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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351694/treatment-outcomes-for-right-sided-endocarditis-in-intravenous-drug-users-a-systematic-review-and-analysis-of-outcomes-in-a-tertiary-centre
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Karen Magsino, Rohan Sanjanwala, Brett Hiebert, Janet Rothney, Rizwan Manji, Rakesh Arora, Pallav Shah
BACKGROUND:  The increasing prevalence of intravenous drug users (IVDU) has resulted in higher incidence of right-sided infective endocarditis (RSIE). However, treatment guidelines for RSIE in IVDU are not well defined. The aim is to evaluate efficacy of different treatment strategies in reducing mortality and to describe treatment outcomes. METHODS:  We systematically reviewed the literature using PubMed, Cochrane, CENTRAL, OvidEMBASE, Web of Science, and Medline databases to include prospective studies that compare mortality rates among IVDU with RSIE receiving isolated medical treatment versus those receiving medical-surgical treatment...
January 19, 2018: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351676/congress-of-neurological-surgeons-systematic-review-and-evidence-based-guidelines-on-the-treatment-of-adults-with-vestibular-schwannomas-introduction-and-methods
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February 1, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351341/labeling-for-big-data-in-radiation-oncology-the-radiation-oncology-structures-ontology
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Jean-Emmanuel Bibault, Eric Zapletal, Bastien Rance, Philippe Giraud, Anita Burgun
PURPOSE: Leveraging Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Oncology Information Systems (OIS) has great potential to generate hypotheses for cancer treatment, since they directly provide medical data on a large scale. In order to gather a significant amount of patients with a high level of clinical details, multicenter studies are necessary. A challenge in creating high quality Big Data studies involving several treatment centers is the lack of semantic interoperability between data sources...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350457/improved-outcome-at-end-of-treatment-in-the-collaborative-wilms-tumour-africa-project
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Trijn Israels, Vivian Paintsil, Dalida Nyirenda, Francine Kouya, Glenn Mbah Afungchwi, Peter Hesseling, Clara Tump, Gertjan Kaspers, Liz Burns, Ramandeep Singh Arora, George Chagaluka, Philippa Nana, Lorna Renner, Elizabeth Molyneux
BACKGROUND: The Collaborative Wilms Tumour (WT) Africa Project has implemented an adapted WT treatment guideline in sub-Saharan Africa as a multi-centre prospective clinical trial. A retrospective, baseline evaluation of end-of-treatment outcome was performed for a 2-year period prior to the introduction of this guideline. The collaborative project aims to reduce both treatment abandonment and death during treatment to less than 10% for improving survival. PROCEDURE: All participating centres obtained local Institutional Research Board (IRB) approval and implemented the adapted WT treatment guideline...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350386/comparison-of-clinical-characteristics-of-real-life-atrial-fibrillation-patients-treated-with-vitamin-k-antagonists-dabigatran-and-rivaroxaban-results-from-the-craft-study
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Paweł Balsam, Krzysztof Ozierański, Agata Tymińska, Katarzyna Żukowska, Martyna Zaleska, Katarzyna Szepietowska, Kacper Maciejewski, Michał Peller, Marcin Grabowski, Piotr Lodziński, Anna Praska-Ogińska, Inna Zaboyska, Łukasz Kołtowski, Anna Kowalczuk, Janusz Bednarski, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: The first line drugs for treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) are non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs), which are preferred over vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). There is some evidence that an everyday clinical practice is distant from the guidelines. AIM: The study aimed to compare characteristics of patients on VKAs, dabigatran and rivaroxaban met in everyday practice (i.e. baseline characteristics, drugs' doses, risk factors of bleeding and thromboembolic events)...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350291/decompressive-surgery-for-lumbar-spinal-stenosis-across-the-atlantic-a-comparison-of-preoperative-mri-between-matched-cohorts-from-the-us-and-norway
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Amandeep Bhalla, Thomas D Cha, Clemens Weber, Ulf Nerland, Sasha Gulati, Greger Lønne
BACKGROUND: There are no uniform guidelines regarding when to operate for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS). As we apply findings from clinical research from one population to the next, elucidating similarities or differences provides important context for the validity of extrapolating clinical outcomes. The aim of this study was to compare the morphological severity of lumbar spinal stenosis on preoperative MRI in patients undergoing decompressive surgery in Boston, USA, and Trondheim, Norway...
January 19, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350016/biomarkers-of-treatment-efficacy-in-patients-with-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria
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M Sánchez-Borges, A Capriles-Hulett, F Caballero-Fonseca, L González-Aveledo
Background. Currently there are no biomarkers useful to predict the future evolution and the therapeutic response in patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU). Objective. To review the available information on biomarkers that might be applied for the follow up of the response to guideline recommended therapies for CSU. Methods. A review of the medical literature on CSU potential clinical and laboratory biomarkers in PubMed and MEDLINE including the terms urticaria, chronic urticaria, chronic idiopathic urticaria, chronic spontaneous urticaria, antihistamines (AHs), omalizumab (OMA), cyclosporine (CyA), and treatment...
