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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911893/document-of-treatment-recommendations-for-non-infectious-anterior-uveitis
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Gerard Espinosa, Santiago Muñoz-Fernández, José M García Ruiz de Morales, José M Herreras, Miguel Cordero-Coma
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To develop recommendations on the use of immunodepressors in patients with non-infectious, non-neoplastic anterior uveitis (AU) based on best evidence and experience. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A multidisciplinary panel of five experts was established, who, in the first nominal group meeting defined the scope, users, and chapters of the document. A systematic literature review was performed to assess the efficacy and safety of immunosuppressors in patients with non-infectious, non-neoplastic AU...
September 11, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910781/weighted-performance-metrics-for-automatic-neonatal-seizure-detection-using-multi-scored-eeg-data
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A H Ansari, P J Cherian, A Caicedo, K Jansen, A Dereymaeker, L De Wispelaere, C Dielman, J Vervisch, P Govaert, M De Vos, G Naulaers, S Van Huffel
In neonatal intensive care units, there is a need for around the clock monitoring of EEG, especially for recognizing seizures. An automated seizure detector with an acceptable performance can partly fill this need. In order to develop a detector, an extensive dataset labeled by experts is needed. However, accurately defining neonatal seizures on EEG is a challenge, especially when seizure discharges do not meet exact definitions of repetitiveness or evolution in amplitude and frequency. When several readers score seizures independently, disagreement can be high...
September 11, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892982/comparison-of-the-different-definition-criteria-for-the-diagnosis-of-amniotic-fluid-embolism
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Hiroshi Kobayashi, Juria Akasaka, Katsuhiko Naruse, Toshiyuki Sado, Taihei Tsunemi, Emiko Niiro, Kana Iwai
INTRODUCTION: There are several sets of criteria for the diagnosis of Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE), but little is known about their degree of agreement. AIM: To evaluate the concordance of the Japan criteria for AFE in comparison with two definitions: the US AFE registration entry criteria (the US criteria) and UK Obstetric Surveillance System criteria for defining cases of amniotic fluid embolism (the UK criteria). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective observational study was conducted in which the AFE cases registered in the Obstetrical Gynaecological Society of Kinki District in Japan for the period of April 2005 to December 2012 have been analysed by the expert steering obstetric committee, organized by the members of the Obstetric Research group...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886195/effect-of-dragon-fruit-on-glycemic-control-in-prediabetes-and-type-2-diabetes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#4
Nalinee Poolsup, Naeti Suksomboon, Naw Juna Paw
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to systematically determine the effect of dragon fruit on glycemic control in prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. METHODS: Electronic databases including MEDLINE, CENTRAL, CINAHL, Scopus, ScienceDirect®, Proquest, Web of Science®, LILACS, NAPRALERT, SciFinder, Clinicalkey, Herbmed, NCCIH and Google Scholar were searched from their earliest inception up to March 2017 for relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs) which compared dragon fruit with placebo or no treatment in prediabetes or type 2 diabetes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856486/the-automated-assessment-of-postural-stability-balance-detection-algorithm
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Alessandro Napoli, Stephen M Glass, Carole Tucker, Iyad Obeid
Impaired balance is a common indicator of mild traumatic brain injury, concussion and musculoskeletal injury. Given the clinical relevance of such injuries, especially in military settings, it is paramount to develop more accurate and reliable on-field evaluation tools. This work presents the design and implementation of the automated assessment of postural stability (AAPS) system, for on-field evaluations following concussion. The AAPS is a computer system, based on inexpensive off-the-shelf components and custom software, that aims to automatically and reliably evaluate balance deficits, by replicating a known on-field clinical test, namely, the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS)...
August 30, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831653/a-delphi-survey-and-analysis-of-expert-perspectives-on-one-health-in-australia
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Chris Degeling, Jane Johnson, Michael Ward, Andrew Wilson, Gwendolyn Gilbert
One Health (OH) is an interdisciplinary approach aiming to achieve optimal health for humans, animals and their environments. Case reports and systematic reviews of success are emerging; however, discussion of barriers and enablers of cross-sectoral collaboration are rare. A four-phase mixed-method Delphi survey of Australian human and animal health practitioners and policymakers (n = 52) explored areas of consensus and disagreement over: (1) the operational definition of OH; (2) potential for cross-sectoral collaboration; and (3) key priorities for shaping the development of an OH response to significantly elevated zoonotic disease risk...
August 22, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817392/minimum-operational-standards-for-24-7-available-emergency-departments-in-the-netherlands-a-first-step-taken-by-emergency-physicians-using-an-e-delphi-approach
#7
Menno I Gaakeer, Rebekka Veugelers, Peter Patka, Robbert Huijsman
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to effectuate a consensus of emergency physicians on minimum requirements for facility, diagnostic, and medical specialist availability as a first step toward minimum operational standards for 24/7 available emergency departments (EDs) in the Netherlands. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A two-part e-Delphi through online survey was performed between January 2015 and May 2016, using a panel of 20 experts in emergency medicine. The aim of part I was to reach an agreement on a list of possible ED elements and their definitions...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800057/experiences-of-gynecological-cancer-patients-receiving-care-from-specialist-nurses-a-qualitative-systematic-review
#8
Olivia Cook, Meredith McIntyre, Katrina Recoche, Susan Lee
BACKGROUND: The care needs of women with gynecological cancer are complex and change over the course of their cancer journey. Specialist nurses are well positioned to play a role in meeting the needs of women with gynecological cancer although their role and scope of practice have not been well defined. As patients are a key stakeholder, understanding their experience of care is an important step in better defining the role and scope of practice of specialist nurses in gynecological oncology in Australia and New Zealand...
