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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645092/examining-effectiveness-of-tailorable-computer-assisted-therapy-programmes-for-substance-misuse-programme-usage-and-clinical-outcomes-data-from-breaking-free-online
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Sarah Elison, Andrew Jones, Jonathan Ward, Glyn Davies, Stephanie Dugdale
RATIONALE: When evaluating complex, tailorable digital behavioural interventions, additional approaches may be required alongside established methodologies such as randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Research evaluating a computer-assisted therapy (CAT) programme for substance misuse, Breaking Free Online (BFO), is informed by Medical Research Council (MRC) guidance recommending examination of 'mechanisms of action' of individual intervention strategies, which is relevant when evaluating digital interventions with content that may evolve over time...
May 23, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644348/biomarkers-of-environmental-enteric-dysfunction-among-children-in-rural-bangladesh
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Rebecca K Campbell, Kerry J Schulze, Saijuddin Shaikh, Sucheta Mehra, Hasmot Ali, Lee Wu, Rubhana Raqib, Sarah Baker, Alain Labrique, Keith P West, Parul Christian
OBJECTIVES: Environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) may inhibit growth and development in low- and middle-income countries, but available assessment methodologies limit its study. In rural Bangladesh, we measured EED using the widely used lactulose mannitol ratio (L:M) test and a panel of intestinal and systemic health biomarkers to evaluate convergence among biomarkers and describe risk factors for EED. METHODS: In 539 18-month-old children finishing participation in a randomized food supplementation trial, serum, stool, and urine collected after lactulose and mannitol dosing were analyzed for biomarkers of intestinal absorption, inflammation, permeability and repair, and systemic inflammation...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642286/brain-regions-important-for-recovery-after-severe-post-stroke-upper-limb-paresis
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Jane M Rondina, Chang-Hyun Park, Nick S Ward
Background The ability to predict outcome after stroke is clinically important for planning treatment and for stratification in restorative clinical trials. In relation to the upper limbs, the main predictor of outcome is initial severity, with patients who present with mild to moderate impairment regaining about 70% of their initial impairment by 3 months post-stroke. However, in those with severe presentations, this proportional recovery applies in only about half, with the other half experiencing poor recovery...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641903/-effectiveness-of-physical-exercise-on-fitness-in-frail-older-adults-a-systematic-review-of-randomised-trials
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Maria Viladrosa, Carles Casanova, Angela Claudia Ghiorghies, Pilar Jürschik
Performing exercise to maintain a good physical condition is crucial to improve and prevent frailty in older adults. The aim of this review was to assess the beneficial effects of physical exercise on fitness in frail older adults. A thorough literature search of randomised clinical trials (RCT) in the last 15 years was performed on different electronic databases. The methodological assessment of studies was obtained using the PEDro scale. Ten RCT were included, providing a final sample of 1,130 individuals...
June 19, 2017: Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641392/alcohol-is-not-protective-against-mortality-following-traumatic-brain-injury
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Jennifer S Albrecht, Majid Afshar, Deborah M Stein, Gordon S Smith
Alcohol exposure results in reduced mortality following traumatic brain injury (TBI) in animal models, yet clinical studies reported conflicting results and clinical trials based on proposed mechanisms have been disappointing. Methodological issues common to many of the clinical studies may have contributed to spurious results. Our objective was to evaluate the association between blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and in-hospital mortality following TBI, overcoming methodological problems of prior studies. We conducted a retrospective cohort study on individuals treated for isolated TBI at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center between 1997-2012 (n = 1,084)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641353/-negative-pressure-wound-therapy-randomised-controlled-trials-from-2000-to-2015
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Frank Peinemann
Background Negative pressure wound therapy is believed to promote wound healing. However, the results from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are inconsistent. Systematic reviews indicate unclear evidence, due in part to low-quality RCTs, calling for more RCTs of higher quality. Methods This study aimed to ascertain the number of RCTs as well as systematic reviews on RCTs published during the time period from 2000 to 2015. Various search strategies were used to identify studies in PubMed, Cochrane Library, Google, references lists of retrieved articles, and institutions that issue evidence reports...
June 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639979/multi-options-an-innovative-course-delivery-methodology
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Stacie J Elder
Multi-Options is a teaching methodology that allows students to choose the format in which they will attend class. Weekly, they have the choice of attending the face-to-face session, joining synchronously online, or viewing the class asynchronously online at their convenience. Each choice has its own requirements developed to keep the workload uniform for all students. Advantages include conservation of faculty, avoiding the cancellation of poorly populated classes, promoting student independence, and allowing for maximum student flexibility regarding learning style, scheduling needs, and lifestyle...
