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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633774/treatment-of-chronic-plantar-fasciitis-with-noninvasive-interactive-neurostimulation-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-study
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Cristina Razzano, Stefano Carbone, Massimiliano Mangone, M Raffaella Iannotta, Alessandro Battaglia, Valter Santilli
The initial treatment of plantar fasciitis should be conservative, with most cases responding to standard physiotherapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), heel pads, and stretching. In cases of chronic refractory symptoms, more invasive treatment could be necessary. Noninvasive interactive neurostimulation (NIN) is a form of electric therapy that works by locating areas of lower skin impedance. The objective of the present prospective randomized controlled study was to evaluate whether the use of NIN for chronic plantar fasciitis could result in greater improvement in a foot functional score, lower levels of reported pain, reduced patient consumption of NSAIDs, and greater patient satisfaction compared with electric shockwave therapy in patients without a response to standard conservative treatment...
July 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578607/abiraterone-plus-prednisone-in-metastatic-castration-sensitive-prostate-cancer
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Karim Fizazi, NamPhuong Tran, Luis Fein, Nobuaki Matsubara, Alfredo Rodriguez-Antolin, Boris Y Alekseev, Mustafa Özgüroğlu, Dingwei Ye, Susan Feyerabend, Andrew Protheroe, Peter De Porre, Thian Kheoh, Youn C Park, Mary B Todd, Kim N Chi
Background Abiraterone acetate, a drug that blocks endogenous androgen synthesis, plus prednisone is indicated for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. We evaluated the clinical benefit of abiraterone acetate plus prednisone with androgen-deprivation therapy in patients with newly diagnosed, metastatic, castration-sensitive prostate cancer. Methods In this double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial, we randomly assigned 1199 patients to receive either androgen-deprivation therapy plus abiraterone acetate (1000 mg daily, given once daily as four 250-mg tablets) plus prednisone (5 mg daily) (the abiraterone group) or androgen-deprivation therapy plus dual placebos (the placebo group)...
June 4, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507935/phospholipid-complex-technique-for-superior-bioavailability-of-phytoconstituents
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REVIEW
Kattamanchi Gnananath, Kalakonda Sri Nataraj, Battu Ganga Rao
Phytoconstituents have been utilized as medicines for thousands of years, yet their application is limited owing to major hurdles like deficit lipid solubility, large molecular size and degradation in the gastric environment of gut. Recently, phospholipid-complex technique has unveiled in addressing these stumbling blocks either by enhancing the solubilizing capacity or its potentiating ability to pass through the biological membranes and it also protects the active herbal components from degradation. Hence, this phospholipid-complex-technique can enable researchers to deliver the phytoconstituents into systemic circulation by using certain conventional dosage forms like tablets and capsules...
April 2017: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507605/diclofenac-potassium-for-oral-solution-cambia-%C3%A2-in-the-acute-management-of-a-migraine-attack-clinical-evidence-and-practical-experience
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REVIEW
Shivang Joshi, Alan M Rapoport
Migraine headache affects about 12% of Western populations and is the third most common disease worldwide (sixth in terms of disability). In 1993, triptans were introduced in the United States as a new treatment for managing migraine attacks, but their use is limited by lack of response and safety concerns in some patients. Treatment options for patients with migraine who fail or cannot tolerate triptans include switching to another medication or adding an adjunctive medication. Desirable characteristics reported by patients for acute treatment of migraine attacks include complete pain relief, fast onset of action, and no pain recurrence...
April 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464867/a-community-based-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-to-evaluate-the-effectiveness-of-different-bundles-of-nutrition-specific-interventions-in-improving-mean-length-for-age-z-score-among-children-at-24%C3%A2-months-of-age-in-rural-bangladesh-study-protocol
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Sk Masum Billah, Tarana E Ferdous, Mohd Anisul Karim, Michael J Dibley, Shahreen Raihana, Md Moinuddin, Nuzhat Choudhury, Tahmeed Ahmed, D M Emdadul Hoque, Purnima Menon, Shams El Arifeen
BACKGROUND: Prevalence of stunting among under-five children in Bangladesh is 36%, varying with geographic and socio-economic characteristics. Previously, research groups statistically modelled the effect of 10 individual nutrition-specific interventions targeting the critical first 1000 days of life from conception, on lives saved and costs incurred in countries with the highest burden of stunted children. However, primary research on the combined effects of these interventions is limited...
