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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963690/new-medical-risks-affecting-obstetrics-after-implementation-of-the-two-child-policy-in-china
#1
Qiang Li, Dongrui Deng
China recently instituted a two-child policy in response to its aging population, declining workforce and demographic dividend, and the need to develop asocial economy. Additionally, women generally delay having a second child because of the overwhelming pressure in their lives. With the improvements in assisted fertility technologies in recent years, the number of elderly women attempting to bear children has increased. The quality of woman's eggs and a man's sperm declined dramatically with increasing age, leading to an increased risk of pregnancy-related complications among older women...
September 30, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948508/prevention-of-laryngeal-webs-through-endoscopic-keel-placement-for-bilateral-vocal-cord-lesions
#2
Jian Chen, Yilai Shu, Matthew R Naunheim, Min Chen, Lei Cheng, Haitao Wu
Transoral microresection for treatment of vocal cord lesions involving the anterior commissure may result in anterior glottic webs. In this study, we retrospectively reviewed 54 patients who underwent microsurgery for bilateral lesions involving the anterior commissure and categorized them into two groups. The keel placement and control groups received endoscopic keel placement and mitomycin C, respectively. During the follow-up of at least 1 year, the laryngeal web formation rate significantly decreased in the keel placement group compared with that in the control group (18...
September 26, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887808/comparison-of-reference-values-for-immune-recovery-between-event-free-patients-receiving-haploidentical-allografts-and-those-receiving-human-leukocyte-antigen-matched-sibling-donor-allografts
#3
Xuying Pei, Xiangyu Zhao, Yu Wang, Lanping Xu, Xiaohui Zhang, Kaiyan Liu, Yingjun Chang, Xiaojun Huang
To establish optimal reference values for recovered immune cell subsets, we prospectively investigated post-transplant immune reconstitution (IR) in 144 patients who received allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo- SCT) and without showing any of the following events: poor graft function, grades II‒IV acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), serious chronic GVHD, serious bacterial infection, invasive fungal infection, or relapse or death in the first year after transplantation. IR was rapid in monocytes, intermediate in lymphocytes, CD3(+) Tcells, CD8(+) T cells, and CD19(+) B cells, and very slow in CD4(+) T cells in the entire patient cohort...
September 8, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861852/antithrombin-deficiency-and-decreased-protein-c-activity-in-a-young-man-with-venous-thromboembolism-a-case-report
#4
Dong Wang, Min Tian, Guanglin Cui, Dao Wen Wang
Antithrombin and protein C are two crucial members in the anticoagulant system and play important roles in hemostasis. Mutations in SERPINC1 and PROC lead to deficiency or dysfunction of the two proteins, which could result in venous thromboembolism (VTE). Here, we report a Chinese 22-year-old young man who developed recurrent and serious VTE in cerebral veins, visceral veins, and deep veins of the lower extremity. Laboratory tests and direct sequencing of PROC and SERPINC1 were conducted for the patient and his family members...
August 31, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801890/application-of-grading-of-recommendations-assessment-development-and-evaluation-grade-to-the-guideline-development-for-clinical-practice-with-acupuncture-and-moxibustion
#5
Hong Zhao, Fengxia Liang, Yigong Fang, Baoyan Liu
Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) offers a worldwide approach to guideline development for clinical practice. For the clinical practice of acupuncture therapy, 18 evidence-based guidelines have been developed in China using GRADE. In this study, we review the advantages and limitations of the GRADE approach in the guideline development for acupuncture and moxibustion and propose some solutions to these limitations. Scientific advantages of rating the quality of evidence, outcome-centric direction, overall progression to develop recommendations, and strength of recommendations providing specific clinical guidance are the advantages of GRADE...
August 12, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801889/strategies-of-minimally-invasive-treatment-for-intrahepatic-and-extrahepatic-bile-duct-stones
#6
Zongming Zhang, Zhuo Liu, Limin Liu, Mengmeng Song, Chong Zhang, Hongwei Yu, Baijiang Wan, Mingwen Zhu, Zixu Liu, Hai Deng, Haiming Yuan, Haiyan Yang, Wenping Wei, Yue Zhao
Cholelithiasis is a kind of common and multiple diseases. In recent years, traditional laparotomy has been challenged by a minimally invasive surgery. Through literature review, the therapeutic method, effect, and complications of minimally invasive treatment of intrahepatic and extrahepatic bile duct stones by combining our practical experience were summarized as follows. (1) For intrahepatic bile duct stones, the operation may be selected by laparoscopic liver resection, laparoscopic common bile duct exploration (LCBDE), or percutaneous transhepatic cholangioscopy...
