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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922246/neonatal-lupus-erythematosus-report-of-a-case-with-cutaneous-hematological-and-hepatobiliary-findings
#1
Andaç Salman, Merve Hatun Sarıçam, Ayşe Deniz Yücelten, Cuyan Demirkesen, Tülin Ergun
Neonatal lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disorder mainly affecting the heart and skin. It is the most common cause of congenital heart block. In addition, hematological, hepatobiliary and neurological involvement may occur. Herein, we report a 23-day-old infant presented with annular, erythematous, and scaly and atrophic lesions on the face and trunk. Based on the clinical, laboratory and histopathological findings, she was diagnosed as neonatal lupus erythematosus. Neonatal lupus eryhtematosus should be considered in infants presenting with annular skin lesions, and we present this case to highlight the value of high index of clinical suspicion in diagnosis...
2016: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922212/immune-by-heart-unexpected-observations-inspiring-perspective-therapeutic-preventive-strategies-against-cancer
#2
Filippo Minutolo
We often overlook ordinary events that take place right in front of our eyes. However, such events might be inspiring sources of revolutionary scientific discovery. Simple observations, such as those regarding the substantial immunity of the heart to cancer or the noninvasive behavior of plant tumors, are just the tips of icebergs hiding profound mechanistic causes that deserve deeper investigation. Several current or unprecedented approaches aimed at improving both the prevention and treatment of tumors are discussed on these bases herein...
December 6, 2016: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922195/the-neuropeptide-cortistatin-attenuates-experimental-autoimmune-myocarditis-via-inhibition-of-cardiomyogenic-t-cell-driven-inflammatory-responses
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Virginia Delgado-Maroto, Clara P Falo, Irene Forte-Lago, Norma Adan, Maria Morell, Elena Maganto-Garcia, Gema Robledo, Francisco O'Valle, Andrew H Lichtman, Elena Gonzalez-Rey, Mario Delgado
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Myocarditis is an inflammatory and autoimmune cardiovascular disease that causes dilated myocardiopathy and is responsible of high morbidity and mortality worldwide. Cortistatin is a neuropeptide produced by neurons and cells of immune and vascular systems. Besides its action in locomotor activity and sleep, cortistatin inhibits inflammation in different experimental models of autoimmune diseases. However, its role in inflammatory cardiovascular disorders is unexplored...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922176/dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor-sitagliptin-reduces-inflammation-fibrosis-and-preserves-diastolic-function-in-a-rat-model-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Grazia Esposito, Donato Cappetta, Rosa Russo, Alessia Rivellino, Loreta Pia Ciuffreda, Fiorentina Roviezzo, Elena Piegari, L Liberato Berrino, Francesco Rossi, Antonella De Angelis, Konrad Urbanek
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a systemic syndrome driven by co-morbidities and its pathophysiology is poorly understood. Several studies suggesting that dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) might be involved in the pathophysiology of heart failure prompted experimental and clinical investigations of DPP4 inhibitors on cardiovascular system. The aim of our study was to determine whether DPP4 inhibitor sitagliptin (SITA) affects the progression of HFpEF independently from the effects on glycaemia...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921425/-oxldl-%C3%AE-2-glycoprotein-i-complex-as-a-pro-atherogenic-autoantigen-is-atherosclerosis-an-autoimmune-disease
#5
Pavel Kraml
Oxidation of atherogenic low-density lipoproteins (LDL) plays a key role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Oxidation stress and inflammation are closely interrelated and they can potentiate one another. In the subendothelial space of the arterial intima, monocytes/macrophages become activated and phagocyte oxidized LDL (oxLDL) via scavenger receptors. It has been demonstrated that oxLDL forms complex with plasma β2-glycoprotein I (β2GPI) and becomes autoantigenic triggering synthesis of specific antiphosholipid antibodies...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921419/-metabolic-syndrome-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-type-1-prevalence-impact-on-morbidity-and-mortality
#6
Jitka Brožová, Daniela Čechurová, Silvie Lacigová
: Aim of this retrospective observational study was to determine the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MS) in patients with diabetes mellitus type 1 (DM1Z) at baseline (in 2003) and find the parameters that determine the difference between group with (MS+) and without MS (MS-). Did the presence of MS affect morbidity and mortality in the subsequent 10 years? METHODS: 278 patients were enrolled to the study with age average 39 ± 13 years with medical history of diabetes 15...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921398/effects-of-rhizobacteria-paenibacillus-polymyxa-apec136-and-bacillus-subtilis-apec170-on-biocontrol-of-postharvest-pathogens-of-apple-fruits
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Young Soo Kim, Kotnala Balaraju, Yongho Jeon
In this study, plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) were evaluated as potential biocontrol agents against postharvest pathogens of apple fruits. In vitro bioassays revealed that, out of 30 isolates screened, isolates APEC136 and APEC170 had the most significant inhibitory effects against the mycelial growth of several fungal pathogens. Analysis of 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) sequences identified the two effective isolates as Paenibacillus polymyxa and Bacillus subtilis, respectively. The two strains showed greater growth in brain-heart infusion broth than in other growth media...
