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Marianne Goodman, David Banthin, Nicholas J Blair, Kathryn A Mascitelli, Jaime Wilsnack, Jennifer Chen, Julie W Messenger, M Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez, Joseph Triebwasser, Harold W Koenigsberg, Raymond R Goetz, Erin A Hazlett, Antonia S New
OBJECTIVE: Despite advances in suicide prevention implemented throughout the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) including the hiring of Suicide Prevention Coordinators (SPCs) at every VA hospital, enhanced monitoring, and the availability of 24-hour crisis hotline services, suicide by veterans remains a critical problem affecting 20 veterans daily. Few empirically based treatment strategies for suicide prevention for postdeployment military personnel exist. This study aimed to test whether dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), one of the few psychosocial treatments with proven efficacy in diminishing suicidal behavior in individuals with personality disorder, can be applied to veterans irrespective of personality diagnosis...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Carlijn C M Welten, Maarten W J Koeter, Tamar D Wohlfarth, Jitschak G Storosum, Wim van den Brink, Christine C Gispen-de Wied, Hubert G M Leufkens, Damiaan A J P Denys
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether early nonresponse to antipsychotic treatment of acute mania predicts treatment failure and, if so, to establish the best definition or criterion of an early nonresponse. DATA SOURCES: Short-term efficacy studies assessing antipsychotics that were submitted to the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board during an 11-year period as part of the marketing authorization application for the indication of acute manic episode of bipolar disorder...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Lenneke Schrier, Rob Zuiker, Frans W H M Merkus, Erica S Klaassen, Zheng Guan, Bert Tuk, Joop M A van Gerven, Ronald van der Geest, Geert Jan Groeneveld
AIM: To evaluate the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, nasal tolerance and effects on sedation of a highly concentrated aqueous intranasal midazolam formulation (Nazolam) and to compare these to intravenous midazolam. METHODS: In this four-way crossover, double-blind, double-dummy, randomized, placebo-controlled study, 16 subjects received 2.5 mg Nazolam, 5.0 mg Nazolam, 2.5 mg intravenous midazolam or placebo on different occasions. Pharmacokinetics of midazolam and α-hydroxy-midazolam were characterized and related to outcome variables for sedation (Saccadic Peak Velocity, the Bond and Lader Visual Analogue Scale for sedation, the Simple Reaction Time Task and the Observer's Assessment of Alertness/Sedation)...
October 25, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Masoumeh Ghafarzadeh, Mehrdad Namdari, Ali Eatemadi
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most prevalent congenital anomaly in newborn babies. Cardiac malformations have been induced in different animal model experiments, by perturbing some molecules that take part in the developmental pathways associated with myocyte differentiation, specification, or cardiac morphogenesis. The exact epigenetic, environmental, or genetic, basis for these molecules perturbations is yet to be understood. But, scientist have bridged this gap by introducing autologous stem cell into the defective hearts to treat CHD...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Karen J Mickle, Peter Caputi, Jan M Potter, Julie R Steele
BACKGROUND: Reduced toe flexor strength is an independent predictor of falls in older people. However it is unknown whether strengthening programs can restore toe flexor strength in older individuals. The aim of this study was to investigate whether a progressive resistance training program, focused specifically on the foot muscles, could improve toe flexor strength in community-dwelling older people. METHODS: After baseline testing, 85 men and women (age range 60-90years) were randomized to either a supervised, progressive resistance training (n=43) or a home-based exercise (n=42) group for 12weeks...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Biomechanics
Bradley Genovese, Steven Yin, Sohail Sareh, Michael DeVirgilio, Laith Mukdad, Jessica Davis, Veronica J Santos, Peyman Benharash
With changes in work hour limitations, there is an increasing need for objective determination of technical proficiency. Electromagnetic hand-motion analysis has previously shown only time to completion and number of movements to correlation with expertise. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of hand-motion-tracking analysis in determining surgical skill proficiency. A nine-degree-of-freedom sensor was used and mounted on the superior aspect of a needle driver. A one-way analysis of variance and Welch's t test were performed to evaluate significance between subjects...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Julia Campbell, John J M Dwyer, Jason B Coe
Promoting dog walking among dog owners is consistent with One Health, which focuses on the mutual health benefits of the human-animal relationship for people and animals. In this study, we used intervention mapping (a framework to develop programs and resources for health promotion) to develop a clearer understanding of the determinants of dog walking to develop curricular and educational resources for promoting regular dog walking among dog owners. Twenty-six adult dog owners in Ontario participated in a semi-structured interview about dog walking in 2014...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
Krista Lundelin, Tuija Poussa, Seppo Salminen, Erika Isolauri
BACKGROUND: Societies worldwide are faced with a progressive increase in immune-mediated health problems such as allergic, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, as well as obesity. Perinatal administration of specific probiotic bacteria is an attractive approach in reducing the risk of these conditions, but long-term efficacy and safety data are lacking. The aim here was to evaluate the clinical benefit and long-term safety of specific probiotics administered during the perinatal period...
