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Jackson T L - - 2012
To consider the cost implication of adopting epimacular brachytherapy (EMB) for the treatment of neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration (wAMD), compared with ranibizumab or bevacizumab monotherapy. This analysis compared the cumulative 3-year costs of anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) monotherapy to EMB combined with anti-VEGF therapy. Two patient groups were ...
von Stülpnagel C - - 2012
INTRODUCTION: We evaluated the long-term efficacy and tolerability of the orphan drug rufinamide (RUF) in children with pharmacoresistant myoclonic-astatic epilepsy (MAE, Doose syndrome). METHODS: This was a retrospective European multicenter study on eight patients who had started an intention-to-treat trial of RUF between July 2007 and June 2010. Clinical information ...
Lee Nam-Ki - - 2012
Abstract Objective: To compare the short-term treatment effects of face mask therapy with miniplates (FM-MP) and face mask therapy with rapid maxillary expansion appliance (FM-RME) in growing Class III malocclusion patients with maxillary hypoplasia. Materials and Methods: Twenty patients were allocated into two groups according to the anchorage device: FM-MP ...
Baum Sharon - - 2012
Background: Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is a chronic, autoimmune blistering disease. Most patients require long term therapy with systemic steroids as a first line of treatment. Immunosuppressive agents such as methotrexate (MTX) are administrated as second line therapy. Only a few reports have assessed MTX efficacy, with contradictory results. Objective: The ...
Prasad Vinayak - - 2012
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia, affects over 2.5 million people in the USA and is responsible for one fifth of the 700,000 ischemic strokes per year. For the last 50 years, long-term anticoagulation with warfarin has been the most effective therapy for preventing stroke in patients ...
Confavreux Cyrille B - - 2012
Introduction and hypothesis.Treatments against osteoporosis have demonstrated fracture risk reduction but persistence to therapy remains a major issue. Intermittent regimens have been developed to improve persistence. The aim of this 1 year prospective study was to compare, in the general population, persistence of various oral regimens of anti-osteoporotic treatment.Methods.We conducted ...
Carvalho Rodrigo - - 2012
Introduction: During the last half of the 20th century, the use of UVB therapy and photochemotherapy (PUVA), were one of the mainstays of treatment for psoriasis. However, accompanying to the advent of the most recent era of psoriasis, with targeted biologic therapy has been a decline in the frequency of ...
Reguiai Ziad - - 2012
BACKGROUND: Rituximab (RTX) has been shown to be effective and safe for short-term treatment of severe pemphigus. Its long-term results remain unknown. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate long-term RTX efficacy and safety in comparison with classic immunosuppressants for the treatment of severe pemphigus. METHODS: This retrospective study included, from 1997 ...
Hassan A - - 2012
Background and purpose:  Severe multiple sclerosis (MS) tremor causes disability poorly responsive to medication. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) or thalamotomy can suppress tremor, but long-term outcomes are unclear. Methods:  Nine patients with MS tremor underwent disability measures at baseline and 12 months post-surgery (six thalamotomy, three DBS) in 1997-1998 (previously reported, ...
Rudmik Luke - - 2012
BACKGROUND: Off-label drug eluting middle-meatal spacers have shown promising results for improving clinical outcomes following endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). This study evaluates a dexamethasone Sinu-Foam(TM) spacer following ESS for CRS without nasal polyposis (CRSsNP). METHODS: Patients with CRSsNP (n = 36) were enrolled into a double-blind, ...
Virtanen Kaisa J - - 2012
Traditionally, clavicle fractures have been treated nonoperatively. However, many recent studies have concentrated on the results of operative treatment. We assessed and compared the outcomes of operative and nonoperative treatment for acute clavicle fractures in adults. We performed a systematic search of the medical literature from 1966 until the end ...
Thu Thuy Pham Thi - - 2012
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Genotype 6 chronic hepatitis C is encountered predominantly in Southeast Asia and data on optimal treatment strategy is limited. This study was aimed to assess the rate and predictors of sustained virological response (SVR) in genotype 6 chronic HCV following 48 and 24 weeks of pegylated interferon ...
