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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214903/risks-and-benefits-of-multimodal-esophageal-cancer-treatments-a-meta-analysis
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Lei Sun, Fen Zhao, Yan Zeng, Cheng Yi
BACKGROUND Esophageal cancer has traditionally been associated with very poor outcomes. A number of therapies are available for the treatment and palliation of esophageal cancer, but little systematic evidence compares the efficacy of different treatment strategies. This meta-analysis aimed to investigate whether treatments in addition to radiotherapy could provide better efficacy and safety. MATERIAL AND METHODS We identified a total of 12 eligible studies with 18 study arms by searching PubMed, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, and Clinical Trials...
February 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214798/intensive-blood-pressure-lowering-in-patients-with-acute-intracerebral-haemorrhage-clinical-outcomes-and-haemorrhage-expansion-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-trials
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Gregoire Boulouis, Andrea Morotti, Joshua N Goldstein, Andreas Charidimou
INTRODUCTION: It is unclear whether intensive lowering of blood pressure (BP) at the acute phase of intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) is beneficial. We performed a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to assess whether intensive BP lowering in patients with acute ICH is safe and effective in improving clinical outcomes. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE and the Cochrane databases for relevant RCTs and calculated pooled OR for 3-month mortality (safety outcome) and 3-month death or dependency (modified Rankin Scale (mRs) ≥3;efficacy outcome), in patients with acute ICH randomised to either intensive BP-lowering or standard BP-lowering treatment protocols...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214795/pre-implantation-balloon-aortic-valvuloplasty-and-clinical-outcomes-following-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-a-propensity-score-analysis-of-the-uk-registry
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Glen P Martin, Matthew Sperrin, Rodrigo Bagur, Mark A de Belder, Iain Buchan, Mark Gunning, Peter F Ludman, Mamas A Mamas
BACKGROUND: Aortic valve predilation with balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) is recommended before transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), despite limited data around the requirement of this preprocedural step and the potential risks of embolization. This study aimed to investigate the trends in practice and associations of BAV on short-term outcomes in the UK TAVI registry. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eleven clinical endpoints were investigated, including 30-day mortality, myocardial infarction, aortic regurgitation, valve dysfunction, and composite early safety...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214786/cost-effectiveness-of-risk-reducing-surgeries-in-preventing-hereditary-breast-and-ovarian-cancer
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Michael G Schrauder, Lisa Brunel-Geuder, Lothar Häberle, Marius Wunderle, Juliane Hoyer, André Reis, Rüdiger Schulz-Wendtland, Matthias W Beckmann, Michael P Lux
OBJECTIVES: Risk-reducing surgeries are a feasible option for mitigating the risk in individuals with inherited susceptibility to cancer, but are the procedures cost-effective in the current health-care system in Germany? This study compared the health-care costs for bilateral risk-reducing mastectomy (BRRM) and risk-reducing (bilateral) salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO) with cancer treatment costs that could potentially be prevented. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The analysis is based on interdisciplinary consultations with individuals with a high familial risk for breast and ovarian cancer at the University Breast Center for Franconia (Germany) between 2009 and 2013 (370 consultations; 44 patients with BRCA1 mutations and 26 with BRCA2 mutations)...
February 16, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214559/radiation-therapy-for-invasive-breast-cancer-increases-the-risk-of-second-primary-lung-cancer-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-analysis
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Yi-Jhih Huang, Tsai-Wang Huang, Fu-Huang Lin, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Chang-Huei Tsao, Wu-Chien Chien
INTRODUCTION: Although the risk factors for lung cancer are well documented, it remains unclear if previous radiation therapy (RT) to treat breast cancer (BC) increases the incidence of second primary lung cancer. We determined the overall incidence of second primary lung cancer after previous RT for all clinical stages of BC. METHODS: After analyzing the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database, 986,713 individuals were randomly enrolled from 2000 to 2010 for cohort analysis...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214400/association-between-bisphosphonate-therapy-and-outcomes-from-rehabilitation-in-older-people
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James A Goodbrand, Lloyd D Hughes, Lynda Cochrane, Peter T Donnan, Mark McGilchrist, Helen Frost, Marion E T McMurdo, Miles D Witham
BACKGROUND: Bisphosphonate therapy may have actions beyond bone, including effects on cardiovascular, immune and muscle function. We tested whether bisphosphonate treatment is associated with improved outcomes in older people undergoing inpatient rehabilitation. METHODS: Analysis of prospectively collected, linked routine clinical datasets. Participants were divided into never users of bisphosphonates, use prior to rehabilitation only, use after rehabilitation only, and current users (use before and after rehabilitation)...
