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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431815/efficacy-and-safety-of-high-dose-influenza-vaccine-in-elderly-adults-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Krista Wilkinson, Yichun Wei, Andrea Szwajcer, Rasheda Rabbani, Ryan Zarychanski, Ahmed M Abou-Setta, Salaheddin M Mahmud
INTRODUCTION: Older adults are prioritized for influenza vaccination but also have lowered antibody responses to the vaccine. Higher-doses of influenza antigen may increase immune response and thus be more effective. Our objectives were to compare the efficacy and safety of the high-dose influenza vaccine to the standard-dose influenza vaccine in the elderly (age>65). METHODS: Data sources: Randomized trials (RCTs) from Medline (Ovid), EMBASE (Ovid), Cochrane Library (Wiley), ClinicalTrials...
April 18, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431197/serum-c-reactive-protein-procalcitonin-and-lactate-dehydrogenase-for-the-diagnosis-of-pancreatic-necrosis
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Oluyemi Komolafe, Stephen P Pereira, Brian R Davidson, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: The treatment of people with pancreatic necrosis differs from that of people with oedematous pancreatitis. It is important to know the diagnostic accuracy of serum C-reactive protein (CRP), serum procalcitonin, and serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as a triage test for the detection of pancreatic necrosis in people with acute pancreatitis, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether the person with pancreatic necrosis needs further investigations such as computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and treatment for pancreatic necrosis started...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430880/cerebral-abscess-associated-with-odontogenic-bacteremias-hypoxemia-and-iron-loading-in-immunocompetent-patients-with-right-to-left-shunting-through-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformations
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E J Boother, S Brownlow, H C Tighe, K B Bamford, J E Jackson, C L Shovlin
Background: Cerebral abscess is a recognised complication of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) that allow systemic venous blood to bypass the pulmonary capillary bed through anatomic right-to-left shunts. Broader implications and mechanisms remain poorly explored. Methods: Between June 2005 and December 2016, at a single institution, 445 consecutive adult patients with CT-scan confirmed PAVMs (including 403 (90.5%) with hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia) were recruited to a prospective series...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429644/a-systematic-review-of-discomfort-due-to-toe-or-ear-clipping-in-laboratory-rodents
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Kimberley E Wever, Florentine J Geessink, Michelle A E Brouwer, Alice Tillema, Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga
Toe clipping and ear clipping (also ear notching or ear punching) are frequently used methods for individual identification of laboratory rodents. These procedures potentially cause severe discomfort, which can reduce animal welfare and distort experimental results. However, no systematic summary of the evidence on this topic currently exists. We conducted a systematic review of the evidence for discomfort due to toe or ear clipping in rodents. The review methodology was pre-specified in a registered review protocol...
January 1, 2017: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429473/surgery-for-limited-stage-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Hayley Barnes, Katharine See, Stephen Barnett, Renée Manser
BACKGROUND: Current treatment guidelines for limited-stage small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) recommend concomitant platinum-based chemo-radiotherapy plus prophylactic cranial irradiation, based on the premise that SCLC disseminates early, and is chemosensitive. However, although there is usually a favourable initial response, relapse is common and the cure rate for limited-stage SCLC remains relatively poor. Some recent clinical practice guidelines have recommended surgery for stage 1 (limited) SCLC followed by adjuvant chemotherapy, but this recommendation is largely based on the findings of observational studies...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429459/nitric-oxide-donors-nitrates-l-arginine-or-nitric-oxide-synthase-inhibitors-for-acute-stroke
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Philip Mw Bath, Kailash Krishnan, Jason P Appleton
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO) has multiple effects that may be beneficial in acute stroke, including lowering blood pressure, and promoting reperfusion and cytoprotection. Some forms of nitric oxide synthase inhibition (NOS-I) may also be beneficial. However, high concentrations of NO are likely to be toxic to brain tissue. This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 1998, and last updated in 2002. OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety and efficacy of NO donors, L-arginine, and NOS-I in people with acute stroke...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429359/the-role-of-angiogenesis-inhibitors-re-challenge-in-colorectal-cancer-previously-treated-with-bevacizumab-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Y-X Xiong, L Ren, Z-Q Wang, X-W Huang, Y-J Zhou
OBJECTIVE: The potential usefulness of angiogenesis inhibitors (AIs) re-challenge in the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) who previously treated with bevacizumab has not been established yet. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified relevant clinical studies through searching databases up to October 2016. Prospective clinical trials investigating AIs re-challenge in metastatic CRC were included for analysis. The primary endpoint was overall survival with secondary endpoint progression-free survival...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426429/a-candidate-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-reference-method-for-the-quantification-of-the-cardiac-marker-1-32-b-type-natriuretic-peptide
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Attila F Torma, Kate Groves, Sabine Biesenbruch, Chris Mussell, Alan Reid, Steve Ellison, Rainer Cramer, Milena Quaglia
BACKGROUND: B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is a 32 amino acid cardiac hormone routinely measured by immunoassays to diagnose heart failure. While it is reported that immunoassay results can vary up to 45%, no attempt of standardization and/or harmonization through the development of certified reference materials (CRMs) or reference measurement procedures (RMPs) has yet been carried out. METHODS: B-type natriuretic peptide primary calibrator was quantified traceably to the International System of Units (SI) by both amino acid analysis and tryptic digestion...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426381/hyperbaric-oxygen-for-experimental-intracerebral-haemorrhage-systematic-review-and-stratified-meta-analysis
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Han-Jin Cui, Hao-Yu He, A-Li Yang, Hua-Jun Zhou, Tao Tang, Jie-Kun Luo
OBJECTIVE: Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) is widely used in treating various neurological diseases. However, HBO for treatment of intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) remains controversial, in either animal or clinical studies. Therefore, we conducted this systematic review and meta-analysis on studies describing the efficacy of HBO in animal models of ICH. METHODS: Studies were identified by searching mainstream databases through November 2015. The efficacy of HBO in animal models of ICH was assessed by changes in the brain water content (BWC), neurobehavioural outcome (NO) or both...
