Jin-Ling Tang

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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    ABSTRACT: In early 2013, a new type of avian influenza, H7N9, emerged in China. It quickly became an issue of great public concern and a widely discussed topic on the Internet. A considerable volume of relevant information was made publicly available on the Internet through various sources.
    Journal of Medical Internet Research 01/2014; 16(9):e221. · 3.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: KRAS mutations have been established as a major predictive biomarker for resistance to the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) with anti-epidermal growth factor receptor monoclonal antibodies (anti-EGFR MoAbs). However, many patients with KRAS wild-type tumors still do not respond to the treatment. We conducted a systematic review with meta-analysis to assess whether BRAF mutations, PIK3CA mutations, and PTEN loss can predict the outcomes of patients with KRAS wild-type mCRC treated with anti-EGFR MoAbs. Studies that explored the association of one or more of the three biomarkers with progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and/or objective response rate (ORR) were identified through August 2012. Summary hazard ratios (HRs) and rate differences (RDs) and corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated by using the random-effects model. BRAF mutations, PIK3CA exon 20 mutations, and PTEN loss were all associated with shorter PFS (HR=2.59, 95% CI 1.67-4.03; HR=2.52, 95% CI 1.33-4.78; and HR=1.75, 95% CI 1.19-2.56, respectively), shorter OS (HR=2.74, 95% CI 1.79-4.19; HR=3.29, 95% CI 1.60-6.75; and HR=1.85, 95% CI 1.30-2.64, respectively), and lower ORR (RD=-36%, 95% CI -44% ~ -28%; RD=-38%, 95% CI -51% ~ -24%; and RD=-41%, 95% CI -68% ~ -14%, respectively). PIK3CA exon 9 mutations were associated with none of the outcomes. Studies with relevant data consistently demonstrated a stronger predictive power of combined multiple biomarkers as compared with one alteration alone. These results suggest that BRAF mutations, PIK3CA exon 20 mutations, and PTEN loss are predictive of better outcomes in KRAS wild-type mCRC treated with anti-EGFR MoAbs. However, the quality of included studies varied, and some of the meta-analyses were limited by significant between-study heterogeneity. In the future, well-designed large randomized controlled trials conducted in KRAS wild-type mCRC patients with subgroup analysis according to BRAF, PIK3CA exon 20 and PTEN status are essential to fully assess the clinical relevance of these biomarkers. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    International Journal of Cancer 03/2013; · 6.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The World Health Organization reported in 2011that irrational use of medicines was a serious global problem that is wasteful and harmful. The worst is use of ineffective or harmful interventions which should not be used at all. However, little is known about the changes that 20 years of evidence-based medicine has made particularly in reducing use of ineffective interventions. We surveyed clinicians in China to show how often ineffective interventions were still used in practice. 3,246 clinicians from 24 tertiary hospitals were surveyed in person and another 3,063 through an online survey between 2006-2007. The main outcomes are prescription by a clinician, and use in a patient of, an ineffective intervention and of a matched effective intervention in patients with the same disease. 129 ineffective interventions for 68 diseases were identified from the BMJ Clinical Evidence and included in the survey. One effective intervention was identified for each disease and a total of 68 effective interventions were thus also included. The frequency of use of effective interventions was used as a reference for that of ineffective intervention. The mean prescription rate by clinicians is 59.0% (95% confidence interval (95% CI): 58.6% to 59.4%) and 81.0% (95% CI: 80.6% to 81.4%) respectively for ineffective and effective interventions. The mean frequency of use in patients is 31.2% (95% CI: 30.8% to 31.6%) and 56.4% (95% CI: 56.0% to 56.8%) for ineffective and effective interventions respectively. The relative reduction in use of ineffective interventions as compared with that of matched effective interventions is 27.2% (95% CI: 27.0% to 27.4%) and 44.7% (95% CI: 44.3% to 45.1%) for clinician's prescription and use in patients respectively. 8.6% ineffective interventions were still routinely used in practice. Ineffective interventions were still commonly used. Efforts are necessary to further reduce and eventually eliminate ineffective interventions from practice.
    PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(3):e52159. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been widely used as an adjunct to western medicine in treating angina in China. We carried out this systematic review to evaluate the effectiveness of CHM on top of western medicine for angina. This meta-analysis included 46 randomized control trials with 4212 patients. For trials that included stable angina patients, the CHM group had significant lower incidence of total heart events (relative risk (RR) = 0.50, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.33-0.78), myocardial infarction (RR = 0.32, 95% CI 0.14-0.72), heart failure (RR = 0.37, 95% CI 0.15-0.91), and angina (RR = 0.46, 95% CI 0.30-0.71) than that of control group. For trials that included unstable angina patients, CHM led to significantly lower occurrence of total heart events (RR = 0.46, 95% CI 0.32-0.66), myocardial infarction (RR = 0.37, 95% CI 0.26-0.54), and angina (RR = 0.36, 95%CI 0.26-0.51). Likewise, for trials that included stable or unstable angina patients, the rates of myocardial infarction (RR = 0.34, 95% CI 0.17-0.68) and angina (RR = 0.46, 95% CI 0.30-0.70) in CHM group were significantly lower than that in control group. In conclusion, CHM is very likely to be able to improve the survival of angina patients who are already receiving western medicine.
    Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 01/2013; 2013:673193. · 1.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: This study aims to comprehensively summarize the currently available evidences on the efficacy and safety of gemcitabine plus erlotinib for treating advanced pancreatic cancer. METHODOLOGYPRINCIPAL FINDINGS: PubMed, EMBASE, The Cochrane Library and abstracts of recent major conferences were systematically searched to identify relevant publications. Studies that were conducted in advanced pancreatic cancer patients treated with gemcitabine plus erlotinib (with or without comparison with gemcitabine alone) and reporting objective response rate, disease control rate, progression-free survival, time-to-progression, overall survival, 1-year survival rate and/or adverse events were included. Data on objective response rate, disease control rate, 1-year survival rate and adverse events rate, respectively, were combined mainly by using Meta-Analyst software with a random-effects model. Data on progression-free survival, time-to-progression and overall survival were summarized descriptively. Sixteen studies containing 1,308 advanced pancreatic cancer patients treated with gemcitabine plus erlotinib were included. The reported median progression-free survival (or time-to-progression), median overall survival, 1-year survival rates, objective response rates and disease control rates were 2-9.6 months, 5-12.5 months, 20%-51%, 0%-28.6% and 25.0%-83.3%, respectively. The weighted 1-year survival rate, objective response rate and disease control rate based on studies reporting robust results were 27.9%, 9.1% and 57.0%, respectively. According to the studies with relevant data, the incidences of total and severe adverse events were 96.3% and 62.9%, respectively. The most frequently reported adverse events were leucopenia, rash, diarrhea, vomitting, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, anaemia, stomatitis, drug-induced liver injury, fatigue and fever. Compared with gemcitabine alone, the progression-free survival and overall survival with gemcitabine plus erlotinib were significantly longer, but there were also more deaths and interstitial lung disease-like syndrome related to this treatment. CONCLUSIONSSIGNIFICANCE: Gemcitabine plus erlotinib represent a new option for the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer, with mild but clinically meaningful additive efficacy compared with gemcitabine alone. Its safety profile is generally acceptable, although careful management is needed for some specific adverse events.
    PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(3):e57528. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Systematic reviews (SRs) that fail to search non-English databases may miss relevant studies and cause selection bias. The bias may be particularly severe in SRs of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as most randomized controlled trials (RCT) in TCM are published and accessible only in Chinese. In this study we investigated how often Chinese databases were not searched in SRs of TCM, how many trials were missed, and whether a bias may occur if Chinese databases were not searched. We searched 5 databases in English and 3 in Chinese for RCTs of Chinese herbal medicine for coronary artery disease and found that 96.64% (115/119) eligible studies could be identified only from Chinese databases. In a random sample of 80 Cochrane reviews on TCM, we found that Chinese databases were only searched in 43 or 53.75%, in which almost all the included studies were identified from Chinese databases. We also compared SRs of the same topic and found that they may draw a different conclusion if Chinese databases were not searched. In conclusion, an overwhelmingly high percentage of eligible trials on TCM could only be identified in Chinese databases. Reviewers in TCM are suggested to search Chinese databases to reduce potential selection bias.
    Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 01/2013; 2013:812179. · 1.72 Impact Factor
  • Jin-Qiu Yuan, Chen Mao, Jin-Ling Tang
    The Lancet 10/2012; 380(9849):1227; author reply 1227-8. · 39.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The authors conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine whether patients who had metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) with the v-Ki-ras2 Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog (KRAS) p.G13D mutation (an amino acid substitution at position 13 in KRAS from a glycine to an aspartic acid) and received cetuximab treatment had better clinical outcomes than patients who had mCRC tumors with KRAS codon 12 mutations. METHODS: Relevant studies were identified by a search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Chinese Biomedical Database, and Wan Fang Digital Journals from inception to October 2011. The primary clinical outcomes included the objective response rate (ORR), progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS). The pooled relative risk (RR) or hazard ratio (HR) was estimated by using fixed-effects or random-effects models according to heterogeneity between studies. RESULTS: Ten studies were considered eligible that included 1487 patients with mCRC. Patients who had tumors with the KRAS p.G13D mutation had a significantly higher ORR (10 studies; RR, 1.642; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.131-2.384), longer PFS (1 study; HR, 0.54; 95% CI, 0.36-0.81), and longer OS (1 study; HR, 0.52; 95% CI, 0.33-0.80) than patients who had tumors with KRAS codon 12 mutations. Compared with patients who had KRAS wild-type tumors, patients with the p.G13D mutation had a significantly lower ORR (9 studies; RR, 0.540; 95% CI, 0.381-0.765) and nonsignificantly shorter PFS (1 study; HR, 0.99; 95% CI, 0.68-1.45) and OS (1 study; HR, 1.01; 95% CI, 0.66-1.54). CONCLUSIONS: Patients who had mCRC with the KRAS p.G13D mutation appeared to benefit more from cetuximab than patients who had tumors with KRAS codon 12 mutations. However, because of the limited sample sizes in the current meta-analysis, these results should be interpreted with caution. Cancer 2012. © 2012 American Cancer Society.
    Cancer 09/2012; · 5.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Epidermal growth factor receptor gene copy number (EGFR GCN) has been heavily investigated as a potential predictive biomarker for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) with anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies (MAbs). The objective of this study was to systematically review current evidences on this issue. PubMed, EMBASE, The Cochrane Library, Chinese Biomedical Literature Database, Wanfang Data, and the conference abstracts of American Society of Clinical Oncology and European Society of Medical Oncology were comprehensively searched. Studies that reported the objective response rate (ORR), progression-free survival, and/or overall survival of mCRC patients treated with anti-EGFR MAbs, stratified by EGFR GCN status, were included. The effect measures for binary outcome (response) and time-to-event outcomes (progression-free survival and overall survival) were risk difference and hazard ratio, respectively. Statistical heterogeneity among the studies was assessed by the Cochran's Q-test and the I2 statistic. If appropriate, a quantitative synthesis of data from different studies would be conducted with a random-effects model. Nineteen eligible studies were identified. The criteria for increased EGFR GCN (GCN+) were highly inconsistent across different studies. The prevalence of GCN + ranged from 6.9% to 88.9%, and the difference in ORR between patients with GCN + and those with non-increased EGFR GCN (GCN-) varied from -28% to 84%. Because of the significant heterogeneity, no quantitative synthesis of data was performed. There was a general trend towards higher ORR in patients with GCN+. The difference in ORRs between patients with GCN + and those with GCN- was even greater in KRAS wild-type patients, while in KRAS mutated patients the difference often did not exist. Almost all patients with EGFR amplification responded to the treatment. However, the prevalence of EGFR amplification was generally low. Incomplete data on progression-free survival and overall survival seemingly supported the findings on ORR. Although increased EGFR GCN is generally associated with a better outcome of anti-EGFR MAbs treatment, especially among patients with wild-type KRAS, the clinical utility of this biomarker for selecting recipients of anti-EGFR MAbs would be severely limited by the heterogeneous scoring system and the poor reproducibility of EGFR GCN enumeration due to technical reasons.
