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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938663/transcatheter-hepatic-arterial-chemoembolization-and-sorafenib-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-double-blind-controlled-trials
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Jun Li, Wenhui Liu, Wenhua Zhu, Yinqiao Wu, Benyan Wu
We performed a meta-analysis of transcatheter hepatic arterial chemoembolization (TACE) combined with sorafenib for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which included 4 double-blind, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that investigated the effects of TACE combined with sorafenib (experimental groups) on time to disease progression (TTP), overall survival (OS), and various sorafenib-related adverse events, compared to those in the placebo (control) groups. A total of 877 HCC cases from 14 countries, including China and the USA, were included in our meta-analysis...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938446/vitamin-d-and-testosterone-in-healthy-men-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Elisabeth Lerchbaum, Stefan Pilz, Christian Trummer, Verena Schwetz, Oliver Pachernegg, Annemieke C Heijboer, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch
Context: Available evidence shows an association of vitamin D with androgen levels in men. However, results from preliminary randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are conflicting. Objective: To evaluate whether vitamin D supplementation increases total testosterone (TT) levels in healthy men. Design: The Graz Vitamin D&TT-RCT is a single-center, double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial conducted between December 2012 and January 2017...
August 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938439/single-dose-metformin-enhances-bile-acid-induced-glp-1-secretion-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Andreas Brønden, Anders Albér, Ulrich Rohde, Jens F Rehfeld, Jens J Holst, Tina Vilsbøll, Filip K Knop
Context: Despite a position as the first-line pharmacotherapy in type 2 diabetes, the glucose-lowering mechanisms of metformin remain to be fully clarified. Gut-derived modes of action, including suppression of bile acid reabsorption and a resulting increase in GLP-1 secretion, has been proposed. Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the GLP-1 secretory and gluco-metabolic effects of endogenously released bile, with and without concomitant single-dose administration of metformin in patients with type 2 diabetes...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938282/efficacy-and-safety-of-tranexamic-acid-in-orthopaedic-fracture-surgery-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-literature-review
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Kamil M Amer, Saqib Rehman, Kamal Amer, Christopher Haydel
BACKGROUND: Tranexamic acid (TXA) is an antifibrinolytic drug that has been shown to be effective in reducing blood loss and the need for transfusions after several orthopaedic surgeries. However, the effectiveness of TXA use in orthopaedic fracture surgeries still remains unclear. The purpose of this meta-analysis was to review existing literature with interest in the effectiveness and safety of TXA treatment in reducing total blood loss and transfusion rates for patients who underwent surgery for fracture repairs...
October 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937706/durability-of-therapeutic-response-with-long-term-aripiprazole-lauroxil-treatment-following-successful-resolution-of-an-acute-episode-of-schizophrenia
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Joseph P McEvoy, Robert Risinger, Serhiy Mykhnyak, Yangchun Du, Chih-Chin Liu, Arielle D Stanford, Peter J Weiden
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate durability of therapeutic effect of long-term treatment with aripiprazole lauroxil in patients with schizophrenia following successful treatment of an acute psychotic episode. METHODS: This post hoc analysis assessed long-term outcomes for a subgroup of patients who entered a 52-week extension study after being successfully stabilized with one of 2 doses of aripiprazole lauroxil (441 or 882 mg) in a pivotal 12-week, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937705/interventions-for-treating-genital-chlamydia-trachomatis-infection-in-pregnancy
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Catherine Cluver, Natalia Novikova, David Oa Eriksson, Kevin Bengtsson, Göran K Lingman
BACKGROUND: Genital Chlamydia trachomatis (C.trachomatis) infection may lead to pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, preterm labour, low birthweight, preterm rupture of membranes, increased perinatal mortality, postpartum endometritis, chlamydial conjunctivitis and C.trachomatis pneumonia.This review supersedes a previous review on this topic. OBJECTIVES: To establish the most efficacious and best-tolerated therapy for treatment of genital chlamydial infection in preventing maternal infection and adverse neonatal outcomes...
September 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936175/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-lisdexamfetamine-compared-with-d-amphetamine-in-healthy-subjects
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Patrick C Dolder, Petra Strajhar, Patrick Vizeli, Felix Hammann, Alex Odermatt, Matthias E Liechti
Rationale: Lisdexamfetamine is a prodrug of D-amphetamine used for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Lisdexamfetamine is thought to have a prolonged pharmacokinetic profile compared with oral D-amphetamine, possibly associated with lower drug liking and a lower risk of oral misuse. However, differences in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of lisdexamfetamine and D-amphetamine have not been directly compared. Methods: Equimolar doses of D-amphetamine (40 mg) and lisdexamfetamine (100 mg), and placebo were administered in 24 healthy subjects in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935614/randomized-trial-of-interventions-to-improve-childhood-asthma-in-homes-with-wood-burning-stoves
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Curtis W Noonan, Erin O Semmens, Paul Smith, Solomon W Harrar, Luke Montrose, Emily Weiler, Marcy McNamara, Tony J Ward
BACKGROUND: Household air pollution due to biomass combustion for residential heating adversely affects vulnerable populations. Randomized controlled trials to improve indoor air quality in homes of children with asthma are limited, and no such studies have been conducted in homes using wood for heating. OBJECTIVES: Our aims were to test the hypothesis that household-level interventions, specifically improved-technology wood-burning appliances or air-filtration devices, would improve health measures, in particular Pediatric Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (PAQLQ) scores, relative to placebo, among children living with asthma in homes with wood-burning stoves...