October 25, 2016: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Virginie Gaget, Angela Keulen, Melody Lau, Paul Monis, Justin D Brookes
AIMS: Benthic cyanobacteria produce toxic and odorous compounds similar to their planktonic counterparts, challenging the quality of drinking water supplies. The biofilm that benthic algae and other micro-organisms produce is a complex and protective matrix. Monitoring to determine the abundance and identification of cyanobacteria therefore relies on molecular techniques, with the choice of DNA isolation technique critical. This study investigated which DNA extraction method is optimal for DNA recovery in order to guarantee the best DNA yield for PCR-based analysis of benthic cyanobacteria...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Barbara Farquharson, Marie Johnston, Karen Smith, Brian Williams, Shaun Treweek, Stephan U Dombrowski, Nadine Dougall, Purva Abhyankar
AIMS: To evaluate the efficacy of a behaviour change technique-based intervention and compare two possible modes of delivery (text+visual and text-only) with usual care. BACKGROUND: Patient delay prevents many people from achieving optimal benefit of time-dependent treatments for Acute Coronary Syndrome. Reducing delay would reduce mortality and morbidity, but interventions to change behaviour have had mixed results. Systematic inclusion of behaviour change techniques or a visual mode of delivery might improve the efficacy of interventions...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Marília Silveira de Almeida Campos, Lorena Rocha Ayres, Manuela Roque Siane Morelo, Fabiana Angelo Marques, Leonardo Régis Leira Pereira
Several newer antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have been introduced into clinical practice, offering choices for individualizing the treatment of epilepsy since AEDs have different efficacy and tolerability profiles. In particular, questions exist regarding which AEDs are the best options for the monotherapy of focal epilepsy. Is carbamazepine (CBZ), which is considered the standard treatment for focal epilepsy, still the best option for monotherapy of focal epilepsy, despite the emergence of new AEDs? In this systematic review, we compared the relative tolerability of all available AEDs for monotherapy of all types of epilepsy as well as their efficacy in the monotherapy of focal epilepsy...
October 25, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
Nanette Santoro, Amanda Allshouse, Genevieve Neal-Perry, Lubna Pal, Rogerio A Lobo, Frederick Naftolin, Dennis M Black, Eliot A Brinton, Matthew J Budoff, Marcelle I Cedars, N Maritza Dowling, Mary Dunn, Carey E Gleason, Howard N Hodis, Barbara Isaac, Maureen Magnani, JoAnn E Manson, Virginia M Miller, Hugh S Taylor, Whitney Wharton, Erin Wolff, Viola Zepeda, S Mitchell Harman
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to compare the efficacy of two forms of menopausal hormone therapy in alleviating vasomotor symptoms, insomnia, and irritability in early postmenopausal women during 4 years. METHODS: A total of 727 women, aged 42 to 58, within 3 years of their final menstrual period, were randomized to receive oral conjugated estrogens (o-CEE) 0.45 mg (n = 230) or transdermal estradiol (t-E2) 50 μg (n = 225; both with micronized progesterone 200 mg for 12 d each mo), or placebos (PBOs; n = 275)...
