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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786957/statistical-approaches-to-adjusting-weights-for-dependent-arms-in-network-meta-analysis
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Yu-Xuan Su, Yu-Kang Tu
Network meta-analysis compares multiple treatments in terms of their efficacy and harm by including evidence from randomized controlled trials. Most clinical trials use parallel design, where patients are randomly allocated to different treatments and receive only one treatment. However, some trials use within person designs such as split-body, split-mouth and cross-over designs, where each patient may receive more than one treatment. Data from treatment arms within these trials are no longer independent, so the correlations between dependent arms need to be accounted for within the statistical analyses...
May 22, 2018: Research Synthesis Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786830/blue-light-filtering-intraocular-lenses-iols-for-protecting-macular-health
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REVIEW
Laura E Downie, Ljoudmila Busija, Peter R Keller
BACKGROUND: An intraocular lens (IOL) is a synthetic lens that is surgically implanted within the eye following removal of the crystalline lens, during cataract surgery. While all modern IOLs attenuate the transmission of ultra-violet (UV) light, some IOLs, called blue-blocking or blue-light filtering IOLs, also reduce short-wavelength visible light transmission. The rationale for blue-light filtering IOLs derives primarily from cell culture and animal studies, which suggest that short-wavelength visible light can induce retinal photoxicity...
May 22, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786811/-50-percent-of-patients-who-had-epilepsy-surgery-are-seizure-free
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Anna Edelvik, Ingrid B Olsson, Tove Hallbook, Kristina Malmgren
About one third of patients with epilepsy do not become seizure-free despite medication. For some, resective epilepsy surgery is the treatment of choice. There are three randomized controlled trials, with positive results at a follow-up of 1-2 years: two on temporal lobe resections on adults and young people and one on all types of epilepsy surgery on children. Since 1990 all epilepsy surgery procedures in Sweden are reported to the Swedish Epilepsy Surgery Register, now with data on almost 1500 patients. Two years after surgery about 50% of adults and children are seizure-free, and another 10% have been so during the last year...
May 22, 2018: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786535/evaluating-the-importance-of-sham-controlled-trials-in-the-investigation-of-medical-devices-in-interventional-cardiology
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Robert A Byrne, Davide Capodanno, Felix Mahfoud, Jean Fajadet, Stephan Windecker, Peter Jüni, Andreas Baumbach, William Wijns, Michael Haude
Cardiovascular medicine is one of the specialties that has relied most heavily on evidence from randomized clinical trials in determining best practice for the management of common disease conditions. When comparing treatment approaches, trials incorporating random allocation are the most appropriate method for protecting against treatment allocation bias. In order to protect against performance and ascertainment bias, trial designs including placebo control are preferable where feasible. In contrast to testing of medicines, treatments based on procedures or use of medical devices are more challenging to assess, as sham procedures are necessary to facilitate blinding of participants...
May 22, 2018: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786530/meta-analysis-of-safety-and-efficacy-of-oral-anti-coagulants-in-patients-requiring-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Hammad Rahman, Safi U Khan, Michael DePersis, Tehseen Hammad, Fahad Nasir, Edo Kaluski
BACKGROUND: The ideal oral anticoagulant agent during catheter ablation (CA) for atrial fibrillation (AF) remained unclear. HYPOTHESIS: Novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are safer and effective compared to uninterrupted vitamin K antagonists (U-VKA) among patients requiring CA for AF. METHODS: Four randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and 9 observational studies (OS) were selected using PubMed/Medline, EMBASE and the CENTRAL data bases (Inception-December-2017)...
