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Tomohide Yamada, Ryuichi Kamata, Kotomi Ishinohachi, Nobuhiro Shojima, Sophia Ananiadou, Hisashi Noma, Toshimasa Yamauchi, Takashi Kadowaki
Biosimilar insulins have expanded treatment options for diabetes. We compared clinical efficacy and safety between biosimilar and originator insulins by meta-analysis. Random effects meta-analysis was performed on randomized controlled trials comparing biosimilar and originator insulins in adults with diabetes from electronic databases up to December 2017. Ten trials (4,935 patients) were assessed (2 each for LY2963016, MK-1293, Mylan's insulin glargine, and SAR342434, and 1 each for FFP-112 and Basalog). Meta-analysis revealed no differences between long-acting biosimilar and originator insulins for reduction of hemoglobin A1c at 24 weeks (0...
March 14, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
Arlinete S Medeiros, Diego M P Costa, Mário S D Branco, Daíse M C Sousa, Joelma D Monteiro, Sílvio P M Galvão, Paulo Roberto M Azevedo, José V Fernandes, Selma M B Jeronimo, Josélio M G Araújo
BACKGROUND: Vector control remains the sole effective method to prevent dengue virus (DENV) transmission, although a vaccine for dengue has recently become available and testing of its efficacy and coverage is being performed in multiple places. Entomological surveillance is a key factor in alerting authorities to possible outbreaks, but until now natural DENV infection of mosquito populations has been scarcely used as an early warning system to monitor fluctuating prevalence of infected mosquitoes...
2018: PloS One
Jihane Ben Farhat, Karl Blanchet, Pia Juul Bjertrup, Apostolos Veizis, Clément Perrin, Rebecca M Coulborn, Philippe Mayaud, Sandra Cohuet
BACKGROUND: Since 2015, Europe has been facing an unprecedented arrival of refugees and migrants: more than one million people entered via land and sea routes. During their travels, refugees and migrants often face harsh conditions, forced detention, and violence in transit countries. However, there is a lack of epidemiological quantitative evidence on their experiences and the mental health problems they face during their displacement. We aimed to document the types of violence experienced by migrants and refugees during their journey and while settled in Greece, and to measure the prevalence of anxiety disorders and access to legal information and procedures...
March 13, 2018: BMC Medicine
Nils Helsen, Tim Van den Wyngaert, Laurens Carp, Sigrid Stroobants
PURPOSE: 18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) is increasingly used to evaluate treatment response in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). This analysis assessed the diagnostic value of FDG-PET/CT in detecting nodal disease within 6 months after treatment, considering patient and disease characteristics. METHODS: A systematic review was performed using the MEDLINE and Web of Knowledge databases...
February 24, 2018: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
S-W Yi, Y J Won, J-J Yi
AIM: This study aimed to prospectively examine whether low normal glucose levels and hypoglycaemia are associated with increased mortality due to external causes, especially unintentional accidents. METHODS: A total of 345,318 normoglycaemic Korean adults who had undergone health examinations during 2002-2003 were followed-up to 2013. To avoid potential biases related to glucose-lowering medication use, those with known diabetes or hyperglycaemia were excluded. RESULTS: During 3...
January 11, 2018: Diabetes & Metabolism
Klara Torlén, Lisa Kurland, Maaret Castrén, Knut Olanders, Katarina Bohm
BACKGROUND: Emergency medical dispatching should be as accurate as possible in order to ensure patient safety and optimize the use of ambulance resources. This study aimed to compare the accuracy, measured as priority level, between two Swedish dispatch protocols - the three-graded priority protocol Medical Index and a newly developed prototype, the four-graded priority protocol, RETTS-A. METHODS: A simulation study was carried out at the Emergency Medical Communication Centre (EMCC) in Stockholm, Sweden, between October and March 2016...
December 29, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Bheeshma Ravi, Daniel Pincus, David Wasserstein, Anand Govindarajan, Anjie Huang, Peter C Austin, Richard Jenkinson, Patrick D G Henry, J Michael Paterson, Hans J Kreder
Importance: Overlapping surgery, also known as double-booking, refers to a controversial practice in which a single attending surgeon supervises 2 or more operations, in different operating rooms, at the same time. Objective: To determine if overlapping surgery is associated with greater risk for complications following surgical treatment for hip fracture and arthritis. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a retrospective population-based cohort study in Ontario, Canada (population, 13...