    Journal of Hematology & Oncology 08/2012; 5:52. · 4.46 Impact Factor
  • Zu-Yao Yang, Chen Mao, Jin-Ling Tang
    JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association 12/2011; 306(23):2562-3; author reply 2563. · 29.98 Impact Factor
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    Zhonghua liu xing bing xue za zhi = Zhonghua liuxingbingxue zazhi 12/2011; 32(12):1193-8.
  • Zu-Yao Yang, Chen Mao, Jin-Ling Tang
    JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association 06/2011; 305(22):2291-2; author reply 2292-3. · 29.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Epidemiological studies have evaluated the association between ATM 5557G>A (p.D1853N) polymorphism and breast cancer risk. However, the results remain conflicting rather than conclusive. To derive a more precise estimation of the relationship, we performed this meta-analysis. Systematic searches of PubMed and Medline databases were performed. A total of nine studies included 3155 cases and 2752 controls were identified. When all nine studies were pooled into the meta-analysis, there was no evidence for significant association between 5557G>A mutation and breast cancer risk(for G/A vs. G/G: OR = 1.05, 95% CI = 0.83-1.34; for A/A vs. G/G: OR = 0.77, 95% CI = 0.58-1.03; for dominant model: OR = 1.04, 95% CI = 0.82-1.31; for recessive model: OR = 0.87, 95% CI = 0.69-1.09). In the subgroup analyses by family history and ethnicity, significant associations were found among Amerindians (for G/A vs. G/G: OR = 2.19, 95% CI = 1.38-3.47; for dominant model: OR = 2.15, 95% CI = 1.37-3.38). In summary, the meta-analysis suggest that ATM 5557G>A polymorphism is associated with increased breast cancer risk among Amerindians. However, due to the small subjects included in analysis and the selection bias existed in some studies, the results for Amerindians should be interpreted with caution.
    Molecular Biology Reports 05/2011; 39(2):1113-8. · 2.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study tested the hypothesis that younger, male patients or new clinic visitors, who were prescribed thiazide diuretics were more likely to have drug discontinuation and switching. All adult patients who visited any primary care clinic in one territory of Hong Kong, and who were prescribed a thiazide diuretic from January 2004 to June 2007 were included. The rates of discontinuation and switching, separately, 180 days after thiazide prescriptions were measured. Factors associated with discontinuation and switching were evaluated by multiple regression analyses. Among 9398 patients, 12.5% discontinued and 10.8% switched their prescriptions, whereas prescriptions of other patients remained the same. Younger patients (< 50 years (reference value); adjusted odds ratio (AOR) for 50-59 years=0.74, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.61-0.90, P=0.002; AOR (60-69 years)=0.57, 95% CI 0.46-0.70, P < 0.001; AOR (≥ 70 years)=0.88, 95% CI 0.73-1.06, P=0.174), male subjects (AOR=1.23, 95% CI 1.07-1.40, P=0.003) and new visitors (AOR (repeat visitors)=0.55, 95% CI 0.47-0.65, P < 0.001) were more likely to be discontinuers. These associations between younger age (< 50 years (reference value); AOR (50-59) years=0.85, 95% CI 0.70-1.04, P=0.112; AOR (60-69 year)=0.79, 95% CI 0.65-0.98, P=0.028; AOR (≥ 70 years)=0.70, 95% CI 0.57-0.85, P < 0.001), male gender (AOR=1.29, 95% CI 1.12-1.48, P < 0.001) and new visitors (AOR (repeat visitors)=0.57, 95% CI 0.48-0.67, P < 0.001) were also significant for medication switching. Clinicians should monitor the medication-taking behavior more closely among patients aged 50-59 years, male subjects and new clinic visitors when thiazide was prescribed.
