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Claire M Keene, Arjen Dondorp, Jane Crawley, Eric O Ohuma, Mavuto Mukaka
Background: Malaria burdens global health systems, and management with limited resources requires robust treatment guidelines and comprehensive planning. Expected length of stay (LOS) is useful in health-system planning, and factors influencing it can be targeted to reduce admission time and optimise service delivery. Methods: A secondary survival analysis of 1217 adult severe malaria patients from the South-East Asia Quinine Artesunate Malaria Trial, using a competing-risk approach...
March 19, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Zhao Dehua, Chu Mingming, Wang Jisheng
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of gemcitabine (GEM) at 30 min standard-dose infusion (30 min-SDI) compared with prolonged low-dose infusion (P-LDI) in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: Electronic databases including Pubmed, EMbase, Cochrane Library, CNKI, CBM, and VIP were searched using keywords "GEM", "P-LDI", and "NSCLC". Review Manager 5.3 was used to perform the meta-analysis. Primary endpoints were overall response rate (ORR) and 1-year survival rate (1-year SR)...
2018: PloS One
Wei An, Aisaiti Ainiwaer, Patiguli Wusiman, Gulibusitan Ali, Adili Moming
PURPOSE: The study proposed to determine the superiority between different fixation methods in the mandibular angle fractures (MAFs) and to evaluate best option for surgeon and patient. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted according to PRISMA guidelines, examining Medline-Ovid, Embase, and Pubmed databases. The quality of studies was assessed, and the odds risk (OR) with its corresponding 95% confidence interval (CI) was assessed to measure the effect size...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Wei Wang, Dong Xing, Yingjian Song, Feiyu Liu
BACKGROUND: Esophageal cancer is one of the worst malignant digestive neoplasms with poor treatment outcomes. Definitive concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CRT) has become the standard nonsurgical treatment option for locally advanced esophageal cancer. The chemotherapeutic drugs 5-fluorouracil and cisplatin have been most commonly used in CRT of esophageal cancer. However, radiotherapy combined with 5-FU/cisplatin often delivers severe toxicity to patients. S-1 as an oral chemotherapeutic drug exhibits higher anti-tumor activity, less adverse effects, and better biological availability...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Michael F Orr, Crystal Lederhos Smith, Myles Finlay, Samantha C Martin, Olivia Brooks, Oladunni A Oluwoye, Emily Leickly, Michael McDonell, Ekaterina Burduli, Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Matt Layton, John M Roll, Sterling M McPherson
Contingency management (CM) is associated with decreases in off-target drug and alcohol use during primary target treatment. The primary hypothesis for this trial was that targeting alcohol use or tobacco smoking would yield increased abstinence in the opposite, nontargeted drug. We used a 2 [CM vs. noncontingent control (NC) for alcohol]×2 (CM vs. NC for smoking tobacco) factorial design, with alcohol intake (through urinary ethyl glucuronide) and tobacco smoking (through urinary cotinine) as the primary outcomes...
March 20, 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
Christopher J R Gough, Jerry P Nolan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiac arrest mortality remains high, and the impact on outcome of most advanced life support interventions is unclear. The optimal method for managing the airway during cardiac arrest remains unknown. This review will summarize and critique recently published evidence comparing basic airway management with the use of more advanced airway interventions [insertion of supraglottic airway (SGA) devices and tracheal intubation]. RECENT FINDINGS: Systematic reviews generally document an association between advanced airway management and worse neurological outcome but they are subject to considerable bias...
March 20, 2018: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Walid Ben-Nafa, Wendy Munro
INTRODUCTION: Lateral epicondylitis is a common musculoskeletal disorder of the upper limb. Corticosteroid injection has been widely used as a major mode of treatment. However, better understanding of the pathophysiology of the disease led to a major change in treating the disease, with new options including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are currently used. Objectives/research aim: To systematically evaluate the effect of corticosteroid versus PRP injections for the treatment of LE. HYPOTHESIS: PRP injections provide longer-term therapeutic effect and less rate of complications compared to corticosteroid injection...