August 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782058/consistency-of-brca1-and-brca2-variant-classifications-among-clinical-diagnostic-laboratories
#9
Stephen E Lincoln, Shan Yang, Melissa S Cline, Yuya Kobayashi, Can Zhang, Scott Topper, David Haussler, Benedict Paten, Robert L Nussbaum
BACKGROUND: Genetic tests of the cancer predisposition genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 inform significant clinical decisions for both physicians and patients. Most uncovered variants are benign, and determining which few are pathogenic (disease-causing) is sometimes challenging and can potentially be inconsistent among laboratories. The ClinVar database makes de-identified clinical variant classifications from multiple laboratories publicly available for comparison and review, per recommendations of the American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG), the National Society for Genetic Counselors (NSGC), and other organizations...
July 2017: JCO Precis Oncol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765854/psa-testing-for-men-at-average-risk-of-prostate-cancer
#10
Bruce K Armstrong, Michael J Barry, Mark Frydenberg, Robert A Gardiner, Ian Haines, Stacy M Carter
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing of men at normal risk of prostate cancer is one of the most contested issues in cancer screening. There is no formal screening program, but testing is common - arguably a practice that ran ahead of the evidence. Public and professional communication about PSA screening has been highly varied and potentially confusing for practitioners and patients alike. There has been much research and policy activity relating to PSA testing in recent years. Landmark randomised controlled trials have been reported; authorities - including the 2013 Prostate Cancer World Congress, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Cancer Council Australia, and the National Health and Medical Research Council - have made or endorsed public statements and/or issued clinical practice guidelines; and the US Preventive Services Task Force is revising its recommendations...
July 26, 2017: Public Health Research & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760517/the-international-glossary-on-infertility-and-fertility-care-2017
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Fernando Zegers-Hochschild, G David Adamson, Silke Dyer, Catherine Racowsky, Jacques de Mouzon, Rebecca Sokol, Laura Rienzi, Arne Sunde, Lone Schmidt, Ian D Cooke, Joe Leigh Simpson, Sheryl van der Poel
STUDY QUESTION: Can a consensus and evidence-driven set of terms and definitions be generated to be used globally in order to ensure consistency when reporting on infertility issues and fertility care interventions, as well as to harmonize communication among the medical and scientific communities, policy-makers, and lay public including individuals and couples experiencing fertility problems? SUMMARY ANSWER: A set of 283 consensus-based and evidence-driven terminologies used in infertility and fertility care has been generated through an inclusive consensus-based process with multiple stakeholders...
September 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750852/assessment-of-biosecurity-and-control-measures-to-prevent-incursion-and-to-limit-spread-of-emerging-transboundary-animal-diseases-in-europe-an-expert-survey
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Anaïs Léger, Marco De Nardi, Robin Simons, Amie Adkin, Giuseppe Ru, Agustín Estrada-Peña, Katharina D C Stärk
Decision-makers and risk managers are often called upon to prioritise on and recommend suitable measures to prevent the risk of introduction and spread of pathogens. The main objective of this study was to assess the perceptions of experts in Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom concerning the importance, effectiveness, feasibility, costs and acceptability of selected biosecurity measures to prevent the introduction and limit the spread of rabies, blue tongue (BT) and classical swine fever (CSF). After identifying the most relevant measures by the project team, an expert knowledge elicitation was implemented through a questionnaire...
July 24, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718506/felbamate-as-an-add-on-therapy-for-refractory-partial-epilepsy
#13
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Li Li Shi, JianCheng Dong, HengJian Ni, JinSong Geng, Taixiang Wu
BACKGROUND: This review is an update of a previously published review in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Issue 7, 2014) on 'Felbamate as an add-on therapy for refractory epilepsy'. Epilepsy is a chronic and disabling neurologic disorder, affecting approximately 1% of the population. Up to 30% of people with epilepsy have seizures that are resistant to currently available drugs. Felbamate is one of the second-generation antiepileptic drugs and we have assessed its effects as an add-on therapy to standard drugs in this review...
July 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708754/the-effect-of-vasodilatory-medications-on-radial-artery-spasm-in-patients-undergoing-transradial-coronary-artery-procedures-a-systematic-review
#14
Elizabeth Curtis, Ritin Fernandez, Astin Lee
BACKGROUND: The uptake of percutaneous coronary procedures via the radial artery has increased internationally due to the decreased risk of complications and increased patient satisfaction. The increased susceptibility of the radial artery to spasm however presents a potential risk for procedural failure. Although most experts agree on the need for prophylactic medications to reduce radial artery spasm, currently there is inconsistency in literature regarding the most effective vasodilatory medication or combination of medications...