January 2018: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349820/an-experimental-test-of-alternative-population-augmentation-scenarios
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J A Kronenberger, J C Gerberich, S W Fitzpatrick, E D Broder, L M Angeloni, W C Funk
Human land use is fragmenting habitats worldwide and inhibiting dispersal among previously connected populations of organisms, often leading to inbreeding depression and reduced evolutionary potential in the face of rapid environmental change. One management practice used to combat this is the augmentation of isolated populations with immigrants as a means of demographic and genetic rescue. Augmentation with immigrants that are genetically and adaptively similar to the target population is highly effective at increasing population fitness, but if immigrants are very genetically or adaptively divergent, augmentation can lead to outbreeding depression...
January 19, 2018: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349753/expensive-care-resource-based-thresholds-for-potentially-inappropriate-treatment-in-intensive-care
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Dominic Wilkinson, Stavros Petrou, Julian Savulescu
In intensive care, disputes sometimes arise when patients or surrogates strongly desire treatment, yet health professionals regard it as potentially inappropriate. While professional guidelines confirm that physicians are not always obliged to provide requested treatment, determining when treatment would be inappropriate is extremely challenging. One potential reason for refusing to provide a desired and potentially beneficial treatment is because (within the setting of limited resources) this would harm other patients...
January 18, 2018: Monash Bioethics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349682/managing-obesity-in-primary-care-breaking-down-the-barriers
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REVIEW
Nicholas Forgione, Gary Deed, Gary Kilov, Georgia Rigas
Several Australian obesity management guidelines have been developed for general practice but, to date, implementation of these guidelines has been shown to be inadequate. In this review, we explore the barriers to obesity treatment and propose a four-stage plan to manage individuals with obesity in general practice using a framework of a multidisciplinary team. FUNDING: Novo Nordisk.
January 18, 2018: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349645/the-incidence-and-the-prognostic-impact-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-acute-myocardial-infarction-patients-current-preventive-strategies
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Evangelos Kaltsas, George Chalikias, Dimitrios Tziakas
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is one of the most common complications during hospitalization in various clinical settings. The goal of this review was to assess the incidence of AKI in acute myocardial infarction patients (AMI), how this incidence is affected by the diverse definitions, and if there is variability in the reported rates over recent years. Additionally, we sought to appraise the impact of AKI on short- and long-term prognosis of these patients. Finally, we report on the current preventive measures as they are suggested in the current guidelines of various societies, we comment on the evidence that support them, and we review the literature for other proposed therapeutic strategies, which either failed to prove their efficacy or they are not adequately confirmed yet...
January 19, 2018: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349481/systematic-review-and-comparison-of-national-and-international-guidelines-on-diverticular-disease
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REVIEW
T Galetin, A Galetin, K-H Vestweber, A D Rink
PURPOSE: Diverticular disease is common and of increasing medical and economical importance. Various practice guidelines on diagnostic and treatment on this disease exist. We compared current guidelines on the disease in order to identify concordant and discordant recommendations. METHOD: Eleven national and international guidelines on diverticular disease published over the last 10 years have been identified by a systematic literature review on PubMed and compared in detail for 20 main and 51 subtopics...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349095/spinal-motocross-injuries-in-the-united-kingdom
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Rohit Singh, Amit Bhalla, Matthew Ockendon, Stuart Hay
Background: Motocross is a form of motorcycle racing held on established off-road circuits and has been a recreational and competitive sport across the world for >100 years. In the United Kingdom alone, motocross has grown into a phenomenally ambitious and popular franchise. There are >200 motocross clubs across the country, permitting >900 events annually. Purpose: To assess the current trend of spine-related motocross injuries over the past 5 years. Study Design: Descriptive epidemiology study...
January 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348899/curative-versus-palliative-treatments-for-colorectal-cancer-with-peritoneal-carcinomatosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Wenqiong Wu, Shipeng Yan, Xianzhen Liao, Haifang Xiao, Zhongxi Fu, Lizhang Chen, Jinsong Mou, Haibo Yu, Lian Zhao, Xiangguo Liu
The objective of this study was to provide an up-to-date summary of the current evidence that may be useful for updating guidelines. We comprehensively searched the published literatures and conferences for studies that compared curative with palliative treatments in colorectal cancer patients with peritoneal metastasis. The primary outcomes considered in this study were three- and five-year overall survival rates. We pooled data across studies and estimated summary effect sizes. Overall, patients who received curative treatments had improved three-year survival (hazard ratio (HR), 2...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348389/efficacy-of-curcumin-as-adjuvant-therapy-to-induce-or-maintain-remission-in-ulcerative-colitis-patients-an-evidence-based-clinical-review
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Marcellus Simadibrata, Christopher Christian Halimkesuma, Benedicta Mutiara Suwita
BACKGROUND: treatment guidelines for ulcerative colitis (UC) not yet established. Currently, mesalazine, corticosteroids, and immunomodulators are treatment options for UC. However, they are known to have unpleaseant side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, hepatitis, and male infertility. Curcumin is found in Turmeric plants (Curcuma longa L.), which possesses both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This study aimed to determine whether curcumin as adjuvant therapy can induce or maintain remission in UC patients...
