Joseph Lau

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Affiliation: Tufts-New England Medical Center
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc The case of the misleading funnel plot
    Joseph Lau
    Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    BMJ 333:597-600. 2006
  2. pmc Interferon for hepatitis C virus in hemodialysis--an individual patient meta-analysis of factors associated with sustained virological response
    Craig E Gordon
    Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 4:1449-58. 2009
  3. ncbi request reprint n-3 Fatty acids from fish or fish-oil supplements, but not alpha-linolenic acid, benefit cardiovascular disease outcomes in primary- and secondary-prevention studies: a systematic review
    Chenchen Wang
    Tufts New England Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA
    Am J Clin Nutr 84:5-17. 2006
  4. pmc Systematic review to support the development of nutrient reference intake values: challenges and solutions
    Mei Chung
    Tufts Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA02111, USA
    Am J Clin Nutr 92:273-6. 2010
  5. pmc Systematic review: Vitamin D and cardiometabolic outcomes
    Anastassios G Pittas
    Tufts Medical Center and Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Ann Intern Med 152:307-14. 2010
  6. doi request reprint Vitamin D with or without calcium supplementation for prevention of cancer and fractures: an updated meta-analysis for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
    Mei Chung
    Tufts Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Ann Intern Med 155:827-38. 2011
  7. pmc Concordance of randomized and nonrandomized studies was unrelated to translational patterns of two nutrient-disease associations
    Thomas A Trikalinos
    Center for Clinical Evidence Synthesis, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Box 63, 800 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Clin Epidemiol 65:16-29. 2012
  8. ncbi request reprint Heterogeneity and lack of good quality studies limit association between folate, vitamins B-6 and B-12, and cognitive function
    Gowri Raman
    Tufts New England Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Nutr 137:1789-94. 2007
  9. ncbi request reprint Effects of omega-3 fatty acids on serum markers of cardiovascular disease risk: a systematic review
    Ethan M Balk
    Tufts New England Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, NEMC 63, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Atherosclerosis 189:19-30. 2006
  10. ncbi request reprint Insulin therapy and in-hospital mortality in critically ill patients: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
    Anastassios G Pittas
    Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, 750 Washington Street 268, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 30:164-72. 2006

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Publications93

  1. pmc The case of the misleading funnel plot
    Joseph Lau
    Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    BMJ 333:597-600. 2006
  2. pmc Interferon for hepatitis C virus in hemodialysis--an individual patient meta-analysis of factors associated with sustained virological response
    Craig E Gordon
    Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 4:1449-58. 2009
    ..The authors aimed to identify factors associated with SVR in hemodialysis patients through analysis of individual patient data obtained from systematic review of published literature...
  3. ncbi request reprint n-3 Fatty acids from fish or fish-oil supplements, but not alpha-linolenic acid, benefit cardiovascular disease outcomes in primary- and secondary-prevention studies: a systematic review
    Chenchen Wang
    Tufts New England Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA
    Am J Clin Nutr 84:5-17. 2006
    ..The evidence for the benefits of fish oil is stronger in secondary- than in primary-prevention settings. Adverse effects appear to be minor...
  4. pmc Systematic review to support the development of nutrient reference intake values: challenges and solutions
    Mei Chung
    Tufts Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA02111, USA
    Am J Clin Nutr 92:273-6. 2010
    ..The experiences described in this article can serve as a basis for future improvements in systematic reviews of nutrients and to better integrate systematic review into development of future nutrient reference values...
  5. pmc Systematic review: Vitamin D and cardiometabolic outcomes
    Anastassios G Pittas
    Tufts Medical Center and Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Ann Intern Med 152:307-14. 2010
    ..Vitamin D may modify risk for cardiometabolic outcomes (type 2 diabetes, hypertension, or cardiovascular disease)...
  6. doi request reprint Vitamin D with or without calcium supplementation for prevention of cancer and fractures: an updated meta-analysis for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
    Mei Chung
    Tufts Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Ann Intern Med 155:827-38. 2011
    ..Studies suggest that vitamin D supplementation may reduce cancer and fracture risks...
