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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342609/randomized-blinded-controlled-clinical-trial-shows-no-benefit-of-homeopathic-mastitis-treatment-in-dairy-cows
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Fanny Ebert, Rudolf Staufenbiel, Julia Simons, Laura Pieper
Mastitis is one of the most common diseases in dairy production, and homeopathic remedies have been used increasingly in recent years to treat it. Clinical trials evaluating homeopathy have often been criticized for their inadequate scientific approach. The objective of this triple-blind, randomized controlled trial was to assess the efficacy of homeopathic treatment in bovine clinical mastitis. The study was conducted on a conventionally managed dairy farm between June 2013 and May 2014. Dairy cows with acute mastitis were randomly allocated to homeopathy (n = 70) or placebo (n = 92), for a total of 162 animals...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330829/does-telehealth-monitoring-identify-exacerbations-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-reduce-hospitalisations-an-analysis-of-system-data
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Melissa Kargiannakis, Deborah A Fitzsimmons, Claire L Bentley, Gail A Mountain
BACKGROUND: The increasing prevalence and associated cost of treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is unsustainable. Health care organizations are focusing on ways to support self-management and prevent hospital admissions, including telehealth-monitoring services capturing physiological and health status data. This paper reports on data captured during a pilot randomized controlled trial of telehealth-supported care within a community-based service for patients discharged from hospital following an exacerbation of their COPD...
March 22, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328786/high-quality-randomized-controlled-trials-in-pediatric-critical-care-a-survey-of-barriers-and-facilitators
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Mark Duffett, Karen Choong, Jennifer Foster, Maureen Meade, Kusum Menon, Melissa Parker, Deborah J Cook
OBJECTIVES: High-quality, adequately powered, randomized controlled trials are needed to inform the care of critically ill children. Unfortunately, such evidence is not always available. Our objective was to identify barriers and facilitators of conducting high-quality randomized controlled trials in pediatric critical care, from the perspective of trialists in this field. DESIGN: Self-administered online survey. Respondents rated the importance of barriers and effectiveness of facilitators on seven-point scales...
March 21, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327122/midodrine-as-adjunctive-support-for-treatment-of-refractory-hypotension-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-multicenter-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-the-midas-trial
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Matthew H Anstey, Bradley Wibrow, Tharusan Thevathasan, Brigit Roberts, Khushi Chhangani, Pauline Yeung Ng, Alexander Levine, Alan DiBiasio, Todd Sarge, Matthias Eikermann
BACKGROUND: Patients admitted to intensive care units (ICU) are often treated with intravenous (IV) vasopressors. Persistent hypotension and dependence on IV vasopressors in otherwise resuscitated patients lead to delay in discharge from ICU. Midodrine is an oral alpha-1 adrenergic agonist approved for treatment of symptomatic orthostatic hypotension. This trial aims to evaluate whether oral administration of midodrine is an effective adjunct to standard therapy to reduce the duration of IV vasopressor treatment, and allow earlier discharge from ICU and hospital...
March 21, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327116/a-tailored-online-safety-and-health-intervention-for-women-experiencing-intimate-partner-violence-the-ican-plan-4-safety-randomized-controlled-trial-protocol
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Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Colleen Varcoe, Kelly Scott-Storey, Judith Wuest, James Case, Leanne M Currie, Nancy Glass, Marilyn Hodgins, Harriet MacMillan, Nancy Perrin, C Nadine Wathen
BACKGROUND: Intimate partner violence (IPV) threatens the safety and health of women worldwide. Safety planning is a widely recommended, evidence-based intervention for women experiencing IPV, yet fewer than 1 in 5 Canadian women access safety planning through domestic violence services. Rural, Indigenous, racialized, and immigrant women, those who prioritize their privacy, and/or women who have partners other than men, face unique safety risks and access barriers. Online IPV interventions tailored to the unique features of women's lives, and to maximize choice and control, have potential to reduce access barriers, and improve fit and inclusiveness, maximizing effectiveness of these interventions for diverse groups...
