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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267710/dasatinib-synergises-with-irinotecan-to-suppress-hepatocellular-carcinoma-via-inhibiting-the-protein-synthesis-of-plk1
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Li Xu, Yuanrun Zhu, Jinjin Shao, Min Chen, Hao Yan, Guanqun Li, Yi Zhu, Zhifei Xu, Bo Yang, Peihua Luo, Qiaojun He
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common types of malignant tumour and has poor prognosis. Currently, systematic chemotherapy is the only approach to prolong survival. Thus the development of new treatment regimens is urgently needed to improve the therapeutic efficacy. Our study intended to assess the combination of dasatinib and irinotecan against HCC and made an effort to develop a potential medical choice for advanced HCC patients. METHODS: We used SRB colorimetric assay and clonogenic assay to assess antitumour effect in vitro and HCC xenograft model to assess antitumour effect in vivo...
March 7, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267708/study-designs-may-influence-results-the-problems-with-questionnaire-based-case-control-studies-on-the-epidemiology-of-glioma
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Christoffer Johansen, Joachim Schüz, Anne-Marie Serena Andreasen, Susanne Oksbjerg Dalton
Glioma is a rare brain tumour with a very poor prognosis and the search for modifiable factors is intense. We reviewed the literature concerning risk factors for glioma obtained in case-control designed epidemiological studies in order to discuss the influence of this methodology on the observed results. When reviewing the association between three exposures, medical radiation, exogenous hormone use and allergy, we critically appraised the evidence from both case-control and cohort studies. For medical radiation and hormone replacement therapy (HRT), questionnaire-based case-control studies appeared to show an inverse association, whereas nested case-control and cohort studies showed no association...
March 7, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253424/botulinum-toxin-for-the-treatment-of-strabismus
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REVIEW
Fiona J Rowe, Carmel P Noonan
BACKGROUND: The use of botulinum toxin as an investigative and treatment modality for strabismus is well reported in the medical literature. However, it is unclear how effective it is in comparison to other treatment options for strabismus. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to examine the efficacy of botulinum toxin therapy in the treatment of strabismus compared with alternative conservative or surgical treatment options. This review sought to ascertain those types of strabismus that particularly benefit from the use of botulinum toxin as a treatment option (such as small angle strabismus or strabismus with binocular potential, i...
March 2, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214254/normothermia-in-arthroplasty
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Mark W Allen, David J Jacofsky
Since the initial design of surgical theaters, the thermal environment of the operating suite itself has been an area of concern and robust discussion. In the 1950s, correspondence in the British Medical Journal discussed the most suitable design for a surgeon's cap to prevent sweat from dripping onto the surgical field. These deliberations stimulated questions about the effects of sweat-provoking environments on the efficiency of the surgical team, not to mention the effects on the patient. Although these benefits translate to implant-based orthopedic surgery, they remain poorly understood and, at times, ignored...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208158/epidemiologic-factors-that-predict-long-term-survival-following-a-diagnosis-of-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
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Shana J Kim, Barry Rosen, Isabel Fan, Anna Ivanova, John R McLaughlin, Harvey Risch, Steven A Narod, Joanne Kotsopoulos
BACKGROUND: Various epidemiologic factors have been shown to influence the risk of ovarian cancer development. Given the high fatality associated with this disease, it is of interest to evaluate the association of prediagnostic hormonal, reproductive, and lifestyle exposures with ovarian cancer-specific survival. METHODS: We included 1421 patients with invasive epithelial ovarian cancer diagnosed in Ontario, Canada. Clinical information was obtained from medical records and prediagnostic exposure information was collected by telephone interview...
February 16, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110290/guided-and-unguided-internet-based-vestibular-rehabilitation-versus-usual-care-for-dizzy-adults-of-50%C3%A2-years-and-older-a-protocol-for-a-three-armed-randomised-trial
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Vincent A van Vugt, Johannes C van der Wouden, Judith E Bosmans, Martin Smalbrugge, Willianne van Diest, Rosie Essery, Lucy Yardley, Henriëtte E van der Horst, Otto R Maarsingh
INTRODUCTION: Dizziness is a common symptom in general practice with a high prevalence among older adults. The most common cause of dizziness in general practice is peripheral vestibular disease. Vestibular rehabilitation (VR) is a safe and effective treatment for peripheral vestibular disease that entails specific exercises to maximise the central nervous system compensation for the effects of vestibular pathology. An internet-based VR intervention has recently been shown to be safe and effective...