May 2, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463028/different-analgesics-prior-to-intrauterine-device-insertion-is-there-any-evidence-of-efficacy
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Nabih I Elkhouly, Mohammad Ahmed Maher
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to compare three different interventions to reduce pain related to insertion of the intrauterine device (IUD), namely, lidocaine, misoprostol and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, against a placebo, and to assess the advantages of one drug over another, if any. METHODS: This was an open-label randomised placebo-controlled trial of 200 women assigned to receive one of the following medications prior to IUD insertion: 10 ml 1% lidocaine paracervical block, 400 μg oral misoprostol, oral naproxen or placebo tablets...
May 2, 2017: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386442/polarimetry-of-pinctada-fucata-nacre-indicates-myostracal-layer-interrupts-nacre-structure
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Rebecca A Metzler, Joshua A Jones, Anthony J D'Addario, Enrique J Galvez
The inner layer of many bivalve and gastropod molluscs consists of iridescent nacre, a material that is structured like a brick wall with bricks consisting of crystalline aragonite and mortar of organic molecules. Myostracal layers formed during shell growth at the point of muscle attachment to the shell can be found interspersed within the nacre structure. Little has been done to examine the effect the myostracal layer has on subsequent nacre structure. Here we present data on the structure of the myostracal and nacre layers from a bivalve mollusc, Pinctada fucata...
February 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352615/results-of-a-randomized-prospective-double-dummy-double-blind-trial-to-compare-efficacy-and-safety-of-a-herbal-combination-containing-tropaeoli-majoris-herba-and-armoraciae-rusticanae-radix-with-co-trimoxazole-in-patients-with-acute-and-uncomplicated-cystitis
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Rainer Stange, Berthold Schneider, Uwe Albrecht, Valentina Mueller, Joerg Schnitker, Andreas Michalsen
OBJECTIVES: To demonstrate non-inferiority of an herbal combination (horseradish root and nasturtium herb) to an antibiotic (co-trimoxazole) in acute uncomplicated cystitis. DESIGN: Randomized, prospective, double-blind, double-dummy, multicenter, phase III clinical study, using block randomization of 4 blocks (size 2). SETTING: Twenty-six centers in Germany, from May 2011 to June 2013. PARTICIPANTS: Adult patients (median age, 38...
2017: Research and Reports in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293188/evidence-for-narrow-transfer-after-short-term-cognitive-training-in-older-adults
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Dustin J Souders, Walter R Boot, Kenneth Blocker, Thomas Vitale, Nelson A Roque, Neil Charness
The degree to which "brain training" can improve general cognition, resulting in improved performance on tasks dissimilar from the trained tasks (transfer of training), is a controversial topic. Here, we tested the degree to which cognitive training, in the form of gamified training activities that have demonstrated some degree of success in the past, might result in broad transfer. Sixty older adults were randomly assigned to a gamified cognitive training intervention or to an active control condition that involved playing word and number puzzle games...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274651/translucent-zirconia-in-the-ceramic-scenario-for-monolithic-restorations-a-flexural-strength-and-translucency-comparison-test
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Michele Carrabba, Andrew J Keeling, Aziz Aziz, Alessandro Vichi, Riccardo Fabian Fonzar, David Wood, Marco Ferrari
OBJECTIVE: To compare three different compositions of Yttria-Tetragonal Zirconia Polycrystal (Y-TZP) ceramic and a lithium disilicate ceramic in terms of flexural strength and translucency. METHODS: Three zirconia materials of different composition and translucency, Aadva ST [ST], Aadva EI [EI] and Aadva NT [NT](GC Tech, Leuven, Belgium) were cut with a slow speed diamond saw into beams and tabs in order to obtain, after sintering, dimensions of 1.2×4.0×15.0mm and 15...
