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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896232/quality-of-life-perception-in-type-2-diabetes
#1
Cristian Petri, Laura Stefani, Vittorio Bini, Nicola Maffulli, Stefania Frau, Gabriele Mascherini, Massimiliano De Angelis, Giorgio Galanti
PURPOSE: Lifestyle analysis is often used for primary and secondary prevention in many chronic metabolic diseases, including diabetes. Questionnaires are simple and common methods for first investigation risk of factors related to the perception of quality of life (QoL). The present study evaluates the feasibility to use questionnaires for first investigation of risk factors, and ascertain whether the results of such questionnaires are associated with the perception of QoL. METHODS: Validated questionnaires from the international ACSM guidelines were used to study a cohort of 142 consecutive type 2 diabetes patients (mean age: 66...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896231/prolonged-complete-hematologic-response-in-relapsed-refractory-t-large-granular-lymphocyte-leukemia-after-bendamustine-treatment
#2
R Rosamilio, V Giudice, I Ferrara, S Annunziata, L Pezzullo, G Villani, C Baldi, R Guariglia, M Rocco, C Selleri
T-large granular lymphocyte leukemia (T-LGLL) is a chronic clonal proliferation of effector memory cytotoxic CD3(+)CD57(+)CD56(-) T cells and the current guidelines suggest immunosuppressive therapy as first-line therapy, but the treatment of refractory/relapsed patients is still challenging due to the lack of prospective studies. We describe a series of two refractory/relapsed T-LGLL patients successfully treated with bendamustine, a chemotherapeutic agent largely used for B-cell neoplasms, but poorly investigated for the treatment of T-cell diseases...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896230/evaluation-of-symptoms-and-prevention-of-cancer-in-menopause-the-value-of-vulvar-exam
#3
A R Palumbo, C Fasolino, G Santoro, V Gargano, M Rinaldi, B Arduino, M Belli, M Guida
Vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA), is a chronic medical condition experienced by postmenopausal women, with prevalence estimated ranging from 10% to 50% [1]. VVA is characterized by a constellation of symptoms, that may affect daily activities, sexuality, relationships, and quality of life [3]. Early recognition and effective treatment of VVA may enhance sexual health and the quality of life of women and their partners. Some vulvar conditions such as lichen sclerosus are more prevalent in the postmenopausal years...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896229/effect-of-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-agonists-and-antagonists-on-cytokine-release-from-human-lung-macrophages-cultured-in-vitro
#4
O Piazza, R I Staiano, E De Robertis, G Conti, V Di Crescenzo, S Loffredo, G Marone, G Zito Marinosci, M M Cataldi
The most trusted hypothesis to explain how α2-adrenergic agonists may preserve pulmonary functions in critically ill patients is that they directly act on macrophages by interfering with an autocrine/paracrine adrenergic system that controls cytokine release through locally synthetized noradrenaline and α1- and α2-adrenoreceptors. We tested this hypothesis in primary cultures of resident macrophages from human lung (HLMs). HLMs were isolated by centrifugation on percoll gradients from macroscopically healthy human lung tissue obtained from four different patients at the time of lung resection for cancer...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896228/the-european-innovation-partnership-on-active-and-healthy-ageing-synergies-protocol-for-a-prospective-observational-study-to-measure-the-impact-of-a-community-based-program-on-prevention-and-mitigation-of-frailty-icp-pmf-in-community-dwelling-older-adults
#5
G Liotta, F Orfila, M Vollenbroek-Hutten, R Roller-Winsberger, M Illario, D Musian, S Alvino, R O'Caoimh, A Cano, W Molloy, G Iaccarino, M C Marazzi, M C Inzerilli, O Madaro, C Paul, P Csonka, A C Vince, E Menditto, M Maggio, P Scarcella, F Gilardi, F Lucaroni, P Abete, V Girardi, R Barra, L Palombi
Aim of this paper is to describe the protocol of the study "Impact of a Community-based Program on Prevention and Mitigation of Frailty in community-dwelling older adults" developed in the framework of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. This proposal has been developed by the Partnership Action groups on frailty, fall prevention and polypharmacy in older. The proposal wants to assess the impact of community-based programs aimed to counteract three main outcomes related to frailty: hospitalization, institutionalization and death...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896227/stress-first-single-photon-emission-computed-myocardial-perfusion-imaging
