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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540743/a-review-on-cardiovascular-effects-of-newer-hypoglycemic-medications
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B Tate Cutshall, Jennifer D Twilla, Andrew S Olinger, Carrie S Oliphant
Cardiovascular disease is the most prevalent cause of morbidity and mortality in diabetic patients. Improvement in cardiovascular complications with glycemic control and managing cardiovascular risk factors is well established. However, the impact of hypoglycemic medications on cardiovascular disease is of increasing importance. In 2008 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued study regulations for hypoglycemic agents after rosiglitazone was shown to increase the incidence of myocardial infarction, and the European Medicines Agency provided their own guidance in 2012...
May 25, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537456/angiogenic-profile-and-smoking-in-the-finnish-genetics-of-pre-eclampsia-consortium-finnpec-cohort
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Tiina Jääskeläinen, Sanna Suomalainen-König, Esa Hämäläinen, Kari Pulkki, Jarkko Romppanen, Seppo Heinonen, Hannele Laivuori
Objectives The biological mechanism by which smoking reduces the risk of pre-eclampsia (PE) is unresolved. We studied serum levels of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1), placental growth factor (PlGF) and their ratio, in addition to soluble endoglin (sEng) in early and late pregnancy to ascertain whether these factors are altered in women who smoke. Subjects and Methods First trimester serum samples were available from 217 women who later developed PE and 238 women who did not develop PE. Second/third trimester serum samples were available from 174 PE and 54 non-PE women...
May 24, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537435/comparison-of-treatments-in-patients-with-distal-humerus-intercondylar-fracture-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hongwei Chen, Dacheng Li, Jun Zhang, Xinwei Xiong
INTRODUCTION: Distal humerus intercondylar fractures are intra-articular comminuted fractures of the elbow that involve soft tissue injury. We evaluate different surgical approaches and elbow functional outcomes in the treatment of distal humerus fracture. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medline, Cochrane, EMBASE, Google Scholar databases were searched up to July 29, 2016. All studies had to have evaluated the treatment of patients with intercondylar fractures of the distal humerus...
May 24, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521523/sepsis-in-internal-medicine-wards-current-knowledge-uncertainties-and-new-approaches-for-management-optimization
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Vincenzo Zaccone, Alberto Tosoni, Giovanna Passaro, Carla Vallone, Michele Impagnatiello, Domenica Donatella Li Puma, Salvatore De Cosmo, Raffaele Landolfi, Antonio Mirijello
Sepsis represents a global health problem in terms of morbidity, mortality, social and economic costs. Although usually managed in Intensive Care Units, sepsis showed an increased prevalence among Internal Medicine wards in the last decade. This is substantially due to the ageing of population and to multi-morbidity. These characteristics represent both a risk factor for sepsis and a relative contra-indication for the admission to Intensive Care Units. Although there is a lack of literature on the management of sepsis in Internal Medicine, the outcome of these patients seems to be gradually improving...
May 18, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462631/effects-of-selected-dietary-constituents-on-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-levels-in-u-s-adults
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Mohsen Mazidi, Andre Pascal Kengne, Dimitri P Mikhailidis, Arrigo F Cicero, Maciej Banach
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Growing evidence suggests that some of the effects of diet on cardiovascular disease (CVD) occur through mechanisms involving subclinical inflammation. We assessed the relationship between selected dietary constituents and serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) concentration in a population-based sample of United States adults. METHOD: In this cross-sectional analysis, participants were selected from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and restricted to those with available data on dietary intake, biochemical and anthropometric measurements from 2001 to 2010...
May 2, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462603/gluten-related-disorders-certainties-questions-and-doubts
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Simona Valenti, Domenico Corica, Luisa Ricciardi, Claudio Romano
In the last decade, the ingestion of gluten, a heterogeneous complex of proteins present in wheat, rice, barley and probably in oats, has been associated with clinical disorders, such as celiac disease, wheat allergy and recently to non-celiac gluten sensitivity or wheat intolerance syndrome. Gluten-related disorders, which are becoming epidemiologically relevant with an estimated global prevalence of about 5%, require the exclusion of gluten from the diet. For the past 5 years, an important shift in the availability of gluten-free products, together with increased consumption in the general population, has been recorded and is estimated to be about 12-25%...
May 2, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332418/asthma-status-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-herpes-zoster-in-children-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Su-Jing Chen, Kuang-Hua Huang, Wen-Chen Tsai, Cheng-Li Lin, Yih-Dih Cheng, Chang-Ching Wei
BACKGROUNDS: Literatures regarding the effects of childhood asthma on the risk of herpes zoster (HZ) is very limited. The aim of this study is to investigate the risks of children developing HZ with asthma. METHODS: From the National Health Insurance Research Database, we identified 300,649 patients who had asthma between 2000 and 2007 as an asthma cohort. We identified another matched non-asthma cohort. All subjects were followed until the end of 2008. A Cox model was used to estimate the association of asthma on the risk of HZ...
