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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812389/evolocumab-for-the-treatment-of-hypercholesterolemia
#1
Brian Tomlinson, Miao Hu, Yuzhen Zhang, Paul Chan, Zhong-Min Liu
Evolocumab is a fully human monoclonal immunoglobulin G2 directed against human proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9). It is administered by subcutaneous injection every 2 weeks or once monthly. Area covered: Herein, the authors discuss the rationale for inhibiting PCSK9 and describe the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and clinical trials with evolocumab. Evolocumab reduces low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels by 50 to 60% in most patients with and without background treatment with statins or other lipid lowering agents...
August 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812273/a-precision-medicine-approach-to-oxytocin%C3%A2-trials
#2
Elissar Andari, Rene Hurlemann, Larry J Young
In this chapter, we introduce a new area of social pharmacology that encompasses the study of the role of neuromodulators in modulating a wide range of social behaviors and brain function, with the interplay of genetic and epigenetic factors. There are increasing evidences for the role of the neuropeptide oxytocin in modulating a wide range of social behaviors, in reducing anxiety, and in impacting the social brain network. Oxytocin also promotes social functions in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders, such as autism and reduces anxiety and fear in anxiety disorders...
August 16, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812180/effect-of-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-on-glucose-metabolism-in-adults-with-type-2-diabetes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#3
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Bingqian Zhu, Chao Ma, Jindarat Chaiard, Changgui Shi
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has many serious consequences, and one of these may be the exacerbation of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Reports on the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) on glucose metabolism in people with T2DM and OSA are conflicting. Therefore, the purpose of this review was to examine the effect of CPAP treatment on glucose metabolism by synthesizing findings from randomized controlled trials. The PRISMA review protocol was developed and registered in PROSPERO. A systematic search of PubMed, CINAHL, Embase, Web of Science, PsycInfo, and Cochrane was conducted from inception to March 2017...
August 15, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812060/reolysin-and-histone-deacetylase-inhibition-in-the-treatment-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#4
Alena C Jaime-Ramirez, Jun-Ge Yu, Enrico Caserta, Ji Young Yoo, Jianying Zhang, Tae Jin Lee, Craig Hofmeister, John H Lee, Bhavna Kumar, Quintin Pan, Pawan Kumar, Robert Baiocchi, Theodoros Teknos, Flavia Pichiorri, Balveen Kaur, Matthew Old
Oncolytic viruses (OVs) are emerging as powerful anti-cancer agents and are currently being tested for their safety and efficacy in patients. Reovirus (Reolysin), a naturally occurring non-pathogenic, double-stranded RNA virus, has natural oncolytic activity and is being tested in phase I-III clinical trials in a variety of tumor types. With its recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) orphan drug designation for several tumor types, Reolysin is a potential therapeutic agent for various cancers, including head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs), which have a 5-year survival of ∼55%...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812044/monte-carlo-simulations-of-randomized-clinical-trials-in-epilepsy
#5
Daniel M Goldenholz, Joseph Tharayil, Robert Moss, Evan Myers, William H Theodore
BACKGROUND: The placebo response in epilepsy randomized clinical trials (RCTs) has recently been shown to largely reflect underlying natural variability in seizure frequency. Based on this observation, we sought to explore the parameter space of RCT design to optimize trial efficiency and cost. METHODS: We used one of the world's largest patient reported seizure diary databases, SeizureTracker.com to derive virtual patients for simulated RCTs. We ran 1000 randomly generated simulated trials using bootstrapping (sampling with replacement) for each unique combination of trial parameters, sweeping a large set of parameters in durations of the baseline and test periods, number of patients, eligibility criteria, drug effect size, and patient dropout...
