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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933614/antiviral-agents-for-infectious-mononucleosis-glandular-fever
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REVIEW
Muireann De Paor, Kirsty O'Brien, Tom Fahey, Susan M Smith
BACKGROUND: Infectious mononucleosis (IM) is a clinical syndrome, usually caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EPV), characterised by lymphadenopathy, fever and sore throat. Most cases of symptomatic IM occur in older teenagers or young adults. Usually IM is a benign self-limiting illness and requires only symptomatic treatment. However, occasionally the disease course can be complicated or prolonged and lead to decreased productivity in terms of school or work. Antiviral medications have been used to treat IM, but the use of antivirals for IM is controversial...
December 8, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932337/development-of-a-critical-appraisal-tool-to-assess-the-quality-of-cross-sectional-studies-axis
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Martin J Downes, Marnie L Brennan, Hywel C Williams, Rachel S Dean
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to develop a critical appraisal (CA) tool that addressed study design and reporting quality as well as the risk of bias in cross-sectional studies (CSSs). In addition, the aim was to produce a help document to guide the non-expert user through the tool. DESIGN: An initial scoping review of the published literature and key epidemiological texts was undertaken prior to the formation of a Delphi panel to establish key components for a CA tool for CSSs...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931225/the-impact-of-individual-level-heterogeneity-on-estimated-infectious-disease-burden-a-simulation-study
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Scott A McDonald, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Jacco Wallinga
BACKGROUND: Disease burden is not evenly distributed within a population; this uneven distribution can be due to individual heterogeneity in progression rates between disease stages. Composite measures of disease burden that are based on disease progression models, such as the disability-adjusted life year (DALY), are widely used to quantify the current and future burden of infectious diseases. Our goal was to investigate to what extent ignoring the presence of heterogeneity could bias DALY computation...
December 8, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927666/epigenetic-biomarkers-in-progression-from-non-dysplastic-barrett-s-oesophagus-to-oesophageal-adenocarcinoma-a-systematic-review-protocol
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T Nieto, C L Tomlinson, J Dretzke, S Bayliss, M Dilworth, A D Beggs, O Tucker
INTRODUCTION: Barrett's oesophagus (BO), a metaplastic condition affecting the lower oesophagus due to long-standing gastro-oesophageal reflux and chronic inflammation, is a precursor lesion for oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OADC). There is no clinical test to predict which patients with BO will progress to OADC. The British Society of Gastroenterology recommends endoscopic surveillance of patients with BO. Epigenetic changes have been well characterised in the neoplastic progression of ulcerative colitis to colonic carcinoma, another gastrointestinal cancer associated with chronic inflammation...
December 7, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927619/bias-due-to-correlation-between-times-at-risk-for-infection-in-epidemiologic-studies-measuring-biological-interactions-between-sexually-transmitted-infections-a-case-study-using-human-papillomavirus-type-interactions
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Talía Malagón, Philippe Lemieux-Mellouki, Jean-François Laprise, Marc Brisson
The clustering of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in some individuals is often interpreted as the result of common risk factors rather than biological interactions between different types of HPV. The intraindividual correlation between times-at-risk for all HPV infections is not generally considered in the analysis of epidemiologic studies. We used a deterministic transmission model to simulate cross-sectional and prospective epidemiologic studies measuring associations between 2 HPV types. When we assumed no interactions, the model predicted that studies would estimate odds ratios and incidence rate ratios greater than 1 between HPV types even after complete adjustment for sexual behavior...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927029/measuring-wearing-time-of-knee-ankle-foot-orthoses-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-comparison-of-parent-report-and-objective-measurement
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Josina C Maas, Annet J Dallmeijer, Bodil Y Oudshoorn, Eline A M Bolster, Peter A Huijing, Richard T Jaspers, Jules G Becher
: Purpose state: Orthotic wearing time may be an important confounder in efficacy studies of treatment in children with spastic cerebral palsy (SCP). Most studies measure parent-reported wearing time (WTparent) with questionnaires, but it is questionable whether this yields valid results. This study aims to compare WTparent with objectively measured wearing time (WTobj) in children with SCP receiving orthotic treatment. METHOD: Eight children with SCP participated in this observational study...
December 7, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926564/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-prophylactic-mesh-during-primary-stoma-formation-to-prevent-parastomal-hernia
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Stephen J Chapman, Benjamin Wood, Thomas M Drake, Neville Young, David G Jayne
BACKGROUND: Implantation of mesh at the time of stoma formation may reduce the rate of parastomal hernia. Until recently, the evidence has been limited to only a few small randomized controlled trials. OBJECTIVE: We present an updated systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the effect of mesh prophylaxis on rates of parastomal hernia. We examine ongoing and unpublished trials via online registries and propose recommendations for future research. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library were searched up to March 2016 for published randomized controlled trials...
