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Guidelines, Randomized Controlled Trials, Meta analysis

Ming-Jie Kuang, Chao Han, Jian-Xiong Ma, Fei Li, Jie Zhao, Lin Fu, Xin-Long Ma
PURPOSE: Autologous platelet gel, developed from fresh autologous blood, is a breakthrough in the promotion and acceleration of soft tissue and bone repair. The application of autologous platelet gel has been reported to improve haemostasis and promote function recovery. We screened the randomized controlled trials and controlled clinical trials of high quality to investigate whether autologous platelet gel makes a better performance for postoperative bleeding and functional recovery in patients after total knee arthroplasty...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Zainab Khan, Jordan Milko, Munir Iqbal, Moness Masri, David R P Almeida
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the power of unpaired t tests in prospective, randomized controlled trials when these tests failed to detect a statistically significant difference and to determine the frequency of type II errors. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. METHODS: We examined all prospective, randomized controlled trials published between 2010 and 2012 in 4 major ophthalmology journals (Archives of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, and American Journal of Ophthalmology)...
October 2016: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
Jin Hyung Lee
BACKGROUND: Numerous meta-analyses have been conducted on the topic of music and pain, with the latest comprehensive study published in 2006. Since that time, more than 70 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have been published, necessitating a new and comprehensive review. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this meta-analysis was to examine published RCT studies investigating the effect of music on pain. METHODS: The present study included RCTs published between 1995 and 2014...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Music Therapy
Artur Direito, Eliana Carraça, Jonathan Rawstorn, Robyn Whittaker, Ralph Maddison
BACKGROUND: mHealth programs offer potential for practical and cost-effective delivery of interventions capable of reaching many individuals. PURPOSE: To (1) compare the effectiveness of mHealth interventions to promote physical activity (PA) and reduce sedentary behavior (SB) in free-living young people and adults with a comparator exposed to usual care/minimal intervention; (2) determine whether, and to what extent, such interventions affect PA and SB levels and (3) use the taxonomy of behavior change techniques (BCTs) to describe intervention characteristics...
October 18, 2016: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
Yao Lu, Han Zhang, Fang Teng, Wen-Jun Xia, Gui-Xiang Sun, Ai-Qing Wen
INTRODUCTION: The Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines recommend early goal-directed therapy (EGDT) for the resuscitation of patients with sepsis; however, the recent evidences quickly evolve and convey conflicting results. We performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the effect of EGDT on mortality in adults with severe sepsis and septic shock. METHODS: We searched electronic databases to identify randomized controlled trials that compared EGDT with usual care or lactate-guided therapy in adults with severe sepsis and septic shock...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Bo Carlberg
The J curve hypothesis propose that the relation between blood pressure and risk for cardiovascular events is non-linear. Instead of a decreased risk with lower blood pressure, the risk increases at lower blood pressures. This issue has been discussed for many years, and is still a hot topic. The debates have most often had its origin in the question about how far blood pressure should be lowered with antihypertensive drugs.One one hand, we know that many patients with hypertension is not treated to targets according to guidelines and that this contributes to the high risk for cardiovascular diseases in patients with hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Franz Messerli
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcomes with use of renin angiotensin system (RAS) blockers compared with other antihypertensive agents in people with diabetes. DESIGN: Meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES AND STUDY SELECTION: PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane central register of controlled trials databases for randomized trials of RAS blockers versus other antihypertensive agents in people with diabetes mellitus. Outcomes were death, cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, angina, stroke, heart failure, revascularization, and end stage renal disease...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Peng Luo, Shuo Li, Yitai Chen, Yuwen Luo, Yun Li, Kai Wang, Yuxia Huang, Xin Chen
BACKGROUND: Roflumilast, a phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor recommended by clinical guideline, is always being used in combination with at least one long-acting bronchodilator in patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, there are few evidences about whether the combination of roflumilast and long-acting bronchodilators is safer and more effective in patients with moderate-to-very severe stable COPD. In our study, we investigate the effect and safety of roflumilast combined with long-acting bronchodilators on moderate-to-severe stable COPD patients...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
M B Rehman, B V Tudrej, J Soustre, M Buisson, P Archambault, D Pouchain, H Vaillant-Roussel, F Gueyffier, J-L Faillie, M-C Perault-Pochat, C Cornu, R Boussageon
BACKGROUND: Guidelines for type 2 diabetes (T2D) recommend reducing HbA1c through lifestyle interventions and glucose-lowering drugs (metformin, then combination with dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors [DPP-4Is] among other glucose-lowering drugs). However, no double-blind randomized clinical trial (RCT) compared with placebo has so far demonstrated that DDP-4Is reduce micro- and macrovascular complications in T2D. Moreover, the safety of DPP-4Is (with increased heart failure and acute pancreatitis) remains controversial...
October 10, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolism
Jean Joel R Bigna, Lewis N Um, Jobert Richie N Nansseu
BACKGROUND: Journal abstracts including those reporting systematic reviews (SR) should contain sufficiently clear and accurate information for adequate comprehension and interpretation. The aim was to compare the quality of reporting of abstracts of SRs including meta-analysis published in high-impact general medicine journals before and after publication of the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) extension for abstracts (PRISMA-A) released in April 2013...
October 13, 2016: Systematic Reviews
George W Rutherford, Hacsi Horvath
BACKGROUND: Dolutegravir (DTG) is a once-daily unboosted second-generation integrase-inhibitor that along with two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors is one of several regimens recommended by the United States, United Kingdom and European Union for first-line antiretroviral treatment of people with HIV infection. Our objective was to review the evidence for the efficacy and safety of DTG-based first-line regimens compared to efavirenz (EFV)-based regimens. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review...
