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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324705/more-pain-more-gain-blocking-the-opioid-system-boosts-adaptive-cognitive-control
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Henk van Steenbergen, Daniel H Weissman, Dan J Stein, Susan Malcolm-Smith, Jack van Honk
The ability to adaptively increase cognitive control in response to cognitive challenges is crucial for goal-directed behavior. Recent findings suggest that aversive arousal triggers adaptive increases of control, but the neurochemical mechanisms underlying these effects remain unclear. Given the known contributions of the opioid system to hedonic states, we investigated whether blocking this system increases adaptive control modulations. To do so, we conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled psychopharmacological study (n=52 females) involving a Stroop-like task...
March 7, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324167/efficacy-and-safety-of-golimumab-52-week-maintenance-therapy-in-japanese-patients-with-moderate-to-severely-active-ulcerative-colitis-a-phase-3-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-study-pursuit-j-study
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Toshifumi Hibi, Yuya Imai, Asako Senoo, Kentaro Ohta, Yoshifumi Ukyo
BACKGROUND: The global phase 3 studies of golimumab [PURSUIT-SC and PURSUIT-maintenance (M)], an anti-tumor necrosis factor-α (anti-TNFα) antibody, have demonstrated clinical efficacy and safety as induction and maintenance therapies in patients with moderate to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC). This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of golimumab as maintenance therapy in the Japanese population. METHODS: In this phase 3, double-blind (DB), placebo-controlled, parallel group, randomized withdrawal study, 144 Japanese patients with moderately to severely active UC received golimumab doses of 200 mg (at week 0) and 100 mg (at week 2) subcutaneously during the 6-week open-label induction phase...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323989/preconception-low-dose-aspirin-restores-diminished-pregnancy-and-live-birth-rates-in-women-with-low-grade-inflammation-a-secondary-analysis-of-a-randomized-trial
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Lindsey A Sjaarda, Rose G Radin, Robert M Silver, Emily Mitchell, Sunni L Mumford, Brian Wilcox, Noya Galai, Neil J Perkins, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Joseph B Stanford, Enrique F Schisterman
Context: Inflammation is linked to causes of infertility. Low dose aspirin (LDA) may improve reproductive success in women with chronic, low-grade inflammation. Objective: To investigate the effect of preconception-initiated LDA on pregnancy rate, pregnancy loss, live birth rate, and inflammation during pregnancy. Design: Stratified secondary analysis of a multi-center, block-randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Setting: Four U...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323986/chronic-intranasal-insulin-does-not-affect-hepatic-lipids-but-lowers-circulating-bcaas-in-healthy-male-subjects
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Thomas Scherer, Peter Wolf, Sabina Smajis, Melania Gaggini, Martina Hackl, Amalia Gastaldelli, Peter Klimek, Elisa Einwallner, Rodrig Marculescu, Anton Luger, Clemens Fürnsinn, Siegfried Trattnig, Christoph Buettner, Martin Krššák, Michael Krebs
Context: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and elevated circulating branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are common characteristics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. In rodents, brain insulin signaling controls both hepatic triglyceride secretion and BCAA catabolism. Whether brain insulin signaling controls similar metabolic pathways in humans is unknown. Objective: Here we assessed if intranasal insulin, a method to preferentially deliver insulin to the central nervous system, is able to modulate hepatic lipid content and plasma BCAAs in humans...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323948/dose-dependent-suppression-of-gonadotropins-and-ovarian-hormones-by-elagolix-in-healthy-premenopausal-women
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Juki Ng, Kristof Chwalisz, David C Carter, Cheri E Klein
Context: Elagolix is a nonpeptide, oral gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist being developed for sex-hormone dependent diseases in women. Objective: To evaluate the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of elagolix. Design, Setting, and Participants: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multiple-ascending dose study in 45 healthy premenopausal women at a research unit. Interventions: Elagolix 150 mg once daily or 100, 200, 300 or 400 mg twice daily or placebo for 21 days...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323947/effects-of-mixed-carotenoids-on-adipokines-and-abdominal-adiposity-in-children-a-pilot-study
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J Atilio Canas, Amanda Lochrie, Amy Galena McGowan, Jobayer Hossain, Christopher Schettino, P Babu Balagopal
