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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230456/off-label-prescribing-for-children-with-migraines-in-u-s-ambulatory-care-settings
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L Leanne Lai, Leroy Koh, Jane Ai-Chen Ho, Alexander Ting, Augustine Obi
BACKGROUND: Migraines, Which Affect About 10% Of School-Age Children In The United States, Can Significantly Impair Quality Of Life. Despite Potential Disability, Many Children Do Not Receive Treatment Or Prophylaxis, Since Medications Specifically Approved For Children Are Significantly Less Than For Adults. There Is Also Controversy Surrounding The Apparent Widespread Practice Of Prescribing Off-Label Medications For Children With Migraines. However, Little Research Has Been Done To Identify Physician-Prescribing Patterns Of Migraine Medication For Children...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230384/familiar-real-world-spatial-cues-provide-memory-benefits-in-older-and-younger-adults
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Jessica Robin, Morris Moscovitch
Episodic memory, future thinking, and memory for scenes have all been proposed to rely on the hippocampus, and evidence suggests that these all decline in healthy aging. Despite this age-related memory decline, studies examining the effects of context reinstatement on episodic memory have demonstrated that reinstating elements of the encoding context of an event leads to better memory retrieval in both younger and older adults. The current study was designed to test whether more familiar, real-world contexts, such as locations that participants visited often, would improve the detail richness and vividness of memory for scenes, autobiographical events, and imagination of future events in young and older adults...
February 23, 2017: Psychology and Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229485/osteoporosis-related-health-services-utilization-following-first-hip-fracture-among-a-cohort-of-privately-insured-women-in-the-united-states-2008-2014-an-observational-study
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Catherine W Gillespie, Pamela E Morin
Timely identification and treatment of osteoporosis following hip fracture is recommended to mitigate future fracture risk, yet prior work has demonstrated a disconnect between evidence-based recommendations and real-world implementation. We sought to describe contemporary patterns of osteoporosis screening and initiation of pharmacotherapy following hip fracture based on medical and pharmacy claims in the OptumLabs™ Data Warehouse. From a national sample, we identified 8349 women aged 50+ years enrolled in private commercial or Medicare Advantage plans with no prior history of osteoporosis diagnosis, osteoporosis pharmacotherapy, or hip fracture who experienced a hip fracture between 2008 and 2013...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226405/comparative-effectiveness-of-long-acting-beta2-agonist-combined-with-a-long-acting-muscarinic-antagonist-or-inhaled-corticosteroid-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Jennifer C Samp, Min J Joo, Glen T Schumock, Gregory S Calip, A Simon Pickard, Todd A Lee
INTRODUCTION: Several dual bronchodilator fixed dose inhaler medications were recently approved for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These products combine a long-acting beta2 -agonist (LABA) and long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA). In clinical trials, the separate mechanisms of the bronchodilators resulted in improved lung function. COPD treatment guidelines currently recommend combination LABA/LAMA as alternative therapy to combination LABA/ inhaled corticosteroid (ICS)...
February 22, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222754/exploring-stakeholders-perceptions-of-a-task-shifting-strategy-for-hypertension-control-in-ghana-a-qualitative-study
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Juliet Iwelunmor, Joyce Gyamfi, Jacob Plange-Rhule, Sarah Blackstone, Nana Kofi Quakyi, Michael Ntim, Ferdinand Zizi, Kwasi Yeboah-Awudzi, Alexis Nang-Belfubah, Gbenga Ogedegbe
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to explore stakeholders' perception of an on-going evidence-based task-shifting strategy for hypertension (TASSH) in 32 community health centers and district hospitals in Ghana. METHODS: Using focus group discussions and in-depth interviews, qualitative data were obtained from 81 key stakeholders including patients, nurses, and site directors of participating community health centers involved in the TASSH trial. Qualitative data were analyzed using open and axial coding techniques...
February 21, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220388/real-world-evidence-for-the-antianginal-efficacy-of-trimetazidine-from%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-russian-observational-choice-2-study
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Maria Glezer
INTRODUCTION: The guidelines recommend a beta-blocker or calcium channel blocker as the first-line medication for angina, supplemented by other agents for additional symptoms. One such agent is trimetazidine (TMZ), which has been shown to reduce the frequency of anginal episodes and improve exercise performance without affecting haemodynamic parameters. However, extensive real-world evidence for its efficacy in combination with first-line therapies has been lacking. METHODS: The aim of this large-scale, Russian, multicentre, 6-month, open-label, prospective observational study was to assess the effect of adding TMZ modified release 35 mg bid to background antianginal therapy in the real-world clinical setting...