#6
C I Aquino, M Scarano, F Squame, G Casaburi, S L Nori, L Pace
BACKGROUND: Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with single photon emission tomography (SPET) is widely used in coronary artery disease evaluation. Recently major dosimetric concerns have arisen. The aim of this study was to evaluate if a pre-test scoring system could predict the results of stress SPET MPI, thus avoiding two radionuclide injections. METHODS: All consecutive patients (n=309) undergoing SPET MPI during the first 6 months of 2014 constituted the study group...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896226/use-of-the-directional-atherectomy-for-the-treatment-of-femoro-popliteal-lesions-in-patients-with-critical-lower-limb-ischemia
#7
Umberto Marcello Bracale, Gaetano Vitale, Guido Bajardi, Donatella Narese, Ettore Dinoto, Anna Maria Giribono, Doriana Ferrara, Luca Del Guercio, Massimo Midiri, Felice Pecoraro
: Femoro-popliteal PTA for the treatment of critical limb ischemia is frequently associated with unsatisfactory procedural success rates while directional atherectomy (DCA) has improved success rate since claudicant patients undergoing percutaneous treatment of femoro-popliteal obstructive disease. The aim of this prospective study is to evaluate the safety, efficacy and procedural success of DCA, at one year, in the percutaneous treatment of femoro-popliteal obstructive disease in patients with critical limb ischemia...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896225/the-urokinase-urokinase-receptor-system-in-mast-cells-effects-of-its-functional-interaction-with-fmlf-receptors
#8
Francesca Wanda Rossi, Nella Prevete, Felice Rivellese, Filomena Napolitano, Nunzia Montuori, Loredana Postiglione, Carmine Selleri, Amato de Paulis
Mast cell and basophils express the high affinity receptor for IgE (FcɛRI) and are primary effector cells of allergic disorders. The urokinase (uPA)-mediated plasminogen activation system is involved in physiological and pathological events based on cell migration and tissue remodelling, such as inflammation, wound healing, angiogenesis and metastasis. uPA is a serine protease that binds uPAR, a high affinity glycosyl-phosphatidyl-inositol (GPI)-anchored receptor. uPAR focuses uPA activity at the cell surface and activates intracellular signaling through lateral interactions with integrins, receptor tyrosine kinases and the G-protein-coupled family of fMLF chemotaxis receptors (FPRs)...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896224/in-vitro-apoptotic-effects-of-farnesyltransferase-blockade-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells
#9
V Giudice, P Ricci, L Marino, M Rocco, G Villani, M Langella, L Manente, E Seneca, I Ferrara, L Pezzullo, B Serio, C Selleri
Farnesyltransferase inhibitors (FTIs) are a class of oral anti-cancer drugs currently tested in phase I-II clinical trials for treatment of hematological malignancies. The in vitro effects of various FTIs (alpha-hydroxyfarnesylphosphonic acid, manumycin-A and SCH66336) were tested on CD34(+) KG1a cell line and in primary acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells from 64 patients. By cell viability and clonogeneic methylcellulose assays, FTIs showed a significant inhibitory activity in CD34(+) KG1a and primary bone marrow (BM) leukemic cells from 56% of AML patients...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896223/urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-receptor-upar-as-a-new-therapeutic-target-in-cancer
#10
Nunzia Montuori, Ada Pesapane, Francesca W Rossi, Valentina Giudice, Amato De Paulis, Carmine Selleri, Pia Ragno
The urokinase (uPA)-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) is a GPI-anchored receptor that focuses urokinase (uPA) proteolytic activity on the cell surface. uPAR also regulates cell adhesion, migration and proliferation, protects from apoptosis and contributes to epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT), independently of uPA enzymatic activity. Indeed, uPAR interacts with beta1, beta2 and beta3 integrins, thus regulating their activities. uPAR cross-talks with receptor tyrosine kinases through integrins and regulates cancer cell dormancy, proliferation and angiogenesis...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896222/67-kda-laminin-receptor-67lr-in-normal-and-neoplastic-hematopoietic-cells-is-its-targeting-a-feasible-approach
