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Keming Gao, Fang Fang, Zuowei Wang, Joseph R Calabrese
OBJECTIVES: To compare objective and subjective weight gain of second-generation antipsychotics in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. METHODS: English-language literature published and cited in PubMed (MEDLINE) from January 1966 to December 2015 was searched with the keywords antipsychotic, atypical antipsychotic, or generic/brand name of atypical antipsychotics, and schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, bipolar mania, or bipolar depression, and safety, tolerability, weight gain, and randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Gareth T Jones, Elizabeth A Jones, Marcus J Beasley, Gary J Macfarlane
The generalisability of randomised controlled trials will be compromised if markers of treatment outcome also affect trial recruitment. In a large trial of chronic widespread pain (CWP), we aimed to determine the extent to which randomised participants represented eligible patients, and whether factors predicting randomisation also influenced trial outcome. Adults from eight UK general practices were surveyed to determine eligibility for a trial of two interventions (exercise, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT))...
September 29, 2016: Pain
Vibeke Strand, Elaine Husni, Jenny Griffith, Zheng-Yi Zhou, James Signorovitch, Arijit Ganguli
INTRODUCTION: The present study aimed to evaluate clinical outcomes and costs associated with timely versus delayed use of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFis) among patients with moderately to severely active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) with and without moderate/severe psoriasis (Ps) from a US payer's perspective. METHODS: An economic model evaluated PsA patients initially treated with a TNFi (timely TNFi use) or apremilast (delayed TNFi use). Patients without joint (American College of Rheumatology 20%, [ACR20]) improvement either switched TNFis or initiated one...
September 15, 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Keith A Betts, Jenny Griffith, Yan Song, Manish Mittal, Avani Joshi, Eric Q Wu, Arijit Ganguli
INTRODUCTION: Biologic therapies have improved the clinical management of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Few head-to-head studies have directly compared the efficacy of these agents. This study was conducted to indirectly compare the efficacy of biologic agents for treatment of active AS. METHODS: A targeted literature review was conducted to identify randomized clinical trials for adalimumab, infliximab, golimumab, certolizumab pegol, etanercept, and secukinumab for the treatment of active AS...
July 25, 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Andreas Ø Bielefeldt, Pia B Danborg, Peter C Gøtzsche
OBJECTIVE: To quantify the risk of suicidality and violence when selective serotonin and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are given to adult healthy volunteers with no signs of a mental disorder. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Harms related to suicidality, hostility, activation events, psychotic events and mood disturbances. SETTING: Published trials identified by searching PubMed and Embase and clinical study reports obtained from the European and UK drug regulators...
October 2016: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Xianhui Qin, Jianping Li, J David Spence, Yan Zhang, Youbao Li, Xiaobin Wang, Binyan Wang, Ningling Sun, Fang Chen, Jingxuan Guo, Delu Yin, Liming Sun, Genfu Tang, Mingli He, Jia Fu, Yefeng Cai, Xiuli Shi, Ping Ye, Hong Chen, Shuiping Zhao, Mao Chen, Chuanyu Gao, Xiangqing Kong, Fan Fan Hou, Yining Huang, Yong Huo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We sought to determine whether folic acid supplementation can independently reduce the risk of first stroke associated with elevated total cholesterol levels in a subanalysis using data from the CSPPT (China Stroke Primary Prevention Trial), a double-blind, randomized controlled trial. METHODS: A total of 20 702 hypertensive adults without a history of major cardiovascular disease were randomly assigned to a double-blind daily treatment of an enalapril 10-mg and a folic acid 0...
October 11, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Donna Gillies, Licia Maiocchi, Abhishta P Bhandari, Fiona Taylor, Carl Gray, Louise O'Brien
BACKGROUND: Children and adolescents who have experienced trauma are at high risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other negative emotional, behavioural and mental health outcomes, all of which are associated with high personal and health costs. A wide range of psychological treatments are used to prevent negative outcomes associated with trauma in children and adolescents. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of psychological therapies in preventing PTSD and associated negative emotional, behavioural and mental health outcomes in children and adolescents who have undergone a traumatic event...