2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425452/estimating-the-irreversible-pressure-drop-across-a-stenosis-by-quantifying-turbulence-production-using-4d-flow-mri
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Hojin Ha, Jonas Lantz, Magnus Ziegler, Belen Casas, Matts Karlsson, Petter Dyverfeldt, Tino Ebbers
The pressure drop across a stenotic vessel is an important parameter in medicine, providing a commonly used and intuitive metric for evaluating the severity of the stenosis. However, non-invasive estimation of the pressure drop under pathological conditions has remained difficult. This study demonstrates a novel method to quantify the irreversible pressure drop across a stenosis using 4D Flow MRI by calculating the total turbulence production of the flow. Simulation MRI acquisitions showed that the energy lost to turbulence production can be accurately quantified with 4D Flow MRI within a range of practical spatial resolutions (1-3 mm; regression slope = 0...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425124/is-pyridoxine-effective-and-safe-for-post-partum-lactation-inhibition-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
D AlSaad, A Awaisu, S Elsalem, P V Abdulrouf, B Thomas, M AlHail
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: It has been suggested that pyridoxine has an antilactogenic effect. Studies of the efficacy of pyridoxine in suppressing lactation have reported conflicting results. The aim of this review was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of high-dose pyridoxine in post-partum lactation inhibition. METHODS: This systematic review included published trials that compared the efficacy and/or safety of pyridoxine to placebo or to other pharmacological agents for the inhibition of post-partum lactation...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421867/symptom-related-attributional-biases-in-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder
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Nicole Sanford, Todd S Woodward
INTRODUCTION: Biases in causal attributions and evidence integration have been implicated in delusions, but have not been investigated simultaneously to examine additive or multiplicative effects. It was hypothesised that paranoid delusions would correlate with self-serving and personalising biases ("defence" model of paranoia), particularly when these biases were disconfirmed. METHODS: Constrained principal component analysis was used to investigate differences between schizophrenia patients (paranoid vs...
April 19, 2017: Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419095/effectiveness-of-a-live-oral-human-rotavirus-vaccine-after-programmatic-introduction-in-bangladesh-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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K Zaman, David A Sack, Kathleen M Neuzil, Mohammad Yunus, Lawrence H Moulton, Jonathan D Sugimoto, Jessica A Fleming, Ilias Hossain, Shams El Arifeen, Tasnim Azim, Mustafizur Rahman, Kristen D C Lewis, Andrea J Feller, Firdausi Qadri, M Elizabeth Halloran, Alejandro Cravioto, John C Victor
BACKGROUND: Rotavirus vaccines are now globally recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), but in early 2009 WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization reviewed available data and concluded that there was no evidence for the efficacy or effectiveness of a two-dose schedule of the human rotavirus vaccine (HRV; Rotarix) given early at 6 and 10 wk of age. Additionally, the effectiveness of programmatic rotavirus vaccination, including possible indirect effects, has not been assessed in low-resource populations in Asia...
