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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528475/effects-of-selenium-supplementation-on-gene-expression-levels-of-inflammatory-cytokines-and-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-in-patients-with-gestational-diabetes
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Mehri Jamilian, Mansooreh Samimi, Faraneh Afshar Ebrahimi, Esmat Aghadavod, Robabeh Mohammadbeigi, Maryam Rahimi, Zatollah Asemi
Selenium is known to exert multiple beneficial effects including anti-inflammatory actions. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of selenium supplementation on gene expression levels of inflammatory cytokines and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in women with gestational diabetes (GDM). This randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was carried out among 40 subjects diagnosed with GDM aged 18-40 years old. Subjects were randomly allocated into two groups to receive either 200 μg/day selenium supplements (n = 20) or placebo (n = 20) for 6 weeks...
May 21, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528364/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-of-a-multi-strain-probiotic-in-treatment-of-symptomatic-uncomplicated-diverticular-disease
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Charlotte L Kvasnovsky, Ingvar Bjarnason, Ana Nora Donaldson, Roy A Sherwood, Savvas Papagrigoriadis
BACKGROUND: Diverticular disease is a significant burden on healthcare systems that is managed, surgically or medically, mainly as an emergency or acute condition. There are no standardized treatment recommendations for symptomatic uncomplicated disease. We hypothesized that a probiotic would reduce abdominal pain in such patients. METHODS: We conducted a single-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of probiotic treatment (Symprove) in adult patients with moderate-to-severe chronic, non-acute symptomatic diverticular disease...
May 20, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528342/an-insight-into-the-changes-in-skin-texture-and-properties-following-dietary-intervention-with-a-nutricosmeceutical-containing-a-blend-of-collagen-bioactive-peptides-and-antioxidants
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Licia Genovese, Andrea Corbo, Sara Sibilla
BACKGROUND: Skin aging is a multifactorial phenomenon which causes alterations in skin physiological functions and, most visibly, phenotypic changes. In particular, during the aging process, hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin fibers undergo structural and functional changes. AIMS: This study aimed to give an insight into the photo-protective benefits and efficacy of an oral liquid nutricosmeceutical containing collagen bioactive peptides and antioxidants to counteract the signs of aging...
May 20, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528242/efficacy-and-safety-of-celecoxib-monotherapy-for-mild-to-moderate-depression-in-patients-with-colorectal-cancer-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Maryam Alamdarsaravi, Alireza Ghajar, Ahmad-Ali Noorbala, Mohammad Arbabi, Amirhossein Emami, Farhad Shahei, Mehrzad Mirzania, Morteza Jafarinia, Mohsen Afarideh, Shahin Akhondzadeh
Cancer-related inflammation is an essential process in malignancies. Celecoxib, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that acts via the selective inhibition of cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, has shown favorable effects in several psychiatric disorders. The present study aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of celecoxib single therapy on depressive symptoms of patients with colorectal cancer who underwent chemotherapy. The study was conducted as a 6-week, parallel-group, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial...
May 17, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527704/anti-madcam-antibody-pf-00547659-for-ulcerative-colitis-turandot-a-phase-2-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Séverine Vermeire, William J Sandborn, Silvio Danese, Xavier Hébuterne, Bruce A Salzberg, Maria Klopocka, Dino Tarabar, Tomas Vanasek, Miloš Greguš, Paul A Hellstern, Joo Sung Kim, Miles P Sparrow, Kenneth J Gorelick, Michelle Hinz, Alaa Ahmad, Vivek Pradhan, Mina Hassan-Zahraee, Robert Clare, Fabio Cataldi, Walter Reinisch
BACKGROUND: PF-00547659 is a fully human monoclonal antibody that binds to human mucosal addressin cell adhesion molecule-1 (MAdCAM-1) to selectively reduce lymphocyte homing to the intestinal tract. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of PF-00547659 in patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis. METHODS: This phase 2, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial recruited patients aged 18-65 years from 105 centres in 21 countries, with a history (≥3 months) of active ulcerative colitis extending more than 15 cm beyond the anal verge (with a total Mayo score ≥6 and a Mayo endoscopic subscore ≥2) who had failed or were intolerant to at least one conventional therapy...
