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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792074/lessons-learned-conducting-a-multi-center-trial-with-a-military-population-the-tinnitus-retraining-therapy-trial
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Roberta W Scherer, Leonora D Sensinger, Benigno Sierra-Irizarry, Craig Formby
Background The Tinnitus Retraining Therapy Trial (TRTT), a randomized, placebo-controlled, multi-center trial, evaluated the efficacy of tinnitus retraining therapy and its individual components, tinnitus-specific educational counseling and sound therapy versus the standard of care, in military practice to improve study participants' quality of life. The trial was conducted at six US military hospitals to take advantage of the greater prevalence of tinnitus in the military population. Methods During the trial, various challenges arose that were uniquely related to the military setting...
May 1, 2018: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791634/effects-of-health-education-in-the-elderly-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Francine Golghetto Casemiro, Diana Monteiro Quirino, Maria Angélica Andreotti Diniz, Rosalina Aparecida Partezani Rodrigues, Sofia Cristina Iost Pavarini, Aline Cristina Martins Gratão
OBJECTIVE: to analyze the effects of health education on both cognition and depressive/anxiety symptoms in the elderly with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). METHOD: this is a randomized and controlled clinical trial. Participants (n=22) were recruited from a specialized outpatient clinic, and assigned into two groups: a Health Education Group (HEG) (n=10) and a Control Group (CG) (n=12). The participants were evaluated before and after the intervention, which was composed of classes and dynamics...
2018: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790266/clindamycin-to-reduce-preterm-birth-in-a-low-resource-setting-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Mrutyunjaya B Bellad, Matthew K Hoffman, Ashalata A Mallapur, Umesh S Charantimath, Geetanjali M Katageri, Ganachari, Avinash Kavi, Umesh Y Ramdurg, Sheshidhar G Bannale, Amit Revankar, Nancy L Sloan, Bhalachandra Kodkany, Shivaprasad S Goudar, Richard J Derman
OBJECTIVE: To determine if oral Clindamycin reduces the risk of preterm birth in women with abnormal vaginal microflora as evidenced by a vaginal pH ≥5·0. DESIGN: Randomised double-blind placebo controlled trial. SETTING: Rural southern India. POPULATION: Pregnant women with a singleton foetus between 13 0/7 weeks and 20 6/7 weeks. METHODS: Pregnant women were recruited during prenatal visits in Karnataka India from October 2013 to July 2015...
May 22, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790082/chronic-administration-of-pimozide-fails-to-attenuate-motor-and-pathological-deficits-in-two-mouse-models-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Silvia Pozzi, Sai Sampath Thammisetty, Jean-Pierre Julien
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease which presently does not have any efficient therapeutic approach. Pimozide, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved neuroepileptic drug, has been recently proposed as a promising treatment for ALS patients based on apparent stabilization of right hand muscles after a short-time administration. A new clinical trial started at the end of 2017 to recruit patients with a prolonged drug delivery schedule. Here, our aim was to investigate the effects of chronic administration of pimozide on disease progression and pathological events in two mouse models of ALS...
May 22, 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789664/the-bet-bromodomain-inhibitor-apabetalone-induces-apoptosis-of-latent-hiv-1-reservoir-cells-following-viral-reactivation
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Xuan-Xuan Zhang, Jian Lin, Tai-Zhen Liang, Heng Duan, Xing-Hua Tan, Bao-Min Xi, Lin Li, Shu-Wen Liu
The persistence of latent HIV-1 reservoirs throughout combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) is a major barrier on the path to achieving a cure for AIDS. It has been shown that bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) inhibitors could reactivate HIV-1 latency, but restrained from clinical application due to their toxicity and side effects. Thus, identifying a new type of BET inhibitor with high degrees of selectivity and safety is urgently needed. Apabetalone is a small-molecule selective BET inhibitor specific for second bromodomains, and has been evaluated in phase III clinical trials that enrolled patients with high-risk cardiovascular disorders, dyslipidemia, and low HDL cholesterol...