August 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811795/comparison-of-adjunctive-therapy-with-metformin-and-acarbose-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
#6
Amir Ziaee, Neda Esmailzadehha, Maryam Honardoost
OBJECTIVE: All the aforementioned data have stimulated interest in studying other potential therapies for T1DM including noninsulin pharmacological therapies. The present study attempts to investigate the effect of adjunctive therapy with metformin and acarbose in patients with Type-1 diabetes mellitus. METHOD: In a single-center, placebo-controlled study (IRCT201102165844N1) we compared the results of two clinical trials conducted in two different time periods on 40 patients with Type-1 diabetes mellitus...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811095/can-the-optimum-artificial-tear-treatment-for-dry-eye-disease-be-predicted-from-presenting-signs-and-symptoms
#7
Laika Essa, Deborah Laughton, James S Wolffsohn
PURPOSE: To assess dry eye treatment with four preservative-free dry eye artificial tear treatments to facilitate evidence-based prescribing. METHODS: A randomised, single masked crossover trial of Clinitas Soothe, Hyabak, Tears Again and TheraTears artificial tears was conducted on 50 symptomatic dry eye patients, aged 60.8±14.2years. At baseline and after trialling each treatment for 4 weeks, signs and symptoms were assessed using the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI), non-invasive tear break-up time, fluorescein tear break-up time, tear meniscus height (TMH), Phenol Red test, lid-parallel conjunctival folds (LIPCOF), ocular surface staining, and lipid layer grading and osmolarity (baseline visit only)...
August 12, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811076/submucosal-injection-of-dexamethasone-and-methylprednisolone-for-the-control-of-postoperative-sequelae-after-third-molar-surgery-randomized-controlled-trial
#8
A Chugh, S Singh, Y Mittal, V Chugh
Pain, swelling, and trismus are known sequelae of third molar surgery that can significantly affect the individual's quality of life (QOL). These should be minimized to improve QOL. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of the preoperative submucosal administration of equivalent doses of two commonly used steroids on these postoperative sequelae. A randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted involving 60 subjects requiring the removal of impacted mandibular third molars. Extraction cases with a similar difficulty index were included...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810901/immediate-versus-delayed-surgery-for-hip-fractures-in-the-elderly-patients-a-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#9
Thomas Klestil, Christoph Röder, Christoph Stotter, Birgit Winkler, Stefan Nehrer, Martin Lutz, Irma Klerings, Gernot Wagner, Gerald Gartlehner, Barbara Nussbaumer-Streit
BACKGROUND: Hip fractures are a major public health problem in elderly populations and are accompanied by high-mortality rates. Whether timing of surgery has an impact on morbidity and mortality has been discussed controversially, numerous studies suggest that the delay of surgery can significantly increase the risk of morbidity and mortality; others report that achieving a stable medical condition is more important than early surgery. The goal of our systematic review is to assess the impact of timing of surgery on health outcomes in patients aged 60 years or older with acute hip fracture...
August 15, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810669/hiv-status-disclosure-facility-based-delivery-and-postpartum-retention-of-mothers-in-a-prevention-clinical-trial-in-rural-nigeria
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Kidane A Sarko, Meridith Blevins, Aimalohi A Ahonkhai, Carolyn M Audet, Troy D Moon, Usman I Gebi, Ahmed M Gana, C William Wester, Sten H Vermund, Muktar H Aliyu
Background: Within the context of a cluster randomized prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) trial, we evaluated the impact of disclosure on selected PMTCT continuum of care measures. Methods: In 12 rural matched-pair clinics randomly assigned to an intervention package versus standard-of-care, we enrolled 372 HIV-infected pregnant women from April 2013 to March 2014. This secondary analysis included 327 (87.9%) women with unknown HIV status or who were treatment naïve at presentation to antenatal care...
