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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933671/causal-inference-in-obesity-research
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REVIEW
P W Franks, N Atabaki-Pasdar
Obesity is a risk factor for a plethora of severe morbidities and premature death. Most supporting evidence comes from observational studies that are prone to chance, bias and confounding. Even data on the protective effects of weight loss from randomized controlled trials will be susceptible to confounding and bias if treatment assignment cannot be masked, which is usually the case with lifestyle and surgical interventions. Thus, whilst obesity is widely considered the major modifiable risk factor for many chronic diseases, its causes and consequences are often difficult to determine...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920542/protective-effect-of-tartary-buckwheat-on-renal-function-in-type-2-diabetics-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ju Qiu, Zaigui Li, Yuchang Qin, Yanfen Yue, Yanping Liu
Tartary buckwheat (TB) has been reported to be associated with a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and T2DM has had a major impact on the development of diabetic kidney disease (DKD). Thus, the hypothesis that a daily intake of TB will improve DKD risk factors, including urinary albumin to creatinine ratio (UACR), urea nitrogen (UN), serum creatinine, and uric acid was tested. In a parallel, randomized, open-label controlled trial, 104 T2DM patients were randomly assigned to a diet control group (systematic diet plans and intensive nutritional education) or a TB intervention group (daily replacement of a portion of staple foods with TB foods)...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919293/perioperative-statin-therapy-in-cardiac-surgery-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Alessandro Putzu, Bruno Capelli, Alessandro Belletti, Tiziano Cassina, Enrico Ferrari, Michele Gallo, Gabriele Casso, Giovanni Landoni
BACKGROUND: Several studies suggest beneficial effects of perioperative statin therapy on postoperative outcome after cardiac surgery. However, recent randomized controlled trials (RCTs) show potential detrimental effects. The objective of this systematic review is to examine the association between perioperative statin therapy and clinical outcomes in cardiac surgery patients. METHODS: Electronic databases were searched up to 1 November 2016 for RCTs of preoperative statin therapy versus placebo or no treatment in adult cardiac surgery...
December 5, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918931/effectiveness-of-an-educational-intervention-the-encourage-autonomous-self-enrichment-program-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hiroko Joboshi, Michiyo Oka
BACKGROUND: Self-management is an important step toward preventing and impeding the progression of chronic kidney disease. However, patients with chronic kidney disease may have few or no subjective symptoms and therefore might consider self-management to be unnecessary. Effective support and encouragement of self-management in patients with chronic kidney disease is therefore required. OBJECTIVES: This study tested the effectiveness of the Encourage Autonomous Self-Enrichment patient education program, which supports patient autonomy and intrinsic motivations with the aim of improving self-efficacy and sustaining self-management, on perceived self-efficacy, self-management behaviors, and physiological endpoints (blood pressure and renal function parameters) in patients with chronic kidney disease...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918382/conventional-versus-prolonged-infusion-of-meropenem-in-neonates-with-gram-negative-late-onset-sepsis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Abd Elazeez Shabaan, Islam Nour, Heba Elsayed Eldegla, Nehad Nasef, Basma Shouman, Hesham Abdel-Hady
BACKGROUND: Gram-negative bacteria are associated with significant morbidity and mortality in preterm and term newborns. Meropenem has widespread efficacy and often allows for monotherapy in this group. Prolonged infusion instead of infusion over 30 minutes has been suggested to result in higher microbiologic efficacy. OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical and microbiologic efficacy and safety of prolonged infusions versus conventional dosing of meropenem in neonates with Gram negative late onset sepsis (GN-LOS)...
November 30, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914358/defining-the-role-of-perioperative-statin-treatment-in-patients-after-cardiac-surgery-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review-of-20-randomized-controlled-trials
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Xin Yuan, Jianlin Du, Qi Liu, Ling Zhang
BACKGROUND: Although statin use has been indicated to prevent atrial fibrillation in previous observational and experimental trials, the issue remains inadequately and insufficiently explored. We therefore performed this meta-analysis to evaluate the effects of perioperative statin therapy on complications and short-term prognosis following cardiac surgery. METHODS: A search of the PubMed, EMBASE and the Cochrane database of controlled trials was performed from inception to June 2016 to identify relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903994/synbiotic-supplementations-for-azotemia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hamideh Dehghani, Fatemeh Heidari, Hassan Mozaffari-Khosravi, Nader Nouri-Majelan, Ali Dehghani
INTRODUCTION: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive and irreversible impairment of kidney function; if it progresses to the end-stage of CKD, dialysis or kidney transplant is needed. In general, there are no definitive treatment to slow the progression of CKD. This study aimed to determine the effect of synbiotic supplementations on azotemia in patients with CKD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A randomized controlled trial was conducted on 66 patients with CKD (stages 3 and 4)...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895134/vancomycin-and-the-risk-of-aki-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Abhisekh Sinha Ray, Ammar Haikal, Kassem A Hammoud, Alan S L Yu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Vancomycin has been in use for more than half a century, but whether it is truly nephrotoxic and to what extent are still highly controversial. The objective of this study was to determine the risk of AKI attributable to intravenous vancomycin. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We conducted a systematic review of randomized, controlled trials and cohort studies that compared patients treated with intravenous vancomycin with a control group of patients given a comparator nonglycopeptide antibiotic and in which kidney function or kidney injury outcomes were reported...