February 11, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214371/the-risk-of-depression-suicidal-ideation-and-suicide-attempt-in-patients-with-psoriasis-psoriatic-arthritis-or-ankylosing-spondylitis
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J J Wu, R B Penfold, P Primatesta, T K Fox, C Stewart, S P Reddy, A Egeberg, J Liu, G Simon
BACKGROUND: Sparse information is available concerning mental health issues in psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients. OBJECTIVE: To estimate risk of depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempt in patients with psoriasis, PsA, and AS, respectively, compared with the general population. METHODS: This population-based cohort study analyzed 36,214 psoriasis patients, 5,138 PsA patients, and 1,878 AS patients who were frequency-matched with a general population cohort...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214369/diagnostic-accuracy-of-history-physical-exam-laboratory-tests-and-point-of-care-ultrasound-for-pediatric-acute-appendicitis-in-the-emergency-department-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Roshanak Benabbas, Mark Hanna, Jay Shah, Richard Sinert
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis (AA) is the most common surgical emergency in children. Accurate and timely diagnosis is crucial but challenging due to atypical presentations and the inherent difficulty of obtaining a reliable history and physical examination in younger children. OBJECTIVES: To determine the utility of history, physical exam, laboratory tests, Pediatric Appendicitis Score (PAS) and Emergency Department-Point-of-Care Ultrasound (ED-POCUS) in the diagnosis of AA in ED pediatric patients...
February 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214280/current-guidelines-do-not-sufficiently-discriminate-venous-thromboembolism-risk-in-urology
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Kristen McAlpine, Rodney H Breau, Ranjeeta Mallick, Sonya Cnossen, Ilias Cagiannos, Christopher Morash, Marc Carrier, Luke T Lavallée
PURPOSE: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the leading cause of noncancer death following major cancer surgery. Current thromboprophylaxis guidelines do not address procedure-specific risk of venous thromboembolism for urological patients. This project was created to determine the risk and timing of VTE after major urological surgery and to evaluate if surgical procedure was an independent risk factor for VTE after adjusting for previously established risk factors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The American College of Surgeons׳ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program was used to create a cohort of patients who received major abdominal or pelvic urologic surgery between 2006 and 2014...
February 14, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214256/is-there-a-threshold-value-of-hemoglobin-a1c-that-predicts-risk-of-infection-following-primary-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Jourdan M Cancienne, Brian C Werner, James A Browne
BACKGROUND: There remains little evidence to support a perioperative hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) level that could serve as a threshold for a significantly increased risk of deep postoperative infection in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) following total hip arthroplasty (THA). METHODS: A national administrative database was queried for patients who underwent primary THA with DM. Patients with an HbA1c level within 3 months of surgery were identified and were stratified based on HbA1c level in 0...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214119/persistent-organic-pollutants-in-the-olifants-river-basin-south-africa-bioaccumulation-and-trophic-transfer-through-a-subtropical-aquatic-food-web
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Vera Verhaert, Nadine Newmark, Wendy D'Hollander, Adrian Covaci, Wynand Vlok, Victor Wepener, Abraham Addo-Bediako, Antoinette Jooste, Johannes Teuchies, Ronny Blust, Lieven Bervoets
This study investigates the trophic transfer of persistent organic pollutants (POPs: PCBs, PBDEs, OCPs and PFASs) in the subtropical aquatic ecosystem of the Olifants River Basin (South Africa) by means of trophic magnification factors (TMFs). Relative trophic levels were determined by stable isotope analysis. POP levels in surface water, sediment and biota were low. Only ∑DDTs levels in fish muscle (<LOQ-61ng/g ww) were comparable or higher than values from other temperate and tropical regions. Significant positive relationships between relative trophic level and PCB, DDT and HCH concentrations were observed so trophic levels play an important role in the movement of contaminants through the food web...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214079/postoperative-ischemic-stroke-and-death-prediction-with-cha2ds2-vasc-score-in-patients-having-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-surgery-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Wei-Syun Hu, Cheng-Li Lin
OBJECTIVES: This nationwide cohort study was attempted to address the predictive ability of CHA2DS2-VASc score in both ischemic stroke and death in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. METHODS: We identified patients aged ≥18years undergoing de novo CABG between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2011. We calculated CHA2DS2-VASc score for each study patient. We used univariable and multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression models to measure the hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for ischemic stroke and death associated with CHA2DS2-VASc score in the study patients...
