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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647958/-prospective-cohort-study-on-the-outcomes-of-sacrospinous-ligament-fixation-using-conventional-instruments-in-treating-stage-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-pelvic-organ-prolapse
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C Ren, X C Song, L Zhu, F F Ai, H H Shi, Z J Sun, J Chen, J H Lang
Objective: To evaluate the medium and long term safety and efficacy of sacrospinous ligament fixation (SSLF) performed with conventional instruments in treating stage Ⅲ-Ⅳ pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Methods: A prospective cohort analysis was conducted in the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, between May 2007 and June 2015, enrolling 55 women with stage Ⅲ-Ⅳ POP who intended to receive SSLF. Primary end points were objective success rates using pelvic organ prolapse quantitation system (POP-Q) and subjective satisfaction rates with questionnaires after surgery according to vaginal examination and related questionnaires for all patients who received SSLF eventually...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647744/effectiveness-of-supported-self-help-in-recurrent-depression-a-randomized-controlled-trial-in-primary-care
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Karolien E M Biesheuvel-Leliefeld, Sandra M A Dijkstra-Kersten, Digna J F van Schaik, Harm W J van Marwijk, Filip Smit, Henriette E van der Horst, Claudi L H Bockting
BACKGROUND: The burden and economic consequences of depression are high, mostly due to its recurrent nature. Due to current budget and time restraints, a preventive, low- cost, accessible minimal intervention is much needed. In this study, we evaluated the effectiveness of a supported self-help preventive cognitive therapy (S-PCT) added to treatment as usual (TAU) in primary care, compared to TAU alone. METHODS: We conducted a randomized controlled trial among 248 patients with a history of depression, currently in full or partial remission or recovery...
June 24, 2017: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647261/removal-of-ammonium-ion-from-water-by-na-rich-birnessite-performance-and-mechanisms
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Ya Cheng, Tinglin Huang, Xinxin Shi, Gang Wen, Yuankui Sun
Na-rich birnessite (NRB) was synthesized by a simple synthesis method and used as a high-efficiency adsorbent for the removal of ammonium ion (NH4(+)) from aqueous solution. In order to demonstrate the adsorption performance of the synthesized material, the effects of contact time, pH, initial ammonium ion concentration, and temperature were investigated. Adsorption kinetics showed that the adsorption behavior followed the pseudo second-order kinetic model. The equilibrium adsorption data were fitted to Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption models and the model parameters were evaluated...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646883/ioeasma-an-integrated-clinical-and-educational-pathway-for-managing-asthma-in-children-and-adolescents
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Sebastiano Guarnaccia, Gaia Pecorelli, Marina Bianchi, Massimo Cartabia, Gianluigi Casadei, Ada Pluda, Cristina Quecchia, Valeria Gretter, Maurizio Bonati
BACKGROUND: Due to the lack of real life clinical and educational studies, "Io e l'Asma" Centre performed this implementation research (IR). Evaluate long-term effectiveness on bronchial asthma control of an integrated clinical and educational pathway for asthmatic children and adolescents. METHODS: An observational retrospective pre-post intervention IR study was conducted among 262 children with asthma, ages 6-15 yrs. The intervention protocol included three clinical visits 8 weeks apart; an educational course at visit 1, post intervention consisted in two follow-up visits 6 months apart...
