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- Diagnostic accuracy of cancer antigen 125 for endometriosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis
CA 125 performs well as a rule-in test facilitating expedited diagnosis and ensuring investigation and treatment can be confidently tailored for the management of endometriosis -however, a negative test is unable to rule out endometriosis.
- Use of Plant-Based Therapies and Menopausal Symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
This meta-analysis of clinical trials suggests that composite and specific phytoestrogen supplementations were associated with modest reductions in the frequency of hot flashes and vaginal dryness but no significant reduction in night sweats.
- Patient Navigation for Comprehensive Cancer Screening in High-Risk Patients Using a Population-Based Health Information Technology System
Patient navigation as part of a population-based IT system significantly increased screening rates for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer in patients at high risk for nonadherence with testing. Integrating patient navigation into population health management activities for low-income and racial/ethnic minority patients might improve equity of cancer care.
- Multimodal Randomized Functional MR Imaging of the Effects of Methylene Blue in the Human Brain
Using functional MRI, it was found that a single oral dose of methylene blue increased brain activity in the bilateral insular cortex, as well as the prefrontal cortex and parietal and occipital lobes, compared with placebo.
- Hepatitis C Core Antigen Testing for Diagnosis of Hepatitis C Virus Infection
The HCVcAg assays with signal amplification have high sensitivity, high specificity, and good correlation with HCV RNA levels greater than 3000 IU/mL and have the potential to replace NAT in settings with high HCV prevalence.
- Effect of Escitalopram on All-Cause Mortality and Hospitalization in Patients With Heart Failure and Depression
Chronic systolic heart failure patients treated for 18 months with escitalopram, an SSRI, did not demonstrate significantly reduced all-cause mortality.
- Comparative efficacy of simultaneous versus sequential multiple health behavior change interventions among adults
There is limited evidence regarding the relative effectiveness of sequential and simultaneous approaches.
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