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May 3, 2017

What are the effects before, during, and after the use of fidget spinners based on how well you can work, how well you can study, and how well you can pay attention. Do fidget spinners help people wit ...

May 1, 2017

Topic Nomination: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Suggested Key Questions: 1.In adult patients who have COPD, what are the benefits and harms of pharmacologic therapies for decreasing sympt ...

Apr. 24, 2017

1. Description of Interventions for Transition Care for the post-acute and long term care (PA/LTC) setting PA/LTC to home, PA/LTC to ED/hospital, and ED/hospital to PA/LTC a. What are the risks of ...

Apr. 3, 2017

Are diseases being transmitted from person to person via the anus such as by sitting down and sharing seats in public? Since the anus is an orifice, can diseases be spread and/or received through the ...

Apr. 3, 2017

Might sun exposure on female breasts, such as due to exposed cleavage, be the cause of breast cancer? Such as because of the female anatomy where the female breasts extends horizontally out of chest ...

Mar. 29, 2017

In people with bipolar disorder, what is the role of the primary care provider (PCP) in identifying, managing, and referring to psychiatry.

Mar. 20, 2017

cancer patients and in regenerative medicine patients medicine

Feb. 8, 2017

After having 2 stents put in my thigh why did my leg and foot swell up 2x's the normal size? Why (after 19 months is my foot still numb and painful? By the way, I had 2 balloons put in after 5 month ...

Jan. 31, 2017

What is the relationship between varying levels, from none to very heavy, of alcohol consumption and different levels of hypertension? This is relevant to men and women, young adults and older adul ...

Jan. 9, 2017

MRI versus 3D Ultrasoud in diagnosis of Mullerian anomalies

Dec. 28, 2016

Comparative effectiveness of Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) Fusion vs Nonoperative Care

Nov. 22, 2016

Follow up of stroke patients with Lateral Meduallry Syndrome/Wallenbrug Syndrome

Nov. 16, 2016

Geriatric hip fracture review is out of date. Will this be updated? Same or similar questions would be helpful for clinicians, patients and their caregivers, and to assist in surgical decisions. Some ...

Nov. 15, 2016

I nominate Rigvir Cancer Virotherapy for the treatment of Cancer. It is approved in the European Union and is backed by 50 years of Research. This live virus is injected into the Cancer Patient and se ...

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Nov. 2, 2016

Specific research questions are: What is the best definition of failure to thrive? 1) What criteria for failure to thrive have been proposed, and what are the test characteristics of these propose ...

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Oct. 31, 2016

Key Questions KEY QUESTIONS INVOLVING THE DIAGNOSIS AND INITIAL MANAGEMENT OF TESTICULAR CANCER: i.After a suspicious physical or self-examination, what is the diagnostic accuracy (sensitivity, sp ...

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Oct. 31, 2016

The proposed topic for this review is the effectiveness of a fixed-dose combination therapy, also known as the polypill, for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. The specific therapy combin ...

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Oct. 31, 2016

Topic: Models of Prenatal Care Population: Pregnant Women Prenatal care is critical for maternal and child health and wellbeing. There are several models of prenatal care in use throughout the Unit ...

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Oct. 31, 2016

Using CCFA's IBD Qorus program (quality of care initiative underway with anticipated 20,000 patients in the next few years) could look at adult patients with Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis and ...

Oct. 28, 2016

Key Questions for HIP OA Key Question 1 a. What is the clinical effectiveness of the following pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies in patients with primary or secondary OA of the hip, co ...

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Oct. 28, 2016

Chelation Therapy using EDTA either through direct intravenous injection or by oral ingestion in pill form

Oct. 28, 2016

Screening and management of sepsis. Key Questions for Screening and Managing Sepsis 1. In potentially infected seriously ill adult patients, does screening for sepsis improve clinical outcomes, ...

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Oct. 28, 2016

I would like to see a study surrounding the comprehension of an informed consent in relationship to patients who have the symptom of psychosis.

Oct. 28, 2016

Topic Delerium: What methods are effective for identifying individuals with delirium, subsyndromal delirium or a high risk of developing delirium (e.g., risk prediction models, screening and asse ...

Oct. 28, 2016

Topic: Borderline Personality Disorder Suggested key questions: What is the efficacy and comparative effectiveness of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for affective dysregul ...

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