Context: Carotenoids have been implicated in the regulation of adipocyte metabolism. Objective: To compare the effects of mixed-carotenoid supplementation (MCS) vs. placebo on adipokines and the accrual of abdominal adiposity in children with obesity. Design and Setting: Randomized (1:1) double-blind, placebo-controlled intervention trial to evaluate the effects of MCS over 6 months in a subspecialty clinic. Participants: Twenty (6 male and 14 female) children with simple obesity (BMI > 90%); age: 10...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323838/bupropion-for-the-treatment-of-apathy-in-huntington-s-disease-a-multicenter-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-prospective-crossover-trial
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Harald Gelderblom, Torsten Wüstenberg, Tim McLean, Lisanne Mütze, Wilhelm Fischer, Carsten Saft, Rainer Hoffmann, Sigurd Süssmuth, Peter Schlattmann, Erik van Duijn, Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, Josef Priller
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of bupropion in the treatment of apathy in Huntington's disease (HD). METHODS: In this phase 2b multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial, individuals with HD and clinical signs of apathy according to the Structured Clinical Interview for Apathy-Dementia (SCIA-D), but not depression (n = 40) were randomized to receive either bupropion 150/300mg or placebo daily for 10 weeks. The primary outcome parameter was a significant change of the Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES) score after ten weeks of treatment as judged by an informant (AES-I) living in close proximity with the study participant...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323626/pomegranate-punica-granatum-seed-oil-for-treating-menopausal-symptoms-an-individually-controlled-cohort-study
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Roman Huber, Richard Gminski, Tao Tang, Tomas Weinert, Sabine Schulz, Margareta Linke-Cordes, Ines Martin, Heide Fischer
Context • In the folk medicine of Mediterranean countries and in ancient Ayurveda, Punica granatum seeds (ie, pomegranate seeds) have been used for treatment of various disorders, including those that nowadays are classified as menopausal symptoms (MSs). Pomegranate seed oil (PSO) from those seeds mainly contains unsaturated fatty acids such as γ-linoleic acid and linolenic acid, but it also includes phytoestrogens. It is, therefore, regarded as a promising option for treating MSs today. Objectives • The study intended to investigate the safety and effectiveness of PSO as a defined P granatum seed oil for patients with MSs...
March 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323541/3d-technology-of-sony-bloggie-has-no-advantage-in-decision-making-of-tennis-serve-direction-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-study
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Sicong Liu, Jason Ritchie, Camilo Sáenz-Moncaleano, Savanna K Ward, Cody Paulsen, Tyler Klein, Oscar Gutierrez, Gershon Tenenbaum
This study aimed at exploring whether 3D technology enhances tennis decision-making under the conceptual framework of human performance model. A 3 (skill-level: varsity, club, recreational) × 3 (experimental condition: placebo, weak 3D [W3D], strong 3D [S3D]) between-participant design was used. Allocated to experimental conditions by a skill-level stratified randomization, 105 tennis players judged tennis serve direction from video scenarios and rated their perceptions of enjoyment, flow, and presence during task performance...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320167/caffeine-creatine-grin2a-and-parkinson-s-disease-progression
#10
David K Simon, Cai Wu, Barbara C Tilley, Katja Lohmann, Christine Klein, Haydeh Payami, Anne-Marie Wills, Michael J Aminoff, Jacquelyn Bainbridge, Richard Dewey, Robert A Hauser, Susen Schaake, Jay S Schneider, Saloni Sharma, Carlos Singer, Caroline M Tanner, Daniel Truong, Peng Wei, Pei Shieen Wong, Tianzhong Yang
Caffeine is neuroprotective in animal models of Parkinson's disease (PD) and caffeine intake is inversely associated with the risk of PD. This association may be influenced by the genotype of GRIN2A, which encodes an NMDA-glutamate-receptor subunit. In two placebo-controlled studies, we detected no association of caffeine intake with the rate of clinical progression of PD, except among subjects taking creatine, for whom higher caffeine intake was associated with more rapid progression. We now have analyzed data from 420 subjects for whom DNA samples and caffeine intake data were available from a placebo-controlled study of creatine in PD...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319947/effects-of-capsaicin-on-older-patients-with-oropharyngeal-dysphagia-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-crossover-study
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Rui Nakato, Noriaki Manabe, Sayako Shimizu, Kozo Hanayama, Akiko Shiotani, Jiro Hata, Ken Haruma
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The standard of care for older patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia (OD) is poor. Stimulation of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 might become a pharmacological strategy for these patients. This study aimed to compare the therapeutic effect of film food containing 0.75 µg of capsaicin in these patients. METHODS: In a crossover, randomized trial, 49 patients with OD were provided capsaicin or identical placebo at least 7 days apart. Patients' reported symptoms during repeated swallowing, the volume, pH and substance P (SP) concentrations in saliva, and cervical esophageal wall motion evaluated by ultrasonographic tissue Doppler imaging were obtained before and after capsaicin or placebo administration...
