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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108226/efficacy-acceptability-and-tolerability-of-8-atypical-antipsychotics-in-chinese-patients-with-acute-schizophrenia-a-network-meta-analysis
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Zhihua Bai, Guoqiang Wang, Shangli Cai, Xindi Ding, Weiwei Liu, Depei Huang, Weidi Shen, Juncheng Zhang, Kui Chen, Yuqing Yang, Lili Zhang, Xiaochen Zhao, Qiong Ouyang, Jingping Zhao, Huafei Lu, Wei Hao
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to create hierarchies of the efficacy, acceptability and tolerability of eight atypical antipsychotics in the treatment of Chinese patients with acute schizophrenia. METHOD: We systematically searched for RCT articles published between January 1st 2005 and December 31st 2014 in electronic databases (Medline, Pubmed, Embase, the Cochrane Library and ClinicalTrial.gov for studies in English and the China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wan Fang, and VIP Information/Chinese Scientific Journals Database for studies in Chinese)...
January 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106094/sham-electroacupuncture-methods-in-randomized-controlled-trials
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Zi-Xian Chen, Yan Li, Xiao-Guang Zhang, Shuang Chen, Wen-Ting Yang, Xia-Wei Zheng, Guo-Qing Zheng
Sham electroacupuncture (EA) control is commonly used to evaluate the specific effects of EA in randomized-controlled trials (RCTs). However, establishing an inert and concealable sham EA control remains methodologically challenging. Here, we aimed to systematically investigate the sham EA methods. Eight electronic databases were searched from their inception to April 2015. Ten out of the 17 sham EA methods were identified from 94 RCTs involving 6134 participants according to three aspects: needle location, depth of needle insertion and electrical stimulation...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103197/the-tuebingen-scotopic-threshold-test-tstt
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Torsten Strasser, Hana Langrova, Sabrina Sundermeier, Dominic Hillerkuss, Katarina Stingl, Wilhelm Durst, Anne Kurtenbach, Eberhart Zrenner, Ditta Zobor
Measurement of the dark-adaptation threshold plays a key role in the diagnosis and estimation of disease progression of many retinal disorders. Determining the threshold is, however, difficult to perform in young children. We present here a prototype for a dark adaptometer, the Tuebingen Scotopic Threshold Test (TSST) aimed to ease measurement of photoreceptor thresholds in young subjects. The device consists of two 7cm x 10cm fields with either blue or yellow LEDs, for testing rod or cone sensitivity, respectively...
January 5, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102794/applied-qualitative-research-design-a-total-framework-approach-roller-margaret-and-lavrakas-paul-applied-qualitative-research-design-a-total-framework-approach-398pp-%C3%A2-36-99-guilford-press-9781462515752-1462515754-formula-see-text
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This book is suffused with the elements of what the authors call the total quality framework - namely credibility, analysability, transparency and usefulness. Each chapter is built around this framework so the important decisions needed throughout the stages of a qualitative research study are covered.
January 23, 2017: Nurse Researcher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102096/cutoff-score-evaluation-of-undergraduate-dental-curriculum
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Laila Ahmed Bahammam
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Exams at the Faculty of Dentistry (KAUFD) are usually constructed to match King Abdulaziz University (KAU) policy of a fixed 60% cutoff score, though they have never been tested or evaluated. The purpose of this study was to validate the cutoff scores of three final fifth-year written exams of the undergraduate Endodontic course to assess whether they were similar to KAU regulation using the Angoff rating method. DESIGN AND SETTINGS: This study was conducted between May 2014 and February 2015 at the Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University...
January 19, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097904/estimated-burden-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-value-based-price-range-for-evolocumab-in-a-high-risk-secondary-prevention-population-in-the-us-payer-context
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Peter P Toth, Mark Danese, Guillermo Villa, Yi Qian, Anne Beaubrun, Armando Lira, Jeroen P Jansen
AIM: To estimate real-world cardiovascular disease (CVD) burden and value-based price range of evolocumab for a US-context, high-risk, secondary-prevention population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Burden of CVD was assessed using the UK-based Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) in order to capture complete CV burden including CV mortality. Patients on standard of care (SOC; high-intensity statins) in CPRD were selected based on eligibility criteria of FOURIER, a phase 3 CV outcomes trial of evolocumab, and categorized into 4 cohorts: high-risk prevalent atherosclerotic CVD (ASCVD) cohort (N = 1448), acute coronary syndrome (ACS) (N = 602), ischemic stroke (IS) (N = 151), and heart failure (HF) (N = 291) incident cohorts...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097393/comparative-efficacy-and-safety-of-baricitinib-2%C3%A2-mg-and-4%C3%A2-mg-in-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-a%C3%A2-bayesian-network-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Y H Lee, S-C Bae
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the relative efficacy and safety of once-daily baricitinib 2 mg and 4 mg administration in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: In this network meta-analysis, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) examining the efficacy and safety of baricitinib in patients with active RA were included. A Bayesian network meta-analysis was conducted to combine the direct and indirect evidence from the RCTs. RESULTS: Seven RCTs involving 3461 patients met the inclusion criteria...