  7. pmc Concordance of randomized and nonrandomized studies was unrelated to translational patterns of two nutrient-disease associations
    Thomas A Trikalinos
    Center for Clinical Evidence Synthesis, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Box 63, 800 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Clin Epidemiol 65:16-29. 2012
    ..We hypothesized that this discordance is attributable to differences in the translational paths of nutrient-disease associations. Translational paths can be assessed using citation analysis...
  8. ncbi request reprint Heterogeneity and lack of good quality studies limit association between folate, vitamins B-6 and B-12, and cognitive function
    Gowri Raman
    Tufts New England Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Nutr 137:1789-94. 2007
    ....
  9. ncbi request reprint Effects of omega-3 fatty acids on serum markers of cardiovascular disease risk: a systematic review
    Ethan M Balk
    Tufts New England Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, NEMC 63, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Atherosclerosis 189:19-30. 2006
    ..The evidence regarding the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on hs-CRP is inconclusive, as are data on ALA...
  10. ncbi request reprint Insulin therapy and in-hospital mortality in critically ill patients: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
    Anastassios G Pittas
    Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, 750 Washington Street 268, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 30:164-72. 2006
    ..Hyperglycemia is common in critically ill hospitalized patients and has been associated with adverse outcomes, including increased mortality. In this review, we examine the effect of insulin therapy on mortality in critically ill patients...
  11. ncbi request reprint Topical anesthetics for dermal instrumentation: a systematic review of randomized, controlled trials
    Anthony Eidelman
    Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Caritas St Elizabeth s Medical Center, Tufts School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
    Ann Emerg Med 46:343-51. 2005
    ....
  12. pmc Reporting of systematic reviews of micronutrients and health: a critical appraisal
    Mei Chung
    Tufts Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Am J Clin Nutr 89:1099-113. 2009
    ..The quality of nutrition-related systematic reviews (SRs) is an unstudied but important factor affecting their usefulness...
  13. pmc The lack of evidence for PET or PET/CT surveillance of patients with treated lymphoma, colorectal cancer, and head and neck cancer: a systematic review
    Kamal Patel
    Institute of Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    J Nucl Med 54:1518-27. 2013
    ..PET and PET/CT are widely used for surveillance of patients after cancer treatments. We conducted a systematic review to assess the diagnostic accuracy and clinical impact of PET and PET/CT used for surveillance in several cancers...
  14. ncbi request reprint Effect of chromium supplementation on glucose metabolism and lipids: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials
    Ethan M Balk
    Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, 750 Washington St, NEMC 63, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Diabetes Care 30:2154-63. 2007
    ..A systematic review of the effect of chromium supplementation on glucose metabolism and lipid levels...
  15. ncbi request reprint A summary of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's evidence report on breastfeeding in developed countries
    Stanley Ip
    Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, 800 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Breastfeed Med 4:S17-30. 2009
    ..This article summarizes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's evidence report on the effects of breastfeeding on term infant and maternal health outcomes in developed countries...
  16. doi request reprint Management strategies for asymptomatic carotid stenosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis
    Gowri Raman
    Center for Clinical Evidence Synthesis and Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Ann Intern Med 158:676-85. 2013
    ..Adults with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis are at increased risk for ipsilateral carotid territory ischemic stroke...
  17. ncbi request reprint Comparability of methods for LDL subfraction determination: A systematic review
    Mei Chung
    Tufts Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Boston, MA 02111, United States
    Atherosclerosis 205:342-8. 2009
    ....
  18. ncbi request reprint Meta-regression detected associations between heterogeneous treatment effects and study-level, but not patient-level, factors
    Christopher H Schmid
    Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine, 750 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Clin Epidemiol 57:683-97. 2004
    ..Two investigations evaluate Bayesian meta-regression for detecting treatment interactions...
  19. ncbi request reprint Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid supplementation and cognitive function: a systematic review of randomized trials
    Ethan M Balk
    Tufts New England Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Arch Intern Med 167:21-30. 2007
    ..A systematic review of the effect of pyridoxine hydrochloride (hereinafter "vitamin B(6)"), cyanocobalamin or hydroxycobalamin (hereinafter "vitamin B(12)"), and folic acid supplementation on cognitive function was performed...
