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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088452/treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-with-combination-of-methotrexate-and-tripterygium-wilfordii-a-meta-analysis
#1
Xiaoyu Wang, Yunyun Zu, Lin Huang, Jie Yu, Huawei Zhao, Chengping Wen, Zhong Chen, Zhenghao Xu
AIMS: Extracts of Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF), a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, have been widely used for treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in combination with methotrexate (MTX) in China for several decades. However, the efficacy and safety of MTX plus TwHF treatment remain unclear. MAIN METHODS: A comprehensive search of databases in both Chinese and English was performed. Data from the selected studies were extracted and analyzed independently by two authors...
January 11, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088378/antimicrobial-coated-implants-in-trauma-and-orthopaedics-a-clinical-review-and-risk-benefit-analysis
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REVIEW
Volker Alt
Implant-associated infections remain a major issue in orthopaedics and antimicrobial functionalization of the implant surface by antibiotics or other anti-infective agents have gained interest. The goal of this article is to identify antimicrobial coatings, for which clinical data are available and to review their clinical need, safety profile, and their efficacy to reduce infection rates. PubMed database of the National Library of Medicine was searched for clinical studies on antimicrobial coated implants for internal fracture fixation devices and endoprostheses for bone surgery, for which study design, level of evidence, biocompatibility, development of resistance, and effectiveness to reduce infection rates were analyzed...
December 21, 2016: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088008/instruments-evaluating-the-quality-of-the-clinical-learning-environment-in-nursing-education-a-systematic-review-of-psychometric-properties
#3
REVIEW
Irene Mansutti, Luisa Saiani, Luca Grassetti, Alvisa Palese
BACKGROUND: The clinical learning environment is fundamental to nursing education paths, capable of affecting learning processes and outcomes. Several instruments have been developed in nursing education, aimed at evaluating the quality of the clinical learning environments; however, no systematic review of the psychometric properties and methodological quality of these studies has been performed to date. OBJECTIVES: The aims of the study were: 1) to identify validated instruments evaluating the clinical learning environments in nursing education; 2) to evaluate critically the methodological quality of the psychometric property estimation used; and 3) to compare psychometric properties across the instruments available...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087713/functional-genomics-reveals-that-tumors-with-activating-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-mutations-are-dependent-on-accelerated-protein-turnover
#4
Teresa Davoli, Kristen E Mengwasser, Jingjing Duan, Ting Chen, Camilla Christensen, Eric C Wooten, Anthony N Anselmo, Mamie Z Li, Kwok-Kin Wong, Kristopher T Kahle, Stephen J Elledge
Activating mutations in the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling pathway are frequently identified in cancer. To identify pathways that support PI3K oncogenesis, we performed a genome-wide RNAi screen in isogenic cell lines harboring wild-type or mutant PIK3CA to search for PI3K synthetic-lethal (SL) genes. A combined analysis of these results with a meta-analysis of two other large-scale RNAi screening data sets in PI3K mutant cancer cell lines converged on ribosomal protein translation and proteasomal protein degradation as critical nononcogene dependencies for PI3K-driven tumors...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087683/percutaneous-patent-ductus-arteriosus-pda-closure-during-infancy-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Carl H Backes, Brian K Rivera, Jeffrey A Bridge, Aimee K Armstrong, Brian A Boe, Darren P Berman, Tyler Fick, Ralf J Holzer, Ziyad M Hijazi, Sylvia Abadir, Henri Justino, Lisa Bergersen, Charles V Smith, Haresh Kirpalani
CONTEXT: Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a precursor to morbidity and mortality. Percutaneous (catheter-based) closure is the procedure of choice for adults and older children with a PDA, but use during infancy (<1 year) is not well characterized. OBJECTIVE: Investigate the technical success and safety of percutaneous PDA closure during infancy. DATA SOURCES: Scopus, Web of Science, Embase, PubMed, and Ovid (Medline) were searched through December 2015 with no language restrictions...
January 13, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087567/interventions-to-increase-adherence-to-therapeutic-exercise-in-older-adults-with-low-back-pain-and-or-hip-knee-osteoarthritis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Philippa J A Nicolson, Kim L Bennell, Fiona L Dobson, Ans Van Ginckel, Melanie A Holden, Rana S Hinman
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether interventions aimed at increasing adherence to therapeutic exercise increase adherence greater than a contextually equivalent control among older adults with chronic low back pain and/or hip/knee osteoarthritis. DESIGN: A systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES: Five databases (MEDLINE (PubMed), CINAHL, SportDISCUS (EBSCO), Embase (Ovid) and Cochrane Library) were searched until 1 August 2016. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SELECTING STUDIES: Randomised controlled trials that isolated the effects of interventions aiming to improve adherence to therapeutic exercise among adults ≥45 years of age with chronic low back pain and/or hip/knee osteoarthritis were included...
