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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446002/effects-of-fungal-lentinussajor-caju-treated-oil-palm-frond-on-performance-and-carcass-characteristics-in-finishing-goats
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Pin Chanjula, Vasun Petcharat, Anusorn Cherdthong
OBJECTIVE: This experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of fungal treated oil palm fronds (FTOPF) on performance, carcass traits, meat quality, and muscle chemical composition. METHODS: Eighteen growing crossbred male goats (Thai Native×Anglo Nubian) with 18.7±2.0 kg of initial body weight (BW) were stratified and blocked by BW in a randomized complete block design. Three diets containing 30% of oil palm fronds (OPF) either untreated (UOPF) or treated with Lentinussajor-caju (FTOPF) with or without urea (FTOPFU) were used as roughage sources in total mixed rations (TMRs)...
June 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445955/metformin-is-associated-with-survival-benefit-in-pancreatic-cancer-patients-with-diabetes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ping-Ting Zhou, Bo Li, Fu-Rao Liu, Mei-Chao Zhang, Qian Wang, Yan-Yan Li, Ci Xu, Yuan-Hua Liu, Yuan Yao, Dong Li
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer is a highly lethal disease with a poor prognosis while metformin has been associated with a decreased risk of pancreatic cancer. Although the benefit of metformin was observed for pancreatic cancer prevention, it is not clear whether it can also affect the survival of pancreatic cancer patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to assess the effect of metformin on the survival of pancreatic cancer patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445800/adjunctive-celecoxib-for-schizophrenia-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trials
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Wei Zheng, Dong-Bin Cai, Xin-Hu Yang, Gabor S Ungvari, Chee H Ng, Norbert Müller, Yu-Ping Ning, Yu-Tao Xiang
Neuroinflammation has been implicated in the neurobiological pathways of schizophrenia. This meta-analysis evaluated the efficacy and tolerability of adjunctive celecoxib as a noncompetitive anti-inflammation drug in treating schizophrenia. Data were searched, extracted, checked and entered into the RevMan (version 5.3) software by two independent investigators. Standardized/weighted mean differences (SMDs/WMDs), risk ratio (RR) and their 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated, as appropriate. Included were 8 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with a total of 626 patients with schizophrenia including 316 (50...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445790/improving-insomnia-in-primary-care-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-nurse-led-group-treatment
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Christina Sandlund, Jerker Hetta, Gunnar H Nilsson, Mirjam Ekstedt, Jeanette Westman
BACKGROUND: Insomnia is a common health problem, and most people who seek help for insomnia consult primary care. In primary care, insomnia treatment typically consists of hypnotic drugs, although cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is the recommended treatment. However, such treatment is currently available to few primary care patients. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of a group treatment program for insomnia led by nurses in primary care. OUTCOMES: were the Insomnia Severity Index, a 2-week sleep diary, and a questionnaire on frequency of hypnotic drug use...
April 14, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445765/in-line-monitoring-and-optimization-of-powder-flow-in-a-simulated-continuous-process-using-transmission-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Md Anik Alam, Zhenqi Shi, James K Drennen, Carl A Anderson
In-line monitoring of continuous powder flow is an integral part of the continuous manufacturing process of solid oral dosage forms in the pharmaceutical industry. Specifically, monitoring downstream from loss-in-weight (LIW) feeders and/or continuous mixers provides important data about the state of the process. Such measurements support control of the process and thereby enhance product quality. Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) is a potential PAT tool to monitor the homogeneity of a continuous powder flow stream in pharmaceutical manufacturing...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445566/variation-in-outcomes-at-bariatric-surgery-centers-of-excellence
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Andrew M Ibrahim, Amir A Ghaferi, Jyothi R Thumma, Justin B Dimick
Importance: In the United States, reports about perioperative complications associated with bariatric surgery led to the establishment of accreditation criteria for bariatric centers of excellence and many bariatric centers obtaining accreditation. Currently, most bariatric procedures occur at these centers, but to what extent they uniformly provide high-quality care remains unknown. Objective: To describe the variation in surgical outcomes across bariatric centers of excellence and the geographic availability of high-quality centers...
April 26, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445559/association-of-us-centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-hospital-30-day-risk-standardized-readmission-metric-with-care-quality-and-outcomes-after-acute-myocardial-infarction-findings-from-the-national-cardiovascular-data-registry-acute-coronary-treatment
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Ambarish Pandey, Harsh Golwala, Hurst M Hall, Tracy Y Wang, Di Lu, Ying Xian, Karen Chiswell, Karen E Joynt, Abhinav Goyal, Sandeep R Das, Dharam Kumbhani, Howard Julien, Gregg C Fonarow, James A de Lemos
Importance: The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program penalizes hospitals with higher-than-expected risk-adjusted 30-day readmission rates (excess readmission ratio [ERR] > 1) after acute myocardial infarction (MI). However, the association of ERR with MI care processes and outcomes are not well established. Objective: To evaluate the association between ERR for MI with in-hospital process of care measures and 1-year clinical outcomes...
