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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933511/appraisal-of-the-quality-and-contents-of-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-hypertension-management-in-chinese-medicine-a-systematic-review
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Ya Yuwen, Xue-Jie Han, Wei-Liang Weng, Xue-Yao Zhao, Yu-Qi Liu, Wei-Qiang Li, Da-Sheng Liu, Yan-Ping Wang, Ai-Ping Lu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the quality and consistency of recommendations in the clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for hypertension in Chinese medicine (CM). METHODS: CM CPGs were identified from 5 electronic databases and hand searches through related handbooks published from January 1990 to December 2013. Three reviewers independently appraised the CPGs based on the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE II) instrument, and compared the CPGs' recommendations on CM syndrome pattern classification and treatment...
December 9, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933439/measurement-of-carotid-pulse-wave-velocity-using-ultrafast-ultrasound-imaging-in-hypertensive-patients
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Xiaopeng Li, Jue Jiang, Hong Zhang, Hua Wang, Donggang Han, Qi Zhou, Ya Gao, Shanshan Yu, Yanhua Qi
PURPOSE: The study aimed to assess the utility of ultrafast ultrasound imaging for evaluation of carotid pulse wave velocity (PWV) in newly diagnosed hypertension patients. METHODS: This prospective non-randomized study enrolled 90 hypertensive patients in our hospital from September to December 2013 as a hypertension group. An age- and sex-matched cohort of 50 healthy adults in our hospital from September to December 2013 was also included in the study as a control group...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933394/men-and-women-show-similar-survival-rates-after-breast-cancer
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Paulo Franscisco Mascarenhas Bender, Letícia Lima de Oliveira, Célia Regina Costa, Suzana Sales de Aguiar, Anke Bergmann, Luiz Claudio Santos Thuler
PURPOSE: To compare the disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) rates of men and women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of patients with breast cancer diagnosed and treated at the Cancer Hospital III of the National Cancer Institute of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between 1999 and 2013. Male breast cancer cases were matched for age, year of diagnosis, and clinical staging to three female cases (1:3). Patient characteristics were abstracted from hospital records and medical charts...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933206/improving-inflammatory-arthritis-management-through-tighter-monitoring-of-patients-and-the-use-of-innovative-electronic-tools
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REVIEW
Piet van Riel, Rieke Alten, Bernard Combe, Diana Abdulganieva, Paola Bousquet, Molly Courtenay, Cinzia Curiale, Antonio Gómez-Centeno, Glenn Haugeberg, Burkhard Leeb, Kari Puolakka, Angelo Ravelli, Bernhard Rintelen, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini
Treating to target by monitoring disease activity and adjusting therapy to attain remission or low disease activity has been shown to lead to improved outcomes in chronic rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritis. Patient-reported outcomes, used in conjunction with clinical measures, add an important perspective of disease activity as perceived by the patient. Several validated PROs are available for inflammatory arthritis, and advances in electronic patient monitoring tools are helping patients with chronic diseases to self-monitor and assess their symptoms and health...
2016: RMD Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933201/association-between-metabolic-syndrome-and-liver-histology-among-nafld-patients-without-diabetes
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Pushpjeet Kanwar, James E Nelson, Katherine Yates, David E Kleiner, Aynur Unalp-Arida, Kris V Kowdley
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) and obesity are associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The aim of this observational study was to examine the relationship of MetS and a diagnosis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in patients without diabetes in the NASH Clinical Research Network (CRN). METHODS: Clinical, demographic, histological, laboratory and anthropometric data were collected on 356 adult patients without diabetes with NAFLD. Obesity was defined as body mass index ≥30...
2016: BMJ Open Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933105/prevalence-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-malaysian-communities
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Chiao Wen Lim, Sazzli Kasim, Johan Rizwal Ismail, Nicholas Yul Chye Chua, Rizmy Najme Khir, Hafisyatul Aiza Zainal Abidin, Effarezan Abdul Rahman, Mohd Kamal Mohd Arshad, Zubin Ibrahim Othman, Khalid Yusoff
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice. The REDISCOVER (Responding to Increasing Cardiovascular disease prevalence) study is an observational longitudinal community-based study that tracks changing lifestyles, risk factors and chronic disease in urban and rural areas of Malaysia. In this study, we aim to study the prevalence of AF and its associated risk factors. METHODS: The study was conducted between 2007 and 2014...
2016: Heart Asia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932789/the-maintenance-ability-and-ca-2-availability-of-skeletal-muscle-are-enhanced-by-sildenafil
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Mei Huang, Keon Jin Lee, Kyung-Jin Kim, Mi Kyoung Ahn, Chung-Hyun Cho, Do Han Kim, Eun Hui Lee
Sildenafil relaxes vascular smooth muscle cells and is used to treat pulmonary artery hypertension as well as erectile dysfunction. However, the effectiveness of sildenafil on skeletal muscle and the benefit of its clinical use have been controversial, and most studies focus primarily on tissues and organs from disease models without cellular examination. Here, the effects of sildenafil on skeletal muscle at the cellular level were examined using mouse primary skeletal myoblasts (the proliferative form of skeletal muscle stem cells) and myotubes, along with single-cell Ca(2+) imaging experiments and cellular and biochemical studies...