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418854/association-between-the-brca2-rs144848-polymorphism-and-cancer-susceptibility-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Qiuyan Li, Rongwei Guan, Yuandong Qiao, Chang Liu, Ning He, Xuelong Zhang, Xueyuan Jia, Haiming Sun, Jingcui Yu, Lidan Xu
The BRCA2 gene plays an important role in cancer carcinogenesis, and polymorphisms in this gene have been associated with cancer risk. The BRCA2 rs144848 polymorphism has been associated with several cancers, but results have been inconsistent. In the present study, a meta-analysis was performed to assess the association between the rs144848 polymorphism and cancer risk. Literature was searched from the databases of PubMed, Embase and Google Scholar before April 2016. The fixed or random effects model was used to calculate pooled odd ratios on the basis of heterogeneity...
March 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417621/inverse-relation-between-mxa-gene-expression-and-age-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-reveals-a-gender-difference-in-response-to-interferon-therapy
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Mohammad Taheri, Mohammadreza Mirinezhad, Mir Davood Omrani, Elham Sajjadi, Hidetoshi Inoko, Arezou Sayad
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, multifocal, immune-mediated disease of the central nervous system that women are at a higher risk to acquire than men. Myxovirus resistance protein A (MxA) is used as a predictive marker of bioactivity of interferon-beta (IFN-β) therapy in MS patients. This study was undertaken in west of Iran to investigate gender differences in the expression level of MxA in relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) patients receiving IFN-β therapy, compared with untreated normal individuals...
February 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416707/distinct-domains-confer-chea-with-unique-functions-in-chemotaxis-and-cell-length-in-azospirillum-brasilense-sp7
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Jessica M Gullett, Amber Bible, Gladys Alexandre
Chemotaxis is the movement of cells in response to gradients of diverse chemical cues. Motile bacteria utilize a conserved chemotaxis signal transduction system to bias their motility and navigate through a gradient. A central regulator of chemotaxis is the histidine kinase, CheA. This cytoplasmic protein interacts with membrane-bound receptors, which assemble into large polar arrays, to propagate the signal. In the alphaproteobacterium, Azospirillum brasilense, Che1 controls transient increases in swimming speed during chemotaxis, but it also biases the cell length at division...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416677/structural-toggle-in-the-rnaseh-domain-of-prp8-helps-balance-splicing-fidelity-and-catalytic-efficiency
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Megan Mayerle, Madhura Raghavan, Sarah Ledoux, Argenta Price, Nicholas Stepankiw, Haralambos Hadjivassiliou, Erica A Moehle, Senén D Mendoza, Jeffrey A Pleiss, Christine Guthrie, John Abelson
Pre-mRNA splicing is an essential step of eukaryotic gene expression that requires both high efficiency and high fidelity. Prp8 has long been considered the "master regulator" of the spliceosome, the molecular machine that executes pre-mRNA splicing. Cross-linking and structural studies place the RNaseH domain (RH) of Prp8 near the spliceosome's catalytic core and demonstrate that prp8 alleles that map to a 17-aa extension in RH stabilize it in one of two mutually exclusive structures, the biological relevance of which are unknown...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416099/statin-use-and-risk-of-new-onset-diabetes-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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M Casula, F Mozzanica, L Scotti, E Tragni, A Pirillo, G Corrao, A L Catapano
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Meta-analyses of randomized control trials investigating the association between incident diabetes and statin use showed an increased risk of new-onset diabetes (NOD) from 9% to 13% associated with statins. However, short follow-up period, unpowered sample size, and lack of pre-specified diagnostic criteria for diabetes detection could be responsible of an underestimation of this risk. We conducted a meta-analysis of published observational studies to evaluate the association between statins use and risk of NOD...
March 10, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415640/accuracy-of-the-urine-uca1-for-diagnosis-of-bladder-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Xiangrong Cui, Xuan Jing, Chunlan Long, Qin Yi, Jie Tian, Jing Zhu
Urine UCA1 has been reported as a potential novel diagnostic biomarker for bladder cancer in several studies, but their results are inconsistent. As a result of this, a diagnostic meta-analysis to assess the diagnostic performance of urine UCA1 in detecting bladder cancer was conducted. A systematic electronic and manual search was performed for relevant literatures through PubMed, Cochrane library, Chinese Wan Fang and the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) databases up to December 30, 2016. The quality of the studies included in this meta-analysis was assessed using the Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies (QUADAS-2) tool...
March 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414788/patients-with-subclinical-hypothyroidism-before-20-weeks-of-pregnancy-have-a-higher-risk-of-miscarriage-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yibing Zhang, Haoyu Wang, Xifeng Pan, Weiping Teng, Zhongyan Shan
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) and the risk of miscarriage before 20 weeks of pregnancy. METHODS: Literature databases were searched, including the PubMed, Web of Science, Embase and Cochrane databases, from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 2015. The following search terms were used: subclinical hypothyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid dysfunction, thyroid hypofunction, subclinical thyroid disease, thyroid dysfunction, pregnancy loss, abortion and miscarriage...
2017: PloS One
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