Sardella Gennaro - - 2012
Background: Twelve-month dual antiplatelet therapy (DAT) with aspirin and clopidogrel after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation is routinely recommended. It is unclear if prolonged (>12-month) DAT is also favorable. We compared the outcome of patients discontinuing DAT 12 months after off-label DES implantation versus those with DAT for >12 months. Methods: ...
Bekibele Charles O - - 2012
To compare the efficacy of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) with mitomycin C (MMC) in preventing pterygium recurrence when used as an adjuvant following pterygium excision with conjunctival autograft. Low-dose MMC combined with conjunctival autograft is an effective treatment for preventing recurrence following pterygium excision, but safety, cost, and availability limit its use ...
O'Sullivan Amy K - - 2012
The results of a pharmacoeconomic study of the cost-effectiveness of posaconazole versus fluconazole in preventing invasive fungal infections (IFIs) in patients with graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) are reported. The results of a randomized clinical trial suggested that posaconazole may be as effective as fluconazole for the prevention of IFIs in recipients ...
Ahn Jin-Hwan - - 2012
PURPOSE:: To investigate the effect of intravitreal triamcinolone injections as an adjuvant of vitrectomy for idiopathic epiretinal membrane. METHODS:: This study included 58 eyes of 58 patients who were diagnosed as having idiopathic epiretinal membrane and who underwent vitrectomy and membrane peeling. They were divided into 2 groups: 27 eyes ...
Bandello F - - 2012
The current standard therapy for patients with diabetic macular oedema (DME)--focal/grid laser photocoagulation--usually does not improve impaired vision, and many patients lose vision despite laser therapy. Recent approval of ranibizumab by the European Medicines Agency to treat visual impairment due to DME fulfils the previously unmet medical need for a ...
Antoniou Tony - - 2012
Objective: To compare the immunologic effectiveness of raltegravir-maraviroc (R+M+)-based regimens with raltegravir-based regimens that do not include maraviroc (R+M-) in treatment-experienced patients in clinical practice. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of treatment-experienced HIV-infected adults receiving either R+M+- or R+M--based therapy. Longitudinal CD4 counts were analyzed using a linear mixed ...
Imberti Davide - - 2012
Venous thromboembolism (VTE), including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (PE), is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Parenteral anticoagulant treatment with full-dose unfractioned heparin, low-molecular-weight-heparin, or fondaparinux, followed by oral treatment with the vitamin K antagonists, is recommended for the majority of patients. However, in the presence of ...
Rostholder E E Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, - - 2012
Infliximab (IFX) therapy escalation during maintenance treatment occurs frequently in clinical practice in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC). Outcomes for these patients have not been described. To describe the prevalence of, and outcomes after, IFX escalation during maintenance therapy in patients with moderate-severe UC. Retrospective observational study of clinical outcomes ...
Santini Massimo - - 2012
Minimally invasive surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) has shown good results and low complications incidence. Our objective was to evaluate feasibility and efficacy of this technique in our center. The procedure included pulmonary vein isolation, ganglionic plexi ablation, ligament of Marshall resection, and left atrial appendage exclusion through beating ...
Cianchini Giuseppe - - 2012
BACKGROUND: Rituximab induces depletion of B cells and has shown efficacy in antibody-mediated autoimmune disorders. In studies on small series of patients with pemphigus, rituximab administration results in significant improvement. However, differences in inclusion criteria, treatment protocols, and follow-up make it difficult to derive uniform conclusions. OBJECTIVES: We sought to ...
Ummarino D - - 2012
The effect of antisecretory treatment on extraesophageal symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease was evaluated. Seventy-eight children presenting with typical and extraesophageal symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease underwent a multichannel intraluminal impedance and pH monitoring (MII/pH). Children with a positive MII/pH were randomly treated with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or histamine ...
Manns Michael P - - 2012
Objective: To review long-term safety data from the rollover study ETV-901, focusing on adverse events (AEs) with a potential nucleos(t)ide association. Methods: The open-label study ETV-901 (AI463901) assessed the safety of entecavir in chronic hepatitis B patients who received entecavir, lamivudine or adefovir monotherapy in previous entecavir Phase II/III studies. ...
