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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346831/postoperative-reduction-of-intraventricular-hemorrhage-volume-single-versus-dual-catheter-drainage
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Syed Shahzad Hussain, Asif Raza, Saman Shahid, Hafiz Hamza Asif, Usman Ahmad, Naveed Ashraf
BACKGROUND/AIMS:  The use of single/dual external ventricular drains (EVD) for reducing intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) is under investigation. A randomized controlled trial was conducted to compare postoperative reduction of IVH volume using single- and dual-catheter drainage in spontaneous IVH patients. We investigated factors that may influence an effective hematoma volume reduction by EVDs. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  The average cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage volumes were analyzed...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346644/genome-wide-analysis-of-disease-progression-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Qi Yan, Ying Ding, Yi Liu, Tao Sun, Lars G Fritsche, Traci Clemons, Rinki Ratnapriya, Michael L Klein, Richard J Cook, Yu Liu, Ruzong Fan, Lai Wei, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Anand Swaroop, Emily Y Chew, Daniel E Weeks, Wei Chen
Family- and population-based genetic studies have successfully identified multiple disease-susceptibility loci for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), one of the first batch and most successful examples of genome-wide association study (GWAS). However, most genetic studies to date have focused on case-control studies of late AMD (choroidal neovascularization [CNV] or geographic atrophy [GA]). The genetic influences on disease progression are largely unexplored. We assembled unique resources to perform a genome-wide bivariate time-to-event analysis to test for association of time-to-late-AMD with ∼9 million variants on 2,721 Caucasians from a large multi-center randomized clinical trial, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study...
January 15, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346579/web-based-cognitive-behavior-therapy-for-chronic-pain-patients-with-aberrant-drug-related-behavior-outcomes-from-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Honoria Guarino, Chunki Fong, Lisa A Marsch, Michelle C Acosta, Cassandra Syckes, Sarah K Moore, Ricardo A Cruciani, Russell K Portenoy, Dennis C Turk, Andrew Rosenblum
Objective: There is high unmet need for effective behavioral treatments for chronic pain patients at risk for or with demonstrated histories of opioid misuse. Despite growing evidence supporting technology-based delivery of self-management interventions for chronic pain, very few such programs target co-occurring chronic pain and aberrant drug-related behavior. This randomized controlled trial evaluated the effectiveness of a novel, web-based self-management intervention, grounded in cognitive behavior therapy, for chronic pain patients with aberrant drug-related behavior...
January 13, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346524/-effects-of-a-primary-care-based-multifactorial-intervention-on-physical-and-cognitive-function-in-frail-elderly-individuals-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Laura Romera-Liebana, Francesc Orfila, Josep Maria Segura, Jordi Real, Maria Lluïsa Fabra, Mercedes Möller, Santiago Lancho, Anna Ramirez, Nuria Marti, Montserrat Cullell, Nuria Bastida, Dolors Martinez, Maria Giné, Patricia Cendrós, Anna Bistuer, Elena Perez, Maria Assumpta Fabregat, Gonçal Foz
Background: Detecting and managing frailty at early stages can prevent disability and other adverse outcomes. The study aim was to evaluate whether a multifactorial intervention program could modify physical and cognitive frailty parameters in elderly individuals. Methods: We conducted a multicenter, randomized, single-blind, parallel-group trial in community-living pre-frail/frail elderly individuals in Barcelona. A total of 352 patients, aged ≥65 years old with positive frailty screening, was randomized into two groups to receive a 12-week multidisciplinary intervention or usual care, with concealed allocation...
January 16, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346507/activity-and-safety-of-afatinib-in-a-window-pre-operative-eortc-study-in-patients-with-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck-scchn
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J P Machiels, P Bossi, J Menis, M Lia, C Fortpied, Y Liu, R Lhommel, M Lemort, S Schmitz, S Canevari, L De Cecco, M Guzzo, R Bianchi, P Quattrone, F Crippa, T Duprez, Y Lalami, M Quiriny, N de Saint Aubain, P M Clement, R Coropciuc, E Hauben, L F Licitra
Background: To investigate the activity and safety of afatinib in the pre-operative treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). Patients and methods: This study was an open-label, randomized, multicenter, phase II window of opportunity trial. Treatment-naïve SCCHN patients selected for primary curative surgery were randomized (5:1 ratio) to receive afatinib during 14 days (day -15 until day -1) before surgery (day 0) or no treatment. Tumor biopsies, 2-[fluorine-18]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were performed at diagnosis and just before surgery...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346473/treatment-for-alcohol-dependence-in-primary-care-compared-to-outpatient-specialist-treatment-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sara Wallhed Finn, Anders Hammarberg, Sven Andreasson
Aim: To investigate if treatment for alcohol dependence in primary care is as effective as specialist addiction care. Method: Randomized controlled non-inferiority trial, between groups parallel design, not blinded. The non-inferiority limit was set to 50 grams of alcohol per week. About 288 adults fulfilling ICD-10 criteria for alcohol dependence were randomized to treatment in primary care (men n = 82, women n = 62) or specialist care (men n = 77, women n = 67)...
