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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549142/how-do-performance-based-financing-programmes-measure-quality-of-care-a-descriptive-analysis-of-68-quality-checklists-from-28-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Erik Josephson, Jessica Gergen, Martha Coe, Samantha Ski, Supriya Madhavan, Sebastian Bauhoff
This paper seeks to systematically describe the length and content of quality checklists used in performance-based financing programmes, their similarities and differences, and how checklists have evolved over time. We compiled a list of supply-side, health facility-based performance-based financing (PBF) programmes in low- and lower middle-income countries based on a document review. We then solicited PBF manuals and quality checklists from implementers and donors of these PBF mechanisms. We entered each indicator from each quality checklist into a database verbatim in English, and translated into English from French where appropriate, and categorized each indicator according to the Donabedian framework and an author-derived categorization...
May 26, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549105/outbreak-of-pneumocystis-jirovecii-infection-among-heart-transplant-recipients-molecular-investigation-and-management-of-an-inter-human-transmission
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William Vindrios, Nicolas Argy, Solène Le Gal, François-Xavier Lescure, Laurent Massias, Minh Patrick Le, Michel Wolff, Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Gilles Nevez, Sandrine Houze, Richard Dorent, Jean-Christophe Lucet
Background: An outbreak of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) occurred among heart transplant recipients (HTR) at the outpatient clinic of a university hospital, from March to September 2015. Clinical, therapeutic, biological and molecular data were analyzed to determine its origin and control the outbreak. Methods: Clinical and biological data regarding all HTR followed in the outpatient clinic were collected. PCP diagnosis was based on microscopy and real-time PCR...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549104/near-infrared-image-guided-lymphatic-mapping-in-minimally-invasive-oesophagectomy-of-distal-oesophageal-cancer
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Olli Helminen, Johanna Mrena, Eero Sihvo
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess the potential of near-infrared (NIR) imaging during minimally invasive oesophagectomy in patients with distal oesophageal cancer for detection of nodal metastases inside and outside the standard en bloc surgical field. METHODS: We enrolled 6 patients diagnosed with distal oesophageal cancer for intraoperative lymphatic mapping with NIR imaging. Indocyanine green dye was injected endoscopically in 8 corners of the primary tumour at the start of the operation...
May 26, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549006/laparoscopic-heller-myotomy-versus-peroral-endoscopic-myotomy-poem-for-achalasia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Francisco Schlottmann, Daniel J Luckett, Jason Fine, Nicholas J Shaheen, Marco G Patti
OBJECTIVE: To compare the outcome of per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) and laparoscopic Heller myotomy (LHM) for the treatment of esophageal achalasia. BACKGROUND: Over the last 2 decades, LHM has become the primary form of treatment in many centers. However, since the first description of POEM in 2010, this technique has widely disseminated, despite the absence of long-term results and randomized trials. METHODS: A systematic Medline literature search of articles on LHM and POEM for the treatment of achalasia was performed...
May 25, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548941/prognostic-role-of-anti-diabetic-drugs-in-pancreatic-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Lei Zheng, Shinan Yin, Fenghua Yao, Hua Bai, Danqing Jing
Anti-diabetic drugs (ADDs) have been reported to modify the risk and survival of several malignancies, but whether ADDs affect the prognostic outcomes for pancreatic cancer (PC) patients remains unclear. A systematic literature search was performed for studies published until September 2016 investigating the associations between ADD use and PC survival. Pooled hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were estimated using the random-effects model. Overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were set as the main outcomes...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548694/towards-a-proportionality-assessment-of-risk-reduction-measures-aimed-at-restricting-the-use-of-persistent-and-bioaccumulative-substances
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Frans Oosterhuis, Roy Brouwer, Martien Janssen, Julia Verhoeven, Cees Luttikhuizen
International chemicals legislation aims at adequately controlling persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and substances of very high concern (SVHCs), such as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent and very bioaccumative (vPvB) substances, with a view to progressively substitute these substances with suitable less hazardous alternatives. Using cost-effectiveness analysis to assess the (dis)proportionality of measures to control such substances (collectively called PBT in this paper) requires benchmarks...