February 20, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212923/multiple-sclerosis-in-the-real-world-a-systematic-review-of-fingolimod-as-a-case-study
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Tjalf Ziemssen, Jennie Medin, C Anne-Marie Couto, Catherine R Mitchell
INTRODUCTION: The aim of our study was to systematically review the growing body of published literature reporting on one specific multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment, fingolimod, in the real world to assess its effectiveness in patients with MS, evaluate methodologies used to investigate MS in clinical practice, and describe the evidence gaps for MS as exemplified by fingolimod. METHODS: We conducted a PRISMA-compliant systematic review of the literature (cut-off date: 4 March 2016)...
February 13, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208595/congenital-malformations-in-river-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis
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REVIEW
Sara Albarella, Francesca Ciotola, Emanuele D'Anza, Angelo Coletta, Luigi Zicarelli, Vincenzo Peretti
The world buffalo population is about 168 million, and it is still growing, in India, China, Brazil, and Italy. In these countries, buffalo genetic breeding programs have been performed for many decades. The occurrence of congenital malformations has caused a slowing of the genetic progress and economic loss for the breeders, due to the death of animals, or damage to their reproductive ability or failing of milk production. Moreover, they cause animal welfare reduction because they can imply foetal dystocia and because the affected animals have a reduced fitness with little chances of survival...
February 10, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208197/reversal-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-current-status-and-future-directions
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Jeffrey I Weitz
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are increasingly used for prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism and for prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. In phase III clinical trials that included more than 100,000 patients, the DOACs were at least as effective as vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) and were associated with less serious bleeding, particularly less intracranial bleeding. Real-world evidence supports these outcomes. Despite this, some physicians and patients are concerned about serious bleeding or emergencies unless specific reversal agents for the DOACs are available...
February 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207330/parent-centered-prevention-of-risky-behaviors-among-hispanic-youths-in-florida
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Yannine Estrada, Tae Kyoung Lee, Shi Huang, Maria I Tapia, Maria-Rosa Velázquez, Marcos J Martinez, Hilda Pantin, Manuel A Ocasio, Denise C Vidot, Lourdes Molleda, Juan Villamar, Bryan A Stepanenko, C Hendricks Brown, Guillermo Prado
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness of an evidence-based, parent-centered intervention, Familias Unidas, delivered by nonresearch personnel, in preventing substance use (alcohol, illicit drugs) and sex without a condom among Hispanic adolescents. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial (n = 746) evaluated the effectiveness of Familias Unidas among Hispanic eighth graders (age range = 12-16 years), relative to prevention as usual, within a public school system...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199186/potential-of-redox-therapies-in-neurodegenerative-disorders
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Elzbieta Miller, Lukasz Markiewicz, Jacek Kabzinski, Dominik Odrobina, Ireneusz Majsterek
Recently significant advances have been made to understand the pathophysiological mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders to provide real therapeutic benefits. There is evidence that persistent inflammation and oxidative stress are the crucial factors of ongoing cell damage in neurodegenerative complex etiology. The variety of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species are the cause of both axonal and neuronal destruction, which is pathological hallmark of neurodegeneration. Therefore, the reduction of oxidative stress is currently one of the main neuroprotective strategies...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195431/emotion-regulation-coping-and-decision-making-three-linked-skills-for-preventing-externalizing-problems-in-adolescence
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Kathryn L Modecki, Melanie J Zimmer-Gembeck, Nancy Guerra
Research on executive control during the teenage years points to shortfalls in emotion regulation, coping, and decision making as three linked capabilities associated with youth's externalizing behavior problems. Evidence gleaned from a detailed review of the literature makes clear that improvement of all three capabilities is critical to help young people better navigate challenges and prevent or reduce externalizing and related problems. Moreover, interventions can successfully improve these three capabilities and have been found to produce behavioral improvements with real-world significance...
February 13, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195129/low-frequency-theta-oscillations-in-the-human-hippocampus-during-real-world-and-virtual-navigation
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Véronique D Bohbot, Milagros S Copara, Jean Gotman, Arne D Ekstrom
Low-Frequency Oscillations (LFO) in the range of 7-9 Hz, or theta rhythm, has been recorded in rodents ambulating in the real world. However, intra-hippocampus EEG recordings during virtual navigation in humans have consistently reported LFO that appear to predominate around 3-4 Hz. Here we report clear evidence of 7-9 Hz rhythmicity in raw intra-hippocampus EEG traces during real as well as virtual movement. Oscillations typically occur at a lower frequency in virtual than real world navigation. This study highlights the possibility that human and rodent hippocampal EEG activity are not as different as previously reported and this difference may arise, in part, due to the lack of actual movement in previous human navigation studies, which were virtual...