August 12, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791670/xingnao-kaiqiao-acupuncture-combined-with-angong-niuhuang-wan-for-a-patient-under-persistent-vegetative-state-a-case-report
#7
Hujie Song, Xiao Chen, Yalan Yu, Ling Zhang
Persistent vegetative state (PVS) is a clinical condition wherein the cerebral cortex loses its function although brain stem function remains relatively intact. It has high mortality and disability rates. Although treatment for PVS is extensively studied in developed countries, little breakthrough has been made. In China, many PVS patients who were treated with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture therapy were reported to have regained consciousness. In our department, we have been investigating TCM diagnosis and treatment methods for PVS for many years and have summarized a set of curative programs...
August 8, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791667/prevalence-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-in-girls-with-idiopathic-central-precocious-puberty
#8
Yue Zhao, Wenjun Long, Caiqi Du, Huanhuan Yang, Shimin Wu, Qin Ning, Xiaoping Luo
The relationship between vitamin D deficiency and idiopathic central precocious puberty (ICPP) has been recently documented. In this study, 280 girls diagnosed with ICPP and 188 normal puberty control girls of similar ages were enrolled and retrospectively studied. The ICPP group had significantly lower serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) levels than the control group. Furthermore, a nonlinear relationship was found between serum 25[OH]D and ICPP, and a cut-off point for serum 25[OH]D was found at 31.8 ng/ml for ICPP with and without adjusting the different confounding factors...
August 8, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780700/natural-killer-cells-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-current-status-and-perspectives-for-future-immunotherapeutic-approaches
#9
REVIEW
Min Yu, Zonghai Li
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is currently the fifth most common malignancy and the third leading cause of cancer-related mortalities worldwide. In the last few years, treatments for HCC have significantly improved from a mere surgical resection to a series of minimally invasive therapies and targeted drugs. However, recurrence frequently occurs even upon curative therapeutics, and drug therapies generally produce disappointing results, with the overall prognosis dismal. This challenging clinical scenario warrants new effective and life-prolonging strategies for patients with HCC...
August 5, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752350/lung-transplantation-for-bronchiolitis-obliterans-syndrome-after-allogenic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#10
Fei Gao, Jingyu Chen, Dong Wei, Bo Wu, Min Zhou
Bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality with limited treatment options. Lung transplantation (LTX) has been rarely reported as a treatment option for selected HSCT recipients with this problem. In the present study, we reported six patients who underwent LTX due to BOS after HSCT (two females, four males) from January 2012 to December 2014 in our center. The median time from HSCT to diagnosis of BOS was 2.5 years (ranging from 1 to 5 years)...
July 28, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744794/propensity-score-matched-study-and-meta-analysis-of-cumulative-outcomes-of-day-2-3-versus-day-5-6-embryo-transfers
#11
Ye Yin, Ge Chen, Kezhen Li, Qiuyue Liao, Sijia Zhang, Nieying Ma, Jing Chen, Yan Zhang, Jihui Ai
The superiority of the cumulative outcomes of day 5/6 embryo transfer to those of day 2/3 embryo transfer in infertile couples has been debated. This retrospective study included data collected from 1051 patients from July 2011 to June 2014. Multiple maternal baseline covariates were subjected to propensity score matching analysis, and each day 5/6 group woman was matched to one day 2/3 group woman. A systematic meta-analysis was conducted to validate the results. After matching was completed, 217 patients on the day 2/3 group were matched with those on the day 5/6 group, and no significant differences in the baseline characteristics were observed between the two groups...
July 25, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744793/application-of-liquid-biopsy-in-precision-medicine-opportunities-and-challenges
#12
REVIEW
Junyun Wang, Shuang Chang, Guochao Li, Yingli Sun
Precision medicine for cancer patients aims to adopt the most suitable treatment options during diagnosis and treatment of individuals. Detecting circulating tumor cell (CTC) or circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in plasma or serum could serve as liquid biopsy, which would be useful for numerous diagnostic applications. Liquid biopsies can help clinicians screen and detect cancer early, stratify patients to the most suitable treatment and real-time monitoring of treatment response and resistance mechanisms in the tumor, evaluate the risk for metastatic relapse, and estimate prognosis...
July 25, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871455/clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-biopsy-proven-diabetic-nephropathy
#13
Li Zhuo, Nianrong Zhang, Guming Zou, Dapeng Chen, Wenge Li
Kidney damage is common in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). However, whether the type of kidney damage can be reliably diagnosed using clinical data alone remains unclear. Predictive factors for diabetic nephropathy (DN) outcomes are also poorly understood. In this study, the clinical manifestations of 111 cases of biopsy-proven DN were described, and the clinical and pathological parameters of patients with different DN outcomes were compared. Results showed that long DM duration ( > 10 years in 32...
