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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088806/effects-of-aloe-sterol-supplementation-on-skin-elasticity-hydration-and-collagen-score-a-12-week-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
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Miyuki Tanaka, Yuki Yamamoto, Eriko Misawa, Kazumi Nabeshima, Marie Saito, Koji Yamauchi, Fumiaki Abe, Fukumi Furukawa
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Our previous study confirmed that Aloe sterol stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid production in human dermal fibroblasts. This study aims to investigate whether Aloe sterol intake affects skin conditions. METHODS: We performed a 12-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the effects of oral Aloe sterol supplementation on skin elasticity, hydration, and the collagen score in 64 healthy women (age range 30-59 years; average 44...
January 14, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088727/representativeness-of-clinical-pet-study-participants-with-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review
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So Kirino, Takefumi Suzuki, Hiroyoshi Takeuchi, Masaru Mimura, Hiroyuki Uchida
While positron emission tomography (PET) studies have provided invaluable data on antipsychotic effects, selection bias remains a serious concern. A systematic review of PET studies that measured dopamine D2 receptor blockade with antipsychotics was conducted to examine their inclusion/exclusion criteria, using PubMed, EMBASE, and ClinicalTrials.gov (last search, September 2016). PET studies were included if they measured D2 receptor occupancy in patients with schizophrenia and included introduction of antipsychotic treatment or antipsychotic regimen change in a systematic manner...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088628/methods-needed-to-measure-predictive-accuracy-a-study-of-diabetic-patients
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Hafiz M R Khan, Sarah Mende, Aamrin Rafiq, Kemesha Gabbidon, P Hemachandra Reddy
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality and it can result in several complications such as kidney failure, heart failure, stroke, and blindness making it a major medical and public health concern in the United States. Statistical methods are important to detect risk factors and identify the best sampling plan to determine predictive bounds for diabetic patients' data. The main objective of this paper is to identify the best fit bootstrapping sampling method and to draw the predictive bound considering diabetes patient data...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088604/alba-screening-instrument-asi-a-brief-screening-tool-for-lewy-body-dementia
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M M Garcia Basalo, M C Fernandez, M Ojea Quintana, J I Rojas, M J Garcia Basalo, E Bogliotti, N Campora, M Fernandez, W Berrios, E Cristiano, A Golimstok
BACKGROUND: Early detection of neurodegenerative diseases is essential for treatment and proper care of these patients. Screening tools available today are effective for several types of dementia. However, there is no one specific for Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). OBJECTIVES: The aim of this paper is to present a tool for early detection of LBD, accessible even for non-medical staff. METHODS: We stratified subjects (MMSE>20) into four groups: health controls (HC), Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), LBD and other dementias (Alzheimer and vascular)...
January 5, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088595/clinical-trial-registration-was-not-an-indicator-for-low-risk-of-bias
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Cynthia M Farquhar, Marian G Showell, Emily A E Showell, Penny Beetham, Nora Baak, Selma Mourad, Vanessa M B Jordan
BACKGROUND: It has been proposed that systematic review authors should only include registered clinical trials in an effort to improve the overall quality of the evidence summarized. PURPOSE: To determine the prevalence of registered trials and to evaluate the risk of bias between registered and unregistered clinical trials. DATA SOURCES: The Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group's specialized register was searched on 5(th) November 2015 for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published from 2010-2014...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088557/meta-analysis-of-organizational-skills-interventions-for-children-and-adolescents-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Aida Bikic, Brian Reichow, Spencer A McCauley, Karim Ibrahim, Denis G Sukhodolsky
BACKGROUND: In addition to problems with attention and hyperactivity, children with ADHD present with poor organizational skills required for managing time and materials in academic projects. Organizational skills training (OST) has been increasingly used to address these deficits. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of OST in children with ADHD. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to systematically review the evidence of the effects of OST for children with ADHD for organizational skills, attention, and academic performance...
December 29, 2016: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088498/vaginal-misoprostol-prior-to-intrauterine-device-insertion-in-women-delivered-only-by-elective-cesarean-section-a-randomized-double-blind-clinical-trial
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Mohamed S Abdellah, Ahmed M Abbas, Aml M Hegazy, Ihab M El-Nashar
OBJECTIVE: The current study aims to evaluate if vaginal misoprostol (400 mcg) administered prior to intrauterine device (IUD) insertion increase the ease and success of insertion among women who had delivered only by elective Cesarean delivery (CD). STUDY DESIGN: The current study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, conducted in Assiut Women's Health Hospital, Egypt between the 1st of April 2015 and the 31st of March 2016 included women delivered only by elective CD...