June 24, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646806/potential-of-probiotics-in-hypercholesterolemia-a-review-of-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-findings
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Smriti Sharma, Seema Puri, Anura V Kurpad
Context • Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a major public health problem in developing and developed countries. Elevated cholesterol levels, especially low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and the emergence of CHD, have been positively correlated in many clinical and epidemiological studies. The health benefits of probiotics have received a great deal of attention, including their blood cholesterol-lowering effects on humans. Objective • The research team intended to determine the current state of research examining the effects of various probiotic strains on lipid profiles, including measures in serum of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646717/comprehending-the-multiple-values-of-green-infrastructure-valuing-nature-based-solutions-for-urban-water-management-from-multiple-perspectives
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T C Wild, J Henneberry, L Gill
The valuation of urban water management practices and associated nature-based solutions (NBS) is highly contested, and is becoming increasingly important to cities seeking to increase their resilience to climate change whilst at the same time facing budgetary pressures. Different conceptions of 'values' exist, each being accompanied by a set of potential measures ranging from calculative practices (closely linked to established market valuation techniques) - through to holistic assessments that seek to address wider concerns of sustainability...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646574/a-novel-habitat-based-approach-to-predict-impacts-of-marine-protected-areas-on-fishers
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João B Teixeira, Rodrigo L Moura, Morena Mills, Carissa Klein, Christopher J Brown, Vanessa M Adams, Hedley Grantham, Matthew Watts, Deborah Faria, Gilberto M Amado-Filho, Alex C Bastos, Reinaldo Lourival, Hugh P Possingham
While marine protected areas (MPAs) can simultaneously contribute to biodiversity conservation and fisheries management, the global network is biased towards particular ecosystem types, as it was largely established in an ad hoc fashion. The optimization of trade-offs between biodiversity benefits and socio-economic values increases implementation success and minimizes enforcement costs in the long run, but is often neglected in marine spatial planning (MSP). Although the acquisition of spatially explicit socioeconomic data is often perceived as a costly/secondary step in MSP, it is critical to account for lost opportunities by people whose activities will be restricted, especially fishers...
June 24, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646375/comparative-efficacy-and-safety-in-esa-biosimilars-vs-originators-in-adults-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Laura Amato, Antonio Addis, Rosella Saulle, Francesco Trotta, Zuzana Mitrova, Marina Davoli
BACKGROUND: Several Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) are available to treat anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Questions about the comparability of such therapeutic options are not purely a regulatory or economical matter. Appropriate use of originator or biosimilar in these patients need to be supported by clinical data. Regarding the prevention of blood transfusion, reduction of fatigue, breathlessness and mortality or cardiovascular events, a summary of the comparative efficacy and safety data of these drugs is lacking...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646307/a-step-by-step-selection-method-for-the-location-and-the-size-of-a-waste-to-energy-facility-targeting-the-maximum-output-energy-and-minimization-of-gate-fee
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Efstathios Kyriakis, Constantinos Psomopoulos, Panagiotis Kokkotis, Athanasios Bourtsalas, Nikolaos Themelis
This study attempts the development of an algorithm in order to present a step by step selection method for the location and the size of a waste-to-energy facility targeting the maximum output energy, also considering the basic obstacle which is in many cases, the gate fee. Various parameters identified and evaluated in order to formulate the proposed decision making method in the form of an algorithm. The principle simulation input is the amount of municipal solid wastes (MSW) available for incineration and along with its net calorific value are the most important factors for the feasibility of the plant...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645986/feasibility-study-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial-to-investigate-the-effectiveness-of-using-a-humanoid-robot-to-improve-the-social-skills-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-kaspar-rct-a-study-protocol
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Silvana E Mengoni, Karen Irvine, Deepshikha Thakur, Garry Barton, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Karen Guldberg, Ben Robins, David Wellsted, Shivani Sharma
INTRODUCTION: Interventions using robot-assisted therapy may be beneficial for the social skills development of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD); however, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are lacking. The present research aims to assess the feasibility of conducting an RCT evaluating the effectiveness of a social skills intervention using Kinesics and Synchronisation in Personal Assistant Robotics (Kaspar) with children with ASD. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Forty children will be recruited...