April 23, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358246/effects-of-direct-renin-inhibition-versus-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockade-on-angiotensin-profiles-in-non-diabetic-chronic-kidney-disease
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Marlies Antlanger, Sebastian Bernhofer, Johannes J Kovarik, Chantal Kopecky, Christopher C Kaltenecker, Oliver Domenig, Marko Poglitsch, Marcus D Säemann
BACKGROUND: Direct renin inhibition (DRI) is clinically inferior to other blockers of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS). Thus far, the underlying molecular causes of this finding remain unknown. METHODS: Twenty four patients with non-diabetic chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages III-IV and albuminuria were randomized to DRI or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). Employing a novel mass-spectrometry method, the concentrations of renin, aldosterone and plasma angiotensin peptides [Ang I, Ang II, Ang-(1-7), Ang-(1-5), Ang-(2-8), Ang-(3-8)] were quantified before and after an 8-week treatment...
April 17, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326854/subclinical-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-meta-analysis-of-literature-studies
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Pasquale Ambrosino, Roberta Lupoli, Giovanni Cafaro, Salvatore Iervolino, Mauro Carone, Nicola Pappone, Matteo Nicola Dario Di Minno
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients have an increased cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. Common carotid intima-media thickness (CCA-IMT) and carotid plaques are surrogate markers of subclinical atherosclerosis and predictors of CV events. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the association between COPD and subclinical atherosclerosis. Studies evaluating the impact of COPD on CCA-IMT and on the prevalence of carotid plaques were systematically searched...
April 17, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294644/electrocardiogram-changes-and-atrial-arrhythmias-in-individuals-carrying-sodium-channel-scn5a-d1275n-mutation
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Sari U M Vanninen, Kjell Nikus, Katriina Aalto-Setälä
INTRODUCTION: The cardiac sodium channel SCN5A regulates atrioventricular and ventricular depolarization as well as cardiac conduction. Patients with cardiac electrical abnormalities have an increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) and cardio-embolic stroke. Optimal management of cardiac disease includes the understanding of association between the causative mutations and the clinical phenotype. A 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) is an easy and inexpensive tool for finding risk patients...
April 17, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286967/protective-effect-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1-agents-on-reperfusion-injury-for-acute-myocardial-infarction-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Mengjie Huang, Ribao Wei, Yang Wang, Tingyu Su, Qingping Li, Xi Yang, Xiangmei Chen
BACKGROUND: The cardioprotective properties of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients against reperfusion injury remain unclear. We performed a meta-analysis to assess their role in the acute phase of AMI. METHODS AND RESULTS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing GLP-1 agents with placebo in AMI patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention were identified by searching PubMed, Embase and Cochrane libraries...
March 31, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281834/association-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-with-diabetes-associated-kidney-disease
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Stefan Stadler, Tanja Zimmermann, Franziska Franke, Myriam Rheinberger, Iris M Heid, Carsten A Böger, Michael Arzt
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes-associated kidney disease is characterized by impairment of renal function and albuminuria. The aim of the present study was to assess whether sleep-disordered breathing is associated with decreased estimated glomerular filtration rate or increased urine-albumin-to-creatinine-ratio independently from known modulators of diabetes-associated kidney disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Estimated glomerular filtration rate and urine-albumin-to-creatinine-ratio were determined in the baseline survey of the DIACORE-SDB substudy, a prospectively planned study of Diabetes mellitus 2 patients...
March 27, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271734/overuse-of-organ-biopsies-in-immunoglobulin-light-chain-amyloidosis-al-the-consequence-of-failure-of-early-recognition
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Eli Muchtar, Angela Dispenzieri, Martha Q Lacy, Francis K Buadi, Prashant Kapoor, Suzanne R Hayman, Wilson Gonsalves, Rahma Warsame, Taxiarchis V Kourelis, Rajshekhar Chakraborty, Stephen Russell, John A Lust, Yi Lin, Ronald S Go, Steven Zeldenrust, S Vincent Rajkumar, David Dingli, Nelson Leung, Robert A Kyle, Shaji K Kumar, Morie A Gertz
INTRODUCTION: The diagnosis of amyloidosis requires histological confirmation of Congo-red (CR) deposits. The tissue source is preferably fat aspiration and/or bone marrow (BM) biopsy, but at times organ biopsy is required. METHODS: We studied 612 patients with systemic immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis to characterise the tissues used to establish the diagnosis. RESULTS: The median number of tissue samples was 3. About 95% of BM biopsies were stained for CR, while 79% of patients had fat aspiration CR-stained...