January 13, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087544/children-s-experiences-of-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-cfs-me-a-systematic-review-and-meta-ethnography-of-qualitative-studies
#7
Roxanne M Parslow, Sarah Harris, Jessica Broughton, Adla Alattas, Esther Crawley, Kirstie Haywood, Alison Shaw
OBJECTIVE: To synthesis the qualitative studies of children's experiences of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-ethnography. BACKGROUND: CFS/ME is an important disabling illness, with uncertain cause and prognosis. As a result, children with CFS/ME can find themselves living with greater uncertainty and stigma, exacerbating the impact of the condition. There is a growing body of qualitative research in CFS/ME, yet there has been no attempt to systematically synthesis the studies involving children...
January 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087222/revisiting-the-refeeding-syndrome-results-of-a-systematic-review
#8
Natalie Friedli, Zeno Stanga, Lubos Sobotka, Alison Culkin, Jens Kondrup, Alessandro Laviano, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
OBJECTIVE: Although described >70 y ago, the refeeding syndrome (RFS) remains understudied with lack of standardized definition and treatment recommendations. The aim of this systematic review was to gather evidence regarding standardized definition, incidence rate and time course of occurrence, association with adverse clinical outcomes, risk factors, and therapeutic strategies to prevent or treat this condition. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE and EMBASE for interventional and observational clinical trials focusing on RFS, excluding case reports and reviews...
June 8, 2016: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087163/clinical-studies-of-ex-vivo-expansion-to-accelerate-engraftment-after-umbilical-cord-blood-transplantation-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Jeffrey Kiernan, Pauline Damien, Madeline Monaghan, Risa Shorr, Lauralyn McIntyre, Dean Fergusson, Alan Tinmouth, David Allan
Cell dose limits greater use of umbilical cord blood (UCB) in hematopoietic cell transplantation. The clinical benefits of ex vivo expansion need clarity to understand its potential impact. A systematic search of studies addressing UCB ex vivo expansion was conducted. Fifteen clinical studies (349 transplanted patients) and 13 registered trials were identified. The co-infusion of an expanded unit and a second unmanipulated unit (8 studies), the fractional expansion of 12% to 60% of a single unit (5 studies), and the infusion of a single expanded unit (2 studies) were reported...
December 23, 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086958/biofeedback-interventions-for-people-with-cerebral-palsy-a-systematic-review-protocol
#10
Alexander MacIntosh, Nicolas Vignais, Elaine Biddiss
BACKGROUND: Cerebral palsy is a life-long disability that affects motor control and activities of daily living. Depending on the type of cerebral palsy, some individuals may have trouble performing tasks with one or both of their arms and/or legs. Different strategies exist to help develop motor capacity. Biofeedback therapy is a commonly applied rehabilitation strategy. In biofeedback therapy, information about the motor behavior while completing a task is given back to the individual to help improve their performance...
January 13, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086823/a-realist-review-of-the-partograph-when-and-how-does-it-work-for-labour-monitoring
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Carol Bedwell, Karen Levin, Celia Pett, Dame Tina Lavender
BACKGROUND: The partograph (or partogram) is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), for monitoring labour wellbeing and progress. Concerns about limitations in the way the partograph is used in the clinical context and the potential impact on its effectiveness have led to this realist systematic review of partograph use. METHODS: This review aimed to answer two key questions, 1) What is it about the partograph that works (or does not work); for whom does it work; and in what circumstances? 2) What are the essential inputs required for the partograph to work? A comprehensive search strategy encompassed key databases; including papers of varying methodologies...
January 13, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086791/identification-of-functional-enolase-genes-of-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori-from-public-databases-with-a-combination-of-dry-and-wet-bench-processes
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Akira Kikuchi, Takeru Nakazato, Katsuhiko Ito, Yosui Nojima, Takeshi Yokoyama, Kikuo Iwabuchi, Hidemasa Bono, Atsushi Toyoda, Asao Fujiyama, Ryoichi Sato, Hiroko Tabunoki
BACKGROUND: Various insect species have been added to genomic databases over the years. Thus, researchers can easily obtain online genomic information on invertebrates and insects. However, many incorrectly annotated genes are included in these databases, which can prevent the correct interpretation of subsequent functional analyses. To address this problem, we used a combination of dry and wet bench processes to select functional genes from public databases. RESULTS: Enolase is an important glycolytic enzyme in all organisms...
January 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079707/effect-of-number-of-sprints-in-a-sit-session-on-change-in-vo2max-a-meta-analysis
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Niels Bj Vollaard, Richard S Metcalfe, Sean Williams
PURPOSE: Recent meta-analyses indicate that sprint interval training (SIT) improves cardiorespiratory fitness (V[Combining Dot Above]O2max), but the effects of various training parameters on the magnitude of the improvement remain unknown. The present meta-analysis examined the modifying effect of the number of sprint repetitions in a SIT session on improvements in V[Combining Dot Above]O2max. METHODS: The databases PubMed and Web of Science were searched for original studies that have examined pre- and post-training V[Combining Dot Above]O2max in adults following ≥2 weeks of training consisting of repeated (≥2) Wingate-type cycle sprints, published up to 1 May 2016...
