials and registries are investigating the benefit of these therapeutic approaches across several cancer sites. This requires that patients are correctly included and followed with appropriate imaging. This article discusses the evidence and offers recommendations for the implementation of standard-of-care (Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumours measurements on computed tomography [CT], magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] and bone scintigraphy) and advanced imaging modalities (functional, metabolic and radionuclide targeted) for identifying and following up patients with OMD...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331328/pilot-clinical-trial-of-high-flow-oxygen-therapy-in-children-with-asthma-in-the-emergency-service
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Yolanda Ballestero, Jimena De Pedro, Nancy Portillo, Otilia Martinez-Mugica, Eunate Arana-Arri, Javier Benito
OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) oxygen therapy and safety in children with asthma and moderate respiratory failure in the emergency department (ED). STUDY DESIGN: This was a prospective randomized pilot trial of children (aged 1-14 years) presenting to a tertiary academic pediatric ED with moderate-to-severe asthma exacerbations between September 2012 and December 2015. Patients with a pulmonary score (PS) ≥6 or oxygen saturation <94% with a face mask despite initial treatment (salbutamol/ipratropium bromide and corticosteroids) were randomized to HFNC or to conventional oxygen therapy...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331313/predictors-of-exacerbation-risk-and-response-to-budesonide-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-post-hoc-analysis-of-three-randomised-trials
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Mona Bafadhel, Stefan Peterson, Miguel A De Blas, Peter M Calverley, Stephen I Rennard, Kai Richter, Malin Fagerås
BACKGROUND: The peripheral blood eosinophil count might help identify those patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who will experience fewer exacerbations when taking inhaled corticosteroids (ICS). Previous post-hoc analyses have proposed eosinophil cutoffs that are both arbitrary and limited in evaluating complex interactions of treatment response. We modelled eosinophil count as a continuous variable to determine the characteristics that determine both exacerbation risk and clinical response to ICS in patients with COPD...
January 10, 2018: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331262/can-interrogation-of-tumour-characteristics-lead-us-to-safely-omit-adjuvant-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-early-breast-cancer
#17
I S Bhattacharya, A M Kirby, J M Bliss, C E Coles
Adjuvant radiotherapy after breast-conserving surgery has been an important component of the standard of care for early breast cancer. Improvements in breast cancer care have resulted in a substantial reduction in local relapse rates over recent decades. Although the proportional benefits of adjuvant radiotherapy are similar for different prognostic risk groups of patients, the absolute benefits depend on the risk of relapse and therefore vary considerably between prognostic groups. Radiotherapy is not without risk and for some patients at very low risk of relapse the risks of radiotherapy may outweigh the benefit, leading to potential overtreatment...
January 10, 2018: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331170/implementation-lessons-learned-from-the-benefits-of-enhanced-terminal-room-betr-disinfection-study-process-and-perceptions-of-enhanced-disinfection-with-ultraviolet-disinfection-devices
#18
Deverick J Anderson, Lauren P Knelson, Rebekah W Moehring, Sarah S Lewis, David J Weber, Luke F Chen, Patricia F Triplett, Michael Blocker, R Marty Cooney, J Conrad Schwab, Yuliya Lokhnygina, William A Rutala, Daniel J Sexton
OBJECTIVE To summarize and discuss logistic and administrative challenges we encountered during the Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room (BETR) Disinfection Study and lessons learned that are pertinent to future utilization of ultraviolet (UV) disinfection devices in other hospitals DESIGN Multicenter cluster randomized trial SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Nine hospitals in the southeastern United States METHODS All participating hospitals developed systems to implement 4 different strategies for terminal room disinfection...
January 14, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331073/cerebrospinal-fluid-macrophage-biomarkers-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#19
A G Thompson, E Gray, M-L Thézénas, P D Charles, S Evetts, M T Hu, K Talbot, R Fischer, B M Kessler, M R Turner
Objective The neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a heterogeneous clinical syndrome involving multiple molecular pathways. The development of biomarkers for use in therapeutic trials is a priority. We sought to use a high-throughput proteomic method to identify novel biomarkers in individual cerebrospinal fluid samples. Methods Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry with label-free quantification was used to identify cerebrospinal fluid proteins using samples from a well-characterised longitudinal cohort comprising patients with ALS (n=43), the upper motor neuron variant primary lateral sclerosis (PLS, n=6), cross-sectional healthy (n=20) and disease controls (Parkinsons's n=20, ALS mimic disorders n=12)...
January 13, 2018: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331037/pharmacist-intervention-for-blood-pressure-control-in-patients-with-diabetes-and-or-chronic-kidney-disease
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Maxwell D Anderegg, Tyler H Gums, Liz Uribe, Eric J MacLaughlin, James Hoehns, Oralia V Bazaldua, Timothy J Ives, David L Hahn, Christopher S Coffey, Barry L Carter
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to 1) determine if hypertensive patients with comorbid diabetes mellitus (DM) and/or chronic kidney disease (CKD) receiving a pharmacist intervention had a greater reduction in mean blood pressure (BP) and improved BP control at 9 months compared to those receiving usual care and 2) compare Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC-7) guideline and 2014 guideline (JNC-8) BP control rates in patients with DM and/or CKD...
January 13, 2018: Pharmacotherapy
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