2018: SICOT-J
Brandon P Vasquez, Jennifer C Tomaszczyk, Bhanu Sharma, Brenda Colella, Robin E A Green
BACKGROUND: Executive control deficits are deleterious and enduring consequences of moderate-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) that disrupt everyday functioning. Clinically, such impairments can manifest as behavioural inconsistency, measurable experimentally by the degree of variability across trials of a reaction time (RT) task (also known as intraindividual variability [IIV]). Growing research on cognition after TBI points to cognitive deterioration in the chronic stages postinjury...
March 1, 2018: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
Eloise G Harrison, Jennifer L Keating, Prue E Morgan
INTRODUCTION: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sensorimotor disorder characterised by an uncomfortable urge to move the legs. Management is primarily pharmacological. Effects for non-pharmacological, non-surgical options are published but lack systematic examination. OBJECTIVES: To synthesise results of non-pharmacological/non-surgical treatment compared to no-treatment controls or alternative treatment for RLS on any relevant outcome. METHODS: Databases and reference lists of reviews were searched for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing non-pharmacological treatment to alternative or no treatment controls for idiopathic RLS...
March 21, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
R Dumont, F Puleo, J Collignon, N Meurisse, M Chavez, L Seidel, P Gast, M Polus, C Loly, Ph Delvenne, P Meunier, R Hustinx, A Deroover, O Detry, E Louis, Ph Martinive, D Van Daele
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: The current standard of care for resectable pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is surgery-first followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. We review our single center experience in a PDAC cohort managed by the surgery-first strategy. We then compare our data to those of Belgian and international literature. PATIENTS METHODS: We reviewed a series of 83 consecutive resectable patients with PDAC, treated by the surgery-first approach in a Belgian Academic Hospital between 2007 and 2013...
October 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Roberta Venturella, Paola Quaresima, Mariella Micieli, Erika Rania, Annarita Palumbo, Federica Visconti, Fulvio Zullo, Costantino Di Carlo
PURPOSE: To propose an evidence-based review on the most frequent indications for Cesarean section (CS) given by specialists in disciplines other than Obstetrics and Gynecology, with the aim of increasing consciousness about the available data in the literature and the guidelines recommendations about topics that are not frequently managed by obstetricians and gynecologists. METHODS: We analyzed hospital discharge data regarding deliveries occurred in a 10-year study period in our department to obtain the prevalence and the list of the most recurrent non-obstetrical indications for CS...
March 20, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Sepideh Gareh Sheyklo, Sakineh Hajebrahimi, Ahmad Moosavi, Fatemeh Pournaghi-Azar, Saber Azami-Aghdash, Morteza Ghojazadeh
Background and aim: Entonox was one of the important methods for pain management in the delivery process. In previous years some studies have assessed the effect of this method in Iran. In this regard, the aim of this study was to systematically review studies addressing the effect of Entonox for pain management in labor. Methods: This systematic review and meta-analysis study was conducted in 2016. The required data was collected using keywords such as "Entonox", "nitrous oxide", "vaginal delivery", "pain relief", "obstetric", "labor pain", and "labor analgesia", from databases including Google scholar, PubMed, Science Direct, Magiran, SID, and Scopus, and hand-searching of related and valid journals and references of articles...
December 2017: Electronic Physician
Daniel J Cwikla, Faysal A Yafi
The use of Clostridium histolyticum collagenase (CCH) has become increasingly widespread for the treatment of Peyronie's disease (PD) in recent years. Numerous trials have confirmed both its safety and efficacy in appropriately selected patients with this condition. The purpose of this review is to examine pivotal trials demonstrating the efficacy of CCH, revisit viable candidates for treatment with intralesional injection therapy, and provide a summary of injection technique and appropriate management of patients receiving this treatment at the time of therapy and in follow up...
