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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922256/statins-in-critical-care-to-give-or-not-to-give
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Amr S Omar, Samy Hanoura, Haifa M Aljanubi, Ahmed Mahfouz
Owing to statin's immune modulatory, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antithrombotic and endothelial function actions, they are widely used in the critical care settings in diverse disease scenarios. We aim to explore the evidence to globalize the utilization of statins in the intensive care practice for different indications. We carried out a search of the PubMed, Cochrane and EMBASE databases up to January 2016. We included review articles, meta-analyses, and original trials on the effects of statin therapy in the intensive care unit (ICU) combining the following MESH terms: 'satins', 'intensive care, 'cardiac surgery', 'sepsis', 'acute respiratory distress syndrome' 'pneumonia', subarachnoid hemorrhage', traumatic brain injury and 'critical illness'...
December 6, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922234/long-term-azithromycin-therapy-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
#2
Nagehan Emiralioğlu, Zeynelabidin Öztürk, Ebru Yalçın, Deniz Doğru, Uğur Özçelik, Nural Kiper
Inflammation is a central contributor to the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis (CF) pulmonary disease; so limiting the excessive production of inflammatory mediators represents a major therapeutic strategy for slowing the decline in lung function and improving survival. The macrolide antibiotic azithromycin (AZM) has anti-inflammatory properties and immunomodulatory effects that may be beneficial in CF. The aim of this study was to document the long term use of AZM effect on pulmonary function, nutritional status and number of pulmonary exacerbations in patients with CF...
2016: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922211/transrectal-ultrasonography-of-equine-lumbosacral-nerves-pilot-study-in-28-healthy-warmblood-horses
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Pablo Espinosa, Philippe Benoit, Isabel Salazar, Jesús de la Fuente, Philippe Heiles
A noninvasive method for visualizing lumbosacral nerves would be helpful for horses with suspected lumbosacral plexopathy or injury. The aim of this prospective descriptive pilot study was to characterize the ultrasonographic appearance of the lumbosacral nerves in a sample of healthy horses, and expand on the technique for image acquisition. Horses were recruited for inclusion if they were determined to be healthy and sound based on clinical and lameness evaluation. Transrectal ultrasound images of the lumbosacral nerves (L6, S1, and S2) were obtained for both sides...
December 6, 2016: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922176/dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor-sitagliptin-reduces-inflammation-fibrosis-and-preserves-diastolic-function-in-a-rat-model-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Grazia Esposito, Donato Cappetta, Rosa Russo, Alessia Rivellino, Loreta Pia Ciuffreda, Fiorentina Roviezzo, Elena Piegari, L Liberato Berrino, Francesco Rossi, Antonella De Angelis, Konrad Urbanek
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a systemic syndrome driven by co-morbidities and its pathophysiology is poorly understood. Several studies suggesting that dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) might be involved in the pathophysiology of heart failure prompted experimental and clinical investigations of DPP4 inhibitors on cardiovascular system. The aim of our study was to determine whether DPP4 inhibitor sitagliptin (SITA) affects the progression of HFpEF independently from the effects on glycaemia...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922167/cost-effectiveness-of-primarily-surgical-versus-primarily-conservative-treatment-of-acute-and-subacute-radiculopathies-due-to-intervertebral-disc-herniation-from-the-swiss-perspective
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Zanfina Ademi, Viktoria Gloy, Dominik Glinz, Heike Raatz, Joris Van Stiphout, Heiner C Bucher, Matthias Schwenkglenks
AIMS OF THE STUDY: To assess the cost-effectiveness of primarily surgical treatment (PST) versus primarily conservative treatment (PCT) in adults with intermediate severity, acute or subacute, lumbar radicular syndrome due to intervertebral disc herniation. METHODS: A decision analytic model from healthcare system and societal perspectives was used to compare outcomes and costs of PST with those of PCT (physiotherapy, epidural injection and medication). Treatment pathways and quality of life were obtained from published clinical trials...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922143/attitudes-and-concerns-of-diabetic-patients-towards-bariatric-surgery-as-treatment-of-diabetes
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Hui Wen Chua, Hui Jun Zhou, Chin Meng Khoo, Asim Shabbir, Davide Lomanto, Jimmy By So
INTRODUCTION: Bariatric surgery is increasingly recognised as an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes that significantly improves glycaemic control, even achieving remission. This study examined perceptions and concerns of diabetic patients towards bariatric surgery as a treatment option for diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 150 patients were recruited from a specialised diabetic outpatient clinic and completed a questionnaire (items were rated on a Likert scale from slightly important [lowest score of 1] to extremely important [maximum score of 5])...