January 17, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096140/setting-the-lipid-component-of-the-diet-a-work-in-process
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Fabiola M Del Razo Olvera, Marco A Melgarejo Hernández, Roopa Mehta, Carlos A Aguilar Salinas
Some of the most relevant yet controversial issues in nutrition are those surrounding the guidelines on quality and quantity of dietary fat in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and coronary heart diseases. Conflicting evidence questions the credibility of the previous dietary guidelines, particularly the quality of the evidence on which these recommendations were based. It is therefore important to explore the changes that have occurred in these guidelines and their influence on the adoption of different dietary patterns over time...
January 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095892/comparative-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-chuna-manual-therapy-versus-conventional-usual-care-for-nonacute-low-back-pain-study-protocol-for-a-pilot-multicenter-pragmatic-randomized-controlled-trial-pcrn-study
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Byung-Cheul Shin, Me-Riong Kim, Jae-Heung Cho, Jae-Young Jung, Koh-Woon Kim, Jun-Hwan Lee, Kibong Nam, Min Ho Lee, Eui-Hyoung Hwang, Kwang-Ho Heo, Namkwen Kim, In-Hyuk Ha
BACKGROUND: While Chuna manual therapy is a Korean manual therapy widely used primarily for low back pain (LBP)-related disorders in Korea, well-designed studies on the comparative effectiveness of Chuna manual therapy are scarce. METHODS/DESIGN: This study is the protocol for a three-armed, multicenter, pragmatic randomized controlled pilot trial. Sixty severe nonacute LBP patients (pain duration of at least 3 weeks, Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) ≥5) will be recruited at four Korean medicine hospitals...
January 17, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094542/power-distance-uncertainty-avoidance-and-the-effects-of-source-credibility-on-health-risk-message-compliance
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Sarah De Meulenaer, Patrick De Pelsmacker, Nathalie Dens
The present study aims to explore the relationship between perceived message source (spokesperson) credibility and message compliance in response to a health risk message. Based on an experiment in Ireland (n = 406) and Belgium (n = 410), we test how the relationship between source credibility and message compliance is mediated by perceived threat and efficacy of the message, and moderated by power distance and uncertainty avoidance. A source that is perceived as more credible is found to increase message compliance by increasing both the perceived message threat and efficacy...
January 17, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093878/in-pursuit-of-greater-reproducibility-and-credibility-of-early-clinical-biomarker-research
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Lisa M McShane
Biomarkers underlie many clinical tests that are integral to the practice of personalized medicine. Reproducibility and scientific credibility of clinical biomarker early development studies are critical to avoid advancing worthless or potentially harmful biomarker-based tests into late phase clinical studies and clinical practice. This commentary discusses key aspects to consider when conducting and evaluating early clinical biomarker research. Greater attention to these aspects would enhance research reproducibility and better prioritize biomarkers for further clinical development...
January 16, 2017: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091337/assessing-the-social-and-environmental-determinants-of-pertussis-epidemics-in-queensland-australia-a-bayesian-spatio-temporal-analysis
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X Huang, S Lambert, C Lau, R J Soares Magalhaes, J Marquess, M Rajmokan, G Milinovich, W Hu
Pertussis epidemics have displayed substantial spatial heterogeneity in countries with high socioeconomic conditions and high vaccine coverage. This study aims to investigate the relationship between pertussis risk and socio-environmental factors on the spatio-temporal variation underlying pertussis infection. We obtained daily case numbers of pertussis notifications from Queensland Health, Australia by postal area, for the period January 2006 to December 2012. A Bayesian spatio-temporal model was used to quantify the relationship between monthly pertussis incidence and socio-environmental factors...
January 16, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089137/a-comparison-of-cangrelor-prasugrel-ticagrelor-and-clopidogrel-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-network-meta-analysis
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Peter C Westman, Michael J Lipinski, Rebecca Torguson, Ron Waksman
BACKGROUND: Newer P2Y12 inhibitors have more rapid onset of platelet inhibition compared with clopidogrel, especially the intravenous P2Y12 inhibitor cangrelor. Direct comparisons between cangrelor and oral P2Y12 inhibitors ticagrelor and prasugrel do not exist. Thus, we performed a network meta-analysis to directly and indirectly compare different P2Y12 inhibitors in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: MEDLINE/PubMed and ClinicalTrials...
October 21, 2016: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088792/impact-of-nudt15-polymorphisms-on-thiopurines-induced-myelotoxicity-and-thiopurines-tolerance-dose
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Dandan Yin, Xuyang Xia, Junlong Zhang, Shouyue Zhang, Fei Liao, Ge Zhang, Yan Zhang, Qianqian Hou, Xue Yang, Hong Wang, Zhigui Ma, Heyao Wang, Yiping Zhu, Wei Zhang, Yuelan Wang, Bo Liu, Lanlan Wang, Heng Xu, Yang Shu
Thiopurines are widely used as anticancer and immunosuppressive agents. However, life-threatening myelotoxicity has been noticed and largely explained by genetic variations, including NUDT15 polymorphisms (e.g., rs116855232). In this study, we conduct a meta-analysis to investigate the impact of rs116855232 on thiopurines-induced myelotoxicity susceptibility (1752 patients from 7 independent cohorts), as well as on thiopurines intolerance dose (2745 patients from 13 cohorts). Variant allele of rs116855232 contributes 7...