September 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871454/non-genetic-mechanisms-of-diabetic-nephropathy
#14
REVIEW
Qiuxia Han, Hanyu Zhu, Xiangmei Chen, Zhangsuo Liu
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of the most common microvascular complications in diabetes mellitus patients and is characterized by thickened glomerular basement membrane, increased extracellular matrix formation, and podocyte loss. These phenomena lead to proteinuria and altered glomerular filtration rate, that is, the rate initially increases but progressively decreases. DN has become the leading cause of end-stage renal disease. Its prevalence shows a rapid growth trend and causes heavy social and economic burden in many countries...
September 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871453/hypertension-in-patients-with-ckd-in-china-clinical-characteristics-and-management
#15
EDITORIAL
Guangyan Cai, Xiangmei Chen
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September 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791669/strategies-for-preventing-peritoneal-fibrosis-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients-new-insights-based-on-peritoneal-inflammation-and-angiogenesis
#16
REVIEW
Zhen Zhang, Na Jiang, Zhaohui Ni
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is an established form of renal replacement therapy. Long-term PD leads to morphologic and functional changes to the peritoneal membrane (PM), which is defined as peritoneal fibrosis, a known cause of loss of peritoneal ultrafiltration capacity. Inflammation and angiogenesis are key events during the pathogenesis of peritoneal fibrosis. This review discusses the pathophysiology of peritoneal fibrosis and recent research progress on key fibrogenic molecular mechanisms in peritoneal inflammation and angiogenesis, including Toll-like receptor ligand-mediated, NOD-like receptor protein 3/interleukin-1β, vascular endothelial growth factor, and angiopoietin-2/Tie2 signaling pathways...
September 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791668/obesity-related-glomerulopathy-pathogenesis-pathologic-clinical-characteristics-and-treatment
#17
REVIEW
Tianhua Xu, Zitong Sheng, Li Yao
In light of the rapid increase in the number of obesity incidences worldwide, obesity has become an independent risk factor for chronic kidney disease. Obesity-related glomerulopathy (ORG) is characterized by glomerulomegaly in the presence or absence of focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis lesions. IgM and complement 3 (C3) nonspecifically deposit in lesions without immune-complex-type deposits during ORG immunofluorescence. ORG-associated glomerulomegaly and focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis can superimpose on other renal pathologies...
September 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776307/genetic-basis-of-adult-onset-nephrotic-syndrome-and-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis
#18
REVIEW
Jian Liu, Weiming Wang
Nephrotic syndrome (NS) is one of the most common glomerular diseases with signs of nephrosis, heavy proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia, and edema. Dysfunction of glomerular filtration barrier causes protein loss through the kidneys. Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) accounts for nearly 20% of NS among children and adults. Adult-onset FSGS/NS is often associated with low response to steroid treatment and immunosuppressive medication and poor renal survival. Several genes involved in NS and FSGS have been identified by linkage analysis and next-generation sequencing...
September 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721497/normoalbuminuric-diabetic-kidney-disease
#19
REVIEW
Chao Chen, Chang Wang, Chun Hu, Yachun Han, Li Zhao, Xuejing Zhu, Li Xiao, Lin Sun
Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is one of the primary causes of end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Early diagnosis is very important in preventing the development of DKD. Urinary albumin excretion rate (UAER) and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) are widely accepted as criteria for the diagnosis and clinical grading of DKD, and microalbuminuria has been recommended as the first clinical sign of DKD. The natural history of DKD has been divided into three stages: normoalbuminuria, microalbuminuria, and macroalbuminuria...
September 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687976/annexin-a2-s100a10-heterotetramer-is-upregulated-by-pml-rar%C3%AE-fusion-protein-and-promotes-plasminogen-dependent-fibrinolysis-and-matrix-invasion-in-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia
#20
Dan Huang, Yan Yang, Jian Sun, Xiaorong Dong, Jiao Wang, Hongchen Liu, Chengquan Lu, Xueyu Chen, Jing Shao, Jinsong Yan
Aberrant expression of annexin A2-S100A10 heterotetramer (AIIt) associated with PML/RARα fusion protein causes lethal hyperfibrinolysis in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), but the mechanism is unclear. To facilitate the investigation of regulatory association between ANXA2 and promyelocytic leukemia/retinoic acid receptor a (PML/RARα) fusion protein, this work was performed to determine the transcription start site of ANXA2 promoter with rapid amplification of 5'-cDNA ends analysis. Zinc-induced U937/PR9 cells expressed PML/RARα fusion protein, and resultant increases in ANXA2 transcripts and translational expressions of both ANXA2 and S100A10, while S100A10 transcripts remained constitutive...
September 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
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