May 22, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788996/effectiveness-and-acceptance-of-a-web-based-depression-intervention-during-waiting-time-for-outpatient-psychotherapy-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sasha-Denise Grünzig, Harald Baumeister, Jürgen Bengel, David Ebert, Lena Krämer
BACKGROUND: Due to limited resources, waiting periods for psychotherapy are often long and burdening for those in need of treatment and the health care system. In order to bridge the gap between initial contact and the beginning of psychotherapy, web-based interventions can be applied. The implementation of a web-based depression intervention during waiting periods has the potential to reduce depressive symptoms and enhance well-being in depressive individuals waiting for psychotherapy...
May 22, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788955/effect-of-canagliflozin-on-left-ventricular-diastolic-function-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Daisuke Matsutani, Masaya Sakamoto, Yosuke Kayama, Norihiko Takeda, Ryuzo Horiuchi, Kazunori Utsunomiya
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) greatly increases the risks of cardiovascular disease and heart failure. In particular, left ventricular diastolic dysfunction that develops from the early stages of T2DM is an important factor in the onset and exacerbation of heart failure. The effect of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors on left ventricular diastolic function has not been elucidated. We have performed the first prospective study on the effects of canagliflozin on left ventricular diastolic function in T2DM...
May 22, 2018: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788920/a-focus-group-study-to-understand-biases-and-confounders-in-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial-on-low-back-pain-in-primary-care-in-norway
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Erik L Werner, Ida Løchting, Kjersti Storheim, Margreth Grotle
BACKGROUND: Cluster randomized controlled trials are often used in research in primary care but creates challenges regarding biases and confounders. We recently presented a study on low back pain from primary care in Norway with equal effects in the intervention and the control group. In order to understand the specific mechanisms that may produce biases in a cluster randomized trial we conducted a focus group study among the participating health care providers. The aim of this study was to understand how the participating providers themselves influenced on the study and thereby possibly on the results of the cluster randomized controlled trial...
May 22, 2018: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788512/adequacy-of-fixed-dose-heparin-infusions-for-venous-thromboembolism-prevention-after-microsurgical-procedures
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Corinne M Bertolaccini, Ann Marie B Prazak, Jayant Agarwal, Isak A Goodwin, W Bradford Rockwell, Christopher J Pannucci
BACKGROUND:  In microvascular surgery, patients often receive unfractionated heparin infusions to minimize risk for microvascular thrombosis. Patients who receive intravenous (IV) heparin are believed to have adequate prophylaxis against venous thromboembolism (VTE). Whether a fixed dose of IV heparin provides detectable levels of anticoagulation, or whether the "one size fits all" approach provides adequate prophylaxis against VTE remains unknown. This study examined the pharmacodynamics of fixed-dose heparin infusions and the effects of real-time, anti-factor Xa (aFXa) level driven heparin dose adjustments...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788359/sphingosine-1-phosphate-signaling-and-metabolism-gene-signature-in-pediatric-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-matched-case-control-pilot-study
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Jung H Suh, Émilie Degagné, Elizabeth E Gleghorn, Mala Setty, Alexis Rodriguez, K T Park, Sofia G Verstraete, Melvin B Heyman, Ashish S Patel, Melissa Irek, Ginny L Gildengorin, Neil E Hubbard, Alexander D Borowsky, Julie D Saba
Goal: The aim of this study was to investigate gene expression levels of proteins involved in sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) metabolism and signaling in a pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patient population. Background: IBD is a debilitating disease affecting 0.4% of the US population. The incidence of IBD in childhood is rising. Identifying effective targeted therapies that can be used safely in young patients and developing tools for selecting specific candidates for targeted therapies are important goals...
