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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534597/metabolomics-for-improving-pregnancy-outcomes-in-women-undergoing-assisted-reproductive-technologies
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Charalampos S Siristatidis, Eleni Sertedaki, Dennis Vaidakis
BACKGROUND: In order to overcome the low effectiveness of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and the high incidence of multiple births, metabolomics is proposed as a non-invasive method to assess oocyte quality, embryo viability, and endometrial receptivity, and facilitate a targeted subfertility treatment. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of metabolomic assessment of oocyte quality, embryo viability, and endometrial receptivity for improving live birth or ongoing pregnancy rates in women undergoing ART, compared to conventional methods of assessment...
May 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533305/changes-in-cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors-with-immediate-versus-deferred-antiretroviral-therapy-initiation-among-hiv-positive-participants-in-the-start-strategic-timing-of-antiretroviral-treatment-trial
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Jason V Baker, Shweta Sharma, Amit C Achhra, Jose Ignacio Bernardino, Johannes R Bogner, Daniel Duprez, Sean Emery, Brian Gazzard, Jonathan Gordin, Greg Grandits, Andrew N Phillips, Siegfried Schwarze, Elsayed Z Soliman, Stephen A Spector, Giuseppe Tambussi, Jens Lundgren
INTRODUCTION: HIV infection and certain antiretroviral therapy (ART) medications increase atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk, mediated, in part, through traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied cardiovascular disease risk factor changes in the START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment) trial, a randomized study of immediate versus deferred ART initiation among HIV-positive persons with CD4(+) cell counts >500 cells/mm(3)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531643/lipid-based-nutrient-supplements-containing-vitamins-and-minerals-attenuate-renal-electrolyte-loss-in-hiv-aids-patients-starting-antiretroviral-therapy-a-randomized-controlled-trial-in-zambia
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D Munkombwe, T L Muungo, C Michelo, P Kelly, S Chirwa, S Filteau
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Advanced HIV infection combined with undernutrition and antiretroviral therapy (ART) places HIV/AIDS patients at high risk of electrolyte abnormalities and increased morbidity and mortality. Here, in a sub-study of a large published randomized trial, we evaluated if nutritional supplements will help curtail renal electrolyte loss in HIV/AIDS patients starting ART. METHODS: 130 malnourished HIV-positive patients referred for ART received lipid-based nutrient supplements alone (LNS, n = 63) or together with vitamins and minerals (LNS-VM, n = 67)...
June 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531319/improved-sperm-kinematics-in-semen-samples-collected-after-2-h-versus-4-7-days-of-ejaculation-abstinence
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H Alipour, G Van Der Horst, O B Christiansen, F Dardmeh, N Jørgensen, H I Nielsen, C Hnida
STUDY QUESTION: Does a short abstinence period of only 2 h yield spermatozoa with better motility characteristics than samples collected after 4-7 days? SUMMARY ANSWER: Despite lower semen volume, sperm concentration, total sperm counts and total motile counts, higher percentages of motile spermatozoa with higher velocity and progressiveness were detected in samples obtained after 2 h. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Most studies that have assessed the effect of abstinence periods on sperm motility parameters in men with a sperm concentration below 15 million/ml have detected a higher percentage of motile spermatozoa in samples obtained after short abstinence periods...
May 22, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528389/a-life-less-lonely-the-state-of-the-art-in-interventions-to-reduce-loneliness-in-people-with-mental-health-problems
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REVIEW
Farhana Mann, Jessica K Bone, Brynmor Lloyd-Evans, Johanna Frerichs, Vanessa Pinfold, Ruimin Ma, Jingyi Wang, Sonia Johnson
PURPOSE: There is growing evidence of significant harmful effects of loneliness. Relatively little work has focused on how best to reduce loneliness in people with mental health problems. We aim to present an overview of the current state of the art in loneliness interventions in people with mental health problems, identify relevant challenges, and highlight priorities for future research and implementation. METHODS: A scoping review of the published and grey literature was conducted, as well as discussions with relevant experts, to propose a broad classification system for types of interventions targeting loneliness...