March 21, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320238/early-renal-replacement-therapy-versus-standard-care-in-the-icu
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Dipayan Chaudhuri, Brent Herritt, Daren Heyland, Louis-Philippe Gagnon, Kednapa Thavorn, Daniel Kobewka, Kwadwo Kyeremanteng
OBJECTIVE: Renal replacement therapy (RRT) is the treatment of choice for severe acute kidney injury, but there are no firm guidelines as to the time of initiation of RRT in the critically ill. The primary objective of this study is to determine 1-month mortality rates of early versus late dialysis in critical care. As secondary end points, we provide a cost analysis of early versus late RRT initiation, intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay (LOS), hospital LOS, and number of patients on dialysis at day 60 postrandomization...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319804/are-diabetes-guidelines-truly-evidence-based
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REVIEW
Matthew F Bouchonville, Sara Matani, Jason J DuBroff, Robert J DuBroff
The global epidemic of obesity and diabetes underscores the urgency to develop strategies to prevent cardiovascular (CV) disease in this vulnerable population. Clinical guidelines are intended to help the clinician manage these patients, but guidelines are often discordant among professional organizations and not always evidence based. Clinicians must rely upon the best available evidence, and therefore we critically reviewed the evidence behind the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2016 guidelines on the prevention of CV disease in diabetes...
March 7, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319467/effects-of-iv-acetaminophen-on-core-body-temperature-and-hemodynamic-responses-in-febrile-critically-ill-adults-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hildy M Schell-Chaple, Kathleen D Liu, Michael A Matthay, Daniel I Sessler, Kathleen A Puntillo
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of IV acetaminophen on core body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate in febrile critically ill patients. DESIGN: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. SETTING: Three adult ICUs at a large, urban, academic medical center. PATIENTS: Forty critically ill adults with fever (core temperature, ≥ 38.3°C). INTERVENTION: An infusion of acetaminophen 1 g or saline placebo over 15 minutes...
March 17, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303301/impact-of-tapered-cuff-tracheal-tube-on-microaspiration-of-gastric-contents-in-intubated-critically-ill-patients-a-multicenter-cluster-randomized-cross-over-controlled-trial
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Emmanuelle Jaillette, Christophe Girault, Guillaume Brunin, Farid Zerimech, Hélène Behal, Arnaud Chiche, Céline Broucqsault-Dedrie, Cyril Fayolle, Franck Minacori, Isabelle Alves, Stéphanie Barrailler, Julien Labreuche, Laurent Robriquet, Fabienne Tamion, Emmanuel Delaporte, Damien Thellier, Claire Delcourte, Alain Duhamel, Saad Nseir
PURPOSE: Studies on the impact of tapered-cuff tracheal tubes on rates of microaspiration and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in intubated patients have reported conflicting results. The aim of this study was to determine the influence of this shape of tracheal cuff on abundant microaspiration of gastric contents in critically ill patients. METHODS: All patients intubated in the intensive care unit (ICU) and requiring mechanical ventilation for at least 48 h were eligible for this multicenter cluster-randomized controlled cross-over open-label study...
March 16, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302101/preventing-diabetes-in-obese-latino-youth-with-prediabetes-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Erica G Soltero, Yolanda P Konopken, Micah L Olson, Colleen S Keller, Felipe G Castro, Allison N Williams, Donald L Patrick, Stephanie Ayers, Houchun H Hu, Matthew Sandoval, Janiel Pimentel, William C Knowler, Kevin D Frick, Gabriel Q Shaibi
BACKGROUND: Obese Latino adolescents are disproportionately impacted by insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is an intermediate stage in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes and represents a critical opportunity for intervention. However, to date, no diabetes prevention studies have been conducted in obese Latino youth with prediabetes, a highly vulnerable and underserved group. Therefore, we propose a randomized-controlled trial to test the short-term (6-month) and long-term (12-month) efficacy of a culturally-grounded, lifestyle intervention, as compared to usual care, for improving glucose tolerance and reducing diabetes risk in 120 obese Latino adolescents with prediabetes...