May 9, 2018: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786165/comparative-study-of-1-year-clinical-and-radiological-outcomes-using-robot-assisted-pedicle-screw-fixation-and-freehand-technique-in-posterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ho-Joong Kim, Kyoung-Tak Kang, Heoung-Jae Chun, Ji Sup Hwang, Bong-Soon Chang, Choon-Ki Lee, Jin S Yeom
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare the clinical outcome of surgery using robot-assisted posterior interbody fusion with that using freehand posterior interbody fusion in patients with degenerative spinal disease. METHODS: 78 participants with degenerative spinal disease were randomly allocated (1:1) to the minimally invasive (MIS), posterior lumbar interbody fusion (Robot-PLIF) or conventional, freehand, open-approach, posterior lumbar interbody fusion (Freehand-PLIF)...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786128/long-term-oncologic-outcomes-of-laparoscopic-sentinel-node-navigation-surgery-in-early-gastric-cancer-a-single-center-single-arm-phase-ii-trial
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Do Joong Park, Young Suk Park, Sang Yong Son, Ju-Hee Lee, Hye Seung Lee, Young Soo Park, Kyoung Ho Lee, Young Hoon Kim, Kyoung Un Park, Won Woo Lee, Soyeon Ahn, Sang-Hoon Ahn, Hyung-Ho Kim
BACKGROUND: Sentinel node navigation surgery (SNNS) in early gastric cancer (EGC) is technically feasible according to previous literature, however its long-term oncologic safety has not been reported. METHODS: A single-center, single-arm, phase II trial was conducted to determine the oncologic outcomes of laparoscopic sentinel node (SN) biopsy in clinical stage T1N0M0 gastric cancer patients. Cases with positive SNs on intraoperative pathologic examination underwent conventional gastrectomy with radical lymphadenectomy (SN-positive group), whereas those with negative SNs underwent laparoendoscopic-limited gastric resections without further lymph node dissections (SN-negative group)...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786126/prophylactic-central-compartment-neck-dissection-in-papillary-thyroid-cancer-and-effect-on-locoregional-recurrence
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David T Hughes, Jennifer E Rosen, Douglas B Evans, Elizabeth Grubbs, Tracy S Wang, Carmen C Solórzano
BACKGROUND: Prophylactic central compartment neck dissection (pCCND) in addition to total thyroidectomy (TT) includes removal of central compartment lymph nodes in the absence of clinical involvement on preoperative and intraoperative evaluation. The data regarding the influence of pCCND on oncologic outcomes and surgical complication rates is mixed and, therefore, is the focus of this analysis. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature on total thyroidectomy with prophylactic central compartment neck dissection (TT + pCCND) from January 1990 to October 2017 identified 221 abstracts of which 17 met inclusion criteria and were reviewed (1 randomized-control trial, 13 retrospective cohort studies, and 3 meta-analyses)...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785888/the-impact-of-oprm1-s-genetic-polymorphisms-on-methadone-maintenance-treatment-in-opioid-addicts-a-systematic-review
#9
Bilel Oueslati, Olfa Moula, Rim Ghachem
AIM: Methadone is a long-acting opioid receptor agonist. It is prescribed to patients with opioid-related use disorders. The OPRM1 gene encodes for methadone's main receptor. It appears that polymorphisms in OPRM1 may affect the efficacy of methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to identify all relevant published papers dealing with the impact ofOPRM1's SNPs  on MMT's efficacy and to summarize results in order to evaluate the relevance of conducting pretherapeutic genotyping in opioid addicts prior to the onset of MMT...
May 22, 2018: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785836/facing-death-alone-or-together-investigating-the-interdependence-of-death-anxiety-dysfunctional-attitudes-and-quality-of-life-in-patient-caregiver-dyads-confronting-lung-cancer
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Bobo Hi-Po Lau, Daniel F K Wong, Y L Fung, Jillian Zhou, Cecilia L W Chan, Amy Y M Chow
BACKGROUND: Based on the cognitive theory, anxiety arising from the awareness of death and dying may activate dysfunctional attitudes, which may then reduce quality of life. This study examined the interdependence and the mediating role of dysfunctional attitudes on the relationship between death anxiety and quality of life among patients with lung cancer and their caregivers. METHODS: From March 2016 to April 2017, 173 pairs of patients and their caregivers enrolled in a randomized controlled trial of psychosocial support...
