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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339727/rapid-decrease-in-rates-of-hospitalization-resulting-from-invasive-pneumococcal-disease-and-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-children-aged-60-months-after-13-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-introduction-in-argentina
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Eduardo L López, Eduardo Glatstein, Gustavo C Ezcurra, Marisa Iacono, Eduardo Teplitz, Analía V Garnero, Daniela L Lazzarini, Miryan Vázquez, María M Contrini
Background.: In January 2012, Argentina included universal pneumococcal vaccination in the routine childhood vaccination program using a 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13). A 2 + 1 schedule (2 doses in the first year of life and a booster dose at 12 months of age) in children aged <2 years and 2-dose catch-up immunization in children aged 13 to 24 months was administered during the first year of vaccine introduction. The purpose of this study was to assess the burdens of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) and/or community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in hospitalized children younger than 5 years during the first 2 years of the program compared to those in the prevaccination period in our setting...
February 23, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338913/assessing-the-impact-of-unmeasured-confounding-for-binary-outcomes-using-confounding-functions
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Jessica Kasza, Rory Wolfe, Tibor Schuster
A critical assumption of causal inference is that of no unmeasured confounding: for estimated exposure effects to have valid causal interpretations, a sufficient set of predictors of exposure and outcome must be adequately measured and correctly included in the respective inference model(s). In an observational study setting, this assumption will often be unsatisfied, and the potential impact of unmeasured confounding on effect estimates should be investigated. The confounding function approach allows the impact of unmeasured confounding on estimates to be assessed, where unmeasured confounding may be due to unmeasured confounders and/or biases such as collider bias or information bias...
March 3, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336258/a-comparison-of-combined-intravenous-and-topical-administration-of-tranexamic-acid-with-intravenous-tranexamic-acid-alone-for-blood-loss-reduction-after-total-hip-arthroplasty-a-meta-analysis
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Xiangcheng Liu, Jinglong Liu, Ganghe Sun
BACKGROUND: The optimal dose and protocol of tranexamic acid (TXA) for reducing blood loss in total hip arthroplasty (THA) is controversial. Intravenous TXA (IV-TXA) and combined IV-TXA with topical TXA are the two common protocol after THA. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to compare the efficacy and safety of combined IV and topical TXA with IV-TXA alone in reducing blood loss after THA. METHODS: PubMed, Medline, Embase, Web of Science, the Cochrane Library, China Wanfang database and Google database were searched from the inception to February 2017 to identify RCTs that comparing combined IV and topical TXA with IV-TXA alone for patients prepared for primary THA...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330336/postpartum-modern-contraceptive-use-and-associated-factors-in-northern-ethiopia
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Teklehaymanot Huluf Abraha, Alemayehu Shimeka Teferra, Abebaw Addis Gelagay
OBJECTIVES: Postpartum period is a critical period to address high unmet needs of family planning and to reduce the risks of closely spaced pregnancies. However, contraception during extended postpartum period has given less emphasis concerning contraceptive practice in Ethiopia. Therefore, this study was aimed to assess postpartum modern contraceptive use and associated factors among postpartum women in Northern Ethiopia. METHODS: A community based cross sectional study was done from March to April, 2015...
March 20, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328850/measurement-of-exhaled-nitric-oxide-concentration-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-a-meta-analysis
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Dongmei Zhang, Jinmei Luo, Yixian Qiao, Yi Xiao, Rong Huang, Xu Zhong
BACKGROUND: Exhaled nitric oxide (eNO) has been proposed as a noninvasive measure of airway inflammation. However, its value in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is still controversial. The authors aim to assess the difference in eNO levels between patients with OSA and controls by a meta-analysis. METHODS: A systematic search was performed in the PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, and MEDLINE databases to collect relevant studies published from 1996 to 2016...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328846/prevalence-of-complications-after-surgery-in-treatment-for-cervical-compressive-myelopathy-a-meta-analysis-for-last-decade
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Tao Wang, Xiao-Ming Tian, Si-Kai Liu, Hui Wang, Ying-Ze Zhang, Wen-Yuan Ding
PURPOSE: We aim to perform a meta-analysis on prevalence of all kinds of operation-related complications following surgery treating cervical compressive myelopathy (CCM) and to provide reference for surgeons making surgical plan. METHODS: An extensive search of literature was performed in PubMed/MEDLINE, Embase, the Cochrane library, CNKI, and WANFANG databases on incidence of operation-related complications from January 2007 to November 2016. Data was calculated and data analysis was conducted with STATA 12...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321279/job-satisfaction-and-attitudes-towards-nursing-care-among-nurses-working-at-mzuzu-central-hospital-in-mzuzu-malawi
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Maloni Nyirenda, Patricia Mukwato
BACKGROUND: Job satisfaction is a major determinant of performance at the workplace. Studies have shown that job dissatisfaction can intensify emotional exhaustion, and this can influence nurses to perceive their work as tiresome and repetitive, leading to frustration and discouragement. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between job satisfaction and attitude towards nursing care at Mzuzu Central Hospital in Mzuzu, Malawi. METHODS: This was a descriptive correlational study...