May 26, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548596/cyst-formation-after-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-brain-arteriovenous-malformations-a-systematic-review
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Adeel Ilyas, Ching-Jen Chen, Dale Ding, Panagiotis Mastorakos, Davis G Taylor, I Jonathan Pomeraniec, Cheng-Chia Lee, Jason Sheehan
OBJECTIVE Cyst formation can occasionally occur after stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Given the limited data regarding post-SRS cyst formation in patients with AVM, the time course, natural history, and management of this delayed complication are poorly defined. The aim of this systematic review was to determine the incidence, time course, and optimal management of cyst formation after SRS for AVMs. METHODS A literature review was performed using PubMed to identify studies reporting cyst formation in AVM patients treated with SRS...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548543/systematic-review-of-clinical-guidance-documents-for-autism-spectrum-disorder-diagnostic-assessment-in-select-regions
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Melanie Penner, Evdokia Anagnostou, Lana Y Andoni, Wendy J Ungar
Clinical guidance documents play an important role in ensuring access to high-quality autism spectrum disorder diagnostic assessment practices. The objective was to perform a systematic review of professional association and government clinical guidance documents for autism spectrum disorder diagnostic assessment, analyzing their quality and content. The government search was limited to English-speaking, single-payer, publicly funded health systems. A quality appraisal was conducted by two appraisers using the Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation, second edition tool...
May 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548478/influencing-of-antioxidants-gene-variants-on-risk-of-diabetes-mellitus-and-its-complications-a-systematic-review
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Fatemeh Bitarafan, Mehrnoosh Khodaeian, Ozra Tabatabaei-Malazy, Mahsa M Amoli
INTRODUCTION: Oxidative stress has a key role in pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and its complications as a most common health problem. Due to controversial evidence regarding the association between antioxidants' gene varients and T2DM, our aim was a systematic review of the current meta-analyses. EVIDENCE ACQUISTION: All meta-analysis' studies which assessed the association of single nucleotide polymorphisms of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, glutathione peroxidase (GPX), glutathione S transferase (GST), nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase (NOX) with T2DM and its complications were systematically extracted from PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science databases up to January 2016...
May 26, 2017: Minerva Endocrinologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548297/dysregulation-of-the-causative-genes-for-hereditary-parkinsonism-in-the-midbrain-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Yun Joong Kim, Junbeom Jeon, Jaemoon Shin, Nan Young Kim, Jeong Hoon Hong, Jae-Min Oh, SangKyoon Hong, Yeo Jin Kim, Young-Eun Kim, Suk Yun Kang, Hyeo-Il Ma, Unjoo Lee, Jeehee Yoon
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Many hereditary movement disorders with complex phenotypes without a locus symbol prefix for familial PD present as parkinsonism; however, the dysregulation of genes associated with these phenotypes in the SNpc of PD patients has not been systematically studied. METHODS: Gene set enrichment analyses were performed using 10 previously published genome-wide expression datasets obtained by laser-captured microdissection of pigmented neurons in the SNpc...
May 26, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548282/estimating-the-effect-of-immortal-time-bias-in-urologic-research-a-case-example-of-testosterone-replacement-therapy
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Christopher J D Wallis, Refik Saskin, Steven A Narod, Calvin Law, Girish S Kulkarni, Arun Seth, Robert K Nam
OBJECTIVE: To quantify the effect of immortal-time bias in an observational study examining the effect of cumulative testosterone exposure on mortality. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We used a population-based matched cohort study of men aged 66 and older newly treated with testosterone replacement therapy and matched-controls from 2007-2012 in Ontario, Canada to quantify the effects of immortal-time bias. We used generalized estimating equations to determine the association between cumulative testosterone replacement therapy exposure and mortality...
May 26, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547937/lack-of-association-of-the-fat-mass-and-obesity-associated-fto-gene-rs9939609-polymorphism-with-breast-cancer-risk-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-based-on-case-control-studies
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Jamal Jafari Nedooshan, Saeed Kargar, Hossein Neamatzadeh, Fatemeh Haghighi, Reihaneh Dehghani Mohammad Abadi, Niloofar Seddighi
Background: Previously published data on any association of the fat mass and obesity-associated (FTO) gene with breast cancer risk remain inconclusive. Therefore, we conducted the present meta-analysis of links between breast cancer and the FTO rs9939609 polymorphism. Methods: We have conducted a systematic review of the English literature by searching PubMed, Google Scholar and ISI Web of Knowledge databases for studies on associations between the FTO rs9939609 polymorphism and breast cancer risk. Crude odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated to estimate the strength of the association using fixed- or random-effects model...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547915/efficiency-effectiveness-and-treatment-stability-of-clear-aligners-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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M Zheng, R Liu, Z Ni, Z Yu
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to perform a systematic review of the orthodontic literature with regard to efficiency, effectiveness and stability of treatment outcome with clear aligners compared with treatment with conventional brackets. METHODS: An electronic search without time or language restrictions was undertaken in October 2014 in the following electronic databases: Google Scholar, the Cochrane Oral Health Group's Trials Register, Scopus, CENTRAL, MEDLINE via OVID, EMBASE via OVID and Web of Science...
