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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086819/efficacy-safety-and-effectiveness-of-licensed-rotavirus-vaccines-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-for-latin-america-and-the-caribbean
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Raúl F Velázquez, Alexandre C Linhares, Sergio Muñoz, Pamela Seron, Pedro Lorca, Rodrigo DeAntonio, Eduardo Ortega-Barria
BACKGROUND: RotaTeq™ (RV5; Merck & Co. Inc., USA) and Rotarix™ (RV1, GlaxoSmithKline, Belgium) vaccines, developed to prevent rotavirus diarrhea in children under five years old, were both introduced into national immunization programs in 2006. As many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have included either RV5 or RV1 in their routine childhood vaccination programs, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to analyze efficacy, safety and effectiveness data from the region...
January 13, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077428/reproductive-experiences-of-women-who-cryopreserved-oocytes-for-non-medical-reasons
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Karin Hammarberg, Maggie Kirkman, Natasha Pritchard, Martha Hickey, Michelle Peate, John McBain, Franca Agresta, Chris Bayly, Jane Fisher
STUDY QUESTION: What are the reproductive experiences of women who cryopreserve oocytes for non-medical reasons? SUMMARY ANSWER: One in three women had been pregnant at some stage in their lives and while most still wanted to have a child or another child, very few had used their stored oocytes, predominantly because they did not want to be single parents. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The number of healthy women who freeze oocytes to avoid age-related infertility is increasing...
January 6, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047431/su-f-r-51-radiomics-in-ct-perfusion-maps-of-head-and-neck-cancer
#3
M Nesteruk, O Riesterer, R Bundschuh, P Veit-Haibach, M Huellner, G Studer, S Stieb, S Glatz, M Pruschy, M Guckenberger, S Tanadini-Lang
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to test the predictive value of radiomics features of CT perfusion (CTP) for tumor control, based on a preselection of radiomics features in a robustness study. METHODS: 11 patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) and 11 patients with lung cancer were included in the robustness study to preselect stable radiomics parameters. Data from 36 HNC patients treated with definitive radiochemotherapy (median follow-up 30 months) was used to build a predictive model based on these parameters...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046700/mo-de-207b-11-reliability-of-pet-ct-radiomics-features-in-functional-and-morphological-components-of-nsclc-lesions-a-repeatability-analysis-in-a-prospective-multicenter-cohort
#4
M Desseroit, F Tixier, M Majdoub, W Weber, B Siegel, C Cheze Le Rest, D Visvikis, M Hatt
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to evaluate the repeatability of radiomics features (intensity, shape and heterogeneity) in both PET and low-dose CT components of test-retest FDG-PET/CT images in a prospective multicenter cohort of 74 NSCLC patients from ACRIN 6678 and a similar Merck trial. METHODS: Seventy-four patients with stage III-IV NCSLC were prospectively included. The primary tumor and up to 3 additional lesions per patient were analyzed. The Fuzzy Locally Adaptive Bayesian algorithm was used to automatically delineate metabolically active volume (MAV) in PET...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043367/effectiveness-of-intrauterine-treatment-with-cephapirin-in-dairy-cows-with-purulent-vaginal-discharge
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N Tison, E Bouchard, L DesCôteaux, R C Lefebvre
The objective of this study was to assess the efficacy of cephapirin intrauterine treatment preceding a timed artificial insemination protocol in lactating dairy cows with purulent vaginal discharges (PVDs). Holstein dairy cows (n = 1247) from 18 herds were enrolled in a controlled randomized clinical trial. At 34 days in milk (DIM; ±7 days), cows had a genital examination (transrectal palpation, vaginoscopy, and uterine bacteriology). They were randomly assigned to either the control group (CONT, no treatment) or the treatment group (CEPH) consisting of 1 intrauterine infusion of 500-mg cephapirin benzathine (RCL) (Metricure, Merck Animal Health, Montreal, Canada) regardless of the uterine health status...
