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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103601/superiority-in-quality-of-life-improvement-of-biologics-over-conventional-systemic-drugs-in-a-swiss-real-life-psoriasis-registry
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Pierre Jungo, Julia-Tatjana Maul, Vahid Djamei, Stefanie von Felten, Antonios G A Kolios, Justine Czernielewsk, Nikhil Yawalkar, Olivia Odermatt, Emmanuel Laffitte, Mark Anliker, Markus Streit, Matthias Augustin, Curdin Conrad, Jürg Hafner, Wolf-Henning Boehncke, Michel Gilliet, Peter Itin, Lars E French, Alexander A Navarini, Peter Häusermann
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials have shown the efficacy of systemic treatments in moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Clinical outcomes in psoriasis patients under real-world conditions are less well understood. OBJECTIVE: This study compared Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) and Dermatological Life Quality Index (DLQI) improvement in all psoriasis patients registered in the Swiss Dermatology Network for Targeted Therapies. We asked whether outcomes differed between 4 treatment strategies, namely biologic monotherapy versus conventional systemic monotherapy, versus combined biologic and conventional systemic drugs, and versus therapy adaptation (switching from one type to another)...
January 20, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103233/evaluation-of-a-smartphone-decision-support-tool-for-diarrheal-disease-management-in-a-resource-limited-setting
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Farhana Haque, Robyn L Ball, Selina Khatun, Mujaddeed Ahmed, Saraswati Kache, Mohammod Jobayer Chisti, Shafiqul Alam Sarker, Stace D Maples, Dane Pieri, Teja Vardhan Korrapati, Clea Sarnquist, Nancy Federspiel, Muhammad Waliur Rahman, Jason R Andrews, Mahmudur Rahman, Eric Jorge Nelson
The emergence of mobile technology offers new opportunities to improve clinical guideline adherence in resource-limited settings. We conducted a clinical pilot study in rural Bangladesh to evaluate the impact of a smartphone adaptation of the World Health Organization (WHO) diarrheal disease management guidelines, including a modality for age-based weight estimation. Software development was guided by end-user input and evaluated in a resource-limited district and sub-district hospital during the fall 2015 cholera season; both hospitals lacked scales which necessitated weight estimation...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102300/neural-correlates-of-speech-segregation-based-on-formant-frequencies-of-adjacent-vowels
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Claude Alain, Jessica S Arsenault, Linda Garami, Gavin M Bidelman, Joel S Snyder
The neural substrates by which speech sounds are perceptually segregated into distinct streams are poorly understood. Here, we recorded high-density scalp event-related potentials (ERPs) while participants were presented with a cyclic pattern of three vowel sounds (/ee/-/ae/-/ee/). Each trial consisted of an adaptation sequence, which could have either a small, intermediate, or large difference in first formant (Δf1) as well as a test sequence, in which Δf1 was always intermediate. For the adaptation sequence, participants tended to hear two streams ("streaming") when Δf1 was intermediate or large compared to when it was small...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101145/impact-of-physical-activity-and-mechanical-loading-on-biomarkers-typically-used-in-osteoarthritis-assessment-current-concepts-and-knowledge-gaps
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REVIEW
Nicole M Cattano, Jeffrey B Driban, Kenneth L Cameron, Michael R Sitler
There is an ongoing need to develop prognostic and diagnostic biomarkers for osteoarthritis (OA). Understanding how biomarkers change in response to physical activity may be vital for understanding if a patient has a joint that is failing to adapt to a given loading stimulus. The purpose of this review is to describe how biomarker changes after joint loading may help detect early OA and determine prognosis. This may help to inform and more specifically target interventions and clinical trials. We conducted a critical review of the relevant literature that was published to January 2016...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100438/high-dose-rifampicin-moxifloxacin-and-sq109-for-treating-tuberculosis-a-multi-arm-multi-stage-randomised-controlled-trial
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Martin J Boeree, Norbert Heinrich, Rob Aarnoutse, Andreas H Diacon, Rodney Dawson, Sunita Rehal, Gibson S Kibiki, Gavin Churchyard, Ian Sanne, Nyanda E Ntinginya, Lilian T Minja, Robert D Hunt, Salome Charalambous, Madeleine Hanekom, Hadija H Semvua, Stellah G Mpagama, Christina Manyama, Bariki Mtafya, Klaus Reither, Robert S Wallis, Amour Venter, Kim Narunsky, Anka Mekota, Sonja Henne, Angela Colbers, Georgette Plemper van Balen, Stephen H Gillespie, Patrick P J Phillips, Michael Hoelscher