January 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105894/clinical-prediction-and-the-idea-of-a-population
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David Armstrong
Using an analysis of the British Medical Journal over the past 170 years, this article describes how changes in the idea of a population have informed new technologies of medical prediction. These approaches have largely replaced older ideas of clinical prognosis based on understanding the natural histories of the underlying pathologies. The 19(th)-century idea of a population, which provided a denominator for medical events such as births and deaths, was constrained in its predictive power by its method of enumerating individual bodies...
January 1, 2017: Social Studies of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011365/prescription-hypnotics-in-the-news-a-study-of-uk-audiences
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Jonathan Gabe, Simon J Williams, Catherine M Coveney
In 2012 the UK media reported the results of a paper in the British Medical Journal Open, including the finding that hypnotics increase the risk of 'premature death'. Taking this media coverage as a case study, the paper explores UK people's responses and assesses the implications for the debate about the (de)pharmaceuticalisation of sleep. Two hundred and fifty one posts to the websites of 6 UK newspapers were analysed thematically, along with 12 focus group discussions (n = 51) of newspaper coverage from one UK newspaper...
November 23, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875516/trastuzumab-associated-cardiac-events-in-the-persephone-trial
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Helena M Earl, Anne-Laure Vallier, Janet Dunn, Shrushma Loi, Emma Ogburn, Karen McAdam, Luke Hughes-Davies, Adrian Harnett, Jean Abraham, Andrew Wardley, David A Cameron, David Miles, Ioannis Gounaris, Chris Plummer, Louise Hiller
BACKGROUND: We report cardiac events in the Persephone trial which compares 6-12 months of adjuvant trastuzumab in women with confirmed HER2-positive, early-stage breast cancer. METHODS: Clinical cardiac events were defined as any of the following: symptoms and/or signs of congestive heart failure (CHF) and new or altered CHF medication. In addition, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was measured at baseline and then 3 monthly for 12 months. RESULTS: A total of 2500 patients, aged 22-82, were included: 1251 randomised to 12 months and 1249 to 6 months of trastuzumab treatment...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811854/no-association-of-cpg-island-methylator-phenotype-and-colorectal-cancer-survival-population-based-study
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Min Jia, Lina Jansen, Viola Walter, Katrin Tagscherer, Wilfried Roth, Esther Herpel, Matthias Kloor, Hendrik Bläker, Jenny Chang-Claude, Hermann Brenner, Michael Hoffmeister
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown adverse effects of CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP) on colorectal cancer (CRC) prognosis. However, sample sizes were often limited and only few studies were able to adjust for relevant molecular features associated with CIMP. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of CIMP on CRC survival in a large population-based study with comprehensive adjustment. METHODS: The CIMP status and other molecular tumour features were analysed in 1385 CRC patients diagnosed between 2003 and 2010...
November 22, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780192/pathogenesis-and-progression-of-oesophageal-adenocarcinoma-varies-by-prior-diagnosis-of-barrett-s-oesophagus
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Michael B Cook, Jennifer Drahos, Shannon Wood, Lindsey Enewold, Ruth Parsons, Neal D Freedman, Philip R Taylor, Winnie Ricker, Christian C Abnet
BACKGROUND: The absolute risk of oesophageal adenocarcinoma (EA) among individuals with Barrett's oesophagus (BE) is low and a majority of EA cases are diagnosed among individuals with no prior BE diagnosis. To ensure that insights from EA case-control studies are transferable to clinical management of BE populations, we conducted a case-case study to compare the clinical presentation, medical history and survival of EA cases with and without a prior BE diagnosis in the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Medicare database...
November 22, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737882/has-open-data-arrived-at-the-british-medical-journal-bmj-an-observational-study
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Anisa Rowhani-Farid, Adrian G Barnett
OBJECTIVE: To quantify data sharing trends and data sharing policy compliance at the British Medical Journal (BMJ) by analysing the rate of data sharing practices, and investigate attitudes and examine barriers towards data sharing. DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING: The BMJ research archive. PARTICIPANTS: 160 randomly sampled BMJ research articles from 2009 to 2015, excluding meta-analysis and systematic reviews...
October 13, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27731337/production-of-valuable-compounds-by-molds-and-yeasts
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Arnold L Demain, Evan Martens
We are pleased to dedicate this paper to Dr Julian E Davies. Julian is a giant among microbial biochemists. He began his professional career as an organic chemistry PhD student at Nottingham University, moved on to a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, then became a lecturer at the University of Manchester, followed by a fellowship in microbial biochemistry at Harvard Medical School. In 1965, he studied genetics at the Pasteur Institute, and 2 years later joined the University of Wisconsin in the Department of Biochemistry...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723411/leading-articles-in-medical-journals-in-1966
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Philippa J Stimpson, Daniel Jb Marks
The British Journal of Hospital Medicine is 50 years old. This article takes a look back at articles published during the year of its inception from the British Medical Journal, the Lancet and the Journal of the American Medical Association.
