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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749628/circulating-25-hydroxy-vitamin-d-relative-to-vitamin-d-receptor-polymorphism-after-vitamin-d3-supplementation-in-breast-cancer-women-a-randomized-double-blind-controlled-clinical-trial
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Houra Mohseni, Seyed Ahmad Hosseini, Reza Amani, Alireza Ekrami, Ahmad Ahmadzadeh, Seyed Mahmoud Latifi
Objective: The influence of vitamin D receptor (VDR) genetic variation on serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels [25(OH)D] after vitamin D3 supplementation remains unclear. We aimed to investigate changes of 25(OH)D in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, according to VDR genotype, after provision of vitamin D3 to breast cancer cases for a 2-month period. Methods: Participants were assigned to two treatment arms: placebo (n = 28) and vitamin D3 supplementation (n =28). The supplementation group received 50,000 IU of vitamin D every week for 2 months...
July 27, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749571/l-ornithine-l-aspartate-in-bouts-of-overt-hepatic-encephalopathy
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Sandeep Singh Sidhu, Barjesh Chander Sharma, Omesh Goyal, Harsh Kishore, Navpreet Kaur
High quality data on efficacy of L-Ornithine L-Aspartate (LOLA) in cirrhotics with bouts of overt hepatic encephalopathy (OHE) is missing. We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of intravenous LOLA in reversal of bouts of OHE in cirrhotics. In this prospective double-blind randomized placebo controlled trial conducted at two tertiary care institutes in India, 370 cirrhotics with bouts of OHE were screened. After exclusion, 193 (52.16%) patients were randomized to receive either intravenous infusions of LOLA (n=98), 30 grams daily or Placebo (n=95) for 5 days...
July 27, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749549/a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study-of-rituximab-in-patients-with-stiff-person-syndrome
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Marinos C Dalakas, Goran Rakocevic, James M Dambrosia, Harry Alexopoulos, Beverly McElroy
Objective In Stiff-Person Syndrome (SPS), an antibody-mediated impaired GABAergic neurotransmission is believed to cause muscle stiffness and spasms. Patients improve with GABA-enhancing drugs and IVIg, but several respond poorly and remain disabled. The need for more effective therapy prompted a trial with the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab. Methods This was a placebo-controlled randomized trial of rituximab (two bi-weekly infusions of 1gr each). The primary outcome was a change in stiffness scores at 6 months...
July 27, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749239/letter-to-the-editor-methodological-issues-in-a-meta-analysisoriginal-manuscript-roshni-patel-gaurang-shah-2017-effect-of-metformin-on-clinical-metabolic-and-endocrine-outcomes-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749198/empathy-training-in-medical-students-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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M Wündrich, C Schwartz, B Feige, D Lemper, C Nissen, U Voderholzer
AIM: Empathy is a core element in the doctor-patient relationship. This study examined whether empathy in medical students can be improved by specific training. METHODS: 158 medical students were randomized into two groups. The intervention group participated in an empathy skills training with simulated patients (SPs). The control group participated in a history course. After the intervention, empathy was assessed by blinded SPs and experts in an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)...
July 27, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749093/comparing-low-volume-saphenous-obturator-block-with-placebo-and-femoral-obturator-block-for-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Katja Lenz, Kenneth Jensen, Katrine Tanggaard, Mojgan Vazin, Thomas F Bendtsen, Vincent Chan, Michael R Krogsgaard, Mikael L Strube, Jens Børglum
BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACL-RC) is often associated with moderate to severe postoperative pain even with a multimodal analgesic regimen. We aimed to compare the analgesic efficacy of low volume saphenous-obturator block with placebo and femoral- obturator block in patients undergoing ACL-RC. METHODS: In a randomized controlled trial eighty-two patients undergoing ACL-RC with hamstring autograft were allocated to either low volume saphenous-obturator block, placebo block or femoral-obturator block...
July 26, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749091/efficacy-of-ziprasidone-augmentation-of-escitalopram-for-cognitive-symptoms-of-major-depressive-disorder
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Nadia Iovieno, Richard C Shelton, Samuel R Petrie, Cristina Cusin, Maurizio Fava, George I Papakostas
OBJECTIVE: To examine the efficacy of adjunctive ziprasidone for cognitive symptoms in adult patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) experiencing persistent symptoms after 8 weeks of open-label escitalopram. METHODS: This post hoc analysis was conducted on a database derived from a previously published study. The parent study was a multicenter, parallel, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted at 3 academic medical centers in the United States from July 2008 to October 2013...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748974/cranberries-improve-postprandial-glucose-excursions-in-type-2-diabetes
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Jace Schell, Nancy M Betts, Megan Foster, R Hal Scofield, Arpita Basu
Recent research supports a favorable role of cranberries on cardiometabolic health. Postprandial metabolism, especially hyperglycemia, has been shown to be an independent cardiovascular risk and few clinical studies have reported the role of berries in improving postprandial dysmetabolism. We investigated the postprandial effects of dried cranberries following a high-fat breakfast challenge in obese participants with type 2 diabetes (T2DM), in a randomized crossover trial. Blood draw and vascular measurements were conducted at fasting, 1, 2 and 4 hours (h), following the consumption of a fast-food style high-fat breakfast (70 g fat, 974 kcal) with or without cranberries (40 g)...
