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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550499/systematic-review-of-fmri-compatible-devices-design-and-testing-criteria
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V Hartwig, N Carbonaro, A Tognetti, N Vanello
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) is at present one of the most used methodologies for functional brain exploration, both in clinical and research settings. fMRI can noninvasively measure neural activity by using specific experimental paradigms. Often, these paradigms require the stimulation of the subject to perform sensorimotor tasks: in the past, the stimuli have been administered manually for investigating fundamental aspects of tactile perception and somatosensory processing. Nowadays, the use of mechatronic devices to stimulate the subject during fMRI studies is growing, also to assure reproducibility, control, and monitoring of task performances...
May 26, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550461/a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-on-cystodistension-in-bladder-pain-syndrome
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Louise E Olson, James E Dyer, Ahsanul Haq, Jeremy Ockrim, Tamsin J Greenwell
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: There is significant variability in technique for cystodistension and an international discrepancy in the role in its treatment of bladder pain syndrome (BPS). The authors evaluate the evidence base for the use of cystodistension for BPS with particular reference to patient-related outcomes. METHODS: In accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis statement, a prospective search and evaluation protocol was prepared and registered with the PROSPERO database (ID CRD42017053710)...
May 26, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550252/exploring-potential-electrophysiological-biomarkers-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-event-related-potential-studies
#3
Lihua Gu, Zhijun Zhang
BACKGROUND: Early diagnosis and effective management are pivotal steps in preventing the transition from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer's disease. Previous investigations indicated that some event-related potential (ERP) components in MCI are sensitive to cognitive decline. However, several comparative analyses of these components in MCI and healthy controls (HC) yielded inconsistent results. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of ERP studies on MCI patients...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549643/hypertonic-saline-for-raised-intracranial-pressure-following-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-a-systematic-review
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Christopher R Pasarikovski, Naif M Alotaibi, Fawaz Al-Mufti, R Loch Macdonald
BACKGROUND: The use of hyperosmolar agents such as mannitol or hypertonic saline (HTS) to control high intracranial pressure (ICP) in traumatic brain injury patients has been well studied. However, the role of HTS in the management of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH)-associated raised ICP is still unclear. METHODS: We performed a systematic review in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines. The primary outcome of this review is to quantify ICP reduction produced by HTS and its effect on clinical outcomes defined by any standardized functional score...
May 23, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549402/indications-for-medical-compression-stockings-in-venous-and-lymphatic-disorders-an-evidence-based-consensus-statement
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Eberhard Rabe, Hugo Partsch, Juerg Hafner, Christopher Lattimer, Giovanni Mosti, Martino Neumann, Tomasz Urbanek, Monika Huebner, Sylvain Gaillard, Patrick Carpentier
Objective Medical compression stockings are a standard, non-invasive treatment option for all venous and lymphatic diseases. The aim of this consensus document is to provide up-to-date recommendations and evidence grading on the indications for treatment, based on evidence accumulated during the past decade, under the auspices of the International Compression Club. Methods A systematic literature review was conducted and, using PRISMA guidelines, 51 relevant publications were selected for an evidence-based analysis of an initial 2407 unrefined results...
January 1, 2017: Phlebology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549119/systematic-review-of-cost-effectiveness-of-myocardial-perfusion-scintigraphy-in-patients-with-ischaemic-heart-disease-a-report-from-the-cardiovascular-committee-of-the-european-association-of-nuclear-medicine-endorsed-by-the-european-association-of-cardiovascular
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Elin Trägårdh, Siok Swan Tan, Jan Bucerius, Alessia Gimelli, Oliver Gaemperli, Oliver Lindner, Denis Agostini, Christopher Übleis, Roberto Sciagrà, Riemer H Slart, S Richard Underwood, Fabien Hyafil, Marcus Hacker, Hein J Verberne
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major cause of death and disability. Several diagnostic tests, such as myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS), are accurate for the detection of CAD, as well as having prognostic value for the prediction of cardiovascular events. Nevertheless, the diagnostic and prognostic value of these tests should be cost-effective and should lead to improved clinical outcome. We have reviewed the literature on the cost-effectiveness of MPS in different circumstances: (i) the diagnosis and management of CAD; (ii) comparison with exercise electrocardiography (ECG) and other imaging tests; (iii) as gatekeeper to invasive coronary angiography (ICA), (iv) the impact of appropriate use criteria; (v) acute chest pain, and (vi) screening of asymptomatic patients with type-2 diabetes...
