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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334395/pore-guis-for-parallel-and-real-time-processing-of-minion-sequence-data
#1
Robert Stewart, Mick Watson
Motivation: Oxford Nanopore's MinION device has matured rapidly and is now capable of producing over one million reads and several gigabases of sequence data per run. The nature of the MinION output requires new tools that are easy to use by scientists with a range of computational skills and which enable quick and simple QC and data extraction from MinION runs. Results: We have developed two GUIs for the R package poRe that allow parallel and real-time processing of MinION datasets...
March 9, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319436/estimating-the-risks-of-breast-cancer-radiotherapy-evidence-from-modern-radiation-doses-to-the-lungs-and-heart-and-from-previous-randomized-trials
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Carolyn Taylor, Candace Correa, Frances K Duane, Marianne C Aznar, Stewart J Anderson, Jonas Bergh, David Dodwell, Marianne Ewertz, Richard Gray, Reshma Jagsi, Lori Pierce, Kathleen I Pritchard, Sandra Swain, Zhe Wang, Yaochen Wang, Tim Whelan, Richard Peto, Paul McGale
Purpose Radiotherapy reduces the absolute risk of breast cancer mortality by a few percentage points in suitable women but can cause a second cancer or heart disease decades later. We estimated the absolute long-term risks of modern breast cancer radiotherapy. Methods First, a systematic literature review was performed of lung and heart doses in breast cancer regimens published during 2010 to 2015. Second, individual patient data meta-analyses of 40,781 women randomly assigned to breast cancer radiotherapy versus no radiotherapy in 75 trials yielded rate ratios (RRs) for second primary cancers and cause-specific mortality and excess RRs (ERRs) per Gy for incident lung cancer and cardiac mortality...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291727/bivalirudin-versus-heparin-in-women-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-clinical-trials
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Marwan Saad, Ramez Nairooz, Ahmed Rashed, Hesham K Abdelaziz, Amgad Mentias, J Dawn Abbott
BACKGROUND: The anticoagulant of choice during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in women is not well established. METHODS: An electronic search was conducted for trials that randomized patients undergoing PCI to bivalirudin versus heparin, and reported outcomes of interest in women. Random effects DerSimonian-Laird risk ratios (RR) were calculated. Main outcome was net adverse clinical events (NACE) at 30-days. Other outcomes included major adverse cardiac events (MACE), all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction (MI), target vessel revascularization (TVR), and major bleeding at 30-days...
February 28, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288746/population-coverage-of-artemisinin-based-combination-treatment-in-children-younger-than-5-years-with-fever-and-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-in-africa-2003-2015-a-modelling-study-using-data-from-national-surveys
#4
Adam Bennett, Donal Bisanzio, Joshua O Yukich, Bonnie Mappin, Cristin A Fergus, Michael Lynch, Richard E Cibulskis, Samir Bhatt, Daniel J Weiss, Ewan Cameron, Peter W Gething, Thomas P Eisele
BACKGROUND: Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are the most effective treatment for uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection. A commonly used indicator for monitoring and assessing progress in coverage of malaria treatment is the proportion of children younger than 5 years with reported fever in the previous 14 days who have received an ACT. We propose an improved indicator that incorporates parasite infection status (as assessed by a rapid diagnostic test [RDT]), which is available in recent household surveys...
April 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284499/the-optimal-discontinuation-of-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-with-drug-eluting-stents-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-trials
#5
Wei Wang, Jing Liu, Jingxue Fang, Yang Liu, Tong An, Meijuan Zou, Gang Cheng
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend prolonged dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) for patients with drug-eluting stents (DES) implantation. Nevertheless, optimal discontinuation of DAPT remains a controversy. We performed a meta-analysis of all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that evaluate optimal discontinuation of DAPT in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with DES. METHODS: We searched electronic databases including PubMed, Cochrane Library, EMBASE and ClinicalTrials...
February 24, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279251/oral-anticoagulants-for-primary-prevention-treatment-and-secondary-prevention-of-venous-thromboembolic-disease-and-for-prevention-of-stroke-in-atrial-fibrillation-systematic-review-network-meta-analysis-and-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Jonathan Ac Sterne, Pritesh N Bodalia, Peter A Bryden, Philippa A Davies, Jose A López-López, George N Okoli, Howard Hz Thom, Deborah M Caldwell, Sofia Dias, Diane Eaton, Julian Pt Higgins, Will Hollingworth, Chris Salisbury, Jelena Savović, Reecha Sofat, Annya Stephens-Boal, Nicky J Welton, Aroon D Hingorani
BACKGROUND: Warfarin is effective for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF), but anticoagulation is underused in clinical care. The risk of venous thromboembolic disease during hospitalisation can be reduced by low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH): warfarin is the most frequently prescribed anticoagulant for treatment and secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Warfarin-related bleeding is a major reason for hospitalisation for adverse drug effects. Warfarin is cheap but therapeutic monitoring increases treatment costs...
