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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453966/psychotherapy-for-depression-among-advanced-incurable-cancer-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Toru Okuyama, Tatsuo Akechi, Lisa Mackenzie, Toshi A Furukawa
BACKGROUND: There is a high prevalence of depressive disorder and depressive symptoms among advanced, incurable cancer patients. Patients commonly report a preference for non-pharmacological treatments such as psychotherapy over pharmacological treatments for depression. The objective of this review was to investigate the effectiveness of psychotherapy for the treatment of depression in people with advanced, incurable cancer via a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). METHODS: We searched research databases and clinical trial registries for studies published prior to June 2015...
April 11, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453378/effectiveness-of-written-action-plans-for-acute-asthma-a-systematic-review
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Cristina Villa-Roel, Britt Voaklander, Maria B Ospina, Taylor Nikel, Sandra Campbell, Brian H Rowe
OBJECTIVE: Self-management is an essential part of achieving asthma control and improving long-term outcomes. While guidelines recommend the provision of written asthma action plans (AAPs), few patients presenting to emergency departments (ED) have one. This systematic review examined if individualized written AAPs reduce relapses in adults following an ED visit for acute asthma. DATA SOURCES: Comprehensive searches of seven electronic databases and grey literature were conducted...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448859/evolution-of-the-methodological-quality-of-controlled-clinical-trials-for-myofascial-trigger-point-treatments-for-the-period-1978-2015-a-systematic-review
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Rahel Stoop, Ron Clijsen, Diego Leoni, Emiliano Soldini, Greta Castellini, Valentina Redaelli, Marco Barbero
BACKGROUND: The methodological quality of controlled clinical trials (CCTs) of physiotherapeutic treatment modalities for myofascial trigger points (MTrP) has not been investigated yet. OBJECTIVES: To detect the methodological quality of CCTs for physiotherapy treatments of MTrPs and demonstrating the possible increase over time. DESIGN: Systematic review. METHODS: A systematic search was conducted in two databases, Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) and Medicine Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System online (MEDLINE), using the same keywords and selection procedure corresponding to pre-defined inclusion criteria...
April 18, 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447766/supervised-dosing-with-a-long-acting-opioid-medication-in-the-management-of-opioid-dependence
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REVIEW
Rosella Saulle, Simona Vecchi, Linda Gowing
BACKGROUND: Opioid dependence (OD) is an increasing clinical and public health problem worldwide. International guidelines recommend opioid substitution treatment (OST), such as methadone and buprenorphine, as first-line medication treatment for OD. A negative aspect of OST is that the medication used can be diverted both through sale on the black market, and the unsanctioned use of medications. Daily supervised administration of medications used in OST has the advantage of reducing the risk of diversion, and may promote therapeutic engagement, potentially enhancing the psychosocial aspect of OST, but costs more and is more restrictive on the client than dispensing for off-site consumption...
April 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447486/guidance-to-develop-individual-dose-recommendations-for-patients-on-chronic-hemodialysis
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Verena Gotta, Kim Dao, Frédérique Rodieux, Thierry Buclin, Françoise Livio, Marc Pfister
In addition to tailored clinical trials in patients on chronic hemodialysis (HD) during drug development, clinician-initiated post-marketing studies and case reports on individual pharmacokinetic (PK) assessments provide an important source of information about drug dialysability and individualized dose recommendations in this vulnerable population. Areas covered: First, factors that may alter drug exposure in HD patients are explained. Second, available regulatory and methodological guidelines for PK assessments in this population are summarized...
April 27, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447363/tobacco-packaging-design-for-reducing-tobacco-use
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REVIEW
Ann McNeill, Shannon Gravely, Sara C Hitchman, Linda Bauld, David Hammond, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce
BACKGROUND: Tobacco use is the largest single preventable cause of death and disease worldwide. Standardised tobacco packaging is an intervention intended to reduce the promotional appeal of packs and can be defined as packaging with a uniform colour (and in some cases shape and size) with no logos or branding, apart from health warnings and other government-mandated information, and the brand name in a prescribed uniform font, colour and size. Australia was the first country to implement standardised tobacco packaging between October and December 2012, France implemented standardised tobacco packaging on 1 January 2017 and several other countries are implementing, or intending to implement, standardised tobacco packaging...