May 21, 2018: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785788/effects-of-levosimendan-on-mortality-in-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Peili Chen, Xiaoqiang Wu, Zhiwei Wang, Zhenya Li, Xiangyong Tian, Junpeng Wang, Tianzhong Yan
PURPOSE: We sought to determine the impact of levosimendan on mortality following cardiac surgery based on large-scale randomized controlled trials (RCTs). METHODS: We searched PubMed, Web of Science, Cochrane databases, and ClinicalTrials.gov for RCTs published up to December 2017, on levosimendan for patients undergoing cardiac surgery. RESULTS: A total of 25 RCTs enrolling 2960 patients met the inclusion criteria; data from 15 placebo-controlled randomized trials were included for meta-analysis...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785716/randomised-italian-sonography-for-occiput-position-trial-ante-vacuum-r-i-s-pos-t-a
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Tullio Ghi, Andrea Dall'Asta, Bianca Masturzo, Beatrice Tassis, Monica Martinelli, Nicola Volpe, Federico Prefumo, Giuseppe Rizzo, Gianluigi Pilu, Luisa Cariello, Lorenzo Sabbioni, Antonio Morselli-Labate, Tullia Todros, Tiziana Frusca
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether the ultrasound diagnosis of fetal head position reduces the risk of failed vacuum delivery and improves labor outcomes. METHODS: R.I.S.POS.T.A. (Randomised Italian Sonography for Occiput POSition Trial Ante Vacuum) was a randomised controlled trial conducted from April 2014 to June 2017 and involving thirteen Italian maternity hospitals. Singleton term pregnancies with cephalic presentation where a decision for instrumental delivery by vacuum extractor was made were included...
May 21, 2018: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785673/the-impact-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-tdcs-on-bipolar-depression-mania-and-euthymia-a-systematic-review-of-preliminary-data
#13
Clément Dondé, Nicholas H Neufeld, Pierre A Geoffroy
The neurobiological basis of bipolar disorders (BD) has received increased attention and several brain regions and brain circuits have been correlated with clinical symptoms. These brain regions and circuits may represent targets for neuromodulation techniques such as transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). We systematically reviewed the literature to explore the risks and benefits of tDCS in BD and examined all mood states. Following the PRISMA guidelines, a systematic literature search using several databases was performed from April 2002 to June 2017...
May 21, 2018: Psychiatric Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785555/folic-acid-methylfolate-for-the-treatment-of-psychopathology-in-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Kenji Sakuma, Shinji Matsunaga, Ikuo Nomura, Makoto Okuya, Taro Kishi, Nakao Iwata
RATIONALE: This study aims to examine whether folate/folic acid/methylfolate/folinic acid supplemented to antipsychotics (FA + AP) is beneficial in schizophrenia treatment. OBJECTIVE: We conducted a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis of double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trials (RCTs) of FA + AP for schizophrenia. METHODS: The primary outcome was an improvement in total symptoms. Other outcomes were psychopathology subscales (positive, negative, general, and depressive symptoms), discontinuation due to all-cause and adverse events, and individual adverse events...