May 17, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527421/a-phase-iii-randomized-multi-center-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study-of-safety-and-efficacy-of-lofexidine-for-relief-of-symptoms-in-individuals-undergoing-inpatient-opioid-withdrawal
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Charles W Gorodetzky, Sharon L Walsh, Peter R Martin, Andrew J Saxon, Kristen L Gullo, Kousick Biswas
BACKGROUND: Lofexidine is an alpha-2-adrenergic receptor agonist approved in the United Kingdom (UK) for the treatment of opioid withdrawal symptoms. Lofexidine has demonstrated better efficacy than placebo for reducing opioid withdrawal symptoms in patients undergoing opioid withdrawal with less reported hypotension than clonidine. METHODS: Designed as an FDA registration trial, this 8-day, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study in 264 patients dependent on short-acting opioids evaluated the efficacy of lofexidine hydrochloride in reducing withdrawal symptoms in patients undergoing opioid withdrawal...
May 10, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527102/studies-of-environmental-risk-factors-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-als-and-a-phase-i-clinical-trial-of-l-serine
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Walter G Bradley, R X Miller, T D Levine, E W Stommel, P A Cox
β-N-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) has been linked to Guam ALS/PDC and shown to produce neurodegeneration in vitro and in vivo (Drosophila, mice, rats, primates). BMAA misincorporation into neuroproteins produces protein misfolding and is inhibited by L-serine. Case-control studies in Northern New England indicate that living near to water-bodies with cyanobacterial blooms increases the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The distribution of addresses of ALS cases in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Florida was compared to that of controls...
May 19, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526920/effects-of-semaglutide-on-beta-cell-function-and-glycaemic-control-in-participants-with-type-2-diabetes-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Christoph Kapitza, Kirsten Dahl, Jacob B Jacobsen, Mads B Axelsen, Anne Flint
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Semaglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 analogue in development for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Its effects on first- and second-phase insulin secretion and other measures of beta cell function and glycaemic control were assessed. METHODS: In this single-centre, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial, conducted at the Profil Institut für Stoffwechselforschung, Germany, 75 adult (aged 18-64 years) participants with type 2 diabetes (eligibility: HbA1c of 6...
May 19, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526386/the-effects-of-folic-acid-and-pyridoxine-supplementation-on-characteristics-of-migraine-attacks-in-migraine-patients-with-aura-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Gholamreza Askari, Morteza Nasiri, Hassan Mozaffari-Khosravi, Masod Rezaie, Mahdieh Bagheri-Bidakhavidi, Omid Sadeghi
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of folic acid alone and in combination with pyridoxine on characteristics of migraine attacks in adult migraine patients with aura. METHODS: This double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled, clinical trial was conducted on 95 migraine patients with aura (age range 18-65 y) in Isfahan, Islamic Republic of Iran, in 2014. Patients were randomly allocated to receive folic acid (5 mg/d) plus pyridoxine (80 mg/d) or folic acid alone (5 mg/d) or placebo (lactose) for 3 mo...
June 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526381/medium-term-effect-of-sublingual-l-glutathione-supplementation-on-flow-mediated-dilation-in-subjects-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors
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Jonica Campolo, Stefano Bernardi, Lorena Cozzi, Silvia Rocchiccioli, Cinzia Dellanoce, Antonella Cecchettini, Annamaria Tonini, Marina Parolini, Benedetta De Chiara, Gianpaolo Micheloni, Gualtiero Pelosi, Claudio Passino, Cristina Giannattasio, Oberdan Parodi
OBJECTIVE: Supplementation of glutathione (GSH) may be a positive strategy to improve the endogenous antioxidant defense required to counteract many acute and chronic diseases. However, the efficacy of GSH treatment seems to be closely related to type of administration, degree of absorption, and increase of its concentrations. The aim of this study was to test a new sublingual formulation of L-GSH, which enters directly the systemic circulation, to assess its efficacy on circulating biochemical markers of hepatic metabolism, lipid profile, and oxidative stress and on peripheral vascular function compared with placebo in patients with cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF)...