2016: PloS One
Francesco Brigo, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Susanna Bacigaluppi, Raffaele Nardone, Eugen Trinka
BACKGROUND: Some guidelines or expert consensus indicate that intravenous (IV) lorazepam (LZP) is preferable to IV diazepam (DZP) for initial treatment of convulsive status epilepticus (SE). We aimed to critically assess all the available data on efficacy and tolerability of IV LZP compared with IV DZP as first-line treatment of convulsive SE. METHODS: Systematic search of the literature (MEDLINE, CENTRAL, EMBASE, to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing IV LZP versus IV DZP used as first-line treatment for convulsive SE (generalized or focal)...
October 9, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Igor Diemberger, Giulia Massaro, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Stefano Lorenzetti, Mauro Biffi, Matteo Ziacchi, Cristian Martignani, Giuseppe Boriani
Dronedarone was found to have divergent safety profiles in randomized controlled trials (RCT) in term of cardiac death and overall mortality. We decided to evaluate all available evidence on the cardiovascular safety of this drug. A systematic search was made of the MEDLINE and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials from January 2003 through April 2016 for RCT comparing dronedarone to placebo/active control, to provide the most accurate estimate of the effects of this agent and observational cohort studies (OBS) reporting clinical outcomes in patients treated with dronedarone, according to current guidelines, to obtain a real-life comparator for the findings summarized by RTC analysis...
October 6, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Varuni Asanka de Silva, Chathurie Suraweera, Suhashini S Ratnatunga, Madhubashinee Dayabandara, Nimali Wanniarachchi, Raveen Hanwella
BACKGROUND: Most antipsychotics are associated with weight gain and other metabolic complications. Several randomized trials have shown metformin to be effective, but this still hasn't been included in clinical guidelines on managing antipsychotic induced weight gain. METHODS: All double blind placebo controlled trials assessing the efficacy of metformin in the treatment of antipsychotic induced weight gain were included. Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) and MEDLINE were searched for the period January 2000-December 2015...
October 3, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
Johanna Wichman, Kristian Hillert Winther, Steen Joop Bonnema, Laszlo Hegedus
BACKGROUND: Selenium supplementation may decrease circulating thyroid autoantibodies in patients with chronic autoimmune thyroiditis (AIT), but the previous trials are heterogenous. Here, we expand and critically reappraise the knowledge on this topic. METHODS: A literature search identified 3366 records. Controlled trials in adults (≥ 18 years) with AIT, comparing selenium with or without levothyroxine (LT4), versus placebo and/or LT4, were eligible. Assessed outcomes were serum thyroid peroxidase (TPO-Ab), thyroglobulin (Tg-Ab) autoantibody levels, and immunomodulatory effects...
October 5, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
S D Roger, M Tio, H C Park, H L Choong, B Goh, T R Cushway, V Stevens, I C Macdougall
AIM: Higher dosages of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) have been associated with adverse effects. Intravenous iron is used to optimise ESA response and reduce ESA doses in haemodialysis patients; this meta-analysis evaluates the magnitude of this effect. METHODS: A literature search was performed using MEDLINE, Embase and the Cochrane Collaboration Central Register of Clinical Trials from inception until December 2014, to identify randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of intravenous iron and ESA, in patients undergoing haemodialysis for end-stage kidney disease...
October 3, 2016: Nephrology
Shantil M Dickerson, Jarod M Weaver, Ashley N Boyson, Jared A Thacker, Andrew A Junak, Pamela D Ritzline, Megan B Donaldson
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness of exercise therapy on pain, function, and mobility outcomes in patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review with meta-analysis. METHODS: A systematic review and meta-analysis undertaken following Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines. Studies that met the inclusion criteria: (1) randomized controlled trials; (2) a population with the diagnosis of temporomandibular joint dysfunction; and (3) interventions that included exercise therapy were considered for review...
October 3, 2016: Clinical Rehabilitation
Emanuel Raschi, Matteo Bianchin, Walter Ageno, Roberto De Ponti, Fabrizio De Ponti
Since 2008, the direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have expanded the therapeutic options of cardiovascular diseases with recognized clinical and epidemiological impact, such as non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and venous thromboembolism (VTE), and also in the preventive setting of orthopedic surgical patients. The large body of evidence, not only from pivotal clinical trials but also from 'real-world' postmarketing observational findings (e.g. analytical epidemiological studies and registry data) gathered to date allow for a first attempt at verifying a posteriori whether or not the pharmacological advantages of the DOACs actually translate into therapeutic innovation, with relevant implications for clinicians, regulators and patients...
October 1, 2016: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
Yanfei Zhu, Jiaying Li, Yanmei Tang, Xiaoling Wang, Xiaochen Xue, Huijun Sun, Ping Nie, Xinhua Qu, Min Zhu
BACKGROUND: Children with severe airway obstruction tend to have a vertical direction of growth, class II malocclusion, and narrow arches. Adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy were recommended for the promotion of balanced dentition growth in these children.The aim of this study was to determine the effect of adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy on the growth of dental morphology in children with airway obstruction. METHODS: A comprehensive search of the Medline, Embase, Web of science, and OVID databases for studies published through to January 17, 2016 was conducted...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Stephen Lutz, Tracy Balboni, Joshua Jones, Simon Lo, Joshua Petit, Shayna E Rich, Rebecca Wong, Carol Hahn
PURPOSE: The purpose is to provide an update the Bone Metastases Guideline published in 2011 based on evidence complemented by expert opinion. The update will discuss new high-quality literature for the 8 key questions from the original guideline and implications for practice. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A systematic PubMed search from the last date included in the original Guideline yielded 414 relevant articles. Ultimately, 20 randomized controlled trials, 32 prospective nonrandomized studies, and 4 meta-analyses/pooled analyses were selected and abstracted into evidence tables...
August 5, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
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