Research Desk

Mar 20, 2019

Kamilla Steensig et al ascertained if the CHA2DS2-VASc score can predict the risk of atrial fibrillation and thromboembolic events. Between 2004-2012, patients with coronary angiography performed were grouped according to CHA2DS2-VASc score. Patients with atrial fibrillation, anticoagulant therapy, and follow-up <30 days were excluded. There were a total of 78,233 patients with group sizes varying between 8,299 (CHA2DS2-VASc >4) and 19,882 (CHA2DS2-VASc 2). According to findings, the CHA2DS2-VASc score predicted a future diagnosis of atrial fibrillation and the composite risk of ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack, or systemic embolism in patients without atrial fibrillation among patients undergoing coronary angiography. In a patient with atrial fibrillation, a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 3 was related to a risk that would justify prophylactic oral anticoagulation treatment

Mar 20, 2019

Panagiotis A Konstantinopoulos, MD et al performed this multicentre, open-label, phase 1b trial following a 3 + 3 dose-escalation design to examine the safety and seek the recommended phase 2 dose of the poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor olaparib in combination with the PI3K inhibitor alpelisib in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer and in patients with breast cancer. Thirty-four patients (28 in the dose-escalation cohort and six in the dose-expansion cohort) were recruited; two in the dose-escalation cohort were ineligible at the day of scheduled study initiation. They identified alpelisib 200 mg once a day plus olaparib 200 mg twice a day (dose level 3) as the maximum tolerated dose and recommended phase 2 dose. Outcomes support the feasibility of combining alpelisib and olaparib with no unexpected toxic effects. This work provides preliminary clinical evidence of synergism between olaparib and alpelisib, especially in epithelial ovarian cancer, and justifies further investigation.

Mar 19, 2019

A study conducted by Scaffidi et.al. aims to understand the self-assessment accuracy of novice, intermediate, and experienced pediatric endoscopists. The study was conducted in more than 1000 endoscopists, and they assessed using the Gastrointestinal EndoscopyCompetency Assessment Tool for Pediatric Colonoscopy.

Mar 19, 2019

Maia P Smith et.al. conducted a study to understand if it was plausible that pulmonary benefits of strength in heart-healthy populations also apply in congenital heart disease. The researchers concluded that strength was associated with better lung function in all ages. 

Mar 19, 2019

Guy Fagherazzi et.al. conducted a study to assess the between components of work-related stress and type 2 diabetes risk. The researchers concluded that there was an increased risk of type 2 diabetes associated with mentally tiring work, used as a proxy of job demands and it was especially higher in women. 

Mar 19, 2019

Miao-Mei Yu et.al. studied the expression and biological function of NFE2L3 in Hepatocellular carcinoma. They concluded that shRNA-mediated knockdown of NFE2L3 exhibited tumor-suppressing effects in Hepatocellular carcinoma cells.

Mar 19, 2019

Roger G. Blanks et.al. studied the effect of changing from screen-film mammography to digital mammography (DM) in a large organized national screening program. The researchers reached to a conclusion that there was a comparatively higher detection of grade 1 and grade 2 invasive cancers, including both ductal and lobular cancers, but there was no change in the detection of grade 3 invasive cancers.

Mar 19, 2019

According to a new report MedPAC is recommending that all four current incentive programs be replaced by the single streamlined hospital value incentive program, or HVIP. This means that in order to bring hospitals out of a negative margin on Medicare payments and to give them a 2 percent payment update would require at least a 4 percent adjustment. 

Mar 19, 2019

Vincent Wong​ et al sought ​​​​​​to describe management options for pelvic fluid collections in adult patients with classic bladder exstrophy. It suggested that sclerosing of the cyst can be successful in a subset of patients, though some may require removal of the presumed prostatic tissue, which is curative and can be achieved with preservation of erectile function.

Mar 19, 2019

Low-frequency and high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) are similarly efficacious for treatment-resistant depression. Low-frequency is posited to be better tolerated than high-frequency rTMS, however, this is not supported by empirical evidence to date. This study aimed to quantify and compare the tolerability of low-versus high-frequency rTMS. Twenty healthy participants (mean age 38.6 ± 13.9 years) underwent low- and high-frequency rTMS administered on left frontal, fronto-central and central sites at 100% resting motor threshold.