February 12, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214002/relation-between-ventricular-premature-complexes-and-incident-heart-failure
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Vratika Agarwal, Eric Vittinghoff, Isaac R Whitman, Thomas A Dewland, Jonathan W Dukes, Gregory M Marcus
Ventricular premature complexes (VPCs) may represent a reversible cause of heart failure (HF); however, the type of patients most prone remains unknown. This study leverages a large population-based database to examine interactions that might prove clinically useful in risk-stratifying patients with VPCs. We used the California Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project to identify patients with VPCs and incident systolic HF from January 1, 2005, to December 31, 2009. We calculated hazard ratios for predictors of incident systolic HF using multivariable Cox proportional hazard models...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213921/maternal-igf1-and-igf1r-polymorphisms-and-the-risk-of-spontaneous-preterm-birth
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Jian-Rong He, Yu-Mian Lai, Hui-Hui Liu, Guang-Jian Liu, Wei-Dong Li, Xue-Jiao Fan, Xue-Ling Wei, Xiao-Yan Xia, Ya-Shu Kuang, Xiao-Dan Liu, Nian-Nian Chen, Jin-Hua Lu, Qiao-Zhu Chen, Wei-Bi Mai, Hui-Min Xia, Xiu Qiu
BACKGROUND: The insulin-like growth factor (IGF) pathway was involved in the occurrence of spontaneous preterm birth (SPTB), but little is known regarding the relationship between genetic variations in IGF pathway and the risk of SPTB. We aimed to investigate the associations of IGF1 rs972936 and IGF1 receptor (IGF1R) rs2229765 polymorphisms with SPTB risk in a Chinese population. METHOD: A total of 114 cases of SPTB and 250 controls of term delivery were included from Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center, China...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213787/the-influence-of-femoral-tunnel-length-on-graft-rupture-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
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Luiz Gabriel Betoni Guglielmetti, Leandro Girardi Shimba, Leonardo Cantarelli do Santos, Fabrício Roberto Severino, Nilson Roberto Severino, Patrícia Maria de Moraes Barros Fucs, Ricardo de Paula Leite Cury
BACKGROUND: For ACL reconstruction, the minimum length of the femoral tunnel and the flexor tendon graft length needed within the tunnel for proper integration have not been defined. The aim of this study was to assess whether a short tunnel is a risk factor for poor prognosis and re-rupture by comparing the outcomes of patients with short femoral tunnels to those of patients with longer tunnels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective observational study of 80 patients who underwent ACL reconstruction using flexor tendons via the medial transportal or transtibial technique was performed...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Official Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213785/passive-smoking-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-mortality-findings-from-the-japan-collaborative-cohort-study
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Shigekazu Ukawa, Akiko Tamakoshi, Hiroshi Yatsuya, Kazumasa Yamagishi, Masahiko Ando, Hiroyasu Iso
OBJECTIVES: To elucidate the association between passive smoking at home and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) mortality via a large-scale nationwide cohort study in Japan. METHODS: Never smokers (n = 34,604) aged 40-79 years at baseline (1988-1990; 4884 men, 29,720 women) were included in the analysis. Passive smoking at home was measured based on self-reported frequency of weekly exposure to passive smoking at home. An inverse probability of treatment-weighted competing risk model was used to calculate the hazard ratio (HR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) for COPD mortality...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213600/caesarean-sections-and-for-profit-status-of-hospitals-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ilir Hoxha, Lamprini Syrogiannouli, Xhyljeta Luta, Kali Tal, David C Goodman, Bruno R da Costa, Peter Jüni
OBJECTIVE: Financial incentives may encourage private for-profit providers to perform more caesarean section (CS) than non-profit hospitals. We therefore sought to determine the association of for-profit status of hospital and odds of CS. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews from the first year of records through February 2016. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: To be eligible, studies had to report data to allow the calculation of ORs of CS comparing private for-profit hospitals with public or private non-profit hospitals in a specific geographic area...
February 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213341/the-benefit-of-web-and-computer-based-interventions-for-stress-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Elena Heber, David Daniel Ebert, Dirk Lehr, Pim Cuijpers, Matthias Berking, Stephanie Nobis, Heleen Riper
BACKGROUND: Stress has been identified as one of the major public health issues in this century. New technologies offer opportunities to provide effective psychological interventions on a large scale. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to investigate the efficacy of Web- and computer-based stress-management interventions in adults relative to a control group. METHODS: A meta-analysis was performed, including 26 comparisons (n=4226). Cohen d was calculated for the primary outcome level of stress to determine the difference between the intervention and control groups at posttest...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213199/cardiovascular-risk-in-different-obesity-phenotypes-over-a-decade-follow-up-tehran-lipid-and-glucose-study
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Bita Mirzaei, Hengameh Abdi, Sara Serahati, Maryam Barzin, Mahtab Niroomand, Fereidoun Azizi, Farhad Hosseinpanah
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Considering the inconsistent data available on cardiovascular (CV) risk of different obesity phenotypes, the aim of this study was to investigate the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in different obesity phenotypes over a median follow-up of 12 years. METHODS: In this large population-based cohort, 7842 participants (44.8% men), aged ≥ 30 years, were enrolled. Participants were divided into six phenotypes based on body mass index and metabolic status...
February 3, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212983/acircularity-index-and-axis-ratio-of-the-foveal-avascular-zone-in-diabetic-eyes-and-healthy-controls-measured-by-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography
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Brian D Krawitz, Shelley Mo, Lawrence S Geyman, Steven A Agemy, Nicole K Scripsema, Patricia M Garcia, Toco Y P Chui, Richard B Rosen
Given the complexity of the current system used to stage diabetic retinopathy (DR) and the risks and limitations associated with intravenous fluorescein angiography (IVFA), noninvasive quantification of DR severity is desirable. We examined the utility of acircularity index and axis ratio of the foveal avascular zone (FAZ), metrics that can noninvasively quantify the severity of diabetic retinopathy without the need for axial length to correct for individual retinal magnification. A retrospective review was performed of type 2 diabetics and age-matched controls imaged with optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA)...
February 14, 2017: Vision Research
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