February 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034886/sustained-antibody-responses-six-years-following-one-two-or-three-doses-of-quadrivalent-hpv-vaccine-in-adolescent-fijian-girls-and-subsequent-responses-to-a-single-dose-of-bivalent-hpv-vaccine-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Zheng Quan Toh, Fiona M Russell, Rita Reyburn, James Fong, Evelyn Tuivaga, Tupou Ratu, Cattram D Nguyen, Rachel Devi, Mike Kama, Silivia Matanitobua, Sepehr N Tabrizi, Suzanne M Garland, Rohit Sinha, Ian Frazer, Lisi Tikoduadua, Joseph Kado, Eric Rafai, Edward K Mulholland, Paul V Licciardi
BACKGROUND: The antibody response following reduced HPV vaccine doses has not been determined. We compared the antibody responses in girls previously vaccinated with zero, one, two or three doses of 4vHPV (Gardasil(®),Merck Inc.) six years previously. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was undertaken in 200 Fijian girls (15-19 years old). Approximately equal numbers of girls from two main ethnic groups (Fijians-of-Indian-Descent;FIDs) and (Indigenous-Fijians;iTaukei) in Fiji were recruited for each dosage groups...
December 28, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025919/amcp-partnership-forum-enabling-the-exchange-of-clinical-and-economic-information-pre-fda-approval
#7
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: Current federal laws and FDA regulations have significantly restricted the sharing of clinical and health economic information on biopharmaceuticals that have yet to receive FDA approval. Over the past several years, organizations that make health care coverage decisions, including those that set copayments, premiums, and formulary placement, have expressed a need for receiving this information before approval, as long as appropriate safeguards exist to prevent this information from reaching unintended entities...
January 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007790/the-effect-of-expressive-writing-intervention-for-infertile-couples-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#8
Yoon Frederiksen, Mia Skytte O'Toole, Mimi Y Mehlsen, Benedicte Hauge, Helle Olesen Elbaek, Robert Zachariae, Hans Jakob Ingerslev
STUDY QUESTION: Is expressive writing intervention (EWI) efficacious in reducing distress and improving pregnancy rates for couples going through ART treatment? SUMMARY ANSWER: Compared to controls, EWI statistically significantly reduced depressive symptoms but not anxiety and infertility-related distress. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: ART treatment is considered stressful. So far, various psychological interventions have been tested for their potential in reducing infertility-related distress and the results are generally positive...
December 21, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007789/reproductive-hormones-of-icsi-conceived-young-adult-men-the-first-results
#9
Florence Belva, Mathieu Roelants, Jean De Schepper, André Van Steirteghem, Herman Tournaye, Maryse Bonduelle
STUDY QUESTION: Are reproductive hormone levels (FSH, LH, inhibin B and testosterone) in male offspring conceived by ICSI because of male infertility comparable with those from peers born after spontaneous conception? SUMMARY ANSWER: In this cohort of 54 young men conceived by ICSI because of male-factor infertility, mean and median reproductive hormone levels were found to be comparable with results from spontaneously conceived peers, but ICSI-conceived men were more likely to have low inhibin B (<10th percentile) and high FSH (>90th percentile) levels...
December 21, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005428/telomerase-and-the-genetics-of-emphysema-susceptibility-implications-for-pathogenesis-paradigms-and-patient-care
#10
Susan E Stanley, Samantha J Merck, Mary Armanios
In the past five decades, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency has been the only known genetic cause of emphysema, yet it explains the genetics in only 1-2% of severe cases. Recently, mutations in telomerase genes were found to induce susceptibility to young-onset, severe, and familial emphysema at a frequency comparable to that of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Telomerase mutation carriers with emphysema report a family history of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and both lung phenotypes show autosomal dominant inheritance within families...
December 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002630/profiling-of-kidney-injury-biomarkers-in-patients-receiving-cisplatin-time-dependent-changes-in-the-absence-of-clinical-nephrotoxicity
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Blessy George, Xia Wen, Nickie Mercke, Madeleine Gomez, Cindy O'Bryant, Daniel W Bowles, Yichun Hu, Susan L Hogan, Melanie S Joy, Lauren M Aleksunes
The success of cisplatin-containing regimens to treat solid tumors is limited, in part, by nephrotoxicity. In rodents, several urinary proteins have emerged as more sensitive indicators of cisplatin-induced kidney injury. We sought to characterize time-dependent changes in the urinary concentrations of 12 proteins including KIM-1, calbindin, β2M, and TFF3 after cisplatin therapy. Urine was collected at baseline, 3 (range: 2-5), and 10 (range: 9-11) days from 57 patients with solid tumors receiving outpatient cisplatin therapy (≥ 25 mg/m(2) )...
