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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107561/beta-blockers-for-hypertension
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Charles S Wiysonge, Hazel A Bradley, Jimmy Volmink, Bongani M Mayosi, Lionel H Opie
BACKGROUND: Beta-blockers refer to a mixed group of drugs with diverse pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties. They have shown long-term beneficial effects on mortality and cardiovascular disease (CVD) when used in people with heart failure or acute myocardial infarction. Beta-blockers were thought to have similar beneficial effects when used as first-line therapy for hypertension. However, the benefit of beta-blockers as first-line therapy for hypertension without compelling indications is controversial...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107372/cohort-randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-multifaceted-podiatry-intervention-for-the-prevention-of-falls-in-older-people-the-reform-trial
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Sarah Cockayne, Joy Adamson, Arabella Clarke, Belen Corbacho, Caroline Fairhurst, Lorraine Green, Catherine E Hewitt, Kate Hicks, Anne-Maree Kenan, Sarah E Lamb, Caroline McIntosh, Hylton B Menz, Anthony C Redmond, Zoe Richardson, Sara Rodgers, Wesley Vernon, Judith Watson, David J Torgerson
BACKGROUND: Falls are a major cause of morbidity among older people. A multifaceted podiatry intervention may reduce the risk of falling. This study evaluated such an intervention. DESIGN: Pragmatic cohort randomised controlled trial in England and Ireland. 1010 participants were randomised (493 to the Intervention group and 517 to Usual Care) to either: a podiatry intervention, including foot and ankle exercises, foot orthoses and, if required, new footwear, and a falls prevention leaflet or usual podiatry treatment plus a falls prevention leaflet...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106904/planned-early-delivery-versus-expectant-management-for-hypertensive-disorders-from-34-weeks-gestation-to-term
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REVIEW
Catherine Cluver, Natalia Novikova, Corine M Koopmans, Helen M West
BACKGROUND: Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy are significant contributors to maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. These disorders include well-controlled chronic hypertension, gestational hypertension (pregnancy-induced hypertension) and mild pre-eclampsia. The definitive treatment for these disorders is planned early delivery and the alternative is to manage the pregnancy expectantly if severe uncontrolled hypertension is not present, with close maternal and fetal monitoring...
January 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105994/angiographic-outcomes-of-orsiro-biodegradable-polymer-sirolimus-eluting-stents-and-resolute-integrity-durable-polymer-zotarolimus-eluting-stents-results-of-the-orient-trial
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Si-Hyuck Kang, Woo-Young Chung, Joo Myung Lee, Jin-Joo Park, Chang-Hwan Yoon, Jung-Won Suh, Young-Seok Cho, Joon-Hyung Doh, Jin Man Cho, Jang-Whan Bae, Tae-Jin Youn, In-Ho Chae
AIMS: We performed a randomised controlled open-label non-inferiority trial to compare angiographic outcomes between the ultra-thin strut, biodegradable hybrid polymer Orsiro sirolimus-eluting stent (O-SES) and the durable biocompatible polymer Resolute Integrity zotarolimus-eluting stent (R-ZES). METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 372 patients planned to undergo percutaneous coronary revascularisation were randomly assigned 2:1 to treatment with O-SES or R-ZES (250 and 122 patients, respectively)...
January 20, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105986/canagliflozin-dapagliflozin-and-empagliflozin-monotherapy-for-treating-type-2-diabetes-systematic-review-and-economic-evaluation
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Rhona Johnston, Olalekan Uthman, Ewen Cummins, Christine Clar, Pamela Royle, Jill Colquitt, Bee Kang Tan, Andrew Clegg, Saran Shantikumar, Rachel Court, J Paul O'Hare, David McGrane, Tim Holt, Norman Waugh
BACKGROUND: Most people with type 2 diabetes are overweight, so initial treatment is aimed at reducing weight and increasing physical activity. Even modest weight loss can improve control of blood glucose. If drug treatment is necessary, the drug of first choice is metformin. However, some people cannot tolerate metformin, which causes diarrhoea in about 10%, and it cannot be used in people with renal impairment. This review appraises three of the newest class of drugs for monotherapy when metformin cannot be used, the sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors...