November 2016: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922052/human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-exert-hgf-dependent-cytoprotective-effects-in-a-human-relevant-pre-clinical-model-of-copd
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Helen Kennelly, Bernard P Mahon, Karen English
Bone-marrow derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) have potent immunomodulatory and tissue reparative properties, which may be beneficial in the treatment of inflammatory diseases such as COPD. This study examined the mechanisms by which human MSCs protect against elastase induced emphysema. Using a novel human relevant pre-clinical model of emphysema the efficacy of human MSC therapy and optimal cell dose were investigated. Protective effects were examined in the lung through histological examination. Further in vivo experiments examined the reparative abilities of MSCs after tissue damage was established and the role played by soluble factors secreted by MSCs...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922030/histamine-2-receptor-antagonist-cannot-prevent-recurrent-peptic-ulcers-in-patients-with-atherosclerotic-diseases-who-receive-platelet-adp-receptor-antagonist-monotherapy-a-randomized-controlled-double-blind-and-double-dummy-trial
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Ping-I Hsu, Deng-Chyang Wu, Feng-Woei Tsay, Jin-Shiung Cheng, Chun-Peng Liu, Kwok-Hung Lai, Wen-Chi Chen, Huay-Min Wang, Tzung-Jiun Tsai, Kuo-Wang Tsai, Sung-Shuo Kao
OBJECTIVES: Proton pump inhibitor can effectively prevent recurrent peptic ulcers among atherosclerotic patients receiving clopidogrel monotherapy. However, the interaction between proton pump inhibitors and clopidogrel has raised concerns over the safety of combined use of the two medicines in clinical practice. The aims of this randomized-controlled, double-blind and double-dummy trial were to investigate the efficacy of histamine-2 receptor antagonist (H2RA) in the prevention of recurrent peptic ulcer in patients undergoing thienopyridine monotherapy...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922029/safety-of-eluxadoline-in-patients-with-irritable-bowel-syndrome-with-diarrhea
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Brooks D Cash, Brian E Lacy, Philip S Schoenfeld, Leonard S Dove, Paul S Covington
OBJECTIVES: Eluxadoline is a mixed μ-opioid receptor (OR) and κ-OR agonist and δ-OR antagonist, approved for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D). This analysis evaluated the safety and tolerability of eluxadoline 75 and 100 mg twice daily (BID) in one Phase 2 (IBS-2001) and two Phase 3 (IBS-3001 and IBS-3002) studies. METHODS: Adults with IBS-D (Rome III criteria) were randomized to placebo or eluxadoline (75 or 100 mg) BID for 12 (IBS-2001), 26 (IBS-3002), or 52 (IBS-3001) weeks...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922028/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-to-examine-the-effectiveness-of-lubiprostone-on-constipation-symptoms-and-colon-transit-time-in-diabetic-patients
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Jennifer Christie, Sagar Shroff, Nikrad Shahnavaz, Latoya A Carter, Melanie S Harrison, Karan A Dietz-Lindo, John Hanfelt, Shanthi Srinivasan
OBJECTIVES: Constipation is the most common GI symptom in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). Importantly, patients with constipation have lower health-related quality of life than those without constipation. Effective therapies for constipation are limited and there is a paucity of data evaluating the treatment of constipation in diabetics. METHODS: Diabetic patients with chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) as defined by Rome III criteria were recruited from outpatient clinics at a tertiary-care center and a Veterans Administration Hospital...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921992/the-hubble-trial-haemorrhoidal-artery-ligation-hal-versus-rubber-band-ligation-rbl-for-symptomatic-second-and-third-degree-haemorrhoids-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-and-health-economic-evaluation
