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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103638/music-interventions-for-acquired-brain-injury
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102899/b-type-natriuretic-peptide-guided-treatment-for-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Julie McLellan, Carl J Heneghan, Rafael Perera, Alison M Clements, Paul P Glasziou, Karen E Kearley, Nicola Pidduck, Nia W Roberts, Sally Tyndel, F Lucy Wright, Clare Bankhead
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is a condition in which the heart does not pump enough blood to meet all the needs of the body. Symptoms of heart failure include breathlessness, fatigue and fluid retention. Outcomes for patients with heart failure are highly variable; however on average, these patients have a poor prognosis. Prognosis can be improved with early diagnosis and appropriate use of medical treatment, use of devices and transplantation. Patients with heart failure are high users of healthcare resources, not only due to drug and device treatments, but due to high costs of hospitalisation care...
December 22, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102879/the-conservative-and-pharmacological-management-of-chronic-subdural-haematoma
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Jehuda Soleman, Fabio Noccera, Luigi Mariani
Chronic subdural haematoma (cSDH), one of the most common neurosurgical entities, occurs typically in elderly patients. The incidence is expected to double by the year 2030, owing to the continuous aging of the population. Surgery is usually the treatment of choice, but conservative treatment may be a good alternative in some situations. We provide a systematic review of studies analysing the conservative treatment options and the natural history of cSDH. Of 231 articles screened, 35 were included in this systematic review...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102546/ataluren-and-similar-compounds-specific-therapies-for-premature-termination-codon-class-i-mutations-for-cystic-fibrosis
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Aisha A Aslam, Colin Higgins, Ian P Sinha, Kevin W Southern
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is a common life-shortening genetic disorder in the Caucasian population (less common in other ethnic groups) caused by the mutation of a single gene that codes for the production of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein. This protein coordinates the transport of salt (and bicarbonate) across cell surfaces and the mutation most notably affects the airways. In the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, defective protein results in a dehydrated surface liquid and compromised mucociliary clearance...
January 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101792/medical-management-of-diabesity-do-we-have-realistic-targets
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REVIEW
Joseph M Pappachan, Ananth K Viswanath
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The global prevalence of "diabesity"-diabetes related to obesity-is increasing steadily over the past few decades because of the obesity epidemic. Although bariatric surgery is an effective treatment option for patients with diabesity, its limited availability, invasiveness, relatively high costs and the potential for surgical and postsurgical complications restrict its widespread use. Therefore, medical management is the only option for a majority of patients with diabesity...
January 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100551/psychometric-properties-of-the-st-george-s-respiratory-questionnaire-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Jeffrey J Swigris, Dirk Esser, Hilary Wilson, Craig S Conoscenti, Hendrik Schmidt, Wibke Stansen, Nancy Kline Leidy, Kevin K Brown
The St George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) has been used to measure health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).This analysis evaluated the psychometric properties of the SGRQ using data from 428 patients with IPF who participated in a 12-month, randomised, placebo-controlled phase II trial of nintedanib.Internal consistency (Cronbach's α) was 0.91 for SGRQ total and >0.70 for domain scores. Test-retest reliability (intraclass correlation coefficients) was 0...
January 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100506/twittering-on-about-mental-health-is-it-worth-the-effort
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Mahesh Jayaram, Lindsay Moran, Clive Adams
The medical community disseminates information increasingly using social media. Randomised controlled trials are being conducted in this area to evaluate effectiveness of social media with mixed results so far, but more trials are likely to be published in the coming years. One recent twitter randomised control trial using Cochrane Schizophrenia Group reviews suggests that tweets increase the hits to the target web page by about threefold and time spent on the web page is also increased threefold when referrals come in via twitter...
January 18, 2017: Evidence-based Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100438/high-dose-rifampicin-moxifloxacin-and-sq109-for-treating-tuberculosis-a-multi-arm-multi-stage-randomised-controlled-trial
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Martin J Boeree, Norbert Heinrich, Rob Aarnoutse, Andreas H Diacon, Rodney Dawson, Sunita Rehal, Gibson S Kibiki, Gavin Churchyard, Ian Sanne, Nyanda E Ntinginya, Lilian T Minja, Robert D Hunt, Salome Charalambous, Madeleine Hanekom, Hadija H Semvua, Stellah G Mpagama, Christina Manyama, Bariki Mtafya, Klaus Reither, Robert S Wallis, Amour Venter, Kim Narunsky, Anka Mekota, Sonja Henne, Angela Colbers, Georgette Plemper van Balen, Stephen H Gillespie, Patrick P J Phillips, Michael Hoelscher
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis is the world's leading infectious disease killer. We aimed to identify shorter, safer drug regimens for the treatment of tuberculosis. METHODS: We did a randomised controlled, open-label trial with a multi-arm, multi-stage design. The trial was done in seven sites in South Africa and Tanzania, including hospitals, health centres, and clinical trial centres. Patients with newly diagnosed, rifampicin-sensitive, previously untreated pulmonary tuberculosis were randomly assigned in a 1:1:1:1:2 ratio to receive (all orally) either 35 mg/kg rifampicin per day with 15-20 mg/kg ethambutol, 20 mg/kg rifampicin per day with 400 mg moxifloxacin, 20 mg/kg rifampicin per day with 300 mg SQ109, 10 mg/kg rifampicin per day with 300 mg SQ109, or a daily standard control regimen (10 mg/kg rifampicin, 5 mg/kg isoniazid, 25 mg/kg pyrazinamide, and 15-20 mg/kg ethambutol)...