January 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105733/vitamin-d-supplementation-for-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Htoo Htoo Kyaw Soe, Adinegara Bl Abas, Nan Nitra Than, Han Ni, Jaspal Singh, Abdul Razzak Bin Mohd Said, Ifeyinwa Osunkwo
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease is a genetic chronic haemolytic and pro-inflammatory disorder. The clinical manifestations of sickle cell disease result from the presence of mutations on the beta globin genes that generate an abnormal haemoglobin product (called haemoglobin S) within the red blood cell. Sickle cell disease can lead to many complications such as acute chest syndrome, stroke, acute and chronic bone complications (including painful vaso-occlusive crisis, osteomyelitis, osteonecrosis and osteoporosis)...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105731/liraglutide-effects-on-cardiovascular-risk-biomarkers-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-and-albuminuria-a-sub-analysis-of-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-double-blind-cross-over-trial
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Bernt Johan von Scholten, Frederik Persson, Signe Rosenlund, Jesper Eugen-Olsen, Tomasz Pielak, Jens Faber, Tine Willum Hansen, Peter Rossing
: We assessed the effects of liraglutide treatment on five cardiovascular risk biomarkers, reflecting different pathophysiology: 1) Tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha); 2) Soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR); 3) Mid-regional pro-adrenomedullin (MR-proADM); 4) Mid-regional pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP); and 5) Copeptin, in type 2 diabetes patients with albuminuria. In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial we enrolled patients with type 2 diabetes and persistent albuminuria (urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR) > 30 mg/g) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) ≥ 30 mL/min/1...
January 20, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105520/type-1-diabetic-patients-with-peripheral-neuropathy-have-pan-enteric-prolongation-of-gastrointestinal-transit-times-and-an-altered-caecal-ph-profile
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Adam D Farmer, Anne Grave Pedersen, Birgitte Brock, Poul Erik Jakobsen, Jesper Karmisholt, Sahar D Mohammed, S Mark Scott, Asbjørn Mohr Drewes, Christina Brock
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: We hypothesised that type 1 diabetic patients with established diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy (DSPN) would have segmental and/or pan-enteric dysmotility in comparison to healthy age-matched controls. We aimed to investigate the co-relationships between gastrointestinal function, degree of DSPN and clinical symptoms. METHODS: An observational comparison was made between 48 patients with DSPN (39 men, mean age 50 years, range 29-71 years), representing the baseline data of an ongoing clinical trial (representing a secondary analysis of baseline data collected from an ongoing double-blind randomised controlled trial investigating the neuroprotective effects of liraglutide) and 41 healthy participants (16 men, mean age 49 years, range 30-78) who underwent a standardised wireless motility capsule test to assess gastrointestinal transit...
January 20, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104736/pharmacological-treatment-and-risk-of-psychiatric-hospital-admission-in-bipolar-disorder
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Erik Joas, Alina Karanti, Jie Song, Guy M Goodwin, Paul Lichtenstein, Mikael Landén
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials have examined the efficacy of drugs to prevent relapse in patients with bipolar disorder, however, their design often limits generalisation to routine clinical practice. AIMS: To estimate the effectiveness of drugs used for maintenance treatment in bipolar disorder. METHOD: We used national registers to identify 35 022 individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder and information on lithium, valproate, carbamazepine, lamotrigine, quetiapine and olanzapine treatment from 2006 to 2009...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104735/initial-severity-of-depression-and-efficacy-of-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-individual-participant-data-meta-analysis-of-pill-placebo-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Toshi A Furukawa, Erica S Weitz, Shiro Tanaka, Steven D Hollon, Stefan G Hofmann, Gerhard Andersson, Jos Twisk, Robert J DeRubeis, Sona Dimidjian, Ulrich Hegerl, Roland Mergl, Robin B Jarrett, Jeffrey R Vittengl, Norio Watanabe, Pim Cuijpers
BACKGROUND: The influence of baseline severity has been examined for antidepressant medications but has not been studied properly for cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) in comparison with pill placebo. AIMS: To synthesise evidence regarding the influence of initial severity on efficacy of CBT from all randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in which CBT, in face-to-face individual or group format, was compared with pill-placebo control in adults with major depression...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104567/cardiovascular-toxicity-of-angiogenesis-inhibitors-in-treatment-of-malignancy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Husam Abdel-Qadir, Josee-Lyne Ethier, Douglas S Lee, Paaladinesh Thavendiranathan, Eitan Amir
BACKGROUND: The cardiovascular risk of angiogenesis inhibitors is not well-quantified. We hypothesized that, compared to direct vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors (anti-VEGF antibodies or decoy receptors), small molecule agents have higher risk due to their less specific mechanism. METHODS: We searched the MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for phase III randomised controlled trials comparing angiogenesis inhibitor-based therapy to other systemic therapy...