January 10, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079669/the-irish-helicobacter-pylori-working-group-consensus-for-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-h-pylori-infection-in-adult-patients-in-ireland
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Sinead Smith, Breida Boyle, Denise Brennan, Martin Buckley, Paul Crotty, Maeve Doyle, Richard Farrell, Mary Hussey, David Kevans, Peter Malfertheiner, Francis Megraud, Sean Nugent, Anthony O'Connor, Colm O'Morain, Shiobhan Weston, Deirdre McNamara
BACKGROUND: Irish eradication rates for Helicobacter pylori are decreasing and there is an increase in the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These trends call into question current management strategies. OBJECTIVE: To establish an Irish Helicobacter pylori Working Group (IHPWG) to assess, revise and tailor current available recommendations. METHODS: Experts in the areas of gastroenterology and microbiology were invited to join the IHPWG...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079628/interleukin-6-is-increased-in-plasma-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-community-dwelling-domestic-dogs-with-acute-ischaemic-stroke
#15
Hanne Gredal, Barbara B Thomsen, Antonio Boza-Serrano, Laurent Garosi, Clare Rusbridge, Daniel Anthony, Arne Møller, Bente Finsen, Tomas Deierborg, Kate L Lambertsen, Mette Berendt
Inflammatory cytokines are potential modulators of infarct progression in acute ischaemic stroke, and are therefore possible targets for future treatment strategies. Cytokine studies in animal models of surgically induced stroke may, however, be influenced by the fact that the surgical intervention itself contributes towards the cytokine response. Community-dwelling domestic dogs suffer from spontaneous ischaemic stroke, and therefore, offer the opportunity to study the cytokine response in a noninvasive set-up...
January 10, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079176/adductor-canal-block-versus-femoral-nerve-block-for-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#16
Duan Wang, Yang Yang, Qi Li, Shen-Li Tang, Wei-Nan Zeng, Jin Xu, Tian-Hang Xie, Fu-Xing Pei, Liu Yang, Ling-Li Li, Zong-Ke Zhou
Femoral nerve blocks (FNB) can provide effective pain relief but result in quadriceps weakness with increased risk of falls following total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Adductor canal block (ACB) is a relatively new alternative providing pure sensory blockade with minimal effect on quadriceps strength. The meta-analysis was designed to evaluate whether ACB exhibited better outcomes with respect to quadriceps strength, pain control, ambulation ability, and complications. PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Wan Fang, China National Knowledge Internet (CNKI) and the Cochrane Database were searched for RCTs comparing ACB with FNB after TKAs...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079113/congenital-hearing-loss
#17
Anna M H Korver, Richard J H Smith, Guy Van Camp, Mark R Schleiss, Maria A K Bitner-Glindzicz, Lawrence R Lustig, Shin-Ichi Usami, An N Boudewyns
Congenital hearing loss (hearing loss that is present at birth) is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in children. In the majority of developed countries, neonatal hearing screening programmes enable early detection; early intervention will prevent delays in speech and language development and has long-lasting beneficial effects on social and emotional development and quality of life. A diagnosis of hearing loss is usually followed by a search for an underlying aetiology. Congenital hearing loss might be attributed to environmental and prenatal factors, which prevail in low-income settings; congenital infections, particularly cytomegalovirus infection, are also a common risk factor for hearing loss...
January 12, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078981/resilience-to-alzheimer-s-disease-the-role-of-physical-activity
#18
Pedrinolla Anna, Schena Federico, Venturelli Massimo
BACKGROUND: Although Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative pathology characterized by accumulation of β-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles at cerebral level, recent studies highlighted that AD might be the result of many altered physiological processes occurring at whole-organism level. The ability to adapt to stressors by "bending" but not "breaking" can be considered as "resilience". Individuals incline to withstand such pathophysiological challenges, can be considered more resilient than those that do not...
January 11, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078852/cell-based-therapies-for-experimental-diabetic-nephropathy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
H J Tang, Z G Tian, X Yang, Y Cao, W G Li
Study has shown that stem cell–based therapies are promising strategies in the treatment of several chronic diseases, but their overall benefit in the treatment of diabetic nephropathy (DN) remains controversial. The purpose of this study is to summarize the evidence of the effect of cell-based therapy in the treatment of DN to guide future clinical trials. We searched PubMed, EmBase, and the Cochrane Library for studies from the inception of cell-based therapies up to July 2015. We included animal trials that reported the effects of cell-based therapy on kidney function, cardiovascular risk factors, and body factors...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077900/prevalence-of-oral-lichen-planus-in-diabetes-mellitus-a-meta-analysis-study
#20
Hamid Reza Mozaffari, Roohollah Sharifi, Masoud Sadeghi
BACKGROUND: Oral lichen planus (OLP) is associated with various other systemic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus (DM). This study evaluated the prevalence of OLP in DM patients compared with non-diabetic control subjects in a meta-analysis study. METHODS: In this study from January 1973 to August 2016, we searched the studies in Web of Science, Medline/PubMed, Scopus, Science direct, SID (Scientific Information Database), Cochrane and Embase databases...
December 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
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