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis is the world's leading infectious disease killer. We aimed to identify shorter, safer drug regimens for the treatment of tuberculosis. METHODS: We did a randomised controlled, open-label trial with a multi-arm, multi-stage design. The trial was done in seven sites in South Africa and Tanzania, including hospitals, health centres, and clinical trial centres. Patients with newly diagnosed, rifampicin-sensitive, previously untreated pulmonary tuberculosis were randomly assigned in a 1:1:1:1:2 ratio to receive (all orally) either 35 mg/kg rifampicin per day with 15-20 mg/kg ethambutol, 20 mg/kg rifampicin per day with 400 mg moxifloxacin, 20 mg/kg rifampicin per day with 300 mg SQ109, 10 mg/kg rifampicin per day with 300 mg SQ109, or a daily standard control regimen (10 mg/kg rifampicin, 5 mg/kg isoniazid, 25 mg/kg pyrazinamide, and 15-20 mg/kg ethambutol)...
January 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100190/translation-of-a-tailored-nutrition-and-resistance-exercise-intervention-for-elderly-people-to-a-real-life-setting-adaptation-process-and-pilot-study
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Ellen Ji van Dongen, Joanne N Leerlooijer, Jan M Steijns, Michael Tieland, Lisette Cpgm de Groot, Annemien Haveman-Nies
BACKGROUND: Combining increased dietary protein intake and resistance exercise training for elderly people is a promising strategy to prevent or counteract the loss of muscle mass and decrease the risk of disabilities. Using findings from controlled interventions in a real-life setting requires adaptations to the intervention and working procedures of healthcare professionals (HCPs). The aim of this study is to adapt an efficacious intervention for elderly people to a real-life setting (phase one) and test the feasibility and potential impact of this prototype intervention in practice in a pilot study (phase two)...
January 18, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100176/effect-of-training-and-structured-medication-review-on-medication-appropriateness-in-nursing-home-residents-and-on-cooperation-between-health-care-professionals-the-intherakt-study-protocol
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Angelika Mahlknecht, Nadja Nestler, Ulrike Bauer, Nadine Schüßler, Jochen Schuler, Sebastian Scharer, Ralf Becker, Isabel Waltering, Georg Hempel, Oliver Schwalbe, Maria Flamm, Jürgen Osterbrink
BACKGROUND: Pharmacotherapy in residents of nursing homes is critical due to the special vulnerability of this population. Medical care and interprofessional communication in nursing homes are often uncoordinated. As a consequence, polypharmacy and inappropriate medication use are common and may lead to hospitalizations and health hazards. The aim of this study is to optimize communication between the involved professional groups by specific training and by establishing a structured medication review process, and to improve medication appropriateness and patient-relevant health outcomes for residents of nursing homes...
January 18, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099993/conditional-estimation-in-two-stage-adaptive-designs
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Per Broberg, Frank Miller
We consider conditional estimation in two-stage sample size adjustable designs and the consequent bias. More specifically, we consider a design which permits raising the sample size when interim results look rather promising, and which retains the originally planned sample size when results look very promising. The estimation procedures reported comprise the unconditional maximum likelihood, the conditionally unbiased Rao-Blackwell estimator, the conditional median unbiased estimator, and the conditional maximum likelihood with and without bias correction...
January 18, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099084/mechanisms-and-new-strategies-for-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Clio P Mavragani
Primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is a common chronic autoimmune disease characterized by lymphocytic infiltration of exocrine glands, mainly salivary and lacrimal, resulting in oral and ocular dryness, although virtually any organ system can be affected. SS-related systemic manifestations are classified as either related to the presence of periepithelial infiltrates in exocrine and parenchymal organs or resulting from immunocomplex deposition due to B cell hyperactivity with increased risk for B cell lymphoma development...
