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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732435/the-effect-of-oral-levamisole-co-administration-on-the-level-of-immune-response-to-hepatitis-b-vaccine-in-healthy-individuals-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Mousalreza Hosseini, Payman Shalchiantabrizi, Maliheh Dadgarmoghaddam, Saeideh Ahmady-Simab, Azizollah Behjati, Masoumeh Salari
Despite its proven efficacy, the hepatitis B vaccine requires improvements in immune enhancement and durability, especially in the elderly. Levamisole, an immune modulator, has been tested as an adjuvant to hepatitis B vaccine in several studies in immune-compromised populations. However, we aimed to evaluate the effect of levamisole on the immune response to hepatitis B vaccine in healthy subjects. In this randomized clinical trial, healthy family members of chronic hepatitis B patients were given twenty-microgram intramuscular injections of hepatitis B vaccine at 0, 1, and 6 months and 50 miligrams of oral  levamisole twice a day for two weeks with every vaccination dose...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732433/the-effect-of-salt-space-on-clinical-findings-and-peak-expiratory-flow-in-children-with-mild-to-moderate-asthma-a-randomized-crossover-trial
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Saeideh Mazloomzadeh, Niousha Bakhshi, Akefeh Ahmadiafshar, Mehdi Gholami
The asthma treatment and control might be associated with significant burden on family and community' thus exploring other therapeutic plans could be desirable. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of salt space on clinical findings and peak expiratory flow rate among children with asthma. In this randomized crossover trial, 34 patients aged 6-14 years old with mild to moderate asthma were selected and randomly divided into two groups. The first group went through a period of salt therapy by staying in the salt room for one hour, three times a week for 3 consecutive weeks and then was under observation for three weeks...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732392/systematic-assessment-with-i-scan-magnification-endoscopy-and-acetic-acid-improves-dysplasia-detection-in-patients-with-barrett-s-esophagus
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Gideon Lipman, Raf Bisschops, Vinay Sehgal, Jacobo Ortiz-Fernández-Sordo, Rami Sweis, Jose M Esteban, Rifat Hamoudi, Matthew R Banks, Krish Ragunath, Laurence B Lovat, Rehan J Haidry
Background and study aims Enhanced endoscopic imaging with chromoendoscopy may improve dysplasia recognition in patients undergoing assessment of Barrett's esophagus (BE). This may reduce the need for random biopsies to detect more dysplasia. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of magnification endoscopy with I-SCAN (Pentax, Tokyo, Japan) and acetic acid (ACA) on dysplasia detection in BE using a novel mucosal and vascular classification system. Methods BE segments and suspicious lesions were recorded with high definition white-light and magnification endoscopy enhanced using all I-SCAN modes in combination...
July 21, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732386/a-phase-i-trial-of-nk-92-cells-for-refractory-hematological-malignancies-relapsing-after-autologous-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-shows-safety-and-evidence-of-efficacy
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Brent A Williams, Arjun Datt Law, Bertrand Routy, Neal denHollander, Vikas Gupta, Xing-Hua Wang, Amélie Chaboureau, Sowmya Viswanathan, Armand Keating
BACKGROUND: Autologous NK cell therapy can treat a variety of malignancies, but is limited by patient-specific variations in potency and cell number expansion. In contrast, allogeneic NK cell lines can overcome many of these limitations. Cells from the permanent NK-92 line are constitutively activated, lack inhibitory receptors and appear to be safe based on two prior phase I trials. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a single-center, non-randomized, non-blinded, open-label, Phase I dose-escalation trial of irradiated NK-92 cells in adults with refractory hematological malignancies who relapsed after autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (AHCT)...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732382/novel-strategies-to-prevent-the-development-of-multidrug-resistance-mdr-in-cancer
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Jinglu Wang, Nicole Seebacher, Huirong Shi, Quancheng Kan, Zhenfeng Duan
The development of multidrug resistance (MDR) is one of the major challenges to the success of traditional chemotherapy treatment in cancer patients. Most studies to date have focused on strategies to reverse MDR following its development. However, agents utilizing this approach have proven to be of limited clinical use, failing to demonstrate an improvement in therapeutic efficacy with almost no significant survival benefits observed in cancer clinical trials. An alternative approach that has been applied is to prevent or delay MDR prior or early in its development...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732369/efficacy-and-safety-of-accelerated-partial-breast-irradiation-a-meta-analysis-of-published-randomized-studies
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Gengchun Liu, Zhongyi Dong, Baqun Huang, Yuelong Liu, Yan Tang, Qing Li, Yihui Zhu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) technology has theoretical advantages in comparison with traditional adjuvant radiation therapy (whole-breast irradiation; WBI) after breast-conserving surgery. However, published randomized controlled trials have shown inconsistent outcomes. Therefore, a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness and safety of APBI technology is needed. RESULTS: A total of 7 studies of 7452 patients were included in this analysis...