July 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809994/the-static-physician-s-global-assessment-of-genitalia-a-clinical-outcome-measure-for-the-severity-of-genital-psoriasis
#11
Joseph F Merola, Alison Potts Bleakman, Alice B Gottlieb, Alan Menter, April N Naegeli, Robert Bissonnette, Lyn Guenther, John Sullivan, Kim Meeuwis, Kyoungah See, Kristina Callis Duffin
<p>Introduction: Genital psoriasis is a common but frequently overlooked manifestation of psoriasis with a considerable impact on patients' quality of life. Currently no validated clinical trial outcome measures exist to assess genital psoriasis severity that meet regulatory agency requirements.</p> <p>Methods: This study describes the development of the static Physician's Global Assessment of Genitalia (sPGA-G) scale, a clinical outcome measure for the assessment of genital psoriasis severity that accounts for the erythematous clinical presentation of genital psoriasis...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809926/impact-of-fortified-versus-unfortified-lipid-based-supplements-on-morbidity-and-nutritional-status-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-in-ill-gambian-children
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Stefan A Unger, Saikou Drammeh, Jahid Hasan, Kabiru Ceesay, Edrisa Sinjanka, Sainey Beyai, Bakary Sonko, Bai Lamin Dondeh, Anthony J Fulford, Sophie E Moore, Andrew M Prentice
BACKGROUND: Multiple micronutrients (MMN) are commonly prescribed in pediatric primary healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa to improve nutritional status and appetite without evidence for their effectiveness or international clinical guidelines. Community-wide MMN supplementation has shown limited and heterogeneous impact on growth and morbidity. Short-term ready-to-use therapeutic foods in acutely sick children in a hospital setting also had limited efficacy regarding subsequent growth. The effectiveness of MMN in improving morbidity or growth in sick children presenting for primary care has not been assessed...
August 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809602/fertility-preservation-and-sexual-health-after-cancer-therapy
#13
Nigel Pereira, Glenn L Schattman
Recent developments in cancer diagnostics and treatments have considerably improved long-term survival rates. Despite improvements in chemotherapy regimens, more focused radiotherapy and diverse surgical options, cancer treatments often have gonadotoxic side-effects that can manifest as loss of fertility or sexual dysfunction, particularly in young cancer survivors. In this review, we focus on two pertinent quality-of-life issues in female cancer survivors of reproductive age-fertility preservation and sexual function...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809398/precision-medicine-for-suicidality-from-universality-to-subtypes-and-personalization
#14
A B Niculescu, H Le-Niculescu, D F Levey, P L Phalen, H L Dainton, K Roseberry, E M Niculescu, J O Niezer, A Williams, D L Graham, T J Jones, V Venugopal, A Ballew, M Yard, T Gelbart, S M Kurian, A Shekhar, N J Schork, G E Sandusky, D R Salomon
Suicide remains a clear, present and increasing public health problem, despite being a potentially preventable tragedy. Its incidence is particularly high in people with overt or un(der)diagnosed psychiatric disorders. Objective and precise identification of individuals at risk, ways of monitoring response to treatments and novel preventive therapeutics need to be discovered, employed and widely deployed. We sought to investigate whether blood gene expression biomarkers for suicide (that is, a 'liquid biopsy' approach) can be identified that are more universal in nature, working across psychiatric diagnoses and genders, using larger cohorts than in previous studies...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809384/the-impact-of-cholecystectomy-after-endoscopic-sphincterotomy-for-complicated-gallstone-disease
#15
B Joseph Elmunzer, Mohamed Noureldin, Katherine A Morgan, David B Adams, Gregory A Coté, Akbar K Waljee
OBJECTIVES: Cholecystectomy after endoscopic sphincterotomy (ES) is associated with improved outcomes compared to ES alone, however randomized trials have included mainly fit surgical candidates. Our objective was to assess the impact of cholecystectomy after ES among elderly patients, in whom the perceived risks of surgery may be increased and the prevailing bias may be to defer cholecystectomy. METHODS: We performed adjusted analyses comparing clinical outcomes in patients ≥65 years of age who did and did not undergo follow-up cholecystectomy after endoscopic sphincterotomy for choledocholithiasis, ascending cholangitis, or gallstone pancreatitis...
August 15, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808938/advances-in-vaccines-to-prevent-viral-respiratory-illnesses-in-children
#16
Aleisha J Anderson, Tom L Snelling, Hannah C Moore, Christopher C Blyth
Childhood vaccination has played a critical role in the reduction of morbidity and mortality from communicable diseases, including specific respiratory pathogens. Acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI) of both bacterial and viral aetiology continues to impact global child health. Key bacterial pathogens including Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenza type b are specifically targeted with current vaccination programmes, while at present there are less effective strategies for the prevention of viral disease...