June 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645428/cost-effectiveness-of-laparoscopy-as-diagnostic-tool-before-primary-cytoreductive-surgery-in-ovarian-cancer
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Roelien van de Vrie, Hannah S van Meurs, Marianne J Rutten, Christiana A Naaktgeboren, Brent C Opmeer, Katja N Gaarenstroom, Toon van Gorp, Henk G Ter Brugge, Ward Hofhuis, Henk W R Schreuder, Henriette J G Arts, Petra L M Zusterzeel, Johanna M A Pijnenborg, Maarten van Haaften, Mirjam J A Engelen, Erik A Boss, M Caroline Vos, Kees G Gerestein, Eltjo M J Schutter, Gemma G Kenter, Patrick M M Bossuyt, Ben Willem Mol, Marrije R Buist
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a diagnostic laparoscopy prior to primary cytoreductive surgery to prevent futile primary cytoreductive surgery (i.e. leaving >1cm residual disease) in patients suspected of advanced stage ovarian cancer. METHODS: An economic analysis was conducted alongside a randomized controlled trial in which patients suspected of advanced stage ovarian cancer who qualified for primary cytoreductive surgery were randomized to either laparoscopy or primary cytoreductive surgery...
June 20, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645331/circadian-clock-gene-polymorphisms-in-relation-to-sleep-patterns-and-obesity-in-african-americans-findings-from-the-jackson-heart-study
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Pia Riestra, Samson Y Gebreab, Ruihua Xu, Rumana J Khan, Amadou Gaye, Adolfo Correa, Nancy Min, Mario Sims, Sharon K Davis
BACKGROUND: Circadian rhythms regulate key biological processes and the dysregulation of the intrinsic clock mechanism affects sleep patterns and obesity onset. The CLOCK (circadian locomotor output cycles protein kaput) gene encodes a core transcription factor of the molecular circadian clock influencing diverse metabolic pathways, including glucose and lipid homeostasis. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the associations between CLOCK single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and body mass index (BMI)...
June 23, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644196/cebranopadol-a-novel-first-in-class-analgesic-drug-candidate-first-experience-in-patients-with-chronic-low-back-pain-in-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Annette Christoph, Marie-Henriette Eerdekens, Maurits Kok, Gisela Volkers, Rainer Freynhagen
Chronic low back pain (LBP) is a common condition, usually with involvement of nociceptive and neuropathic pain components, high economic burden and impact on quality of life. Cebranopadol is a potent, first-in-class drug candidate with a novel mechanistic approach, combining nociceptin/orphanin FQ peptide and opioid peptide receptor agonism. We conducted the first Phase II, randomized, doubleblind, placebo- and active-controlled trial, evaluating the analgesic efficacy, safety, and tolerability of cebranopadol in patients with moderate to severe chronic LBP with and without neuropathic pain component...
June 21, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644115/evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-lightweight-fibreglass-heel-casts-in-the-management-of-ulcers-of-the-heel-in-diabetes-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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William Jeffcoate, Frances Game, Vivienne Turtle-Savage, Alison Musgrove, Patricia Price, Wei Tan, Lucy Bradshaw, Alan Montgomery, Deborah Fitzsimmons, Angela Farr, Thomas Winfield, Ceri Phillips
BACKGROUND: Ulcers of the foot in people with diabetes mellitus are slow to heal and result in considerable cost and patient suffering. The prognosis is worst for ulcers of the heel. OBJECTIVE: To assess both the clinical effectiveness and the cost-effectiveness of lightweight fibreglass casts in the management of heel ulcers. DESIGN: A pragmatic, multicentre, parallel, observer-blinded randomised controlled trial. A central randomisation centre used a computer-generated random number sequence to allocate participants to groups...
May 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643665/sonographic-landmarks-to-differentiate-false-labor-and-early-true-labor-as-a-possible-new-application-of-ultrasound-in-labor-ward
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A Bouzid, M Kehila, H Trabelsi, H S Abouda, R Ben Hmid, M B Chanoufi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate discrimination of clinical parameters and ultrasound examination to differentiate "false labor" and "true labor". METHODS: In a prospective study during a period of 6 months, a total of 178 patients in term (37-41 weeks) consulting our obstetric unit for uterine contraction, were enrolled. Patients were examined separately by a midwife and a resident and separated into "true labor group" and "false labor group". The clinical characteristics of true versus false labor patients were compared...