April 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Urology
Marie-Therese I Valovska, Vernon M Pais
Urolithiasis is the most common nonobstetric complication in the gravid patient. The experience can provoke undue stress for the mother, fetus, and management team. The physiologic changes of pregnancy render the physical exam and imaging studies less reliable than in the typical patient. Diagnosis is further complicated by the need for careful selection of imaging modality in order to maximize diagnostic utility and minimize obstetric risk to the mother and ionizing radiation exposure to the fetus. Ultrasound remains the first-line diagnostic imaging modality in this group, but other options are available if results are inconclusive...
April 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Urology
Paloma Ruiz-Rodríguez, Antonio Cano-Vindel, Roger Muñoz-Navarro, Cristina M Wood, Leonardo A Medrano, Luciana Sofía Moretti
Introduction: In the primary care (PC) setting in Spain, the prevalence of emotional disorders (EDs) such as anxiety, depression and somatoform disorder is high. In PC patients, these disorders are not always managed in accordance with the recommendations provided by clinical practice guidelines, resulting in major direct and indirect economic costs and suboptimal treatment outcomes. The aim is to analyze and compare the cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of group-based psychological therapy versus treatment as usual (TAU)...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
William J Jeffcoate, Loretta Vileikyte, Edward J Boyko, David G Armstrong, Andrew J M Boulton
Diabetic foot ulcers remain a major health care problem. They are common, result in considerable suffering, frequently recur, and are associated with high mortality, as well as considerable health care costs. While national and international guidance exists, the evidence base for much of routine clinical care is thin. It follows that many aspects of the structure and delivery of care are susceptible to the beliefs and opinion of individuals. It is probable that this contributes to the geographic variation in outcome that has been documented in a number of countries...
April 2018: Diabetes Care
Lucy Mackillop, Jane Elizabeth Hirst, Katy Jane Bartlett, Jacqueline Susan Birks, Lei Clifton, Andrew J Farmer, Oliver Gibson, Yvonne Kenworthy, Jonathan Cummings Levy, Lise Loerup, Oliver Rivero-Arias, Wai-Kit Ming, Carmelo Velardo, Lionel Tarassenko
BACKGROUND: Treatment of hyperglycemia in women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is associated with improved maternal and neonatal outcomes and requires intensive clinical input. This is currently achieved by hospital clinic attendance every 2 to 4 weeks with limited opportunity for intervention between these visits. OBJECTIVE: We conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine whether the use of a mobile phone-based real-time blood glucose management system to manage women with GDM remotely was as effective in controlling blood glucose as standard care through clinic attendance...
March 20, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Ali H Hakim, Usman Ahmad, Kenneth R McCurry, Douglas R Johnston, Gosta B Pettersson, Marie Budev, Sudish Murthy, Eugene H Blackstone, Michael Z Tong
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), when used as bridge to lung transplantation (BTT) identifies high-risk candidates. Recent advances in cannula design and patient selection fosters "awake ambulatory ECMO" as a viable option for critically ill candidates in an attempt to retard deconditioning while awaiting allografts. METHODS: From 2012 to 2015, 30 patients underwent ECMO as BTT. Candidacy for ECMO was determined prior to listing for transplant...
March 17, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Nazli Namazi, Bagher Larijani, Mohammad Hossein Ayati, Mohammad Abdollahi
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Nigella sativa L. (N.sativa) is a traditional herbal medicine that has been used for centuries to treat rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, asthma, and other metabolic disorders. Recently, anti-obesity characteristics of N.sativa have been indicated. AIM OF THE STUDY: The effects of N. sativa as a complementary therapy in obesity management remains controversial. We aimed to perform a meta-analysis on the effects of supplementation with N...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
T N Anand, Linju M Joseph, A V Geetha, Joyita Chowdhury, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Panniyammakal Jeemon
BACKGROUND: One of the potential strategies to improve health care delivery in understaffed low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is task sharing, where specific tasks are transferred from more qualified health care cadre to a lesser trained cadre. Dyslipidemia is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease but often it is not managed appropriately. OBJECTIVE: We conducted a systematic review with the objective to identify and evaluate the effect of task sharing interventions on dyslipidemia in LMICs...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
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