  20. ncbi request reprint A collaborative effort to apply the evidence-based review process to the field of nutrition: challenges, benefits, and lessons learned
    Ethan M Balk
    Tufts New England Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Am J Clin Nutr 85:1448-56. 2007
    ..The goals of these systematic reviews, the processes that were used, the benefits and limitations of the collaboration, and the conclusions of the reviews, including recommendations for future research, are summarized here...
  21. ncbi request reprint Effects of omega-3 fatty acids on coronary restenosis, intima-media thickness, and exercise tolerance: a systematic review
    Ethan M Balk
    Tufts New England Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, 750 Washington Street, NEMC 63, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Atherosclerosis 184:237-46. 2006
    ..The dearth of long term data on fish consumption or omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on measures of cardiovascular disease risk severely limits our ability to draw definitive conclusions at this time...
  22. pmc Application of systematic review methodology to the field of nutrition
    Alice H Lichtenstein
    Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Nutr 138:2297-306. 2008
    ..Systematic reviews are a valuable and independent component of decision-making processes by groups responsible for developing science-based recommendations and policies...
  23. ncbi request reprint Systematic review: association of low-density lipoprotein subfractions with cardiovascular outcomes
    Stanley Ip
    Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Ann Intern Med 150:474-84. 2009
    ..Measures of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) subfractions have been proposed as an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease...
  24. ncbi request reprint Systematic review: charged-particle radiation therapy for cancer
    Teruhiko Terasawa
    Tufts Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Ann Intern Med 151:556-65. 2009
    ..Radiation therapy with charged particles can potentially deliver maximum doses while minimizing irradiation of surrounding tissues, and it may be more effective or less harmful than other forms of radiation therapy...
  25. doi request reprint Active surveillance in men with localized prostate cancer: a systematic review
    Issa J Dahabreh
    Tufts Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Ann Intern Med 156:582-90. 2012
    ..Active surveillance (AS) and watchful waiting (WW) have been proposed as management strategies for low-risk, localized prostate cancer...
  26. doi request reprint The vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque: scope of the literature
    Alawi A Alsheikh-Ali
    Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
    Ann Intern Med 153:387-95. 2010
    ..Large prospective studies in patients with and without previous cardiovascular events during long follow-up are required to validate this concept...
  27. ncbi request reprint In an empirical evaluation of the funnel plot, researchers could not visually identify publication bias
    Norma Terrin
    Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, 750 Washington Street, Box 63, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Clin Epidemiol 58:894-901. 2005
    ..We sought to determine whether researchers can correctly identify publication bias from visual inspection of funnel plots in typical-size systematic reviews...
  28. ncbi request reprint The epidemiology of cancer pain
    Leonidas C Goudas
    Department of Anesthesia, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Cancer Invest 23:182-90. 2005
    ..However, these surveys suggest that a significant number of patients with cancer worldwide will, during the course of their disease, experience pain that requires medical and/or other treatment...
  29. ncbi request reprint A systematic review and meta-analysis of the impact of omega-3 fatty acids on selected arrhythmia outcomes in animal models
    Nirupa R Matthan
    Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Metabolism 54:1557-65. 2005
    ..It is not known whether omega-3 fatty-acid supplementation has antiarrhythmic effects in other disease settings not related to ischemia...
  30. ncbi request reprint Effects of fish oil supplementation on kidney transplantation: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials
    Athina Tatsioni
    Tufts New England Medical Center, Evidence Based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, 750 Washington Street, Box 63, Boston, MA 0211, USA
    J Am Soc Nephrol 16:2462-70. 2005
    ..00, 95% confidence interval 0.96 to 1.05). The available data (mostly derived from older studies with important methodologic limitations) do not demonstrate a consistent, clinically important benefit of fish oil in kidney transplantation...
  31. ncbi request reprint Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, alone or combined with opioids, for cancer pain: a systematic review
    Ewan McNicol
    Department of Anesthesia and Division of Clinical Care Research, New England Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Clin Oncol 22:1975-92. 2004
    ..To assess the safety and efficacy of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), alone or combined with opioids, for the treatment of cancer pain...
