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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426819/virological-success-after-12-and-24-months-of-antiretroviral-therapy-in-sub-saharan-africa-comparing-results-of-trials-cohorts-and-cross-sectional-studies-using-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Fabien Taieb, Yoann Madec, Amandine Cournil, Eric Delaporte
BACKGROUND: UNAIDS recently defined the 90-90-90 target as a way to end the HIV epidemic. However, the proportion of virological success following antiretroviral therapy (ART) may not be as high as the anticipated 90%, and may in fact be highly heterogeneous. We aimed to describe the proportion of virological success in sub-Saharan Africa and to identify factors associated with the proportion of virological success. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis focusing on the proportion of patients in sub-Saharan Africa who demonstrate virological success at 12 and 24 months since ART initiation, as well as at 6 and 36 months, where possible...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426519/toward-a-universal-antiretroviral-regimen-special-considerations-of-pregnancy-and-breast-feeding
#2
Amy L Slogrove, Polly Clayden, Elaine J Abrams
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As optimized antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimens are prepared for introduction in low-income and middle-income countries (LMIC), we consider the current evidence related to dosing, efficacy and safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding of next-generation first-line and second-line ART regimens proposed for imminent introduction in the global marketplace. RECENT FINDINGS: Pregnancy pharmacokinetic considerations include potentially insufficient efavirenz exposure if dosed at 400 mg/day, the need for twice daily darunavir dosing and the paucity of data related to tenofovir alafenamide and dolutegravir dosing, safety and efficacy...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426464/comparative-effectiveness-in-urology-a-state-of-the-art-review-utilizing-a-systematic-approach
#3
Jathin Bandari, Charles B Wessel, Bruce L Jacobs
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Comparative effectiveness research plays a vital role in healthcare delivery by guiding evidence-based practices. We performed a state-of-the-art review of comparative effectiveness research in the urology literature for 2016, utilizing a systematic approach. Seven high-impact papers are reviewed in detail. RECENT FINDINGS: Across the breadth of urology, there were several important studies in comparative effectiveness research, of which we will highlight two randomized controlled trials and five observational trials: radiotherapy, prostatectomy, and active monitoring have equivalent mortality outcomes in patients with localized prostate cancer; the ideal modality of patient education is yet to be determined, and written education has minimal effect on patient perception of prostate specific antigen screening; robotic prostatectomy is associated with higher perioperative complication rates on a population basis; racial disparities exist in incontinence rates after treatment for localized prostate cancer, but not in irritative, bowel, or sexual function; androgen deprivation therapy is associated with higher fracture, peripheral artery disease, and cardiac-related complications than bilateral orchiectomy; robotic and open cystectomy offer comparable cancer-specific mortality and perioperative outcomes; and bonuses for low-cost hospitals can inadvertently reward low-quality hospitals...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424574/present-molecular-limitations-of-on-bipolar-cell-targeted-gene-therapy
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Michiel van Wyk, Elmar C Hulliger, Lara Girod, Andreas Ebneter, Sonja Kleinlogel
Recent studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of ocular gene therapy based on adeno-associated viral vectors (AAVs). Accordingly, a surge in promising new gene therapies is entering clinical trials, including the first optogenetic therapy for vision restoration. To date, optogenetic therapies for vision restoration target either the retinal ganglion cells (GCs) or presynaptic ON-bipolar cells (OBCs). Initiating light responses at the level of the OBCs has significant advantages over optogenetic activation of GCs...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422591/effect-of-papacarie-and-alternative-restorative-treatment-on-pain-reaction-during-caries-removal-among-children-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Amg Abdul Khalek, M A Elkateb, W E Abdel Aziz, M El Tantawi
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effect of Papacarie and Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) on pain and discomfort during caries removal among children. STUDY DESIGN: Fifty healthy, 4-8 year-old children were equally and randomly allocated to Papacarie and ART to remove caries from decayed primary teeth. A randomized, controlled, blinded, two parallel-arms clinical trial was conducted in the clinic of the Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health Department, Alexandria University, Egypt in March 2014...