January 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100425/safety-and-efficacy-of-adjunctive-second-generation-antidepressant-therapy-with-a-mood-stabiliser-or-an-atypical-antipsychotic-in-acute-bipolar-depression-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-placebo-controlled-trials
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Alexander McGirr, Paul A Vöhringer, S Nassir Ghaemi, Raymond W Lam, Lakshmi N Yatham
BACKGROUND: Although mania and hypomania define bipolar disorder, depressive episodes are more common and impairing, with few proven treatments. Adjunctive therapy with second-generation antidepressants is widely used to treat acute bipolar depression, but their efficacy and safety remain controversial. METHODS: In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we searched MEDLINE, Embase, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and ClinicalTrials.gov from inception to Jan 31, 2016, for randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of second-generation antidepressants adjunctive to a mood stabiliser or an antipsychotic in patients with acute bipolar depression...
December 2016: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099988/exercise-based-rehabilitation-programmes-for-pulmonary-hypertension
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REVIEW
Norman R Morris, Fiona D Kermeen, Anne E Holland
BACKGROUND: Individuals with pulmonary hypertension (PH) have reduced exercise capacity and quality of life. Despite initial concerns that exercise training may worsen symptoms in this group, several studies have reported improvements in functional capacity and well-being following exercise-based rehabilitation in PH. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of exercise-based rehabilitation for people with PH. Primary outcomes were exercise capacity, adverse events during the intervention period and health-related quality of life (HRQoL)...
January 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098923/-ssris-and-depressive-symptoms-in-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review
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H G van Dijk, E A Dapper, C H Vinkers
Patients with schizophrenia frequently have depressive symptoms. Current guidelines do not provide specific recommendations regarding the treatment of these symptoms, nor do they mention the role that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssris) can play in the treatment.<br/> AIM: To investigate whether ssris are more effective than placebo in treating depressive symptoms in patients with schizophrenia.<br/> METHOD: We searched the literature systematically using PubMed, embase, Cochrane Library and Psycinfo...
2017: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098052/effect-of-maternal-dietary-counselling-during-the-1st-year-of-life-on-glucose-profile-and-insulin-resistance-at-the-age-of-8-years-a-randomised-field-trial
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Cintia S Costa, Paula D B Campagnolo, L H Lumey, Marcia R Vitolo
Education interventions that stimulate complementary feeding practices can improve the nutritional status of children and may protect against future chronic diseases. We assessed the long-term effectiveness of dietary intervention during the 1st year of life on insulin resistance levels, and investigated the relationship between insulin resistance and weight changes over time. A randomised field trial was conducted among 500 mothers who gave birth to full-term infants between October 2001 and June 2002 in a low-income area in São Leopoldo, Brazil...
January 18, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097758/alpha-blockers-in-the-management-of-ureteric-lithiasis-a-meta-analysis
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Nicholas Raison, Kamran Ahmed, Oliver Brunckhorst, Prokar Dasgupta
INTRODUCTION: Effective medical expulsion for ureteric stones with α-blockers offers numerous advantages over surgical alternatives. However, its effectiveness remains uncertain and with the publication of new trial data, the available evidence requires reappraisal. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of α-blockers the management of ureteric lithiasis. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature, with predefined search criteria, was conducted using PubMed and Embase...
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097487/inter-individual-responses-of-maximal-oxygen-uptake-to-exercise-training-a-critical-review
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Philip J Williamson, Greg Atkinson, Alan M Batterham
It has recently been reported how to quantify inter-individual differences in the response to an exercise intervention using the standard deviation of the change scores, as well as how to appraise these differences for clinical relevance. In a parallel-group randomised controlled trial, the key trigger for further investigation into inter-individual responses is when the standard deviation of change in the intervention sample is substantially larger than the same standard deviation derived from a suitable comparator sample...
January 17, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096251/healthcare-resource-consumption-for-intermittent-urinary-catheterisation-cost-effectiveness-of-hydrophilic-catheters-and-budget-impact-analyses
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Carla Rognoni, Rosanna Tarricone
OBJECTIVES: This study presents a cost-effectiveness analysis comparing hydrophilic coated to uncoated catheters for patients performing urinary intermittent catheterisation. A national budget impact analysis is also included to evaluate the impact of intermittent catheterisation for management of bladder dysfunctions over a period of 5 years. DESIGN: A Markov model (lifetime horizon, 1 year cycle length) was developed to project health outcomes (life years and quality-adjusted life years) and economic consequences related to patients using hydrophilic coated or uncoated catheters...
January 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096080/fto-genotype-and-weight-loss-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-9563-individual-participant-data-from-eight-randomised-controlled-trials
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January 17, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096079/exercise-therapy-versus-arthroscopic-partial-meniscectomy-for-degenerative-meniscal-tear-in-middle-aged-patients-randomised-controlled-trial-with-two-year-follow-up
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January 17, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095998/the-feasibility-and-clinical-benefits-of-improving-facial-affect-recognition-impairments-in-schizophrenia-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Natalie Bordon, Suzanne O'Rourke, Paul Hutton
BACKGROUND: People diagnosed with schizophrenia have significant difficulty accurately recognising emotions expressed by others. This may generate anomalous experiences which, if misinterpreted, could contribute to experiences of social defeat, psychotic symptoms and reduced social functioning. It remains unclear whether this impairment is responsive to non-pharmacological intervention, or what the effect of modifying it is. METHODS: We did a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine whether and to what extent facial affect recognition impairments can be improved by psychological intervention and, if so, whether this leads to improvements in psychotic symptoms and social functioning...
January 14, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
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