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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778041/the-efficacy-of-vitamin-d-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-meta-analysis
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Chao Zheng, Liang He, Lingling Liu, Jie Zhu, Tao Jin
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory demyelination disorder in the central nervous system (CNS) leading to a high level of neurological disability. The pathogenesis of MS remains largely unknown, which explains the lack of significant efficacy of therapy in MS. Vitamin D deficiency is widely considered to be an environmental risk factor for MS. Many studies investigating the therapeutic effects of vitamin D on MS have been applied. The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the effectiveness of vitamin D in MS patients...
May 12, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777863/comparison-of-histological-and-morphometrical-changes-underlying-subchondral-bone-abnormalities-in-inflammatory-and-degenerative-musculoskeletal-disorders-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
M Loef, S van Beest, F P B Kroon, J L Bloem, O M Dekkers, M Reijnierse, J W Schoones, M Kloppenburg
OBJECTIVE: Subchondral bone abnormalities (SBAs) on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are observed frequently and associated with disease course in various musculoskeletal disorders. This review aims to map the existing knowledge of their underlying histological features, and to identify needs for future research. DESIGN: We conducted a systematic review following PRISMA guidelines until September 2017, including all studies correlating histological features to on MRI defined SBAs in patients with osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), spondyloarthritis (SpA) and degenerative disc disease (DDD)...
May 16, 2018: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777851/point-of-care-ultrasound-performed-by-a-medical-student-compared-to-physical-examination-by-vascular-surgeons-in-the-detection-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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Trinh Mai, Michael Y Woo, Kim Boles, Prasad Jetty
OBJECTIVE: To determine the test characteristics of point-of-care ultrasonography performed by a medical student versus physical examination by vascular surgeons compared to a gold standard reference scan for the detection of abdominal aortic aneurysms. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, observer-blinded study recruiting patients from an outpatient vascular surgery clinic. Participants were screened for abdominal aortic aneurysms by standardized physical examination by a blinded vascular surgeon, followed by a point-of-care ultrasound examination by a blinded medical student...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777744/omalizumab-can-inhibit-respiratory-reaction-during-aspirin-desensitization
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David M Lang, Mark A Aronica, Elizabeth S Maierson, Xiao-Feng Wang, Dorothy C Vasas, Stanley L Hazen
BACKGROUND: Aspirin desensitization has been associated with benefit in management of aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD). An intervention that would encourage aspirin desensitization to be performed more frequently has substantial potential for improving outcomes and quality of life in patients with AERD. OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether omalizumab administration would be associated with attenuation of aspirin-provoked bronchospasm in patients with AERD undergoing aspirin desensitization...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777729/pharmacogenetic-tests-to-guide-drug-treatment-in-depression-comparison-of-the-available-testing-kits-and-clinical-trials
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Chiara Fabbri, Joseph Zohar, Alessandro Serretti
The empirical approach to drug choice and dosing in depression often results into inadequate response and side effects. Pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing appears a promising way to implement personalized treatments. A systematic review was performed to identify available PGx tests, compare the genes they include with clinical guidelines and drug labels, and assess the quality of published clinical studies. ~40 commercial PGx tests are available and potential benefits were estimated for nine of them by clinical studies...
May 16, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777714/efficiency-of-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-and-transcutaneous-nerve-stimulation-on-hemiplegic-shoulder-pain-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
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Meimei Zhou, Fang Li, Weibo Lu, Junfa Wu, Song Pei
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS) on hemiplegic shoulder pain (HSP). DESIGN: This is a prospective randomized controlled trial (RCT). SETTING: A total of 184 HSP patients, aged 18-80 years, were recruited in the Rehabilitation Hospital from February 2014 to July 2016. The Ethics approval was obtained from the Institutional Review Board of the Hospital...
May 16, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777529/pharmacokinetics-of-ads-5102-amantadine-extended-release-capsules-administered-once-daily-at-bedtime-for-the-treatment-of-dyskinesia
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Robert A Hauser, Rajesh Pahwa, William A Wargin, Cindy J Souza-Prien, Natalie McClure, Reed Johnson, Jack T Nguyen, Rajiv Patni, Gregory T Went
BACKGROUND: Preclinical and clinical studies suggest amantadine immediate-release (IR) may reduce dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease (PD), although higher doses are associated with increased CNS adverse events (AEs). ADS-5102 is an extended release amantadine capsule formulation, designed for once-daily dosing at bedtime (qhs) to provide high concentrations upon waking and throughout the day, with lower concentrations in the evening. The pharmacokinetics (PK) of ADS-5102 were assessed in two phase I studies in healthy subjects, and a blinded, randomized phase II/III dose-finding study in PD patients...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777361/tremor-induced-by-calcineurin-inhibitor-immunosuppression-a-single-centre-observational-study-in-kidney-transplanted-patients
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R Erro, Ruggero Bacchin, F Magrinelli, P Tomei, C Geroin, G Squintani, A Lupo, G Zaza, M Tinazzi
INTRODUCTION: Tremor is the most frequent and disabling neurological side effect under Calcineurin inhibitor-induced immunosuppression, but no studies have defined its phenomenology, severity, distribution, the impact on quality of life, as well as of other neurological symptoms associated. METHODS: 126 consecutive kidney-transplanted patients, under treatment with Cyclosporin A, Tacrolimus and non-Calcineurin inhibitors, within therapeutic range, were enrolled...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777264/empagliflozin-reduces-cardiovascular-events-mortality-and-renal-events-in-participants-with-type-2-diabetes-after-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery-subanalysis-of-the-empa-reg-outcome%C3%A2-randomised-trial
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Subodh Verma, C David Mazer, David Fitchett, Silvio E Inzucchi, Egon Pfarr, Jyothis T George, Bernard Zinman
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: After coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in individuals with type 2 diabetes, there remains a considerable residual cardiovascular risk. In the EMPA-REG OUTCOME® trial in participants with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease, empagliflozin reduced the risk of cardiovascular death by 38%, all-cause mortality by 32%, hospitalisation for heart failure by 35% and incident or worsening nephropathy by 39% vs placebo when given in addition to standard of care...