May 22, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785466/effect-of-reassuring-information-about-musculoskeletal-and-mental-health-complaints-at-the-workplace-a-cluster-randomized-trial-of-the-atwork-intervention
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Tone Langjordet Johnsen, Hege Randi Eriksen, Valborg Baste, Aage Indahl, Magnus Odeen, Torill Helene Tveito
Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate the possible difference between the Modified atWork intervention (MAW) and the Original atWork intervention (OAW) on sick leave and other health related outcomes. atWork is a group intervention using the workplace as an arena for distribution of evidence-based knowledge about musculoskeletal and mental health complaints. Methods A cluster randomized controlled trial with 93 kindergartens, comprising a total of 1011 employees, was conducted. Kindergartens were stratified by county and size and randomly allocated to MAW (45 clusters, 324 respondents) or OAW (48 clusters, 313 respondents)...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785458/high-resolution-standardization-reduces-delay-due-to-workflow-disruptions-in-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
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Marco von Strauss Und Torney, Sohelia Aghlmandi, Jasmin Zeindler, Debora Nowakowski, Christian A Nebiker, Christoph Kettelhack, Rachel Rosenthal, Raoul A Droeser, Savas D Soysal, Henry Hoffmann, Robert Mechera
BACKGROUND: Optimal resource utilization in high-cost environments like operating theatres is fundamental in today's cost constrained health care systems. Interruptions of the surgical workflow, i.e. microcomplications (MC), lead to prolonged procedure times and higher costs and can be indicative of surgical mistakes. Reducing MC can improve operating room efficiency and prevent intraoperative complications. We, therefore, aimed to evaluate the impact of a high-resolution standardized laparoscopic cholecystectomy protocol (HRSL) on operative time and intraoperative interruptions in a teaching hospital...
May 21, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785390/platelet-rich-plasma-prp-for-the-treatment-of-vulvar-lichen-sclerosus-in-a-premenopausal-woman-a-case-report
#17
D Franic, Z Iternička, M Franić-Ivanišević
The use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for the treatment of lichen sclerosus (LS) in a 38-year-old premenopausal woman is reported. The diagnosis was confirmed histologically and the symptoms documented using the ICIQ Vaginal Symptoms Questionnaire (ICIQ-VS) and the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) questionnaire. PRP was prepared from autologous blood using the Regen Cellular Matrix Kit. PRP was administered twice over two months. Histology at follow-up one month after the second administration showed the epidermis was nearly normal and upper dermal cellularity had been restored...
April 2018: Case Reports in Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785301/impact-of-baseline-central-retinal-thickness-on-outcomes-in-the-vivid-dme-and-vista-dme-studies
#18
Edoardo Midena, Mark Gillies, Todd A Katz, Carola Metzig, Chengxing Lu, Yuichiro Ogura
Purpose: To report the impact of baseline central retinal thickness (CRT) on outcomes in patients with diabetic macular edema (DME) in VIVID-DME and VISTA-DME. Methods: Post hoc analyses of two randomized controlled trials in which 862 DME patients were randomized 1 : 1 : 1 to treatment with intravitreal aflibercept 2.0 mg every 4 weeks (2q4), intravitreal aflibercept 2.0 mg every 8 weeks after five initial monthly doses (2q8), or macular laser photocoagulation at baseline and as needed...
2018: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785289/what-is-the-role-of-wedge-resection-for-t1a-lung-cancer
#19
Sebron Harrison, Brendon Stiles, Nasser Altorki
Since 1995, lobar resection became the standard of care for medically fit patients with early stage lung cancer. This was based on the results of a single randomized trial comparing lobectomy and sublobar resection (SLR) in stage I lung cancer conducted by the lung cancer study group between 1982 and 1988. The conclusions of the study included a statistically significant tripling in loco-regional recurrence (LR) after limited resection but no difference between the two arms of the trial in systemic recurrence...
April 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785275/infant-activity-and-sleep-behaviors-in-a-maternal-and-infant-home-visiting-project-among-rural-southern-african-american-women
#20
Jessica L Thomson, Lisa M Tussing-Humphreys, Melissa H Goodman, Alicia S Landry
Background: Physical inactivity and inadequate amounts of sleep are two potential causes for excessive weight gain in infancy. Thus, parents and caregivers of infants need to be educated about decreasing infant sedentary behavior, increasing infant unrestrained floor time, as well as age specific recommended amounts of sleep for infants. The aims of this study were to determine if maternal knowledge about infant activity and sleep changed over time and to evaluate maternal compliance rates with expert recommendations for infant sleep in a two-arm, randomized, controlled, comparative impact trial...
2018: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
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