March 16, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297569/administration-of-adult-human-bone-marrow-derived-cultured-pooled-allogeneic-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-critical-limb-ischemia-due-to-buerger-s-disease-phase-ii-study-report-suggests-clinical-efficacy
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Pawan K Gupta, Murali Krishna, Anoop Chullikana, Sanjay Desai, Rajkumar Murugesan, Santanu Dutta, Uday Sarkar, Radhakrishnan Raju, Anita Dhar, Rajiv Parakh, Lakshmanan Jeyaseelan, Pachaiyappan Viswanathan, Prasanth Kulapurathu Vellotare, Raviraja N Seetharam, Charan Thej, Mathiyazhagan Rengasamy, Sudha Balasubramanian, Anish S Majumdar
Critical limb ischemia (CLI) due to Buerger's disease is a major unmet medical need with a high incidence of morbidity. This phase II, prospective, nonrandomized, open-label, multicentric, dose-ranging study was conducted to assess the efficacy and safety of i.m. injection of adult human bone marrow-derived, cultured, pooled, allogeneic mesenchymal stromal cells (BMMSC) in CLI due to Buerger's disease. Patients were allocated to three groups: 1 and 2 million cells/kg body weight (36 patients each) and standard of care (SOC) (18 patients)...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292331/the-ghent-psychotherapy-study-gps-on-the-differential-efficacy-of-supportive-expressive-and-cognitive-behavioral-interventions-in-dependent-and-self-critical-depressive-patients-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Reitske Meganck, Mattias Desmet, Claudi Bockting, Ruth Inslegers, Femke Truijens, Melissa De Smet, Rosa De Geest, Kimberly Van Nieuwenhove, Vicky Hennissen, Goedele Hermans, Tom Loeys, Ufuoma Angelica Norman, Chris Baeken, Stijn Vanheule
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder is a leading cause of disease burden worldwide, indicating the importance of effective therapies. Outcome studies have shown overall efficacy of different types of psychotherapy across groups, yet large variability within groups. Although patient characteristics are considered crucial in understanding outcome, they have received limited research attention. This trial aims at investigating the interaction between therapeutic approach (pre-structured versus explorative) and the personality style of patients (dependent versus self-critical), which is considered a core underlying dimension of depressive pathology...
March 14, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292313/relationship-between-family-caregiver-burden-and-physical-frailty-in-older-adults-without-dementia-a-systematic-review
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Thom Ringer, Afeez Abiola Hazzan, Arnav Agarwal, Adam Mutsaers, Alexandra Papaioannou
BACKGROUND: Physical frailty is a prevalent syndrome in older adults that increases vulnerability for a range of adverse outcomes including increased dependency and death. Caregivers of older adults experience significant physical, emotional, and financial burden, which is associated with poor physical and mental health. While it is known that care recipients' dementia is associated with burden, the literature regarding the impact of physical frailty on burden has yet to be synthesized...
March 14, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286376/high-mobility-group-box-1-protein-and-outcomes-in-critically-ill-surgical-patients-requiring-open-abdominal-management
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Michelle S Malig, Craig N Jenne, Chad G Ball, Derek J Roberts, Zhengwen Xiao, Andrew W Kirkpatrick
Background. Previous studies assessing various cytokines in the critically ill/injured have been uninformative in terms of translating to clinical care management. Animal abdominal sepsis work suggests that enhanced intraperitoneal (IP) clearance of Damage-Associated Molecular Patterns (DAMPs) improves outcome. Thus measuring the responses of DAMPs offers alternate potential insights and a representative DAMP, High Mobility Group Box-1 protein (HMGB-1), was considered. While IP biomediators are being recognized in critical illness/trauma, HMGB-1 behaviour has not been examined in open abdomen (OA) management...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277415/mortality-risk-stratification-after-traumatic-brain-injury-and-hazard-of-death-with-titrated-hypothermia-in-the-eurotherm3235trial
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Peter J D Andrews, Aryelly Rodriguez, Peter Suter, Claire G Battison, Jonathan K J Rhodes, Irene Puddu, Bridget A Harris
OBJECTIVES: Hypothermia reduces intracranial hypertension in patients with traumatic brain injury but was associated with harm in the Eurotherm3235Trial. We stratified trial patients by International Mission for Prognosis and Analysis of Clinical Trials in [Traumatic Brain Injury] (IMPACT) extended model sum scores to determine where the balance of risks lay with the intervention. DESIGN: The Eurotherm3235Trial was a randomized controlled trial, with standardized and blinded outcome assessment...