May 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260694/a-case-study-of-chewed-truvada-%C3%A2-for-prep-maintaining-protective-drug-levels-as-measured-by-a-novel-urine-tenofovir-assay
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Linden Lalley-Chareczko, Devon Clark, Athena F Zuppa, Ganesh Moorthy, Caitlin Conyngham, Karam Mounzer, Helen Koenig
FTC/TDF (Truvada®) given as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) successfully blocks HIV when taken once daily prior to potential HIV exposure. A 22 year old male reported difficulty swallowing FTC/TDF for PrEP and subsequently began chewing the FTC/TDF tablets. Monthly urine samples assessed using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) indicated tenofovir levels >1000 ng/mL, indicative of protection from HIV acquisition, over a 48 week period. Data from observational studies of HIV positive patients details the successful treatment of HIV using crushed FTC/TDF delivered via feeding and gastronomy tubes while small, randomized trials of healthy volunteers demonstrate bioequivalence between whole and crushed FTC/TDF...
March 6, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247973/performing-logical-operations-with-stimuli-responsive-building-blocks
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Xuan Zhang, Siowling Soh
Chemical logic gates can be fabricated by synthesizing molecules that have the ability to detect external stimuli (e.g., temperature or pH) and provide logical outputs. It is, however, challenging to fabricate a system that consists of many logic gates using this method: complex molecules can be difficult to synthesize and these logic gates typically cannot be integrated together. Here, we fabricated different types of logic gates by assembling a combination of different types of stimuli-responsive hydrogels that change their size under the influence of one type of stimulus...
May 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216910/effectiveness-of-paracervical-block-for-pain-relief-in-women-undergoing-hysterosalpingography
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Shikha Jain, Dattaprasad B Inamdar, Abha Majumdar, Deepak K Jain
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the potential benefit, in terms of pain relief, of the paracervical block with 2% lignocaine in women undergoing hysterosalpingography (HSG). STUDY DESIGN: This study was a prospective randomized controlled study. SETTINGS: This study was conducted in infertility clinic of a tertiary care center. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four hundred and six patients undergoing HSG as a part of infertility evaluation were included in the study...
October 2016: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216244/safety-and-efficacy-of-pfspz-vaccine-against-plasmodium-falciparum-via-direct-venous-inoculation-in-healthy-malaria-exposed-adults-in-mali-a-randomised-double-blind-phase-1-trial
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Mahamadou S Sissoko, Sara A Healy, Abdoulaye Katile, Freda Omaswa, Irfan Zaidi, Erin E Gabriel, Bourama Kamate, Yacouba Samake, Merepen A Guindo, Amagana Dolo, Amadou Niangaly, Karamoko Niaré, Amatigue Zeguime, Kourane Sissoko, Hama Diallo, Ismaila Thera, Kelly Ding, Michael P Fay, Elise M O'Connell, Thomas B Nutman, Sharon Wong-Madden, Tooba Murshedkar, Adam J Ruben, Minglin Li, Yonas Abebe, Anita Manoj, Anusha Gunasekera, Sumana Chakravarty, B Kim Lee Sim, Peter F Billingsley, Eric R James, Michael Walther, Thomas L Richie, Stephen L Hoffman, Ogobara Doumbo, Patrick E Duffy
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium falciparum sporozite (PfSPZ) Vaccine is a metabolically active, non-replicating, whole malaria sporozoite vaccine that has been reported to be safe and protective against P falciparum controlled human malaria infection in malaria-naive individuals. We aimed to assess the safety and protective efficacy of PfSPZ Vaccine against naturally acquired P falciparum in malaria-experienced adults in Mali. METHODS: After an open-label dose-escalation study in a pilot safety cohort, we did a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial based in Donéguébougou and surrounding villages in Mali...
February 16, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165926/tertiary-evaluation-of-the-committed-effective-dose-of-emergency-workers-that-responded-to-the-fukushima-daiichi-npp-accident
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Shojiro Yasui
In January 2014, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) learned that the committed effective dose (CED) for nine emergency workers at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident had been assessed by a method other than the standard assessment methods, established by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in a secondary evaluation conducted in July 2013. The MHLW requested that the TEPCO and primary contractors review all CED data for 6,245 workers who engaged in emergency work in March and April 2011 except those previously reviewed in the 2013 secondary evaluation...