  32. pmc Genotype misclassification in genetic association studies of the rs1042522 TP53 (Arg72Pro) polymorphism: a systematic review of studies of breast, lung, colorectal, ovarian, and endometrial cancer
    Issa J Dahabreh
    Center for Clinical Evidence Synthesis, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Am J Epidemiol 177:1317-25. 2013
    ..Use of tumor tissue as the source of genotyping material for cases is associated with significant bias in the estimate of the genetic effect in cancer genetic association studies...
  33. doi request reprint Systematic review of screening for bilirubin encephalopathy in neonates
    Thomas A Trikalinos
    Tufts Evidence Based Practice Center and Center for Clinical Evidence Synthesis, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Pediatrics 124:1162-71. 2009
    ..Severe neonatal hyperbilirubinemia is associated with chronic bilirubin encephalopathy (kernicterus)...
  34. ncbi request reprint Adjusting for publication bias in the presence of heterogeneity
    Norma Terrin
    Division of Clinical Care Research, New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Stat Med 22:2113-26. 2003
    ..Selection modelling is an alternative method warranting further study. It performed better than trim and fill in our simulations, although its frequency of convergence varied, depending on the simulation parameters...
  35. ncbi request reprint A systematic review of randomized controlled trials of wound dressings for chronic venous ulcer
    Thomas F O'Donnell
    Vascular Service and the Center for Wound Healing, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Vasc Surg 44:1118-25. 2006
    ....
  36. doi request reprint Cochlear implantation in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis
    James M Gaylor
    Tufts Evidence based Practice Center, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 139:265-72. 2013
    ..In addition, this meta-analysis is to our knowledge the first to evaluate quality-of-life (QOL) outcomes in adults with cochlear implants...
  37. ncbi request reprint Usual care in the management of chronic wounds: a review of the recent literature
    Athina Tatsioni
    Tufts New England Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Am Coll Surg 205:617-624e57. 2007
  38. pmc A Web-based archive of systematic review data
    Stanley Ip
    Tufts Evidence based Practice Center, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Syst Rev 1:15. 2012
    ..Herein we provide an account of the rationale and development of the Systematic Review Data Repository thus far, as well as outline its future trajectory...
  39. pmc Opportunities and challenges in conducting systematic reviews to support the development of nutrient reference values: vitamin A as an example
    Robert Russell
    Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA
    Am J Clin Nutr 89:728-33. 2009
    ..Ultimately, an objective, unbiased systematic review of a defined question could be useful, not only in helping to set nutrient reference values, but also for increasing the transparency of the decision making process...
  40. ncbi request reprint Predictors of clinical outcomes following fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease remain insufficiently defined: a systematic review
    Stanley Ip
    Tufts Evidence based Practice Center, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Am J Gastroenterol 104:752-8; quiz 759. 2009
    ..It is unclear which patient characteristics influence postoperative success. The purpose of this paper was to review the literature on prognostic factors for patients with GERD treated with fundoplication...
  41. pmc Toward modernizing the systematic review pipeline in genetics: efficient updating via data mining
    Byron C Wallace
    Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA
    Genet Med 14:663-9. 2012
    ..The aim of this study was to demonstrate that modern data mining tools can be used as one step in reducing the labor necessary to produce and maintain systematic reviews...
  42. ncbi request reprint Hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus: 50 years later
    Stanley Ip
    Department of Pediatrics, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Pediatrics 114:263-4. 2004
  43. ncbi request reprint Effectiveness of management strategies for renal artery stenosis: a systematic review
    Ethan Balk
    Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Ann Intern Med 145:901-12. 2006
    ..Atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis is increasingly common in an aging population. Therapeutic options include medical treatment only or revascularization procedures...
  44. ncbi request reprint Systematic review of outcomes after surgical management of venous disease incorporating subfascial endoscopic perforator surgery
    John A TenBrook
    Division of Clinical Decision Making, Department of Medicine, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Vasc Surg 39:583-9. 2004
    ..Patients in whom conservative therapies fail may improve after surgical treatment of superficial and perforating venous disease, but the degree of this benefit is uncertain...