June 20, 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639706/exercise-for-pregnant-women-with-gestational-diabetes-for-improving-maternal-and-fetal-outcomes
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REVIEW
Julie Brown, Gilles Ceysens, Michel Boulvain
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is associated with both short- and long-term complications for the mother and her baby. Exercise interventions may be useful in helping with glycaemic control and improve maternal and infant outcomes.The original review on Exercise for diabetic pregnant women has been split into two new review titles reflecting the role of exercise for pregnant women with gestational diabetes and for pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes. Exercise for pregnant women with gestational diabetes for improving maternal and fetal outcomes (this review) Exercise for pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes for improving maternal and fetal outcomes OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of exercise interventions for improving maternal and fetal outcomes in women with GDM...
June 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639576/laparoscopic-versus-open-resection-of-small-bowel-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ke Chen, Bin Zhang, Yue-Long Liang, Lin Ji, Shun-Jie Xia, Yu Pan, Xue-Yong Zheng, Xian-Fa Wang, Xiu-Jun Cai
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic resection (LAP) for small bowel gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) is not as common as for stomach. This study aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of LAP for small bowel GISTs with systematic review and meta-analysis. METHODS: The Web of Science, Cochrane Library, Embase, and PubMed databases before December 2016 were comprehensively searched to retrieve comparative trials of LAP and conventional open resection (OPEN) for GISTs of small bowel with a relevance of review object...
July 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638496/effect-of-early-follow-up-after-hospital-discharge-on-outcomes-in-patients-with-heart-failure-or-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-systematic-review
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BACKGROUND: Transitions in care can increase patients' vulnerability to adverse events. In particular, patients admitted for heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) have high rates of readmission and return emergency department visits. Heart failure patients have the highest 30-day readmission rates in Canada, and COPD patients comprise the highest volume of readmissions. Combined, these two conditions account for the largest number of emergency department returns...
2017: Ontario Health Technology Assessment Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637744/group-clinics-for-young-adults-with-diabetes-in-an-ethnically-diverse-socioeconomically-deprived-setting-together-study-protocol-for-a-realist-review-co-design-and-mixed-methods-participatory-evaluation-of-a-new-care-model
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Chrysanthi Papoutsi, Dougal Hargreaves, Grainne Colligan, Ann Hagell, Anita Patel, Desirée Campbell-Richards, Russell M Viner, Shanti Vijayaraghavan, Martin Marshall, Trisha Greenhalgh, Sarah Finer
INTRODUCTION: Young adults with diabetes often report dissatisfaction with care and have poor diabetes-related health outcomes. As diabetes prevalence continues to rise, group-based care could provide a sustainable alternative to traditional one-to-one consultations, by engaging young people through life stage-, context- and culturally-sensitive approaches. In this study, we will co-design and evaluate a group-based care model for young adults with diabetes and complex health and social needs in socioeconomically deprived areas...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637735/development-of-the-tailored-rett-intervention-and-assessment-longitudinal-trial-database-and-the-rett-evaluation-of-symptoms-and-treatments-rest-questionnaire
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Paramala Santosh, Kate Lievesley, Federico Fiori, Jatinder Singh
INTRODUCTION: Rett syndrome (RTT) is a pervasive neurodevelopmental disorder that presents with deficits in brain functioning leading to language and learning regression, characteristic hand stereotypies and developmental delay. Different mutations in the gene implicated in RTT-methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) establishes RTT as a disorder with divergent symptomatology ranging from individuals with severe to milder phenotypes. A reliable and single multidimensional questionnaire is needed that can embrace all symptoms, and the relationships between them, and can map clinically meaningful data to symptomatology across the lifespan in patients with RTT...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637726/interventions-for-preventing-mother-to-child-hiv-transmission-protocol-of-an-overview-of-systematic-reviews
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Windy Mariane Virenia Wariki, Erika Ota, Rintaro Mori, Charles S Wiysonge, Hacsi Horvath, Jennifer S Read
INTRODUCTION: Various interventions to prevent mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) of HIV have been investigated and implemented. A number of systematic reviews assessing the efficacy of interventions for the prevention of MTCT of HIV reported antiretroviral prophylaxis, caesarean section before labour and before ruptured membranes, and complete avoidance of breastfeeding were efficacious for preventing MTCT of HIV. Recent WHO guidelines recommend lifelong antiretroviral therapy for all pregnant women for treatment of the woman's own HIV infection and for prevention of MTCT of HIV...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637597/effects-of-lower-body-quadrant-neural-mobilization-in-healthy-and-low-back-pain-populations-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Tiago Neto, Sandro R Freitas, Marta Marques, Luis Gomes, Ricardo Andrade, Raúl Oliveira
BACKGROUND: Neural mobilization (NM) is widely used to assess and treat several neuromuscular disorders. However, information regarding the NM effects targeting the lower body quadrant is scarce. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of NM techniques targeting the lower body quadrant in healthy and low back pain (LBP) populations. DESIGN: Systematic review with meta-analysis. METHOD: Randomized controlled trials were included if any form of NM was applied to the lower body quadrant...