January 1, 2018: JAMA Internal Medicine
Starla D Glover, Robin Tyburski, Li Liang, Cecilia Tommos, Leif Hammarström
Protein-based "hole" hopping typically involves spatially arranged redox-active tryptophan or tyrosine residues. Thermodynamic information is scarce for this type of process. The well-structured α3 W model protein was studied by protein film square wave voltammetry and transient absorption spectroscopy to obtain a comprehensive thermodynamic and kinetic description of a buried tryptophan residue. A Pourbaix diagram, correlating thermodynamic potentials (E°') with pH, is reported for W32 in α3 W and compared to equivalent data recently presented for Y32 in α3 Y ( Ravichandran , K...
January 10, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Yury O Nunez Lopez, Berta Victoria, Pawel Golusinski, Wojciech Golusinski, Michal M Masternak
Aim: To characterize the miRNA expression profile in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSSC) accounting for a broad range of cancer subtypes and consequently identify an optimal miRNA signature with prognostic value. Background: HNSCC is consistently among the most common cancers worldwide. Its mortality rate is about 50% because of the characteristic aggressive behavior of these cancers and the prevalent late diagnosis. The heterogeneity of the disease has hampered the development of robust prognostic tools with broad clinical utility...
January 2018: Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy
Su Pei Khoo, Nirmala Bhoo-Pathy, Siew Hwei Yap, Mohd Khairul Anwar Shafii, Nazrilla Hairizan Nasir, Jerome Belinson, ShriDevi Subramaniam, Pik Pin Goh, Ming Zeng, Hong Dong Tan, Patti Gravitt, Yin Ling Woo
OBJECTIVES: Cervical cancer is a largely preventable disease, and the strategic implementation of a cervical cancer prevention programme is partly dependent on the impact of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection interpreted within the context of the country's sociodemographic attributes. The objective of this study is to determine the prevalence of cervicovaginal HPV infection among a healthy, community-based, multiethnic Malaysian population. The HPV prevalence was subsequently correlated to the individual's sociodemographics and sexual/reproductive history...
November 27, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
Indah K Murni, Trevor Duke, Andrew J Daley, Sharon Kinney, Yati Soenarto
Background: Blood culture results are frequently used to guide antibiotic decision-making, but culture contaminants need to be distinguished from true pathogens. Aims: To assess the contamination rate of blood cultures and validate a method to distinguish between true bacteraemia and contamination. Methods: We analysed blood culture results from children who were admitted to the paediatric ICU and paediatric wards at the Sardjito Hospital, Yogyakarta, Indonesia between December 2010 and February 2013...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
Alexander Spina, Annick Lenglet, David Beversluis, Marja de Jong, Larissa Vernier, Craig Spencer, Fred Andayi, Charity Kamau, Simone Vollmer, Boris Hogema, Andrea Irwin, Roger Ngueremi Yary, Açyl Mahamat Ali, Ali Moussa, Prince Alfani, Sibylle Sang
BACKGROUND: In September 2016, three acutely jaundiced (AJS) pregnant women were admitted to Am Timan Hospital, eastern Chad. We described the outbreak and conducted a case test-negative study to identify risk factors for this genotype of HEV in an acute outbreak setting. METHODS: Active case finding using a community based surveillance network identified suspected AJS cases. Pregnant or visibly ill AJS cases presenting at hospital were tested with Assure® IgM HEV rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and some with Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) in Amsterdam; confirmed cases were RDT-positive and controls were RDT-negative...
2017: PloS One
Rosaria Del Giorno, Paolo Frumento, Giustino Varrassi, Antonella Paladini, Stefano Coaccioli
Background: Chronic pain (CP) has been shown as an important public health problem, and several studies emphasize the need to strengthen the health care and social systems to reduce its marginalization. This study aimed to: evaluate the epidemiology of CP in the general population in an Italian area; and assess the awareness of a specific law, unanimously approved in Parliament, which provides citizens the right to access pain management (Italian Law 38/2010). Methods: A cross-sectional population-based study carried out during the spring of 2014 at Narni, Umbria, Italy...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
Katharina Marquart, Olga Prokopchuk, Franz Worek, Horst Thiermann, Marc E Martignoni, Timo Wille
Isolated organs proofed to be a robust tool to study effects of (potential) therapeutics in organophosphate poisoning. Small bowel samples have been successfully used to reveal smooth muscle relaxing effects. In the present study, the effects of obidoxime, TMB-4, HI-6 and MB 327 were investigated on human small bowel tissue and compared with rat data. Hereby, the substances were tested in at least seven different concentrations in the jejunum or ileum both pre-contracted with carbamoylcholine. Additionally, the cholinesterase activity of native tissue was determined...
