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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103601/superiority-in-quality-of-life-improvement-of-biologics-over-conventional-systemic-drugs-in-a-swiss-real-life-psoriasis-registry
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Pierre Jungo, Julia-Tatjana Maul, Vahid Djamei, Stefanie von Felten, Antonios G A Kolios, Justine Czernielewsk, Nikhil Yawalkar, Olivia Odermatt, Emmanuel Laffitte, Mark Anliker, Markus Streit, Matthias Augustin, Curdin Conrad, Jürg Hafner, Wolf-Henning Boehncke, Michel Gilliet, Peter Itin, Lars E French, Alexander A Navarini, Peter Häusermann
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials have shown the efficacy of systemic treatments in moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Clinical outcomes in psoriasis patients under real-world conditions are less well understood. OBJECTIVE: This study compared Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) and Dermatological Life Quality Index (DLQI) improvement in all psoriasis patients registered in the Swiss Dermatology Network for Targeted Therapies. We asked whether outcomes differed between 4 treatment strategies, namely biologic monotherapy versus conventional systemic monotherapy, versus combined biologic and conventional systemic drugs, and versus therapy adaptation (switching from one type to another)...
January 20, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103532/timing-of-anticoagulant-re-initiation-following-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-mechanical-heart-valves-survey-of-neurosurgeons-and-thrombosis-experts
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Fahad AlKherayf, Yan Xu, Harrison Westwick, Ioana Doina Moldovan, Philip S Wells
BACKGROUND: While oral anticoagulation (OAC) is universally indicated for patients with mechanical heart valves (MHVs), OAC resumption following anticoagulant-associated intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is an area of uncertainty. We sought to determine the practice preferences of North American neurosurgeons and thrombosis experts on optimal timing of OAC re-initiation. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was disseminated to North American members of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis...
January 16, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103444/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-recombinant-factor-viii-produced-from-a-human-cell-line-simoctocog-alfa
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Massimo Franchini, Pier Mannuccio Mannucci
The development of inhibitors against infused factor VIII (FVIII) has a detrimental impact on health and quality of life of patients with hemophilia A. Several observational studies and a recently published randomized trial indicate that the inhibitor risk in previously untreated patients (PUPs) is higher following the use of recombinant FVIII (rFVIII) products compared with plasma-derived FVIII concentrates. There is currently a great interest towards newer rFVIII products that adopt various technological solutions to reduce the inhibitor risk...
January 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103420/do-journals-enforce-their-own-instructions-to-authors
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Mark A Klebanoff
Compared to reports of observational research, clinical trial manuscripts are standardized. In 2004 the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) announced that trials beginning enrollment as of July 1, 2005 must be publicly 'registered' before the first participant is enrolled to be considered for publication in a member journal (DeAngelis CD, et al. JAMA 2004;292:1363-1364). Registries must include important parameters including the interventions, the primary outcome and the target sample size...
January 19, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103276/comparison-of-the-effect-of-two-kinds-of-iranian-honey-and-diphenhydramine-on-nocturnal-cough-and-the-sleep-quality-in-coughing-children-and-their-parents
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Parviz Ayazi, Abolfazl Mahyar, Mahdieh Yousef-Zanjani, Abbas Allami, Neda Esmailzadehha, Taraneh Beyhaghi
Coughing in a child induced by upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) can be a problem, both for the child and its parents. Current studies show a lack of proven efficacy for over-the counter (OTC) medications, but promising data support the use of honey for children. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of two kinds of Iranian honey with diphenhydramine (DPH) on nocturnal pediatric coughs and the sleep quality of children and their parents. This was a clinical trial (registered in IRCT; No...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103233/evaluation-of-a-smartphone-decision-support-tool-for-diarrheal-disease-management-in-a-resource-limited-setting
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Farhana Haque, Robyn L Ball, Selina Khatun, Mujaddeed Ahmed, Saraswati Kache, Mohammod Jobayer Chisti, Shafiqul Alam Sarker, Stace D Maples, Dane Pieri, Teja Vardhan Korrapati, Clea Sarnquist, Nancy Federspiel, Muhammad Waliur Rahman, Jason R Andrews, Mahmudur Rahman, Eric Jorge Nelson
The emergence of mobile technology offers new opportunities to improve clinical guideline adherence in resource-limited settings. We conducted a clinical pilot study in rural Bangladesh to evaluate the impact of a smartphone adaptation of the World Health Organization (WHO) diarrheal disease management guidelines, including a modality for age-based weight estimation. Software development was guided by end-user input and evaluated in a resource-limited district and sub-district hospital during the fall 2015 cholera season; both hospitals lacked scales which necessitated weight estimation...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103052/adjunctive-treatment-of-psychotic-disorders-with-micronutrients