July 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732360/a-systematic-review-of-malignancy-associated-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-that-needs-more-attentions
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Hongluan Wang, Lixia Xiong, Weiping Tang, Ying Zhou, Fei Li
As an infrequent but potentially life-threatening hyperinflammatory syndrome, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is clinically characterized with prolonged fever, hepatosplenomegaly, cytopenia, hypertriglyceridemia, hyperferritinemia and hemophagocytosis in bone marrow, liver, spleen or lymph nodes. Malignancy-associated HLH (M-HLH), one type of acquired HLH, usually presents variable overlaps of symptoms with other types of HLH, thus resulting in higher incidence of misdiagnosis and mortality. In recent years, with the increasing awareness to this disease, the diagnosis and management of HLH have gained more and more attention, and improvements have been made accordingly...
July 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732326/therapeutic-applications-of-histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-in-sarcoma
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Fan Tang, Edwin Choy, Chongqi Tu, Francis Hornicek, Zhenfeng Duan
Sarcomas are a rare group of malignant tumors originating from mesenchymal stem cells. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are currently the only standard treatments for sarcoma. However, their response rates to chemotherapy are quite low. Toxic side effects and multi-drug chemoresistance make treatment even more challenging. Therefore, better drugs to treat sarcomas are needed. Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDAC inhibitors, HDACi, HDIs) are epigenetic modifying agents that can inhibit sarcoma growth in vitro and in vivo through a variety of pathways, including inducing tumor cell apoptosis, causing cell cycle arrest, impairing tumor invasion and preventing metastasis...
July 6, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732289/effects-of-psychotherapies-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-on-sleep-disturbances-results-from-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Elizabeth Woodward, Ann Hackmann, Jennifer Wild, Nick Grey, David M Clark, Anke Ehlers
The effectiveness and mechanisms of psychotherapies for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in treating sleep problems is of interest. This study compared the effects of a trauma-focused and a non-trauma-focused psychotherapy on sleep, to investigate whether 1) sleep improves with psychotherapy for PTSD; 2) the degree of sleep improvement depends on whether the intervention is trauma or nontrauma-focused; 3) the memory-updating procedure in cognitive therapy for PTSD (CT-PTSD) is associated with sleep improvements; 4) initial sleep duration affects PTSD treatment outcome; and 5) which symptom changes are associated with sleep duration improvements...
July 8, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732252/update-on-medical-treatment-of-uterine-fibroids
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REVIEW
Fátima Faustino, Margarida Martinho, José Reis, Fernanda Águas
OBJECTIVES: In this review paper, the pros and cons of the available pharmacological options for the treatment of uterine fibroids are explored, including oral progestogens, levonorgestrel intra-uterine device, gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogs and progesterone receptor modulators with an emphasis on ulipristal acetate. STUDY DESIGN: The choice of the appropriate therapeutic approach for uterine fibroids depends on several factors, including women's age, parity, childbearing aspirations and wish to preserve fertility, extent and severity of symptoms, size, number and location of myomas, risk of malignancy and proximity to menopause...
July 8, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732219/perioperative-systemic-corticosteroids-in-orthognathic-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Simon Jean, Pierre-Luc Dionne, Carl Bouchard, Luc Giasson, Alexis F Turgeon
PURPOSE: Perioperative systemic corticosteroids are broadly used in orthognathic surgery to prevent postoperative complications, but it is unclear whether this practice is beneficial and concerns about potential side effects have been raised. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to assess the effects of perioperative systemic corticosteroids on clinically important outcomes in patients undergoing orthognathic surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials evaluating the effect of systemic corticosteroids in orthognathic surgery compared with placebo or any other intervention...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732152/secukinumab-in-the-treatment-of-psoriasis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-a-review-of-the-literature
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M Abrouk, J Gandy, M Nakamura, K Lee, M Brodsky, R Singh, H Zhu, B Farahnik, T Bhutani, J Koo
While there are several commercially available treatment options for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, there remains a large number of individuals who are refractory to current modalities. In the recent past, there has been increasing evidence that interleukin (IL)-17 plays a vital role in the pathophysiology of psoriasis. Preclinical, phase II, and phase III studies of secukinumab (Cosentyx®) targeting IL-17 and its receptor have thus far proved to be promising. We reviewed the results of phase II and phase III clinical trials for secukinumab in the treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis...
July 2017: Skin Therapy Letter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732142/network-meta-analysis-including-treatment-by-covariate-interactions-consistency-can-vary-across-covariate-values
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Sarah Donegan, Nicky J Welton, Catrin Tudur Smith, Umberto D'Alessandro, Sofia Dias
BACKGROUND: Many reviews aim to compare numerous treatments and report results stratified by subgroups (e.g. by disease severity). In such cases, a network meta-analysis model including treatment by covariate interactions can estimate the relative effects of all treatment pairings for each subgroup of patients. Two key assumptions underlie such models, consistency of treatment effects and consistency of the regression coefficients for the interactions. Consistency may differ depending on the covariate value at which consistency is assessed...
