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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154695/an-evaluation-of-portable-wet-bulb-globe-temperature-monitor-accuracy
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Earl Cooper, Andrew Grundstein, Adam Rosen, Jessica Miles, Jupil Ko, Patrick Curry
CONTEXT:   Wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) is the gold standard for assessing environmental heat stress during physical activity. Many manufacturers of commercially available instruments fail to report WBGT accuracy. OBJECTIVE:   To determine the accuracy of several commercially available WBGT monitors compared with a standardized reference device. DESIGN:   Observational study. SETTING:   Field test. PATIENTS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:   Six commercially available WBGT devices...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154691/optimal-screening-methods-to-detect-cardiac-disorders-in-athletes-an-evidence-based-review
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Zachary K Winkelmann, Ashley K Crossway
Reference/Citation:  Harmon KG, Zigman M, Drezner JA. The effectiveness of screening history, physical exam, and ECG to detect potentially lethal cardiac disorders in athletes: a systematic review/meta-analysis. J Electrocardiol. 2015;48(3):329-338. CLINICAL QUESTION:   Which screening method should be considered best practice to detect potentially lethal cardiac disorders during the preparticipation physical examination (PE) of athletes? DATA SOURCES:   The authors completed a comprehensive literature search of MEDLINE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, Embase, Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro), and SPORTDiscus from January 1996 to November 2014...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153963/shear-wave-elastography-swe-for-monitoring-of-treatment-of-tendinopathies-a-double-blinded-longitudinal-clinical-study
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Timm Dirrichs, Valentin Quack, Matthias Gatz, Markus Tingart, Björn Rath, Marcel Betsch, Christiane K Kuhl, Simone Schrading
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate the diagnostic accuracy with which shear wave elastography (SWE) can be used to monitor response to treatment of tendinopathies, and to compare it to conventional ultrasound (US)-imaging methods (B-mode US (B-US) and power Doppler US (PD-US)). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective Institutional Review Board-approved longitudinal study on 35 patients with 47 symptomatic tendons (17 Achilles-, 15 patellar-, and 15 humeral-epicondylar) who underwent standardized multimodal US and standardized clinical assessment before and after 6 months of treatment (tailored stretching exercise, sport break, and local Polidocanol) was carried out...
November 16, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153865/treatments-of-missing-values-in-large-national-data-affect-conclusions-the-impact-of-multiple-imputation-on-arthroplasty-research
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Nathaniel T Ondeck, Michael C Fu, Laura A Skrip, Ryan P McLynn, Edwin P Su, Jonathan N Grauer
BACKGROUND: Despite the advantages of large, national datasets, one continuing concern is missing data values. Complete case analysis, where only cases with complete data are analyzed, is commonly used rather than more statistically rigorous approaches such as multiple imputation. This study characterizes the potential selection bias introduced using complete case analysis and compares the results of common regressions using both techniques following unicompartmental knee arthroplasty...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153114/cost-effectiveness-analyses-of-antihypertensive-medicines-a-systematic-review
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Chanhyun Park, Guijing Wang, Jefferey M Durthaler, Jing Fang
CONTEXT: Hypertension affects one third of the U.S. adult population. Although cost-effectiveness analyses of antihypertensive medicines have been published, a comprehensive systematic review across medicine classes is not available. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, and Health Technology Assessment were searched to identify original cost-effectiveness analyses published from 1990 through August 2016. Results were summarized by medicine class: angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs), angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), calcium channel blockers (CCBs), thiazide-type diuretics, β-blockers, and others...