May 20, 2017: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527771/aspirin-versus-aspirin-plus-clopidogrel-as-antithrombotic-treatment-following-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-with-a-balloon-expandable-valve-the-arte-aspirin-versus-aspirin%C3%A2-clopidogrel-following%C3%A2-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-randomized%C3%A2
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Josep Rodés-Cabau, Jean-Bernard Masson, Robert C Welsh, Bruno Garcia Del Blanco, Marc Pelletier, John G Webb, Faisal Al-Qoofi, Philippe Généreux, Gabriel Maluenda, Martin Thoenes, Jean-Michel Paradis, Chekrallah Chamandi, Vicenç Serra, Eric Dumont, Mélanie Côté
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare aspirin plus clopidogrel with aspirin alone as antithrombotic treatment following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for the prevention of ischemic events, bleeding events, and death. BACKGROUND: Few data exist on the optimal antithrombotic therapy following TAVR. METHODS: This was a randomized controlled trial comparing aspirin (80 to 100 mg/day) plus clopidogrel (75 mg/day) (dual-antiplatelet therapy [DAPT]) versus aspirin alone (single-antiplatelet therapy [SAPT]) in patients undergoing TAVR with a balloon-expandable valve...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527735/advances-in-combination-therapy-of-lung-cancer-rationales-delivery-technologies-and-dosage-regimens
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REVIEW
Lan Wu, Donglei Leng, Dongmei Cun, Camilla Foged, Mingshi Yang
Lung cancer is a complex disease caused by a multitude of genetic and environmental factors. The progression of lung cancer involves dynamic changes in the genome and a complex network of interactions between cancer cells with multiple, distinct cell types that form tumors. Combination therapy using different pharmaceuticals has been proven highly effective due to the ability to affect multiple cellular pathways involved in the disease progression. However, the currently used drug combination designs are primarily based on empirical clinical studies, and little attention has been given to dosage regimens, i...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526661/the-parasol-protocol-an-implementation-science-study-of-hiv-continuum-of-care-interventions-for-gay-men-and-transgender-women-in-burma-myanmar
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Andrea L Wirtz, Soe Naing, Emily Clouse, Kaung Htet Thu, Sandra Hsu Hnin Mon, Zin Min Tun, Stefan Baral, Aung Zayar Paing, Chris Beyrer
BACKGROUND: Efforts to improve HIV diagnosis and antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation among people living with HIV and reduce onward transmission of HIV rely on innovative interventions along multiple steps of the HIV care continuum. These innovative methods are particularly important for key populations, including men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TW). The HIV epidemic in Myanmar is concentrated among key populations, and national efforts now focus on reducing stigma and improving engagement of MSM and TW in HIV prevention and care...
May 17, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522145/wnt-signaling-a-novel-pathway-regulating-blood-pressure-state-of-the-art-review
#9
REVIEW
Maen D Abou Ziki, Arya Mani
Recent antihypertensive trials show conflicting results on blood pressure (BP) targets in patient populations with different metabolic profiles, with lowest benefit from tight BP control observed in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This paradox could arise from the heterogeneity of study populations and underscores the importance of precision medicine initiatives towards understanding and treating hypertension. Wnt signaling pathways and genetic variations in its signaling peptides have been recently associated with metabolic syndrome, hypertension and diabetes, generating a breakthrough for advancement of precision medicine in the field of hypertension...