October 2017: Acta Medica Indonesiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347947/efficacy-of-pre-operative-quadriceps-strength-training-on-knee-extensor-strength-before-and-shortly-following-total-knee-arthroplasty-protocol-for-a-randomized-dose-response-trial-the-quadx-1-trial
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Rasmus Skov Husted, Anders Troelsen, Kristian Thorborg, Michael Skovdal Rathleff, Henrik Husted, Thomas Bandholm
BACKGROUND: Patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) report knee pain, limitation in physical activities and low quality of life. The two primary treatments for knee OA are non-surgical treatment (e.g., exercise) and surgery (total knee arthroplasty (TKA)); however, national guidelines recommend non-surgical treatment to be tried prior to surgical procedures. Patients with knee OA are characterized by decreased muscle strength, particularly in the knee-extensor muscles. Correspondingly, decreased knee-extensor strength is found to be associated with an increased risk of development, progression and severity of knee OA symptoms...
January 18, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346568/are-infection-specialists-recommending-short-antibiotic-treatment-durations-an-escmid-international-cross-sectional-survey
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Gabriel Macheda, Oliver J Dyar, Amandine Luc, Bojana Beovic, Guillaume Béraud, Bernard Castan, Rémy Gauzit, Philippe Lesprit, Pierre Tattevin, Nathalie Thilly, Céline Pulcini
Objectives: To evaluate the current practice and the willingness to shorten the duration of antibiotic therapy among infection specialists. Methods: Infection specialists giving at least weekly advice on antibiotic prescriptions were invited to participate in an online cross-sectional survey between September and December 2016. The questionnaire included 15 clinical vignettes corresponding to common clinical cases with favourable outcomes; part A asked about the antibiotic treatment duration they would usually advise to prescribers and part B asked about the shortest duration they were willing to recommend...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346507/activity-and-safety-of-afatinib-in-a-window-pre-operative-eortc-study-in-patients-with-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck-scchn
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J P Machiels, P Bossi, J Menis, M Lia, C Fortpied, Y Liu, R Lhommel, M Lemort, S Schmitz, S Canevari, L De Cecco, M Guzzo, R Bianchi, P Quattrone, F Crippa, T Duprez, Y Lalami, M Quiriny, N de Saint Aubain, P M Clement, R Coropciuc, E Hauben, L F Licitra
Background: To investigate the activity and safety of afatinib in the pre-operative treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). Patients and methods: This study was an open-label, randomized, multicenter, phase II window of opportunity trial. Treatment-naïve SCCHN patients selected for primary curative surgery were randomized (5:1 ratio) to receive afatinib during 14 days (day -15 until day -1) before surgery (day 0) or no treatment. Tumor biopsies, 2-[fluorine-18]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were performed at diagnosis and just before surgery...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346385/combined-effectiveness-of-anthelmintic-chemotherapy-and-wash-among-hiv-infected-adults
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Arianna R Means, Lisette van Lieshout, Eric Brienen, Krista Yuhas, James P Hughes, Paul Ndungu, Benson Singa, Judd L Walson
INTRODUCTION: Current global helminth control guidelines focus on regular deworming of targeted populations for morbidity control. However, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions may also be important for reducing helminth transmission. We evaluated the impact of different potential helminth protective packages on infection prevalence, including repeated treatment with albendazole and praziquantel with and without WASH access. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We conducted a cohort study nested within a randomized trial of empiric deworming of HIV-infected adults in Kenya...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346367/assessment-of-serum-pharmacokinetics-and-urinary-excretion-of-albendazole-and-its-metabolites-in-human-volunteers
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Laura Ceballos, Alejandro Krolewiecki, Marisa Juárez, Laura Moreno, Fabian Schaer, Luis I Alvarez, Rubén Cimino, Judd Walson, Carlos E Lanusse
BACKGROUND: Soil Transmitted Helminth (STH) infections negatively impact physical and mental development in human populations. Current WHO guidelines recommend morbidity control of these infections through mass drug administration (MDA) using albendazole (ABZ) or mebendazole. Despite major reductions in STH associated morbidity globally, not all programs have demonstrated the expected impact on prevalence of parasite infections. These therapeutic failures may be related to poor programmatic coverage, suboptimal adherence or the exposure of parasites to sub-therapeutic drug concentrations...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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