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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243813/antiepileptic-drug-monotherapy-for-epilepsy-a-network-meta-analysis-of-individual-participant-data
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Sarah J Nevitt, Maria Sudell, Jennifer Weston, Catrin Tudur Smith, Anthony G Marson
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a common neurological condition with a worldwide prevalence of around 1%. Approximately 60% to 70% of people with epilepsy will achieve a longer-term remission from seizures, and most achieve that remission shortly after starting antiepileptic drug treatment. Most people with epilepsy are treated with a single antiepileptic drug (monotherapy) and current guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the United Kingdom for adults and children recommend carbamazepine or lamotrigine as first-line treatment for partial onset seizures and sodium valproate for generalised onset seizures; however a range of other antiepileptic drug (AED) treatments are available, and evidence is needed regarding their comparative effectiveness in order to inform treatment choices...
December 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237099/calcium-channel-blockers-for-primary-and-secondary-raynaud-s-phenomenon
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REVIEW
Fadumo Rirash, Paul C Tingey, Sarah E Harding, Lara J Maxwell, Elizabeth Tanjong Ghogomu, George A Wells, Peter Tugwell, Janet Pope
BACKGROUND: Raynaud's phenomenon is a vasospastic disease characterized by digital pallor, cyanosis, and extremity pain. Primary Raynaud's phenomenon is not associated with underlying disease, but secondary Raynaud's phenomenon is associated with connective tissue disorders such as systemic sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and mixed connective tissue disease. Calcium channel blockers promote vasodilation and are commonly used when drug treatment for Raynaud's phenomenon is required...
December 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232189/a-rare-cause-of-hypophysitis-tuberculosis
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Ihsan Ates, B Katipoglu, B Copur, N Yilmaz
OBJECTIVES: Hypophysitis is a heterogeneous inflammatory disease of pituitary gland. As it causes headache and visual defects, it mimics sellar tumors in clinical and radiological aspects. It may occur due to primary or secondary causes. Tuberculosis is one of the rare secondary causes of the hypophysitis. Subject and Results. A 30-year-old male patient presented with fatigue and headache. Panhypopituitarism was considered due to the results and the diagnostic magnetic resonance (MR) imaging revealed sagittal section diamater of pituitary gland higher than normal...
October 26, 2017: Endocrine Regulations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230542/secondary-intracranial-hypertension-pseudotumor-cerebri-presenting-as-post-traumatic-headache-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-a-case-series
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Tonia Sabo, Charlene Supnet, Sushmita Purkayastha
BACKGROUND: Cerebral edema peaks 36-72 h after moderate traumatic brain injury but thought to be uncommon after mild traumatic brain injury. Post-traumatic headache can develop 48-72 h post-injury, perhaps reflecting the developing cerebral edema. Pseudotumor cerebri can result from various causes, including cerebral edema, and is characterized by increased intracranial pressure, headache, visual, and other common symptoms. Our objective was to report a phenotypically identifiable post-traumatic headache subtype...
December 11, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225576/vitamin-d-enhances-efficacy-of-oral-nifedipine-in-treating-preeclampsia-with-severe-features-a-double-blinded-placebo-controlled-and-randomized-clinical-trial
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Dan-Dan Shi, Yong Wang, Jun-Jun Guo, Ling Zhou, Na Wang
Vitamin D (VD) has exhibited immunomodulatory role in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia. We hypothesize VD potentiate nifedipine treatment for preeclampsia by shortened the time to control blood pressure and prolong time before subsequent hypertensive crisis. We conduct a randomized trial of 683 primigravid women with preeclampsia, who were assigned to different treatment groups, either nifedipine+placebo or nifedipine+VD orally, by random after screening. Primary endpoints include time to control hypertension and time before another hypertensive crisis...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222573/incidence-and-causes-of-overdiagnosis-of-optic-neuritis
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Leanne Stunkel, Nathan H Kung, Bradley Wilson, Collin M McClelland, Gregory P Van Stavern
Importance: Diagnostic error is an important source of medical error. Overdiagnosis of optic neuritis may prompt unnecessary and costly diagnostic tests, procedures, and treatments. Objective: To assess the incidence of and characterize factors contributing to overdiagnosis of acute optic neuritis. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this retrospective clinic-based cross-sectional study of new patient encounters, 122 patients referred for acute optic neuritis at a university-based Midwestern neuro-ophthalmology clinic between January 2014 and October 2016 were studied...
December 7, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222208/hypersomatotropism-induced-secondary-polycythaemia-leading-to-spontaneous-pituitary-apoplexy-resulting-in-cure-of-acromegaly-and-remission-of-polycythaemia-the-virtuous-circle
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Shinjan Patra, Sugata Narayan Biswas, Joydip Datta, Partha Pratim Chakraborty
A young man with subtle clinical features suggestive of hypersomatotropism presented with acute-onset severe headache. Relevant investigations confirmed polycythaemia and growth hormone (GH)-secreting pituitary macroadenoma with apoplexy. Secondary polycythaemia and myeloproliferative disorders were ruled out. At follow-up after 3 months, resolution of polycythaemia and acromegaly was observed, evident on normal haemoglobin levels, a normocellular marrow, and normal insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) with glucose-suppressed GH levels...