May 26, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548543/systematic-review-of-clinical-guidance-documents-for-autism-spectrum-disorder-diagnostic-assessment-in-select-regions
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Melanie Penner, Evdokia Anagnostou, Lana Y Andoni, Wendy J Ungar
Clinical guidance documents play an important role in ensuring access to high-quality autism spectrum disorder diagnostic assessment practices. The objective was to perform a systematic review of professional association and government clinical guidance documents for autism spectrum disorder diagnostic assessment, analyzing their quality and content. The government search was limited to English-speaking, single-payer, publicly funded health systems. A quality appraisal was conducted by two appraisers using the Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation, second edition tool...
May 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547119/systematic-review-of-meditation-based-interventions-for-children-with-adhd
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Subhadra Evans, Mathew Ling, Briony Hill, Nicole Rinehart, David Austin, Emma Sciberras
Meditation-based interventions such as mindfulness and yoga are commonly practiced in the general community to improve mental and physical health. Parents, teachers and healthcare providers are also increasingly using such interventions with children. This review examines the use of meditation-based interventions in the treatment of children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Electronic databases searched included PsycINFO, Medline, CINAHL, and AMED. Inclusion criteria involved children (aged to 18 years) diagnosed with ADHD, delivery of a meditation-based intervention to children and/or parents, and publication in a peer-reviewed journal...
May 25, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546938/prevalence-of-diabetic-retinopathy-in-iran-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Saman Maroufizadeh, Amir Almasi-Hashiani, Mostafa Hosseini, Mahdi Sepidarkish, Reza Omani Samani
AIM: To estimate the overall prevalence of diabetic retinopathy (DR) in Iran by a systematic review and Meta-analysis. METHODS: We conducted a search of all published literature on diabetic patients for the prevalence of DR using Web of Sciences, PubMed, Scopus, Google Scholar, and national electronic databases SID, Magiran, and Iranmedex from their inception until September 2016 with standard keywords. Pooled estimates of the DR prevalence and the corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated using random effects models...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546689/risks-of-cefuroxime-prophylaxis-for-postcataract-endophthalmitis
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Khaled A Al-Abduljabbar, Donald U Stone
BACKGROUND: Endophthalmitis after cataract surgery is a rare but vision-threatening complication. Intracameral cefuroxime (ICC) has been reported to be effective at reducing the risk, but concerns regarding the risks associated with this intervention remain. METHODS: Systematic review and synthesis of the literature on ICC, with a focus on the risks of therapy. RESULTS: Level 2a evidence was found to support the use of cefuroxime in penicillin-allergic patients...
January 2017: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545954/prognostic-role-of-copeptin-after-traumatic-brain-injury-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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Kyu-Sun Choi, Youngsuk Cho, Bo-Hyoung Jang, Wonhee Kim, Chiwon Ahn, Tae Ho Lim, Hyoung-Joong Yi
PURPOSE: Copeptin, the C-terminal portion of provasopressin, has emerged as a novel prognostic marker in neurocritical care, such as in traumatic brain injury (TBI). The aim of this study was to quantitatively assess the prognostic significance of initial plasma copeptin levels in the neurological outcome and mortality after traumatic brain injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six relevant studies with data from 552 patients were included in this meta-analysis. RESULTS: The plasma copeptin levels were found to be significantly higher in patients who died than in the survivors (standardized mean difference [SMD], 1...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545653/systematic-approaches-to-adverse-events-in-obstetrics-part-ii-event-analysis-and-response
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Christian M Pettker
The critical arm of improvement and change comes after events are identified and classified. Getting and making things right when things go wrong defines a successful safety program. This article reviews the important tasks that should be familiar to any team approaching a serious event on an obstetrics unit. Root cause analysis is a critical, but often misunderstood, tool for dissecting the contributing factors leading to an adverse event. Successful root cause analyses have a standardized approach that result in meaningful action plans...
May 22, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545353/effect-of-magnesium-supplementation-on-plasma-c-reactive-protein-concentrations-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Luis E Simental-Mendía, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Martha Rodríguez-Morán, Graciela Zambrano-Galván, Fernando Guerrero-Romero
BACKGROUND: Results of previous clinical trials evaluating the effect of magnesium supplementation on inflammatory markers are controversial. OBJECTIVE: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were performed to evaluating the effect of oral magnesium supplementation on plasma C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations. METHOD: PubMed-Medline, SCOPUS, Web of Science and Google Scholar databases were searched (from inception to August 09, 2016) to identify RCTs, evaluating the effect of magnesium on CRP levels...
