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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334721/efficacy-and-safety-of-tocilizumab-in-korean-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Han Joo Baek, Mie Jin Lim, Won Park, Sung Hwan Park, Seung-Cheol Shim, Dae-Hyun Yoo, Hyun Ah Kim, Soo Kon Lee, Yun Jong Lee, Young Eun Park, Hoon-Suk Cha, Yeong-Wook Song
Background/Aims: To investigate the efficacy and safety of tocilizumab (TCZ) humanized anti-interleukin-6 receptor monoclonal antibody, in Korean patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) refractory to conventional disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) including methotrexate (MTX). Methods: The main study was a 24-week, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial that was followed by a 48-week, open-labeled, extension phase. TCZ (8 mg/kg) or placebo was intravenously administered every 4 weeks...
January 17, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334713/-prevalence-and-influential-factors-of-stroke-in-jiangxi-province-in-2014
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W Zhou, B Zhang, X Huang, C J You, B M Zhan, R Q Yang, Y F Dong, J X Li, P Li, K Hong, Y Q Wu, Q H Wu, H Su, H H Bao, X S Cheng
Objective: To discuss the prevalence and influential factors of stroke among population in Jiangxi Province. Methods: Four cities in urban areas and four counties in rural areas were selected firstly, in which two districts or townships were selected; and then three communities or villages were chosen from each district and township, respectively, using the simple random sampling (SRS) method. Finally 15 269 subjects aging 15 years old or above, living in Jiangxi Province ≥6 months were randomly selected to participate in this survey from November 2013 to August 2014...
January 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334691/a-meta-analysis-of-the-effects-of-bariatric-surgery-on-fracture-risk
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REVIEW
Q Zhang, Y Chen, J Li, D Chen, Z Cheng, S Xu, Y Huang, Q Wang
Bariatric surgery effectively treats morbid obesity. However, the negative effect of this surgery on the bone is concerning. The aim of this meta-analysis was to investigate the fracture risk associated with bariatric surgery in morbidly obese subjects. Relevant studies published from database inception to September 2017 were identified in PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Library. The Newcastle-Ottawa Scale was used to evaluate the quality of the observational studies, and the Jadad score evaluated randomized controlled trials...
January 15, 2018: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334675/effects-of-running-retraining-on-biomechanical-factors-associated-with-lower-limb-injury
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Marcus D Dunn, David B Claxton, Graham Fletcher, Jonathan S Wheat, David M Binney
Injury risk is an important concern for runners; however, limited evidence exists regarding changes to injury risk following running style retraining. Biomechanical factors, such as absolute peak free moment, knee abduction impulse, peak foot eversion and foot eversion excursion, have been shown to predict lower limb injury. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of Pose running retraining on biomechanical factors associated with lower limb running injury. Twenty uninjured recreational runners were pair-matched based on their five km run time performance and randomly assigned to control (n = 10) and intervention (three 2-h Pose running retraining sessions) groups (n = 10)...
January 12, 2018: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334645/co-morbid-depressive-disorder-is-associated-with-better-neurocognitive-performance-in-first-episode-schizophrenia-spectrum
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Sarah E Herniman, Sue M Cotton, Eóin Killackey, Robert Hester, Kelly A Allott
BACKGROUND: Both major depressive disorder (MDD) and first episode schizophrenia spectrum (FES) are associated with significant neurocognitive deficits. However, it remains unclear whether the neurocognitive deficits in individuals with FES are more severe if there is comorbid depressive disorder. The aim of this study was to compare the neurocognitive profiles between those with and without full-threshold depressive disorder in FES. METHOD: This study involved secondary analysis of baseline data from a randomized controlled trial of vocational intervention for young people with first-episode psychosis (N = 82; age range: 15-25 years)...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334636/impact-of-demographic-factors-on-the-antidepressant-effect-a-patient-level-data-analysis-from-depression-trials-submitted-to-the-pharmaceuticals-and-medical-devices-agency-in-japan
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Tetsuo Nakabayashi, Ayako Hara, Hirofumi Minami
A substantial and variable placebo response can cause unreliable findings in clinical trials designed to demonstrate the efficacy of antidepressants, and the high rate of failed trials represents a major obstacle in the development of new drugs for major depressive disorder (MDD). However, the influence of demographic and symptom factors on the antidepressant effect remains to be established. The purpose of this study was to estimate the magnitude of this influence. A patient-level meta-analysis of data from double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials involving the use of antidepressants for adults with MDD was performed...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334627/testosterone-dhea-and-dhea-s-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Błażej Misiak, Dorota Frydecka, Olga Loska, Ahmed A Moustafa, Jerzy Samochowiec, Justyna Kasznia, Bartłomiej Stańczykiewicz
Neuroactive steroids, including testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its sulfate (DHEA-S) might play an important role in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Therefore, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies comparing the levels of testosterone, DHEA and DHEA-S in patients with schizophrenia and healthy controls. We searched electronic databases from their inception until Oct 29, 2017. Effect size (ES) estimates were calculated as Hedges' g. Data analysis was performed using random-effects models...