October 11, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Claire S Allen, James Hs Yeung, Ben Vandermeer, Joanne Homik
BACKGROUND: This is an update of a Cochrane Review first published in 1999. Corticosteroids are widely used in inflammatory conditions as an immunosuppressive agent. Bone loss is a serious side effect of this therapy. Several studies have examined the use of bisphosphonates in the prevention and treatment of glucocorticosteroid-induced osteoporosis (GIOP) and have reported varying magnitudes of effect. OBJECTIVES: To assess the benefits and harms of bisphosphonates for the prevention and treatment of GIOP in adults...
October 5, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
W Zheng, Y F Zhang, H Q Zhong, S M Mai, X H Yang, Y T Xiang
INTRODUCTION: In China, Wuling capsule, a traditional Chinese medicine consisting of Wuling mycelia of Xylaria nigripes (Kl.) Sacc (a rare type of fungus), is used to treat major depressive disorders. A meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials was performed to compare the efficacy and safety of Wuling capsule alone with Wuling capsule-antidepressant combination in the treatment of major depressive disorders. METHODS: Two assessors independently selected studies, extracted data, and conducted quality assessment and data synthesis...
September 2016: East Asian Archives of Psychiatry: Official Journal of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists
Andreas Binder, Ralf Baron
BACKGROUND: Chronic neuropathic pain, including painful peripheral polyneuropathy and post-herpetic neuralgia, affects 6.9-10% of the general population. METHODS: In this article, we present current treatment recommendations on the basis of a selective review of the literature. RESULTS: Neuropathic pain does not respond consistently to classic non-opioid analgesic drugs and is better treated with co-analgesic, antidepressant, and anticonvulsant drugs and topical agents...
September 16, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Trine Eilenberg
Health anxiety is prevalent (5-9%) in all healthcare settings and in the general population, may have an early onset, and a poor prognosis is seen in severe cases if untreated. Research shows that health anxiety is rarely diagnosed though it causes great suffering for the individual and constitutes a substantial socio-economic burden. Studies have shown that individual cognitive behavioural therapy can relieve health anxiety, but these studies are affected by methodological problems, among others, struggling with patients declining participation, high dropout rates, and some patients not responding to the treatment...
October 2016: Danish Medical Journal
Sheena Derry, Malene Cording, Philip J Wiffen, Simon Law, Tudor Phillips, R Andrew Moore
BACKGROUND: This review updates part of an earlier Cochrane review on 'Pregabalin for acute and chronic pain in adults' (Moore 2009), and considers only fibromyalgia pain.Antiepileptic drugs have been used in pain management since the 1960s. Pregabalin is an antiepileptic drug also used in management of chronic pain conditions, including fibromyalgia. Pain response with pregabalin is associated with major benefits for other symptoms, and improved quality of life and function in people with chronic painful conditions...
September 29, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Ali Shoeibi, Nahid Olfati, Mohsen Soltani Sabi, Maryam Salehi, Sara Mali, Mahsa Akbari Oryani
Despite the huge health and economic burden of migraine headache, few medications have been approved for its prophylactic treatment, most of which can potentially induce serious adverse effects. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a supplement and has shown preliminary benefits in migraine prophylaxis. We aimed to assess this effect in an adult population. This is an open-label, parallel, add-on, match-controlled trial. Eighty patients diagnosed with migraine headache based on International Headache Society criteria were allocated to receiving only their current preventive drugs or their current preventive drugs plus 100 mg CoQ10 daily, matching for their baseline characteristics, and were assessed for frequency and severity of attacks, and ≥50 % reduction in attack frequency per month...