August 14, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808771/multicentre-controlled-randomized-clinical-trial-to-compare-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-ambulatory-treatment-of-mild-acute-diverticulitis-without-antibiotics-with-the-standard-treatment-with-antibiotics
#17
Laura Mora Lopez, Neus Ruiz-Edo, Sheila Serra Pla, Anna Pallisera Llovera, Salvador Navarro Soto, Xavier Serra-Aracil
PURPOSE: Acute diverticulitis (AD) is a highly prevalent disease in Spain. Its chronic-recurrent appearance and high rate of relapse mean that it has a major epidemiological and economic impact on our health system. In spite of this, it has not been studied in any great depth. Reassessing its etiopathology, recent studies have observed that it is an inflammatory disease-not, as classic theories had postulated, an infectious one. In the light of these findings, the suitability of antibiotics for its treatment has been reconsidered...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807645/a-behavioral-weight-loss-program-and-non-urinary-incontinence-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-in-overweight-and-obese-women-with-urinary-incontinence-a-secondary-data-analysis-of-the-program-to-reduce-incontinence-by-diet-and-exercise-pride
#18
Benjamin N Breyer, Jennifer M Creasman, Holly E Richter, Deborah Myers, Kathryn L Burgio, Rena R Wing, Delia Smith West, John W Kusek, Leslee L Subak
AIMS: To determine whether a behavioral weight reduction intervention improves non-urinary incontinence (UI) lower urinary tract storage symptoms (LUTS) including urinary frequency, nocturia, urgency, at 6 months compared to a structured education program (control group) among overweight and obese women with UI. METHODS: The Program to Reduce Incontinence by Diet and Exercise (PRIDE) was a randomized clinical trial of 338 overweight or obese women with UI. Participants were randomized to 6-month behavioral weight loss intervention (N=226) or control (N=112)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807404/prognostic-usefulness-of-cardiac-stress-test-modalities-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-who-underwent-myocardial-perfusion-scintigraphy-from-the-basel-asymptomatic-high-risk-diabetics-outcome-trial
#19
Federico Caobelli, Philip Haaf, Joannis Chronis, Gianluca Haenny, Miriam Brinkert, Matthias E Pfisterer, Michael J Zellweger
Our study aimed to assess predictors of the stress test technique used and to evaluate the impact of exercise level achieved on risk stratification in patients with asymptomatic type 2 diabetes without a previous coronary artery disease. Little is known whether co-morbidities of these patients predict the stress technique and whether physical performance provides risk stratification: 400 patients underwent clinical evaluation and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) using physical or pharmacological stress...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807189/effect-of-non-monetary-incentives-on-uptake-of-couples-counselling-and-testing-among-clients-attending-mobile-hiv-services-in-rural-zimbabwe-a-cluster-randomised-trial
#20
Euphemia L Sibanda, Mary Tumushime, Juliet Mufuka, Sue Napierala Mavedzenge, Stephano Gudukeya, Sergio Bautista-Arredondo, Karin Hatzold, Harsha Thirumurthy, Sandra I McCoy, Nancy Padian, Andrew Copas, Frances M Cowan
BACKGROUND: Couples' HIV testing and counselling (CHTC) is associated with greater engagement with HIV prevention and care than individual testing and is cost-effective, but uptake remains suboptimal. Initiating discussion of CHTC might result in distrust between partners. Offering incentives for CHTC could change the focus of the pre-test discussion. We aimed to determine the impact of incentives for CHTC on uptake of couples testing and HIV case diagnosis in rural Zimbabwe. METHODS: In this cluster-randomised trial, 68 rural communities (the clusters) in four districts receiving mobile HIV testing services were randomly assigned (1:1) to incentives for CHTC or not...
September 2017: Lancet Global Health
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