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Steven Brown, Jim Tiernan, Katie Biggs, Daniel Hind, Neil Shephard, Mike Bradburn, Allan Wailoo, Abualbishr Alshreef, Lizzie Swaby, Angus Watson, Simon Radley, Oliver Jones, Paul Skaife, Anil Agarwal, Pasquale Giordano, Marc Lamah, Mark Cartmell, Justin Davies, Omar Faiz, Karen Nugent, Andrew Clarke, Angus MacDonald, Phillip Conaghan, Paul Ziprin, Rohit Makhija
BACKGROUND: Optimal surgical intervention for low-grade haemorrhoids is unknown. Rubber band ligation (RBL) is probably the most common intervention. Haemorrhoidal artery ligation (HAL) is a novel alternative that may be more efficacious. OBJECTIVE: The comparison of HAL with RBL for the treatment of grade II/III haemorrhoids. DESIGN: A multicentre, parallel-group randomised controlled trial. PERSPECTIVE: UK NHS and Personal Social Services...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921860/effects-of-cognitive-remediation-therapy-on-neurocognition-and-negative-symptoms-in-schizophrenia-an-italian-naturalistic-study
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Mariangela Lanfredi, Giacomo Deste, Clarissa Ferrari, Stefano Barlati, Laura Rosa Magni, Roberta Rossi, Luca de Peri, Marco Bonomi, Giuseppe Rossi, Antonio Vita
INTRODUCTION: Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) has been reported to positively affect neurocognitive processes among patients with schizophrenia; however, the degree to which changes in cognition is linked to improved clinical symptoms, remains poorly understood. The current study aimed to investigate whether cognitive gains were associated to improvements in negative symptoms' severity in patients with schizophrenia living in two Italian psychiatric facilities. METHODS: Patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia were consecutively assigned to CRT (n = 33) and compared with an historical control group (n = 28)...
December 6, 2016: Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921577/the-efficiency-and-safety-of-trastuzumab-for-advanced-gastric-and-gastroesophageal-cancer-a-meta-analysis-of-five-randomized-controlled-trials
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Binghong Xiong, Li Ma, Wei Huang, Huayou Luo, Yujian Zeng, Yan Tian
A meta-analysis was performed to examine the efficiency and safety of trastuzumab in patients with advanced gastric and gastroesophageal cancer (AGC). By searching multiple databases from 1990 to March 2016, all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) which compared the effect of trastuzumab-combined chemotherapy (TC) versus chemotherapy alone (CT) in gastric cancer would be included. Five RCTs with a total of 875 patients were included. Trastuzumab can improve the overall survival (OS) rate, progression-free survival (PFS), one-year survival rate, two-year survival rate and overall response rate (ORR) of patients with AGC...
December 6, 2016: Growth Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921442/nebulized-antibiotics-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-roadmap-and-challenges
#14
G Poulakou, G Siakallis, S Tsiodras, A Arfaras Melainis, G Dimopoulos
Nebulized antibiotics use has become common practice in the therapeutics of pneumonia in cystic fibrosis patients. There is an increasing interest in their use for respiratory infections in mechanically ventilated (MV) patients in order to a) overcome pharmacokinetic issues in the lung compartment with traditional systemic antibiotic use and b) prevent the emergence of multi-drug-resistant (MDR) pathogens. Areas covered: The beneficial effects of antibiotic nebulization in MV patients e.g. increasing efficacy, reduced toxicity and prevention of resistance are described...