May 18, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785926/intramedullary-nail-fixation-versus-locking-plate-fixation-for-adults-with-a-fracture-of-the-distal-tibia-the-uk-fixdt-rct
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Matthew L Costa, Juul Achten, Susie Hennings, Nafisa Boota, James Griffin, Stavros Petrou, Mandy Maredza, Melina Dritsaki, Thomas Wood, James Masters, Ian Pallister, Sarah E Lamb, Nick R Parsons
BACKGROUND: The best treatment for fractures of the distal tibia remains controversial. Most of these fractures require surgical fixation, but the outcomes are unpredictable and complications are common. OBJECTIVES: To assess disability, quality of life, complications and resource use in patients treated with intramedullary (IM) nail fixation versus locking plate fixation in the 12 months following a fracture of the distal tibia. DESIGN: This was a multicentre randomised trial...
May 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785146/provider-use-of-a-participatory-decision-making-style-with-youth-and-caregivers-and-satisfaction-with-pediatric-asthma-visits
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Betsy Sleath, Delesha M Carpenter, Imelda Coyne, Scott A Davis, Claire Hayes Watson, Ceila E Loughlin, Nacire Garcia, Daniel S Reuland, Gail E Tudor
Background: We conducted a randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of an asthma question prompt list with video intervention to engage the youth during clinic visits. We examined whether the intervention was associated with 1) providers including youth and caregiver inputs more into asthma treatment regimens, 2) youth and caregivers rating providers as using more of a participatory decision-making style, and 3) youth and caregivers being more satisfied with visits. Methods: English- or Spanish-speaking youth aged 11-17 years with persistent asthma and their caregivers were recruited from four pediatric clinics and randomized to the intervention or usual care groups...
2018: Patient related Outcome Measures
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785141/validity-of-a-method-for-the-self-screening-of-cardiovascular-risk
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María Barroso, Silvia Pérez-Fernández, M Mar Vila, M Dolors Zomeño, Ruth Martí-Lluch, Ferran Cordon, Rafel Ramos, Roberto Elosua, Irene R Degano, Montse Fitó, Carmen Cabezas, Gemma Salvador, Conxa Castell, María Grau
Background: The validity of a cardiovascular risk self-screening method was assessed. The results obtained for self-measurement of blood pressure, a point-of-care system's assessment of lipid profile and glycated hemoglobin, and a self-administered questionnaire (sex, age, diabetes, tobacco consumption) were compared with the standard screening (gold standard) conducted by a health professional. Methods: Crossover clinical trial on a population-based sample from Girona (north-eastern Spain), aged 35-74, with no cardiovascular disease at recruitment...
2018: Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785101/exacerbation-recovery-patterns-in-newly-diagnosed-or-maintenance-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-copd-secondary-analyses-of-ticari-1-trial-data
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David M Mannino, Emmanuelle M Clerisme-Beaty, Joanne Franceschina, Naitee Ting, Nancy K Leidy
Background: Little is known about the recovery patterns from acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) in newly diagnosed or maintenance treatment-naïve patients with COPD. This study describes the course of AECOPD in these patients at the time of treatment for the symptoms of acute respiratory tract infection (RTI). Methods: This study was a secondary analysis of data from a 12-week, randomized clinical trial (TICARI 1) testing the efficacy and safety of once-daily tiotropium 18 µg maintenance therapy versus placebo in newly diagnosed or maintenance treatment-naïve COPD patients with acute RTI symptoms for ≤7 days...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784846/pharmacokinetics-of-piperaquine-and-safety-profile-of-dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine-co-administered-with-antiretroviral-therapy-in-malaria-uninfected-hiv-positive-malawian-adults
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Clifford G Banda, Fraction Dzinjalamala, Mavuto Mukaka, Jane Mallewa, Victor Maiden, Dianne J Terlouw, David G Lalloo, Saye H Khoo, Victor Mwapasa
There are limited data on the pharmacokinetic and safety profiles of dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DHA-PQ) among human immunodeficiency virus infected (HIV+) individuals taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). In a two step (parallel-group) pharmacokinetic trial with intensive blood sampling, we compared area under the concentration-time curve (AUC0-28 days ) and safety outcomes of piperaquine among malaria-uninfected HIV+ adults. In step 1, half the adult dose of DHA-PQ was administered for three days as an intitial safety check in four groups (n=6/group) of HIV+ adults (age≥18 years): (i) antiretroviral-naïve, (ii) on nevirapine-based ART, (iii) on efavirenz-based ART, and (iv) on ritonavir-boosted lopinavir-based ART...