May 25, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545062/association-of-frailty-status-with-acute-kidney-injury-and-mortality-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Charat Thongprayoon, Wisit Cheungpasitporn, Natanong Thamcharoen, Patompong Ungprasert, Wonngarm Kittanamongkolchai, Michael A Mao, Ankit Sakhuja, Kevin L Greason, Kianoush Kashani
OBJECTIVE: Frailty is a common condition in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The aim of this systematic review was to assess the impact of frailty status on acute kidney injury (AKI) and mortality after TAVR. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases from the inception through November 2016. The protocol for this study is registered with PROSPERO (International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews; no...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544572/inositol-treatment-of-anovulation-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-meta-analysis-of-randomised-trials
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Jyotsna Pundir, Dimitrios Psaroudakis, Prakash Savnur, Priya Bhide, Luca Sabatini, Helena Teede, Arri Coomarasamy, Shakila Thangaratinam
BACKGROUND: Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common cause of anovulation and infertility, and a risk factor for development of metabolic syndrome and endometrial cancer. OBJECTIVES: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials that evaluated the effects of inositol as an ovulation-induction agent. SEARCH STRATEGY: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane and ISI conference proceedings, Register and Meta-register for RCTs and WHO trials' search portal...
May 24, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544422/assessment-of-clinically-relevant-bleeding-as-a-surrogate-outcome-for-major-bleeding-validation-by-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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S Laporte, C Chapelle, L Bertoletti, E Ollier, P Zufferey, J-C Lega, A Merah, H Décousus, S Schulman, G Meyer, M Cucherat, P Mismetti
BACKGROUND: Clinically relevant bleeding (CRB), comprising major bleeding and clinically relevant non-major bleeding, has been used as a surrogate for major bleeding in most anticoagulant trials, but its validity for estimating compromise between thrombotic and bleeding events has never been assessed. METHODS: We systematically reviewed randomized phase III trials comparing new anticoagulants with standard of care for venous thromboembolism prevention following major orthopedic surgery, venous thromboembolism (VTE) treatment, or stroke and systemic embolism prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF), and reporting both major bleeding and CRB rates...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544106/inappropriate-prescribing-in-chronic-kidney-disease-a-systematic-review-of-prevalence-associated-clinical-outcomes-and-impact-of-interventions
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REVIEW
Wubshet Hailu Tesfaye, Ronald L Castelino, Barbara C Wimmer, Syed Tabish R Zaidi
INTRODUCTION: Adjusting doses of renally cleared medications and/or avoidance of nephrotoxic medications are standard clinical practices in chronic kidney disease (CKD), albeit the prevalence of inappropriate prescribing (IP) in these patients remains high. Therefore, this work sought to systematically review the prevalence of IP and compare the relative effectiveness of available interventions in reducing IP in CKD. METHODS: Studies were identified searching PubMed/Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, IPA, Web of Science, Ovid/Medline, CINAHL, and PsychINFO databases...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543881/a-review-of-blood-sample-handling-and-pre-processing-for-metabolomics-studies
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REVIEW
Vinicius Veri Hernandes, Coral Barbas, Danuta Dudzik
Metabolomics has been found to be applicable to a wide range of clinical studies, bringing a new era for improving clinical diagnostics, early disease detection, therapy prediction and treatment efficiency monitoring. A major challenge in metabolomics, particularly untargeted studies, is the extremely diverse and complex nature of biological specimens. Despite great advances in the field there still exist fundamental needs for considering pre-analytical variability that can introduce bias to the subsequent analytical process and decrease the reliability of the results and moreover confound final research outcomes...
May 19, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543184/a-systematic-review-of-patient-reported-measures-associated-with-vestibular-dysfunction
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Vicky M Stewart, M Dilani Mendis, Nancy Low Choy
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Use of clinical questionnaires to assist in the screening of vestibular disorders in the acute hospital setting is needed. The objective is to detail the clinimetric properties and clinical utility of patient-reported questionnaires for quantifying dizziness/vertigo symptoms associated with vestibular dysfunction, and to determine validity and utility for screening dizziness/vertigo in the emergency department. DATA SOURCES: We performed a systematic review of PubMed, CINAHL, Embase, and Web of Science in May 2015...
May 23, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543086/allergen-immunotherapy-for-allergic-asthma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Sangeeta Dhami, Artemisia Kakourou, Felix Asamoah, Ioana Agache, Susanne Lau, Jutel Marek, Antonella Muraro, Graham Roberts, Cezmi A Akdis, Matteo Bonini, Ozlem Cavkaytar, Breda Flood, Pawel Gajdanowicz, Kenji Izuhara, Ömer Kalayci, Ralph Mosges, Oscar Palomares, Oliver Pfaar, Sylwia Smolinska, Milena Sokolowska, Miqdad Asaria, Gopal Netuveli, Hader Zaman, Ather Akhlaq, Aziz Sheikh
BACKGROUND: To inform the development of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunonology's (EAACI) Guidelines on Allergen Immunotherapy (AIT) for allergic asthma, we assessed the evidence on the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of AIT. METHODS: We performed a systematic review, which involved searching nine databases. Studies were screened against pre-defined eligibility criteria and critically appraised using established instruments. Data were synthesized using random-effects meta-analyses...
May 19, 2017: Allergy
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