April 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447027/gastric-function-in-children-with-oesophageal-atresia-and-tracheoesophageal-fistula
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REVIEW
Gilles Duvoisin, Usha Krishnan
Oesophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula (OA-TOF) are a multifaceted condition which affects patients throughout their lives. Even though it is one of the most common gastrointestinal malformations, most of the current studies focus on gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, anastomotic strictures, and feeding difficulties. However, there is increasing evidence that a proportion of patients with OA-TOF also have abnormal gastric function. This review aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of studies of gastric function in patients with OA-TOF...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447021/clinical-trials-in-dentistry-in-india-analysis-from-trial-registry
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S Gowri, Sridharan Kannan
INTRODUCTION: Evidence-based practice requires clinical trials to be performed. In India, if any clinical trial has to be performed, it has to be registered with clinical trial registry of India. Studies have shown that the report of clinical trials is poor in dentistry. Hence, the present study has been conducted to assess the type and trends of clinical trials being undertaken in dentistry in India over a span of 6 years. METHODOLOGY: All the clinical trials which were registered with the Central Trial Registry of India (CTRI) (www...
April 2017: Perspectives in Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446501/dietary-long-chain-fatty-acids-and-carbohydrate-biomarker-evaluation-in-a-controlled-feeding-study-in-participants-from-the-women-s-health-initiative-cohort
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Xiaoling Song, Ying Huang, Marian L Neuhouser, Lesley F Tinker, Mara Z Vitolins, Ross L Prentice, Johanna W Lampe
Background: Biomarkers of macronutrient intake are lacking. Controlled human feeding studies that preserve the normal variation in nutrient and food consumption are necessary for the development and validation of robust nutritional biomarkers.Objective: We aimed to assess the utility of serum phospholipid fatty acids (PLFAs) as biomarkers of dietary intakes of fatty acids, total fat, and carbohydrate.Design: We used an individualized controlled feeding study in which 153 postmenopausal women from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) were provided with a 2-wk controlled diet that mimicked each individual's habitual food intake...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445317/timing-of-tourniquet-release-in-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-meta-analysis
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Pei Zhang, Yuan Liang, Jinshan He, Yongchao Fang, Pengtao Chen, Jingcheng Wang
BACKGROUND: For total knee arthroplasty (TKA), the tourniquet is routinely employed for better visualization, less blood loss, and easier cementation. However, the time to release tourniquet remains controversial. Therefore, we performed current meta-analysis to assess whether releasing tourniquet before wound closure is more effective in reducing blood loss than releasing tourniquet after wound closure in TKA without an increased risk of complications. METHODS: To conduct this meta-analysis, we searched Medline, Embase, Web of science, and the Cochrane library up to November 2016, for randomized controlled trials comparing tourniquet releasing before and after wound closure in TKA...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445263/acupuncture-for-enhancing-early-recovery-of-bowel-function-in-cancer-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
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Yi-Hua Liu, Yang Ye, Jia-Bin Zheng, Xue-Qian Wang, Ying Zhang, Hong-Sheng Lin
BACKGROUND: Cancer patients undergoing surgical procedure often suffer from bowel dysfunction and postoperative ileus (POI). Cancer management for early recovery of bowel function is still a challenging topic. Acupuncture has been commonly used in a variety of gastrointestinal diseases. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of acupuncture therapy to reduce the duration of POI and enhance bowel function in cancer patients. METHODS: We will systematically screen all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published through electronically and hand searching...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444704/how-does-lower-urinary-tract-dysfunction-lutd-affect-sexual-function-in-men-and-women-ici-rs-2015-part-2
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REVIEW
Apostolos Apostolidis, Angie Rantell, Ralf Anding, Ruth Kirschner-Hermanns, Linda Cardozo
AIM: To discuss available data on the links between LUTD and sexual dysfunction, what is still unknown about the causative effect of disease processes on sexual function (SF), and to suggest proposals for further research. METHODS: At the 2015 International Consultation on Incontinence-Research Society (ICI-RS), a multi-disciplinary group presented a literature search of what is known about the effect of LUTD on SF in men and women. Wider discussions regarding knowledge gaps, and ideal research methodology ensued and are presented...
April 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444174/catheter-ablation-for-ventricular-tachycardia-in-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis-a-systematic-review
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Nikolaos Papageorgiou, Rui Providência, Konstantinos Bronis, Dirk G Dechering, Neil Srinivasan, Lars Eckardt, Pier D Lambiase
Aims: Cardiac sarcoidosis (CS) is associated with a poor prognosis. Important features of CS include heart failure, conduction abnormalities, and ventricular arrhythmias. Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is often refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs (AAD) and immunosuppression. Catheter ablation has emerged as a treatment option for recurrent VT. However, data on the efficacy and outcomes of VT ablation in this context are sparse. Methods and results: A systematic search was performed on PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane database (from inception to September 2016) with included studies providing a minimum of information on CS patients undergoing VT ablation: age, gender, VT cycle length, CS diagnosis criteria, and baseline medications...