March 8, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273405/heart-rhythm-society-expert-consensus-statements-part-2
#16
REVIEW
Susie Sennhauser, Rishi Anand, Fred Kusumoto, Nora Goldschlager
One of the most important roles for professional societies in medicine is assembling multiple stakeholders and experts to develop documents that can help guide and define policies and strategies for best medical care. Each year the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) develops several consensus documents that address critical clinical subjects that have been identified by input from HRS members and HRS committees. Over the past 5 years, HRS has produced documents with multiple professional societies from around the world, and although the topics chosen for exploration center around arrhythmia management, the reviews and recommendations made in the documents are important for clinical cardiologists and generalists who are not arrhythmia specialists...
March 8, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273360/heart-rhythm-society-expert-consensus-statements-part-1
#17
REVIEW
Susie Sennhauser, Rishi Anand, Fred Kusumoto, Nora Goldschlager
One of the most important roles for professional societies in medicine is assembling multiple stakeholders and experts to develop documents that can help guide and define policies and strategies for best medical care. Each year the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) develops several consensus documents that address critical clinical subjects that have been identified by input from HRS members and HRS committees. Over the past 5 years, HRS has produced documents with multiple professional societies from around the world, and although the topics chosen for exploration center around arrhythmia management, the reviews and recommendations made in the documents are important for clinical cardiologists and generalists who are not arrhythmia specialists...
March 8, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271450/patient-important-outcomes-in-randomized-controlled-trials-in-critically-ill-patients-a-systematic-review
#18
REVIEW
Stéphane Gaudry, Jonathan Messika, Jean-Damien Ricard, Sylvie Guillo, Blandine Pasquet, Emeline Dubief, Tanissia Boukertouta, Didier Dreyfuss, Florence Tubach
BACKGROUND: Intensivists' clinical decision making pursues two main goals for patients: to decrease mortality and to improve quality of life and functional status in survivors. Patient-important outcomes are gaining wide acceptance in most fields of clinical research. We sought to systematically review how well patient-important outcomes are reported in published randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in critically ill patients. METHODS: Literature search was conducted to identify eligible trials indexed from January to December 2013...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267034/effectiveness-of-psychosocial-interventions-in-reducing-grief-experienced-by-family-carers-of-people-with-dementia-a-systematic-review
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Sally Wilson, Christine Toye, Samar Aoun, Susan Slatyer, Wendy Moyle, Elizabeth Beattie
BACKGROUND: Family carers of people living and dying with dementia experience grief. The prevalence, predictors and associated factors of grief in this population have been identified, and psychosocial interventions to decrease grief symptoms have been implemented. However, the effect of psychosocial interventions on family carers' grief, loss or bereavement has not been examined. OBJECTIVE: To synthesize the existing evidence regarding the impact of psychosocial interventions to assist adjustment to grief, pre- and post-bereavement, for family carers of people with dementia...
March 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262529/effects-of-combined-prokinetic-administration-on-gastric-emptying-in-critically-ill-patients
#20
Afshin Gholipour Baradari, Mohammad Reza Khajavi, Abolfazl Firouzian, Abbas Alipour, Hojatallah Daneshpour, Yunes Panahi, Amirhossein Sahebkar
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Combination of prokinetic drugs with different mechanisms of action is frequently used when feeding intolerance is not improved with a single agent. In this study, we evaluated the effect of combined infusion of neostigmine and metoclopramide on gastric passage in critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study is a randomized double-blind controlled trial in 90 patients between 20 and 60years of age who were under mechanical ventilation and had gastric residual volumes (GRVs) >120mL 3h after the last lavage...
March 2, 2017: Arab Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Publication of the Pan-Arab Association of Gastroenterology
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