July 27, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748861/current-evidences-for-the-use-of-uescope-in-airway-management
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Fu-Shan Xue, Ben-Quan Yang, Ya-Yang Liu, Hui-Xian Li, Gui-Zhen Yang
OBJECTIVE: UEscope is a new angulated videolaryngoscope (VL). This review aimed to describe the features of UEscope and provide clinical evidences regarding the efficacy and safety of this video device in adult tracheal intubation and its roles in airway management teaching. DATA SOURCES: The Wan Fang Data, CNKI, PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, and Google Scholar were searched for relevant English and Chinese articles published up to January 15, 2017, using the following keywords: "HC video laryngoscope", "UE videolaryngoscope", "video laryngoscope", and "videolaryngoscopy"...
August 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748706/the-development-of-new-composite-metrics-for-the-comprehensive-analytic-and-visual-assessment-of-hypoglycemia-using-the-hypo-triad
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Andreas Thomas, John Shin, Boyi Jiang, Chantal McMahon, Ralf Kolassa, Robert A Vigersky
BACKGROUND: Quantifying hypoglycemia has traditionally been limited to using the frequency of hypoglycemic events during a given time interval using data from blood glucose (BG) testing. However, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) captures three parameters-a Hypo-Triad-unavailable with BG monitoring that can be used to better characterize hypoglycemia: area under the curve (AUC), time (duration of hypoglycemia), and frequency of daily episodes below a specified threshold. METHODS: We developed two new analytic metrics to enhance the traditional Hypo-Triad of CGM-derived data to more effectively capture the intensity of hypoglycemia (IntHypo) and overall hypoglycemic environment called the "hypoglycemia risk volume" (HypoRV)...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748705/the-comprehensive-glucose-pentagon-a-glucose-centric-composite-metric-for-assessing-glycemic-control-in-persons-with-diabetes
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Robert A Vigersky, John Shin, Boyi Jiang, Thorsten Siegmund, Chantal McMahon, Andreas Thomas
BACKGROUND: Composite metrics have the potential to provide more complete and clinically useful information about glycemic control than traditional individual metrics such as hemoglobin A1C, %/time/area under curve of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. METHODS: Using five key metrics that are derived from continuous glucose monitoring, we developed a new, multicomponent composite metric, the Comprehensive Glucose Pentagon (CGP) that demonstrates glycemic control both numerically and visually...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748625/multiple-risk-factor-counseling-to-promote-heart-healthy-lifestyles-in-the-chest-pain-observation-unit-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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David A Katz, Mark Graber, Patricia Lounsbury, Mark W Vander Weg, Emily K Phillips, Christina Clair, Phillip A Horwitz, Xueya Cai, Alan J Christensen
OBJECTIVE: Admission to the chest pain observation unit (CPOU) may be an advantageous time for patients to consider heart-healthy lifestyle changes while undergoing diagnostic evaluation to rule out myocardial ischemia. The aim of this pragmatic trial was to assess the effectiveness of a multiple risk factor intervention in changing CPOU patients' health beliefs and readiness to change health behaviors. A secondary aim was to obtain preliminary estimates of the intervention's effect on diet, physical activity, and smoking...
July 27, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748522/mindfulness-based-interventions-and-sleep-among-cancer-survivors-a-critical-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Georgia Christodoulou, David S Black
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of our critical examination is to present results and provide a synthesis of this body of work. RECENT FINDINGS: Sleep problems among cancer survivors are gaining research attention. To our knowledge, there have been six randomized control trials published from 2013 to 2015 that test the effects of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) on sleep as a primary or secondary outcome. Our examination of the literature highlights important methodological issues and variability among trials...
September 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748514/a-systemic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-clinical-efficacy-and-safety-of-total-glucosides-of-peony-combined-with-methotrexate-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Zhi-Tao Feng, Juan Xu, Guo-Chao He, San-Jin Cai, Juan Li, Zhi-Gang Mei
To assess the efficacy and safety of the combination of total glucoside of peony (TGP) and methotrexate (MTX) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Randomized controlled trial (RCT) data on the traditional Chinese active component TGP combined with MTX vs. MTX alone for the treatment of RA was collected by searching the Pubmed, Embase, Cochrane Library, CNKI, VIP Journals database, and Wanfang database up to February 2017. Study selection, data extraction, data synthesis, and data analyses were performed according to the Cochrane standards...