March 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279072/aspirin-in-older-adults
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Mandi Sehgal, Sarah K Wood, Joseph G Ouslander, Charles H Hennekens
In the treatment or secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), there is general consensus that the absolute benefits of aspirin far outweigh the absolute risks. Despite evidence from randomized trials and their meta-analyses, older adults, defined as aged 65 years or older, are less likely to be prescribed aspirin than their middle-aged counterparts. In primary prevention, the optimal utilization of aspirin is widely debated. There is insufficient randomized evidence among apparently healthy participants at moderate to high risk of a first CVD event, so general guidelines seem premature...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260723/evidence-based-carotid-interventions-for-stroke-prevention-state-of-the-art-review
#8
Dylan R Morris, Kengo Ayabe, Takashi Inoue, Nobuyuki Sakai, Richard Bulbulia, Alison Halliday, Shinya Goto
Carotid artery stenosis is responsible for between 10-20% of all ischaemic strokes. Interventions, such as carotid endarterectomy and carotid stenting, effectively reduce the risk of stroke in selected individuals. This review describes the history of carotid interventions, and summarises reliable evidence on the safety and efficacy of these interventions gained from large randomised clinical trials.Early trials comparing carotid endarterectomy to medical therapy alone in symptomatic patients, and asymptomatic patients, demonstrated that endarterectomy halved the risk of stroke and perioperative death in these two unique populations...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260277/comparison-of-efficacy-and-tolerability-of-pharmacological-treatment-for-the-overactive-bladder-in-women-a-network-meta-analysis
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Sivalingam Nalliah, Pou Wg, Premjit K Masten Singh, Piravin Naidu, Vivian Lim, Arshad Asa Ahamed
BACKGROUND: Overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) is a common medical condition that causes significant distress and impact on the quality of life in women. Muscarinic receptor antagonists remain the mainstay of therapy, but they are limited by their efficacy and adverse effects. The objective of the article was to compare the clinical efficacy and tolerability of medications used to treat OAB in women through network meta-analysis. METHODS: Data from eligible studies of commonly prescribed pharmacological agents in the treatment of OAB in women were entered into Net-MetaXL after a literature search using two online databases (PubMed and Cochrane)...
March 2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252227/meta-analysis-of-the-energy-and-protein-requirements-of-hair-sheep-raised-in-the-tropical-region-of-brazil
#10
A P Oliveira, E S Pereira, S Biffani, A N Medeiros, A M A Silva, R L Oliveira, M I Marcondes
The objective of this study was to estimate, through mathematical models, energy and protein requirements for maintenance and gain of hair sheep raised in the tropical region of Brazil. To determine the equation parameters, a meta-analysis of seven independent experiments of nutrient requirements was performed, comprising a total of 243 experimental units (animals), which were conducted under tropical conditions, using hair sheep in growing and finishing phases and endowed of the following quantitative data for each animal: body weight (BW), empty body weight (EBW), average daily gain (ADG), empty body gain (EBG), heat production (HP), metabolizable energy intake (MEI), retained energy (RE), metabolizable protein intake (MPI) and body protein content...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245090/responses-of-belowground-communities-to-large-aboveground-herbivores-meta-analysis-reveals-biome-dependent-patterns-and-critical-research-gaps
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Walter S Andriuzzi, Diana H Wall
The importance of herbivore-plant and soil biota-plant interactions in terrestrial ecosystems is amply recognized, but the effects of aboveground herbivores on soil biota remain challenging to predict. To find global patterns in belowground responses to vertebrate herbivores, we performed a meta-analysis of studies that had measured abundance or activity of soil organisms inside and outside field exclosures (areas that excluded herbivores). Responses were often controlled by climate, ecosystem type, and dominant herbivore identity...
February 28, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222094/housing-improvements-and-malaria-risk-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-multi-country-analysis-of-survey-data
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Lucy S Tusting, Christian Bottomley, Harry Gibson, Immo Kleinschmidt, Andrew J Tatem, Steve W Lindsay, Peter W Gething
BACKGROUND: Improvements to housing may contribute to malaria control and elimination by reducing house entry by malaria vectors and thus exposure to biting. We tested the hypothesis that the odds of malaria infection are lower in modern, improved housing compared to traditional housing in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). METHODS AND FINDINGS: We analysed 15 Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and 14 Malaria Indicator Surveys (MIS) conducted in 21 countries in SSA between 2008 and 2015 that measured malaria infection by microscopy or rapid diagnostic test (RDT)...