March 21, 2017: Digestion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319848/treatment-of-premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder-with-the-gabaa-receptor-modulating-steroid-antagonist-sepranolone-uc1010-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Marie Bixo, Karin Ekberg, Inger Sundström Poromaa, Angelica Lindén Hirschberg, Aino Fianu Jonasson, Lotta Andréen, Erika Timby, Marianne Wulff, Agneta Ehrenborg, Torbjörn Bäckström
CONTEXT: Allopregnanolone is a metabolite from progesterone and a positive modulator of the GABAA receptor. This endogenous steroid may induce negative mood in sensitive women when present in serum levels comparable to the premenstrual phase. Its endogenous isomer, isoallopregnanolone, has been shown to antagonize allopregnanolone effects in experimental animal and human models. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to test whether inhibition of allopregnanolone by treatment with the GABAA modulating steroid antagonist (GAMSA) Sepranolone (UC1010) during the premenstrual phase could reduce symptoms of the premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)...
March 1, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319596/medium-term-effects-of-dietary-nitrate-supplementation-on-systolic-and-diastolic-blood-pressure-in-adults-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ammar W Ashor, Jose Lara, Mario Siervo
OBJECTIVES: Dietary nitrate supplementation has been shown to lower blood pressure (BP) particularly in short-term clinical trials. Whether these effects are sustained in the long-term remains to be established. The objective was to conduct a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials that examined whether dietary nitrate supplementation for more than 1 week has beneficial effects on SBP and DBP. METHODS: Electronic databases were searched from inception until May 2016...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319467/effects-of-iv-acetaminophen-on-core-body-temperature-and-hemodynamic-responses-in-febrile-critically-ill-adults-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hildy M Schell-Chaple, Kathleen D Liu, Michael A Matthay, Daniel I Sessler, Kathleen A Puntillo
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of IV acetaminophen on core body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate in febrile critically ill patients. DESIGN: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. SETTING: Three adult ICUs at a large, urban, academic medical center. PATIENTS: Forty critically ill adults with fever (core temperature, ≥ 38.3°C). INTERVENTION: An infusion of acetaminophen 1 g or saline placebo over 15 minutes...