July 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707962/towards-an-individualized-management-strategy-for-patients-with-chronic-venous-disease-results-of-a-delphi-consensus
#15
S K van der Velden, R R van den Bos, O Pichot, T Nijsten, Mgr De Maeseneer
Objective To obtain consensus on management criteria for symptomatic patients with chronic venous disease (CVD; C2-C6) and superficial venous reflux. Method We used a Delphi method by means of 36 statements sent by email to experts in the field of phlebology across the world over the course of three rounds. The statements addressed criteria for different venous treatments in patients with different characteristics (e.g. extensive comorbidities, morbid obesity and peripheral arterial disease). If at least 70% of the ratings for a specific statement were between 6 and 9 (agreement) or between 1 and 3 (disagreement), experts' consensus was reached...
January 1, 2017: Phlebology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706087/periconception-endogenous-and-exogenous-maternal-sex-steroid-hormones-and-risk-of-asthma-and-allergy-in-offspring-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Merhunisa Talovic, Aziz Sheikh, Nicola McCleary, Maijaliisa Erkkola, Minna Kaila, Suvi M Virtanen, Bright I Nwaru
INTRODUCTION: Pregnancy is associated with several hormonal changes which influence the developing fetus. Variations in maternal endogenous hormones and prepregnancy use of hormonal preparations have been linked to asthma and allergy in the offspring, but findings are inconsistent. We plan to undertake a systematic review to synthesise the evidence on the association between endogenous and exogenous maternal sex hormones and the risk of asthma and allergy in the offspring. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will search Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, Institute of Scientific Information Web of Science, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health, Scopus, Google Scholar, Allied and Complementary Medicine Database, Global Health, Psychological Information (PsycINFO), Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience (CAB) International and WHO Global Health Library from inception until 2016 to identify relevant studies on the topic...
July 12, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686809/decision-making-in-nice-single-technological-appraisals-how-does-nice-incorporate-patient-perspectives
#17
Ferhana Hashem, Michael W Calnan, Patrick R Brown
CONTEXT: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has an explicit mandate to include patient and public involvement in the appraisal of medicines to be available for funding on the NHS. NICE involves an appraisal committee who are required to take on board experiential evidence from patient experts alongside population-based evidence on clinical and cost-effectiveness when making a decision whether to fund a drug. OBJECTIVE: This paper considers how NICE Single Technological Appraisal (STA) committees attempt to incorporate the views of patients in making decisions about funding medicines on the NHS...
July 7, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675683/pediatric-cancer-pathology-review-from-a-single-institution-neuropathology-expert-opinion-is-essential-for-accurate-diagnosis-of-pediatric-brain-tumors
#18
Zeina Merabi, Fouad Boulos, Teresa Santiago, Jesse Jenkins, Miguel Abboud, Samar Muwakkit, Nidale Tarek, Ghazi Zaatari, Sima Jeha, Hassan El-Solh, Raya Saab
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Second pathology review has been reported to improve accuracy in oncologic diagnoses, including pediatric malignancies. We assessed the impact of second review on the diagnosis of pediatric malignancies at a tertiary care referral center in Beirut, Lebanon. METHODS: Pathology reports of patients treated at the Children's Cancer Institute in Lebanon were retrospectively reviewed for the period 2008-2016 and compared with same samples' diagnoses at St...
July 4, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667229/corticosteroids-in-sepsis-an-updated-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-protocol
#19
Bram Rochwerg, Simon Oczkowski, Reed Alexander Siemieniuk, Kusum Menon, Wojciech Szczeklik, Shane English, Thomas Agoritsas, Emilie Belley-Cote, Frédérick D'Aragon, Waleed Alhazzani, Erick Duan, Kira Gossack-Keenan, Jon Sevransky, Per Vandvik, Bala Venkatesh, Gordon Guyatt, Djillali Annane
INTRODUCTION: Sepsis is associated with a dysregulated host response to infection and impaired endogenous corticosteroid metabolism. As such, therapeutic use of exogenous corticosteroids is a promising adjunctive intervention. Despite a large number of trials examining this research question, uncertainty persists regarding the effect of corticosteroids on survival in sepsis. Several large randomised controlled trials have been published recently prompting a re-evaluation of the available literature...
June 30, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659183/what-determines-the-effects-and-costs-of-breast-cancer-screening-a-protocol-of-a-systematic-review-of-reviews
#20
O Mandrik, O I Ekwunife, N Zielonke, F Meheus, J L Severens, S K Lhachimi, R Murillo
BACKGROUND: Multiple reviews demonstrated high variability in effectiveness and cost-effectiveness outcomes among studies on breast cancer screening (BCS) programmes. No study to our knowledge has summarized the current evidence on determinants of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the most used BCS approaches or tried to explain differences in conclusions of systematic reviews on this topic. Based on published reviews, this systematic review aims to assess the degree of variability of determinants for (a) effectiveness and (b) cost-effectiveness of BCS programmes using mammography, clinical breast examination, breast self-examination, ultrasonography, or their combinations among the general population...
June 28, 2017: Systematic Reviews
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