December 6, 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921429/-congenital-hyperinsulinism-loss-of-b-cell-self-control
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Jan Lebl, Klára Roženková, Štěpánka Průhová
Congenital hyperinsulinism is a serious blood glucose regulation defect that interferes with brain development, leading to mental retardation, neurological sequelae and secondary epilepsy and ultimately may be life-threatening. Congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) is caused by genetic defects of regulation of insulin secretion that induce insulin oversecretion in intrauterine life and postnatally. The clinical consequence is fetal macrosomia and subsequently neonatal and infantile hypoglycaemia. The most severe form is caused by biallelic mutations of KCNJ11 and ABCC8 genes that encode both potassium channel subunits, whereas their heterozygous mutations as well as enzymatic defects (GLUD1, HADH, GCK) lead to milder presentation...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921427/-growth-hormone-axis-gh-igf1-and-glucose-metabolism
#16
Michal Kršek
Growth hormone is a hormone of anterior lobe of pituitary gland which possesses besides its growth promoting effects also many other various physiological effects including its regulatory influences on metabolism with glucose metabolism belonging to most important ones. The present article summarizes basic information about metabolic consequences of disturbed growth hormone secretion and their importance for clinical presentation and management.Key words: acromegaly - glucose - growth hormone - growth hormone deficiency - IGF1 - metabolism...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921389/superiority-of-sds-lysis-over-saponin-lysis-for-direct-bacterial-identification-from-positive-blood-culture-bottle-by-maldi-tof-ms
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Yvan Caspar, Cécile Garnaud, Mariya Raykova, Sébastien Bailly, Marie Bidart, Danièle Maubon
PURPOSE: Fast species diagnosis has an important health care impact, as rapid and specific antibacterial therapy is of clear benefit for patient's outcome. Here we propose a new protocol for species identification directly from positive blood cultures. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We compared four in-house protocols for bacterial identification by mass spectrometry directly from clinical positive blood cultures evaluating 2 lytic agents, SDS and saponin, and 2 protein extraction schemes, fast (FP) and long (LP)...
December 6, 2016: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921383/consumption-of-the-total-western-diet-differentially-affects-the-response-to-green-tea-in-rodent-models-of-chronic-disease-compared-to-the-ain93g-diet
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Robert E Ward, Abby D Benninghoff, Brett J Healy, Minghao Li, Bharath Vagu, Korry J Hintze
SCOPE: In pre-clinical studies investigating bioactive components, the efficacy of the bioactive is likely influenced by the basal diet provided to rodents. In this study, we hypothesized that a model bioactive, green tea extract (GTE), would have different effects on colon carcinogenesis, body composition, and lipid metabolism in mice fed a basal diet formulated to promote animal health and growth (AIN93G) as compared to a Western diet that emulates typical American intakes of micro- and macronutrients, the total Western diet (TWD)...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921379/fibroids-that-do-not-distort-the-uterine-cavity-and-ivf-success-rates-an-observational-study-using-extensive-matching-criteria
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G Christopoulos, A Vlismas, R Salim, R Islam, G Trew, S Lavery
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of non-cavity-distorting fibroids on in vitro fertilisation (IVF) pregnancy outcomes. DESIGN: A retrospective, matched, single-centre, cohort study was performed. SETTING: The IVF unit of a tertiary, university hospital. POPULATION: We analysed all women with non-cavity-distorting uterine fibroids undergoing IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles from 1 January 2011 to 1 May 2015...
December 5, 2016: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921374/efficacy-of-a-novel-granulocyte-monocyte-apheresis-adsorber-device-in-the-treatment-of-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-a-pilot-study
#20
Maria Di Girolamo, Alessandro Sartini, Rosina Critelli, Angela Bertani, Alberto Merighi, Erica Villa
Granulocyte monocyte apheresis (GMA) is a non-pharmacological treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. In our study, we tested a novel GMA adsorber device in terms of clinical efficacy and safety in patients' non-response to pharmacological therapy. Secondary outcomes were the evaluation of adsorber's technical performance, the reduction of inflammatory markers and the improvement of patients' life quality. The prospective study included 18 patients enrolled from 2011 to 2012 with a monitoring of 48 weeks...
December 5, 2016: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
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