September 13, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935470/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-pentavalent-live-human-bovine-reassortant-rotavirus-vaccine-rv5-in-healthy-chinese-infants-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Zhaojun Mo, Yi Mo, Mingqiang Li, Junhui Tao, Xu Yang, Jilian Kong, Dingkai Wei, Botao Fu, Xueyan Liao, Jianli Chu, Yuanzheng Qiu, Darcy A Hille, Micki Nelson, Susan S Kaplan
BACKGROUND: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter trial was conducted in healthy Chinese infants to assess the efficacy and safety of a pentavalent live human-bovine reassortant rotavirus vaccine (RotaTeq™, RV5) against rotavirus gastroenteritis (RVGE). METHODS: 4040 participants aged 6-12weeks were enrolled and randomly assigned to either 3 oral doses of RV5 (n=2020) or placebo (n=2020), administered ∼4weeks apart. The participants also received OPV and DTaP in a concomitant or staggered fashion...
September 18, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935269/randomized-trial-of-omega-3-for-autism-spectrum-disorders-effect-on-cell-membrane-composition-and-behavior
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Mara Parellada, Cloe Llorente, Rosa Calvo, Silvia Gutierrez, Luisa Lázaro, Montserrat Graell, Maria Guisasola, Maria Luisa Dorado, Leticia Boada, Jose Romo, Elena Dulin, Inmaculada Sanz, Celso Arango, Carmen Moreno
A high ω6/ω3 ratio [fatty acid (FA) index] in the cell membrane has been associated with inadequate brain development. It has started to be used as a biomarker of treatment efficacy in human diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate if omega-3 supplementation improves erythrocyte membrane ω6/ω3, plasma antioxidant status (TAS) and autistic behaviors. A randomized, crossover, placebo-controlled study was designed to investigate the effect of 8 weeks of supplementation with ω3 (962mg/d and 1155mg/d for children and adolescents, respectively)...
September 18, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935268/repeated-cortisol-administration-does-not-reduce-intrusive-memories-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-experimental-study
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Alexandra Heike Graebener, Tanja Michael, Elena Holz, Johanna Lass-Hennemann
PTSD is a severe mental disorder, which may develop after exposure to traumatic events and is characterized by intrusive memories. Intrusions are sudden brief sensory memories of the traumatic event, that cause immense distress and impairment in every day functioning. Thus, the reduction of intrusive memories is one of the main aims of PTSD therapy. Recently, the glucocorticoid cortisol has been proposed as a pharmacological option to reduce intrusive memories, because cortisol is known to have memory retrieval inhibiting effects...
September 18, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935146/effect-of-chocolate-and-mate-tea-on-the-lipid-profile-of-individuals-with-hiv-aids-on-antiretroviral-therapy-a-clinical-trial
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Suelen J Souza, Aline A Petrilli, Andrea M Teixeira, Patricia M Pontilho, Antonio A Carioca, Liania A Luzia, José M Souza, Nágila R Damasceno, Aluisio A Segurado, Patricia H Rondó
OBJECTIVE: HIV/AIDS is generally associated with dyslipidemia and oxidative imbalance, which are caused by the infection itself and by antiretroviral therapy (ART). The flavonoids, found in cocoa and yerba mate, have antioxidant and hypolipidemic properties. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of the consumption of dark chocolate and mate tea on the lipid profiles of individuals with HIV/AIDS who are undergoing ART. METHODS: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover clinical trial was conducted with 92 patients receiving ART for ≥6 mo and with viral suppression...
November 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934952/post-market-outcome-of-an-extract-of-traditional-cretan-herbs-on-upper-respiratory-tract-infections-a-pragmatic-prospective-observational-study
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Marilena Anastasaki, Antonios Bertsias, Stergios A Pirintsos, Elias Castanas, Christos Lionis
BACKGROUND: The beneficial effects of traditional herbs of Crete, Greece for the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections have been reported in observational and laboratory studies. Following a published, double blind, randomized, placebo controlled trial, this study aimed to assess the effectiveness of an extract of three Cretan herbs on the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections, upon its market release. METHODS: An observational study was conducted in Heraklion, Crete, Greece...
September 21, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934876/comparison-of-intra-articular-injection-of-hyaluronic-acid-and-n-acetyl-cysteine-in-the-treatment-of-knee-osteoarthritis-a-pilot-study
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Mustafa Ozcamdalli, Abdulhamit Misir, Turan Bilge Kizkapan, Erdal Uzun, Fuat Duygulu, Cevat Yazici, Ibrahim Halil Kafadar
Objective To compare the relative effectiveness of intra-articular N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and hyaluronic acid (HA) on pain, function and cartilage degradation markers in patients with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis (OA). Design We prospectively conducted a clinical trial with 20 patients having a diagnosis of Kellgren-Lawrence grade 2-3 knee OA, and randomly allocated to the HA or NAC groups. Groups were matched on age, sex, and body mass index. Injections of 3-mL HA (Hylan G-F 20) or 3-mL NAC (Asist ampoule) were administered as a single shot...