June 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526233/keratinocyte-growth-factor-for-the-treatment-of-the-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-kare-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-2-trial
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Daniel F McAuley, Lj Mark Cross, Umar Hamid, Evie Gardner, J Stuart Elborn, Kathy M Cullen, Ahilanandan Dushianthan, Michael Pw Grocott, Michael A Matthay, Cecilia M O'Kane
BACKGROUND: Data from in-vitro, animal, and human lung injury models suggest that keratinocyte growth factor (KGF) might be beneficial in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The objective of this trial was to investigate the effect of KGF in patients with ARDS. METHODS: We did a double-blind, allocation concealed, randomised, placebo-controlled phase 2 trial in two intensive care units in the UK, involving patients fulfilling the American-European Consensus Conference Definition of ARDS...
May 16, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525632/effect-of-baseline-characteristics-on-the-pain-response-to-pregabalin-in-fibromyalgia-patients-with-comorbid-depression
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Stuart L Silverman, Miroslav Backonja, Lynne Pauer, Jaren Landen, Pritha Bhadra Brown, Joseph M Scavone, Richard Vissing, Andrew Clair
Objective. : To evaluate the effect of baseline characteristics on the treatment response to pregabalin in fibromyalgia (FM) patients with depression. Design. : Post hoc analysis from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, two-way crossover study of pregabalin (300 or 450 mg/day, twice daily). Subjects. : A total of 193 FM patients taking an antidepressant for comorbid depression. Methods. : The effect of patient baseline characteristics on the treatment response to pregabalin vs placebo was assessed for the primary efficacy end point (mean pain score on an 11-point numeric rating scale)...
May 19, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525569/comparative-effects-of-methylphenidate-modafinil-and-mdma-on-response-inhibition-neural-networks-in-healthy-subjects
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André Schmidt, Felix Müller, Patrick C Dolder, Yasmin Schmid, Davide Zanchi, Matthias E Liechti, Stefan Borgwardt
Background: Psychostimulants such as methylphenidate (MPH) and modafinil are increasingly used by healthy people for cognitive enhancement purposes, whereas the acute effect of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstasy) on cognitive functioning in healthy subjects remains unclear. This study directly compared the acute effects of MPH, modafinil and MDMA on the neural mechanisms underlying response inhibition in healthy subjects. Methods: Using a double-blind within-subject placebo-controlled cross-over design, MPH, modafinil and MDMA were administrated to 21 healthy subjects, while performing a Go/No-Go event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging task to assess brain activation during motor response inhibition...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525555/a-randomized-placebo-controlled-study-of-high-dose-baclofen-in-alcohol-dependent-patients-the-alpadir-study
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Michel Reynaud, Henri-Jean Aubin, Francoise Trinquet, Benjamin Zakine, Corinne Dano, Maurice Dematteis, Benoit Trojak, Francois Paille, Michel Detilleux
Aims: Alcohol dependence is a major public health issue with a need for new pharmacological treatments. The ALPADIR study assessed the efficacy and safety of baclofen at the target dose of 180 mg/day for the maintenance of abstinence and the reduction in alcohol consumption in alcohol-dependent patients. Methods: Three hundred and twenty adult patients (158 baclofen and 162 placebo) were randomized after alcohol detoxification. After a 7-week titration, the maintenance dose was provided for 17 weeks, then progressively decreased over 2 weeks before stopping...