#11
Nunzia Montuori, Ada Pesapane, Valentina Giudice, Bianca Serio, Francesca W Rossi, Amato De Paulis, Carmine Selleri
The 67 kDa laminin receptor (67LR) is a non-integrin cell surface receptor for laminin (LM) that derives from a 37 kDa precursor (37LRP). 67LR expression is increased in neoplastic cells and correlates with an enhanced invasive and metastatic potentialin many human solid tumors, recommending this receptor as a new promising target for cancer therapy. This is supported by in vivo studies showing that 67LR downregulation reduces tumour cell proliferation and tumour formation by inducing apoptosis. 67LR association with the anti-apoptotic protein PED/PEA-15 activates a signal transduction pathway, leading to cell proliferation and resistance to apoptosis...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896221/microvascular-blood-flow-improvement-in-hyperglycemic-obese-adult-patients-by-hypocaloric-diet
#12
T Mastantuono, M Di Maro, M Chiurazzi, L Battiloro, N Starita, G Nasti, D Lapi, L Iuppariello, M Cesarelli, G D'Addio, A Colantuoni
The present study was aimed to assess the changes in skin microvascular blood flow (SBF) in newly diagnosed hyperglycemic obese subjects, administered with hypocaloric diet. Adult patients were recruited and divided in three groups: NW group (n=54), NG (n=54) and HG (n=54) groups were constituted by normal weight, normoglycemic and hyperglycemic obese subjects, respectively. SBF was measured by laser Doppler perfusion monitoring technique and oscillations in blood flow were analyzed by spectral methods under baseline conditions, at 3 and 6 months of dietary treatment...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27326397/exogenous-lipoid-pneumonia-elp-when-radiologist-makes-the-difference
#13
G Rea, F Perna, G Calabrese, A Molino, T Valente, A Vatrella
Lipoid pneumonia is an uncommon disorder characterized by accumulation of lipid components into the interstitial and alveolar compartment. The usual classification distinguishes endogenous and exogenous and acute or chronic forms, related to the type of fats, the amount of damage and the time of exposure. We describe a case of exogenous lipoid pneumonia by inhalation of vaseline used for cleaning of the tracheostoma in a 63-year-old female, presenting as cough, worsening dyspnea in few weeks. The diagnosis was finally established with a re-evaluation of BAL with specific staining for lipids, revealing the presence of foamy macrophages lipids rich, according to HRCT findings...
May 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27326396/bivalirudin-in-patients-undergoing-pci-state-of-art-and-future-perspectives
#14
G Galasso, M Mirra, G De Luca, F Piscione
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) represents the most common cause of death worldwide. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the management of choice in patients with ACS and occurrence of intra-procedural thrombotic complications are an independent predictor of mortality and other major adverse cardiovascular events in patients undergoing PCI. According to current guideline, anticoagulation therapy is indicated during PCI in order to reduce the risk of thrombotic complications such as stent thrombosis. Among currently available anticoagulant drugs, bivalirudin demonstrates a lower incidence of bleeding risk, despite it is associated with an increased risk of stent thrombosis...
May 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27326395/rays-sting-the-acute-cellular-effects-of-ionizing-radiation-exposure
#15
A Franco, M Ciccarelli, D Sorriento, L Napolitano, A Fiordelisi, B Trimarco, M Durante, G Iaccarino
High-precision radiation therapy is a clinical approach that uses the targeted delivery of ionizing radiation, and the subsequent formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in high proliferative, radiation sensitive cancers. In particular, in thoracic cancer ratdiation treatments, can not avoid a certain amount of cardiac toxicity. Given the low proliferative rate of cardiac myocytes, research has looked at the effect of radiation on endothelial cells and consequent coronary heart disease as the mechanism of ratdiation induced cardiotoxicity...