2017: Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421599/surgery-versus-conservative-management-of-endometriomas-in-subfertile-women-a-systematic-review
#6
Jacob Brink Laursen, Jeppe Bennekou Schroll, Kirsten T Macklon, Martin Rudnicki
INTRODUCTION: Endometriomas are present in up to 44% of all women with endometriosis and have a detrimental effect on fertility. However, it is controversial whether endometriomas should be surgically removed before assisted reproduction technology (ART). Our purpose was to evaluate whether surgical stripping of endometriomas in subfertile women improves the chance of a live birth. Secondary outcomes were impact on ovarian reserve and pain. Material and methods We conducted a systematic review and metaanalysis with results reported in accordance to the PRISMA guidelines...
April 19, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419106/quality-improvement-intervention-to-increase-adherence-to-art-prescription-policy-at-hiv-treatment-clinics-in-lusaka-zambia-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Elizabeth A McCarthy, Hamsa L Subramaniam, Margaret L Prust, Marta R Prescott, Felton Mpasela, Albert Mwango, Leah Namonje, Crispin Moyo, Benjamin Chibuye, Jan Willem van den Broek, Lindsey Hehman, Sarah Moberley
INTRODUCTION: In urban areas, crowded HIV treatment facilities with long patient wait times can deter patients from attending their clinical appointments and picking up their medications, ultimately disrupting patient care and compromising patient retention and adherence. METHODS: Formative research at eight facilities in Lusaka revealed that only 46% of stable HIV treatment patients were receiving a three-month refill supply of antiretroviral drugs, despite it being national policy for stable adult patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412800/-visual-quality-comparison-after-multifocal-toric-intraocular-lens-or-monofocal-toric-intraocular-lens-implantation
#8
K Feng, H K Guo, Y L Zhang, Z Wu
Objective: To compare visual quality and satisfaction after multifocal toric intraocular lens (Acrysof IQ Restor toric, ART) and monofocal toric intraocular lens implantation in patients. Methods: It was a prospective nonrandomized Phase Ⅲ clinical trial. Patients with age-related cataract and corneal astigmatism were enrolled and accepted phacoemulsification combined with implantation of intraocular lens (IOL) in Henan Provincial Eye Hospital during March 2013 to December 2014. Fifty-six cases were divided into two groups according to which IOL they chose...
April 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406349/the-state-of-the-art-and-future-opportunities-for-using-longitudinal-n-of-1-methods-in-health-behaviour-research-a-systematic-literature-overview
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Suzanne McDonald, Francis Quinn, Rute Vieira, Nicola O'Brien, Martin White, Derek Johnston, Falko F Sniehotta
N-of-1 studies test hypotheses within individuals based on repeated measurement of variables within the individual over time. Intra-individual effects may differ from those found in between-participant studies. Using examples from a systematic review of n-of-1 studies in health behaviour research, this article provides a state of the art overview of the use of n-of-1 methods, organised according to key methodological considerations related to n-of-1 design and analysis, and describes future challenges and opportunities...
April 13, 2017: Health Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403619/insulin-like-growth-factor-is-associated-with-changes-in-body-composition-with-art-initiation
#10
Kristine M Erlandson, Suzanne P Fiorillo, Sandra Wagner Cardoso, Cynthia Rivere, Jorge Sanchez, James Hakim, Nagalingeswaran Kumarasamy, Sharlaa Badal-Fasesen, Umesh Lalloo, Johnstone J Kumwenda, Thomas B Campbell, Todd Brown
BACKGROUND: Growth hormone (GH)/insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1 axis abnormalities have been associated with body composition changes among HIV-infected persons with wasting or lipodystrophy. Little is known of GH/IGF-1 axis alterations with ART initiation or differing ART therapies. METHODS: The AIDS Clinical Trials Group Prospective Evaluation of Antiretrovirals in Resource- Limited Settings (PEARLS) study was a prospective, randomized clinical trial of ART initiation with emtricitabine/tenofovir + efavirenz (FTC/TDF+EFV) vs lamivudine/zidovudine + efavirenz (3TC/ZDV+EFV) in HIV-1-infected individuals from resource-diverse settings...