September 26, 2016: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Jelena Barbaric, Rachel Abbott, Pawel Posadzki, Mate Car, Laura H Gunn, Alison M Layton, Azeem Majeed, Josip Car
BACKGROUND: Acne vulgaris is a very common skin problem that presents with blackheads, whiteheads, and inflamed spots. It frequently results in physical scarring and may cause psychological distress. The use of oral and topical treatments can be limited in some people due to ineffectiveness, inconvenience, poor tolerability or side-effects. Some studies have suggested promising results for light therapies. OBJECTIVES: To explore the effects of light treatment of different wavelengths for acne...
September 27, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Sarah E Hetrick, Jo Robinson, Matthew J Spittal, Greg Carter
OBJECTIVE: To examine the efficacy of psychological and psychosocial interventions for reductions in repeated self-harm. DESIGN: We conducted a systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-regression to examine the efficacy of psychological and psychosocial interventions to reduce repeat self-harm in adults. We included a sensitivity analysis of studies with a low risk of bias for the meta-analysis. For the meta-regression, we examined whether the type, intensity (primary analyses) and other components of intervention or methodology (secondary analyses) modified the overall intervention effect...
2016: BMJ Open
Yehuda Handelsman, Randi Fain, Zhixiao Wang, Xuan Li, Ken Fujioka, William Shanahan
OBJECTIVES: Lorcaserin is a serotonin 2C receptor agonist approved for chronic weight management. This analysis explores the number of patients needed to be treated (NNT) with lorcaserin for one more patient to achieve weight loss and glycemic goals. METHODS: This is a post hoc analysis of three Phase 3 studies in adults with and without type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) treated with lorcaserin 10 mg BID or placebo. NNT is reported for patients achieving ≥5% or ≥10% weight loss, achievement of either HbA1c <5...
September 23, 2016: Postgraduate Medicine
Simon Gilbody, Anne-Marie Bagnall, Lorna Duggan, Arja Tuunainen
BACKGROUND: Risperidone is one of a number of 'atypical antipsychotics' which are currently being marketed for the treatment of those with schizophrenia, largely on the basis of claims of improved tolerability and effectiveness compared to much cheaper conventional antipsychotics. The efficacy of risperidone has already been compared to conventional drugs, but it remains unclear how risperidone compares with other atypical antipsychotic drugs such as clozapine. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of risperidone compared with other atypical antipsychotic drugs for schizophrenia...
September 20, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Ricardo E Jorge, Laura Acion, Debora I Burin, Robert G Robinson
Importance: Prevention is more effective than treatment to decrease the burden of significant medical conditions such as depressive disorders, a major cause of disability worldwide. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a candidate for selective strategies to prevent depression given the incidence, prevalence, and functional effect of depression that occurs after TBI. Objective: To assess the efficacy of sertraline treatment in preventing depressive disorders following TBI...
October 1, 2016: JAMA Psychiatry
Marcello Picchio, Walter Elisei, Giovanni Brandimarte, Francesco Di Mario, Peter Malfertheiner, Carmelo Scarpignato, Antonio Tursi
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease (SUDD) is a common gastrointestinal disease, because it affects about one fourth of the patient harboring colonic diverticula. GOAL: To assess the effectiveness of mesalazine in improving symptoms (namely abdominal pain) and in preventing diverticulitis occurrence in patients with SUDD. STUDY: Only randomized clinical trials (irrespective of language, blinding, or publication status) that compared mesalazine with placebo or any other therapy in SUDD were evaluated...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Nina Sundström, Jan Malm, Katarina Laurell, Fredrik Lundin, Babar Kahlon, Kristina G Cesarini, Göran Leijon, Carsten Wikkelsö
OBJECT: To present population-based and age related incidence of surgery and clinical outcome for adult patients operated for hydrocephalus, registered in the Swedish Hydrocephalus Quality Registry (SHQR). METHODS: All patients registered in SHQR during 2004-2011 were included. Data on age, gender, type of hydrocephalus and type of surgery were extracted as well as three months outcome for patients with idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH). RESULTS: The material consisted of 2360 patients, 1229 men and 1131 women, age 63...
September 13, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
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