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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922704/direct-acting-antivirals-for-chronic-hepatitis-c
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Janus C Jakobsen, Emil Eik Nielsen, Joshua Feinberg, Kiran Kumar Katakam, Kristina Fobian, Goran Hauser, Goran Poropat, Snezana Djurisic, Karl Heinz Weiss, Milica Bjelakovic, Goran Bjelakovic, Sarah Louise Klingenberg, Jian Ping Liu, Dimitrinka Nikolova, Ronald L Koretz, Christian Gluud
BACKGROUND: Millions of people worldwide suffer from hepatitis C, which can lead to severe liver disease, liver cancer, and death. Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), e.g. sofosbuvir, are relatively new and expensive interventions for chronic hepatitis C, and preliminary results suggest that DAAs may eradicate hepatitis C virus (HCV) from the blood (sustained virological response). Sustained virological response (SVR) is used by investigators and regulatory agencies as a surrogate outcome for morbidity and mortality, based solely on observational evidence...
September 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922339/incidence-and-risk-factors-of-anaesthesia-related-perioperative-cardiac-arrest-a-6-year-observational-study-from-a-tertiary-care-university-hospital
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Andreas Hohn, Jan-Nicolas Machatschek, Jeremy Franklin, Stephan A Padosch
BACKGROUND: In recent decades, the incidences of anaesthesia-related perioperative mortality and adverse outcomes have decreased drastically. However, to date, data on perioperative cardiac arrest and risk factors of perioperative cardiac arrest from European countries are scarce. OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidences of perioperative cardiac arrest and rates of anaesthesia-related and anaesthesia-contributory cardiac arrest. Identification of pre-existing risk factors leading to perioperative cardiac arrest...
September 15, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921614/an-optimized-framework-for-quantitative-magnetization-transfer-imaging-of-the-cervical-spinal-cord-in-vivo
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Marco Battiston, Francesco Grussu, Andrada Ianus, Torben Schneider, Ferran Prados, James Fairney, Sebastien Ourselin, Daniel C Alexander, Mara Cercignani, Claudia A M Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott, Rebecca S Samson
PURPOSE: To develop a framework to fully characterize quantitative magnetization transfer indices in the human cervical cord in vivo within a clinically feasible time. METHODS: A dedicated spinal cord imaging protocol for quantitative magnetization transfer was developed using a reduced field-of-view approach with echo planar imaging (EPI) readout. Sequence parameters were optimized based in the Cramer-Rao-lower bound. Quantitative model parameters (i.e., bound pool fraction, free and bound pool transverse relaxation times [ T2F, T2B], and forward exchange rate [kFB ]) were estimated implementing a numerical model capable of dealing with the novelties of the sequence adopted...
September 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921528/practitioner-review-treatment-of-chronic-insomnia-in-children-and-adolescents-with-neurodevelopmental-disabilities
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Oliviero Bruni, Marco Angriman, Fabrizio Calisti, Alessandro Comandini, Giovanna Esposito, Samuele Cortese, Raffaele Ferri
BACKGROUND: Sleep disturbances, in particular insomnia, represent a common problem in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDDs). Currently, there are no approved medications for insomnia in children by the US Food and Drug Administration or European Medicines Agency and therefore they are prescribed off-label. We critically reviewed pediatric literature on drugs as well as nonpharmacological (behavioral) interventions used for sleep disturbances in children with NDDs. METHODS: PubMed, Ovid (including PsycINFO, Ovid MEDLINE(®) , and Embase), and Web of Knowledge databases were searched through February 12, 2017, with no language restrictions...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920719/-history-of-hand-transplantation-advancement-in-the-operative-technics-medications-and-the-survival-of-the-transplanted-hands-review-of-literature
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Vilmos Bíró
The author summarizes briefly the history of hand allograft transplantation, the basics of the operative technics, and the medicinal treatment of the immunosuppression. He establishes that this operation requires complicated team-work: many specialists must be united in the interest of the successful final outcome. The biggest problem is not the technical challenge of the complicated operation, but the ineffectiveness of immunosuppression, its complications; even though significant development has happened in this field and experimental results are also encouraging...
September 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916525/role-of-the-gastrointestinal-microbiota-in-small-animal-health-and-disease
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Alana Redfern, Jan Suchodolski, Albert Jergens
There is a large and emerging interest in the role of the gastrointestinal microbiota in health and disease. This paper serves to review the current knowledge and recommendations of the gastrointestinal microbiota in health and gastrointestinal disease. Further, this review evaluates the current literature and suggests guidelines for faecal microbial transplantation, a novel therapy for dysbiosis in veterinary medicine.