April 12, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403052/second-and-third-line-antiretroviral-therapy-for-children-and-adolescents-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Erica Lazarus, Simone Nicol, Lisa Frigati, Martina Penazzato, Mark F Cotton, Elizabeth Centeno-Tablante, Avy Violari, Liesl Nicol
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization identified a need for evidence to inform revision of second- and third-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) options in children failing ART. We performed an in-depth scoping review of all available literature on second-line and subsequent ART regimens in children younger than 18 years. METHODS: We comprehensively searched, without language or date limitations, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE, EMBASE, the World Health Organization's International Clinical Trials Registry Platform and ClinicalTrials...
May 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398960/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-hiv-monoinfection-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#12
James B Maurice, Amee Patel, Alasdair J Scott, Krish Patel, Mark Thursz, Maud Lemoine
OBJECTIVE: to identify the prevalence and risk factors of NAFLD, NASH and fibrosis in HIV-monoinfected patients. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. METHODS: We searched Medline and Embase and included studies that enrolled HIV-monoinfected patients with NAFLD defined by imaging and/or liver histology. Data on prevalence and risk factors for NAFLD, NASH and fibrosis were collected for meta-analysis using random effects models. RESULTS: Ten studies were included from USA (n = 4), Canada (n = 1), France (n = 2), Italy (n = 1), Japan (n = 1) and China (n = 1)...
April 10, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398954/moving-towards-test-and-start-learning-from-the-experience-of-universal-art-programs-for-hiv-infected-pregnant-breastfeeding-women
#13
Sara E Forhan, Surbhi Modi, James C Houston, Laura N Broyles
: In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended universal antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all people living with HIV (PLHIV) after two randomized controlled trials revealed lower rates of mortality and serious illnesses among PLHIV receiving immediate ART compared to those receiving deferred ART. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa rapidly adopted this guidance and are implementing "test and start" programs.As this work begins, lessons learned from prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) Option B+ programs can inform decisions for new universal HIV treatment programs...
April 10, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397533/socioeconomic-predictors-of-adherence-behavior-among-hiv-positive-patients-receiving-antiretroviral-therapy-in-selangor-malaysia
#14
Surajudeen Abiola Abdulrahman, Lekhraj Rampal, Norlijah Othman, Faisal Ibrahim, Hayati Kadir Shahar, Anuradha P Radhakrishnan
Medication adherence remains a critical link between the prescribed ART regimen and treatment outcome. Several factors may influence adherence behavior. This cross-sectional study aimed to highlight socioeconomic predictors of adherence behavior among a cohort of 242 adult Malaysian patients receiving antiretroviral therapy in Hospital Sungai Buloh, Malaysia, where they were enrolled in a parent study (single-blinded randomized controlled trial) between January and December 2014. Statistical analysis of secondary data on adherence behavior and sociodemographic characteristics of the patients revealed mean age of 33...
April 1, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397527/it-helps-me-live-sends-my-children-to-school-and-feeds-me-a-qualitative-study-of-how-food-and-cash-incentives-may-improve-adherence-to-treatment-and-care-among-adults-living-with-hiv-in-tanzania
#15
Nancy L Czaicki, Agatha Mnyippembe, Madeline Blodgett, Prosper Njau, Sandra I McCoy
Financial and in-kind incentives have been shown to improve outcomes along the HIV care cascade, however the potential mechanismsthrough which they work remain unclear. To identify the pathways through which incentives improve retention in care and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART), we conducted a qualitative study with participants in a trial evaluating conditional food and cash incentives for HIV-positive food insecure adults in Shinyanga, Tanzania. We found that the incentives acted through three pathways to potentially increase retention in care and adherence to ART: (1) addressing competing needs and offsetting opportunity costs associated with clinic attendance, (2) alleviating stress associated with attending clinic and meeting basic needs, and (3) by potentially increasing motivation...