October 24, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Billy Sin, Kimberly Koop, Michelle Liu, Jun-Yen Yeh, Pardeep Thandi
BACKGROUND: The efficacy, safety, opioid-sparing effects, and cost-benefit analyses of intravenous (IV) acetaminophen (APAP) in treating renal colic remain controversial. STUDY QUESTION: To evaluate the safety, efficacy, opioid-sparing effects, and cost-benefits of IV APAP in patients who present with renal colic in the emergency department (ED). DATA SOURCES: We systematically searched PubMed (January 1970 to April 2016). STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trials which evaluated IV APAP for renal colic in the ED were eligible...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Therapeutics
K Tsioufis, Costas Tsioufis, Kyriakos Dimitriadis, Emmanouil Mantzouranis, Ilianna Mani, Dimitrios Tousoulis
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of the combination of lercanidipine/enalapril versus amlodipine/enalapril and hydrochlorothiazide/enalapril on blood pressure, target organ damage and sympathetic activation in patients with grade 2 essential hypertension. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This was a 3 month, randomized, blinded-endpoint study in essential hypertensive patients. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Office and ambulatory blood pressure, arterial stiffness, urinary albumin to creatinine ratio, renal arterial resistive index, and muscle sympathetic nerve activity were evaluated at baseline, after a 2 week run-in placebo period, at 1 month and at 3 months...
October 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Shen Peixiao, Fang Ningyuan, Wang Haiya
OBJECTIVE: This randomized study evaluates the effects of lercanidipine - as well as its antihypertensive efficacy - on the number of circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in elderly patients with hypertension. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: In total, 61 patients with hypertension were randomly assigned to lercanidipine 10 mg/day or to other antihypertensive treatments (control group). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Cytometry analysis was conducted at baseline, at 12 weeks and at 24 weeks...
October 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Xiongjing Jiang, Meng Peng, Bin Li, Hui Dong, Wuqiang Che, Yubao Zou, Yuejin Yang, Runlin Gao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of renal artery stent combined with optimal medical therapy as treatment for renal artery stenosis. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted. Patients with severe atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis received percutaneous renal artery stent because of poorly controlled hypertension or preservation of renal function. The patients also received optimal medical therapy to achieve the blood pressure, lipid and blood glucose targets...
October 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Carine Meslot, Aurélie Gauchet, Martin S Hagger, Nikos Chatzisarantis, Audrey Lehmann, Benoît Allenet
BACKGROUND: Low levels of adherence to medication prescribed to treat and manage chronic disease may lead to maladaptive health outcomes. Theory-based, easy-to-administer interventions that promote patients' effective self-regulation of their medication-taking behaviour are needed if adherence is to be maximised. We tested the effectiveness of an intervention adopting planning techniques to promote medication adherence. METHODS: Outpatients with cardiovascular disease (N = 71) were allocated to either an experimental condition, in which participants were asked to form implementation intentions and coping plans related to their treatment, or to a no-planning control condition, in which participants received no treatment...
October 25, 2016: Applied Psychology. Health and Well-being
L M Bijkersma-Pot, P Cuijpers, A T F Beekman, R A Schoevers
There is increasing attention to the costs and efficacy of health care and in particular to psychiatry. To weigh the costs and benefits appropriately, it is important to be able to compare effects.<br/> AIM: To describe the efficacy of psychiatric treatment compared to treatment in general medicine.<br/> METHOD: Narrative review.<br/> RESULTS: The average effect size of psychiatric treatment was 0.49 and that of general medicine treatment 0.45. The effect size of psychotherapy varied from 0...
2016: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
Fang Zheng, Harris Perlman, Patrick Matthys, Yurong Wen, Tony Lahoutte, Serge Muyldermans, Shemin Lu, Patrick De Baetselier, Steve Schoonooghe, Nick Devoogdt, Geert Raes
Single-photon emission computed tomography combined with micro-CT (SPECT/μCT) imaging using Nanobodies against complement receptor of the Ig superfamily (CRIg), found on tissue macrophages such as synovial macrophages, has promising potential to visualize joint inflammation in experimental arthritis. Here, we further addressed the specificity and assessed the potential for arthritis monitoring. Signals obtained with (99m)Tc-labelled NbV4m119 Nanobody were compared in joints of wild type (WT) versus CRIg(-/-) mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) or K/BxN serum transfer-induced arthritis (STIA)...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Sebastian Schneider, Davide Provasi, Marta Filizola
Substantial attention has recently been devoted to G protein-biased agonism of the µ-opioid receptor (MOR) as an ideal new mechanism for the design of analgesics devoid of serious side effects. However, designing opioids with appropriate efficacy and bias is challenging because it requires an understanding of the ligand binding process and of the allosteric modulation of the receptor. Here, we investigated these phenomena for TRV-130, a G protein-biased MOR small-molecule agonist that has been shown to exert analgesia with less respiratory depression and constipation than morphine, and that it is currently being evaluated in human clinical trials for acute pain management...
October 25, 2016: Biochemistry
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