March 17, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319422/phototherapy-for-improvement-of-performance-and-exercise-recovery-comparison-of-3-commercially-available-devices
#15
Thiago De Marchi, Vinicius Mazzochi Schmitt, Carla Danúbia da Silva Fabro, Larissa Lopes da Silva, Juliane Sene, Olga Tairova, Mirian Salvador
CONTEXT:   Recent studies suggest the prophylactic use of low-powered laser/light has ergogenic effects on athletic performance and postactivity recovery. Manufacturers of high-powered lasers/light devices claim that these can produce the same clinical benefits with increased power and decreased irradiation time; however, research with high-powered lasers is lacking. OBJECTIVE:   To evaluate the magnitude of observed phototherapeutic effects with 3 commercially available devices...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318835/improvement-in-mismatch-negativity-generation-during-d-serine-treatment-in-schizophrenia-correlation-with-symptoms
#16
Joshua T Kantrowitz, Michael L Epstein, Migyung Lee, Nayla Lehrfeld, Karen A Nolan, Constance Shope, Eva Petkova, Gail Silipo, Daniel C Javitt
BACKGROUND: Deficits in N-methyl-d-aspartate-type (NMDAR) function contribute to symptoms and cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia. The efficacy of NMDAR agonists in the treatment of persistent symptoms of schizophrenia has been variable, potentially reflecting limitations in functional target engagement. We recently demonstrated significant improvement in auditory mismatch negativity (MMN) with once-weekly treatment with d-serine, a naturally occurring NMDAR glycine-site agonist. This study investigates effects of continuous (daily) NMDAR agonists in schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder...
March 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318076/uk-policy-statements-on-testosterone-deficiency
#17
Geoffrey Hackett, Michael Kirby, David Edwards, T Hugh Jones, Jonathan Rees, Asif Muneer
To address widespread media and scientific concerns over the appropriate treatment of TDS with Testosterone Therapy (T Therapy), the Executive Committee of the British Society for Sexual Medicine developed eight consensus statements, based on current scientific evidence to address these controversial issues. These statements were in no-way designed to replace the published evidence-based guidelines on the subject developed by various professional organisations, but to provide specific answers to several current controversial issues...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317392/pharmacotherapy-of-major-depression-in-late-life-what-is-the-role-of-new-agents
#18
Kinjal Patel, Petal S Abdool, Tarek K Rajji, Benoit H Mulsant
Evidence on the pharmacotherapy of late-life major depressive disorder (LLD) is scant. Most of the recommendations in existing clinical guidelines are based on expert opinions, extrapolations from data obtained in younger patients, or theoretical considerations. AREAS COVERED This article summarizes the recommendations from existing clinical guidelines and recent reviews on the treatment of LLD. Next, it discusses the potential role of newer antidepressants -vilazodone, levomilnacipran, and vortioxetine- based on a systematic search of the literature published during the past five years...
March 20, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317094/long-term-outcomes-and-cost-effectiveness-of-high-dose-dexamethasone-for-cardiac-surgery-a-randomised-trial
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J M Dieleman, G A de Wit, A P Nierich, P M Rosseel, J M van der Maaten, J Hofland, J C Diephuis, F de Lange, C Boer, R E Neslo, K G Moons, L A van Herwerden, J G Tijssen, C J Kalkman, D van Dijk
Prophylactic intra-operative administration of dexamethasone may improve short-term clinical outcomes in cardiac surgical patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate long-term clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness of dexamethasone versus placebo. Patients included in the multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled DExamethasone for Cardiac Surgery (DECS) trial were followed up for 12 months after their cardiac surgical procedure. In the DECS trial, patients received a single intra-operative dose of dexamethasone 1 mg...
March 20, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316276/levosimendan-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-dysfunction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery
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Rajendra H Mehta, Jeffrey D Leimberger, Sean van Diepen, James Meza, Alice Wang, Rachael Jankowich, Robert W Harrison, Douglas Hay, Stephen Fremes, Andra Duncan, Edward G Soltesz, John Luber, Soon Park, Michael Argenziano, Edward Murphy, Randy Marcel, Dimitri Kalavrouziotis, Dave Nagpal, John Bozinovski, Wolfgang Toller, Matthias Heringlake, Shaun G Goodman, Jerrold H Levy, Robert A Harrington, Kevin J Anstrom, John H Alexander
Background Levosimendan is an inotropic agent that has been shown in small studies to prevent or treat the low cardiac output syndrome after cardiac surgery. Methods In a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of levosimendan in patients with a left ventricular ejection fraction of 35% or less who were undergoing cardiac surgery with the use of cardiopulmonary bypass. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either intravenous levosimendan (at a dose of 0...
March 19, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
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