December 9, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932514/long-term-therapy-with-wu-ling-san-a-popular-antilithic-chinese-herbal-formula-did-not-prevent-subsequent-stone-surgery-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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San-Yuan Wu, Huey-Yi Chen, Kao-Sung Tsai, Jen-Huai Chiang, Chih-Hsin Muo, Fung-Chang Sung, Yung-Hsiang Chen, Wen-Chi Chen
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), which is widely used to treat pain and urolithiasis, is a promising therapy for urinary stone prevention. This study investigated the clinical efficacy of a popular CHM, Wu-Ling-San (WLS), in Taiwan for the prophylaxis of recurrent nephrolithiasis as assessed by surgical stone treatment via a nationwide population-based cohort study. The National Health Insurance Research Database, 2000-2010, which included one million patient records. All patients diagnosed with stone disease at the beginning of the study...
2016: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932335/multicentre-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial-of-oral-anticoagulation-with-apixaban-in-systemic-sclerosis-related-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-the-sphinx-study-protocol
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Alicia Calderone, Wendy Stevens, David Prior, Harshal Nandurkar, Eli Gabbay, Susanna M Proudman, Trevor Williams, David Celermajer, Joanne Sahhar, Peter K K Wong, Vivek Thakkar, Nathan Dwyer, Jeremy Wrobel, Weng Chin, Danny Liew, Margaret Staples, Rachelle Buchbinder, Mandana Nikpour
INTRODUCTION: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a severe and costly multiorgan autoimmune connective tissue disease characterised by vasculopathy and fibrosis. One of the major causes of SSc-related death is pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), which develops in 12-15% of patients with SSc and accounts for 30-40% of deaths. In situ thrombosis in the small calibre peripheral pulmonary vessels resulting from endothelial dysfunction and an imbalance of anticoagulant and prothrombotic mediators has been implicated in the complex pathophysiology of SSc-related PAH (SSc-PAH), with international clinical guidelines recommending the use of anticoagulants for some types of PAH, such as idiopathic PAH...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932281/nutcracker-syndrome-a-rare-cause-of-left-flank-pain-that-can-also-manifest-as-unexplained-pelvic-pain
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Jean-Marie Berthelot, Frédéric Douane, Yves Maugars, Eric Frampas
Nutcracker syndrome (NCS) is symptomatic unilateral renal venous hypertension due to compression of the left renal vein between the superior mesenteric artery and aorta (anterior NCS) or between the aorta and spine (posterior NCS). The left ovarian or spermatic vein empties into the left renal vein and is an additional site of venostasis in about half the cases of NCS. The presenting symptom of NCS in about half the cases is atypical left flank pain suggesting a disorder of the lower ribs or thoracolumbar spinal junction, particularly as the pain worsens with standing and increased lumbar lordosis...
December 5, 2016: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932229/regorafenib-for-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-who-progressed-on-sorafenib-treatment-resorce-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-3-trial
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Jordi Bruix, Shukui Qin, Philippe Merle, Alessandro Granito, Yi-Hsiang Huang, György Bodoky, Marc Pracht, Osamu Yokosuka, Olivier Rosmorduc, Valeriy Breder, René Gerolami, Gianluca Masi, Paul J Ross, Tianqiang Song, Jean-Pierre Bronowicki, Isabelle Ollivier-Hourmand, Masatoshi Kudo, Ann-Lii Cheng, Josep M Llovet, Richard S Finn, Marie-Aude LeBerre, Annette Baumhauer, Gerold Meinhardt, Guohong Han
BACKGROUND: There are no systemic treatments for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) whose disease progresses during sorafenib treatment. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of regorafenib in patients with HCC who have progressed during sorafenib treatment. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, parallel-group, phase 3 trial done at 152 sites in 21 countries, adults with HCC who tolerated sorafenib (≥400 mg/day for ≥20 of last 28 days of treatment), progressed on sorafenib, and had Child-Pugh A liver function were enrolled...
December 5, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932191/iga-nephropathy-clinicopathologic-study-following-the-oxford-classification-progression-peculiarities-and-gender-related-differences
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Živile Riispere, Arvydas Laurinavičius, Anne Kuudeberg, Elviira Seppet, Kristin Sepp, Madis Ilmoja, Merike Luman, Külli Kõlvald, Asta Auerbach, Mai Ots-Rosenberg
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) is the most frequent glomerular disease worldwide and one of the main causes of chronic kidney disease. We aimed to investigate clinicopathological correlations in IgAN patients by gender. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was based on a retrospective analysis of renal biopsy data and clinical manifestations of the disease. Consecutive 73 biopsy-proven IgAN cases of male (62%) and female (38%) patients were investigated...