April 26, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445530/computation-of-adherence-to-medication-and-visualization-of-medication-histories-in-r-with-adherer-towards-transparent-and-reproducible-use-of-electronic-healthcare-data
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Alexandra Lelia Dima, Dan Dediu
Adherence to medications is an important indicator of the quality of medication management and impacts on health outcomes and cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery. Electronic healthcare data (EHD) are increasingly used to estimate adherence in research and clinical practice, yet standardization and transparency of data processing are still a concern. Comprehensive and flexible open-source algorithms can facilitate the development of high-quality, consistent, and reproducible evidence in this field. Some EHD-based clinical decision support systems (CDSS) include visualization of medication histories, but this is rarely integrated in adherence analyses and not easily accessible for data exploration or implementation in new clinical settings...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445496/a-fuzzy-co-clustering-algorithm-for-biomedical-data
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Yongli Liu, Shuai Wu, Zhizhong Liu, Hao Chao
Fuzzy co-clustering extends co-clustering by assigning membership functions to both the objects and the features, and is helpful to improve clustering accurarcy of biomedical data. In this paper, we introduce a new fuzzy co-clustering algorithm based on information bottleneck named ibFCC. The ibFCC formulates an objective function which includes a distance function that employs information bottleneck theory to measure the distance between feature data point and the feature cluster centroid. Many experiments were conducted on five biomedical datasets, and the ibFCC was compared with such prominent fuzzy (co-)clustering algorithms as FCM, FCCM, RFCC and FCCI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445484/transcriptome-analysis-of-creeping-bentgrass-exposed-to-drought-stress-and-polyamine-treatment
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Yingmei Ma, Vijaya Shukla, Emily B Merewitz
Creeping bentgrass is an important cool-season turfgrass species sensitive to drought. Treatment with polyamines (PAs) has been shown to improve drought tolerance; however, the mechanism is not yet fully understood. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate transcriptome changes of creeping bentgrass in response to drought and exogenous spermidine (Spd) application using RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq). The high-quality sequences were assembled and 18,682 out of 49,190 (38%) were detected as coding sequences. A total of 22% and 19% of genes were found to be either up- or down-regulated due to drought while 20% and 34% genes were either up- or down- regulated in response to Spd application under drought conditions, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445474/cost-effectiveness-of-a-transitional-pharmaceutical-care-program-for-patients-discharged-from-the-hospital
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Fatma Karapinar-Çarkıt, Ronald van der Knaap, Fatiha Bouhannouch, Sander D Borgsteede, Marjo J A Janssen, Carl E H Siegert, Toine C G Egberts, Patricia M L A van den Bemt, Marieke F van Wier, Judith E Bosmans
BACKGROUND: To improve continuity of care at hospital admission and discharge and to decrease medication errors pharmaceutical care programs are developed. This study aims to determine the cost-effectiveness of the COACH program in comparison with usual care from a societal perspective. METHODS: A controlled clinical trial was performed at the Internal Medicine department of a general teaching hospital. All admitted patients using at least one prescription drug were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445441/mining-productive-associated-periodic-frequent-patterns-in-body-sensor-data-for-smart-home-care
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Walaa N Ismail, Mohammad Mehedi Hassan
The understanding of various health-oriented vital sign data generated from body sensor networks (BSNs) and discovery of the associations between the generated parameters is an important task that may assist and promote important decision making in healthcare. For example, in a smart home scenario where occupants' health status is continuously monitored remotely, it is essential to provide the required assistance when an unusual or critical situation is detected in their vital sign data. In this paper, we present an efficient approach for mining the periodic patterns obtained from BSN data...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445407/application-of-uhplc-esi-q-tof-ms-to-identify-multiple-constituents-in-processed-products-of-the-herbal-medicine-ligustri-lucidi-fructus
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Hui Li, Weifeng Yao, Qinan Liu, Jia Xu, Beihua Bao, Mingqiu Shan, Yudan Cao, Fangfang Cheng, Anwei Ding, Li Zhang
Ligustri Lucidi Fructus (LLF), the fruit of Ligustrum lucidum Ait. (Oleaceae), has been used as a common herbal medicine in clinical practice in China for nearly 2000 years. In most cases, LLF is prescribed in decoctions in the form of processed products rather than crude drugs. In this study, an ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization-quadrupole-time of flight-mass spectrometry (UHPLC-ESI-Q-TOF-MS) method was established for rapid separation and identification of multiple constituents in the 80% methanol extract of processed-LLF...