Connick Peter P Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, - - 2012
More than half of patients with multiple sclerosis have progressive disease characterised by accumulating disability. The absence of treatments for progressive multiple sclerosis represents a major unmet clinical need. On the basis of evidence that mesenchymal stem cells have a beneficial effect in acute and chronic animal models of multiple ...
Folvik Geir - - 2012
Abstract Objective. Benign recurrent intrahepatic cholestasis (BRIC) is a rare autosomal recessive inherited disorder characterized by intermittent episodes of cholestatic jaundice. For the patients, the disease is a physical and psychological challenge. There is no curable treatment, but symptomatic relief is described following treatment with rifampicin or plasmapheresis. Material and ...
Mitjà Oriol - - 2012
BACKGROUND: Yaws-an endemic treponematosis and, as such, a neglected tropical disease-is re-emerging in children in rural, tropical areas. Oral azithromycin is effective for syphilis. We assessed the efficacy of azithromycin compared with intramuscular long-acting penicillin to treat patients with yaws. METHODS: We did an open-label, non-inferiority, randomised trial at Lihir ...
Lurati Massimo - - 2012
Background: Dermatophytes are the main cause of onychomycosis, but various non-dermatophyte moulds (NDMs) are often the infectious agents in abnormal nails. In particular, Fusarium spp. and other NDMs are mostly insensitive to standard onychomycosis treatment with topical agents as well as with oral terbinafine and itraconazole. Objective: The aim of ...
Makhlouf Mona - - 2012
Abstract Objective: The aim of this split-mouth, double blinded, short-term, controlled clinical trial was to study the effect of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) as an adjunct to scaling and root planing (SRP) for treatment of chronic periodontitis. Background data: LLLT is reported to improve the outcome of traditional SRP, but ...
Carey Brenda - - 2012
Aim This Phase I clinical trial explored the viability of webcam Internet delivery of the Camperdown Program for adolescents who stutter. Methods and Procedures Participants were three adolescents aged 13, 15, and 16 years with moderate-severe stuttering. Each was treated with the Camperdown Program delivered by webcam with no clinic ...
Rovin Brad H BH Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA. - - 2012
To evaluate the efficacy and safety of rituximab in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase III trial in patients with lupus nephritis treated concomitantly with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and corticosteroids. Patients (n = 144) with class III or class IV lupus nephritis were randomized 1:1 to receive rituximab (1,000 mg) or ...
Igic M - - 2012
The purpose of this study was to determine the level of gingival inflammation and the prevalence of periodontopathogenic microorganisms in adolescents with chronic gingivitis, as well as to compare the effectiveness of two approaches in gingivitis treatment-basic therapy alone and basic therapy + adjunctive low-level laser therapy (LLLT). After periodontal ...
Serra-Guillén Carlos - - 2012
BACKGROUND: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) and imiquimod are the treatments of choice for actinic keratosis (AK). As they have different mechanisms of action, it seems reasonable to assume that applying both treatments sequentially would be efficacious. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine which of these therapeutic modalities provides a better clinical and ...
Kay Alastair T - - 2012
OBJECTIVE: To describe the characteristics of osteomyelitis lesions of the patella and to report short- and long-term outcome after treatment in 8 foals. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. ANIMALS: Foals (n = 8). METHODS: Medical records (2003-2007) and radiographs of foals that had osteomyelitis of the patella were reviewed. Inclusion ...
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To the Editor: In the article by Granger et al. describing the results of the Apixaban for Reduction in Stroke and Other Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation (ARISTOTLE) study (Sept. 15 issue),(1) it was disappointing that patients with atrial fibrillation who were treated with warfarin had an international normalized ratio ...
Lee Sang-Hak - - 2012
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to compare the non-lipid effects of rosuvastatin-fenofibrate combination therapy with rosuvastatin monotherapy in high-risk Asian patients with mixed hyperlipidemia. METHODS: A total of 236 patients were initially screened. After six weeks of diet and life style changes, 180 of these patients were randomly ...
Zorn Kevin C - - 2012
Study Type - RCT (randomized trial) Level of Evidence 2b What's known on the subject? and What does the study add? In a previous randomized controlled trial, barbed polyglyconate suture for vesico-urethral anastomosis was associated with more frequent cystogram leaks, longer mean catheterization times and greater suture costs per case. In ...