May 4, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520969/cell-mediated-immunity-to-target-the-persistent-human-immunodeficiency-virus-reservoir
#10
James L Riley, Luis J Montaner
Effective clearance of virally infected cells requires the sequential activity of innate and adaptive immunity effectors. In human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, naturally induced cell-mediated immune responses rarely eradicate infection. However, optimized immune responses could potentially be leveraged in HIV cure efforts if epitope escape and lack of sustained effector memory responses were to be addressed. Here we review leading HIV cure strategies that harness cell-mediated control against HIV in stably suppressed antiretroviral-treated subjects...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520768/mobile-phone-reminders-and-peer-counseling-improve-adherence-and-treatment-outcomes-of-patients-on-art-in-malaysia-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Surajudeen Abiola Abdulrahman, Lekhraj Rampal, Faisal Ibrahim, Anuradha P Radhakrishnan, Hayati Kadir Shahar, Norlijah Othman
BACKGROUND: Adherence to treatment remains the cornerstone of long term viral suppression and successful treatment outcomes among patients receiving Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). OBJECTIVE(S): Evaluate the effectiveness of mobile phone reminders and peer counseling in improving adherence and treatment outcomes among HIV positive patients on ART in Malaysia. METHODS: A single-blind, parallel group RCT conducted in Hospital Sungai Buloh, Malaysia in which 242 adult Malaysian patients were randomized to intervention or control groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520598/imaging-plus-x-multimodal-models-of-neurodegenerative-disease
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Neil P Oxtoby, Daniel C Alexander
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article argues that the time is approaching for data-driven disease modelling to take centre stage in the study and management of neurodegenerative disease. The snowstorm of data now available to the clinician defies qualitative evaluation; the heterogeneity of data types complicates integration through traditional statistical methods; and the large datasets becoming available remain far from the big-data sizes necessary for fully data-driven machine-learning approaches...
May 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518221/micronutrient-supplementation-in-adults-with-hiv-infection
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REVIEW
Marianne E Visser, Solange Durao, David Sinclair, James H Irlam, Nandi Siegfried
BACKGROUND: Micronutrient deficiencies are common among adults living with HIV disease, particularly in low-income settings where the diet may be low in essential vitamins and minerals. Some micronutrients play critical roles in maintenance of the immune system, and routine supplementation could therefore be beneficial. This is an update of a Cochrane Review previously published in 2010. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether micronutrient supplements are effective and safe in reducing mortality and HIV-related morbidity of HIV-positive adults (excluding pregnant women)...
May 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516669/state-of-the-art-novel-applications-for-deep-brain-stimulation
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REVIEW
Holly A Roy, Alexander L Green, Tipu Z Aziz
OBJECTIVES: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a rapidly developing field of neurosurgery with potential therapeutic applications that are relevant to conditions traditionally viewed as beyond the limits of neurosurgery. Our objective, in this review, is to highlight some of the emerging applications of DBS within three distinct but overlapping spheres, namely trauma, neuropsychiatry, and autonomic physiology. REVIEW METHODS: An extensive literature review was carried out in MEDLINE, to identify relevant studies and review articles describing applications of DBS in the areas of trauma, neuropsychiatry and autonomic neuroscience...
May 17, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516167/standardization-of-the-modified-rodnan-skin-score-for-use-in-clinical-trials-of-systemic-sclerosis
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Dinesh Khanna, Daniel E Furst, Philip J Clements, Yannick Allanore, Murray Baron, Lazlo Czirjak, Oliver Distler, Ivan Foeldvari, Masataka Kuwana, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Maureen Mayes, Thomas Medsger, Peter A Merkel, Janet E Pope, James R Seibold, Virginia Steen, Wendy Stevens, Christopher P Denton
The modified Rodnan skin score (mRSS) is a measure of skin thickness and is used as a primary or secondary outcome measure in clinical trials of systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). This state-of-art review provides a historical perspective of the development of the mRSS, summarizes the performance of mRSS as an outcome measure, provides guidance on assessing mRSS, and makes recommendations for incorporation of the mRSS into clinical trials.