December 30, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104287/enhanced-terminal-room-disinfection-and-acquisition-and-infection-caused-by-multidrug-resistant-organisms-and-clostridium-difficile-the-benefits-of-enhanced-terminal-room-disinfection-study-a-cluster-randomised-multicentre-crossover-study
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Deverick J Anderson, Luke F Chen, David J Weber, Rebekah W Moehring, Sarah S Lewis, Patricia F Triplett, Michael Blocker, Paul Becherer, J Conrad Schwab, Lauren P Knelson, Yuliya Lokhnygina, William A Rutala, Hajime Kanamori, Maria F Gergen, Daniel J Sexton
BACKGROUND: Patients admitted to hospital can acquire multidrug-resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile from inadequately disinfected environmental surfaces. We determined the effect of three enhanced strategies for terminal room disinfection (disinfection of a room between occupying patients) on acquisition and infection due to meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin-resistant enterococci, C difficile, and multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter. METHODS: We did a pragmatic, cluster-randomised, crossover trial at nine hospitals in the southeastern USA...
January 16, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103948/the-cost-effectiveness-of-a-patient-tailored-intervention-programme-to-enhance-adherence-to-antihypertensive-medication-in-community-pharmacies-study-protocol-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Danielle M van der Laan, Petra J M Elders, Christel C L M Boons, Judith E Bosmans, Giel Nijpels, Jacqueline G Hugtenburg
BACKGROUND: Medication non-adherence is a complex health care problem. Due to non-adherence, substantial numbers of cardiovascular patients benefit from their medication to only a limited extent. In order to improve adherence, a variety of pharmacist-led interventions have been developed. However, even the most effective interventions achieved only a modest positive effect. To be effective, interventions should be targeted at underlying barriers to adherence, developed in a systematic manner and tailored to specific features of a target group and setting...
January 19, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103853/effectiveness-of-aquatic-therapy-vs-land-based-therapy-for-balance-and-pain-in-women-with-fibromyalgia-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Sabela Rivas Neira, Amélia Pasqual Marques, Irene Pegito Pérez, Ramón Fernández Cervantes, Jamile Vivas Costa
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a disease with an increasing incidence. It impairs the quality of life of patients and decreases their functional capacity. Aquatic therapy has already been used for managing the symptoms of this syndrome. However, aquatic therapy has only recently been introduced as a treatment modality for improving proprioception in fibromyalgia. The main objective of this study is to determine the effectiveness of two physiotherapy protocols, one in and one out of water, for improving balance and decreasing pain in women with fibromyalgia...