January 9, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334542/medial-buttressing-in-orbital-blowout-fractures
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Sathyadeepak Ramesh, Christine Bokman, Hamzah Mustak, Christopher Lo, Robert Goldberg, Daniel Rootman
PURPOSE: To study whether ethmoidectomy predisposes the orbit to medial wall fracture with lesser trauma. METHODS: An interventional cadaver study of 5 heads (10 orbits); the left or right orbit was randomized to undergo endoscopic complete ethmoidectomy with the fellow orbit as control. Fractures were induced with direct globe trauma, and heads underwent CT scanning. Energy to induce fracture, peak orbital pressure at time of fracture, fracture pattern, and volume of herniated tissue were measured and analyzed...
January 12, 2018: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334511/evaluation-of-recombinant-factor-viia-tranexamic-acid-and-desmopressin-to-reduce-prasugrel-related-bleeding-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-study-in-a-rabbit-model
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Fanny Bonhomme, Thomas Lecompte, Charles M Samama, Anne Godier, Pierre Fontana
BACKGROUND: Prasugrel is a thienopyridine that inhibits platelet aggregation more rapidly and effectively than clopidogrel, with an increased bleeding risk. OBJECTIVE: The current study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of three nonspecific haemostatic drugs - recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa), tranexamic acid and desmopressin (DDAVP) - to limit blood loss after administration of prasugrel in a rabbit model of bleeding while also evaluating any prothrombotic effects...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334482/carbon-nanotubes-within-polymer-matrix-can-synergistically-enhance-mechanical-energy-dissipation
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Taimoor Ashraf Ashraf, Meelad Ranaiefar, Sumit Khatri, Jamshid Kavosi, Frank Gardea, Bryan Glaz, Mohammad Naraghi
Safe operation and health of structures relies on their ability to effectively dissipate undesired vibrations, which could otherwise significantly reduce the life-time of a structure due to fatigue loads or large deformations. To address this issue, nanoscale fillers, such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs), have been utilized to dissipate mechanical energy in polymer-based nanocomposites through filler-matrix interfacial friction by benefitting from their large interface area with the matrix. In this manuscript, for the first time, we experimentally investigate the effect of CNT alignment with respect to reach other and their orientation with respect to the loading direction on vibrational damping in nanocomposites...
January 15, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334467/robot-assisted-upper-extremity-rehabilitation-for-cervical-spinal-cord-injuries-a-systematic-scoping-review
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Hardeep Singh, Janelle Unger, José Zariffa, Maureen Pakosh, Susan Jaglal, B Catharine Craven, Kristin E Musselman
Abstact Purpose: To provide an overview of the feasibility and outcomes of robotic-assisted upper extremity training for individuals with cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), and to identify gaps in current research and articulate future research directions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search was conducted using Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, CCTR, CDSR, CINAHL and PubMed on June 7, 2017. Search terms included 3 themes: (1) robotics; (2) SCI; (3) upper extremity. Studies using robots for upper extremity rehabilitation among individuals with cervical SCI were included...
