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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550589/carbon-dioxide-co2-angiography-as-an-option-for-endovascular-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair-evar-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-ckd
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Chiara De Angelis, Francesco Sardanelli, Matteo Perego, Marco Alì, Francesco Casilli, Luigi Inglese, Giovanni Mauri
To assess feasibility, efficacy and safety of carbon dioxide (CO2) digital subtraction angiography (DSA) to guide endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) in a cohort of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). After Ethical Committee approval, the records of 13 patients (all male, mean age 74.6 ± 8.0 years) with CKD, who underwent EVAR to exclude an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) under CO2 angiography guidance, were reviewed. The AAA to be excluded had a mean diameter of 52.0 ± 8.0 mm. CO2 angiography was performed by automatic (n = 7) or hand (n = 6) injection...
May 27, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550023/the-super-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial-comparing-follicle-stimulating-hormone-and-clomiphene-citrate-for-ovarian-stimulation-in-intrauterine-insemination
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N A Danhof, M van Wely, Cam Koks, J Gianotten, J P de Bruin, B J Cohlen, D P van der Ham, N F Klijn, Mha van Hooff, Fjm Broekmans, K Fleischer, Cah Janssen, J M Rijn van Weert, J van Disseldorp, M Twisk, M Traas, Mfg Verberg, M J Pelinck, J Visser, Dam Perquin, DES Boks, H R Verhoeve, C F van Heteren, Bwj Mol, S Repping, F van der Veen, M H Mochtar
OBJECTIVE: To study the effectiveness of four cycles of intrauterine insemination (IUI) with ovarian stimulation (OS) by follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) or by clomiphene citrate (CC), and adherence to strict cancellation criteria. SETTING: Randomised controlled trial among 22 secondary and tertiary fertility clinics in the Netherlands. PARTICIPANTS: 732 women from couples diagnosed with unexplained or mild male subfertility and an unfavourable prognosis according to the model of Hunault of natural conception...
May 25, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550022/longitudinal-assessment-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-sardinian-psychotic-patients-labsp-a-protocol-for-a-prospective-observational-study
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Diego Primavera, Mirko Manchia, Luca Deriu, Massimo Tusconi, Roberto Collu, Maria Scherma, Paola Fadda, Walter Fratta, Bernardo Carpiniello
INTRODUCTION: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays a crucial role in neurodevelopment, synaptic plasticity and neuronal function and survival. Serum and plasma BDNF levels are moderately, but consistently, decreased in patients with schizophrenia (SCZ) compared with healthy controls. There is a lack of knowledge, however, on the temporal manifestation of this decline. Clinical, illness course and treatment factors might influence the variation of BDNF serum levels in patients with psychosis...
May 25, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550021/effects-of-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-on-neurocognitive-architecture-and-function-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-study-protocol-for-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial
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Huajun Xu, Hui Wang, Jian Guan, Hongliang Yi, Yingjun Qian, Jianyin Zou, Yunyan Xia, Yiqun Fu, Xinyi Li, Xiao Jiao, Hengye Huang, Pin Dong, Ziwei Yu, Jun Yang, Mingliang Xiang, Jiping Li, Yanqing Chen, Peihua Wang, Yizhou Sun, Yuehua Li, Xiaojian Zheng, Wei Jia, Shankai Yin
OBJECTIVES: Many clinical studies have indicated that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), the most common chronic sleep disorder, may affect neurocognitive function, and that treatment for continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has some neurocognitive protective effects against the adverse effects of OSA. However, the effects of CPAP treatment on neurocognitive architecture and function remain unclear. Therefore, this multicentre trial was designed to investigate whether and when neurocognitive architecture and function in patients with OSA can be improved by CPAP treatment and to explore the role of gut microbiota in improving neurocognitive function during treatment...
May 25, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549469/are-children-participating-in-a-quasi-experimental-education-outside-the-classroom-intervention-more-physically-active
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Mikkel Bo Schneller, Scott Duncan, Jasper Schipperijn, Glen Nielsen, Erik Mygind, Peter Bentsen
BACKGROUND: Education outside the classroom (EOtC) is a curriculum-based approach to teaching that has shown positive associations with children's physical activity and academic learning in small-scale case studies. The purpose of this large-scale quasi-experimental study was to determine if children who participate regularly in EOtC spend more time being physically active than children who do not. METHODS: In the 2014/2015 study TEACHOUT, classes were recruited in pairs such that each EOtC class had a non-EOtC comparison class at the same school and grade level...