November 22, 2016: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931609/clinical-and-biological-insights-into-combined-post-and-pre-capillary-pulmonary-hypertension
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Tufik R Assad, Anna R Hemnes, Emma K Larkin, Andrew M Glazer, Meng Xu, Quinn S Wells, Eric H Farber-Eger, Quanhu Sheng, Yu Shyr, Frank E Harrell, John H Newman, Evan L Brittain
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a common and morbid complication of left heart disease with 2 subtypes: isolated post-capillary pulmonary hypertension (Ipc-PH) and combined post-capillary and pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension (Cpc-PH). Little is known about the clinical or physiological characteristics that distinguish these 2 subphenotypes or if Cpc-PH shares molecular similarities to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that the hemodynamic and genetic profile of Cpc-PH would more closely resemble PAH than Ipc-PH...
December 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931584/evaluation-of-pregnancy-outcomes-after-liver-transplantation
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M Akarsu, T Unek, A Avcu, M Ozbilgin, T Egeli, I Astarcioglu
Liver transplantation is increasing worldwide. Pregnancy after liver transplantation is considered to be well tolerated with favorable neonatal outcomes in cases of stable and sufficient graft function. In this study, our aim was to determine pregnancy and neonatal outcomes of patients after liver transplantation. Data for patients who had been followed-up by the liver transplantation clinic at the Dokuz Eylül University Medical Faculty Hospital, Turkey, between 2002 and 2016, and who had pregnancy after the transplantation were evaluated retrospectively...
December 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931555/risk-factor-profile-of-calcific-aortic-stenosis
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I Sathyamurthy, Shaji Alex, K Kirubakaran, G Sengottuvelu, K N Srinivasan
BACKGROUND: Calcific aortic stenosis and coronary artery disease share common risk factors. In some of the previous studies statins have been used to retard the progression of aortic stenosis, but the results were inconsistent. METHODS: One hundred and ten patients of CAS above the age of 40 years have undergone clinical, biochemical and echocardiographic evaluation. Coronary angiograms were done in 66% of them. RESULTS: Male to female ratio was 2:1...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931554/a-study-to-derive-distribution-of-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-to-determine-its-correlation-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-asymptomatic-nationwide-indian-population-score-india
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Ravi R Kasliwal, Manish Bansal, Nagaraj Desai, Bhavesh Kotak, Ammar Raza, Hardik Vasnawala, Amit Kumar
BACKGROUND: There is presently no data to describe normal distribution of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), an established measure of subclinical atherosclerosis, in Indian subjects. METHODS: In this multi-centric study, 1229 subjects with age ≥30 years and no previous cardiovascular disease (CVD) underwent CVD risk factor assessment and CIMT measurement. Mean far wall common carotid artery IMT was measured on both sides and averaged. RESULTS: Mean age of the subjects was 48...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931542/risk-profile-and-in-hospital-prognosis-in-elderly-patients-presenting-for-acute-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-in-the-tunisian-context
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Walid Jomaa, Sonia Hamdi, Imen Ben Ali, Mohamed A Azaiez, Aymen El Hraiech, Khaldoun Ben Hamda, Faouzi Maatouk
OBJECTIVES: Little is known about the risk profile and in-hospital prognosis of elderly patients presenting for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in Tunisia. We sought to determine in-hospital prognosis of elderly patients with STEMI in a Tunisian center. METHODS: The study was carried out on a retrospective registry enrolling 1403 patients presenting with STEMI in a Tunisian center between January 1998 and January 2013. Patients ≥75 years old were considered elderly...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931301/corticosteroid-related-toxicity-in-patients-with-chronic-idiopathic-urticariachronic-spontaneous-urticaria
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Dennis Ledford, Michael S Broder, Evgeniya Antonova, Theodore A Omachi, Eunice Chang, Allan Luskin
BACKGROUND: Treatments for patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU)chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) who were unresponsive to antihistamines include oral corticosteroids (OCS). Risks of OCS-related side effects in these patients have not been described quantitatively. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between OCS use and the risk of developing side effects possibly attributable to OCS and associated health care costs in privately insured patients with CIU/CSU...
November 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931223/pattern-and-prognostic-value-of-cardiac-involvement-in-patients-with-late-onset-pompe-disease-a-comprehensive-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-approach
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Matthias Boentert, Anca Florian, Bianca Dräger, Peter Young, Ali Yilmaz
BACKGROUND: Pompe disease is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by deficiency of the lysosomal α-1,4-glucosidase leading to accumulation of glycogen in target tissues with progressive organ failure. While the early infantile-onset form is characterized by early severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with cardiac and respiratory failure, clinically relevant cardiomyopathy seems to be uncommon in patients with late-onset Pompe disease, and the prevalence and nature of myocardial abnormalities are still to be clarified...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931057/-quantification-of-ventilation-inflammation-perfusion-and-structure-vips
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J Renne, J Vogel-Claussen
Technical innovation in pulmonary imaging during the recent years has led to a shift from morphological description of pulmonary pathologies to regional quantification of pulmonary function. This article summarizes current clinical standards in pulmonary imaging and introduces the reader to new innovative techniques of functional lung imaging. In the context of actual clinical studies for COPD, asthma, pulmonary hypertension and cystic fibrosis the application of quantitative imaging methods using computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging is demonstrated and possible future applications are discussed...
December 2016: Pneumologie
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