December 21, 2016: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999526/cme-cne-article-a-framework-of-care-in-multiple-sclerosis-part-1-updated-disease-classification-and-disease-modifying-therapy-use-in-specific-circumstances
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Scott D Newsome, Philip J Aliotta, Jacquelyn Bainbridge, Susan E Bennett, Gary Cutter, Kaylan Fenton, Fred Lublin, Dorothy Northrop, David Rintell, Bryan D Walker, Megan Weigel, Kathleen Zackowski, David E Jones
: Activity Available Online: To access the article, post-test, and evaluation online, go to http://www.cmscscholar.org. TARGET AUDIENCE: The target audience for this activity is physicians, physician assistants, nursing professionals, and other health-care providers involved in the management of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Apply new information about MS to a comprehensive individualized treatment plan for patients with MSIntegrate the team approach into long-term planning in order to optimize rehabilitation care of patients with MSAccreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), Nurse Practitioner Alternatives (NPA), and Delaware Media Group...
November 2016: International Journal of MS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996119/bevacizumab-chemotherapy-for-management-of-pulmonary-and-laryngotracheal-papillomatosis-in-a-child
#13
Karen B Zur, Elizabeth Fox
Recurrent laryngeal papillomatosis (RRP) can be a devastating condition for a child to endure, and pulmonary involvement may have terminal consequences. Adjuvant therapies have been trialed and reported over the years; however, these chemotherapy options have not been successful. Bevacizumab (Avastin, Genetech Inc., South San Francisco, CA) is a vascular endothelial factor (VEGF) inhibitor that has shown promise in the management of papillomatosis. Most research has focused on intralesional injections of this antiangiogenic drug...
December 20, 2016: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995531/effect-on-cognition-of-estroprogestins-combined-with-interferon-beta-in-multiple-sclerosis-analysis-of-secondary-outcomes-from-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Laura De Giglio, Fabiana Marinelli, Valeria T Barletta, Veronica A Pagano, Floriana De Angelis, Fulvia Fanelli, Nikolaos Petsas, Patrizia Pantano, Valentina Tomassini, Carlo Pozzilli
INTRODUCTION: Cognitive impairment is a disabling symptom in multiple sclerosis (MS). While its management remains challenging, beneficial effects on cognition of interferon beta (IFN-β) have been reported and a positive effect from estroprogestins has been hypothesised, suggesting that the combination of the two medications in women with MS could offer a promising treatment strategy. OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether a combination of estroprogestins and IFN-β can improve cognition in women with MS...
December 19, 2016: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995107/evaluating-the-effectiveness-of-adding-magnesium-chloride-to-conventional-protocol-of-citrate-alkali-therapy-on-kidney-stone-size
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Hassan Niroomand, Amin Ziaee, Keivan Ziaee, Alaleh Gheissari
BACKGROUND: Potassium citrate (K-Cit) is one of the therapeutic solutions broadly used in patients with urolithiasis. However, recent studies have shown that it is not so effective. Therefore, the goal of our study was to evaluate the effect of a combination of K-Cit - MgCl2 oral supplements, on urinary stone size. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was performed on 70 asymptomatic urolithiasis cases. The supplements included K-Cit and magnesium chloride (MgCl2), purchased from (Merck Company, Germany)...
2016: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964837/efficacy-of-sitagliptin-for-the-hospital-management-of-general-medicine-and-surgery-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-sita-hospital-a-multicentre-prospective-open-label-non-inferiority-randomised-trial
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Francisco J Pasquel, Roma Gianchandani, Daniel J Rubin, Kathleen M Dungan, Isabel Anzola, Patricia C Gomez, Limin Peng, Israel Hodish, Tim Bodnar, David Wesorick, Vijay Balakrishnan, Kwame Osei, Guillermo E Umpierrez
BACKGROUND: The role of incretin-based drugs in the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes admitted to hospital has not been extensively assessed. In this study, we compared the safety and efficacy of a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor (sitagliptin) plus basal insulin with a basal-bolus insulin regimen for the management of patients with type 2 diabetes in general medicine and surgery in hospitals. METHODS: We did a multicentre, prospective, open-label, non-inferiority randomised clinical trial (Sita-Hospital) in five hospitals in the USA, enrolling patients aged 18-80 years with type 2 diabetes and a random blood glucose concentration of 7·8-22·2 mmol/L who were being treated with diet or oral antidiabetic drugs or had a total daily insulin dose of 0·6 units per kg or less, admitted to general medicine and surgery services...