December 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150474/core-outcome-sets-in-miscarriage-trials-cosmist-study-a-study-protocol
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Paul Smith, Natalie Cooper, Rima Dhillon-Smith, Emily O'Toole, T Justin Clark, Arri Coomarasamy
INTRODUCTION: 'Core outcome sets' are an agreed, standardised set of outcomes based on what key stakeholders (clinicians, patients, their partners, researchers, service developers, funding organisations and so on) consider the important outcomes in the management or prevention of a condition. This paper describes the rationale and design for the development of Core Outcome Sets for Miscarriage Trials. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Systematic reviews, interviews and focus groups with patients and their partners will be conducted to identify potential core outcomes that will be introduced into a modified Delphi survey...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149469/cuffed-versus-uncuffed-endotracheal-tubes-for-general-anaesthesia-in-children-aged-eight-years-and-under
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Flavia A De Orange, Rebeca Gac Andrade, Andrea Lemos, Paulo Sgn Borges, José N Figueiroa, Pete G Kovatsis
BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of endotracheal intubation in paediatrics, uncuffed endotracheal tubes (ETTs) have been the standard of care for children under eight years old, based on the presumption that complications, particularly postoperative stridor, are higher with cuffed ETTs. The major disadvantages of uncuffed ETTs cited for this shift in procedure include the difficulty in achieving tidal volumes due to leakage around an uncuffed ETT. To seal the airway adequately, uncuffed tubes may need to be exchanged for another tube with a larger diameter, which sometimes requires several attempts before the appropriate size is found...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148960/how-to-do-a-systematic-review
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Alex Pollock, Eivind Berge
High quality up-to-date systematic reviews are essential in order to help healthcare practitioners and researchers keep up-to-date with a large and rapidly growing body of evidence. Systematic reviews answer pre-defined research questions using explicit, reproducible methods to identify, critically appraise and combine results of primary research studies. Key stages in the production of systematic reviews include clarification of aims and methods in a protocol, finding relevant research, collecting data, assessing study quality, synthesizing evidence, and interpreting findings...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146396/effect-of-implant-loading-protocols-on-failure-and-marginal-bone-loss-with-unsplinted-two-implant-supported-mandibular-overdentures-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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M H E-D Helmy, A Y Alqutaibi, A A El-Ella, A F Shawky
The aim of this study was to compare implant failure and radiographic bone level changes with different loading protocols for unsplinted two-implant-supported mandibular overdentures. An electronic search of two databases (PubMed, Cochrane Library) was performed, without language restriction, to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing immediate or early versus conventional dental implant loading protocols for unsplinted two-implant-supported mandibular overdentures. Data were extracted independently by two reviewers...
November 13, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146382/on-the-bias-of-estimates-of-influenza-vaccine-effectiveness-from-test-negative-studies
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Kylie E C Ainslie, Meng Shi, Michael Haber, Walter A Orenstein
Estimates of the effectiveness of influenza vaccines are commonly obtained from a test-negative design (TND) study, where cases and controls are patients seeking care for an acute respiratory illness who test positive and negative, respectively, for influenza infection. Vaccine effectiveness (VE) estimates from TND studies are usually interpreted as vaccine effectiveness against medically-attended influenza (MAI). However, it is also important to estimate VE against any influenza illness (symptomatic influenza (SI)) as individuals with SI are still a public health burden even if they do not seek medical care...
November 13, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142279/modifying-response-times-in-the-simon-task-with-transcranial-random-noise-stimulation
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James Robert McIntosh, Carsten Mehring
Perceptual decisions pervade our every-day lives, and can align or conflict with inbuilt biases. We investigated these conflicting biases by applying transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) while subjects took part in a visual Simon task - a paradigm where irrelevant spatial cues influence the response times of subjects to relevant colour cues. We found that tRNS reduces the response time of subjects independent of the congruence between spatial and colour cues, but dependent on the baseline response time, both between subjects and across conditions within subjects...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141096/quantifying-publication-bias-in-meta-analysis
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Lifeng Lin, Haitao Chu
Publication bias is a serious problem in systematic reviews and meta-analyses, which can affect the validity and generalization of conclusions. Currently, approaches to dealing with publication bias can be distinguished into two classes: selection models and funnel-plot-based methods. Selection models use weight functions to adjust the overall effect size estimate and are usually employed as sensitivity analyses to assess the potential impact of publication bias. Funnel-plot-based methods include visual examination of a funnel plot, regression and rank tests, and the nonparametric trim and fill method...
November 15, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140521/prevalence-of-catatonia-and-its-moderators-in-clinical-samples-results-from-a-meta-analysis-and-meta-regression-analysis
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Marco Solmi, G Giorgio Pigato, Beatrice Roiter, Argentina Guaglianone, Luca Martini, Michele Fornaro, Francesco Monaco, Andrè F Carvalho, Brendon Stubbs, Nicola Veronese, Christoph U Correll
Catatonia is an independent syndrome that co-occurs with several mental and medical conditions. We performed a systematic literature review in PubMed/Scopus until February 2017 and meta-analyzed studies reporting catatonia prevalence. Across 74 studies (cross-sectional = 32, longitudinal = 26, retrospective = 16) providing data collected from 1935 to 2017 across all continents, mean catatonia prevalence was 9.0% (k = 80, n = 110764; 95% CI = 6.9-11.7, I2 = 98%, publication bias P < .01), decreasing to 7...
November 13, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137509/explicit-bias-toward-high-income-country-research-a-randomized-blinded-crossover-experiment-of-english-clinicians
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Matthew Harris, Joachim Marti, Hillary Watt, Yasser Bhatti, James Macinko, Ara W Darzi
Unconscious bias may interfere with the interpretation of research from some settings, particularly from lower-income countries. Most studies of this phenomenon have relied on indirect outcomes such as article citation counts and publication rates; few have addressed or proven the effect of unconscious bias in evidence interpretation. In this randomized, blinded crossover experiment in a sample of 347 English clinicians, we demonstrate that changing the source of a research abstract from a low- to a high-income country significantly improves how it is viewed, all else being equal...