May 21, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784646/latest-developments-in-muc1-immunotherapy
#16
REVIEW
Joyce Taylor-Papadimitriou, Joy M Burchell, Rosalind Graham, Richard Beatson
Currently, there is renewed interest in attempting to recruit the host immune system to eliminate cancers, and within this renewed activity, MUC1 continues to arouse interest. MUC1 has been considered a possible therapeutic target for the past 30 years as it is up-regulated, aberrantly glycosylated and its polarization is lost in many adenocarcinomas. Moreover, MUC1 is expressed by some haematopoietic cancers, including acute myeloid leukaemia and myeloma. Although multiple clinical trials have been initiated and immune responses have been documented, effective clinical benefit worthy of approval for general application has not as yet been achieved...
May 21, 2018: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784635/acceptability-of-an-mhealth-app-intervention-for-persons-with-type-2-diabetes-and-its-associations-with-initial-self-management-randomized-controlled-trial
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Astrid Torbjørnsen, Milada Cvancarova Småstuen, Anne Karen Jenum, Eirik Årsand, Lis Ribu
BACKGROUND: Mobile health interventions are increasingly used in health care. The level of acceptability may indicate whether and how such digital solutions will be used. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore associations between the level of acceptability of a mobile diabetes app and initial ability of self-management for patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: Participants with type 2 diabetes were recruited from primary health care settings to a 3-armed randomized controlled trial in the Norwegian study in the RENEWING HEALTH project...
May 21, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784570/research-gaps-in-wilderness-medicine
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Daniel Tritz, Kody Dormire, Travis Brachtenbach, Joshua Gordon, Donald Sanders, David Gearheart, Julia Crawford, Matt Vassar
INTRODUCTION: Wilderness medicine involves the treatment of individuals in remote, austere environments. Given the high potential for injuries as well as the unique treatment modalities required in wilderness medicine, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are necessary to provide optimal care. In this study, we identify evidence gaps from low-quality recommendations in wilderness medicine clinical practice guidelines and identify new/ongoing research addressing them. METHODS: We included relevant clinical practice guidelines from the Wilderness Medical Society and obtained all 1C or 2C level recommendations...
May 18, 2018: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784537/artificial-intelligence-a-joint-narrative-on-potential-use-in-pediatric-stem-and-immune-cell-therapies-and-regenerative-medicine
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REVIEW
Irena Sniecinski, Jerard Seghatchian
Artificial Intelligence (AI) reflects the intelligence exhibited by machines and software. It is a highly desirable academic field of many current fields of studies. Leading AI researchers describe the field as "the study and design of intelligent agents". McCarthy invented this term in 1955 and defined it as "the science and engineering of making intelligent machines". The central goals of AI research are reasoning, knowledge, planning, learning, natural language processing (communication), perception and the ability to move and manipulate objects...
May 9, 2018: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783982/providing-japanese-health-care-information-for-international-visitors-digital-animation-intervention
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Mariko Nishikawa, Masaaki Yamanaka, Junko Kiriya, Masamine Jimba
BACKGROUND: Over 24 million international visitors came to Japan in 2016 and the number is expected to increase. Visitors could be at a risk of illness or injury that may result in hospitalization in Japan. We assessed the effects of a four-minute digital animation titled Mari Info Japan on the level of anxiety experienced by international visitors to Japan. METHODS: We conducted a non-randomized, controlled study at Narita International Airport outside Tokyo in December 2014...
May 21, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
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