December 7, 2016: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941557/performance-of-4-immunohistochemical-phosphohistone-h3-antibodies-for-marking-mitotic-figures-in-breast-cancer
#17
Cornelia M Focke, Kai Finsterbusch, Thomas Decker, Paul J van Diest
BACKGROUND: Phosphohistone H3 (PHH3) has been suggested to facilitate and improve mitotic activity assessment in breast cancer and other tumor entities, but the reliability of respective immunohistochemical antibodies has not yet been compared for routine purposes. Our aim was to test the performance of 4 different PHH3 antibodies on a series of highly proliferating breast cancers with good preservation of morphology. METHODS: Four commercially available PHH3 antibodies were tested on 9 grade 3 invasive breast cancers processed in the same batch...
December 9, 2016: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929422/co-administration-of-lipid-nanoparticles-and-sub-unit-vaccine-antigens-is-required-for-increase-in-antigen-specific-immune-responses-in-mice
#18
Elizabeth A Thoryk, Gokul Swaminathan, Steven Meschino, Kara S Cox, Marian Gindy, Danilo R Casimiro, Andrew J Bett
A vast body of evidence suggests that nanoparticles function as potent immune-modulatory agents. We have previously shown that Merck proprietary Lipid NanoParticles (LNPs) markedly boost B-cell and T-cell responses to sub-unit vaccine antigens in mice. To further evaluate the specifics of vaccine delivery and dosing regimens in vivo, we performed immunogenicity studies in BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice using two model antigens, Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) and Ovalbumin (OVA), respectively. To assess the requirement for co-administration of antigen and LNP for the elicitation of immune responses, we evaluated immune responses after administering antigen and LNP to separate limbs, or administering antigen and LNP to the same limb but separated by 24 h...
December 6, 2016: Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920129/chronic-inhibition-of-renal-outer-medullary-potassium-channel-not-only-prevented-but-also-reversed-development-of-hypertension-and-end-organ-damage-in-dahl-salt-sensitive-rats
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Xiaoyan Zhou, Michael J Forrest, Wanda Sharif-Rodriguez, Gail Forrest, Daphne Szeto, Olga Urosevic-Price, Yonghua Zhu, Andra S Stevenson, Yuchen Zhou, Sloan Stribling, Maya Dajee, Shawn P Walsh, Alexander Pasternak, Kathleen A Sullivan
The renal outer medullary potassium (ROMK) channel mediates potassium recycling and facilitates sodium reabsorption through the Na(+)/K(+)/2Cl(-) cotransporter in the loop of Henle and potassium secretion at the cortical collecting duct. Evidence from the phenotype of humans and rodents with functional ROMK deficiency supports the contention that selective ROMK inhibitors (ROMKi) will represent a novel diuretic with potential of therapeutic benefit for hypertension. ROMKi have recently been synthesized by Merck & Co, Inc...
December 5, 2016: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920089/world-endometriosis-society-consensus-on-the-classification-of-endometriosis
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Neil P Johnson, Lone Hummelshoj, G David Adamson, Jörg Keckstein, Hugh S Taylor, Mauricio S Abrao, Deborah Bush, Ludwig Kiesel, Rulla Tamimi, Kathy L Sharpe-Timms, Luk Rombauts, Linda C Giudice
STUDY QUESTION: What is the global consensus on the classification of endometriosis that considers the views of women with endometriosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: We have produced an international consensus statement on the classification of endometriosis through systematic appraisal of evidence and a consensus process that included representatives of national and international, medical and non-medical societies, patient organizations, and companies with an interest in endometriosis...
December 5, 2016: Human Reproduction
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