January 15, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334438/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluations-of-the-anticalculus-effect-of-a-novel-stabilized-stannous-fluoride-dentifrice
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Tao He, Mary Kay Anastasia, Marianne Zsiska, Teresa Farmer, Eva Schneiderman, Jeffery L Milleman
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of a novel stannous fluoride dentifrice with zinc citrate on calculus inhibition using both in vitro and clinical models. METHODS: Each investigation tested a novel stabilized 0.454% stannous fluoride dentifrice with zinc citrate as an anticalculus agent (Crest® Pro-Health™ smooth formula) compared to a negative control fluoride dentifrice. The in vitro study used the modified Plaque Growth and Mineralization Model (mPGM). Plaque biofilms were prepared and mineralized by alternate immersion of glass rods in human saliva and artificial mineralization solution...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334437/a-randomized-clinical-trial-to-measure-the-erosion-protection-benefits-of-a-novel-stabilized-stannous-fluoride-dentifrice-versus-a-control-dentifrice
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Xinyi Zhao, Tao He, Yanyan He, Cathy Cheng, Haijing Chen
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this investigation was to assess the erosion protection ability of a novel stabilized stannous fluoride (SnF2) dentifrice and a control sodium fluoride dentifrice (NaF) using a well-credentialed human in situ model. METHODS: A novel smooth texture 0.454% stabilized SnF2 dentifrice (Crest® Pro-Health™ smooth formula) and a 0.23% NaF marketed control dentifrice with 5% potassium nitrate (Sensodyne® Pronamel®) were compared in a 10-day, single center, randomized, controlled, double-blind, two-treatment, three-period crossover in situ clinical trial...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334436/assessment-of-the-effects-of-a-novel-stabilized-stannous-fluoride-dentifrice-on-gingivitis-in-a-two-month-positive-controlled-clinical-study
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Tao He, Rachelle Eusebio, C R Goyal, Jimmy G Qaqish
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the antibleeding/antigingivitis effectiveness of a newly formulated 0.454% stabilized stannous fluoride dentifrice and a marketed positive control triclosan-containing dentifrice in adults with mild-to-moderate gingivitis. METHODS: This single-center, two-month, randomized and controlled, double-blind, parallel group clinical trial involved adults with preexisting mild-to-moderate gingivitis. Baseline bleeding and gingivitis levels were assessed with the Gingival Bleeding Index (GBI) and Lobene Modified Gingival Index (MGI)...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334435/comparative-antiplaque-effect-of-two-antimicrobial-dentifrices-laboratory-and-clinical-evaluations
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Lynn R Friesen, C R Goyal, Jimmy G Qaqish, Tao He, Rachelle Eusebio, Marianne Zsiska, Teresa Farmer, Eva Schneiderman
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effect of a stannous fluoride dentifrice versus a triclosan-containing dentifrice on the reduction of plaque using in vitro and clinical models. METHODS: Both investigations evaluated a novel 0.454% stabilized stannous fluoride dentifrice (Crest® Pro-Health™ smooth formula) versus a sodium fluoride/triclosan positive control dentifrice (Colgate® Total®). The in vitro evaluation utilized the Plaque Glycolysis and Regrowth Model (PGRM), wherein the metabolic effects (acid production/glycolysis inhibition) of the dentifrices were assessed on plaque biofilms grown on glass rods after three days growth and a single dentifrice treatment...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334403/soft-tissue-volume-gain-around-dental-implants-using-autogenous-subepithelial-connective-tissue-grafts-harvested-from-the-lateral-palate-or-tuberosity-area-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-study
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Ernest Rojo, Giorgio Stroppa, Ignacio Sanz-Martin, Oscar Gonzalez-Martín, Antonio Santos Alemany, José Nart
AIM: To compare the soft tissue volume gain (VG) around single tooth implants with subepithelial connective tissue graft (SCTG) from either the lateral palate (LP) or from the tuberosity area (TA). METHODS: 32 patients with 36 implants with buccal volume deficiencies were randomly assigned to receive SCTG from LP (control group/CG) or TA (test group/TG). Clinical parameters were recorded and volume gain was evaluated by STL image superimposition of 2 intraoral scans (baseline/BL and 3 months after surgery/FU-3)...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334319/effect-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis-infection-in-the-placenta-and-umbilical-cord-in-pregnant-mice-with-low-birth-weight
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Sayuri Udagawa, Sayaka Katagiri, Shogo Maekawa, Yasuo Takeuchi, Rina Komazaki, Anri Ohtsu, Naoki Sasaki, Takahiko Shiba, Kazuki Watanabe, Kazuyuki Ishihara, Noriko Sato, Naoyuki Miyasaka, Yuichi Izumi
OBJECTIVE: Growing evidence indicates an association between periodontitis and delivery outcome; however, the mechanism is unclear. This study aimed to investigate the influence of Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) infection on delivery outcome in mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bacteremia was induced in pregnant Slc:ICR mice (8 weeks old) by intravenous injection of Pg. Mice were randomly divided into a control group (CO), and those receiving Pg injection at gestational day 1 (GD1), gestational day 15 (GD15) or every day (ED)...
