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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647917/novel-endpoints-for-heart-failure-clinical-trials
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Carine E Hamo, Mihai Gheorghiade, Javed Butler
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: With the growing prevalence of heart failure, there is a particular need to develop new pharmacologic treatments that can improve outcomes. While there are several approved therapies for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, there is currently no approved agent for those with preserved ejection fraction. The current review aimed to explore the utility of alternate endpoints to mortality and hospitalization. RECENT FINDINGS: There is increased interest in the use of alternative endpoints such as functional status and quality of life for heart failure drug development to focus on patients feeling better in addition to improving outcomes...
June 24, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647916/impact-of-site-selection-and-study-conduct-on-outcomes-in-global-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Chaudhry M S Sarwar, Muthiah Vaduganathan, Javed Butler
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: There are over 25 million patients living with heart failure globally. Overall, and especially post-discharge, clinical outcomes have remained poor in heart failure despite multiple trials, with both successes and failures over the last two decades. Matching therapies to the right patient population, identifying high-quality sites, and ensuring optimal trial design and execution represent important considerations in the development of novel therapeutics in this space...
June 24, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647889/viability-of-the-world-health-organization-quality-of-life-measure-to-assess-changes-in-quality-of-life-following-treatment-for-alcohol-use-disorder
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Megan Kirouac, Elizabeth R Stein, Matthew R Pearson, Katie Witkiewitz
PURPOSE: Quality of life is an outcome often examined in treatment research contexts such as biomedical trials, but has been studied less often in alcohol use disorder (AUD) treatment. The importance of considering QoL in substance use treatment research has recently been voiced, and measures of QoL have been administered in large AUD treatment trials. Yet, the viability of popular QoL measures has never been evaluated in AUD treatment samples. Accordingly, the present manuscript describes a psychometric examination of and prospective changes in the World Health Organization Quality of Life measure (WHOQOL-BREF) in a large sample (N = 1383) of patients with AUD recruited for the COMBINE Study...
June 24, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647763/decompression-plus-fusion-versus-decompression-alone-for-degenerative-lumbar-spondylolisthesis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Hai-Feng Liang, Shu-Hao Liu, Zi-Xian Chen, Qin-Ming Fei
PURPOSE: To compare the clinical effectiveness of decompression plus fusion and decompression alone for patients with degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis, a systematic review and meta-analysis of all available evidence was performed. METHODS: A search of the literature was conducted on PubMed/MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Collaboration Library. Relevant studies comparing decompression plus fusion and decompression alone were selected according to eligibility criteria...
June 24, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647759/a-community-based-randomized-controlled-trial-of-mom-power-parenting-intervention-for-mothers-with-interpersonal-trauma-histories-and-their-young-children
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Katherine L Rosenblum, Maria Muzik, Diana M Morelen, Emily A Alfafara, Nicole M Miller, Rachel M Waddell, Melisa M Schuster, Julie Ribaudo
We conducted a study to evaluate the effectiveness of Mom Power, a multifamily parenting intervention to improve mental health and parenting among high-risk mothers with young children in a community-based randomized controlled trial (CB-RCT) design. Participants (N = 122) were high-risk mothers (e.g., interpersonal trauma histories, mental health problems, poverty) and their young children (age <6 years), randomized either to Mom Power, a parenting intervention (treatment condition), or weekly mailings of parenting information (control condition)...
June 25, 2017: Archives of Women's Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647747/comparing-the-effects-of-mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy-and-sleep-psycho-education-with-exercise-on-chronic-insomnia-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Samuel Yeung-Shan Wong, De-Xing Zhang, Carole Chi-Kwan Li, Benjamin Hon-Kei Yip, Dicken Cheong-Chun Chan, Yuet-Man Ling, Cola Siu-Lin Lo, Doris Mei-Sum Woo, Yu-Ying Sun, Helen Ma, Winnie Wing-Sze Mak, Ting Gao, Tatia Mei-Chun Lee, Yun-Kwok Wing
BACKGROUND: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a potential treatment for chronic insomnia. We evaluated the efficacy of MBCT for insomnia (MBCT-I) by comparing it with a sleep psycho-education with exercise control (PEEC) group. METHODS: Adults with chronic primary insomnia (n = 216) were randomly allocated to the MBCT-I or PEEC group. The MBCT-I included mindfulness and psycho-education with cognitive and behavioural components under cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia...