November 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137180/metabolomic-modularity-analysis-mma-to-quantify-human-liver-perfusion-dynamics
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Gautham Vivek Sridharan, Bote Bruinsma, Shyam Sundhar Bale, Anandh Swaminathan, Nima Saeidi, Martin L Yarmush, Korkut Uygun
Large-scale -omics data are now ubiquitously utilized to capture and interpret global responses to perturbations in biological systems, such as the impact of disease states on cells, tissues, and whole organs. Metabolomics data, in particular, are difficult to interpret for providing physiological insight because predefined biochemical pathways used for analysis are inherently biased and fail to capture more complex network interactions that span multiple canonical pathways. In this study, we introduce a nov-el approach coined Metabolomic Modularity Analysis (MMA) as a graph-based algorithm to systematically identify metabolic modules of reactions enriched with metabolites flagged to be statistically significant...
November 13, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136515/associations-between-feelings-of-social-anxiety-and-emotion-perception
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Spencer K Lynn, Eric Bui, Susanne S Hoeppner, Emily B O'Day, Sophie A Palitz, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Naomi M Simon
BACKGROUND: Abnormally biased perceptual judgment is a feature of many psychiatric disorders. Thus, individuals with social anxiety disorder are biased to recall or interpret social events negatively. Cognitive behavioral therapy addresses such bias by teaching patients, via verbal instruction, to become aware of and change pathological misjudgment. The present study examined whether targeting verbal instruction to specific decision parameters that influence perceptual judgment may affect changes in anger perception...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136415/occupational-noise-exposure-and-the-risk-for-work-related-injury-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Angel Dzhambov, Donka Dimitrova
Objectives: Occupational noise exposure has been linked to work-related injuries. Strategies to control occupational hazards often rely on dose-response relationships needed to inform policy, but quantitative synthesis of the relevant literature has not been done so far. This study aimed to systematically review the epidemiological literature and to perform meta-analysis of the risk for work-related injury due to occupational noise exposure. Methods: PRISMA and MOOSE guidelines were followed...
November 10, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132417/quantifying-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-using-robust-regression-to-interpret-real-time-pcr-results
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Paulo Refinetti, David Warren, Stephan Morgenthaler, Per O Ekstrøm
BACKGROUND: Real time PCR (rtPCR) is a quantitative assay to determine the relative DNA copy number in a sample versus a reference. The [Formula: see text] method is the standard for the analysis of the output data generated by an rtPCR experiment. We developed an alternative based on fitting a robust regression to the rtPCR signal. This new data analysis tool reduces potential biases and does not require all of the compared DNA fragments to have the same PCR efficiency. RESULTS: Comparing the two methods when analysing 96 identical PCR preparations showed similar distributions of the estimated copy numbers...
November 13, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132275/evidence-of-biased-advertising-in-the-case-of-social-egg-freezing
#19
Christopher Barbey
Oocyte cryopreservation, or 'egg freezing,' is the practice of preserving unfertilised oocytes for later fertilisation. This practice allows women to extend their reproductive years. In 2014, Facebook and Apple announced that they would subsidise their female employees' elective - or 'social' - use of egg freezing so that these women can more easily reconcile the demands of career and family life. This announcement engendered controversy and moral debate. Given that social egg freezing (SEF) is becoming more popular, ethical and empirical analyses are warranted...
November 2017: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131306/comparative-effectiveness-and-safety-of-cognitive-enhancers-for-treating-alzheimer-s-disease-systematic-review-and-network-metaanalysis
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Andrea C Tricco, Huda M Ashoor, Charlene Soobiah, Patricia Rios, Areti Angeliki Veroniki, Jemila S Hamid, John D Ivory, Paul A Khan, Fatemeh Yazdi, Marco Ghassemi, Erik Blondal, Joanne M Ho, Carmen H Ng, Brenda Hemmelgarn, Sumit R Majumdar, Laure Perrier, Sharon E Straus
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: To examine the comparative effectiveness and safety of cognitive enhancers for Alzheimer's disease (AD). DESIGN: Systematic review and Bayesian network metaanalysis (NMA). SETTING: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, CINAHL, Ageline (inception-March 2016). PARTICIPANTS: Individuals with AD in randomized controlled trials (RCTs), quasi-RCTs, and nonrandomized studies. INTERVENTION: Any combination of donepezil, rivastigmine, galantamine, or memantine...
September 29, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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