  45. pmc The role of vitamin D and calcium in type 2 diabetes. A systematic review and meta-analysis
    Anastassios G Pittas
    Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Clin Endocrinol Metab 92:2017-29. 2007
    ..When data were available to combine, meta-analyses were performed, and summary odds ratios (OR) are presented...
  46. pmc Meta-Analyst: software for meta-analysis of binary, continuous and diagnostic data
    Byron C Wallace
    Center for Clinical Evidence Synthesis, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    BMC Med Res Methodol 9:80. 2009
    ..In practice, most meta-analyses are performed in general statistical packages or dedicated meta-analysis programs...
  47. ncbi request reprint Systematic review: comparative effectiveness of radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation
    Teruhiko Terasawa
    Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Ann Intern Med 151:191-202. 2009
    ..Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia. Medical treatment often fails to control symptoms...
  48. ncbi request reprint Meta-analysis: efficacy and safety of inhaled insulin therapy in adults with diabetes mellitus
    Lisa Ceglia
    Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Ann Intern Med 145:665-75. 2006
    ..Injection insulin therapy is not readily accepted by patients and many health care providers; therefore, less invasive options for insulin therapy are desirable...
  49. doi request reprint Fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography for interim response assessment of advanced-stage Hodgkin's lymphoma and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: a systematic review
    Teruhiko Terasawa
    Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Clin Oncol 27:1906-14. 2009
    ....
  50. ncbi request reprint Efficacy and safety of incretin therapy in type 2 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis
    Renee E Amori
    Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    JAMA 298:194-206. 2007
    ..Pharmacotherapies that augment the incretin pathway have recently become available, but their role in the management of type 2 diabetes is not well defined...
  51. doi request reprint Interferon treatment in hemodialysis patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection: a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis of treatment efficacy and harms
    Craig E Gordon
    Division of Nephrology, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Am J Kidney Dis 51:263-77. 2008
    ..We determined the efficacy and harms of interferon (IFN) and pegylated IFN (PEG-IFN) treatment of hemodialysis patients with chronic HCV infection and identified factors associated with these outcomes...
  52. ncbi request reprint Interventions in primary care to promote breastfeeding: an evidence review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
    Mei Chung
    Tufts New England Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Ann Intern Med 149:565-82. 2008
    ..Evidence suggests that breastfeeding decreases the risk for many diseases in mothers and infants. It is therefore important to evaluate the effectiveness of breastfeeding interventions...
  53. doi request reprint Synthesis of genetic association studies for pertinent gene-disease associations requires appropriate methodological and statistical approaches
    Elias Zintzaras
    Center for Clinical Evidence Synthesis, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Department of Medicine, Tufts New England Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, USA
    J Clin Epidemiol 61:634-45. 2008
    ..Although the basic statistical issues for performing meta-analysis are well described in the literature, there are remaining methodological issues...
  54. ncbi request reprint A systematic review of the effect of the Excebrane dialyser on biomarkers of lipid peroxidation
    Marie Anne Sosa
    Department of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02135, USA
    Nephrol Dial Transplant 21:2825-33. 2006
    ..We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the effect of Excebrane, a vitamin E-coated cellulose-based dialyser, on circulating biomarkers of lipid peroxidation, as surrogate markers of oxidative stress...
  55. ncbi request reprint Challenges in systematic reviews of diagnostic technologies
    Athina Tatsioni
    Tufts New England Medical Center Evidence based Practice Center, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Ann Intern Med 142:1048-55. 2005
    ....
  56. doi request reprint Loss to analysis in randomized controlled trials in CKD
    Aneet Deo
    Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Am J Kidney Dis 58:349-55. 2011
    ..Nephrology has a limited number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The quality of randomized trials is compromised further when not all participants randomly assigned are accounted for transparently...
  57. ncbi request reprint Prevention of radiocontrast nephropathy with N-acetylcysteine in patients with chronic kidney disease: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials
    Alvaro Alonso
    Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Am J Kidney Dis 43:1-9. 2004
    ..We performed a meta-analysis of group data extracted from previously published studies to assess the effect of NAC on the prevention of RCN in patients with pre-existing chronic kidney disease (CKD)...