May 26, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548197/-differentiated-review-of-biomedical-research-projects-by-ethics-committees
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María Bernardita Portales, Patricio Michaud, Sofía P Salas, Juan Pablo Beca
Ten years after the approval of the Chilean bill that regulates scientific research in humans (Law Nº 20.120), and considering the current status of accreditation and training of many Research Ethics Committee (REC), it is necessary to analyze their performance. We analyzed the Chilean experience with REC aiming to propose a differential type of review, considering the risks to research participants. To improve the quality of the review and the efficiency of these committees, we propose to differentiate the revisions depending on the type of project, its methods and its risks...
March 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547573/results-of-lumbar-spondylodeses-using-different-bone-grafting-materials-after-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion-tlif
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Nicolas Heinz vonderHoeh, Anna Voelker, Christoph-Eckhard Heyde
PURPOSE: Can a mixture of hydroxyapatite (HA) and autologous bone from decompression sites produce similar results when used for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)? In the current literature, autologous iliac crest bone grafts (ICBGs) have been reported the gold standard for this procedure. Indeed, to date, no clinical data have confirmed that a mixture of equal volumes of HA and local autologous bone produce similar results in term of fusion as the same volume of autologous ICBG alone...
May 25, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543661/building-the-next-bioethics-commission
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Alexander M Capron
At every moment, somewhere in the world, a group of men and women are sitting around a table deliberating about an ethical issue posed by medicine and research, whether as a research ethics committee; a hospital or clinical ethics committee; a stem-cell review committee; a gene transfer research committee; a biobank ethics committee; an ethics advisory committee for a medical or nursing association or nongovernmental organization; a state, provincial, national, or intergovernmental bioethics committee; or an ad hoc panel examining a particular development or case...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543660/challenges-working-with-presidential-bioethics-commissions
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Ruth Macklin
Presidential commissions come and go by design, and it is reasonable to wonder about the impact of their recommendations. I have been involved in the work of two presidential commissions: as a member of the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments (from 1994 to 1995) and as senior consultant to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (from 1999 to 2000) for its report on multinational research. I continue to reflect on and look for the impact of both these commissions. ACHRE's charter included the review of experiments with ionizing radiation sponsored or conducted by the United States government since the 1940s...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543658/the-virtues-of-national-ethics-committees
#10
Jonathan Montgomery
The United Kingdom has many bodies that play their part in carrying out the work of national ethics committees, but its nearest equivalent of a U.S. presidential bioethics commission is the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, established in 1991. The Council is charged with examining ethical questions raised by developments in biological and medical research, publishing reports, and making representations to appropriate bodies in order to respond to or anticipate public concern. It is a nongovernment organization with no defined or guaranteed channels of influence...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543656/international-capacity-building-initiatives-for-national-bioethics-committees
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Eugenijus Gefenas, Vilma Lukaseviciene
During the last two decades, national bioethics committees have been established in many countries all over the world. They vary with respect to their structure, composition, and working methods, but the main functions are similar. They are supposed to facilitate public debate on controversial bioethical issues and produce opinions and recommendations that can help inform the public and policy-makers. The dialogue among national bioethics committees is also increasingly important in the globalized world, where biomedical technologies raise ethical dilemmas that traverse national borders...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543654/national-bioethics-commissions-as-educators
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Lisa M Lee
As has become tradition, executive directors of United States' presidential bioethics committees offer reflections about their experience shortly after the orderly shutdown of the commission staff. After the records are filed according to government records regulations; after all the staff members, who are hired into temporary positions that must be renewed every two years, have secured permanent employment; after preparations are made to ensure that the next commission staff (should there be one) has a budget and standard operating procedures in order to begin its work in a timely manner; after the lights are turned out for the last time, the executive director makes the final climb up the stairs into the sunlight and reflects on the whirlwind...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543653/ripples-what-to-expect-when-you-serve-on-a-bioethics-commission
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Thomas H Murray
Cloning was the issue that put the National Bioethics Advisory Commission on the map, but the first clue that NBAC would address cloning was a terse fax from the White House to each of us who served on the Commission. The fax noted that with the birth of the sheep named Dolly, mammalian cloning was now a reality, and it tasked NBAC with providing advice on the ethics of human cloning and how the nation should respond to it. We were given ninety days to report our findings. That's a very tight deadline for a report written by a committee, but we met it, and along the way, I learned important lessons...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543652/what-s-the-use-disparate-purposes-of-u-s-federal-bioethics-commissions