December 7, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219781/a-novel-duraplasty-technique-following-fenestration-of-a-massive-lumbar-arachnoid-cyst-in-a-patient-with-scoliosis-technical-case-report
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Matthew T Neal, Randall J Hlubek, Alexander E Ropper, U Kumar Kakarla
When a dural defect is encountered during spine surgery, the dura mater must be reconstituted to minimize the occurrence of minor or major life-threatening sequelae. The neurosurgical literature lacks strategies for managing large dural defects encountered during surgery. The authors describe a 24-year-old man who developed cauda equina syndrome secondary to altered CSF flow in a large thoracolumbar arachnoid cyst. Surgical decompression and fenestration of the arachnoid cyst were performed, and the large dural defect was treated using a multilayer closure with collagen matrix, titanium mesh, and methylmethacrylate...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217376/safety-tolerability-and-immunogenicity-of-two-zika-virus-dna-vaccine-candidates-in-healthy-adults-randomised-open-label-phase-1-clinical-trials
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Martin R Gaudinski, Katherine V Houser, Kaitlyn M Morabito, Zonghui Hu, Galina Yamshchikov, Ro Shauna Rothwell, Nina Berkowitz, Floreliz Mendoza, Jamie G Saunders, Laura Novik, Cynthia S Hendel, LaSonji A Holman, Ingelise J Gordon, Josephine H Cox, Srilatha Edupuganti, Monica A McArthur, Nadine G Rouphael, Kirsten E Lyke, Ginny E Cummings, Sandra Sitar, Robert T Bailer, Bryant M Foreman, Katherine Burgomaster, Rebecca S Pelc, David N Gordon, Christina R DeMaso, Kimberly A Dowd, Carolyn Laurencot, Richard M Schwartz, John R Mascola, Barney S Graham, Theodore C Pierson, Julie E Ledgerwood, Grace L Chen
BACKGROUND: The Zika virus epidemic and associated congenital infections have prompted rapid vaccine development. We assessed two new DNA vaccines expressing premembrane and envelope Zika virus structural proteins. METHODS: We did two phase 1, randomised, open-label trials involving healthy adult volunteers. The VRC 319 trial, done in three centres, assessed plasmid VRC5288 (Zika virus and Japanese encephalitis virus chimera), and the VRC 320, done in one centre, assessed plasmid VRC5283 (wild-type Zika virus)...
December 4, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215516/clomiphene-stair-step-protocol-for-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Tiffanny Jones, Jacqueline R Ho, Marc Gualtieri, Janet Bruno-Gaston, Karine Chung, Richard J Paulson, Kristin A Bendikson
OBJECTIVE: To compare time to ovulation, ovulation rates, and side effect profile of traditional and the stair-step protocol for ovulation induction using clomiphene citrate in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of women seeking care for infertility with a diagnosis of PCOS at a university-based infertility clinic from July 2012 to July 2014. We included patients who were resistant to the initial starting dose of 50 mg clomiphene...
December 4, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214092/pyogenic-odontoid-osteomyelitis-with-sinus-thrombosis
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Rohit Aiyer, Janice Hwang, Edward H Yu
71/F presented with left sided headaches and neck pain with nuchal rigidity progressively worsening over 3 weeks with no other neurologic symptoms. Odontoid osteomyelitis with epidural abscess was discovered on further workup with neuroimaging. Concurrent jugular vein and transverse sinus venous thrombosis was also found and suspected to be secondary to the pyogenic odontoid osteomyelitis. Patient was treated with intravenous antibiotics for the osteomyelitis as well as intravenous heparin for the venous thrombosis...
2017: Case Reports in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212484/clinical-features-of-visual-disturbances-secondary-to-isolated-sphenoid-sinus-inflammatory-diseases
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Lanlan Chen, Libin Jiang, Bentao Yang, Prem S Subramanian
BACKGROUND: Visual disturbances associated with isolated sphenoid sinus inflammatory diseases (ISSIDs) are easily misdiagnosed due to the nonspecific symptoms and undetectable anatomical location. The main objective of this retrospective case series is to investigate the clinical features of visual disturbances secondary to ISSIDs. METHODS: Clinical data of 23 patients with unilateral or bilateral visual disturbances secondary to ISSIDs from 2004 to 2014 with new symptoms were collected...