May 19, 2018: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777228/effects-of-clomiphene-citrate-on-male-obesity-associated-hypogonadism-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
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Andressa Heimbecher Soares, Nidia Celeste Horie, Lucas Augusto Piccinin Chiang, Bruno Caramelli, Mariana Gomes Matheus, Alexandre Holthausen Campos, Luciana Cavalheiro Marti, Fernanda Agostini Rocha, Marcio C Mancini, Elaine Maria Frade Costa, Cintia Cercato
BACKGROUND: Obesity causes secondary hypogonadism (HG) in men. Standard testosterone (T) replacement therapy improves metabolic parameters but leads to infertility. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate clomiphene citrate (CC) treatment of adult men with male obesity-associated secondary hypogonadism (MOSH). DESIGN: Single-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. PARTICIPANTS: Seventy-eight men aged 36.5 ± 7...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776998/visual-field-shape-and-foraging-ecology-in-diurnal-raptors
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Simon Potier, Olivier Duriez, Gregory B Cunningham, Vincent Bonhomme, Colleen O'Rourke, Esteban Fernández-Juricic, Francesco Bonadonna
Birds, particularly raptors, are believed to forage primarily using visual cues. However, raptor foraging tactics are highly diverse - from chasing mobile prey to scavenging - which may reflect adaptations of their visual systems. To investigate this, we studied the visual field configuration of 15 species of diurnal Accipitriformes that differ in such tactics, first focusing on the binocular field and blind area by using a single traits approach, and then exploring the shape of the binocular field with morphometric approaches...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776990/effect-of-2-psoriasis-treatments-on-vascular-inflammation-and-novel-inflammatory-cardiovascular-biomarkers-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
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Nehal N Mehta, Daniel B Shin, Aditya A Joshi, Amit K Dey, April W Armstrong, Kristina Callis Duffin, Zelma Chiesa Fuxench, Charlotte L Harrington, Rebecca A Hubbard, Robert E Kalb, Alan Menter, Daniel J Rader, Muredach P Reilly, Eric L Simpson, Junko Takeshita, Drew A Torigian, Thomas J Werner, Andrea B Troxel, Stephen K Tyring, Suzette Baez Vanderbeek, Abby S Van Voorhees, Martin P Playford, Mark A Ahlman, Abass Alavi, Joel M Gelfand
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease associated with dyslipidemia, cardiovascular events, and mortality. We aimed to assess and compare the effect of treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis with adalimumab or phototherapy on vascular inflammation and cardiovascular biomarkers. METHODS AND RESULTS: Randomized, double-blind, trial of adalimumab, phototherapy, and placebo (1:1:1) for 12 weeks, with crossover to adalimumab for 52 weeks total. Outcomes included vascular inflammation by 18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography and biomarkers of inflammation, insulin resistance, and lipoproteins...
June 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776960/effect-of-combined-treatment-with-folic-acid-vitamin-b-6-and-vitamin-b-12-on-plasma-biomarkers-of-inflammation-and-endothelial-dysfunction-in-women
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William G Christen, Nancy R Cook, Martin Van Denburgh, Elaine Zaharris, Christine M Albert, JoAnn E Manson
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine whether reducing plasma homocysteine concentrations with long-term, combined treatment with folic acid, vitamin B6 , and vitamin B12 alters plasma biomarkers of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction in women at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a blood substudy of 300 treatment-adherent participants (150 in the active treatment group, 150 in the placebo group) in the WAFACS (Women's Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study), a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial testing a daily combination of folic acid (2...
May 18, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776939/outcomes-of-transanal-endorectal-pull-through-for-rectal-atresia
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Mutaz Gieballa, Nawaf AlKharashi, Mohammed Al-Namshan, Saud AlJadaan
Rectal atresia is a rare anorectal malformation, and it has been reported to represent 1%-2% of all anorectal malformations. We report three newborns who were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit for abdominal distention, bilious vomiting and failure to pass meconium. The external anus and genitalia were normal and well formed. Digital rectal examination showed a blind-ending anal canal. All three infants were initially managed with diverting colostomy and then transanal resection of the rectal atresia with primary anastomosis, followed by colostomy closure...