January 16, 2018: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346385/combined-effectiveness-of-anthelmintic-chemotherapy-and-wash-among-hiv-infected-adults
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Arianna R Means, Lisette van Lieshout, Eric Brienen, Krista Yuhas, James P Hughes, Paul Ndungu, Benson Singa, Judd L Walson
INTRODUCTION: Current global helminth control guidelines focus on regular deworming of targeted populations for morbidity control. However, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions may also be important for reducing helminth transmission. We evaluated the impact of different potential helminth protective packages on infection prevalence, including repeated treatment with albendazole and praziquantel with and without WASH access. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We conducted a cohort study nested within a randomized trial of empiric deworming of HIV-infected adults in Kenya...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346249/1-versus-2-lignocaine-for-airway-anesthesia-in-flexible-bronchoscopy-without-lignocaine-nebulization-life-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Karan Madan, Shiba K Biswal, Saurabh Mittal, Vijay Hadda, Anant Mohan, Gopi C Khilnani, Ravindra M Pandey, Randeep Guleria
BACKGROUND: The ideal concentration of lignocaine for topical anesthesia in bronchoscopy remains investigational. In this randomized, double blind study, we compared 1% versus 2% lignocaine for topical anesthesia. METHODS: Consecutive patients undergoing bronchoscopy were randomized to receive either 1% or 2% lignocaine solution by spray-as-you-go technique. All received 10% lignocaine spray to the oropharynx along with nasal 2% lignocaine gel. Nebulized lignocaine was not administered...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346210/significance-errors-power-and-sample-size-the-blocking-and-tackling-of-statistics
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Edward J Mascha, Thomas R Vetter
Inferential statistics relies heavily on the central limit theorem and the related law of large numbers. According to the central limit theorem, regardless of the distribution of the source population, a sample estimate of that population will have a normal distribution, but only if the sample is large enough. The related law of large numbers holds that the central limit theorem is valid as random samples become large enough, usually defined as an n ≥ 30. In research-related hypothesis testing, the term "statistically significant" is used to describe when an observed difference or association has met a certain threshold...
February 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346146/use-of-oxidized-regenerated-cellulose-collagen-matrix-in-chronic-diabetic-foot-ulcers-a-systematic-review
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Gisele Chicone, Viviane Fernandes de Carvalho, André Oliveira Paggiaro
OBJECTIVE: Diabetic wounds that do not heal completely usually exhibit inflammatory markers, increased protease activity, and reduced levels of growth factors and cell count. A systematic review was performed to determine whether there is enough evidence to support the use of an oxidized regenerated cellulose/collagen matrix (ORC+C) to treat diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). METHODS: Study authors analyzed randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on ORC+C dressings for the treatment of DFUs...
February 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346141/caffeine-controversies
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Samuel J Gentle, Colm P Travers, Waldemar A Carlo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Caffeine use in preterm infants has endured several paradigms: from standard of care to possible neurotoxin to one of the few medications for which there is evidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) risk reduction. The purpose of the review is to analyze this dynamic trajectory and discuss controversies that still remain after decades of caffeine use. RECENT FINDINGS: Following concerns for caffeine safety in preterm infants, a large randomized controlled trial demonstrated a reduction in BPD and treatment for patent ductus arteriosus...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346126/complete-revascularization-for-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-and-multivessel-coronary-artery-disease-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-trials
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Gani Bajraktari, Haki Jashari, Pranvera Ibrahimi, Fernando Alfonso, Fisnik Jashari, Gjin Ndrepepa, Shpend Elezi, Michael Y Henein
INTRODUCTION: Despite the recent findings in randomized clinical trials (RCTs) with limited sample sizes and the updates in clinical guidelines, the current available data for the complete revascularization (CR) in hemodynamically stable patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) at the time of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are still contradictory. AIM: The aim of this meta-analysis of the existing RCTs was to assess the efficacy of the CR versus revascularization of infarct-related artery (IRA) only during primary PCI in patients with STEMI and multivessel disease (MVD)...