July 27, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748377/microvascular-effects-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-agonists-in-type-2-diabetes-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Ilaria Dicembrini, Besmir Nreu, Alessia Scatena, Francesco Andreozzi, Giorgio Sesti, Edoardo Mannucci, Matteo Monami
AIMS: Results with GLP1-receptor agonists (GLP-1RA) on microvascular complications of diabetes are contrasting. In trials designed for cardiovascular outcomes, both liraglutide and semaglutide were associated with a relevant reduction in the incidence and progression of nephropathy. On the other hand, in the same trials, semaglutide was associated with an increased progression of retinopathy, and a similar trend was observed for liraglutide. This meta-analysis is aimed at assessing the effects of GLP-1RA on retinopathy and nephropathy...
July 27, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748132/effects-of-intake-of-lactobacillus-casei-subsp-casei-327-on-skin-conditions-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-parallel-group-study-in-women
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Yuhi Saito, Toshihiro Mihara, Kentaro Maruyama, Jiro Saito, Masumi Ikeda, Akihito Tomonaga, Takehisa Kumagai
Lactic acid bacteria are gut flora that play key roles in intestinal homeostasis, which may affect a variety of physiological functions. Our preliminary double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trials have suggested that intake of heat-killed Lactobacillus casei subsp. casei 327 (designated L. K-1) is effective for improving skin conditions. The aim of this study was to confirm the effect of L. K-1 intake in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study in healthy female volunteers...
2017: Bioscience of Microbiota, Food and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748118/serum-uric-acid-and-acute-kidney-injury-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Kai Hahn, Mehmet Kanbay, Miguel A Lanaspa, Richard J Johnson, A Ahsan Ejaz
Acute kidney injury causes great morbidity and mortality in both the community and hospital settings. Understanding the etiological factors and the pathophysiological principles resulting in acute kidney injury is essential in prompting appropriate therapies. Recently hyperuricemia has been recognized as a potentially modifiable risk factor for acute kidney injury, including that associated with cardiovascular surgery, radiocontrast administration, rhabdomyolysis, and associated with heat stress. This review discussed the evidence that repeated episodes of acute kidney injury from heat stress and dehydration may also underlie the pathogenesis of the chronic kidney disease epidemic that is occurring in Central America (Mesoamerican nephropathy)...
September 2017: Journal of Advanced Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747763/efficacy-and-safety-of-very-early-mobilization-in-patients-with-acute-stroke-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Tao Xu, Xinyuan Yu, Shu Ou, Xi Liu, Jinxian Yuan, Yangmei Chen
Whether very early mobilization (VEM) improves outcomes in stroke patients and reduces immobilization-related complications (IRCs) is currently unknown. The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of VEM in acute stroke patients following admission. Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases were searched for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that examined the efficacy or safety of VEM in patients with acute stroke. VEM was defined as out of bed activity commencing within 24 or 48 hours after the onset of stroke...
July 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747442/chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-clinical-trials-review-and-recommendations
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REVIEW
Jennifer S Gewandter, Roy Freeman, Rachel A Kitt, Guido Cavaletti, Lynn R Gauthier, Michael P McDermott, Nimish A Mohile, Supriya G Mohlie, A Gordon Smith, Mohamedtaki A Tejani, Dennis C Turk, Robert H Dworkin
OBJECTIVE: To assess the design characteristics and reporting quality of published randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for treatments of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) initiated before or during chemotherapy. METHODS: In this systematic review of RCTs of preventive or symptomatic pharmacologic treatments for CIPN initiated before or during chemotherapy treatment, articles were identified by updating the PubMed search utilized in the CIPN treatment guidelines published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2014...
July 26, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747330/effects-of-randomized-whey-protein-loads-on-energy-intake-appetite-gastric-emptying-and-plasma-gut-hormone-concentrations-in-older-men-and-women
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Caroline Giezenaar, Laurence G Trahair, Natalie D Luscombe-Marsh, Trygve Hausken, Scott Standfield, Karen L Jones, Kylie Lange, Michael Horowitz, Ian Chapman, Stijn Soenen
Background: Protein- and energy-rich supplements are used widely for the management of malnutrition in the elderly. Information about the effects of protein on energy intake and related gastrointestinal mechanisms and whether these differ between men and women is limited.Objective: We determined the effects of whey protein on energy intake, appetite, gastric emptying, and gut hormones in healthy older men and women.Design: Eight older women and 8 older men [mean ± SEM age: 72 ± 1 y; body mass index (in kg/m(2)): 25 ± 1] were studied on 3 occasions in which they received protein loads of 30 g (120 kcal) or 70 g (280 kcal) or a flavored water control drink (0 kcal)...
July 26, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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