November 28, 2016: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886617/transcatheter-versus-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-in-low-to-intermediate-risk-patients-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-and-observational-studies
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Yijiang Zhou, Yanwei Wang, Yutao Wu, Jianhua Zhu
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has become the treatment of choice for patients with aortic stenosis and the preferred alternative for high surgical risk patients. However, TAVR's suitability for patients at low to intermediate risk still remains controversial. METHODS: PubMed, MEDLINE and Clinical trials were systematically searched for randomized control trials and observational cohort studies which reported the clinical outcomes of TAVR versus surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in patients at low to intermediate surgical risk...
November 12, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885903/opinions-of-nephrologists-on-the-efficacy-and-tolerance-of-statins-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Ewa Budzisz, Michał Nowicki
Large randomized controlled trials have not confirmed the effects of statin therapy on reduction of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in end-stage kidney disease, despite that statins are still widely prescribed by nephrologists to chronic dialysis patients. The aim of the study was to analyze the attitudes of nephrologists towards statin use in hemodialysis patients. Self-designed questionnaire, containing 18 questions, was distributed among 115 nephrologists. The survey contained description of the results of 3 largest statin trials in nephrology...
November 25, 2016: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883326/renal-replacement-therapy-in-patients-with-heart-and-kidney-failure
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Dimitrios S Goumenos, Evangelos Papachristou, Marios Papasotiriou
The incidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) is high as CKD and CHF share underlying risk factors such as arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus and atherosclerosis. Cardiac failure leads to renal hypoperfusion and dysfunction and then fluid overload and need for aggressive diuretic therapy. However, development of diuretic resistance represents a significant problem in the management of these patients. The role of Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT) is important for patients who do not response to conservative management of fluid overload facilitating the failing heart to restore function...
November 1, 2016: Prilozi (Makedonska Akademija Na Naukite i Umetnostite. Oddelenie za Medicinski Nauki)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881565/low-dose-aspirin-for-primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-10-year-follow-up-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Yoshihiko Saito, Sadanori Okada, Hisao Ogawa, Hirofumi Soejima, Mio Sakuma, Masafumi Nakayama, Naofumi Doi, Hideaki Jinnouchi, Masako Waki, Izuru Masuda, Takeshi Morimoto
BACKGROUND: -The long-term efficacy and safety of low-dose aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes are still inconclusive. METHODS: -The Japanese Primary Prevention of Atherosclerosis with Aspirin for Diabetes (JPAD) trial was a randomized, open-label, standard-care controlled trial examining whether low-dose aspirin affected cardiovascular events in 2539 Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes and without pre-existing cardiovascular disease...
November 15, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881110/prevalence-of-chronic-kidney-disease-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Swarna Gaddam, Sameer K Gunukula, James W Lohr, Pradeep Arora
BACKGROUND: The incidence and prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) continue to rise worldwide. Increasing age, diabetes, hypertension, and cigarette smoking are well-recognized risk factors for CKD. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by chronic airway inflammation leading to airway obstruction and parenchymal lung destruction. Due to some of the common pathogenic mechanisms, COPD has been associated with increased prevalence of CKD. METHODS: Systematic review of medical literature reporting the incidence and prevalence of CKD in patients with COPD using the Cochrane Collaboration Methodology, and conduct meta-analysis to study the cumulative effect of the eligible studies...
November 24, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865566/phosphorus-additives-and-albuminuria-in-early-stages-of-ckd-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Alex R Chang, Edgar R Miller, Cheryl A Anderson, Stephen P Juraschek, Melissa Moser, Karen White, Bobbie Henry, Caitlin Krekel, Susan Oh, Jeanne Charleston, Lawrence J Appel
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the effects of phosphorus additives on patients with kidney disease. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized, double-blind, crossover trial. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: 31 adults with early stages of presumed chronic kidney disease (estimated glomerular filtration rate ≥ 45mL/min/1.73m(2); urine albumin-creatinine ratio sex-specific cutoff points: men ≥ 17mg/g, women ≥ 25mg/g). INTERVENTION: Higher versus lower phosphorus intake for 3 weeks...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861708/high-dose-monthly-vitamin-d-for-prevention-of-acute-respiratory-infection-in-older-long-term-care-residents-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Adit A Ginde, Patrick Blatchford, Keith Breese, Lida Zarrabi, Sunny A Linnebur, Jeffrey I Wallace, Robert S Schwartz
OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy and safety of high-dose vitamin D supplementation for prevention of acute respiratory infection (ARI) in older long-term care residents. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial investigating high-dose vs standard-dose vitamin D from 2010 to 2014. SETTING: Colorado long-term care facilities. PARTICIPANTS: Long-term care residents aged 60 and older (n = 107). INTERVENTION: The high-dose group received monthly supplement of vitamin D3 100,000 IU, the standard-dose group received a monthly placebo (for participants taking 400-1,000 IU/d as part of usual care) or a monthly supplement of 12,000 IU of vitamin D3 (for participants taking <400 IU/d as part of usual care)...