  58. ncbi request reprint Insulin therapy for critically ill hospitalized patients: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
    Anastassios G Pittas
    Divisions of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, Mass, USA
    Arch Intern Med 164:2005-11. 2004
    ..The objective of this meta-analysis was to determine the effect of insulin therapy initiated during hospitalization on mortality in adult patients with a critical illness...
  59. ncbi request reprint Reading and critically appraising systematic reviews and meta-analyses: a short primer with a focus on hepatology
    Ethan M Balk
    Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, 750 Washington Street, NEMC 63, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Hepatol 43:729-36. 2005
  60. ncbi request reprint The effect of Tai Chi on health outcomes in patients with chronic conditions: a systematic review
    Chenchen Wang
    Center for Clinical Evidence Synthesis, Division of Clinical Care Research, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    Arch Intern Med 164:493-501. 2004
    ..To conduct a systematic review of reports on the physical and psychological effects of Tai Chi on various chronic medical conditions...
  61. ncbi request reprint Bayesian methods to improve sample size approximations
    Christopher H Schmid
    Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Methods Enzymol 383:406-27. 2004
  62. pmc Is primary angioplasty for some as good as primary angioplasty for all?
    David M Kent
    Received from the Division of Clinical Care Research, Department of Medicine, Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, Mass 02111, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 17:887-94. 2002
    ..To investigate whether proper patient selection might allow most of the benefits of population-wide primary coronary angioplasty to be captured in a subgroup of high-risk patients...
  63. ncbi request reprint Correlation of quality measures with estimates of treatment effect in meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials
    Ethan M Balk
    Evidence Based Practice Center, Division of Clinical Care Research, Tufts University School of Medicine, New England Medical Center, 750 Washington St, No 63, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    JAMA 287:2973-82. 2002
    ..Therefore, assessment of trial quality is often used in meta-analysis. However, the degree to which specific quality measures are associated with treatment effects has not been well established across a broad range of clinical areas...
  64. ncbi request reprint National Kidney Foundation practice guidelines for chronic kidney disease: evaluation, classification, and stratification
    Andrew S Levey
    Tufts New England Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Ann Intern Med 139:137-47. 2003
    ..Because of the high prevalence of early stages of chronic kidney disease in the general population (approximately 11% of adults), this information is particularly important for general internists and specialists...
  65. ncbi request reprint Short stature and functional impairment: a systematic review
    Patricia G Wheeler
    Division of Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine, Floating Hospital for Children, Boston, MA, USA
    Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 158:236-43. 2004
    ..To review the available evidence on the association between primary short stature and intellectual and physical dysfunction among children...
  66. ncbi request reprint Management of opioid side effects in cancer-related and chronic noncancer pain: a systematic review
    Ewan McNicol
    Department of Anesthesia, New England Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02111, USA
    J Pain 4:231-56. 2003
    ..Well-designed trials in the specified populations are required to furnish clinicians with secure evidence on managing opioid side effects successfully...
  67. ncbi request reprint Effects of statins on nonlipid serum markers associated with cardiovascular disease: a systematic review
    Ethan M Balk
    Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, USA
    Ann Intern Med 139:670-82. 2003
    ..Statins reduce cardiovascular events to a greater extent than can be explained by their effect on lipids. Several studies have attempted to elucidate mechanisms by which statins reduce cardiovascular risk...
  68. ncbi request reprint Comparative efficacy and costs of various topical anesthetics for repair of dermal lacerations: a systematic review of randomized, controlled trials
    Anthony Eidelman
    Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Caritas St Elizabeth s Medical Center, Boston, MA 02135, USA
    J Clin Anesth 17:106-16. 2005
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  69. ncbi request reprint Does acupuncture improve motor recovery after stroke? A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
    Frank Kai hoi Sze
    Department of Medicine and Geriatrics, Shatin Hospital, N T Hong Kong
    Stroke 33:2604-19. 2002
    ..Acupuncture may be a promising treatment for poststroke paralysis. We conducted a meta-analysis, assessing the efficacy of acupuncture with and without stroke rehabilitation...