January 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923164/thinking-anxious-feeling-anxious-or-both-cognitive-bias-moderates-the-relationship-between-anxiety-disorder-status-and-sympathetic-arousal-in-youth
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Michelle Rozenman, Allison Vreeland, John Piacentini
Cognitive bias and physiological arousal are two putative markers that may underlie youth anxiety. However, data on relationships between cognitive bias and arousal are limited, and typically do not include behavioral measurement of these constructs in order to tap real-time processes. We aimed to examine the relationship between performance-based cognitive bias and sympathetic arousal during stress in clinically anxious and typically-developing youth. The sample included children and adolescents ages 9 to 17 (Mean age=13...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923043/clonal-evolutionary-analysis-during-her2-blockade-in-her2-positive-inflammatory-breast-cancer-a-phase-ii-open-label-clinical-trial-of-afatinib-vinorelbine
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Gerald Goh, Ramona Schmid, Kelly Guiver, Wichit Arpornwirat, Imjai Chitapanarux, Vinod Ganju, Seock-Ah Im, Sung-Bae Kim, Arunee Dechaphunkul, Jedzada Maneechavakajorn, Neil Spector, Thomas Yau, Mehdi Afrit, Slim Ben Ahmed, Stephen R Johnston, Neil Gibson, Martina Uttenreuther-Fischer, Javier Herrero, Charles Swanton
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare, aggressive form of breast cancer associated with HER2 amplification, with high risk of metastasis and an estimated median survival of 2.9 y. We performed an open-label, single-arm phase II clinical trial (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01325428) to investigate the efficacy and safety of afatinib, an irreversible ErbB family inhibitor, alone and in combination with vinorelbine in patients with HER2-positive IBC. This trial included prospectively planned exome analysis before and after afatinib monotherapy...
December 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920670/two-visual-pathways-in-primates-based-on-sampling-of-space-exploitation-and-exploration-of-visual-information
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Bhavin R Sheth, Ryan Young
Evidence is strong that the visual pathway is segregated into two distinct streams-ventral and dorsal. Two proposals theorize that the pathways are segregated in function: The ventral stream processes information about object identity, whereas the dorsal stream, according to one model, processes information about either object location, and according to another, is responsible in executing movements under visual control. The models are influential; however recent experimental evidence challenges them, e.g., the ventral stream is not solely responsible for object recognition; conversely, its function is not strictly limited to object vision; the dorsal stream is not responsible by itself for spatial vision or visuomotor control; conversely, its function extends beyond vision or visuomotor control...
2016: Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919170/validation-of-the-fitbit-one-garmin-vivofit-and-jawbone-up-activity-tracker-in-estimation-of-energy-expenditure-during-treadmill-walking-and-running
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Kym Price, Stephen R Bird, Noel Lythgo, Isaac S Raj, Jason Y L Wong, Chris Lynch
OBJECTIVES: To determine the validity of energy expenditure estimation made by the Fitbit One, Garmin Vivofit and Jawbone UP activity trackers during treadmill walking and running. Determining validity of such trackers will inform the interpretation of the data they generate. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHOD: Fourteen adults walked at 0.70, 1.25, 1.80 ms(-1) and ran at 2.22, 2.78, 3.33 ms(-1) on a treadmill wearing a Fitbit One, Garmin Vivofit and Jawbone UP...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918616/nitric-oxide-donors-for-cervical-ripening-and-induction-of-labour
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REVIEW
Arpita Ghosh, Katherine R Lattey, Anthony J Kelly
BACKGROUND: Sometimes it is necessary to bring on labour artificially because of safety concerns for the mother or baby. This review is one of a series of reviews of methods of labour induction using a standardised protocol. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of NO donors (isosorbide mononitrate (ISMN), isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN), nitroglycerin and sodium nitroprusside) for third trimester cervical ripening or induction of labour, in comparison with placebo or no treatment or other treatments from a predefined hierarchy...
December 5, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918253/placental-growth-factor-alone-or-in-combination-with-soluble-fms-like-tyrosine-kinase-1-as-an-aid-to-the-assessment-of-women-with-suspected-pre-eclampsia-systematic-review-and-economic-analysis
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Geoff K Frampton, Jeremy Jones, Micah Rose, Liz Payne
BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia (PE) prediction based on blood pressure, presence of protein in the urine, symptoms and laboratory test abnormalities can result in false-positive diagnoses. This may lead to unnecessary antenatal admissions and preterm delivery. Blood tests that measure placental growth factor (PlGF) or the ratio of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) to PlGF could aid prediction of PE if either were added to routine clinical assessment or used as a replacement for proteinuria testing...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916170/comparison-of-oncologic-outcomes-between-partial-and-radical-nephrectomy-for-localized-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Liangyou Gu, Xin Ma, Hongzhao Li, Luyao Chen, Yongpeng Xie, Xintao Li, Yu Gao, Yu Zhang, Xu Zhang
To date, there remain uncertainties over the oncological outcomes for partial and radical nephrectomy of localized renal cell carcinoma (RCC). A systematic review and meta-analysis was performed. Eligible studies were retrieved from PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library and Web of Science databases. The endpoints of oncologic outcomes included overall survival (OS), cancer-specific survival (CSS) and recurrence-free survival (RFS). Multivariable adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) were used to evaluate each endpoint. We used the Newcastle-Ottawa scale to assess risk of bias...