December 6, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211967/efficacy-and-safety-of-amphetamine-extended-release-oral-suspension-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Ann C Childress, Sharon B Wigal, Matthew N Brams, John M Turnbow, Yulia Pincus, Heidi W Belden, Sally A Berry
OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy and safety of amphetamine extended-release oral suspension (AMPH EROS) in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a dose-optimized, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group study. METHODS: Boys and girls aged 6 to 12 years diagnosed with ADHD were enrolled. During a 5-week, open-label, dose-optimization phase, patients began treatment with 2.5 or 5 mg/day of AMPH EROS; doses were titrated until an optimal dose (maximum 20 mg/day) was reached...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211743/symptoms-associated-with-adverse-dengue-fever-prognoses-at-the-time-of-reporting-in-the-2015-dengue-outbreak-in-taiwan
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Chun-Yin Yeh, Po-Lin Chen, Kun-Ta Chuang, Yu-Chen Shu, Yu-Wen Chien, Guey Chuen Perng, Wen-Chien Ko, Nai-Ying Ko
BACKGROUND: Tainan experienced the most severe dengue epidemic in Taiwan in 2015. This study investigates the association between the signs and symptoms at the time of reporting with the adverse dengue prognoses. METHODS: A descriptive study was conducted using secondary data from the Dengue Disease Reporting System in Tainan, Taiwan, between January 1 and December 31, 2015. A multivariate stepwise logistic regression was used to identify the risk factors for the adverse prognoses: ICU admissions and mortality...
December 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208872/age-and-gender-dependent-correlates-as-risk-factors-of-recurrent-headache-among-bangladeshi-secondary-school-children
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N C Saha, K S Anwar, A H Mollah, S Akhter, M R Amin, A A Mollah
Magnitude of recurrent headache (RHA) is not well explored among school-children (schoolers) particularly in developing countries like Bangladesh, though recent literature reveals that RHA connotes serious public health implication(s) particularly in schoolers in resource constraint countries. To study age and gender-dependent correlates of RHA among secondary-level schoolers and to determine if these remains its risk-factors. Cross-sectional population based respondent-dependent study employing direct interviews using pre-tested open and closed-ended questionnaire following ICHD-II (2004) diagnostic criteria...
October 2017: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204579/ocular-cranial-nerve-palsies-secondary-to-sphenoid-sinusitis
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Aiman El Mograbi, Ethan Soudry
Objective: The clinical presentation of sphenoid sinusitis can be highly variable. Rarely, sphenoid sinusitis may present with cranial nerve complications due to the proximity of these structures to the sphenoid sinus. Method: A case series from Rabin Medical Center and all cases of cranial nerves palsies secondary to sphenoid sinusitis that have been reported in the literature were reviewed. Results: Seventeen patients were identified. The abducent nerve was the most common cranial nerve affected (76%), followed by the oculomotor nerve (18%)...
March 2017: World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202816/the-treatment-of-migraine-patients-within-chiropractic-analysis-of-a-nationally-representative-survey-of-1869-chiropractors
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Craig Moore, Jon Adams, Andrew Leaver, Romy Lauche, David Sibbritt
BACKGROUND: While the clinical role of manual therapies in migraine management is unclear, the use of chiropractors for this condition is considerable. The aim of this study is to evaluate the prevalence and characteristics of chiropractors who frequently manage patients with migraine. METHODS: A national cross-sectional survey of chiropractors collected information on practitioner characteristics, clinical management characteristics and practice settings. A secondary analysis was conducted on 1869 respondents who reported on their migraine caseload to determine the predictors associated with the frequent management of patients with migraine...
December 4, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199428/cluster-headache-and-middle-meningeal-artery-dural-arteriovenous-fistulas-a-case-report
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Yu-Han Chang, Chao-Bao Luo, Shuu-Jiun Wang, Shih-Pin Chen
Background Of the multiple etiologies identified for symptomatic cluster headache, vascular origin is common; however, there are no known reports of arteriovenous (AV) fistulas. Here we report a case with typical presentation of cluster headache, which might be associated with middle meningeal AV fistulas. Case report The subject is a 49-year-old man with a 7-year history of episodic left-side cluster headache, consistent with the criteria in the International Classification of Headache Disorders, 3rd edition, beta version (ICHD-3β)...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198932/acupuncture-for-chronic-pain-update-of-an-individual-patient-data-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Andrew J Vickers, Emily A Vertosick, George Lewith, Hugh MacPherson, Nadine E Foster, Karen J Sherman, Dominik Irnich, Claudia M Witt, Klaus Linde
Despite wide use in clinical practice, acupuncture remains a controversial treatment for chronic pain. Our objective was to update an individual patient data meta-analysis to determine the effect size of acupuncture for four chronic pain conditions.We searched MEDLINE and the Cochrane Central Registry of Controlled Trials randomized trials published up until December 31, 2015. We included randomized trials of acupuncture needling versus either sham acupuncture or no acupuncture control for non-specific musculoskeletal pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, or shoulder pain...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195025/lack-of-additional-effects-of-long-term-low-dose-clarithromycin-combined-treatment-compared-with-topical-steroids-alone-for-chronic-rhinosinusitis-in-china-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jie Deng, Fenghong Chen, YinYan Lai, Qing Luo, Rui Xu, Chunquan Ou, Qingling Fu, Jianbo Shi
BACKGROUND: In China, clarithromycin is considered an effective treatment option for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) due to its unique immunopathologic characteristics. Our study's aim was to determine whether a topical steroid and clarithromycin combination is better than a single topical steroid for Chinese patients with CRS. METHODS: Patients with CRS with/without nasal polyps were included in this study and randomly assigned to a clarithromycin plus budesonide aqua nasal spray group (CLM + BUD, clarithromycin 0...
November 30, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
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