May 26, 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547867/pull-out-strength-of-dual-outer-diameter-pedicle-screws-compared-to-uncemented-and-cemented-standard-pedicle-screws-a-biomechanical-in-vitro-study
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Andrea Lorenz, Carmen I Leichtle, Sandra Frantz, Marte Bumann, Ilias Tsiflikas, Thomas Shiozawa, Ulf G Leichtle
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the potential of the dual outer diameter screw and systematically evaluate the pull-out force of the dual outer diameter screw compared to the uncemented and cemented standard pedicle screws with special regard to the pedicle diameter and the vertebra level. METHODS: Sixty vertebrae of five human spines (T 6 -L 5 ) were sorted into three study groups for pairwise comparison of the uncemented dual outer diameter screw, the uncemented standard screw, and the cemented standard screw, and randomized with respect to bone mineral density (BMD) and vertebra level...
May 26, 2017: Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547665/comparison-of-endoscopic-ultrasonography-and-magnifying-endoscopy-for-assessment-of-the-invasion-depth-of-shallow-gastrointestinal-neoplasms-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Zhang Tao, Chen Yan, He Zhao, Jiawei Tsauo, Xiaowu Zhang, Bing Qiu, Yanqing Zhao, Xiao Li
OBJECTIVES: To conduct a meta-analysis to provide accurate evidence regarding the preferred diagnostic method, magnifying endoscopy (ME) or endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS), for assessment of the depth of invasion of the gastrointestinal neoplasms. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, Ovid Medline, and the Cochrane Library databases were searched for studies published between January 1946 and October 2016, regarding the use of EUS and ME to assess the invasion depth of gastrointestinal cancers...
May 25, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547124/erratum-to-unresectable-hepatocellular-carcinoma-radioembolization-versus-chemoembolization-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Laila Lobo, Danny Yakoub, Omar Picado, Caroline Ripat, Fiorella Pendola, Rishika Sharma, Rana ElTawil, Deukwoo Kwon, Shree Venkat, Loraine Portelance, Raphael Yechieli
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May 25, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546994/sdha-related-tumorigenesis-a-new-case-series-and-literature-review-for-variant-interpretation-and-pathogenicity
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Ruth T Casey, David B Ascher, Eleanor Rattenberry, Louise Izatt, Katrina A Andrews, Helen L Simpson, Benjamen Challis, Soo-Mi Park, Venkata R Bulusu, Fiona Lalloo, Douglas E V Pires, Hannah West, Graeme R Clark, Philip S Smith, James Whitworth, Thomas G Papathomas, Phillipe Taniere, Rosina Savisaar, Laurence D Hurst, Emma R Woodward, Eamonn R Maher
PURPOSE: To evaluate the role of germline SDHA mutation analysis by (1) comprehensive literature review, (2) description of novel germline SDHA mutations and (3) in silico structural prediction analysis of missense substitutions in SDHA. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A systematic literature review and a retrospective review of the molecular and clinical features of patients identified with putative germline variants in UK molecular genetic laboratories was performed. To evaluate the molecular consequences of SDHA missense variants, a novel model of the SDHA/B/C/D complex was generated and the structural effects of missense substitutions identified in the literature, our UK novel cohort and a further 32 "control missense variants" were predicted by the mCSM computational platform...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546992/identification-of-transcription-factors-potentially-involved-in-human-adipogenesis-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Melvin Anyasi Ambele, Michael Sean Pepper
BACKGROUND: Increased adiposity in humans leads to obesity, which is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. We previously conducted an extensive unbiased in vitro transcriptomic analysis of adipogenesis, using human adipose-derived stromal cells (ASCs). Here, we have applied computational methods to these data to identify transcription factors (TFs) that constitute the upstream gene regulatory networks potentially, driving adipocyte formation in human ASCs...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546938/prevalence-of-diabetic-retinopathy-in-iran-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Saman Maroufizadeh, Amir Almasi-Hashiani, Mostafa Hosseini, Mahdi Sepidarkish, Reza Omani Samani
AIM: To estimate the overall prevalence of diabetic retinopathy (DR) in Iran by a systematic review and Meta-analysis. METHODS: We conducted a search of all published literature on diabetic patients for the prevalence of DR using Web of Sciences, PubMed, Scopus, Google Scholar, and national electronic databases SID, Magiran, and Iranmedex from their inception until September 2016 with standard keywords. Pooled estimates of the DR prevalence and the corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated using random effects models...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546744/effect-of-exercise-on-cognitive-function-in-chronic-disease-patients-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Hong Cai, Guichen Li, Shanshan Hua, Yufei Liu, Li Chen
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to conduct a meta-analysis and systematic review to assess the effect of exercise on cognitive function in people with chronic diseases. METHODS: PubMed, Web of Science, Embase, the Cochrane Library, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and three Chinese databases were electronically searched for papers that were published until September 2016. This meta-analysis and systematic review included randomized controlled trials that evaluated the effect of exercise on cognitive function compared with control group for people with chronic diseases...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
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