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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215030/remote-monitoring-to-reduce-heart-failure-readmissions
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Sitaramesh Emani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Rehospitalization for heart failure remains a challenge in the treatment of affected patients. The ability to remotely monitor patients for worsening heart failure may provide an avenue through which therapeutic interventions can be made to prevent a rehospitalization. Available data on remote monitoring to reduce heart failure rehospitalizations are reviewed within. RECENT FINDINGS: Strategies to reduce readmissions include clinical telemonitoring, bioimpedance changes, biomarkers, and remote hemodynamic monitoring...
February 18, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214913/assessment-of-efficacy-and-safety-of-the-herbal-medicinal-product-bno-1016-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis
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J Palm, I Steiner, D Abramov-Sommariva, A Ammendola, S Mitzenheim, H Steindl, M Wonnemann, C Bachert
BACKGROUND: The objective of this clinical trial (CRS-02) was to assess the efficacy, safety and tolerability of two dosages of the herbal medicinal product BNO 1016 (Sinupret extract) in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). METHODOLOGY: 929 patients suffering from CRS were enrolled in this randomised placebo-controlled trial with a treatment period of 12 weeks. The primary endpoint was the mean Major Symptom Score (MSS) in week 8 and week 12 compared to placebo...
February 19, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214903/risks-and-benefits-of-multimodal-esophageal-cancer-treatments-a-meta-analysis
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Lei Sun, Fen Zhao, Yan Zeng, Cheng Yi
BACKGROUND Esophageal cancer has traditionally been associated with very poor outcomes. A number of therapies are available for the treatment and palliation of esophageal cancer, but little systematic evidence compares the efficacy of different treatment strategies. This meta-analysis aimed to investigate whether treatments in addition to radiotherapy could provide better efficacy and safety. MATERIAL AND METHODS We identified a total of 12 eligible studies with 18 study arms by searching PubMed, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, and Clinical Trials...
February 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214798/intensive-blood-pressure-lowering-in-patients-with-acute-intracerebral-haemorrhage-clinical-outcomes-and-haemorrhage-expansion-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-trials
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Gregoire Boulouis, Andrea Morotti, Joshua N Goldstein, Andreas Charidimou
INTRODUCTION: It is unclear whether intensive lowering of blood pressure (BP) at the acute phase of intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) is beneficial. We performed a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to assess whether intensive BP lowering in patients with acute ICH is safe and effective in improving clinical outcomes. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE and the Cochrane databases for relevant RCTs and calculated pooled OR for 3-month mortality (safety outcome) and 3-month death or dependency (modified Rankin Scale (mRs) ≥3;efficacy outcome), in patients with acute ICH randomised to either intensive BP-lowering or standard BP-lowering treatment protocols...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214674/development-of-a-quick-serum-il-6-measuring-system-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Kensuke Koyama, Tetsuro Ohba, Kentaro Ishii, Giman Jung, Hirotaka Haro, Kenichi Matsuda
OBJECTIVE: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Both fulfillment of remission criteria and assessment of other methods of evaluation of RA are important for preventing joint damage progression. Measurement of serum IL-6 concentrations has been reported to be useful for monitoring RA disease activity. However, it takes at least 4-5h to measure serum IL-6 concentrations using traditional methods, which limits its utility during routine assessment in daily clinical practice settings...