January 14, 2017: Annual Review of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098771/breast-cancer-brain-metastases-clonal-evolution-in-clinical-context
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REVIEW
Jodi M Saunus, Amy E McCart Reed, Zhun Leong Lim, Sunil R Lakhani
Brain metastases are highly-evolved manifestations of breast cancer arising in a unique microenvironment, giving them exceptional adaptability in the face of new extrinsic pressures. The incidence is rising in line with population ageing, and use of newer therapies that stabilise metastatic disease burden with variable efficacy throughout the body. Historically, there has been a widely-held view that brain metastases do not respond to circulating therapeutics because the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) restricts their uptake...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097625/effects-of-a-web-based-intervention-on-women-s-breast-health-behaviors
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Deborah J Bowen, Robert Robbins, Nigel Bush, Hendrika Meischke, Abi Ludwig, Jean Wooldridge
Helping women make choices to reduce cancer risk and to improve breast health behaviors is important, but the best ways to reach more people with intervention assistance is not known. To test the efficacy of a web-based intervention designed to help women make better breast health choices, we adapted our previously tested, successful breast health intervention package to be delivered on the Internet, and then we tested it in a randomized trial. We recruited women from the general public to be randomized to either an active intervention group or a delayed intervention control group...
January 17, 2017: Translational Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096757/effects-of-ingesting-a-pre-workout-dietary-supplement-with-and-without-synephrine-for-8%C3%A2-weeks-on-training-adaptations-in-resistance-trained-males
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Y Peter Jung, Conrad P Earnest, Majid Koozehchian, Minye Cho, Nick Barringer, Dillon Walker, Christopher Rasmussen, Mike Greenwood, Peter S Murano, Richard B Kreider
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to examine whether ingesting a pre-workout dietary supplement (PWS) with and without synephrine (S) during training affects training responses in resistance-trained males. METHODS: Resistance-trained males (N = 80) were randomly assigned to supplement their diet in a double-blind manner with either a flavored placebo (PLA); a PWS containing beta-alanine (3 g), creatine nitrate as a salt (2 g), arginine alpha-ketoglutarate (2 g), N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (300 mg), caffeine (284 mg), Mucuna pruiriens extract standardized for 15% L-Dopa (15 mg), Vitamin C as Ascorbic Acid (500 mg), niacin (60 mg), folate as folic acid (50 mg), and Vitamin B12 as Methylcobalamin (70 mg); or, the PWS supplement with Citrus aurantium extract containing 20 mg of synephrine (PWS + S) once per day for 8-weeks during training...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096040/calcium-a-predictor-of-interventional-treatment-failure-across-all-fields-of-cardiovascular-medicine
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EDITORIAL
Alessio Mattesini, Carlo Di Mario
In this substudy of the ADAPT-DES trial Généreux et al. compared two years outcomes according to the presence or absence of coronary artery calcification (CAC) as assessed by coronary angiography. Coronary calcification was an independent predictor of interventional treatment failure and a higher incidence of both ischemic events and bleeding. The cohort with CAC was older with a higher prevalence of risk factors and comorbidities and an increased anatomical complexity of the target lesions, explaining only in part the worse outcome of the CAC population that persisted at multivariate analysis...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095945/conflict-monitoring-and-adaptation-as-reflected-by-n2-amplitude-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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A Riesel, J Klawohn, N Kathmann, T Endrass
BACKGROUND: Feelings of doubt and perseverative behaviours are key symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and have been linked to hyperactive error and conflict signals in the brain. While enhanced neural correlates of error monitoring have been robustly shown, far less is known about conflict processing and adaptation in OCD. METHOD: We examined event-related potentials during conflict processing in 70 patients with OCD and 70 matched healthy comparison participants, focusing on the stimulus-locked N2 elicited in a flanker task...
January 18, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095850/building-system-capacity-for-the-integration-of-mental-health-at-the-level-of-primary-care-in-tunisia-a-study-protocol-in-global-mental-health
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Jessica Spagnolo, François Champagne, Nicole Leduc, Myra Piat, Wahid Melki, Fatma Charfi, Marc Laporta
BACKGROUND: In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), addressing the high prevalence of mental disorders is a challenge given the limited number and unequal distribution of specialists, as well as scarce resources allocated to mental health. The Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) and its accompanying Intervention Guide (IG), developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), aim to address this challenge by training non-specialists such as general practitioners (GPs) in mental health care...