November 16, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861388/early-initiation-of-renal-replacement-treatment-in-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hongwei Wang, Liwei Li, Qinjun Chu, Yong Wang, Zhisong Li, Wei Zhang, Lanlan Li, Long He, Yanqiu Ai
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is associated with a substantially increased risk of mortality for many hospitalized patients. It has been suggested that early initiation of renal replacement treatment has a favorable outcome in critically ill patients complicated with AKI. However, results of studies evaluating the effect of early initiation strategy of renal replacement treatment on AKI have been controversial and contradictory. The aim of this meta-analysis is to examine the effect of early initiation of renal replacement treatment on patients with AKI...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861335/response-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-23-to-volume-interventions-in-arterial-hypertension-and-diabetic-nephropathy
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Jelmer K Humalda, Sarah Seiler-Muler, Arjan J Kwakernaak, Marc G Vervloet, Gerjan Navis, Danilo Fliser, Gunnar H Heine, Martin H de Borst
Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23) rises progressively in chronic kidney disease and is associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes. FGF-23 putatively induces volume retention by upregulating the sodium-chloride cotransporter (NCC). We studied whether, conversely, interventions in volume status affect FGF-23 concentrations.We performed a post hoc analysis of 1) a prospective saline infusion study with 12 patients with arterial hypertension who received 2 L of isotonic saline over 4 hours, and 2) a randomized controlled trial with 45 diabetic nephropathy (DN) patients on background angiotensin-converting enzyme -inhibition (ACEi), who underwent 4 6-week treatment periods with add-on hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) or placebo, combined with regular sodium (RS) or low sodium (LS) diet in a cross-over design...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856088/tolvaptan-and-kidney-pain-in-patients-with-autosomal-dominant%C3%A2-polycystic-kidney-disease-secondary-analysis-from%C3%A2-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Niek F Casteleijn, Jaime D Blais, Arlene B Chapman, Frank S Czerwiec, Olivier Devuyst, Eiji Higashihara, Anna M Leliveld, John Ouyang, Ronald D Perrone, Vicente E Torres, Ron T Gansevoort
BACKGROUND: Kidney pain is a common complication in patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), and data from the TEMPO 3:4 trial suggested that tolvaptan, a vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist, may have a positive effect on kidney pain in this patient group. Because pain is difficult to measure, the incidence of kidney pain leading to objective medical interventions was used in the present study to assess pain. STUDY DESIGN: Secondary analysis from a randomized controlled trial...
November 14, 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844408/chronotherapy-for-hypertension-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-in-non-black-patients
#19
REVIEW
Caixia Wang, Xilian Qiu, Linsheng Lv, Jianhua Huang, Shaomin Li, Tanqi Lou, Xun Liu
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of chronotherapy on blood pressure in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS: We searched PUBMED, EMBASE, ASN-ONLINE, the Cochrane Library and the reference articles of published papers without language restriction, for randomized and non-randomized trials that assessed the effect of chronotherapy versus morning dosing regimen drug therapy for CKD patients with hypertension. Meta-analysis was done with random-effect models...
November 14, 2016: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834446/high-cut-off-hemofiltration-versus-standard-hemofiltration-effect-on-plasma-cytokines
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Rafidah Atan, Leah Peck, Kumar Visvanathan, Narelle Skinner, Glenn Eastwood, Rinaldo Bellomo, Markus Storr, Hermann Goehl
PURPOSE: To study the effects of continuous veno-venous hemofiltration (CVVH) with high cut-off filters (CVVH-HCO) on plasma cytokine levels, sieving coefficient and clearance compared to CVVH using standard filters (CVVH-Std) in a nested cohort within a double-blind randomized controlled trial in severe acute kidney injury (AKI) patients. METHODS: We measured plasma and post-filter levels of IL-6, TNF-alpha, IL-8, IL-1 beta, RANTES, IL-10, IFN-gamma and IFN-alpha in both study groups...
November 11, 2016: International Journal of Artificial Organs
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