February 16, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214657/ipilimumab-alone-or-in-combination-with-nivolumab-after-progression-on-anti-pd-1-therapy-in-advanced-melanoma
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Lisa Zimmer, Susmitha Apuri, Zeynep Eroglu, Lisa A Kottschade, Andrea Forschner, Ralf Gutzmer, Max Schlaak, Lucie Heinzerling, Angela M Krackhardt, Carmen Loquai, Svetomir N Markovic, Richard W Joseph, Kelly Markey, Jochen S Utikal, Carsten Weishaupt, Simone M Goldinger, Vernon K Sondak, Jonathan S Zager, Dirk Schadendorf, Nikhil I Khushalani
BACKGROUND: The anti-programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) inhibitors pembrolizumab and nivolumab alone or in combination with ipilimumab have shown improved objective response rates and progression-free survival compared to ipilimumab only in advanced melanoma patients. Anti-PD-1 therapy demonstrated nearly equal clinical efficacy in patients who had progressed after ipilimumab or were treatment-naïve. However, only limited evidence exists regarding the efficacy of ipilimumab alone or in combination with nivolumab after treatment failure to anti-PD-therapy...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214653/neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-followed-by-concurrent-chemoradiotherapy-versus-concurrent-chemoradiotherapy-alone-in-locoregionally-advanced-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-a-phase-iii-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial
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Su-Mei Cao, Qi Yang, Ling Guo, Hai-Qiang Mai, Hao-Yuan Mo, Ka-Jia Cao, Chao-Nan Qian, Chong Zhao, Yan-Qun Xiang, Xiu-Ping Zhang, Zhi-Xiong Lin, Wei-Xiong Li, Qing Liu, Fang Qiu, Rui Sun, Qiu-Yan Chen, Pei-Yu Huang, Dong-Hua Luo, Yi-Jun Hua, Yi-Shan Wu, Xing Lv, Lin Wang, Wei-Xiong Xia, Lin-Quan Tang, Yan-Fang Ye, Ming-Yuan Chen, Xiang Guo, Ming-Huang Hong
BACKGROUND: The role of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) for locoregionally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is unclear. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of NACT followed by concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) versus CCRT alone in locoregionally advanced NPC. METHODS: Patients with stage III-IVB (excluding T3N0-1) NPC were randomly assigned to receive NACT followed by CCRT (investigational arm) or CCRT alone (control arm). Both arms were treated with 80 mg/m(2) cisplatin every 3 weeks concurrently with radiotherapy...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214545/potential-of-amphiphilic-graft-copolymer-%C3%AE-tocopherol-succinate-g-carboxymethyl-chitosan-in-modulating-the-permeability-and-anticancer-efficacy-of-tamoxifen
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Sunil K Jena, Sanjaya K Samal, Shamandeep Kaur, Mahesh Chand, Abhay T Sangamwar
Recent studies showed an enhanced oral bioavailability of tamoxifen (TMX) by hydrophobically modified α-tocopherol succinate-g-carboxymethyl chitosan (Cmc-TS) micelles. As a continued effort, here we evaluated TMX-loaded polymeric micelles (TMX-PMs) for its enhanced permeability with increased anticancer efficacy and decreased hepatotoxicity. We employed co-solvent evaporation technique to encapsulate TMX into Cmc-TS. Apparent permeability assay of TMX-PMs was performed on Caco-2 cell line. The absorptive transport of TMX increased significantly about 3...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214374/a-systematic-review-of-known-interventions-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-non-hypovolaemic-hypotonic-hyponatraemia-and-a-meta-analysis-of-the-vaptans
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REVIEW
Sunil Bhandari, Alessandro Peri, Iain Cranston, Rachael McCool, Alison Shaw, Julie Glanville, Larisa Petrakova, Karl O'Reilly
International and national guidelines on the treatment of chronic non-hypovolaemic hypotonic hyponatraemia differ; therefore we have undertaken this systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the efficacy and safety of interventions for the treatment of chronic non-hypovolaemic hypotonic hyponatraemia. Following registration of the review protocol with PROSPERO, systematic literature searches were conducted to identify randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials assessing any degree of fluid restriction or any drug treatment with the aim of increasing serum sodium concentration in patients with chronic non-hypovolaemic hypotonic hyponatraemia...
February 18, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214304/efficacy-and-safety-of-fumaric-acid-esters-in-combination-with-phototherapy-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-plaque-psoriasis-fast
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Peter Weisenseel, Kristian Reich, Wiebke Griemberg, Katharina Merten, Christine Gröschel, Natalie Nunez Gomez, Kirsi Taipale, Beate Bräu, Ina Zschocke
BACKGROUND: While treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis using a combination of fumaric acid esters (FAE, Fumaderm(®) ) and phototherapy (UV) is common practice, there have been hardly any studies investigating this regimen. Available information is limited to data from a small pilot study. The objective of the present study was to evaluate FAE/UV combination therapy in a larger patient cohort with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective noninterventional multicenter study, data from patients treated with FAE/UV combination therapy was assessed with regard to efficacy (PGA' PASI, DLQI, EQ-5D), safety, and dosage over a twelve-month period...