2016: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921359/modulation-of-vegf-signaling-in-a-mouse-model-of-diabetes-by-xanthohumol-and-8-prenylnaringenin-unveiling-the-angiogenic-paradox-and-metabolism-interplay
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Raquel Costa, Ilda Rodrigues, Luísa Guardão, Joana Quelhas Lima, Emília Sousa, Raquel Soares, Rita Negrão
SCOPE: Imbalance in kidney and heart neovascularization is common in type2 Diabetes (T2DM) patients. Nevertheless, the mechanisms governing this angiogenic paradox have not been elucidated. Xanthohumol (XN) and 8-prenylnaringenin (8PN) beer polyphenols modulate angiogenesis, being thus targets for T2DM-related complications. Our work examined whether polyphenols consumption affects angiogenic paradox and metabolism in a T2DM mouse model. METHODS AND RESULTS: An increase in kidney and a reduction in left ventricle (LV) microvessels of diabetic C57Bl/6 mice were observed...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921320/cardiac-effects-of-amiselimod-compared-with-fingolimod-and-placebo-results-of-a-randomised-parallel-group-phase-i-study-in-healthy-subjects
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Tomohiko Harada, Darren Wilbraham, Guillemette de La Borderie, Shinsuke Inoue, Jim Bush, A John Camm
AIM: Amiselimod (MT-1303) is a selective sphingosine 1-phosphate 1 (S1P1 ) receptor modulator which is currently being developed for the treatment of various autoimmune diseases. Unlike some other S1P receptor modulators, amiselimod seemed to show a favourable cardiac safety profile in pre-clinical, phase I and II studies. The aim of this study was to characterise the cardiac effects of amiselimod by directly comparing it with fingolimod and placebo. METHODS: Eighty-one (81) healthy subjects aged 18-55 years were equally randomised to receive amiselimod 0...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921167/the-real-world-in-the-clinic-before-and-after-the-establishment-of-guidelines-for-coronary-artery-spasm-a-questionnaire-for-members-of-the-japanese-cine-angio-association
#10
Shozo Sueda, Hiroaki Kohno, Hideaki Yoshino
We investigated the clinical situations and the present knowledge of Japanese cardiologists about coronary artery spasm before and after the establishment of guidelines for this condition in the real world. A questionnaire was developed regarding the number of cases of coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention, and invasive/non-invasive spasm provocation tests before (2008) and after (2014) the establishment of the Japanese Circulation Society (JCS) guidelines for coronary artery spasm and the status of spasm provocation tests...
December 5, 2016: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921113/-musculoskeletal-related-chest-pain
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C Sturm, T Witte
BACKGROUND: Approximately 10-50% of chest pains are caused by musculoskeletal disorders. The association is twice as frequent in primary care as in emergency admissions. AIM: This article provides an overview of the most important musculoskeletal causes of chest pain and on the diagnostics and therapy. METHODS: A selective search and analysis of the literature related to the topic of musculoskeletal causes of chest pain were carried out. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Non-inflammatory diseases, such as costochondritis and fibromyalgia are frequent causes of chest pain...
December 5, 2016: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921112/-gastroenterological-diseases-as-triggers-of-chest-pain
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J Labenz, C Labenz
BACKGROUND: Non-cardiac chest pain is very common and gastroenterological diseases are one of the most important causes. The frequency distribution of the underlying causes depends on the sector of the healthcare system in which it is ascertained. In individual cases it must always be taken into consideration that detection of coronary heart disease, for example, does not exclude another origin of chest pain. OBJECTIVE: This article provides a systematic review of gastroenterological diseases that can cause chest pain...
December 5, 2016: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921080/echo-and-bnp-serial-assessment-in-ambulatory-heart-failure-care-data-on-loop-diuretic-use-and-renal-function
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Frank Lloyd Dini, Anca Simioniuc, Erberto Carluccio, Stefano Ghio, Andrea Rossi, Paolo Biagioli, Gianpaolo Reboldi, Gian Giacomo Galeotti, Fei Lu, Cornelia Zara, Gillian Whalley, Pier Luigi Temporelli
We compared the follow-up data on loop diuretic use and renal function, as assessed by serum creatinine levels, and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), of two groups of consecutive ambulatory HF patients: 1) the clinically-guided group, in which management was clinically driven based on the institutional protocol of the HF Unit of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Department of Pisa (standard of care) and 2) the echo and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) guided group (patients conforming to the protocol of the Network Labs Ultrasound (NEBULA) in HF Study Group: Pisa, Perugia, Pavia; Verona, Auckland, and Veruno), in which therapy was delivered according to the serial assessment of BNP and echocardiography...