October 2017: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934714/efficacy-of-dehydroepiandrosterone-dhea-to-overcome-the-effect-of-ovarian-ageing-ditto-a-proof-of-principle-double-blinded-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
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Amarin Narkwichean, Walid Maalouf, Miriam Baumgarten, Lukasz Polanski, Nick Raine-Fenning, Bruce Campbell, Kannamannadiar Jayaprakasan
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of DHEA supplementation on In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) outcome as assessed by ovarian response, oocyte developmental competence and live birth rates in women predicted to have poor ovarian reserve (OR). The feasibility of conducting a large trial is also assessed by evaluating the recruitment rates and compliance of the recruited participants with DHEA/placebo intake and follow-up rates. STUDY DESIGN: A single centre, double blinded, placebo controlled, randomized trial was performed over two years with 60 women undergoing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF)...
September 8, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933307/the-role-of-xanthine-oxidase-inhibitors-in-patients-with-history-of-stroke-a-systematic-review
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Sara R Britnell, Kelly A Chillari, Jamie N Brown
BACKGROUND: Xanthine oxidase inhibitors are commonly used to lower uric acid levels in patients with gout. Due to their effects on endothelial function, they have also been investigated for possible benefits for patients with cardiovascular disease. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy and safety of xanthine oxidase inhibitors in the treatment of patients with history of stroke. METHODS: MEDLINE (1946-June 2017) and EMBASE (1947-June 2017) were queried using the search terms: "allopurinol" OR "febuxostat" OR "xanthine oxidase inhibitor" OR "xanthine oxidase/antagonists and inhibitors" AND "stroke" OR "cerebral infarction" OR "cerebrovascular accident"...
September 19, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933254/the-efficacy-of-a-working-memory-training-in-substance-use-patients-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Sabine Wanmaker, Sophie Maaike Jorinde Leijdesdorff, Elke Geraerts, Ben J M van de Wetering, Peter J Renkema, Ingmar H A Franken
INTRODUCTION: Substance use disorder patients show impairments in working memory (WM) functioning. Previous findings indicate that a WM training results in improvements of working memory capacity (WMC) and in decreased clinical symptoms in a range of mental disorders, including alcohol use disorder. METHOD: The aim of the current study is to investigate the efficacy of a 24-session WM training in addition to treatment as usual on craving, WMC, substance use, impulsivity, attention bias, and psychopathology using a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932989/predictors-of-response-to-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-agonists-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Matteo Monami, Ilaria Dicembrini, Besmir Nreu, Francesco Andreozzi, Giorgio Sesti, Edoardo Mannucci
AIMS: The aim of the present meta-analysis is the identification of the characteristics of patients, which predict the efficacy on HbA1c of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RA). METHODS: A Medline and Embase search for "exenatide" OR "liraglutide" OR "albiglutide" OR "dulaglutide" OR "lixisenatide" was performed, collecting randomized clinical trials (duration > 12 weeks) up to September 2016, comparing GLP-1 RA at the maximal approved dose with placebo or active drugs...
September 20, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932367/double-strain-probiotic-effect-on-helicobacter-pylori-infection-treatment-a-double-blinded-randomized-controlled-trial
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Mehdi Haghdoost, Sepehr Taghizadeh, Majid Montazer, Parinaz Poorshahverdi, Ali Ramouz, Sanam Fakour
BACKGROUND: A decreased rate of successful helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) infection treatment has revealed serious demand for more effective regimens to eradicate infection. Therefore, probiotics have recently been considered to increase the rate of antibiotic regimens efficacy in H. pylori infections. In current randomized controlled trial, we evaluated the effect of double strain probiotic combination with standard triple therapy (STT), in the eradication rate of H. pylori infection...
2017: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932345/the-grass-pollen-season-2015-a-proof-of-concept-multi-approach-study-in-three-different-european-cities
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Maximilian Kmenta, Katharina Bastl, Uwe Berger, Matthias F Kramer, Matthew D Heath, Sanna Pätsi, Anna-Mari Pessi, Annika Saarto, Barbora Werchan, Matthias Werchan, Reinhard Zetter, Karl-Christian Bergmann
BACKGROUND: Grasses release the most widespread aeroallergens with considerable sensitization rates, while different species produce several pollen concentration peaks throughout the season. This study analyzed the prevalence of grass species in three different European city areas and compared the flowering period of these species with daily pollen concentrations and the symptom loads of grass pollen allergy sufferers. METHODS: The most prevalent grass species in Vienna (Austria), Berlin (Germany) and Turku (Finland) were studied and examined by use of three different approaches: phenology, pollen monitoring and symptom load evaluation...
2017: World Allergy Organization Journal
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