    Hypertension Research 05/2011; 34(7):888-93. · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Evidence-based medicine has come into its second decade. How prepared clinicians are in practicing it in particular in developing countries remains unclear. Thus we conducted this survey of physicians in urban hospitals in China to determine the size of the gap between research evidence and physicians' knowledge and practice regarding antihypertensive drugs for primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases in China. A cross sectional survey by a face-to-face interview was conducted in 20 tertiary general hospitals in China in 2005. A total of 444 physicians (mostly cardiologists) in internal medicine who had treated at least one hypertensive patient in the past 12 months were invited for the interview on their perception of the cardiovascular risk of hypertension, the magnitude of the benefit of antihypertensive drugs, knowledge on the overall risk approach, first-line drugs used, the risk above which drug treatment is recommended, and knowledge on evidence-based medicine. A total of 444 of the 468 eligible physicians were successfully interviewed with a response rate of 94.9%. They estimated that a hypertensive man with an actual 5-year cardiovascular risk of 8.4% would have a 5-year cardiovascular risk of 40% (95%CI: 38% to 42%) if not treated, and have an absolute risk reduction and relative risk reduction from drug treatment by 20% (95%CI: 18% to 22%) and 39% (95%CI: 37% to 42%) respectively, as compared to 3.3% and 33% respectively shown in research evidence. On average, the physicians would recommend drug treatment at a number needed to treat (NNT) of 368 or smaller, as compared to the actual NNT of 50 for drug treatment in an average hypertensive Chinese. Fifty-five percent (95%CI: 50% to 59%) of them had never intently used the national hypertension guidelines. The majority still prescribed drugs primarily based on blood pressure alone by ignoring other risk factors or the overall risk and 78% (95 % CI: 76% to 83%) used new expensive drugs such as calcium channel blockers and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors as first-line treatment. Only 13% (95%CI: 9% to 18%) could correctly interpret the NNT. Forty-three percent (95%CI: 39% to 48%) did not know the randomized controlled trial was scientifically the most rigorous among other study designs for evaluating the effectiveness of anti-hypertensive drugs. Ninety-two percent (95%CI: 90% to 94%) did not know they could start by searching systematic reviews when looking for evidence on the effectiveness of anti-hypertensive drugs as opposed to trials. Ninety-six percent (95%CI: 94% to 98%) did not know the Cochrane Library was an important source of systematic reviews. The surveyed physicians significantly over-estimated the cardiovascular risk of hypertension and the benefit of drug treatment, and had insufficient knowledge on the overall risk approach. They recommended drug treatment at a cardiovascular risk which was even much lower than the cutoff suggested for western populations, which would make many more people eligible for drug treatment. They also tended to prescribe new expensive drugs although the older cheaper ones may be more appropriate in many patients. They showed inappropriate knowledge on the basics of evidence-based medicine.
    Chinese medical journal 04/2011; 124(8):1235-41. · 0.90 Impact Factor
  • Chen Mao, Jin-Ling Tang
    JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association 02/2011; 305(6):565; author reply 566. · 29.98 Impact Factor
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    Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine 10/2010; 16(5):390-1. · 1.06 Impact Factor
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    Wei-Zhong Wang, Jin-Ling Tang
    Chinese medical journal 07/2010; 123(14):1948-51. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    Jin-Ling Tang
    Canadian Medical Association Journal 02/2010; 182(5):424-5. · 6.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Many breast cancer patients use some form of dietary supplement (DS) to complement their conventional cancer treatment, in the hope that they might lessen the side effects of treatment, improve quality of life, give a greater sense of control, and reduce stress. This pilot study assessed the level of DS usage by breast cancer patients undergoing conventional cancer treatment, and their concerns about the use of DS. A cross-sectional descriptive survey in three breast cancer centers in Hong Kong using face-to-face interviewing was performed. Of 82 female Chinese breast cancer patients who completed the survey, 99% reported that they had been using DS since their cancer was diagnosed. The most frequently used DS were Chinese herbal medicines, and patients spent about US$258 on DS every month. The reason given for using DS was to enhance their recovery from cancer, but at the same time the patients had safety concerns. However, most patients did not feel able to discuss these concerns with health professionals. The majority of the patients had some safety concerns, and said that they would welcome detailed and reliable information on DS. The lack of reliable information on the potential risks and benefits of using such supplements as an adjuvant to conventional treatment and the reluctance of patients to discuss their use of DS with health professionals is a major area of concern that warrants further attention.
    Patient Preference and Adherence 01/2010; 4:407-14. · 1.33 Impact Factor