February 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214150/self-efficacy-for-deprescribing-a-survey-for-health-care-professionals-using-evidence-based-deprescribing-guidelines
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Barbara Farrell, Lisa Richardson, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, David de Launay, Mhd Wasem Alsabbagh, James Conklin
BACKGROUND: Although polypharmacy is associated with significant morbidity, deprescribing can be challenging. In particular, clinicians express difficulty with their ability to deprescribe (i.e. reduce or stop medications that are potentially inappropriate). Evidence-based deprescribing guidelines are designed to help clinicians take action on reducing or stopping medications that may be causing more harm than benefit. OBJECTIVES: Determine if implementation of evidence-based guidelines increases self-efficacy for deprescribing proton pump inhibitor (PPI), benzodiazepine receptor agonist (BZRA) and antipsychotic (AP) drug classes...
January 28, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213988/-contribution-of-mindfulness-meditation-in-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-insomnia
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H Vanhuffel, M Rey, I Lambert, D Da Fonseca, F Bat-Pitault
INTRODUCTION: Insomnia is considered to be a serious public health issue affecting approximately 10% of adults. Chronic insomnia may increase the risk of health problem, psychological vulnerability and proneness to accidents. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is recommended as the first line of treatment. Even though CBT-I is widely considered as an effective therapy, 20 to 30% of patients do not respond to this treatment. Mindfulness therapy, known to reduce rumination and stress, could be an interesting complement to enhance CBT-I...
February 14, 2017: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213970/efficacy-and-safety-of-immuno-magnetically-sorted-smooth-muscle-progenitor-cells-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-for-restoring-urethral-sphincter-function
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Yanhui Li, Morgaine Green, Yan Wen, Yi Wei, Prachi Wani, Zhe Wang, Renee Reijo Pera, Bertha Chen
Human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs)-based cell therapy holds promise for treating stress urinary incontinence (SUI). However, safety concerns, especially tumorgenic potential of residual undifferentiated cells in hiPSC derivatives, are major barriers for its clinical translation. An efficient, fast and clinical-scale strategy for purifying committed cells is also required. Our previous studies demonstrated the regenerative effects of hiPSC-derived smooth muscle progenitor cells (pSMCs) on the injured urethral sphincter in SUI, but the differentiation protocol required fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) which is not practical for autologous clinical applications...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213915/assessment-of-a-national-diabetes-education-program-diabetes-management-booklet-the-grade-experience
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Roshni Devchand, Christina Nicols, Joanne M Gallivan, Margaret Tiktin, Heidi Krause-Steinrauf, Mary Larkin, Diane M Tuncer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The National Diabetes Education Program created the 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life (4 Steps) booklet to help patients with diabetes learn the basics of self-management and care recommendations. The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of 4 Steps on participants' diabetes management knowledge and self-efficacy in the Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Study (GRADE). METHODS: A sample of 348 adults with type 2 diabetes enrolled in GRADE was included in this analysis...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213908/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-lacosamide-versus-sodium-valproate-in-status-epilepticus
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Usha K Misra, Deepanshu Dubey, Jayantee Kalita
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy and safety of lacosamide (LCM) and sodium valproate (SVA) in lorazepam (LOR)-resistant status epilepticus (SE). METHODS: Patients with LOR-resistant SE were randomized to intravenous LCM 400 mg at a rate of 60 mg/kg/min or SVA 30 mg/kg at a rate of 100 mg/min. The SE severity score (STESS), duration of SE and its etiology, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings were noted. Primary outcome was seizure cessation for 1 h, and secondary outcomes were 24 h seizure remission, in hospital death and severe adverse events (SAEs)...