July 21, 2017: Research Synthesis Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732073/first-trimester-fetal-growth-restriction-and-the-occurrence-of-miscarriage-in-rural-bangladesh-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Harunor Rashid, Enbo Ma, Farzana Ferdous, Eva-Charlotte Ekström, Yukiko Wagatsuma
Fetal growth restriction in early pregnancy increases the risk of adverse pregnancy outcome, which has a significant social and psychological impact on women. There is limited information related to community-based study to evaluate early indicators related to miscarriage. The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between fetal growth restriction, measured by ultrasound crown-rump length (CRL), and subsequent occurrence of miscarriage in pregnant women in rural Bangladesh. The study was conducted within the Maternal and Infant Nutrition Interventions Trial in Matlab (MINIMat study), Bangladesh...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731944/cancer-immunotherapy-in-older-patients
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Kristen A Marrone, Patrick M Forde
Advancing age remains one of the most significant risk factors for cancer development. Changes in the immune system occur with aging, and likely play a role in the increased incidence of malignancy in older patients. With the advent of immune checkpoint inhibitors, and their use in a variety of malignancies, there has been an explosion of clinical trials evaluating their use. Unfortunately, these trials have not shown consistent results in elderly patients, nor have age-specific outcomes been consistently reported...
July 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731925/thoracic-paravertebral-block-for-postoperative-pain-management-after-renal-surgery-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Maja Copik, Szymon Bialka, Andrzej Daszkiewicz, Hanna Misiolek
BACKGROUND: Thoracic paravertebral block (ThPVB) combined with general anaesthesia is used in thoracic and general surgery. It provides effective analgesia, reduces surgical stress response and the incidence of chronic postoperative pain. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of ThPVB in reducing opioid requirements and decreasing the intensity of pain after renal surgery. DESIGN: A prospective, randomised, open label study. SETTING: A single university hospital...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731924/clinical-trial-registry-use-in-anaesthesiology-systematic-reviews-a-cross-sectional-study-of-systematic-reviews-published-in-anaesthesiology-journals-and-the-cochrane-library
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Blake A Umberham, Byron N Detweiler, Matthew T Sims, Matt Vassar
BACKGROUND: Publication bias within systematic reviews may result in incorrect conclusions leading to inappropriate clinical decisions and a decreased quality of patient care. Searching clinical trial registries for unpublished studies is one possible solution to minimise publication bias. OBJECTIVES: To examine rates of clinical trial registry searches in systematic reviews published in respected anaesthesiology journals and whether these searches found trials (or data) eligible for inclusion; to compare rates of registry searches between published reviews and similar reviews within the Cochrane Anaesthesia, Critical and Emergency Care Group; to conduct trial registry searches for a subset of reviews, determining whether eligible studies were overlooked; to investigate whether reporting of results in completed anaesthesia trials on ClinicalTrials...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731889/stent-thrombosis-with-bioabsorbable-polymer-drug-eluting-stents-insights-from-the-food-and-drug-administration-database
#18
Abdur R Khan, Avnish Tripathi, Talha A Farid, Bilal Abaid, Deepak L Bhatt, Jon R Resar, Michael P Flaherty
BACKGROUND: SYNERGY, a bioabsorbable polymer-based, everolimus-eluting stent (BP-DES), recently received regulatory approval in the USA for use in percutaneous coronary interventions. Yet, information on the safety of BP-DES in routine clinical practice is limited. Our aim was to compare the safety of the recently approved BP-DES with current durable polymer drug-eluting stents (DP-DES) by analyzing adverse events, namely, stent thrombosis (ST), reported to the Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database...
July 20, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731885/effectiveness-of-a-posterior-shoulder-stretching-program-on-university-level-overhead-athletes-randomized-controlled-trial
#19
Judy C Chepeha, David J Magee, Martin Bouliane, David Sheps, Lauren Beaupre
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a posterior shoulder stretch was effective in increasing internal rotation (IR) and horizontal adduction (HAd) range of motion (ROM) in overhead athletes identified as having reduced mobility. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial (parallel design). SETTING: University-based sports medicine clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-seven university-level athletes in volleyball, swimming, and tennis, with IR ROM deficits ≥15°, were randomized into intervention or control groups...
July 14, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731881/implementation-of-a-nurse-driven-educational-program-improves-management-of-sorafenib-s-toxicities-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#20
Angélique Brunot, Florence Le Roy, Samuel Le Sourd, Amel MʼSadek, Marielle Duval, Laurence Crouzet, Anne Guillygomarcʼh, Eveline Boucher, Brigitte Laguerre, Julien Edeline
BACKGROUND: Sorafenib is the standard treatment of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. Because of its unique toxicities, improving patients' tolerance merits close follow-up. Nurses can play a crucial role by leading a patient educational program (EP). OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess whether adding EP to usual care (UC) improves patient's care. METHODS: Since 2011, oncologists referred patients treated by sorafenib to the EP led by clinical nurses...
July 20, 2017: Cancer Nursing
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