January 11, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088487/adenosine-receptors-and-caffeine-in-retinopathy-of-prematurity
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REVIEW
Jiang-Fan Chen, Shuya Zhang, Rong Zhou, Zhenlang Lin, Xiaohong Cai, Jing Lin, Yuqin Huo, Xiaoling Liu
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a major cause of childhood blindness in the world and is caused by oxygen-induced damage to the developing retinal vasculature, resulting in hyperoxia-induced vaso-obliteration and subsequent delayed retinal vascularization and hypoxia-induced pathological neovascularization driven by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling pathway in retina. Current anti-VEGF therapy has shown some effective in a clinical trial, but is associated with the unintended effects on delayed eye growth and retinal vasculature development of preterm infants...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088382/functional-electrical-stimulation-for-foot-drop-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-impact-on-gait-speed
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REVIEW
Linda Miller, Angus McFadyen, Anna C Lord, Rebecca Hunter, Lorna Paul, Danny Rafferty, Roy Bowers, Paul Mattison
OBJECTIVE: To review the efficacy of functional electrical stimulation (FES) used for foot drop in people with multiple sclerosis (pwMS) on gait speed in short and long walking performance tests. DATA SOURCES: Five databases (Cochrane Library, CINAHL, Embase, MEDLINE, Pubmed) and reference lists were searched. STUDY SELECTION: Studies of both observational and experimental design where gait speed data in pwMS could be extracted were included...
January 11, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088380/aquatic-exercise-therapy-for-people-with-parkinson-s-disease-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Louise M Carroll, Daniele Volpe, Meg E Morris, Jean Saunders, Amanda M Clifford
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of aquatic exercise therapy on gait variability and disability compared to usual care for people with Parkinson's disease (PD). DESIGN: Single-blind randomized control trial (RCT). SETTING: A community based hydrotherapy pool in Ireland. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty one individuals with PD (Hoehn-Yahr Stages I-III). INTERVENTIONS: Participants were randomly assigned to either an aquatic exercise therapy group (45 minutes, twice a week for 6 weeks) or a control group that received usual care...
January 11, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088338/relation-between-resting-amygdalar-activity-and-cardiovascular-events-a-longitudinal-and-cohort-study
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Ahmed Tawakol, Amorina Ishai, Richard Ap Takx, Amparo L Figueroa, Abdelrahman Ali, Yannick Kaiser, Quynh A Truong, Chloe Je Solomon, Claudia Calcagno, Venkatesh Mani, Cheuk Y Tang, Willem Jm Mulder, James W Murrough, Udo Hoffmann, Matthias Nahrendorf, Lisa M Shin, Zahi A Fayad, Roger K Pitman
BACKGROUND: Emotional stress is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. We imaged the amygdala, a brain region involved in stress, to determine whether its resting metabolic activity predicts risk of subsequent cardiovascular events. METHODS: Individuals aged 30 years or older without known cardiovascular disease or active cancer disorders, who underwent (18)F-fluorodexoyglucose PET/CT at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA, USA) between Jan 1, 2005, and Dec 31, 2008, were studied longitudinally...
January 12, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088251/lucerastat-an-iminosugar-with-potential-as-substrate-reduction-therapy-for-glycolipid-storage-disorders-safety-tolerability-and-pharmacokinetics-in-healthy-subjects
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N Guérard, O Morand, J Dingemanse
BACKGROUND: Lucerastat, an inhibitor of glucosylceramide synthase, has the potential to restore the balance between synthesis and degradation of glycosphingolipids in glycolipid storage disorders such as Gaucher disease and Fabry disease. The safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of oral lucerastat were evaluated in two separate randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single- and multiple-ascending dose studies (SAD and MAD, respectively) in healthy male subjects. METHODS: In the SAD study, 31 subjects received placebo or a single oral dose of 100, 300, 500, or 1000 mg lucerastat...
January 14, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088187/a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-of-combined-calcitriol-and-ergocalciferol-versus-ergocalciferol-alone-in-chronic-kidney-disease-with-proteinuria
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Paweena Susantitaphong, Siriwan Nakwan, Sadudee Peerapornratana, Khajohn Tiranathanagul, Pisut Katavetin, Nattachai Srisawat, Kearkiat Praditpornsilpa, Somchai Eiam-Ong
BACKGROUND: KDOQI guideline suggests that nutritional vitamin D should be supplemented in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients who have vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency. However, there are scarce data regarding the additional benefit of active vitamin D supplement in CKD patients who were receiving nutritional vitamin D supplement. This study was conducted to explore the effect of adding active vitamin D to nutritional vitamin D supplement on proteinuria and kidney function in CKD with vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency...
January 14, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088167/randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial-to-assess-the-safety-and-effectiveness-of-a-novel-dual-action-oral-topical-formulation-against-upper-respiratory-infections
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Pranab K Mukherjee, Frank Esper, Ken Buchheit, Karen Arters, Ina Adkins, Mahmoud A Ghannoum, Robert A Salata
BACKGROUND: Current prevention options for upper respiratory infections (URIs) are not optimal. We conducted a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled pilot clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ARMS-I™ (currently marketed as Halo™) in the prevention of URIs. METHODS: ARMS-I is patented novel formulation for the prevention and treatment of influenza, comprising a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent (cetylpyridinium chloride, CPC) and components (glycerin and xanthan gum) that form a barrier on the host mucosa, thus preventing viral contact and invasion...