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915472/-assessing-the-methodological-quality-of-systematic-reviews-in-radiation-oncology-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Haroon Hasan, Taaha Muhammed, Jennifer Yu, Kelsi Taguchi, Osama A Samargandi, A Fuchsia Howard, Andrea C Lo, Robert Olson, Karen Goddard
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to evaluate the methodological quality of systematic reviews and meta-analyses in Radiation Oncology. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted for all eligible systematic reviews and meta-analyses in Radiation Oncology from 1966 to 2015. Methodological characteristics were abstracted from all works that satisfied the inclusion criteria and quality was assessed using the critical appraisal tool, AMSTAR. Regression analyses were performed to determine factors associated with a higher score of quality...
September 12, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915280/communication-concepts-for-prevention-and-early-intervention-in-aesthetic-medicine-consensus-and-literature-review
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Uliana Gout, Chytra V Anand, Andre Braz, Yates Yen Yu Chao, Sabrina Guillen Fabi, Martina Kerscher, Marina Landau, Tatjana Pavicic, Peter Hsien Li Peng, Berthold Rzany, Gerhard Sattler, Tunk Tiryaki, Heidi A Waldorf, Thierry Besins
BACKGROUND: Communication concepts relating to prevention and early intervention (P&E) within aesthetic medicine are poorly understood and highly underexplored. However, effective communication is a key criterion for successful outcomes. OBJECTIVES: To introduce the framework for P&E communication strategies within a younger population and explore the barriers that may be encountered. METHODS: A literature review on P&E communication strategies in aesthetic medicine and related topics of interest was conducted and used to construct a working framework that may be applied in clinical practice...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914061/mobile-applications-as-good-intervention-tools-for-individuals-with-depression
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Petra Marešová, Blanka Klímová, Kamil Kuča
At present mental disorders affect approximately 450 million people around the world. Depressive disorder is probably one of the most serious disorders and as a type of chronic disease, it represents a global threat and burdens economic and social systems of both individuals and governments worldwide. One of these most recent non-pharmacological approaches is also the so-called mHealth (mobile health), the use of mobile devices for the practice of medicine and public health, which proves to be effective particularly in the early stages of depression...
2017: Ceská a Slovenská Farmacie
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/28911247/metabolic-pathways-and-pharmacokinetics-of-natural-medicines-with-low-permeability
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Mei Zeng, Lan Yang, Dan He, Yao Li, Mingxin Shi, Jingqing Zhang
Drug metabolism plays an important role in the drug disposal process. Differences in pharmacokinetics among individuals are the basis for personalized medicine. Natural medicines, formed by long-term evolution of nature, prioritize the action of a target protein with a drug. Natural medicines are valued for structural diversity, low toxicity, low cost, and definite biological activities. Metabolic pathway and pharmacokinetic research of natural medicines is highly beneficial for clinical dose adjustment and the development of personalized medicine...
September 14, 2017: Drug Metabolism Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910858/overview-of-methods-and-strategies-for-conducting-virtual-small-molecule-screening
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Xavier Fradera, Kerim Babaoglu
Virtual screening (VS) in the context of drug discovery is the use of computational methods to discover novel ligands with a desired biological activity from within a larger collection of molecules. These techniques have been in use for many years, there is a wide range of methodologies available, and many successful applications have been reported in the literature. VS is often used as an alternative or a complement to High-throughput screening (HTS) or other methods to identify ligands for target validation or medicinal chemistry projects...