Vassiliou Vassilios S - - 2012
To the Editor: In the article by Granger et al. describing the results of the Apixaban for Reduction in Stroke and Other Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation (ARISTOTLE) study (Sept. 15 issue),(1) it was disappointing that patients with atrial fibrillation who were treated with warfarin had an international normalized ratio ...
Kwon Y-D - - 2012
To review the effect of teriparatide as an adjunctive modality for bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (BRONJ), we describe a series of cases of teriparatide therapy for the treatment of BRONJ and serial changes of serum osteoclacin (s-OC) and serum C-terminal telopeptide cross-link of type I collagen (s-CTX). INTRODUCTION: Management ...
Simini Bruno - - 2012
To the Editor: In the article by Granger et al. describing the results of the Apixaban for Reduction in Stroke and Other Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation (ARISTOTLE) study (Sept. 15 issue),(1) it was disappointing that patients with atrial fibrillation who were treated with warfarin had an international normalized ratio ...
Mateen F J - - 2012
Background and purpose:  There are few clinical studies on the attempted treatments and outcomes in patients with Susac syndrome (SS) (retinocochleocerebral vasculopathy). Methods:  A retrospective review was performed of all patients presenting with SS at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA (1 January 1998-1 October 2011). Results:  There were ...
Hirst Claire L - - 2012
Background: Relapse is a characteristic clinical feature of multiple sclerosis (MS) and is commonly employed as a measure of efficacy following therapeutic intervention. However, less is known about the temporal evolution of subsequent disability or factors predicting recovery.Objectives: The objective of this study was to assess the pattern of recovery ...
Chen YongFa - - 2012
The aim of the current study was to compare the effectiveness of adefovir dipivoxil (ADV) monotherapy with that of combination ADV and lamivudine (LAM) therapy in the treatment of LAM-resistant chronic hepatitis B (CHB). Publications on the effectiveness of ADV monotherapy versus the combination of ADV and LAM therapy for ...
Okazaki Shunichiro - - 2012
Aim of the study is to determine the relationship between liver function and the incidence of ONF after steroid therapy in AID patients. The present study investigated 58 AID patients who had received high-dose systemic steroid therapy to determine whether a correlation exists between parameters of hepatic function and steroid-induced ...
Ricci Federico - - 2012
PURPOSE: We performed a prospective noncomparative study to report the results of reduced fluence photodynamic therapy (PDT) combined with intravitreal ranibizumab in patients with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy with active exudation and hemorrhage. METHODS: Seventeen polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy eyes were treated, and follow-up for all patients was 12 months. Photodynamic therapy ...
Utrilla-Rodríguez Elia María - - 2012
: To evaluate the efficacy of a modified Copenhagen physical therapy method in reducing surgery rates for congenital idiopathic clubfoot. : This research is a retrospective descriptive study of 82 patients (123 clubfeet). All patients were younger than 2 months at the beginning of the treatment and were initially evaluated ...
Sugawara Junji - - 2012
Despite the known influence of early treatment on the facial appearance of growing patients with skeletal Class III malocclusion, few comparative reports on the long-term effects of different treatment regimens (1-phase vs 2-phase treatment) have been published. Uncertainty remains regarding the effects of early intervention on jaw growth and its ...
Hodgkinson J A - - 2012
Although there has been growing concordance over what constitutes best practice in recent guidelines for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), notably regarding anticoagulant use, it remains unclear whether patients are being treated accordingly. The aims of this study were to explore the pattern of treatment pathways - i.e. how patients ...
Attumi Taraq A TA Department of Medicine, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, Texas, - - 2012
Helicobacter pylori infections have become increasingly difficult to treat as antimicrobial resistance has increased. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that a 6-week dual regimen of amoxicillin 1 gm and omeprazole 20 gm therapy b.i.d. would cure at least 90% of treatment-naïve H. pylori infections. This ...
Avila Marcos P - - 2012
To evaluate the long-term safety and visual acuity outcomes associated with epimacular strontium 90 brachytherapy combined with intravitreal bevacizumab for the treatment of subfoveal choroidal neovascularization because of age-related macular degeneration. Thirty-four treatment-naive patients with predominantly classic, minimally classic, and occult subfoveal choroidal neovascularization lesions participated in this prospective, 2-year, ...
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