January 2017: Journal of Scleroderma and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514277/a-commitment-contract-to-achieve-virologic-suppression-in-poorly-adherent-patients-with-hiv-aids
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Marcella Alsan, John Beshears, Wendy S Armstrong, James J Choi, Brigitte C Madrian, Minh Ly T Nguyen, Carlos Del Rio, David Laibson, Vincent C Marconi
OBJECTIVE: Assess whether a commitment contract informed by behavioral economics leads to persistent virologic suppression among HIV-positive patients with poor antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence. DESIGN: Single-center pilot randomized clinical trial, plus a non-randomized control group. SETTING: Publicly-funded HIV clinic in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. INTERVENTION: The study involved three arms. (i) Participants in the provider visit incentive arm received $30 after attending each scheduled provider visit...
May 16, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513786/3-year-survival-rates-of-retained-composite-resin-and-art-sealants-using-two-assessment-criteria
#17
Leandro Augusto Hilgert, Soraya Coelho Leal, Gabriela Mesquita Lopes Freire, Jan Mulder, Jo E Frencken
The aim was to test the null-hypothesis that there is no difference in the cumulative survival rate of retained composite resin (CR) sealants and a high-viscosity glass-ionomer Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) sealant in first permanent molars calculated according to the traditional and the modified retention assessment criteria over a period of 3 years. This cluster-randomized controlled clinical trial consisted of 123 schoolchildren, 6-7-years-old. At baseline, high-caries risk pits and fissures of fully erupted first permanent molars were treated with CR and ART sealants...
May 4, 2017: Brazilian Oral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513635/the-impact-of-dark-chocolate-intake-on-arterial-elasticity-in-individuals-with-hiv-aids-undergoing-art-a-randomized-double-blind-crossover-trial
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Andrea Mariana Nunes da Costa Teixeira, Liania Alves Luzia, Suelen Jorge de Souza, Aline de Almeida Petrilli, Patrícia de Moraes Pontilho, Jose Maria Pacheco de Souza, Aluísio Augusto Cotrim Segurado, Priscila Efraim, Camila de Melo Picone, Patrícia Helen de Carvalho Rondo
An increase in the frequency of cardiovascular diseases has been observed in the HIV/AIDS population. Studies involving healthy subjects or subjects with other diseases have shown benefits of chocolate supplementation on endothelial function and vasodilation. We evaluate the impact of chocolate consumption on arterial elasticity in people living with human immunodeficiency virus - PLHIV. A double-blind, crossover trial including 110 PLHIV (19 to 59 years) on antiretroviral therapy - ART for at least 6 months and with a viral load of <500 copies per mL was conducted...
May 17, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508819/128-shades-of-red-objective-remote-assessment-of-radiation-dermatitis-by-augmented-digital-skin-imaging
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Richard Partl, Beata Jonko, Stefan Schnidar, Michael Schöllhammer, Max Bauer, Sanchit Singh, Julia Simeckova, Kathrin Wiesner, Andreas Neubauer, Harald Schnidar
The purpose of our investigation was to develop a novel and state of the art digital skin imaging method capable for remote monitoring and objective assessment of Radiation Induced Dermatitis (RID). Therefore, radiation therapy related side effects were assessed by medical experts according to Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) grade of severity in 20 female breast cancer patients in a clinical trial over the treatment time frame of 25-28 radiation cycles, 50.0-50.4 Gy each. Furthermore the intensity of developed skin erythema was documented by using conventional spectrophotometry plus digital skin imaging...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508683/effectiveness-of-mild-ovarian-stimulation-versus-gnrh-agonist-protocol-in-women-undergoing-assisted-reproductive-technology-a-meta-analysis
#20
Yuan Fan, Xiaowei Zhang, Zhidong Hao, Huanfei Ding, Quanyu Chen, Li Tian
OBJECTIVE: our meta-analysis was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the mild ovulation induction protocol using CC/gonadotropin/GnRH antagonist compared to the conventional GnRH agonist protocol in women undergoing ART. METHOD: Six electronic databases were searched from their date of establishment until August 2016. Outcomes in our analysis were calculated in terms of relative risk (RR) and weighted mean differences (WMD) and standard mean differences (SMD) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) using random effect models or fixed effect models...
May 16, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
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