May 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27326394/ergonomic-t-handle-for-minimally-invasive-surgical-instruments
#16
J Parekh, Det Shepherd, Dwl Hukins, N Maffulli
A T-handle has been designed to be used for minimally invasive implantation of a dynamic hip screw to repair fractures of the proximal femur. It is capable of being used in two actions: (i) push and hold (while using an angle guide) and (ii) application of torque when using the insertion wrench and lag screw tap. The T-handle can be held in a power or precision grip. It is suitable for either single (sterilised by γ-irradiation) or multiple (sterilised by autoclaving) use. The principles developed here are applicable to handles for a wide range of surgical instruments...
May 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27326393/dual-role-of-grk5-in-cancer-development-and-progression
#17
J Gambardella, A Franco, C Del Giudice, A Fiordelisi, E Cipolletta, M Ciccarelli, B Trimarco, G Iaccarino, D Sorriento
GRK5 is a multifunctional protein that is able to move within the cell in response to various stimuli to regulate key intracellular signaling from receptor activation, on plasmamembrane, to gene transcription, in the nucleus. Thus, GRK5 is involved in the development and progression of several pathological conditions including cancer. Several reports underline the involvement of GRK5 in the regulation of tumor growth even if they appear controversial. Indeed, depending on its subcellular localization and on the type of cancer, GRK5 is able to both inhibit cancer progression, through the desensitization of GPCR and non GPCR-receptors (TSH, PGE2R, PDGFR), and induce tumor growth, acting on non-receptor substrates (p53, AUKA and NPM1)...
May 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27326392/the-tosca-registry-an-ongoing-observational-multicenter-registry-for-chronic-heart-failure
#18
M Arcopinto, A Salzano, F Ferrara, E Bobbio, A M Marra, R Abete, F Stagnaro, R Polizzi, F Giallauria, M Illario, E Menditto, C Vigorito, E Bossone, A Cittadini
The ageing of the population in western countries, the continuous increase of the prevalence of chronic diseases, the frequent coexistence of several morbid conditions (comorbidity) requires health professionals and Institutions to face difficult challenges, including increasing costs, need for more effective and sustainable therapies, and organizational issues. The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing aims at enabling European citizens to lead healthy, active and independent lives while ageing...
May 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27326391/looking-for-calcium-phosphate-composite-suitable-to-study-osteoclast-endocytosis-preliminary-observations
#19
V Nicolin, G Baldini, D De Iaco, R Bortul, G Turco, S L Nori
One of the issues regarding in vitro study of bone resorption is the synthesis of a bone-like biomaterial forming a thin layer onto either glass or plastic. The synthesis of a bone-like material suitable for in vitro studies can be valuable both to investigate osteoclast differentiation, that in vivo proceeds within the local microenvironment of bone and to understand how its presence triggers activation of macrophages present in situ when bone is damaged (a scenario that can occur for example in case of bone fracture)...
May 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27326390/sensitization-to-common-and-uncommon-pets-or-other-furry-animals-which-may-be-common-mechanisms
#20
G Liccardi, M Triggiani, A Piccolo, A Salzillo, R Parente, F Manzi, A Vatrella
Exposure to animal allergens constitutes a relevant risk factor for the development of allergic sensitization. Moreover, an increasing number of people become owners of less common animals. In this article we summarize aspects related to sensitization to cat/dog which may be applied also to uncommon pets or other furry animals. The data discussed here suggest that several different factors may induce allergic sensitization to furry animals with or without previous contact. Allergic sensitization without animal exposure is a relevant risk for patients because they are not aware about the possibility that even severe respiratory symptoms may develop after an occasional animal contact...
May 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
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