#14
Jenny Dyck Brian, Robert Cook-Deegan
In the forty-year history of U.S. bioethics commissions, these government-sanctioned forums have often demonstrated their power to address pressing problems and to enable policy change. For example, the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, established in 1974, left a legacy of reports that were translated into regulations and had an enormous practical impact. And the 1982 report Splicing Life, by the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research, became the basis for the National Institutes of Health's Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee as well as for the Food and Drug Administration's developing "Points to Consider" when contemplating the introduction of recombinant DNA into human beings...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543651/the-past-present-and-future-of-mexico-s-national-bioethics-commission
#15
Manuel Ruiz de Chavez, Aidee Orozco, Gustavo Olaiz
The establishment of Mexico's National Bioethics Commission (Comisión Nacional de Bioética), in 1992, was conceived within the context of a global movement aimed at raising awareness of the ethical implications of technological and scientific development, especially in biomedicine. In 2005, a new decree put the commission under the scope of the Secretariat of Health and granted it technical and operational autonomy, allowing it to become a regulatory agency aimed at promoting a culture of bioethics, encouraging reflection on human health, and developing guidelines for health care, research, and education, through a global, secular, and democratic perspective...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543552/ethical-and-practical-realities-of-using-letters-for-recruitment-in-bereavement-research
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Ashleigh E Butler, Helen Hall, Beverley Copnell
Recruitment of participants into bereavement research may present many challenges for the research team. At present, there is little consensus for researchers and ethics committees on the most appropriate method of recruitment. There is some evidence that participants prefer to be contacted about research studies via letters. However, recruitment involving the use of a letter can occur in a number of ways, each with ethical and practical benefits and limitations. In a study of the experiences of bereaved parents, we used letters in three ways: direct mailing from the research team with an opt-out option; permission to mail letters obtained by social workers from a hospital-based follow-up program during routine contact; and letters mailed from the hospital's PICU research nurse at the hospital with instruction on how to opt in...
May 25, 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543411/crowdsourcing-the-moral-limits-of-human-gene-editing
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Eric T Juengst
In 2015, a flourish of "alarums and excursions" by the scientific community propelled CRISPR/Cas9 and other new gene-editing techniques into public attention. At issue were two kinds of potential gene-editing experiments in humans: those making inheritable germ-line modifications and those designed to enhance human traits beyond what is necessary for health and healing. The scientific consensus seemed to be that while research to develop safe and effective human gene editing should continue, society's moral uncertainties about these two kinds of experiments needed to be better resolved before clinical trials of either type should be attempted...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535710/ethical-evaluation-of-mental-health-social-research-agreement-between-researchers-and-ethics-committees
#18
Liliana Mondragón Barrios, Tonatiuh Guarneros García, Alberto Jiménez Tapia
The objective of this article is to compare various ethical issues considered by social scientists and research ethics committees in the evaluation of mental health social research protocols. We contacted 47 social scientists and 10 members of ethics committees in Mexico with two electronic national surveys that requested information from both groups related to the application of ethical principles in mental health social research. The results showed no significant difference between these groups in the value placed on the ethical issues explored...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: JERHRE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533829/clinical-analysis-of-aqueductal-stenosis-in-patients-with-hydrocephalus-in-a-kenyan-setting
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Loyal Poonamjeet Kaur, Nderitu Joseph Munyiri, Wekesa Vincent Dismus
INTRODUCTION: Aqueductal stenosis is the commonest cause of congenital hydrocephalus. The scope of this paper is to highlight the disease burden of hydrocephalus attributed to aqueductal stenosis which still remains unknown in our setting. METHODS: In a descriptive cross-sectional study, 258 records of patients diagnosed with hydrocephalus were analyzed after ethical approval from Kenyatta National Hospital- University of Nairobi (KNH-UON) ethics and research committee from January 2010 to May 2016...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532499/laparoscopic-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-versus-laparoscopic-mini-gastric-bypass-in-the-treatment-of-obesity-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Marko Kraljević, Tarik Delko, Thomas Köstler, Elena Osto, Thomas Lutz, Sarah Thommen, Raoul A Droeser, Lincoln Rothwell, Daniel Oertli, Urs Zingg
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) is considered the gold standard in bariatric surgery, achieving durable long-term weight loss with improvement of obesity-related comorbidities. Lately, the laparoscopic mini gastric bypass (LMGB) has gained worldwide popularity with similar results to LRYGB in terms of weight loss and comorbidity resolution. However, there is a lack of randomized controlled trials (RCT) comparing LMGB and LRYGB. This article describes the design and protocol of a randomized controlled trial comparing the outcomes of these two bariatric procedures...
May 22, 2017: Trials
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