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Effects of Pilates exercise on balance, walking and lower limbs motor function in stroke patients: A meta-analysis
Ya-Nan Leng, Min Zhang, Yu-Qi Li, Ting-Ting Liu, Xiao-Li Pang
Medical Data Mining    2019, 2 (3): 110-117.   https://doi.org/10.12032/mdm2018022
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Objective: To systematically evaluate the effects of Pilates exercise on balance, walking and lower limbs motor function in stroke patients. Methods: The literature databases such as the Cochrane Library, EMbase, PubMed, Web of Science, Chinese Biomedicine Database (CBM), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), VIP Database for Chinese Technical Periodicals (VIP) and Wan Fang database (Wan Fang) were retrieved. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) regarding the effects of Pilates exercise on balance, walking and lower limbs motor function of stroke patients were retrieved. Data were collected and evaluated independently by two researchers. Then, we adopted RevMan 5.3 software to perform a meta-analysis. Results: A total of 5 RCTs were included, including 182 subjects were chosen. The result showed that compared with the routine care group, Pilates exercise can effectively improve the balance of stroke patients when they have trained eight weeks [MD=4.71, 95%CI (2.14, 7.28), P=0.0003], shorten the time of the Timed Up and Go test (TUG) [MD=-1.63, 95%CI (-2.69, -0.56), P=0.003], increase the stride velocity [MD=3.83, 95%CI (1.43, 6.23), P=0.002]. However, the evidence did not support the effectiveness of Pilates exercise on increasing the score of Fugl-Meyer Assessment-Lower Extremity (FMA-LE) of stroke patients [MD=6.70, 95%CI (-3.46, 16.86), P=0.20]. Conclusion: The findings suggest that Pilates could improve the balance and walking speed of stroke patients. However, there still is the lack of the evidence in improving lower limb function. Due to the limitation of the quality of the included studies. high-quality studies still should be conducted to investigate the effect of Pilates exercise in stroke patients.
Reanalysis of Lymph node metastasis as predictor of the survival of patients with follicular variant papillary thyroid carcinoma:From SEER database 2004-2014
Jin Yang, Qing-Qing Liu, Hai-Rong He, Hai-Sheng You, Zhen-Yu Pan, Jun Lyu,
92Medical Data Mining    2019, 2 (1): 1-9.   https://doi.org/10.12032/mdm2018011
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Background: Follicular variant papillary thyroid carcinoma (FVPTC) is the most common subset of papillary carcinoma. Lymph-node metastasis (LNM) is one of the main predictors of survival in PTC patients, but we found few data related to the correlation between LNM and FVPTC. We therefore aimed to elucidate the relationship between LNM and survival in patients with FVPTC. Method: Logistic regression models were used to determine the factors associated with LNM. The Cox proportional-hazards model was applied to assess the association between LNM and disease-specific mortality. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and the log-rank test were used to estimate the disease-specific survival rates in patients with and without LNM. Results: In total, 1418 FVPTC patients were identified. The multivariate logistic regression model showed that age, female sex, being married, tumor size > 4cm and extrathyroidal extension and radiation were predictors of LNM. The multivariate Cox regression model showed that age, multifocality and radiation were risk factors of disease-specific mortality. Especially, LNM (p=0.271) did not independently predict disease-specific mortality. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and the log-rank method also showed that LNM did not impact survival in FVPTC (p=0.235). Conclusion: Using data in the SEER database from 2004 to 2014, and after multivariate model correction, we found that age, multifocality and radiation were strongly related to disease-specific mortality. It is worth noting that LNM does not impact the survival of FVPTC patients.
Network meta-analysis of acupuncture treatment for mammary gland hyperplasia
Yi-Hua Fan, Hui -Le Li, Yun-Rui Jin, Qiang Zhang
92Medical Data Mining    2018, 1 (1): 19-29.   https://doi.org/10.12032/mdm2018002
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Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of mammary gland hyperplasia. Methods: Randomized controlled trials before December 2017 in CNKI, China Biology Medicine disc, Chinese sci-tech periodical full-text database, Wanfang database, Cochrane Library, Pubmed, Embase and Web of Science were searched. The risks were evaluated by two investigators according to the Cochrane Handbook 5.1.0 criteria. Evaluation GeMTC was used for network-meta analysis. Results: A total of 43 articles were included, involving 5531 patients. Network meta-analysis results showed that there were differences in the comparison before and after treatment: acupuncture + Chinese herbal medicine vs acupuncture, acupuncture + Chinese herbal medicine vs Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture + Chinese herbal medicine v s acupoint embedding, acupuncture + western medicine vs acupuncture, acupuncture + western medicine vs western medicine, acupuncture + western medicine vs Chinese herbal medicine, fire needle vs acupuncture, fire needle vs Chinese herbal medicine, moxibustion vs acupuncture, moxibustion vs Chinese herbal medicine, acupoint embedding line + Chinese herbal medicine vs Chinese herbal medicine, acupoint embedding line + Chinese herbal medicine vs western medicine, acupoint embedding line + Chinese herbal medicine vs acupuncture, acupoint embedding line + Chinese herbal medicine vs acupuncture + Chinese herbal medicine, acupoint embedding line + Chinese herbal medicine vs acupuncture + western medicine, acupoint embedding line + Chinese herbal medicine vs fire needle, acupoint embedding line + Chinese herbal medicine vs fire needle + Chinese herbal medicine, acupoint embedding line Chinese herbal medicine vs electroacupuncture, acupoint embedding line + Chinese herbal medicine vs acupoint embedding line, Acupoint embedding line + Chinese herbal medicine vs ear acupuncture, acupoint embedding line + Chinese herbal medicine vs moxibustion, acupoint embedding line + Chinese herbal medicine vs moxibustion + Chinese herbal medicine. Conclusion:Acupoint embedding + traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture + western medicine is the best treatment for mammary gland hyperplasia, but the exact conclusion still needs high-quality clinical research to further verify.

Analysis on the introduction of foreign language scales in Chinese nursing masters dissertation
Si-Qi Xiong, Hui-Ping Wang, Chang-De Jin
92Medical Data Mining    2018, 1 (1): 30-37.   https://doi.org/10.12032/mdm2018003
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Objective: The nursing master’s dissertation were analyzed to understand the situation of theintroduction of foreign language scales. Method: Bibliometric method and content analysis method were used to analyze the introduction of foreign languagescales in the current Chinese nursing master’s dissertation which have been collected from CNKI database and WanFang database before February 1, 2018. Results: The introduction of foreign language scales started late, which was from 2012. In 2013, the foreign scales were most introduced (16.2%). The main source of thesis is from Tianjin Medical University (11.6%). English was the most popular language of the foreign scales (93.8%). 80.2% of researchers did not use translation guides. 31.3% of translators comfort the requirements of the translation guidelines. The introduced scales have good reliability and validity. Conclusion: The number of nursing masters dissertation introducing foreign scales has increased year by year with more sources and high quality. It shows that the academic level of nursing postgraduate student in China has been improved. Postgraduate students have a higher ability to learn foreign nursing knowledge and skills and use foreign nursing research tools. However, the lack of translation guide and the ambiguity of the selection criteria of the translators are widespread.

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