January 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095827/lessons-learned-from-the-london-exercise-and-pregnant-leap-smokers-randomised-controlled-trial-process-evaluation-implications-for-the-design-of-physical-activity-for-smoking-cessation-interventions-during-pregnancy
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Nikoletta Giatras, Elisabeth Wanninkhof, Miranda Leontowitsch, Beth Lewis, Adrian Taylor, Sue Cooper, Michael Ussher
BACKGROUND: The challenges of delivering interventions for pregnant smokers have been poorly documented. Also, the process of promoting a physical activity intervention for pregnant smokers has not been previously recorded. This study describes the experiences of researchers conducting a randomised controlled trial of physical activity as an aid to smoking cessation during pregnancy and explores how the effectiveness of future interventions could be improved. METHODS: Two focus groups, with independent facilitators, were conducted with six researchers who had enrolled pregnant smokers in the LEAP trial, provided the interventions, and administered the research measures...
January 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094456/waldenstr%C3%A3-m-macroglobulinemia-2017-update-on-diagnosis-risk-stratification-and-management
#17
Morie A Gertz
: Disease Overview: Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM) is a lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma with immunoglobulin M (IgM) monoclonal protein. Clinical features include anemia, thrombocytopenia, hepatosplenomegaly, lymphadenopathy, and rarely hyperviscosity. DIAGNOSIS: Presence of IgM monoclonal protein associated with ≥10% clonal lymphoplasmacytic cells in bone marrow confirms the diagnosis. The L265P mutation in MYD88 is detectable in more than 90% of patients. Risk Stratification: Age, hemoglobin level, platelet count, β2 microglobulin, and monoclonal IgM concentrations are characteristics required for prognosis...
February 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093637/exploring-differences-in-adverse-symptom-event-grading-thresholds-between-clinicians-and-patients-in-the-clinical-trial-setting
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Thomas M Atkinson, Lauren J Rogak, Narre Heon, Sean J Ryan, Mary Shaw, Liora P Stark, Antonia V Bennett, Ethan Basch, Yuelin Li
PURPOSE: Symptomatic adverse event (AE) monitoring is essential in cancer clinical trials to assess patient safety, as well as inform decisions related to treatment and continued trial participation. As prior research has demonstrated that conventional concordance metrics (e.g., intraclass correlation) may not capture nuanced aspects of the association between clinician and patient-graded AEs, we aimed to characterize differences in AE grading thresholds between doctors (MDs), registered nurses (RNs), and patients using the Bayesian Graded Item Response Model (GRM)...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093274/a-direct-quantitative-pcr-based-measurement-of-herpes-simplex-virus-susceptibility-to-antiviral-drugs-and-neutralizing-antibodies
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Dezső P Virók, Ildikó Eszik, Tímea Mosolygó, Kamil Önder, Valéria Endrész, Katalin Burián
Herpes simplex viruses (HSV) are common human pathogens that can cause painful but benign manifestations and recurrent complaints, but can also cause significant morbidity and mortality on infection of the eye or brain and with disseminated infection of an immunosuppressed patient or a neonate. HSV growth inhibition measurement by plaque or yield reduction is a key task in the development of novel antiviral compounds but the manual methods are very labour intensive. The sensitive and specific PCR technology could be an effective method for quantitation of HSV DNA related to virus replication; however the currently described PCR approaches have a major limitation, namely the requirement of purification of DNA from the infected cells...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092390/asthma-comparing-the-impact-of-vitamin-d-versus-uvr-on-clinical-and-immune-parameters
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Kylie A Morgan, Elizabeth H Mann, Antony R Young, Catherine M Hawrylowicz
The incidence of asthma has increased markedly since the 1960s and is currently estimated to affect more than 300 million individuals worldwide. A number of environmental factors are implicated in asthma pathogenesis, one of which is vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is a global health concern and has increased in parallel with asthma incidence. Epidemiological studies report associations between low vitamin D status, assessed as circulating levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, with asthma incidence, severity, exacerbations and responses to treatment...
January 16, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
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