June 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066966/updating-neuropsychological-test-system-for-the-elderly-and-modern-touch-screen-tablet-society-by-resetting-of-the-cut-off-values
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Takumi Kawaguchi, Mika Konishi, Akinobu Kato, Motoichiro Kato, Yohei Kooka, Kei Sawara, Ryujin Endo, Takuji Torimura, Kazuyuki Suzuki, Yasuhiro Takikawa
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Covert hepatic encephalopathy (CHE) is frequently seen in cirrhotic patients. CHE can be diagnosed by a computerized neuropsychological test system (NPT); however, NPT has not been updated about two decades in Japan. The aim of this study is to update the NPT for fitting the elderly and modern society by resetting of the cut-off values. METHODS: We enrolled 367 healthy subjects with 40 to 79 years old between 2003 and 2010. NPT consist of following 8 tests: number connection tests A and B, a figure position test, a digit symbol test, a block design test, and reaction time test A, B, and C...
January 8, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932865/statistical-modeling-methods-to-analyze-the-impacts-of-multiunit-process-variability-on-critical-quality-attributes-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-tablets
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Fei Sun, Bing Xu, Yi Zhang, Shengyun Dai, Chan Yang, Xianglong Cui, Xinyuan Shi, Yanjiang Qiao
The quality of Chinese herbal medicine tablets suffers from batch-to-batch variability due to a lack of manufacturing process understanding. In this paper, the Panax notoginseng saponins (PNS) immediate release tablet was taken as the research subject. By defining the dissolution of five active pharmaceutical ingredients and the tablet tensile strength as critical quality attributes (CQAs), influences of both the manipulated process parameters introduced by an orthogonal experiment design and the intermediate granules' properties on the CQAs were fully investigated by different chemometric methods, such as the partial least squares, the orthogonal projection to latent structures, and the multiblock partial least squares (MBPLS)...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887650/the-anti-inflammatory-effect-of-andrographis-paniculata-burm-f-nees-on-pelvic-inflammatory-disease-in-rats-through-down-regulation-of-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Wei Zou, Zuoqi Xiao, Xiaoke Wen, Jieying Luo, Shuqiong Chen, Zeneng Cheng, Daxiong Xiang, Jian Hu, Jingyu He
BACKGROUND: Andrographis paniculata (Burm. f.) Nees (APN), a principal constituent of a famous traditional Chinese medicine Fukeqianjin tablet which is used for the treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), has been reported to have anti-inflammatory effect in vitro. However, whether it has pharmacological effect on PID in vivo is unclear. Therefore, the aim of this study is to test the anti-inflammatory effect of APN and illuminate a potential mechanism. METHODS: Thirty-six female specific pathogen-free SD rats were randomly divided into control group, PID group, APN1 group, APN2 group, APN3 group and prednisone group...
November 25, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871268/metformin-and-dietary-advice-to-improve-insulin-sensitivity-and-promote-gestational-restriction-of-weight-among-pregnant-women-who-are-overweight-or-obese-the-grow-randomised-trial
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Jodie M Dodd, Rosalie M Grivell, Andrea R Deussen, Gustaaf Dekker, Jennie Louise, William Hague
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a significant global health problem, with approximately 50% of women entering pregnancy having a body mass index greater than or equal to 25 kg/m(2). Obesity during pregnancy is associated with a well-recognised increased risk of adverse health outcomes both for the woman and her infant. Currently available data from large scale randomised trials and systematic reviews highlight only modest effects of antenatal dietary and lifestyle interventions in limiting gestational weight gain, with little impact on clinically relevant pregnancy outcomes...
November 21, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863809/efficacy-and-safety-of-tau-aggregation-inhibitor-therapy-in-patients-with-mild-or-moderate-alzheimer-s-disease-a-randomised-controlled-double-blind-parallel-arm-phase-3-trial
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Serge Gauthier, Howard H Feldman, Lon S Schneider, Gordon K Wilcock, Giovanni B Frisoni, Jiri H Hardlund, Hans J Moebius, Peter Bentham, Karin A Kook, Damon J Wischik, Bjoern O Schelter, Charles S Davis, Roger T Staff, Luc Bracoud, Kohkan Shamsi, John M D Storey, Charles R Harrington, Claude M Wischik
BACKGROUND: Leuco-methylthioninium bis(hydromethanesulfonate; LMTM), a stable reduced form of the methylthioninium moiety, acts as a selective inhibitor of tau protein aggregation both in vitro and in transgenic mouse models. Methylthioninium chloride has previously shown potential efficacy as monotherapy in patients with Alzheimer's disease. We aimed to determine whether LMTM was safe and effective in modifying disease progression in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease...
December 10, 2016: Lancet
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