April 26, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445352/consensus-review-of-optimal-perioperative-care-in-breast-reconstruction-enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-eras-society-recommendations
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Claire Temple-Oberle, Melissa A Shea-Budgell, Mark Tan, John L Semple, Christiaan Schrag, Marcio Barreto, Phillip Blondeel, Jeremy Hamming, Joseph Dayan, Olle Ljungqvist
BACKGROUND: Enhanced recovery following surgery can be achieved through the introduction of evidence-based perioperative maneuvers. This review aims to present a consensus for optimal perioperative management of patients undergoing breast reconstructive surgery and to provide evidence-based recommendations for an enhanced perioperative protocol. METHODS: A systematic review of meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, and large prospective cohorts was conducted for each protocol element...
May 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445325/doing-well-by-doing-good-evaluating-the-influence-of-patient-safety-performance-on-hospital-financial-outcomes
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Brad Beauvais, Jason P Richter, Forest S Kim
BACKGROUND: As financial pressures on hospitals increase because of changing reimbursement structures and heightened focus on quality and value, the association between patient safety performance and financial outcomes remains unclear. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to investigate if hospitals with higher patient safety performance are associated with higher levels of profitability than those with lower safety performance. METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: Using multinomial logistic regression, we analyzed data from the spring 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score and the 2014 American Hospital Association to determine the association between Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score performance and three dimensions of organizational profitability: operating margin, net patient revenue, and operating income...
April 25, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445317/timing-of-tourniquet-release-in-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-meta-analysis
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Pei Zhang, Yuan Liang, Jinshan He, Yongchao Fang, Pengtao Chen, Jingcheng Wang
BACKGROUND: For total knee arthroplasty (TKA), the tourniquet is routinely employed for better visualization, less blood loss, and easier cementation. However, the time to release tourniquet remains controversial. Therefore, we performed current meta-analysis to assess whether releasing tourniquet before wound closure is more effective in reducing blood loss than releasing tourniquet after wound closure in TKA without an increased risk of complications. METHODS: To conduct this meta-analysis, we searched Medline, Embase, Web of science, and the Cochrane library up to November 2016, for randomized controlled trials comparing tourniquet releasing before and after wound closure in TKA...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445306/the-efficacy-and-safety-of-epinephrine-for-postoperative-bleeding-in-total-joint-arthroplasty-a-prisma-compliant-meta-analysis
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Yanbin Teng, Jianxiong Ma, Xinlong Ma, Ying Wang, Bin Lu, Chaowei Guo
BACKGROUND: Total joint arthroplasty (TJA) usually results in postoperative bleeding. Some randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and nonrandomized controlled trials (non-RCTs) have been performed to evaluate the effects of epinephrine on postoperative bleeding after TJA. However, this remained controversial about the efficacy and safety of epinephrine for postoperative bleeding in TJA. The objective of our meta-analysis was to compare the overall effect and safety of epinephrine and placebo for postoperative bleeding in TJA...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445294/unilateral-versus-bilateral-percutaneous-kyphoplasty-for-osteoporotic-vertebral-compression-fractures-a-meta-analysis
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Wenli Chang, Xinyan Zhang, Ning Jiao, Peizhi Yuwen, Yanbin Zhu, Fei Zhang, Wei Chen
BACKGROUND: The debate on the efficacy of unilateral percutaneous kyphoplasty (UPKP) and bilateral percutaneous kyphoplasty (BPKP) for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCFs) is ongoing.This meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the clinical results of UPKP and BPKP in the treatment of OVCFs. METHODS: Web of Science, PubMed, Embase, and the Chinese Biomedical Database publication databases were searched using a date range of January 2008 to November 2016, for studies comparing UPKP and BPKP for the treatment of OVCFs...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445287/prognostic-value-of-pretreatment-18f-fdg-pet-ct-for-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients
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Yecai Huang, Mei Feng, Qiao He, Jun Yin, Peng Xu, Qinghua Jiang, Jinyi Lang
BACKGROUND: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a special subtype of head and neck cancer (HNC). At present, there are no highly specific prognostic markers to aid in tumor grading and guide patient treatment modalities for NPC. The prognostic value of pretreatment F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography (F-PET-CT) in NPC patients is controversial and no consensus exists as to its predictive capability. METHODS: To analyze the predictive efficacy of F-PET-CT imaging in NPC patients, data from MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane library, CBM, CNKI, and VIP (inception to July 2016) were accessed...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445279/promoter-hypermethylation-of-mgmt-gene-may-contribute-to-the-pathogenesis-of-gastric-cancer-a-prisma-compliant-meta-analysis
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Zongxin Zhang, Shaojun Xin, Min Gao, Yunxiang Cai
BECKGROUND: The association of MGMT (O-methyguanine deoxyribonucleic acid methyltransferase) promoter hypermethylation with gastric cancer (GC) risk has been studied extensively, but the results remained unclear. Here, we performed a meta-analysis to evaluate whether promoter hypermethylation of the MGMT gene contributed to gastric pathogenesis. METHODS: Relevant studies were identified by retrieving the PubMed, Web of Science, Embase, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) databases...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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