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Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Barbara Mainguy
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of micronutrients (minerals and vitamins) on adult psychosis when added to conventional medications by using a placebo-controlled randomized design with a 1-month open-label run-in. DESIGN: Longitudinal comparison study following a randomized, controlled trial that had failed because participants declined to undergo randomization. Setting/Locations: Rural primary care and psychiatry clinic in northern New England (town of 16,000 people)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102979/changes-in-salivary-cortisol-during-psychotherapy-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-a-pilot-study-in-30-veterans
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Sheila A M Rauch, Anthony P King, Israel Liberzon, Rebecca K Sripada
BACKGROUND: Convergent evidence suggests that the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is disrupted in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and that HPA axis normalization may be associated with symptom improvement. Thus, the current study was designed to test the association between HPA axis reactivity and treatment response in psychotherapy for PTSD. METHODS: Thirty returning veterans with DSM-IV-TR PTSD were randomly assigned to receive 10 sessions of prolonged exposure therapy or present-centered therapy as part of a previously published randomized clinical trial (2008-2010)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
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/28102504/stigma-and-postpartum-depression-treatment-acceptability-among-black-and-white-women-in-the-first-six-months-postpartum
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Susan Bodnar-Deren, E K T Benn, Amy Balbierz, E A Howell
Objective To measure stigma associated with four types of postpartum depression therapies and to estimate the association between stigma and the acceptance of these therapies for black and white postpartum mothers. Methods Using data from two postpartum depression randomized trials, this study included 481 black and white women who gave birth in a large urban hospital and answered a series of questions at 6-months postpartum. Survey items included socio demographic and clinical factors, attitudes about postpartum depression therapies and stigma...
January 19, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102489/genetic-variants-and-anterior-cruciate-ligament-rupture-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Mustafa Kaynak, Frank Nijman, Joyce van Meurs, Max Reijman, Duncan E Meuffels
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown a familial predisposition for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture and have been followed by genetic-association studies on polymorphisms in candidate genes in recent years. To date, no systematic review with a best-evidence synthesis has evaluated the influence of genetics on this devastating knee injury. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to evaluate the association between genetic variants and ACL rupture. METHODS: We performed an extensive search in Embase, MEDLINE, Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed Publisher, Cochrane Register of Clinical Trials, and Google scholar up to 24 August 2015...
January 19, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102361/effectiveness-and-tolerability-of-different-recommended-doses-of-ppis-and-h2ras-in-gerd-network-meta-analysis-and-grade-system
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Chao Zhang, Joey S W Kwong, Rui-Xia Yuan, Hao Chen, Chang Xu, Yi-Pin Wang, Gong-Li Yang, Jin-Zhu Yan, Le Peng, Xian-Tao Zeng, Hong Weng, Jie Luo, Yu-Ming Niu
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine-2-receptor antagonists (H2RAs) are used for gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD); however, the clinical evidence for treatment is poor. We evaluated the effectiveness and tolerability of different doses of PPIs, H2RAs and placebo in adults with GERD. Six online databases were searched through September 1, 2016. All related articles were included and combined with a Bayesian network meta-analysis from randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The GRADE systems were employed to assess the main outcome...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102098/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-of-fruit-and-vegetable-concentrates-on-intermediate-biomarkers-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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Mridul Datta, Edward G Shaw, Glenn J Lesser, L Douglas Case, Mara Z Vitolins, Charles Schneider, Bart Frizzell, Christopher Sullivan, Mark Lively, Elizabeth Franzmann, Jennifer J Hu
BACKGROUND: Head and neck cancer (HNC) patients are at an increased risk for developing second primary tumors (SPTs). Diets rich in fruits and vegetables (FVs) may lower HNC risk. FV concentrates may offer a potential alternative to increasing FV intake. METHODS: We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate whether Juice PLUS+ (JP; a commercial product with multiple FV concentrates) has an effect on p27 and Ki-67, biomarkers associated with the risk of SPTs...