February 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194337/development-of-statistics-as-a-discipline-for-clinical-research-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Chitra Lele
This article traces the history and evolution of statistics in the era of evidence based medicine, and focuses on the Indian perspective of this growth of statistics as a discipline for clinical research. Statistics will assume a more inter disciplinary form. Use of software other than SAS likely to grow further. In India, innovative statistical methods will help propel the development of biosimilars. The future is exciting with statistics being used for real world evidence, development of biosimilars, mining of adverse event data and becoming a core function in medicinal product development and lifecycle maintenance...
January 2017: Perspectives in Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185167/challenges-with-evidence-based-management-of-stable-ischemic-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Amit V Patel, Sripal Bangalore
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD) is a highly prevalent condition associated with increased costs, morbidity, and mortality. Management goals of SIHD can broadly be thought of in terms of improving prognosis and/or improving symptoms. Treatment options include medical therapy as well as revascularization, either with percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass grafting. Herein, we will review the current evidence base for treatment of SIHD as well as its challenges and discuss ongoing studies to help address some of these knowledge gaps...
February 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182166/reducing-the-risk-of-stroke-in-elderly-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-practical-guide-for-clinicians
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Joanne M Foody
Non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) significantly contributes to the burden of stroke, particularly in elderly patients. The challenge of optimizing anticoagulation therapy is balancing efficacy and bleeding risk, especially as the same patients at high risk of stroke also tend to be at high risk of bleeding. Treating the elderly patient with NVAF presents special challenges because of their heightened risk for both stroke and bleeding. Despite clinical trial data and evidence-based guidelines, surveys indicate that physicians underuse anticoagulation in older patients for reasons that include overemphasis of bleeding risk, particularly with the increased risk of falling, at the cost of thromboembolic risk...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178990/review-of-behaviour-change-interventions-to-reduce-population-salt-intake
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REVIEW
Kathy Trieu, Emma McMahon, Joseph Alvin Santos, Adrian Bauman, Kellie-Ann Jolly, Bruce Bolam, Jacqui Webster
BACKGROUND: Excess salt intake is a major cause of raised blood pressure-the leading risk factor for death and disability worldwide. Although behaviour change interventions such as awareness campaigns and health education programs are implemented to reduce salt intake, their effectiveness is unclear. This global systematic review investigates the impact of population-level behaviour change interventions that aim to reduce salt intake. METHODS: A search for published and grey literature was conducted using PubMed, Cochrane Library, Embase, Web of Science, Sage, Scopus, OpenGrey, Google Scholar and other relevant organizations' websites...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174334/evidence-for-an-evolutionarily-conserved-memory-coding-scheme-in-the-mammalian-hippocampus
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Alexander Thome, Diano F Marrone, Timothy M Ellmore, Monica K Chawla, Peter Lipa, Victor Ramirez-Amaya, Sarah H Lisanby, Bruce L McNaughton, Carol A Barnes
: Decades of research identify the hippocampal formation as central to memory storage and recall. Events are stored via distributed population codes, whose parameters (e.g., sparsity and overlap) determine both storage capacity and fidelity. However, it remains unclear whether the parameters governing information storage are similar between species. Because episodic memories are rooted in the space in which they are experienced, the hippocampal response to navigation is often used as a proxy to study memory...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174333/resting-state-network-topology-differentiates-task-signals-across-the-adult-lifespan
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Micaela Y Chan, Fahd H Alhazmi, Denise C Park, Neil K Savalia, Gagan S Wig
: Brain network connectivity differs across individuals. For example, older adults exhibit less segregated resting-state sub-networks relative to younger adults (e.g., Chan et al., 2014). It has been hypothesized that individual differences in network connectivity impact the recruitment of brain areas during task execution. While recent studies have described the spatial overlap between resting-state functional correlation (RSFC) sub-networks and task-evoked activity, it is unclear whether individual variations in the connectivity pattern of a brain area (topology) relates to its activity during task execution...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168767/lifestyle-change-reduces-cardiometabolic-risk-factors-and-glucagon-like-peptide-1-levels-in-obese-first-degree-relatives-of-people-with-diabetes
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A Bowes, J Begley, D Kerr
BACKGROUND: Preventing type 2 diabetes in a real-world setting remains challenging. The present study aimed to assess the effectiveness of a lifestyle-based programme for individuals at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes as assessed by achieved weight loss, cardiovascular risk factors and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). METHODS: Sixty-six obese individuals with history of diabetes in first-degree relatives participated in an 8-month lifestyle programme consisting of 12 × 1...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
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