January 15, 2018: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334308/neuromuscular-degenerative-effects-of-ankaferd-blood-stopper%C3%A2-in-mouse-sciatic-nerve-model
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Ramazan Üstün, Elif Kaval Oğuz, Çağrı Delilbaşı, Ayşe Şeker, Filiz Taşpınar, Mehmet Reşit Öncü, Ahmet Regaip Oğuz
Purpose Ankaferd Blood Stopper® (ABS), a licenced medicinal herbal extract, is commonly used as an effective topical haemostatic agent. This study is designed to investigate whether topical ABS application may cause peripheral nerve degeneration and neuromuscular dysfunction in a mouse sciatic nerve model. Methods Twenty mice were randomly divided into two groups; an ABS treated experimental group and a saline-treated control group. Left sciatic nerves were treated with 0.3 ml of ABS in the experimental group and 0...
January 15, 2018: Somatosensory & Motor Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334307/regorafenib-regresses-an-imatinib-resistant-recurrent-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumor-gist-with-a-mutation-in-exons-11-and-17-in-a-patient-derived-orthotopic-xenograft-pdox-nude-mouse-model
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Kentaro Miyake, Kei Kawaguchi, Tasuku Kiyuna, Masuyo Miyake, Kentaro Igarashi, Zhiying Zhang, Takashi Murakami, Yunfeng Li, Scott D Nelson, Irmina Elliott, Tara Russell, Arun Singh, Yukihiko Hiroshima, Masashi Momiyama, Ryusei Matsuyama, Takashi Chisima, Itaru Endo, Fritz C Eilber, Robert M Hoffman
Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is a rare type of sarcoma. The aim of this study was to determine drug sensitivity for a regionally-recurrent case of GIST using a patient-derived orthotopic xenograft (PDOX) model. The PDOX model was established in the anterior wall of the stomach. GIST PDOX models were randomized into 5 groups of 6 mice each when the tumor volume reached 60 mm3: G1, control group; G2, imatinib group (oral administration (p.o.), daily, for 3 weeks); G3, sunitinib group (p.o., daily, for 3 weeks); G4, regorafenib (p...
January 15, 2018: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334292/safety-and-effectiveness-of-fascial-therapy-in-adult-patients-with-hemophilic-arthropathy-a-pilot-study
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Elena Donoso-Úbeda, Javier Meroño-Gallut, José Antonio López-Pina, Rubén Cuesta-Barriuso
BACKGROUND: The primary clinical manifestations of hemophilia are muscle and joint bleeding. Recurrent bleeding leads to a degenerative process known as hemophilic arthropathy. Fascial therapy is one of the most used physiotherapy techniques today to improve joint dysfunctions and chronic pain. OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety and efficacy of fascial therapy treatment in patients with hemophilic arthropathy of ankle and knee. DESIGN: Non-randomized, controlled clinical trial...
January 15, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
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