April 11, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393746/changes-in-serum-phosphate-and-potassium-and-their-effects-on-mortality-in-malnourished-african-hiv-infected-adults-starting-antiretroviral-therapy-and-given-vitamins-and-minerals-in-lipid-based-nutritional-supplements-secondary-analysis-from-the-nutritional
#16
Andrea Mary Rehman, Susannah Louise Woodd, Douglas Corbett Heimburger, John Robert Koethe, Henrik Friis, George PrayGod, Lackson Kasonka, Paul Kelly, Suzanne Filteau
Malnourished HIV-infected patients starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) are at high risk of early mortality, some of which may be attributed to altered electrolyte metabolism. We used data from a randomised controlled trial of electrolyte-enriched lipid-based nutritional supplements to assess the association of baseline and time-varying serum phosphate and K concentrations with mortality within the first 12 weeks after starting ART. Baseline phosphate results were available from 1764 patients and there were 9096 subsequent serum phosphate measurements, a median of 6 per patient...
April 10, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393540/microfracture-state-of-the-art-in-cartilage-surgery
#17
Florian Frehner, Jan P Benthien
Objective This study is a literature review from 2010 to 2014 concerning the quality of evidence in clinical trials about microfracture in attempt to repair articular cartilage. We have decided to focus on microfracturing, since this seems to be the best documented technique. Interest in evaluation of publication quality has risen in orthopaedic sports medicine recently. Therefore, we think it is necessary to evaluate recent clinical trials being rated for their evidence-based medicine (EBM) quality. We also compared the mean impact factor of the journals publishing the different studies as an indicator of the study's citation and evaluated for a change over the studied time frame...
April 1, 2017: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392178/acupuncture-for-the-prevention-of-tension-type-headache-2016
#18
Arya Nielsen
Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, et al. Acupuncture for the prevention of tension-type headache.Cochrane Database Syst Rev2016, Issue 48. Art No.: CD007587. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007587.pub2. BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is often used for prevention of tension-type headache but its effectiveness is still controversial. This is an update of our Cochrane review originally published in Issue 1, 2009 of The Cochrane Library. OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether acupuncture is (a) more effective than no prophylactic treatment/routine care only; (b) more effective than "sham" (placebo) acupuncture; and (c) as effective as other interventions in reducing headache frequency in adults with episodic or chronic tension-type headache...
March 6, 2017: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391577/neoadjuvant-treatment-in-pancreatic-cancer-evidence-based-medicine-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
REVIEW
Francesco D'Angelo, Laura Antolino, Alessio Farcomeni, Dario Sirimarco, Andrea Kazemi Nava, Martina De Siena, Niccolò Petrucciani, Giuseppe Nigri, Stefano Valabrega, Paolo Aurello, Giovanni Ramacciato
Neoadjuvant treatment in non-metastatic pancreatic cancer (PaC) has the theoretical advantages of downstaging the tumor, sterilizing any present systemic undetectable disease, selecting patients for surgery and administering therapy to each patient. The aim of this systematic review is to analyze the state of the art on neoadjuvant protocols for non-metastatic PaC. A literature search over the last 10 years was conducted, and papers had to be focused on resectable, borderline resectable (BLR) or locally advanced (LA) histo- or cytologically proven PaC; to be prospective studies or prospectively collected databases; to report percentage of protocol achievement and survival data at least in an intention-to-treat (ITT) analysis...
May 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389587/l-dopa-in-dystonia-a-modern-perspective
#20
Roderick P P W M Maas, Tessa Wassenberg, Jean-Pierre Lin, Bart P C van de Warrenburg, Michèl A A P Willemsen
"Every child exhibiting dystonia merits an l-dopa trial, lest the potentially treatable condition of dopa-responsive dystonia (DRD) is missed" has been a commonly cited and highly conserved adage in movement disorders literature stemming from the 1980s. We here provide a historical perspective on this statement, discuss the current diagnostic and therapeutic applications of l-dopa in everyday neurologic practice, contrast these with its approved indications, and finish with our view on both a diagnostic and therapeutic trial in children and adults with dystonia...
April 7, 2017: Neurology
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