January 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088032/oral-cannabidiol-does-not-produce-a-signal-for-abuse-liability-in-frequent-marijuana-smokers
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Shanna Babalonis, Margaret Haney, Robert J Malcolm, Michelle R Lofwall, Victoria R Votaw, Steven Sparenborg, Sharon L Walsh
BACKGROUND: Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of the marijuana plant. In the past few years, there has been great interest in the therapeutic effects of isolated CBD and it is currently being explored for numerous disease conditions (e.g., pain, epilepsy, cancer, various drug dependencies). However, CBD remains a Schedule I drug on the U.S. Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Despite its status, there are no well-controlled data available regarding its abuse liability...
December 14, 2016: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088009/cardiac-output-and-systemic-vascular-resistance-clinical-assessment-compared-with-a-noninvasive-objective-measurement-in-children-with-shock
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Asma Razavi, Christopher J L Newth, Robinder G Khemani, Fernando Beltramo, Patrick A Ross
PURPOSE: To evaluate physician assessment of cardiac output and systemic vascular resistance in patients with shock compared with an ultrasonic cardiac output monitor (USCOM). To explore potential changes in therapy decisions if USCOM data were available using physician intervention answers. STUDY DESIGN: Double-blinded, prospective, observational study in a tertiary hospital pediatric intensive care unit. Forty children (<18years) admitted with shock, requiring ongoing volume resuscitation or inotropic support...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087955/water-as-neutral-oral-contrast-agent-in-abdominopelvic-ct-comparing-effectiveness-with-gastrografin-in-the-same-patient
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C H Lee, H Z Gu, B A Vellayappan, C H Tan
INTRODUCTION: Positive oral contrast is no longer deemed necessary for abdominopelvic computed tomography (CT) scans. Studies have shown water to be an equally effective oral contrast agent. However, to our knowledge no study has compared effectiveness between gastrografin and water in the same patient, which will provide a more objective evaluation of the two oral contrast agents. We aim to make a head-to-head comparison of water as neutral oral contrast (OC) against gastrografin as positive OC for abdominopelvic CT scans in the same patient...
December 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087723/prophylactic-propranolol-for-prevention-of-rop-and-visual-outcome-at-1%C3%A2-year-prerop-trial
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Kishore Pratap Sanghvi, Nandkishor S Kabra, Phalguni Padhi, Umesh Singh, Swarup Kumar Dash, Bhupendra S Avasthi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role of prophylactic propranolol in the prevention of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in infants ≤32 weeks of gestational age and their visual outcome at 1 year of corrected gestational age. DESIGN: Randomised double blind placebo controlled trial, parallel group nrolment with allocation ratio of 1:1. SETTINGS: Two level III neonatal intensive care units. PARTICIPANTS: 109 preterm neonates of ≤32 weeks of gestation with postnatal age ≤8 days old...
January 13, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087644/u-s-fda-approval-summary-nivolumab-for-treatment-of-unresectable-or-metastatic-melanoma-following-progression-on-ipilimumab
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Maitreyee Hazarika, Meredith K Chuk, Marc R Theoret, Sirisha Mushti, Kun He, Shawna L Weis, Alexander H Putman, Whitney S Helms, Xianhua Cao, Hongshan Li, Hong Zhao, Liang Zhao, Joel Welch, Laurie Graham, Meredith Libeg, Rajeshwari Sridhara, Patricia Keegan, Richard Pazdur
On December 22, 2014, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to nivolumab (OPDIVO®, Bristol-Myers Squibb) for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma and disease progression following ipilimumab and, if BRAF V600 mutation-positive, a BRAF inhibitor. Approval was based on a clinically meaningful, durable objective response rate (ORR) in a non-comparative analysis of 120 patients who received nivolumab 3 mg/kg intravenously every 2 weeks with at least 6 months follow-up in an ongoing, randomized, open-label, active-controlled clinical trial...
January 13, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087564/right-ventricular-ejection-fraction-is-incremental-to-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-for-the-prediction-of-future-arrhythmic-events-in-patients-with-systolic-dysfunction
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Yoko Mikami, Umjeet Jolly, Bobak Heydari, Mingkai Peng, Fahad Almehmadi, Mohammed Zahrani, Mahmoud Bokhari, John Stirrat, Carmen P Lydell, Andrew G Howarth, Raymond Yee, James A White
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular ejection fraction remains the primary risk stratification tool used in the selection of patients for implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy. However, this solitary marker fails to identify a substantial portion of patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. In this study, we examined the incremental value of considering right ventricular ejection fraction for the prediction of future arrhythmic events in patients with systolic dysfunction using the gold standard of cardiovascular magnetic resonance...
January 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
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