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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651740/impact-of-prior-coronary-stenting-on-the-outcome-of-subsequent-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
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Yu-Ting Cheng, Shao-Wei Chen, Chih-Hsiang Chang, Pao-Hsien Chu, Dong-Yi Chen, Victor Chien-Chia Wu, Kuo-Sheng Liu, Yu-Yun Nan, Feng-Chun Tsai, Pyng-Jing Lin
BACKGROUND: The percentage of patients referred for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) who have previously undergone percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) is increasing. The purpose of this study was to review the outcomes of patients who had received coronary stenting before CABG, and to examine the validity of a mortality risk stratification system in this patient group. METHODS: From 2010 to 2012, 439 patients who underwent isolated CABG at our medical center were reviewed...
June 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651739/no-correlation-between-body-mass-index-and-30-day-prognostic-outcome-in-asians-with-acute-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-undergoing-primary-coronary-intervention
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Po-Jui Wu, Hui-Ting Wang, Pei-Hsun Sung, Meng-Shen Tong, Cheng-Hsu Yang, Chien-Jen Chen, Cheng-Jei Lin, Shu-Kai Hsueh, Sheng-Ying Chung, Wen-Jung Chung, Chi-Ling Hang, Chiung-Jen Wu, Hon-Kan Yip
BACKGROUND: This study investigated whether body mass index (BMI) was a risk factor predictive of 30-day prognostic outcome in Asians with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data regarding the impact of BMI on the prognostic outcome in Asian populations after acute STEMI is scarce. A number of 925 STEMI patients were divided into three groups according to the BMI: normal weight (<25 kg/m(2)), overweight (≥25...
June 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651738/gross-motor-function-change-after-multilevel-soft-tissue-release-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Chia-Hsieh Chang, Yu-Ying Chen, Kuo-Kuang Yeh, Chia-Ling Chen
BACKGROUND: Improving motor function is a major goal of therapy for children with cerebral palsy (CP). However, changes in motor function after orthopedic surgery for gait disorders are seldom discussed. This study aimed to evaluate the postoperative changes in gross motor function and to investigate the prognostic factors for such changes. METHODS: We prospectively studied 25 children with CP (4-12 years) who were gross motor function classification system (GMFCS) level II to IV and and underwent bilateral multilevel soft-tissue release for knee flexion gait...
June 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651737/higher-neutrophil-counts-and-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-predict-prognostic-outcomes-in%C3%A2-patients-after-non-atrial-fibrillation-caused-ischemic-stroke
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Yen-Nan Fang, Meng-Shen Tong, Pei-Hsun Sung, Yung-Lung Chen, Chih-Hung Chen, Nei-Wen Tsai, Chih-Jen Huang, Ya-Ting Chang, Shu-Fang Chen, Wen-Neng Chang, Cheng-Hsien Lu, Hon-Kan Yip
BACKGROUND: We aimed to determine whether higher neutrophil counts (NC) and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) were independently predictive of worse in-hospital outcome in patients after acute ischemic stroke (IS). METHODS: A retrospective observational study with prospective manner of IS registration. Between April 2012 and August 2014, a total number of 1731 patients with post-IS were consecutively enrolled in the study. Blood samples were drawn upon admission...
June 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651736/thyroid-functions-and-serum-lipid-profile-in-metabolic-syndrome
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Manish Gutch, Sumit Rungta, Sukriti Kumar, Avinash Agarwal, Annesh Bhattacharya, Syed Mohd Razi
BACKGROUND: Thyroid hormones are known to affect energy metabolism. Many patients of metabolic syndrome have subclinical or clinical hypothyroidism and vice versa. To study the correlation of thyroid profile and serum lipid profile with metabolic syndrome. METHOD: It is a hospital based cross sectional case-control study carried out in tertiary care health center, we studied thyroid functions test and serum lipid profile in 100 metabolic syndrome patients according to IDF criteria and a similar number of age, gender and ethnicity matched healthy controls...
June 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651735/preventing-coronary-artery-lesions-in-kawasaki-disease
#6
REVIEW
Ho-Chang Kuo
A form of systemic vasculitis that affects mostly small and medium-sized vessels, Kawasaki disease (KD) is most commonly found in children under the age of 5 years old. Though its etiology is unknown, KD has been the most frequent acquired heart disease in developing countries. Its incidence has increased over recent decades in many centuries, including Japan, Korea, and China. The most severe complications of KD are coronary artery lesions (CAL), including dilation, fistula, aneurysm, arterial remodeling, stenosis, and occlusion...