February 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213761/psychomotor-effect-differences-between-l-methamphetamine-and-d-methamphetamine-are-independent-of-murine-plasma-and-brain-pharmacokinetics-profiles
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Tetsuya Nishimura, Kazue Takahata, Yuri Kosugi, Takaaki Tanabe, Shizuko Muraoka
l-Methamphetamine has been occasionally referred to as a stimulant similar to d-methamphetamine, probably owing to insufficient comparative studies. Here, we directly compared psychomotor efficacies and pharmacokinetics of methamphetamine enantiomers in mice. Only d-methamphetamine, but not l-methamphetamine, induced stereotypy and sensitization at 1-10 mg/kg. However, plasma pharmacokinetic parameters of 10 mg/kg l-methamphetamine were ≥tenfold those of 1 mg/kg d-methamphetamine. These results clearly indicate that differential psychomotor efficacies of methamphetamine enantiomers are independent of their pharmacokinetic profiles...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213683/phase-ii-study-of-bevacizumab-and-irinotecan-as-second-line-therapy-for-patients-with-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-previously-treated-with-fluoropyrimidines-oxaliplatin-and-bevacizumab
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Hidekazu Kuramochi, Masayuki Ando, Michio Itabashi, Go Nakajima, Kazuyuki Kawakami, Mie Hamano, Eiichi Hirai, Hajime Yokomizo, Ryuji Okuyama, Tatsuo Araida, Kazuhiko Yoshimatsu, Shingo Kameoka, Kazuhiko Hayashi
PURPOSE: Fluorouracil and folinic acid with irinotecan (FOLFIRI) plus bevacizumab (BV) is widely used as second-line chemotherapy for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) previously treated with fluoropyrimidines, oxaliplatin, and BV. FOLFIRI requires a CV catheter and an infusion pump, which are inconvenient for patients. Sufficient data are not available for characterizing the effectiveness of fluoropyrimidines beyond first disease progression. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of irinotecan (CPT-11) plus BV as second-line therapy...
February 17, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213607/efficacy-and-safety-of-nonoperative-treatment-for-acute-appendicitis-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Roxani Georgiou, Simon Eaton, Michael P Stanton, Agostino Pierro, Nigel J Hall
CONTEXT: Nonoperative treatment (NOT) with antibiotics alone of acute uncomplicated appendicitis (AUA) in children has been proposed as an alternative to appendectomy. OBJECTIVE: To determine safety and efficacy of NOT based on current literature. DATA SOURCES: Three electronic databases. STUDY SELECTION: All articles reporting NOT for AUA in children. DATA EXTRACTION: Two reviewers independently verified study inclusion and extracted data...
February 17, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213593/randomised-double-blind-parallel-group-placebo-controlled-study-to-evaluate-the-analgesic-efficacy-and-safety-of-vvz-149-injections-for-postoperative-pain-following-laparoscopic-colorectal-surgery
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Srdjan S Nedeljkovic, Darin J Correll, Xiaodong Bao, Natacha Zamor, Jose L Zeballos, Yi Zhang, Mark J Young, Johanna Ledley, Jessica Sorace, Kristen Eng, Carlyle P Hamsher, Rajivan Maniam, Jonathan W Chin, Becky Tsui, Sunyoung Cho, Doo H Lee
INTRODUCTION: In spite of advances in understanding and technology, postoperative pain remains poorly treated for a significant number of patients. In colorectal surgery, the need for developing novel analgesics is especially important. Patients after bowel surgery are assessed for rapid return of bowel function and opioids worsen ileus, nausea and constipation. We describe a prospective, double-blind, parallel group, placebo-controlled randomised controlled trial testing the hypothesis that a novel analgesic drug, VVZ -149, is safe and effective in improving pain compared with providing opioid analgesia alone among adults undergoing laparoscopic colorectal surgery...
February 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213565/anti-tnf-induced-remission-in-very-early-peripheral-spondyloarthritis-the-crespa-study
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Philippe Carron, Gaëlle Varkas, Heleen Cypers, Liesbet Van Praet, Dirk Elewaut, Filip Van den Bosch
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of golimumab to induce clinical remission in patients with very early, active peripheral spondyloarthritis (pSpA). METHODS: Clinical REmission in peripheral SPondyloArthritis is a monocentric study of golimumab treatment in patients with pSpA. All patients fulfilled the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society classification criteria for pSpA, with a symptom duration ≤12 weeks. Patients were randomised 2:1 to receive golimumab 50 mg every 4 weeks or matching placebo for 24 weeks...
February 17, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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