April 21, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444078/expiratory-rib-cage-compression-in-mechanically-ventilated-adults-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
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Lúcia Faria Borges, Mateus Sasso Saraiva, Marcos Ariel Sasso Saraiva, Fabrício Edler Macagnan, Adriana Kessler
Objective: To review the literature on the effects of expiratory rib cage compression on ventilatory mechanics, airway clearance, and oxygen and hemodynamic indices in mechanically ventilated adults. Methods: Systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials in the databases MEDLINE (via PubMed), EMBASE, Cochrane CENTRAL, PEDro, and LILACS. Studies on adult patients hospitalized in intensive care units and under mechanical ventilation that analyzed the effects of expiratory rib cage compression with respect to a control group (without expiratory rib cage compression) and evaluated the outcomes static and dynamic compliance, sputum volume, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, heart rate, peripheral oxygen saturation, and ratio of arterial oxygen partial pressure to fraction of inspired oxygen were included...
January 2017: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443199/overdiagnosis-of-breast-cancer-in-population-screening-does-it-make-breast-screening-worthless
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Nehmat Houssami
The risk of breast cancer (BC) overdiagnosis attributed to mammography screening is an unresolved issue, complicated by heterogeneity in the methodology of quantifying its magnitude, and both political and scientific elements surrounding interpretation of the evidence on this phenomenon. Evidence from randomized trials and also from observational studies shows that mammography screening reduces the risk of BC death; similarly, these studies provide sufficient evidence that overdiagnosis represents a serious harm from population breast screening...
February 2017: Cancer Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442852/perioperative-systemic-glucocorticoids-in-total-hip-and-knee-arthroplasty-a-systematic-review-of-outcomes
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REVIEW
Jeffrey Hartman, Vickas Khanna, Anthony Habib, Forough Farrokhyar, Muzammil Memon, Anthony Adili
BACKGROUND: Perioperative systemic glucocorticoids are frequently included in multimodal analgesia and antiemetic regimens administered to patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate the available randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to determine the effect of perioperative systemic glucocorticoids on postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV), pain, narcotic consumption, antiemetic consumption, length of stay in hospital, and major complications in patients undergoing elective THA or TKA...
June 2017: Journal of Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442838/wound-outcome-following-primary-and-delayed-primary-skin-closure-techniques-after-laparotomy-for-non-traumatic-ileal-perforation-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Vivek Agrawal, Mohit Kumar Joshi, Ashish Kumar Gupta, Bhupendra Kumar Jain
To study the effect of primary and delayed primary closure of skin incision on wound outcome in patients with non-traumatic ileal perforation, 68 patients of ileal perforation were studied in a prospective randomized clinical trial. Patients fulfilling inclusion criteria were divided into ileostomy and non-ileostomy groups, both of which were then randomized into two subgroups each depending on whether skin was closed primarily or in a delayed primary manner. Wound infection and dehiscence were the main outcome parameters studied...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442159/cochrane-corner-antihypertensive-efficacy-of-beta-1-selective-beta-blockers-for-primary-hypertension
#18
Luís Nogueira-Silva, Pedro Sousa Marques, Maria João Lima
Beta blockers are commonly used to treat hypertension. This Cochrane systematic review assessed the effect of beta-1 selective beta blockers on blood pressure (BP), pulse pressure (PP), heart rate (HR) and withdrawal due to adverse effects in patients with primary hypertension. Fifty-six randomized placebo-controlled trials were included, with a total of 7812 patients. These drugs reduced systolic/diastolic BP by 10/8 mmHg, PP by 2 mmHg and HR by 11 bpm; no difference was found between treatment and placebo regarding withdrawal due to adverse effects...
April 22, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441335/systematic-review-of-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-for-social-anxiety-disorder-in-psychosis
#19
REVIEW
Maria Michail, Max Birchwood, Lynda Tait
BACKGROUND: Social anxiety is highly prevalent among people with psychosis and linked with significant social disability and poorer prognosis. Although cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) has shown to be effective for the treatment of social anxiety in non-psychotic populations, there is a lack of evidence on the clinical effectiveness of CBT for the treatment of social anxiety when this is co-morbid in psychosis. METHODS: A systematic review to summarise and critically appraise the literature on the effectiveness of CBT interventions for the treatment of social anxiety in psychosis...
April 25, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441253/the-impact-of-an-international-network-gynecologic-cancer-intergroup-for-clinical-research-on-global-capacity-for-gynecologic-cancer-clinical-trials
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Gavin C E Stuart, Henry C Kitchener, Jan B Vermorken, Michael J Quinn, William Small, Eric Pujade-Lauraine, Hansen Chou, Michelle Wong, Monica Bacon
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to demonstrate that the construction of the Gynecologic Cancer InterGroup (GCIG) has increased collaboration and accrual to high-quality phase 3 trials at a global level. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The GCIG is a collaboration of 29 international cooperative clinical trial groups committed to conduct of high-quality phase 3 trials among women with gynecologic cancer. A complete bibliography of the reported phase 3 trials has been developed and is available on the GCIG Web site http://www...
May 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
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