December 2016: Malawi Medical Journal: the Journal of Medical Association of Malawi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320060/clinical-value-of-octamer-binding-transcription-factor-4-as-a-prognostic-marker-in-patients-with-digestive-system-cancers-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Zhiqiang Chen, Long Zhang, Qin Zhu, Xiaowei Wang, Jindao Wu, Xuehao Wang
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The role of octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (Oct4) has been implicated in the clinical prognosis of various kinds of digestive system cancers, but the results remain controversial. The purpose of this meta-analysis is to assess the potential role of Oct4 as a prognostic marker in digestive system tumors. METHODS: Relevant articles were retrieved from Pubmed, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library up to July 2016. The software Stata 12.0 was used to analyze the outcomes, including overall survival (OS), disease-free survival, recurrence-free survival, and clinicopathological characteristics...
March 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319533/-perfscore-a-multidimensional-score-a-simple-way-to-predict-the-success-of-cardiac-rehabilitation
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Patrizia Maras, Sara Doimo, Alessando Altinier, Alessio Della Mattia, Luigia Scudeller, Gianfranco Sinagra, Catherine Klersy
BACKGROUND: We propose a simple and reliable score, performance score ('PERFSCORE'), that allows cardiologists to assess the achievement of therapeutic goals. METHODS: We identified six indicators of cardiac rehabilitation performance: heart rate (HR) less than 70 beats/min; blood pressure (BP) less than 140/90 mmHg; smoking cessation or non-smokers; left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) more than 40%; LDLc less than 100 mg/dl or more than 70 mg/dl if diabetic; and on treatment at least with three drugs among angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARBs), β-blockers, statins, and ASA...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319195/serum-uric-acid-levels-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-a-meta-analysis
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Min Wen, Bo Zhou, Yun-Hua Chen, Zhao-Lei Ma, Yun Gou, Chun-Lin Zhang, Wen-Feng Yu, Ling Jiao
BACKGROUND: Lower serum uric acid (UA) levels have been reported as a risk factor in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the results have been inconsistent so far. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to clarify the potential relationship of uric acid with PD. METHODS: Comprehensive electronic search in pubmed, web of science, and the Cochrane Library database to find original articles about the association between PD and serum uric acid levels published before Dec 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318134/long-term-clinical-outcomes-of-successful-revascularization-with-drug-eluting-stents-for-chronic-total-occlusions-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Lei Gao, Yabin Wang, Yuqi Liu, Feng Cao, Yundai Chen
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether successful percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) using drug-eluting stents (DESs) have beneficial effects on long-term outcomes in patients with chronic total occlusions (CTOs) compared with failed PCIs for CTOs. BACKGROUND: Several observational studies have evaluated the long-term clinical outcomes of successful PCIs using DESs for CTOs. However, the results of these studies were inconsistent and inconclusive. METHODS: We searched five online electronic databases to identify all the publications assessing the long-term outcomes of successful and failed PCIs using DESs for CTOs...
March 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317869/genetic-association-between-the-cyclin-dependent-kinase-inhibitor-gene-p27-kip1-polymorphism-rs34330-and-cancer-susceptibility-a-meta-analysis
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Xiao-Ke Cheng, Xue-Jun Wang, Xiao-Dong Li, Xue-Qun Ren
The p27 rs34330 (-79C/T) polymorphism has been widely studied for human cancer susceptibility. The current findings, however, still remained controversial. Therefore, we performed the meta-analysis to provide a more accurate result. Eligible studies were identified from PubMed database up to June 2015. The association of p27 rs34330 polymorphism and cancer susceptibility was estimated with odds ratios and corresponding 95% confidence intervals. The meta-analysis was performed with Stata 12. A total of ten studies with 11,214 cases and more than 8,776 controls were included in the meta-analysis (including breast, lung, thyroid, endometrial, and hepatocellular cancer)...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315505/clinicopathological-and-prognostic-value-of-cd24-expression-in-breast-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Gao Liu, Guo-Xing Liu, Yu Fang, Zhen-Yu Cao, Hui-Hui Du, Jie Fu, Ke Qian
BACKGROUND: A number of studies have been conducted to explore the relationship between CD24 expression and the prognosis of breast cancer; however, the results remain inconsistent. Therefore, we performed this meta-analysis to clarify the impact of CD24 expression on clinicopathological features and prognosis of breast cancer. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search for relevant studies was performed, and statistical analysis was conducted using Stata software...