June 24, 2017: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647746/the-effects-of-an-internet-based-imagery-rehearsal-intervention-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Annika Gieselmann, Max Böckermann, Marjolijn Sorbi, Reinhard Pietrowsky
BACKGROUND: Nightmares are extremely dysphoric dreams, which are prevalent and associated with psychological strain. This study investigated (a) the efficacy of an internet-based imagery rehearsal therapy (IRT), (b) the role of imagery rescription, and (c) the role of guidance during internet-based IRT. METHODS: A total of 127 patients suffering from mainly idiopathic nightmares were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 IRT internet-based groups (guided IRT; unguided IRT) or to 1 of 2 active control groups (frequency control group; narrative control group)...
June 24, 2017: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647733/role-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-bone-regenerative-medicine-what-is-the-evidence
#8
Ahmad Oryan, Amir Kamali, Ali Moshiri, Mohamadreza Baghaban Eslaminejad
Healing and regeneration of bone injuries, particularly those that are associated with large bone defects, are a complicated process. There is growing interest in the application of osteoinductive and osteogenic growth factors and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in order to significantly improve bone repair and regeneration. MSCs are multipotent stromal stem cells that can be harvested from many different sources and differentiated into a variety of cell types, such as preosteogenic chondroblasts and osteoblasts...
June 24, 2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647705/revolution-in-acute-ischaemic-stroke-care-a-practical-guide-to-mechanical-thrombectomy
#9
REVIEW
Matthew Evans, Phil White, Peter Cowley, David Werring
Rapid, safe and effective arterial recanalisation to restore blood flow and improve functional outcome remains the primary goal of hyperacute ischaemic stroke management. The benefit of intravenous thrombolysis with recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator for patients with severe stroke due to large artery occlusion is limited; early recanalisation is generally less than 30% for carotid, proximal middle cerebral artery or basilar artery occlusion. Since November 2014, nine positive randomised controlled trials of mechanical thrombectomy for large vessel occlusion in the anterior circulation have led to a revolution in the care of patients with acute ischaemic stroke...
June 24, 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647677/buprenorphine-augmentation-improved-symptoms-of-ocd-compared-to-placebo-results-from-a-randomized-double-blind-and-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Mohammad Ahmadpanah, Amin Reihani, Ali Ghaleiha, Alireza Soltanian, Mohammad Haghighi, Leila Jahangard, Dena Sadeghi Bahmani, Edith Holsboer-Trachsler, Serge Brand
BACKGROUND: In the search for new psychopharmacologic options in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), some findings suggested that augmentation with buprenorphine, a partial-opioid agonist used to treat opioid addiction, moderate acute pain and moderate chronic pain, is worthy of consideration. Accordingly, to explore this possibility further, a double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial was performed. METHOD: A total of 43 patients (mean age: 34...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647668/a-combined-marker-of-early-non-improvement-and-the-occurrence-of-melancholic-features-improve-the-treatment-prediction-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorders
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Stefanie Wagner, André Tadić, Sibylle C Roll, Alice Engel, Nadine Dreimüller, Jan Engelmann, Klaus Lieb
BACKGROUND: Early Improvement of depressive symptoms within two weeks of antidepressant treatment is a highly sensitive but less specific predictor of later treatment outcome. The aim of this study was to identify clinical features at treatment initiation which are associated with early improvement and non-improvement as well as to identify variables predicting non-remission in patients showing an early improvement. METHODS: 889 patients with a major depressive episode according to DSM-IV who had participated in an antidepressant treatment trial served as study sample...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647569/sepsis-in-alcohol-related-liver-disease
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REVIEW
Thierry Gustot, Javier Fernandez, Gyongyi Szabo, Agustin Albillos, Alexandre Louvet, Rajiv Jalan, Richard Moreau, Christophe Moreno
Alcohol-related liver disease (ALD) remains the most important cause of death due to alcohol. Infections, particularly bacterial infections, are one of the most frequent and severe complications of advanced ALD, as alcoholic cirrhosis and severe alcoholic hepatitis (sAH). The specific mechanisms responsible of this altered host defence become to be deciphered. The aim of the present work is to review the current knowledge about infectious complications in ALD and the pathophysiological mechanisms, distinguishing the role of alcohol consumption and the contribution of different forms of ALD...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647549/motivational-interviewing-improves-sustainable-return-to-work-in-injured-workers-after-rehabilitation-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Douglas P Gross, Joanne Park, Fahreen Rayani, Colleen M Norris, Shaniff Esmail
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether motivational interviewing (MI) leads to more sustainable return-to-work outcomes for injured workers undergoing rehabilitation. MI is a client-centred counselling approach that facilitates behavioural change through identifying and resolving ambivalence. DESIGN: A cluster randomised controlled trial was conducted with analysis at level of claimant (registration ISRCTN45748422). SETTING: The study was conducted at a workers' compensation rehabilitation facility in Edmonton, Canada...