  70. ncbi request reprint Clinical practice guidelines for chronic kidney disease in adults: Part II. Glomerular filtration rate, proteinuria, and other markers
    Cynda Ann Johnson
    Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA
    Am Fam Physician 70:1091-7. 2004
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  71. ncbi request reprint Clinical practice guidelines for chronic kidney disease in adults: Part I. Definition, disease stages, evaluation, treatment, and risk factors
    Cynda Ann Johnson
    Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina 27834, USA
    Am Fam Physician 70:869-76. 2004
  72. pmc Prevalence of visual impairment, blindness, and cataract surgery in the Hong Kong elderly
    John J Michon
    Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Br J Ophthalmol 86:133-9. 2002
    ..The prevalence of vision impairment, unilateral/bilateral blindness, and cataract surgery were estimated in a population based survey among the elderly in a suburban area of Hong Kong...
  73. ncbi request reprint Efficacy of pharmacotherapy for weight loss in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis
    Susan L Norris
    Division of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA
    Arch Intern Med 164:1395-404. 2004
    ..The objective of this review was to assess the efficacy of pharmacotherapy for weight loss in adults with type 2 diabetes...
  74. ncbi request reprint Self-management education for adults with type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis of the effect on glycemic control
    Susan L Norris
    Division of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    Diabetes Care 25:1159-71. 2002
    ..To evaluate the efficacy of self-management education on GHb in adults with type 2 diabetes...
  75. ncbi request reprint An evidence-based review of important issues concerning neonatal hyperbilirubinemia
    Stanley Ip
    Pediatrics 114:e130-53. 2004
    ..Based on the results from the most recent study to report BET morbidity, the overall risk of permanent sequelae in 25 sick infants who survived BET was from 5% to 10%...
  76. ncbi request reprint Long-term effectiveness of lifestyle and behavioral weight loss interventions in adults with type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis
    Susan L Norris
    Divisions of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    Am J Med 117:762-74. 2004
    ..Our objective was to assess the effectiveness of lifestyle and behavioral weight loss and weight control interventions in adults with type 2 diabetes...
  77. ncbi request reprint Effects of statins on vascular structure and function: a systematic review
    Ethan M Balk
    Center for Clinical Evidence Synthesis, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies
    Am J Med 117:775-90. 2004
    ..We conducted a systematic review of how statins affect vascular structure and function, differences among statins, and correlations between the effects of statins on vascular outcomes and either lipid levels or cardiovascular outcomes...
  78. doi request reprint Validation of the Chinese Pain Catastrophizing Scale (HK-PCS) in patients with chronic pain
    Jacqueline C Yap
    Anaesthesiology and Operating Services, Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, Hong Kong
    Pain Med 9:186-95. 2008
    ..This study was conducted to examine the psychometric properties of a Chinese translation of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (HK-PCS)...
  79. ncbi request reprint Systemic administration of local anesthetics to relieve neuropathic pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis
    Ivo W Tremont-Lukats
    Department of Neurology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
    Anesth Analg 101:1738-49. 2005
    ..22 to 6.90). Lidocaine and mexiletine produced no major adverse events in controlled clinical trials, were superior to placebo to relieve neuropathic pain, and were as effective as other analgesics used for this condition...
  80. ncbi request reprint The clinically inapparent adrenal mass: update in diagnosis and management
    Georg Mansmann
    Department of Endocrinology, Heinrich Heine University, Moorenstrasse 5, D 40225 Dusseldorf, Germany
    Endocr Rev 25:309-40. 2004
    ..Based on the statements of the conference, the available literature, and ongoing studies, our aim is to provide practical recommendations for the management of this common entity and to highlight areas for future studies and research...