May 18, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776916/effect-of-near-infrared-light-therapy-based-on-acupoints-on-the-severity-of-restless-legs-syndrome-in-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis-a-single-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
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Mohammad Mehdi Mohammadi, Ali Akbar Vaisi Raygani, Akram Ghobadi, Soheila Samadzadeh, Nader Salari
INTRODUCTION: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a common disorder in hemodialysis patients. The present study was conducted to determine the effect of near-infrared (NIR) light therapy given to acupoints on the severity of RLS in patients undergoing hemodialysis. METHODS: This single-blind randomized controlled trial was performed on 60 hemodialysis patients with RLS. Participants who met the inclusion criteria were randomly assigned to an intervention group (n = 30) or a control group (n = 30)...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Medicine & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776872/oral-glucose-and-listening-to-lullaby-to-decrease-pain-in-preterm-infants-supported-with-ncpap-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Kadir Şerafettin Tekgündüz, Sevinç Polat, Ayşe Gürol, Serap Ejder Apay
Preterm infants spend the early days of their lives in neonatal intensive care units, where they undergo many minor painful procedures. There are many nonpharmacologic methods that can effectively reduce the pain response of neonates who undergo routine procedures. This study aimed to investigate whether oral glucose and listening to lullabies could bring pain relief during the removal and reinsertion of the tracheal tube and also oronasopharyngeal suctioning in premature infants to whom nasal continuous positive airway pressure was applied...
May 15, 2018: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776789/transdiagnostic-effects-of-ventromedial-prefrontal-cortex-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-on-cue-reactivity
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Tonisha E Kearney-Ramos, Logan T Dowdle, Daniel H Lench, Oliver J Mithoefer, William H Devries, Mark S George, Raymond F Anton, Colleen A Hanlon
BACKGROUND: Elevated frontal and striatal reactivity to drug cues is a transdiagnostic hallmark of substance use disorders. The goal of these experiments was to determine if it is possible to decrease frontal and striatal reactivity to drug cues in both cocaine users and heavy alcohol users through continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) to the left ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC). METHODS: Two single-blinded, within-subject, active sham-controlled experiments were performed wherein neural reactivity to drug/alcohol cues versus neutral cues was evaluated immediately before and after receiving real or sham cTBS (110% resting motor threshold, 3600 pulses, Fp1 location; N = 49: 25 cocaine users [experiment 1], 24 alcohol users [experiment 2]; 196 total functional magnetic resonance imaging scans)...
April 10, 2018: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776764/-transient-monocular-blindness-vascular-causes-and-differential-diagnoses
#18
REVIEW
S Bidot, D Biotti
Transient monocular blindness is an acute episode of ischemic origin in which one eye has profound visual loss, followed by full recovery within one hour. Transient monocular blindness most often occurs in the setting of retinal ischemia secondary to carotid embolism, but other mechanisms have been reported, including thrombosis (most often in the setting of giant cell arteritis), hemodynamic disorders (secondary to severe carotid stenosis) or vasospasm. Transient monocular blindness is considered a transient ischemic attack originating in the carotid arteries and must benefit from the same management as transient ischemic attack involving the brain, in order to prevent a subsequent stroke...
May 15, 2018: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776750/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-a-vi-dt-typhoid-conjugate-vaccine-phase-i-trial-in-healthy-filipino-adults-and-children
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Maria Rosario Capeding, Samuel Teshome, Tarun Saluja, Khalid Ali Syed, Deok Ryun Kim, Ju Yeon Park, Jae Seung Yang, Yang Hee Kim, Jiwook Park, Sue-Kyoung Jo, Yun Chon, Sudeep Kothari, Seon-Young Yang, Dong Soo Ham, Ji Hwa Ryu, Hee-Seong Hwang, Ju-Hwan Mun, Julia Lynch, Jerome Kim, Hun Kim, Jean-Louis Excler, Sushant Sahastrabuddhe
BACKGROUND: Typhoid fever remains a major public health problem in low- and middle-income countries where children aged 2-14 years bear the greatest burden. Vi polysaccharide is poorly immunogenic in children <2 years of age, and protection in adults is modest. The limitations of Vi polysaccharide vaccines can be overcome by conjugation of the Vi to a carrier protein. A typhoid conjugate vaccine composed of Vi polysaccharide conjugated to diphtheria toxoid (Vi-DT) has been developed...
May 15, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776559/angioedema-in-heart-failure-patients-treated-with-sacubitril-valsartan-lcz696-or-enalapril-in-the-paradigm-hf-study
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Victor Shi, Michele Senni, Hendrik Streefkerk, Vikas Modgill, Wenchun Zhou, Allen Kaplan
BACKGROUND: PARADIGM-HF demonstrated significant clinical benefits for sacubitril/valsartan (LCZ696, an angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitor) versus the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) enalapril in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. As inhibition of ACE, and co-inhibition of ACE and neprilysin, may increase the risk of angioedema, this was an adverse event of special interest. METHODS: Following sequential enalapril and sacubitril/valsartan run-ins, patients were randomized to twice-daily sacubitril/valsartan 200 mg or enalapril 10 mg...
August 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
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