December 2016: Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914209/methodological-flaws-introduce-strong-bias-into-molecular-analysis-of-microbial-populations
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Niclas Krakat, Reshma Anjum, Burak Demirel, Patrick Schröder
AIMS: Here we report how different cell disruption methods, PCR primers and in-silico analyses can seriously bias results from microbial population studies, with consequences for the credibility and reproducibility of the findings. Our results emphasize the pitfalls of commonly used experimental methods that can seriously weaken the interpretation of results. METHODS AND RESULTS: Four different cell lysis methods, three commonly used primer pairs and various computer-based analyses were applied to investigate the microbial diversity of a fermentation sample composed of chicken dung...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914110/physical-exercise-for-the-treatment-of-non-ulcerated-chronic-venous-insufficiency
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REVIEW
Diego N Araujo, Cibele Td Ribeiro, Alvaro Cc Maciel, Selma S Bruno, Guilherme Af Fregonezi, Fernando Al Dias
BACKGROUND: Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common disease that causes discomfort and impairs the quality of life of affected persons. Treatments such as physical exercise that aim to increase the movement of the ankle joint and strengthen the muscle pump in the calf of the leg may be useful to reduce the symptoms of CVI. OBJECTIVES: To assess and summarise the existing clinical evidence on the efficacy and safety of physical exercise programmes for the treatment of individuals with non-ulcerated CVI...
December 3, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913917/network-meta-analysis-an-introduction-for-clinicians
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Benjamin Rouse, Anna Chaimani, Tianjing Li
Network meta-analysis is a technique for comparing multiple treatments simultaneously in a single analysis by combining direct and indirect evidence within a network of randomized controlled trials. Network meta-analysis may assist assessing the comparative effectiveness of different treatments regularly used in clinical practice and, therefore, has become attractive among clinicians. However, if proper caution is not taken in conducting and interpreting network meta-analysis, inferences might be biased. The aim of this paper is to illustrate the process of network meta-analysis with the aid of a working example on first-line medical treatment for primary open-angle glaucoma...
December 2, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912961/the-effect-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-on-hemorrhagic-shock-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Da-Long Wang, Xiao-Guang Lu, Wen-Xiu Guo, Tuo Chen, Yi Song, Zhi-Wei Fan
BACKGROUND: Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been widely used in the treatment of hemorrhagic shock (HS) in China. Many controlled trials have been undertaken to investigate its efficacy. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of CHM for Hemorrhagic Shock patients. METHODS: We screening the Web of ScienceDirect database, PubMed, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, China Biomedical Database web (CBM), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and WanFang database (WF), from inception to January 2015...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911901/the-researchers-view-of-scientific-rigor-survey-on-the-conduct-and-reporting-of-in-vivo-research
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Thomas S Reichlin, Lucile Vogt, Hanno Würbel
Reproducibility in animal research is alarmingly low, and a lack of scientific rigor has been proposed as a major cause. Systematic reviews found low reporting rates of measures against risks of bias (e.g., randomization, blinding), and a correlation between low reporting rates and overstated treatment effects. Reporting rates of measures against bias are thus used as a proxy measure for scientific rigor, and reporting guidelines (e.g., ARRIVE) have become a major weapon in the fight against risks of bias in animal research...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911652/trueness-and-minimal-detectable-change-of-smartphone-inclinometer-measurements-of-shoulder-range-of-motion
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Patrick Boissy, Serigne Diop-Fallou, Karina Lebel, Mikael Bernier, Frederic Balg, Yanick Tousignant-Laflamme
BACKGROUND: Digital inclinometer applications using data from embedded sensors on smartphone/multi-purpose pocket computers or "smart digital inclinometers" (SDIs) are now used to clinically assess range of motion (ROM). OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to assess, compared with a biomechanical gold standard (GS), the trueness and minimal detectable change (MDC) of shoulder range of motion (SROM) measurements obtained from an SDI. METHODS: Twenty-five (n = 25) asymptomatic healthy participants performed three trials of shoulder flexion (SF), shoulder abduction (SA), and shoulder external rotation (SER) at full-range and mid-range...
December 2, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
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