March 27, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300429/leptin-predicts-short-term-major-adverse-cardiac-events-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Veli-Pekka Puurunen, Antti Kiviniemi, Samuli Lepojärvi, Olli-Pekka Piira, Pirjo Hedberg, Juhani Junttila, Olavi Ukkola, Heikki Huikuri
INTRODUCTION: Leptin is an adipose tissue-derived hormone associated with cardiovascular risk factors. We examined whether leptin predicts major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. METHODS: Fasting plasma leptin levels were measured in 1327 male and 619 female CAD patients. The patients were followed up for two years. The primary endpoint (MACE) was the composite of a hospitalisation for congestive heart failure (CHF) or a cardiac death...
March 16, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293967/efficacy-of-rasagiline-for-the-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease-an-updated-meta-analysis
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Ying Chang, Li-Bo Wang, Dan Li, Ke Lei, Song-Yan Liu
OBJECTIVE: Rasagiline is a second-generation potent selective inhibitor of monoamine oxidase-B. The aim of the study was to analyze the effectiveness of rasagiline in treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD), both as monotherapy and combination therapy. METHODS: Medline, Cochrane, EMBASE, and Google Scholar databases were searched until 9 March 2016 using the keywords: Rasagiline, Azilect, Parkinson's disease. Randomized controlled trials of patients with PD who were randomized to treatment with rasagiline or placebo were included...
March 15, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266875/ten-days-of-levofloxacin-containing-concomitant-therapy-can-achieve-effective-helicobacter-pylori-eradication-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Yao-Jong Yang, Chung-Tai Wu, Horng-Yih Ou, Chin-Han Lin, Hsiu-Chi Cheng, Wei-Lun Chang, Wei-Ying Chen, Hsiao-Bai Yang, Cheng-Chan Lu, Bor-Shyang Sheu
BACKGROUND: This study investigated whether levofloxacin-containing concomitant therapy can effectively eradicate Helicobacter pylori infection in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). METHODS: A total of 797 T2DM patients were screened for anti-H. pylori IgG antibodies, and the presence of H. pylori infection was confirmed by (13)C-urea breath test. We prospectively randomized 114 of these patients to receive either 10 d of levofloxacin-concomitant therapy (n = 55) or sequential therapy (n = 59)...
March 7, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276867/pathogenesis-and-treatment-of-adult-type-granulosa-cell-tumor-of-the-ovary
#17
Anniina Färkkilä, Ulla-Maija Haltia, Johanna Tapper, Melissa K McConechy, David G Huntsman, Markku Heikinheimo
Adult-type granulosa cell tumor is a clinically and molecularly unique subtype of ovarian cancer. These tumors originate from the sex cord stromal cells of the ovary and represent 3-5% of all ovarian cancers. The majority of adult-type granulosa cell tumors are diagnosed at an early stage with an indolent prognosis. Surgery is the cornerstone for the treatment of both primary and relapsed tumor, while chemotherapy is applied only for advanced or non-resectable cases. Tumor stage is the only factor consistently associated with prognosis...
March 6, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276868/population-based-birth-weight-reference-percentiles-for-chinese-twins
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Li Dai, Changfei Deng, Yanhua Li, Ling Yi, Xiaohong Li, Yi Mu, Qi Li, Qiang Yao, Yanping Wang
BACKGROUND: Birth weight percentiles by gestational age are important for assessing prenatal growth and predicting postnatal outcomes of newborns. Several countries have developed nation-specific birth weight references for twins, but China still lacks such references. METHODS AND RESULTS: Birth weight data for twins born between October 2006 and September 2015 were abstracted from the China National Population-based Birth Defects Surveillance System. A total of 54,786 live twin births aged ≥28 weeks of gestation without birth defects were included in the analysis...
February 28, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409656/condomless-sex-and-hiv-transmission-among-serodifferent-couples-current-evidence-and-recommendations
#19
Alan Koff, Carole Goldberg, Onyema Ogbuagu
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection remains a global pandemic. The primary driver of HIV incidence is sexual transmission between serodifferent individuals. Condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are effective at preventing sexually transmitted HIV infections and are considered an integral component of a comprehensive approach to HIV prevention. However, the demonstrated effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy (ART) to prevent HIV transmission, known as treatment as prevention and of pre-exposure prophylaxis, have raised an intriguing dilemma on the necessity and additive preventive benefit of condom use among individuals in serodifferent relationships utilizing these prevention strategies...
September 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166422/relation-of-heart-rate-recovery-after-exercise-testing-to-coronary-artery-calcification
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Sae Young Jae, Sudhir Kurl, Jari A Laukkanen, Eun Sun Yoon, Yoon-Ho Choi, Bo Fernhall, Barry A Franklin
BACKGROUND: We examined whether slow heart rate recovery (HRR) after exercise testing as an estimate of impaired autonomic function is related to coronary artery calcification (CAC), an emerging marker of coronary atherosclerosis. METHODS: We evaluated 2088 men who participated in a health-screening program that included measures of CAC and peak or symptom-limited cardiopulmonary exercise testing. HRR was calculated as the difference between peak heart rate (HR) during exercise testing and the HR at 2 min of recovery after peak exercise...
August 2017: Annals of Medicine
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