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921072/anatomy-based-algorithm-for-automatic-segmentation-of-human-diaphragm-in-noncontrast-computed-tomography-images
#14
Elham Karami, Yong Wang, Stewart Gaede, Ting-Yim Lee, Abbas Samani
In-depth understanding of the diaphragm's anatomy and physiology has been of great interest to the medical community, as it is the most important muscle of the respiratory system. While noncontrast four-dimensional (4-D) computed tomography (CT) imaging provides an interesting opportunity for effective acquisition of anatomical and/or functional information from a single modality, segmenting the diaphragm in such images is very challenging not only because of the diaphragm's lack of image contrast with its surrounding organs but also because of respiration-induced motion artifacts in 4-D CT images...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921022/the-protective-effect-of-hydro-alcoholic-extract-of-mangrove-avicennia-marina-l-leaves-on-kidney-injury-induced-by-carbon-tetrachloride-in-male-rats
#15
Naser Mirazi, Seyedeh-Nahid Movassagh, Mahmoud Rafieian-Kopaei
BACKGROUND: Materials can cause liver and kidney damage which carbon tetrachloride is one of these substances. Medicinal plants and their essential oils and extracts have been used to a large extent as drugs to better control and management of kidney diseases. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of hydro-alcoholic extract of Avicennia marina leaves in the treatment of renal toxicity induced by carbon tetrachloride. METHODS: Forty-two male rats were randomly divided into 6 groups (n = 7): control (taking normal saline, 0...
October 2016: Journal of Nephropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920984/staphylococcus-lugdunensis-endocarditis-with-destruction-of-the-ventricular-septum-and-multiple-native-valves
#16
Celestine Ishiekwene, Monica Ghitan, Margaret Kuhn-Basti, Edward Chapnick, Yu Shia Lin
Staphylococcus lugdunensis (S. lugdunensis) is a coagulase negative staphylococcus (CoNS) that can cause destructive infective endocarditis. S. lugdunensis, unlike other CoNS, should be considered to be a pathogen. We report the first case of S. lugdunensis endocarditis causing ventricular septal defect and destruction of the aortic and mitral valves. A 53-year-old male with morbid obesity and COPD presented with intermittent fever and progressive shortness of breath for 2 weeks. Chest examination showed bilateral basal crepitations, and a grade 2 systolic murmur along the right sternal border...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920972/potentially-preventable-hospitalizations-for-acute-and-chronic-conditions-in-alaska-2010-2012
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Prabhu P Gounder, Sara M Seeman, Robert C Holman, Alice Rarig, Mary K McEwen, Claudia A Steiner, Michael L Bartholomew, Thomas W Hennessy
OBJECTIVE: The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Prevention Quality Indicators comprise acute and chronic conditions for which hospitalization can be potentially prevented by high-quality ambulatory care. The Healthy Alaska 2020 initiative (HA2020) targeted reducing potentially preventable hospitalizations (PPH) for acute and chronic conditions among its health indicators. We estimated the PPH rate for adults aged ≥ 18 years in Alaska during 2010-2012. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of state-wide hospital discharge data obtained from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and the Indian Health Service...
December 2016: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920878/utilization-of-bedside-ultrasound-in-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-massive-pulmonary-embolism-a-case-report
#18
Osman Z Abbasi, Thanhnga T Doan, Sumit Duggal, Sanjeev U Nair, Shawn M Quinn
The prompt diagnosis and treatment of massive pulmonary embolism is a well-known challenge for physicians. We report a case of a 61-year-old hemodynamically unstable man who presented to the emergency department with complaints of acute dyspnea. After performing a focused history and physical, we used bedside ultrasound to diagnose significant right heart strain, which suggested massive bilateral pulmonary embolisms. This diagnosis was further supported by the visualization of deep venous thrombosis in the left lower extremity...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920838/successful-resynchronization-by-permanent-his-bundle-pacing-in-a-patient-with-pacing-induced-cardiomyopathy
#19
Yoji Iida, Tomoaki Izawa, Chikara Kobari, Toru Yatsuhashi, Nobuyuki Makishima
Right ventricular (RV) pacing has been reported to result in ventricular dyssynchrony, heart failure, and increased mortality. Pacing associated deterioration of left ventricular (LV) systolic function has been termed pacing-induced cardiomyopathy (PICM). While upgrading to biventricular pacing (BiVP) is an effective therapy for PICM, permanent His-bundle pacing (HBP) can be a physiological alternative to BiVP. We present a patient with PICM who responded dramatically to permanent HBP.
December 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920837/temporal-sinus-node-modification-by-high-dose-continuous-intravenous-administration-of-landiolol-in-a-patient-with-persistent-inappropriate-sinus-tachycardia
#20
Yuichi Hori, Shiro Nakahara, Naofumi Anjo, Yoshihiko Sakai, Isao Taguchi
A 20-year-old woman underwent an electrophysiological study for drug-resistant persistent inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST). Use of a high-dose continuous intravenous administration of landiolol, a short-acting beta-adrenoreceptor blocker, made the patient׳s heart rate suddenly drop with a slight change in the P-wave morphology. Three-dimensional right atrial (RA) activation mapping revealed that the earliest activation site moved 8 mm to a lower anterior site around the high lateral RA. Radiofrequency energy applied to the earliest activation site during tachycardia was successful...
December 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
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