February 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637494/euiiyin-tang-in-the-treatment-of-obesity-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Chunhoo Cheon, Soobin Jang, Jeong-Su Park, Youme Ko, Doh Sun Kim, Byung Hoon Lee, Hyun Jong Song, Yun-Kyung Song, Bo-Hyoung Jang, Yong-Cheol Shin, Seong-Gyu Ko
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a public health concern in many countries due to its increasing prevalence. Euiiyin-tang is an herbal medicine formula often used as a clinical treatment for obesity. It acts to eliminate humidity and purify the blood, the causes of obesity identified by the theoretical framework of Korean medicine. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Euiiyin-tang in treating obesity. METHODS/DESIGN: This study is a randomised, double-blinded and placebo-controlled, multicentre trial...
June 21, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636752/comparison-of-effect-sizes-between-enriched-and-non-enriched-trials-of-analgesics-for-chronic-musculoskeletal-pain-a-systematic-review
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Tie P Yamato, Chris G Maher, Bruno T Saragiotto, Christina Abdel Shaheed, Anne M Moseley, Chung-Wei Christine Lin, Bart Koes, Andrew J McLachlan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the use of an enriched study design on the estimates of treatment effect in analgesic trials for chronic musculoskeletal pain METHODS: Database searches were conducted from 2004 to 2014. We included randomised placebo-controlled trials evaluating pain medications for chronic musculoskeletal pain. Methodological quality was assessed using the PEDro scale. The estimates of treatment effect on pain and adverse events were compared between enriched and non-enriched designs...
June 21, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636230/quantification-of-fatty-acids-in-erythrocytes-and-plasma-by-fast-gas-chromatography
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Cristina Cruz-Hernandez, Sagar K Thakkar, Isabelle Masserey-Elmelegy, William Bousi, Patric Fontannaz, Francesca Giuffrida
As a result of the heterogeneous nature of lipid classes in complex biological matrices such as plasma and erythrocytes, it is imperative to have a robust and validated methodology for fatty acid quantification. The effective method presented here combines available methodology of fast gas chromatography and an improvement of the sample preparation methodology before injection into the gas chromatograph. This methodology ensures complete transesterification and quantification of total and individual fatty acids (and not only in relative amounts) by addition of internal standards...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634832/the-fragility-of-randomized-controlled-trials-in-intracranial-hemorrhage
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REVIEW
Yanfei Shen, Xuping Cheng, Weimin Zhang
Fragility of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) has been evaluated using a novel metric called fragility index (FI), which measures how many events the statistical significance of a dichotomous outcome depends on. This study aimed to evaluate the fragility of RCTs in intracranial hemorrhage. Literature search (PubMed/Embase) identified all RCTs of intracranial hemorrhage since 2006. The overall distribution of FI was evaluated. Subgroup and spearman correlation analyses were made to explore potential factors that may affect FI value...
June 20, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634630/development-and-validation-of-a-tool-for-non-technical-skills-evaluation-in-robotic-surgery-the-icars-system
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Nicholas Raison, Thomas Wood, Oliver Brunckhorst, Takashige Abe, Talisa Ross, Ben Challacombe, Mohammed Shamim Khan, Giacomo Novara, Nicolo Buffi, Henk Van Der Poel, Craig McIlhenny, Prokar Dasgupta, Kamran Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Non-technical skills (NTS) are being increasingly recognised as vital for safe surgical practice. Numerous NTS rating systems have been developed to support effective training and assessment. Yet despite the additional challenges posed by robotic surgery, no NTS rating systems have been developed for this unique surgical environment. This study reports the development and validation of the first NTS behavioural rating system for robotic surgery. METHODS: A comprehensive index of all relevant NTS behaviours in robotic surgery was developed through observation of robotic theatre and interviews with robotic surgeons...
June 20, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634446/are-distal-and-proximal-visual-cues-equally-important-during-spatial-learning-in-mice-a-pilot-study-of-overshadowing-in-the-spatial-domain
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Marie Hébert, Jan Bulla, Denis Vivien, Véronique Agin
Animals use distal and proximal visual cues to accurately navigate in their environment, with the possibility of the occurrence of associative mechanisms such as cue competition as previously reported in honey-bees, rats, birds and humans. In this pilot study, we investigated one of the most common forms of cue competition, namely the overshadowing effect, between visual landmarks during spatial learning in mice. To this end, C57BL/6J × Sv129 mice were given a two-trial place recognition task in a T-maze, based on a novelty free-choice exploration paradigm previously developed to study spatial memory in rodents...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
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