January 17, 2018: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346042/treatment-of-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-clinical-practice-guideline
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Hedy L Kindler, Nofisat Ismaila, Samuel G Armato, Raphael Bueno, Mary Hesdorffer, Thierry Jahan, Clyde Michael Jones, Markku Miettinen, Harvey Pass, Andreas Rimner, Valerie Rusch, Daniel Sterman, Anish Thomas, Raffit Hassan
Purpose To provide evidence-based recommendations to practicing physicians and others on the management of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Methods ASCO convened an Expert Panel of medical oncology, thoracic surgery, radiation oncology, pulmonary, pathology, imaging, and advocacy experts to conduct a literature search, which included systematic reviews, meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, and prospective and retrospective comparative observational studies published from 1990 through 2017. Outcomes of interest included survival, disease-free or recurrence-free survival, and quality of life...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346040/bevacizumab-maintenance-versus-no-maintenance-during-chemotherapy-free-intervals-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-a-randomized-phase-iii-trial-prodige-9
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Thomas Aparicio, Francois Ghiringhelli, Valérie Boige, Karine Le Malicot, Julien Taieb, Olivier Bouché, Jean-Marc Phelip, Eric François, Christian Borel, Roger Faroux, Laetitia Dahan, Stéphane Jacquot, Dominique Genet, Faiza Khemissa, Etienne Suc, Françoise Desseigne, Patrick Texereau, Come Lepage, Jaafar Bennouna
Purpose Conflicting results are reported for maintenance treatment with bevacizumab during chemotherapy-free intervals (CFI) in metastatic colorectal cancer after induction chemotherapy. Patients and Methods In this open-label, phase III, randomized controlled trial, we compared the tumor control duration (TCD) observed with bevacizumab maintenance and with no treatment (observation) during CFI subsequent to induction chemotherapy with 12 cycles of fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan plus bevacizumab. After disease progression, the induction regimen was repeated for eight cycles, followed by a new CFI...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345848/economic-evaluation-of-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-and-internet-based-guided-self-help-for-binge-eating-disorder
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Hans-Helmut König, Florian Bleibler, Hans-Christoph Friederich, Stephan Herpertz, Tony Lam, Andreas Mayr, Frauke Schmidt, Jennifer Svaldi, Stephan Zipfel, Christian Brettschneider, Anja Hilbert, Martina de Zwaan, Nina Egger
OBJECTIVE: To determine the cost-effectiveness of individual face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) compared to therapist guided Internet-based self-help (GSH-I) in overweight or obese adults with binge-eating disorder (BED). METHOD: Analysis was conducted alongside the multicenter randomized controlled INTERBED trial. CBT (n = 76) consisted of up to 20 individual therapy sessions over 4 months. GSH-I (n = 71) consisted of 11 modules combining behavioral interventions, exercises including a self-monitoring food diary, psychoeducation, and 2 face-to-face coaching sessions over 4 months...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345724/effects-of-cognitive-training-on-cognition-and-quality-of-life-of-older-persons-with-dementia
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Eeva-Liisa Kallio, Hannareeta Öhman, Marja Hietanen, Helena Soini, Timo E Strandberg, Hannu Kautiainen, Kaisu H Pitkälä
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of cognitive training on cognition and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in community-dwelling persons with dementia. DESIGN: Single-blind randomized controlled trial with 3- and 9-month follow-up. SETTING: Adult day care centers in Helsinki, Finland. PARTICIPANTS: Older individuals with mild to moderate dementia living at home and attending adult day care twice a week (N = 147; mean age 83, 72% female, 63% at mild stage of dementia)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345593/antithrombotic-therapy-after-tavr
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Tobias Geisler, Michal Droppa, Karin Mueller, Oliver Borst
Transvascular aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has emerged as a treatment option in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are inoperable and has recently been evaluated in patients with intermediate surgical risk. The number of procedures is increasing worldwide in parallel with the demographic changes in industrial countries. The risk for cerebral embolism is of main concern and represents a major determinant for prognosis and quality of live after TAVR. The empiric antithrombotic therapy consists of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT); however the risk-benefit of this approach is lacking evidence from randomized, placebo-controlled trials regarding choice and duration of antithrombotic treatment...
January 17, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345591/should-antithrombotic-treatment-strategies-in-east-asians-differ-from-caucasians-focused-on-acs-or-pci-treated-patients
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Jae Seok Bae, Jong-Hwa Ahn, Udaya Tantry, Paul A Gurbel, Young-Hoon Jeong
With over 1.5 billion people, East Asians are the most populous race in the world. Health status in this population is an important global issue. In the contemporary trials of antithrombotic treatment, East Asian patients have a lower risk for atherothrombotic diseases (especially, coronary artery disease [CAD]) and a higher risk for bleeding (especially, gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke). Despite these observations, antithrombotic treatment strategies in East Asian patients are mainly based on the American or European guidelines that are derived from randomized, controlled trials including mostly Caucasians...
January 16, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345586/what-is-the-role-of-cangrelor-in-patients-undergoing-pci
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Michal Droppa, Tobias Geisler
Dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and oral P2Y12-receptor inhibitors prevents ischemic events in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). However oral administration of antiplatelet drugs cause delay of onset of platelet inhibition in P2Y12-inhibitor naïve patients. Cangrelor is a novel P2Y12-receptor inhibitor which is administrated intravenously and thus allows immediate antiplatelet inhibition during PCI. Due to its unique pharmacokinetics with fast onset of platelet inhibition and very short plasma half-life it allows effective and controllable periprocedural platelet inhibition...
January 16, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345532/ischemic-pre-conditioning-does-not-influence-maximal-sprint-acceleration-performance
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Kyle M A Thompson, Alanna K Whinton, Shane Ferth, Lawrence L Spriet, Jamie F Burr
Ischemic pre-conditioning (IPC) was initially developed to protect the myocardium from ischemia through altered cardiocyte metabolism. Due to the observed effects on metabolism and oxygen kinetics, IPC gained interest as a potential ergogenic aid in sport. Limited research evaluating the effects of IPC on maximal short-duration activities has been performed and of the existing literature, mixed outcomes resulting from intra-subject variation may have clouded the efficacy of this technique for enhancing sprint performance...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
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