April 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643322/difficulties-in-funding-of-va-ecmo-therapy-for-patients-with-severe-accidental-hypothermia
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Sylweriusz Kosiński, Tomasz Darocha, Anna Jarosz, Aleksandra Czerw, Paweł Podsiadło, Tomasz Sanak, Robert Gałązkowski, Jacek Piątek, Janusz Konstanty-Kalandyk, Mirosław Ziętkiewicz, Krzysztof Kusza, Łukasz J Krzych, Rafał Drwiła
BACKGROUND: Severe accidental hypothermia is defined as a core temperature below 28 Celsius degrees. Within the last years, the issue of accidental hypothermia and accompanying cardiac arrest has been broadly discussed and European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Guidelines underline the importance of Extracorporeal Rewarming (ECR) in treatment of severely hypothermic victims. The study aimed to evaluate the actual costs of ECR with VA-ECMO and of further management in the Intensive Care Unit of patients admitted to the Severe Accidental Hypothermia Centre in Cracow, Poland...
2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643178/economic-evaluation-of-tobramycin-inhalation-powder-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-pulmonary-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infection-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Srilekha Panguluri, Praveen Gunda, Laurie Debonnett, Kamal Hamed
BACKGROUND: Chronic lung infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs in approximately 50% of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). This infection further compromises lung function, and significantly contributes to the increased healthcare costs. OBJECTIVES: Inhaled tobramycin, used to manage P. aeruginosa infection in CF patients, is available as powder (tobramycin inhalation powder, TIP) and solution (tobramycin inhalation solution, TIS). Evidence suggests increased adherence with the use of TIP over TIS...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642517/green-dentistry-the-art-and-science-of-sustainable-practice
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P Mulimani
Dentistry is highly energy and resource intensive with significant environmental impact. Factors inherent in the profession such as enormous electricity demands of electronic dental equipment, voluminous water requirements, environmental effects of biomaterials (before, during and after clinical use), the use of radiation and the generation of hazardous waste involving mercury, lead etc have contributed towards this. With rising temperatures across the world due to global warming, efforts are being made worldwide to mitigate the effects of environmental damage by resorting to sustainability concepts and green solutions in a myriad of ways...
June 23, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642208/assessing-the-efficacy-of-imagery-enhanced-cognitive-behavioral-group-therapy-for-social-anxiety-disorder-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Peter M McEvoy, Michelle L Moulds, Jessica R Grisham, Emily A Holmes, David A Moscovitch, Delia Hendrie, Lisa M Saulsman, Ottmar V Lipp, Robert T Kane, Ronald M Rapee, Matthew P Hyett, David M Erceg-Hurn
Cognitive behavior group therapy (CBGT) is effective for social anxiety disorder (SAD), but a substantial proportion of patients do not typically achieve normative functioning. Cognitive behavioral models of SAD emphasize negative self-imagery as an important maintaining factor, and evidence suggests that imagery is a powerful cognitive mode for facilitating affective change. This study will compare two group CBGT interventions, one that predominantly uses verbally-based strategies (VB-CBGT) and another that predominantly uses imagery-enhanced strategies (IE-CBGT), in terms of (a) efficacy, (b) mechanisms of change, and (c) cost-effectiveness...
June 19, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642108/investing-in-new-technology-in-pulmonary-medicine-navigating-the-tortuous-path-to-success
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REVIEW
Robert Kruklitis, Kim French, Michael Joseph Cangelosi, Kevin L Kovitz
The introduction of new technologies offer the promise to advance medicine. This occurs alongside improved efforts to control costs of healthcare by hospital administrators, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) pivot to value programs, and commercial payers' efforts to reduce reimbursement. These trends present a challenge for the pulmonologist, among others, who must navigate increasingly complex and highly scrutinized evaluation processes used to secure new technologies. Healthcare providers are turning toward value assessments, while simultaneously tasked with a mission of offering state-of-the art technologies and services...
June 19, 2017: Chest
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