January 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087736/imputation-of-orofacial-clefting-data-identifies-novel-risk-loci-and-sheds-light-on-the-genetic-background-of-cleft-lip-%C3%A2-cleft-palate-and-cleft-palate-only
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Kerstin U Ludwig, Anne C Böhmer, John Bowes, Miloš Nikolić, Nina Ishorst, Niki Wyatt, Nigel L Hammond, Lina Gölz, Frederic Thieme, Sandra Barth, Hannah Schuenke, Johanna Klamt, Malte Spielmann, Khalid Aldhorae, Augusto Rojas-Martinez, Markus M Nöthen, Alvaro Rada-Iglesias, Michael J Dixon, Michael Knapp, Elisabeth Mangold
Nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (nsCL/P) is among the most common human birth defects with multifactorial etiology. Here, we present results from a genome-wide imputation study of nsCL/P in which, after adding replication cohort data, four novel risk loci for nsCL/P are identified (at chromosomal regions 2p21, 14q22, 15q24 and 19p13). On a systematic level, we show that the association signals within this high-density dataset are enriched in functionally-relevant genomic regions that are active in both human neural crest cells (hNCC) and mouse embryonic craniofacial tissue...
January 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087688/thirty-years-of-evidence-on-the-efficacy-of-drug-treatments-for-chronic-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-a-network-meta-analysis
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Heather Burnett, Amy Earley, Adriaan A Voors, Michele Senni, John J V McMurray, Celine Deschaseaux, Shannon Cope
BACKGROUND: Treatments that reduce mortality and morbidity in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, including angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI), angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB), β-blockers (BB), mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRA), and angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitors (ARNI), have not been studied in a head-to-head fashion. This network meta-analysis aimed to compare the efficacy of these drugs and their combinations regarding all-cause mortality in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction...
January 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087544/children-s-experiences-of-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-cfs-me-a-systematic-review-and-meta-ethnography-of-qualitative-studies
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Roxanne M Parslow, Sarah Harris, Jessica Broughton, Adla Alattas, Esther Crawley, Kirstie Haywood, Alison Shaw
OBJECTIVE: To synthesis the qualitative studies of children's experiences of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-ethnography. BACKGROUND: CFS/ME is an important disabling illness, with uncertain cause and prognosis. As a result, children with CFS/ME can find themselves living with greater uncertainty and stigma, exacerbating the impact of the condition. There is a growing body of qualitative research in CFS/ME, yet there has been no attempt to systematically synthesis the studies involving children...
January 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086821/a-transcriptome-profile-in-hepatocellular-carcinomas-based-on-integrated-analysis-of-microarray-studies
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Feifei Wang, Ruliang Wang, Qiuwen Li, Xueling Qu, Yixin Hao, Jingwen Yang, Huixia Zhao, Qian Wang, Guanghui Li, Fengyun Zhang, He Zhang, Xuan Zhou, Xioumei Peng, Yang Bian, Wenhua Xiao
BACKGROUND: Despite new treatment options for hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC) recently, 5-year survival remains poor, ranging from 50 to 70%, which may attribute to the lack of early diagnostic biomarkers. Thus, developing new biomarkers for early diagnosis of HCC, is extremely urgent, aiming to decrease HCC-related deaths. METHODS: In the study, we conducted a comprehensive characterization of gene expression data of HCC based on a bioinformatics method. The results were confirmed by real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and TCGA database to prove the credibility of this integrated analysis...
January 13, 2017: Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079510/a-comparison-of-discontinuation-rates-of-tofacitinib-and-biologic-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-systematic-review-and-bayesian-network-meta-analysis
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Sun-Kyeong Park, Min-Young Lee, Eun-Jin Jang, Hye-Lin Kim, Dong-Mun Ha, Eui-Kyung Lee
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the discontinuation rates of tofacitinib and biologics (tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi), abatacept, rituximab, and tocilizumab) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients considering inadequate responses (IRs) to previous treatment(s). METHODS: Randomised controlled trials of tofacitinib and biologics - reporting at least one total discontinuation, discontinuation due to lack of efficacy (LOE), and discontinuation due to adverse events (AEs) - were identified through systematic review...
January 5, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077756/developing-a-risk-based-trading-scheme-for-cattle-in-england-farmer-perspectives-on-managing-trading-risk-for-bovine-tuberculosis
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R Little, K Wheeler, S Edge
This paper examines farmer attitudes towards the development of a voluntary risk-based trading scheme for cattle in England as a risk mitigation measure for bovine tuberculosis (bTB). The research reported here was commissioned to gather evidence on the type of scheme that would have a good chance of success in improving the information farmers receive about the bTB risk of cattle they buy. Telephone interviews were conducted with a stratified random sample of 203 cattle farmers in England, splitting the interviews equally between respondents in the high-risk area and low-risk area for bTB...
January 11, 2017: Veterinary Record
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