June 21, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647545/workplace-interventions-to-improve-sitting-posture-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Paul Alan Swinton, Kay Cooper, Elizabeth Hancock
Evaluate the effectiveness of workplace interventions to improve sitting posture of workers that spend long periods of time seated at a visual display terminal. A systematic review of randomised controlled trials, non-randomised controlled trials and single-group intervention trials featuring workplace interventions with pre- and follow-up measurements of sitting posture was conducted (registered in PROSPERO, CRD#42015027648). Nine databases were searched for studies available between January 2005 and February 2016...
June 21, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647512/effect-of-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitors-on-circulating-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-concentrations-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Stephen L Atkin, Niki Katsiki, Maciej Banach, Dimitri P Mikhailidis, Matteo Pirro, Amirhossein Sahebkar
OBJECTIVE: Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. There are also reports of an effect of these drugs in reducing inflammation through inhibition of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) that is an important mediator for several inflammatory processes. The present systematic review and meta-analysis were performed to evaluate the effect of DPP-4 inhibitors on circulating TNF-α levels in T2DM patients. METHODS: A systematic review and a meta-analysis were undertaken on all controlled trials of DPP-4 inhibitors that included measurement of TNF-α...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647464/data-against-a-common-assumption-xenogeneic-mouse-models-can-be-used-to-assay-suppression-of-immunity-by-human-mscs
#16
REVIEW
Darwin J Prockop, Joo Youn Oh, Ryang Hwa Lee
Much of what we know about immunology suggests that little is to be gained from experiments in which human cells are administered to immunocompetent mice. Multiple reports have demonstrated that this common assumption does not hold for experiments with human mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (hMSCs). The data demonstrate that hMSCs can suppress immune responses to a variety of stimuli in immunocompetent mice by a range of different mechanisms that are similar to those employed by mouse MSCs. Therefore, further experiments with hMSCs in mice will make it possible to generate preclinical data that will improve both the efficacy and safety of the clinical trials with the cells that are now in progress...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647400/intraoperative-registered-ultrasound-and-fluoroscopy-iruf-for-dose-calculation-during-prostate-brachytherapy-improved-accuracy-compared-to-standard-ultrasound-based-dosimetry
#17
Junghoon Lee, Omar Y Mian, Yi Le, Hee Joon Bae, E Clif Burdette, Theodore L DeWeese, Jerry L Prince, Daniel Y Song
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intraoperative transrectal ultrasound dosimetry during low-dose-rate prostate brachytherapy is imprecise due to sonographic distortion caused by seed echoes and needle tracks that obscure seed positions or create false signals as well as traumatic edema. Here we report the results of a pilot study comparing a combined ultrasound and fluoroscopy-based seed localization method (iRUF) to standard ultrasound-based dosimetry (USD). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Eighty patients undergoing permanent Pd-103 seed implantation for prostate cancer were prospectively enrolled...
June 21, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647291/genistein-supplementation-improves-insulin-resistance-and-inflammatory-state-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Sasan Amanat, Mohammad Hassan Eftekhari, Mohammad Fararouei, Kamran Bagheri Lankarani, Seyed Jalil Massoumi
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The beneficial effect of genistein has indicated on metabolic disorders and inflammatory state. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of genistein supplementation on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as the hepatic manifest of metabolic syndrome. METHODS: In the present randomized double-blind controlled trial, patients with NAFLD were daily supplemented with either 250 mg genistein (n = 41) or placebo (n = 41) for 8-weeks...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647284/the-effects-of-high-intensity-interval-training-on-muscle-size-and-quality-in-overweight-and-obese-adults
#19
Malia N M Blue, Abbie E Smith-Ryan, Eric T Trexler, Katie R Hirsch
OBJECTIVES: Despite growing popularity of high intensity interval training (HIIT) for improving health and fitness, limited data exist identifying the effects of HIIT on muscle characteristics. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effects of a 3-week HIIT intervention on muscle size and quality in overweight and obese men and women. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. METHODS: Forty-four overweight and obese men and women (mean±SD; age: 35...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647157/veneered-zirconia-inlay-retained-fixed-dental-prostheses-10-year-results-from-a-prospective-clinical-study
#20
Friederike Rathmann, Wolfgang Bömicke, Peter Rammelsberg, Brigitte Ohlmann
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the 10-year clinical performance of zirconia-based inlay-retained fixed dental prostheses (IRFDP). METHODS: For replacement of a molar in 27 patients, 30 IRFDP were luted by use of different cements, Panavia F (Kuraray Europe GmbH) or Multilink Automix (Ivoclar Vivadent GmbH), with use of inlay/inlay, inlay/full-crown, or inlay/partial-crown retainers for anchorage. Frameworks were milled from yttria-stabilized zirconia (IPS e...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
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