May 19, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525543/fermentable-carbohydrates-fodmaps-exacerbate-functional-gastrointestinal-symptoms-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-cross-over-re-challenge-trial
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Selina R Cox, Alexis C Prince, Clio E Myers, Peter M Irving, James O Lindsay, Miranda C Lomer, Kevin Whelan
Background and Aims: Preliminary evidence suggests fermentable carbohydrate restriction might ameliorate functional gastrointestinal symptoms (FGS) in quiescent inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our aim was to determine whether fermentable carbohydrates exacerbate FGS in quiescent IBD using a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, cross-over, re-challenge trial. Methods: Patients with quiescent IBD and FGS responsive to a low FODMAP diet were allocated to a series of 3-day fermentable carbohydrate challenges in random order (fructan, 12 g/d; galacto-oligosaccharides, GOS, 6 g/d; sorbitol, 6 g/d; and glucose placebo, 12 g/d), each separated by a standardised washout period...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525403/genetic-diseases-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-skin-cancer-development-in-childhood
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Alexander L Fogel, Kavita Y Sarin, Joyce M C Teng
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Childhood skin cancers are relatively rare and may indicate an underlying genetic disorder. The increasing elucidation of genetic pathways is changing the diagnosis and management of genetic skin cancer susceptibility syndromes. In this review, we provide an overview of genetic conditions that predispose to skin cancer development in childhood and signs that providers should assess when evaluating affected individuals. RECENT FINDINGS: In basal cell nevus syndrome (BCNS), the patched2 (PTCH2) and suppressor of fused (SUFU) genes have been implicated in disease pathogenesis...
May 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525303/low-level-laser-therapy-after-wisdom-teeth-surgery-evaluation-of-immunologic-markers-secretory-immunoglobulin-a-and-lysozyme-levels-and-thermographic-examination-placebo-controlled-study
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Tatjana Dostalova, Veronika Kroulikova, Stepan Podzimek, Helena Jelinková
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this investigation is to analyze the effect of therapeutic low-level laser therapy (LLLT) to have a possibility to check pain and inflammation connected with surgical removal of impacted lower third molars in general anesthesia or even phobia [not accompanied by pain or fear of dental treatment, using immunologic markers-secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA) and lysozyme]. The healing process was also monitored by infrared thermography. BACKGROUND DATA: LLLT can accelerate the proliferation phase of healing and decrease the inflammatory reaction, but the effect is not really clear...
May 16, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523945/prevention-of-postmenopausal-osteoporosis-in-chinese-women-a-5-year-double-blind-randomized-parallel-placebo-controlled-study
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S Y Ran, Q Yu, Y Chen, S Q Lin
OBJECTIVES: To observe the effectiveness and safety of menopause-related hormone therapy (MHT) to prevent bone loss in Chinese women during the menopausal transition and early menopause, as well as to evaluate the effects of 5-year MHT on overall health to add Level I evidence for the prevention of osteoporosis using MHT. DESIGN: This clinical study was a prospective, double-blind, randomized, parallel placebo-controlled study. Chinese women in the menopausal transition and early menopause were randomly allocated to the MHT group or the placebo group...
May 19, 2017: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523393/flavored-anesthetic-masks-for-inhalational-induction-in-children
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Aakriti Gupta, Preethy Joseph Mathew, Neerja Bhardwaj
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical efficacy of masking the odor of inhalational agents using fruit flavors on the anxiety behavior and compliance of children for inhalational induction. METHODS: A prospective randomized double blind, placebo controlled study was conducted on 60 unpremedicated children in the age group of 4-12 y. Thirty children received anesthetic masks smeared with a flavor of child's choice while the other 30 children were induced using masks without flavor...
May 19, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523355/mri-findings-in-men-on-active-surveillance-for-prostate-cancer-does-dutasteride-make-mri-visible-lesions-less-conspicuous-results-from-a-placebo-controlled-randomised-clinical-trial
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Francesco Giganti, Caroline M Moore, Nicola L Robertson, Neil McCartan, Charles Jameson, Simon R J Bott, Mathias Winkler, Giulio Gambarota, Brandon Whitcher, Ramiro Castro, Mark Emberton, Clare Allen, Alex Kirkham
OBJECTIVES: To investigate changes in the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) using diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in men on active surveillance for prostate cancer taking dutasteride 0.5 mg or placebo. METHODS: We analysed 37 men, randomised to 6 months of daily dutasteride (n = 18) or placebo (n = 19), undergoing 3T multi-parametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging (mpMRI) scans at baseline and 6 months. Images were reviewed blind to treatment allocation and clinical information...
May 18, 2017: European Radiology
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