March 3, 2017: International Journal of Biological Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302198/-association-between-maternal-folate-supplementation-during-pregnancy-and-the-risk-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-the-offspring-a-meta-analysis
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Xiao-Fang Yu, Mei Li, Yan Zheng
OBJECTIVE: To quantitatively and comprehensively investigate the association between maternal folate supplementation during pregnancy and the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the offspring. METHODS: PubMed, Embase, Scopus, Cochrane Library, EBSCO, CNKI, Wanfang Data, VIP Database, and Chinese Biomedical Database were searched to collect the articles on maternal folate supplementation during pregnancy and the risk of ASD in children. Odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) were used to determine the effect size...
March 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301592/psychosocial-correlates-of-nutritional-status-among-people-living-with-hiv-on-antiretroviral-therapy-a-matched-case-control-study-in-central-zone-of-tigray-northern-ethiopia
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Negassie Berhe Weldehaweria, Elsa Hagos Abreha, Meresa Gebremedhin Weldu, Kebede Haile Misgina
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition hastens progression to Acquired Human Immunodeficiency Syndromes (AIDS) related illnesses; undermines adherence and response to antiretroviral therapy (ART) in resource-poor settings. However, nutritional status of people living with HIV (PLHIV) can be affected by various psychosocial factors which have not been well explored in Ethiopia. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine psychosocial correlates of nutritional status among people living with HIV (PLHIV) on ART in Central zone of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299819/arsenic-trioxide-combined-with-transarterial-chemoembolization-for-primary-liver-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Xiu-He Lv, Chun-Hui Wang, Yan Xie
BACKGROUND: The benefit of combination therapy of arsenic trioxide (As2 O3 ) and transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) is debated. This meta-analysis was conducted to determine whether As2 O3 & TACE therapy achieves better therapeutic effects compared with TACE alone for primary liver cancer. METHODS: A systematic search of both English and Chinese databases was conducted for randomised controlled trials (RCTs). The main outcomes were therapeutic responses, survival rates, improvement in quality of life, and adverse events...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299500/mthfr-and-mthfd1-gene-polymorphisms-are-not-associated-with-pseudoexfoliation-syndrome-in-south-indian-population
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Prakadeeswari Gopalakrishnan, Aravind Haripriya, Periasamy Sundaresan
PURPOSE: Pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PEX) is a late onset disorder of extracellular matrix turnover, associated systemically with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. To evaluate the suggested association of polymorphisms of homocysteine metabolism genes MTHFR (rs1801131, rs1801133) and MTHFD1 (rs8006686) with PEX. METHODS: A case-control association study was undertaken, comprising a total of 1472 individuals including 860 unrelated PEX cases and 612 ethnic-matched cataract controls (CC)...
March 15, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299154/assessment-of-malaria-reporting-and-epidemic-preparedness-systems-in-health-facilities-in-eldoret-west-district-uasin-gishu-county-kenya
#18
Ruth C Kirinyet, Arthur S Ng'etich, Ahmad Juma
The most important factor in reducing the impact of an epidemic is a timely response with implementation of effective control measures at the point of detection. This study sought to assess the malaria reporting and epidemic preparedness systems of health facilities in Eldoret West District, Kenya. A cross-sectional study design was adapted. A census technique was used to select all the forty five health facilities in the district comprising of government, mission and non-governmental facilities. An interviewer administered questionnaire was used for data collection and analysis done using Stata...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298785/the-effect-of-intravenous-dexmedetomidine-compared-to-propofol-on-patients-hemodynamics-as-a-sedative-in-brachial-plexus-block-a-comparative-study
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Amarjeet Kumar, Chandni Sinha, Ajeet Kumar, Poonam Kumari
BACKGROUND: The quest for an ideal sedative during regional anesthesia is on. Although propofol has been accepted as a sedative intraoperatively, it can be associated with troublesome hemodynamic changes. Dexmedetomidine is a new alpha 2 agonist used widely for sedation. AIMS: In this study, we tried to compare equivalent doses of dexmedetomidine infusion with propofol with emphasis on their effect on the hemodynamics. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Prospective, single-blinded randomized controlled trial...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297284/dosimetric-comparison-of-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-and-volumetric-modulated-arc-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-prostate-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Wenting Ren, Chao Sun, Ningning Lu, Yingjie Xu, Fei Han, Yue Ping Liu, Jianrong Dai
Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) are two main radiotherapy techniques. The aim of this study is to explore which is the preferred technique in prostate treatment through the related publications and meta-analysis. Two authors independently identified all relevant articles available regarding eligibility criteria on PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases until December 2015. Publication bias was evaluated with funnel plot, and statistical analyses were performed with Stata software...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
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