September 14, 2017: Current Protocols in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910335/medical-leaders-or-masters-a-systematic-review-of-medical-leadership-in-hospital-settings
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Mathilde A Berghout, Isabelle N Fabbricotti, Martina Buljac-Samardžić, Carina G J M Hilders
Medical leadership is increasingly considered as crucial for improving the quality of care and the sustainability of healthcare. However, conceptual clarity is lacking in the literature and in practice. Therefore, a systematic review of the scientific literature was conducted to reveal the different conceptualizations of medical leadership in terms of definitions, roles and activities, and personal-and context-specific features. Eight databases were systematically searched for eligible studies, including empirical studies published in peer-reviewed journals that included physicians carrying out a manager or leadership role in a hospital setting...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906481/insights-into-the-diagnostic-potential-of-extracellular-vesicles-and-their-mirna-signature-from-liquid-biopsy-as-early-biomarkers-of-diabetic-micro-macrovascular-complications
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REVIEW
Valeria La Marca, Alessandra Fierabracci
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) represent a heterogeneous population of small vesicles, consisting of a phospholipidic bilayer surrounding a soluble interior cargo. Almost all cell types release EVs, thus they are naturally present in all body fluids. Among the several potential applications, EVs could be used as drug delivery vehicles in disease treatment, in immune therapy because of their immunomodulatory properties and in regenerative medicine. In addition to general markers, EVs are characterized by the presence of specific biomarkers (proteins and miRNAs) that allow the identification of their cell or tissue origin...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906208/pattern-recognition-receptors-signaling-pathways-and-dysregulation-in-canine-chronic-enteropathies-brief-review
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Romy M Heilmann, Karin Allenspach
Pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs) are expressed by innate immune cells and recognize pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) as well as endogenous damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) molecules. With a large potential for synergism or convergence between their signaling pathways, PRRs orchestrate a complex interplay of cellular mediators and transcription factors, and thus play a central role in homeostasis and host defense. Aberrant activation of PRR signaling, mutations of the receptors and/or their downstream signaling molecules, and/or DAMP/PAMP complex-mediated receptor signaling can potentially lead to chronic auto-inflammatory diseases or development of cancer...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906204/context-is-everything-from-cardiovascular-disease-to-cerebral-microbleeds
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Andreas Charidimou, Deborah Blacker, Anand Viswanathan
Increasingly, our approach to cerebrovascular disease has become blurred by evidence published in literature often without careful consideration of what this evidence implies for specific patients at hand. In this essay, we analyze key contextual issues in cerebrovascular small vessel disease, in an attempt to highlight the symbolic gap that exists between research and clinical practice, a recurring theme in medicine. We highlight the importance of considering context when using data from epidemiologic, neuroimaging, and biomarker studies in determining relevance to the patient at hand...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906154/moving-toward-consensus-on-diagnosis-and-management-of-severe-asthma-in-adults
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Daniel Colodenco, Oscar Palomares, Carlos Celis, Alan Kaplan, Christian Domingo
Asthma is a considerable health problem with an increasing global prevalence. The burden of severe asthma is expected to notably increase in the following years. Some misleading concepts that sometimes appear in the literature can drive the physician responsible for the patient's management to make incorrect decisions. Furthermore, some of the concepts that appear in the literature and in the guidelines may be not be clear to understand, to follow or to adapt to the regional and local realities. This could again drive the physicians responsible of the patient's management to make incorrect clinical judgements...
September 14, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906059/benefits-and-limitations-of-dna-barcoding-and-metabarcoding-in-herbal-product-authentication
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REVIEW
Ancuta Cristina Raclariu, Michael Heinrich, Mihael Cristin Ichim, Hugo de Boer
INTRODUCTION: Herbal medicines play an important role globally in the health care sector and in industrialised countries they are often considered as an alternative to mono-substance medicines. Current quality and authentication assessment methods rely mainly on morphology and analytical phytochemistry-based methods detailed in pharmacopoeias. Herbal products however are often highly processed with numerous ingredients, and even if these analytical methods are accurate for quality control of specific lead or marker compounds, they are of limited suitability for the authentication of biological ingredients...
September 14, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905238/methological-quality-of-systematic-reviews-and-meta-analyses-on-acupuncture-for-stroke-a-review-of-review
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Xin-Lin Chen, Chuan-Wei Mo, Li-Ya Lu, Ri-Yang Gao, Qian Xu, Min-Feng Wu, Qian-Yi Zhou, Yue Hu, Xuan Zhou, Xian-Tao Li
OBJECTIVE: To assess the methodological quality of systematic reviews and meta-analyses regarding acupuncture intervention for stroke and the primary studies within them. METHODS: Two researchers searched PubMed, Cumulative index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Embase, ISI Web of Knowledge, Cochrane, Allied and Complementary Medicine, Ovid Medline, Chinese Biomedical Literature Database, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang and Traditional Chinese Medical Database to identify systematic reviews and meta-analyses about acupuncture for stroke published from the inception to December 2016...
September 13, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904688/cellulitis-in-aged-persons-a-neglected-infection-in-the-literature
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Anis Mzabi, Wafa Marrakchi, Zeineb Alaya, Fatma Ben Fredj, Amel Rezgui, Elyès Bouajina, Chedia Laouani Kechrid
Cellulitis is a frequent soft tissue and skin infection. The lower limbs are affected in 70 to 80% of cases. Cellulitis in aged persons is not yet well described in literature. A retrospective descriptive study conducted in the Internal Medicine Department of Sahloul hospital in Sousse in Tunisia. It included patients whose age was up to 65 years old admitted into hospital for cellulitis of the legs, the arms or the face. One hundred fifty eight patients with a mean age of 73 years old (range: 65 to 94 years old) were included...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
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