January 1, 2017: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101651/eslicarbazepine-acetate-its-effectiveness-as-adjunctive-therapy-in-clinical-trials-and-open-studies
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REVIEW
S D Shorvon, E Trinka, B J Steinhoff, M Holtkamp, V Villanueva, J Peltola, E Ben-Menachem
Eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) is a once-daily antiepileptic drug that is approved as adjunctive therapy in adults with focal-onset seizures. Following oral administration, ESL is rapidly metabolized to its active metabolite, eslicarbazepine, which acts primarily by enhancing slow inactivation of voltage-gated sodium channels. The efficacy and safety/tolerability of ESL in the adjunctive setting were established in a comprehensive Phase III program (n = 1702 randomized patients) and this evidence has been supported by several open studies (n = 864)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101630/association-between-sleep-apnea-and-low-bone-mass-in-adults-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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H Eimar, H Saltaji, S Ghorashi, D Isfeld, J E MacLean, D Gozal, D Graf, C Flores-Mir
: We performed a systematic review of the literature to assess the association between sleep apnea and bone metabolism diseases including osteoporosis in adult population. Results from clinical trials suggest that the association between sleep apnea and low bone mass in adults is possible. INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to synthesize existing evidence on the potential association between sleep apnea and low bone mass in adults. METHODS: Electronic searches of five databases were performed...
January 18, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101567/influence-of-arm-crank-ergometry-on-development-of-lymphedema-in-breast-cancer-patients-after-axillary-dissection-a-randomized-controlled-trail
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Thorsten Schmidt, Jette Berner, Walter Jonat, Burkhard Weisser, Christioph Röcken, Marion van Mackelenbergh, Christoph Mundhenke
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the safety and efficacy of arm crank ergometry in breast cancer patients after axillary lymph node dissection, with regard to changes in bioelectrical impedance analysis, arm circumference, muscular strength, quality of life and fatigue. DESIGN: Randomized controlled clinical intervention trial. SUBJECTS: Forty-nine patients with breast cancer after axillary lymph node dissection. METHODS: Arm crank ergometer training twice-weekly was compared with usual care over 12 weeks...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101565/use-of-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-to-preserve-the-thickness-of-abdominal-and-chest-muscles-of-critically-ill-patients-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Ana M Dall' Acqua, Amanda Sachetti, Laura J Santos, Fernando A Lemos, Tanara Bianchi, Wagner S Naue, Alexandre S Dias, Graciele Sbruzzi, Silvia R R Vieira
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate and compare the effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation combined with conventional physical therapy on muscle thickness in critically ill patients. DESIGN: Double-blind, randomized controlled trial. PATIENTS: Twenty-five patients participated in the study. METHODS: Patients on mechanical ventilation for 24-48 h were randomized to an intervention group (neuromuscular electrical stimulation + conventional physical therapy) or a conventional group (sham neuromuscular electrical stimulation + conventional physical therapy)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101457/therapeutic-effects-of-omega-3-fatty-acids-on-chronic-kidney-disease-associated-pruritus-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
Yunes Panahi, Simin Dashti-Khavidaki, Farahnoosh Farnood, Hamid Noshad, Mahsa Lotfi, Afshin Gharekhani
Uremic pruritus remains one of the most tormenting, frequent and potentially disabling problem in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. However, an area of substantial etiological interest with relation to uremic pruritus is the essential fatty acids deficiency. So we performed a literature review to elucidate the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids on uremic pruritus. This review evaluated all of the studies published in English language, focusing on the clinical effects of omega-3 fatty acids on uremic pruritus...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101454/vitamins-are-they-safe
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REVIEW
Hadi Hamishehkar, Farhad Ranjdoost, Parina Asgharian, Ata Mahmoodpoor, Sarvin Sanaie
The consumption of a daily multivitamin among people all over the world is dramatically increasing in recent years. Most of the people believe that if vitamins are not effective, at least they are safe. However, the long term health consequences of vitamins consumption are unknown. This study aimed to assess the side effects and possible harmful and detrimental properties of vitamins and to discuss whether vitamins can be used as safe health products or dietary supplements. We performed a MEDLINE/PubMed, EMBASE, Scopus and Google Scholar search and assessed reference lists of the included studies which were published from 1993 through 2015...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101111/a-randomized-trial-to-evaluate-the-effect-of-local-endometrial-injury-on-the-clinical-pregnancy-rate-of-frozen-embryo-transfer-cycles-in-patients-with-repeated-implantation-failure
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Ensieh Shahrokh-Tehraninejad, Minoo Dashti, Batool Hossein-Rashidi, Elham Azimi-Nekoo, Fedyeh Haghollahi, Vahid Kalantari
Objective: Repeated implantation failure (RIF) is a condition in which the embryos implantation decreases in the endometrium. So, our aim was to evaluate the effect of local endometrial injury on embryo transfer results. Materials and methods: In this simple randomized clinical trial (RCT), a total of 120 patients were selected. The participants were less than 40 years old, and they are in their minimum two cycles of vitro fertilization (IVF). Patients were divided randomly into two groups of LEI (Local endometrial injury) and a control group (n = 60 in each group)...
September 2016: Journal of Family & Reproductive Health
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