February 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215416/meta-analysis-of-relation-of-vital-exhaustion-to-cardiovascular-disease-events
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Randy Cohen, Chirag Bavishi, Syed Haider, Jincy Thankachen, Alan Rozanski
To assess the net impact of vital exhaustion on cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality, we conducted a systematic search of PubMed, EMBASE, and PsychINFO (through April 2016) to identify all studies which investigated the relation between vital exhaustion (VE) and health outcomes. Inclusion criteria were as follows: (1) a cohort study (prospective cohort or historical cohort) consisting of adults (>18 years); (2) at least 1 self-reported or interview-based assessment of VE or exhaustion; (3) evaluated the association between vital exhaustion or exhaustion and relevant outcomes; and (4) reported adjusted risk estimates of vital exhaustion/exhaustion for outcomes...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208178/lingual-tonsillectomy-for-treatment-of-pediatric-obstructive-sleep-apnea-a-meta-analysis
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Kun-Tai Kang, Peter J Koltai, Chia-Hsuan Lee, Ming-Tzer Lin, Wei-Chung Hsu
Importance: Evidence indicates correlations between lingual tonsil hypertrophy and pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, to our knowledge, a meta-analysis of surgical outcomes for lingual tonsillectomy in children with OSA has not been conducted. Objective: To evaluate the therapeutic outcomes of lingual tonsillectomy for treatment of pediatric OSA. Data Sources: The study protocol was registered on PROSPERO (CRD42015027053). PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Reviews databases were searched independently by 2 authors for relevant articles published by September 2016...
February 16, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161092/fatty-acid-and-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-meta-analyses-of-case-control-and-randomized-controlled-trials
#15
Xiao-Fei Guo, Bo Yang, Jun Tang, Duo Li
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Blood and/or liver fatty acid contents of healthy subjects and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients have shown inconsistent associations. In addition, the results of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in relation to the effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) supplementation on alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), liver fat, triglyceride (TAG) and fasting glucose levels are inconsistent. The present study aimed to investigate the differences of fatty acid content in the blood and/or liver tissue between healthy subjects and NAFLD patients, and to quantify the benefits of n-3 PUFA therapy in NAFLD patients...
January 16, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154498/reverse-methanogenesis-and-respiration-in-methanotrophic-archaea
#16
REVIEW
Peer H A Timmers, Cornelia U Welte, Jasper J Koehorst, Caroline M Plugge, Mike S M Jetten, Alfons J M Stams
Anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) is catalyzed by anaerobic methane-oxidizing archaea (ANME) via a reverse and modified methanogenesis pathway. Methanogens can also reverse the methanogenesis pathway to oxidize methane, but only during net methane production (i.e., "trace methane oxidation"). In turn, ANME can produce methane, but only during net methane oxidation (i.e., enzymatic back flux). Net AOM is exergonic when coupled to an external electron acceptor such as sulfate (ANME-1, ANME-2abc, and ANME-3), nitrate (ANME-2d), or metal (oxides)...
2017: Archaea: An International Microbiological Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146601/stepping-down-the-dose-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-for-adults-with-asthma
#17
REVIEW
Iain Crossingham, David Jw Evans, Nathan R Halcovitch, Paul A Marsden
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a condition of the airways affecting more than 300 million adults and children worldwide. National and international guidelines recommend titrating up the dose of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) to gain symptom control at the lowest possible dose because long-term use of higher doses of ICS carries a risk of systemic adverse events. For patients whose asthma symptoms are controlled on moderate or higher doses of ICS, it may be possible to reduce the dose of ICS without compromising symptom control...
February 1, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142211/stimulation-of-n2-o-emission-by-manure-application-to-agricultural-soils-may-largely-offset-carbon-benefits-a-global-meta-analysis
#18
Minghua Zhou, Bo Zhu, Shijie Wang, Xinyu Zhu, Harry Vereecken, Nicolas Brüggemann
Animal manure application as organic fertilizer does not only sustain agricultural productivity and increase soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks, but also affects soil nitrogen cycling and nitrous oxide (N2 O) emissions. However, given that the sign and magnitude of manure effects on soil N2 O emissions is uncertain, the net climatic impact of manure application in arable land is unknown. Here, we performed a global meta-analysis using field experimental data published in peer-reviewed journals prior to December 2015...
January 31, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134053/what-is-the-value-of-conducting-a-trial-of-r-tpa-for-the-treatment-of-mild-stroke-patients
#19
Gregory F Guzauskas, Er Chen, Deepa Lalla, Elaine Yu, Darren Tayama, David L Veenstra
Background The Phase IIIb, Double-Blind, Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Alteplase in Patients With Mild Stroke: Rapidly Improving Symptoms and Minor Neurologic Deficits (PRISMS) trial will assess r-tPA in ischemic stroke patients who present with mild deficits (i.e. mild stroke). Aims To assess PRISMS's societal value in clarifying the optimal care for patients with mild ischemic stroke. Methods A value of information (VOI) decision model was developed to compare the outcomes of mild stroke patients treated vs...
February 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099898/the-best-strategy-for-hcc-patients-at-each-bclc-stage-a-network-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
#20
REVIEW
Lei Chang, Yitao Wang, Jibo Zhang, Tao Guo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Currently, the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer staging system remains huge controversies in the management of hepatocellular carcinoma. To determine the best therapeutic strategy for patients at each stage, we conducted a network meta-analysis and aimed to provide a new treatment concept. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library database were searched for observational studies up to August 31, 2016. We extracted data on overall survival rate from studies that compared various strategies for use with patients at different stages...
January 15, 2017: Oncotarget
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