October 2016: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716793/outcomes-definitions-and-statistical-tests-in-oncology-studies-a-systematic-review-of-the-reporting-consistency
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Romain Rivoirard, Vianney Duplay, Mathieu Oriol, Fabien Tinquaut, Franck Chauvin, Nicolas Magne, Aurelie Bourmaud
BACKGROUND: Quality of reporting for Randomized Clinical Trials (RCTs) in oncology was analyzed in several systematic reviews, but, in this setting, there is paucity of data for the outcomes definitions and consistency of reporting for statistical tests in RCTs and Observational Studies (OBS). The objective of this review was to describe those two reporting aspects, for OBS and RCTs in oncology. METHODS: From a list of 19 medical journals, three were retained for analysis, after a random selection: British Medical Journal (BMJ), Annals of Oncology (AoO) and British Journal of Cancer (BJC)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27711086/fournier-s-gangrene-a-clinical-review
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REVIEW
Ariana Singh, Kamran Ahmed, Abdullatif Aydin, Muhammad Shamim Khan, Prokar Dasgupta
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Fournier's gangrene is a rare, necrotising fasciitis of the external genitalia, perineal or perianal regions. The disease has a higher incidence in males and risk factors for development include diabetes, HIV, alcoholism and other immune-compromised states. The aggressive disease process is associated with a high mortality rate of 20-30%. In addition, the increasing age and prevalence of diabetes in the population, begs the need for increased clinical awareness of Fournier's gangrene with emphasis on early diagnosis and management...
October 5, 2016: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27637413/reporting-on-data-monitoring-committees-in-neonatal-randomised-controlled-trials-is-inconsistent
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L M Perrem, S Gosling, I Ravikumar, A S Khashan, J Miletin, C A Ryan, E Dempsey
AIM: To evaluate the reported use of data monitoring committees (DMCs), the frequency of interim analysis, prespecified stopping rules and early trial termination in neonatal randomised controlled trials (RCTs). METHODS: We reviewed neonatal RCTs published in four high-impact general medical journals, specifically looking at safety issues including documented involvement of a DMC, stated interim analysis, stopping rules and early trial termination. We searched all journal issues over an 11-year period (2003-2013) and recorded predefined parameters on each item for RCTs meeting inclusion criteria...
January 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27630066/epidemic-of-fractures-during-a-period-of-snow-and-ice-has-anything-changed-33%C3%A2-years-on
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Waheeb Al-Azzani, Danial Adam Maliq Mak, Paul Hodgson, Rhodri Williams
OBJECTIVES: We reproduced a frequently cited study that was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in 1981 assessing the extent of 'snow-and-ice' fractures during the winter period. SETTING: This study aims to provide an insight into how things have changed within the same emergency department (ED) by comparing the findings of the BMJ paper published 33 years ago with the present date. PARTICIPANTS: As per the original study, all patients presenting to the ED with a radiological evidence of fracture during three different 4-day periods were included...
September 14, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27593479/publication-fate-of-abstracts-presented-at-british-association-of-clinical-anatomists-annual-meetings
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Hugh N Furness, George W Miller, Thomas L Lewis
Dissemination of research is an integral part of the scientific process. Failure to disseminate research limits the scope for critical appraisal and potentially wastes valuable resources. The gold standard for dissemination of research is peer-reviewed publication following presentation at a national meeting. The primary objective of this study was quantitative assessment of the abstracts presented at British Association of Clinical Anatomists (BACA) summer and winter meetings with regards to the rates of subsequent publication and comparison to other medical specialties...
September 4, 2016: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27592083/effectiveness-of-emergency-nurses-use-of-the-ottawa-ankle-rules-to-initiate-radiographic-tests-on-improving-healthcare-outcomes-for-patients-with-ankle-injuries-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Jonathan Ka-Ming Ho, Janita Pak-Chun Chau, Nancy Man-Ching Cheung
BACKGROUND: The Ottawa Ankle Rules provide guidelines for clinicians on the recommendation of radiographic tests to verify fractures in patients with ankle injuries. The use of the Ottawa Ankle Rules by emergency nurses has been suggested to minimise unnecessary radiographic-test requests and reduce patients' length of stay in emergency departments. However, the findings of studies in this area are inconsistent. DESIGN: A systematic review was conducted to synthesise the most accurate evidence available on the extent to which emergency nurses' use of the Ottawa Ankle Rules to initiate radiographic tests improves healthcare outcomes for patients with ankle injuries...
November 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
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