November 14, 2017: Toxicology Letters
Ling Huang, Fen Zhang, Jialong Zeng, Hanguo Guo, Sichu Liu, Xiaojuan Wei, Feili Chen, Xinmiao Jiang, Zhanli Liang, Yanhui Liu, Wenyu Li
The prognostic value of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) expression in patients with anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) remains controversial. Data on the clinical features of ALCL in a Chinese population are limited. We retrospectively reviewed 1293 patients with pathologically diagnosed lymphoma at Guangdong General Hospital from June 2007 through August 2016. We evaluated the incidence of ALCL, clinical characteristics, survival status, and outcome of crizotinib use in four relapsed/refractory ALK-positive patients...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Hematology
Babar Hussain, Stuart James Lucas, Levent Ozturk, Hikmet Budak
Soil salinization and degradation is one of the consequences of climate change. Identification of major salt tolerance genes and marker assisted selection (MAS) can accelerate wheat breeding for this trait. We genotyped 154 wheat F2 lines derived from a cross between salt tolerant and susceptible cultivars using the Axiom Wheat Breeder's Genotyping Array. A high-density linkage map of 988 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) was constructed and utilized for quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping for salt tolerance traits and mineral concentrations under salinity...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
Kristin K Isaacs, Katherine A Phillips, Derya Biryol, Kathie L Dionisio, Paul S Price
Assessing human exposures to chemicals in consumer products requires composition information. However, comprehensive composition data for products in commerce are not generally available. Many consumer products have reported ingredient lists that are constructed using specific guidelines. A probabilistic model was developed to estimate quantitative weight fraction (WF) values that are consistent with the rank of an ingredient in the list, the number of reported ingredients, and labeling rules. The model provides the mean, median, and 95% upper and lower confidence limit WFs for ingredients of any rank in lists of any length...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
Garrett R Beeler Asay, David M Homa, Erin M Abramsohn, Xin Xu, Erin L O'Connor, Guijing Wang
OBJECTIVE: We estimated the reduction in number of hospitalizations for acute myocardial infarction and stroke as well as the associated health care costs resulting from reducing the number of smokers in the US federal workforce during a 5-year period. METHODS: We developed a 5-year spreadsheet-based cohort model with parameter values from past literature and analysis of national survey data. We obtained 2015 data on the federal workforce population from the US Office of Personnel Management and data on smoking prevalence among federal workers from the 2013-2015 National Health Interview Survey...
November 2017: Public Health Reports
Isabela Bruna Pires Borges, Marilda Guimarães Silva, Rafael Giovane Misse, Samuel Katsuyuki Shinjo
Lipid-lowering agent-triggered dermatomyositis (DM) or polymyositis (PM) is a rare event. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to describe a series of such cases. A retrospective cohort study of 5 DM and 4 PM cases triggered by prior exposure to lipid-lowering agents between 2001 and 2017 was carried out. All patients, except for two cases, had muscle biopsy compatible with inflammatory myopathy and no serum autoantibodies positive for anti-SRP or anti-HMGCoAR. Median age of the patients at time of diagnosis was 68 years...
October 12, 2017: Rheumatology International
Joseph B Wick, Ahilan Sivaganesan, Silky Chotai, Kristin R Archer, Samuel L Posey, Parker T Evans, Joel R Campbell, Clinton J Devin
BACKGROUND: Preoperative opioid use is widespread and associated with worse patient-reported outcomes following spine surgery. OBJECTIVE: To calculate a threshold preoperative morphine equianalgesic (MEA) dose beyond which patients are less likely to achieve the minimum clinically important difference (MCID) following elective surgery for degenerative spine disease. METHODS: The study included 543 cervical and 1293 lumbar patients. Neck Disability Index and Oswestry Disability Index scores were collected at baseline and 12 mo postoperatively...
July 25, 2017: Neurosurgery
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