June 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651734/entosis-the-emerging-face-of-non-cell-autonomous-type-iv-programmed-death
#7
REVIEW
Isabelle Martins, Syed Qasim Raza, Laurent Voisin, Haithem Dakhli, Frédéric Law, Dorine De Jong, Awatef Allouch, Maxime Thoreau, Catherine Brenner, Eric Deutsch, Jean-Luc Perfettini
The present review summarizes recent experimental evidences about the existence of the non-cell-autonomous death entosis in physiological and pathophysiological contexts, discusses some aspects of this form of cell death, including morphological, biochemical and signaling pathways that distinguish non-cell-autonomous demises from other death modalities and propose to define this new modality of death as type IV programmed cell death.
June 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651733/can-cannibalizing-cancer-cells-challenge-classic-cell-death-classification
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EDITORIAL
Emma Louise Walton
In this issue of the Biomedical Journal, we learn about a novel are still largely mysterious mechanism of cell death that is challenging classification systems of cell death pathways and could have important implications for future cancer therapy. We also learn of a promising biomarker to stratify patients into risk groups after stroke. Finally, this issue also includes two studies investigating factors that influence outcome after heart surgery.
June 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521906/spinal-cord-regeneration-by-modulating-bone-marrow-with-neurotransmitters-and-citicholine-analysis-at-micromolecular-level
#9
Cheramadathukudiyil Skaria Paulose, Ponnezhathu Sebastian John, Romeo Chinthu, Puthenveetil Raju Akhilraj, Thoppil Raveendran Anju
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury results in disruption of brain-spinal cord fibre connectivity, leading to progressive tissue damage at the site of injury and resultant paralysis of varying degrees. The current study investigated the role of autologous bone marrow modulated with neurotransmitters and neurotransmitter stimulating agent, Citicholine, in spinal cord of spinal cord injured rats. METHODS: Radioreceptor assay using [3H] ligand was carried out to quantify muscarinic receptor...
April 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521905/harnessing-the-properties-of-dendritic-cells-in-the-pursuit-of-immunological-tolerance
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REVIEW
Christopher Horton, Kumaran Shanmugarajah, Paul J Fairchild
The acquisition of self-perpetuating, immunological tolerance specific for graft alloantigens has long been described as the "holy grail" of clinical transplantation. By removing the need for life-long immunosuppression following engraftment, the adverse consequences of immunosuppressive regimens, including chronic infections and malignancy, may be avoided. Furthermore, autoimmune diseases and allergy are, by definition, driven by aberrant immunological responses to ordinarily innocuous antigens. The re-establishment of permanent tolerance towards instigating antigens may, therefore, provide a cure to these common diseases...
April 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521904/make-immunological-peace-not-war-potential-applications-of-tolerogenic-dendritic-cells
#11
EDITORIAL
Emma Louise Walton
In this issue of the Biomedical Journal, we explore the powerful immunosuppressive properties of tolerogenic dendritic cells and discuss their potential to bring about lifelong tolerance in transplantation and autoimmune disease. We also highlight an exciting new development in the field of malaria diagnosis that could facilitate early detection of the disease.
April 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521903/motorcycle-related-hospitalizations-of-the-elderly
#12
Ching-Hua Hsieh, Hang-Tsung Liu, Shiun-Yuan Hsu, Hsiao-Yun Hsieh, Yi-Chun Chen
BACKGROUND: To investigate the injury pattern, mechanisms, severity, and mortality of the elderly hospitalized for treatment of trauma following motorcycle accidents. METHODS: Motorcycle-related hospitalization of 994 elderly and 5078 adult patients from the 16,548 hospitalized patients registered in the Trauma Registry System between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2013. RESULTS: The motorcycle-related elderly trauma patients had higher injury severity, less favorable outcomes, higher proportion of patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), prolonged hospital and ICU stays and higher mortality than those adult motorcycle riders...
April 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521902/differences-between-the-sexes-in-motorcycle-related-injuries-and-fatalities-at-a-taiwanese-level-i-trauma-center
#13
Ching-Hua Hsieh, Shiun-Yuan Hsu, Hsiao-Yun Hsieh, Yi-Chun Chen
BACKGROUND: Female patients present with unique physiological and behavioral characteristics compared to male patients. The aim of this study was to investigate and compare the injury patterns, injury characteristics, and mortality of male and female patients hospitalized for treatment of motorcycle accident-related trauma in a level I trauma center. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of motorcycle-related injuries from the Trauma Registry System was performed to identify and compare 4028 male and 2919 female patients hospitalized for treatment between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2013...