January 19, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103829/a-comparison-of-the-effects-of-oral-vs-intravenous-hydration-on-subclinical-acute-kidney-injury-in-living-kidney-donors-a-protocol-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Shona Mackinnon, Emma Aitken, Ryan Ghita, Marc Clancy
BACKGROUND: Optimal treatment for established renal failure is living donor kidney transplantation. However this pathway exposes healthy individuals to significant reduction in nephron mass via major surgical procedure. Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy is now the most common method for live donor transplantation, reducing both donor post-operative pain and recovery time. However this procedure exposes kidneys to additional haemodynamic stresses. It has been suggested that donor hydration-particularly the use of preoperative intravenous fluids-may counteract these stresses, reducing subclinical acute kidney injury and ultimately improving long-term renal function...
January 19, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103817/erratum-to-sample-size-calculations-for-cluster-randomised-controlled-trials-with-a-fixed-number-of-clusters
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Karla Hemming, Alan J Girling, Alice J Sitch, Jennifer Marsh, Richard J Lilford
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January 19, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103749/clinical-practice-with-anti-dementia-drugs-a-revised-third-consensus-statement-from-the-british-association-for-psychopharmacology
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John T O'Brien, Clive Holmes, Matthew Jones, Roy Jones, Gill Livingston, Ian McKeith, Peter Mittler, Peter Passmore, Craig Ritchie, Louise Robinson, Elizabeth L Sampson, John-Paul Taylor, Alan Thomas, Alistair Burns
The British Association for Psychopharmacology coordinated a meeting of experts to review and revise its previous 2011 guidelines for clinical practice with anti-dementia drugs. As before, levels of evidence were rated using accepted standards which were then translated into grades of recommendation A-D, with A having the strongest evidence base (from randomised controlled trials) and D the weakest (case studies or expert opinion). Current clinical diagnostic criteria for dementia have sufficient accuracy to be applied in clinical practice (B) and both structural (computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) and functional (positron emission tomography and single photon emission computerised tomography) brain imaging can improve diagnostic accuracy in particular situations (B)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103638/music-interventions-for-acquired-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Wendy L Magee, Imogen Clark, Jeanette Tamplin, Joke Bradt
BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injury (ABI) can result in impairments in motor function, language, cognition, and sensory processing, and in emotional disturbances, which can severely reduce a survivor's quality of life. Music interventions have been used in rehabilitation to stimulate brain functions involved in movement, cognition, speech, emotions, and sensory perceptions. An update of the systematic review published in 2010 was needed to gauge the efficacy of music interventions in rehabilitation for people with ABI...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103612/a-phase-iii-randomised-controlled-trial-of-erlotinib-vs-gefitinib-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-with-egfr-mutations
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J J Yang, Q Zhou, H H Yan, X C Zhang, H J Chen, H Y Tu, Z Wang, C R Xu, J Su, B C Wang, B Y Jiang, X Y Bai, W Z Zhong, X N Yang, Y L Wu
BACKGROUND: A phase III trial was conducted to compare the safety and efficacy of erlotinib with that of gefitinib in advanced non-small cell lung cancer harbouring epidermal growth factor receptor mutations in exon 19 or 21. METHODS: Eligible patients were randomised to receive erlotinib (150 mg per day) or gefitinib (250 mg per day) orally until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. We aimed to determine whether erlotinib is superior to gefitinib in efficacy...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103255/mitigating-diseases-transmitted-by-aedes-mosquitoes-a-cluster-randomised-trial-of-permethrin-impregnated-school-uniforms
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Pattamaporn Kittayapong, Phanthip Olanratmanee, Pongsri Maskhao, Peter Byass, James Logan, Yesim Tozan, Valérie Louis, Duane J Gubler, Annelies Wilder-Smith
BACKGROUND: Viral diseases transmitted via Aedes mosquitoes are on the rise, such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Novel tools to mitigate Aedes mosquitoes-transmitted diseases are urgently needed. We tested whether commercially insecticide-impregnated school uniforms can reduce dengue incidence in school children. METHODS: We designed a cluster-randomised controlled trial in Thailand. The primary endpoint was laboratory-confirmed dengue infections. Secondary endpoints were school absenteeism; and impregnated uniforms' 1-hour knock-down and 24 hour mosquito mortality as measured by standardised WHOPES bioassay cone tests at baseline and after repeated washing...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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