  81. ncbi request reprint National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative clinical practice guidelines for chronic kidney disease in children and adolescents: evaluation, classification, and stratification
    Ronald J Hogg
    North Texas Hospital for Children and the Department of Clinical Research at Medical City Dallas Hospital, Dallas, Texas 75230, USA
    Pediatrics 111:1416-21. 2003
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  82. ncbi request reprint Clinical practice guidelines in nephrology--for worse or for better
    Katrin Uhlig
    Nephrol Dial Transplant 21:1145-53. 2006
  83. ncbi request reprint Dialysis membrane and modality in acute renal failure: understanding discordant meta-analyses
    Geoffrey S Teehan
    Semin Dial 16:356-60. 2003
    ..Understanding these issues is important to properly interpret results from these meta-analyses...
  84. ncbi request reprint Amodiaquine combined with sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine versus artemisinin-based combinations for the treatment of uncomplicated falciparum malaria in Africa: a meta-analysis
    Charles O Obonyo
    Centre for Vector Biology and Control Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute, PO Box 1578 40100, Kisumu, Kenya
    Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 101:117-26. 2007
    ..12, 95% CI 0.81-1.54), but there was significant heterogeneity of results across the studies. All the treatment regimens were safe and well tolerated. AQ+SP should be considered in some settings before the full implementation of an ACT...
  85. ncbi request reprint Standardized retrieval of side effects data for meta-analysis of safety outcomes. A feasibility study in acute sinusitis
    John P A Ioannidis
    Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Ioannina School of Medicine, Ioannina, Greece
    J Clin Epidemiol 55:619-26. 2002
    ..Availability of standardized information for performing meta-analysis of safety data may be limited. Standardized reporting, prospective collection, and long-term availability of safety information should be improved...
  86. pmc Meta-analysis of vascular and neoplastic events associated with tamoxifen
    R Scott Braithwaite
    Section of Clinical Systems Modeling, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicne, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 18:937-47. 2003
    ..Our purpose was to estimate the effects of tamoxifen on potentially life-threatening vascular and neoplastic outcomes...
  87. doi request reprint Prevalence and the factors associated with binge drinking, alcohol abuse, and alcohol dependence: a population-based study of Chinese adults in Hong Kong
    Jean H Kim
    The School of Public Health 2 F, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR
    Alcohol Alcohol 43:360-70. 2008
    ..To examine the patterns of drinking, the relationship between binge drinking, alcohol abuse, and dependence, and the sociodemographic factors associated with problem drinking among Hong Kong Chinese...
  88. ncbi request reprint High-dosage vitamin E supplementation and all-cause mortality
    Simin Nikbin Meydani
    Ann Intern Med 143:153; author reply 156-8. 2005
  89. ncbi request reprint Defining the therapeutic role of local anesthetic sympathetic blockade in complex regional pain syndrome: a narrative and systematic review
    M Soledad Cepeda
    Department of Anesthesia, San Ignacio Hospital, and Javeriana University School of Medicine, Bogota, Colombia
    Clin J Pain 18:216-33. 2002
    ..The authors sought to evaluate the efficacy of sympathetic blockade with local anesthetic in these syndromes. In addition, they performed a comprehensive review of the pathophysiology and other treatments for CRPS...
  90. ncbi request reprint Chronic rhinitis: allergic or nonallergic?
    Joseph Lau
    Am Fam Physician 67:705-6. 2003
  91. ncbi request reprint Reporting, appraising, and integrating data on genotype prevalence and gene-disease associations
    Julian Little
    Epidemiology Group, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
    Am J Epidemiol 156:300-10. 2002
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  92. ncbi request reprint Long-term effectiveness of weight-loss interventions in adults with pre-diabetes: a review
    Susan L Norris
    Division of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA corrected
    Am J Prev Med 28:126-39. 2005
    ..To assess the effectiveness of weight-loss and weight-control interventions for adults with pre-diabetes (impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance), an important risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes...
  93. ncbi request reprint Validation of a questionnaire instrument for prediction of obstructive sleep apnea in Hong Kong Chinese children
    Albert M Li
    Department of Pediatrics, Prince of Wales and Shatin Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong SAR, China
    Pediatr Pulmonol 41:1153-60. 2006
    ..9%, respectively. Test-retest reliability was undertaken in 51 subjects and the measurement of agreement (Kappa value) was 0.6. This HK-CSQ is a useful, valid, and reliable screening instrument for the presence of OSAS in children...