April 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521901/noninvasive-imaging-analysis-of-biological-tissue-associated-with-laser-thermal-injury
#14
Cheng-Jen Chang, De-Yi Yu, Yen-Chang Hsiao, Kuang-Hua Ho
BACKGROUND: The purpose of our study is to use a noninvasive tomographic imaging technique with high spatial resolution to characterize and monitor biological tissue responses associated with laser thermal injury. METHODS: Optical doppler tomography (ODT) combines laser doppler flowmetry (LDF) with optical coherence tomography (OCT) to obtain high resolution tomographic velocity and structural images of static and moving constituents in highly scattering biological tissues...
April 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521900/diagnosis-of-malarial-infection-using-change-in-properties-of-optically-trapped-red-blood-cells
#15
Apurba Paul, Ponnan Padmapriya, Vasant Natarajan
BACKGROUND: In previous work studying the properties of red blood cells (RBCs) held in an optical tweezers trap, we observed an increase in the spectrum of Brownian fluctuations for RBCs from a Plasmodium falciparum culture-due to increased rigidity of the cells-compared to normal RBCs. We wanted to extend the study to patient samples, since the earlier work was done with cultures grown in the lab. METHODS: Individual RBCs were held in an optical-tweezers trap. Its position fluctuations were measured and the power spectrum determined...
April 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411887/from-christian-de-duve-to-yoshinori-ohsumi-more%C3%A2-to-autophagy-than-just-dining-at-home
#16
REVIEW
Margaret M Harnett, Miguel A Pineda, Perle Latré de Laté, Russell J Eason, Sébastien Besteiro, William Harnett, Gordon Langsley
Christian de Duve first coined the expression "autophagy" during his seminal work on the discovery of lysosomes, which led to him being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1974. The term was adopted to distinguish degradation of intracellular components from the uptake and degradation of extracellular substances that he called "heterophagy". Studies until the 1990s were largely observational/morphological-based until in 1993 Yoshinori Oshumi described a genetic screen in yeast undergoing nitrogen deprivation that led to the isolation of autophagy-defective mutants now better known as ATG (AuTophaGy-related) genes...
February 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411886/interference-factors-regarding-the-path-of-insertion-of-rotational-path-removable-partial-dentures
#17
Chan-Te Huang, Fang-Chun Liu, Kwing-Chi Luk
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to evaluate the effect of the location of the rotational center and the morphology of teeth resulting in interference with the rotational path of insertion and to estimate when an interference test should be performed. METHODS: A total of 400 dental radiograms of maxillary and mandibular first and second molars (100 for each position) were selected. The radiograms were used to hand-sketch the outlines on tracing paper. Then, an interference test was simulated using calipers...
February 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411885/characterization-of-a-novel-caudal-vertebral-interbody-fusion-in-a-rat-tail-model-an-implication-for-future-material-and-mechanical-testing
#18
Yu-Cheng Yeh, Cheng-Chun Yang, Ching-Lung Tai, Tsung-Ting Tsai, Po-Liang Lai, Tsai-Sheng Fu, Chi-Chien Niu, Lih-Huei Chen, Wen-Jer Chen
BACKGROUND: Of the proposed animal interbody fusion models, rat caudal discs have gained popularity in disc research due to their strong resemblance to human discs with respect to geometry, composition and mechanical properties. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate an efficient, repeatable and easily accessible animal model of interbody fusion for future research into mechanical testing and graft materials. METHODS: Twelve 12-week-old female Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats underwent caudal interbody fusion of the third and fourth coccygeal vertebrae of the tail...
February 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411884/risk-factors-for-relapse-of-resectable-pathologic-n2-non-small-lung-cancer-and-prediction-model-for-time-to-progression
#19
Chih-Tsung Wen, Jui-Ying Fu, Ching-Feng Wu, Yun-Hen Liu, Ching-Yang Wu, Ming-Ju Hsieh, Yi-Cheng Wu, Ying-Huang Tsai
BACKGROUND: Pathologic N2 non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) was demonstrated with poor survival among literature. In this study, we retrospectively reviewed patients with pathologic N2 NSCLC and received anatomic resection (i.e. lobectomy) for further relapse risk factor analysis. The aim of this study is to identify the clinicopathologic factors related to relapse among resectable N2 NSCLC patients and to help clinicians in developing individualized follow up program and treatment plan...
February 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411883/horning-cell-self-digestion-autophagy-wins-the%C3%A2-2016-nobel-prize-in-physiology-or-medicine
#20
EDITORIAL
Po-Yuan Ke
Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved process by which eukaryotic cells eliminate intracellular components via the lysosomal degradation process. This cell self-digestion process was first discovered and morphologically characterized in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The genetic screen studies in baker's yeast in the 1990s further identified the essential genes functioning in the autophagic process. In the past two decades, the detailed molecular process involved in the completion of autophagy was delineated...
February 2017: Biomedical Journal
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